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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that an elderly South Dakota man accused in a 1974 fatal stabbing isn’t competent to stand trial. New DNA testing led to the arrest of Algene Vossen in the death of 74-year-old Mable Herman of Willmar, Minnesota, who prosecutors said had been stabbed 38 times. Vossen, now 80, was questioned shortly after the body of the victim was discovered by her sister. But it was only after advances in DNA testing and another look at the case that Vossen was arrested decades later in Sioux Falls where he had been living.   

South Dakota lawmakers are considering a legislative report that finds Gov. Kristi Noem’s daughter received preferential treatment while she was applying for a real estate appraiser license in 2020. The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee last year probed into the certification process for Noem’s daughter, Kassidy Peters. The Associated Press reported the Republican governor had called a meeting that included Peters and key decision-makers in the agency evaluating her license application just days after the agency had moved to deny her the license. Peters received another opportunity to demonstrate she could meet federal standards and received her license four months later. The report states the extra opportunity deviated from established protocol.

A federal judge sentenced a Rapid City man on Monday to two-and-a-half years in prison and three years of supervised release for involuntary manslaughter. Court documents show the man shot and killed his uncle with a shotgun.

SIOUX FALLS | South Dakota Senate Republicans in a private 2020 meeting planned how to achieve an already-negotiated outcome to a committee investigating a pair of lawmakers for being intoxicated during legislative proceedings even before the committee had a chance to meet, according to a te…

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is Part Two of Two on the state House and Senate races in the Rapid City area, due to the amount of candidates running for office, covering Districts 33, 34 and 35. Part One published Thursday, covering Districts 30 and 32.

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