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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Nebraska have arrested a man suspected in two South Dakota slayings. Police say Manuel Frias was taken into custody a little before 10 p.m. Tuesday in South Sioux City, following a brief standoff. South Sioux City Police Chief Ed Mahon says the U.S. Marshals Service notified his department just after 6:30 p.m. that Frias was in the South Sioux City home.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls will sell a historic building that once was a fire station and library. The building, which has served the city in various capacities since 1920, will be purchased by Stone Group Architects, which plans to invest up to $1 million to restore it and convert it to office space.
BERESFORD (AP) — Authorities have identified a Beresford man who died in a single-vehicle crash in Lincoln County over the weekend. The Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Mark O'Hara Jr. was driving a car that went off a rural road northeast of Beresford and rolled about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. O'Hara died later at a Sioux Falls hospital. He was the only person in the car.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Drought in 2017 impacted the production of most crops in South Dakota. The latest report from the Agriculture Department shows soybean production in the state down 6 percent from the previous year, oil sunflowers down 8 percent, corn down 11 percent, safflower down 22 percent, alfalfa hay down 23 percent, sorghum for grain down 27 percent, proso millet down 36 percent and flaxseed down 55 percent. Production of other hay was up 3 percent, dry peas up 9 percent and non-oil sunflowers up 61 percent.
ABERDEEN — A South Dakota State University expert says increasingly tight financial times are imminent for the region's farmers, who are already managing depressed markets. Jack Davis, a field specialist at the university's extension service, presented on crop production and income trends for farmers early this month. Davis told Aberdeen American News that agriculture producers should expect tight budgets for about two more years.
YANKTON — Organizers say they'll need as many as 500 volunteers for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships held in southeastern South Dakota next month. Nancy Wenande serves as the public relations director for the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex, where the world championship event will be held this February. She told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that more than 300 competitors from 31 nations have registered.
GROTON — A historic church in northern South Dakota is seeking help for a roof replacement project in order to preserve its more than a century-old structure. Trinity Episcopal Church in Groton is the last remaining of the 153 churches built off architect Richard Upjohn's designs across the state, the Aberdeen American News reported. Upjohn provided free plans to build small rural churches with local materials. According to the National Register of Historic Places, the Groton church was built in 1884. The building's roof was last repaired before 1975.
ABERDEEN — State officials say a semi-trailer driver hauling hazardous material to and from the Keystone oil pipeline leak site purposely dumped soil contaminated with crude oil on the side of a northeastern South Dakota road. Brian Walsh, environmental scientist manager for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, tells the Aberdeen American News that the semi was returning from taking soil to a landfill in Sawyer, North Dakota.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. Under previous Supreme Court rulings, when internet retailers don't have a physical presence in a state, they can't be forced to collect sales tax on sales into that state.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Canadian woman has pleaded guilty in federal court in South Dakota in what authorities say was a scheme to sell bogus laser medical devices known as QLasers. The Justice Department says 63-year-old Irina Kossovskaia of Ontario, Canada, reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Wednesday. She faces up to five years in prison. A sentencing date wasn't immediately set.