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CUSTER (AP) — A 63-year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle west of Custer. The Highway Patrol says the man failed to negotiate a turn on U.S. Highway 16 shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, and his motorcycle collided with a guide rail. The man died at the scene. He wasn't immediately identified.
ABERDEEN (AP) — More than a dozen nursing homes in South Dakota are no longer operated by a New Jersey company officials say didn't pay bills and put seniors at risk. Eighteen nursing homes and one assisted-living center were placed into receivership Tuesday, the Aberdeen American News reported. Skyline Health Care will no longer oversee the facilities. A judge has appointed Black Hills Receiver to take over business operations, according to a statement by the South Dakota Department of Health and Human Services.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley criticized what he cast as Washington's ineffectiveness during a forum Tuesday for Republican primary candidates vying for South Dakota governor, and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem touted federal tax cuts and pledged more state government transparency. The two candidates faced off at the event on economic and regulatory issues hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity-South Dakota in Sioux Falls.
PIERRE (AP) — A cold April could hurt South Dakota's pheasants and prairie grouse. The weather has suppressed growth of cool-season grasses and appears to be delaying the start of nesting. Fresh, green plants are a key food source for birds trying to grow eggs before they nest, the Pierre Capital Journal reported .
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls man who was convicted of dealing methamphetamine has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Thirty-one-year-old Jaunte Berry pleaded guilty in October to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.
PIERRE (AP) — Archivists are moving some old county tax records from the courthouse to a South Dakota State Historical Society facility. The roughly 700 bound volumes of Stanley County tax records are moving from the county courthouse to the historical society's climate-controlled facility in Pierre, the Pierre Capital Journal reported.
CUSTER (AP) — Wild donkeys have returned to a western South Dakota park after a wildfire caused injuries to the herd. The Legion Lake fire in December led to injuries for all nine burros in Custer State Park, including burns, dehydration and hoof damage. Three burros were euthanized and the rest were removed from the park to receive veterinary care.
BROOKINGS (AP) — South Dakota State standout Mike Daum says he will return to the Jackrabbit basketball program for his senior season. Daum earlier this month had declared for the 2018 NBA draft without hiring an agent. He says in a release that he decided to return after exploring his professional options and talking with his family and SDSU coach T.J. Otzelberger. The 6-foot-9 Daum, from Kimball, Nebraska, is a two-time honorable mention pick for the Associated Press All-America team and two-time Summit League Player of the Year.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota ballot question advocates lack the resources to run an expensive campaign to block a new state law they contend will make it harder to put voter initiatives on the ballot, a key activist said Thursday. The Republican-backed law requires ballot question signature gatherers to provide more information to the secretary of state, including their driver's license numbers and the length of time at their current and past two addresses.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota judge has denied a request by the developer of a downtown Sioux Falls building to move trials surrounding the structure's 2016 collapse to Aberdeen. The Argus Leader reports that Legacy Development & Consulting Co. had wanted the venue change in three lawsuits filed by the families of a construction worker who died in the collapse and a woman who was trapped for hours in the rubble.