SD man shot by police pleads guilty, mentally ill
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of threatening Rapid City police officers with a butcher knife has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of aggravated assault on a law officer.
Prosecutors in exchange are dropping charges of attempted murder and destruction of public property against Elijah White Magpie.
White Magpie was shot and wounded by police in February after he allegedly threatened officers who responded to a disturbance at the public library.
Authorities allege that White Magpie had been using alcohol and marijuana before he threw a rock through a window at the library, shattered a window in a parked van, threatened one officer and attacked another. He was shot twice by an officer.
He faces up to 50 years in prison when he's sentenced on Jan. 7.
SD files brief in US Supreme Court case on guns
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota has joined with 26 other states in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving the sale of guns.
Jackley says South Dakota allows private gun sales between law abiding citizens. He says the brief opposes the federal government's attempt to expand federal law to prevent such sales and prosecute lawful gun owners who buy firearms and sell them to others who can legally own guns.
The brief was filed in a case involving a former Virginia police officer who bought a gun and then sold it to his uncle, a Pennsylvania man who could legally own firearms. Jackley says federal authorities prosecuted the Virginia man on the grounds that he made false statements on the gun purchase form.
Prescribed burns planned to enhance SD elk habitat
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is providing money for prescribed burns to improve wildlife habitat in western South Dakota's Black Hills.
The Rapid City Journal reports the foundation has approved $71,000 in grants for burns on the southwest corner of Custer State Park, the northwest corner of Wind Cave National Park and portions of U.S. Forest Service and private land in the region.
The prescribed burns are to be scheduled when weather and ground conditions allow next summer. The goal is to eliminate ponderosa pines encroaching on aspen stands and to clear layers of pine needles, dead vegetation and weeds from the forest floor.
Black Hills National Forest wildlife biologist Kerry Burns says new forage growth benefits not just elk but other animals including deer and wild turkeys.
SD officials approve $7.2M Corn Palace project
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The State Historic Preservation Office has given its blessing to a $7.2 million plan to upgrade the Corn Palace tourist attraction in Mitchell.
The office says the plan to renovate and expand the Corn Palace will not "damage, destroy or encroach upon historic properties."
The plan was approved by the City Council in July.
The Corn Palace is part of Mitchell's Historic Commercial District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That prompted the state office's review of the plan.
Next-Generation Corn Palace Committee Chairman Doug Dailey tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the approval by the Historic Preservation Office is "quite a relief."
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