Friday July 14th 2017

Local Headlines

From the Dakota Radio Group

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Republican U.S. senators say that a revised GOP health care bill will move Senate Republicans closer to replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to release an altered bill Thursday to Republican senators. The effort comes after McConnell abandoned his initial plan because of GOP opposition. South Dakota Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds stopped short of pledging to vote for the forthcoming incarnation, but both said the revamped measure has a better chance of passing through their chamber.

Thune says the goal is to bring stability to insurance markets, make coverage more affordable and "liberate" people from the Obama law's mandates.

South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson says a few "cosmetic changes" won't change the fact that the bill will hurt South Dakota residents.

PIERRE SD – The Capital Area Counseling Service (CACS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Doneen Hollingsworth of Pierre was elected Board Chair at the Board’s Annual Meeting held on June 22, 2017.Her term will run through June 2019.

Mark Swendsen, CACS Board Past Chair states, “Doneen has been a good addition to our Board and she will make a terrific Board Chair. Her years of work at the SD Department of Health brings a new perspective to our discussions. She’s a strong leader and I’m looking forward to working with her to move CACS closer to our vision of being “a great place to get care and a great place to work.”

Hollingsworth added, “I am honored to serve as the Chair of CACS, an organization with a great reputation for providing quality services by dedicated staff. I look forward to strengthening community partnerships to improve awareness of the importance of mental health and substance abuse services in our area. “

Doneen is known to many as the long-time but now retired Secretary of the SD Department of Health. She and her family have made their home in Central South Dakota since 1985.

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Attorney General’s Medicaid Control Fraud Unit (SD MFCU) participated with various law enforcement authorities in a nationwide coordinated health care fraud sweep.

“This coordinated action demonstrates the effectiveness of our relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement,” Jackley said. “By working together, we protect taxpayer resources and better ensure Medicaid dollars help those in need of assistance.”

The sweep resulted in criminal and civil charges against 412 individuals, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings.

SD MFCU worked with other law enforcement agencies on two cases involving alleged drug diversion by medication aides in Yankton County and in Turner County. The two cases are listed below
 Cristy Luv Brandt, 37, Avon, one count of ingesting a substance other than alcohol to become intoxicated, class 1 misdemeanor
Sean Michael Hinds, 26, Hill City, one count of possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years and/or $10,000 fine

Since January 1, 2014, SD MFCU has assisted in the recovery of over $3 million for taxpayers.

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to know how stocking salmon in different locations improves their survival. Anglers can help GFP gather information and be entered to win $100.
GFP is encouraging anglers to turn in heads of tagged Chinook salmon caught on Lake Oahe and the Oahe tail waters.

“Research projects are underway evaluating salmon return to anglers,” said GFP fisheries biologist Robert Hanten. “Having anglers report tagged salmon is a crucial part of the research.”

According to Hanten, thousands of specially-tagged Chinook salmon have been stocked in Lake Oahe. A small, coded-wire tag, only a millimeter long and the diameter of human hair, was implanted in these fish. Although tags cannot be seen by anglers, tagged fish can be identified by the absence of a tiny fin on their back.

"Salmon have a small fleshy-lobed adipose fin directly in front of their tail, but this fin is removed as part of the tagging process," Hanten said.

If anglers catch a salmon missing the adipose fin, Hanten asks that they turn in the fresh or frozen head of that salmon at the GFP Fort Pierre District Office, Oahe Marina, Spring Creek Resort or West Whitlock Recreation Area.

Information on where and when a salmon was caught along with the angler’s address and phone number must be included when submitting salmon heads. In addition, a coded-wire tag must be found in the head of the fish to be entered in the cash drawing.

“Even though every salmon missing an adipose fin was implanted with a coded-wire tag, some fish lose their tags during hatchery rearing, meaning not all fish without the fin will contain a tag,” explained Hanten.

Ten, $100 rewards will be issued each calendar year with a maximum of three rewards per person, per year. The annual drawing for winners of the $100 prizes will occur by Jan. 1.

For more information, visit: 
Fort Pierre District Office, 20641 SD Hwy 1806, Fort Pierre, SD 57532 or call 605.223.7681.

PIERRE SD - United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Adele Tahsequah, age 34, was charged by criminal complaint on June 28, 2017 and indicted on July 6, 2017. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 10, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on June 21, 2017, Tahsequah knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in South Dakota.

