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FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem considers using coronavirus funds for employee salaries

May. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is developing a plan to use some of the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay state employees’ March salaries and balance the budget, in case the Trump administration doesn't allow her to use the money to plug revenue...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem previews plan to spend $1.25 billion coronavirus relief

May. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. The...

In this photo provided by Cristobal Francisquez, his parents Paulina and Marcos Francisco pose for a photo in front of their house in Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2020. They bought the home after years of working in a meatpacking plant and other food processing jobs. (Cristobal Francisquez via AP)

Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

May. 26, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When Martha Kebede’s adult sons immigrated from Ethiopia and reunited with her in South Dakota this year, they had few work opportunities. Lacking English skills, the brothers took jobs at Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls pork plant, grueling and increasingly risky work as the...

Procession through Sioux Falls cemeteries honors veterans

May. 25, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Dozens of cars and motorcycles flying American flags looped through Sioux Falls cemeteries Monday on a Memorial Day with social distancing. The procession halted in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery next to a row of American flags. Divers and passengers remained in their vehicles while...

Patrons enter the Empire Mall, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Sioux Falls, S.D., as it reopens during the coronavirus pandemic. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota reports 23 new coronavirus cases; no new deaths

May. 25, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Health reported 23 new coronavirus infections on Monday but no new deaths from COVID-19. The department said 3,274 of the state’s 4,586 coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnehaha County, the most populous county in South Dakota and the...

Sioux Falls victim scammed by caller of $45,000

May. 25, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police are investigating a fraud case involving a victim who lost $45,000. Police say the individual got a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft. The caller said they found a problem with the victim's computer and gave instructions on how to allow the caller...

Cody Wiseman climbs his way to the top of a rock formation on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Palisades State Park in Garretson, S.D. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota state park usage skyrockets during pandemic

May. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of South Dakotans headed into the outdoors as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state, causing state park visitor numbers to bounce back after last year’s rough weather. The boost in visitors is a welcome sight for Scott Simpson, parks division director at...

In this Monday, May 11, 2020 photo, lockers full of students' belongings stand open in the empty hallways of Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Sioux Falls teachers say goodbye to long-empty classrooms

May. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Language Arts teacher Tracie Robinson sat cross-legged in the hallway outside her classroom at Memorial Middle School. A list of names and locker numbers lay to her left and a stack of paper bags to her right. She pulled photos of smiling teenagers off locker walls, balanced stacks...

South Dakota reports 95 new cases of COVID-19, no deaths

May. 24, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials reported 95 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday but no new deaths tied to the coronavirus. Health officials said 3,260 of the state’s 4,563 coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnehaha County, which is South Dakota’s most...

High court upholds sentence in fatal Sioux Falls shooting

May. 22, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of a man who pleaded guilty to killing a Sioux Falls teen during an attempted drug robbery in 2017. Dylan Holler, 20, was sentenced to 80 years in prison with 40 years suspended in February 2019. Holler argued the sentence...