South Dakota News

Sioux Falls urging residents to recycle cooking grease
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls is urging residents to recycle the grease resulting from holiday cooking. People are being asked to not throw used grease in the garbage and not pour it down the drain. Instead, residents are asked to take the cooking oil to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Sioux Falls. Residents of Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner counties can dispose of the unwanted oil for free at the facility. The oil will be recycled as a renewable fuel. Fire officials are also asking residents to be mindful of becoming distracted or even falling asleep while preparing a meal on the stove. The National Fire Prevention Association says 40 percent of home fires start in the kitchen, and the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

South Dakota DOT warns residents not to dump excess snow
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Transportation is warning residents that it's illegal to place or dump excess snow on a highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches. Yankton area engineer Rod Gall says the recent snowstorm across South Dakota has deposited a large amount of snow, and the department is seeing an increase in violators. Gall says the space within the right of way needs to be reserved for future snow that may fall on the road. He says that if the department's plow operators do not have a place to put that snow, it makes it difficult to clear roadways. Violation of the anti-dumping law is a Class 1 misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

Pawn shop, entertainment venue opens in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 70,000-square-foot pawn shop and entertainment venue in Sioux Falls opened its doors on Saturday. Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry also features a gun range, firearms retail store, foundry, tattoo shop and a 24-hour live rock 'n' roll radio station. KBAD 94.5 FM went on air at 9 a.m. Saturday. CEO Chuck Brennan says the owners of American Jewelry and Loan in Detroit consulted with him on the project. Guests at the weekend grand opening will include Les and Seth Gold from TruTV's "Hardcore Pawn." Brennan is owner of Dollar Loan Center, which has 100 locations in multiple states.

1 killed, 1 injured when pickup hits semi west of Wolsey
WOLSEY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say one man was killed and another man was injured when a pickup truck collided with a semi-truck eight miles west of Wolsey. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the pickup truck was headed east on U.S. Highway 14 just before 2 a.m. Thursday when it crossed the center line and struck a westbound semi-truck. The 38-year-old pickup truck driver died at the scene. The 58-year-old driver of the semi-truck was hospitalized in Huron with non-life threatening injuries. The patrol has not released any names pending notification of relatives. The investigation is ongoing.

Winning Wild Card 2 ticket worth $215K sold in Sisseton
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Lottery says a single ticket sold in Sisseton hit the $215,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot in Wednesday's drawing. The odds of winning the Wild Card 2 jackpot are 1 in just under 1.9 million. Wild Card 2 is played in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The jackpot resets to $200,000 for the next drawing on Saturday. The winning numbers were 1, 5, 17, 27 and 32, and the Wild Card was the King of Clubs. Lottery officials say the holder of the ticket should sign the back of it immediately and put it in a safe place before contacting lottery offices in Sioux Falls or Pierre.

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