Monday March 20th 2017

Local Headlines

From the Dakota Radio Group

PIERRE SD - Join Pierre based stations of the Dakota Radio Group on Tuesday March 21st for the 15th Annual Think and Drive Stay Alive to central South Dakota. Once again, we’ll present the program before students at the TF Riggs High School Theater.

Dakota Radio Group has featured a number of different guests through Think and Drive and has aired the program for our listeners and before close to 12,000 students with this year being our 15th Annual. Think and Drive focuses on making good choices, both behind the wheel…and in life.

As guests this year, we’ll feature Amy Johnson with Haley Luke as they discuss the loss of a loved one to a drunk driver and a father and son team Anthony and AJ Farinacci telling about drug addiction. Also Vona Johnson a certified health coach will talk about healthy choices

We’ll carry this year’s Think and Drive on KGFX AM 1060/107.1 FM, 94.5/100.5-FM KPLO, and KGFX FM River 92.7-FM. You can hear our coverage Tuesday morning
starting about 9:15 a.m. These stations are also streamed on your mobile device through our apps as well as from our website  when you click on listen live.

(City of Pierre - Brooke Bohnenkamp)– In the cold months especially, the City of Pierre Electric Department staff grabs a gun and hits the streets to hunt for savings.

The weapon of choice? An infrared heat gun. It’s a device that scans all of the City’s electrical infrastructure and identifies pieces of equipment that are radiating too much heat. A hot spot is an indicator that an equipment failure is possible.

“Prevention is the name of the game,” said Ryan Grant, Electrical Superintendent. “If we can prevent outages, it saves our customers money and saves the department time.”

Throughout the year, the Electric Department “guns” all of the city-owned electric department devices to identify problems. This review includes everything from substations to a transformer –those green boxes you might see in your backyard. While staff is working on devices, they routinely check them for problems. Any devices that don’t get reviewed during the course of general work, get gunned during the winter.

Grant says that the Electric Department has been utilizing a heat gun to test its devices for more than a decade and that each year it saves the taxpayers thousands of dollars.

“If we can prevent one device from failure, we eliminate the need for emergency response. That removes the need for emergency purchases, overtime, and any collateral damage that comes as a result of the failure,” said Grant. “Prevention is just good practice. It keeps the lights on and minimizes costs.”

(Courtesy Photo John Petrick, Electric Department Lineman, uses an infrared heat gun to test a high-voltage switch for hot spots)

PIERRE SD - Tuesday March 21st in honor of General Manager Rick Murray of the Ramkota in Pierre at 920 W Sioux Ave. there will be a retirement party held at the Ramkota Courtyard 4pm – 6:30pm. All friends, family and customers are invited to attend and wish Rick a wonderful retirement. There will be a special presentation at 4pm.

PIERRE SD - Friday a list of 138 JCPenny stores closing their doors has been released and a few South Dakota Stores were among the 138. The stores being closed generate less than 5% of total annual sales.

The South Dakota JCPennys stores that will be closing are in the Palace Mall of Mitchell, the Northridge Plaza of Pierre, the Watertown Mall, Watertown, and the Yankton Mall in Yankton.

Penney has about 600 mall-based stores and another 400 smaller standalone stores in smaller markets. Those smaller locations make up the bulk of the closings, though some major mall-based stores like the Penney in King of Prussia, Pennsylvia and at Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, one of the 10 largest malls in the country, are going out of business. Fellow department store chains Macy's and Sears are closing dozens of stores as well.

PIERRE SD – (News Affiliate - KWAT Jerry Oster) - The state Cattlemen’s Association is partnering with South Dakota State Government to help producers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado impacted by the recent wildfires. South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Jodie Anderson says her group is contributing up to $1,000 to pay for the oversized load permit a hauler carrying donated hay needs to travel through South Dakota.

She says those needing assistance with permit fees should contact both the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Anderson says while producers hit by the wildfires need hay and fencing materials, it may be advisable to donate cash.

