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Who's Ready for Blizzard Conditions?

North-central states could see up to 2 feet of snow over next few days

(Newser) - Get your snow boots ready. A "potentially historic" winter storm is expected over the next several days in the north-central part of the country, which could see record low temperatures and up to two feet of snow, USA Today reports. Parts of Washington state, northern Idaho, and western Montana... More »

Newest School Requirement Is a Motto at Least 12 Inches High

South Dakota law takes effect

(Newser) - South Dakota students will return to "In God We Trust" displayed in their schools—"in a prominent location," at least 12 inches by 12 inches. A new state law requires that the motto be in place for the first day of school. "Some have plaques, others... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

South Dakota Town's Game of Chance Finally Ends

SD's Ryan Gordon chased the queen and won

(Newser) - A dozen friends and family from Montrose, South Dakota, pooled $600 and now have $321,208 to show for it. The group won the jackpot Wednesday in a "Chase the Queen" fundraiser that has been drawing thousands to Hudson, population 324. The fundraiser granted 10% of weekly ticket sales... More »

A Game of Chance Is Drawing Thousands to Hudson, SD

Someone could win six figures tonight

(Newser) - Hudson, South Dakota, is home to 324 people, except on recent Wednesdays, when that population temporarily swells by several thousand. They're headed to Waddy's Bar for the chance to win a game of chance that has so far ended with no winner, pushing the pot to $216,133,... More »

The 'Toughest Pill' From Farm Belt Flooding

Farmers were storing corn and soybeans, waiting for price to rise another 10 cents or so

(Newser) - Flooding has killed at least four people, plus livestock, and destroyed millions of dollars worth of grain supplies in Farm Belt states across the Missouri River Basin . Meanwhile, Southern states are apparently in for a brutal spring in terms of flooding. Details:
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'Bomb Cyclone' Could Hit 70M Americans

Hunker down—heavy snow, strong winds expected

(Newser) - Some 70 million residents of the central US may soon come face-to-face with a "bomb cyclone." The rare weather system—the Conversation has a helpful explainer—arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. Per CNN , "more than [45 million] people are under a... More »

After 38 Years, an Arrest in Death of Newborn Left in Field

Detectives follow DNA trail to woman who says she was 'young and stupid'

(Newser) - A community's 38-year quest for "justice for Andrew," a newborn who was left in a South Dakota cornfield to die, has led to an arrest. Police say DNA tests show Theresa Rose Bentaas, 57, was the infant's mother, the Argus Leader reports. She now faces murder... More »

Thousands Back Potential State of 'MegaKota'

What's in a name? Apparently a lot

(Newser) - Thousands of people hope to add "a pretty rad state name" to the map of America. MegaKota is the goal of Dillan Stewart of Fargo, ND, and more than 12,500 others who've signed his petition asking President Trump to combine North Dakota and South Dakota into a... More »

The Ground Shook. Then, a Noise and a 'Yellow Ball of Fire'

2 dead after small plane crashes outside homes in Sioux Falls, SD

(Newser) - Both people who were on board a small plane that crashed and caught fire in a residential neighborhood of South Dakota's largest city died, authorities said Wednesday. The plane crashed at around 5pm Tuesday in the backyards of four homes in Sioux Falls, causing significant damage to two of... More »

Woman Found Dead in Car Crash Had Been Shot

Melissa Peskey's husband says he was informed he was a 'person of interest'

(Newser) - It was a mystery right from the start. Cops who responded to the scene of a car crash Dec. 13 along a Missouri interstate in Cooper County found a 40-year-old mother dead in the driver's seat, and her two children, ages 5 and 11, unharmed, per KELO-TV . Based on... More »

'Extensive' Porn Browsing Led to Malware on Gov't Network

USGS employee visited 9K adult sites: inspector general's report

(Newser) - Russian malware found infecting a US government network got the in from a US Geological Survey employee who violated agency rules about watching porn on a government-issued computer. That's according to a Oct. 17 report by the Department of the Interior's inspector general, which found the unnamed employee... More »

His Brother Was Executed in 2000. He Shared That Fate

Rodney Berget just the 4th man to be executed in South Dakota since 1979

(Newser) - Rodney Berget, 56, was put to death by lethal injection Monday night for the 2011 murder of a South Dakota prison guard, marking the state's fourth execution since it reinstated the death penalty in 1979. The last execution took place in 2012. The execution had been slated for 1:... More »

Surgeon Who Removed Healthy Kidney Denies Negligence

He was supposed to remove woman's adrenal gland

(Newser) - A South Dakota surgeon admitted to mistakenly removing an Iowa woman's healthy kidney but denied that he breached the standard of care, according to the surgeon's response to a lawsuit filed by the patient. Dr. Scott Baker and the Surgical Institute of South Dakota acknowledged in an answer... More »

Sheriff Fires Deputy Who Defeated Him in Primary

South Dakota officer will lose health insurance

(Newser) - Defeating the sheriff in an election is apparently a fireable offense in the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office. Mark Maggs, the South Dakota county's 31-year-old deputy sheriff, says he was fired on Tuesday after defeating his boss in the Republican primary for sheriff, the Argus Leader reports. Maggs... More »

These Are the Least Green US States

WalletHub ranking based on environmental quality, more

(Newser) - WalletHub says it's time to "call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment"—and its own report points the finger at West Virginia. Less than a week from Earth Day, the state falls dead last on WalletHub's list of the greenest US... More »

This State Has the Best Quality of Life

And California has the worst

(Newser) - When it comes to quality of life, studies have shown that a feeling of social connectedness is one of the most important factors. "The number one indicator of success in life and having a fulfilling, satisfying life is the quality of your relationships," says one sociology professor. "... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

Details Given on SD Lawmaker's Death in South Pacific

Rep. Craig Tieszen reportedly became caught in a current

(Newser) - More details have been released surrounding a South Dakota state representative's death in a kayaking accident off the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, and his brother-in-law, 61-year-old Brent Moline, borrowed hotel kayaks last Wednesday and paddled out around 9am into what is described as having... More »

Pacific Island Trip Turns Deadly for South Dakota Lawmaker

State Rep. Craig Tieszen, brother-in-law drowned in kayaking accident

(Newser) - A South Dakota state representative and his brother-in-law drowned in an apparent kayaking accident in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where they were attending a wedding for the lawmaker's daughter, officials said Thursday. State Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, a Republican from Rapid City, and his brother-in-law, Brent... More »

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