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25-year sentence for fatal reservation shooting

Aug. 22, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Kyle man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Jamie Shoulders was sentenced in federal court in Rapid City after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for killing Christopher Janis, a 42-year-old Marine veteran with a wife...

10 years in prison for manslaughter in boyfriend's death

Aug. 22, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman accused of driving away after her boyfriend fell off the hood of her vehicle and later died has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Forty-four-year-old Jayme Knudson earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Erik Lunstra. The 46-year-old Lunstra...

Audit: State Democratic Party understated disbursements

Aug. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Draft audit findings show the South Dakota Democratic Party understated disbursements by $2.5 million, received $67,182 worth of contributions from unregistered organizations and failed to disclose $46,097 worth of debts and obligations. The Rapid City Journal reports that the newly...

Wagner woman charged with murder in death of daughter, 3

Aug. 21, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — A Wagner woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, whose body was covered in bruises when police found her unresponsive last week. Amanda Rose Hernandez, 23, was arrested Friday, two days after her daughter, Aayana Hernandez, was found dead at the home...

Midwest Excavating fined more than $50,000 for trench hazard

Aug. 21, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Midwest Excavating for allegedly exposing workers to trench cave-in hazards at a jobsite in Sioux Falls. The company was fined more than $58,000 for one willful and one serious citation for failing to protect...

Minnesota hemp group protests driver arrest in South Dakota

Aug. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Minnesota Hemp Association is protesting the arrest of a hemp driver in South Dakota. The group's executive director, former Minnesota legislator Joe Radinovich, accuses South Dakota of violating the 2018 Farm Bill by arresting the driver. The Argus Leader reports the driver...

Rapid City man charged after threats to government entities

Aug. 20, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man has been charged after he allegedly made threats to blow up various local and federal government entities. Thirty-seven-year-old Daniel Nazarchuk was charged Tuesday with making terrorist threats and possession of a controlled substance — both felonies...

South Dakota lawmakers push forward on allowing hemp

Aug. 20, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers heard from officials in neighboring North Dakota and Montana about how the legalization of industrial hemp has affected their states, despite Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's opposition to allowing the crop. During the meeting Monday in Pierre, the North Dakota and...

South Dakota cities to lose millions in internet service tax

Aug. 19, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City is expected to lose more than $2 million in state funding over the next two years following the congressional repeal of South Dakota's tax on internet service. The 2016 Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which required South Dakota to stop taxing internet services by...

Services held for deputy who died after on-duty crash

Aug. 19, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Services were held for a northwest Iowa sheriff's deputy who died after her patrol vehicle crashed. A Mass was held Monday morning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for Deputy Stephanie Schreurs, who died Tuesday. She was injured Aug. 9 when her vehicle ran off a road while entering a...