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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...

South Dakota legislators OK ban on plastics bans

Feb. 18, 2020 6:25 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 said the governor would be reviewing the legislation. Retail groups...

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...

'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...

Complaints against Rapid City officers lowest in nine years

Feb. 16, 2020 1:07 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City police say complaints against officers in 2019 were the lowest in nine years. Citizens filed 12 complaints last year compared to a high of 56 in 2015 and an average of 35 between 2011-2019, the Rapid City Journal reported. Last year also marked the debut of equipping...

South Dakota couple sentenced to prison after fatal crash

Feb. 15, 2020 11:24 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota couple has been sentenced to federal prison after two of their children died in a vehicle crash on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. The Rapid City Journal reports Dakota Horned Eagle, 29, was sentenced to 4 years and three months years in prison after pleading guilty to...

Ex-Indian Health Service doctor faces sex abuse charges

Feb. 14, 2020 5:26 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former Indian Health Service physician in South Dakota faces federal charges that he sexually abused Native American patients. Pedro Ibarra-Perocier, 58, of Wagner was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 4 on four counts of sexual abuse and four counts of abusive sexual contact...

South Dakota man indicted in $71 million organics fraud

Feb. 14, 2020 2:50 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a Rapid City businessman in what they say was a $71 million scheme to sell fake organic grain and seeds to fuel his extravagant lifestyle including a yacht, a multimillion dollar home and luxury cars. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed an indictment...

Man pleads not guilty to assaulting five officers

Feb. 13, 2020 11:55 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man who was shot by a federal agent during a December pursuit has pleaded not guilty to assaulting five officers with his car. Uriah Lafferty is accused of assaulting a U.S. marshal, a Highway Patrol trooper and three Oglala Sioux officers in December. Prosecutors...

Armed robbery suspect holds officers at bay, takes own life

Feb. 12, 2020 8:10 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in a Rapid City armed robbery fatally shot himself after fleeing from law enforcement officers and engaging in an hours-long standoff. The suspect, armed with a gun, held up Boyd's Drug Mart about 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to Rapid City police and the...