PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday approved millions of dollars of new funding for nursing homes experiencing a financial crisis that's led to five closures over the last...
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Huron nursing home will close after 59 years in business due to a lack of money, making it the latest in a string of South Dakota nursing homes to go belly-up.
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South Dakota turkeys head to White House seeking pardons
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A pair of South Dakota turkeys will make their way to the nation's capital in the hopes of receiving presidential pardons and avoiding ending up as Thanksgiving dinner at the White House.
Trump to pardon 2 South Dakota-raised Thanksgiving turkeys
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State tourism officials are soliciting names for the two South Dakota-raised turkeys that will be pardoned by President Donald Trump.
The two birds were raised by a turkey farmer near Huron. Before the turkeys make their way to Washington for the pardoning ceremony, they will be sent off with a tour of their hometown and local school visits on Nov. 14.
Huron man accused of defrauding prospective game hunters
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A Huron man is accused of defrauding people out of thousands of dollars they paid for guided trophy game hunts.
Mitchell police say 50-year-old Roger King accepted cash from five local residents, telling them he would take them on guided trophy hunts on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation. The amount of cash paid was about $4,000 in total.
Attendance up at this year’s South Dakota State Fair
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Attendance was up at this year's South Dakota State Fair.
Fair Manager Peggy Besch says 217,231 people attended the event in Huron in late August and early September, up 2.5 percent over last year. Gate revenue increased 3.6 percent.
This year's entertainment lineup was headlined by country music star Toby Keith. Grandstand ticket revenue was up 56 percent.
Hunters raise concerns over changes to South Dakota licenses
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Some hunters are concerned about a new deer hunting license proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.
The proposal would require deer hunters to pick one preferred season for their choice of first license draw, instead of applying for numerous preferred seasons at once, The Daily Republic reported .
Man pleads not guilty in woman’s overdose death
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A man charged in the overdose death of a Beadle County woman has pleaded not guilty.
KOKK radio reports that Marc Henrisse (ehn-REES') is charged with first-degree manslaughter and drug distribution in the June 22 death of 29-year-old Heather Skinner.
Authorities say Skinner's 4- and 6-year-old sons found her body. They allege that Henrisse was doing drugs with Skinner before her death, and that he knew she had overdosed when he left the home.
Reports of counterfeit money surfacing again in Huron
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Huron police are investigating more reports of counterfeit money being circulated at local businesses.
Authorities say there was an initial rash of bogus bills a few weeks ago, and a suspect was arrested after officers talked to witnesses and watched surveillance video.
Police say reports of fake $100 bills are surfacing again, and they're cautioning businesses to be diligent about checking bills of that amount.
HURON, S.D. (AP) — The White House's annual Thanksgiving turkey for the first time is set to come from South Dakota.
KELO-AM reports that the finalist turkeys are getting fattened up in a special facility at a Beadle County farm. South Dakota Poultry Industries Association executive director David Zeman says the birds are getting fed by hand.
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A Florida man who pleaded guilty in a fatal crash in South Dakota has been sentenced to about three months in jail and fined $4,000.
Authorities say 24-year-old Cedric Beauvil, of Miami, was driving a semitrailer that failed to stop at a highway intersection in Beadle County last November and crashed into a pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Kennedy Tomsha (TAHM'-shah), of Tulare. Tomsha died at a Huron hospital.
EVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officials in northwestern Iowa are investigating the death of a South Dakota woman whose body was found in a camper.
The Sioux City Journal reports that Clay County sheriff's deputies were called to a rural area near Everly late Thursday night for reports of an unresponsive woman.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A paralyzed man is suing a South Dakota medical center and an orthopedic clinic for alleged negligence in failing to treat his back injury that resulted in a permanent disability.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in a crash in South Dakota last November that killed a woman.
Authorities say 24-year-old Cedric Beauvil, of Miami, was driving a semitrailer that failed to stop at a highway intersection in Beadle County and crashed into a pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Kennedy Tomsha, of Tulare. Tomsha died at a Huron hospital.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing longtime Huron attorney Kent Shelton to the bench.
Shelton will become the newest judge in South Dakota's Third Circuit Court. Daugaard says he's "a respected member of the bar and a well-known member of the Huron community."
USD hires Lee as next basketball coach
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — The University of South Dakota has hired alum Todd Lee as the Coyotes' next basketball coach.
Athletic director David Herbster announced Lee's hiring on Wednesday. Lee will be introduced at a news conference Friday.
The Oahe Capitals boys varsity hockey team had a very busy weekend as they played the part of hosts at the Oahe Expo Center on three consecutive days, playing against Rushmore Thunder on Friday, Huron All-Stars on Saturday, and Mitchell Marlins on Sunday. The Caps were able to win one out of three games.
