Friday, March 8, 2013

Local Headlines

By Jeri Thomas-Dakota Radio Group News Director

Casey Crane Benefit Raises More than $11,000…So Far…

Although the final figures won’t be known for a few more weeks, Taco John’s says so far, more than $11,000 has been raised to help the children of a former employee who was killed in a one vehicle accident last month. Taco John’s donated 50% of all the sales it made Wednesday to the Casey Crane Memorial Fund. General Manager LeRoy Carroll says that $14,500 in business was done from 5:30 a.m. to midnight, and that the sales figures set a Taco John’s record. He says the restaurant’s income that day was more than at any other Taco John’s in the nation for a one day period.
The 50% amount of $7,250 will go to Crane’s sons and extra money that has been given through a memorial fund at BankWest and placed in a jar and bucket at the order desk and the drive thru collected enough money to add up to more than $11,000. Carroll says the donation buckets are still displayed at Taco John’s and the account is still open, so the final figure won’t be known for a few more weeks.
Carroll says Wednesday’s donations by area citizens were extremely generous. He says he knew it would be a big day, but he didn’t anticipate the mass of customers that stopped in and the lines of cars that trekked along Sioux Avenue to get into the parking lot. He says the busiest times were from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and later in the day between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m. The restaurant was manned by its normal employees, plus some volunteers and Taco John’s employees from Huron also came to assist for the day. Carroll says he has worked in different locations for the Taco John’s restaurant franchise over the past twenty years and says he has never experienced anything like the turnout that occurred on Wednesday.
Crane was killed in a one vehicle accident near Presho on February 24. Donations for her sons Jace and Zaden are being taken at Taco John’s or in accounts set up for them at BankWest and at Home Federal Bank.


Rawlins Municipal Library to Hold 108th Birthday Celebration Sunday

This weekend brings an anniversary that will mark the start of public library services for Pierre. Rawlins Library will host an event Sunday to note 108 years since the Pierre Carnegie Library opened to the public. Library Director Beverly Lewis says there will be historical displays which will include photos and details about library patrons and supporters from throughout the years.
Lewis says library services started in 1905-when the old Carnegie Library opened at the corner of Capitol and Euclid Avenues.

Lewis says that when Andrew Carnegie donated money for public libraries in the early 20th century, he focused on capital cities that needed such a facility.
Visitors on Sunday will get a chance to enjoy birthday cake, plus look over the library’s resources-which include books, audio books, DVD’s and more.
People are also being asked to note one area of the library collection that doesn’t always get much attention…the South Dakota History Collection. Lewis says there has always been a collection of books documenting the history of the area and the state, but when Rawlins Library was built in 1972, a special room was set aside to hold them. It is near the entrance of the library and is known as the Wegner/Norbeck Room. Lewis says the room offers quite an outstanding variety of historical books.
She says those checking the history selections use the Wegner/Norbeck Room to do their research and it houses various events as well.
Sunday’s celebration starts at 2:00 p.m.

Meeting Held Thursday for Go Green and Clean Campaign Activities

“Earth Awareness Week” will be noted in April in Pierre and a meeting was held Thursday to lay out plans for the week and to plan similar clean-up and beautification efforts in the months that follow. Earth Awareness Week will be held April 21-27 and is part of Pierre’s “Go Green and Clean” campaign.
People filled the commission room at Pierre City Hall Thursday morning and discussed plans for Earth Awareness Week, including events to note Earth Day and Arbor Day, a tree planting effort by Cities of Service volunteers and a city wide clean up day-which will be April 27. Pierre’s Parks and Recreation Director Tom Farnsworth says the week should be a productive one.

Farnsworth says Thursday’s meeting was well attended and the more people that are involved in city clean-up and beautification work, the more effective the effort will be.
Farnsworth showed meeting attendees a master calendar that will list Go Green and Clean related activities as they are planned. He says he would like to see groups, businesses and citizens come up with ideas for events to add to the calendar and keep the Go Green and Clean campaign at the forefront throughout the coming year.
Earlier, Mayor Laurie Gill dubbed the Go Green and Clean campaign a “call to service” for the community.

“Our South Dakota” Exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center to Close on Sunday

Museum officials at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center are reminding residents that their award winning exhibit “Our South Dakota: Big Land/Big Ideas/Big Heart” will be closing this weekend. Jay Smith, director of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, says they are always sorry to see an exhibit end, but are excited by the next exhibit and the new programming opportunities it brings. “Our South Dakota” received an Award of Merit last year from the American Association for State and Local History. It has been open for 18-months. A new exhibit entitled “Furniture: The Fancy & The Functional” will open at the end of April. Museum staff plans to use some of the more popular elements of the “Our South Dakota” exhibit in other areas of the museum.


