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RAPID CITY (AP) — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is getting a big boost for a program that aims to attract, retain and graduate more women and other underrepresented students in engineering. The school has been awarded more than $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation for its Culture and Attitude Program.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than 850 hunting licenses remain for North Dakota's fall turkey season. The state Game and Fish Department made 3,510 licenses available this year, a decline of about 4 percent from last year. The agency recently held its license lottery. Only North Dakota residents could apply in the initial lottery. Both resident and nonresident hunters can apply for the leftover licenses, which became available Monday. The season begins Oct. 8 and runs through next Jan. 8.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The president of Augustana University in Sioux Falls says he's retiring after the school year. Rob Oliver has been associated with the school for 25 years, the last 11 as president. He had previously served as chair of the business administration department for two years and spent 12 years on Augustana's board of trustees. Oliver has spearheaded record-setting financial support for the school and the addition of several projects, including the $35 million Froiland Science Complex.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A onetime Garretson School District business manager has pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor. Fifty-nine-year-old Rodney Fischer appeared in court Monday on the felony charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The plea deal calls for all but 180 days of the sentence to be suspended. Authorities allege Fischer was caught in an online sting in which he solicited sex from what he thought was a 13-year-old girl but was actually an undercover agent.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed attorney and former state Rep. David Lust of Rapid City to a vacant seat in the state House. Lust will succeed Rep. Dan Dryden, who died last month. Dryden's current term representing District 34 began in January 2015 and ends early next January, prior to the 2017 legislative session. Lust will serve until the end of the term. Lust previously served from 2007 to 2015 in the state House, many of the years as majority leader.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration didn't follow the proper procedures when it imposed stricter regulations on farm fertilizer dealers, meaning the policy change won't go into effect Saturday as scheduled.
OGLALA (AP) — Severe storms with strong winds over the weekend damaged 18 homes in the Oglala area. The American Red Cross says most of the homes suffered minor damage to roofs, windows and siding, but four homes were deemed too damaged to be occupied. Those families are getting help with lodging. Red Cross regional director Richard Smith says the agency is continuing to monitor the situation with Oglala Sioux emergency management officials.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police have arrested a suspect in a weekend fire that damaged a 40-unit storage building. The blaze at the Arena Storage complex was reported shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Investigators determined the fire started inside one of the storage units. Police on Sunday arrested a 52-year-old man who they say had been living in the building. The charges he was arrested on included reckless burning and failing to report a dangerous fire.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A South Dakota state park lake is expected to have better access and improved fishing habitat after a shoreline rebuilding project is completed. South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks officials began decreasing the water level in the 9.2-acre Legion Lake in the northern part of Custer State Park earlier this month, the Rapid City Journal reported.
PIERRE (AP) — After years of trying to get South Dakota legislators to surrender control of redistricting to an independent commission, supporters of the idea are trying to do it instead through a constitutional amendment. Backers say the measure before voters this November would eliminate lawmakers' conflict of interest and make people feel elections are fair to all parties.