Some rural states double down on attracting new residents

U.S. 06/12/19, 07:44

With jobs unfilled and young people moving away, some rural states are doubling down on efforts to attract new blood by expanding programs that offer incentives to live there.Over the past decade, states including South Dakota, Maine and Vermont have lured new residents with financial incentives in areas that need ...

South Dakota bishop to lead Saginaw diocese in Michigan

U.S. 05/24/19, 14:29

A Catholic bishop in South Dakota has been selected as the new bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan.The diocese announced Friday that 63-year-old Bishop Robert D. Gruss will serve as its seventh bishop. His installation in Saginaw is scheduled for July 26.Gruss has served as bishop in Rapid ...

Deputy shoots knife-wielding man outside South Dakota jail

U.S. 05/21/19, 18:15

Authorities say a man was shot outside of a South Dakota jail after he charged at officers with a knife.Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead says authorities responded to gunshots just after 3 p.m. Tuesday.Milstead says a deputy fired two shots, and at least one hit the 44-year-old suspect.An ambulance arrives ...

Activists’ lawyers: Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws

U.S. 05/16/19, 13:34

Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff's attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain a defendant in the suit spearheaded by the ...

Tribe says South Dakota governor not welcome on reservation

U.S. 05/02/19, 19:07

A Native American tribe has told South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem she's not welcome on one of largest reservations in the country after she led efforts to pass a state law targeting demonstrations such as those in neighboring North Dakota that plagued the Dakota Access oil pipeline. "I am hereby ...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

U.S. 04/19/19, 11:35

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot boosting," ...

South Dakota trio launches meat processing plant

Business 04/13/19, 00:05

From the Schmeckfest bratwurst to the South Dakota Chislic Festival, mouth-watering meat draws great crowds to the Freeman community.Now, this Hutchinson County town of 1,300 residents has gained a business providing an outlet for both livestock producers and meat aficionados.Prairie-to-Plate Enterprises Inc. will establish a butcher shop and meat processing ...

Update: Midwest digs out, South braces for its own storm

U.S. 04/12/19, 13:02

The Latest on severe spring storm (all times local):1 p.m.Several Midwestern states are digging out from a spring snowstorm, while the South braces for weekend thunderstorms that could bring tornadoes.Snow plows clear Interstate 29 on Thursday, April 11, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of ...

Spring storm lingers after burying parts of Midwest in snow

U.S. 04/12/19, 09:07

Strong winds and more snow are expected in the Midwest after a spring storm buried several states in snow and created dangerous travel conditions. The storm lingered Friday in parts of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, but the system is expected to weaken as it moves north. Several snow-packed highways ...

‘Bomb cyclone’ snow, wind making travel dangerous in Midwest

U.S. 04/11/19, 08:35

A storm system known as a "bomb cyclone" slowly churned through the U.S. interior Thursday for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard in parts of the Midwest while creating hazardous fire conditions farther south. As much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow has fallen in parts of ...

Bomb cyclone storm hammers US Rockies and Plains

U.S. 04/11/19, 07:23

A winter-like storm known as a bomb cyclone is bringing heavy snow and fierce winds to the Rockies and Plains states. Travel conditions are treacherous in states including Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Colorado.

Update: Snow, ice making Midwest travel dangerous

U.S. 04/11/19, 06:50

The Latest on severe weather impacting the central U.S. (all times local):6:45 a.m.A powerful spring snow storm sweeping across the Midwest has made travel hazardous across Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.Ice forms on a calf at a ranch outside of Kilgore, Neb., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. A bomb cyclone storm ...

Bomb cyclone storm hammering central US, disrupting travel

U.S. 04/10/19, 20:24

Blizzard warnings were posted from Colorado to Minnesota on Wednesday and wildfires were a concern in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as the second so-called "bomb cyclone" storm in less than a month hit the central U.S., raising the prospect of renewed flooding in the already drenched Midwest. Heavy snow disrupted ...

Impoverished Pine Ridge reservation braces for more flooding

U.S. 04/09/19, 15:21

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the nation, is bracing for another major winter storm and the prospect of renewed flooding that is also forecast to hit a wide swath of the Plains and Midwest just a month after the last weather ...

Matt Mooney’s college odyssey ends with Tech in title game

Basketball 04/07/19, 15:12

Much like his vagabond coach, Texas Tech's Matt Mooney has undergone a college basketball journey unlike almost any other, from mid-major to out-of-the-way outpost to the rough-and-tumble Big 12.Now, under the searing spotlight of the Final Four, Mooney has been simply money.The self-described "short, skinny" kid nobody but the Air ...

South Dakota middle school teaches students with video games

Tech 04/01/19, 00:05

When eighth-grader Alyssa Lingen started her information and communications technology class this year at Patrick Henry Middle School, the art student was repulsed by anything related to computer science, she said. But the minute she saw the little elephant she created move across a computer screen, dodging bad guys to gather ...

South Dakota college students brew beer in new course

Science 04/01/19, 00:05

At a glance, the scene unfolding recently in one South Dakota School of Mines and Technology classroom resembled something halfway between a science fair and a beer festival.Guests in attendance made their way from booth to booth, sampling and judging the different beers that students in a new class brewed ...

Flooding forces evacuations on South Dakota reservation

U.S. 03/28/19, 15:49

Record-breaking flooding has forced dozens of people on a South Dakota reservation to evacuate and ranchers were working Thursday to get their livestock to higher ground while waiting for a river to crest.High water from the Moreau River is threatening about 50 residences in an 8-mile (12.8-kilometer) stretch between White ...

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