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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A sheriff in South Dakota says deputies arrested an inmate who escaped two weeks ago from Sioux Falls' Minnehaha County Corrections Center. Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier says deputies arrested Kai Conrad Hansen Saturday morning in Marion. The Associated Press reports that a SWAT team and other law enforcement agencies helped apprehend Hansen.
CUSTER (AP) — A South Dakota teenager has killed a mountain lion that attacked several animals on his family's property in the southwest part of the state. The Rapid City Journal reports the mountain lion killed a goat, duck, cat and chicken on the property in Custer on Sept. 20. The teen's mother, Lila Streff, owns Black Hills Goat Dairy and has been milking goats for about a decade. This was the first time she'd lost an animal to a mountain lion. She reported the incident to the state Game, Fish & Parks Department.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Federal authorities in South Dakota have charged 16 more defendants in a two-year undercover investigation into the illegal trafficking of eagle parts.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four Nebraska beer stores criticized for selling millions of cans each year to an American Indian reservation where alcohol is banned will remain closed after the state Supreme Court on Friday rejected their appeal.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags at the state Capitol to be flown at half-staff in memory of former state Senate Majority Leader Homer Kandaras. The Rapid City Democrat died Monday. He was 88. His funeral is Friday. Kandaras served in the Senate from 1971-76.
WEBSTER (AP) — A judge has rejected a plea agreement in the case of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in his Roslyn home two years ago. Forty-six-year-old Jason Lewandowski earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and other charges in the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Hendrickson in late 2015.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A former Sioux Falls day care provider accused of child abuse and assault has been sentenced to serve three months in jail and three months on electronic monitoring on a reduced charge. The Argus Leader reports that the accusations against Karen Leraas involved a 4-month-old boy in her care in 2014. Doctors said the boy had abusive head trauma, known as shaken baby syndrome. Authorities say the child now has numerous disabilities.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Members of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to merge. Fifty-eight percent of North Central Farmers Elevator voters and 63 percent of Wheat Growers voters approved the merger. More than 4,100 people voted. The new cooperative is expected to begin operations next February. A new name wasn't immediately chosen.
TEA (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in Lincoln County has killed a man. The Highway Patrol says the 51-year-old man was driving a pickup truck that was struck at a rural intersection east of Tea by a sport utility vehicle that ran a stop sign shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday. The pickup driver was declared dead at the scene. The SUV driver was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital with unspecified injuries. The patrol says charges are pending against the 23-year-old man.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Nearly 100 soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard 189th Aviation Regiment will soon be headed to the Middle East for a year of service. Family, friends and local government leaders gathered at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City Wednesday for a send-off ceremony. The troops will spend two months in Fort Hood, Texas before going overseas.