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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is reminding visitors to Custer State Park that buffalo are dangerous and shouldn't be approached. Lydia Austin, interpretive program manager for Custer State Park, says the large animals may appear docile, but they're actually wild and hard to predict. She says it's safest to view them from a vehicle.
FLANDREAU (AP) — A man on trial for his alleged role in a marijuana grow operation on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation has testified in his defense. Eric Hagen faces drug conspiracy charges. The Santee Sioux tribe hired Hagen to help set up a marijuana growing operation, but Hagen testified Tuesday that when the tribe destroyed the crop in 2015, he walked away. The Argus Leader reports that prosecutors tried to tie Hagen to day-to-day management of the grow room, but Hagen said he only visited the facility three times.
VERMILLION (AP) — Retailers say a proposal to move South Dakota's only law school out of Vermillion could mean considerable business losses for the community in the southeastern part of the state. University of South Dakota President James Abbott announced Friday that a panel would consider moving the university's School of Law to Sioux Falls, about 60 miles north, to help boost lagging enrollment. The school's 2016 graduating class was nearly 60 students, down from more than 80 two years before, the Argus Leader reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls Farmers Market says South Dakota revenue officials are pressuring the organization to collect a 1.5 percent tourism tax in addition to the sales tax participants charge on their products. The Argus Leader says revenue officials cite a South Dakota law that says the state can impose a tourism tax on sales that take place at visitor attractions, recreational services, spectator events or a "visitor-intensive business."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police say a South Dakota man has been arrested after accidentally firing a handgun he was cleaning in his garage. The Argus Leader reports that the bullet went into his neighbor's living room. Authorities say 65-year-old Kim Eugene Sigler is accused of reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government released a report Monday that casts a critical light on the poor conditions of roads on tribal lands nationwide, highlighting the widespread challenge of getting Native American children to school during bad weather. The General Accounting Office sent a team to visit 10 different school districts on three reservations in Arizona and South Dakota, where they spent time interviewing school officials and evaluating bus routes by riding with students to school.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Cool, wet weather limited fieldwork across parts of South Dakota. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says daytime high temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees below normal for much of the state toward the end of last week. Rainfall varied statewide, and heavier rain fell in already saturated areas in the southeast, causing ponding and flooding in planted and to-be planted fields.
SISSETON (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in a house fire on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in northeastern South Dakota. Sisseton Fire Chief Jeff Pageler tells KWAT an adult and a child escaped from the burning home Sunday. And, after the fire was knocked down, two others were found upstairs. They were taken to Coteau Des Praries Hospital in Sisseton where they were pronounced dead. Pageler says the cause of the fire is being investigated by the South Dakota Fire Marshal's Office. Sisseton is a community of about 2,500 in Roberts County
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Pine Ridge man accused in the March 2015 death of his 1-year-old son has been ordered to spend a decade in prison. Thirty-four-year-old James Shangreaux pleaded guilty in January to a reduced charge of felony child abuse and neglect. He was recently sentenced to 10 years behind bars to be followed by three years of supervised release.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department plans to conduct a study of walleye in Lake Sharpe. The purpose of the study will be to get a better idea of how much the lake's walleyes move and how big of an impact anglers have on them, The Pierre Capitol Journal reported. The agency aims to tag about 4,000 Lake Sharpe walleye over the next four years. Senior fisheries biologist Mark Fincel says the study is important because the fishing pressure in the upper end of Lake Sharpe is a lot higher than in the lower end.