Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Local Headlines

By Jeri Thomas-Dakota Radio Group News Director

Pierre School Board Approves Plans for New Elementary Building

The Pierre School Board viewed the plans for the district's new elementary school at Monday's monthly meeting. Architect Jeff Hazard of Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls went over drawings and various details of the new building during a presentation before the board. Hazard said the building will be cost effective to develop and besides classrooms, will include a commons area, gymnasium, kitchen, offices and media center. Hazard also said there is potential for growth built into the structure.
Hazard said he is pleased with how the design of the new elementary has turned out.

Hazard says he believes the layout and features for the new structure are state-of-the-art.

Hazard says the building is designed in such a way that the public portions of the building-like the commons area and gym-are close to the main entrance.

Hazard says the design of the building is basically completed, but there are a few more details and specifications to be determined so that companies know exactly what they're bidding on when the bidding process begins. The final design should be complete in 15-20 days. The school board approved the design and gave the okay to go forth with the bidding process soon. To check out the presentation offered by Hazard at yesterday's board meeting, visit the New Elementary School Board Presentation page.


State Veterinarian Says Atlas' Livestock Toll Over 40,000 Based on Rancher Relief Fund Reports

South Dakota's State Veterinarian says livestock death losses from last October's Winter Storm "Atlas" could exceed 43,000. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven's office with the Animal Industry Board received voluntary reports of about 22,000 head of livestock that died in the storm, while the Rancher Relief Fund's tally through requests for assistance show that more than 40,000 head of cattle, horses and sheep perished.

Oedekoven says he believes that the number of reports to his office were lower than what was reported to the Rancher Relief Fund for various reasons.

The Rancher Relief Fund was set up by the South Dakota Stockgrowers, Cattlemens and Sheep Growers Associations and has received more than four million dollars in donations to help ranchers hurt by the storm. Oedekoven says since there are some producers who did not apply for the relief funds, death losses could be in excess of 43,000 head.
In speaking with west river ranchers at the recent Black Hills Stock Show, Oedekoven says most everyone was upbeat in the four months since the storm.

The storm hit in early October and started with rain; which changed to wet heavy snow. High winds accompanied the moisture and pummeled the livestock; many of which died of congestive heart failure, brought on by stress.


South Dakota Public Libraries Receive Accreditation

Eleven South Dakota public libraries were honored at a recent ceremony for being accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2013. Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Of the eleven facilities receiving accreditation last year, area libraries include the Faith Public/School Library and Hand County Library of Miller-both in the Enhanced category; and Rawlins Municipal Library of Pierre in the Essential category. Accreditation is valid for three years. Libraries are evaluated in areas including access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology and public relations. The South Dakota libraries accredited last year were the focus of a ceremony which was attended by legislators, colleagues and patrons at Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre.


South Dakota Dispatchers Graduate from Basic 9-1-1 Certification

14 dispatchers from across the state graduated from the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy last Friday. Two Central South Dakota Communications Center staff members-Tish Nickelson and John Waggoner-were among the graduates. All graduates of the Basic 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Certification Program must complete a two week program. The certification course is overseen by the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy under the Office of the Attorney General.


