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PIERRE (AP) — The Pierre City Commission has approved a nearly $2 million bid for construction of a new fire and rescue station at the city's airport. KCCR radio reports that the bid was awarded to a local contractor on Tuesday night. The existing station is in need of repair, and officials have said they plan to start work on the new building yet this year. The federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost, with Pierre and the state each paying 5 percent.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Lawrence County prosecutors have dropped all charges against a Meade County commissioner accused of damaging private property. A jury last month acquitted home products businessman Alan Aker on a trespassing misdemeanor, but could not decide on a verdict on two property damage felonies. The Rapid City Journal reports that Lawrence County prosecutors say they don't have the time and resources for a second trial.
YANKTON (AP) — Federal inspectors say South Dakota's problem-plagued state-run mental health hospital still is not developing adequate treatment plans for patients. The Argus Leader reports that the May visit by officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was a follow-up to an earlier inspection that found a number of deficiencies.
STURGIS (AP) — Authorities have identified a 72-year-old man who died after his car hit a pickup truck in Boulder Canyon near Sturgis. The Highway Patrol says Rudolph Witton of Sturgis failed to negotiate a curve on U.S. Highway 14A, crossed the center line and collided with the pickup that was pulling a camper and a small trailer. The crash happened about 9:45 a.m. Monday. Witton was pronounced dead at the scene, about 3 ½ miles west of Sturgis. Two people in the pickup who are from North Dakota weren't hurt.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to temporarily stop work on parts of the Dakota Access Pipeline to prevent the destruction of sacred and culturally significant sites near Lake Oahe. A hearing on the tribe's motion for a temporary restraining order is Tuesday before U.S. District Judge James Boasberg. The tribe wants construction stopped on the pipeline route for a length of about two miles west of Highway 1806 and within 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahe.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has named a week to recognize those who work closely with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Direct Support Professionals week in South Dakota begins Sept. 11. Direct Support Professionals are the main providers of publicly financed long-term supports and services for people with disabilities.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A South Dakota-based recovery organization is looking to change how addiction is treated in North Dakota in part by involving businesses in recovery work. Face It Together, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is working to establish outposts in Bismarck and Fargo, The Williston Herald reported. Face It Together advocates approaching addiction as a chronic disease and including employers in recovery efforts.
ELK POINT (AP) — Officials are searching the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota for a missing 23-year-old man. KELO-TV reports that Tom Patterson was swimming with friends Sunday when he disappeared. The Argus Leader reports that rescue officials searched until dark and then resumed their work early Monday morning.
VIBORG (AP) — Authorities have identified two people from Tea who died after a small airplane crashed Friday morning in a rural Turner County cornfield west of Viborg. Authorities say 14-year-old Destiny Karpinen and her grandfather, 64-year-old Allen Bucholz, died in the crash. KDLT-TV reports the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
BROOKINGS (AP) — Authorities have identified a 4-year-old passenger who died from injuries in a car crash west of Brookings that also killed the car's 62-year-old driver. The Highway Patrol says the Sioux Falls girl, Jasmine Mathis, died Sunday. Driver Cheryl Hartman of Lake Preston was pronounced dead at the scene Friday. Two other children in Hartman's car were also injured.