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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two Democratic U.S. senators want the chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to explain the agency's decision-making that ultimately paved the way for completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper and Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell are ranking Democratic members on Senate environment and energy committees. They sent a letter to Corps Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite Monday asking for a host of information including communications between the agency and Trump administration officials.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out for a candlelight vigil to remember five children killed in a Spearfish house fire over the weekend. The Tuesday night gathering was outside the home where the fire broke out early Saturday. People put flowers and stuffed animals on a memorial and lit candles. Fire Chief Mark Sachara called it "an amazing amount of support from the community." Police Lt. Boyd Dean says the investigation into the fire is ongoing, with some results possible by the end of the week.
PIERRE (AP) — Dusty Johnson's congressional campaign says that he raised more than $127,000 in the first quarter of 2017. Johnson's campaign on Tuesday announced fundraising numbers in his bid to succeed U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem in 2018. Johnson, a Republican, raised roughly $105,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016. Treasurer Greg McCurry says that Johnson is receiving support from "every corner of South Dakota." The campaign says he ended the quarter with more than $200,000 in the bank.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police say a South Dakota man detained for questioning in the death of his wife had blood on himself when he asked to use a gas station's bathroom just hours after her body was found. Sioux Falls police say 43-year-old Irving Jumping Eagle was arrested on a warrant Tuesday in the death of 33-year-old Alicia Jumping Eagle. The warrant was on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter. Formal charges are expected Wednesday. Alicia Jumping Eagle was reported missing Sunday. Her body was found in a Sioux Falls apartment Monday.
YANKTON (AP) — The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has purchased Yankton's Lewis and Clark Specialty Hospital for nearly $13.2 million. The hospital deal went into effect Saturday, giving Lewis and Clark the new name Avera Surgical Hospital on the Avera Fox Run Health Campus, the Yankton Press & Dakotan reported. The campus contains the surgical hospital, Avera Medical Group Family Medicine and Avera Fox Run Medical Plaza, which will include independent clinic offices. The purchase included all the buildings, property, and plant and hospital equipment.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police are searching for a man they consider a person of interest following a homicide at an apartment in Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls police say the victim has been identified as 33-year-old Alicia Rhae Jumping Eagle.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Police have released the names of five children killed in a Spearfish house fire over the weekend. The victim are tentatively identified as 6-year-old Phibie Joyce Moyer, 7-year-old Clinton James Johnson, 8-year-old Rylan Zane Gee, 9-year-old Justice Lillian Gene Roden and 11-year-old Tanlynn Crystal Rain Roden. Investigators say the victims were all found together in an upstairs bedroom. Some adults who tried to rescue them were taken to a Spearfish hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
SPEARFISH (AP) — A 2016 report from the Black Hills National Forest indicates that the mountain pine beetle that ravaged most of the Black Hills is history. The Black Hills Pioneer reports the study on last year's forest health was released Friday and shows that over 94 percent of studied areas had low beetle infestation — less than three trees per acre. Forest official Scott Jacobson says that while there are some areas with high beetle activity, the overall forest is in good condition.
SPEARFISH (AP) — A GoFundMe account set up for families affected by a Spearfish house fire that killed five children has raised about $34,000 since being set up over the weekend. Authorities haven't identified the families or children. There also is no immediate word on the fire's cause. Police Lt. Boyd Dean said there was no immediate indication of anything criminal.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A 70-year-old man is accused of driving under the influence after allegedly crashing his pickup truck into the living room of a Sioux Falls home. The crash happened about 6 p.m. Sunday. Police say the driver suffered minor injuries. No one inside the home was hurt. Authorities say the driver also damaged a tree and a stop sign. He was arrested on a second-offense DUI charge.