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three minnesota college hockey teams converge on sioux falls for west regional


for bob motzko, it’s a homecoming. for mike hastings, it’s a surprising destination with a short bus ride. and for scott sandelin, it’s time to take advantage of an unlikely opportunity to play on.when the ncaa revealed its 16-team men’s hockey tournament field sunday, three minnesota teams made it — motzko’s st. cloud state huskies, hastings’ minnesota state mankato mavericks and sandelin’s minnesota duluth bulldogs. and all three are going to the same place, sioux falls for the west regional.st. cloud state, the no. 1 overall ncaa seed and top seed in the region, will play fourth-seeded air force at 3 p.m. friday at the denny sanford premier center. second-seeded msu mankato will face third-seeded minnesota duluth at 6:30 p.m. the winners meet in saturday’s 8 p.m. final for a trip to the






st. cloud state, msu mankato and minnesota duluth all in ncaa west regional in s


sioux falls is about to have a bunch of minnesotans visiting this weekend.the ncaa on sunday announced the 16-team field for its men’s hockey tournament, and all three minnesota teams that made – st. cloud state, minnesota state mankato and minnesota duluth – were assigned to the west region at the sanford premier center in sioux falls on friday and saturday.st. cloud state, the no. 1 overall seed, will play no. 16 air force at 3 p.m. friday (espnu). msu mankato, the no. 6 overall seed, will face no. 12 minnesota duluth at 6:30 p.m. (espn3 web stream).the west regional final is 8 p.m. saturday on espn2.“we’re really excited. this is a great time of year,’’ st. cloud state coach bob motzko said on the espnu selection show. “anybody can win this tournament. … it’s a great location for us. i






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1 killed, 3 injured in crash near sioux falls


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — the south dakota highway patrol says one person has died in a crash west of sioux falls.authorities say another person was seriously injured and two others had minor injuries in the crash involving three vehicles thursday evening on highway 42. the injured parties were taken to sioux falls hospitals.the highway patrol is investigating.






north dakota's decision to drop women's hockey a major blow to the sport


north dakota’s decision to drop its women’s hockey program rocked the sport’s leadership and had coaches of minnesota-based colleges and top local recruits questioning the thickness of the ice beneath their own skates.“north dakota is a warning shot across the bow for women’s hockey,” said brad frost, coach of the gophers women’s hockey program. “hockey is king up there so to see it get cut is an eye-opener. we need to be adding teams, not taking them away.”the fighting hawks were one of 35 division i women’s college hockey programs, and their loss is most acutely felt among the seven remaining western collegiate hockey association programs. five of those teams are located in minnesota.“hockey is a big part of the region we live in,” bemidji state coach jim scanlan said. “to have 25 fewer






who's in and who's out in college hockey


the road to the ncaa frozen four in st. paul begins in earnest this week, as five of the six college hockey conferences begin play in their tournaments.winners of the six conference tournaments — atlantic hockey, big ten, ecac, hockey east, nchc and wcha — will receive an automatic bid to the ncaa tournament, while 10 at-large teams will be selected by the ncaa using a mathematical formula. the pairwise ratings mimic the ncaa's formula and have consistently been accurate in predicting the ncaa field.with that in mind, let's look at the current pairwise ratings and see the likely ncaa teams from each conference: 1. st. cloud state; 2. notre dame; 3. cornell; 4. minnesota state mankato; 5. denver; 6. ohio state; 7. clarkson; 8. minnesota duluth; 9. minnesota; 10. michigan; 11. northeastern;






police: man dead in sioux falls shooting


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — sioux falls police say a man is dead after an early morning shooting.officers were called to the shooting at a residence early sunday. when police arrived they found a 34-year-old sioux falls man dead.police say everyone involved has been located and there is no danger to the public. the man’s name was not released.the investigation continues.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






skating scared: n. dakota's decision to drop women's hockey is a major blow


north dakota’s decision to drop its women’s hockey program rocked the sport’s leadership and had coaches of minnesota-based colleges and top local recruits questioning the thickness of the ice beneath their own skates.“north dakota is a warning shot across the bow for women’s hockey,” said brad frost, coach of the gophers women’s hockey program. “hockey is king up there so to see it get cut is an eye-opener. we need to be adding teams, not taking them away.”the fighting hawks were one of 35 division i women’s college hockey programs, and their loss is most acutely felt among the seven remaining western collegiate hockey association programs. five of those teams are located in minnesota.“hockey is a big part of the region we live in,” bemidji state coach jim scanlan said. “to have 25 fewer






