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Former SD prosecutor pleads guilty to child rape


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A former South Dakota county prosecutor who authorities accuse of child rape has pleaded guilty to two counts.
 
     South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen entered guilty pleas Wednesday to two counts of first-degree rape.
 
     The

CDC says USD building can be occupied


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A crew from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a University of South Dakota building that's been the source of health complaints from employees can be occupied.
 
     The team evaluated the 70-year-old Noteboom Hall at the school's request this week after some employees filed injury reports with the

Health system asks for patience during Sturgis Rally



     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A health care system in western South Dakota is asking for its patients' cooperation during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that begins Monday.
 
     Regional Health is asking patients to visit their primary care providers or urgent care clinics if their condition is not considered an emergency.
 
     The

Gov. Daugaard not support of decriminalizing marijuana



     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he needs to review proposed ballot measures that would decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medicinal cannabis, but the governor says he generally hasn't supported such proposals.
 
     Daugaard told The Associated Press on Wednesday he believes marijuana decriminalization would make the drug

Bodies found in Lac qui Parle County


7-30-15                Lac qui Parle bodies found                        Mike Tanner
 

MADISON, Minn. (KWAT)—The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office in Madison, Minnesota is investigating after two deceased bodies were discovered

Pre-trial dates set in water lawsuit against city of Watertown


7-29-15                          Water lawsuit                      Mike Tanner
 

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KWAT)--A federal judge in Aberdeen has approved some pre-trial dates in a lawsuit filed against the city of Watertown and Watertown Municipal Utilities, and based on those

USD starting QB will miss season with back injury


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota coach Joe Glenn says two-year starting quarterback Kevin Earl will miss what would have been his senior season because of a lingering back injury.
 
     The Coyotes are turning the offense over to junior backup Ryan Saeger. The 6-foot-4 native of Heartland, Wisconsin, started four games last season after Earl suffered

USDA tallies losses to bird flu



     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu.
 
     U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that's in addition to the nearly $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. The government also is paying to research and

West Nile virus cases in South Dakota at four



     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota health officials have confirmed four human cases of West Nile virus disease so far this year.
 
     The state Department of Health says the cases have been reported in Brown, Butte and Spink counties. The ages of the ill individuals range from 20 to 59.
 
     The virus is transmitted to humans and

Fourty gay couples married in South Dakota



     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Forty gay couples have applied to be married in South Dakota during the first month following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing such unions across the country.
 
     The state Department of Health provided The Associated Press with data detailing marriage licenses issued across the state from June 26 to July 27.

Fire prompts evacuation of Sioux Falls motel


   SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Fire prompted evacuation of a motel in Sioux Falls, but no one was hurt.
 
     Firefighters responded to the Cloud 9 Motel about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a motel employee noticed smoke coming from a room. Fire crews put out the blaze in about 15 minutes.
 
     Officials say the room suffered moderate fire and smoke

No decision yet on criminal charges in Highway 212 crash



WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)— The Minnesota State Patrol says an accident on Highway 212 last week that killed a Watertown doctor remains under investigation—and that no decision has been made yet on whether any criminal charges will be filed.
 
Fifty eight year-old Jeff Kowitz was eastbound in a pickup when a southbound semi went through a stop sign and hit Kowitz. It happened

Watertown mayor wants new severe weather sirens


7-29-15                                 Warning sirens            Mike Tanner
 

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson says some of the city’s severe weather warning sirens aren’t working properly, and he wants to put

Codington County Commission approves jail security improvements


7-28-15          Codington County Commission       Mike Tanner
 

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)— Codington County commissioners today approved a bid for nearly $17,000 worth of security improvements to the Codington County Detention Center.
 
The bid was awarded to Roethler Construction of Watertown. Sheriff Toby Wishard told the

Milbank men arrested following stolen gun investigation


7-28-15           Milbank gun arrests        Mike Tanner
 

MILBANK, S.D. (KWAT)— Two men have been arrested in the Milbank area after police executed a search warrant turned up drugs and stolen guns.
 
Grant County Sheriff Kevin Owen says the search warrant resulted in the arrest of 28

Watertown Municipal Utilities appoints new leaders


7-28-15           WMU Board reorganizes            Mike Tanner
 

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—The Watertown Municipal Utilities Board of Directors has new leadership.
 
At their monthly meeting yesterday (Monday), the board voted Ernie Wight to the position of president. He

Spring wheat harvest underway in South Dakota


 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The spring wheat harvest is underway in South Dakota, while the winter wheat harvest is nearing the halfway point.
 
     The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 2 percent of the spring wheat is in the bin, well behind the long-term average of 18 percent.
 
     The winter wheat harvest is 43 percent

Jacks picked fifth in pre-season football poll


  FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Four-time defending Football Championship Subdivision winner North Dakota State is favored to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
 
     A poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors released Monday shows that NDSU earned 32 of a possible 40 first-place votes for 389 points. Illinois State, the team the Bison edged in

Ground broken for new Spanish immersion school


 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Public school leaders in Sioux Falls have broken ground for a $10.9 million school for Spanish immersion students.
 
     The district's growing Spanish immersion program serves more than 400 elementary school-age students. It currently operates out of two elementary schools.
 
     The new school is being built on

Minnesota's minimum wage goes up this week


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour. 
 
     The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect Saturday for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a three-stage increase adopted in 2014. Next