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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Family and friends of a 15-year-old boy killed in a crash last year in South Dakota are criticizing a judge's decision to temporarily release the teen convicted in his death so he can attend his high school graduation.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Behind the sturdy walls and clanking cells of the prison up on the hill, Jerry Jackson sat in math class. The 47-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, is in his third year at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, and he's got just under a decade to go before parole eligibility. Jackson doesn't want to put that time to waste, so he spent the last few months taking classes to receive his general equivalency diploma, or GED.
YANKTON (AP) — Experts say a Civil War-era cannonball at the Dakota Territorial Museum is non-explosive. Museum officials began looking into whether the cannonball is an explosive threat while the museum prepared to move into the Mead Cultural Education Center, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported.
PIERRE (AP) — A Fort Thompson man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a drug-related confrontation that led to a man's death. The U.S. attorney's office says 32-year-old Zachery Ziegler got into a fight with Thomas Witt on May 23, 2017, and punched Witt in the head. Witt was later pronounced dead at a Chamberlain hospital of a traumatic brain injury.
SISSETON (AP) — A car crash has killed one person and injured three others near Sisseton. Authorities say the Chevrolet Malibu rolled at an intersection early Saturday. The 18-year-old man who was driving died at the scene. Three passengers all received minor injuries. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says none of the occupants was wearing seat belts.
WATERTOWN (AP) — A 67-year-old motorcyclist has died in a crash with a pickup near Watertown. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the man was driving a motorcycle west on U.S. 212 when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcyclist crossed the center line and into the path of a pickup pulling a trailer Friday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A family-owned business in South Dakota is closing after more than 40 years of making life more musical for local residents. Sioux Falls Music will close June 23, the Argus Leader reported . "People are not playing guitars recreationally anymore like they used to, and people are willing to buy guitars on the internet," said Don Saxton, who works at the store and is married to owner Barbara Saxton.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A former South Dakota lawman has his badge back more than 50 years after it was stolen. Gene Abdallah was a Minnehaha County deputy in 1965 when a teenager swiped his badge. On Thursday, Duke Tufty, now a 69-year-old minister in Kansas City, Missouri, returned the badge to the 82-year-old Abdallah.
YANKTON (AP) — Mount Marty College is adding dancing, cheering and shooting to its list of varsity sports. The Yankton school's board of trustees recently approved three new varsity sports — cheerleading, a dance squad and trap shooting. The shooting team will begin competing in the fall. The cheer and dance teams will debut in the fall of 2019. Scholarships will be available in all three programs.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal agency has reached a settlement with the owners of a South Dakota casino for refusing to hire an applicant taking prescribed medication. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Friday with M.G. Oil Company, owner of Happy Jack's Casino in Sioux Falls. The EEOC says M.G. Oil agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the agency in 2016.