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Driver flees after crashing into Sioux Falls house


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police have arrested the driver of a sport utility vehicle they say slammed into a house, nearly hitting a woman inside.
 
     Authorities say the 31-year-old driver lost control shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday and drove through the front window of a neighbor's home. The SUV went through the living room and hit

Lawyers argue whether Crystal CEO should testify


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg would be a good witness in a lawsuit filed by sugar groups because he's not involved in litigation.
 
     Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the long-running suit filed by sugar producers over claims by corn syrup marketers that sugar and

Ventura passage to be cut from book


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Publisher HarperCollins says it will remove a passage from the best-seller "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against book author Chris Kyle.
 
     A federal jury in St. Paul awarded Ventura $1.8 million in damages on Tuesday, finding that a section of the book

Effort aims for no fatalities on I-90, I-94


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in the Dakotas are joining counterparts in 13 other states in a four-day interstate enforcement campaign on Interstates 90 and 94.
 
     The "I-90/94 Challenge" has a goal of zero fatalities on the two interstates from Washington state to Massachusetts through Monday, and a 50 percent reduction in

Stickney, Corsica school districts to consolidate


     STICKNEY, S.D. (AP) - Voters in Stickney and Corsica have overwhelmingly voted to consolidate their school districts.
 
     The proposal gained 80 percent approval in Corsica and 84 percent approval in Stickney in Tuesday's election.
 
     The consolidation prompted by declining enrollment will take effect July 1, 2015.

ND state record goldeye might be world record fish


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A state-record goldeye caught by a 9-year-old North Dakota angler might qualify as a world record.
 
     Brayden Selzler, of Velva, reeled in a 4-pound, 12-ounce goldeye from Lake Audubon on Friday. It shattered the 1998 state record and might eclipse the world record for a kept goldeye of 3 pounds 13 ounces.
 
   

$2M Brookings technology center preparing to open


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Officials are preparing to open a $2 million technology center in Brookings in a few weeks.
 
     The Agriculture Technology Center for Rural Enterprise in the Telkamp Industrial Park is aimed at helping the city become a hub for both research and economic development. It was built using grants and loans from government

Suit accuses trucking company of failing to pay OT


    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An Idaho man working in the North Dakota oil patch says a trucking company is breaking federal law by failing to pay overtime.
 
     Devon Seeling, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, has filed a civil lawsuit against Moorhead, Minnesota-based AM-PM Trucking LLC, which maintains an office in Underwood, North Dakota.
 
   

South Dakota task force to study child sex abuse


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota task force will study the sexual abuse of children and recommend ways to address the issue.
 
     Jolene's Law Task Force will meet starting Aug. 5 and will file a report to the Legislature in January. The task force plans to suggest ways the state could increase awareness and improve its policies for dealing with

Sioux Falls picks talent for events center opening


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls is selecting local musicians and entertainers to perform during the opening of the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
 
     Mayor Mike Huether says the public will first get to see the center at two free open houses during a soft opening in September. Local bands, musicians and comedians will perform on multiple stages

Avera addresses changes to SD employees benefits


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Avera Health says state employees can still access some of its specialty services without being charged higher out-of-pocket costs due to recent changes to benefits.
 
     Recent changes to state benefits classify certain categories of health care as "Tier 1" with limited options for the most affordable

1st-degree murder charges in Schunk killing


     HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A grand jury in Dakota County has indicted two people for first-degree murder in the death of a University of Minnesota student who was stabbed to death in a Rosemount town house.
 
     Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, were also indicted for second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Anarae

General Counsel says prison reform working


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's General Counsel says legislation passed last year in an effort to reduce the prison population and save money is working.
 
     Jim Seward says the Public Safety Improvement Act has tripled the number of nonviolent offenders in the state's DUI and drug courts, increased the number of criminals on probation and

South Dakota police say vehicles were set on fire


     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota officials say they believe someone set the fires that destroyed two vehicles.
 
      Aberdeen Fire and Rescue and the Aberdeen Police Department responded to a local trailer park around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
 
     Police say no one was injured, but several residents were evacuated.
 
 

Three Men Arrested in Connection with Watertown Burglary


Three men have been arrested in connection with a burglary of a Watertown casino.  Police say they received a call in burglary alarm Monday morning shortly after 1:15 and when they arrived to the Mint Casino, on easy highway 212, discovered an exterior door had been forced open to gain access to the building.

Authorities say the suspects fled the scene prior to their arrival and a

Former economic development head was to be charged


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's attorney general says he was ready to file charges and seek an indictment against the state's former economic development director days before the man committed suicide last fall.
 
     Marty Jackley briefed lawmakers Tuesday on his investigation into potential financial misconduct at the Governor's Office

Man receives 11-plus years for role in drug death


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - One of two men accused of supplying methamphetamine that led to the death of a Mandan woman has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison. 
 
     Fifty-three-year-old Joseph Senger pleaded guilty earlier for the February 2013 overdose death of his girlfriend, 59-year-old Cheri Bettis of Mandan. Brock Fish also has pleaded guilty

Additional details on fatal home invasion released



     RAY, Minn. (AP) - Sheriff's officials are providing additional details about two home invasions at rural homes in Minnesota that ended with a fatal shooting. 
 
     Koochiching County Sheriff's Capt. Jon Froemke says a 34-year-old Twin Cities man with no history of criminal activity was at a resort for a friend's wedding when he broke

Aberdeen city attorney resigning at end of August


     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Aberdeen's city attorney is stepping down at the end of August.
 
      Adam Altman says in his resignation letter that personal and family responsibilities prevent him from dedicating the time necessary for the position.
 
     Altman has been the city attorney for 8  1/2 years.