South Dakota boy makes bow and arrow, shoots mother in back

A 17-year-old South Dakota boy was collared this week after he shot his mother in the back with a homemade arrow from a makeshift bow, Sioux Falls police said.The amateur archer made the weapon after an argument with his mother about 7 p.m. Tuesday, cops said. The boy used a fishing pole and a shoelace to make a rudimentary bow and fashioned an arrow out of a sharpened plastic rod, said Sam Clemens, a spokesman for the Sioux Falls Police Department. The mother, who endured a minor injury with a small cut on her back, called police and her son was soon arrested, Clemens said. The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center.   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

South Dakota doctors ordered to say abortion ends human life

PIERRE, S.D. - A federal appeals court ruled that South Dakota can begin enforcing a law requiring doctors to tell women seeking abortions that the procedure ends a human life.The 7-to-4 decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis sends the case back to U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier of Rapid City for proceedings that will result in a decision on whether the law passed by the 2005 South Dakota Legislature is constitutional. Schreier had temporarily prevented the law from taking effect while she decides the case. She had ruled that opponents had a fair chance of succeeding in their claim that the law violates doctors' free-speech rights by forcing them to tell women things the doctors might not believe. A three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit had agreed with Schreier, but the full court threw out her order. It said Planned Parenthood, which operates South Dakota's only abortion clinic in Sioux Falls, has not provided enough evidence that it is likely to prevail. The 2005 law would make doctors tell women "that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being." Women also would have to be told they have a right to continue a pregnancy and that abortion may cause women psychological harm, including thoughts of suicide.   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

South Dakota St. piles up points on Drake football

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Taryn Christion passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and South Dakota State continued to pile up the points with a 51-10 victory over Drake on Saturday night.The Jackrabbits (3-0) have scored in all 12 quarters this season, averaging over 43 points per game.Christion was 14-of-22 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke and running 10 yards for another score during a first half in which the Jackrabbits scored on their first five possessions then tacked on Cade Johnson’s 95-yard kickoff return for a 41-3 lead. It was the Jackrabbits’ first kick return for a touchdown since Oct. 13, 2012.Isaac Wallace ran for pair of 1-yard scores and Mikey Daniel had an 11-yarder. Sophomore Chase Vinatieri added a 51-yard field goal. It was a career long for the nephew of Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri.The lone touchdown for the Bulldogs (1-2) came on Grant Kraemer’s 62-yard touchdown throw to Steven Doran. Drake hosts its homecoming game at 1 p.m. next Saturday against Valparaiso. Continue Reading

Marcus Weymiller leads Northern Iowa past South Dakota State

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Marcus Weymiller ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries, and Northern Iowa jumped on top early, cruising to a 38-18 win over No. 7  South Dakota State on Saturday.The Panthers (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference) turned the tables on South Dakota State by scoring 17 first-quarter points. The Jackrabbits (4-2, 1-2) entered the game with a 56-7 advantage in opening quarters this season. South Dakota State also came in with the top third-down efficiency rating in the FCS at 62.1 percent, but the Panthers held them to 25 percent (3 of 12).Weymiller scored on runs of 11 and 15 yards in the first half. His 42 carries were just five off the single-game program record of 47, set by Steve Harris in 1984. Eli Dunne threw for two TDs in the fourth as well, finishing 13-of-22 passing for 169 yards.Northern Iowa also kept the Jackrabbits’ Brady Mengarelli in check. Mengarelli, coming off a 220-yard performance last week, was held to 33 yards on seven carries.SDSU’s Jake Wieneke notched his 51st receiving TD to move into third all-time in the FCS. Continue Reading

