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ABERDEEN (AP) — A Minnesota man who helped steal a puppy belonging to a South Dakota police officer who was recovering from brain surgery has been sentenced to a month in jail and fined $854. The American News reports 19-year-old Hassan Yusef, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, pleaded guilty earlier this month to being an accessory to a felony.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says there are "a few" bills that he's thinking about vetoing before the 2018 legislative session officially ends. The Republican executive didn't specify Tuesday which bills he might reject. State lawmakers return next week for the session's final day to debate any vetoes that could come from the governor.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation has taken on a five-year challenge to fundraise $4 million to help support the state's agriculture industry. Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Tuesday money raised by the foundation will be matched with $1 million from the state and the South Dakota Community Foundation.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — During the 2018 legislative session, they were South Dakota's attorney general, congresswoman and state Senate Democratic leader. Next year, one of them will likely be governor. The state's top gubernatorial candidates pushed for legislation to crack down on drug dealers, improve access to public records and promote free speech on college campuses during the session.
WARNER (AP) — A South Dakota elementary school has purchased 17 ukuleles for its music program, thanks in part to a group of anonymous Eagles fans from Texas. Warner Elementary School teacher Jennifer Barkmeier decided to launch a fundraiser to buy her students ukuleles after purchasing one for her own child. She thought ukuleles would serve as a great introduction to string instruments.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls animal control officials are working to update the city's exotic pet ordinance, saying the rule is broad and needs clarification. Local reptile owners grew concerned earlier this month after Animal Control visited a Sioux Falls family to notify them their snakes weren't allowed in city limits, the Argus Leader reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the death of his wife more than two years ago. Thirty-five-year-old Garrett Michael Solorzano entered his plea Friday to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Jennie Lee Smith-Solorzano. As part of a plea agreement, charges of first- and second-degree murder and possession of a controlled substance were dismissed.
RAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks commissioners are considering a proposal to decrease elk hunting licenses in the Black Hills. The proposal would lower the number of licenses available for both any elk and antlerless elk for all of the Black Hills over the next two years, the Rapid City Journal reported . The agency would decrease licenses to 425 any elk and 700 anterless elk, from the 443 any elk and 1,150 anterless elk licenses available last year.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls health care system plans to open an $8 million facility to provide care for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
RAPID CITY — Federal and state regulators are entrusting a water pollution study at an abandoned South Dakota gold mine to a company that is potentially interested in reopening the mine. The Environmental Protection Agency and the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources have signed an agreement with Agnico Eagle Mines, a publicly traded company based in Toronto, Canada. Agnico is trying to determine whether there's enough remaining gold to reopen the Gilt Edge Mine near Lead.