Set Clocks Ahead This Weekend…and Check or Change Smoke Alarm Batteries!

This weekend brings the start of Daylight Savings Time, which means a change to clocks tomorrow night. Clocks are to be moved ahead one hour for the weekend time change. With the annual spring ritual, comes a safety note from area firefighters to check or change the batteries in your smoke detectors. The Pierre and Fort Pierre Fire Departments also offer smoke detectors for those who do not have one.

Monday's South Dakota Perspective to Feature Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer and DOT Secretary Darin Bergquist

Join us Monday as we bring the March broadcast of South Dakota Perspective on stations of the Dakota News Network. Our first guest on Monday will be Doug Hofer, Director of the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s Division of Parks and Recreation. We’ll also be joined by Darin Bergquist, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Transportation. If you have questions or comments for our guests, e-mail or call during the program Monday afternoon. South Dakota Perspective, coming Monday afternoon starting at 2:05 p.m. on KGFX and KOLY .


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South Dakota News Headlines

From the Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature's budget-writing committee is working to finish work on the next state budget as this year's legislative session comes to an end.
The Appropriations Committee on Friday began going through a list of 58 changes proposed by lawmakers, but the panel rejected the first dozen proposals to spend more money. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended a $4.1 billion budget that gives roughly 3 percent ongoing increases to schools, universities, and hospitals and other medical facilities that care for low-income people in Medicaid. Meanwhile, the Legislature is giving extra money on a one-time basis to school districts and Medicaid facilities. The Appropriations Committee rejected a request by Rep. Susan Wismer of Britton to add $5.8 million to give schools an extra 1 percent in ongoing state aid.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A state official says Gov. Dennis Daugaard is setting up a group to study whether South Dakota should expand the Medicaid program to cover thousands of additional low-income people. The Joint Appropriations Committee refused Friday to add money to the state budget to cover an expansion of Medicaid beginning next January. Deb Bowman, a senior adviser to the governor, says if the study recommends that Medicaid be expanded, the change could take effect next July. Sen. Stan Adelstein of Rapid City asked the Appropriations Committee to add $1.5 million in state spending so South Dakota could get $59.8 million in federal funds to cover an additional 48,000 low-income people. But Rep. Mark Mickelson of Sioux Falls says the federal government may not be able to afford the Medicaid expansion.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature has passed a comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan intended to help recruit projects to the state. After a negotiating committee added $7 million to kick-start the plan, the House voted 60-6 and the Senate voted 31-2 to pass it. The measure will become law if Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs it. The program would refund part or all of the sales tax paid by large projects that would not locate in South Dakota without the incentive. Contractor's excise tax paid by those projects and some unclaimed property money would be used for other economic development efforts.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature has approved spending more than $6 million to provide a one-time boost in state aid to school districts and technical schools.
The House voted 65-3 to approve the spending measure, which was passed earlier by the Senate. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. In the overall state budget, the governor has recommended a 3 percent ongoing increase in state aid to school districts and funding for the four technical institutes. The bill spends $5.8 million to give school districts an extra 1 percent increase in aid, equal to about $45 per student. It also would give the four technical schools an extra $200,000. Another $250,000 goes to Teach for America, an organization that provides teachers for schools in low-income areas.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature has created two new scholarship programs. The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to accept House changes to bills that will create the scholarships. The measures will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. One measure will set up a program that will award scholarships based on students' financial needs. Sen. Tim Rave of Baltic says South Dakota until now has been the only state without a needs-based scholarship program. The second bill creates a program that will award scholarships to college students who agree to teach in critically needed fields. Each of the scholarship programs will get $1.5 million in state money to help start the programs. Lawmakers say they expect the programs to grow in future years.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is warning people that a bank operating on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is not licensed, chartered or regulated by the Division of Banking.  State Division of Banking Director Bret Afdahl says Free Lakota Bank lists its address as a post office box in Pine Ridge, but the bank has no physical presence there. The bank does not have FDIC insurance.  The Oglala Sioux Tribe says the bank is not licensed or connected to the tribe.  A phone number for Free Lakota Bank was not immediately located. A company representative did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Vietnam War veteran living in South Dakota is set to get a replacement military medal after someone broke into his home recently and stole his.
Sixty-six-year-old Charlie Running Hawk of Rapid City has been offered a replacement medal by members of South Dakota's Congressional delegation. Running Hawk says he and his wife were away recently when their home was broken into. He says the suspect took his Purple Heart medal, $80 in change and some prescription pills. A representative from U.S. Tim Johnson's office says veterans can usually get lost or stolen medals replaced at least once. He says he expects a replacement to arrive in three to six weeks.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A 33-year-old Rapid City man could face life in prison after being convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl at a slumber party. A jury found Jeremy Bauer guilty on Thursday after about four hours of deliberations. He is to undergo a psychological evaluation before being sentenced in about two months. Authorities said Bauer raped the girl at his home in April 2012, then tried to convince her she was just having a nightmare. His defense unsuccessfully argued during trial that physical evidence of a crime was lacking.