Haulers wanting to take advantage of the offer should call the Cattlemen’s Association at 605-945-2333. For more information about other fees required to transport hay through the state contact the South Dakota Highway Patrol at 605-773-4578 or go to their website.

REE HEIGHTS SD - The 2017 Info Show will be held tomorrow at the Ree Heights Auditorium on Tuesday March 21st with discussion on chemicals and sprayer calibration along with cover crops and grazing. Supper is at 5:30pm sponsored by Wilbur-Ellis with program to follow. The public is invited to attend.

Listen here to KGFX "People in The Neighborhood with Morning Show Host Scott Lane as he and Dave Tatum Weed Pest Manager talk about the event that will take place tomorrow.

PIERRE, S.D.- (SD Dept of AG - Jodi Heemstra) – Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 19-25 as National Ag Week in South Dakota. March 21 is National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

National Agriculture Week is a time to reflect on the importance of South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers and the state’s agriculture industry. This year marks the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day.

As part of National Ag Day, the Agriculture Council of America conducts an essay contest and a video contest. This year, a South Dakota student is the winner of the essay contest. Bridger Gordon from Whitewood receives a $1,000 prize and travel to Washington, D.C., for recognition at the National Press Club on March 21, 2017. During this event, he will have the opportunity to read the winning essay as well as join with industry representatives and media. Gordon’s winning essay as well as the winning video can both be viewed online at

National Agriculture Day is a reminder of the impact agriculture has in South Dakota.

Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, with a $25.6 billion annual economic impact

Agriculture generates more than 30 percent of the state’s economic activity

Agriculture and its associated industries employ more than 115,000 (1 in 5) South Dakotans

South Dakota is home to 31,000 farms with an average size of 1,397 acres

Over 43 million acres in South Dakota are used for agricultural purposes

98 percent of farms and ranches in South Dakota are family owned and operated

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

Understand how food and fiber products are produced

Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy

Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products

Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industries

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit SDDA online at  or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. SD Ag Chat podcasts can be found . You may subscribe to SD Ag Chat, free of charge, through Google Play Music, iTunes or from .

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is extending an invitation to communities across the state to apply to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.
Activities for the day typically include a main street walk, business tours and a community social. The Governor also holds a roundtable lunch for community leaders to meet and discuss the needs of the city.

“When I took office, I decided to continue the Capital for a Day tradition started by Gov. George S. Mickelson because it gives me the opportunity to hear from South Dakotans,” Gov. Daugaard said.

Since 2011, Capital for a Day has been hosted by Mitchell, Canton, Onida, Volga, Hill City, Britton, De Smet, Viborg, Aberdeen, Lead-Deadwood, Flandreau, Wall, Parkston, Faulkton, Wessington Springs, Milbank, Kimball, Madison, Spearfish, Lake Norden, Lemmon and Yankton.

Interested communities should fill out an application and submit it to the Governor’s Office. For more information, contact Kris Erickson at 605-773-3212 or .

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Republican governor has vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the conservative state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard's vetoes are sure to frustrate his GOP colleagues who passed the gun rights measures this session. He had warned he would reject the bills - one to let people carry concealed handguns without a permit, and one to open up the Capitol building to concealed weapons.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's animal disease research lab is in line for much-needed renovations and upgrades after Gov. Dennis Daugaard approved creative funding to provide $50.1 million. Daugaard signed legislation Friday to upgrade and expand the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The mayor of South Dakota's capital city says President Donald Trump's call to eliminate subsidized air service to rural communities would be a mistake. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill told The Associated Press that she appreciates efficient government, but that the Essential Air Service program isn't a place to cut. She says the program is "vital for rural America." Trump's proposal is expected to run into opposition in the Senate.


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

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal grant will provide bulletproof vests for emergency responders in eight southeastern South Dakota counties. Minnehaha County emergency manager Lynn DeYoung tells the Argus Leader the world is changing and there are different emerging threats. Emergency responders have dealt with two high-profile shooting cases in recent years.

