South Dakota News

SD stockgrowers to host convention in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and SD Cattlewomen will be hosting their annual convention and trade show in Rapid City this week. The groups say the event will include forums on policy discussions. Some panels will focus on animal health and ID issues, as well as updates from the state's Game Fish and Parks Department and the South Dakota Brand Board. Other gatherings will address reporting and record-keeping in the event of natural disasters, private property rights and agriculture in the classroom. The two-day event starts Friday.

Mines students ready for pumpkin catapult contest
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are preparing for the annual pumpkin catapult contest in Rapid City. Groups of students will be launching pumpkins high overhead starting at 10 a.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. Points are earned for distance and accuracy and teams can be disqualified if their pumpkins travel more than 100 yards. The top three teams will be awarded cash prizes. The event is part of a festival that draws nearly 20,000 people every year. The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival also includes a giant pumpkin weigh-off, chef competition, pumpkin carving contest, musical entertainment, vendor booths and a showing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"

Panel weighs Minnehaha Co. creek, island names
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names meets this week to discuss two places in Minnehaha (mih-nee-HAH'-hah) County. Board members meet Thursday in Pierre. They plan to review comments on the proposed name of Annie Anderson Creek for an unnamed creek and also look at comments on proposed names for an unnamed island in the Big Sioux River near Dell Rapids.

Vehicle drives on sidewalk, hits, injures SD man
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man is seriously injured after a vehicle drove onto a sidewalk in Sioux Falls and hit him. Sergeant Tarah Walton with the Sioux Falls Police Department says the driver left the scene of the incident. Walton says around 11:10 p.m. Saturday officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident. She says two adults had been walking on a sidewalk, when a vehicle drove partially up and onto the sidewalk and struck one of the pedestrians. Walton says the injured man was transported to a hospital. Authorities are asking that anyone with information about the whereabouts of the driver contact police.

Minn. doctor dies in Black Hills motorcycle crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota behavioral pediatrician who was on a camping trip in the Black Hills is dead after being involved in a motorcycle crash. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 71-year-old Ernest Swihart was heading down a hill, when he entered a curve, locked the brakes of his motorcycle, lost control and crashed into a tree near Pactola Reservoir. The man from Minnetonka, Minnesota, died in the helicopter that was transporting him to a Rapid City hospital. Lieutenant David Berkley says passers-by lifted the motorcycle off Swihart, who was wearing a helmet. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Swihart won a Minnesota Book Award in 1997 for co-authoring "The Manipulative Child." In 2011, he appeared on television on ABC's "Nightline" to discuss the use of medication for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

88-year-old woman dies in two-vehicle crash
TEA, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say an 88-year-old woman is dead after she ran a stop sign and another vehicle collided with hers. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Caryl Ann Rand died at a Sioux Falls hospital from injuries she suffered in the crash at an intersection in Tea. Authorities say the Marion woman failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection, where her 2003 Chevrolet Impala was struck by a 2012 GMC Acadia. The crash sent both vehicles into a ditch. Authorities say the driver and two passengers in the vehicle that struck Rand's car suffered minor injuries. The occupants of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

SD inmate reported missing returns to penitentiary
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A state prison inmate reported missing is back in custody in South Dakota. The state Department of Corrections says inmate Kenneth Lamb returned from his work release job to the penitentiary in Sioux Falls just before 3 a.m. Sunday. The 41-year-old minimum-security inmate is serving a nearly eight-year sentence for fifth-offense DWI and a four-year sentence for fourth-offense DWI. Both sentences originated in Minnehaha County.

SD authorities kill 3 mountain lions in September
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in South Dakota have killed three mountain lions so far in September. The Rapid City Journal reports that two of the felines had killed farm animals and the third one wandered near a Black Hills business. The latest lion to be killed died Sept. 11 after it was reportedly killing goats on a ranch in Custer County. Wildlife biologist Steve Griffin says the male lion was about 18 months old. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials usually consent to killing of the animals in cases where they are known to have killed livestock, entered municipalities or are obviously starving. Five mountain lions have also been killed in traffic incidents in 2014. The mountain lion hunting season opens December 26th and runs through March 31st.

USDA invests in 8 renewable energy projects in SD
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide funds to eight projects in rural South Dakota that focus in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The agency says the funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy projects to create jobs and advance the use of renewable fuels. The projects are located in Brown, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Kingsbury and Marshall counties. Nationwide, the department is investing $68 million in more than 500 similar projects. The agency says eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses may use the funds to make energy-efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems including solar, wind, small hydroelectric, ocean energy, hydrogen and geothermal.

Wakpala man's sentencing set for killing woman
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Wakpala man will be sentenced in December for killing a woman. Stoney End Of Horn was convicted this month in federal court in Pierre of second-degree murder for the fatal beating of Pauline Brave Crow. Jurors also found the 36-year-old guilty of four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. They found him not guilty of one count of sexual abuse of a minor. Prosecutors say Brave Crow suffered injuries to her face and brain in September 2008 and died in June 2010 after spending four months in a Mandan, North Dakota, hospital from complications caused by the beating. The maximum penalty is life in prison.

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