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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says he will not seek the U.S. House seat being vacated by Kristi Noem. Huether's second term as mayor ends next May, and there had been some speculation that he might make a run for Congress. He announced Wednesday that he will not do so, despite encouragement "from folks all across the great state of South Dakota." Huether did not say what his plans are after he leaves the mayor's office. The one-time Democrat announced earlier this year that he was changing his affiliation to independent.
CASTLEWOOD (AP) — Storms caused extensive damage to a senior living facility in Castlewood. The Associated Press reports the Castlewood Assisted Living facility was evacuated when hail and strong winds moved through the area Wednesday night. Hamlin County sheriff's officials are advising against travel in the community because of so many downed trees and power lines. The storm temporarily knocked out power in the area.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Kyle man who admitted failing to report that his wife had been physically abusing a child who later died will not see further jail time. Forty-four-year-old Mitchell Wisecarver was sentenced Wednesday to time already served behind bars — about 1 ½ years. He'll be on supervised release for a year. Forty-three-year-old Lori Wisecarver in February admitted killing the 2-year-old boy she was raising. She'll be sentenced in September for second-degree murder.
PIERRE (AP) — State officials are studying a human skull fragment that was uncovered by a landscaping crew in Pierre. Police were called to the scene Wednesday afternoon. Authorities believe the skull fragment was in a load of rock used during landscaping in the area 17 years ago. An archaeologist from the State Historical Society was brought to the scene but found no other bones. The skull fragment will be taken to the state forensic laboratory and then sent to an expert in Kansas for further analysis.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Experts say South Dakota's agri-business strengths and its emerging health care sector puts the state in a great position for growth in the biotechnology industry. Dr. Christoph Bausch with SAB Biotherapeutics says biotechnology in South Dakota is small, but powerful. Bausch's Sioux Falls company works on genetic modification of livestock to produce human antibodies to fight diseases.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health is absorbing another health care provider in the Dakotas. Sanford has signed a merger agreement with Mid Dakota Clinic, which has nearly 100 physicians who serve patients in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The integration of the two health care systems will be ongoing through the next year. Officials say there will be no interruptions to patient care, and clinic patients can continue seeing their current doctors and going to the hospital of their choice.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed there will be a "Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day" this month. The Republican governor says that Tuesday will be a day to think about the treatment, symptoms and causes of post-traumatic stress injuries. Larry Zimmerman is secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. Zimmerman says everyone should help raise awareness about post-traumatic stress injuries. He says that people working together can make a difference.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs is being charged with a new felony count after he was captured following nearly a year on the run. Authorities say Jeffs could face up to 10 years in prison on the new failure to appear charge filed in federal court in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. He was recaptured in South Dakota last week after pawning two pairs of pliers while apparently living out of his pickup truck.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million cash for a man accused of escaping from custody in South Dakota and killing a retired teacher in Rapid City. Andrew Eastman is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old Larry Mintzlaff. Authorities say Eastman escaped from an inmate job site in Rapid City on June 2 using a city-owned pickup, then went over to Mintzlaff's house, where the man was found dead on June 6. Eastman was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 9 and brought back to South Dakota Tuesday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Forbes magazine has listed the richest person in every state. In South Dakota, T. Denny Sanford tops the list with a net worth of $2.1 billion. The man who made his money in the banking and credit card industries is wealthier than last year. Forbes 400 list in 2016 listed Sanford's worth at $1.8 billion.