police: sioux falls stabbing motivated by fight over woman


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — police say a stabbing at an apartment in sioux falls happened during a dispute over the suspect’s girlfriend.sioux falls police spokesman sam clemens says a 42-year-old man has been arrested on a possible charge of aggravated assault. clemens says police were called to a sioux falls hospital sunday night after a man showed up with a stab wound to the chest. police say a woman drove the man to the hospital. his condition was not immediately available.clemens says the 49-year-old victim was talking or flirting with the suspect’s girlfriend which led to the confrontation. police say a knife was recovered outside the apartment building.






authorities id man killed in suv rollover near sioux falls


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — authorities have released the name of a dell rapids man who died when the sport utility vehicle he was driving crashed last week near sioux falls.thirty-five-year-old eric petty was driving a chevrolet suburban on south dakota highway 115 when he lost control and rolled tuesday night north of sioux falls. petty was thrown from the suv and later died. he was the only person in the vehicle.the south dakota highway patrol is investigating.






monday's area college basketball roundup


ryan bruggeman scored 28 points to pace southwest minnesota state to a 73-66 victory over st. cloud state in the semifinals of the nsic men’s basketball tournament on monday in sioux falls, s.d.the mustangs (24-7), who have won 10 consecutive games, will face northern state in the championship game on tuesday.carter kirk added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the mustangs.gage davis scored 20 points and jon averkamp scored 15 to lead st. cloud state (23-8).northern state 79, minnesota state mankato 78: ian smith made a go-ahead layup with 5 seconds remaining that allowed the wolves (30-3) to pull out a victory over the mavericks (22-9). smith led the wolves with 16 points. kevin krieger scored 22 points and charlie brown scored 18 to lead msu.womenwinona state 66, concordia (st. paul) 56: the






5-year-old girl dies after falling into water in sioux falls


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — sioux falls police say a 5-year-old girl has died after falling into the big sioux river at falls park.authorities were called at noon sunday. two rescue swimmers dived into the water and began to break the ice where she was last seen. police say the girl was found unresponsive and without a pulse, and attempts to revive her failed.the name of the girl was not immediately released.justin frantzen of sioux falls tells the argus leader he was at the park taking pictures when he saw a woman taking off her coat and jumping into the water. frantzen says the woman told him she needed help because her daughter had fallen in. he says it was about a half-hour before the girl was pulled from the water.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks






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the ociated press poll for minnesota boys' high school hockey, provided by let's play hockey newspaper and the minnesota hockey coaches ociation:receiving votes: roseau, blaine, cretin-derham hall.receiving votes: minneapolis, fergus falls.






interstate crash in sioux falls kills 64-year-old man


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — a man is dead after a single-vehicle crash on interstate 29 in sioux falls.the highway patrol says the 64-year-old man was a passenger in a pickup truck that hit ice on a bridge, went into the ditch and rolled monday afternoon. he died of his injuries.the driver suffered minor injuries. no charges are pending against him.the patrol didn’t immediately identify the victim.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.






$2.4m sioux falls park relocation underway


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — a park in sioux falls is getting an upgrade, but it isn’t your typical restoration project.a $2.4 million project will move sioux falls’ rotary park from one side of the big sioux river to the other, to make way for a road reconstruction, the argus leader reported .work began this month to relocate and reconstruct the park on the west side of the river.the project is removing trees in the area to make space for new park features, including new trees and landscaping, a picnic shelter, restroom, playground and parking lot. these features will be installed starting in april, and the park is expected to be open to the public next fall.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the move is necessary in order to conduct a reconstruction project for interst






sioux falls chamber defends city’s immigrant population


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — the sioux falls area chamber of commerce is speaking out about recent events in south dakota it calls “antagonistic to immigrants and new demographic groups in sioux falls.” the argus leader reports the chamber released a statement wednesday appearing to partially be a response to recent events held in south dakota, including a monday event organized by minnehaha county republicans. a speaker at the event urged the state to crack down on immigration, refugee placement and muslim groups.chamber officials say legislation and policies negatively targeting specific groups won’t help sioux falls’ workforce needs because it harms the state’s image and hurts employers seeking to fill jobs.the chamber’s statement reads that “new americans” are an essential part of sioux fa






