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Man must pay back more than $40,000 for vandalizing school

Feb. 27, 2020 6:34 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man has ordered to pay back more than $40,000 in a plea deal after a rampage through the Pine Ridge School left what authorities called a bloody and ink-stained "path of destruction in his wake." Court documents show that Nicholas Otter Robe broke into the school early in June...

Rapid City school bond issue fails to get super majority

Feb. 26, 2020 11:34 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A plan to build new schools in Rapid City and upgrade other facilities was thwarted Tuesday when a light turnout of voters who braved poor road conditions rejected a $189.5 million bond issue. A majority of voters favored the issue but it needed 60 percent approval to pass. It would...

Storm closes roads in Black Hills of western South Dakota

Feb. 25, 2020 7:10 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Officials say a fast-moving storm through the Black Hills made driving treacherous in some spots and presented a challenge for voters heading to the polls on Tuesday for a Rapid City school bond election. More than a foot of snow fell in downtown Rapid City since the storm began...

New Lakota healing program is expanding in Pennington County

Feb. 25, 2020 12:30 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A new Lakota cultural and healing program in South Dakota is expanding after officials say it helped those who commit crimes get back on the right track. State's Attorney Mark Vargo said the Pennington County jail and his office are expanding the Seven Directions program this year...

New app can teach math to children in the Lakota language

Feb. 24, 2020 10:54 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A new app is helping American Indian youth learn math that can be taught in their native Lakota language. The bilingual English and Lakota math video game was created by the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp., a South Dakota nonprofit that promotes Native American issues....

Defendant pleads guilty to threatening to shoot prosecutor

Feb. 24, 2020 8:29 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of threatening to shoot a prosecutor at the federal courthouse in Rapid City has pleaded guilty to charges. Steven McCann entered the plea late last week to threatening to assault, kidnap or murder a federal official. Two charges of contempt of court are to be dropped...

Jury acquits woman who claimed self-defense in stabbing

Feb. 21, 2020 8:00 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A jury on Friday acquitted a Pine Ridge woman who said she fatally stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense. Jurors deliberated about four-and-a-half hours before finding Doreen Brown, 44, not guilty of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the...

House fire injures 3 children, 1 adult in South Dakota

Feb. 21, 2020 6:40 PM EST

ALLEN, S.D. (AP) — A house fire has injured three children and an adult in southern South Dakota. The fire broke out Thursday at a home in Allen. The Martin Volunteer Fire Department tweeted that the three children were transferred to a Colorado burn center. The adult is at a hospital in Rapid City. Their...

Fatal screwdriver stabbing. Self-defense or murder?

Feb. 20, 2020 9:37 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Jurors in a Rapid City federal courtroom will decide whether a woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with a screwdriver was acting in self-defense or committed murder. Prosecutors say Doreen Brown may have been in an abusive relationship with Donald...

Basin Electric has solar purchase agreement with Geronimo

Feb. 19, 2020 8:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A power cooperative based in Bismarck plans to buy solar generation on a large scale for the first time. Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced a power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy, which is the developer of the Wild Spring Solar Project. The farm with a capacity of...