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PINE RIDGE (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl is questioning the reliability of three witnesses to the crime on the Pine Ridge reservation. James Dowty is charged in federal court with second-degree murder in the July death of Te'Ca Clifford. Prosecutors say Clifford and three other teens were out in the middle of the night buying liquor when they encountered Dowty. They say one of the teens began throwing rocks in Dowty's direction and saw a "muzzle flash" before Clifford fell to the ground.
FORT PIERRE (AP) — A city council in central South Dakota has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a business owner who accused the city of giving special breaks to the developer of a Missouri River development project known as Riverwalk Landing. The Capital Journal reports that the Fort Pierre City Council agreed to settle the lawsuit Monday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Some school districts in South Dakota are urging parents to talk to their teens about a popular Netflix series that includes graphic scenes of sexual assault and suicide.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska village blamed for fueling alcohol-related problems on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has become a virtual ghost town as mental health and substance abuse advocates arrive to help people. The advocates found empty streets in Whiteclay, a sharp contrast from the usual scenes of drunkenness, loitering and violence in a town that sells millions of cans of beer each year near the home of the Oglala Lakota Tribe.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The construction company that was remodeling a historic downtown Sioux Falls building when it collapsed and killed a worker willfully ignored precautions, federal workplace safety officials allege. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday issued two new citations against Hultgren Construction. The company was renovating the former Copper Lounge building Dec. 2 when it collapsed, killing a construction worker and trapping an apartment resident under the rubble for hours.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A new report shows lower-wage workers have an easier time making rent in Sioux Falls than in other metro areas in the Dakotas, Iowa and Minnesota. The Argus Leader reported the National Low Income Housing Coalition said a full-time minimum-wage worker spending 30 percent of their income on rent would fall $20 short of the average studio apartment rate in Sioux Falls. Residents in Rapid City and Fargo would fall about $100 short.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A North Dakota woman is suing a South Dakota ranch after she says she was mauled by a buffalo as she drove by the ranch on her motorcycle. Marisol Heidrich, of Minot, North Dakota, contends that Mickelson Ranch and its owners are negligent, because they allegedly failed to take steps that would have prevented her injuries. Heidrich is seeking more than $75,000 in compensation from the ranch and its father-and-son owners, Sam and Travis Mickelson.
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has collected endangered pallid sturgeon from the Missouri River to breed the fish in a hatchery and restock the river next year.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A city councilwoman wants to know who stands to profit from a city-backed, mixed-use parking project in downtown Sioux Falls.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When the founders of a new tool library in St. Paul put out a call for tool donations, they didn't expect their shop floor to be filled by one man. When the individual, David Merry, donated his entire massive collection of woodworking tools, the tool library gained, in a single donation, an inventory it thought might take a year to complete, KARE-TV reported. "It was an amazing donation," said Pete Hoh, a member of the library's local advisory board. "I'm still flabbergasted."