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CHAMBERLAIN — Before being sentenced to spend 30 years in prison for a 24-hour standoff, the man responsible for shooting a Highway patrolman asked for the officers' forgiveness. "There's not an hour of the day that goes by that I haven't thought about you or what I did," Donald London said to state Highway Patrol Trooper John Koenig on Tuesday. "I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me someday."
As the weather heats up, so will the grills, and beef prices continue to fall. The average retail price for beef nationwide fell more than 9 percent in the last six months of 2016, dropping to an average price of $5.96 per pound in the United States. The decrease comes after a sharp rise in per pound price from $3.97 in 2006 to $6.29 in 2015. The fall coincides with a drop in uncooked beef steak prices, which fell from $7.59 in May to $7.15 in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
It was an evening of feathered hats and horse racing as guests flocked to Mitchell to support a local shelter. The Mitchell Area Safehouse Foundation hosted its fourth annual "A Night at the Races" fundraiser Saturday night at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, where about 160 people attended to bet on video recorded horse races, wear flashing electronic rings and compete for best hat.
Competition was fierce during the Special Olympics basketball tournament this weekend, but for many athletes, there's something more important than winning. Luke Nagel, 32, of Mitchell, has been playing in the Special Olympics South Dakota State Basketball Tournament for almost 20 years. He plays for the Mitchell Vikings.
TRIPP — With high production costs and low commodity prices, one area rancher believes good genes in cattle are more important than ever. Brian Sonne, 54, of Mount Vernon, has been selling pure-bred angus cows for 21 years, but he's been raising cattle throughout his life. In that time, technology has allowed breeders to hone in on the best genes for cattle herds, and Sonne said that's become a critical part of the business.
CHAMBERLAIN — For the first three months of the year, operation on the Mitchell-Rapid City rail line has exceeded expectations. During a meeting of the MRC Regional Railroad Authority Board on Thursday in Chamberlain, Dakota Southern Vice President of Operations Heath Haden said 800 to 1,000 carloads have been shipped out on the line, which was the subject of a recent renovation from Mitchell to Presho.
A bump in license costs will provide a state agency more aid to control damage from wildlife. Earlier this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill that should bring a total of approximately $400,000 to the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department's Wildlife Damage Management (WDM) and Animal Damage Control (ADC) programs, according to Keith Fisk, Wildlife Damage Program administrator for GF&P. "That's a nice little boost for both of those programs," Fisk said.
After 10 years in Davison County, Mitchell's felony court judge will step down from behind the bench. Tim Bjorkman, a Salem-based judge in South Dakota's First Judicial Circuit, announced this month he has decided to retire this summer.
More drugs. More arrests. More officers. Drug arrests in South Dakota rose to 7,671 in 2016, the highest total in 10 years of data, according to state Attorney General Marty Jackley's annual crime report. According to the report, which was released on Monday, total arrests in the state also rose slightly for a sixth straight year, while violent crimes like murder, forcible rape and sex offenses declined.
PIERRE — With the development of a statewide management plan, finding a deer may become easier for East River hunters. For the first time, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department is developing a management plan for white-tailed and mule deer. The recently released plan identifies objectives and strategies to support South Dakota's deer population through 2023.