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Month: September, 2014

Veterans high school gift

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HOVEN, S.D. (AP) — A veterans support group has given flags and a cash donation to students in northern South Dakota who lost their school to a fire in the spring. 
Rolling Thunder Brookings Chapter members wanted to thank the school in Hoven after students there raised about $2,500 for the group through a 2011 penny collection competition. Students brought in so many pennies that the local bank ran out of the coins. The money helped two veterans from South Dakota return to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 
The Rolling Thunder members delivered flags via motorcycle and presented them for use in each classroom when a new school is built. They also gave $350. 
Freshman Calie Kaiser says the gift surprised students because they had raised money without expecting anything in return. 

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Tribal college safety money

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some American Indian tribes and tribal colleges in North Dakota are getting more than $3 million in federal money to improve safety on reservations and at tribal campuses. 
The state's congressional delegation says Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, North Dakota is getting nearly $1.7 million to support tribal members pursuing health professions. The Turtle Lake Community College is getting nearly $1.2 million for the same purpose. 
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is getting $300,000 to support foster care and adoption programs on the reservation that straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border. 
The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

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Weekly crop report

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A week of warm weather has helped the development of row crops in South Dakota. 
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that temperatures over the past week have been well above normal. That aided crops such as corn, soybeans and sunflowers. 
About two-thirds of the state's winter wheat crop has been planted. That's equal to last year and near the average pace over the past five years.
Pasture and range conditions in South Dakota are rated 70 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 87 percent adequate to surplus. 

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Manslaughter trial underway

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of driving drunk and killing two federal wildlife researchers more than a year ago is on trial in Charles Mix County. 
Thirty-year-old Ronald Fischer Jr., of Lake Andes, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges. His trial began Monday. He could face life in prison if convicted. 
Fischer was apparently driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana on July 8, 2013, in the Pickstown area when he failed to stop at a stop sign. Authorities say his vehicle went into a parking lot, where it struck and killed 25-year-old Maegan Spindler, of Cazenovia, New York, and 46-year-old Robert Klumb, of Pierre. 
The two U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employees were in the area conducting tests on the Missouri River. 

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Killer seeks a ban on certain photos

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Huron woman who stabbed her 3-year-old daughter to death 27 years ago wants future parole boards barred from viewing autopsy and crime scene photos. 

A lawyer for 58-year-old Debra Jenner has raised constitutional questions about the right of an inmate to a fair and impartial hearing. Attorney Mark Marshall has filed a federal lawsuit seeking an order barring the viewing of the photos. 
Jenner was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1987 death of her daughter, Abby. She's been denied parole 15 times. 
Former Beadle County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Sheridan put the photos in Jenner's file. He says he thought it was necessary for people to know what happened. Authorities say Abby was stabbed 72 times with a toy metal airplane and kitchen knife. 

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Historic sign restored

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A sign detailing an 1885 hanging is on display again outside the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre, after being refurbished. 
The sign tells of the hanging of James H. Bell, who was jailed for killing another man with a hatchet. A mob dragged Bell from the jail and hanged him from a ladder leaned against a flagpole. It was the only hanging recorded in county history. 
The sign telling the story had been stained through the years by water from the courthouse sprinkler system. The Pierre-Fort Pierre Historic Preservation Commission removed the sign this past summer to be cleaned, sandblasted and repainted. It was reinstalled Monday, in a place away from the sprinklers. 
The sign is one of several the commission is refurbishing or replacing through a $4,000 federal grant. 

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Underage sex changes

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to three years in prison in an underage sex trafficking case. 
The U.S. Attorney's office says 25-year-old John Miller was also ordered to three years of supervised release. Miller is one of nine men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking sting during the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. 
The Rapid City man was convicted of attempted trafficking with respect to involuntary servitude and forced labor. 
Court documents show investigators placed multiple advertisements on the Craigslist.org and Backpage.com websites offering young girls for prostitution. Authorities have said the men responded to the ads and then negotiated with undercover agents who were acting as the 12- and 13-year-old girls' pimps. 
Authorities say Miller offered $150 for a girl. 

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Tribal group theft

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman accused of stealing money from a tribal organization has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution. 
The U.S. Attorney's office says 44-year-old Lorelei Exendine will be on probation for two years and has to pay the $3,000 that she stole in 2009. 
The Pine Ridge woman pleaded guilty to theft from an Indian tribal organization in June. 
Authorities say Exendine served as the president of the Northern Great Plains Emergency Medical Services Association in 2009. At that time, she planned a conference for emergency medical personnel that an ambulance service group from the Oglala Sioux Tribe co-sponsored. 
Exendine received $3,000 in registration fees, but she kept the money instead of sending it to the tribe.

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Area school earns national kudos

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Howard Elementary School is one of four South Dakota schools earning national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education for gains in academic achievement. 
South Dakota's Blue Ribbon schools are: Howard Elementary School in Howard; Medary Elementary School in Brookings; O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls; and Timer Lake High School in Timber Lake. 
The public schools selected for the honor are nominated by the chief school officer in each state and private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education. 
The federal agency on Tuesday recognized 287 public and 50 private schools across the country. The award recognizes schools where students are achieving very high learning standards or are making notable improvements to close the achievement gap. 

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Bakken oil conference

Monday, September 29, 2014

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — A TransCanada Corp. official working on the Keystone XL pipeline will be among those who speak this week in Spearfish at a conference tied to North Dakota's oil boom. 
Larry Scheuerman is responsible for the development of non-regulated Canadian and U.S. oil and gas projects. 
The Black Hills Bakken and Investor Conference runs Wednesday and Thursday in Spearfish. 
The Keystone XL pipeline would transport oil from Canadian tar sands through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Gulf Coast. 

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