South Dakota News

Producers: Pipeline not a cure-all for rail delays
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Some South Dakota producers say the Keystone XL pipeline won't be a cure-all for rail congestion that's hindering crop shipments. The pipeline is being promoted by South Dakota Republicans and was touted in election season as a solution to the rail delays. South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest are say the congestion is a serious concern. South Dakota Corn Growers Association President Keith Alverson says the pipeline would be helpful but needs to be part of a larger suite of solutions. Railroad companies have promised billions of dollars in capital improvements to their lines in 2015.

SD farmers report hike in per-bushel wheat prices
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers have reported increases in per-bushel wheat prices in November. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says preliminary prices received by farmers for spring wheat for November averaged $5.33 per bushel, an increase of 9 cents from the October price. Meanwhile, winter wheat has averaged $5.55 per bushel, 4 cents higher compared to last month. Farmers are also reporting hikes in oat, corn and soybean prices. Oat prices have averaged $3.04, up 14 cents from October. The price of corn was recorded at $3.18, up 9 cents from last month, while soybean prices have averaged $9.55, up 31 cents. The department says the price for all sunflower has seen a decrease this month. It has averaged $17, down $4.10 from last month.

AG: Eyes out for scams during holiday shopping
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is urging consumers to exercise caution when shopping for deals this holiday season, especially on "Black Friday." Jackley's office said on Wednesday that holiday shoppers should check refund and return policies; verify delivery dates; check over warranties; and research shipping and handling charges. For consumers using computers or mobile devices to shop, the attorney general advises to ensure all software is current and to be wary about unknown Twitter and Facebook offers.

Teen arrested in connection to Sioux Falls robbery
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police have arrested a teenager in connection with an armed robbery at a Sioux Falls convenience store. Police say the teen walked into the store at about 5 a.m. Wednesday and demanded money from the clerk. Officers reviewing video footage of the robbery recognized the suspect as one of two people who stole beer from another convenience store earlier Wednesday. Detectives determined the suspect's identity and found him about 9 a.m. at a Sioux Falls restaurant, after he had allegedly stolen a car. The teen is charged with first degree robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, petty theft and underage consumption. Police are searching for the second suspect in the beer theft.

Delaware man arrested in SD after high-speed chase
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a high-speed chase on Interstate 90 west of Rapid City ended with the arrest of a man wanted in Delaware. The Rapid City Journal reports that speeds reached 140 miles per hour Wednesday in a pursuit that lasted more than 30 minutes. Police say the man is wanted in Castle County, Delaware, for escape. He is facing eluding charges for the chase, which began when a member of the U.S. Marshals Service started following the suspect's car in Rapid City.

Pair arrested for drugs after theft of headbands
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Two Rapid City residents pulled over by police for suspicion of stealing a couple of headbands were caught with drugs in their car during the arrest. The Rapid City Journal reports that 37-year-old Wanda Fields-Brouse of Rapid City and 32-year-old Coy Reinhard of Fort Pierre, were arrested after leaving a sporting goods store. The officer who pulled them over noticed the headbands and the drugs, including methamphetamine, in the car. Fields-Brouse is charged with ingestion of a controlled substance, possession, open container, marijuana possession, theft and an outstanding warrant. Reinhard was arrested for ingestion of a controlled substance, possession, open container, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft. Court documents do not list lawyers for the defendants.

Vandalism won't deter children's park fundraiser
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Officials at a popular Rapid City children's theme park say they will be ready for its major wintertime fundraiser, despite dealing with $2,000 worth of vandalism. Workers and volunteers at Storybook Island were nearly finished with their massive decorating project, which includes stringing lights all over the sprawling park, when the vandalism was discovered earlier this week. The Rapid City Journal reports that vandals ripped down and destroyed lights along various walkways, hung two decorative penguins by their necks, tore lights off a rainbow structure and caused other damage. Storybook Island has 8-foot-tall fences topped by barb wire. It also has surveillance cameras, but organization officials say it doesn't appear they will be helpful in solving the crime. The Rapid City Rotary Club created the attraction in 1959.

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