second suspect arrested in sioux falls double homicide


sioux falls, s.d. — another suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide in sioux falls has been arrested.police say a citizen tip led them to maria leclaire in red wing, minnesota, on thursday. she was arrested without incident on a charge of first-degree robbery. it wasn't known if she has an attorney.police are still searching for manuel frias, who is wanted on a first-degree murder charge in the jan. 5 shooting deaths of 28-year-old samuel crockett and 30-year-old corey zephier. police say the drug-related incident happened outside an apartment building.a third suspect, 19-year-old crystal habben, was arrested tuesday for allegedly concealing a felony.






2 man get long prison terms for dealing meth in sioux falls


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — two sioux falls men will serve lengthy federal prison sentences for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the city.twenty-five-year-old cody baade recently was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison, and 29-year-old corey roelfsema was ordered to spend 20 years behind bars.u.s. attorney ronald parsons jr. says baade pleaded guilty last september, and roelfsema was convicted at trial in october.






suv crashes into sioux falls auto shop


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — police say speed appears to a factor when a driver lost control of an suv and crashed into an auto shop in sioux falls.one adult and two juveniles in the suv suffered minor injuries when the vehicle struck billion car care center wednesday. no one in the shop was hurt. the argus leader reports an employee estimated damage at $100,000.___information from: argus leader, http://www.argusleader.commost read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






minnesota scene: three gophers named to all-america volleyball teams


the gophers' stephanie samedy, a freshman opposite hitter from clermont, fla., was named to the american volleyball coaches association's first all-america team.samedy, who had a team-high 478 kills, is the program's first true freshman to be picked for the first team.two of her teammates also made all-america teams. junior setter samantha seliger-­swenson of minnesota made the second team and sophomore outside hitter alexis hart of kansas city, mo., the third team.senior middle blocker molly lohman of minnesota earned all-america honorable mention.carew wins awardformer twins player rod carew received the lifetime achievement award on wednesday night at the first-ever minnesota sports awards at target center. a committee of sports executives and journalists selected the finalists and winn






gophers, irish will face off in ncaa hockey opener


after seeing his team would open the ncaa men’s hockey tournament against notre dame, gophers coach don lucia couldn’t resist a quip. “i thought big ten teams couldn’t play each other in the first round,’’ he said. “but i guess that’s for next year.’’the fighting irish will join the big ten as a hockey-only member next season. while the fifth-ranked gophers aren’t their conference cousins yet, the teams enter saturday’s northeast regional game with plenty of familiarity. the gophers, who received the no. 1 seed for the regional in manchester, n.h., played no. 10 notre dame — their coach’s alma mater — eight times in the previous five seasons.as the fourth overall seed, the gophers were sent east when the 16-team ncaa field was announced sunday. umass-lowell will play cornell in the regiona






sioux falls man sentenced to 30 years for kidnapping woman


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — a sioux falls man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for kidnapping a woman.authorities say 61-year-old jon bryant sr. hid in a garage in october 2016, punched a woman in the face then forced her into the trunk of her own vehicle. the woman called police while inside the trunk and was able to provide officers with bryant’s identity and a vehicle description.after driving into minnesota, bryant returned to south dakota and choked the woman at an abandoned farmstead until she was unconscious. he eventually was arrested after a police chase.u.s. attorney randolph seiler says bryant’s motive was revenge against the woman.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksbryant pleaded guilty to kidnapping in august and was sentenced tuesday.






three gophers named to all-america volleyball teams


the gophers’ stephanie samedy, a freshman opposite hitter from clermont, fla., was named to the american volleyball coaches association’s first all-america team.samedy, who had a team-high 478 kills, is the program’s first true freshman to be picked for the first team.two of her teammates also made all-america teams. junior setter samantha seliger-­swenson of minnesota made the second team and sophomore outside hitter alexis hart of kansas city, mo., the third team.senior middle blocker molly lohman of minnesota earned all-america honorable mention.carew wins awardformer twins player rod carew received the lifetime achievement award on wednesday night at the first-ever minnesota sports awards at target center. a committee of sports executives and journalists selected the finalists and winn






minnesota college football weekly update


game of the weekwinona state (8-0, 4-0 nsic south) at msu mankato (8-0, 4-0), 1 p.m., saturday: winona state, off to its best season start since 1998, is ranked no. 10 — the warriors’ top ranking since 2004 — in the afca division ii poll. msu mankato is ranked no. 4. winona state has won the past two meetings against the mavericks. last year, the warriors edged the mavericks 34-31 in winona.week 9 story lines• division ii regional rankings: the first rankings of the season were released on monday and the nsic has four teams ranked in super region four. winona state ranks first in the region, while msu mankato is third, sioux falls sixth and minnesota duluth 10th. seven teams from each of the four super regions will qualify for the 28-team division ii playoff field. super region four is mad






