South Dakota News

Governor, Sioux Falls leaders pitching city in NY
South Dakota's governor and economic development leaders are in New York City this week to pitch Sioux Falls to financial writers. Sioux Falls Development Foundation president Salter Barr says the city ranks high on lists of best places to do business and live but in the middle of the pack on surveys of business executives. He says the goal of the trip Wednesday and Thursday is to close that gap by meeting with national media outlets. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says state leaders don't favor Sioux Falls but support all local economic development efforts. He says the city does pull more than its own weight. It has about 29 percent of the state's population but produces roughly 38 percent of South Dakota's gross domestic product.

Appeals court upholds forest management plan
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a federal appeals court has upheld a management plan for the Black Hills National Forest. Jackley says the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has affirmed federal court decisions in Colorado and Wyoming denying challenges to the plan. The plan was developed in 1990 and amended in 2005, taking into account a mountain pine beetle epidemic and providing for logging, prescribed burning and other control methods. Critics who sued worry about damage to plants and wildlife habitat in the 8,125-square-mile forest in northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. The environmental groups' challenge has been litigated in federal courts in South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado. Jackley says the state has intervened in all litigations because of the importance placed in protecting the forest.

Sioux Falls man found hiding in closet arrested
Sioux Falls police say they have arrested a man found hiding in the closet of an apartment. Reports say that Daniel Sweeris was arrested Monday on drug and theft charges. A maintenance worker contacted building management after noticing someone had broken into an apartment. A police spokesman says the building manager found Sweeris hiding in a closet with a laptop, cellphone and electronic chargers in his arms. Police say Sweeris fled the scene before they arrived. The spokesman says police were able to locate Sweeris through a description of his vehicle. He says police found a small amount of meth in his car. Sweeris is being held at the Minnehaha County Jail on more than $8,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.

Sioux Falls police to begin patrolling crosswalks
The Sioux Falls Police Department has announced a new initiative to make travel safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Reports say that citywide patrolling of crosswalks will begin to increase Wednesday. Police will focus on areas with heavy foot and bike traffic, including the mall and downtown. Some officers will wear pedestrian attire as they watch for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians and for walkers who cross when they're not supposed to. Lt. Trent Lubbers says the department's goal is to educate people. He says officers won't issue tickets right away, but failure to yield will eventually cost $120. Lubbers says the effort is a result of a fatal bike accident that happened last month.

Human remains found along Interstate 29
State archeologists are investigating some human remains that were found buried along Interstate 29 in Union County. The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the remains were unearthed by a utility company crew digging in the right of way near Exit 2. Spokeswoman Sara Rabern on Tuesday said the scene discovered Thursday appeared to be an "old, old grave." Rabern says the Division of Criminal Investigation secured the area over the weekend, and investigators did not deem the remains to be evidence of a crime. The scene has been turned over to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Committee hopes to raise child sex abuse awareness
Members of a South Dakota committee tasked with studying child sex abuse in in the state say the issue is more prevalent than most of the public often believes. Jolene's Task Force met for its first time Tuesday at the state capitol. The task force is made up of legislators, child sex abuse experts and other state officials. An estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are victims of sexual abuse nationwide. Task force member and special agent Cam Corey specializes in sexual assault investigations. Corey says he hopes the committee's work can raise awareness of the issue. Corey says members of the public don't often believe child sexual abuse happens in South Dakota.

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