ARLINGTON, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have found the body of a missing duck hunter in eastern South Dakota, three months after his boat capsized. Brookings County Emergency Management confirms the body of 28-year-old Thomas Hill was recovered Saturday afternoon. KELO-TV reports a resident flying over Brush Lake in a helicopter spotted Hill's body. Hill was duck hunting with his brother, 23-year-old Matthew Hill of Volga, when their boat capsized in early December. Matthew Hill's body was recovered in December.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Volunteer fire departments across South Dakota are facing difficulty in attracting and retaining volunteers at a time when call volumes are dramatically increasing. The Rapid City Journal reports that only five of the 337 fire departments in the state are not fully or partially staffed by volunteers. South Dakota Firefighters Association President Charlie Kludt says recruiting new volunteers is challenging because of increased demands on people's time.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A 51-year-old Rapid City man is dead after a motorcycle crash. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the crash on Dark Canyon Road in the Rapid City area on Sunday morning. Authorities found the man's body. His name has not been released yet.

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Black Hills Energy officially has added 34 wind turbines to its power supply in Colorado. The Rapid City, South Dakota-based utility cut the ribbon Friday on the Peak View Wind Project 40 miles south of Pueblo.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a plane crash that killed a northwestern South Dakota man near his home. According to the Meade County Sheriff's Office, 67-year-old Barry Vig, of Opal, died when his plane crashed near his ranch early Friday. The Civil Air Patrol was called to look for the plane around 2 a.m. after Vig didn't return home. It took the team less than two hours to find the wreckage.

Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

  ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says charges are likely against a semi driver who struck a taxi at a St. Cloud intersection, killing two people. The driver of the van operated by Elite Taxi and one of two passengers in the vehicle were killed Saturday when the semi rear-ended the cab which was waiting for a red light on Highway 10 and St. Germain St.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Shoppers were looking for last-minute bargains as a downtown Minneapolis retail landmark prepared to close its doors for the last time. The downtown Minneapolis Macy's store was to close for good Sunday night, ending more than a century of department store retailing in the heart of Minnesota's largest city. The location will now likely be home to other stores and offices.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police report no arrests in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man at a home on the city's north side. Officers were called to the shooting late Friday. The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died a short time later. The name of the victim has not been released yet. Several young adults who were in the house at the time of the shooting were brought in for questioning. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the killing.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The issue of feeding owls has become hotly debated among the wildlife photography community in Minnesota. Professional wildlife photographer Keith Crowley tells Minnesota Public Radio News baiting has become an issue over the past decade as the popularity of wildlife photography has exploded due to the advent of high speed, digital technology. The issue sparked a proposed state law a couple years ago and led to increased confrontations between photographers, both in person and online.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Police in West Fargo say they've arrested a suspect in a shooting in a parking lot. Authorities say officers responded to a report of disturbance about 12:20 a.m. Sunday and found a female in a parking lot with a gunshot wound. She was rushed to the hospital. The suspect was found in a nearby apartment building.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is holding its annual spring advisory board meetings around the state in coming weeks. The meetings are held each spring and fall to give the public a chance to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of department officials and district advisers. Meetings are scheduled in Williston, Rugby, Edgeley, Turtle Lake, Devils Lake, Reeder, Michigan and Embden.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot's Downtown Business and Professional Association is looking to bring back street music to downtown. The Minot Daily News reports the association is looking to enhances people's shopping experiences. The group is trying to replace an older speaker system that used to be tied into light poles. Minot replaced the old light poles as part of an improvement project, and the new ones aren't compatible with the speaker system.


National News

From the Associated Press

 WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey is publicly confirming for the first time that the FBI is investigating Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And it includes any potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russia's government. Comey is testifying before Congress. He says he's authorized by the Justice Department to make the disclosure. Typically, the FBI does not discuss or even confirm the existence of ongoing investigations.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the House intelligence committee says there was no physical wiretap on Trump Tower. But he says it's possible that "other surveillance activities" were used against President Donald Trump and his associates. Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs) spoke at the opening of the committee's first public hearing on Russia's interference in the 2016 election. He says the committee has seen no evidence to date that officials from any campaign conspired with Russian agents, but will continue to investigate that question.

