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Sturgis native argues before the U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC – The drive by cash-strapped state governments to collect more sales taxes from online retailers ran into skepticism Tuesday at the Supreme Court, where justices voiced concern about changing long-established rules of interstate commerce. A fight for main st...
April 18, 2018

Area libraries celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week
STURGIS, SD – As part of the nation-wide celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week,  libraries in the Black Hills are centering their participation around the Center for Western & Cowboy Poetry’s Rural Library Project. The program’s mission is to serve as an o...
April 18, 2018

Sex trafficker, meth dealer sentenced
RAPID CITY, SD -U-S District Judge Jeffrey Viken sentenced Darryl Graham to five years in federal prison today. As part of a plea agreement Graham earlier pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine and transporting a victim to engage in prostitution in August of 2015 at ...
April 18, 2018

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

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

Meade County commission candidate forum planned
STURGIS, SD - The Sturgis Area Business Alliance is hosting a meet the candidates forum where citizens will have the opportunity to meet candidates running for Meade County commissioner. Among candidates scheduled to appear at the Tuesday, April 10, 2018 forum are District 1 Com...
April 9, 2018

City of Sturgis to fund building of more non-motorized trails
STURGIS, SD - The City of Sturgis is announcing plans for the construction and subsequent maintenance of approximately 15 miles of non-motorized trails on the Black Hills National Forest. The proposed trails would form a multiple-loop trail network in the area of Vanocker Canyon...
April 9, 2018

Termesphere art celebrates frontier town
BELLE FOURCHE, SD – When Bob Helmer wrote down what he hoped would be the direction  taken for the community of Belle Fourche, he couldn’t know that 20 years later his words would continue as a roadmap for the historic community that sits on the northern edge of ...
April 6, 2018

Story of stained glass windows topic of Scoop of History
STURGIS, SD - Sturgis was a frontier town in 1886 when the Rev. J. Logan Sample, a Home Missionary representing the Home Mission Board, arrived driving a 'team of blacks' to organize the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis. The story of the stained-glass windows in the church i...
April 4, 2018

GoFundMe campaign underway for family who lost home in Easter day fire
NISLAND, S.D. - Fire officials say a Nisland home was destroyed in a fire the evening of Sunday, April 1, 2018. Fire chief Stan Lewis says firefighters responded to the blaze just before 5:30 p.m.  A neighbor who was outside doing chores spotted the fire and called it ...
April 4, 2018

Innovative business opens for do-it-yourselfer's
RAPID CITY S.D.  – ‘Do it yourself’ is  an expression business owner Nathan Merriel hopes to offer to consumers  with his new DIY Repair Shop in Rapid City. Years of having to take vehicles in for an ever-increasing cost to repair prompted Merrie...
April 3, 2018

New motorcycle represents the Black Hills
STURGIS, S.D. - With the Sturgis Rally in mind, the Indian Motorcycle Company just released a special edition Black Hills Motorcycle. It's called the Black Hills Indian Chieftain Elite and it's currently on display at Indian Motorcycle Sturgis. It's one of only 350 motorcycles ...
March 30, 2018

Former Sturgis principal to lead school district
STURGIS, SD -  In a special meeting held this week, the Meade School Board unanimously approved hiring Jeff Simmons as the district’s new superintendent.   Simmons is no stranger to the Sturgis community.  He spent much of his academic career here both as a ...
March 29, 2018

New Indian Motorcycle model celebrates silver mining in Black Hills
STURGIS, SD - Everyone who knows Indian Motorcycle lore knows the story of C.F. "Pappy" Hoel, the Sturgis Indian Motorcycle dealer. In 1936, Hoel purchased an Indian franchise and opened his motorcycle shop on Junction Avenue in Sturgis. The following year, he co-founded the Jack...
March 29, 2018

Road construction season underway in South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. – Just like the saying of there being only two seasons in South Dakota – winter and road construction - three projects in the Black Hills area will impact traffic for much of 2018. Rehabilitation work on the Haines Avenue and Maple Street bridges on Int...
March 29, 2018

Local World Water Day event planned
RAPID CITY, SD – A local celebration of international World Water Day, a day to celebrate fresh, unpolluted water, will be held at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD, Saturday, March 31, 2018. The free event will include a concert, a silent auction, and snacks from Bre...
March 28, 2018

