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FARMINGDALE (AP) — Authorities say a man operating an off-road vehicle has died after driving over a cliff in a rugged area of Pennington County. Sheriff's officials say the 55-year-old man died at the scene near Farmingdale. KOTA-TV says a search and rescue team was activated about 2 p.m. Sunday and found the man's body about an hour later. He has not been identified.
BROOKINGS (AP) — South Dakota-based Daktronics says it is manufacturing and installing the world's largest seamless centerhung scoreboard at the forthcoming Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The centerhung system at the future home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons will be more than 5,100 square feet. Daktronics says that the new scoreboard will allow video programming to fully wrap around the system for a "360-degree experience."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A short-term lender that recently began offering loans again at two stores in South Dakota after scaling down nearly all its business in the state because of a new voter-imposed interest rate cap has signaled possible plans to expand. Dollar Loan Center last month filed for new money lending licenses at three more locations, all stores the company operated before the interest rate cap passed, documents the state released this week to The Associated Press show. High-interest loan opponents worry the business is growing again in South Dakota.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Many local officials have called a soybean processing plant that's being built in the northern part of South Dakota a huge economic win for the state, but it's difficult to find data or details to back those assertions. The history and status of Ag Processing Inc.'s soybean plant in southern Nebraska can more accurately predict what Aberdeen and the surrounding area can expect, the Aberdeen News reported.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding the public that some sandbars in the Missouri River between Nebraska and South Dakota are closed to recreational use to keep endangered bird species' nests safe. The Corps says endangered interior least terns and threatened piping plovers are currently nesting on sandbars around the Fort Randall Dam in South Dakota and Ponca State Park in Nebraska. The birds use the sandbars to lay their eggs and hatch chicks.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City woman who pleaded guilty to stealing money from military veterans has been sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to repay at least $45,000. The Rapid City Journal reports reports 41-year-old Cassandra Koscak worked as a representative of veterans who receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Koscak pleaded guilty in federal court to misappropriation by fiduciary, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. Authorities say she transferred money from at least two veterans' accounts to her own.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker says he still disapproves of President Donald Trump a year after he expressed disdain against the Republican National Convention's support for the then-candidate. Republican Rep. Isaac Latterell of Sioux Falls was among the nearly 30 delegates who cast South Dakota's votes for Trump at the July 2016 convention, the Argus Leader reported. But the lawmaker made it clear he wasn't happy about the party's decision when he rolled his eyes and put his hand over his face in an act of protest at the convention.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Ron Parsons, a Sioux Falls attorney who has specialized in appellate and constitutional law, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for U.S. attorney for South Dakota. The White House announced the nomination, subject to confirmation in the Senate, on Friday.
RAPID CITY (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to five years of probation for airmailing a package of hazardous mercury that leaked at a South Dakota airport. The Rapid City Journal reports that 45-year-old Darren VanHouten pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of mailing a dangerous substance. VanHouten admitted mailing a package containing about 10 pounds of mercury from the post office in Kingman, Arizona, to an address in Hill City, South Dakota, in 2015. It leaked at a mail-sorting facility at the Sioux Falls airport.
PIERRE (AP) — A Brookings man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiring to distribute large amounts of illegal drugs. Authorities began investigating 20-year-old Luis Cabrera last year when they intercepted packages linked to him that contained more than 2 pounds of heroin and about 5 pounds of meth. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Cabrera pleaded guilty in April to drug conspiracy and was sentenced this week to 15 years and eight months in prison.