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ARLINGTON (AP) — About 30 volunteers continue their search for a missing duck hunter on a lake in Brookings County. They are hoping to recover the body of 28-year-old Thomas Hill who was duck hunting with his brother, 23-year-old Matthew Hill when their boat capsized early in December. Matthew's body has recovered shortly after the brothers went missing.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Officers with the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office could be outfitted by body cameras by next summer. The two agencies applied last week for a U.S. Department of Justice grant that would help pay for the video recording tools. The agencies should know by late summer or early fall whether the grant was approved. The grant would cover up to $400,000 of the costs associated with the $800,000 effort. The Rapid City Journal reports the grant would include purchasing cameras and storage equipment.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Mike Daum scored a career-high 51 points — the highest total by any player in the NCAA this season — and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead South Dakota State to a 97-89 win over Fort Wayne on Saturday night. Daum, the nation's third-leading scorer at 23.9 points per game, finished 14 of 29 from the field, had seven 3s and was 16 of 17 from the foul line. He entered the game second in the nation in free-throw attempts (234) and first in makes (204).
DEADWOOD AP) — Deadwood city commissioners have granted a request from the Historic Preservation Commission to update the Old West gambling town's improvement plan. It's been 16 years since the city's Comprehensive Improvement Plan has been updated, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. It was originally created in 1991 by a committee consisting of city commission, planning and zoning commission, historic preservation commission, city and county staff, as well as local business representatives.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal trespass charges against three Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters halfway through their trial, ruling that the prosecutor failed to prove the legal elements needed to secure convictions.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota is still owed hundreds of thousands of dollars for helping North Dakota law enforcement during protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and the bill keeps getting bigger. South Dakota state troopers have gone to southern North Dakota four times to assist. Its troopers are in Morton County, North Dakota, for their second rotation of 2017.
YANKTON (AP) — The administrator of a state-run mental health facility in Yankton says the hospital's hiring and staff retention have improved since a pay raise and a rapid hiring fair last year. Human Services Center Administrator Troy Jones told lawmakers during a recent Department of Social Services budget briefing that the center's overall turnover has dropped to 10 percent since July, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — FBI data shows homicides on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation nearly doubled in 2016 from the previous year. Police officers are also worried after seeing that five of the 17 homicides last year involved firearms, while there were no firearm-related killings the year before, the Rapid City Journal reported.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The governors of Minnesota and South Dakota are set to participate in a National Pheasant Summit in Minneapolis Saturday. Govs. Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota will be joined by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. They'll discuss the process for drafting a new Farm Bill and initiatives for creating wildlife habitat.
PIERRE (AP) — State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require retailers to display the country of origin of beef sold in South Dakota. The state Senate is scheduled to take up the proposal next week. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-3 Wednesday to send the bill to the floor. South Dakota Stockgrowers Association executive director Silvia Christen says customers want to know what kind of food they're putting on their plates. She says the bill could help increase demand for U.S. beef.