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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Members of the South Dakota Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing are preparing to head overseas. An activation ceremony was held Sunday at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls. KELO-TV reports the ceremony was to honor the fighter wing's members and to give their families a chance to say goodbye. The unit is sending more than 100 airmen and women across the world. While deployed, the members will support various operations throughout U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command.
BRITTON (AP) — Marshall County officials are considering building a new community center in Britton. Community members attended a public meeting Feb. 22 to hear details about the new building. Event center planning committee member Josh Kraft said about 30 people have been involved in the planning process, the Aberdeen American News reported. "It's an exciting project for a community our size," Kraft said.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls officials are drafting stricter rules because many landlords are not following the city's required rental registry program, a city official said. City code enforcement manager Matt Tobias said that officials are currently drafting proposed changes to the ordinance that established the program in hopes that more landlords will comply. He said the changes would make the program have "a few more teeth," the Argus Leader reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Wally the pig is headed to hog heaven. The 250-pound pig was rescued last week after he fell off a truck on Interstate 90 in South Dakota, just a few miles from a hog processing facility. He has been staying at the Sioux Falls Humane Society. Wally has been adopted by the SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that he left for his new home on Friday.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Authorities say five children died in a house fire in Spearfish. The fire was reported at 4:23 a.m. Saturday at a two-story residence at the intersection of Ames and Oliver streets in Spearfish, a town of about 11,000 people in western South Dakota. Spearfish police and fire officials say the victims were believed to be between the ages of 6 and 9 years old. Spearfish Fire Chief Mark Sachara says some adults tried to rescue the children and were taken to Spearfish Regional Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Their conditions were not known. Officials say the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. A cause has not been determined.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a 92-year sentence against a man who was 14 when he was convicted of killing his stepfather, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Friday. A jury convicted Daniel Charles of first-degree murder in 2000 in the sniper killing of Duane Ingalls in 1999. The youth laid in wait behind his upstairs bedroom window. When Ingalls returned to the family's ranch house near Opal, Charles shot him in the head with a high-powered rifle.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appealed the dismissal of his sage grouse lawsuit, saying the state was not speculating about the damage that implementing the current federal sage grouse plans will have on private and public lands. Otter filed the notice with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. "We are optimistic that on appeal the court will uphold Idaho sovereignty as well as the state's good faith effort to effectively manage wildlife within our borders," Otter said in a statement Friday to The Associated Press.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City nonprofit will receive a $1 million grant toward the construction of a facility that will house a program that helps Native American children with school readiness. Rural America Initiatives announced the grant Thursday from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the Rapid City Journal reported. "We could not realize this vision without their support, and we are deeply thankful," nonprofit Executive Director Bruce Long Fox said. The grant brings the group closer to the nearly $7 million it needs for the project.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A judge has ruled that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota can move forward on its lawsuit accusing the Indian Health Service of failing to provide adequate medical care to tribal members. The suit was filed last year after the IHS shut down the emergency room at the Rosebud Hospital, following an investigation by federal inspectors who found serious failures they said were putting patients' lives at risk. The ER has since reopened.
FREDERICK (AP) — Authorities have identified a Westport teenager who was killed in a two-vehicle crash in rural Brown County. The Highway Patrol says a sport utility vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy collided with a semitrailer at the intersection of state Highway 10 and a county road south of Frederick Tuesday evening. Seventeen-year-old SUV passenger Alexander Bowman died at the scene. The SUV driver suffered what authorities said were serious but not life-threatening injuries. The semi driver wasn't hurt.