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PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota remains one of the leading states in the nation for the lowest number of traffic fatalities in 2017, despite there were 13 more fatalities on state roads than the previous year. There were 129 traffic fatalities in South Dakota during 2017, up from the 116 reported in 2016, a year which saw the second lowest fatality total of all time.
PARKSTON, S.D. – A family from Tyndall, S.D., has been identified as those who died in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in southeast South Dakota on an ice-covered roadway. Pronounced dead at the scene were Zachary Johnson, 16, the driver; and his two parents, who were passengers, Daniel Johnson, 49, and Tina Johnson, 48. All three were wearing seatbelts.
LOWER BRULE, S.D. -- A 37-year-old Lower Brule man, who was a previous sex offender, will spend 15 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl by the Missouri River in central South Dakota in his vehicle while she was passed out. James St. Cloud, who was convicted of sexual abuse, was given an extra two years in prison last week in his federal court appearance because he was on supervised probation for aggravated sexual abuse from a 1999 incident.
PARKSTON, S.D. – A 16-year-old and two older adults died early Saturday morning after their vehicle collided with a semi truck over the weekend in southeast South Dakota. Names of the people involved were not being released yet early Monday by state officials pending notification of family members.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities have arrested a 37-year-old Minneapolis man in Florida in connection with the shooting death of another man in Minneapolis. Antwan Darnell Cosey is in custody on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to the Minneapolis Police Department, which gave the following details of the crime and subsequent arrest:
FARGO – Sanford Health in Fargo is one of the semifinalists for a national award for its support of the National Guard and Reserve. Of more than 2,330 nominations from Guardsmen and Reservists from across the U.S., Sanford is one of 149 semifinalists for the honor that has been awarded by the U.S. Secretary of Defense since 1996. The semifinalists are from large and small employers and government organizations.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls police are putting out a call for help in a cold case from 37 years ago where a newborn baby boy was left to die in the cold in a ditch in Sioux Falls. It was Feb. 28, 1981, when the abandoned baby was found dead in the ditch near a field south of East 26th Street and South Sycamore Avenue in southeast Sioux Falls. At the time, police exhausted all possible leads but were not able to find the mother. The baby appeared to have a normal childbirth and the coroner determined he died of exposure.
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has announced that Minnesota farm native Katie Zenk has joined the committee minority staff. “Katie will bring impressive policy knowledge to the committee and will play an important role in developing policy for a new farm bill,” Peterson, who represents most of western Minnesota, said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Fans of the 2018 Summit League Basketball Championships at Sioux Falls’ Denny Sanford Premier Center starting this weekend have a safe and secure option to resell their tickets through Ticketmaster’s “Ticketsnow.com” feature, according to center offiicials. The fan-to-fan resale site offers guaranteed seats to the event, since the tickets were purchased directly from ticketmaster.com to begin with.
FARGO – Meteorologists are monitoring the possibility of winter weather hitting the region later this week and into early next week. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks said there are many unknowns at this point, but forecasts indicate light snow and freezing rain starting north of Highway 200 that runs across central North Dakota on Friday, March 2, and lasting through Saturday.