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Big 81 welcomes students for career planning
STURGIS, SD - A community-wide job shadowing program is a favorite time at the Big 81 studios where students have been welcomed over the years who have an interest in communicaiton, agriculture and digital media and engineering. Last week, Gabriel Zerbst, a senior at Sturgis Bro...
April 17, 2018

Medical Marijuana Ballot Question Petition Rejected by Secretary of State
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use was rejected by her office. "An Initiated measure requires 13,871 valid signatures in order to be placed on the ballo...
April 17, 2018

State Supreme Court upholds Aberdeen man's murder conviction
ABERDEEN, S.D. - South Dakota's Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of an Aberdeen man found guilty of fatally beating a friend over a $400 debt. A jury a year ago convicted 57-year-old Bradley Quist of killing 61-year-old Ron Witchey in May 2015. Quist was sentenced ...
April 17, 2018

Douglas schools want to double security staff
BOX ELDER, S.D. - The Douglas School District wants to beef up security by adding two additional sheriff's deputies. School administrators are asking the Pennington County Commission to help fund the positions, which would double the number of school resource officers. Superinte...
April 17, 2018

Fire burning through wood chips and sawdust at Wyoming sawmill
SARATOGA, Wyo. - An afternoon fire that began at the sawmill in Saratoga, Wyoming continues to burn Monday night. Firefighters from around the area are battling the blaze, which is being fanned by strong winds. The fire reportedly started behind the mill, in an area where wood ...
April 17, 2018

State withdraws death penalty possibility in slaying case
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Sturgis man accused of hiring others to kill his girlfriend will not face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. Jonathon Klinetobe has pleaded not guilty to multiple felonies including first-degree murder in the May 2015 stabbing death of 22-yea...
April 16, 2018

Keystone XL developer to meet with Nebraska landowners
LINCOLN, Neb. - The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline plans to meet with landowners along its planned route through Nebraska this week and will start surveying for the project in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana. TransCanada Inc. spokesman Matt John said Monday that the co...
April 16, 2018

Williston teacher accused of child sex abuse back in court
WILLISTON, N.D. - A Williston physical education teacher accused of child sex abuse is facing more charges. Everest Moore was arrested last month on three counts of gross sexual imposition stemming from incidents allegedly involving sexual misconduct with three girls under the a...
April 16, 2018

Deadwood police say hypothermia appears to be cause of death for Spearfish man
DEADWOOD — Police in Deadwood say a preliminary cause of death has been determined in the case of a Spearfish man found nearly three months after he went missing. The Lawrence County Coroner's Office has preliminary determined that Christopher Oien, 28, died from hypotherm...
April 16, 2018

Snow records toppled in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin
MINNEAPOLIS - Records fell as an April snowstorm blanketed the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service says the 14.9 inches (37.8 centimeters) at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there. It's also the snowiest Ap...
April 16, 2018

Brookings County jury awards $34,000 to girl bitten by dog
BROOKINGS, S.D. - A Brookings County jury has awarded a girl more than $34,000 after she was attacked by a dog that had been declared vicious by county authorities twice before. The Argus Leader reports the award consists of $29,208 in compensatory damages and $5,000 in punitive...
April 16, 2018

B1 Bombers from Ellsworth participate in strike on Syria
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - The B-1 bomber's return to the Mideast was timely as several participated in the U.S. led attack on Syria Saturday morning. The attack follows the use of deadly chemical weapons against Syrian civilians by Bashar al-Assad's regime. More than 40 ...
April 14, 2018

Feds rejected Rodriguez plea deal to avoid death penalty
FARGO, N.D. - Documents show a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student more than a decade ago offered to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. KFGO obtained the previously undisclosed 2006 letter in Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s case from federal cou...
April 14, 2018

Spring storm continues eastward trek
STURGIS, S.D. – A spring storm that brought heavy wet snow to the Black Hills and surrounding foothills is moving east. The National Weather Service has blizzard warnings out for west-central, central and eastern South Dakota, with advisory's being allowed to expire in far...
April 13, 2018

Sioux Falls says park's safety reviews are oral, not written
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls doesn't have any written reports of safety reviews conducted over the last decade for a park where several people have drowned, most recently last month. The Argus Leader reports that City Hall issued a news release Thursday saying Falls Park safe...
April 13, 2018

