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CUSTER, S.D. -- An estimated 230 firefighters appear to be getting a handle on the wildfire that has been raging across Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills as of Friday, Dec. 15, with snow in the forecast for the weekend. The Legion Lake fire that has burned an estimated 53,875 acres since Monday was listed as 53 percent contained, a big improvement since the figure was at only 7 percent on Wednesday.
BENSON, Minn. — Minnesota's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the death of a man who died last week after a fall at the Benson Power plant in central Minnesota. Almost a week later, the police have not yet released the name of the individual, though the family has been notified. The investigation into the incident is ongoing with OSHA, said Benson police on Wednesday, so the name isn't being released.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Tickets go on sale this Thursday, Dec. 7, for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls next March 23-24.
REDBY, Minn. --- The FBI has issued a fugitive alert looking for Derek Jon Paddy, who is believed to have fled Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota after an armed robbery and shooting. The 21-year-old is considered armed and dangerous. According to a warrant, Paddy was involved in an armed robbery on the reservation on Thanksgiving Day and then was reported as a shooter in an incident on Thursday, Nov. 30.
FLANDREAU, S.D. — A Marshall, Minn. woman and her accomplice from Minneapolis will be spending time in prison for stealing mail from affluent Minneapolis neighborhoods, creating fake checks and cashing them at convenience stores and casinos in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. Angelica Marie Hatch-Pequin, 27, will spend almost three years in prison for her federal convictions for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, said U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randy Seiler on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Investigators were still looking late Monday, Nov. 27, for a man wearing a United States Postal Service uniform with an elderly man’s mask who robbed a west Sioux Falls bank last Friday about noon. Police said the robbery took place on the city's west side at the First National Bank.
AMHERST, S.D. -- TransCanada Corp. has announced its Keystone Pipeline that runs across eastern North Dakota and South Dakota and ruptured near the state line almost two weeks ago will start flowing again at a reduced rate on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The company said its repair and restart plans have been reviewed by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration with no objections, permitting a controlled return to service.
BISMARCK—As medical marijuana legalization slowly moves forward in North Dakota, some national companies are already taking a look at working with dispensaries. One such outfit hopes to be the "Amazon of Cannabis," said owner and founder Socrates Rosenfeld, an Army veteran who flew and commanded a team of Apache helicopters in the Iraq War.
ABERDEEN, S.D.—Three men who were part of an elaborate $10,000 blackjack table scam on New Year's Eve at the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown, S.D., have been sentenced. Pit boss Lito Bolocon, 44, of Sisseton, S.D., and frequent casino blackjack player Jordon Rondell, 29, of Lennox, S.D., appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann in federal court on Monday, Nov. 20, and each received a sentence of six months in custody and were ordered to pay $8,700 in restitution to the gaming establishment.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. --- A man is in a Fargo hospital after being shot in an early morning incident on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Fergus Falls, Minn. Police said Tuesday night that the victim had not life-threatening injuries, while the shooter is not in custody. The two men apparently were acquainted so police believe there is no danger to the public.