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Man dead after house fire in Timber Lake
PIERRE, S.D. - A Timber Lake man has died as a result of an early Monday morning fire in the Dewey County town. Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer says the fire department received the call at approximately 3:30am Monday.  He says when firefighters arrived at the scene of the t...
March 29, 2017

Juvenile Oversight Council releases report on juvenile reforms
PIERRE, S.D. – Today the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council released its first annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s juvenile justice reforms. The Oversight Council is the statutorily authorized entity that monitors ...
March 28, 2017

Attorney General files explanations for marijuana-related ballot issues
PIERRE, S.D. - Marijuana proponents can circulate petitions on two initiated measures now that the state attorney general explanations been filed with the Secretary of State office. The petitions are:• An initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use• An in...
March 28, 2017

South Dakota man accused of shooting trooper sentenced
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - A rural Kimball man will serve 30 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer during a standoff two years ago. Forty-four-year-old Donald London was sentenced Tuesday to 75 years in prison, but 45 years of the sen...
March 28, 2017

After legislative defeat, gun bill backers to keep pushing
PIERRE, S.D. - A bid in South Dakota to let people carry concealed handguns without a permit fell short this legislative session, but supporters say they believe its passage is only a matter of time. House lawmakers failed Monday to overcome a veto from Republican Gov. Dennis Da...
March 28, 2017

Driver runs out of gas again after stealing squad car
TULARE, S.D. - A driver who called for help after running out of gas is accused of stealing a deputy's squad car in South Dakota and leading authorities in a pursuit before once again running out of fuel.   Troy James is charged with felony grand theft in Spink County. Offi...
March 28, 2017

Company: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir
BISMARCK, N.D. - The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline says oil has been placed in the pipe under a Missouri River reservoir and the full line will be in service soon. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement in a court filing Monday. The move comes desp...
March 28, 2017

Daugaard: Concerned at making San Francisco's banned list
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says it's a concern that South Dakota has landed on San Francisco's list of places where city workers aren't allowed to go on official business. The move came after the state passed a law aimed at protecting faith-based organizations that refu...
March 28, 2017

SD Guard Family Readiness Group receives national award
ARLINGTON, Va. - For the fourth time in five years, the Department of Defense awarded a South Dakota Army National Guard unit with the Reserve Family Readiness Award for the Army National Guard. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs presented the R...
March 27, 2017

Veto of permitless concealed carry bill stands
PIERRE, S.D. - The state House has failed to overcome Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill that would have allowed people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. State representatives voted 36-33 Monday to for the bill, falling shor...
March 27, 2017

Lawmakers fail to gather enough votes to override capital conceal carry bill
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota representatives couldn't muster enough support to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill that would have allowed people to bring guns into the state Capitol. The House voted 42-27 Monday to override the veto, short of the two-thirds majority ...
March 27, 2017

Ex-South Dakota trooper sentenced to 5 years in prison
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - A former South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper has been sentenced to five years in prison after admitting he took tens of thousands of dollars in evidence money. Forty-eight-year-old Brian Biehl of Platte also was fined $10,000. Brule County State's Attorney Da...
March 27, 2017

Number of speeding tickets up as speed limit rose to 80 mph
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of speeding tickets issued by South Dakota state troopers has gone up since the state's top speed limit increased from 75 mph to 80 mph nearly two years ago. According to an analysis of ticket data by the Argus Leader, in the nearly two ...
March 26, 2017

Drug arrests in South Dakota reach 10-year high
PIERRE, S.D. — The number of drug arrests in South Dakota reached a 10-year high. The number of drug arrests last year was more than 7,600, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, according to the state attorney general office's annual Crime in South Dakota report, r...
March 26, 2017

GOP pulls health care overhaul off House floor
WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan has abruptly pulled the Republicans' troubled health care overhaul off the House floor. The decision was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. The bill had appeared all but certain to be defeated Friday. The...
March 24, 2017

