Lake Andres man sentenced to prison on meth charge
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man has been sentenced to a decade in prison on a methamphetamine charge.
Forty-two-year-old Michael Andrews, of Lake Andes, pleaded guilty in April to distribution of a controlled substance.
Authorities say Andrews sold meth in January 2013 to a confidential source working with the FBI.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday ordered Andrews to serve 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
Crop conditions good despite week with little rain
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Crop conditions in South Dakota were reported mostly good to excellent despite a week with little rainfall.
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that topsoil moisture supplies were 82 percent adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture was rated 84 percent adequate to surplus.
Spring wheat, oats and corn were all rated at least 80 percent good to excellent. Barley was rated 65 percent good and 13 percent excellent.
Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 22 percent excellent, 55 percent good, 19 percent fair and 4 percent poor.
Men sentenced in case involving ex-USD athletes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two Florida men have been sentenced to federal prison for participating in a scheme in which former University of South Dakota athletes and others used stolen identities to fraudulently collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.
Twenty-five-year-old Raunta Ellison was ordered Monday to serve more than five years in prison, while 23-year-old Dametrius Turner, a former cornerback for the Coyotes, was sentenced to 3 ½ years. Both men are from Tampa, Florida.
Prosecutors say the defendants were among 11 people who were part of a ring that filed bogus income tax returns showing about $1.1 million in refunds due.
Ellison's attorney, William Sims, says he and his client haven't decided whether to appeal the ruling.
Kenneth Tschetter (SHET'-uhr), Turner's lawyer, says his client is remorseful and won't appeal.
Sioux Falls worker killed in industrial accident
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police are investigating an industrial accident that killed a worker at a concrete plant.
Police say 59-year-old David Lee VanVoorst, of Sioux Fargo, was killed after he was struck by a 3,200-pound concrete culvert.
The accident happened about 8:15 a.m. Monday at Josten Concrete Products in Sioux Falls.
Lance Armstrong is grand marshal for Sturgis ride
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Dethroned cyclist Lance Armstrong has been named the official grand marshal of the mayor's ride to kick off the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The 12th annual mayor's ride is a fund-raiser for the Sturgis volunteer fire department. It is scheduled Aug. 4.
Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles. He was later stripped of those titles for doping.
Rally officials say they understand the controversy that surrounds Armstrong, but say he represents the American spirit and a city that believes in second chances.
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Foes seek vote on oil-contaminated soil project
EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed site in Fall River County for oil-contaminated soil hope to force a public vote on the matter.
The County Commission recently approved the 5-acre site near Edgemont being proposed by High Plains Resources. The project still needs state permits.
Opponents worry about possible harm to the environment. Rancher Susan Henderson tells the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1k8lAzG) that the opposition group is confident it will get the necessary 257 petition signatures to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
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