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ABERDEEN (AP) — Organic farming proponents say more and more farmers are looking to adjust their operations to meet the growing demand for organic products. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service reports that the number of certified organic operations has increased over the last decade more than 250 percent in the U.S., according to the Aberdeen American News.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead after a house fire in Sioux Falls. The fire was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, after a police officer on patrol noticed the fire at a single-family home on north 10th Avenue. The first fire crew to arrive reported heavy smoke coming from the house. Fire officials went inside and pulled one person from the house, but that individual suffered fatal injuries. No details about the person's age or gender were released. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's Republican Party has a new chair. Former state Sen. Dan Lederman (LEE'-dur-muhn) unseated incumbent Chairwoman Pam Roberts on Saturday. The Rapid City Journal reports the announced vote at the State Central Committee meeting in Pierre was 73-53 for Lederman. Roberts was chairwoman for the past two years. She had the endorsement of Gov. Dennis Daugaard for another term. U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem also were supporting her.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Rapid City Regional Airport is trying a new digital marketing strategy, which officials hope will eventually lead to additional flights. The 2017 Spring Digital Strategy with Lawrence & Schiller, a Sioux Falls-based advertising agency, was approved by the Airport Board of Directors on Tuesday in the amount $56,000, the Rapid City Journal reported.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- The Rapid City Regional Hospital has announced that is no longer taking in certain types of mentally ill patients and will instead contact the Pennington County Sheriff's Office to take those individuals in to custody. This is the second major policy change recently made by the hospital that limits on the type of mental health care the hospital will provide, the Rapid City Journal reported. The decision has received criticism from local law enforcement officials, who say the policy change was made suddenly and without their input.
RAPID VALLEY (AP) — Authorities in southwestern South Dakota are investigating a woman's suspicious death that may be linked to illegal drug activity. Pennington County officials say 43-year-old Tamra Jo Ness, of Rapid City, was found dead in Rapid Valley after someone called to report a cardiac arrest Thursday night. A statement from Pennington County says authorities arrested a 43-year-old Rapid City woman. She's in jail on suspicion of ingesting a controlled substance.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal judge who will decide whether oil flows through the disputed Dakota Access pipeline has shown sympathy for the historical plight of American Indians, but has also made clear that he doesn't think that should play a role in judicial decisions.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's dominant political party is set to vote for its next leader in the first contested GOP chair race in recent memory. Incumbent Chairwoman Pam Roberts and former state Sen. Dan Lederman are competing for the party's vote Saturday. Both candidates want to serve as the party's banner-carrier, responsible for fundraising and managing staff as state Republicans prepare for another busy election season next year.
SISSETON (AP) — A fire in the school gym has forced hundreds of students to evacuate an elementary school in northeastern South Dakota. The fire broke out Friday morning in the gymnasium at Westside Elementary School in Sisseton. District Superintendent Wally Leipart (LEEP'-hart) tells KWAT Radio the fire was in a mechanical room of the building. Leipart says the cause of the fire is still being determined but it was accidental. He says students and staff evacuated the building and walked to a nearby church.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Health is claiming success in fighting childhood obesity despite numbers that show an unchanged percentage since it began tracking the rate nearly two decades ago. The Rapid City Journal reports the department announced Tuesday that 32.1 percent of South Dakota children ages 5 to 19 years were either overweight or obese during 2015 to 2016 school year. The results are compared to the previous year of 32.2 percent.