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Month: May, 2014

FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED BY NWS

Saturday, May 31, 2014
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SIOUX FALLS HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST IOWA...SOUTHWEST
  MINNESOTA AND SOUTH DAKOTA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...
  IN NORTHWEST IOWA...LYON AND SIOUX. IN SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA...
  COTTONWOOD...LINCOLN...LYON...MURRAY...NOBLES...PIPESTONE AND
  ROCK. IN SOUTH DAKOTA...AURORA...BEADLE...BON HOMME...
  BROOKINGS...BRULE...CHARLES MIX...CLAY...DAVISON...DOUGLAS...
  HANSON...HUTCHINSON...JERAULD...KINGSBURY...LAKE...LINCOLN...
  MCCOOK...MINER...MINNEHAHA...MOODY...SANBORN...TURNER...UNION
  AND YANKTON.

* THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* POCKETS OF HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS HAS
  SATURATED THE GROUND IN MANY LOCATIONS AND ADDITIONAL HEAVY
  RAINFALL WILL BE LIKELY LATE TONIGHT...THEN AGAIN SUNDAY
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING. ONE TO THREE INCHES OF ADDITIONAL
  RAINFALL IS LIKELY OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

* BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE
  THE DANGERS OF FLOODS. IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED...ACT QUICKLY.
  MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN
  AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING.A FLASH FLOOD
  WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH
  FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.


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Rapid City names interim police chief

Friday, May 30, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The mayor in Rapid City has appointed an interim police chief, with the current leader of the force retiring on Friday.
Mayor Sam Kooiker has selected current assistant chief Karl Jegeris to lead the department on an interim basis.
Chief Steve Allender was retired today after three decades with the department.
Jegeris has served as assistant chief since 2012. He has worked at the department for 18 years.
The City of Rapid City is interviewing candidates to fill the police chief position. The timeline of the decision is unclear.

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Summer college program

Friday, May 30, 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — About 50 high school students will be on the Northern State University campus starting next week as part of an annual summer program.
The Upward Bound Summer Program gives students in grades 9-12 a six-week college experience. They stay in residence halls and take high school courses in science, math, reading, writing and Spanish. Students also visit various other colleges and universities, travel to museums and perform community service projects.
Upward Bound helps first-generation and low-income students prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.
Langford native Kelsey Long went through the program and is now a counselor. She says if she didn't participate in the program she might not have gone to college.
Long graduated in May with a degree in business management and is pursuing a graduate degree. 


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Mickelson Trail trolley tour

Friday, May 30, 2014

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — People with physical limitations can take a ride on the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills.
A trolley plans to leave the Deadwood Trailhead at 1 p.m. Tuesday and tour the trail from Englewood to Rochford, which will take about four hours.
Reservations are required by calling 605-578-1401.
The Game, Fish and Parks Department says each person must have a handicapped parking permit. One assistant is allowed to accompany the person, if needed.


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June designated as Great Outdoors Month

Friday, May 30, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June "Great Outdoors Month" along with other states across the country.
Daugaard says South Dakota offers many opportunities for outdoor fun.
State parks throughout June will offer bird walks, outdoor cooking demonstrations, fishing derbies and other activities.
The first week in June is National Fishing and Boating Week. Special events include National Trails Day on June 7, National Get Outdoors Day on June 14 and the Great American Backyard Campout on June 28.
Lake Herman State Park near Madison will host a pioneer day June 14 with family activities and historical demonstrations.


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Pringle polygamists

Thursday, May 29, 2014

PRINGLE, S.D. (AP) — Custer County authorities say there's no indication followers of an imprisoned polygamist came to South Dakota after their Texas ranch was seized last month, but the group that lives in the state is behind on property taxes.
Warren Jeffs is serving life in prison after being convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting two girls he took as child brides. The Texas ranch was owned by his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
A sect affiliated with Jeffs owns land near Pringle.
Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler says he expected an influx, but there's not a lot of traffic on the compound and it's been quiet.
Deputy Treasurer Peggy Lindbloom says the group owes just under $51,000 in back taxes.
The South Dakota group could not be reached.

  Copyright 2014 The Associated Press


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Two organizations receive an unexpected windfall

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Two Mitchell community non-profit organizations have are getting unexpected gifts. Dave Stevens, executive director of the Mitchell United Way, says his organization and the Abbott House recently received word of the donations. Each will receive $196,000.
He says the organizations were notified that they were receiving a gift from the estate several months ago but only recently learned of the amount. The Mitchell United Way Board of Directors will decide how to use the money.
Stevens says planning ahead like Alton Schuldt leaves a lasting legacy in the community that can fund projects well into the future.
He says it also helps to avoid disagreements among the heirs to the estate.

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Veteran receives long over due honors

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SCOTLAND, S.D. (AP) — A World War II veteran in the South Dakota town of Scotland has been recognized for valor in combat, nearly 70 years after his service.
Ninety-two-year-old Delmar Strunk on Wednesday was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star. Several military and political dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony at Scotland City Hall.
Strunk served in the war from October 1943 to April 1945. His service included a four-month mission behind enemy lines in the Burmese jungle to attack Japanese bases and supply routes.
After the war his personnel records were lost, and he never received the medals due him. A military historian and author later discovered Strunk's involvement in the war and enlisted U.S. Sen. John Thune for help in getting Strunk his medals.

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Sioux Falls pet waste

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some residents of downtown Sioux Falls are using a $1,300 city grant to set up stations with bags and cans for pet waste.
The Downtown Sioux Falls Residents Association plans to have the pet waste stations in five locations by the end of August.
A recent economic development study determined there are about 2,200 residents in the downtown area. Association and city officials say they expect that number to grow — and that means more pets, as well.
Resident Cindy Palleschi has two dogs and says she looks forward to having the stations. She says hopefully it will cut down on people not picking up after their animals.


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Daugaard leads in fund-raising

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has amassed more than $1.6 million in his re-election campaign account heading toward the June 3 primary, far exceeding his Republican challenger and two Democratic hopefuls.
Daugaard raised more than $272,000 during the month and a half ending in mid-May with the majority coming from individual contributions. He spent $348,000.
GOP challenger Lora Hubbel raised about $20,000 during the period, all in individual contributions. The ending balance of the former state lawmaker from Sioux Falls was about $2,200.
The Democratic primary will feature Joe Lowe, the former head of the state wildfire agency, and state Rep. Susan Wismer, of Britton.
Lowe collected nearly $33,000 in contributions and spent $17,600. Wismer took in about $18,000 in individual contributions and $3,880 from in-state PACs. She spent $10,600.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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