County looks for ways to offset costs of motorcyle rally
STURGIS, SD – Meade County States Attorney Kevin Krull will be spending a lot of time catching up on his reading. At a special meeting of the Meade County Commission, March 21, 2018, commissioners instructed the states attorney to explore all possibilities of charging an ev...
March 26, 2018

Deadwood study on vacant space identifies opportunity
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota State University architecture graduate students have studied vacant spaces in nine buildings on Deadwood's Historic Main Street as part of an effort to identify economic initiatives for the city.The students scanned empty second-floor spac...
March 26, 2018

Same prosecutor assigned to local commissioner's trial
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A prosecutor will again handle the case of a Pennington County commissioner accused of violating a county zoning ordinance, despite the defendant's objections.Commissioner George Ferebee was found guilty in September of maintaining a septic system wi...
March 26, 2018

County to revise policy for gathering petition signatures
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Pennington County is revising its policy over where petitioners can solicit and gather signatures on the county's campus.  The Pennington County Board of Commissioners directed the state attorney's office  to draft a policy clarifying where...
March 26, 2018

Gambling takes another dive in Deadwood
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) Gambling in Deadwood in February dropped seven percent from the previous year, after seeing about a similar percent increase in January. Data from the South Dakota Commission on Gaming show that slot machine gambling was down by six percent and table gam...
March 26, 2018

Assault, burglary case in Sturgis continues
STURGIS, S.D. - A Colorado teen has pleaded guilty to her role in a burglary and assault on a 53-year-old Sturgis woman. Elizabeth Mauk, age 18, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit burglary in the November 2017 incident. Mauk, who is from Fort Collins, faces up to 15 ...
March 20, 2018

City gifts Sturgis Motorcycle Museum with deed
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum opened up in the old Sturgis Post Office on Main Street in 2001. In need of expansion, the City of Sturgis has signed over the building’s deed to the volunteers of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. That allows the museum to ...
March 20, 2018

Gun business exploding in the Black Hills
STURGIS, SD  - The personal-finance website Wallethub released a report on states that are most dependent on the gun industry in 2018. South Dakota falls number four on that list. With some of the devastating events taking place and talk on legislation to change gun laws, o...
March 20, 2018

Vietnam veteran pinning ceremony announced
STURGIS, SD - A Vietnam War 50th Anniversary commemoration ceremony to thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War is set for Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near here. The Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills National Cemetery and VA Black Hi...
March 19, 2018

PALS Bike Park Fundraiser A Success
STURGIS, S.D. - Approximately $31,500.00 was raised during the Saturday night, March 3,  Bike Park Fundraiser held at the Knuckle Saloon. According to PALS organizers, "We couldn't have done it without the overwhelming support of our community members, businesses and commun...
March 15, 2018

Sturgis Community Showcase & Health Fair set for this week
STURGIS, SD – As winter inches into spring, thoughts often turn to healthier lifestyles and choices.  To help get people on the right tract, the annual Sturgis Community Showcase and Health Fair brings together services, professionals, and consumer goods all geared to ...
March 12, 2018

Sturgis & Meade County Historical Society to hold annual meeting
STURGIS, SD - A review of the past year's actvities and membership along with plans for the upcoming History Day in June are among the topics on the agenda for the annual meeting of the Sturgis & Meade County Historical Society. The meeting is open to the public and beg...
March 9, 2018

Community Garden applications being taken
STURGIS, SD – If you’ve got a green thumb but no space to use it, the Community Garden program offered in Sturgis may be for you.  City officials have announced that applications for spaces are now available through March 31. The Sturgis Community Garden Project...
March 9, 2018

R.E.D. Friday's recognize deployed service members
RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota employers, schools and residents are encouraged to show their support for all service members deployed overseas by participating in R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Shirt Friday event on March 16.The South Dakota National Guard, Ellsworth Air Fo...
March 9, 2018

Sturgis public works repairing sink hole
STURGIS, SD – A sink hole located above an existing drainage channel is being repaired by the Sturgis Public Works department.  The parameters of the sink hole in the located of 3rd and Douglas Street near the Sturgis Williams Middle School, reached about two feet bef...
March 8, 2018