Authorities ID Huron man killed in Beadle County crash
CARPENTER, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Huron man who died in a crash in Beadle County involving two vans.
The Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Gregory Johnson was a passenger in a minivan that was struck by a van on any icy stretch of state Highway 28 on Wednesday morning.
He was pronounced dead at the scene 2 miles southwest of Carpenter.
The Pierre T.F. Riggs Governor wrestling program may have been shorthanded due to several wrestlers out with the flu, but that didn’t stop them from prevailing over the Huron Tigers in a dual in Huron on Thursday night.
Police say man kidnapped woman, beat her with baseball bat
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Huron police say a 55-year-old man is accused of kidnapping a woman and hitting her several times with a baseball bat while driving around the east side of town.
Police say the victim called police about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday and said she was in a car with a man who was threatening her with the bat. The woman stayed on the line with dispatchers and gave updates on her location.
International drug conspiracy suspect arrested in Huron
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities say a South Dakota man is under arrest in connection with an alleged drug conspiracy.
The U.S. Marshals Service says Jean Torres-Soto was arrested early Thursday in Huron as part of an FBI-coordinated nationwide takedown.
Second suspect found guilty in baseball bat beating death
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A Beadle County jury has convicted a man of killing another man with a baseball bat in eastern South Dakota last year.
Kevin Krueger was charged with first-degree murder in the May 2017 beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home.
The jury convicted him after less than two hours of deliberations Wednesday, following a two-day trial. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole when he's sentenced Friday.
Semitrailer-pickup crash kills 1, seriously injures 1
WOLSEY, S.D. (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in Beadle County late last week killed one person and seriously injured another.
The Highway Patrol says a semitrailer failed to stop at a junction of U.S. Highways 14 and 281 north of Wolsey and collided with a pickup truck Friday afternoon.
The 18-year-old woman driving the pickup died at a Huron hospital. An 18-year-old female passenger suffered life-threatening injuries.
State fair attendance up slightly
HURON, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota State Fair organizers say attendance at this year's five-day event was up slightly from last year and was the highest since 1996 when the fair was seven days.
Fair manager Peggy Besch says nearly 212,000 people visited this year, with nearly 2,000 campers. Besch says a solid grandstand lineup and an increased number of campers helped fuel attendance.
South Dakota Army Guard unit returns from Middle East
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Soldiers from a South Dakota Army National Guard unit are home after serving 10 months in the Middle East.
Family and friends welcomed home about 165 soldiers from the 153rd Engineer Battalion and its forward support company Saturday in Huron.
The Huron and Parkston-based units provided command and control of attached engineer units. Members of the unit served in 24 locations throughout the region, including Iraq and Syria.
National Guard soldiers returning home from Middle East duty
HURON, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers who have served nearly a year in the Middle East are coming home.
The 165 soldiers with the Huron-based 153rd Engineer Battalion and its Forward Support Company spent 10 months overseas. They returned to the U.S. on Sept. 17 and are going through the demobilization process at Fort Bliss in Texas.
A welcome-home ceremony for the 153rd is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Huron Arena.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A woman serving a 100-year prison sentence for killing her 3-year-old daughter in their Huron home by stabbing her more than 70 times is up for parole again.
The Capital Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2txhQSl ) that 60-year-old Debra Jenner is to go before the parole board in mid-July. She's spent nearly three decades behind bars and already has been denied parole more than a dozen times.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded more than $1.1 million to a former Huron surgeon after determining that her past employer had breached her contract.
The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2qqS0Oa) reports the jury found that Huron Regional Medical Center violated due process rights under its bylaws afforded to Dr. Linda Miller as part of her contract with the clinic.
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified the victim of a one-vehicle crash in Sanborn County.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Callyann Wallenstein, of Huron, was driving a sport utility vehicle that went off state Highway 37 Wednesday night and rolled.
Wallenstein, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. She was alone in the vehicle.
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A one-vehicle crash in Sanborn County has killed a woman.
Authorities did not immediately identify the 27-year-old victim. They say she was driving a sport utility vehicle that went off state Highway 37 and rolled.
The crash happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday, 10 miles south of Huron. The woman died at the scene. She was alone in the vehicle.
Huron man announces bid for South Dakota state treasurer
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A staff member for a South Dakota U.S. senator is planning to seek the Republican nomination for state treasurer.
Josh Haeder, of Huron, says he wants to help make a better financial future for the next generation of people in South Dakota. The current treasurer, Rich Sattgast, is limited from seeking another term.
Sully Buttes wins state Class B tournament title
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Racquel Wientjes scored 25 points and Chloe Lamb added 19 to lead Sully Buttes to a 69-48 win over Sanborn Central-Woonsocket in the South Dakota Class B girls basketball title game on Saturday.
