Shopko closing stores in several South Dakota communities
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores is closing stores in several South Dakota communities.
The company has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing excessive debt and ongoing competitive pressure. It says it will close 38 more stores nationwide, after last month announcing plans to close about 40 of its more than 300 stores across the country.
Union files complaint against South Dakota care facility
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — A workers union is alleging that the state-run South Dakota Developmental Center is chronically understaffed and puts employees at risk of injury.
Redfield hospital proposes new center to house EMTs
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — A city-owned hospital in northeastern South Dakota is proposing a more than $800,000 project to build a new center to help retain emergency medical technicians.
Former Redfield students sentenced in Wagner bus vandalism
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Two of three former Redfield High School students charged in a case of vandalism to a school bus owned by the Wagner school district have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
The Wagner football team's bus was vandalized with paint and eggs during a game in September between the two schools in Redfield. The incident prompted Redfield school officials to issue an apology, saying the school's homecoming week was "tarnished."
Vandalism cited for shutdown of Redfield shooting range
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Redfield officials are citing vandalism and littering for a lengthy shutdown of the town's shooting range.
City Finance Officer Adam Hansen tells the American News that the range on city-owned property was closed in April.
Redfield school apologizes after Wagner bus vandalized
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Officials at Redfield Public School have apologized for vandalism to a school bus owned by the Wagner school district.
The Wagner football team's bus was vandalized Friday with paint and eggs during a game between the two schools in Redfield.
Man accused in hospital standoff breached lockdown
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say the man accused of holding a boy hostage in a hospital in a northeastern South Dakota community was able to breach a lockdown of the facility because a door lock failed.
Spink County sheriff's deputies suspected Matthew Mathern was headed for Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield Monday as they chased his vehicle with a 10-year-old boy inside. Officials say Mathern had been at the hospital earlier, appeared agitated and left.
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — A hostage standoff at a hospital in a small city in northeastern South Dakota ended peacefully Monday with a 10-year-old boy released and the armed man who was holding him in custody, authorities said.
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a report of a man with a weapon at a South Dakota hospital (all times local):
A prosecutor says an armed man who held a child hostage at a hospital in northeastern South Dakota had an assault rifle in his vehicle.
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — A Conde woman who was severely burned in a methamphetamine lab explosion in December 2016 has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The American News reports that 44-year-old Roberta Zens was sentenced for keeping a place for the sale or use of drugs.
Spink County weighing $1.5 million law enforcement center
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Spink County officials are seeking the public's input on the idea of building a $1.5 million law enforcement center next to the courthouse in Redfield.
Spring trial set for Ashton man in animal abuse case
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — An Ashton man accused of starving livestock has been scheduled for trial next spring.
Sixty-three-year-old Rex Spear was charged with felony animal abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect after four dead cows were found on his property in June. Authorities believe the cows died from lack of food and water.
Authorities seized 75 cattle and a horse from the property, all of which have since been sold.
5 hurt when pickup collides with deer in South Dakota
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say five people were hurt when a pickup collided with a deer on a highway near Redfield.
Spink County sheriff's Deputy Jerrod Peterson says the pickup was pulling a cattle trailer when it hit the deer on U.S. Highway 281 on Saturday night.
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — A herd of 75 neglected and starving cattle seized from an Ashton man's property will be sold by the state.
Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the American News (http://bit.ly/2v843y9 ) that livestock owner Rex Spear didn't appear for a court hearing Monday to contest the move.
Miranda Mack of Redfield crowned Miss South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Redfield woman was crowned the new Miss South Dakota over the weekend in Hot Springs at the annual pageant.
Miranda Mack is a 21-year-old student at South Dakota State University. She will represent South Dakota in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September.
Carrie Wintle of Iroquois was first runner-up in the state competition.
Officials to break ground on new South Dakota school
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Officials in Redfield plan to break ground in a few weeks on a more than $20 million preschool-to-12th grade school.
The project passed in a $16 million bond vote last year. The remainder of the money will be from the district's capital outlay funds, the Aberdeen American News (http://bit.ly/2nN8r5X) reported.
Superintendent Shad Storley said the building will add an auditorium and auxiliary gym, as well as a new kitchen and commons area.
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Workers at the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield have voted to unionize.
The American News reports (http://bit.ly/2n9ZIaH ) that 88 of the 91 direct support professionals who were eligible to vote favored joining the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. They say it's an effort to improve safety for both clients and staff.
Train carrying grain derails in northeastern South Dakota
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a train derailed in northeastern South Dakota, causing road closures in the area.
The train was carrying grain through Redfield when it derailed early Wednesday morning. Officials say they don't know how many railcars derailed.
Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch says a broken track reportedly caused the derailment.
PIERRE – The Legislature’s oversight panel wants an anonymous survey of South Dakota Developmental Center employees at Redfield.
The decision Tuesday comes in the wake of a field hearing and tour at the institution by legislators on June 20.
That had followed a tense meeting Jan. 25 during the 2016 legislative session when lawmakers received complaints from former employees.
Jan Banghart subsequently resigned as the center’s director Feb. 8.
Gov. Daugaard orders state capitol flags at half-staff for Former State Sen. Mary McClure Bibby
PIERRE — Former state legislator Mary McClure Bibby of Brookings passed away on July 2, 2016.
McClure, 77, was a native of Milbank and an alumna of the University of South Dakota, where she received the Fulbright Scholarship. She became a teacher and settled in Redfield. McClure represented the Redfield area in the State Senate from 1975–1989, representing Redfield and the surrounding area.
McClure was the first woman in South Dakota history to hold a top...