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Ex-president George H.W. Bush moved into intensive care; wife hospitalized
S.D. Board of Education to consider new teacher certification process
Wagner man charged with raping 12-year-old girl
Platte’s New Hope to be ready for use by spring
Dakota Wesleyan band director selected for masterclass in London
Lego replaces long-time CEO with first foreign boss in organizational shake-up
Instagram will soon let you like comments - or even turn them off completely
Google looks for 'conservative outreach' manager after Trump election win
McDonald's revamps $4 billion McCafe brand as it lags Starbucks
Amazon opening store that will eliminate checkout lines
SDSU-led cattle seminar stirs up consumer impact ideas
Farmland rental rates dropping overall
Winter wheat plantings at long-time lows in South Dakota
U.S. takes step to boost organic food production
Puerto Ricans could ease South Dakota dairy labor shortage
Six area teams scheduled for boys basketball shootout in Madison
Tiger men roll past Dordt
Photos from Dakota Wesleyan's doubleheader sweep of Dordt College
Defense carries the day for Tiger women over Dordt
Winner’s Ewing is latest Warrior to join Jackrabbits
Couple plans March wedding
Mitchell man celebrates 85th birthday
Mitchell woman celebrates nine decades
Stickney couple marks 45th wedding anniversary
Colome man marks 90th birthday
W.P. "Pete" Olson
Ardith J. Muilenburg
Thomas Ralph Mielke
NOEM: Nothing less than a miracle
Palace City Profile: Life's path led back home for the Anderson family
WOSTER: Presidential communication: From Washington's horse rides to Trump tweets
HEINERT: Disappointed in governor's Spearfish Canyon State Park plan
OUR VIEW: Self-assess screen time for children
No-fee promise comes into canyon debate
GF&P seeking benefits of Lyman County, other waters
Wiltz: Do coyotes affect our South Dakota deer herd?
Wiltz: The weight of heavy hunting
Hunters take last shot at pheasants
December 23, 2016
Man dies in 1-vehicle rollover on icy South Dakota road
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Authorities say icy roads were a factor in a rollover near Brandon that killed a 24-year-old man. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened shortly before 7:30 Friday morning after the driver lost control of his 2007 GMC Yukon on an Interstate...
December 23, 2016 - 3:35pm
November 18, 2016
Team of officers corral moose along interstate
BRANDON (AP) — A team of law enforcement officers worked to corral a moose found wandering along a busy interstate in Minnehaha County. KELO-TV reports the moose was found near an Interstate 90 exit between Brandon and Corson Thursday. Sheriff's deputies, local police, the highway...
November 18, 2016 - 11:17am
July 21, 2016
Brandon police make arrests in string of vehicle thefts
BRANDON (AP) — Brandon police have arrested two juveniles and say charges are pending against a third in connection with a string of vehicle thefts. Authorities say at least a dozen vehicles were targeted, along with at least three garages. They expect more theft reports in coming...
July 21, 2016 - 12:18pm
May 27, 2016
Man accused of having fentanyl while serving as Brandon cop
BRANDON (AP) — A man accused of possessing the powerful synthetic opiate fentanyl while he was a sergeant in the Brandon Police Department is apologizing and taking responsibility for a "blatant" violation of the public's trust. Former Sgt. Wayne Ellingson was indicted Tuesday for...
May 27, 2016 - 12:27pm
March 10, 2016
Fire at barn with about 200 tires billowing smoke for miles
BRANDON (AP) — A fire at a barn housing about 200 tires in southeast South Dakota is producing thick smoke that can be seen from miles away. Emergency responders received the call about the blaze at the Royalwood Dairy Farm near Brandon around 2 p.m. Thursday. Several fire departments...
March 10, 2016 - 4:29pm
October 26, 2015
Motorcyclist killed in collision with pickup truck near Tea
TEA (AP) — A 55-year-old man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a pickup truck near Tea. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a the crash happened just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 29 when 25-year-old Cody Hillestad, of Brandon, lost control...
October 26, 2015 - 2:44pm
October 14, 2015
43rd name added to fallen firefighters memorial
PIERRE (AP) — A 43rd name has been added to the South Dakota Fallen Firefighters Memorial near Capitol Lake in Pierre. KCCR-AM reports that Steven Ackerman's name was added to the memorial during a ceremony this past weekend. The Valley Springs Fire Department firefighter was...
October 14, 2015 - 12:27pm
October 7, 2015
Mitchell dance takes sixth in hip hop at Brandon Valley Invitational
BRANDON—The Mitchell High School dance team finished sixth in hip hop at the Brandon Valley Invitational on Tuesday in Brandon. Mitchell earned a team score of 171.5 in the event. Mitchell also took ninth in the pom competition with a 183.5, 11th in jazz with a 162 and 13th...
October 7, 2015 - 12:34am
August 10, 2015
7-year-old boy helps feed hungry at Sioux Falls nonprofit
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A 7-year-old boy is helping a Sioux Falls nonprofit feed the hungry by collecting money, books and vegetables for local gardens. Riley McKeown of Brandon got the idea to help out at The Banquet, which provides meals to hundreds of needy people each week,...
August 10, 2015 - 11:31am
South Dakota department's policy forbids drunk firefighting
PIERRE (AP) — A firefighter who died battling a house fire in Brandon when he was legally drunk responded to the emergency, even though the department has a policy against going out on a call while intoxicated, Valley Springs Fire and Rescue Chief Don Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson...
June 10, 2015 - 10:39am
June 5, 2015
Firefighter killed in blaze had high blood-alcohol level
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A volunteer firefighter who died fighting a house fire in Brandon that also killed the homeowner had a high blood-alcohol level when he responded to the scene, investigators said Friday. An autopsy determined that Steven Ackerman, 38, had a blood alcohol...
June 5, 2015 - 1:03pm
May 7, 2015
Longtime Brandon racetrack ending run as Huset's Speedway
BRANDON (AP) Huset's Speedway has been synonymous with the Rubin family for 61 years, but when the 2015 season wraps up, the Brandon racetrack will have new ownership and a new name. Huset's Speedway has been purchased by Chuck Brennan, owner of Sioux Falls-based Badlands Entertainment...
May 7, 2015 - 3:01pm
May 4, 2015
Man driving wrong way on I-29 dies in crash with semitrailer
BROOKINGS (AP) — A Brandon man died over the weekend when his car collided with a semitrailer while he was driving on the wrong side of Interstate 29. The Highway Patrol says 20-year-old Adam Bauer was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-29 early Saturday when he struck...
May 4, 2015 - 1:27pm
April 21, 2015
Huset's Speedway near Brandon being sold; will be renamed
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Badlands Entertainment Group is buying Huset's Speedway near Brandon and will upgrade it and rename it Badlands Motor Speedway...
April 21, 2015 - 11:44am
April 20, 2015
Hundreds of mourners say goodbye to fallen SD firefighter
BRANDON (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have turned out to honor a South Dakota firefighter killed in the line of duty. A funeral for Steven Ackerman was held Sunday in Brandon. Ackerman died April 12 while fighting a house fire that also killed homeowner David Smith. Ackerman...
April 20, 2015 - 2:12pm