Wientjes made nine of 13 shots from the field, including five 3-pointers. Lamb was 7 for 12 from the free throw line and added two 3-pointers.
Mistrial declared after juror dies at federal courthouse
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial in a case involving a Huron medical clinic and a former surgeon after a juror died at the courthouse in Sioux Falls.
Federal Clerk of Courts Chief Deputy Matt Thelen tells the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2htChJu ) that the juror died Tuesday morning as jurors were coming into the courtroom to hear testimony in the case.
Minnesota man to stand trial in South Dakota slaying
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged in the slaying of a man in eastern South Dakota is set for trial early next year.
Thirty-two-year-old Jose Vega, of Montevideo, Minnesota, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in June in the May beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home.
KOKK radio reports that Vega's trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 17.
Send-off ceremony set for Guard unit heading to Kuwait
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A deployment ceremony is scheduled later this month for a South Dakota Army National Guard unit that will be serving nine months in the Middle East.
About 165 soldiers with the Huron-based 153rd Engineer Battalion and its Forward Support Company will be serving in Kuwait. A public send-off ceremony is set Nov. 11 at the Huron Arena.
Planned speakers include Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, U.S. Sen. John Thune, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Guard commander Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch.
South Dakota State Fair brings in nearly $175,000 in taxes
HURON, S.D. (AP) — The state Department of Revenue says tax revenues for this year's South Dakota State Fair have added up to nearly $175,000.
The agency said Thursday that the latest numbers available show the five-day fair brought in $174,652 in revenues collected so far. That's more than the 2015 total of $171,736.
Grandstand tickets bought before fair include free admission
HURON, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota State Fair is reminding attendees that grandstand tickets purchased by Wednesday will come with free gate admission.
Tickets bought during the fair don't include gate admission. The fair runs from Thursday through Monday.
Grandstand acts include the Red Wilk Construction CBR Bull Bash, Dwight Yoakam with opener Blackhawk and Kip Moore with opener Reckless Kelly, among others.
State to set unclaimed property booth at state fair
HURON, S.D. (AP) — Has the back-to-school season taken a toll on your wallet? Well, the State Treasurer's office may have some money that belongs to you.
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast says his office is setting up a booth at the South Dakota State Fair this week in Huron to give unclaimed property back to the rightful owners.
Unclaimed property refers to accounts in financial institutions, businesses and government agencies that have had no activity for three years or longer.
3 tribal colleges in South Dakota get USDA grant funding
HURON, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $429,000 in grants to three tribal colleges in South Dakota.
The funding will help the colleges upgrade infrastructure, buy equipment and improve educational facilities.
Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah says education is one of the best investments that can be made in the future of rural America.
Governor asks South Dakotans to honor veterans at state fair
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is calling on state residents to honor veterans at the South Dakota State Fair.
Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 1 to be Veterans Day at the fair at the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans and active military personnel will get free gate admission that day.
Larry Zimmerman is secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says the important role of veterans can't be denied.
Turkey plant in Huron to undergo $39M in expansion projects
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A turkey processing plant in Huron is expanding.
KOKK radio reports that Dakota Provisions will expand the cold storage space at its existing plant at a cost of $9 million, and also expand into another building in a local industrial park, at a cost of $30 million.
Greater Huron Development Corp. President and CEO Jim Borszich says the larger project could result in 250 new jobs in the city.
State Department of Revenue to hold office hours in Huron
HURON, S.D. (AP) — The state Department of Revenue is going to hold office hours in Huron as a way to help out taxpayers.
The department says there will be office hours Thursday at Huron City Hall from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The office hours will be held on one day each month into December.
Taxpayers will be able to get help with general questions, filling out tax returns and getting a sales tax license.
Fish kill in Huron lake impacts swimming, triathlon
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A fish kill in Ravine Lake in Huron has disrupted recreational swimming and a weekend triathlon.
Parks Director Laron Klock tells KOKK radio that state wildlife officials believe the die-off is due to a combination of low oxygen levels in the water, high water temperatures and stagnant water.
Klock says regular testing of the water has turned up no water quality issues, and dead fish are being removed daily.
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A woman from Hawaii suffered a minor injury when the small plane she was in made an emergency landing in a field in eastern South Dakota.
Beadle County Sheriff Doug Solem tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the plane piloted by Bruce Mayes, also of Hawaii, was forced to land about 7 p.m. Tuesday after having engine problems shortly after takeoff from Huron.
Solem says Mayes was not hurt but his wife suffered a cut to the head. Authorities...
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A Huron man accused of assaulting a woman and detaining her and a child faces kidnapping and domestic violence charges.
Huron police say that 27-year-old Dustin Wilken was arrested and the woman and her child were taken to safety.
Authorities say they responded after police received information Friday that the woman had been assaulted and that she and her child weren't able to leave a house in Huron.