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BROOKINGS (AP) — Members of the Sinai Lake Association want the Brookings County Commission to return their land to agricultural status. The Brookings Register reports that much of the land surrounding Lake Sinai in eastern South Dakota was rezoned in 2007 to natural resource district, which prevents landowners from building on the land, planting agricultural crops or doing other things. Jack Otta, president of the Sinai Lake Association, told the county commission no one in the association knew about the change until recently, when a landowner was told he couldn't build a cabin o
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota farmers rank in the top 10 in the nation in the production of more than 15 crops. A recent report from the federal Agriculture Department shows that South Dakota is tops in the production of bison, and second in the production of honey, flaxseed, proso millet and sunflowers.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to killing his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter in Rapid City was sentenced to 34 years in prison in an emotional court hearing that saw an outpouring of grief from both sides. Edward Berges, 24, initially faced murder and other charges in the death a year ago of Evelyn Molnar. He pleaded guilty in May to manslaughter and was sentenced Thursday. Authoritie said Berges became frustrated while watching Molnar and struck her in the head on Aug. 15, 2012.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Aberdeen police have arrested a suspect in the attempted armed robbery of a convenience store. Authorities tell the American News that a man armed with a gun walked into the South C Store late Monday, went through drawers behind the counter and then fled without stealing anything. Authorities arrested a 19-year-old suspect Wednesday. The man was not immediately formally charged.
Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2013. There are 130 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 23, 1973, a bank robbery-turned-hostage-taking began in Stockholm, Sweden; the four hostages ended up empathizing with their captors, a psychological condition now referred to as "Stockholm Syndrome." On this date: In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason. In 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of "open and avowed rebellion."
SPEARFISH (AP) — The Sanford Underground Research Facility and Black Hills State University are working together to transform a building on the Spearfish campus into a state-of-the-art science education center.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Even before ground is broken on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, a white-collar brigade of accountants, architects, lawyers and other consultants has locked in millions of dollars in contracts that would complicate any effort to derail the project.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says former Highmore Police Chief Ken Huber has lost a legal challenge to his conviction for first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife. Huber was first convicted of murder in 2008 in the death of his wife, Pam. The South Dakota Supreme Court overturned that conviction, but Huber was convicted of first-degree murder in a second trial held in 2011. In an appeal in circuit court, Huber argued evidence presented at his second trial was unfair and his two defense attorneys were ineffective.
STURGIS (AP) — City council members in Sturgis have changed the city's zoning ordinance in hopes of avoiding future lawsuits with any adult-oriented businesses that may want to locate in the Black Hills city. The Rapid City Journal reports that Sturgis is defending itself in a lawsuit initiated by Dick & Jane's Naughty Spot, which contends the city should not have tried to force it to relocate.
BRANDON (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in Brandon is worth $10,000 in the latest drawing. South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the game's third prize in the Wednesday drawing. The odds of winning it around 1 in about 649,000. The winner has about six months to claim the money. Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot sits at $92 million for the next drawing, on Saturday.