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YANKTON (AP) — Yankton was the capital of Dakota Territory and will host the first events tied to South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood in 2014. The free activities planned for Saturday include a walking tour of historic sites, a social hour with the governor, lieutenant governor and their wives and a statehood ball at which people are encouraged to wear clothing from the period.
Representatives from Aberdeen, Mitchell, Yankton, Sioux Falls and Vermillion will attend the event to meet with out-of-state companies that might expand or relocate their operations.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The attorney representing a man accused of threatening Rapid City police officers with a butcher knife says his client is competent to stand trial. Twenty-one-year-old Elijah White Magpie was shot and wounded by police in February after he allegedly threatened officers who responded to a disturbance at the public library. White Magpie is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer and intentional damage to public property. Defense attorney Daniel Leon told Judge Janine Kern on Monday that he has reviewed the results of mental health evaluati
RAPID CITY (AP) — A 29-year-old Rapid City woman accused of raping a 14-year-old boy and videotaping the acts has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. April Solles in August pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of sexual contact with a minor and rape. Prosecutors in return dropped a child pornography charge. She must serve half of her sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The case started unfolding late in 2011 when Solles' 1-year-old girl died of a head injury.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A charitable trust established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley is providing $1.4 million to research unmet health care services and needs in South Dakota. Officials say there currently is not an accurate estimate of the unmet health needs in rural areas, and this will be the first statewide research study of its kind. The grant is coming from the Rural Healthcare Program of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Leading the project will be two researchers in Portland, Ore., one of whom is a South Dakota native.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls elementary school that has honored a famous American author for decades is being razed and replaced by one that will honor a famous 19th century women's rights activist, and some residents of the neighborhood aren't happy about the change. A school to be built on the site of Mark Twain Elementary — which has stood since 1920 — will combine students from that school and from Longfellow Elementary, both of which will close in 2015. The School Board has decided to name the new school after Susan B.
WAGNER (AP) — A man who took part in the largest prison escape in South Dakota history died over the weekend in a one-vehicle rollover crash near Wagner. James Weddell, 57, died at the scene when his sport utility vehicle veered into a ditch and rolled early Saturday morning, according to the Highway Patrol. Weddell was one of six inmates who escaped from the State Penitentiary in May 1987 by cutting through bars and crawling through a ventilation shaft in a recreation building, the Argus Leader newspaper reported. All but Weddell were recaptured within two months.
PIERRE (AP) — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. would be allowed to raise rates for its natural gas customers in the Black Hills while cutting charges for its customers in eastern South Dakota, according to a proposed settlement reached by the company and the state Public Utilities Commission's staff. The PUC's commissioners were scheduled to meet Tuesday to decide whether to accept the settlement reached between its staff and Bismarck, N.D.-based MDU. The settlement consolidates MDU's customers in the Black Hills and eastern South Dakota into one rate jurisdiction.
Members of the House and Senate will start formal negotiations on a wide-ranging farm bill this week. A look at some of the issues they will be talking about: OVERALL COST: Current farm and food stamp spending is around $97 billion a year, with about 80 percent of that money going to food stamps.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police are looking for a soda machine thief. Authorities say numerous machines have been pried open and stolen from over the past couple of months. The total losses from damage and theft is around $20,000. The most recent crime happened Saturday when a man pried the bill acceptor from a soda machine outside Fast Car Wash. Police released a surveillance image of the suspect.