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Dollar Loan Center signals expansion plan in lending filings
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A short-term lender that recently began offering loans again at two stores in South Dakota after scaling down nearly all its business in the state because of a new voter-imposed interest rate cap has signaled possible plans to expand. Dollar Loan...
July 23, 2017

Rapid City woman sentenced for stealing from veterans
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City woman who pleaded guilty to stealing money from military veterans has been sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to repay at least $45,000. Court records indicate 41-year-old Cassandra Koscak worked as a representative of veterans...
July 23, 2017

Fire crews battle small Friday fires
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch reported several small fires Friday. The Sun Ridge Fire was among the largest, burning in an area off Nemo Road, about a mile west of Rapid City. The fire was 1.5-acres in size Friday night, and was 70-percent contained. Dispatch s...
July 22, 2017

Groundbreaking held Friday for new Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility
LEAD, S.D. – South Dakota’s congressional delegation and governor were among the dignitaries attending a special groundbreaking in Lead Friday. Senator’s John Thune and Mike Rounds, along with Congresswoman Kristi Noem attended the groundbreaking of the Sanford...
July 21, 2017

RCPD online sex trafficking investigation nets four offenders
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Four people have been cited as the Rapid City Police Department continues to investigate online sex trafficking and those who respond to online advertisements soliciting sexual activity. On July 20th, four individuals responded to an undercover prostitution st...
July 21, 2017

Fires in Eastern Montana grow in size
UNDATED - Thursday’s hot, dry weather caused one of the fires burning in Eastern Montana to increase dramatically in the past few hours. The Bridge Coulee fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon, 16 miles north of Mosby, Mont. Estimated at 2,500 acres Thursday afternoon, ...
July 21, 2017

Oglala Sioux, law enforcement work on policing agreement
KYLE, S.D. - Law enforcement leaders from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Pennington County are working on an agreement to make it harder for violent offenders to escape justice by fleeing to another jurisdiction. Tribal leaders met with the Pennington County sheriff and states atto...
July 21, 2017

Woman pleads guilty to killing her child on reservation
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A McLaughlin-area woman accused of beating her 5-year-old daughter to death last year has pleaded guilty to murder. The American News reports that 26-year-old Desarae Makes Him First appeared in federal court in Aberdeen on Thursday. She could face life in priso...
July 21, 2017

Newell storm won't classify as a natural disaster
NEWELL, SD – It was a big storm that hit Newell the evening of July 18, 2017.  But even baseball size hail and 90 mile an hour winds isn’t quite enough to reach the threshold of a disaster, according to Butte County Sheriff Fred Lamphere. “This really didn&...
July 20, 2017

Wanblee Timber Fire now at 78-percent containment
WANBLEE, S.D. - Crews continued to make good progress on the containment of the Wanblee Timber Fire, burning six miles east of Wanblee, South Dakota. Crews continued securing and patrolling fireline on the eastern, western and northeastern perimeters of the fire. Moderate fire be...
July 20, 2017

High court vacates Annette Bosworth's perjury convictions
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Supreme Court has reversed half of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth's convictions stemming from her unsuccessful 2014 Republican primary race. The 45-year-old Sioux Falls physician says she's grateful, but says she must speak with he...
July 20, 2017

Drought conditions continue to worsen in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Drought continues to worsen in South Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of the state in some stage of drought, up from 72 percent last week. About 11 percent of the state is in extreme drought, stable from last week. But about 44 pe...
July 20, 2017

Meade County Fair expands activities, events
STURGIS, SD – For two days in July, there’s an event in Sturgis that showcases community talent, activities for kids of all ages (including the older crowd), delicious things to eat and entertainment that leaves crowds laughing for days.  You can be in 4-H or not...
July 20, 2017

Eagle Butte man sentenced to 7 1/2 years for gun assault
PIERRE, S.D. - An Eagle Butte man has been sentenced to 7  1/2 years in prison for assaulting another man with a gun. Authorities say 48-year-old Kirk Johnson in January became upset with a man he believed was sleeping with his wife. Johnson went to the man's house, threat...
July 20, 2017

Keystone XL opponent plans appeal to South Dakota high court
PIERRE, S.D. - An attorney for a group fighting the Keystone XL pipeline says the organization plans to appeal a South Dakota judge's decision upholding state regulators' approval for the pipeline to cross the state. Dakota Rural Action attorney Robin Martinez said Wednesday tha...
July 19, 2017

