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STURGIS (AP) — Officials in a city in western South Dakota are calling upon the state to take action against the incorporation of a nearby town. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of the incorporation of the city of Buffalo Chip, vacating a previous circuit court decision. The ruling comes after legal challenges that followed a vote to make Buffalo Chip a municipality.
PIERRE (AP) — Republican Marty Jackley raised more than $1 million between his South Dakota governor campaign group and political action committee in 2017. Marty Jackley for Governor reported raising roughly $947,000 in cash and donated goods and services in a year-end campaign finance report. The political action committee, Friends of Marty Jackley, brought in roughly $137,000 in cash and in-kind contributions last year.
PIERRE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem ended 2017 with more than $2.1 million in the bank for her bid to become South Dakota's governor. Kristi for Governor reported raising slightly more than $900,000 in a year-end campaign finance report, including about $754,000 from individuals. She brought in $75,500 from out-of-state or federal political action committees and $68,500 from other candidate committees. Noem's campaign reported spending about $566,000, leaving over $2.1 million on hand. She started the reporting period with roughly $1.8 million in the bank.
BELLE FOURCHE (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in Lawrence County killed a 25-year-old man. The Highway Patrol says the man was driving a car that was struck by a pickup truck on state Highway 34 east of Belle Fourche about 7 a.m. Friday. Authorities say the crash happened when the pickup tried to pass another pickup that was hauling a flatbed trailer, and the passing pickup struck the oncoming car. The driver of the car died at the scene. He wasn't immediately identified. The pickup driver was taken to a Spearfish hospital with what the patrol says were minor injuries.
CLEAR LAKE (AP) — A crash in Deuel County involving a semitrailer and a car killed the two women in the car. The Highway Patrol says the car slid into the wrong lane on state Highway 22 about 8:15 a.m. Friday and was hit by the oncoming semi. The 83-year-old driver of the car and her 86-year-old passenger died at the scene east of Clear Lake. They weren't immediately identified. The semi driver wasn't hurt.
PIERRE — South Dakota lawmakers this week are set to debate bills on concealed handguns, paid sick leave for workers and drug-testing themselves. Here's a look at the agenda when legislators return to the Capitol on Tuesday: Constitutional carry Permitless concealed carry is back, but unlikely to become law. Senate Bill 104 would allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. It's scheduled to be debated Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
PIERRE (AP) — A dog abandoned in a South Dakota wildlife refuge three weeks ago has found a new home. The underweight yellow Labrador was rescued from the Sand Lake Wildlife Refuge by two hunters on Jan. 4. The dog, to the hunters' surprise, fetched a pheasant that they had shot down on their hunt. The Labrador, later named River, was taken to the Aberdeen Area Humane Society, where she recovered after enduring days in the cold without shelter or food. It's also where River found her new caretakers, Anita and Daryl Jung of Warner, the Capital Journal reported.
EUREKA (AP) — A $1 million campaign to fund a new hospital in South Dakota has raised more than double the goal in just six months. "Eureka is a very generous community," said Nina Kunz, a chairwoman on the campaign committee. "When there's a need and they can see and feel it, they'll never let you down."
STURGIS (AP) — Crews have contained a grass fire on the north side of Bear Butte State Park in southwestern South Dakota. The fire was fully contained early Sunday. At last report the fire had grown to 150 acres, but the final size is to be determined. Local, state and federal firefighters responded. Gusty winds helped spread the fire.
STURGIS (AP) — Officials have finished restoring a western South Dakota monument honoring a horseback mail carrier killed in 1876. The restoration project came about when Regional Health Sturgis Hospital started renovating and expanding near the site of the Nolin Monument, which memorializes horseback mail carrier Charles "Red" Nolin. Hospital officials found that the monument was sinking into the ground and in need of being refurbished, the Black Hills Pioneer reported.