Dakota Access sued over farmland damage in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Harrisburg-area farm family has sued the Dakota Access pipeline for failure to keep its promise to restore their land after construction.The lawsuit is the first of its kind in South Dakota state court, and speaks to fears of lost productivity expressed by farmers in the planning stages of the controversial four-state pipeline.Slack Family Properties LLC is accusing the pipeline company of breach of contract, unauthorized taking of property, fraud and deceit in its lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lincoln County.The Slack family says five parcels of its farm ground were disrupted and drain tiles were disconnected by the pipeline’s construction, causing damage to two growing seasons’ worth of corn and soybeans.The 800 acres saw compacted soils and heavy flooding, and the company has yet to reattach the drain tiles or compensate the family for the damages, which it had promised to cover in its easement deal with the family. More: Dakota Access pipeline developer sues Greenpeace, others for $1 billion Previously: Iowa opponents still think they can shut down Dakota Access Pipeline “It’s just been disgusting to have something said to us — that we’re going to be taken care of — then to have them just pull the pin and say ‘we’re not going to do anything,’” said Greg Slack.Glenn Boomsma, a Sioux Falls lawyer who represents the Slack family and also represented to several families during the pipeline’s South Dakota permit hearings, said his clients’ experience is evidence the company is unwilling to uphold its responsibilities.“We got them the Cadillac version of the easement agreement, but in the end, Dakota Access still didn’t follow it,” Boomsma said.The company’s lawyer and declined to comment on Wednesday. It's public relations firm did not respond to requests for comment.Boomsma and Slack have heard similar Continue Reading

SEE IT: Hero passersby save dogs from burning South Dakota building

A group of strangers burst into a burning South Dakota building to save pets from the blaze. Spencer Butler and Grant Krause were returning from a rock climbing trip Saturday when they spotted smoke coming out of a Rapid City apartment complex, reports KOTA-TV. They'd just bought a GoPro camera and thought they'd film the fire crews in action. But they soon realized the laddermen had not yet arrived. The duo, who are both in the U.S. Air Force, took matters into their own hands. And their bravery was all caught on Butler's camera. "You guys know of anybody in the building?" he's heard saying to residents standing outside. "Did you knock on all the doors? Dude, should we just bang on doors anyways? All right," he adds. Butler, Krause and two other men are then seen sprinting through the fiery complex. They bang on doors before knocking them down in their quest to save lives. They end up rescuing three pups. In just a few minutes, the group are then overwhelmed by smoke. "Let's get the hell out of here," Butler is heard saying as firefighters arrive on the scene and begin dousing the flames coming out of the roof. The men have all been hailed heroes for their selfless actions. But Butler played down the incident. "I'm sure anybody else would do the same thing," he told ABC News. "You just kind of make the decision to actually act and once you start doing it, it's just all instinct," he added. One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Part of the building's roof collapsed in the blaze. An investigation into the fire is now underway, but the Rapid City Fire Department says it believes it was caused by a lightning strike. The footage was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday. It's since been seen more than 980,000 times — and Butler said he would donate all money made from advertisements on the clip to the Rapid City Fire Department. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE  VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Tornadoes kill at least 5 in Arkansas, Texas, South Dakota as winds of 125 mph and above wreak havoc (VIDEO)

A band of tornadoes tore through the nation’s middle Sunday, killing at least five people in Texas and Arkansas, including a couple who died saving their baby girl. Between 20 and 25 twisters hammered South Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas, according to preliminary reports cited by Greg Carbin of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. More thunderstorms are expected from Texas to the Great Lakes on Monday night as the damaging system moves eastward. The Sunday storms killed a young couple in Nashville, Ark.. Michael and Melissa Mooneyhan died while protecting their 18-month-old daughter inside the family mobile home, family said. The baby survived unharmed. She has been placed in the care of other relatives. "It's a miracle that little girl survived," Howard County Coroner John Gray said. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado and winds clocked at 125 mph had struck the small town in southwest Arkansas,meteorologist Travis Washington said. In neighboring Texas, another tornado-laced storm powered through the small town of Van, killing at least two people. First responders confirmed Monday night that they recovered all eight people who had been reported missing earlier in the day, KTVT-TV reported. Retired Garland police detective David Tapley, 60, and his wife Brenda, 62, perished in the severe weather, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph. The two had moved to Van after Tapley stepped down from the force. Both were active members of theVan United Methodist Church, the local paper reported. The twister and 135 to 140 mph winds injured 42 people, four critically, and harmed or wiped out 50 to 100 homes and the schools in the North Texas town, which is about 70 miles east of Dallas, said Chuck Allen, fire marshal and emergency management coordinator for Van Zandt County. "Damages range from completely destroyed homes, damaged homes, to Continue Reading