2 arrested after lengthy police standoff in sioux falls


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — two people wanted on a number of felony warrants were arrested after a police standoff in sioux falls that lasted several hours.minnehaha county deputies were attempting to serve a warrant at an apartment about 5 p.m. tuesday when they learned one of the suspects had a pistol.the suspects initially refused to leave the residence, but authorities announced about 11 p.m. that they had surrendered. police did not immediately identify them.no injuries were reported. traffic in the area was rerouted during the standoff.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






rapper chief keef accused of drug possession in south dakota


sioux falls, s.d. — chicago rapper chief keef has been arrested in south dakota, accused of drug possession.the rapper, whose legal name is keith cozart, was booked into the minnehaha county jail monday following his arrest at the sioux falls regional airport. police say airport security found marijuana in his carry-on bag.promoters say chief keef performed sunday at an anti-bullying celebrity basketball event at the university of sioux falls.kowabunga music issued a statement saying he has had problems in the past but that he has fixed himself.chief keef was charged with disorderly conduct in atlanta in may 2013, and he spent two months in juvenile detention earlier that year for violating probation on a weapons conviction. he was sentenced to probation for pointing a gun at police in 201






sioux falls group works to end homelessness in the city


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — after spending two decades behind bars, rick roseland was released in 2016 to a world that looked vastly different than when he entered the prison system.technological changes, the advent of the internet and transformed social norms made re-entry into society a challenge and played a role in him ending up on the street and sleeping in a different place every night for six months.knowing he wanted more out of his second chance, roseland turned to the sioux falls metro’s network of social services and today has his own apartment, a dog and new lease on life.“i wasn’t no saint, and i still ain’t,” the 61-year-old told the argus leader on nov. 1, the day city hall kicked off its hunger and homelessness awareness month to shine a light on poverty in sioux falls and high






ex-sioux falls chief arrested on suspicion of child porn


sioux falls, s.d. — authorities say former sioux falls fire rescue chief jim sideras has been arrested for suspected possession of child pornography.the minnehaha county sheriff's office said monday that the charges are the result of a search warrant carried out last week.a court filing says that an email address linked to sideras received at least two emails with child pornography attached from an email account under investigation by the massachusetts state police.sideras was to leave his post at the end of june after serving almost 34 years with sioux falls fire rescue, but city officials fired him last week.it wasn't clear if sideras has an attorney. he hasn't answered telephone calls for comment from the associated press since the search warrant was carried out.






outgoing sioux falls mayor won’t seek higher office in 2018


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — sioux falls mayor mike huether has ruled out a run for statewide office this year.huether will finish his second term as mayor of the state’s largest city in may, and he can’t seek another term. he plans to take time off to address “personal and professional goals,” which might include writing a book.however, huether says he won’t rule out a run for higher office in the future. he’s expressed interest in the past in running for governor or congress.huether in 2016 changed his party registry from democrat to independent.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






gophers hockey lands at no. 3 in preseason polls


two preseason college hockey polls agree: the gophers are no. 3.the uscho and usa today/usa hockey polls were released monday, with identical top 3s: defending national champion denver at no. 1, boston university no. 2 and minnesota at no. 3.big ten teams claimed three other spots in both polls’ top 12: notre dame (no. 8 in both), penn state (no. 10 in both) and wisconsin (no. 12 in uscho, tied for no. 11 in usa today/usa hockey).three other minnesota schools are ranked: minnesota duluth (no. 6, tied for no. 11), st. cloud state (no. 9, no. 6) and minnesota state mankato (no. 18, no. 15).the gophers take the ice for the first time sunday with a 5 p.m. exhibition game against alberta at 3m arena.•  john hamre, a former director of hockey operations at wisconsin, was appointed to the same po






