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RAPID CITY (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. is closing more than 100 stores around the country, including the Sears in Rapid City. The company says employees at 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores were notified Thursday that it was closing the stores between early March and early April. Company officials say liquidation sales could start as early as late next week.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police are investigating an armed robbery at a local hotel A man wielding a handgun demanded money from an employee at a Super 8 about 7 p.m. Thursday. He fled with an unknown amount of cash. Authorities say no injuries were reported.
PIERRE (AP) — Organizers of an annual youth goose hunt in central South Dakota say frigid weather won't put a damper on the weekend event. Organizer Sam Koenecke tells the Pierre Capital Journal that up to 100 young hunters will be taking the field this weekend for the 28th year of the Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt in the Pierre area.
PIERRE (AP) — A ballot measure that would ban out-of-state fundraising for citizens' initiatives will go before voters in November, South Dakota's chief elections official said Thursday. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' office said the ballot question will be named Initiated Measure 24. The deadline for a citizen to challenge the measure's approval for the ballot is Feb. 5.
PIERRE (AP) — Sioux Falls-based Avera plans to put an airplane and a crew of up to a dozen pilots and nurses in Pierre, to improve service. The Avera Careflight air ambulance program has operated for 30 years, with two airplanes and a helicopter in Sioux Falls and a second helicopter in Aberdeen.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Pennington County commissioner convicted of violating a county zoning ordinance has been granted a new trial. Seventy-seven-year-old George Ferebee disagrees with government oversight of septic systems. A magistrate court judge last September found him guilty of maintaining on his rural Hill City property a septic system that lacked an operating permit. Ferebee was fined $200.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Most of South Dakota's winter wheat crop appears to be holding up fairly well to winter so far. The monthly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department shows about two-thirds of the crop in fair, good or excellent condition. Soil moisture is still showing the effects of last summer's prolonged drought. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated only 47 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 44 percent in those categories.
BRANDON (AP) — Police in South Dakota investigating a couple drive-by shootings in Iowa say they found dozens of guns, including fully automatic weapons, and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the home of the suspect. The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office says investigators determined the teen suspected of firing at two homes in Lyon and Sioux counties in Iowa last month lived in Brandon.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A 19-year-old woman accused of being an accomplice in a Rapid City slaying last fall has been scheduled for trial next month. Authorities allege Cierra Walks helped 21-year-old Maricelo Garcia evade authorities after Garcia allegedly shot and killed 20-year-old Clinton Farlee last October.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking South Dakota legislators to extend a law set to expire this summer that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation. Lawmakers during a special legislative session last year approved a compromise on so-called non-meandered waters that sunsets in June 2018, meaning lawmakers will have to revisit the issue in the upcoming session. The governor's office proposed a bill this week that would move the law's expiration date to 2021.