Family waits for apology in 1971 disappearance
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man whose South Dakota family farm was searched as part of the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two girls says the state should apologize for the physical and emotional devastation law enforcement agents left behind.
Kerwyn Lykken (LIHK'-uhn) pulled Attorney General Marty Jackley aside after an Elk Point news conference in which Jackley confirmed that Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson were killed when their Studebaker drove off a gravel road and landed in a creek.
Lykken says he told Jackley his "family has been put through the ringer" and deserves an apology.
Jackley says he acknowledged that it's unfortunate the 2004 searches had to happen, but they were a necessary part of the investigation into the disappearance. He says several state and federal judges agreed they were justified.
SIOUX FALLS HOMICIDE
Sioux Falls police recover evidence in homicide
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say they have recovered a knife and gloves they believe were used in a homicide.
Authorities earlier had asked the public for help in finding the items. The Police Department issued a statement Thursday night saying they had been located.
Police believe the items were used in the Wednesday stabbing death of 53-year-old Brenda Hansen. Forty-one-year-old John Senn is charged with murder and being held on $1 million cash-only bond.
Authorities allege that Senn took prescription painkillers from Hansen and argued with her before stabbing her.
RAPID CITY STANDOFF
Man in custody after 3-hour standoff in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Charges are pending against a 37-year-old Rapid City man arrested after a standoff with police that lasted more than three hours.
Authorities say the Thursday afternoon standoff at a mobile home began when neighbors alerted police to a suspected burglary. When officers arrived, the suspect barricaded himself in the home.
Officers eventually entered the home and arrested the man on outstanding warrants. Additional charges are expected.
Progressive slot machines unveiled in Deadwood
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Special slot machines linked to machines in another state to provide much larger jackpots are now available in Deadwood.
The Gaming Association and the Chamber of Commerce in the western South Dakota gambling town say Powerbucks jackpots start at $1 million. The machines in Deadwood are linked with casinos in New Jersey.
A South Dakota legislative panel late last year cleared the way for the special machines.
Rep. Noem joining delegation to Asia-Pacific
WASHINGTON (AP) - South Dakota Republican Rep. Kristi Noem is headed to Asia with several other members of Congress.
She's one of eight Republicans and one Democrat in a group led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
The 10-day trip starts Friday.
The representatives plan to meet with leaders in Japan, South Korea and China. Issues up for discussion include economic growth and trade, regional security challenges and strengthening alliances in the region.
Noem says the Asia-Pacific region includes vital markets for agriculture products from South Dakota and across the U.S.
New salmon species being considered for Lake Oahe
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Wildlife officials are considering adding Atlantic salmon to Lake Oahe.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks biologist Bob Hanten tells the Capital Journal that Atlantic salmon have a number of advantages over the Chinook salmon currently in the lake. He says the overall goal is to increase the number of salmon that anglers catch on the Missouri River reservoir in South Dakota and North Dakota.
Flooding in 2011 flushed many salmon through the Oahe Dam and downstream. Hanten says biologists have been working to restore the salmon population in Lake Oahe but have been hampered by low numbers of rainbow smelt, the Chinook's main source of food. He says Atlantic salmon have the ability to switch to other prey.
Biologists will be seeking public input on the plan soon.
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