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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Democratic congressional candidate Tim Bjorkman is reporting slower fundraising than his Republican opponent in the House race, but Bjorkman ended June with a bigger bank balance overall. Federal campaign finance reports show Bjorkman, a former judge, raised about $82,000 from May 17 through June 30, short of Johnson's roughly $120,000 haul during that period. But Bjorkman closed the fundraising window with nearly $218,000 on hand compared to Johnson's roughly $151,000 banked.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon may see racing again. The Argus Leader reports the speedway will go up for auction Sept. 15. The track's future had been murky after Minnehaha County officials said the speedway had lost the grandfathered noise ordinance exemption letting it operate.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A woman accused of strangling another woman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in January 2016 has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. Twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth Ann LeBeau pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Emily Bluebird. Bluebird's body was found on the reservation several weeks after her death following a search by volunteers. Authorities say she was strangled with an electronics cord and hit in the head with a hammer multiple times.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Prosecutors have formally charged a Rapid City priest who acknowledged he was responsible for stealing from the weekly collection plates. Father Marcin Garbacz is charged with first-degree embezzlement of property and petty theft for taking money from donations at St. Therese Catholic Church in Rapid City.
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