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SIOUX FALLS -- Minnehaha County Jail staff in Sioux Falls are looking for an inmate who was wrongly released on Monday, July 23. Warden Jeff Gromer said prisoner Adrian Ray Watson, a 27-year-old charged with robbery and assault, was released from custody because staff mixed him up with another inmate who had the same name and was supposed to be let go. Authorities are looking for Watson.
NEW YORK -- The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The two sides announced the deal Thursday night. The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.
MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. -- A 25-year-old McLaughlin man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for the beating death of another man who died of blunt force trauma to the head. Sinjin Cameron of the far north-central South Dakota town on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the case and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann in Aberdeen.
SISSETON, S.D. -- A 42-year-old Sisseton man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, according to a U.S. attorney’s release on Wednesday, July 18. Ira Alan Arias, who also lists an address in Fort Worth, Texas, was found guilty by a federal jury in Aberdeen earlier this year on three counts of sexual abuse of a child.
FARGO -- For the first time, an investigation in North Dakota has won a prestigious national Drug Enforcement Agency honor. U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Christopher Myers announced that on Wednesday, July 18, acting DEA administrator Uttam Dhillon recognized a team of investigators and prosecutors with the “Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Group Achievement” at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 20-year-old Minot man attempting to rob a pharmacy fought with a security guard and then fled early Wednesday, July 18, according to police. At about 12:55 a.m., police responded to an alarm at Trinity Hospital’s Key Care Pharmacy in the Medical Arts building where officers witnessed a hospital security guard fighting with a male suspect, later identified as Trek Bender of Minot.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 44-year-old Rapid City man has been sent to federal prison for more than 14 years for stealing more than $1 million from a used car dealership in the western South Dakota city. Brent Bednarz was sentenced Monday, July 9, after his convictions on federal bank fraud and tax evasion charges and was also ordered to pay $1.49 million in restitution.
MINOT, N.D. -- Three people have been arrested for dealing heroin in two days in Minot, according to police. On Wednesday night, July 11, a man and woman were arrested after a disturbance at a northwest Minot apartment where officers first noticed meth in plain view and then obtained a search warrant.
PIERRE — Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has received approval to build a $380 million, 72-turbine wind farm in northeast South Dakota. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week approved a permit with conditions for constructing the 300-megawatt project in Grant and Codington counties along the Minnesota border and in an area about 10 miles northeast of Watertown.. The Dakota Range project is expected to be finished in 2021. The farm is expected to encompass up to 72 turbines across about 44,500 acres.
FARGO -- Fargo was ranked as the 19th best-run city out of the 150 largest cities in the U.S., according to a study by a personal finance website. WalletHub said the city’s lowest jobless rate among the 150 cities boosted the ranking. The city also ranked 11th for its economy and education and 14th for safety. Other rankings were 23rd for overall health, 27th for infrastructure and pollution, 40th for budget per capita and 49th for financial stability.