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WAGNER (AP) — Federal officials have determined that there weren't civil rights violations after an excessive police force claim from the family of a Yankton Sioux elder who had rushed to a Wagner nursing home to see his dying mother. The Argus Leader reports FBI agents reviewed state law enforcement's report on the incident, and U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler examined their reports.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A former Division of Criminal Investigation agent hopes a jury's $1.2 million verdict in her favor sends a strong message about the need to believe sexual harassment victims. Laura Zylstra Kaiser says her case wasn't so much about sexual harassment but retaliation for reporting it. She says it's also about the actions of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who oversees the DCI and is running for governor.
SIOUX FALLS — Elisabeth Weakland has read updates and scrolled through pictures online from a historic wildfire that started last week at South Dakota's Custer State Park, but the Michigan homemaker said her family doesn't plan to cancel their summer trip to the Black Hills.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A trial is underway in South Dakota's Pennington County for a Washington state man accused of trying to kill a Highway Patrol trooper in 2015. Prosecutor Mark Vargo told jurors in opening statements Tuesday that drugs, money and a gun were worth more to Donald Willingham that the life of Trooper Zachary Bader.
CUSTER (AP) — Officials say a wildfire that has burned more than half of South Dakota's Custer State Park is completely contained. The park tweeted Tuesday that staff are busy fixing fences, removing hazard trees and monitoring park wildlife. The tweet says that park burros, which had been burned in the fire, are "holding their own" and remain under veterinary care. The fire burned more than 84 square miles (218 square kilometers) since it started from a downed power line on Dec. 11. The park will stay open on a limited basis.
BRANDON (AP) — Authorities say a student brought an unloaded handgun to a Brandon high school to sell to another student. Brandon Valley High School was locked down Tuesday morning after the student brought a small-caliber gun into the building. Superintendent Jarod Larson says police were called after another student alerted administrators about the gun, which was unloaded. The Argus Leader reports police were quickly on the scene and had the student in custody. The gun and two knives were found in the student's backpack.
BROOKINGS (AP) — Mike Daum scored 35 points on 14-of-24 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds, as South Dakota State beat Drake 87-74 on Tuesday night. It's the fifth time Daum has scored 30 points this season and the second time in as many games. The 6-9 forward is the nation's highest-scoring junior. His career high is 51 points and 10 3-pointers.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The National Park Service and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department are seeking skilled volunteers to help thin out the elk herd in Wind Cave National Park. Officials say they hope the effort will reduce the rate of chronic wasting disease among the herd. Eight volunteer shooters will be selected through a lottery system, to help park staff reduce the herd in February.
CUSTER (AP) — Custer State Park reopened on a limited basis Monday as firefighters worked to fully contain a wildfire that closed the popular South Dakota tourism attraction for a week. Two main roads in and out of the park, U.S. Highway 16A and State Highway 87 South, as well as the visitors center reopened Monday morning. However, hiking trails and interior roads remain closed. Kobee Stalder, the park's visitor services program manager, said firefighters expect the wildfire to be 100 percent contained by the end of crews' Monday shift.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's state Senate Republican leader says sexual harassment training will be conducted for legislators and staff. Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd tweeted Monday that the Legislature takes the issue of sexual harassment seriously, and "it will not be tolerated." The Sioux Falls Republican's tweet says the training will occur in January. Curd didn't immediately respond to text or telephone messages from The Associated Press seeking more information.