Report: Coal fell in Wyoming mine in days before miner death
CASPER, Wyo. - A report on a fatal mine accident in Wyoming says large slabs of coal fell in the days before a miner was crushed by falling coal. Jaime Olivas died after the 2017 accident in the Jim Bridger underground coal mine. State and federal authorities cited Bridger Coal ...
April 13, 2018

On line auction this weekend for new Meade County 4-H Center
STURGIS, SD – An ever increasing interest in 4-H programs in Meade County and surrounding areas has led to the need for more space.  This weekend, beginning today, supporters are invited to participate in an on line auction with proceeds going towards a new Meade Count...
April 13, 2018

Spring storm shuts down Interstate, county offices
PIERRE, S.D. - Blizzard conditions have shut down a long stretch of interstate in South Dakota and have caused Gov. Dennis Daugaard to close state government offices in nearly half of the counties. The Department of Transportation says heavy snow and strong winds have made trave...
April 13, 2018

Sturgis asks to intervene in Buffalo Chip case
STURGIS, S.D. - Now that the State of South Dakota has decided to challenge the legality of the incorporation of the Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis wants back in to argue their side of the case. Sturgis on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court if it could intervene in the sta...
April 13, 2018

Body of missing Spearfish man found in rugged terrain
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Authorities confirm that the body of a missing Spearfish man has been found three months after he disappeared in Deadwood. Deadwood Police Chief Kelly Fuller tells the Black Hills Pioneer that the body of 28-year-old Christopher Oien was found Wednesday ni...
April 12, 2018

Two men involved in Sturgis home invasion change their plea
STURGIS, SD - Two of the three men who were arrested for a violent home invasion in Sturgis changed their pleas Wednesday. Armando Valdivia and Moses Avila all pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit first degree burglary and identity theft after reaching an agreem...
April 12, 2018

Heitkamp says Trump asked her to switch parties
BISMARCK, N.D.  - North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says Donald Trump asked her to join the Republican Party shortly before he was sworn in as president. Heitkamp, in an interview with The Washington Post Tuesday, said Trump "asked me to switch parties" during a D...
April 11, 2018

Davison County Commission rejects wind project for 2nd time
MITCHELL, S.D. - The Davison County Commission has rejected a wind project between Mitchell and Mount Vernon for the second time in three years. The Daily Republic reports the panel voted unanimously Tuesday against permitting the nine-turbine wind project. Commissioners cited c...
April 11, 2018

Lawmaker says TransCanada should be ashamed
PIERRE, SD - The spill from TransCanada’s Keystone Oil pipeline in Marshall County, South Dakota turned out to be much larger than was first reported when it occurred last November. The original spill total was put at 210,000 gallons but this week it was determined 407,00...
April 11, 2018

Name Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A 36-year-old woman from Chancellor, S.D. has been identified as the person wo died Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Marion. A 2001 GMC Yukon was westbound on 277th Avenue, which is a gravel road, when the vehicle went off t...
April 11, 2018

The lion on the plate
OMAHA, NB – When it comes to license plates, drivers are as finicky as buyers at New York City Fashion Week.  So imagine the surprise over the wild popularity of the most recent specialty plate to be offered in Nebraska – the mountain lion. The Department of Mot...
April 11, 2018

Pennington County Commissioner back in court
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County Commissioner George Ferebee was back in court on Tuesday April 10, as the legal battle continues over his alleged violation of the county's septic system code. In September Ferebee was found guilty, but the state supreme court overturned t...
April 11, 2018

Bail reduced for woman accused of aiding fatal shooting
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Bail has been lowered Tuesday for a woman accused of being an accessory to a fatal shooting in Rapid City. Seventh Circuit Court Judge reduced bail for Cierra Walks from $100,000 to $25,000 Tuesday, citing the potential delays while jurisdictional issues rega...
April 11, 2018

Several area communities hold municipal elections Tuesday
STURGIS, S.D. - Voters in Sturgis did not have to cast a ballot in this year's municipal election -- but voters in several area communities did have races. The four candidates running for city council spots in Sturgis all ran unopposed. In Whitewood, voters chose Bruce White f...
April 11, 2018

Rapid City area business leaders forming new group
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Business leaders in the Rapid City area are putting together a new group to try and fast track major economic growth over the next five years. Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, Ellsworth Development Authority, a...
April 11, 2018

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