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Man rescued from well in Rapid City

Jan. 23, 2020 7:33 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City firefighters came to the rescue of an elderly man who was trapped in the bottom of a well. Crews from two fire stations responded to a location along East Highway 44 Wednesday about 3 p.m. The Rapid City Journal reports the man was safely extricated from the well and...

South Dakota State edges North Dakota State 78-73

Jan. 22, 2020 10:39 PM EST

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Matt Dentlinger scored 21 points as South Dakota State won its 12th straight home game, narrowly defeating North Dakota State 78-73 on Wednesday night. Douglas Wilson added 20 points for the Jackrabbits. Dentlinger shot 10 for 13 from the field. Alex Arians had 14 points, 11 rebounds...

Man held in brother's death on Pine Ridge Reservation

Jan. 22, 2020 7:16 PM EST

PORCUPINE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have detained a man after his brother died in a fight on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. Officers from the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Department of Public Safety were called about an assault at a home near Porcupine early Wednesday. A witness...

Quinncy Parke, 17, testifies to the South Dakota House State Affairs committee against a bill that would make it illegal for doctors to give gender-change treatment to children under 16, during a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Pierre, S.D. The South Dakota House committee passed a bill that would allow for the prosecution of physicians who help children under age 16 to change their gender. The bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for medical providers in the state to perform surgeries, administer puberty-blocking medication or hormone therapy drugs to minors to change their gender. Nurses and other non-licensed medical practitioners would be exempt from prosecution. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

House to weigh banning gender-change treatments for minors

Jan. 22, 2020 4:23 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow for the prosecution of physicians who help children under age 16 to change their gender. The bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for medical providers in the state to perform surgeries, administer...

Bill prohibiting local plastics ban gathering support

Jan. 22, 2020 11:28 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Twenty-one South Dakota legislators have signed on in support of a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning plastic bags, straws and other products. Eight states have banned single-use plastic bags and 15 states, including Minnesota and North Dakota, have adopted laws...

Man arrested for beating child with belt

Jan. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police say a Sioux Falls man has been arrested for beating a 12-year-old child with a belt. The girl reported the beating to school staff who notified police. The man was arrested on an abuse of cruelty to minor charge. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the girl suffered some...

Day care provider charged in baby's strangulation death

Jan. 22, 2020 10:03 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls day care provider has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a baby who became strangled in a car seat. Prosecutors say Kayla Styles left the 9-month-old boy in the car seat to nap Nov. 14 and when she checked two hours later she found the baby was...

South Dakota man guilty of killing, dismembering girlfriend

Jan. 21, 2020 6:46 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota jury convicted a man Tuesday of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body in a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula last year. Jurors in Pierre found 45-year-old Stephen R. Falkenberg guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder in the March...

SD House committee to weigh transgender treatment for minors

Jan. 21, 2020 6:28 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee will hear arguments Wednesday on a controversial bill that would prosecute doctors who treat minors to help them change their gender. The bill would make it a felony for South Dakota doctors to perform surgeries or administer puberty-blocking drugs to...

South Dakota board approves Keystone XL water permits

Jan. 21, 2020 5:52 PM EST

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. The hearing was so contentious that it stretched into a dozen days over the course of four months as American Indian tribes and environmental groups...