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Car-tractor crash in Butte County kills 67-year-old woman

NEWELL, S.D. (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in Butte County involving a car and a piece of farm equipment killed a 67-year-old woman.

The Highway Patrol says the woman was driving a car that rear-ended a tractor pulling a farm implement on U.S. Highway 212 west of Newell. Authorities say the tractor had its flashing lights activated.

The crash happened about 6:20 p.m. on Oct. 26. The woman later died from her injuries. The man driving the tractor suffered minor injuries.

Man dies in stock

trailer accident on Dickey County farm

EDGELEY, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 59-year-old man has died in a farm accident in Dickey County.

Sheriff’s officials say the man was working on a stock trailer Wednesday when the trailer shifted, trapping the victim and fatally injuring him.

The sheriff’s department and Edgeley Ambulance responded to the accident.

KDDR-AM reports the man’s name and hometown were not immediately released.

Midwest economic

survey suggests slowdown to continue

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue slowing in nine Midwest and Plains states, in part because of manufacturing weakness.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Tuesday says the overall economic index for the region dropped to 43.8 in October from September’s 45.5. It was the fourth straight month of decline.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says “weakness among manufacturers linked to agriculture and energy continue to weigh on regional economic conditions.”

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor. A score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Global market project planned for former Omaha stockyards

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A long-shuttered meat processing and cold storage facility in the heart of the former Omaha Stockyards will see new life as a center for area small businesses, startups and community activities.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the first phase of the construction for the Las Americas Global Market project is expected to start in the spring. The entire project could take four or five years to complete.

Marta Sonia Londono Mejía, executive director of the Midlands Latino Community Development Corp., says the market will support businesses and startups in a neighborhood that has a high rate of poverty and unemployment.

More than 17,000 square feet of the building’s third floor will be renovated, including a 4,400-square-foot commercial kitchen for use by local restaurants, caterers, and other businesses. A 2,000 square-foot space will also be developed for a clothing manufacturer.

More livestock killed in south central North Dakota

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – More farm animals have been killed in south central North Dakota’s Morton and Sioux counties.

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association says four bison were butchered in a pasture, and two cows in another pasture were killed and burned.

Over the past five weeks, more than a dozen animals in the region have been killed or injured, and nearly three dozen others have been reported missing.

The incidents are near the site where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but the Stockmen’s says there is no evidence that there is any connection.

The rancher group is offering a reward of up to $14,000 for information that helps crack the cases.

Aspen Restoration and Forest Health

Workshop – Nov. 5

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Many areas in the Black Hills and further west have seen quaking aspen stands slowly declining and disappearing over time. Aspen provide benefits including species diversity, wildlife habitat and aesthetic values. Increased species diversity contributes to overall forest resiliency.

A workshop promoting forest health and stewardship will be held on Nov. 5 at the Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail in Rapid City, from 10 a.m. to noon (MDT). This event will provide landowners and the general public an opportunity to learn about quaking aspen and successful management strategies to restore these unique stands across the landscape. Additional topics to be discussed include other forest management options to promote forest resiliency and the current status of the mountain pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills.

Presenters at this workshop include Dr. John Ball, SDSU Extension forestry specialist and forest health specialist for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA); Shelly Deisch, wildlife biologist for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; and Parks Brigman, forest stewardship coordinator for SDDA.

For more information, call Parks Brigman at 605.394.2395 or email