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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Rain has brought South Dakota farmers and ranchers some relief from the drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain and cooler temperatures last week brought drought relief to parts of South Dakota. But rainfall totals varied widely and left some areas with little to no precipitation. Moisture conditions remain short to very short for a majority of the state. South Dakota's winter wheat harvest remains on pace with last year, at 95 percent complete, and ahead of the five-year average of 89 percent.
STURGIS (AP) — Western South Dakota's famed motorcycle rally in Sturgis saw a small uptick in attendance this year. This year's 10-day motorcycle rally wrapped up Sunday. The rally has been held annually for the past 77 years, the Rapid City Journal reported . The state Department of Transportation data show that an estimated 376,000 vehicles entered Sturgis during the event, compared to less than 360,000 in 2016. Officials said attendance may have been higher this year because of pleasant weather.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Custer City man is headed to trial in October on charges he ran over a man while boating drunk on Angostura Reservoir two summers ago. Authorities allege that 41-year-old Cory Schmitz struck and seriously injured 31-year-old wakeboarder Michael Lemley in 2015. The Rapid City Journal reports that Schmitz has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, vehicular battery and boating under the influence.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota school district is evaluating the need for more classroom space and building upgrades. Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Brian Maher recently announced an 11-month plan for gauging building needs for all grade levels, the Argus Leader reported. The plan entails reviewing enrollment numbers and developing a master facilities plan to accommodate all students.
STURGIS (AP) — As the 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws to a close, the South Dakota Highway Patrol has compiled some numbers on the public safety aspect of the gathering that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Black Hills.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Researchers are studying if reducing the fish population in some areas of a western South Dakota creek will improve fish growth rates. Researchers with the South Dakota State University and the state Game, Fish and Parks department are studying the densely populated Spearfish Creek, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. The creek is full of brown, rainbow and brook trout.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — An effort to recruit more non-white teachers to a South Dakota school district took a step toward closing a longstanding classroom diversity gap. Sioux Falls School District has hired almost 10 teachers of color this summer, increasing the total of non-white teachers in its schools to almost 70, the Argus Leader reported. The district has around 1,500 teachers and 98 percent of them are white. White students make up less than two-thirds of enrollment in the district, which has more than 20,000 students.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota will get almost 20 more private shooting preserves this year which will cover an additional 18,000 acres of land. The shooting preserves typically serve nonresident pheasant hunters who are looking for high bird numbers, The Capital Journal reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Hutterite colony in South Dakota accused of fostering behavior that led to the death of a teenage girl in a motor vehicle accident has settled a lawsuit brought by the girl's family. The Argus Leader reports the settlement by the Deerfield Hutterian Brethren Colony near Ipswich comes right before an Aug. 14 trial. The colony was accused of negligence and recklessness by ignoring unlicensed youths driving on public roadways outside the colony, while allowing access to alcohol.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Five people will face charges in a drug bust at an Aberdeen business earlier this year that police say resulted in the largest seizure of methamphetamine in city history. The bust occurred in February at a recycling service business. Authorities say they seized nearly 5 pounds of meth worth $415,000 on the street, along with about $4,000 in cash, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and syringes. The American News reports that police just recently released details, citing an ongoing investigation.