South Dakota News

South Dakota farmers wrapping up the fall harvest
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers are wrapping up the fall harvest, though rain and snow over the past week brought fieldwork to a halt. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the only crops remaining in the field are sunflowers and sorghum, and those harvests are beyond 90 percent complete. South Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated 69 percent in good-to-excellent condition, up from 68 percent last week. Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 49 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 71 percent adequate to surplus

Sioux Falls offering buyouts to homeowners to curb flooding
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Several homeowners in a central Sioux Falls neighborhood have been approached by local officials regarding possible buyout offers as part of an effort to curb flooding in the city. KELO-TV reports that homes in the neighborhood near Augustana University could be demolished to create green space. The city's move comes after heavy rains in August flooded the neighborhood. Environmental and storm water manager Andrew Berg says this is a voluntary buyout, and no homeowners will be forced to sell their property to the city. More than half a foot of rain fell in parts of Sioux Falls August 28th, leading to flash flooding that inundated basements, stranded dozens of motorists and disrupted electricity service. The station reports city officials are contacting property owners first before releasing a finalized plan.

Man who stole century-old flag submits apology letter
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A former employee in South Dakota's secretary of state's office who admitted to stealing a century-old state flag has submitted a court-ordered apology. The 26-year-old Garrett Devries addressed the brief letter to the secretary of state, the office's employees and the people of South Dakota. DeVries offers a "sincere apology" and says he understands that his actions caused the office "to devote time and energy to recover the flag." Devries pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence. He was ordered to publicly apologize, pay court costs and $1,500 toward upkeep of the flag. The flag that dates to Deadwood's Old West days had been displayed on a stand inside the secretary of state's office through numerous administrations. Officials noticed it was missing earlier this year and investigators recovered it from Devries October 8th.

SD man who pleaded guilty in fatal crash won't go to prison
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A 77-year-old South Dakota man who pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge stemming from a fatal car crash in May won't go to prison. The South Dakota Attorney General's Office says Herris Lambley, of Herrick, was granted a suspended imposition of sentence and placed on five years of probation. Authorities say Lambley was driving a pickup truck when he struck a car at a rural intersection on May 26th. Twenty-four-year-old Herrick resident Steven Wheeler was driving the car and died at the scene. Lambley suffered injuries that the Highway Patrol at the time called serious but not life-threatening. Lambley on Tuesday was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, write an apology letter to Wheeler's family and pay a $5,000 fine and more than $17,000 in restitution.

South Dakota man loses $11,500 in sweepstakes scam
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 69-year-old Sioux Falls man has lost more than $11,000 to a sweepstakes scam. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the man wired the money to people purporting to be with Publishers Clearing House and promising a $2.5 million prize. Clemens says the man received a letter October 30th saying he had won the seven-figure prize. Clemens says the scammers sent the man a $7,000 check, which a bank determined to be false when he tried to cash it. Despite the fraudulent check, the man continued to correspond with the scammers and sent them $10,000. Clemens says the bank cautioned the man about the potential scam, but he still withdrew the money. Altogether, the man ended up wiring $11,500. Clemens says people should do some research if they get a notice about a big prize.

SD attorney general urges residents to be careful shoppers
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley is urging South Dakota residents to be careful when shopping this holiday season to avoid common mistakes. He says the holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this one is no exception with the lure of pre-black Friday deals and other specials. Jackley says people should check refund and return policies for restrictions and exceptions. He says people buying gift cards should check for fees and expiration dates. The attorney general says shoppers also should review warranties, compare prices and check shipping and handling fees for items ordered online. Jackley also says people should be cautious of social media scams, including fake Twitter and Facebook pages. He recommends that people stick to the websites they are familiar with and do not click on unfamiliar links.

Marshall leads South Dakota State past Houston Baptist 92-68
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Geroge Marshall scored 19, including three 3-pointers, and Deondre Parks added 17 points to help South Dakota State beat Houston Baptist 92-68 Tuesday. Mike Daum added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting and Reed Tellinghuisen finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for South Dakota State (5-0). The Jackrabbits made 17 of 26 (65 percent) field goals, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, in the first half to take a 50-33 lead into the break. They shot season highs from the field (57 percent) and 3-point range (55 percent). Jourdan Stickler scored 13 points, Terry Harris added 12 and Reveal Chukwujekwu had 11 for Houston Baptist (1-4). The Huskies made just 22 of 60 (37 percent) field goals.

South Dakota drills S Dakota School of Mines 83-63
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Casey Kasperbauer scored a career-high 26 points with six 3-pointers to help South Dakota defeat the South Dakota School of Mines 83-63 Tuesday night. Kasperbauer, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, shot 8-for-15 from the field with 6 of 10 from 3-point range. He's now made 204 3-pointers for South Dakota (2-3), the ninth player in program history to make 200 treys during a career. Konor Kulas led the Division Two Hardrockers with 18 points and eight rebounds, Brian Orr added 12 points with four 3-pointers. Kasperbauer drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 7-7 during an 11-1 run that had the Coyotes ahead 15-8 on their way to a 40-25 halftime lead. In the second half, Kasperbauer scored a pair of 3-pointers as he put up eight straight points, pushing the lead to 52-35 in Vermillion.

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