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man who authorities say abducted his son and took him to South Dakota without the approval of the boy's mother has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Mark Grabowski of Livingston County's Hartland Township was sentenced Thursday in Circuit Court in Howell. The 53-year-old earlier pleaded guilty to unlawful retention of a child by a parent. Grabowski told the court that he took his son to protect him. Judge David Reader told Grabowski: "What you did was just wrong." Authorities say Grabowski took his 11-year-old son out of state in August without the permission of the boy's mother.
The FBI found Grabowski and his son following a wide-ranging search on Sept. 7 on a hunting ranch in Platte, S.D.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A man suspected of stealing a $30,000 bracelet from an Aberdeen store has waived extradition to South Dakota following his arrest in Florida. Twenty-eight-year-old Maykel Correoso of Miami is charged with petty theft in Naples for allegedly trying to steal clothing from three Florida stores. He will be sent to Aberdeen to face the charge against him there after his Florida case is done. His next court appearance is March 25th.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Agriculture Department is drafting new rules for the testing of raw milk. The revised regulations will govern the testing of unpasteurized milk that farmer sell directly to consumers. Department policy director Courtney De La Rosa tells the Rapid City Journal that the goal is to make the rules easier to understand and more consistent. De La Rose says the revisions that are part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's Better Government Initiative will make testing "more user-friendly" for both farmers and consumers.
Advocates of unpasteurized milk met with state officials this week. Those advocates included the owners of a Belle Fourche area dairy that was shut down for five days last October after its milk tested positive for bacteria. Any rule changes will require legislative />
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Tribal courts will have the authority to prosecute non-Indians in domestic violence cases under a bill signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama.
The measure is seen as a huge step forward by many who live on reservations and decry the high rates of domestic violence with no prosecution there. But some say it could take years to make a difference. Indian women suffer incidents of domestic violence at rates more than double the national averages. The new law gives Indian courts the ability to prosecute non-Indians for a set of crimes limited to domestic violence and violations of protecting orders. Tribal officials say its implementation will be slow as tribes amend their legal codes and ensure defendants receive the same rights offered in state and federal courts.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 hunters have applied to be part of a special hunt next month that will target problem Canada geese in six eastern South Dakota counties.
But there are only 140 slots available. The Capital Journal reports that the Game, Fish and Parks Department will randomly select hunters and notify them by the end of next week.
Canada geese can be a problem for farmers because they feast on crops such as corn and soybeans. Since 2000, the state has spent more than $4.3 million fighting the problem.
The special hunt in designated areas of Day, Kingsbury, Brookings, Lake, McCook and Minnehaha counties is April 1-30. The birds will be donated to a program that helps feed the hungry.


Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two men died and a third was injured this morning during a shooting at a north Minneapolis "after hours" club. Authorities say up to 100 people were at the club when gunshots broke out around 3:30 a.m. So far, no arrests have been made.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The Coast Guard says ice is shifting and thinning on Lake Superior, the Duluth-Superior harbor and its connecting rivers. Officials say the ice is dangerously unstable and are warning ice anglers and others to be careful.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is buying two St. Paul hotels as part of an effort to diversify its holdings. The tribe says the hotels will be managed by Graves Hospitality Corp.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks police are looking for three men who robbed a local convenience store last night. Investigators say the trio got away with the cash drawer from the Loaf 'N Jug.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge is halting pipeline construction on the Northwest Area Water Supply project, saying it might influence a federal government study on the project's impact. Work began in 2002, but the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba sued to stop it.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A new report says hunting and fishing contribute about $1.4 billion a year to North Dakota's economy. The research by North Dakota State University shows that hunters and anglers spent $643 million on equipment, travel, lodging, food and other items. Those expenditures generated nearly $727 million in secondary economic benefits.


National News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says not to expect much in terms of Mideast peace prospects from his upcoming visit to Israel. He's told Jewish leaders that while a deal with the Palestinians remains the only way for Israel to achieve long-term security, sweeping talks now are premature, given the political climate. Obama says he won't be carrying a "grand peace plan" on his visit.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say Sulaiman Abu Ghaith has given an "extensive" statement since his arrest -- a statement that runs 22 pages. He's a senior al-Qaida leader and a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, and he arrived in New York last week after being captured in Jordan. Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty today in federal court in New York to plotting against Americans.

