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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A Minneapolis man who stole mail from affluent neighborhoods in the city and then created fraudulent checks that an accomplice would cash at convenience stores and casinos throughout Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa has been sent to prison for more than five years. Jason Maurice Fagin, 38, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 8, in federal court in Sioux Falls by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier for his convictions on conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Besides the prison time, he also was ordered to pay restitution.
STURGIS, S.D.—While motorcycle riding season appears far away with the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, organizers have announced a major new event—a burger cooking battle with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Entries are now being accepted for the August competition that will be part of the 78th annual rally this year running from Aug. 3 to Aug. 12 in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. The winner will move on to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., where the top prize is $100,000, according to rally director Jerry Cole.
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. -- A 27-year-old man in far northwest South Dakota will spend a year in custody after he showed up drunk to a court hearing and denied he was drinking to the federal judge. Charlie Marshall of Eagle Butte was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 24, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken on the perjury conviction.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 35-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after he was arrested in an undercover sex sting at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Alexandros Thymaras, of Calgary, must also pay a $1,000 fine and a $5,000 special assessment to victims of trafficking fund. He was sentenced last Friday, Jan. 19, in federal court in Rapid City.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 61-year-old eastern South Dakota farmer has been found guilty by a federal jury of disturbing protected wetlands. Kevin Jay Mast, 61, of Volga which is just west of Brookings was found guilty last week in a trial in Sioux Falls. He faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a $10,000 fine when he is sentenced on April 9. He was indicted by a grand jury last September.
SISSETON, S.D. – A Granite Falls, Minn., woman has been identified as the victim in a one-vehicle fatal rollover that occurred early Saturday morning on Interstate 29 near the South Dakota-North Dakota border. Killed in the crash was Marrisa Mountain, 23, who was a passenger in the 2007 Ford Crew Cab that was southbound about 1:30 a.m. on the interstate, left the road and eventually rolled.
SISSETON, S.D. – A 23-year-old woman died and a 28-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 near the North Dakota and South Dakota border. Names of the two people involved are not being released pending notification of families. A 2007 Ford Crew Cab was southbound on Interstate 29 when the vehicle left the road and eventually rolled about 17 miles north of Sisseton..
FARGO -- Classic rockers Def Leppard and Journey announced Friday, Jan. 19, that they are teaming up for a North American tour that in this region will take them to Sioux Falls, Minneapolis and Fargo. The two will perform together in 58 cities on the tour starting May 21 on the east coast. The regional concerts are at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, July 18, at Target Field in Minneapolis on Friday, July 27, and at the Fargodome in Fargo the next day.
GROTON, S.D. – A 34-year-old Aberdeen man has been identified as the man who died Saturday afternoon when his vehicle went into the ditch and hit a metal construction container about seven miles south of Groton. . Matthew Krawiec was the driver and only person involved in the crash. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Zac Brown Band is coming to the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls this summer, with tickets going on sale next Friday, Jan. 19. The Sioux Falls stop will be the second city on the band’s new 27-date tour on Saturday, June 9. The band will also have a concert later in the summer, Aug. 10, at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.