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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.
LEAD (AP) — A ski resort in the Black Hills is being sold at a sheriff's auction after its owners defaulted on $3.7 million in loans. The Mystic Miner Mountain Resort is 5 miles south of Lead. The sale comes in the wake of a July 18 default judgment in state court against Union Resort LLC, and an Aug. 2 foreclosure judgment. In addition to its ski area with 850 feet of vertical runs, the resort with a 6,850-foot summit features a tubing park.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, who has been the face and voice of the Dakotas tribe during its long and futile attempt to block the four-state Dakota Access pipeline, has lost his bid for re-election. Unofficial results from Wednesday's general tribal election showed that Dave Archambault received only 37 percent of about 1,700 votes cast. His opponent, longtime tribal councilman and wildlife official Mike Faith, received 63 percent. Archambault conceded defeat in a statement Thursday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Prosecutor Debra Flute has been sworn in as a special assistant U.S. attorney, in an effort to address a growing methamphetamine problem on the Dakotas reservation. Tribal Chairman Dave Flute says it's an opportunity for the tribe to fight drug problems that he says are "decimating communities." South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Debra Flute was sworn in earlier this month during a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Sioux Falls.
NEMO (AP) — A Black Hawk woman has died from injuries she suffered in a motorcycle crash earlier this month. The Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Diana Fast crashed her motorcycle on a Pennington County road 10 miles west of Rapid City the afternoon of Sept. 17. She died at a Rapid City hospital on Friday.