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South Dakota's inaugural Day of Giving announced
RAPID CITY, SD – Imagine a day – just one day – where the focus would be on volunteering and donating to a nonprofit.  What would that look like?  In North Dakota, it looked like $10 million dollars…in one day. In Minnesota...$20 million. The f...
October 8, 2018

Man sentenced for trafficking meth into South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs between California and South Dakota. The U.S. attorney's office says 61-year-old Patrick Okroi brought methamphetamine from California once or twice a month in 2016, and ga...
October 8, 2018

Pedestrian killed on southeastern South Dakota highway
CANTON, S.D. — Authorities say a 73-year-old man standing on a highway in southeastern South Dakota was struck and killed by a vehicle. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it happened Saturday night on U.S. Highway 18 in Canton. The patrol says the driver, a 25-year-old ...
October 8, 2018

Official says graduation changes limit special ed students
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls' school board president is concerned that statewide graduation requirement changes will limit opportunities for thousands of special education students across South Dakota. The state updated graduation requirements earlier this year for the ...
October 8, 2018

Early morning fire destroys home in Lead
LEAD, S.D. - Fire officials responded to an early morning fire in Lead that destroyed a home. Fire crews responded to the fire on Parkdale Avenue at approximately 4:30 a.m. and found a home engulfed in flames. Fire Chief Tim Eggers said responders were unable to enter the home ...
October 7, 2018

86-year-old man dies in 2-vehicle crash in Lincoln County
HARRISBURG, S.D. — Authorities say an 86-year-old man died in a crash west of Harrisburg, in Lincoln County. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened about 1 p.m. Friday when the man who was killed turned his vehicle in front of a semi with no trailer attached. He die...
October 7, 2018

Cook Political Report says South Dakota Governor Race a Toss Up
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Cook Political Report, an online non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections, has now rated the South Dakota Governors race as a tossup. The race was rated as solid for republicans at the end of August. Democratic candidate Billie Sutton says his mes...
October 5, 2018

Young trappers offered free educational program through Western South Dakota Fur Harvesters group
HOT SPRIINGS, SD – The centuries old practice of trapping is behind much of the history in settling the West.  The need for and use of trapping remains based in food, clothing, and commerce.  What has changed is how and when trapping occurs, says Tuffy Halls, secr...
October 5, 2018

One dead in Union Pacific train crash in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Authorities say a Union Pacific freight train crashed into the back of another freight train in southeastern Wyoming, killing at least one crew member. Two others were slightly injured and a fourth crew member was missing after more than 50 train cars derailed L...
October 5, 2018

Presho fire chief who died in the line of duty being honored
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota firefighter who died in the line of duty a year ago is being honored Sunday at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Fifty-four-year-old Presho Fire Chief Donald Manger died after suffering a medical condition wh...
October 5, 2018

Check freezers for recalled beef
TOLLESON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona company voluntarily recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of beef that could be contaminated with salmonella, according to federal officials. An investigation traced products, including ground beef and beef patties to JBS Tolleson, Inc., a...
October 5, 2018

Man who shot self near prep football game faces charges
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - Charges have been filed against a Pukwana man who authorities say shot himself near a high school football game in Chamberlain following a police chase. The Daily Republic reports 20-year-old Jared Houska faces a felony aggravated eluding count and six misdem...
October 5, 2018

Rapid City woman convicted of fraudulently obtaining opioids
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City woman has been convicted of fraudulently obtaining about 1,700 opioid pills. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Daphne Janis obtained 3,500 Tramadol pain pills between March 2016 and April 2017, about half of them fraudulently by not tell...
October 5, 2018

Enrollment up at South Dakota's technical institutes
MITCHELL, S.D. Enrollment at South Dakota’s four technical institutes is up from last year to 6,825 students. That’s a 2.6% jump. The largest number of students are enrolled in the health science career cluster, which has grown from 1,301 students to 1,380 students. ...
October 5, 2018

Pennington County Commission asks for Ferebee resignation
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Lawsuits, strong words, and criminal charges haven’t worked.  After years of those kinds of back and forth with a fellow commissioner, the Pennington County Commissioners finally had enough. This past Tuesday, the commission voted 3-1 to ask f...
October 5, 2018

