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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.
PARSHALL, N.D. -- The victim in a fatal two-car crash on an icy state highway, with snow drifting across the road, near Parshall in western North Dakota on Saturday has been identified. She is Elizabeth Pohlman, 40, of New Town, the North Dakota State Patrol reported on Tuesday, March 13.
MINNEAPOLIS—The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is headed back to the Big Dance for the first time in three years. The Golden Gophers were awarded the No. 10 seed in the 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Green Bay in Eugene, Ore., on Friday, March 16, in the Spokane region.. The game is set for 4 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.
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.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of a crude oil spill of 160 barrels or 6,720 gallons in McKenzie County about 16 miles southeast of Watford City. Initial estimates indicate those 160 barrels were released from the treater unit on a well pad. Of this amount, an estimated 24 barrels, or about 1,000 gallons, leaked onto nearby agricultural land. The rest was apparently contained on the well pad.
MINOT, N.D. -- A teenager was shot multiple times at an apartment complex in northwest Minot Wednesday night about 6:30 p.m. Minot police patrol commander John Klug said the 18-year-old man was taken to Trinity Hospital and it appeared he would survive. As of late Wednesday night, no suspects were in custody. However, Klug said that it appeared to be an isolated incident and there was no immediate danger to the public.
FARGO-- U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit Fargo-Moorhead on Friday, March 9, to tour a research center, hold a roundtable discussion with commodity groups, have lunch with students pursuing degrees in agriculture and tour a sugar beet processing facility.
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota officials have opened the remaining closed portion of Interstate 90 from Murdo to Mitchell. This completely opens I-90. I-29 was reopened earlier Tuesday morning.
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.
FORT THOMPSON, S.D.—Six people have been charged in federal court in South Dakota with retaliating against a witness in a fraud case. All six have entered not guilty pleas in the case, which stems from a case on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in central South Dakota. Charged in the case are Tally Colombe, 43, of Fort Worth, Texas; Elnita Rank, 81, of Fort Thompson; Kristal Hawk, 57, of Fort Thompson; Ronda Hawk, 60, of Fort Thompson; Tiffany Monteau, 43, of Chamberlain; and Stefan Monteau, 26, of Fort Thompson.