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Brennan has been sworn in as the director of the CIA, becoming the third key member of President Barack Obama's new national security team. The White House says Vice President Joe Biden swore Brennan in during a private ceremony in the Roosevelt Room. Brennan had been Obama's top counterterrorism adviser in the White House. He won confirmation yesterday after a contentious Senate debate on the use of armed drones against terrorism suspects.

BOSTON (AP) — On an island north of Boston, an unoccupied home has fallen into the ocean. A newspaper (the Newburyport Daily News) says it was apparently the victim of a high tide, as a slow-moving storm leaves as much as a foot of snow on New England along with coastal flooding in Massachusetts. Snow and accidents have made for a difficult morning commute in Connecticut for a second straight day.

BOSTON (AP) — Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. The JFK Library and Museum says the Arizona Democrat is being honored for what it calls the "political, personal, and physical courage" she has shown in her advocacy for changes in gun laws. Giffords was critically injured in a shooting during a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot more than two years ago. Six people died.

MIAMI (AP) — The mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade County is apologizing to an 82-year-old woman who was kicked off a Metrorail train for singing. Emma Anderson was singing religious hymns and making noise on the train Feb. 20 when the Miami Herald reports she ignored a warning from a security guard to quiet down. Cell phone video from a fellow passenger shows the guard physically removing Anderson from the train, and she falls as she struggles with the guard for her rolling suitcase.


International News

From the Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Four European Union nations say the bloc's fundamental values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in member states need safeguards. Germany, Netherlands, Finland and Denmark and three other European Union nations have called for a creation of mechanism including an option to cut the EU funding for offenders.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. military officials say a civilian contractor is dead, after three men wearing Afghan army uniforms and driving an Afghan army vehicle forced their way onto a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan and opened fire. A spokesman says all three attackers were killed.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope. The Vatican press office said the decision was taken during a vote today of the College of Cardinals. Tuesday will begin with a Mass in the morning, followed by the first balloting in the afternoon.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Chuck Hagel has arrived in Afghanistan in his first trip to the country as U.S. defense secretary. Hagel landed in Kabul today, with plans to meet with President Hamid Karzai and U.S. commanders. He told reporters en route to Afghanistan that there are challenges ahead as NATO prepares to hand over the country's security to the Afghans. Hagel made four trips to Afghanistan during his two terms as Nebraska senator. He was confirmed by the Senate last week after a bruising confirmation fight.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The funeral for the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is under way in Caracas, with leaders from five continents on hand. Today will also bring the swearing-in of his interim successor. The opposition has vowed to boycott that event, saying it's unconstitutional. The funeral is taking place at the military academy where Chavez has been lying in state.

LONDON (AP) — Researchers say a rough, whitish crystal recovered from the wreckage of 16th century English warship may be a sunstone, a special kind of mineral believed by some to have helped medieval seafarers navigate the high seas. Some historians say they used transparent calcite crystals — whose properties can allow a skilled sailor to guess the position of the sun during overcast or foggy days.


Business News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the nation's largest banks are more prepared to withstand a severe U.S. recession and a global downturn than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed's latest annual "stress tests" show that the 18 banks hold fewer bad loans compared with last year, helped by a stronger economy. The Fed will announce next week whether it will approve the banks' plans to issue dividends or repurchase shares. Under the stress tests' most severe scenario, the U.S. would undergo a recession in which unemployment would reach nearly 12 percent, stocks would lose half their value and home prices would plunge 20 percent.

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is cutting an additional 1,200 jobs in its Motorola division as the unprofitable cellphone maker struggles to compete. Last summer, Google Inc. announced 4,000 Motorola job cuts. The latest reductions are in addition to those and will be in countries including the U.S., China and India. "These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer," Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick said in an email. When Mountain View, Calif.-based Google bought Motorola last year for $12.4 billion, it had about 20,000 employees. The online search leader also expects to pare jobs at the division with a planned $2.35 billion sale of the Motorola set-top business, which has about 7,000 employees. Google had about 53,000 employees as of late September.

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says a key sales figure fell 1.5 percent in February, its third decline in the past five months. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based noted that February sales last year benefited from an extra day because it was a leap year. In the U.S., the company said sales fell 3.3 percent. In Europe, they slipped 0.5 percent and in the region including Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa they fell 1.6 percent.
Excluding the impact of the calendar shift, McDonald's Corp. says sales rose 1.7 percent globally. The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration's new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment like souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes. The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, said it is coordinating a nationwide legislative and public education campaign to reverse the policy announced by TSA Administrator John Pistole this week. A petition posted by the flight attendants on the White House's "We the People" website had more than 9,300 signatures early Friday urging the administration to tell the TSA to keep knives off planes.