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the Senate begins consideration of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is describing Neil Gorsuch as the right person to maintain the "preservation of our constitutional order" and the separation of powers under the Constitution. In a prepared statement, Grassley says Gorsuch's "body of professional work is defined by an unfailing commitment to these principles." Republicans have criticized former President Barack Obama for overreach in using executive orders to get around Congress.

NEW YORK (AP) - A billionaire philanthropist who was the last of his generation in the Rockefeller family has died. David Rockefeller was 101 years old. Rockefeller was the sixth child of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. With the passing of his elder siblings, Rockefeller was at the head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that range from environmental conservation to the arts.

NEW YORK (AP) - The search for Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey is over. The NFL says it was in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media." The league did not elaborate in its statement on specifically who had it. Brady said his jersey went missing after the Patriots' 34-28 win last month over the Atlanta Falcons.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jury selection is getting under way in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the trial of Penn State's former president, Graham Spanier. He's accused of putting children at risk by mishandling child sex abuse complaints against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier arrived at a Harrisburg courthouse today for a trial that could last a week or more.

NEW YORK (AP) - The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story's actual source in determining whether readers believe it. That's the finding of a study by the Media Insight Project. In a previous study, consumers said they paid greater heed to where the story originated. But the Media Insight Project reached a different conclusion. The project is a collaboration between The Associated Press, the N-O-R-C Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute.

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) - Florida police say a 47-year-old woman who was reported missing by friends was killed by her daughter's boyfriend. Roy Nichols Jr. was arrested early Saturday in a West Virginia truck stop along with Tricia Freeman's daughter, Kayla Colyer. According to The Bradenton Herald, Palmetto's police chief says Nichols faces a second-degree murder charge in Tuesday's death and Colyer will be charged as an accessory after the fact.

International News

From the Associated Press

  LONDON (AP) - Britain's government says that on March 29 it will trigger Article 50, signaling Britain's exit from the European Union. Brexit Secretary David Davis says the country is "on the threshold of the most important negotiation" for a generation.

LONDON (AP) - A falling tree in Ghana has killed at least 17 people, mostly students. Officials say the large tree fell at Ghana's Kintampo Waterfall yesterday and that the victims had been caught in a rainstorm.

HELSINKI (AP) - The people of Norway have been declared the happiest people in the world, and they're pretty happy about it. The World Happiness Report says despite the plummeting price of oil - a key part of Norway's economy - the country has a "feeling of community" and it's the "human things that matter." Norway's foreign minister says in a tweet that the news is "A good start on a Monday."

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Asylum seekers say U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States. The officers are taking biometric details from refugees on Nauru. President Donald Trump has agreed to honor an Obama administration deal to accept up to 1,250 refugees refused entry into Australia, but has said they will be subjected to "extreme vetting."

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - An Australian teenager who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare is recovering from serious arm wounds. The 18-year-old was at a hostel in northern Queensland early Sunday when he bragged that he could swim in the river, a known habitat for aggressive saltwater crocodiles. A British backpacker says others egged him on, though none of them thought he would actually do it.

PARIS (AP) - French officials say they have completed an autopsy to determine whether a suspected Islamic extremist was drunk or high on drugs when he took a soldier hostage at Paris' Orly Airport and was shot dead by her colleagues. Blood samples taken during the autopsy will be screened for drugs and alcohol. The suspect had stopped at a bar hours before the attack. The Paris prosecutor also says a police search of his residence found cocaine.

TOKYO (AP) - The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia are meeting in Tokyo for the first such "two-plus-two" talks since Russia's annexation of Ukraine. The one-day meeting comes as the sides work to end a decades-long territorial dispute that's blocking them from forging a peace treaty. At the same time, Japan, Russia, China and other countries are mulling how best to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's president is trying to reassure countries that import his country's meat that the quality of the product is good despite a corruption investigation that charged meatpackers with bribing inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. President Michel Temer has met with dozens of ambassadors to reiterate that his government has confidence in the quality of the country's meat. Brazil is one of the world's leading meat producers.


