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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline who have been protesting for months in a rural camp in southern North Dakota rode out an overnight blizzard at shelters in two local towns and at a tribal casino. The storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that felt as cold as 10 degrees below zero.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls will not investigate the case of a building collapse that killed a construction worker and injured a woman Friday, relying instead on federal safety inspectors to find out the cause of the incident, officials said Monday. Emergency manager Regan Smith said the building in downtown Sioux Falls has been classified as destroyed, and an adjacent building that houses a nightclub has major structural damage as a result of the collapse. Another building has shown signs of minor damage.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to present his budget proposal to the state Legislature. The governor's budget address is Tuesday at the Capitol. Daugaard has said lower-than-anticipated tax collections will only allow for modest spending increases during the 2017 legislative session.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months are vowing to stay put on their sprawling North Dakota encampment despite harsh winter weather and a tribal leaders' call to leave.
PIERRE (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says his budget plan to be released Tuesday won't include cuts, but lower-than-anticipated tax collections will only allow for modest spending increases during the 2017 legislative session.
YANKTON (AP) — An annual holiday event in Yankton has celebrated its fifth year teaching children that it's better to give than to receive. A Christmas Store, founded by the late Ann Hudson, gives children in grades K-5 the chance to pick out free gifts for family members, the Yankton Press & Dakotan reported. This year's was held Saturday.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A combination of unseasonably warm, dry fall weather and low corn prices could mean more grain is stored on farms this winter. Agriculture experts said that farmers will have to watch how they store their grain and wait for prices to rise, the Aberdeen News reported. Cold weather is critical to preserving grains, such as corn, South Dakota State University Extension agronomy field specialist David Karki said.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Officials say a summer-long tire disposal program at the Sioux Falls landfill has decreased potential mosquito breeding grounds in the metro area as well as the likelihood the Zika virus will make it there.
BROOKINGS (AP) — South Dakota State's Chase Vinatieri banked a 42-yard field goal off the right upright with 1:21 left to lift the Jackrabbits to a 10-7 win over Villanova on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Vinatieri, who was 1 for 7 on kicks beyond 40 yards in the regular season, had plenty of leg into a steady wind. The Jackrabbits (9-3) advance to the quarterfinals for the first time where they will have a rematch with five-time defending national champion North Dakota State. SDSU beat the Bison 19-17 in the regular season.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The head of North Dakota's emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis. State Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz said it would be a "huge challenge," especially during a mass evacuation, but his office has winter shelter plans in place and various agencies are ready to respond.