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SIOUX FALLS — A recent report shows that rising home prices in Sioux Falls last year are likely unsustainable and could create issues for those trying to afford a home this year. Sioux Falls and Rapid City ranked near the bottom of Nationwide's housing affordability index, which evaluates hundreds of metro areas nationwide, the Argus Leader reported. The report ranks housing markets against past performance and scores based on prices, the economy and demographics.
RAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota plans to give a $3.2 million building to a Black Hills businessman in exchange for his agreement to demolish 125 mobile homes he owns near Ellsworth Air Force Base.
BELLE FOURCHE (AP) — A couple has purchased a former high school in a western South Dakota with plans to turn the nearly century-old building into a community events center. James and Provatia Pietila are familiar with renovation projects. In 2013, they purchased the former Lincoln School building in Belle Fourche, where they currently live. Now, the Pietilas have set their sights on a new project downtown, the old Roosevelt High School building.
HECLA (AP) — The family of a World War II veteran has called an 8-year-old girl a "hero" after she helped the veteran safely escape a house fire in northern South Dakota. Adi Lloyd was driving with her grandparents in Hecla on New Year's Day when she saw a plume of smoke rising from the home of 92-year-old Dale Shelton, who was asleep inside. Adi alerted her grandparents, Bob and Gayle Lloyd, and insisted that they check on the homeowner.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police have arrested a woman who allegedly crashed a stolen SUV into a Sioux Falls apartment building. A police statement says officers tried to pull the vehicle over around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, but the driver fled. Officer lost sight of it and heard a loud crash. They arrived to see the SUV had crashed into a first-floor apartment and gone partially inside. The officers saw her run away, but caught her after a short chase.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal lawsuit says a former National American University official alleges that the South Dakota-based for-profit system defrauded the federal government out of millions through student loans. The system operates about three dozen campuses across the country.
ABERDEEN — A man accused of shooting three people in Ohio four years ago has been arrested in South Dakota. The U.S. Marshals Service says 38-year-old Herbert Allen was taken into custody without incident in Aberdeen on Thursday on three counts of felony assault stemming from the incident on February 27, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A large agriculture cooperative formed by the merger of two co-ops in the Dakotas has started operations. North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers officially began business as Agtegra Cooperative on Thursday, headquartered in the northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen.
PIERRE — An Eagle Butte man has been sentenced to seven months in custody for spitting on a federal officer. The U.S. attorney's office says 29-year-old Matthew Dupris spit on an officer while being arrested in May 2017 for violating conditions of his tribal bond by drinking alcohol. He pleaded guilty last October to assault on a federal officer and was recently sentenced. He'll be on supervised release for two years following his time in custody.
DEADWOOD (AP) — The family of a 28-year-old man who mysteriously disappeared in Deadwood more than two weeks ago is offering a reward for information about his whereabouts. Christopher Oien was last seen near the Deadwood Event Center Jan. 14. Police searched the area and found a piece of Oien's clothing, but there was no sign of him. Authorities have used search dogs, a dive team and drones in their search.