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South Dakota News Headlines

From the Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An American Indian reservation in the Dakotas that has been hard hit by the nation's propane shortage is getting help from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux. The Minnesota tribe that operates several enterprises including a casino and runs a charitable giving program is giving the Standing Rock Sioux $500,000 for propane. As many as 5,000 homes on the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border rely on propane, and many residents can't afford the higher fuel prices tied to the shortage. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple issued a statement Monday saying the state also is offering help to the tribe. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux also is giving $300,000 to the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and $70,000 to the Santee Sioux Nation in Nebraska for propane.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Senate Education Committee has unanimously approved a bill to establish a task force that would study the impact of child sexual abuse.  The group would be named Jolene's Law Task Force after Jolene Loetscher of Sioux Falls, a victim of sexual assault as a child. Members would meet later this year to suggest ways South Dakota could improve its policies for dealing with child sexual abuse, which officials say happens to one in four girls and one in six boys nationally. No one has spoken in opposition to the bill. Supporters include child advocacy organizations, the South Dakota Sheriff's Association and the state Department of Social Services. The measure now goes to the full Senate.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. House Speaker Brian Gosch of Rapid City initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from passing and enforcing their own distracted driving ordinances. But at a committee hearing last week, he changed the bill to ban texting while driving statewide. The bill says local officials would still be banned from passing their own distracted driving ordinances - something Gosch says existing law already prevents them from doing. Gosch's bill would enact a state law that would replace stronger bans passed by some cities. The bill would make it a petty offense, carrying a $25 fine, to text while driving. The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - After a vigorous debate, the South Dakota House has passed a bill to provide prenatal health care for low-income women who are in the country illegally. Legislators have voted 46-22 to pass the bill. The Senate will review it next. Opponents of the bill say it will make South Dakota a sanctuary for immigrants with illegal status. One amendment that failed to pass would have required that hospitals and clinics report mothers who are suspected of being in the country illegally to the federal immigration offices. The House has accepted an amendment to require an annual report on the medical outcomes and financial impact from the Medicaid expansion proposed in the bill. Supporters say prenatal care for these women will save lives of babies and save the state money.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota House has passed a bill to allow for big game hunting with crossbows during firearm season. The measure received unanimous support and will go to the Senate next. Last week the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed it with no dissenting votes. Supporters of the bill say it will allow sportsmen another option with a lesser weapon while hunting.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Senate committee has passed a bill to regulate the public use of water on flooded private land. The State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to approve a measure that would allow fishing on bodies of water 40 acres or larger, as long as there is public access to the water. Supporters of the provision say water is in the public trust and the public should have access to that water. Other supporters say the courts are looking to the Legislature to set policy on how to deal with water that covers flooded private property. Opponents to the bill, including many property owners, argue that the provision would violate property rights without providing compensation.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Committee has defeated a measure that would have asked voters whether the state should expand Medicaid in line with the federal Affordable Care Act. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 against the resolution. Governor Dennis Daugaard recently asked the federal government to allow for a partial expansion of Medicaid to people up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The measure, sponsored by Democrats, would have asked voters in the next general election if they wanted to expand Medicaid to individuals up to 138 percent of poverty. Senators who voted against the resolution say this is an issue to be determined by the Legislature and governor and putting the issue to the voters sets a bad precedent.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that calls for hearings to investigate the state's economic development agency, including its involvement in issues related to the financing of a failed beef packing plant. The Senate voted 33-1 to approve a resolution urging the investigation. The House earlier approved the measure. The Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee will hold hearings after several outside review are completed on the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered the reviews after finding out about alleged misconduct in GOED before he took office. Earlier Monday, a House committee rejected a measure sponsored by members of the Democratic minority. That bill would have set up a special committee to conduct a three-year review of economic development programs.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls attorney says the state Board of Regents wants to charge him more than $15,000 to look for documents related to the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-cards program. Steven Sandven tells the Rapid City Journal that the state has already charged him more than $4,000 for records from the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Sandven is also seeking records from Northern State University, where the state's EB-5 projects were administered until GOED began contracting with the private company SDRC Incorporated. Sandven says Northern State University president James Smith told him in an email that SDRC director Joop Bollen took many of the EB-5 records with him to SDRC. Sandven's interest in the EB-5 program goes back to the mid-2000s when he represented minority owners in MCC Dairy.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A bill in the South Dakota Legislature allowing Deadwood hotel bars to serve liquor 24 hours a day is drawing the ire of saloon owners who say the measure hurts them and discourages investment in the western gambling town's downtown. The bill that passed the House on a 36-33 vote would allow Deadwood bars in hotels with 10 or more rooms to serve liquor around the clock. The Rapid City Journal reports the proposal was generated by an alliance of casino hotels calling itself the Deadwood Resorts Association. Lobbyist Roger Tellinghuisen says it would help draw more tourists. But saloon co-owner Louie Lalonde says it would give preferential treatment to casino resorts and devalue Main Street businesses that can sell for only 19 hours a day.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Prosecutors say a shooting in eastern Sioux Falls was gang-related. Police arrested a 16-year-old boy on charges of shooting an 18-year-old man in the Friday night incident. Authorities say the victim's injuries were not life-threatening. Another 18-year-old man was accused of providing the stolen gun used in the shooting. The Argus Leader reports that bond has been set at $50,000 for Matthew Marshall Jr., who faces charges of grand theft, drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City residents are invited to a Wednesday meeting to discuss replacement alternatives for the interchange at Interstate 90 and La Crosse Street. The South Dakota Department of Transportation open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn is in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization and the city. The purpose is to inform residents of the alternatives being considered, to record any concerns and to gather ideas to help determine the future look of the interchange area. Replacement alternatives include modifications to the La Crosse Street corridor from Eglin Street to south of Mall Drive. Separate meetings with business and landowners along the La Crosse Street corridor are also planned.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls is planning a center for the homeless and the needy in South Dakota's largest city. The diocese is buying an empty warehouse for $750,000 and planning upgrades that will run the project past $1 million. Bishop Paul Swain says the 19,600-square-foot facility could open by next winter, if the city approves the project. It would be named the Bishop Dudley Hospitality Center, in honor of the Rev. Paul Dudley. He was bishop in Sioux Falls from 1978 to 1995. The center would offer meals, showers, laundry facilities, telephones and other services, and possibly overnight shelter. The diocese will take comments from the public during a Feb. 20 meeting at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.


Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) - The family of an inmate who died after asking for medical help at the Lino Lakes prison is suing the company that provided medical care to prisoners. The federal lawsuit alleges nurses and correctional staff failed to properly respond to Jerrell Hammond, who complained of severe chest pain in 2011. The lawsuit says Hammond was left in his cell and found without a pulse about an hour after he hit a distress button.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Political groups are eagerly awaiting a determination from Minnesota regulators about how involved candidates can be in fundraising for independent groups. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board will discuss the topic today. Regulators are responding to a request from an unidentified candidate's attorney who has been approached about raising money for an unnamed independent group.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is marking the 20th anniversary of its Becoming an Outdoors Woman program this year. The DNR has released its 2014 catalog of events for the program. More than 100 classes are being offered this year, including a sturgeon fishing trip, kayaking and grouse and pheasant hunts.

LEITH, N.D. (AP) - A white supremacist who tried to take over a small North Dakota town has sold his house there. Leith Mayor Ryan Schock says 62-year-old Craig Cobb sold the home to a resident of nearby Carson. Cobb has pleaded not guilty to terrorizing Leith residents with guns last November.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A panel of community leaders in Minot has narrowed the list of applicants for city manager. Three dozen people applied to succeed David Waind, who is stepping down in the spring after 35 years. There are now three remaining, including current City Finance Director Cindy Hemphill.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl. Prosecutors had recommended a 20-year prison term for Erick McKay, but a federal judge ruled that special circumstances warranted a stiff sentence. McKay was previously convicted in state court in 2002 of shaking his 7-week-old son to death.


National News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top official at the U.S. Agency for International Development says the new farm bill should help feed more people abroad. Administrator Rajiv Shah says changes to the way the United States distributes food aid could help feed 800,000 more people, many of them Syrian refugees. Shah said the need is high right now.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The administration is defending its latest health care concession to employers. The administration says companies with 50 to 99 employees will have an additional year to comply with a mandate to provide coverage. Administration officials and the law's supporters say the concessions are reasonable accommodations. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it's unimpressed with what it calls a respite.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP leaders have announced they will move ahead this week on an increase in the government's borrowing cap that's free of any add-ons. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plan after a poll of the Republican rank and file failed to show enough support for a plan to tie the hike in the debt limit to a reversal of a recently passed cut to military pensions. Boehner says he expects nearly all Democrats to vote for the so-called clean debt cap increase, but that he will be one of the few Republicans to back it in a vote tomorrow.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has welcomed French President Francois Hollande to the White House for policy meetings and a lavish state dinner. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with a military honor guard, greeted the French president on the South Lawn for the outdoor arrival ceremony this morning. Obama's and Hollande's policy agenda has largely been overshadowed by the French leader's personal problems. He recently ended his relationship with his longtime girlfriend, who was considered France's first lady and had been expected to accompany him during his trip to Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says that if the economy keeps improving, the Fed will take "further measured steps" to reduce the support it's providing through monthly bond purchases. In her first public comments since taking over the top Fed job last week, Yellen says she expects a "great deal of continuity" with her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. She signaled that she supports his view that the economy is strengthening enough to withstand a pullback in stimulus but that rates should stay low to fuel further growth. Her comments are being delivered to a House committee.

ATLANTA (AP) - Downtown Atlanta has been mostly empty so far today, with many residents heeding advice to stay home and off the roads in advance of a winter storm. Forecasters say the snow and ice that's supposed to arrive later today could cause widespread power outages that could last for days. Georgia Power is already bringing in crews from Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Michigan.

CHICAGO (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's trip to Chicago today to fund raise for the Republican Governors Association that he chairs finds him under a cloud that just months ago was a bright sunny day. Republicans then brimmed with pride over Christie's landslide re-election. Now doubts about his prospects as a potential presidential candidate have begun creeping into the minds of some donors in the wake of the traffic jam scandal.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music says he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from a neighboring vehicle pointed at him in the moments before he fired his weapon. Michael Dunn testified today that he feared for his life. Dunn is charged with first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense when he shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012.

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say a convicted child sex offender is as a person of interest in the 1975 disappearance of two sisters who never returned home from a shopping mall. Twelve-year-old Sheila Lyon and her 10-year-old sister Katherine went missing after walking to a nearby shopping center in Montgomery County. Authorities are expected to release more information at a news conference today.