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is infusing the focal point of its website with a more dynamic look and additional controls designed to empower its 1 billion users to sort streams of photos and other material into more organized sections that appeal to their personal interests. The changes unveiled Thursday are an attempt to address complaints that Facebook's hub — the News Feed — is degenerating into a jumble of monotonous musings and disjointed pictures. The growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers equipped with high-quality cameras also is turning the News Feed into a more visual gallery, another shift that Facebook is tackling by carving out more space to display photos and video. Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes the makeover turns the News Feed into something like a newspaper tailored to fit the particular interests of each user on every visit to the website.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York State Supreme Court Judge has ordered Macy's Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. to go into mediation as a way to resolve a contract dispute concerning a partnership over the Martha Stewart brand, according to a Macy's spokesman. The development comes as the companies were finishing up a third week in a trial over whether Macy's has the exclusive rights to sell some Martha Stewart-branded merchandise including bedding, cookware and bath items. Macy's has sued Martha Stewart Living for allegedly breaching its long-standing contract when it signed a deal with Penney in December 2011 to open Martha Stewart mini shops in stores this spring. Penney said won't sell any products that are deemed exclusive by Macy's before April 8 when the hearings resume.


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MDN Scoreboard

Oklahoma City 95 New York 94
Denver 107 L-A Clippers 92

New Jersey 3 Buffalo 2 (SO New Jersey 2-0) 2OT
Washington 7 Florida 1
Montreal 4 Carolina 2
N-Y Rangers 2 N-Y Islanders 1 OT
Pittsburgh 5 Philadelphia 4
Boston 4 Toronto 2
Columbus 2 Vancouver 1 OT
Detroit 3 Edmonton 0
Winnipeg 2 Tampa Bay 1
St. Louis 6 Phoenix 3
Dallas 5 Los Angeles 2

(10) Michigan St. 58 (22) Wisconsin 43
Colorado 76 (19) Oregon 53

(17) South Carolina 77 Alabama 35
(20) Green Bay 63 Loyola of Chicago 37
(22) LSU 65 Auburn 62

Boston 12 Minnesota 5
Minnesota 10 Philadelphia 6
St. Louis 7 N-Y Yankees 6
Tampa Bay 4 Pittsburgh 2
Baltimore 11 Toronto 10
Houston 4 Washington 2
N-Y Mets 4 Miami 1
Milwaukee 4 Arizona 3
Chi White Sox 8 Chi Cubs 3
L.A. Angels 12 San Diego 3
Cleveland 6 San Francisco 4
Oakland 7 Seattle 3
Seattle 12 Kansas City 2
Texas 11 L.A. Dodgers 11
Detroit 9 Atlanta 2

High School Girls Basketball
First Round
State AA Tournament at Rapid City

Aberdeen Central 61, Sturgis 41
Sioux Falls Lincoln 41, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 37
Sioux Falls Washington 52, Sioux Falls O'Gorman 40
Mitchell 54, RC Central 43

State A Tournament at Watertown
Aberdeen Roncalli 47, Clark/Willow Lake 39
Harrisburg 60, Sioux Falls Christian 52
Pine Ridge 55, Chamberlain 34
West Central 58, Spearfish 44

State B Tournament at Huron
DeSmet 52, Parker 34
Hanson 52, Wall 34
Sully Buttes 55, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 48
Warner 63, Timber Lake 43

NAIA Division II Men's College Basketball Tournament
First Round

Dakota State 89, (5) Warner Pacific (Ore.) 80

North American Hockey League
Aberdeen Wings 7, Brookings Blizzard 2

College Softball
Walsh University 3, Northern St. 2
Holy Family 4, Northern St. 0

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Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher

Dakota Radio Group Sports Play by Play this week

Friday: Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox Baseball 6:05 pm 6:00 pm Pre-Game

Saturday: SDSU Women College Basketball at Summit League Tournament vs. Oakland 12 Noon 11:30

                 SDSU Men's College Basketball Summit League Tournament vs. IUPUI 6:00 pm 5:30 pm Pre-Game

Sunday: Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays Baseball 12:05 pm 12 Noon Pre-Game

Monday: SDSU Women's College Basketball at Summit League Tournament TBA

                SDSU Men's College Basketball Summit League Tournament TBA

Tuesday: SDSU Women's College Basketball at Summit League Tournament TBA

                 SDSU Men's College Basketball Summit League Tournament TBA


Thursday: State AA Boys Basketball Tournament Pierre vs. Rapid City Central 6:00 pm 5:20 pm

Friday: Class A Girls Basketball Tournament Chamberlain vs. Spearfish 1:45 pm 1:30 pm

Saturday: Class A Girls Basketball Tournament Chamberlain vs. TBA

Thursday: Class B Boys Basketball Tournament White River vs. Langford Area 12 Noon 11:40 am


Friday: Class B Girls Basketball Tournament Timber Lake vs. Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 12 noon

