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TEA (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a warehouse fire in Tea. Assistant Fire Chief Steve Oberle says there were no injuries in the Wednesday afternoon blaze at the storage building used by Thornton Flooring, though a firefighter was treated at a hospital for heat exhaustion. Oberle says crews had to deal with toxic fumes from flooring and insulation inside the building, but the wind was dissipating them to the point that they were not a danger to surrounding areas.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Rapid City man who was found slain in his home. Rapid City Police and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the victim as 64-year-old Larry Mintzlaff. An autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma. Authorities believe Mintzlaff died late last week. Officers were called to his home to do a welfare check Tuesday and found him dead inside the home.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Officials at the Great Plains Zoo say a 23-year-old brown bear named Kenai has been euthanized after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. The zoo said in a statement that staff explored treatment options with veterinarians and surgeons elsewhere, but that the cancer had spread quickly in a matter of weeks. Kenai arrived at the zoo in 1994 and lived alongside her brother, Smokey, who died in 2012. Zoo CEO Elizabeth Whealy says it will be hard to see the new brown bear exhibit open next year without Kenai.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls City Council has signed off on Mayor Mike Huether's pick for the city's next fire chief. The mayor named Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Division Chief Brad Goodroad as interim chief last month, after then-chief Jim Sideras was fired in the midst of a child pornography scandal. Sideras has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges. The City Council confirmed Goodroad's nomination Tuesday evening.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City police say they're investigating an apparent homicide. Authorities say officers were called to a residence to do a welfare check Tuesday and found a man dead inside the home with signs of trauma. KOTA-TV says an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death. The victim has not been identified.
PIERRE (AP) — From historical details of Native Americans' final great wild buffalo hunts to tales of the animal's rescue from near extinction, a new self-guided tour across 10 sites in the western Dakotas tells the story of the last stand of the American bison, the national mammal.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a South Dakota tribe that was seeking $200 million from the U.S. government for the diversion of Missouri River water. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe's reservation sits along the river. Since building dams in the mid-1900s that flooded the reservation, the federal government has allowed nontribal entities to use the tribe's water for flood control.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is blaming pilot error for a Delta Air Lines jet with 130 passengers landing at the wrong airport in South Dakota. The Delta flight from Minneapolis landed last July at Ellsworth Air Force Base, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of the intended destination, Rapid City. The airfields have runways that nearly line up. The NTSB's report says pilot confusion between the two is fairly common, though controllers and crews usually catch the error before landing.
ELK POINT (AP) — A more than $1 billion defamation trial over ABC news reports on a South Dakota meat producer's lean, finely textured beef product started Monday with attorneys giving different versions of the company's decline. Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012, saying ABC's coverage was a "disinformation campaign" that misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe, is not beef and isn't nutritious. Critics have dubbed the product "pink slime."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A 17-year-old accused of fatally beating another teen during a fight in Sioux Falls has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in agreement with prosecutors. Wilson Hughes entered the plea in court Monday in the death of 18-year-old Rick Strauser last July. The two were among a-half dozen teens involved in a fight circulated online through Snapchat.