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South Dakota reports 5 COVID-19 deaths, dip in active cases

Sep. 29, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of people with active coronavirus infections in South Dakota declined for the first time in a week on Tuesday to 3,684, according to data from the Department of Health. Health officials also reported five more deaths from COVID-19, while the number of daily new cases...

Inmate accused in deputy assault has lengthy criminal record

Sep. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

TEA, S.D. (AP) — An inmate accused of attacking a Turner County deputy and stealing his sheriff's vehicle during a transport has previous charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Tyson Wessels was being returned to the Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls following a court appearance in...

Defendant's sanity in question in deaths of mother, nephew

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge will decide whether a Sioux Falls man is not guilty by reason of mental disease in the slayings of his mother and nephew in 2016. Heath Otto told investigators he felt he did the right thing in killing the two because he was ending their misery from their respective...

$10,000 reward offered in Rapid City gun store robbery

Sep. 29, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities said Monday a $10,000 reward is being offered to help catch suspects in a Rapid City gun store robbery and recover some of the stolen weapons. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade...

Secretary of Health: Hospitals can handle more virus cases

Sep. 28, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's hospitals have plenty of capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, a top health official said Monday, even as the state has become one of the nation’s coronavirus hotspots. South Dakota has reported the nation’s second-highest number of new cases per...

Crowd in Brandon celebrates life of teen killed in crash

Sep. 28, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

BRANDON, S.D. (AP) — Several hundred people gathered at a church in Brandon Sunday night to celebrate the life of a 14-year-old boy killed in a rollover accident last week. Many of those who attended the vigil at Celebrate Community Church were fellow students of Noah Kimball at Brandon Valley High...

Run for the roses: South Dakota man achieves lifelong dream

Sep. 28, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Wayne Scherr can credit COVID-19 for making a lifelong dream come true. Because of the pandemic, the Kentucky Derby — one of horse racing’s most revered events — was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. Scherr, a long-time horse owner from Wagner, took advantage of the...

South Dakota reports nearly 2,900 COVID-19 cases in 7 days

Sep. 27, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Department of Health officials on Sunday reported 412 new cases of the coronavirus, for a total of 2,849 positive tests in seven days and 21,541 cases since the pandemic began. The number of active cases increased by 48, to a record 3,790. Hospitalizations rose by...

South Dakota coronavirus spread continues at all-time high

Sep. 26, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of daily new coronavirus cases topped 500 for the first time in South Dakota on Saturday, as the state continued to break records of active cases and hospitalizations. The wave of cases has caused concerns about hospitals' ability to handle COVID-19 patients along with...

South Dakota's buffalo roundup draws thousands of spectators

Sep. 26, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — Thousands of people in South Dakota gathered to watch buffalo being herded into corrals at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on Friday. The event usually attracts between 19,000 and 20,000 people, the Rapid City Journal reported. Several participants in the roundup said the...