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Gala fundraiser to help veterans, first responders, families
DEADWOOD, SD – A love of country and seeing a need to reach out to those who serve has led Montana rancher Jerrid Geving to open the Sacred Mountain Retreat Center near Deadwood, SD. An ever-rising suicide rate among both veterans and first responders calls for action &nda...
February 11, 2019

Injuries reported after four vehicles involved in weekend crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. –Authorities are investigating an accident that involved four vehicles on East Highway 44. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2005 Ford Escape with four people inside was traveling southbound on Airport Road just before 12:30. It then ran...
February 11, 2019

Sunday's search for Serenity ends with no trace of the missing girl
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A weekend that began with hope ended with sorrow Sunday, as search and rescue crews wrapped up an unsuccessful search for missing 9-year-old Serenity Dennard. It has been a week since Serenity ran from the Black Hills Children's Home near Rockerville. There ha...
February 11, 2019

Low clouds, fog hamper helicopter, but search goes on for missing girl
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - Low clouds and fog delayed the search by helicopter for 9-year-old Serenity Dennard; but the dogs and ground crews were right back at it despite the harsh weather conditions Sunday. Today marked exactly one week since Serenity darted away from the Black Hills...
February 10, 2019

Saturday search wraps up with no sign of Serenity
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - Search and rescue crews wrapped up a full day of searching Saturday for Serenity Dennard -- with no sign of the missing 9-year-old to be found. Serenity has been missing since Sunday, and the search for her is dubbed as a recovery effort. That is assuming the...
February 10, 2019

Expanded search for Serenity Dennard underway
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - Despite cold temperatures and a lot of fresh snow, search and rescue teams were out early Saturday morning looking for a 9-year-old girl who has been missing since Sunday. Serenity Dennard disappeared after she ran away from staff members at the Black Hills C...
February 9, 2019

Critics call for end to South Dakota mental holds in jail
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Young people and adults who have mental disorders should not be thrown in jails when they are suffering a mental crisis and the South Dakota law that allows the practice should be overturned, policy advisers and jail officials say. South Dakota is ...
February 9, 2019

Sturgis Public Works make repairs to broken water main
STURGIS, S.D. - Extreme weather hampered efforts by Sturgis Public Works crews overnight as they worked to repair a broken water main. The break was reported Friday afternoon, and crews went to work right away. The break was located Nellie Street, in between Douglas and Fleet S...
February 9, 2019

Expanded weekend search for missing girl
PENNINGTON COUNTY, SD – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is gathering resources from around the region to look for Serenity Dennard, last seen Sunday, February 3, 2019, near the Black Hills Children’s Home in Rockerville. Over the weekend, seven specialize...
February 8, 2019

South Dakota Senate panel advances indigenous language bill
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Senate panel has endorsed a bill that would recognize the official indigenous language of South Dakota as that of the Oceti Sakowin, or Great Sioux Nation. The State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Friday to advance the bill after passionate backing fro...
February 8, 2019

Governor Noem wants to table bill legalizing industrial hemp
PIERRE, SD – As a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, then U.S. House of Representative Kristi Noem supported and voted for the nearly $900 billion 2018 Farm Bill.  Among other things, the farm bill legalized the production of hemp, a form of cannabis with ...
February 8, 2019

New product line from Willie's Remedy unveiled
SEATTLE, WA - Willie Nelson launched a hemp product line that includes CBD-infused coffee. Willie’s Remedy is a whole bean coffee infused with “full spectrum hemp extract” grown in Colorado. It claims to create a “perfect harmony of focus from the caffein...
February 8, 2019

Public invited to memorial service and chili feed
STURGIS, SD - VA Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to attend the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. February 10, 2019 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.   Local Veteran organizations will participate in the event by placing wr...
February 8, 2019

Search resumes for missing Serenity Dennard
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The search for a missing nine-year-old girl will resume today.  Search and rescue workers were unable to be out in the vicinity where Serenity Dennard disappeared six days ago, due to dangerously cold weather conditions. The area being searched cont...
February 8, 2019

State cautions consumers about unlicensed lenders
PIERRE, SD -The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation cautions consumers about unlicensed money lenders, both online and in-person. All lenders providing payday loans, short-term consumer loans, title loans or installment loans to South Dakota residents must be license...
February 7, 2019

