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City of Sturgis cuts the ribbon on its new Main Street
STURGIS, S.D. - Depsite the threat of thunderstorms, the City of Sturgis officially cut the ribbon to signify the opening of its new, improved Main Street Wednesday night. The Main Street project took around two years to complete and Wednesday the city celebrated with a ribbon c...
June 29, 2017

RCPD: Loaded Gun stolen from unlocked pickup truck
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City say another gun left in an unlocked vehicle has been stolen. The theft was from a vehicle parked on the 300 block of Maple Avenue. The vehicle owner said he parked his truck in the morning but didn’t lock it. When he returned to th...
June 29, 2017

Police in Rapid City investigating store burglary
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are looking for a pair of suspects in the Wednesday morning burglary of the Common Cents store on East North Street. Two suspects were seen on surveillance video. One was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with lettering on the arms, black sho...
June 29, 2017

ABC: Settlement reached in BPI defamation lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - ABC says it has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer that filed a more than $1 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on the company's lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime." ABC spokeswoman Jul...
June 28, 2017

Laura Armstrong wins Rapid City Ward 5 runoff election
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Laura Armstrong cruised to the Rapid City Ward 5 Runoff Election win Tuesday, defeating Ron Sasso 68-percent to 32-percent. Armstrong received 1,115 votes compared to Sasso's 533 votes. The municipal race in Rapid City on Tuesday is being called an historic o...
June 28, 2017

Thunderstorms leave tree and roof damage in their wake
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A line of thunderstorms brought damage to parts of southwestern South Dakota Tuesday night. In Custer, several trees were blown down and some homes received damage as well. In report, a metal outbuilding was heavily damaged in Rapid Valley and tree and ...
June 28, 2017

Meade County Commission to take up drought resolution Wednesday
STURGIS, S.D. – In connection with the current dry conditions, the Meade County Commission on Wednesday will discuss a possible drought resolution. The Commission says Meade County is suffering from severe drought conditions due to significantly low moisture, late frost co...
June 27, 2017

Top GOP lawmaker resigns to join conservative advocacy group
PIERRE, S.D. - A top Republican state lawmaker has resigned from the Legislature to lead South Dakota's chapter of conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity. The organization said Tuesday that House Speaker Pro Tempore Don Haggar will serve as state director after Ben...
June 27, 2017

Game, Fish and Parks joining national boating safety effort
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says it's joining a national effort to promote boating safety. The agency says Operation Dry Water will take place Friday until Sunday to promote boating safety and encourage responsible alcohol use while boating. Joe Keeton, boa...
June 27, 2017

Voters in Rapid City Ward 5 have runoff election Tuesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Voters in Ward 5 of Rapid City head to the polls today. Rapid City Ward 5 voters will decide who should fill the last remaining seat on the common council in a runoff election. Laura Armstrong and Ron Sasso are vying for the Ward 5 seat to be vacated by Brad ...
June 27, 2017

Northern Wyoming officer shoots, critically wounds suspect
BILLINGS, Mont.  - A county attorney in rural northern Wyoming says an officer shot and critically injured a man during a disturbance. Washakie County Attorney John Worrall says officers with the sheriff's office and the Worland Police Department entered a home late Sunday ...
June 27, 2017

Man who caused fatal crash during chase pleads guilty
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A Wyoming man who caused a fatal crash as he was being chased by authorities in northern Wyoming has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. The Gillette News Record reports 28-year-old Grant Gleason entered the plea Friday for the June 29, 2015, death ...
June 26, 2017

Sturgis fire crews battle grass fires
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis fire crews have been busy knocking down fires the past few days. Sturgis Fire Chief Tom Trigg says the latest fire was a grass fire on the Ed Thompson Ranch. That fire burned approximately 1.6-acres off Middle Alkali Road east of Sturgis. Earlier today, ...
June 26, 2017

Disruptions addressed in Northern Plains military exercises
BISMARCK, N.D. - Two years after the Air Force opened the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains, ranchers impacted by military aircraft exercises say progress has been made in addressing disruptions. That's thanks in large part to a new advisory group. A...
June 26, 2017

Dale Bartscher joining Marty Jackley's campaign for governor
PIERRE, S.D. - The founder of a South Dakota conservative advocacy group is joining Marty Jackley's campaign for governor. Jackley's campaign said Monday that former Family Heritage Alliance executive director Dale Bartscher will serve as state political director for the campaig...
June 26, 2017