The charge is merely an accusation and Tahsequah is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.

Tahsequah was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Division of Banking says it's investigating whether a short-term lending company's new loan product complies with an interest rate cap passed in 2016.

The division said Tuesday that Dollar Loan Center is offering short-term loans in Rapid City and Sioux Falls with a 36 percent annual interest rate, charging late fees if they're not repaid in one week.

Voters last year limited interest rates to 36 percent annually. The law caused many short-term lenders to leave South Dakota.

Dollar Loan Center CEO Chuck Brennan said in a statement to the Argus Leader that the new loan product conforms to the voter-approved measure.


Local Newscasts can be heard on your favorite Dakota Radio Group station Monday through Friday at the following times:

KGFX 1060 AM - Pierre, SD 6:09 a.m.; 7:09 a.m.; 8:09 a.m.; 12:06 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.

River 92.7 FM - Pierre, SD 6:15 a.m.; 7:15 a.m.; 8:15 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.

KPLO 94.5 FM - Chamberlain/Pierre, SD 12:03 p.m. and 3:03 p.m.

KMLO 100.7 FM - Lowry/Mobridge 12:03 p.m. and 3:03 p.m.

KOLY 1300 AM - Mobridge, SD 6:10 a.m.; 7:10 a.m.; 8:10 a.m.; 12:10 p.m. and 5:06 p.m.

Star 99 99.5 FM - Mobridge, SD 6:00 a.m.; 7:00 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; Noon and 5:00 p.m.

100.1 FM The Eagle - Pierre, SD 6:18 a.m.; 6:54 a.m.; 7:18 a.m.; 7:54 a.m.; 8:18 a.m.; 8:54 a.m.; 5:18 p.m.

South Dakota News Headlines

From the Associated Press

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) - A herd of 75 neglected and starving cattle seized from an Ashton man's property will be sold by the state. Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the American News  that livestock owner Rex Spear didn't appear for a court hearing Monday to contest the move.  Authorities seized the animals late last month and charged Spear with felony animal abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect. He doesn't have a listed phone number. He's due in court July 17.

PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has visited a 2,500-acre cattle ranch and an underground research facility in western South Dakota. Zuckerberg did a Facebook live broadcast Wednesday from deep underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. In the livestream, Zuckerberg said he hopes people watching think about going into scientific research.  He wrote in a Facebook post about the ranch family that he thinks people should understand where their food comes from. He says a lot of cattle come from South Dakota, noting that the state is experiencing drought. Zuckerberg has said he plans this year to visit every state that he hasn't spent time in before.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of killing his fiancee has posted a $1 million bond and is now living in northeast South Dakota. The Aberdeen American News reports that 47-year-old Joseph Schmitz posted bond in Lake County on July 6. Brown County Chief Deputy Tom Schmitt says police are aware that he's living in Aberdeen and that his location is being monitored. Schmitz is accused in the April 2016 death of Corina Booth, who police say was shot three times at a home on Lake Madison. Court documents allege Schmitz called 911 to report he had shot Booth after she attempted to stab him. Schmitz has pleaded not guilty to alternate counts of felony first-degree or second-degree murder. He is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 5.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Two lakes at Custer State Park have reopened to swimmers following some health concerns.  Julie Brazell from Custer State Park tells KOTA-TV test results show that E. coli is no longer a problem at Sylvan and Stockade Lakes. The lakes were temporarily closed after high levels of E. coli were found in the water. Other activities such as boating and fishing are also allowed. Park officials test the water every week for bacteria.

Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - La Crosse police say a man who crashed a car into creek following a weekend chase has died of his injuries.  Authorities say 19-year-old DeShawn Huff, of Winona, Minnesota, was driving a stolen vehicle last Sunday when police tried to stop him. He sped away with police in pursuit. Police video shows Huff veering off a street and into Swift Creek.  Officers went into the water and threw ropes to Huff but he was unable to grab them or stay afloat. A water rescue team was called and pulled Huff from the water. He was taken to Gundersen Health System hospital. Police said Wednesday that Huff has died from his injuries.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says he needs more time to evaluate a revamped Republican health care bill. The reworked bill pushed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks conservative support by letting insurers sell low-premium policies with skimpy coverage. Hoeven says he wants to see the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's evaluation of the bill before he decides. That's expected next week.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Crews are getting the upper hand on a large wildfire burning in the Little Missouri National Grassland of western North Dakota. The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that cooler temperatures have helped firefighters get containment of the Magpie Fire to 60 percent. But the forecast calls for increasing temperatures and gusty winds that could whip up the fire. The fire started Saturday in a remote area and isn't threatening any structures, people or livestock.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Trump administration has rejected a request from Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum for a "major disaster declaration" to help cover some of the estimated $38 million cost to police protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. A Burgum spokesman said Thursday that the governor was notified in May that the request had been denied. The $3.8 billion pipeline began moving oil from North Dakota to a shipping point in Illinois last month.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group of North Dakota high school students have uncovered rare fossils estimated to be from an era shortly after dinosaurs went extinct. Paleontologist Jeff Person tells The Bismarck Tribune that the fossils during a dig Wednesday include the jaw of a 60 million-year-old mammal and a crocodile tooth. The mammal jaw discovered will assist paleontologists in determining a more precise estimate of the age of the fossils found.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota judge has ruled that Universal Music Group should be released from a music rights deal with Prince's estate. Universal struck a deal with the estate in January, but the estate later sought to cancel the deal after Warner Bros. Records claimed it conflicted with a contract it signed with Prince in 2014. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide granted the estate's request in a ruling late Thursday.

CHICAGO (AP) - A former private equity adviser and Republican operative who earlier this year told The Wall Street Journal that he tried during the 2016 presidential election campaign to obtain Hillary Clinton's missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself in Minnesota in mid-May, according to a state death record obtained by the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune said it obtained the record from Olmsted County, Minnesota, saying that 81-year-old Peter W. Smith took his own life on Sunday, May 14.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is naming a seasoned state official to lead the embattled board overseeing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has been in flux since the resignation of top officials earlier this year amid controversy surrounding its use of two luxury suites. Dayton named former interim Minnesota Lottery executive director Michael Vekich to take over as chair of the authority.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Health officials have confirmed an additional case of measles in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday the new case is associated with the measles outbreak that has been occurring mainly in Hennepin County since late March. The newest case is an unvaccinated man who lives in Hennepin County. Several unvaccinated people were exposed to this case, so there may be more measles cases to come.

National News

From the Associated Press

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The attorney for a drug dealer in Pennsylvania says his client has agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of four young men who had gone missing this month. The lawyer also says 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo confessed to the killings and told investigators where the bodies were located. Earlier this week, cadaver dogs led authorities to a spot on the DiNardo family farm, where they discovered human remains inside a 12 1/2-foot-deep common grave.

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge has extended the list of family relationships with American citizens that visa applicants can use to get into the U.S. The judge in Hawaii ruled Thursday that the government could not enforce the travel ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the United States. The ruling further weakens President Donald Trump's visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's largest doctors' group says the new Republican health care bill falls short on coverage and access, particularly for low-income people on Medicaid. The American Medical Association says the new Senate bill "does not address the key concerns of physicians and patients." The group is calling for bipartisan action to stabilize shaky insurance markets.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president's wife's appearance Thursday as he toured a famous Paris landmark. Video footage posted on the French government's official Facebook page showed Trump telling Brigitte Macron: "You know, you're in such good shape." Brigitte Macron was her husband's former high school teacher and their relationship has drawn international attention because of their significant age difference.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators investigating Russia's election meddling want more from Donald Trump Jr. President Donald Trump's son released emails earlier this week in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton's campaign. The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he will call on Trump Jr. to testify. The top Democrat on the Senate's intelligence committee says the panel is seeking documents from the president's son.

International News

From the Associated Press

 PARIS (AP) - President Donald Trump says it was a "great honor" to represent the U.S. at the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris. Trump says in a tweet that the military parade featuring U.S. and French troops was "magnificent" and he congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Muslim worshippers perform prayers in the streets near Jerusalem's walled Old City after police sealed the area in the wake of a Palestinian shooting attack that killed two Israeli policemen. Friday noon prayers mark the highlight of the Muslim religious week. Tens of thousands of faithful typically pray at a major shrine in the Old City, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.

