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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A week of warm, dry weather in South Dakota has benefited spring wheat planting in the state. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says nearly one-third of the winter wheat crop is now in the ground. Drought is still impacting soil moisture. The report says nearly half of the topsoil moisture is rated short or very short, and nearly two-thirds of the subsoil moisture is in those categories.
SPEARFISH (AP) — A 64-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a Spearfish street has died of her injuries. The woman was hit by the car about 6:30 a.m. Friday. The Highway Patrol said Tuesday that she had died in a hospital. Her name wasn't immediately released. No charges are pending against the 22-year-old woman who was driving the car.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A retired fraud investigator for the South Dakota Department of Revenue has pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud and money laundering charges. Steven Knigge, 71, was accused of fraudulently asking banks in several states to wire money to an account in South Dakota belonging to him, while he was working as a state official in the summer of 2015. Banks in Georgia, Arizona, Washington and Texas were targeted, authorities said.
PIERRE (AP) — The Highway Patrol has identified the victims of recent fatal crashes in Brookings and Day counties. Thirty-nine-year-old Tyrone King of Brookings died last Tuesday night when the car he was driving collided with a pickup truck at a highway intersection south of Arlington. Authorities say King failed to stop at a stop sign. King was dead at the scene. Two people in the pickup suffered minor injuries.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Aberdeen's new $8 million public library is opening. The American News reports that the 29,400-square-foot K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library features separate spaces for youth, adult and children's books. It also has a genealogy space for historic information, meeting rooms and small group rooms, several computers and The A Place. The A Place is a special section dedicated to helping newcomers in the city, especially those whose first language isn't English. It was created with a $35,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A lucky teenager has a special piece of memorabilia from country music star Garth Brooks' concert in Sioux Falls. Nineteen-year-old Haylie Weber and her mom were in the sixth row for Brooks' Saturday show at the Sanford Premier Center. They held up a sign that read "This Special Olympic athlete wants to meet Garth."
NEW UNDERWOOD (AP) — A joint venture by three federal agencies is breathing new life into weather radar stations, including one in the western part of South Dakota. Service Life Extension Program is part of a $150 million, seven-year joint endeavor by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service, the U.S. Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration, the Rapid City Journal reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Authorities in Minnehaha County are searching for a man who allegedly escaped from jail. The sheriff's office says Kai Conrad Hansen escaped from the corrections center Friday night and was last seen running away. He remained at large on Saturday.
KEYSTONE (AP) — The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument's four presidents was honored Saturday with a plaque that recognizes his work.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Kyle woman is expected to plead guilty after two of her children were found emaciated on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Court records indicate 34-year-old Darcel Featherman will plead guilty to felony child abuse and neglect Sept. 29. The Rapid City Journal reports she admitted to leaving the girls with her mother and sister, knowing they wouldn't properly care for them due to alcohol and meth use.