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RAPID CITY (AP) — Critics of the Pennington County Commission's decision to allow an asphalt plant near a soccer complex and mobile home community are trying to put the issue before voters. The Rapid City Journal reports that critics want to prompt a special countywide election over the decision. They would have to get 3,573 people to sign petitions and turn them in by May 23 to get on the ballot. The commission voted 3-2 last month in favor of rezoning land in Rapid City, paving the way for Western Construction to build the asphalt plant.
YANKTON (AP) — A 60-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash in Yankton County of southeastern South Dakota. The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened on U.S. Highway 81, seven miles north of Yankton, when the motorcyclist tried to pass a vehicle and collided with an oncoming car just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The man was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene. His name was not immediately released. The other driver, who tried to avoid crashing, was not hurt. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Prosecutors plan to call a Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter as a witness in a trial related to a marijuana operation that the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe attempted to start, and the newspaper has objected. The attorney general's office has subpoenaed Dana Ferguson to testify in the upcoming trial in Moody County of Eric Hagen, a consultant who helped the tribe set up a growing facility, Argus Leader Media reported Sunday.
ONIDA (AP) — A South Dakota company is still working to raise enough money to build a $150 million ethanol plant just south of Onida. The Capital Journal reported that Ringneck Energy LLC CEO Walt Wendland said the company finally has one or two investors willing to give the last piece of equity needed to start construction. He said it will amount to half of the expected construction and start-up costs and the company hopes to begin construction this summer.
PIERRE (AP) — The number of pheasant hunters in South Dakota in 2016 and the number of birds they killed were both down from the previous year, according to the state's upland hunting harvest survey. The Capital Journal reported that slightly more than 61,000 residents and about 81,000 nonresidents took to the South Dakota pheasant fields in 2016, down a few thousand from the 2015 season. Senior upland game biologist Travis Runia said the slump wasn't entirely unexpected because the overall number of pheasants decreased about 20 percent.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe is suing South Dakota over the state's interpretation that contractors working on an expansion of the Royal River Casino are required to pay contractor excise taxes to the state. The Argus Leader reported that the lawsuit alleges it's an intrusion into tribal sovereignty and is conflicting with U.S. laws that regulate commerce on reservations.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A baby girl who just couldn't wait to get to the hospital was born in the family sport utility vehicle on Interstate 229. Kate Howell was born May 7 as her parents Ann and Dan Howell were trying to make the hour drive from their home in Volga to Sioux Falls. Ann Howell realized they wouldn't make it, and Kate was born before paramedics arrived. The Argus Leader reports that Dan is a certified EMT and was able to provide medical care until other help arrived.
BOX ELDER (AP) — A 76-year-old man has died after he failed to negotiate a curve while driving a motorcycle and crashed in Box Elder. The man's name hasn't been released. Authorities say the crash happened Friday night and the man was thrown from the motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet and was taken to a hospital in Rapid City, where he died.
CUSTER (AP) — Members of the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Commission have proposed increasing the amount hunters pay to hunt bison in Custer State Park. The Black Hills Pioneer ( http://bit.ly/2q5HGZ0 ) reported the commissioners proposed increasing the cost to hunt a trophy buffalo by $1,500, making the new fee $6,500. The cost to hunt a non-trophy bison bull would increase $1,000 to $3,250. Nationwide, the average hunt price for a trophy bull hunt costs $6,300 so raising the Custer state Park hunt would fee would be in-line with the industry.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A construction company says it intends to contest fines levied by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a building collapse in Sioux Falls. Hultgren Construction was remodeling the former Copper Lounge building on Dec. 2 when it collapsed, killing a construction worker and trapping an apartment resident for hours. OSHA cited the company, saying it willfully disregarded safety precautions. It proposed Hultgren pay fines of more than $100,000.