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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Dry conditions across South Dakota are continuing to impact farmers and ranchers. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says condition ratings have declined slightly for all crops, and also for range and pasturelands. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 63 percent short or very short, and subsoil moisture is 60 percent in those categories. In the ranching community, pasture and range conditions are rated 53 percent poor or very poor. Stock water supplies are 43 percent in those categories.
MISSION HILL (AP) — No one was hurt when an empty grain train derailed between Gayville and Mission Hill. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that six cars of the 114-car BNSF Railway train jumped the tracks midday Monday. Railroad spokeswoman Amy McBeth says there's no immediate estimate on damage or a timeline for reopening the line.
PIERRE (AP) — The founder of a South Dakota conservative advocacy group is joining Marty Jackley's campaign for governor. Jackley's campaign said Monday that former Family Heritage Alliance executive director Dale Bartscher will serve as state political director for the campaign. Jackley says Bartscher will be a "tremendous asset." Bartscher helped establish the grassroots Family Heritage Alliance in 2010, and he's been a well-known lobbyist at the state Capitol. Bartscher says he will be crisscrossing the state for Jackley.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A revised local ordinance under consideration in Sioux Falls would make it illegal to feed stray dogs, cats or other animals that don't have owners. The city attorney's office and animal control staff have reworked local ordinances which have been sent to the City Council. The current law makes it illegal to "harbor or keep" stray animals. The revision adds feeding the animals. Animal control supervisor Julie DeJong says it could reduce animal bites and scratches and prevent other wildlife from being drawn into the city.
PIERRE (AP) — A weekend business fire in Pierre has been ruled accidental. The Saturday night blaze destroyed the Branding Iron Bistro, and smoke heavily damaged the Pottery 2 Paint store next door. Fire Chief Ian Paul tells the Capital Journal that the state fire marshal's office conducted an initial investigation Sunday and ruled the fire accidental, though the cause still isn't known. No one was hurt.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man is under arrest after police say he threatened his children with a gun in Sioux Falls. Law officers responded late Saturday to a report of an intoxicated man who had allegedly threatened his children with a firearm in a northeast Sioux Falls neighborhood. Authorities believed the man was still inside the home with several children, so surrounding roads were shut down and a perimeter was established.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a car struck and injured two pedestrians in a late-night hit-and-run. Police and paramedics were called late Saturday and found a man and a woman lying in the street. The man was conscious but had suffered a broken leg and internal injuries. The woman had multiple broken bones and was not conscious or breathing. Officers began CPR on the woman. Both victims were taken to Avera McKennan Hospital, where medical personnel were able to revive and stabilize the woman.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana State University researchers are getting nearly $1 million for a two-year study of how mite treatment and stress affect honeybee health. Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale are working with U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers in Baton Rouge and the nation's largest beekeeper, the LSU AgCenter said in a news release Thursday. They'll be studying 400 hives of honeybees owned by Adee Honey Farms of Bruce, South Dakota, including some that are moved to California for the fall almond harvest and then to Mississippi for the winter.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A nonprofit that operates a ranch for troubled boys in South Dakota has joined the local food movement. A donation of five cow-calf pairs from the South Dakota Farm Bureau means the McCrossan Boys Ranch will soon be able to feed its approximately 65 boys beef from cattle they've bred and cared for themselves, the Argus Leader reported. The last of the pairs arrived earlier this month. The nonprofit marked the event with a public viewing of the cattle and a competition in which the boys had a burger grill-off.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The property rental market in Rapid City remains tight in spite of ongoing construction of new apartment complexes and renovation of many existing units. Renters working near the minimum wage level are especially impacted by the market, the Rapid City Journal reported. A recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition showed that a full-time worker making minimum wage in Rapid City, and spending no more than 30 percent of income on rent, would fall about $100 short of the price of the average studio apartment.