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WASHINGTON (AP) — American University is removing a statue of a man convicted of killing two FBI agents that has sparked criticism since it was installed. Local media report the statue of Leonard Peltier was erected last month by clemency activists who say prosecutors in his trial coerced witnesses and withheld evidence. Peltier was convicted in the 1975 killings of Jack Coler and Ron Williams on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A South Dakota kennel owner is charged with 37 counts of mistreating animals. Sheriff's deputies were sent Janell Gibson's property in Pennington County earlier this month. Deputy Cory Dressler wrote in a report that the smell inside a barn on the property near Wall was "wretched and almost unbearable."
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is seeking federal and state help to recover from a winter storm. The tribe has issued a disaster declaration, asking for financial assistance from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs and other agencies to help it deal with disruptions of business and transportation due to the Christmas Day storm.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A major expansion of Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort has cleared its first hurdle, and Deadwood's mayor says it could cause other hotel operators to "up their game." Infrastructure work for the four-story, 108-room Tru Hotel by Hilton is expected to begin in January after the City Commission approved a $2 million financing plan.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two Sioux Falls city councilors want more time to review the decisions of the city's most powerful citizen-advisory boards, particularly involving the city parks.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A circuit judge has ruled that a big home that sparked a dispute in a historic Sioux Falls neighborhood has to get smaller or be relocated. Judge John Pekas ruled last week that the home built by Joseph and Sarah Sapienza violated historic standards for height and size. The Argus Leader reports that the judge also ruled that the city may have been negligent for failing to apply federal standards for historic districts.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Paraprofessionals in Rapid City Area Schools were expected to vote on whether to continue their alliance with the teachers' union after the school board moved to break off the association. It is the second time in as many years that the school board is attempting to dissolve union representation.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A storm system spreading from the northern Plains into the central Great Lakes region is expected to bring rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow to the upper Midwest. The National Weather Service has posted weather advisories and warnings throughout the region into Tuesday.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City police have arrested a suspect in a New Year's Day homicide. Authorities say the 26-year-old Rapid City man is a suspect in the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Juan Legarda Jr., of Rapid City, about 2 a.m. Sunday. Officers who responded to the disturbance found three injured people. Legarda was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two were taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
BROOKINGS (AP) — Mike Daum scored 30 points, including the game-winning layup, to help South Dakota State beat South Dakota 73-72 on Saturday. Trey Burch-Manning gave the Coyotes a 72-71 lead on a 3-point play with 11 seconds left. Daum then went coast-to-coast, driving hard to the rim through contact and using a reverse spin dribble toward the inside of the lane to get free for a bank shot with 2.8 seconds left. It was the Jackrabbits' first field goal in 6:15 and the fourth lead change in the final minute.