Veterans Creative Arts Shows set for Sturgis, Hot Springs
STURGIS, SD - VA Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to attend the 2018 Veterans Creative Arts Shows. The Fort Meade show is March 7, 2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Building 145, Classroom 108. The Hot Springs show will be on March 14, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in t...
March 2, 2018

Sturgis celebrates opening of new medical facilities
STURGIS, SD – A milestone was marked this week in Sturgis with the opening of the new $10.3 million expansion of Regional Health Sturgis Hospital and Clinic.  The new 20,000 square-foot clinic includes 36 medical examination rooms, four urgent care and walk-in exam ro...
March 2, 2018

Newell City Commission votes to remove member
NEWELL, SD – The Newell City Commission has voted to seek the removal of Commissioner Allen Youngberg from office.  Youngberg, 67,  was indicted by a grand jury in Butte County November  14, 2017. He was charged with stalking and sexual contact without conse...
March 1, 2018

City of Sturgis consolidates recycle sites
STURGIS, SD – A tidy community where recycling is available isn’t just a given.  It takes resources and work.  Not just from the city’s Public Works Department but from citizens too. And being environmentally responsible just got a bit easier with the...
February 27, 2018

Legislative Update
PIERRE, SD - We now have two weeks of session left and things are extremely hectic at the Capitol. Some significant bills have been going through and working their way through the process. In all my years of chairing the State Affairs committee in the House and Senate I have neve...
February 27, 2018

Sturgis Area Politics: No election for city council, Bradley throws hat in ring for county commisison
STURGIS, S.D. – In local political news, there will be no municipal election this year for the Sturgis City Council. The city finance office says only one petition was received for each of the four wards as of Friday’s deadline. Winning candidates for those wards ar...
February 26, 2018

"Kitchens of the Great Midwest" book discussion in Sturgis
STURGIS, SD - The love of food unfolds in unusual ways in "Kitchens of the Great Midwest", the first novel by J. Ryan Stradal.  Born with a “once-in-a-generation palate,” the book's central figure Eva Thorvald, is a food prodigy.  The eight chapters pai...
February 23, 2018

Sturgis considers open container on St. Patrick's Day
STURGIS, SD - Deadwood attracts a lot of attention on St. Patrick's Day and Sturgis is hoping make its Main Street another destination celebration for the popular day that recognizes the Irish culture. The city counciil will hold a public hearing March 5, 2018 to discuss lifting...
February 23, 2018

Sturgis Players to perform winter production
  STURGIS, SD - The Sturgis Players wiill perform their winter production, "Everybody Loves Opal" thiis weekend.   A comedy, the play centers on Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse who exists in a general state of disarray.  She totes anything and everything...
February 23, 2018

Legislative Upate
PIERRE, SD - Some of the main highlights of recent legislation are as follows: Renewal of the Nonmeandering waters act:I am excited to announce that the Senate has approved SB24, which renews the current laws regarding the use of Non-meandering waters until 2021. SB24 allows&nbs...
February 20, 2018

Volunteer firefighting association files counterclaim to city's lawsuit
SPEARFISH, SD - A volunteer firefighter's association in Spearfish, SD has filed a countersuit to a legal action brought by the City of Spearfish that alleges the association may have misused taxpayer funds. The Spearfish Volunteer Firefighters’ Association has described t...
February 20, 2018

Land grant university buys land in Meade County
STURGIS, S.D. - Last week, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 48 into law authorizing the purchase of 112 acres of property in Meade County by South Dakota State University. The land is located adjacent to the Sturgis Municipal Airport and is to be used for agricultural...
February 14, 2018

No public vote on emergency services funding in Meade County
STURGIS, SD – Efforts to find the ways to fund fire and ambulance services in the greater Sturgis area continues to be the focus of discussions. Among the issues are past and current agreements between the City of Sturgis and the Meade County Commission for ambulance servic...
February 5, 2018

Supreme Court overturns ruling barring Buffalo Chip from becoming municipality
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a judge's ruling that the Buffalo Chip Campground couldn't be its own town. The high court overturned a circuit court that had found the Meade County Board of Commissioners had erred when it allowed the Sturgis Motorc...
January 25, 2018

Four Chaplains Memorial Service to be held in Sturgis
STURGIS, SD - VA Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to attend the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. on February 11, 2018 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.   Local Veteran organizations will participate in the event by placing...
January 25, 2018

