South Dakota News

Permit approved for SD anti-police brutality march
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A police department in South Dakota has approved a previously denied permit for a march that organizers say is meant to protest against police brutality. Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris approved the permit for the Friday rally. He'd denied it earlier this week citing public safety concerns. The approval for the march came after organizers agreed to move it to a different location. The rally was originally going to start outside a civic center during the annual Lakota Nation Invitational, an event that's part basketball tournament and part family reunion for tribal members. Eagle Butte resident Cody Hall is among the organizers. He's said the march is intended to draw attention to the need for improved race relations in Rapid City. Jegeris says he's "thankful" an agreement was reached.

Survey on deer licensing system 'pretty neutral'
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A survey has found that most South Dakota deer hunters aren't convinced that changes are needed to the state's deer licensing system. The Capital Journal reports that 4,163 hunters completed the survey conducted by the Game, Fish and Parks Department. At least 40 percent of respondents said they supported keeping the current system, while more than 30 percent said they had no opinion on the matter. At least 25 percent supported the idea of making changes. Deer numbers have been declining in recent years, leading to far fewer licenses being made available to hunters. The Game, Fish and Parks Commission is considering possible changes in the way the state allocates its deer licenses. Commissioner Barry Jensen says the survey was "pretty neutral" and didn't give clear direction.

SDN Communications to buy Sioux Valley Wireless
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications intends to buy Sioux Valley Wireless, which provides Internet service to thousands of homes in eastern South Dakota and other states. The acquisition is expected to be finalized after April 2015. Sioux Valley Wireless transmits data from towers in Rowena, Colman and Freeman to a small microwave antenna at the subscriber's location. It also provides services in Brookings, Dell Rapids, Hartford and Madison. Officials say both companies will work together to ensure a smooth transition for customers. SDN CEO Mark Shlanta says the purchase will allow SDN to expand offerings beyond its core business-to-business broadband and network services. Sioux Valley Wireless has been in business for 25 years. It is a subsidiary of Sioux Valley Energy.

Sioux Falls again breaks building permit record
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — For the second year in a row, building has been at a record pace in South Dakota's largest city. Sioux Falls officials say 14,839 building permits have been issued so far in 2014, and the construction valuation for those permits has reached more than $593 million. The city also posted record numbers in 2013 with 7,953 permits issued and a valuation of $588.2 million. Officials say new apartment complexes, changes to a hospital and upgrades to the Sioux Falls Regional Airport contributed to this year's record breaking construction valuation. Officials add that the issuance of thousands of reshingling permits resulting from a hail storm in June has also been a factor in this year's valuation record. The reshingling construction has been valuated at $73 million.

SD Supreme Court backs lower court in abuse case
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A man convicted of abuse for driving 112 miles per hour while intoxicated with three children in his vehicle has been unsuccessful in arguing to the South Dakota Supreme Court that the state law governing his offense is unconstitutionally vague. The high court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's ruling against Douglas Myers' argument. A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Myers for driving into the ditch and the median and later determined he was traveling more than 100 mph with three children in the car. Myers was later sentenced to five years in prison for abuse of a minor and a third-offense DUI. The Supreme Court rejected Myers' appeal on the constitutional challenge, saying that the statute was properly defined without allowing law enforcement too much enforcement discretion.

More All-America honors for SDSU's Zach Zenner
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner has been named to a third All-America team. The Division One Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association announced the team Thursday, in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices. Zenner earlier was named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team and the Walter Camp FCS All-America Team. The senior from Eagan, Minnesota, posted his third straight 2,000-yard season this year, becoming the first player in FCS history to do so.

South Dakota State beats Idaho State 75-72 in OT
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Deondre Parks scored 15 points and hit the winning free throw with 34 second to play in overtime Thursday to lift South Dakota State over Idaho State 75-72 in a World Vision Classic game. Parks opened OT with a 3-pointer and his second of two free throws put the Jackrabbits up 73-67. The Bengals had chances to tie or win, but missed free throws and Evann Hall's 3-point try at the buzzer went awry. South Dakota State led 30-25 at halftime, but the Bengals rallied in the second half and led 60-58 before Jake Bittle hit two free throws to tie it at the end of regulation. Cody Larson scored 17, Marshall scored 15, and Connor Devine had 13 and three blocked shots for the Jackrabbits (7-3) in Logan, Utah.

Bos' shot gives South Dakota 55-53 win over Montana State
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Brandon Bos hit a 15-foot jump shot with two seconds remaining to give South Dakota a 55-53 victory over Montana State last night. Marcus Colbert's 3-pointer had lifted Montana State into a tie with 36 seconds left. Bos finished with 17 points while Tyler Larson added 12 points, including 8-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line, and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season. Trey Norris scored 10 points for the Coyotes (4-8), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Colbert led Montana State with 21 points. The Bobcats (3-6), playing in Vermillion for the first time since 1946, remained winless in six road games. Bos hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Coyotes a 36-28 lead with 16 minutes left. The lead held until the 5:32 mark when Colbert made a 3-pointer for a 44-43 MSU lead. Neither team led by more than four after that.

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