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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There was a crash in gene therapy in the 1990s when rapid development led to less support and funding for gene therapy projects. But the field is booming now. It was evident on Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the awarding of the Sanford Health Lorraine Cross Award worth $1 million.
HUMBOLDT, S.D. -- A crash after crossing an icy bridge on Interstate 90 west of Sioux Falls near the town of Humboldt last Saturday morning has taken the life of a Fort Pierre woman and left four other teens seriously injured. The woman was identified Wednesday, Nov. 21, as Jennifer Davis.
EAGAN, Minn. -- According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings have the NFL’s top-ranked safety. But his name is not Harrison Smith. Smith has been rated No. 1 at times in recent seasons, but the top guy in the league now, according to the analytics site, is Anthony Harris.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A coyote took a small dog from a home on the northwest outskirts of Sioux Falls over the weekend causing the city’s animal control department to start several measures to trap or haze the predator. Julie DeJong, animal control supervisor for the city, said the dog was taken by the coyote about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A record amount of meth and heroin have been seized so far this year in Sioux Falls as a drug task force has conducted 357 operations with 105 search warrants. The law officers have seized 52 pounds of meth, about $500,000 worth, so far this year, compared to just 11 pounds in 2017. October was an especially busy month with 11.8 pounds seized.
SIOUX FALLS -- A woman who tried to shoplift a box of frozen chicken from a convenience store in west Sioux Falls Friday morning, Nov. 9, stabbed an employee when she was confronted outside the store, according to city police. About 8 a.m., police said the transient, Chaely Raye Escamilla, 21, stabbed the employee in the shoulder after he took back the chicken. The worker was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
FARGO — The recreational marijuana ballot measure in North Dakota went up in smoke on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with voters soundly rejecting the idea.
PIERRE, S.D. — Five central South Dakota women have been found guilty in a jury trial of conspiracy to retaliate against a witness. The federal jury convicted the five women in a four-day trial in Pierre that ended last Friday night, Nov. 2. They all face up to 10 years in prison.
BRADLEY, S.D. -- A 47-year-old pilot from Webster died in a crash just about 20 miles south of his northeast South Dakota home on Friday, Nov. 2. Clark County Sheriff Robert McGraw said John Shoemaker died about noon when his Cessna 210 hit an embankment on an elevated township road about 3 miles northwest of the small town of Bradley. Bradley is about 22 miles south of Webster and 33 miles northwest of Watertown.
RENNER, S.D. – Two people died Thursday night, Nov. 1, in a fiery two-vehicle crash north of Sioux Falls near the town of Renner. Names of the two drivers are not being released pending notification of family members. They were the only two people involved.