South Dakota News

Community of Menno still cleaning up from damaging storm
MENNO, S.D. (AP) — Residents of Menno are still cleaning up after a storm last week caused damage throughout the Hutchinson County community. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that the Friday night storm damaged area crops and homes and vehicles around town, tore the roof off a county building and toppled an 80-foot light pole at the local baseball field. An American Legion baseball game had to be moved to Lesterville due to damage to the pole, a fence and a batting cage. Resident Galen Guthmiller says it's been about a decade since the town of 600 people has seen such a storm. But Mayor Darrell Mehlhaff says residents have come together to clean up the mess.

Ex Flandreau police chief's bid for recertification denied
FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — A former Flandreau police chief who resigned amid a state investigation into alleged misconduct in his department has lost a battle to have his lawman's certification reinstated. Mike Eisenbarth had taken a job as a Moody County sheriff's deputy earlier this year, and needed the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission to reinstate his certification. The Argus Leader newspaper reports that the commission has voted unanimously not to do so. Assistant Attorney General Kelly Marnette says the group decided Eisenbarth lacked "good moral character." Eisenbarth can appeal the commission's decision to circuit court. It was unclear if he planned to do that. A home telephone listing for him could not be found.

South Dakota crops continue to be rated in good shape
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers are wrapping up seeding of this year's soybean crop, and half of the state's spring wheat crop has now headed. The Agriculture Department also says in its weekly crop report that nearly all of the state's corn crop has emerged. About two-thirds of the spring wheat and winter wheat crops are rated in good-to-excellent condition, and about three-fourths of the corn and soybean crops are in those categories. Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 68 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 87 percent adequate to surplus.

Woman accused of child sex crimes reaches plea deal
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) — A Belle Fourche woman accused of encouraging a 15-year-old girl to send nude photos to the woman's father and engage in sexual activity with him has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that 19-year-old Caitlin Rosales pleaded guilty this week to contributing to the abuse or neglect of a minor and witness tampering, for threatening the victim. Prosecutors dismissed charges of possessing child pornography and soliciting a minor. Rosales is to be sentenced Sept. 28. She could face up to 11 years in prison.

Daugaard: No special session to consider Medicaid expansion
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he has decided not to call a special legislative session to consider expanding Medicaid in South Dakota. The Republican governor said Wednesday that he's heard from lawmakers who want more time to study the proposal and would like to wait until after the presidential election. Daugaard had proposed expanding eligibility to roughly 50,000 more residents, as long as the state's share of the cost would be covered by savings. He said last month that a federal move to take on more Medicaid costs for Native American enrollees would allow South Dakota to cut spending enough to offset expansion. But Daugaard said that he also had to weigh expansion's chances of passing through the Republican-held Legislature. House Republican leader Brian Gosch has said the majority of current House GOP lawmakers don't support expansion.

North Dakota opponents to speak out against Marsy's Law
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans will vote in November on a constitutional amendment that supporters believe will bolster the rights of crime victims in the state. But opponents say changing the constitution to include the proposal will have unintended consequences. The opponents include groups representing crime victims and defense attorneys and prosecutors. They're holding a press conference in Bismarck Thursday to express their opposition to the so-called Marsy's Law, now in effect in California and Illinois. The law is named after Marsalee "Marsy" Nicholas, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Her brother, Henry Nicholas, is bankrolling a national effort to expand the law into more states, including both Dakotas. Records show the California businessman has given more than $1 million toward the effort in North Dakota.

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