ISTANBUL (AP) - A Turkish media report says police have detained a man who entered the grounds of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul by jumping over a fence. The consulate issued an emergency message reporting Friday's incident and asking U.S. citizens to stay away, but provided no additional details. The statement said Turkish authorities and the consulate's security staff were "responding to a potential security incident." Hurriyet newspaper said the suspect was not carrying any weapons, and allegedly said he was lost.

MADRID (AP) - Catalonia's leader, Carles Puigdemont, is reshuffling his cabinet to strengthen the regional government in the final stretch toward a referendum on independence promised for Oct. 1.  Spain's government says the vote is unconstitutional and has pledged to prosecute officials who take formal steps to hold it. Puigdemont told reporters Friday that he is replacing three councilors in charge of security, presidency and education, as well as the cabinet's secretary, in order to "reinforce" the government of the northeastern region. A law drafted by the ruling nationalist Catalan parties would enable declaring independence from Spain within 48 hours of winning the referendum no matter how many voters turn out. The law needs to be approved by regional lawmakers. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has described it as an "authoritarian delirium."

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Newly released photographs from a Tanzanian wildlife area show an incredibly rare sight: a leopard cub suckling on a lion believed to have given birth to a litter last month. The five-year-old lion lies unperturbed as the small leopard, estimated to be a few weeks old, nurses in the photographs taken Tuesday by a guest at a lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ingela Jansson, head of the KopeLion conservation group, said Thursday that the lactating lion, fitted with a GPS collar so that researchers can track her, may have lost her own cubs and therefore was open to feeding the leopard cub. The leopard, meanwhile, appeared to have lost contact with its mother.  Jansson says there is a significant possibility that the leopard has since died.


Business News

From the Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Global shares were moderately higher as investors await a raft of corporate earnings due out next week. Futures augured a lukewarm start on Wall Street with Dow futures down 0.1 percent and S&P futures also dipping 0.1 percent.

NEW YORK (AP) - Benchmark U.S. crude lost 21 cents to $45.87 per barrel in electronic trading on New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 14 cents to $48.28 per barrel in London.

DETROIT (AP) - Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to fix malfunctioning alternators or a wiring problem that can make air bags inflate unexpectedly. The wiring recall covers nearly 771,000 Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont SUVs from 2011 through 2015.

UNDATED (AP) - A report by the Asia Development Bank says Asia will endure extreme heat, rising sea levels, growing losses from severe weather and increasing food insecurity in coming decades because of climate change. The survey paints a grim outlook for many communities in Asia, home to about 4 billion people.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia's intellectual property agency has given preliminary approval to two Donald Trump trademarks a bit more than two years after the applications were filed. The clearance of Trump trademarks by foreign governments has caused concern in the U.S. over potential conflicts of interest for the president.


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MDN Scoreboard

L.A. Sparks 87 Connecticut 77

American Association Baseball
Sioux Falls Canaries 6, St. Paul Saints 4
American Legion Baseball
Brandon Valley 2, SF East 1
SF West 9, Harrisburg 6
RC Post 320 19, Northern Colorado Roughnecks 2

Class B Region Post Season Tournaments
Region 4B
Parkston 20, Corsica-Stickney 13
Tabor 2, Platte-Geddes 1
Tabor 11, Irene 3

Region 5B
McCook Miner 14, Humboldt-Hartford 6

Amateur Baseball
Mount Vernon 15, Wagner 5
Parkston Mudcats 10, Menno 1
Plankinton 15, Miller 0
Chamberlain 10, Kimball-White Lake 3
Winner-Colome 11, Platte 1


Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher

Dakota Radio Group Sports Play by Play this week


Friday Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros 6:30 pm

Saturday Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros 5:30 pm

Sunday Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros 12:00 pm

Monday New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins 6:30 pm

Tuesday New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins 6:30 pm

Wednesday New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins 12:10 pm


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins start the second half of the season with a tough task at Houston. They'll face the American League-leading Astros for three games beginning Friday night. Right-hander Jose Berrios takes the mound for the Twins in the opener, opposite Astros righty Charlie Morton. Coverage tonight begins at 6:30 pm from Houston on KGFX.