Business News

From the Associated Press

 NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks opening slightly lower, led by losses in banks after Britain announced it will formally trigger the process of leaving the European Union on March 29. But markets are trying to move into positive territory. Energy companies are falling as the price of U.S. crude slips about 1 percent. At 10:12 a.m. Eastern Time, the Dow was up 14 points to 20,929. The Nasdaq was up 4 points, to 5,905. And the S&P 500 was down one point at 2,377.

LONDON (AP) - Britain's government says that on March 29 it will trigger Article 50, signaling Britain's exit from the European Union and beginning long negotiations. Brexit Secretary David Davis says the country is "on the threshold of the most important negotiation" for a generation. Britain's separation from the EU is expected to become official in early 2019.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just six months after Jeff Jones took the job of being president of Uber, he has resigned. Jones told the tech blog Recode that his values didn't align with Uber's. He says, "The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business."

UNDATED (AP) - YouTube is explaining why some gay-themed content is being restricted following complaints from users. Several uploaders have said on Twitter that their videos had been filtered out for those browsing YouTube under its "restricted" setting. YouTube says its restricted mode uses "community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content." YouTube says it's looking into concerns that LGBTQ videos are in Restricted Mode, but discussions of more sensitive issues may not be.

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast's cable unit is switching up its leadership ranks, with longtime executive Dave Watson taking over for Neil Smit as CEO. Smit will become vice chairman of Comcast Corp. at the start of next month. Watson, who has worked at Comcast for more than 25 years, has been chief operating officer of Comcast's cable unit since 2010.


