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South Dakota Republicans are meeting to choose candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor and other offices with the impeachment conviction and removal of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg hanging over the convention in Watertown. Former Attorney General Marty Jackley and Division of Criminal Investigation Director David Natvig both want to be considered for the role. Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden, who is closely allied with Gov. Kristi Noem, faces a challenger from former House Speaker Steve Haugaard, who lost a primary campaign to Noem earlier this month. Delegates also will choose their nominee for secretary of state and will try to forge a united platform after months of Capitol infighting.

The former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home in 2017 is scheduled to be released from prison next week. Mohamed Noor is scheduled to be released from custody Monday. He received a new sentence in October of nearly five years in prison after the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a third-degree murder conviction against him for killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual U.S.-Australian citizen. The decision vacated a prison term of 12 ½ years that Noor had been serving. Damond's father, John Ruszczyk, said in an email to The Associated Press that his release after a “trivial sentence” shows disrespect to the wishes of the jury that convicted him.

When you've been coming to the McQuades softball tournament as long as Julie Yantzer and Therese Comeau have, the weekend event becomes as much about finding old friends as it does about trying to win a softball bracket.

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