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Residents of the small Nebraska city of Fremont are voting today on whether they want to repeal an ordinance that requires all renters to swear they are living in the U.S. legally. Critics say the law, enacted in 2010, is less effective and more costly than anyone had expected, and that it's damaging Fremont's image. Supporters say Fremont needs to take a stand against illegal immigration.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of U.S. public school students taking Advanced Placement classes has nearly doubled over the last decade. A College Board report being released today says the class of 2013 took 3.2 million AP exams. Much of the expansion stems from an effort to make AP classes available to low-income and minority students. The number of low-income graduates who took an AP exam has quadrupled in the last decade.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we'll be all right." The dimpled, curly-haired child star sang and danced her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers in a film career that began when she was three years old. She died last night at her home near San Francisco at the age of 85. After retiring from films at 21, she raised a family and later became active in politics, holding several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations.


International News

From the Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - An Algerian civil defense commander says one person survived and all 102 others died in the crash of a military transport plane in eastern Algeria. The American-built C-130 Hercules transport crashed in a mountainous area. Searchers have recovered dozens of bodies.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Animal activists have been picking up stray dogs from the Russian Olympic city of Sochi. The activists were alarmed by reports that the city had arranged for the killing of thousands of strays before and during the Olympic Games. The activists have been taking the dogs from the streets and putting them up at their homes or in temporary shelters before finding an owner elsewhere.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Militants in Iraq continue to strike at government targets in an effort to undermine stability. Officials say an attack on a barracks in a remote area in the country's north killed 15 troops overnight.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is calling for "fair and constructive" nuclear talks with world powers on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. Massive rallies today saw crowds chanting anti-American and anti-Israeli chants. The crowd burned U.S. and Israeli flags.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - A Romanian agency is accusing the former commander of a labor camp of crimes against humanity for the deaths of 115 political prisoners. The Institute for Investigating the Crimes of Communism has handed a file to prosecutors detailing allegations against Florian Cormos, saying there's "clear proof" he "imposed a regime of extermination." Under Cormos' command between December 1952 to April 1953, inmates allegedly were electrocuted and horses were ridden over them. The 87-year-old denies wrongdoing.


Business News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is obtaining commitments from foundations, businesses and community groups to help young minority men improve their employment opportunities and to intervene before some of them get sucked into the criminal justice system. Obama is launching the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative Thursday, matching his State of the Union pledge to "help more young men of color ... stay on track and reach their full potential." The president has invited business, foundation and community leaders to the White House Thursday to announce the effort. The unemployment rate last month for African-American men over the age of 20 was 12 percent, compared with 5.4 percent for white men. Hispanic men over the age of 20 faced an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in December and hiring slowed, adding to evidence that the job market weakened that month. Still, the number of available jobs remained near a 5 1/2-year high. The Labor Department says that job openings slipped 1 percent to 3.99 million in December, from 4.03 million in the previous month. November's total was the first time that available jobs had topped 4 million since March 2008.  Total hiring fell to 4.4 million from 4.5 million in November. While job openings are mostly back to pre-recession levels, hiring is below the roughly 5 million a month that's typical for a healthy market.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in December at the slowest pace since last summer, another sign that the economy lost some momentum at the end of 2013. The Commerce Department says wholesalers boosted stockpiles by 0.3 percent in December from November, smallest gain since July.
Sales growth slowed to 0.5 percent December after healthy gains of 1 percent in November and 1.1 percent in October. Rising stockpiles boost economic growth because they reflect expanding production at factories. Bigger inventories accounted for more than 40 percent of economic growth in the July through September period last year when gross domestic product increased at a robust 4.1 percent annual pace.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress, some of the nation's most frequent flyers, don't want to allow airline passengers to make cellphone calls in-flight and they're doing something about it. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved, without opposition, a bill to ban such calls. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they believe in-flight calls would be disturbing to other passengers and possibly disruptive. The bill is a response to moves late last year by the Federal Communications Commission to remove the long-standing prohibition on in-flight calls.
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., the committee's chairman and sponsor of the bill, emphasized that he doesn't fly between Washington and his district, but he is "looking out" for his congressional colleagues.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms is urging changes in the government's spying programs. It's pressing for more limits on collections of Americans' data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations. The companies' action joins a day of protests against the Obama administration's surveillance policies. Top executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, LinkedIn and Twitter published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress. The coalition urges changes that would include a government agreement not to collect bulk data from Internet communications.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The drugmaker working to develop a pill to boost sexual desire in women says regulators are demanding more studies on the experimental pill. Sprout Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration wants to see more data on how the company's drug, flibanserin, interacts with other medications and how it affects driving ability. Nearly 10 percent of women studied in company trials reported sleepiness while taking the daily pill. The FDA's request represents another hurdle in the pharmaceutical industry's 15-year search for a female equivalent to Viagra.

NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft is removing artificial preservatives from its most popular Singles cheese product variety. It's seen as the latest sign that companies are tweaking recipes as food labels come under greater scrutiny. The change affects the company's Kraft Singles in the full-fat American and White American varieties, which Kraft says account for the majority of the brand's sales. Sorbic acid is being replaced by natamycin, which Kraft says is a "natural mold inhibitor." Kraft's decision comes as a growing number of Americans pay closer attention to what they eat and try to stick to foods they feel are natural. That has prompted a number of food makers to change their recipes.


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MDN Scoreboard


Indiana 119 Denver 80

Toronto 108 New Orleans 101

Detroit 109 San Antonio 100

Boston 102 Milwaukee 86

Houston 107 Minnesota 89

Golden State 123 Philadelphia 80


Kansas St. 85 ( 7) Kansas 82 OT

West Virginia 102 (11) Iowa St. 77

(17) Virginia 61 Maryland 53


(17) North Carolina 89 ( 3) Duke 78

( 8) Tennessee 81 (16) Vanderbilt 53


Women's College Basketball

Dakota Wesleyan 99, Trinity Bible 46

High School Boys Basketball

Brandon Valley 48, Yankton 40

DeSmet 54, Castlewood 39

Kimball/White Lake 53, Lyman 45

Leola/Frederick 59, Summit 57

Madison 73, Pipestone, Minn. 46

Menno 49, Marion 47

Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 75, Iroquois 45

Rosholt 51, Estelline 40

Sunshine Bible Academy 60, Mitchell Christian 41

Tiospa Zina Tribal 76, Great Plains Lutheran 41

Waverly-South Shore 64, Wilmot 44

High School Girls Basketball

Alcester-Hudson 55, Irene-Wakonda 54

Avon 54, Freeman 50

Clark/Willow Lake 59, Dell Rapids 44

Dakota Valley 80, Sioux City, North, Iowa 37

Dupree 57, Takini 12

Estelline 59, Florence/Henry 37

Groton Area 52, Aberdeen Roncalli 38

Howard 44, Arlington 33

Lake Preston 56, Wolsey-Wessington 46

Little Wound 57, St. Francis Indian 32

Marion 35, Menno 29

Mitchell Christian 67, Sunshine Bible Academy 39

Wall 58, Harding County 46

Waubay 51, Grant-Deuel 35

West Central 56, McCook Central/Montrose 27


Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher

Dakota Radio Group Sports Play by Play this week

Tuesday Sturgis at Pierre Girls Basketball 7:00 pm 6:30 pm

Thursday S.F. O'Gorman at Pierre Girls Basketball 7:00 pm 6:30 pm

Friday Brandon Valley at Pierre Wrestling 7:00 pm 6:40 pm

Saturday Harrisburg at Pierre Girls Basketball 7:00 pm 6:30 pm


Tuesday Pierre at Sturgis Boys Basketball 7:30 pm 7:00 pm

Thursday Omaha at SDSU Women's College Basketball 7:00 pm 6:30 pm

Friday Pierre at S.F. O'Gorman Boys Basketball 7:00 pm 6:30 pm

Saturday Pierre at Harrisburg Boys Basketball 7:00 pm 6:30 pm

Tuesday Chamberlain at Crow Creek Boys Basketball 7:45 pm 7:30 pm

Saturday Miller at Todd County Girls Boys Basketball 3:30 pm 3:10 pm

Monday Lyman at Chamberlain Boys Basketball 7:45 pm 7:30 pm

Tuesday Sully Buttes at Selby Herreid Boys Basketball 8:00 pm 7:40 pm

Saturday Herreid Selby at McIntosh Girls Boys Basketball 7:00 pm 6:40 pm

Tuesday Mobridge Pollock at Standing Rock, N.D. Boys Basketball 7:00 pm 6:45 pm

Friday Stanley County at Mobridge Pollock Girls Basketball 8:00 pm 7:45 pm

Monday Standing Rock, N.D. at Mobridge Pollock Girls Basketball 7:00 pm 6:45 pm



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the surging Houston Rockets used a fourth-quarter push to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-89 Monday night for their sixth consecutive victory. Chandler Parsons had 20 points and James Harden scored 19 for the Rockets, who have won six straight for the first time since taking seven in a row from Jan. 13-23, 2012. Back after missing one game with a bruised left quadriceps, Kevin Love led Minnesota with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Chase Budinger had 15 points and Alexey Shved scored 11 off the bench for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight and six of seven.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Timberwolves say coach Rick Adelman will miss Monday night's game against Houston due to personal reasons. While Adelman is away from the team, forward Kevin Love says he will be back in the lineup after missing one game with a bruised left quadriceps. Adelman is expected to be back on the sideline for Wednesday's game with Denver. Assistant Terry Porter will serve as the acting coach for the game against the Rockets. Love missed Saturday's 117-110 loss to Portland after he was kneed in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss in New Orleans. The All-Star is averaging 31.