ST. PAUL, MN – Jabari Henry hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the 9th inning to help push the Sioux Falls Canaries to a series sweep over the St. Paul Saints on Thursday night at CHS Field. The Canaries won the American Association contest 6-4 as the Canaries completed their first series sweep of a division opponent this season. Henry's home run was the second hit of the game for the Canaries hitting star. Nicco Blank picked up his first win of the season after holding the Saints to one unearned run over two innings of work. Jose Ortega wrapped up the game with a 1-2-3 inning to earn his 9th save of the season. The Canaries open up a series in Wichita against the Wingnuts tonight.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Post 8 American Legion baseball team will wrap up it's regular season tomorrow night when they travel to Watertown to face Watertown in a regular season doubleheader. Post 8 brings a 26-15 record into the doubleheader following a pair of one run losses to Bismarck on Monday night. Watertown is 15-13 on the season with a single game tonight against Brandon Valley before tomorrow night's doubleheader. Game times for tomorrow night's doubleheader are set for 5 and 7 pm.
PIERRE, S.D - The Pierre Post 8 U16 baseball team will play in a tournament in Sioux Falls at the Mid Summer Classic this weekend. The U16 team is 3 and 17 on the season as they open tournament play with a a pair of games today against Brookings at the Harmonden Park baseball complex. The game is scheduled for 11:30 am. Then the Pierre U16 team will face Winner at 2:30 pm. Pierre U16 will continue pool play tomorrow against MB Silver at 9 am. They will play a final game in pool play against Sioux Falls West Sunday morning at 9 am.
PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Post 8 American Legion U14 baseball team will play in a tournament in Sioux Falls today through Sunday. The Pierre U14 team will open play in the tournament this afternoon at 4:30 pm when they take on the LeMars, Iowa Bulldogs followed at 7 pm with a game against Sioux Falls West. On Saturday the U!4 team will play Brandon Valley at 2 pm and wrap up pool play with a matchup against Sioux Falls Central at 4 pm. The Pierre U14 baseball squad takes a 16-13 record into the tournament.
PIERRE, S.D. - The Region 3A American Legion Junior Varsity baseball tournament will be played next week in Pierre beginning on Tuesday at Hyde Stadium. The tournament starts with Game 1 at 3:00 p.m. which has the Rapid City Post 22 Bullets taking on the Rapid City Post 320 Shooting Stars. Game 2 approx. 30 minutes after the completion of Game 1 will feature the Pierre Post 8 Junior Legion against the Rapid City Post 22 Expos. The final game of the day will begin around 7:30 pm with the losers of game 1 and 2 playing in an elimination game. The tournament continues on Wednesday with the championship of the tournament on Thursday. The champion and runner up of the tournament will advance to the State American Legion JV tournament in Yankton that begins on July 26th.
WATERTOWN, S.D. - Defending state champions Renner (Class A) and Alexandria (Class B) lead their respective divisions in the final South Dakota amateur baseball poll of the season.Postseason play begins shortly for most of the state's amateur teams. Here is the final poll:
Class A — 1. Renner Monarchs; 2. Sioux Falls Brewers; 3. (Tie) Brookings and Sioux Falls Saints; 5. (Tie) Castlewood Ravens and Aberdeen Circus Sports Bar.
Class B — 1. Alexandria; 2. Crofton, Neb.; 3. Garretson; 4. Dell Rapids Mudcats; 5. Colman; 6. Winner-Colome; 7. Harrisburg; 8. Parkston Mudcats; 9. Dimock-Emery; 10. Flandreau. Also receiving votes: Clark, Larchwood (Iowa), Madison, Vermillion Grey Sox and Plankinton.