Wanblee Timber Fire at 5,300 acres; remains 50-percent contained
WANBLEE, S.D. – The Wanblee Timber Fire has burned 5,300 acres and remains 50-percent contained. The latest report from the fire line this morning indicates crews are working on the northern perimeter of the fire, installing hand line and getting rid of unburned vegetation...
July 19, 2017

Complaint: Woman plays dead to avoid continued assault
GREGORY, S.D. - A Gregory man is accused of severely beating a woman who said she played dead in order to end the assault. Court documents say 35-year-old Whitney Tyler Covey told investigators the woman "got what she deserved" in a July 13 assault that went on for 45 minutes. ...
July 19, 2017

Man killed in Perkins County crash identified
BISON, S.D. – A 36-year-old Bison man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover south of Bison. Saul Montes was driving a 2003 Chevy Tahoe southbound on 180th Avenue when he lost control. The vehicle went off the roadway.   Mo...
July 19, 2017

Man accused in contract killing wants statements suppressed
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A man accused of fatally stabbing a Rapid City woman in 2015 wants a judge to throw out statements he made to investigators. Richard Hirth is charged in Seventh Circuit Court with first-degree murder and other counts in the slaying of 22-year-old Jessica Rehf...
July 19, 2017

Wind, hail cause damage in Newell
NEWELL, S.D. - A severe thunderstorm slammed Newell Tuesday night, dropping baseball sized hail and causing some significant damage. The National Weather Service in Rapid City says a 93 mile-per-hour wind gust was recorded by a wind sensor in Newell before the large hail destroy...
July 19, 2017

Months needed for additional study of Dakota Access pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. - The Army Corps of Engineers says additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year. The federal agency, Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and energy trade groups also are advoc...
July 18, 2017

South Dakota fund to speed criminal mental health screenings
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Officials in South Dakota are establishing a fund to speed up mental-health screenings for criminal defendants. The Argus Leader reports the effort aims to find ways to improve how mentally ill defendants interact with the criminal justice system. Department...
July 18, 2017

Montana man pleads guilty to killing man on excavator
SIDNEY, Mont. - An eastern Montana man has pleaded guilty to killing a man as he sat on an excavator at a work site in August 2016. Raymond Hansen of Sidney pleaded guilty Friday to deliberate homicide in the shooting death of 63-year-old Terry Klein. A plea agreement calls for ...
July 18, 2017

$2M bond set for Minot man accused in Williston slaying
WILLISTON, N.D. - Bond has been set at $2 million for a Minot man accused of killing a man in Williston. Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Eggleston is charged with murder and a weapons count in the fatal shooting Friday of 43-year-old Vance Neset. He could face life in prison if convi...
July 18, 2017

Burglar says he stole 150 items worth $16,000 in 15 minutes
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A man who has pleaded guilty to stealing about $16,000 worth of items from a former Wyoming law enforcement officer's house told a judge he picked the house to steal from because a porch light was on and it looked like nobody was home. The News Record reported M...
July 18, 2017

Fire crews gain some containment on Wanblee Timber Fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Fire crews are making some headway in battling a large wildfire south of Kadoka. The Wanblee Timber Fire has burned nearly 5,000 acres and is now 50-percent contained. Fire officials say the area received some rainfall in a passing storm on Monday evening. Th...
July 18, 2017

National Guard unit honored during deployment ceremony
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the "Shire of Democracy," Mount Rushmore National Memorial, July 17, for a deployment ceremony in honor of the South Dakota Army National Guard's 216th Engineer Detachment (Firefighting Team). Supporters of the unit a...
July 18, 2017

South Dakota teen killed in Nebraska crash
BRUNSWICK, Neb. - Authorities say a South Dakota teenager has been killed in a car accident in northeast Nebraska. The accident was reported around 6 a.m. Monday, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southwest of Brunswick. The Antelope County Sheriff's Office says the car was northboun...
July 18, 2017

Veteran news anchor makes a stop in South Dakota
KEYSTONE, S.D. – Two giants in the communication field have visited the Mount Rushmore state recently; first Mark Zuckerberg, one of the founders of Facebook and this week, well known veteran television reporter and anchor Dan Rather. The former CBS anchor toured the Black...
July 18, 2017

Rounds defends GOP efforts to replace Obama health care law
PIERRE, S.D. — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds has defended Senate Republican efforts to both repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. The South Dakota Republican discussed the Senate GOP health care bill during a Monday evening tele-town hall. At least two questioners r...
July 18, 2017


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