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in his last six games.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sully Buttes has retained the top spot in the Class B Girls ratings in this week’s KSFY-KWSN South Dakota Broadcasters High School Basketball Poll. Mitchell also returned to the top of the Class AA ratings this week. St. Thomas More remains No. 1 in the Class A girls poll. The top spot is occupied by the same teams in the boys poll with Huron tops in Class AA, Madison in Class A and James Valley Christian in Class B. Pierre moved up one spot in the Class AA ratings to number 2 after winning 6 straight. Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher is one of 15 Sportscasters from across the state who cast votes in the poll every week.

2013-14 KSFY/KWSN SD Broadcasters High School Basketball Poll

Regular Season Week 9 – Feb. 10, 2014

Boys Poll

Class AA

1 – Huron (14-1), 75 (15)

2 – Pierre Riggs (13-2), 56, #3 last week

3 – Sioux Falls Roosevelt (12-3), 42, #2 last week

4 – Rapid City Stevens (13-3), 37, #2 last week

5 – Yankton (11-5), 11

Also Receiving Votes

Sioux Falls Washington (9-6), 3; Sturgis Brown (9-4), 1

Class A

1 – Madison (15-0), 75 (15)

2 – Sioux Valley (15-1), 58

3 – Pine Ridge (12-1), 47

4 – St. Thomas More (12-4), 17

5 – Aberdeen Roncalli (13-2), 15

Also Receiving Votes

Clark-Willow Lake (14-2), 8; Vermillion (14-2), 4; Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (14-2) 1

Class B

1 – James Valley Christian (14-1) 75 (15)

2 – White River (13-2), 59

3 – Langford Area (14-2), 45

4 – Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (13-2), 26, previously tied for #5

5 – Potter County (13-2), 18, tied for #5 previously

Also Receiving Votes

Wolsey-Wessington (11-4), 1, #4 last week; Faith (12-3), 1

Girls Poll

Class AA

1 – Mitchell (15-1), 68 (10), #2 last week

2 – Sioux Falls Washington (13-2), 60 (4), previously #1

3 – Sioux Falls O’Gorman (13-4), 51 (1)

4 – Sioux Falls Roosevelt (9-7), 22

5 – Sioux Falls Lincoln (9-6), 13

Also Receiving Votes

Sturgis Brown (10-4), 6; Spearfish (11-3), 3; Rapid City Stevens (9-7), 2

Class A

1 – St. Thomas More (16-1), 75 (15)

2 – Pine Ridge (16-1), 58

3 – Winner (15-1), 45

4 – Elk Point-Jefferson (14-2), 28

5 – West Central (12-2), 12

Also Receiving Votes

Deubrook Area (12-4), 4; Sioux Valley (13-2), 2; Clark-Willow Lake (13-3), 1

Class B

1 – Sully Buttes (14-1), 72 (13), #2 last week

2 – Warner (16-2), 53 (1) #3 last week

3 – Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (14-1), 43, #4 last week

4 – DeSmet (14-2), 37 (1) #1 last week

5 – Estelline (14-2), 6, unranked last week

Also Receiving Votes

Hanson (15-2), 4; Lemmon (13-1), 4; Summit (16-2), 2; Herreid-Selby (13-2), 2, #5 last week; Castlewood (12-2), 2


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Weekly South Dakota High School Boys and Girls Basketball polls from the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.

South Dakota boys basketball poll

Class AA Record Pts Prv

1. Huron (9) 14-1 45 1

2. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 12-3 33 2

3. Pierre 13-2 27 3

4. Rapid City Stevens 13-3 21 4

5. Sioux Falls Washington 9-6 6 5

Others receiving votes: Yankton 11-5.

Class A Record Pts Prv

1. Madison (9) 15-0 45 1

2. Sioux Valley 15-1 35 2

3. Pine Ridge 12-1 28 3

4. St. Thomas More 12-4 16 4

5. Vermillion 14-2 6 5

Others receiving votes: Clark-Willow Lake 14-2, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 14-2.

Class B Record Pts Prv

1. White River (6) 13-2 42 1

2. James Valley Christian (3) 14-1 39 2

3. Langford 14-2 21 4

4. Sanborn Central-Woon 13-2 20 5

5. Ethan 13-3 9 3

Others receiving votes: Potter County 13-2, Oelrichs 11-4.

South Dakota girls basketball poll

Class AA Record Pts Prv

1. Mitchell (8) 15-1 44 2

2. Sioux Falls Washington (1) 13-2 32 1

(tie)Sioux Falls O'Gorman 13-4 32 4

4. Sioux Falls Lincoln 9-6 15 3

5. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 9-7 5 5

(tie)Spearfish 11-3 5 RV

Others receiving votes: : Harrisburg 9-5.

