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ABERDEEN, S.D. - An updated and final report of a 2018 Keystone Pipeline leak in northeastern South Dakota said less crude oil leaked than the the parent company originally estimated. The updated and final total is 276,864 gallons, according to a federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration investigation report. Shortly after the spill, TransCanada, which owns the Keystone Pipeline, estimated the spill to be roughly 210,000 gallons. The company later increased that total to 407,400 gallons.
HURON, S.D. - A man left a Yale woman he knew had overdosed when he caught a ride, then picked up a pizza in Huron, according to paperwork in a Beadle County criminal case. Marc W. Henrisse is charged with first-degree manslaughter and drug distribution in the June 22 death of 29-year-old Heather Skinner. Henrisse is also charged with distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, according to court documents.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Three sets of parents have filed a civil lawsuit against the Aberdeen School District claiming the rights of their children with disabilities were violated. The lawsuit was filed Dec. 21 in federal court. The plaintiffs are seeking at least $75,000 in damages and want a jury trial. The district has yet to respond to the lawsuit and no court date has been set.
IPSWICH, S.D. - Before George H. W. Bush became the nation's 41st president in 1989, he made a stop in the 1,000-resident town of Ipswich where he revealed his personable side. Bush, along with former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow and astronaut Ronnie Walter Cunningham, visited Aberdeen and nearby Ipswich on Nov. 9, 1987. In Ipswich, Bush spoke to about 1,500 people, including 900 students from area schools. And he made a special trip to visit Harlan Heitz's physics class at Ipswich High School.
SELBY, S.D. - Walworth County commissioners fired highway superintendent Penny Goetz earlier this month. All but one commissioner voted for a resolution to fire Goetz, who had been working as the highway superintendent for the past 10 years. That was at a Nov. 9 meeting. In video of the meeting, Commissioner Marion Schlomer said Goetz lacked respect from highway department employees. "Whether it's because you're female, I have no idea," Schlomer said.
IPSWICH, S.D. — City officials in Ipswich contemplated but ultimately denied a new resident's request to allow his pet bobcat to live in his home in Ipswich. Brian Palmer and his daughter recently moved to Ipswich from Washington state. Palmer wants to bring his longtime pet, Pumpkin, into his new home at 508 Alma Ave.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The nation’s seventh-largest onshore oil or gas spill was discovered a year ago this month when the Keystone Pipeline leaked an estimated 407,400 gallons of crude oil into a field in rural Marshall County in the northeast corner of South Dakota near the North Dakota border. The resulting problems have been mitigated, but what cracked the pipe has yet to be determined, at least with certainty.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The sheriff-elect of Roberts County is facing assault charges after an Oct. 6 incident in Aberdeen. Korey J. Ware, 28, of Sisseton was arrested Thursday, Oct. 25 in Britton by Marshall County Sheriff Dale Elsen, according to court documents. Ware faces alternate counts of aggravated assault and simple assault. Aggravated assault is a felony. Simple assault is a misdemeanor. With alternate counts, a person charged can only be found guilty of one of the charges.