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MDN Scoreboard


Dallas 111 Brooklyn 104

Philadelphia 105 Boston 99

Detroit 112 Phoenix 95

Portland 115 Miami 104

New Orleans 123 Minnesota 109

Toronto 116 Indiana 91

San Antonio 118 Sacramento 102

Cleveland 125 L.A. Lakers 120


Columbus 4 New Jersey 1

Pittsburgh 4 Florida 0

Winnipeg 5 Minnesota 4

Chicago 6 Colorado 3

Philadelphia 4 Carolina 3 OT

Montreal 4 Ottawa 1

Calgary 5 L.A. Kings 2


Second Round


South Carolina 88 Duke 81

Baylor 82 Southern Cal 78


Kentucky 65 Wichita St. 62

North Carolina 72 Arkansas 65

UCLA 79 Cincinnati 67


Kansas 90 Michigan St. 70

Oregon 75 Rhode Island 72

Michigan 73 Louisville 69


Richmond 87 Oakland 83

TCU 94 Iowa 92 OT

Georgia Tech 71 Belmont 57



Toronto 11 Pittsburgh 11

Tampa Bay 8 Philadelphia 0, 8 Innings

Arizona 4 Cleveland 4

Colorado 9 Oakland 2

Kansas City 6 Chi Cubs 2 ———


Detroit 7 Baltimore 1

Minnesota 13 Boston 8

N-Y Yankees 6 Houston 4

Texas 3 Seattle 2

Chi White Sox 11 L.A. Angels 2 ———


Washington 10 Miami 4

St. Louis 5 Atlanta 2

Miami 7 N-Y Mets 5

Milwaukee 6 San Francisco 4

Cincinnati 9 San Diego 4


Women's College Basketball

WNIT Round 2

Colorado 81 - South Dakota State 75

College Baseball

South Dakota State 13 - Omaha 4

Bemidji State 7 - Augustana 2

Augustana 12 - Bemidji State 2

William Jewell 10 - Northern State 5

St. Cloud State 6 - Sioux Falls 0

College Softball

Valparaiso 3 - South Dakota State 1

Iowa 5 - South Dakota State 0

South Dakota 5 - Creighton 3

Augustana 1 - University of Central Missouri 0

Pittsburgh State 4 - Augustana 1

Northwest Missouri State 10 - Sioux Falls 1

Central Oklahoma 6 - Sioux Falls 1

Northern State 4 - Nebraska-Kearney 2


Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher

Dakota Radio Group Sports Play by Play this week

Games for All Stations will be listed Tomorrow March 21st


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 123-109 on Sunday. DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points and 11 rebounds in his return from a one-game absence because of left knee and rib soreness. Reserve guard Jordan Crawford scored 22 points in 21 minutes for the Pelicans, who have won four of five. Jrue Holiday had 21 points, shooting 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 for the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight. Andrew Wiggins added 25 points and reserve Shabazz Muhammad had 20 for the Minnesota. Ricky Rubio chipped in with 10 points and 14 assists for the Wolves, who built a 13-point lead in the second quarter only to fade late as New Orleans closed the game on a 21-10 run.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent forward Omri Casspi. The two sides came to agreement on Sunday in New Orleans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Timberwolves have not announced the deal. Casspi was traded from Sacramento to New Orleans in the deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans. But he suffered a broken thumb in his first game with New Orleans and had to be waived. The injury has healed enough for Casspi to garner interest from teams again, and he met with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau in New Orleans on Sunday to finish the deal. ESPN first reported the discussions.

BROOKINGS,S.D. - It took until overtime in the second round of the Women's NIT but the South Dakota State women's basketball team's season came to an end Sunday in front of a 2,793 fans at Frost Arena. Colorado, led by Kennedy Leonard and Haley Smith, snapped the Jackrabbits' 10-game home win streak with an 81-75 victory. Junior Ellie Thompson's 20 points and eight rebounds led the Jackrabbits, who end the season 23-9. Senior Kerrie Young and sophomore Madison Guebert each added 17 points. Young scored six points in the extra period while Guebert helped force the extra period. Leonard scored a game-high 29 points, 10 coming in overtime, to go with a team-high eight assists and seven rebounds. Smith added 21 points while Makenzie Ellis recorded 10 points. Pierre native, sophomore Sydney Palmer played 19 minutes for the Jackrabbits scoring 2 points while pulling down 5 rebounds and having an assist. Colorado, now 17-15, plays Iowa in the WNIT's third round.

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa center Megan Gustafson scored a career high 33 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to guide the Hawkeyes past the Coyotes 78-73 in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. South Dakota (23-9) was led by sophomore guard Allison Arens’ team-high 24 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals. Seniors Bridget Arens and Abigail Fogg both scored seven points in their final games as Coyotes. Arens stepped on the court for her 137th career game Saturday, a South Dakota program record.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pierre Governors went 1 and 2 over the weekend the State Class AA boy basketball tournament that wrapped up Saturday in Rapid City. The Governors finished 4th losing 67-31 Saturday to Sioux Falls Lincoln in the third place game. the Gov’s opened the tournament with a thrilling double overtime 76-75 win over Rapid City Stevens as Peyton Zabel scored a layup at the buzzer for the game winner. But on Friday the Governor offense struggled scoring just 8 points in the first half against Aberdeen Central in a 58-52 setback in the semi finals. Pierre trailed by 25 early in the third period but 32 point 4th quarter saw the Govs cut the lead to 3 on 3 different occasions late in the game but it was as close as they would get. Then on Saturday the bottom fell out as Lincoln cruised to the 36 point victory. Zabel led the Govs with 59 points on the tournament and senior Brad Dean scored 50 point over the 3 game as the Governors end their season with a 13-12 record.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Sioux Falls O'Gorman captured another Class AA Boys Basketball Championship on Saturday night as the State AA Tournament wrapped up in Rapid City with a victory over runner up Aberdeen Central. The Pierre Governors for a second straight year finished 4th.

