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Month: July, 2014

Anniversary concert

Thursday, July 31, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Classical music lovers can mark South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood and see what the state says will be the first full orchestra performance in the Capitol with more than 50 members. 
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will perform the free concert on Saturday, Nov. 1, in Pierre on the eve of the date President Benjamin Harrison signed the proclamation admitting South Dakota to the Union. 
The event will also include the re-dedication and lighting ceremony for the newly restored stained glass in the Capitol. 
Ticketing information and the availability date for reserving seats will be made in the future. Standing room only will be available on the marble grand staircase and in the balconies above the rotunda floor. 

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Scissor attacker sentenced

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to six years in prison for attacking a female store clerk with a pair of scissors in the North Dakota city of Wahpeton. 
Judge Brad Cruff called 21-year-old Christopher Yellow Earrings a "time bomb" as he imposed the sentence on Wednesday. 
Authorities think the Peever resident was high on drugs when he attacked the employee at a Family Dollar store in Wahpeton in May 2013. The clerk suffered a wound that required stitches and a police officer suffered a cut hand in the incident. 
Yellow Earrings said in court that he does not remember what happened. He pleaded guilty to terrorizing, reckless endangerment and preventing arrest in a deal with prosecutors. 

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Miffed musicians

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some Sioux Falls musicians say it's insulting to be urged to play for free at the Denny Sanford Premier Center's soft-opening event. 
Officials with the city and the SMG company that's managing the $117 million facility put out a call to artists this week, looking for local bands and entertainers to perform at a two-day public open house in mid-September. The officials say preference will be given to acts that don't require compensation. They cite a limited budget. 
Thomas Hentges, who performs as Burlap Wolf King, says the request for artists to donate their time shows the officials don't value local musicians. 
SMG General Manager Terry Torkildson says no insult was intended, and he's surprised by the reaction from artists. 

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Rapid City teacher's contract

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City School Board is imposing its final contract offer to teachers after months of negotiations failed to produce an agreement. 
Rapid City Education Association President Sue Podoll says the teachers union decided it wasn't worth continuing the fight. But she says the imposed contract will mean less take-home money for many teachers. 
The contract includes a 3 percent salary increase, a 2 percent one-time bonus and a 9.4 percent increase in teachers' health insurance premiums. 
Podoll says the fact that the school district has dozens of unfilled positions is directly related to poor compensation. 
Superintendent Tim Mitchell says the district has to do what it can with the limited resources it has. He says the district is using $6 million in reserves to cover its next budget. 

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Stolen gas mask returned

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A World War I gas mask stolen nearly 100 years ago from the Wyoming State Capitol is back home after ending up in a South Dakota pawn shop. 
The Wyoming State Museum announced its return Wednesday. 
The mask and other artifacts were brought back to the United States by Sgt. Robert Pennewill after the war. The collection was purchased in 1919 by entrepreneur William Coe, who donated it to Wyoming. 
Many of the items were stolen from an exhibit at the Capitol in 1920. Earlier this year, the museum received a tip that a mask being sold online by the Presidential Pawn shop in Rapid City, South Dakota looked like the one taken from Wyoming. The shop donated it to the state. 

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Inmate donations

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CANTON, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota inmates are donating more than $3,440 to people affected by severe weather in the state this summer. 
State penitentiary inmates raised more than $1,700 for the Lincoln and Union County Relief Fund, which was started following heavy rains and flooding in June. 
In addition to raising money, the inmates also helped with cleanup efforts in Canton after the flooding. 
The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmates also are donating more than $1,740 to the Wessington Springs tornado recovery fund. 

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Corsica and Stickney vote to consolidate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

STICKNEY, S.D. (AP) — Voters in Stickney and Corsica have overwhelmingly voted to consolidate their school districts. 
The proposal gained 80 percent approval in Corsica and 84 percent approval in Stickney in Tuesday's election. 
The consolidation prompted by declining enrollment will take effect July 1, 2015. Students in grades K-6 will attend classes in Stickney, and those in grades 7-12 will be in Corsica. 
The two school districts have had sports cooperatives since 2009 and also have shared teachers and programs in that time period. 

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House hit and run

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police are looking for a sport utility vehicle they say slammed into a house, nearly hitting a woman inside. 
Authorities say the driver lost control shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday and drove through the front window of a neighbor's home. The SUV went through the living room and hit the wall of a bedroom occupied by an elderly woman. 
The woman was not hurt, and the Red Cross was helping her find temporary housing. 
The driver of the SUV fled after the crash. 
Investigators say the crash left an 80-square-foot hole in the front of the home, causing as much as $15,000 in damage. 

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Technology center set to open

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Officials are preparing to open a $2 million technology center in Brookings in a few weeks. 
The Agriculture Technology Center for Rural Enterprise in the Telkamp Industrial Park is aimed at helping the city become a hub for both research and economic development. It was built using grants and loans from government agencies and private business. 
The 30,000-square-foot building already has its first tenant. Prairie AquaTech is an aquaculture business that's using South Dakota State University research to develop a soybean-based food for fish farms. 
Brookings development officials will work to identify other types of businesses that could be located at the center after Prairie AquaTech moves out. The company has signed a three-year lease but will have the option to renew it if needed. 

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Watertown burglary and vandalism

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Police have made three arrests in the burglary and vandalism of a Watertown casino. 
Two Sioux Falls men and a Watertown man were taken into custody on Monday. All three suspects are in their late 20s. 
Authorities say the men forced open a door at the Mint Casino, took an undisclosed amount of cash and damaged a video lottery machine. 
The suspects were arrested later during a traffic stop. 

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