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KEYSTONE, S.D. — One of the region's top tourist attractions—the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota --- is getting a $5 to $7 million facelift. Actually, it's won't be a facelift on the four faces of the presidents carved into the granite mountain at the Black Hills attraction. Rather, the focus will be upgrading the visitor's center and replacing pavers that are cracking and dissolving on the main pathway to the landmark, the Avenue of Flags, that displays flags from all 50 states.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- A 57-year-old man pulling a small utility trailer with his 1953 Ford pickup was hit from the rear by a semi on Interstate 29 about 11 miles south of Grand Forks and died in the fiery crash on Wednesday evening, May 23. His identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The crash shut down traffic and started a grass fire at the scene of the crash about 3 miles north of Thompson exit.
SISSETON, S.D. -- An 18-year-old who died in a rollover crash Saturday near Sisseton in far northeast South Dakota has been identified. The victim was Shawn Renville of the nearby town of New Effington. The three other passengers in the vehicle, one who had serious injuries, were also identified Tuesday, May 22.
MINOT, N.D. -- With the school year almost over, Minot police investigated a possible threat at the Erik Ramstad Middle School on Tuesday, May 22. Through an investigation, Police Investigations Commander Justin Sundheim said they couldn’t substantiate any credible threat. However, the school chose to stay in lockdown for the rest of the day.
PIERRE, S.D. – State Highway Patrols from three states will have their annual joint traffic safety operation on Interstate 90 later this week. The extra patrols in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming along I-90 will cover 23 hours from 5 a.m. Friday, May 25, to 4 a.m. Saturday, May 26.
FARGO -- A 28-year-old Milwaukee, Wis., man is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty by a federal jury of distributing heroin that caused a fatal overdose death in Moorhead and two other non-fatal overdoses in Fargo. No date has been set yet for ovan Marquis Harris’ sentencing.
SISSETON, S.D. – A teenager died and three others were injured early Saturday, May 19, about 12:45 a.m. in a one-vehicle crash three miles southwest of Sisseton. Names of the people involved are not being released pending notification of families.
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 67-year-old Brooten motorcyclist from central Minnesota has been identified as the person who died Friday in a motorcycle and pickup/trailer crash eight miles west of Watertown about 12:30 p.m.. Jimmy Westrud was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson RS 2009 westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The motorcycle crossed the centerline and into the path of an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500K pickup pulling a trailer.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A massive fire and explosion in western Sioux Falls on Thursday night at a welding company involved exploding propane storage tanks with flames spreading to five semis with more tanks stored inside them. The multiple large explosions came from the rear of the A-Ox Welding Supply Co. with a rapid expansion of flames.
MINOT, N.D. -- Two Minot residents were arrested Friday afternoon, May 18, after a man was found in southeast Minot beaten with a metal bat and brass knuckles after he apparently had been kidnapped. Arrested were Taylor Laducer, 23, and T Anna Beede, 20. Both were charged with felony kidnapping and robbery. Laducer also faces charges of aggravated assault, while Beede was charged with being an accomplice to assault.