ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Rail congestion and large crops are leading to worries about grain storage space as South Dakota's harvest gets underway. Rail cars are in short supply in the northern Plains. Many officials and farmers have blamed increased crude oil and freight shipments from North Dakota's booming oil patch. That means the bins at many grain elevators are full.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Native American leaders in the Dakotas are working to preserve water rights they say are guaranteed by a century-old treaty. Dennis Spotted Tail says a doctrine dating back to 1908 establishes that all water on Native American land or that naturally flowed to Indian land should be held by the sovereign tribes. Spotted Tail says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is navigating waters from the Missouri River that would naturally flow from the tribes to other users.
SILVER CITY, S.D. (AP) - Supporters have celebrated a bill that transfers ownership of nine historic cemeteries in the Black Hills from the federal government to local communities. The pioneer-era cemeteries had been owned and managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Republican Representative Kristi Noem says the bill will make it easier to keep the burial grounds in good condition.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Brookings councilman Tom Bezdichek says he plans to bring a measure to ban the use of plastic bags in the city. The move would kick off a debate throughout the state. Opponents view plastic bags as a waste of resources and a source of pollution. Supporters say plastic is a cheap modern convenience that replaced tree-killing paper bags.
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