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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Opponents of a South Dakota ballot question that would create a new government ethics commission are raising concerns about the amount of power that would be given to an unelected panel if voters approve it in November.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The National Weather Service says nine tornadoes that ripped through South Dakota and Montana last week snapped trees, destroyed outbuildings and swept up a 5-ton tractor that has yet to be found. The Rapid City Journal reports the weather service released an initial survey of the damage from the tornadoes Monday. The agency says five tornadoes hit Harding County, South Dakota and another four touched down in Carter County, Montana on Thursday evening.
PIEDMONT (AP) — A recent hail storm in western South Dakota dented about 500 trailers and motorhomes at an RV lot, resulting in millions of dollars in damages. The Rapid City Journal reports that hailstones ranging in size from a quarter to a grapefruit destroyed an area from eastern Wyoming across the Black Hills on Friday.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Finishing touches are being made to a new trail that's already open to the public in western South Dakota. The Savoy Trail in Spearfish Canyon stretches about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the Roughlock Falls Trailhead to the Savoy pond, the Black Hills Pioneer reported . The trailhead sign describes the trail's difficulty as moderate.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Prosecutors are considering charges against a Rapid City priest who acknowledged he was responsible for stealing from the weekly donations at a church. KOTA-TV reports that the Rapid City Diocese read a letter at all of its churches Sunday to inform parishioners of the investigation involving Marcin Garbacz. Rapid City police say Garbacz told investigators he had been taking money from the collection at St. Therese.
YANKTON (AP) — A South Dakota company is making "Reserved For Veterans" parking signs for businesses. Robert Lindsay of Midwest Striping in Yankton has started making the signs to let veterans park closer to businesses, The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported. Midwest Striping donates the signs to interested businesses.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for dealing large quantities of methamphetamine. Thirty-eight-year-old Quadiri Ayodele, of Sioux Falls, was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, and violating release conditions stemming from a 2008 drug conviction.
KYLE (AP) — Authorities have a suspect in custody in the fatal shooting of a man in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation community of Kyle. The Oglala Sioux Department of Public Safety says officers responded to reports of gunshots in a housing area Wednesday night and found a man dead next to a home. The Rapid City Journal reports officers arrested the suspect on Thursday morning without incident.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank is seeking to foreclose on a Rapid City mall to speed up the shopping center's payment of $100 million in unpaid loans. The bank filed its request last week for a judge to foreclose on Rushmore Mall, the Rapid City Journal reported.
DEADWOOD (AP) — A Whitewood man who committed identity theft and forgery at several businesses has been sentenced to serve three years in prison and ordered to pay a total of nearly $5,000 in restitution. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that 22-year-old David Baer was accused of passing bad checks and making charges on stolen credit cards last year. He initially faced 21 counts of forgery and 14 counts of identity theft.