SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The bitter cold snap across South Dakota has cancelled events and increased calls for furnace repairs, but hopes that it might chase away the state's most unwelcome visitors are futile at best. Forestry officials say the mountain pine beetles that have ravaged the Black Hills in recent years can withstand arctic temperatures.
WASHINGTON (AP) - South Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing House and Senate negotiators to keep a provision in a massive water projects bill that prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from charging some residents for use of water. South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune calls the Corps' proposal a "power grab" and will push to have the provision in the final bill.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say there have been 42 robberies or burglaries in five months within a two-mile radius on the city's west side. Officials say the latest holdup was probably the most brazen. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that two men pointed a gun at a clerk at Cubby's convenience store and took an undisclosed amount of money just after 1 a.m. Friday. On the way out, one robber fired a shot in the direction of the 62-year-old clerk. The bullet struck a cooler a few feet from the woman.
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Quincy Forte ran for a career-high 203 yards to compliment a record-breaking passing attack as third-seeded Eastern Washington pulled away from South Dakota State 41-17 in the second round of the FCS playoffs Saturday afternoon. The game, played at about 12 degrees with wind chill making it single digits, was tied 14-14 at the half in Cheney, Washington.
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