South Dakota gun show seller defends using racist posters for target practice

A South Dakota man has been banned from a gun show after he was caught selling racist posters to be used in target practice. The unidentified vendor had been charging 10 cents each for the black-and-white signs that showed a grotesque caricature of an African-American under the words "Runnin' N----- Target," KSFY-TV reported. When the station's photographer asked why the targets were being sold, the man defended his merchandise. "Why aren't they? They're just targets," he said Sunday. "Aren't they offensive in nature?'' the camera man countered. "To who?" replied the vendor. "Are you Negro? You know, there are some black people and then there some Negroes." Collector's Classic Gun Show in Sioux Falls banned the seller as soon as organizer Bob Campbell was informed of the bigoted merchandise. "I take pride in the work I do and the quality of the shows I put out," he told the station. "And I'm very disappointed, disgusted to see what was on that table." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? SEE THE VIDEO HERE Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

South Dakota town chooses next mayor with roll of the dice after too-close-to-call election

If only all elections were so easy. A roll of the dice has decided who will be the next Mayor of a South Dakota town. The race to run Platte was evenly split between incumbent Rick Gustad and challenger Steve Christensen at the April 14 ballot, according to KSFY-TV So they turned to a years-old state statute to determine the outcome for them. The law allows for certain too-close-to-call elections to be decided by a high card draw or a roll of the dice. Platte Fire Department chief Gustad opted to roll the dice. He threw a four, while former police chief Christensen rolled a seven in the contest on Thursday. It means Christensen will become the town's mayor for the next two years. With News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Bird flu hits fourth turkey flock in Minnesota, spreads to South Dakota poultry

A virulent strain of avian flu has spread for the first time to poultry in South Dakota and infected a fourth turkey flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey producer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday. The latest infections of H5N2 flu show the virus, which can kill almost an entire poultry flock in 48 hours, continues to be a risk to U.S. trade. Recent flu infections in states stretching from Arkansas to Oregon have prompted overseas buyers to limit imports of U.S. poultry from companies such as Tyson Foods Inc, Pilgrim's Pride Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc. In Minnesota, the H5N2 flu was confirmed in a commercial flock of 21,000 turkeys in Nobles County, in the southwest corner of the state, according to the USDA. The birds will be culled and the farm quarantined to prevent the virus from spreading. The infection represents a new introduction of the flu in Minnesota, said Erica Gunderson, spokeswoman for the state's Board of Animal Health. The geographic separation outbreaks in the state and staggered timing of infections prove the virus has not spread from one farm to another, she added. Wild waterfowl appear to be transmitting the disease, Gunderson said. Molecular testing has shown the H5N2 virus found is nearly identical to viruses isolated in migratory ducks, according to the USDA. But wildlife experts have been skeptical of suggestions that wild birds are responsible for spreading the flu in the Midwest. On Friday, Minnesota is lifting a 10-kilometer quarantine zone that restricted the movement of poultry around the state's first case of H5N2 flu in Pope County, which was confirmed on March 4, Gunderson said. Two rounds of tests on nearby poultry have shown other farms were not infected, she said. In South Dakota, the H5N2 strain was found in a commercial flock of 53,000 turkeys in Beadle County, in the eastern third of the state. Those birds also will be culled and the farm quarantined. No human Continue Reading