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United States Cattle on Feed Up Slightly

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.7 million head on February 1, 2015. The inventory was slightly above February 1, 2014.
Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.79 million, 11 percent below 2014. Net placements were 1.71 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 405,000, 600-699 pounds were 340,000, 700-799 pounds were 477,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 565,000.
Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.63 million, 9 percent below 2014. January marketings are the lowest since the series began in 1996.
Other disappearance totaled 77,000 during January, 8 percent above 2014.


Man recaptured after 2nd escape in Sheridan County

A 19-year-old man has been caught after his second escape from Sheridan County authorities.

Sheridan County Attorney Jamian Simmons says Michael Brown was caught just after 1 a.m. Tuesday in Gordon. Simons says officers had received a tip about Brown's location. Brown previously escaped from the back of a police car on Jan. 21 and was captured the next day. He escaped from the Sheridan County Jail on February 10th.

A jailer said Brown remained in custody on Wednesday. Brown's attorney in another case didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press. Brown faces escape, criminal mischief and other charges.

Simmons says Brown's jail escape is still under investigation.


Rosebud man acquitted of sexual abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, SD man was acquitted of sexual abuse as a result of a federal jury trial in Pierre, SD. The verdict was returned on February 11, 2015.

Anthony Fast Horse, age 55, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2012. The charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a victim at Rosebud.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted the case.


Applications being taken for $50M SD tech school programs

South Dakotans and out-of-state residents interested in going to the state's four technical institutes for in-demand jobs can now apply for part of $50 million in scholarship money.

The Build Dakota Scholarship Board listed 54 program options within eight, high-need industry areas that will be covered in the first year.

Those include automotive, welding, building trades/construction, energy technicians, engineering technicians, precision manufacturing, medical lab technicians and some licensed practical nursing programs.

A complete list is available at .

About 300 scholarships will be available for new, incoming students this fall. Recipients must commit to work in their field of study in South Dakota for three years after graduation.

The program is funded through a $25 million donation from banker T. Denny Sanford and a $25 million grant from the state.


North Platte man accused of tricking another to pay him $19.5K

A North Platte man is accused of duping another to pay him $19,500 to sub-lease a pasture field.

Court records show 33-year-old Riley J. Hubert is charged with felony theft. He was arrested after someone reported being a victim of an online scam to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say the victim had answered a Craigslist advertisement to lease the land.

The victim says Hubert told him he was leasing the land, but wanted to sub-lease it. Deputies learned Hubert didn't have the original lease, and that he wasn't in contact with the land's owner.

The sheriff's office says Hubert bought a pickup with the victim's money and fled to Wyoming. He's been extradited to a Lincoln County jail.



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