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - The Chamberlain Mallards scored 9 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to rally for a 10-3 win over Kimball-White Lake in Pony Hills League Amateur baseball action on Thursday in Chamberlain. Jake Byre had 3 hits and 4 RBI's to pace the Mallards while Zach Zimprich added 4 hits and 3 RBI's. MIke Schwartz went the distance on the mound allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 8 strike outs. Kimball White Lake fell to 2-12 on the season as they close out their season on Sunday at Miller. Chamberlain wraps up the regular season with a 7 and 9 record and will play in the Pony Hills League District tournament next week.
PLANKINTON, S.D. - The Plankinton Bankers earned no worse than a tie for the Pony Hills Amateur Baseball League regular season title with a 15-0 win over the Miller Outlaws Thursday night in a game that was called after 5 innings on the mercy rule. Tyler Waddle pitched a complete game 1 hit shutout. Josh Geppert and Trevor Salmonsen each had two hits and 3 RBI's for the Bankers who improved to 13-2 in Pony Hills League play and 17-7 overall. They await next week's Pony Hills League District tournament. Miller fell to 6 and 11 on the season with a contest against Groton on Saturday in Wessington.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Rattlers amateur baseball team is in action tomorrow when they host the Rapid City A's in a doubleheader at Hyde Stadium. Game one is scheduled to begin at 1 pm with the second game to follow. Head coach Tyson Lindenkugel says that the Rattlers game scheduled for Monday against the Rapid City Angels at Hyde Stadium has been cancelled.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Governor Mark Dayton has named a new chairman to lead the embattled board overseeing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has been in flux since top leaders resigned earlier this year amid controversy over its use of two luxury suites. Dayton appointed former Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Blatz as interim chairwoman after Michele Kelm-Helgen stepped down. Dayton named Michael Vekich as the authority's new long-term chairman on Thursday.
PIERRE, S.D. - 2018 will be profitable and give exposure nationally to the cities of Pierre and Ft. PIerre with a handful of State tournaments and national events coming to central South Dakota and $2 per night fee from the largest Pierre hotels provided by the Pierre Business Improvement District No. 1 (BID). Next march the EXPO Center in Ft. Pierre will host the State High School Boys Hockey tournament thanks in part to a $85,000 contribution from the Pierre BID for the Oahe Hockey Association to refurbish the center and add extra seating. In late June and early Julya of next year the Bass Masters Elite Series will be fishing the waters around the Pierre area. A $50,000 contribution of PIerrre BID helped secure the tournament that is featured on ESPN2 and B.A.S.S. Times magazine. And in late July next year, Hyde Stadium will host the State American Legion Championship Baseball tournament thanks to a $250,000 contribution for the refurbishment of Hyde Stadium. That $2 million dollar renovation also helped Pierre land a team in the Expedition League Summer Collegiate Wood Bat league that will begin play in 2018 with teams from South and North Dakota as well as Wyoming, Nebraska and Canada coming to play in Pierre. The Pierre BID has also dedicated over $100,000 per year for advertising, marketing and sponsorships of athletic, recreation and other events that bring people and money to the Pierre-Ft. Pierre area.
WALTON, Ky.(AP) — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is not past the serious stage with his troublesome right eye, but finally there is light at the end of his long, dark tunnel. The gas bubble stabilizing his retina remains in place two weeks after Zimmer initially thought it would dissolve. He is scheduled to be examined by doctors in Cincinnati next week to determine whether he can resume flying — or will have to drive from his offseason home back to Minnesota for training camp. Zimmer has had eight surgeries since November to restore vision that started fading the night before Minnesota's Oct. 31 loss at Chicago. Following his last operation in mid-May, Zimmer had hoped the bubble would dissolve in four to six weeks but the process is taking longer.