USPS features military service dogs on new stamps
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Postal Service has revealed several new stamp designs to honor the nation's military service dogs. The new Forever Stamps feature images of a German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois (MELON – WAH) or Dutch shepherd. All of ...
February 7, 2019

Senate Panel Votes Down Bill to Expand Lobbying Restrictions
PIERRE, S.D. -- A Senate panel has voted down a measure to expand the number of state employees barred from private lobbying for two years after leaving government. The State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday to reject the bill. Sen. Stace Nelson, who supported it, says it w...
February 6, 2019

Senate Panel Endorses Asking Voters to Allow Sports Betting
PIERRE, S.D.-- A South Dakota Senate panel has approved a measure that would ask voters to legalize sports betting in historic Deadwood. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 on Wednesday to send the proposal to the full chamber. Republican Sen. Bob Ewing, the sponsor, sa...
February 6, 2019

Winter Weather Advisory for most of western South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. - Another shot of snow and bitter cold have descended upon South Dakota Wednesday. The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Thursday morning for most of Western South Dakota. The only exception is extreme northwest South Dakota. F...
February 6, 2019

Representatives send birth, death reporting bill to Senate
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota House has approved a bill aimed at addressing concerns about a polygamous group's Black Hills outpost by making it a misdemeanor not to report births and deaths. Representatives voted 67-1 on Tuesday to send the measure to the Senate. Republican R...
February 6, 2019

Search for missing girl turns into recovery effort
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has made the decision to transition the search for missing nine year old Serenity Dennard from a rescue to a recovery operation. If Serenity was outside, it’s unlikely she survived. We have not ruled out the po...
February 6, 2019

Former priest pleads guilty to sexual contact with a minor
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A former Rapid City Catholic priest pleaded guilty today to sexual contact with a child under the age of 16. Father John Praveen, 38, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Tuesday in Seventh Circuit Court.  In exchange for that plea, prosecutors...
February 5, 2019

Sturgis council approves final reading of animal ordinance revisions
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council Monday night passed second reading of revisions to the city’s animal ordinance. The ordinance cleans up several items that have been the focus of complaints over the years. Among them, the ordinance clarifies the definition o...
February 5, 2019

Rapid City fire crews battle garage fire Tuesday morning
RAPID CITY S.D.  - Rapid City fire units kept a garage fire from burning the attached home on the city's west side this morning.  Units from stations 3, 1, 5 and 6 were sent to the 500 block of City Springs Lane out past 41st Street around 8:30 this morning and found s...
February 5, 2019

House panel backs bill to expand texting while driving ban
PIERRE, SD- A House panel has endorsed a bill that would expand the state's texting while driving ban to mostly prohibit mobile device use by people behind the wheel. The House Transportation Committee voted 12-1 Tuesday to advance the bill. Republican rep. Doug Barthel, the spo...
February 5, 2019

Authorities contact couple to gain more insight on girl's disappearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The search continues for nine year old Serenity Dennard, who left the Black Hills Children’s Home Sunday, February 3, 2019, before noon. According to the Pennington County Sheriff's office, they were able to catch up with the couple they were searching f...
February 5, 2019

FBI identifies man fatally shot by Rosebud tribal officer
ROSEBUD, S.D. - The FBI has identified the man who died after he was shot by an officer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The agency says 25-year-old Jacob Archambault, of St. Francis, died as a result of a tribal officer-involved shooting Jan. 27. Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law En...
February 5, 2019

Investigators looking for couple who saw missing child
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Investigators with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office want to speak with the couple who last saw the missing nine year old near the Black Hills Children’s Home. A male and female were cutting wood in the area of Foster Gulch and South Rockervill...
February 5, 2019

Missing Girl Update: - Search intensifies for Serenity Dennard
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Additional resources are now searching for a missing nine year old girl last seen at 11:20 am, Sunday, February 3, 2019, leaving the Children’s Home Society on South Rockerville Road. The Civil Air Patrol joined the rescue effort by air and ground Monday ...
February 4, 2019

Woman pleads guilty to embezzlement
RAPID CITY S.D. – A Rapid City woman has pleaded guilty to money laundering, wire fraud and tax evasion. According to the factual basis statement signed by Olivia Kuehner, she admitted to embezzling more than $121,000 from the Club for Boys over a nearly five year period a...
February 4, 2019


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