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Month: October, 2014

Koch changes his mind on Corn Palace job

Friday, October 31, 2014

The man selected to serve as the next Corn Palace Director has changed his mind. Mayor Ken Tracy met with Steven Koch this morning. “He informed me that he has reached a decision that he wanted to withdraw his name for consideration to be the Corn Palace Director”, Tracy said. “I told him that I would honor that request.”

Tracy says Koch offered no particular reason. “I’m not sure what was all involved in his decision”, said Tracy. “But maybe he will have something to share with that himself.”

Koch was set to succeed Mark Schilling who stepped down in March. Tracy asked Schilling to resign after a state audit found several problems with procedures and policies, including how money was handled, at the Corn Palace.

By J.P. Skelly
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New National Guard helicopters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Army National Guard is fielding new Black Hawk helicopters meant to be used in medical evacuations. 
Officials say the Guard has received its first two of six helicopters that will replace aircraft in the agency's existing inventory. The Guard is getting the new helicopters as part of the U.S. Army's aircraft modernization program. 
Maj. Jon Murphy is a state army aviation officer. Murphy says the new helicopters will be used during emergency response efforts. 
The Guard says the helicopters feature a built-in medical interior that includes a system capable of handling up to six patients and an integrated oxygen generating system for onboard patient care. 

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Missing man found dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a missing man who was last seen nearly a week ago has been found dead in a grain bin full of corn at a Brookings elevator. 
Police Chief Jeff Miller said Brookings Fire and Rescue found the body of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger on Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m. He says grain removal continued until crews could safely remove the body around 7:30 p.m. 
Miller says the incident is considered accidental at this time but the investigation is ongoing. An autopsy will be conducted Thursday. 
Authorities began searching the grain elevator area on Tuesday after a tip from the public. 
Heisinger was last seen leaving a bar Oct. 23. He was from California but lived in Brookings for at least a couple of years and took classes at South Dakota State University. 

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Suspect escapes authorities

Thursday, October 30, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A woman is in custody but a man remains at large after a vehicle chase with law officers that began in Pennington County and ended on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 
The county sheriff's office says the two were wanted on warrants for violating parole on drug, assault and burglary convictions. Authorities tried to stop them late Wednesday afternoon when they fled. 
Speeds during the chase reached 100 mph. Officers used road spikes to slow and eventually stop the vehicle, but the man ran into the darkness and got away. 
The woman was arrested and turned over to tribal officers. 

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Day care worker charged

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 26-year-old man is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl at the Sioux Falls day care where he worked. 
Edward Moss is charged with having sexual contact with a minor. 
Police say the girl reported the incident to a counselor after a presentation at her elementary school about inappropriate touching. 
A judge set bond for Moss at $20,000 cash or surety and ordered him not to have contact with children. 
The day care where Moss worked says he has been fired. 

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Turner arrested

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A 40 year old man from Wagner has been arrested regarding an early Thursday morning incident in Charles Mix County involving gunfire.

The Attorney General’s office says Russell Duaine Turner, Jr. was taken into custody without incident at his home on three outstanding warrants.

A Charles Mix County Deputy Sheriff responded to a disturbance call near Dante early this morning and approached a pickup with two people inside. The incident escalated and the deputy fired his weapon into the vehicle. The vehicle, apparently driven by Turner sped off. It was recovered later in Charles Mix County. A juvenile passenger, who suffered injuries not related to gunfire was found.

Turner’s outstanding warrants include intentional damage to property, failure to appear or report felony and driving with a suspended license. His criminal history includes an aggravated assault conviction in 1997 where he was sentenced to 7 years at the state penitentiary.

Jackley says the Division of Criminal Investigation is preparing case report and shooting summary to determine if the shooting was justified.


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Infant mortality rate dips

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — First lady Linda Daugaard says South Dakota's infant mortality rate dipped between 2012 and 2013, settling back near historic lows. 
The 2012 mortality rate was 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births, while 2013's was 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. That's closer to 2011's low of 6.3 deaths per 1,000 live births. 
A task force that Daugaard headed recommends measures such as safe sleep guidelines and smoking cessation to further reduce the mortality rate. 

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Inmate gardens produce bountiful harvest

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Community organizations in southeastern South Dakota are receiving nearly 19 tons of fresh produce thanks to inmates at two state prisons. 
The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmates at Yankton Minimum Unit and Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield harvested about 37,800 pounds of produce this year. 
Inmates in the horticulture program at Mike Durfee State Prison start growing the tomatoes and peppers. The vegetables are later transferred to a two-acre garden at the Yankton Minimum Unit. All other vegetables are grown from seed at the Yankton facility. 
The produce is eventually given to organizations like nursing homes and churches throughout southeastern South Dakota. 

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Tribal embezzlement conviction

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The former finance director for Maine's Passamaquoddy (pass-uh-muh-KWAH'-dee) Tribe has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling about $20,000 from the tribe. 
Charles Fourcloud was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution. 
The 59-year-old Fourcloud had pleaded guilty in June. 
Authorities say he submitted false expense claims to steal the money. 
Fourcloud was fired as finance director of the Passamaquoddy's Pleasant Point reservation government in September 2013 for lying about his identity. 
Authorities say Fourcloud's real name is Arlynn Knudsen, and he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in 1998 after pleading guilty to his role in the embezzlement of nearly $2.7 million from Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota. 

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Painted plows dispute

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls officials are trying to avoid painting over religious messages that students put on city-owned snow plow blades. 
The city's attorney said Tuesday officials are exploring legal options while considering a group's complaint that the messages violate the constitutional separation of church and state. 
Mayor Mike Huether said Tuesday the city won't paint over the plows unless it gets a court order. 
Students at two parochial schools painted the blades for the city's Paint the Plows program. One blade includes the words "Jesus Christ" and the other "Happy Birthday Jesus." 
The Siouxland Freethinkers complained, saying religious messaging doesn't belong on publicly owned vehicles. 
The attorney says officials want to make a decision by the end of the week, but may not come to a conclusion until the first snowfall. 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press


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