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ONIDA (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court last month removed the final obstacle for a $150 million ethanol plant in Sully County, but Ringneck Energy is still trying to raise the needed money. The Capital Journal reports the company is now asking the city of Onida to issue $15 million to $20 million in tax-free municipal bonds so construction can begin in the spring.
GREELEY, Neb. (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he burglarized the home of the brother of the late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. Thirty-eight-year-old Scott Davis, of Lennox, South Dakota, entered the pleas Monday in Greeley County District Court. Authorities say Davis broke into the home of Jordan Foltz on Sept. 3 as the Foltz family attended a memorial for Sam Foltz at the Huskers' home opener. Davis is also suspected in a theft at a Greeley construction site.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs policeman must serve 13 months in federal custody on a kidnapping conviction stemming from an armed confrontation with his wife, a federal judge in Wyoming ordered Monday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has a more than $1.7 million cash advantage over her Democratic challenger in the race for South Dakota's lone House seat. Federal campaign finance reports from the latest quarter show that Democratic candidate Paula Hawks has about $122,000 in the bank compared to Noem's over $1.8 million on hand. The reporting period covered July through Sept. 30.
REASNOR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect arson in the latest burning of heavy equipment being used in the construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in central Iowa. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says the blaze late Saturday near Reasnor, Iowa, caused about $2 million damage to an excavator and three bulldozers. The equipment is operated by a contractor for Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Indian Health Service has named a deputy chief medical officer for the Great Plains. The IHS says Mechele Peterson will serve as a regional expect on the agency's medical and public health services, and provide leadership to regional staff. The South Dakota-based IHS Great Plains Area Office oversees health care to about 130,000 Native Americans in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities say a prairie fire that burned 48 square miles in western South Dakota was human-caused. The Cottonwood Fire began Sunday afternoon east of Rapid City, in the Wall and Cottonwood areas. It scorched private land and part of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Firefighters were mopping up Monday and investigating the damage.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man during a basketball tournament on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. KEVN-TV reports that the FBI confirms it's investigating the Sunday incident near the SuAnn Big Crow Center in Pine Ridge but isn't releasing details. Oglala Sioux spokesman Kevin Yellow Bird Steele says the man was killed during a basketball tournament, but that no arrests were immediately made.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — "Democracy Now" reporter Amy Goodman plans to plead not guilty to a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Prosecutor Ladd Erickson dismissed a criminal trespass charge against Goodman on Friday. Defense attorney Tom Dickson said Monday that Erickson told him prosecutors plan to charge her with engaging in riot. The charge hasn't been filed.
FAULKTON (AP) — Authorities have identified a Gettysburg man who died in a one-vehicle crash in Faulk County over the weekend. The Highway Patrol says 72-year-old David Yecha lost control of his minivan on U.S. Highway 212, and the vehicle rolled in the ditch. The crash happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 miles west of Faulkton. Yecha was taken to a medical center in the town and later died of his injuries. He was traveling alone.