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BREWSTER, Minn. — Sunday, Aug. 19, marks the third anniversary of the homicide of a southwest Minnesota woman in her own home. Charges have never been filed in the Jan Pigman-Kruse murder case in Brewster, a small town just north of Worthington. Pigman-Kruse was 40 when she died as the result of a gunshot wound to the chest.
ST. PAUL -- Four tribes in Minnesota sued 24 opioid manufacturers and distributors on Thursday, Aug. 16, accusing them of devastating public health effects on their communities. The four tribes are Prairie Island Indian Community, Lower Sioux Indian Community, the Upper Sioux Indian Community, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, all in southern Minnesota.
PIERRE, S.D. - Six people accused of attempting to have sex with minors have been arrested in a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally sex sting, state officials said in a release Tuesday, Aug. 15. An undercover operation taking place at the annual rally in the Black Hills for the past five years has netted arrests of people from across the world, according to Ace Crawford of the U.S. attorney's office for South Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota Department of Transportation workers apparently saved the life of a suicidal, disorderly runaway youth who jumped off an Interstate 90 bridge in northwest Sioux Falls on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and then tried running into traffic on the roadway. The four workers, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, first alertly diverted traffic and attempted to help the runaway as they saw him climb onto the interstate overpass about 2 p.m.
ST. PAUL — Human error caused the hourlong 911 outage in Minnesota, North Dakota and North Carolina on Aug. 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. CenturyLink, the contracted 911 service provider in Minnesota and North Dakota, said an error by an employee of a third-party vendor is to blame. In the late afternoon incident, CenturyLink said an employee of West Safety Services made a mistake while making a network configuration change that prevented 911 calls from being accepted in the three states.
STURGIS, S.D.—Although an estimated road count of visitors won't be released until Tuesday, Aug. 14, attendance at the rally was soaring throughout the week. The 78th annual rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota also turned out to be one of the safer ones as deaths were cut in half from last year and injury accidents were also down. The state Department of Public Safety said there were four deaths in the Black Hills region during this year's rally, compared to eight last year. Injury accidents also fell from 69 last year to 56 this year.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officials continue to be pleased with attendance at this year’s 78th annual event as visitors are up almost 6 percent over last year. So far, through Thursday, almost 400,000 people have attended the event in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The latest number released was for Thursday when 56,302 people entered the rally city, an increase of 11.5 percent over the same day last year.
STURGIS, S.D.— The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota had its biggest day of the nine-day event on Wednesday, Aug. 8, as 60,608 people entered the event. The South Dakota Department of Transportation, which installs counters on roadways entering the usually small town tucked in the hills, said that the number for the day was an increase of 11.4 percent from the year before. So far, through six days, the attendance at the 78th annual event is listed at 342,016, up by 5.1 percent from last year.
DILWORTH, Minn. – Authorities have released the identity of a Moorhead man who was found dead in a vehicle that crashed in Dilworth near Moorhead, Minn., on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Dale L. Tenderholt, 50, who was an engineer with the BNSF railroad was the lone occupant of a vehicle that left the road and ended up in a ditch close to BNSF railroad property about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, Dilworth police said.
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 39-year-old man died Tuesday night, Aug. 7, in a one-vehicle crash 13 miles north of Watertown in northeast South Dakota when his vehicle went into the median and crashed into a pillar that supports an overpass over Interstate 29. The name of the man is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved.