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Month: December, 2014

Measles reported in Davison County

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has its first case of measles since 1997.
The state Health Department says the case is in an unvaccinated Davison County child who is younger than 5 years old. The department is working to identify people who might have been exposed to the case.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause permanent brain damage or even death. It's spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people or, less frequently, by airborne transmission.
State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says measles is on the rise nationally, and he encourages South Dakota residents to make sure immunizations are up to date.

 


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Sioux Falls murder investigation

Monday, December 29, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a man has been charged with killing a woman at a house they shared in the central part of the city.
Officers went to the house Sunday morning to check on the well-being of someone and found the body of a woman in a bathtub a man with cuts on his arms.
They arrested 39-year-old Timothy Darnell Moses on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.
Police say he and the woman were in a relationship and lived in the house together.
Moses is in the Minnehaha County jail.
The woman's name has not been released.

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Proposed pipeline project

Monday, December 29, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota regulators have scheduled public meetings next month on a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from western North Dakota to eastern refineries.
The $3.8 million Dakota Access Pipeline would stretch from the Bakken formation to Patoka, Illinois. Energy Transfer Partners wants to have it operating by the end of 2016.
About 270 miles of the 1,100-mile pipeline would be in South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission has scheduled public hearings on Jan. 21 in Bowdle and Redfield and on Jan. 22 in Iroquois and Sioux Falls.
The PUC won't make a decision on a permit for the pipeline until late next year.


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2014 NORAD Santa Tracker

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

 Track Santa as he travels the world delivering gifts this year!

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

Click below to check on Santa's progress.

Hutchinson County flu death

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials say the first death related to the flu in the state has been reported.
State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the patient was a Hutchinson County resident in the 80-89 age group.
Kightlinger says the state has seen 144 lab-confirmed flu cases during the 2014-2015 season. Forty-eight people have been hospitalized.
State health officials reported this week that South Dakota's flu activity level has increased from "regional" to "widespread," the highest level of flu activity. Widespread activity indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.
Health officials are urging residents to get the flu vaccine.
Common signs of the virus include abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat and cough.


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Identity theft arrest

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A central South Dakota woman who authorities accuse of using someone else's name to apply for a credit card has been arrested.
Pierre Police Capt. Elton Blemaster says a woman reported to police on Tuesday that someone tried to apply for a card using her name. Blemaster says officers then successfully tracked down the fraudulent application to 26-year-old Katey McGruder using an IP address and email address provided by the credit card company.
Blemaster says the Pierre woman has been arrested on an identity theft charge, a Class 6 felony. McGruder's companion at the time of the arrest, 26-year-old Christopher Quick Bear, was also taken into custody. He's facing an ingesting charge.
Both were transported to the Hughes County Jail.


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Training air space

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune says it would be a "terrible loss" to the Air Force if it doesn't move forward with a proposal to establish an enormous bomber training area over the Northern Plains.
The Republican senator pushed back on Tuesday against criticism from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who is calling on federal officials to stop or make changes to the proposed expansion of the Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.
An Air Force decision could come around the end of the month on the plan. Then it would go before federal aviation regulators for their authorization.
Montana officials say the bombers would disrupt rural communities and scare livestock. Thune says the problems Montana officials have raised have been addressed.


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Supreme court protection order ruling

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A man barred from his sister's property by a protection order issued when he wasn't present in court was successful in arguing to the South Dakota Supreme Court that his lawyer should have been able to represent him the proceedings.
The high court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's decision to grant Cynthia Arch's five-year protection order against her brother, Myril Arch, II. Cynthia Arch says her brother threatened her and kicked up gravel around her house with his truck. A circuit court granted Cynthia Arch's request for a protection order because her brother didn't attend court.
The Supreme Court says the lower court was wrong to issue a default judgment because Myril Arch's attorney was present. The justices called for another hearing on the order.


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Original organist retiring

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The only organist in the 63-year history of a Lutheran church near the South Dakota and Minnesota border is retiring.
Lorraine Olson has played at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, Minnesota, since two congregations decided to merge in 1951. Luverne is about 30 miles from Sioux Falls.
Olson has not called in sick once in her more than 4,000 Sunday mornings of work. She has worked with 14 pastors and 17 choir directors. She has played for more than 10,000 worship services, 1,000 funerals and 1,000 weddings.
Olson will play her final weekly service Sunday at 10 a.m. 

 


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Sioux Falls casino caper

Monday, December 22, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Sioux Falls casino.
Authorities say a man robbed the Happy Jack's Casino shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday. The suspect was armed with a black handgun and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police say the suspect had a white and black bandanna covering part of his face.


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