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Elderly murder defendant released from jail in Minnesota

Jan. 21, 2021 7:53 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An elderly Sioux Falls man charged in a 1974 stabbing death has been released from jail because of his declining health, according to authorities working on the case. Algene Vossen, 80, was charged last summer with killing 74-year-old Mable Herman, at her home in Willmar,...

Man charged in Rapid City triple homicide appears in court

Jan. 20, 2021 5:22 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A New York City man accused of killing three people in Rapid City made his first appearance in Pennington County Court on Wednesday, nearly five months after the alleged triple homicide. Arnson Absolu, 36, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Charles...

Health officials describe 'tricky' vaccine delivery process

Jan. 20, 2021 4:28 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — As South Dakota attempts to continue the fast pace of its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, health officials on Wednesday described a multi-step process that at times created a scramble for drivers to deliver vaccine shipments in winter weather. Health officials have not received reports of...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019 file photo, Paul Erickson leaves the federal courthouse, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina who was convicted in investment schemes, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term. A White House statement early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, said that Erickson's conviction

Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

Jan. 20, 2021 3:00 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his grievance over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by pardoning Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina. Erickson received the pardon even though he had pleaded...

Noem orders agriculture, natural resource department merger

Jan. 19, 2021 5:39 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday issued an executive order to merge two departments overseeing the state's agriculture industry and natural resources. The Republican governor's order created the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources that she billed as a...

South Dakota COVID-19 report shows zero deaths in last day

Jan. 19, 2021 3:51 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota daily COVID-19 update Tuesday reported no new deaths due to the coronavirus, a day after data compiled by Johns Hopkins University researchers listed the state's fatality count as the fifth highest per capita in the nation. Researchers have confirmed 189 deaths per...

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. Noem criticized a Texas school's food pantry to take a shot at fellow Republican Nikki Haley, a move that political strategists saw as an early tussle between a pair of potential 2024 presidential hopefuls. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

Noem's tweet about student food pantry seen as dig at Haley

Jan. 19, 2021 3:06 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a shot at a Texas school's food pantry in a move that political strategists said was really aimed at former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is seen as a potential rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Noem used her...

Pursuit that crossed state lines reaches speeds of 110 mph

Jan. 19, 2021 12:06 PM EST

CHANCELLOR, S.D. (AP) — An Iowa man is behind bars in South Dakota after a pursuit that crossed state lines and reached speeds of more than 100 mph. The incident started when deputies with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa started pursuing a stolen vehicle Monday. The pursuit entered Lincoln...

State launches next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations

Jan. 18, 2021 2:59 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials say the state on Monday is launching the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations. Phase 1D includes people 65 years and older, beginning with those who are 80 and older. 1D also includes high-risk patients, including those on dialysis and...

Tourism businesses look forward with renewed hope for 2021

Jan. 18, 2021 10:56 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Many thought one of South Dakota's top industries would take a huge hit in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. But, tourism officials it wasn't as bad as some other states because of South Dakota's many outdoor opportunities. From hiking in the Black Hills to driving through...