UNDATED - Tea Area won it's first ever State Class A boys basketball tournament title Saturday night in Sioux Falls while Bridgewater-Emery prevailed as the only team in the state with a perfect record as they captured the Class B State Championship in Aberdeen while Sully Buttes had a third place finish in the tournament. Chamberlain finished 7th in the Class A Tournament and one player named to the All Tournament team as Tiegan Priebe earned the honor. He was joined on the Class A All Tournament team by Devin Rihanek of Mt Vernon Plankinton. Trayton Maher of St Thomas More, Robert Rosenquist of Dakota Valley, Jayden Burrgraff and Will Steineke of Tri Valley, Koln Oppold and Dejay Fykstra of Sioux Falls Christian, Aaron Fiegen and Jadon Janke of runner up Madison and Noah Freidel and Ethan Freidal of Tea Area. Rihanek of MVP was the Spirit of Su Award winner and the Chamberlain Cheerleaders were the Spirit of Six Award Winner.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pierre Lady Governor basketball team was seeded 8th going into the State Class AA Girls basketball tournament and they finished 8th as they went 0 and 3 over the weekend. The Lady Govs opened the tournament with a 64-39 setback to Harrisburg and then dropped a 71-55 verdict to Rapid City Stevens. The Lady Govs played their best game of the tournament in the 3rd place game against 3rd seed Brandon Valley but fell 56-51. 4 seniors on the squad played their final games in a Lady Governor uniform. They were Hallie Jerome, who goes into the record books as the all time 3-point basket shooter in Riggs High School history. Also playing their final games were Tori Thorpe and Maddie Rienke as well as McKayla Poindexter.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Class AA Girls basketball season wrapped up on Saturday in Rapid City with Sioux Falls O'Gorman claiming the title with an overtime win over Harrisburg. The Lady Govs finished 8th and did not place anyone on the All Tournament Team. Member of the All Tournament team were Trinity Low of Brandon Valley, Tahia Mitzel of Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Kyah Watson and Mya Hendry of Rapid City Stevens, Mya Jones of Rapid City Central, Paiton Burckhard and Melia Mounga of Aberdeen Central, Sami Slaughter (Sydney Halling of Harrisburg, and Ashlee Beacom, Sebastian Akoi, and Emma Ransiek SF O'Gorman. Slaughter was named the Sprit of Su Award winner and the Rapid City Central cheerleaders earned the Spirit of Six Award.

HIGHMORE, S.D. - Jharrett Bloomenrader of the Highmore Harrold Pirate boys basketball team was named to the first team All 281 Conference basketball squad. The team was voted on by a vote of the coaches of the conference teams. Max Ring of Highmore-Harrold was named to the second team. The first team all conference squad consisted of Bennett White and Darian Ogunjemilusi of Conference Champion Wolsey Wessington. Eric Hasart of James Valley Christian and Wyatt Fiestner of Sanborn Central-Woonsocket. Highmore Harrold finished 4th in the league standings with a 4 and 3 league record.

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Josh Morrissey one-timed in a goal with 7:17 left to end Minnesota's rally from four goals down and give the Winnipeg Jets a chaotic 5-4 victory over the Wild on Sunday. It was Minnesota's fifth straight loss. The last time the Wild lost five in a row was the final five regular season games last spring. They only have two wins in their last 10 games. Winnipeg led 4-0 early in the second period after scoring on four of its first eight shots, but the Wild rallied with four straight goals in the second period. Andrew Copp and Adam Lowry scored on Winnipeg's first and third shots, respectively, and Ben Chiarot and Dustin Byfuglien also found the back of the net. Mathieu Perreault and Blake Wheeler each had a pair of assists, with Wheeler getting to 500 career points. Chris Stewart scored twice and Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund also had goals for the Wild.

ST. LOUIS – Seth Gross’ quest to become the first South Dakota State University wrestler to win an individual Division I national title came up a point short against Iowa’s Cory Clark, 4-3, Saturday night at Scottrade Center. The second-seeded Gross scored the first points of the match on a takedown with about a minute to go in the opening period. Clark escaped late in the period and evened the score at 2-all with another escape midway through the second period. Gross held a riding-time advantage of 1 minute, 19 seconds at the start of the third period and took a 3-2 lead in the first 10 seconds of the decisive period with an escape. However, Clark would come up with what would turn out to be the winning takedown midway through the third period and rode out the remainder of the match for the 4-3 victory. A three-time finalist, Clark won his first national title and finished an injury-plagued season with a 20-3 record.
Gross, a sophomore from Apple Valley, Minnesota, ended the season 34-2 overall while making his second appearance at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

PIERRE, S.D. - There will be a regional umpires meeting for those interested in working high school, Legion, amateurs and sub legion games for the upcoming season. The meeting will be held on April 8th at 10:00 A.M. at Stanley County Middle school - room 116.


