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Roberts County Fatal Crash


What: Two-vehicle fatal crash
Where: 112th Street and 474th Avenue, eight miles south, one east of Rosholt, SD
When: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 9:20 a.m.

Driver 1: Kevin Jack Compaan, 62, Watertown, SD, minor injuries
Passenger 1: Minor child, minor injuries
Vehicle 1: 1995 Mercury Sable

Driver 2: Larry Gerard Sand, 61, Rosholt, SD, fatal
Vehicle 2: 1998 Chevrolet Blazer

ROSHOLT,

Winning Powerball tickets sold in 2 SD cities


     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold in Aberdeen is worth $10,000 in the Wednesday drawing, and a ticket sold in Rapid City is worth $20,000.
 
     South Dakota lottery officials say both tickets matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the game's $10,000 third prize. The odds are 1 in about

Former Sioux Falls fire official faces felonies


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A former division chief with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is facing felony computer hacking charges for allegedly accessing internal fire department documents.
 
     47-year-old Patrick Warren is accused of accessing documents for which he was not authorized, including the email account of a fire captain who is president of the

Death of diver during training ruled accidental


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The death of a Minnehaha County dive team member during a training exercise has been ruled accidental.
 
     The death certificate for 43-year-old Jeff Thumma states he died from a lack of oxygen to the brain that could have been complicated by a heart condition.
 
     Thumma was an experienced diver. He

Official weight of ND state-record goldeye reduced


    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A whopper goldeye caught by a 9-year-old North Dakota boy this summer is still a state record, but a slightly smaller one.
 
     It also might still be a world record.
 
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SD mayor finds lessons in ND oil boomtown


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The mayor of Sioux Falls says North Dakota's booming oil patch has both opportunities and lessons for Sioux Falls.
 
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Suspicious device disrupts Sioux Falls traffic


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A suspicious device disrupted traffic in downtown Sioux Falls while authorities investigated.
 
     A bomb squad was called out Wednesday evening after the device was found. Police described it as an object about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle, wrapped in cloth with wires on it.
 
     The bomb squad used

Absentee voting for general election opens Friday


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election opens Friday in South Dakota. 
 
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'Hagar' cartoonist writes kids book about SD


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     Chris Browne lives in Sioux Falls with his wife and will release "The Monster Who Ate the State" Sept. 25 in Brookings at the first South Dakota

Prehistoric fish re-entering Big Stone Lake


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Officials from South Dakota and Minnesota are working together to reintroduce thousands of lake sturgeon into Big Stone Lake.
 
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Arrest made in State Fair craft beer robbery


     FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say one suspect has been arrested in last month's robbery at a craft brewery exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair.
 
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SD climbs on ranking for human trafficking laws


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has climbed from the bottom of an advocacy group's annual state-by-state ranking that analyzes how forced prostitution and slave labor cases are handled. 
 
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Enterovirus 68 confirmed in Minnesota


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15-year-old scooter driver injured in crash cited


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 15-year-old girl who was run over by a sports utility vehicle while she was driving a motor scooter in Sioux Falls has been cited.
 
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     A 25-year-old woman was driving the SUV that ran

Anti-terror pilot brings hope to Minnesota Somalis


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Opening statements made in murder trial of teen


     WINNER, S.D. (AP) - Attorneys' opening statements in the trial of a Pierre teenager accused of killing a classmate focused on the sole witness to the shooting.
 
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