Skier dies in fall near Montana-Wyoming border
CODY, Wyo. - A 19-year-old Montana man has died after falling 2,000 feet (610 meters) while backcountry skiing with his sister in the Beartooth Mountains in northern Wyoming. The Park County Sheriff's Department says Benjamin Fern Tesseneer of Bozeman died in the accident Saturd...
June 26, 2017

Rapid City fire crews have busy Saturday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Fire crews in the Rapid City area were busy knocking down fires over the weekend. Among those fires, a structure fire that was reported on Saturday night. When crews arrived on the scene, a home at 303 Patton Street had large amounts of smoke and visible flam...
June 26, 2017

Car hits, injures 2 pedestrian in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls police say a car struck and injured two pedestrians in a late-night hit-and-run. Police and paramedics were called late Saturday and found a man and a woman lying in the street. The man was conscious but had suffered a broken leg and interna...
June 26, 2017

Dakota Access review to re-examine impact on tribe
BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge has ordered another review of whether the already-operating Dakota Access pipeline might unfairly affect the Standing Rock Sioux. It's uncertain how the process will unfold, but there are two main possibilities. Federal officials who permit...
June 26, 2017

Police: Man threatens children with gun in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A man is under arrest after police say he threatened his children with a gun in Sioux Falls. Law officers responded late Saturday to a report of an intoxicated man who had allegedly threatened his children with a firearm in a northeast Sioux Falls neigh...
June 26, 2017

Fire destroys Pierre business
PIERRE, S.D. - Fire officials in Pierre are investigating a fire that gutted a long-time business. The Branding Iron Bistro in Pierre is considered a complete loss after a Saturday evening fire. Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross, in collaboration with Pierre Assistant Fire Chi...
June 25, 2017

State Fire Marshal: Be careful with fireworks
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota State Fire Marshal says it's especially important this year to be careful with fireworks on the Fourth of July. Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says using fireworks safely is always the main concern, but dry conditions in most of South Dakota thi...
June 25, 2017

Defenders seek $350,000 for South Dakota death penalty case
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Pennington County Public Defender's Office is asking the county for about $350,000 to help defend a man facing the death penalty for the alleged murder of his ex-girlfriend. The Rapid City Journal reports that the extra costs in Jonathon Klinetobe's ...
June 25, 2017

Rapid City Police Continue to Urge Parents to get Involved During Thursday Night Concerts
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City say the downtown Thursday evening concert events are still experiencing an increase in juvenile disturbances and physical fights at these community events. In the last two weeks, the Rapid City Police Department has had to intervene on at ...
June 24, 2017

Historian to speak on vigilante committees in early-day Black Hills communities
STURGIS, SD – In the Old West, people meted out their own brand of justice.  Often times referred to as ‘vigilante committees,’ there were citizens who had no qualms of carrying out a brand of law and order that left a number of unfortunate souls hanging fr...
June 23, 2017

Second Annual Hay Day held Thursday
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The second annual Hay Day was held Thursday at Seven Down Arena near Spearfish. The day is set aside to discuss issues concerning production agriculture. Vendors at today's show varied from aerial agronomy to seed technology, to spraying and agricultural equip...
June 23, 2017

U.S. Officials lift Yellowstone-region Grizzly Bear protection
HELENA, Mont. - U.S. government officials say grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park region are no longer threatened, and that they will lift protections that have been in place for more than 40 years. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that the recovery of Yellow...
June 23, 2017

Thune: Drought aid triggered for 6 South Dakota counties
PIERRE, S.D. — U.S. Sen. John Thune says drought aid is coming to ranchers with cattle in six counties of South Dakota. Thune said Thursday the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates those counties are now categorized as being in extreme drought. That triggers three months of pa...
June 23, 2017

Daugaard: Cuts to Medicaid could reduce federal deficit; Delegation says 'it's a start'
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law today. However, it is facing uniform Democratic opposition. Along with Democratic opposition - at least a half-dozen Republicans - both conservatives ...
June 22, 2017

Drought conditions worsen in South Dakota from last week
PIERRE, S.D. - Drought conditions in South Dakota have worsened over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 2 percent of the state being in extreme drought. None of the state was in that category a week ago. Another 18 percent of the state is rated in severe d...
June 22, 2017


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