And anyone who has any old or used baseball equipment like gloves, bats, catchers equipment and more and would like to donate them to the ‘Helping Kids Round First’ baseball group that sends the equipment to Nicaragua can do so by contacting Bill Ellwanger in Pierre at 280-2491. Ellwanger says that the items can be brought to the Game Time Performance camp April 22nd and 23rd during check in.

PIERRE, S.D. - For a second consecutive year the Capital City Baseball Association is sponsoring a baseball camp for boys and girls ages 7-13. The camp is presented by Game Time Performance and conducted by former Rapid City Post 22 coaches Rich Downs and Kyle Yamada. The camp will be held at the Oahe Softball Complex April 22 and 23rd. Registration is $95 per participant or $80 per participant if there is more than one from the same household. For more information, contact Downs at 605-430-3609 or Yamada at 605-390-8656. Or you may contact local camp organizer Bill Ellwanger at 280-2491.

PIERRE, S.D. - This Saturday is the next Pierre Post 8 American Legion Baseball fund raising All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage Feed. The fund raiser will be held at the Pierre Post 8 American Legion Cabin this Saturday. The breakfast will be served from 7 am to 11 am for only $3 per person. And once again, anyone who attends the fund raiser from 7 am to 8:30 am will recieve a free day pass to a summer baseball tournament for either the Legion or Teener teams. And for more information on how any local organization can sponsor a Post 8 pancake feed, please feel free to contact Bill Sarringar at  or Terry Erickson at


National Sports Headlines

From the Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — Seventh seeds South Carolina and Michigan provided the biggest surprises in yesterday's NCAA Tournament action. Sindarius Thornwell pumped in 24 points and the Gamecocks erased a double-digit deficit in the second half to knock out Duke, 88-81. Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and helped the Wolverines turn a 45-36 deficit into a 73-69 win over Louisville.

UNDATED (AP) — Top seeds North Carolina and Kansas have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Josh Jackson contributed 14 of his 23 points in the second half as the Jayhawks rolled to a 90-70 romp over Michigan State. Kennedy Meeks finished with 16 points to help the Tar Heels dispose of Arkansas, 72-65.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 3 Kentucky moved into the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in nine years by escaping with a 65-62 victory over Wichita State. Bam Abedayo scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and swatted away Landry Shamet's 3-point attempt at the buzzer. De'Aaron Fox had 14 points, including a late steal and dunk for the Wildcats.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Second seed Oregon and No. 3 UCLA have moved into the NCAA's regional semifinals. Tyler Dorsey capped his 27-point performance by nailing a go-ahead, 3-point with 38.4 seconds left before the Ducks completed a 75-72 victory against Rhode Island. The Bruins rode Lonzo Ball's 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to a 79-67 win against Cincinnati. And Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Baylor Bears topped Southern California, 82-78.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Newman won yesterday's Monster Engery Cup race at Phoenix by skipping a tire-changing pit stop to take the lead from deep in the pack. He held on for the final two laps to break a 127-race winless streak and force Kyle Larson to settle for his third straight runner-up finish. Newman also halted a 112-race losing skid for Richard Childress Racing.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is still four to five weeks away from playing in a game as he deals with shoulder inflammation. Kipnis received a second opinion on his shoulder and has been cleared to resume a strengthening program in a week. The Indians also say pitcher Cody Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery that will cause him to miss the entire season.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Marc Leishman rallied to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and earn a spot in the Masters next month. The Australian went ahead by sinking a 50-foot eagle putt on 16 before closing with two tough pars to complete a one-stroke win over Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. Leishman shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday for an 11-under total.




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