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YANKTON (AP) — Yankton's interim police chief has been given the job on a full-time basis. City Manager Amy Nelson recently announced that John Harris had accepted the position full-time, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported. Harris replaces Brian Paulsen, who retired in June, Nelson said.
BERESFORD (AP) — A South Dakota school board has scheduled a bond election in October for a $15 million project that would include a performing arts center attached to a high school. About 60 percent of voters will need to approve the Beresford School Board's proposal, The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The developers of a $70 million project to repurpose the downtown rail yard in Sioux Falls say they must rethink initial plans for underground parking because of extensive bedrock in the area. The Black Iron Railyard project will replace the rail yard with a campus of mixed-use buildings, The Argus Leader reported.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Animal control officers in Rapid City have shut down an unopened pet store after finding 36 dead animals. The Rapid City Journal reports an anonymous complaint prompted the investigation at Pitter Patter Pet Store on Aug. 16. Officers seized another 90 animals from the business. The owner could face charges that carry potential fines and jail time.
STURGIS (AP) — The last of four suspects in a home invasion in Sturgis last November has been sentenced. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that 18-year-old Azariah Conley of Sturgis was sentenced to serve five years in prison on burglary and identity theft charges. Three other suspects in the incident were sentenced earlier for various crimes including kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault and theft. All are from Fort Collins, Colorado.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls City Council has spared four historic homes from demolition. The 6-0 vote on Tuesday to save the homes flew in the face of plans to redevelop an entire city block, and came after lengthy public input from the site developer's attorney, historic preservation advocates and neighbors, according to the Argus Leader.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A western South Dakota county will pursue a grant aimed at improving the region's mental health services. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Pennington County Commission voted Tuesday to reverse a previous decision and allow the county's Health and Human Services Department to submit a proposal to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The arrest of a fugitive on a felony warrant ended when a garage went up in flames in Hartford. The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office says the wanted man slammed a deputy's squad car multiple times with his vehicle that was parked in a garage. The suspect drove through the back of the garage to escape Tuesday night but didn't get far before he was arrested.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A man shot over the weekend in Rapid City has died, turning the investigation into a homicide probe. Police say 43-year-old Nathan Graham was shot late Friday at a residence. He was taken to a hospital, and authorities on Tuesday said he had died. Police on Saturday took a juvenile male suspect into custody. They have since arrested a second juvenile male.
TYNDALL (AP) — The Bon Homme County Commission has provided a major boost to a proposed $297 million wind farm. The commissioners decided Prairie Wind Park is in compliance with the county zoning ordinance, taking the project on Tuesday to the next level.