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WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D, is concerned about two major issues that can affect farmers and ranchers this year. One is the farm bill that faces an uncertain future as it's set to expire in September. The other is waivers that some small U.S. refineries have been receiving from the Environmental Protection Agency to not produce ethanol. As for the five-year farm bill, Rounds said he has many concerns as the Senate works to possibly pass its version of a farm bill after the House completed its work without Democratic support.
FARGO—A 12-member delegation from Sanford Health is making a journey to Vatican City this week for a major healthcare conference that is emphasizing cutting-edge technology as researchers from around the world close in on new treatments and possible cures for a number of diseases and health issues.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., and his staff are keeping a close eye on the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and how they are handling the expected rising waters on the Missouri River in the coming days. "The bottom line is we want to avoid the flooding of 2011," said Rounds, who had just left the governor's office when floodwaters caused havoc up and down the river in South Dakota. Most flooding that year happened in the far southeast corner of the state where the river forms the state line with Iowa and Nebraska.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The southeast Minnesota woman accused of shooting to death her husband at their home in Blooming Prairie and then a stranger she met in Florida was captured in a convenience store video in Iowa that law officers hope will help in finding her. The Dodge County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Department said the video shows Lois Ann Riess grabbing a sandwich and asking a clerk for directions to go south.
SIOUX FALLS—An Illinois woman faces a mandatory 20 years in prison after being indicted on charges of selling heroin to a southeast South Dakota man who overdosed and died, as the U.S. attorney's office issues a stern warning to drug dealers. Stephanie Broecker, 26, of Rockford, Ill., has been indicted on charges of distribution of heroin resulting in death. The 30-year-old victim, identified only as K.P. in court documents, died of an apparent heroin overdose in Miner County last November. Broecker was arrested in Illinois and is awaiting transfer to South Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 35-year-old Sioux Falls man was arrested Thursday, April 12, accused of stabbing a 21-year-old victim and carjacking his vehicle in a city neighborhood. Police said that Chol Thon Deng arrived at a home about 1:30 p.m., stabbed the victim in the arm and then took his Cadillac Escalade. A detective saw the stolen SUV in the western part of the city and patrol officers tried to stop Deng, but he fled at a high rate of speed.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 62-year-old Sioux Falls daycare worker has been arrested on a warrant after surveillance cameras captured abuse of three children at a daycare center, police said Thursday, April 12. The mother of a victim watched security cameras in the room of the daycare and noticed the worker struck her child. She reported it to police on April 2.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Paul TenHaken and Jolene Loetscher will be in a runoff for mayor of South Dakota’s largest city on Tuesday, May 1, after neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, April 10. With all 66 precincts reporting, TenHaken led with 10,923 votes or 34 percent. Loetscher had 7,972 or 25 percent. There were four other candidates in the Sioux Falls election.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 61-year-old Volga farmer has been put on probation for a year and ordered to pay a $100 fine for disturbing six protected wetlands on his property. Kevin Jay Mast was sentenced in federal court by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls on Monday, April 9.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old Minnesota man who pointed a handgun at five teenagers in a Mercedes Benz car at a Sioux Falls truck stop, forced them to get out and then stole the vehicle has been sent to federal prison for 10 years. Michael Chase Jaime of Dilworth, who pleaded guilty to the charge of carjacking in December, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls.