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RAPID CITY (AP) — Delta Air Lines recently created a special flight to help a group of Belgian tourists reach their South Dakota vacation after experiencing travel delays.
DEADWOOD (AP) — South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department is studying the survival rate of white-tailed deer fawns for its third year. Department officials attempt to place radio collars onto 150 fawns each spring to track survival rates, the Black Hills Pioneer reported . It requires the agency's staff to capture fawns that are only days old, otherwise they can easily outrun humans.
DEADWOOD (AP) — Deadwood officials are hoping a planning document will better prepare them for when the next wildfire nears the city. Deadwood officials received recommendations last month from Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire, a grant program helping communities prepare for wildfires, the Black Hills Pioneer reported .
YANKTON (AP) — A South Dakota collective is addressing food insecurity in a southeastern county by collecting kitchenware, food storage containers and other cooking supplies.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City officials are considering spending more than $4 million to create a railroad quiet zone downtown. The Rapid City Journal reports that the City Council will discuss several options Monday to reduce noise from train horns at railroad crossings.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A hunt is underway for a young mountain lion that has been spotted several times in a residential neighborhood in Rapid City. The Rapid City Journal reports that sightings Monday and Tuesday have been confirmed through video recorded on household security cameras. John Kanta with South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks says there have been several other eyewitness sightings.
DEADWOOD (AP) — Two more Spearfish residents have been sentenced for their roles in the illegal and deadly drug trade in the city. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that 26-year-old Marcus Pelletier was sentenced to serve a year in prison for drug distribution. Thirty-four-year-old Jeffrey Duex was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years of probation for drug use.
GETTYSBURG (AP) — The Potter County Commission violated state open meeting laws by holding an impromptu quorum after a meeting had been adjourned. The American News reports the state Open Meetings Commission came to that conclusion after looking into a Dec. 28 meeting the county commissioners had with the county sheriff after the official meeting had been adjourned.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Democratic governor hopeful Billie Sutton has chosen a longtime Republican businesswoman to be his running mate. Sutton, a state senator and former professional rodeo cowboy, said Thursday that Sioux Falls businesswoman and now-lieutenant governor candidate Michelle Lavallee brings "balance and bipartisanship" to his campaign. Sutton's team says Lavallee recently switched parties to join the ticket. Lavallee says South Dakota is ready to break away from "politics as usual, regardless of political affiliation."
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. Groups fighting TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline appealed a judge's decision last year upholding regulators' approval for the pipeline to cross the state. But the high court ruled Wednesday that justices didn't "reach the merits of the case" because the lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal of the Public Utilities Commission's decision.