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Month: November, 2014

Black Friday shopping

Friday, November 28, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Retailers in the Dakotas are expecting a strong holiday shopping season. 
The day after Thanksgiving is generally considered the kickoff to the season, with stores offering "Black Friday" deals that draw shoppers to stores in droves. 
Nationally, holiday sales are forecast to grow 4.1 percent over last year, the highest increase since 2011. 
South Dakota Retailers Association Executive Director Shawn Lyons says he expects a similar increase in South Dakota. He says better weather than last year is one reason. An early October blizzard put a damper on many families' Christmas budgets last year. 
North Dakota Retail Association President Mike Rud (rood) says holiday sales in North Dakota might be up 5-6 percent over last year. He cites not only the western oil boom but a strong overall economy. 

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Sex abuse sentence

Friday, November 28, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of having sexual contact with a minor in an Indian reservation in South Dakota has been sentenced. 
The U.S. Attorney's office says 20-year-old Francis Kills In Sight has been sentenced to more than 3 years in prison. He was also ordered to spend eight years on supervised release. 
A federal grand jury indicted Kills In Sight on October 2012 for aggravated sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty in March to abusive sexual contact. 
The conviction stems from a September 2012 incident that occurred in Rosebud. Authorities say Kills In Sight engaged in sexual contact with a child younger than 12 years old. 

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Grocery store sales

Friday, November 28, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City-based Lynn's Dakotamart is buying grocery stores in Pierre and Fort Pierre. 
Lynn's Dakotamart General Manager Dave Johnson says the Sutley's Super Savings Store in Pierre likely will be closed, and officials will look at "other options" for the site. 
The Sutley's Town and Ranch Market in Fort Pierre will remain open, likely under the name of Lynn's Dakotamart, which already has a location in Pierre. 
Sutley's co-owner DeWayne Strohfus says he's 72 years old and now is the right time to sell. 

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Supreme court appointee brings experience

Friday, November 28, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The newest justice on the South Dakota Supreme Court says her 11 years as an assistant state attorney general in Pierre and 18 years as a circuit court judge in Rapid City have given her a broad base of experience that she'll bring to the high court. 
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the appointment of Judge Janine Kern this week. She succeeds Justice John Konenkamp, who is retiring at the end of the year. 
Kern said in a statement that she'll do everything she can to "live up to the high standards" set by Konenkamp, whom she called a "friend and mentor." 
Kern was appointed to the 7th Circuit bench in 1996 by then-Gov. Bill Janklow. She had spent the previous 11 years as an assistant attorney general. 

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Zebra mussel plan

Friday, November 28, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and South Dakota officials will be discussing what actions to take following the discovery of an invasive zebra mussel on a boat dock on the South Dakota side of Lewis and Clark Lake. 
The Missouri River impoundment straddles the state line in northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota. 
A single adult zebra mussel was discovered on Nov. 14. A subsequent search found no other zebra mussels. Nebraska Game and Parks and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks staffers have sampled the lake yearly for zebra mussel larvae, and all samples have been negative. 
Zebra mussels can attach themselves to pipes or other structures, damaging boat motors and reducing the ability to draw water into facilities such as water treatment and power plants. 

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Red Cross volunteer returns to Pierre

Friday, November 28, 2014

ONIDA, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman is returning home after volunteering for a week with Red Cross efforts in Buffalo, New York, following a strong winter storm. 
Volunteer Nancy McKenney was deployed to the area Monday to help with managing the shelters set up to help those affected by the blizzard. 
As much as 7 1/2 feet of snow blanketed the city in western New York last week. The lake-effect snow was blamed for at least a dozen deaths. 
McKenney was scheduled to be in Buffalo for up to two weeks due to serious concerns about flooding. But the region dodged the kind of widespread flooding that weather-weary residents had feared. 
The Onida woman says those who are still in need of housing are being given hotel rooms. 

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Homeless sex offender faces murder charges

Friday, November 28, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A homeless sex offender is facing murder charges in the strangulation death of a 39-year-old Sioux Falls woman. 
Fifty-seven-year-old Arthur Brundige is charged with alternate counts of first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 39-year-old Sabrina White. 
White's body was found in her home Monday. Police say she was killed Saturday night. 
Brundige was arrested Wednesday. He's due in court on Monday. 
Brundige is a registered sex offender due to sexual conduct convictions in Minnesota and Nebraska in 1982 and 1989. He is on probation in Minnehaha County for failing to register. 

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Fatal rollover crash near Wagner

Friday, November 28, 2014

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — A 36-year-old South Dakota man is dead following a rollover crash on Highway 46 near Wagner. 
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Joseph Earlwin Bernie Sr. died early today. Authorities say the Wagner man was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer when he crossed over the centerline and entered the north ditch. 
The Patrol says Bernie attempted to steer the sport utility vehicle back onto the roadway, but over-corrected and the SUV rolled. Authorities say Bernie was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. 
He died from injuries sustained in the crash. 
The Patrol says the incident remains under investigation. 

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Deadwood gambling revenue up in October

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Deadwood gambling officials say October revenue has jumped significantly over last year, when the region was dealing with extreme snowfall. 
Figures released on Tuesday show that gambling revenues have increased more than 20 percent over last October, and more than 10 percent over the same month in 2012. 
Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman says he's pleased with the numbers — especially with the increase over 2012, when Deadwood wasn't dealing with heavy snowfall. 
Rodman says table games also are enjoying increased popularity. The state gaming commission is now drafting a measure the Legislature will consider to add three new voter-backed games to Deadwood's offerings: keno, craps and roulette. 

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Municipal tax changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Four South Dakota communities will soon be implementing municipal tax changes.The state's Business Tax Division says the communities that will see changes starting Jan. 1 are Veblen, Colome, Hurley and Miller. 
Veblen will increase its 1 percent general sales and use tax rate to 2 percent, 
while Miller is imposing a 1 percent municipal gross receipts tax rate on lodging, eating establishments and alcoholic beverages. 
Colome and Hurley will impose a 1 percent municipal gross receipts tax rate on lodging, eating establishments, alcoholic beverages, and ticket sales or admissions to places of amusement, athletic and cultural events. 
The changes in Miller, Colome and Hurley are in addition to the 2 percent general sales and use tax rate in each community. 

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