Class A Record Pts Prv

1. St. Thomas More (9) 16-1 45 1

2. Pine Ridge 16-1 34 2

3. Elk Point-Jefferson 14-2 28 3

4. Winner 15-1 19 4

5. West Central 12-2 8 5

Others receiving votes: : Sioux Valley 13-2.

Class B Record Pts Prv

1. Sully Buttes (8) 14-1 44 2

2. Warner 16-2 30 3

3. De Smet (1) 14-2 22 1

4. Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 14-1 21 4

5. Estelline 14-2 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Hanson 15-2, Herreid-Selby Area 13-2.


PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Governor boys basketball team takes to the road tonight as they travel to Sturgis to face the Sturgis Scoopers in a non conference matchup between the two teams. The Governors take a 6 game winning streak into the matchup coming off a 9 point win at Watertown on Saturday. Sturgis is 9 and 4 on the season but coming off a 22 point loss at Huron on Saturday. Tip off of the game is scheduled for 7:45 pm central time with the preliminary games getting underway at 4:45 pm central time. Coverage of the game can be heard on the Dakota Radio Group's RIVER 927-FM with the pregame scheduled to begin around 7:15 pm tonight. The game can also be accessed on the DRG website www.drgnews.com.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Lady Governor basketball team takes a two game road winning streak into tonight's home contest when they entertain Sturgis at Riggs High Gym. The Lady Govs have won 3 of their last 4 and bring an 8-6 record into the game. Sturgis meanwhile is 10-4 with one of their best teams since the Megan Maloney days some 10 years ago. It will be a rematch of the Regional title game of a year ago which Sturgis upset Pierre in Pierre eliminating Pierre from the state tournament. Game time is scheduled for 7 pm with coverage of the game on the Dakota Radio Group scheduled for a 7 pm tip off and a 6:30 pm pregame on 1060 KGFX. The game can also be accessed on the DRG website www.drgnews.com. The video webcast can also be accessed on the Pierre school website www.pierre.k12.sd.us.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Stanley County Lady Buffalos return to action tonight as the Lady Buffs travel to Miller to face the Miller Rustlers. It is one of several games involving schools in the central South Dakota area. Other girls games tonight have Potter County traveling to Bowdle to take on Eureka-Bowdle. Jones County is at Philip and White River visits Gregory. In other boys action tonight, Chamberlain is at Crow Creek in a game that can be heard on KPLO-FM 94.5. Sully Buttes travels to Selby for matchup against Herreid Selby and Kadoka will visit New Underwood.

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting Tuesday in Pierre concerning their open meetings policy. The Board has come under scrutiny of several state legislators in recent weeks about the transparency of the organization. At a meeting last week, the board went into special session for an hour and a half discussing the situation but did not come up with definitive solutions. Tuesday’s meeting is discuss and adopt a resolution about open meetings as current Board policy and then adopt a policy to the member schools of the Activities Association as a proposed constitutional amendment. The meeting will get under way at 12 noon in the Activities Association offices on North Euclid in Pierre.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre School Board accepted the resignation of two coaches in the Riggs High School and Georgia Morse Middle School system at their regular monthly meeting last night. Pierre Governor and Lady Governor head Cross Country coach Keith Christensen is stepping down from the position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, Christensen had served 19 years as a high school and collegiate Cross Country Coach. And Roger Edwards is stepping down and retiring after 23 years with the Pierre School District and 40 years of coaching and teaching in South Dakota. He currently was the head Middle School Cross Country coach as well as 8th grade basketball and track and field. Prior to coming to Pierre, Edwards taught and coached in the Agar and Highmore School Districts.

PIERRE, S.D. - Pierre soccer boosters will be working out details to get the Pierre Governor and Lady Governor high school soccer program sanctioned. Soccer boosters were at the Pierre School Board Meeting last night to discuss the current status of the sanctioning process. The School Board originally voted in 2010 to sanction the sport but budget limitations and budget cuts put the soccer sanctioning on the back burner. Both school board members and soccer advocates are shooing for the 2015-16 school year as the first that Pierre Riggs High School will have the soccer programs under their jurisdiction.

FT. PIERRE, S.D. - The Stanley County Buffalo wrestling team will have it's last dual of the season tonight when they face Burke Gregory in a dual at Parkview Gym. The Buffalos are coming off a third place finish at the Big Dakota Conference wrestling tournament last weekend. The JV match is scheduled to be at 6 pm with the varsity match to follow.

