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West River professor, students study how gratitude affects pain in physical therapy patients
58-year-old Donald Letcher was sentenced on Nov. 23 to 25 days in jail, as well as a 30-day license suspension and two years of probation, after pleading guilty to charges relating to the hit-and-run of a 6-year-old girl.
An annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insight & Analytics found that of an estimated 115 million Americans who planned to shop this year on Black Friday (the day-after-Thanksgiving retail extravaganza), 67% expected to shop in person, up from 64% in 2021.
The pandemic curtailed resources for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Sioux Falls. Jessi Buer is fighting to revive the organization.

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The Fargo-based company will make its first expansion into the Sioux Falls television market, which covers roughly half of South Dakota and parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
Katherine Escalante grew up as undocumented immigrant but now is a thriving college student.
The second of four planned public hearings on a controversial set of updates to the South Dakota social studies curriculum, held in the Sioux Falls Convention Center, saw three hours of commentary from supporters and opponents of the standards. The proposed curriculum features a larger volume of concepts than the current state curriculum and was developed with less educator involvement than in past processes.
The Ocean Shipping Reform Act, a bipartisan bill backed by U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson and U.S. Sen. John Thune among others in Washington, made the first major alterations to federal maritime rules in more than 20 years, potentially handing down more severe fines on ocean shippers discriminating against businesses.
Jay Genzler, 21, was arrested on Sept. 13 in connection to the rape of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16.
Family Support 360 is a self-directed program funded by Medicaid that allows families of disabled children and adults to keep their loved ones at home while being reimbursed for certain care costs.

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Gov. Kristi Noem and the state lawmakers approved three initiatives in 2022 that infused up to $20 million into EMS. “Telemedicine in Motion” is the first of the initiatives, at a cost of $1.7 million.
The 2020 Chevy Equinox was stationary in a driving lane on I-29 when it was rear-ended by a semi-truck and tanker.
The 41-year-old male driver was the only occupant and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

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