             Class B Girls Basketball Tournament Sully Buttes vs. Warner 6:00 pm 5:45 pm

Saturday: Class B Girls Basketball Tournament Timber Lake and Sully Buttes vs. TBA

Thursday: Class B Boys Basketball Tournament Potter Co. vs. South Central 1:45 pm 1:30 pm

                  Class A Boys Basketball Tournament Aberdeen Roncalli vs. Mobridge-Pollock 7:00 pm 6:45 pm

Thursday: Class B Boys Basketball Tournament Dupree vs. Arlington 7:45 pm 7:30 pm



HURON, S.D. - Remi Wientjes scored 18 points and Karlea Stahl added 16 as Sully Buttes knocked off Sanborn Central-Woonsocket in the first round of the girls State Class B basketball tournament in Huron on Thursday. Despite shooting just 35 percent from the field, the Chargers hit 29 of 40 free throws to move into the semi final round of the tournament against top seeded Warner tonight. Myah Sellend had 13 and Rachel Sellend 11 for Sanborn Central-Woonsocket which lost for just the second time this season. The Chargers were outrebounded 27-23 in the game.

HURON, S.D. - Timber Lake was no match for top seed Warner as the Monarchs rolled to a 63-43 win over the Lady Panthers in the first round of the State Class B girls basketball tournament in Huron. Warner jumped out to a 16-5 first quarter lead and cruised to the win. Minranda Ristau led 3 double figure scorers with 27 points for Warner. Kristie Mettler had 17 and Courtney Dahlgren 13 for Timber Lake which plays Sanborn Central-Woonsocket in a consolation semi final round game of the tournament this afternoon at noon. Warner takes on Sully Buttes in one semi final round game tonight at 6 pm.

WATERTOWN, S.D. - Pine Ridge outscored Chamberlain 29-13 in the second and third periods and cruised to a 55-34 win over the Cubs in the opening round of the State Class A girls basketball tournament in Watertown. The Cubs struggled offensively shooting just 25 percent from the field on the game. Shaylene Richard led a balanced Pine Ridge attack scoring 12 points. Chamberlain was led by Kennedy Wagner and Jaymie Knippling who notched 7 points apiece. Pine Ridge faces West Central in the second semi final game tonight. Chamberlain, which had it's 19 game winning streak snapped, plays Spearfish in the second afternoon consolation semi final round game at around 1:45 pm.

UNDATED - The semi final rounds for the 3 girls state high school basketball tournaments are set for tonight. In the Class AA girls tournament in Rapid City, top seeded Aberdeen Central faces number 5 Sioux Falls Lincoln and #2 Sioux Falls Washington takes on 3rd seed and defending state champion Mitchell. At the A State tournament in Watertown, top seed Harrisburg takes on number 5 Aberdeen Roncalli in one semi final and #7 West Central faces 3rd seed Pine Ridge in the other semi final game. The Class B tournament in Huron has top seed Warner taking on number 5 Sully Buttes and # 2 DeSmet faces number 3 Hanson in tonights semi final games.

PIERRE, S.D. - Pre purchased tickets for the State AA Boys Basketball tournament that was sold at Riggs High School can be picked up beginning next Tuesday, March 12th at the Riggs High School Athletic Directors office beginning at 8:30 am. All State AA boys basketball tournament games will be played at the Sioux Falls Arena with Pierre's first game set for Thursday against Rapid City Central at 6 pm.

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Dakota State (S.D.) upsets the No. 5 seed Warner Pacific (Ore.) 89-80 in the highest scoring game in the championship so far in the final game of the first round of the 2013 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship Thursday night. DSU recorded their first national tournament victory for the first time since 1992. DSU's John Lamb led all scorers with 26 points – 18 of which came in the second-half. Cameron Krump shot 8-for-9 from the field and made three free-throws to earn 19 points off the bench. Stephen Harris scored 25 points for the Knights. Dakota State, which made their second straight national tournament appearance for the first time in school history, extended their school wins record to 23 victories (23-9 current overall record). The Trojans had won their fourth straight game and their ninth win in the last 11 games. DSU recorded their fourth victory versus NAIA's 'Top 25' ranked teams this season.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Summit League men's and women's basketball tournaments begin tomorrow in Sioux Falls. South Dakota State is the number 1 seed in both the men's and women's brackets. SDSU's men open play against IUPUI at 6 pm tomorrow night while the SDSU women face Oakland in their opening game at 12 noon tomorrow. Both games tomorrow can be heard on the Dakota Radio Groups 1060 KGFX with the pregames beginning at 11:30 am for the women and 5:30 pm for the men. The University of South Dakota is the 7th seed in the tournament and will make their first tournament appearance on Sunday when they take on 2nd seed Western Illinois tomorrow night at 8:30 pm. The South Dakota women's basketball team is the third seed and will face North Dakota State in a first round Summit League contest at 2:30 pm on Sunday.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Summit League announced its regular season awards on Thursday in a press conference in Sioux Falls, where they revealed the selection of South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters as The Summit League Player of the Year. Already a two-time All-Summit League First Team selection, Wolters adds a third first team honor and becomes the 13th Jackrabbit to earn league player of the year honors in SDSU history, the first in The Summit League, and the first overall since Jason Sempsrott earned North Central Conference MVP in 1997. In addition to Wolters, the league also honored junior Jordan Dykstra on the second team and senior Tony Fiegen on the honorable mention squad.

BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota State University women's basketball players Ashley Eide and Megan Waytashek earned first-team all-Summit League recognition and Katie Lingle was honored as the Summit League Sixth Woman of the Year Thursday as league officials announced award winners prior to the start of this weekend's Summit League Basketball Championships. Eide ranked second on the team in scoring during Summit League play with an average of 12.7 points per game, while also collecting four rebounds per game. Eide, who reached the 1,000-point mark this season, enters postseason play with an overall scoring average of 13.9 points per contest. Waytashek put together a breakthrough season in 2012-13 by averaging a team-best 15.7 points per game in league play to go along with 4.6 rebounds per contest. Lingle provided consistent play off the bench on both ends of the floor for the Jackrabbits, averaging 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.25 blocked shots per game in league play. Lingle is the third Jackrabbit to earn Sixth Woman of the Year honors in the last six seasons, joining Kristin Rotert (2007-08) and Jill Young (2008-09).

SPEARFISH, S.D. - In their debut season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Black Hills State University basketball men's and women's programs produced a total of three All-RMAC performers. Sophomore guard, Chelsey Biegler was selected as first team All-RMAC, as junior forward, Calli Bechtel took home third team All-RMAC honors. Men's junior guard, Tanner Adler earned second team All-RMAC honors for his performance this season.

BROOKINGS, S.D. – First Bank & Trust has pledged $1 million in support of the Indoor Practice and Human Performance Center at South Dakota State University. The gift puts SDSU significantly closer to the project’s $32 million goal. With First Bank & Trust’s commitment, $28 million has now been raised from more than 400 donors. If fundraising goals are reached, construction will begin this summer on the 161,500-square-foot complex directly north of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The facility could be occupied by late fall 2014. The indoor practice and human performance facility has been a long-identified need at SDSU. It is a major component in the 2025 Master Plan for athletics. The complex will include an eight-lane, 300-meter indoor track, with a pole vault, long jump, triple jump and throwing areas. It also features 100 yards of artificial turf and a clear-span ceiling 65 feet high.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre-Ft. Pierre Capitals Varsity boys hockey team opens up State Tournament action as the State High School Varsity boys hockey tournament begins it's 3 day affair in Brookings at the Larson Ice Arena. The Capitals are the third seed in the tournament and open up play against number 6 seed Huron at 1 pm. Pierre-Ft. Pierre is 3-0-1 in 4 meetings with Huron and the tie was the game that was called in the third period due to an ice malfunction at the EXPO Center. The other games during the first day of the state tournament have 2nd seed Sioux Falls taking on number 7 Mitchell at 3:30 pm. Watertown takes on Rushmore in the matchup of 4 vs. 5 seeds at 6 pm and the day's final game pits top seeded Brookings against 8th seed Aberdeen. The semi finals will be played tomorrow with the championship, 3rd and 5th place games to be played on Sunday. Fans can view the games over the internet by logging on to the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association website

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Hicks hit three home runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-6 victory on Thursday. Hicks went deep in the first, fifth and seventh innings. His first homer came on the second pitch of the game from Phillies starter Cliff Lee. He now has five home runs this spring as he tries to win the Twins' starting center field job. Lee pitched 3 2-3 innings, gave up two runs, four hits and struck out five in his third appearance of spring training. Hicks' solo homer in the seventh, along with a run scored on Zach Miner's wild pitch, narrowed the Phillies lead to one before the Twins scored five runs in the eighth.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer for Boston, Clay Buchholz overcame leg soreness to pitch three scoreless innings and the Red Sox beat a split squad of Minnesota Twins 12-5 on Thursday. Buchholz, who aggravated a hamstring muscle on the first day of spring training, struck out four with two hits and no walks in his second preseason start. Reliever Daniel Bard, who struggled in 2012 with a 5-6 record with a 6.22 ERA, struck out the side in the sixth inning. Dustin Pedroia went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs for the Red Sox. Twins starter Kevin Correia gave up three runs in 2 1-3 innings. Signed to a two-year contract to help fill out a depleted rotation, the right-hander allowed six hits.

