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SENATE-EB-5-FACT CHECK

State help for Northern Beef was about $4.3M

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers have been tossing out figures of taxpayer losses ranging from zero dollars to $80 million.

State figures show that the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

Former Governor Mike Rounds said during Saturday's Republican primary candidate forum that no taxpayer money was lost.

Yankton attorney and soldier Jason Ravnsborg (ROUNDS'-berg) said $80 million was lost.

The governor's office says about $3.5 million in state grants supported the Northern Beef project. The Department of Revenue says the plant also received nearly $845,000 in state construction-tax refunds.

Ravnsborg says he was referring to the difference between the total raised and the bankruptcy sale price.

Rounds says contractors, use and property taxes brought in about what the state invested.

SENATE-FINANCES-NELSON

Nelson raises more than $28K during first quarter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - State Representative Stace Nelson of Fulton raised more than $28,400 for his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat during the first three months of 2014.

Nelson's Federal Election Commission report shows he spent just under $28,800 during the quarter ending March 31st, leaving him cash on hand of slightly more than $33,400. His report showed no campaign debt.

Nelson is one of five Republicans seeking the nomination for the seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Tim Johnson. Also seeking the GOP nod are former Governor Mike Rounds, state Senator Larry Rhoden of Union Center, Sioux Falls physician Annette Bosworth and Yankton attorney and soldier Jason Ravnsborg.

Rick Weiland is the sole Democratic candidate, and former Republican U.S. Senator Larry Pressler is running as an independent.

SENATE-FINANCES-BOSWORTH

Bosworth's campaign says she raised $772K in 1Q

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Doctor Annette Bosworth says she raised slightly more than $772,000 during the first three months of 2014.

Patrick Davis with Bosworth's campaign says in an email that Bosworth spent nearly $674,000 during the quarter, and the campaign had about $348,000 cash on hand as of March 31.

Bosworth, a Sioux Falls physician, is one of five Republicans seeking the nomination for the seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Tim Johnson. Also seeking the GOP nod are former Gov. Mike Rounds, state Representative Stace Nelson of Fulton, state Senator Larry Rhoden of Union Center and Yankton attorney and soldier Jason Ravnsborg.

Rick Weiland is the sole Democratic candidate, and former Republican U.S. Senator Larry Pressler is running as an independent.

SENATE-FINANCES-RHODEN

Rhoden raises just under $16K during quarter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Larry Rhoden raised just shy of $16,000 during the first three months of 2014.

Rhoden's latest Federal Election Commission filing shows a little more than $78,000 in his campaign coffers at the end of the quarter, offset by slightly less than $7,000 in debt.

Totals for the state senator from Union Center came in at less than half of the nearly $38,000 he raised during the final quarter of 2013.

Also seeking the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Tim Johnson are former Governor Mike Rounds, state Representative Stace Nelson of Fulton, Yankton attorney and soldier Jason Ravnsborg and Sioux Falls physician Annette Bosworth.

Rick Weiland is the sole Democratic candidate, and former Sen. Larry Pressler is running as an independent.

MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP-STURGIS

Indian Motorcycles dealership to open in Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The company Indian Motorcycles plans to open a permanent dealership in Sturgis.

The Rapid City Journal reports the company's push to re-establish as a major player in cycle city will challenge the dominance that Harley-Davidson motorcycles have held for years.

More than 75 years ago riders of Indian motorcycles launched a small gathering that later exploded into the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.

The newspaper reports the brand lay dormant for two years until the unveiling of new models in August.

The company expects to open the dealership in early May. It will have a service area and sell apparel.

NATIONAL PARKS-FEE INCREASES

2 national parks in SD to increase tour fees

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - Visitors will have to pay more to tour the two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills starting April 30th.

The service on Wednesday announced fee increases for tours at Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park.

Rates for Jewel Cave's scenic and historic lantern tours will increase from $8 to $12 for adults and from $4 to $8 for children ages 6 to 16. The wild caving tour will cost $31, up from $27.

Various tours at Wind Cave will see fee hikes. The natural entrance, fairgrounds, and candlelight tours will increase from $9 to $12 for adults and from $4.50 to $6 for children ages 6 through 16.

Park Superintendent Vidal Davila says the fees fund facility upgrades. He says the increases were discussed at public meetings.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Police arrest man in death of Sioux Falls woman

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police in eastern South Dakota say they have arrested a man in the death of a Sioux Falls woman.

Authorities say officers and emergency services were called to a home for a 53-year-old woman who sustained fatal injuries at a home Wednesday afternoon.

Police say witnesses saw a man leave the home and were able to get a license plate number and the description of the car. Police found the suspect and the car minutes later.

Police say the man has not been charged and the incident appears to be drug related. They say the victim and suspect knew each other.

The woman has not been publicly identified.

PUPPIES STOLEN

2 puppies stolen from pet store in southeast SD

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Two 8-week-old puppies have been stolen from a pet store in southeast South Dakota.

The owner of Ed's Pet World in Mitchell says the animals were taken during a break-in shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Ed Anderson says surveillance video shows a man broke into the store, took $50 in cash from the register, and then grabbed a wire dog crate and the puppies.

Each of the miniature poodles is valued at $599.

Anderson says he is seriously concerned about the puppies because they had just been weaned from their mothers. Anderson had only had them for about 24 hours.

Police ask residents to call the department should they have any information about the puppies. Anderson is offering a $150 reward for information.

SD MINES-ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

School of Mines names new athletic director

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has named its new athletic director.

The school on Wednesday announced the appointment of Joel Lueken.

Lueken is the associate athletic director for William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He will start his tenure at the school in Rapid City on June 2nd.

Lueken will fill the position vacated by Dick Kaiser who left for Northwestern Oklahoma State University in July.

The School of Mines is in its first year as full member of the NCAA Division Two. The school has announced that it will join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Lueken has been at William Jewell since 2006 and became the college's associate athletic director in 2009.

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