South Dakota

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison In Death Of Adrian Peterson's SonA man convicted in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been sentenced to life in prison in South Dakota. The child, Tyrese Robert Ruffin, died in October 2013. An autopsy concluded he sustained four blows to the head that doctors said couldn't have been accidental.
Man Accused Of Raping Girl In Cargo Van To Appear In CourtA Sioux Falls man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a cargo van is expected to appear in court this week. The 41-year-old Frederick McAbee, of Sioux Falls, faces several charges including attempted first-degree murder and rape.
In Fear Of Feds, S.D. Tribe Burns Pot CropA South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort says it burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid.
Man Accused Of Stealing South Dakota State Flag Put On LeaveA former Secretary of State employee accused of stealing an original, handmade South Dakota flag has been put on leave by the Washington, D.C.-area Republican research company where he works.
Dayton Tours Mich. Mine In Lead Up To PolyMet DecisionBefore making a decision on a new Iron Range mine, Gov. Mark Dayton is seeing the best and worst of other operations. PolyMet wants to open the state's first copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Federal Bee Researcher Says He's Getting Punished For Pesticide StudyA federal scientist says he was punished for publicizing research showing a link between pesticides and the decline in bees and other pollinators.
Gov. Dayton Begins Mine Tours Ahead Of PolyMet DecisionGov. Mark Dayton kicked off visits to mining operations in other states Tuesday as he prepares to make a major mining decision in Minnesota. The state is considering whether to allow a mining company to open Minnesota's first copper-nickel operation. And it is a decision that is sparking controversy.
Minn. Man Killed In South Dakota Car Crash ID'dAuthorities have identified a Minnesota man who died in a weekend crash on U.S. Highway 12 in northeastern South Dakota.
Dayton Talks About Mine Tour Ahead Of PolyMet DecisionSometime next year, Gov. Mark Dayton expects to face a major decision about whether a new copper and nickel mining project gets the ultimate go-ahead. The PolyMet Mining Corp. venture in northeastern Minnesota has been years in the planning and already has caused a rift within Dayton's Democratic Party.
Group Seeks Greater Oversight For Iowa Pipeline PermitsA group that opposes a proposed oil pipeline across Iowa is asking a federal agency's regional office to be more stringent in issuing permits to a private company seeking access to waterways in the path of the project, and members say the request highlights their concern over varied oversight in the approval process.
Dayton To Tour Mines In Michigan, S. DakotaMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has planned trips to mines in South Dakota and Michigan as his administration prepares for a major decision on whether to advance copper and nickel mining on the Iron Range. Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the governor will tour the Gilt Edge mine in western South Dakota on Oct. 27 and Eagle Mine in northern Michigan on Oct. 30. Dayton's administration is evaluating environmental issues surrounding the proposed PolyMet mine in northeastern Minnesota.
After Record Storms, FEMA Sends Temporary Houses To Pine Ridge ReservationThe federal government is sending temporary housing to South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where residents are still recovering from severe storms last spring.
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