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2 plead guilty in kidnapping, assault on Yankton reservation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two South Dakota men have pleaded guilty for their roles in a kidnapping and assault on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 23-year-old Gavin Little of Marty and 24-year-old Christian Garcia of Yankton entered their pleas last week in federal court.

The indictment charged Little with kidnapping and Garcia with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The government says in late November, Little and Garcia, along with two juveniles, assaulted a man at a home on the reservation.

After the man was unconscious, Little loaded him into a vehicle and drove off. Little abandoned the vehicle after a chase and ran away. Tribal officials found the unconscious man in the vehicle.

Little faces up a life in federal prison while Garcia faces up to 10 years.


USDA: South Dakota leads nation in unplanted acres

(Information from: KSFY-TV,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota farmers were unable to plant more than 3.8 million acres this year, the highest number in the nation.

KSFY-TV reports the tally includes 2.8 million unplanted corn acres and nearly 851,000 acres for soybeans.

The USDA says total number of unplanted acres nationwide was more than 19 million acres, and the is the highest since the agency began reporting those figures in 2007

Many states across the Midwest were hit hard by flooding this spring, leading to fields being too wet for farmers to plant.



Board debates raising bond requirements for drillers

(Information from: Rapid City Journal,

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A state board is weighing whether to raise bonding requirements for natural gas and oil drillers.

The Rapid City Journal reports the Board of Minerals and Environment is considering the increase as the state pursues a $15.5 million lawsuit against a

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