A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states hit a three-year high in April, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months, according to a report issued Thursday.
Vacationers might be interested in visiting one of these under-the-radar national parks to get away from the large crowds and heavy traffic in the most popular parks, like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
A South Dakota couple got to say their “I Dos” Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. They’re hoping their ceremony will help change a policy in their home state. “Congratulations to this fabulous couple. Twenty-seven years together. Twenty-seven years of family. Twenty-seven years of love and commitment,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said at the ceremony.
A lesbian couple plans to exchange vows Saturday in Minnesota, then be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials. Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, of Rapid City, have been together 27 years. Minneapolis lawyer Joshua Newville said Friday he took the case after the couple was unable to find an attorney in South Dakota.
Brookings Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin has accepted the head coaching position at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. Laylin has been head coach of the North American Hockey League team in South Dakota the past two seasons.
The South Dakota State University women’s basketball team will host Indiana on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Jackrabbits downed Minnesota 70-62 on Thursday night to advance.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker has sounded the all-clear for flood danger in the southern Red River Valley. Walaker made his annual pillgramage to the Red River headwaters in northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota Thursday to gauge possible spring flooding. The longtime mayor and former city public works director has gained notoriety for making flood predictions that often trump the National Weather Service. Walaker tells The Associated Press there’s nothing that alarms him about this year’s melt and he has never seen the basin south of Fargo in such good shape.
An attorney for the man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson last fall says prosecutors have been too slow to provide relevant medical records.
Authorities say one of 14 men charged with operating an online child exploitation network was arrested in Minnesota.
A 54-year-old man who’d fled a South Dakota prison facility more than a year ago has been found in northwest Iowa. Police in Storm Lake say David Lee, originally from Minneapolis, was captured Friday.
A man is in custody on several charges after an alleged carjacking in Sioux Falls. Police say the 36-year-old man fled on foot from the scene of a vehicle crash about 8:40 p.m. Sunday. They say he eventually assaulted a man in a parking lot, stole the man’s car and then assaulted a woman who was still inside the car.
A blizzard that swept through parts of the Dakotas on Thursday made travel treacherous and prompted the shutdown of roads, public schools and even universities. The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings in eastern North Dakota and eastern South Dakota, as well as in parts of Minnesota.
A South Dakota lawmaker says he’ll ask the Legislature to repeal the death penalty in the session that starts Tuesday in Pierre.
Basin Electric has signed a power purchase agreement with a new wind project to be developed in South Dakota. The project is co-owned by Fagen Inc. of Granite Falls, Minn., and the principals of Dakota Plains Energy in Aberdeen, S.D. It’s scheduled to go online by the end of 2015.
Dakotas-based Sanford Health is opening a second clinic in the Minnesota city of Alexandria. Sanford said services that will be offered at the new clinic will range from pediatric cardiology to podiatry.