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NISLAND, S.D. — A single-vehicle rollover on Saturday evening, May 25, has resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man, according to a South Dakota Highway Patrol news release. The man was driving on Snoma Road, about 3 miles southeast of Nisland, when he lost control. The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled over. The driver, who is not identified in the release, was not wearing a seat belt. He was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities. The crash is still under investigation. Nisland is about one hour north of Rapid City.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A 35-year-old man died after being involved in a single-vehicle crash on Saturday morning, May 25, according to a South Dakota Highway Patrol news release. At 7:29 a.m. on Saturday, the man was driving a pickup truck about two miles north of 6821 N. Deadwood Ave. in Rapid City. The vehicle left the road and struck a box culvert on a creek embankment. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. The driver is not named in the news release. The crash is still under investigation.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota authorities on Wednesday, May 22, issued an arrest warrant for a 44-year-old Sioux Falls man after he was shot by authorities Tuesday, May 21, at the Minnehaha County Jail. George Lee Rinzy Jr. is charged with eight counts, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and simple assault on a law enforcement officer. Authorities said Rinzy was hitting a glass door, which shattered and injured an officer. He reportedly threw an object, suspected to be a liquor bottle, at another officer.
BISMARCK — Ryan Taylor, a fourth-generation rancher, published author, former policy maker and advocate for rural people and rural places, has joined Ducks Unlimited as public policy director for the prairie states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. He brings to the conservation nonprofit his vast experience in policy and as a working rancher on the family’s homestead near Towner, N.D.
FARGO - Arturs Bareikis of Midlothian, Ill., won the men’s portion and Val Curtis of Minot captured the women’s race in light rain, cool temperatures and wind Saturday, May 18, at the 15th annual Sanford Fargo Marathon. After taking the lead on the 20th mile, Bareikis spent the final six miles looking over his shoulder. There was nothing to see. The 32-year-old made his third trip to Fargo one to remember winning the event in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 14 seconds. He finished second in 2014 and he was on a mission not to let that happen again.
FARGO — A red panda discovered missing from the Red River Zoo Thursday morning, May 16, was safely returned his indoor holding space early Friday after zoo staff found him in a tree close to the zoo's premises. Zoo staff realized Sheffield the red panda was missing during a routine inspection at around 8:15 a.m. Thursday, spurring a day-long search for the animal, which is a part of an endangered species native to forests on the steep mountain slopes of the eastern Himalayas.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — A 64-year-old Moose Lake, Minn., man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for sexually abusing two children under the age of 12 in Roberts County in northeast South Dakota. Roland Joseph Brant was convicted of two counts of abusive sexual contact with the children in incidents that occurred 12 years ago. He was sentenced Monday, May 13, in federal court in Aberdeen by U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann. According to court documents, Brant engaged in and attempted to engage in sexual acts with the two children between February and July 2007.
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 20 U.S. representatives, including North Dakota Republican Kelly Armstrong, reintroduced a bill to the House Tuesday, May 14, that aims to combat the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women. The bill, known as Savanna’s Act , is named after 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a Fargo woman who was murdered in 2017 when her baby was cut from her womb.
PIERRE, S.D. – Maj. Rick Miller of Pierre has been named as the next superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the agency said Monday, May 13. Miller is currently an assistant superintendent for the Highway Patrol in charge of administrative services and special operations. He will replace Col. Craig Price who was named to the position of Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Public Safety by Gov. Kristi Noem. It was Price, then as Highway Patrol superintendent, who promoted Miller to major in 2013.