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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Reports on demographics and enrollment in Sioux Falls school district show overall enrollment and ethnic diversity are on the rise. Schools in Sioux Falls are becoming more diverse, with more than one-third of its students coming from different backgrounds, the Argus Leader reported.
HOVEN (AP) — State officials say construction on Hoven's Main Street is expected to be finished by the end of next week. Pierre area engineer for the state Department of Transportation, Dean VanDeWiele, tells the Aberdeen American News the majority of the work will be done late this week or early next with an expected completion date of Nov. 4. The city began ripping open Main Street this spring to replace its water and sewer lines. The state then rebuilt the street, which is also state Highways 20 and 47.
GARDEN CITY (AP) — Authorities have identified a 60-year-old man who died in a crash near Garden City involving two semi-trucks. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Delmer Stern of Garden City died Friday at the scene. Authorities say the truck he was driving failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a semi in an intersection. Officials say Stern's truck went into the ditch and became engulfed in flames. Authorities say the driver of the other vehicle wasn't injured. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters trying to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline urged unity on Saturday as they prayed together near burned-out construction vehicles that served as a barricade between activists and law enforcement officers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The same day seven defendants were acquitted in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, law enforcement officers in riot gear arrested nearly 150 oil pipeline protesters camped out in North Dakota. The developments have drawn a sharp contrast for many between the treatment of mostly Native American citizens near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the heavily armed Oregon occupiers who held off the federal government for weeks.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters trying to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline were staying near their encampment Saturday morning following two days of confrontations that resulted in more than a hundred arrests and a barricade of burned-out vehicles blocking a North Dakota highway. A handful of people walked along the highway amid cloudy, chilly weather early Saturday as campfires burned at the nearby camp where hundreds of protesters are staying. About a half-dozen law enforcement vehicles were parked along the roadway.
VERMILLION (AP) — It seems hard to believe that ownership of an island that's been in the middle of the Missouri River for perhaps 200 years remained as one big unsolved problem. Yet for decades, Goat Island has been that proverbial child caught in the middle of a custody battle between parents.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A standoff between Dakota Access pipeline opponents and law enforcement over a highway roadblock diminished Friday without incident, a marked contrast to the forced removal a day earlier of protesters occupying private property.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access pipeline protesters believe local and state authorities jammed cellphone coverage during an operation to force activists from a camp they had set up on private land. But authorities dispute that, saying the spotty nature of cellphone coverage in the remote area is to blame. Protest spokesman Cody Hall says protesters had difficulty sending texts and livestreams during Thursday's operation. He says protesters feel their free speech rights were violated.
NEWELL (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in Butte County involving a car and a piece of farm equipment killed a 67-year-old Newell woman. The Highway Patrol says Beverly Winkler was driving a car that rear-ended a tractor pulling a farm implement on U.S. Highway 212 west of Newell. Authorities say the tractor had its flashing lights activated. The crash happened about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. Winkler later died from her injuries. The Nisland man driving the tractor suffered minor injuries.