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BOWMAN, ND – The U.S. Department of Labor has debarred a North Dakota grain and cattle farming operation for three years from participating in the temporary ag worker visa program. The department said Lambourn Farm in the far southwest corner of the state near Bowman violated the H-2A program provisions and failed to cooperate with department investigators.
ATHOL, S.D. -- A northeast South Dakota farmer has agreed to pay the federal government $180,000 for fraud involving a livestock forage disaster program. In the case, Jason Sparling of Athol had submitted an application for a drought disaster payment to the Department of Agriculture for a loss of grazing during the summer of 2014. Based on his statements, he received $94,696 through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A wind energy blade manufacturing company in Aberdeen is closing early next year, leaving 409 people out of work. Employees were told in a meeting early Wednesday morning. The company, called Molded Fiber Glass and a staple in the northeastern South Dakota city since 2008, has been making 187 foot blades for General Electric, according to a report in the Aberdeen American News.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Tickets go on sale this Thursday, Dec. 7, for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls next March 23-24.
FLANDREAU, S.D. — A Marshall, Minn. woman and her accomplice from Minneapolis will be spending time in prison for stealing mail from affluent Minneapolis neighborhoods, creating fake checks and cashing them at convenience stores and casinos in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. Angelica Marie Hatch-Pequin, 27, will spend almost three years in prison for her federal convictions for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, said U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randy Seiler on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Investigators were still looking late Monday, Nov. 27, for a man wearing a United States Postal Service uniform with an elderly man’s mask who robbed a west Sioux Falls bank last Friday about noon. Police said the robbery took place on the city's west side at the First National Bank.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A female juvenile was seriously injured and faces charges after she tried to take an off-ramp on busy Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon at 80 mph. According to police, about 4:45 p.m., rescue workers and police were called to a report of a vehicle on fire on the 10th Street overpass of Interstate 229. The lone occupant had been removed from the vehicle.
AMHERST, S.D. -- TransCanada Corp. has announced its Keystone Pipeline that runs across eastern North Dakota and South Dakota and ruptured near the state line almost two weeks ago will start flowing again at a reduced rate on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The company said its repair and restart plans have been reviewed by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration with no objections, permitting a controlled return to service.
BISMARCK—As medical marijuana legalization slowly moves forward in North Dakota, some national companies are already taking a look at working with dispensaries. One such outfit hopes to be the "Amazon of Cannabis," said owner and founder Socrates Rosenfeld, an Army veteran who flew and commanded a team of Apache helicopters in the Iraq War.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A north-central South Dakota woman and her live-in boyfriend who admitted to causing the severe beating death of the woman’s daughter will spend decades in prison. Desarae Makes Him First, 26, of Standing Rock was sentenced to 30 years in custody, while her boyfriend, Matthew St. Pierre, 32, of McLaughlin was sentenced to 40 years by U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann in federal court in Aberdeen on Monday.