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One killed, 2 missing in Montana boating accident
BILLINGS, Mont. - A boating accident on Bighorn Lake in southern Montana has left a 59-year-old woman dead, one man hospitalized and two men missing. The lake is located in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, which straddles the Montana-Wyoming border. According to a Natio...
August 13, 2018

Harding County Fair offers rodeos, roundups and rockets
CAMP CROOK, SD – A year’s worth of planning will play out at the 102nd Harding County Fair, set for August 17-19, 2018 in Camp Crook, SD. For long-time Harding County Fair board member Karen Stevenson, it all happens due to the hard work of volunteers. “There a...
August 13, 2018

Ellsworth Air Force Base says airman found dead
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. –An active duty Airman assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., was found dead at his off-base residence in Rapid City on Aug. 9. U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Daniel Ruth, 25, of Pennsylvania, belonged to the 37th Bomb Squadron. “Our thou...
August 13, 2018

Evacuations lifted, but Vineyard Fire continues to grow
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - There was some good news on the fire lines of the Vineyard Fire Sunday night as authorities lifted all mandatory evacuations. Incident Commander Ray Bubb said they have lifted all the mandatory evacuations. Earlier Sunday, a wide portion of southeast Hot Spri...
August 13, 2018

Highway Patrol releases final rally report
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol released its final daily rally tally Sunday, and the numbers didn't change much. The final report indicates four fatalities on this year's official count -- although there were several accidents resulting in fatalities either befor...
August 13, 2018

Structure fire leads to grass fire near Hermosa
HERMOSA, S.D. - An outbuilding that burned near Hermosa resulted in a grass fire that threatened homes Sunday afternoon. Great Plains Fire and Battle Creek Fire says the Alkan Fire was about five miles east of Highway 79. The fire was called in around 2:00 p.m. First responders...
August 13, 2018

Vineyard Fire now at 250 acres with more evacuations
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - The Vineyard Fire burning near Hot Springs grew as expected in Red Flag Weather conditions Sunday. The fire, according to Great Plains Fire, is now 250 acres. Earlier Sunday, more people were added to the evacuation list. They included Galveston Ct, Galvesto...
August 12, 2018

Saturday Rally Report - six injury crashes, no fatalities
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says there were no fatalities in its latest rally report Saturday. The fatal count for the 2108 rally remained at four. There were, however, six injury crashes Friday. Several of those involved serious, but non-life threatening in...
August 12, 2018

Number of traffic fatalities up in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the number of traffic fatalities on state roadways is running 26 percent ahead of last year. The patrol says 77 people have died in 2018, as compared to 61 fatalities at this time last year. The most recent fatality ...
August 11, 2018

Patrol issues latest rally report
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says there were no fatal accidents in the latest 24 hour reporting period, but a handful of crashes that resulted in life threatening injuries. In its latest rally tally, the patrol reported 10 injury crashes Thursday. Among...
August 10, 2018

DOT says traffic counts continue to rise for this year's rallly
STURGIS, S.D. – As the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally heads into its final weekend, data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 5.9-percent overall for the seven days of the event. The numbers, released today, indicate 398,318  vehicles ...
August 10, 2018

South Dakota declines to reveal drug to be used in execution
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Corrections Department is refusing to disclose the specific lethal injection drug it will use to execute convicted prison guard killer Rodney Berget. A department spokesman says the disclosure could tend to identify the supplier of the exe...
August 10, 2018

Mediation refused in Davison County firing dispute
MITCHELL, S.D. - Davison County has refused an offer of mediation from a former veterans service officer who is appealing her firing to South Dakota's Labor Department. The Daily Republic reports that county commissioners late last month unanimously declined the offer from Jessi...
August 10, 2018

Indian Relay Races combine skill, bravery, endurance
FAITH, SD – If you’ve got skill, knowledge, bravery and culture behind you, then you might be an Indian relay rider. With centuries of the warrior spirit and the honored place held by the horse in Native culture, the evolution of Indian Relay Races has been a natural....
August 10, 2018

