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03/27/15 01:49 PM
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota-based Daktronics has been chosen to design and build 18 high-definition video displays for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

The Minneapolis Sports Facilities Authority told the Brookings-based company Friday it got the bid to manufacture a total of more than 25,000 square feet of LED displays. The main display will measure about 68 feet
03/27/15 12:17 PM
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — State investigators say Campbell County Sheriff William Pownall broke office protocol in handling his son's arrest on a drunken driving charge last year.

According to a report by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Pownall told a deputy he wasn't going to send charges involving his son to the County Attorney's Office
03/27/15 11:22 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Both the state and federal trials have been delayed for a former South Dakota county prosecutor accused of child rape.

Former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen was indicted in both state and federal courts last summer. The Capital Journal reports that his state trial won't begin until at least June, and his federal trial has
03/25/15 12:28 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City police say a man charged in a 15-count criminal complaint paid young girls to pose for lewd photos at a motel room in the city.

51-year-old Wallace A. "Wally" Beane, of Rapid City, is in jail on a $500,000 bond.

He is charged with one count of third-degree rape, four counts of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 and 10
03/25/15 12:21 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennington County deputy who shot and killed a man five years ago is not immune from a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Deputy David Olson sought to have the case dismissed, claiming he was a public employee and thus immune from prosecution. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal judge's rejection of that
03/24/15 12:36 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has approved a resolution banning all businesses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from selling the Rapid City Journal after the newspaper published a headline the tribe found objectionable.

Tribal spokesman Kevin Steele said that the ban will stay in effect until the newspaper apologizes for a headline that questioned
03/24/15 11:20 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old Sioux Falls man who lost sight in one eye when a portable meth lab exploded in a vehicle he was driving has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Argus Leader reports JayJay Stanton Coronado was driving while he and a woman made methamphetamine in a 20-ounce pop bottle. The meth lab exploded, burning both people and setting the vehicle on
03/24/15 11:18 AM
NEW YORK | OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.

Now they are fighting back.

Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they drill, and furiously cutting costs in an effort to keep U.S. oil
03/24/15 11:17 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A southeast South Dakota man accused of soliciting sex from two 13-year-old girls has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

The Argus Leader reports 25-year-old Elijah Wilson entered his guilty plea Monday to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Prosecutors in exchange dropped a commercial sex trafficking charge.

03/24/15 11:16 AM
LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of driving drunk and killing two federal wildlife researchers has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

The 30-year-old Ronald Fischer Jr. on Monday was ordered to serve 15 years in prison for each count of vehicular homicide. The Lake Andes man earlier this year was convicted of two counts of vehicular
03/24/15 11:16 AM
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A teacher, custodian and principal in Aberdeen have been recognized for saving the life of a student.

Physical education teacher Lucus Howard, custodian Bill Podoll and Principal Mike Neubert came to the rescue of a first-grade student who collapsed during a March 4 gym class at May Overby Elementary School, using CPR and a recently installed defibrillator.

03/24/15 11:14 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A civil trial is underway in a case in which a man alleges Rapid City Regional Hospital workers intentionally carved the letters "KKK" into his abdomen during heart surgery.

Seventy-one-year-old Vernon Traversie, of Eagle Butte, is suing in federal court for alleged violations of civil rights, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
03/23/15 11:16 AM
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — Construction crews start work Monday on a new youth exploration area at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, so part of the Presidential Trail will be closed.

Weather permitting, the project will be done and the trail reopened by the end of May.

Besides a new shelter, construction will also include a wider sidewalk and new handrails.

03/20/15 03:32 PM
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Campus police at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion say they are investigating a report of a sexual assault at a residence hall.

Authorities on Friday said the assault allegedly happened Wednesday in the Coyote Village dorm.

Pete Jensen is director of the University Police Department. Jensen says the case "appears to be an
03/20/15 01:33 PM
RAPID CITY, SD – Celebrate the Grand Opening of Legacy Commons Playground on Saturday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will coincide with Main Street Square’s Eggstravaganza and will include an Easter egg hunt in the playground featuring 7,000 eggs.
Mayor Sam Kooiker will present a proclamation at 11 a.m. in Legacy Commons Playground, and the egg hunt will immediately
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