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PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota remains one of the leading states in the nation for the lowest number of traffic fatalities in 2017, despite there were 13 more fatalities on state roads than the previous year. There were 129 traffic fatalities in South Dakota during 2017, up from the 116 reported in 2016, a year which saw the second lowest fatality total of all time.
PARKSTON, S.D. – A family from Tyndall, S.D., has been identified as those who died in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in southeast South Dakota on an ice-covered roadway. Pronounced dead at the scene were Zachary Johnson, 16, the driver; and his two parents, who were passengers, Daniel Johnson, 49, and Tina Johnson, 48. All three were wearing seatbelts.
PARSHALL, N.D. -- The victim in a fatal two-car crash on an icy state highway, with snow drifting across the road, near Parshall in western North Dakota on Saturday has been identified. She is Elizabeth Pohlman, 40, of New Town, the North Dakota State Patrol reported on Tuesday, March 13.
MINNEAPOLIS—The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is headed back to the Big Dance for the first time in three years. The Golden Gophers were awarded the No. 10 seed in the 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Green Bay in Eugene, Ore., on Friday, March 16, in the Spokane region.. The game is set for 4 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.
LOWER BRULE, S.D. -- A 37-year-old Lower Brule man, who was a previous sex offender, will spend 15 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl by the Missouri River in central South Dakota in his vehicle while she was passed out. James St. Cloud, who was convicted of sexual abuse, was given an extra two years in prison last week in his federal court appearance because he was on supervised probation for aggravated sexual abuse from a 1999 incident.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of a crude oil spill of 160 barrels or 6,720 gallons in McKenzie County about 16 miles southeast of Watford City. Initial estimates indicate those 160 barrels were released from the treater unit on a well pad. Of this amount, an estimated 24 barrels, or about 1,000 gallons, leaked onto nearby agricultural land. The rest was apparently contained on the well pad.
PARKSTON, S.D. – A 16-year-old and two older adults died early Saturday morning after their vehicle collided with a semi truck over the weekend in southeast South Dakota. Names of the people involved were not being released yet early Monday by state officials pending notification of family members.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities have arrested a 37-year-old Minneapolis man in Florida in connection with the shooting death of another man in Minneapolis. Antwan Darnell Cosey is in custody on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to the Minneapolis Police Department, which gave the following details of the crime and subsequent arrest:
MINOT, N.D. -- A teenager was shot multiple times at an apartment complex in northwest Minot Wednesday night about 6:30 p.m. Minot police patrol commander John Klug said the 18-year-old man was taken to Trinity Hospital and it appeared he would survive. As of late Wednesday night, no suspects were in custody. However, Klug said that it appeared to be an isolated incident and there was no immediate danger to the public.
FARGO-- U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit Fargo-Moorhead on Friday, March 9, to tour a research center, hold a roundtable discussion with commodity groups, have lunch with students pursuing degrees in agriculture and tour a sugar beet processing facility.