Inmate walks away from Rapid City Work Center
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County authorities say a minimum security inmate has been placed on escape status after leaving the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization Thursday. Bryan Briley-Huehl is 22 years old; is 5 feet 7 inches tall; and weighs 154 pounds. ...
October 5, 2018

Charges resolved in Poet's Table vandalism case
CUSTER, S.D. — Prosecutors have resolved charges against two sisters accused of vandalizing a popular Black Hills hiking spot known as Poet's Table. Skyler Anders and Shelby Johnson originally were cited with intentionally damaging property and petty theft, both misdemeano...
October 5, 2018

Defense: Stacy Phelps to testify in own defense at trial
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A former nonprofit official accused of trying to avoid a potential state audit in South Dakota didn't commit any crimes and plans to testify in his own defense, his attorney told jurors Thursday in a case that began after the nonprofit's financial officer died...
October 5, 2018

Bond set at $100,000 for priest accused of child assault
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Bond has been set at $100,000 cash for a priest in the Rapid City Catholic Diocese who's accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old child. Thirty-eight-year-old John Praveen appeared in Pennington County court via video from jail Wednesday. Magistrate Judge S...
October 4, 2018

Man dies in Custer mobile home fire
CUSTER, S.D. — Authorities say a 58-year-old man has died in a mobile home fire in southwestern South Dakota. The Custer County Sheriff's Office says Richard Roberts was found dead in his home west of Custer after the fire was called in late Monday night. Sheriff's offici...
October 4, 2018

House candidates talk trade, health care at public forum
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Democrat Tim Bjorkman and Republican Dusty Johnson largely avoided taking political swipes at each other during a South Dakota congressional candidate forum, instead laying out their ideas on policy issues including trade, health care and criminal justic...
October 4, 2018

South Dakota ethics measure supporters release first TV ads
VERMILLION, S.D. — The campaign for a South Dakota government ethics constitutional amendment is urging voters to "fight corruption" and vote for the November ballot question in its first television ads of the race. Represent South Dakota said in a statement that the two 3...
October 4, 2018

Branding Party to raise funds for new Meade County Event Center
STURGIS, SD – A 4-H program bursting at the seams with new members is good news.  Now, the Meade County 4-H program needs a space to fit them all in, says 4-H Program Advisor Jenny Voigt. This weekend’s Branding Party at the Knuckle Pavilion is among the fundrais...
October 3, 2018

Small crowd at informational meeting on proposed fire, ambulance districts
STURGIS, SD – An informational meeting on proposed fire and ambulance districts in Meade County quickly turned into rural residents challenging some members of the presenting panel  on what they consider to be the real culprit behind escalating emergency services costs...
October 3, 2018

Secretary of State Reminds Voters Not to Publicize Marked Ballots
PIERRE, SD – As absentee voting is currently underway and as voters head to the polls on General Election day, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is issuing a reminder to South Dakota voters not to publicize an official, marked ballot. “Our South Dakota voters are ener...
October 3, 2018

Trials set for 19 accused of drug crimes in state prison
TYNDALL, S.D. - A March 18 trial date has been set for 19 people accused of drug crimes while they were inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that all 19 defendants have pleaded not guilty. Bon Homme County Clerk of Cou...
October 3, 2018

Authorities ID man killed in crash involving truck, 2 semis
WILLISTON, N.D. - The Highway Patrol has identified an Alexander man who died when the pickup truck he was driving was caught between two semitrailers in a construction area in Williams County. Authorities say 58-year-old Terry Lynn died at the scene Monday afternoon on U.S. Hig...
October 3, 2018

Pennington County Commission seeking removal of commissioner
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County Commission voted Tuesday to have their state's attorney initiate civil legal proceedings to remove fellow commissioner George Ferebee from his seat. Ferebee, who was not in attendance at Tuesday's meeting, reportedly changed his address o...
October 3, 2018

Piper claims poor advice in torture and murder case
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota death row inmate who pleaded guilty in a Spearfish torture-murder case wants the state Supreme Court to revisit his plea. Lawyers for Briley Piper argued before the Supreme Court in Sioux Falls Monday, claiming Piper had poor legal advice in hi...
October 3, 2018

Priest Arrested for Sexual Contact with a Minor
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Following a joint investigation conducted by the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, a Catholic priest has been arrested after making sexual contact with a minor. On October 2nd, local law enforcement arrested 3...
October 2, 2018


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