PIERRE, S.D. – Registration for Legion and Teener Baseball teams for this coming summer in Pierre will be held on Monday, March 18th at the American Legion Cabin starting at 5:30 pm. Registration will be for the Post 8 Varsity American Legion team. A JV team if there is enough interest. Two 15-16 age Teener teams and at least two 13-14 age Teener baseball teams. Last year, Post 8 fielded three 13-14 Teener teams.
Also, the March Pancake and Sausage breakfast fund raising event will be held on Saturday March 23rd at the American Legion Cabins with serving from 7 to 11 am. $3 all you can eat and once again those showing up before 8:30 am will be receiving a free day pass to any Post 8 Legion or Teener tournament that the team host this summer. It will be the second to last feed of the season for Post 8 baseball.

PIERRE - Walk In Registration for summer youth baseball and JO Softball will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21st, at the Georgia Morse Middle School cafeteria. Any player new to the either program must provide a copy of a birth certificate. The Capital City Baseball Association is open to any boy or girl in Central South Dakota ages 7-14. Divisions include PeeWee (born May 1, 2004 through April 30, 2006). Minor (May 1, 2002 through April 30, 2004). Major (Born May 1, 2000 through April 30, 2002). Registration fees range from $40 for PeeWees and $45 for Minors and Majors. With each registration, players will receive a $5 credit to the Jaycee batting cage located at the Oahe Sports Complex. Parents can also drop off registrations at Capital Sports, All Around Graphix, or mail them to CCBA, PO Box 231, Pierre, SD, 57501. Check out the league’s website and join the email list at No current resident registrations will be accepted after April 6.

PIERRE, S.D. - The 2nd Annual Pierre School District 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 11th. The race will start at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at 9:00 AM. Preregistration in now open and forms can be found on the Pierre School District website along with the Pierre Area Running Club website. Participants that register before April 22nd will be guaranteed an event t-shirt. Additional information can be found on the registration forms.


National Sports Headlines

From the Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera plans to announce Saturday that he will retire after the 2013 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press yesterday. The 43-year-old closer is baseball's saves leader with 608 and is regarded as one of the best clutch pitchers in history, posting a record 42 postseason saves with an 0.70 ERA while helping the Yankees win five World Series championships.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week and expects to miss the upcoming season. The 35-year-old Furcal has been sidelined since reinjuring the elbow he hurt late last season. Furcal and the team had tried rehab rather than reconstructive surgery in the offseason.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has moved a step closer to realignment as the players' association approved a proposed plan that is set to go into effect next season. Union head Donald Fehr signed off on the plan after discussions with the union's executive board and said the realignment issue will be re-evaluated following the 2014-15 season. No official details of the changes have been released by the NHL, but it is widely believed that teams such as Detroit and Columbus will be put into more travel-friendly divisions in the Eastern time zone, while the Winnipeg Jets will leave the Southeast Division for a spot in the Western Conference.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA says its board of directors will review two proposals adopted in January that were aimed at deregulating recruiting after some coaches and administrators expressed concerns about the possible changes. The NCAA has announced the rules working group will modify proposals that would have removed certain restrictions on who can recruit and the amount of recruiting material that can be sent to prospective high school athletes. The proposals also would lift restrictions on how often coaches can text recruits.

UNDATED (AP) — Tenth-ranked Michigan State still has a chance to grab a share of the Big Ten men's basketball title. Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half as the Spartans downed No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43.

MIAMI (AP) — Tiger Woods will be part of a five-way tie for the lead when the second round of the Cadillac Championship begins at Doral this morning. Woods opened with a 6-under-par 66 that leaves him tied with Freddie Jacobson, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson. Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Peter Hanson are one shot back.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Andres Romero made two late bogeys to drop into a tie for the Puerto Rico Open lead with Cameron Percy at 7-under 65. Blayne Barber and Jon Curran were a stroke back in the PGA Tour event at the Trump International course.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — NASCAR has fined Denny Hamlin $25,000 for disparaging comments about the new Gen-6 race car last week at Phoenix. Hamlin said he wouldn't pay the fine and would rather face a suspension, but NASCAR automatically deducts unpaid fines from a driver's purse or point fund earnings.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers have released linebacker Takeo Spikes in their first major move under new general manager Tom Telesco. The 36-year-old Spikes has played 15 NFL seasons, including the last two with San Diego. He has started 215 of his 219 career games played, including all 32 with the Chargers. He has 1,737 career tackles, including 218 with the Chargers.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Jockey Calvin Borel has claimed career win No. 5,000 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Borel picked up the win aboard Hezunusal in the sixth race. The Oaklawn racing season began in January with Borel at 4,999 wins, but the rider broke his wrist days before the meet opened. He returned in February, but couldn't come up with a winner until Thursday.





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