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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Emma was the most popular name for newborn girls at Sanford Health’s 44 hospitals in 2017, while Jackson topped the list for boys. The other top four names were Lillian (Lily), Abigail (Abby), Nora (Norah) and Harper. For boys, the other top four names were Grayson (Greyson), Henry, Liam and Theodore. Emma and Jackson were also the most popular name across the health system in 2015.
BISMARCK -- Woodbury Financial Services Inc., a broker-dealer with headquarters in Oakdale, Minn., has agreed to pay $596,373 to 66 North Dakota investors victimized in a ponzi scheme operated by Kevin Wanner while he was an agent of the firm, according to state Securities Commissioner Karen Tyler.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Officials started using sound cannons on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to scare off Canada geese from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of geese flying in and out of open fields to the west of the airport to prevent geese from striking windshields on jets or being sucked into engines.
CUSTER, S.D. -- An estimated 230 firefighters appear to be getting a handle on the wildfire that has been raging across Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills as of Friday, Dec. 15, with snow in the forecast for the weekend. The Legion Lake fire that has burned an estimated 53,875 acres since Monday was listed as 53 percent contained, a big improvement since the figure was at only 7 percent on Wednesday.
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.