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RAPID CITY (AP) — A man arrested at a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation school is facing federal charges of making threats and possessing a firearm in a school zone. An affidavit says Daniel Richardson, Jr. sent a video to an employee at the Red Cloud Indian School Sept. 20 in which he made threats and held up a machete. Richardson was encouraged to make a video for an open house after he made a $1,000 donation to the school last year.
STURGIS (AP) — Nearly half a million people attended this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The official attendance of 495,000 released Thursday is up from 480,000 in 2017 and the second-highest total in the past 10 years. Officials estimate the economic impact to the state at $786 million. The annual event in South Dakota's Black Hills draws people from around the world. This year's 10-day rally was in early August. The record for attendance is 739,000 people, set during the 75th anniversary rally in 2015. Next year's rally is set for August 2-11.
MILBANK (AP) — Authorities have identified a Milbank teenager who died after falling off the hood of a moving car in Grant County. The Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Tanner Schwagel was riding on the hood as the car traveled along a rural road, and his foot got caught on the front bumper and he was dragged beneath the vehicle. It happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, about 5 ½ miles southeast of Milbank. Schwagel died at a Sioux Falls hospital. The patrol says charges are pending against the 16-year-old boy who was driving the car.
SIOUX FALLS — A jury late Thursday night cleared a former nonprofit executive accused of backdating contracts to try to avoid a potential audit in a case sparked after the organization's financial officer killed his family and himself in 2015. Stacy Phelps, the former CEO of the American Indian Institute for Innovation, was found not guilty of backdating the contracts between the nonprofit and an educational cooperative. Prosecutors alleged that Phelps was attempting to dodge an audit of the nonprofit Institute.
SIOUX FALLS — A South Dakota jury is weighing the case of a former nonprofit executive accused of backdating contracts to try to avoid a potential audit in a case brought after the organization's financial officer shot dead his wife, his four children and then killed himself in 2015. Closing arguments were Thursday in the trial of Stacy Phelps, the former CEO of the nonprofit American Indian Institute for Innovation. Prosecutors highlighted discrepancies in Phelps' testimony, trying to convince jurors he had a motive for wanting to avoid an audit of the nonprofit he headed.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A former South Dakota nonprofit executive accused of trying to avoid a potential state audit said Wednesday that he didn't intend to cheat or deceive anyone when he backdated contracts in 2015.
SELBY (AP) — A small town in northern South Dakota is rallying to save a nursing home that employs 50 people, accounting for one-fourth of the community's workforce. Aberdeen American News reports that Selby residents formed nonprofit Walworth County Care Center Inc. to try to keep the Good Samaritan Center in operation.
HARRISBURG (AP) — Authorities have identified an Iowa man who died in a crash in eastern South Dakota. The Highway Patrol says 86-year-old Anthony De Haan of Sioux Center, Iowa, turned his sport utility vehicle in front of a semitrailer truck on Friday afternoon west of Harrisburg, in Lincoln County. He died later at a Sioux Falls hospital.
HURON (AP) — Attendance was up at this year's South Dakota State Fair. Fair Manager Peggy Besch says 217,231 people attended the event in Huron in late August and early September, up 2.5 percent over last year. Gate revenue increased 3.6 percent. This year's entertainment lineup was headlined by country music star Toby Keith. Grandstand ticket revenue was up 56 percent. Besch says the fair also enjoyed good weather during its five-day run.
LEAD (AP) — Authorities have identified one of the two people who died in a weekend house fire in Lead. Firefighters responded to the two-story home shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday and found the bodies upstairs. KEVN-TV reports that the Lead Police Department positively identified one of the victims as 85-year old Delores Butcher. Authorities have tentatively identified the second victim, but DNA testing is not complete.