EASTER EGG HUNT
Governor's mansion hosts Easter egg hunt
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An Easter egg hunt was held Sunday afternoon at the South Dakota governor's mansion.
The 61st Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt was hosted by Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) and First Lady Linda Daugaard.
Egg hunt chairman Steve Wegmen estimates that up to 1,500 children participate in the event sponsored by the Pierre Elks each year. He calls the hunt the oldest and largest family event in the state of South Dakota.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INVESTIGATION
State-sponsored company wanted to finance pipeline
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A state-sponsored company that directed millions of dollars from foreign investors to the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in South Dakota attempted to finance the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The Argus Leader reports that SDRC Incorporated submitted an application to federal immigration authorities to list the pipeline's operator as a qualifying business under a program enabling foreign investors to secure permanent residency in the U.S. for investing at least $500,000.
The newspaper obtained federal documents through a Freedom of Information Act request.
SDRC had a contract with the governor's economic development office and used the federal EB-5 program to secure funding for the plant. Its contract was cancelled after officials learned it is under a federal investigation in connection with the program.
The pipeline is awaiting President Obama's approval.
BIRTH RATE-SOUTH DAKOTA
SD birth rate on the rise after recession slump
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's birth rate is on the rise after seeing a slump caused by the economic prospects during the recession.
The Argus Leader reports that the higher unemployment rate and a bleak economy led to 500 fewer babies being born in 2010 compared to 2007.
The state recorded almost 12,100 live births in 2012 and 11,894 in 2013 - almost 100 more than in 2007.
Mike McCurry is the state's demographer. He says the increase is dominated by Native Americans and Hutterites.
State statistics show that there were about 13 white children born per 1,000 people in the population in 2012. That year, there were about 26 Native American children born per 1,000 people.
McCurry also says South Dakotans tend to have more children than residents of neighboring states.
Authorities search for missing state prison inmate
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a state prison inmate missing in Rapid City.
State corrections officials say 26-year-old Paul Trejo walked away from the Rapid City Minimum Unit between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Trejo is described as a Native American male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 245 pounds.
He is serving a 10-year sentence with two years suspended for a third-degree burglary out of Butte County.
ROCK CLIMBING INCIDENT
Woman dies in rock climbing incident in SD
FALLING ROCK, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a 39-year-old woman has died as a result of injuries sustained from a fall while rock climbing in western South Dakota.
The Pennington County Sheriff's Department says emergency personnel responded to a report of an injured rock climber around 5 p.m. Saturday in Falling Rock. Members of the county's search and rescue team were able to extricate the victim and she was then airlifted to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Falling Rock is a limestone canyon about six miles outside Rapid City. The area's visitors' bureau says Falling Rock's climbing is on edges and pockets on vertical to slightly overhanging walls that are about 40 feet high.
The victim has not been publicly identified pending family notification.
Authorities say they are investigating the incident.
Horse races start at Stanley County Fairgrounds
FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The annual horse races in Fort Pierre at the Stanley County Fairgrounds have begun.
KCCR-AM reports the races started Saturday and will continue for the next two weekends.
Dennis Booth is the track's manager. Booth says the betting handle last year was between $30,000 and $40,000.
He says crowds last year were strong and the good weather made a difference. He says the quality of the horses this year is expected to be strong.
No races were scheduled for Easter Sunday.
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