record year for commercial construction in sioux falls


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — commercial construction climbed to another record-breaking year in sioux falls.building permits issued in 2017 for commercial projects reached $739 million. city leaders say it’s the fifth year in a row that construction has reached record-breaking levels.the city’s biggest project last year was the win chill building at foundation park, a refrigerated food warehouse with a price tag of nearly $33 million. the contractor, gil haugan construction, is also working on a number of other projects in the city, including lewis drug and pave patio where the copper lounge once stood. the argus leader says nine other projects in sioux falls ranged from $25 million to $10 million.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.___information from: argus leader, http://






sioux falls mayor gives women’s marchers key to city


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — the mayor of sioux falls is recognizing demonstrators at the city’s second annual women’s march for their marching efforts.mayor mike huether presented marchers with a key to the city saturday. the argus leader reports the march — one of many across the country — drew thousands to downtown sioux falls. last year’s march also drew a big crowd.speakers urged marchers to vote in upcoming elections and support candidates.twenty-one-year-old mark mclaughlin traveled from brookings to join the march. the student at south dakota state university says he “came to stand against hate.”most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.tammie harris helped her daughters— ages 5 and 6 — draw a sign saying, “love trumps hate.” harris says she wants her daughters to grow up






chicago men sentence for dealing drugs in sioux falls


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — two chicago man have been sentenced in federal court for conspiring to distribute heroin in south dakota.forty-eight-year-old robert lockhart was sentenced to just under nine years in prison and clifton odie was ordered to serve 20 years.lockhart and odie were among four men indicted a year ago. all four eventually pleaded guilty. co-conspirators raleigh thomas and stephen harris both were sentenced last october to five years behind bars.u.s. attorney ronald parsons jr. says the group distributed heroin in sioux falls, sometimes trading the drug for firearms.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






sioux falls balloons deliver cell service to puerto rico


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — huge balloons made by a sioux falls company are headed to puerto rico where they’ll provide crucial cellular service to the hurricane-ravaged caribbean island.the federal communications commission has granted a temporary license to google to deploy the experimental high-altitude balloons, called project loon, in the skies above puerto rico. the balloons are made by the aerostar division of raven industries, based in sioux falls.the argus leader says project loon’s network of solar-powered balloons beams cell signals down from about 12 miles above the ground.hurricane maria knocked out about 82 percent of cell sites in puerto rico.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information from: argus leader, http://www.argusleader.com






yankton area banquet celebrates 20th anniversary


yankton, s.d. (ap) — after more than 20 years of service to the yankton community, the yankton area banquet is still going strong on its mission to provide food and fellowship to those in need.starting as an offshoot of the sioux falls banquet in 1997, the yankton area banquet has become a weekly staple in the lives of many of yankton’s residents.“the idea for the banquet started in sioux falls,” said dagmar hoxsie, founding member of the yankton area banquet. “at the sioux falls banquet, they fed the hungry and the needy every night. they would have volunteer groups from all over the state promise to cook and serve the meals on different nights.”sacred heart church of yankton used to bring its confirmation students and serve at the banquet one night every year, and that was how hoxsie fir






pig that fell from truck in south dakota on way to new home


sioux falls, s.d. — wally the pig is headed to hog heaven.the 250-pound pig was rescued last week after he fell off a truck on interstate 90 in south dakota, just a few miles from a hog processing facility. he has been staying at the sioux falls humane society.wally has been adopted by the soulspace farm sanctuary in new richmond, wisconsin. the sioux falls argus leader reports (http://argusne.ws/2nu9m7f) that he left for his new home on friday.wally was not eager to get back on the road. his movers tried using a trail of milk-bones to get him into the trailer, to no avail. it eventually took a pole and a harness to get him inside.wally will join 32 other animals at the wisconsin farm.






dropbox’s note-taking app paper launches globally in 21 languages


dropbox said today that it is rolling out paper — its note-taking app that it’s emphasizing is a tool that’s built for managing workflow as well — globally.in addition to the regular launch of paper, the company said that users will also be able to automatically generate presentations and run them through paper in their browsers. radhakrishnan said that users were basically taking parts of paper documents and pasting them into presentation applications given that the documents had turned into large lexicons of a project for meetings. dropbox also said paper has been localized into 21 languages.“the thing that dropbox paper does well is that it really supports modern workflows really well,” dropbox group product manager kavitha radhakrishnan said. “we re-imagined the experience from the bot