South Dakota officials unveil new school safety tip program
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota law enforcement and school officials have unveiled an anonymous text messaging program aimed at improving school safety. Attorney General Marty Jackley and other officials announced Thursday the implementation of the new school-safety eleme...
August 10, 2018

Late surge tips the scales for Sturgis vendor permits
STURGIS, S.D. - A late surge on temporary vendor permits sent the city of Sturgis over last year's numbers. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says total vendor numbers as of noon Thursday was 646 -- over last year's 636 total. Ainslie says there's a reason they realized a sl...
August 10, 2018

Grass fire chars 40 acres near New Underwood
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. - The New Underwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a wildland on fire on 171st AVE, one mile north of exit 88, Interstate 90, unincorporated Pennington County, South Dakota. Upon arrival Firefighters observed a fire burning in cured grass ...
August 10, 2018

Biker killed after crash on Sturgis Road
STURGIS, S.D. - For the second time in as many days, a motorcyclist died after a crash on Sturgis Road. In it's latest rally tally, the highway patrol says the accident happened Wednesday night, just before 6:30 p.m. The 39-year-old motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Stur...
August 9, 2018

Late-night crash in Hughes County kills 19-year-old man
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person died late Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Pierre. The name of the male driver is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved. A 2001 Audi A6 2 wa...
August 9, 2018

Dakotans experience wildfire haze, air quality issues
JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Residents in the Dakotas are experiencing lower air quality and seeing some hazy skies because of the ongoing wildfires in the western part of the United States and Canada. The National Weather Service in Bismarck says those smoky skies will stick around headin...
August 9, 2018

Yellowstone boss to speak about park after forced ouster
HELENA, Mont. - Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk will speak about his imminent departure from the National Park Service after previously saying he was forced out by the Trump administration. Wenk will retire Sept. 29 after 43 years with the park service. He is scheduled to sp...
August 9, 2018

Authorities say 88 pounds of cocaine seized in South Dakota traffic bust
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Authorities say a traffic stop in western South Dakota yielded 88 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1 million on the street. Court documents say a Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle for a U.S. Highway 85 traffic violation on Aug. 2 near Spearfish, and fo...
August 9, 2018

Authorities ID victims of 2 fatal crashes at Sturgis Rally
STURGIS, S.D. - The Highway Patrol has identified victims of two fatal crashes related to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. Fifty-six-year-old James Barbier, of Aurora, Colorado, died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 85 near Cheyenne C...
August 9, 2018

Rapid City man sentenced to 10 years in friend's death
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man who beat his friend to death during a drunken fight in January has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Joseph Dowty, age 27, could be paroled in four years. He pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter in the death of 27-...
August 9, 2018

Next year's rally logo unveiled; vendor numbers down this year
STURGIS, S.D. - As the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally heads into the final push, city staff are already looking ahead to next year. Today, Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie was among those on top of a rally photo tower to unveil next year's logo. The 79th Annual Sturgis...
August 8, 2018

Rally Update - third fatality reported
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist died Tuesday after a crash on Sturgis Road near Piedmont. The male driver is the third fatality included in this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally report. In their latest rally report, the patrol says...
August 8, 2018

Completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline study delayed
BISMARCK, N.D. - Federal officials say it will take about three more weeks to wrap up an environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers had expected to finish by the end of this week. Justice Department attorneys have informed the...
August 8, 2018

Governor appointing 3 to Legislature before special session
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing three people to fill vacancies in the South Dakota Legislature ahead of a special session scheduled for September. Daugaard's office said Wednesday that the three Republican appointees are candidates in November for the seats the...
August 8, 2018

New Underwood structure fire held to a single alarm
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. - The New Underwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of detached storage shed on fire at 401 S BAILEY AVE, New Underwood South Dakota. Neighbors and bystanders noticed the fire and took quick action notifying 911 and ensuring the occupants of t...
August 8, 2018

Convicted prison guard killer to be executed in the fall
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota's attorney general says convicted prison guard killer Rodney Berget is set to be executed in the fall. State Attorney General Marty Jackley said Wednesday that Berget is scheduled to be executed between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3. Jackley's office says t...
August 8, 2018


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