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Grass fire consumes 20K acres in southwestern North Dakota

Jan. 15, 2021 7:32 PM EST

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) — A grass fire in far southwestern North Dakota has consumed 20,000 acres, forcing farmers and ranchers to evacuate and leaving two firefighters hurt. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported that firefighters responded to the fire about 10 miles northwest of Lemmon in Adams County late...

In this image from video, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)

Noem blames Capitol insurrection on lack of civics education

Jan. 15, 2021 4:31 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday blamed an inadequate education in American civics as “the root cause” of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while making no mention of President Donald Trump's role in the attack that sent Congress into hiding. The Republican...

Federal judge orders IHS to release report on abusive doctor

Jan. 15, 2021 11:45 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Indian Health Services to release a report investigating how one of its doctors was able to sexually abuse boys on Indian reservations in South Dakota and Montana. Stanley Patrick Weber, the former pediatrician, was sentenced last year to five consecutive...

FILE - Villanova head coach Jay Wright gestures during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown in Washington, in this Saturday, March 7, 2020, file photo. Villanova coach Jay Wright was set to return to practice Tuesday following his bout with COVID-19. Those plans are on hold after two players tested positive Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, and the Wildcats were forced to postpone their next three games. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

The Latest: South Carolina coach Martin to miss game at LSU

Jan. 14, 2021 8:05 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin and two other staffers will not travel with the Gamecocks for a game Saturday night at LSU. The school said Martin, assistant coach Chuck Martin and Doug Edwards, who’s in...

Tribal chairman says time to 'mend' relationship with state

Jan. 14, 2021 6:38 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Native Americans and the South Dakota government should seek out ways to cooperate following a year in which Gov. Kristi Noem and tribal leaders clashed over coronavirus measures, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux said Thursday in the annual State of the Tribes address. Chairman...

Sen. Rounds calls impeachment 'moot' for 'tarnished' Trump

Jan. 14, 2021 5:13 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Sen. Mike Rounds on Thursday said he believes the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is moot, signaling that he wanted the Senate to drop the trial after Democrat Joe Biden's inauguration. Rounds, a Republican from South Dakota, told The Associated Press that Trump...

Summit League basketball tournaments to be held without fans

Jan. 14, 2021 5:09 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Summit League men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held without fans and moved to a smaller venue in Sioux Falls because of the COVID-19 concerns, conference commissioner Tom Douple said Thursday. The tournament is scheduled March 6-9. It has been originally slated...

State moves to next group targeted for COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 14, 2021 3:44 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is moving on to vaccinating its next group of people for the coronavirus — those 80 years of age and older and those in congregate living setting. The start Department of Health says the vaccinations beginning next week of the 1D subgroup start with those 80 or...

South Dakota Chief Justice wants pay raises for judges

Jan. 13, 2021 5:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Chief Justice Steven R. Jensen used his first State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday to argue for higher pay for judges in the state's court system. Jensen took over the helm this month after former Chief Justice David Gilbertson retired from a 20-year tenure at the...

Lawmakers push flexibility amid pandemic as many forgo masks

Jan. 13, 2021 4:19 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday finalized rules aimed at pushing the session forward amid the pandemic, but acknowledged that their plans to meet in Pierre could be upended by the virus. As the session reached its second day, the state Capitol was marked by close-quartered...