BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some organizations in the Dakotas are canceling holiday events as bitter cold settles over the region. "Parade of Lights" events in Yankton and Sturgis are among those being called off. The National Weather Service has posted advisories in the two states for wind chills as low as 40 degrees below zero. Temperatures that cold can quickly freeze exposed skin and cause hypothermia.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Leaders from the South Dakota governor's office and the state National Guard say a recent visit to Suriname (SUR'-ih-nahm) helped strengthen ties between the state and the South American country. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels (MY'-kuhls) and state Guard commander Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch (rysh) visited the country late last month and met with several officials, including Suriname's president.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - The nonprofit Farm Rescue has wrapped up its year after helping 50 families, its highest annual total to date. The North Dakota-based nonprofit provides planting and harvesting help to farm families stricken by a major illness, injury or disaster. Since 2006, Farm Rescue has helped more than 250 families in the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota and Iowa.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint Aberdeen lawyer Rick Sommers to be a state circuit judge in an area covering northeastern and north-central South Dakota. Sommers will fill a vacancy created by the pending retirement of Circuit Judge Jack Von Wald. In addition to working in civil and criminal law, Sommers specializes in water law and serves as city attorney for several municipalities.
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