Vendors to help wildland fire crews this summer
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The U.S. Forest Service is enlisting the help of small businesses to support firefighters battling flames this summer. About 300 regional companies from portable toilet providers to food vendors are contracted to supply the needs of crews. The Black Hills Nat...
March 24, 2017

Trial date set for man charged with murder
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A trial date has been set for a Rapid City man accused of a December murder at the Stardust Motel on East North Street. Clifford Gilbert, age 33, is facing alternative charges of 2nd degree murder and first degree manslaughter. He is accused of killing 61-y...
March 24, 2017

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated
BISMARCK, N.D. - A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota is now believed to be three times larger than first estimated, and one of the biggest in state history. Health Department environmental scientist Bill Seuss (sees) says about 530,000 gallons of oil is now bel...
March 24, 2017

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard lauds Keystone XL approval
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he welcomes the Trump administration's approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and hopes people will exercise their First Amendment rights peacefully. The Republican said Friday that he recognizes some in South Dakota won't celebrate the...
March 24, 2017

Plane inspection just prior to crash in South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A preliminary report from federal investigators looking into a fatal plane crash in northwestern South Dakota says the Cessna was inspected just prior to the incident. The March 16 crash killed the only person on board, Barry Vig. The 67-year-old Opal pilot d...
March 24, 2017

Supporters press state lawmakers to overturn gun bill veto
PIERRE, S.D. - Gun rights supporters are urging state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill to allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit. Lawmakers gather Monday to accept or override vetoes from the Republican governor. Zach Lautenschlager...
March 23, 2017

Microsoft comes to Buffalo, SD to showcase rural technology
BUFFALO, SD – Long before the computer age, people in rural areas were experts at networking; neighbor to neighbor, party lines, letter and phone trees; they knew how to create links to others. So in a way, they were the leaders in communication technology.  And they s...
March 23, 2017

Meade County Commission discusses roads at its Thursday meeting
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission met in regular session Wednesday, March 22nd.  Commissioner Galen Niederwerder provides the synopsis:   The main subject, as it often is for county government, was roads.  With the recent slow-moisture event in par...
March 23, 2017

Three charged in alcohol poisoning death of college student
WATERTOWN, S.D. - Three people are facing misdemeanor charges after a 19-year-old Lake Area Tech student died of alcohol poisoning in Watertown. Watertown Police report that a 21-year-old woman is accused of buying alcohol for an underage person, a 19-year-old man is accused of ...
March 23, 2017

Four teens suffer minor injuries in Interstate 90 police chase
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - Four juveniles suffered minor injuries after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Fort Thompson and leading law enforcement on a chase. Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher tells The Daily Republic that a 13-year-old girl was driving the sport utility vehicle th...
March 23, 2017

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum names honorees
STURGIS, S.D.  - The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame has named Buffalo Chip owner, Sturgis Rally supporter and philanthropist Rod “Woody” Woodruff as a 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. Woodruff will be presented with the Pappy Hoel Founders Award for indivi...
March 23, 2017

Man gets same sentence on murder conviction 2nd time around
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A 24-year-old Gillette man has been sentenced to 48 years to life in prison for a second time in a fatal shooting on Thanksgiving 2013. Todd Sindelar was convicted in January of shooting and killing Matthew Boyer. He had been convicted and sentenced for the same...
March 23, 2017

South Dakota regents to mull public university tuition hikes
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Tuition and fees at South Dakota's six public universities would increase by an average of 2.9 percent next school year under one plan the state Board of Regents is set to consider at its meeting next week. The board will meet next Wednesday at Black Hills Stat...
March 22, 2017

Immigration Appeals office takes another look at EB-5 program in South Dakota
WASHINGTON, DC – After recommending South Dakota’s immigrant-investor program be terminated because of multiple financial scandals, the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services is now recommending it be remanded for further review.&nb...
March 22, 2017

Authorities: Fatal shooting of boy was accident
LAKE ANDES, S.D. - Authorities investigating the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy in Charles Mix County say his death was an accident. The Daily Republic reports Landon Martin died last Sunday. Sheriff's officials say deputies responded to a shooting involving a juvenile be...
March 22, 2017


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