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ABERDEEN (AP) — A suspect is in custody in the armed robbery of a casino in Aberdeen. Police responded about noon Sunday to a report that the suspect had fled on foot with a handgun and a large amount of cash. Officers found the 38-year-old man hiding in a garage about 15 minutes later and arrested him. They also recovered the gun and an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Trees that suck up sunlight and groundwater at the expense of other prairie plants are creating new headaches throughout the Plains, including Nebraska, western Iowa and the Dakotas.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Technology and social media have turned little-known natural spots in South Dakota into not-so-secret tourist destinations, much to the dismay of some locals. The Rapid City Journal reports that one such spot includes a natural swimming hole known as Devils Bathtub, where user-created footpaths lead to a tributary that's sometimes clogged with people.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A 24-year-old Sioux Falls man has died after an apparent shooting and another man is in custody. Sioux Falls police say the shooting happened early Saturday at an apartment in the area of West 55th Street and South Louise Avenue. A 27-year-old Sioux Falls man was arrested on manslaughter and drug charges. Police say the two men knew each other and drugs appear to be involved.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a six-hour standoff ended peacefully with a man who barricaded himself inside a hotel with two hostages. Authorities arrested the 34-year-old Sioux Falls man on Friday night. He is being held on a parole detainer and faces possible charges of intentional damage to property, grand theft and kidnapping. Police say both hostages were unharmed.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's university centers in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre are spending less money on instructors, and it's not just because they have fewer students. The Argus Leader reports the decrease in spending is also due to a strategic push to offer fewer courses and hire part-time adjunct instructors. "All of the centers have been using adjuncts to control costs," said Mike Rush, executive director for the Board of Regents.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Indian Health Service says it will permanently close the emergency and inpatient departments at the Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City. The agency said Friday that it has submitted a report informing Congress about the closures. IHS says the emergency department will be shuttered in July 2018.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's House speaker plans to put two ballot measures before voters that would ban out-of-state political contributions for ballot questions and raise tobacco taxes to improve tech school affordability, an unorthodox move by a high-ranking lawmaker well-positioned to sway state policy. But Mark Mickelson, a member of a famous South Dakota political family, has proven unpredictable since joining the Legislature in 2013. The Sioux Falls Republican said he's taking the measures to the voters because it's unlikely they would prevail in the statehouse.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Plastic Surgery Associates of South Dakota has announced a data breach that might have left some patient records open to hackers. The company has locations in Sioux Falls, Dakota Dunes, Yankton, Mitchell, Watertown and Spencer, Iowa. The company in a statement said it learned of a ransomware attack on Feb. 12 and hired third-party experts to determine what data was potentially accessed.
WHITECLAY, Neb. (AP) — Liquor outlets in Nebraska communities near a South Dakota Native American reservation where alcohol is banned have seen sales boom since beer stores at a tiny nearby village closed. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission requested data from distributors after ordering an end to beer sales in the community of Whiteclay in April. The figures show that overall beer sales in northwestern Nebraska counties have declined despite specific towns more than tripling their sales between April and June.