SIOUX FALLS DRUG INDICTMENT
Woman pleads guilty in Sioux Falls drug conspiracy
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a federal drug conspiracy case linked to a Sioux Falls homicide.
Fifty-five-year-old Theresa Rasmussen was charged in March along with her daughter, Faith Rasmussen, and two others. She pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug conspiracy charge and faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced Nov. 17.
Faith Rasmussen is scheduled to plead guilty to charges on Tuesday. She was the girlfriend of Jordan LeBeau, a marijuana dealer who was killed last December in what authorities said was a botched robbery planned by other dealers in the Sioux Falls area. Two Watertown teenagers this month pleaded guilty to assault and manslaughter in LeBeau's slaying.
Authorities say the drug conspiracy involved more than 200 pounds of marijuana.
Stolen car suspect crashes after several accidents
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man is in custody in Sioux Falls after allegedly crashing a stolen car into several vehicles while attempting to flee police.
Authorities say the man fled when an officer tried to make a traffic stop about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect struck a parked van and two vehicles in roadways before rolling the car he was driving multiple times. It came to rest on its roof.
Authorities say the suspect crawled from a window and fled on foot. Officers eventually caught up with him and took him into custody on numerous charges including auto theft, fleeing, reckless driving, and hit and run.
Harrisburg voters to decide $25M school measure
HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) - Voters in the Harrisburg School District near Sioux Falls will decide a $25 million bond measure to fund expansion projects and program upgrades.
The Argus Leader newspaper reports that school board members voted this week to schedule an Oct. 7 election. The measure will require 60 percent approval to pass.
The measure would fund a new elementary school, a high school expansion and other improvements.
The school district has grown from about 900 students in 2003 to nearly 3,600 this fall. The district had two schools 10 years ago, and it has eight now, including four in Sioux Falls.
Portrait of former Gov. Bill Janklow hung at USD
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A portrait of former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow now hangs in Farber Hall at the University of South Dakota.
The portrait by Watertown artist Joshua Spies depicts Janklow at the latter end of his career, giving one of his 16 state-of-the-state addresses. It joins portraits of nine other former governors who attended USD.
Janklow attended the school in the 1970s, studying law. He went on to serve as attorney general, governor and U.S. congressman.
Janklow died of brain cancer in 2012, at the age of 72.
A ceremony was held Wednesday at USD to dedicate his portrait.
Janklow Papers being made available to public
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A collection of records that span the political career of former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow will start to be made public via the Internet later this year.
The Argus Leader reports the Janklow Papers collection includes almost 500 boxes of government records and political papers that start when he was a legal aid lawyer and run through his stints as attorney general, governor and congressman.
Janklow died in 2012. He left the collection to the University of South Dakota, his alma mater, on the condition that the records be digitized and made available to the public.
USD Dean of Libraries Daniel Daily says the project will take three to four more years to complete. Daily was one of several speakers Wednesday as USD dedicated a portrait of Janklow.
HOMESTAKE OPERA HOUSE
Leads' Homestake Opera House celebrates centennial
LEAD, S.D. (AP) - The Homestake Opera House in Lead (leed) is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend.
The three-level opera house and recreation center opened its doors on Aug. 31, 1914, and became a cultural hub in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. In addition to the theater it had a library and a swimming pool.
The building was heavily damaged by a fire in April 1984, and officials have been working to restore it since. Last December they kicked off a $4.2 million fundraising campaign to renovate the stage.
The weekend centennial celebration begins with a Friday night party and concludes Sunday with photo and video historical presentations. There also will be tours Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
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