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LANGFORD (AP) — A one-vehicle crash in Marshall County killed a 25-year-old woman. The Highway Patrol says the woman was driving a car that went into the ditch off a county road northeast of Langford, struck a telephone pole and rolled several times. The crash happened about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The woman died later of her injuries. She wasn't immediately identified. She was alone in the vehicle.
NEWELL (AP) — A South Dakota man who won a $232 million Powerball jackpot in 2009 is now getting paid to let government horses roam his land. More than 900 excess horses chosen from free-roaming herds on Bureau of Land Management ranges in other states are now grazing on a pasture owned by Neil Wanless, reported the Rapid City Journal. The land is about 75 miles northeast of Rapid City or 25 miles east of Newell. Wanless bought the land with his Powerball proceeds, which totaled $89 million after taxes.
VERMILLION (AP) — A two-vehicle crash on the edge of Vermillion has killed a 78-year-old man. The Highway Patrol says the man was driving a car that went through a stop sign at the intersection of state Highway 19 and the state Highway 50 bypass about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. The car collided with a semitrailer. The man's name was not immediately released. The driver of the semitrailer wasn't hurt.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared an emergency disaster in southwestern Jackson County after a prairie fire burned 64 square miles of grassland and killed scores of livestock. The state will cover 90 percent of non-federal fire response costs, such as fuel and aircraft expenses, Daugaard said Thursday, two days after he flew over the area affected by the Cottonwood Fire. About 300 firefighters from 10 western counties fought the blaze at its peak, which is now fully contained.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Construction has wrapped up on a $180 million solar farm in Minnesota that's billed as the largest single solar facility in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country. The North Star Solar project in Chisago County just north of the Twin Cities comprises more than 440,000 solar panels on 1 ½ square miles of land. It's expected to produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes, starting in December.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of farm animals killed or injured in south central North Dakota's Sioux County continues to mount. The North Dakota Stockmen's Association says a horse was found shot and mutilated on Wednesday. It was in the same pasture where two cows were shot and injured earlier this week, and where five other animals were killed and 30 others went missing in recent weeks.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have dropped murder charges against a Minnesota man suspected in the disappearance of a woman who's been the subject of searches in the Dakotas. Fifty-one-year-old Timothy James Barr, of Lakeville, was charged with second-degree murder and criminal vehicular homicide. He was accused of killing 45-year-old Michelle Lee Newell, of Vadnais Heights, who was last seen with him in late August.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Actress Shailene Woodley has pleaded not guilty in a North Dakota court to criminal trespass and riot charges after her arrest in a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. Court records show the "Divergent" star entered her pleas on Tuesday through her attorney Alexander Reichert. Woodley and 26 other activists were arrested Oct. 10. She livestreamed her protest on Facebook.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A man charged in a fatal shooting in Missouri that authorities believe was prompted by road rage has waived extradition in South Dakota. Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher Taylor, of Independence, Missouri, was arrested Tuesday in Box Elder, South Dakota. He appeared in court Wednesday and said he would not fight a return to his home state to face charges. Taylor is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Sunday death of 22-year-old Whitney Gray, also of Independence.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Scientists say oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University examined the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a 25-year period. They found that populations of the chicken-sized bird dropped 14 percent annually in areas of Wyoming with at least 10 oil or gas wells per square mile.