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South Dakota bishop to lead Saginaw diocese in Michigan

May. 24, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Catholic bishop in South Dakota has been selected as the new bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan. The diocese announced Friday that 63-year-old Bishop Robert D. Gruss will serve as its seventh bishop. His installation in Saginaw is scheduled for July 26. Gruss has served as...

South Dakota governor not planning to stop inmate execution

May. 22, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

The governor of South Dakota says she does not plan to stop the execution of a death row inmate who claims jurors were biased against him because he's gay. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Gov. Kristi Noem to grant clemency to Charles Rhines. He was convicted of stabbing 22-year-old doughnut shop...

Former Senate Majority Leader Daschle joins cannabis board

May. 22, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has been named to an advisory board of a cannabis investment company. The Argus Leader reports the South Dakota Democrat joined New York-based Northern Swan Holdings Inc. The firm supports companies in the international cannabis industry in...

Deputy shoots knife-wielding man outside South Dakota jail

May. 21, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot outside of a South Dakota jail after he charged at officers with a knife. Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead says authorities responded to gunshots just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Milstead says a deputy fired two shots, and at least one hit the...

Angler's family upset after South Dakota fish record voided

May. 21, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The family of an angler whose catfish held a South Dakota record for nearly 70 years is upset that state wildlife officials voided the record. Roy Groves caught the 55-pound (24.9-kilogram) fish in 1949. The fish originally was identified as a channel catfish, but South Dakota...

Woman accused in death of newborn granted pretrial release

May. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman charged with murder in the death of her newborn who was abandoned in a ditch 38 years ago has been released from jail. Theresa Bentaas, 57, has been in the Minnehaha County Jail since her arrest March 8. Investigators said they used advances in DNA evidence and...

Activists' lawyers: Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws

May. 16, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff's attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain...

South Dakota police officer accused of shooting stray cats

May. 16, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota police officer accused of shooting stray cats is facing criminal charges. A criminal complaint filed in Union County charges North Sioux City Officer Derek McIntosh with a misdemeanor. Police began investigating McIntosh on May 9 after other officers reported...

Police: South Dakota man stole sex toys from couple's house

May. 11, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man is accused of stealing $500 worth of sex toys from a couple's home over a period of about two years. The Argus Leader reports that 25-year-old Brody Fuchs, of Tyndall (TIN'-duhl), is charged with second-degree burglary. Bon Homme County Sheriff's Deputy Brian McGuire...

Judge strikes down South Dakota out-of-state fundraising ban

May. 9, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's ban on out-of-state money for ballot question campaigns is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday in blocking state officials from enforcing the new law. U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann ruled that the first-in-the-nation measure approved by South Dakota...