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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal grant will provide bulletproof vests for emergency responders in eight southeastern South Dakota counties. Minnehaha County emergency manager Lynn DeYoung tells the Argus Leader the world is changing and there are different emerging threats. Emergency responders have dealt with two high-profile shooting cases in the area recent years. In 2015, emergency responders were at Sioux Steel in Lennox where there was a fatal workplace shooting. That same year, a Harrisburg High School student was arrested after shooting his principal.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Volunteer fire departments across South Dakota are facing difficulty in attracting and retaining volunteers at a time when call volumes are dramatically increasing. The Rapid City Journal reports that only five of the 337 fire departments in the state are not fully or partially staffed by volunteers. But as the age of volunteers continues to rise as well as the number of fire and medical emergency calls, the number of volunteer firefighters willing to respond has stayed stagnant.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A 51-year-old Rapid City man is dead after a motorcycle crash. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the crash on Dark Canyon Road in the Rapid City area on Sunday morning. Authorities found the man's body. His name has not been released yet.
ARLINGTON (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a missing duck hunter in eastern South Dakota, three months after his boat capsized. Brookings County Emergency Management confirms the body of 28-year-old Thomas Hill was recovered Saturday afternoon. The Associated Press reports a resident flying over Brush Lake in a helicopter spotted Hill's body. Authorities were notified and found his body on the lake near Arlington.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Feeding peanut butter kibbles to millions of prairie dogs — by flinging the treats from four-wheelers and dropping them from drones — could be the next big thing to help a spunky little weasel that almost went extinct. Slinky with a robber-like black mask across its eyes, the endangered black-footed ferret is a fierce predator. The up to 2-foot-long weasel feeds almost exclusively on prairie dogs, rodents that live in vast colonies regularly decimated by plague outbreaks.
YANKTON (AP) — Yankton doesn't have enough workers, Yankton Area Progressive Growth officials say, and the problem will worsen in the next few months. The workforce problem isn't new, organization President John Kramer said during a meeting earlier this month, and the city needs more than 250 additional workers over the next two to three years, the Yankton Press & Dakotan ( http://bit.ly/2m6EuOd ) reported. "We're challenged with growth problems," Kramer said. "We need to keep growing the economy, but we have a significant workforce problem that we've talked about."
RAPID CITY (AP) — Pennington County residents have expressed concern over a proposed land rezoning that may result in an asphalt hot mix plant. The Rapid City Journal reports that residents attended a public comment session Monday saying the asphalt plant's activities might affect the area's air quality, property valuation and noise level. The plant is proposed for a 69.5-acre lot just west of the Dakota Fields Soccer Complex. The commission voted to deny the rezoning, but the item will be discussed at the March 21 meeting.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The state Supreme Court has dealt a blow to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, ruling the agency can't allow people access to floodwaters or ice that covers private property without legislative approval. The agency had argued that all water was legally accessible to the public if it could be reached without trespassing on private land. And hunters and anglers had argued that all waters in the state should be accessible to the public.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed five bills on issues including concealed weapons and the juvenile justice system. The Republican governor vetoed the measures on Friday. The Legislature will return to Pierre on March 27 to decide whether to accept or override them. Daugaard rejected a measure that would have allowed a court to put juveniles in Department of Corrections' custody if they presented a significant risk of physical harm to themselves. He says those situations are best dealt with by treatment or counseling.
VALENTINE, Neb. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to prison for the 2015 death of a northern Nebraska resident. Valentine radio station KVSH reports that 30-year-old Tylor Krogman, of White River, South Dakota, was sentenced Friday to 10 to 18 years. He was convicted of manslaughter in the July 11, 2015, death of 64-year-old Ed Mathiesen, of Valentine.