Romney stumps for US Senate hopeful Rounds in SD SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has started a trio of campaign stops in South Dakota with U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds. Romney during a Thursday rally at a Sioux Falls hotel called on South Dakota voters to help Republicans take back control of the U.S. Senate. The GOP needs to net six seats on Tuesday's election to achieve that goal. The former Massachusetts governor is on a 27-state tour supporting Republican candidates. Rounds is criticizing Obama for delaying the approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and enacting a health care reform. Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson.
Daugaard, Wismer split on final campaign strategy PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The two leading candidates for South Dakota governor are taking very different approaches to campaigning in the final days before the midterm elections. With a comfortable lead in the polls, Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd)'s team says he plans to campaign lightly but mostly focus on his day job. Daugaard told the Associated Press last week his campaign strategy this year has mostly been "just to do my job and work hard." State Representative Susan Wismer meanwhile has a packed schedule, traveling across the state from Pierre to Mobridge to Sioux Falls and eventually Pine Ridge over the next few days. Wismer, a Democract, will go for the young voting demographic this weekend when she heads to Rock the Vote Concerts on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations and later in Rapid City.
Daugaard outspent Wismer 3 to 1 governor's race PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show incumbent Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) has brought in more than three times as much money as state Representative Susan Wismer in the race for South Dakota's next governor. The final reports published before the election show Daugaard has raised about $690,000 since the primary fundraising period ended in late May, while Wismer has received about $208,000 in contributions during the same period. Wismer also took out a loan of $25,000 and contributed $25,000 herself. Daugaard also has spent more than three times as much money as his Democratic opponent. The governor has spent about $880,000, while Wismer's expenditures amount to roughly $240,000. As of October 2nd, Daugaard had nearly $1.5 million on hand. Wismer has about $18,000.
SD, ND governors bet over SDSU-NDSU football game PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The governors of South Dakota and North Dakota are betting $125 in a charitable contribution over this weekend's Dakota Marker game. The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits are taking on the North Dakota State University Bison at the Fargodome in Fargo at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Should SDSU win, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) will make the donation to South Dakota Cribs for Kids. If the Jackrabbits lose, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) will make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity-Northern Lights Chapter. The governors agreed on the bet amount in recognition of North Dakota's and South Dakota's 125th statehood anniversary, which is Sunday. NDSU defeated SDSU 20-0 last year in Brookings, South Dakota. The Bison finished with a 15-0 record and currently have a 32-game winning streak.
More tickets available for SDSU-NDSU football game FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University is making 400 additional tickets available for Saturday's football game against South Dakota State. The unclaimed student tickets will be available beginning Friday at 8 a.m. Central time. Any additional standing room tickets and visiting team returns also will become available at that time. Fans can buy the tickets by going online at WWW DOT GoBison DOT com SLASH tickets, by calling 701-231-6378, or by going to the Bison Ticket Office in the east lobby of the Fargodome. Kickoff between the Bison and Jackrabbits is 2:37 p.m. Saturday at the Fargodome.
SD suspect in officer-involved shooting arrested DANTE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in an incident in Charles Mix County that involved shots fired by a sheriff's deputy. Attorney General Marty Jackley says 40-year-old Russell Turner Junior was arrested at his home in Wagner. Jackley says Turner was arrested on three outstanding warrants, with additional charges pending. Authorities say the deputy was responding to a disturbance call near Dante early Thursday when he approached a pickup truck with two people inside. Jackley says the incident "escalated" and the deputy fired into the vehicle, which fled the scene. The sheriff's office says Turner resisted arrest and tried to strike the deputy with the pickup. Authorities say a minor was a passenger in the vehicle. The person suffered undisclosed injuries that Jackley says aren't from gunfire. Turner wasn't injured by gunfire.
Snowplows to show disclaimer after artwork dispute SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls officials will add a disclaimer to city-owned snowplows following a controversy over religious messages that were painted by some students on the blades of two plows. Officials say the disclaimer is meant to show the city isn't endorsing any particular message. Students at two parochial schools painted the blades for the city's Paint the Plows program. One blade includes the words "Jesus Christ" and the other "Happy Birthday Jesus." The Siouxland Freethinkers complained, saying religious messaging doesn't belong on publicly owned vehicles. They say the messages violate the constitutional separation of church and state. Mayor Mike Huether on Tuesday said the city wouldn't paint over the plows unless it received a court order. Part of the disclaimer reads: "Any message or views expressed are not those of the city or endorsed by the city."
Board shuts down for good South Dakota nail salon SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials have shut down for good a nail salon after inspectors found unlicensed workers and safety and sanitary violations. The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission has permanently revoked the license of #1 Nails Salon in Sioux Falls. The salon was owned and operated by Ngoc Lan Thi Nguyen. Department of Labor and Regulations officials say Nguyen was ordered to take a safety and sanitation course stemming from a 2013 violation. A follow-up investigation uncovered dirty jet covers, used buffers, and unsanitary bottles, utensils and trays. Officials say Nguyen also tried to bribe an inspector in two occasions. After the inspector refused the bribe, Nguyen asked that the incidents not be reported. The department says the commission can provide individuals a complete safety and sanitation history of any local salon.
SD reports $65M in unclaimed property receipts PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's treasurer says the state has so far received $65 million in unclaimed property this year. Treasurer Rich Sattgast says the amount is consistent with the $62 million to $65 million estimates he reported to the state Legislature last year. The sum includes account balances and other items of value that businesses, governments and other institutions must turn over to the state where they reside when the owner can't be found. For example, savings and checking accounts, life insurance policies, overpayments or rebates and gift cards. Sattgast says one out of every four people in the state has unclaimed property. People can check if they are owed money from the state using the Treasurer's Office website.
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