Free Throw Championship set for weekend
STURGIS, SD - The St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus council is holding a qualifying free throw competition open to both boys and girls.  Set for Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Sturgis Armory, kids ages 9 - 14 are invited to participate. All contestants will b...
January 24, 2018

Black Hills region among fastest growing in state
RAPID CITY, SD - The Black Hills is one of the fastest growing regions in the state of South Dakota – 20 percent faster than any other area in the state.  Rapid City itself as has grown to over 55 square miles with almost 400 miles of roads within that area that const...
January 23, 2018

New brewery opens in Spearfish
SPEARFISH, S.D.  - Spearfish Brewing will host a grand opening, ribbon cutting event on February 1, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. The brewery and taproom is located at the intersection of Jackson Blvd. and Main Street in downtown Spearfish.  A window in the taproom will allow peop...
January 20, 2018

Sturgis municipal election set for April 10
STURGIS, S.D. - The 2018 elections will be for the following City Council seats: Ward 1 incumbent Rod Bradley, Ward 2 incumbent  Scott Peterson, Ward 3 incumbent Ron Waterland and Ward 4 incumbent Rhea Crane.  All elected officials serve three-year terms.  Petiti...
January 16, 2018

City of Sturgis continues process to form fire, ambulance districts
STURGIS, SD – A second meeting to explore forming two tax districts to provide emergency response services to Sturgis and outer areas saw more in attendance – and more ideas as to how to proceed with a process that will put  fire district and ambulance district b...
January 12, 2018

Second meeting set on proposed fire, ambulance service districts
STURGIS, SD – A second meeting on forming both a fire and ambulance district to serve the community of Sturgis and a defined area located within Meade County will be held this evening (Thurs., January 11, 2018)  at the Sturgis Community Center. A growing budget defici...
January 11, 2018

Town Hall set to discuss proposed fire and ambulance district
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss the proposed creation of a fire and ambulance district. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the district is being proposed because of the increase in the amo...
January 3, 2018

Special commission meeting to discuss lifting burn ban
STURGIS, SD – A special meeting of the Meade County Commission is planned for today, Wednesday, January 3, 2018.  According to Commissioner Galen Niederwerder, the issue at hand is his proposal to lift the burn ban in Meade County. Rural landowners who utilize garbag...
January 3, 2018

Third annual Taste of Sturgis coming in January
STURGIS, S.D. - Mark your calendar for Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, for the third annual Taste of Sturgis – a fundraiser for the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society. The event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at Boulder Canyon Station Convention Center which is adjacent to t...
December 29, 2017

Historical Society to hold fundraiser
STURGIS, SD – The third annual Taste of Sturgis features area restaurants showcasing their favorite food in the categories of appetizer, main dish or dessert. A fundraiser the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society, the event will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 from...
December 27, 2017

Regional Health helps restore Nolin Monument in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – Regional Health Sturgis Hospital and Clinic announced that the refurbishment of the Nolin Monument has been completed. The monument honors Charles “Red” Nolin, a horseback mail carrier who was killed near the monument site in 1876. The monument i...
December 22, 2017

Commissioner Rausch-Commission conducts year-end business
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission met in regular session on Wednesday, December 13.   The Commission received updates regarding status of the departments of the appointed officials.  One item of note is that the 4-H office will be relocating from the Erskine ...
December 20, 2017

Paige McPherson to be dedicated at Sturgis Community Center
STURGIS, SD - The Sturgis Community Center will hold a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication for the newly renovated Paige McPherson Room and Olympic Memorabilia Display on Thursday, December 21 at 4:00 PM.  The new Paige McPherson Room will be utilized for a...
December 15, 2017

Vandals damage historic Homestake mining buildings
LEAD, S.D. -  Vandals caused nearly $30,000 worth of damage to two historic buildings in the Black Hills. Built around 1919, powder houses were used to store explosives for mining by the Homestake Mining Company. Vandals put holes in the walls in one building and used wood...
December 1, 2017

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum set to begin remodeling project
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum has announced the start of a major remodeling project at their current location - 999 Main Street. A fundraising campaign is also underway.  According to the Museum's webpage:  As the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum has grown i...
November 21, 2017

 


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