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Wagon train to start its trek to Pierre for 125th

A wagon train leaves Yankton for Pierre this week as part of the state's 125th anniversary of statehood.

Before the procession leaves on Thursday, a public gathering will be held at the Yankton rodeo grounds in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday.

The program will include remarks from Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a speech by wagonmaster Gerald Kessler, a re-enactment of the first governor by actor John Timm, songs by the Beadle School first-graders. Also performing will be local country singers Rachel Wood and Ashley Schweitzer, singer Mike McDonald and re-enactors from the Missouri National Recreation River.

All events are free, but there is a charge for dinner.

The wagon train will follow an old trail and arrive in Pierre on Sept. 20.


Sioux Falls commuters irked by road diet project

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls commuters are expressing frustration over a pilot project that has purposely slowed traffic on Main Street.

Michelle Gehrman tells the Argus Leader ( ) the city's road diet project has caused a horrible rush hour back up in parking garages. She says she's almost been hit by other drivers as they back out of recently constructed angled parking spaces.

One lane of traffic was converted into parking spaces, outdoor seating and bicycle racks to create a buffer between cars and pedestrians.

City officials hope to make Main Street more pedestrian-friendly, which in turn would encourage retail growth.

The project began in July and is expected to last through at least October. The city will evaluate traffic impacts and public feedback before it decides if the changes will be permanent.


Proposed wind farm in southeast SD nears 1st goal

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - An effort to start a wind farm in southeast South Dakota that could generate 1,000 megawatts of energy is almost at the halfway mark of its fundraising goal.

The Plain Talk ( ) reports that the Dakota Power Community Wind project has raised about $700,000. The project runs primarily east of Interstate 29.

Brian Minish is the treasurer of the project. He says Dakota Power has about 23,000 acres under option with 100 landowners.

The group will develop the site with the expectation of selling it in three to five years.

Minish says a meteorological tower set on the site in April has shown the area is good for wind. He adds that the project doesn't pose any health risks as some opponents have claimed.


Large kite dropping leads to Missouri River search

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a report of an object that fell from the sky resulted in a Missouri River search.

Ron Bren of the Pierre Rescue Squad tells KCCR-AM that the object the caller couldn't quite distinguish when it fell into the marina because it was dusk ended up being a large tissue box kite.

Bren says his squad, members of the state Game, Fish and Parks Department and the Hughes County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

The station reports that a boat and jet ski were dispatched to the middle of the marina where the object had landed. Bren says a sheriff's deputy wearing a life jacket swam from shore to the object.

The kite had begun dissolving in the water, but a chunk was still on the surface.


Pierre planning for SD governor's inauguration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's next governor won't be elected until Nov. 4, but the city of Pierre is already preparing for the inauguration.

The next inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 10. The festivities have traditionally included the swearing-in ceremony and one or two balls.

KCCR-AM reports that Mayor Laurie Gill has chosen Scott and Julia Jones to head the city's Inaugural Committee again.

The station reports much of the details won't be finalized until the winner is announced.

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard is being challenged by Democratic state Rep. Susan Wismer and independent candidate Mike Myers.


Suspect in SD motel shooting still at large

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Police in Rapid City say they are still searching for the 28-year-old male suspect in a motel shooting.

Police say the suspect in the Sunday morning shooting at the Colonial Motel has two other active warrants. One warrant is for aggravated eluding, DUI and reckless discharge or possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and the other is for failure to comply with a sentence.

Authorities say no one was injured during the incident at the motel.

The Rapid City and Pennington County Special Response Team was dispatched shortly after the incident to a residential area where authorities believed the suspect was hiding. Officers entered a home, but the man was not inside.

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