FT. PIERRE, S.D. - Stanley County head football coach Tom O'Boyle reminds players that the Stanley County Football Camp will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week at Ole Williamson Field in Ft. Pierre. The camp for players who will be in grades 9 through 12 this coming school year will be held from 8 am to 10 am all 3 days with a $20 fee per participant. The camp for players who will be in grades 5 through 8 will be from 10:30 am to noon with a $30 per participant fee. Participants can sign up for the camp before the camp begins. Coach O'Boyle says campers are to wear T-Shirts, shorts and cleats.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Rush announced Thursday that forward Logan Nelson has been signed for the 2017-18 ECHL season. Nelson comes back to the Rush organization after beginning the 2016-17 campaign with the Wichita Thunder. The 6-foot, 1 inch, 210-pound forward played in 18 games with the Thunder and contributed two goals, six assists, and eight points before returning to the Black Hills on New Year’s Eve. When he came back, Nelson exploded for the Rush as an offensive threat, averaging just under a point-per-game average with 10 goals, 15 assists, and 25 points in just 31 games.

PIERRE, S.D. - The annual Athletic Meeting for all athletes and their parents planning on going out for sports at Riggs High School and Georgia Morse Middle School for the 2017-18 school year will be held on July 20th at Riggs High Gym in Pierre. The meeting will be at 6 pm that night. This meeting will involve making sure that all medical forms are signed and turned in before the athlete will be allowed to compete. This meeting is for all athletes no matter what season the sport is offered. Following that meeting, Fall sports meetings will be held for athletes and parents and coaches of the fall sports offered at Riggs High School and Morse Middle School. If you have any questions regarding athletic paperwork please call Jillian at the Riggs High School Athletic Director's office. The phone number to call is 773-7361.
PIERRE, S.D. - The yearly South Dakota State University Alumni social will be held in Ft. Pierre on Wednesday, July 19th from 6 to 8 pm at the AmericInn. Several SDSU coaches will be on hand to talk about their teams and upcoming season. Food, drink and door prizes plus SDSU Ice Cream will be served. Those attending shoudl RSVP Paul Marso at 224-8496.
PIERRE, S.D. - The 11th annual Pierre Athletic Booster Club Fund Raising Golf Tournament is set for July 29th at Hillsview Golf Course in Pierre. The 18 hole tournament is a 4 man scramble tournament with registration scheduled to begin at 11 am and the shot gun start beginning at noon. Entry fee is $160 per 4 man team plus Cart and Green Fees that are extra. Players can purchase up to 4 mulligans, free kicks and free throws for $5 each. There will also be pin prizes. Awards will be handed out following the golf and food and drink will be provided. All monies raised will go to benefit Pierre Governor and Lady Governor athletic programs. The tournament is one of the major fundraising efforts of the year for the Pierre Athletic Booster Club. For more information on the tournament contact tournament organizer Randy Vance, any of the Pierre Athletic Booster Club officers or the Hillsview Pro Shop.
PIERRE, S.D. - The 2017 Farm Island Recreation Area Riverman and Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th at the Farm Island Recreation Area east of Pierre. The Riverman and Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon is a 4 tenths of a mile Swim, 18 mile Bike race along highway 34 and 3.5 mile Run on the island trail. Early registration is July 12th with an entry fee of $20 per individual and $40 per team. Late Registration fee after July 15th riases the entry fee to $30 for an individual and $60 per team. Registration and check in runs will be held from 6:30 am to 7:30 am with a rules meeting at 7:40 am and Triathlon to begin shortly after. This year the Boy Scout Troop 27 and the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks are co-sponsoring the Sprint Triathlon. For more information on the Farm Island Riverman and Riverwoman Spring Triathlon contact the Farm Island Recreation Area at 605-773-2885.

National Sports Headlines

From the Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs have found the pitching help they were looking for just a few miles from Wrigley Field. The Cubs acquired left-handed ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox in a major trade between crosstown rivals that could shake up the NL Central race.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers are no longer a secret in the National League, not with a 5 1/2-game lead in the Central Division. Manager Craig Counsell's young team has played well in spite of injuries to outfielder Ryan Braun and opening day starter Junior Guerra. The Brewers return from the break to host the Philadelphia Phillies today.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is back with his team a week after undergoing a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat. Francona smiled and laughed as he talked about his health while the Indians held an evening workout at the Oakland Coliseum. Cleveland begins a three-game series against the Athletics today.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Tebow seems to have found his stroke since getting back to his home state of Florida. Tebow hit the first game-ending home run of his pro baseball career Thursday night, lifting the Class A St. Lucie Mets over the Daytona Tortugas 5-4 in a seven-inning game. Tebow was doused with Gatorade and mobbed by teammates when he reached home plate.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the wake of losing All-Star Gordon Hayward, the Utah Jazz have been actively building depth without a marquee name remaining in free agency. A person with direct knowledge of the deals says the Utah Jazz have reached agreements to sign free agents Thabo Sefolosha, Jonas Jerebko and Ekpe Udoh. The Jazz also released Boris Diaw.
NEW YORK (AP) - A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks have promoted Steve Mills to president and hired Scott Perry as general manager. The source tells The Associated Press that Mills is taking over the position left vacant by Phil Jackson's departure last month. The person was granted anonymity because no announcement has been made.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police were called after hundreds of job seekers flooded a board meeting for the new Oakland Raiders stadium in Las Vegas and turned irate when they discovered they'd been had by a hoax. A flyer promoting "pre-job recruitment sign-ups" attracted more than 700 people to a regularly scheduled meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board.
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - Shanshan Feng had her best round in the U.S. Women's Open, and the first-round lead. Afternoon rain and lightning forced officials to suspend play for more than two hours Thursday in the biggest event in women's golf, and play was stopped because of darkness with 39 players still on the course. They will return early Friday to complete the round at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.




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