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PIERRE (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is hosting the annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park this month. The 51st roundup is scheduled to be held on Sept. 30. Katie Ceroll, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation, says the roundup brings more than 10,000 spectators from around the world to Custer State Park each year. An annual Arts Festival runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Seven Midwest governors have sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency seeking regulation changes intended to increase sales of gasoline blended with a higher percentage of ethanol.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota farmers are close to wrapping up spring wheat harvest. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that spring wheat is 97 percent completed, just slightly behind the 98 percent average for five years and the 99 percent figure at this time a year ago. Winter wheat planted was at 7 percent, trailing last year's mark of 17 percent and the 13 percent average. The report says corn and soybeans continued to mature at or near average pace.
WAUBAY (AP) — A South Dakota woman has filed a federal lawsuit against BNSF Railway over the death of her brother. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that the complaint stems from a 2013 accident in Waubay that killed Jason Campbell. Authorities say Campbell was driving a GMC Denali that slid on an icy roadway into the path of a BNSF train. Campbell was unable to back off the track and was struck by the train. Campbell later died from his injuries at a Fargo, North Dakota hospital.
PIERRE (AP) — Two South Dakota nonpartisan groups will be supporting a constitutional amendment that would remove candidates' party affiliations from primary and general election ballots, supporters said Tuesday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls school district is charging parents a $2 convenience fee to pay for lunches online after widespread use strained its food services budget. The district said it could have continued to absorb the credit card processing fees this year, but only if lunch prices increased by 10 cents, the Argus Leader reported. "Do you want to charge everyone?" business manager Todd Vik said. "Or do you want to charge the individuals using the convenience?"
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of a Texas company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline told employees Tuesday that it is committed to the project despite strong opposition and a federal order to halt construction near an American Indian reservation in North Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls mental health care provider has paid almost $10,000 in back wages and damages following a federal investigation. The Argus Leader reports Southeastern Behavioral Health owed overtime pay to 18 employees for their work with a team that supports law enforcement.
ELK POINT (AP) — Multiple agencies continue to search for the body of a college student from Iowa who presumably drowned in the Missouri River in South Dakota while trying to help others. Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges tells the Argus Leader that boats are still "going out every day." Twenty-three-year-old Tom Patterson, of Frostburg, Maryland, was swimming with friends on Sept. 4 southwest of Elk Point when he disappeared.
ABERDEEN (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court will begin its October court term at Northern State University in Aberdeen. The high court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Oct. 3-5 at the school's Johnson Fine Arts Center. The court will hear nine cases. Several non-oral cases are also on the court's calendar.