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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Ralph Buchhold, a Rapid City man serving 175 years for raping a girl from the time she was 11 until she was 15, died Friday, April 12, in the South Dakota prison after an illness, according to Michael Winder, prison spokesman in Pierre. Buchhold was 63 and had served nearly 15 years of his 175-year sentence set to expire July 2, 2179, according to prison records. He died in the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls.
PIERRE, S.D. - Pierre Mayor Steve Harding announced Tuesday at the City Commission meeting that he and other community leaders would throw open the doors for a gala open house just after the noon hour, Wednesday, April 3, when the first flight on a Skywest/United jet is due back from Denver after leaving Pierre that morning “We’re going to have a ribbon-cutting,’” he said. “It will land about 1:34 p.m.” so the party and open house will begin about 1 p.m., Harding said.
PIERRE, S.D. - A 32-year-old former railroad engineer was convicted by a jury late Friday night in federal court in Pierre of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 and several child pornography charges. The jury of six women and six men had spent a long week on the case and their conviction will mean decades in prison for Amin Ricker. “This was a difficult case,” U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange told the court after the jury was dismissed about 9:15 p.m., Friday, March 22. “I don’t think I ever worked a jury this hard.”
PIERRE, S.D. — Civic leaders in Pierre say SkyWest Airlines is their choice for a new federal contract to provide passenger service to Pierre. An ad hoc committee of seven met Monday and agreed unanimously to recommend SkyWest to the full city commission, which plans to vote on it at its weekly meeting Tuesday, said city spokeswoman Brooke Bohnenkamp, who was on the ad hoc panel. The commission's vote will go to the U.S. Department of Transportation which has a Feb. 8 deadline to receive such recommendations from Pierre and Watertown.
PIERRE, S.D. - After running well ahead of 2017’s pace only three months ago, South Dakota’s traffic fatalities now are at about the same number as a year ago, only a few days before the end of the year. Tony Mangan, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, which includes the Highway Patrol, said that as of Dec. 13, 121 people have been killed in 102 traffic crashes so far this year across the state. That is one less, or 0.8 percent less, than the 122 who died in 105 crashes by Dec. 13 in 2017, Mangan said via email.
PIERRE, S.D.—A rainy October following on the heels of a wet September chased drought just about out of South Dakota, according to the latest map released by the U.S. Drought Monitor operated out of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. As of the report released last week based on conditions Oct. 16, 92 percent of the state is free of any sort of drought condition, and 77 percent of the state was free of not only any level of drought, but even of any "abnormally dry" conditions; that's up from only 64 percent a week earlier, Oct. 9.
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper who shot a man twice near Vermillion last month after being injured during a struggle on Interstate 29 was justified in the shooting, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Tuesday, Oct. 16.. The Patrol had asked Jackley to have his Division of Criminal Investigation review the incident and issue a report, as is routinely done in most cases in the state when a law enforcement officer shoots someone.
PIERRE, S.D.—They're getting the NAFTA band back together and some farm interests are hoping they're going to rock. That was the news from this week: U.S. trade officials inked a deal with Canadian trade officials that would reprise the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since Mexico signed a NAFTA pact with U.S. trade negotiators in August, that re-forms the trio that forged NAFTA in 1994.
FARGO—Timothy Iver Murphy, a celebrated poet who wrote of hunting pheasants and doves in the Dakotas with his beloved dogs, died Saturday, June 30, in his Fargo home. He was 67. Born in Hibbing, Minn., Murphy grew up in Moorhead, Minn., and attended Yale University where he began to build his reputation as a poet under the tutoring of Robert Penn Warren. He worked for years with his father in the insurance and estate planning business and also in managing large farm operations in the Dakotas.
MILLER, S.D.— Lee Conkey watched to the west Saturday night as a tornado came right at his farm home 13 miles northeast of Miller in central South Dakota. The hail and winds and rain already were doing damage to his corn and soybean fields. "I stood and watched it approach until debris was hitting the house," he said on Monday. "I noticed the flagpole was snapped off and my mailbox was down." He quickly joined his wife and two children, ages 15 and 11, in the basement. "They were scared," he said.