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Mitchell School Board member participates in USDA round-table regarding school nutrition programs

Mitchell School Board vice-president Neil Putnam and other local school officials from around the country recently participated in a round-table discussion with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Washington regarding improving school lunch programs. The meeting was part of Perdue’s effort to enact reforms to make school lunches more appealing by giving more control to …

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Rosholt man survives head-on crash with semi

A Roberts County man survived a head-on crash with a semi in a construction zone on Interstate 29 this week.  South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan says the crash occurred around 4 pm Tuesday a half-mile north of Sisseton. Photo credit: KWAT Watertown  Eighty year-old Charles Fiala of Rosholt was driving north …

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South Dakota road hunting laws are the most permissive in the Upper Midwest

No neighboring state is as liberal as South Dakota when it comes to traveling with loaded guns or hunting on, along or over roads. Despite accidents in which hunters have been killed or maimed, it remains legal for a hunter to drive with a loaded, uncased firearm along almost any highway or road except an …

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First test of nationwide ‘Presidential Alert’ system for cellphones set for Oct. 3

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) —  The federal government is set to conduct the first-ever test of a nationwide system to send emergency alerts to almost all cellphones in the country on October 3. The “Presidential Alert” system uses the same wireless alerts smartphone users receive on AMBER alerts or severe weather warnings but allows the president, or another …

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California governor signs law to bar restaurants from automatically handing out plastic straws

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — California has passed a law that will ban restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws in an effort to help protect the environment, particularly the ocean and marine life. “Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Gov. Jerry Brown of …

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‘Our whole entire place was just destroyed’: Florence survivors grapple with the aftermath

Sean Rayford/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Sara Felton and her husband packed up their car and got out of the path of Hurricane Florence two days before the storm hit. Now, a week after the impact, they’re dealing with the aftermath. The North Carolina resident got a call from her mother-in-law the morning after the worst …

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USDA: cattle placements jump 7%

The USDA’s latest round of cattle on feed numbers was very close to pre-report expectations. Placements into feedlots during August were 2.070 million head, up 7% on the year, and mostly cattle weighing less than 800 pounds. By weight, placements of cattle weighing less than 600 pounds were 430,000 head, 600 to 699-pound placements were …

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The Blue Dogs are back!

I’m going to get all nostalgic here, recalling fondly the heyday of the House Blue Dog Coalition, a self-proclaimed caucus of conservative Democrats – consistently fiscally conservative, but verging moderate to liberal on some social issues — a gang I always thought out to be model for the rest of the two parties.  While not …

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Rain turns away Minnesota farmer ready to begin harvest

A corn and soybean farmer ready to begin harvest in south-central Minnesota was turned away by another bout of wet weather. Speaking to Brownfield Thursday, Bryan Biegler of Lake Wilson says excessive moisture has been a problem throughout the season. “I don’t know how long this (delay) will be.  If the (rain) stops now, we …

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Severe weather damages farms in southeast Minnesota

  Severe weather is responsible for some farm damage in southeastern Minnesota. Minnesota Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson says thunderstorms moved from the Waterville area up through Northfield Thursday night, leaving a wake of destruction. “We’re hearing that at least four tornadoes were on the ground in the Faribault area at the same time.  The storm …

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Apple’s biggest, most expensive iPhone hits stores

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Apple’s biggest and most expensive phones — the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max — went on sale on Friday, as some analysts wondered if the high prices will turn off customers. The cheapest new Xs model starts at $999 for 64GB in memory. The phone that Apple refers to …

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Wisconsin and Maryland shooters both had history of mental illness

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two workplace shootings in two days. Two different attackers — one, a middle-aged man who fired at his coworkers at a software firm in Wisconsin — the other, a young woman who shot dead three employees at the Maryland warehouse where she worked. But on Friday, a common thread emerged between both …

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Owner of 3D-printed gun firm arrested in alleged sexual assault of a minor

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The owner of a controversial company that makes 3D-printed gun blueprints has reportedly been arrested in Taiwan after being accused in Texas of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old and then paying her $500. The U.S. Marshals Service is aware of suspect Cody Wilson’s arrest, the agency said in a statement Friday. “We are …

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Heavy Rain, Severe Weather, and Flooding – September 18-21, 2018

More than 100 Uber Eats couriers block London streets in protest over change in pay

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — More than 100 Uber Eats couriers blocked roads in London on Thursday to protest what they said is a significant cut in pay by the company. The couriers, riding scooters and motorcycles, chanted “no money, no food” as they shut down traffic outside Uber Eats’s London headquarters for the second day in a …

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Mystery cat killings solved after three year investigation

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The mystery behind the killing and mutilation of more than 400 cats in London has been solved after a three-year investigation. The identity of the so-called “Croydon cat killer,” named after a section of London, was thought by some to be a white male in his 40s but it turns out the culprits …

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More than 100 dead after ferry sinks in Tanzania

iStock/Thinkstock(UKARA, Tanzania) — More than 100 people have been confirmed dead after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria in Tanzania Thursday. So far, 37 people have been rescued, but it is believed that hundreds more are missing and feared dead, the Associated Press reported. The exact number of passengers on the MV Nyerere ferry has …

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Pope Francis to tour Baltics, honor ‘those who have suffered for their faith’

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — Following a troubling summer marred by clerical child abuse scandals, Pope Francis is heading eastwards to the Baltic States on his 25th trip as pontiff this Saturday. The four-day trip will take him to three Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The papal trip is also an occasion to “pay homage to those …

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Local Sports for Friday September 21st

It was another great battle last night with two of the top five ranked teams in Class “AA” volleyball took to the court and this time the #4 ranked Kernels beat the #5 ranked Rough Riders of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in five sets to earn their ninth win of the season.  Scores in favor of …

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3 infants, 2 adults stabbed at home-operated daycare; suspect in custody: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Three babies were among five people stabbed at a private daycare facility in New York City early Friday, police said. The victims were found just before 4 a.m. inside the home-operated daycare in the Flushing neighborhood of the city’s borough of Queens, police said. There were nine infants inside the house, three …

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5 people, including 3 kids, slashed at home-operated daycare in New York City

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Five people, including three children, were slashed by an employee of a home-operated daycare center in New York City, authorities said. Victims at the home, in Flushing, Queens, were discovered around 3:30 a.m. local time. Among the three children injured were two girls and one boy — all infants, authorities said. Victims …

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Bill Cosby to be sentenced next week

Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — After years of allegations of sexual violence from dozens of women which nearly all share common denominator accusations of being drugged and molested by the world-famous entertainer, Bill Cosby is facing the prospect of walking into a Pennsylvania courthouse next week, never to emerge a free man. For the first time …

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