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Noem calls special session to address use of stimulus funds

Sep. 21, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday called for a special session of the legislature to figure out a plan to spend more than $1 billion in federal funds the state has received to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor's administration has spent about $114...

Sanford Health receives Department of Defense award

Sep. 21, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health said Monday it's one of 15 recipients of the U.S. Department of Defense's award for supporting employees involved in the military. There were more than 2,600 organizations nominated for this year's Employer Support Freedom Award. The honor, according to Sanford, is...

Stanley County School District moves to distance learning

Sep. 21, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Stanley County School District is moving all classes to distance learning beginning Tuesday because of the coronavirus. Classes Monday have been canceled and students have been directed to pick up textbooks and electronic devices, according to district officials. ...

Black Hills State student takes on leukemia, pandemic

Sep. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — For Brett Lamb, the fight against leukemia rages on. Lamb, a football player at Black Hills State University, saw his world turned upside down in early July 2019, when he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic (or lymphoblastic) leukemia in the bone marrow, where blood cells are made....

Man charged with homicide 8 months after woman found dead

Sep. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Eight months after a Rapid City woman was found shot dead in a hotel room on New Years Day, her death has been ruled a homicide and a man is charged with murdering her. “I’m overwhelmed with emotions. I feel like justice is finally being served for my sister,”...

Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota drop by more than 100

Sep. 20, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials said Sunday that active cases of the coronavirus dropped by 102 in the last day, decreasing the total number to 2,843. The report comes one day after the state reached 200 deaths due to complications from COVID-19. Officials confirmed two more deaths...

South Dakota hits grim milestone of 200 COVID-19 deaths

Sep. 19, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Health officials confirmed two additional COVID-19 deaths in South Dakota Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 200 since the pandemic began. Health officials on Saturday reported 369 new cases of the cornonavirus. The state now has had 18,444 cases of COVID-19. There were...

Authorities identify man killed in tractor crash

Sep. 19, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed in a farm tractor crash near Ipswiich. The South Dakota Department of Public said 49-year-old Blake Lunder, of Roscoe, was killed Monday after his tractor hit a deer and the vehicle went into a ditch and rolled. The Argus Leader reports...

Officials address drug use in effort to stop homicide spike

Sep. 19, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Betsy Running Shield decided to take action after recent gun violence and a homicide spike in Rapid City. The 37-year-old’s nephew was the victim who survived the Sept. 5 Hemlock Street shooting while her son’s friend survived being shot in the head at the same house...

Virus doesn't stop South Dakota Special Olympics equestrians

Sep. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Even though most Special Olympic events have been canceled this year, people at the Special People Using Riding Skills Therapeutic Center in Aberdeen continue to benefit by riding horses. They even had a competition earlier this month. The Aberdeen center is commonly referred to as...