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Man dies in grain bin accident in eastern South Dakota

Feb. 18, 2020 4:55 PM EST

ELKTON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities in eastern South Dakota say a 27-year-old man has died in a grain bin accident. Emergency crews were called Monday to rural Elkton on a report of a person possibly trapped inside of a grain bin with corn in it. Sections of the grain bin were removed to empty the corn....

South Dakota legislators OK ban on plastics bans

Feb. 18, 2020 4:23 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House approved a bill Tuesday to block towns and cities from banning plastic bags, cups and straws. The Senate has already approved the bill, so it moves to Gov. Kristi Noem for action. A spokeswoman for the governor didn't immediately reply to an email asking the...

Protests at Capitol ahead of expected riot boosting vote

Feb. 18, 2020 3:35 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Native American groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline protested at the Capitol on Tuesday before an expected House vote on Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal for laws that punish people who “urge” rioting. “Krist Noem, we are not a riot,” nearly a dozen...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Kristi Noem gives her first budget address to lawmakers at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. Noem will use her State of the State address to pitch prospective businesses on why they should move to South Dakota, the Republican governor told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

South Dakota governor backs Native American culture schools

Feb. 18, 2020 2:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal to start schools in South Dakota that focus on teaching Native American language and culture has gained a key ally in Gov. Kristi Noem. Noem has found herself at odds with many of the tribes in South Dakota as she pushed revamped laws to punish the “urging” of...

Fire burns 4 businesses in downtown Hot Springs

Feb. 18, 2020 1:28 PM EST

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Four downtown businesses in a small southwestern South Dakota community have been lost in a fire. The Vault restaurant, China Buffet, Heartsong Quilts and an ice cream shop were burned in the massive fire Monday night in Hot Springs, Mayor George Kotti and Fall River Emergency...

Sioux Falls-area 4th grader dies from flu complications

Feb. 17, 2020 5:56 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A fourth-grade student in the Sioux Falls area has died from complications related to the flu. Rylon Anderson died Sunday after he was admitted to the hospital on Friday, said West Central School District Superintendent Brad Berens. Rylon had Influenza A and is the first known...

At halfway mark, South Dakota lawmakers focus on the money

Feb. 17, 2020 9:14 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers said they would turn their focus to the state budget this week as they hit the halfway mark in the 2020 session, though Republicans and Democrats laid out different visions of how to use that money. Legislators settled on roughly $1.74 billion in revenue to use in...

Woman, child rescued from burning Sioux Falls apartment

Feb. 17, 2020 8:29 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Firefighters rescued a woman and child trapped on the balcony of a burning apartment in Sioux Falls, officials said. Crews responded to the apartment building about 2 a.m. Sunday and saw smoke and flames coming from the patio door of a second-floor apartment. Firefighters used a...

'Fighting for my life': Woman recovers from coma

Feb. 17, 2020 1:02 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A little over a year ago, Sheena Between Lodges woke up from a coma at the Rapid City hospital not knowing where she was or what she was doing there. "It was really terrifying," the 33-year-old said. "I had no memory of how I ended up there, why I was in there." Nurses told Between...

Dentlinger rallies South Dakota State to 75-64 win over PFW

Feb. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EST

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Sophomore Matt Dentlinger totaled 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots and South Dakota State dominated the second half and beat Purdue Fort Wayne 75-64 on Sunday. Dentlinger made all eight of his shots from the floor in picking up his fifth double-double of the season for...