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Month: August, 2014

Bomber crews learn from each other

Friday, August 29, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Airman from Minot Air Force Base who fly and work on B-52 bombers say they've learned a lot from their counterparts at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota who fly B-1 bombers. 
Eight B-52s and about 300 airmen from Minot have been based at Ellsworth this summer while a $67 million runway upgrade is completed at Minot. The project is expected to wrap up by the end of September. 
Capt. Joe Manglitz with the Minot base's 23rd Bomb Squadron says integrating with the B-1s has been a great opportunity. He says the two types of bombers both can fly long distances and have similar weapons capabilities. He says crews on the two types of bombers have learned from one another and have better coordination. 

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Panel problems

Friday, August 29, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Contractors at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls are going to try new techniques to install the center's metal paneling that they hope won't cause the exterior to bulge and ripple. 
The city of Sioux Falls hired a design firm to look into the issue with the center's metal paneling in June. The flat horizontal metal panels are bulging where they join along the curved face of the building. 
Contractors will tear panels from two test areas and install new sheets of metal starting September 8. Officials say installing them will take up to a month.
All panels on the building will be replaced once a best method is determined. 
The city borrowed $115 million to build the facility that will host hockey, football, basketball, rodeos and concerts. 

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Anniversary trees set for delivery

Friday, August 29, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties will be delivered to sites across the state in the next two weeks. 
The project is aimed at helping celebrate South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood this year. It was spearheaded by Plankinton artist Altman Studeny. 
He collected the soil from each county in June, mixed it together, and planted the bur oaks. The tree grows in each region of South Dakota and can live for centuries. 
The trees have been on display in Pierre, along a walking path near the state Capitol. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says they'll now be delivered to historic sites in each county. 

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DWU donation

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University’s music department has a new name, thanks to benefactors Ron and Sheilah Gates, of Mitchell.
The university recognized the couple for their generous donation toward the music program Thursday during Opening Convocation and announced the naming of the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music.
DWU president Amy Novak says the generosity of Ron and Sheilah will allow DWU to strategically enhance the resources committed to music. She says DWU plans to hire another faculty member to support an instrumental music program. Additionally, the program will benefit from an endowment that will provide support for music at DWU for years to come.The first performance of the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music is the Choral Hymn Festival on Oct. 5 at Mitchell First United Methodist Church.

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Pierre stadium project

Friday, August 29, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Officials say upgrading Hyde Stadium in Pierre would cost $1.2 million. 
The stadium is home to high school, youth, American Legion and amateur baseball teams. It also hosts middle school football practices. 
The 79-year-old stadium has an old lighting system, bathrooms that are not accessible to the disabled, and dugouts that flood in heavy rains. 
The American Legion post is proposing to split the project cost with the city, to get the project started next year. The City Commission would have to approve funding. 

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Tornado touches down in Yankton County

Friday, August 29, 2014

MAYFIELD, S.D. (AP) — No injuries or damage was reported from a tornado that touched down in northeastern Yankton County. 
A funnel cloud that dropped out of a small storm cell touched down several times in the Mayfield area over the course of about half an hour Thursday night. 

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Guymon gets suspended imposition of sentence

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A former Mitchell resident who admitted voting twice in the 2012 school board election was given a suspended imposition of sentence but must serve the remainder of his jail time.

During a Tuesday court appearance, 55 year old Craig Guymon of Platte asked Judge Tim Bjorkman to suspend the remainder of his jail sentence. His attorney Brad Schreiber questioned whether a state law that became effective July 1st of 2013, would impact Guymon’s sentence which was issued in September of 2013.

Judge Tim Bjorkman rejected the argument and instead based his decision to grant the suspended imposition of sentence on Guymon’s clean record while on probation. The suspended imposition of sentence means the felony conviction would be erased from Guymon’s record if he successfully completes probation which includes time in jail.

Bjorkman says he issued the jail sentence because Guymon’s actions posed a threat to the integrity of the voting system, saying Guymon, in his words, “acted without a lot of clear thinking and judgment.”

Guymon’s 180 day jail sentence was spread out over a two year period and he remains on probation. 

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Libertarians sue to stop ballot printing

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Libertarian Party is asking a federal judge to stop Secretary of State Jason Gant from printing November general election ballots without the name of the party's candidate for the Public Utilities Commission. 
Gant last week ruled Ryan Gaddy ineligible to run for the office, saying Gaddy didn't comply with a state law that requires candidates to be members of the party that nominates them. 
Gaddy and the Libertarian Party are suing, arguing that the law is unconstitutional and that not putting Gaddy on the ballot infringes on his and the party's rights. 
Gant says he has no intention of printing ballots until the court case is resolved. He says ballots aren't required to be in county auditors' offices until Sept. 17, two days before absentee voting starts. 

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Special Olympics facility

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A fund drive has raised more than $1.6 million to help Special Olympics South Dakota expand its facility in Sioux Falls and introduce a new competition concept. 
The amount surpassed the $1 million goal for the summer drive endorsed by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. 
The money will go toward a $1.9 million project to more than triple the space of the 6,000-square-foot building on the city's north side. Officials plan to add a commons area, walkway and gymnasium with two basketball courts. 
Special Olympics President and CEO Darryl Nordquist says the expanded facility will help the nonprofit launch a concept called "unify sports," in which disabled people and people without disabilities take part in programs together and become teammates and friends. 

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Falling bricks

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — No injuries were reported when bricks fell from the side of a three-story building in Sioux Falls. 
Bricks began falling to the sidewalk at the Larson Square building about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The incident prompted the closure of a section of Main Avenue, and firefighters were called to the scene to peel loose bricks from the wall. 
The building houses apartments and a restaurant. Fire Department Capt. Troy Scandin says the structural integrity of the building is fine. 
The bricks fell from a veneer wall. Authorities believe rotting wood behind the bricks might have caused the bricks in a 250-square-foot section to fall. 

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