PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - There are varying degrees of drought conditions in the Plains region, but a National Weather Service hydrologist says predicted above-normal rain this spring might ease some of the problem. Mike Gillispie in Sioux Falls expects improvement in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. Parts of eastern South Dakota remain abnormally dry.
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. The newspaper reports the company expects to open the dealership in early May. It will have a service area and sell apparel.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Special Olympics South Dakota has launched a $1.9 million campaign to raise money for a training facility in Sioux Falls that would give athletes a place to practice without having to compete for gym time with other sports groups. The proposed 16,000-square-foot Unify Center would be built adjacent to Special Olympics headquarters.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A judge has reserved three weeks this summer for trial involving a proposed tribal national park in southwestern South Dakota. Ranchers who fear they will be forced off their land have petitioned Judge Mary Wynne to stop the tribal council from canceling grazing leases and expanding the South Unit by condemnation. The Rapid City Journal reports Wynne has scheduled trial to begin July 28th.
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