SD delegation attempts to halt VA hospital closure
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's congressional delegation is inviting the new Veterans Affairs secretary to the state.
The invitation to Robert McDonald is intended to prevent the closure of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the western part of the state.
Sens. Tim Johnson, John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem say they want McDonald to visit the VA hospital in Hot Springs.
The VA has served veterans in Hot Springs for more than a century but now wants to move some services to Rapid City. The Hot Springs VA hospital that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places would be shuttered, and an outpatient clinic would be opened.
The state's congressional delegation opposes the plan.
SD inmates donate $3,400 for storm relief
CANTON, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota inmates donating more than $3,440 to people affected by severe weather in the state this summer.
KELO-TV reports that state penitentiary inmates raised more than $1,700 for the Lincoln and Union County Relief Fund, which was started following heavy rains and flooding in June.
In addition to raising money, the inmates also helped with cleanup efforts in Canton after the flooding.
The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmates also are donating more than $1,740 to the Wessington Springs tornado recovery fund.
SD man found in doghouse after alleged theft
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man accused of stealing liquor from a convenience store ended with him being pepper sprayed and dragged out of a doghouse by police.
The Rapid City Journal reports that 22-year-old Joseph Decory faces several charges including theft.
Police say the Decory allegedly stole three bottles of liquor Wednesday night from a store. Authorities say once the suspect left the store, he hopped in to a van with three other people.
Police later arrested those people and found a barefoot Decory hiding in a doghouse. When he refused to come out, police used pepper spray on him.
Police say Decory's shoes were found at the store's parking lot.
DRUNKEN DRIVING REVERSED
Supreme Court overturns Monrose man's DUI charge
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a drunken driving conviction for a Monrose man who accidently bumped his parked truck into neutral while reaching for a cigarette almost two years ago.
Fifty-four-year-old Donald Nekolite was charged with DUI while out dancing with his girlfriend in Canistota in September 2012.
A Supreme Court opinion released Thursday says Nekolite was standing outside his truck on the passenger side when he bumped the shifter.
Two lower courts both ruled Nekolite had actual physical control of his truck while intoxicated. The Supreme Court says he couldn't have operated the truck in the usual way from where he was.
Nekolite's defense attorney Mike Unke says the ruling gives helps better define to when someone can be charged for drunken driving in South Dakota.
SD man sentenced for child sexual abuse
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - A Watertown man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.
KWAT radio reports 62-year-old Charles Dammin pleaded guilty to rape in May. He was sentenced on Wednesday and faced up to life in prison.
Authorities say the crime occurred at Dammin's wife's daycare in May 2013.
Elvis' guitar donor says he is rightful owner
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had the right to give it away because he owned it.
A federal judge has been asked to determine whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson rightfully owned the broken instrument when he donated it to the National Music Museum last year.
The museum insists in a lawsuit that it is the legal owner of the guitar "The King" played during his 1977 tour.
Collector Larry Moss says Johnson sold him the guitar earlier.
Johnson says Moss had the opportunity to buy the guitar in 2007 but never paid for it in full.
WILD CARD WINNER
Wild Card 2 ticket sold in Hartford worth $6,000
HARTFORD, S.D. (AP) - A Wild Card 2 ticket sold in Hartford is worth $6,000 in Wednesday's drawing.
South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Wild Card to win the game's second prize. The odds of winning it are 1 in about 127,000.
The winner has about six months to claim the money.
Wild Card 2 is played in the Dakotas, Montana and Idaho. The jackpot is at $215,000 for Saturday's drawing.
4 SD baseball players picked for USSSA tourney
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Four young baseball players from southeast South Dakota are headed to Kissimmee, Florida, for the Central division of the United States Specialty Sports Association All American baseball tournaments.
Matthew Ossenfort and Evan Applewick from the Sioux Falls Cyclones and Michael Mohr and Matthew Mohr from the Yankton Bombers have been selected for the tourney that runs July 31-August 4th.
The Central division consists of players from Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Billings Wolves of IFL name Chris Dixon coach
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Billings Wolves of the Indoor Football League have named former Sioux Falls Storm quarterback Chris Dixon as the team's head coach.
The Wolves announced Monday that Dixon had signed a multi-year agreement. Owner Ron Benzel says Dixon won championships as a player and the Wolves believe he will have the same type of success as a coach.
Dixon will start recruiting players for the 2015 season and is looking to hire two assistant coaches.
Dixon last week announced his retirement from the IFL after passing for more than 25,000 yards and more than 600 touchdowns. He won three league titles with the Storm and three titles with the now-defunct Billings Outlaws, one in the National Indoor Football League. He also has had stints with several Arena Football League teams.
The Oakland, California native played his college football at Humboldt State in Arcata, California.
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