WEBSTER, S.D. (AP) – The high school wrestling team in the northeastern South Dakota city of Webster has added to an already impressive resume. The Bearcats have broken the state record for consecutive dual victories, with 60. The streak dates back to the 2010 season. Sturgis had the record, with 58 straight dual wins, and still owns the Class A mark. Howard previously had the Class B record with 51. The Webster wrestling program has seven state championships to its credit. It also has produced six-time state champion Logan Storley, three-time state champ John Schiley, and Brock Lesnar, who went on become an NCAA heavyweight champion.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have hired Hank Fraley as an assistant offensive line coach. The team announced the addition on Monday. Fraley will be one of 18 assistants under new coach Mike Zimmer. He replaces Ryan Silverfield, who was not retained, and will work under Jeff Davidson, who returns as the lead offensive line coach. This will be Fraley's third season of coaching, after spending one year at San Jose State University and one at the University of San Diego. Fraley played 11 seasons in the NFL with Philadelphia, Cleveland and St. Louis. He was the starting center for the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Former South Dakota State football player Bryan Witzmann has been selected to play in the College AllStar Bowl later this week. Witzmann earned All-America honors at left tackle during both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He started all 49 of the team’s games during his four-year Jackrabbit career. Witzmann will suit up for the Nationals team and wear uniform No. 74. He will report to Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday, with practices, meetings with scouts and social events planned for Wednesday and Thursday. The game, which will be played at Paladin Stadium on the Furman University campus, is scheduled to be televised on CBS Sports Network starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer. He will not be with the team for the start of spring training so he can focus on treatment and recovery. The Twins released a statement from Ryan on Monday, describing the recent discovery of a lump in his neck by the team physician during a routine annual physical. The subsequent biopsy revealed squamous cell carcinoma. Ryan says further tests indicated the cancer appeared to be confined to his neck and had not spread. He says he has been assured his condition is treatable and he remains optimistic about a return to good health "in the near future." Ryan has begun treatment at the Mayo Clinic as well as Minnesota Oncology.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Post 8 American Legion baseball program will be having a fund raiser this Saturday. The All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage Feed will be at the American Legion Cabin. $3 for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee served from 7 am to 11:00 am and again those who come before 8:30 am will receive a free day pass for any Post 8 tournament over the course of the summer. More information on the fund raising effort by Post 8 baseball can be found on their website www.post8baseball.com. All monies raised will go to help fund Post 8 American Legion and Teener baseball this summer.

WATERTOWN, S.D. - The deadline to apply for the South Dakota Amateur Softball Association scholarship is March 1st. Any senior who has played and/or umpired ASA softball for a minimum of 3 years are encouraged to apply. South Dakota ASA awards up to seventeen (17) $500 scholarship each year. To get a copy of the scholarship application, email sdasasoftball@outlook.com or visit the form page at www.sdasasoftball.com.

PPIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Swim Team hosted the Capital City Qualifier last weekend and 6 more Pierre Swimmers qualified for the upcoming State meet and 82 new event qualifications. Canyon Jones won every race he swam which was 5 in the boys 9-10 age division. He was the only Pierre Swimmer to finish first in every multiple event he swam in.

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Dara Howell continued Canada's dominance at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, soaring to Olympic gold in women's slopestyle skiing today, while the U.S. added the silver medal to its total from Devin Logan. Another Canadian Kim Lamarre earned bronze. Canada has claimed seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing. There were some scary crashes on the slushy course.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Team USA men's hockey general manager David Poile will be unable to travel to Sochi for the Olympics after getting hit in the face by a puck last week. The Nashville Predators GM is recovering from surgery and stitches he needed after a deflected puck struck him while he was standing in a tunnel behind the team's bench in Minnesota. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero will take over as acting general manager in Sochi.

UNDATED (AP) - Syracuse remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll after improving to 23-0 with Sunday's win against Clemson. Arizona is second, following by Florida, unbeaten Wichita State and San Diego State. Villanova, Kansas, Duke, Michigan State and Cincinnati round out the top 10.

UNDATED (AP) - The Indiana Pacers' lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference is up to four games over Miami after David West scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 14 in a 119-80 rout of Denver. Oklahoma has a 3 1/2-game lead in the West following San Antonio's 109-100 loss in Detroit. Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 in the Pistons' first game under interim coach John Loyer.

UNDATED (AP) - Marcus Foster scored 20 points as Kansas State beat Kansas for just the third time in 26 home games, downing the seventh-ranked Jayhawks 85-82. Remi Dibo scored a career-high 20 points and West Virginia handed Iowa State its worst loss of the season by crushing the 11th-ranked Cyclones 102-77. Also in college basketball, Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the season after having a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm. The right-hander is expected to battle newly acquired Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Dodgers' starting rotation this spring.





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