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Henry Man Found Guilty of Raping His 4 Year Old Daughter

A 33 year old Henry man has been found guilty on two counts of first degree rape.  Codington County jurors began deliberating late this morning (Friday) and reached their verdict around 1pm.  Kevin Heustess was charged with raping his daughter when she was between two and four years old in 2006 and 2007 in their mobile home on the west edge of Watertown.  The now eleven year old

19 year old Castlewood man killed in accident near Andover

A 19 year old Castlewood man was killed in a two vehicle accident shortly after 7:15 last night (Thursday) four miles west of Andover on highway 12.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Jacob Dahl was driving a 2004 Buick Century and rear ended a 1970 International truck driven by 69 year old Ronald Prigge of Brownsdale, Minnesota as Prigge slowed to make a right hand turn.  Prigge and

Freethinkers get religious plow art removed

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two private schools in Sioux Falls have been asked to repaint city-owned snow plow blades after a group complained about student artwork with religious themes.
     Students at Lutheran High School and Sioux Falls Lutheran School painted the plows for the city's Paint the Plows program.

Deadwood Wall of Fame has 2 new members

     DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Two people have been added to the Wall of Fame in the Old West gambling town of Deadwood.
      Lars Peter Shostrom and Willis Carlton Spindler became the 19th and 20th inductees since the Wall of Fame program began in 2005.
     Shostrom, born in Sweden, was a master craftsman with stone, rock and concrete.

Rounds says he didn't approve $600K for beef plant

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former Gov. Mike Rounds says he didn't approve $600,000 in state aid for an Aberdeen beef plant authorized by a Cabinet secretary in the final days of his administration - or even know about it.
     Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda approved the money for Northern Beef Packers shortly before

Minimum-security inmate missing in Rapid City

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are searching for an inmate who walked away from a minimum-security prison in Rapid City.
     State Corrections Department officials says Jay Dooley was last seen Wednesday night.
     Dooley had been serving a three-year sentence for damaging property in Pennington County.

More than $560K spent on doctor ballot measure ads

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A ballot measure that could give patients in South Dakota more choice of doctors within their health insurance networks has attracted more than $560,000 in spending on television ads to sway voters ahead of Election Day.
     The Center for Public Integrity released an analysis of the spending on Thursday. Proponents of the

State looking for Lewis and Clark Marina operator

     YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - The state of South Dakota is looking for a new manager for its marina at the popular Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton.
     A revised prospectus for operation of Lewis and Clark Marina is through the Department of Game, Fish and Parks in Pierre or online at http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/Lewis and

SD's Creativity Assoc. affiliate director retires

     GROTON, S.D. (AP) - The affiliate director of South Dakota's Creativity Association is retiring after more than two decades on the job.
     Cozy Dorton will retire at the end of this schools year.
     The association oversees South Dakota's Destination Imagination program, which offers K-12 and college students

68-year-old man alleges victim 'came onto' him

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Minnehaha County attorney says a 68-year-old Sioux Falls man caught on camera reaching under the shirt of a 7-year-old girl told the victim's mother that she came onto him.
    Police arrested Larry Wallenstein on Tuesday. He is charged with sexual contact with a child under 16 and appeared in court for the first time

Poems, but few ads -- Pressler seeks Senate return

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Former Sen. Larry Pressler plans to campaign with the best surrogate he can imagine during the homestretch of South Dakota's suddenly competitive, four-way Senate race: A 78-year-old, retired FBI agent named John Good. 
     Pressler says he can't afford many campaign ads. Good headed the Abscam bribery investigation for

FBI says investigation into SDRC still active

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An FBI spokesman says an investigation into the South Dakota Regional Center and a federal investment-for-green card program is still active.
     Spokesman Kyle Loven confirmed this week that a federal probe into the EB-5 program and SDRC, the private entity that managed the program for South Dakota, remains an active

Woman guilty of tax fraud sentenced to 3 years

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman convicted of not paying taxes on more than $600,000 earned from exotic dances over four years has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
     Veronica Fairchild, of Canistota, was found guilty in June of four counts of tax fraud. The 42-year-old Fairchild was also ordered Wednesday to pay almost

Large Sully County fire burns sunflowers, pasture

    ONIDA, S.D. (AP) - A fire that started in a sunflower field being combined in Sully County spread quickly in gusty conditions and burned as many as 1,500 acres.
     Onida Fire Chief Brian Ring says it took firefighters from five departments about five hours to put down the flames west of Onida on Tuesday. Farmers helped out by plowing a fire line, and area

Appeal of the late James McVay dismissed

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a convicted murderer who killed himself in prison.
     James McVay was found hanging by a sheet in his State Penitentiary cell on Sept. 4. His death was ruled a suicide.
     The 44-year-old McVay pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in the 2011

Rounds aware of Benda conflict before changing job

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former Gov. Mike Rounds was aware that his economic development secretary Richard Benda would be leaving his state job to work for an investor in a scandal-smeared beef plant in Aberdeen.
       Rounds learned of Benda's future about the time the governor approved Benda's proposal to give Northern Beef Packers more state

Empty wheelchairs sprinkle Rochester landscape

     ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - People in Minnesota's "Med City" are noticing wheelchairs everywhere, and often in unusual surroundings like parking ramps and downtown sidewalks. 
     That's probably not surprising in a town where Mayo Clinic is king, but the real riddle is how they end up all over the city with no users in sight. A

Main street in Sturgis to remain at 5 lanes

     STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The main artery through the motorcycle mecca of Sturgis has been permanently made into five lanes.
     Officials in 2012 and 2013 restriped Lazelle Street into five lanes for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, then turned it back into a three-lane road after the event - one lane for each direction of traffic and a turning lane in

Religious privacy motion withdrawn in rape case

     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The attorney for a Columbia-area man accusing of kidnapping and raping a girl has withdrawn a motion seeking to keep recorded conversations between his client and priests private.
     Authorities allege that 55-year-old Thomas Kline abused the girl in her home, in his home and in a church over a period of eight years. She was 8 or

Extension service says aphids showing up on wheat

     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - The warm fall weather is likely to blame for aphids that have been reported on winter wheat in central and southern South Dakota.
     Counties where the bug has been spotted include Hand, Hanson, Davidson and Aurora.
     SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist Ruth Beck says the aphids carry a virus that