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Hot Lotto ticket sold in Yankton worth $9K in latest drawing


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lottery officials say a ticket sold in Yankton is worth $9,000 in the latest Hot Lotto drawing.
 
     The ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Hot Ball to win the game's $3,000 third prize in Saturday's drawing. The ticket holder also bought an option for an additional dollar that tripled

US Supreme Court rejects appeal by death row inmate Berget


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says the U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Rodney Berget.
 
     Berget was sentenced to die for his role in killing State Penitentiary guard Ronald Johnson during an April 2011 escape attempt. Berget is to die by lethal injection the week of May 3.
 
     Jackley says the

Ducks Unlimited opens Brookings office to expand habitat


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Ducks Unlimited has opened an office in Brookings in its effort to expand the waterfowl habitat in South Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region.
 
     The group is located in the same research park building at South Dakota State University as Pheasants Forever, which opened a Brookings office last year.
 
   

South Dakota nun's book on Benedictine history reissued


     YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - The book of a South Dakota nun and retired college history professor that explores Benedictine history has been reissued.
 
     "Benedictine Men And Women Of Courage: Roots And History" was written by Sister Ann Kessler, a Benedictine nun and member of the Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton. The first edition was published

Proposed ethanol plant in SD would push production westward


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Plans for South Dakota's westernmost ethanol plant are moving forward following the rezoning of land in Onida despite complaints from residents.
 
     Onida residents don't want the proposed Ring-Neck Energy and Feed plant so close to the town. Investors hope that the plant on the edge of Onida will be running by fall

Gymnastics coach in South Dakota to retire after 37 years


     MILBANK, S.D. (AP) - Every member of the gymnastics team at Milbank High School since 1978 has been coached by Jeanne Sinclair. But that's about to end.
 
     Sinclair, a Sisseton native and University of South Dakota graduate, will retire from Milbank at the end of this school year.
 
     Sinclair says during her 37-year

Faulkton's ed board taking proposals for possible new school


     FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) - The board of education in Faulkton is accepting proposals from architects and engineers for a new school.
 
     The school district is looking to build a new facility to replace the main part of the school. Superintendent Joel Price says the three-story high school building opened in 1932 and the elementary wing in

Andover man develops program to help farmers calculate costs


     ANDOVER, S.D. (AP) - An Andover man has developed a program to help farmers calculate the costs of each crop and compare them to marketing opportunities.
 
     Scott Anderson worked for three months with formulas and algorithms to create CashCowFarmer. He wanted the software to be easy for farmers to use, while still providing them with beneficial

Brookings powerlifter raises money for sick children


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - A weight training enthusiast from Brookings is using powerlifting to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions.
 
     Jackie Geppert was recruited several weeks ago to join the Midwest-based Relentless powerlifting team, which raises money for a large charitable effort called HopeKids. The mission of the organization is to

House panel passes plan authorizing new games for Deadwood


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state House committee has passed a measure that would authorize three new voter-approved games in Deadwood.
 
     The House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 10-3 to approve the proposal to allow keno, craps and roulette in the historic mining town. The measure has already passed through the Senate and now heads to the

Company pursuing wind farm appeals rejection of towers


     CANTON, S.D. (AP) - An Aberdeen company eyeing a possible wind farm in Lincoln County has appealed a decision by county planners to reject the placement of meteorological towers to gauge wind capacity in the area.
 
     Dakota Power Community Wind wanted to put up towers to measure wind speeds and determine whether a wind farm would be a good investment.

Proposed $25 million solar farm near Sioux Falls shot down


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County officials have decided against allowing construction of a solar farm on the outskirts of the city.
 
     Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy proposed the $25 million Cherry Creek solar farm, saying it would generate enough power for about 2,000 homes. But some neighbors of the site opposed the

SD seeks comments for Black Hills fisheries management plans


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota wildlife officials are seeking comments from the public on two proposed management plans for fisheries in the Black Hills.
 
     Officials with the state's Game, Fish and Parks Department have drafted two five-year plans. One plan is for streams and the other for reservoirs.
 
     John Lott is

House committee set to take up youth minimum wage measure


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state House committee is expected to take up a proposal to exempt youth from the minimum wage hike to $8.50 that voters approved in November.
 
     The House Commerce and Energy Committee on Wednesday is scheduled to review the plan, which would carve out a $7.50 youth minimum wage. 
 
   

Daugaard signs companion bill to balanced budget resolution


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that would limit the authority of a constitutional convention delegate from the state. 
 
     Daugaard signed the bill on Tuesday that serves as a companion measure to a proposal that calls for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal

Senate kills bill allowing sergeants-at-arms to carry guns


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota state Senate has voted to kill a bill allowing sergeants-at-arms to carry concealed weapons in the state Capitol.
 
     The Senate voted 34-1 on Tuesday to table the bill.
 
     Republican Sen. Brock Greenfield had been pushing for the bill. Greenfield said Tuesday he requested the bill be

Panel defeats plan to allowed concealed carry without permit


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state Senate panel has defeated a proposal that would allow people in South Dakota to carry a concealed pistol without a permit.
 
     The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Tuesday against the measure, which would have removed the requirement for a concealed pistol permit from state law.
 
     Openly

House approves proposal to overhaul conflict-of-interest law


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The House has approved a proposal to overhaul conflict-of-interest laws for South Dakota public employees in response to the investment-for-visa scandal that dominated last year's U.S. Senate race.
 
     The House on Tuesday voted 67-1 for the measure, which broadens state law to prohibit state employees or officers from directly

Anti-Common Core plan fails to get full House consideration


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota House of Representatives has voted to not consider a measure that would end the state's involvement in the Common Core educational standards.
 
     The House voted 39-31 on Tuesday as part of procedural maneuvering not to schedule the bill to be on the calendar for Wednesday's floor session.
 
 

SD delegation criticizes Obama's veto on Keystone XL pipeline


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Republican congressional delegation is criticizing the president's veto of a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
 
     Sen. John Thune, South Dakota's senior senator, says President Barack Obama's veto is disappointing but not surprising.
 
     The