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Public Safety Officials Encourage Driving Safety During Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – With the number of motor vehicle fatalities, especially those not wearing seatbelts, already higher than last year, officials of South Dakota's Department of Public Safety are encouraging drivers to be careful as the summer traveling season officially begins ...
May 23, 2018

Mount Rushmore to undergo $14M renovation
KEYSTONE, S.D. - The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is getting a $14 million upgrade, though the carved heads of U.S. presidents won't be touched. Maureen McGee-Ballinger is chief of interpretation and education at the popular landmark. She says the construction is mostly over...
May 23, 2018

Construction worker killed at gravel pit near Fort Pierre
FORT PIERRE, S.D. - A construction worker has died in an accident at a gravel pit west of Fort Pierre. The Stanley County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Steven Pigsley, of Black Hawk, was working for a Rapid City subcontractor on repaving Highway 34 and drove his truck to the...
May 23, 2018

Student guilty of manslaughter wants to attend high school graduation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Family and friends of a 15-year-old boy killed in a crash last year in South Dakota are criticizing a judge's decision to temporarily release the teen convicted in his death so he can attend his high school graduation. Alex Lingor...
May 23, 2018

Former Belle Fourche city councilwoman sentenced for threat
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - A former Belle Fourche councilwoman received a suspended jail sentence after admitting to threatening a man who got into a fight with her son. Court records show 55-year-old Toni Moncur pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of stalking for telling a 31-yea...
May 23, 2018

Residents in area flooded by storm ask city for new drainage system
RAPID CITY, SD – Rapid City officials are saying that a newly installed stormwater cell in Robbinsdale Park functioned as it should in last week’s downpour that flooded streets and vehicles.  But residents in the Robbinsdale area say the system not only didn't wo...
May 23, 2018

Heavy rain and hail bring flooding to Rochford area
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A slow moving thunderstorm brought hail and heavy rain to the Rochford area Tuesday. The National Weather Service says fire crews in Rochford reported the south fork of Rapid Creek was out of its banks 3-6 miles west, northwest of Rochford. Fields were a...
May 23, 2018

State finalizes settlement after DCI head ordered to court
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the state has finalized a settlement with a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent after a federal judge ordered the agency's director to appear in court over it. The office says DCI Director Brya...
May 23, 2018

Law enforcement in Spearfish arrest man for shooting from his home
SPEARFISH, S.D. – Police responded to Lantern Circle in north Spearfish Sunday night after receiving a report of multiple shots being fired. In a release from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement report responding to the area and arrested a 55-year-old man...
May 22, 2018

South Dakota Joins Minnesota, Wyoming For Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota's Highway Patrol will join its counterparts in Minnesota and Wyoming for the annual Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation later this week. The effort covers 23 hours from 5 a.m. (CDT) Friday, May 25, to 4 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, May 26. Troopers in ...
May 22, 2018

Miss South Dakota finishes in top 5 at Miss USA Pageant
MADISON, S.D. - For the first time in the history of the Miss USA Pageant, Miss South Dakota made it to the Top 5. Many eyes of people in Madison and throughout the state were on their television sets and social media on Monday night to watch Madison's own Madison Nipe compete a...
May 22, 2018

Rollover crash kills man on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
PINE RIDGE, S.D.  - A one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 18 in Pine Ridge has killed a man. The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety says the crash happened about 4:40 a.m. Monday. The victim was not immediately identified....
May 22, 2018

Pine Ridge man sentenced to prison for role in murder
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Pine Ridge man will spend the next 15 years in prison for his role in the murder of Emily Bluebird in Pine Ridge in 2016. Judge Jeffrey Viken sentenced Fred Quiver on Monday. Quiver pleaded guity to accessory to second degree murder in the death of the 24-y...
May 22, 2018

Sturgis Ambulance and Fire hold open house for EMS Week
STURGIS, S.D. - This week marks National E.M.S. Week, and the Sturgis Ambulance and Sturgis Fire Department held an open house Monday. The open house featured activities for all ages, with a children's car seat and children's bike helmet giveaway. The event also featured drug d...
May 22, 2018

Noem campaign for governor has cash edge over Jackley
PIERRE, S.D. — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem's campaign for governor has nearly twice as much cash on hand as South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley heading into the June Republican primary. Noem's campaign reported Monday raising more than $619,300 since Jan. 1. Her campaign...
May 22, 2018

Family members hurt in Sturgis fire to return home this week
STURGIS, S.D. – Family members hurt in a Sturgis House fire May 12 will be traveling back home this week. In a Caring Bridge post, family members write Jason and Mandy McKee will head back home after spending a week at Greeley, Colorado burn unit. The two suffered serious...
May 21, 2018

Names released in Codington County motorcycle and pickup crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Brooten, MN man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a motorcycle and pickup/trailer crash west of Watertown. . Jimmy Westrud, 67, was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson RS 2009 westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when he failed to negotiate a cur...
May 21, 2018

Gillette man changes plea to guilty in death of wife
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A 46-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife last year at their Gillette home. The Gillette News Record reports that Timothy Welch's guilty plea last week was part of an agreement in which prosecutors and his atto...
May 21, 2018

Lead man sentenced on firearms, drug charges
STURGIS, S.D. - A Lead man has been sentenced to 96 months in custody followed by 3 years of supervised release after being convicted of illegally being possession of a firearm and intent to distribute a controlled substance. U.S. Attorney Ronald Parsons sas 31-year-old A.J. Bra...
May 21, 2018

Game Fish and Parks says Buffalo are dangerous; do not approach
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind all visitors entering Custer State Park this season that buffalo are dangerous and should not be approached. "Custer State Park has experienced an increase in visitor/buffalo interactions...
May 21, 2018

North Dakota chooses medical marijuana laboratory company
BISMARCK, N.D.  - North Dakota has chosen a Pennsylvania-based company to perform laboratory testing for the state's medical marijuana program. The Health Department says Keystone State Testing is expected to set up shop in Fargo and will operate as Dakota State Testing. S...
May 21, 2018

Sturgis city borrows $4.6 million, bids come in too high
STURGIS, SD – The trade war between the United States and China has reached Sturgis. When Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on imported steel from China, the price skyrocketed and is being pointed to as the main reason that bids for a progressive city project came in much ...
May 21, 2018

Three Republicans compete in high-profile US House primary race
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An energetic former South Dakota public utilities commissioner campaigning on making tough choices to tackle the federal debt. A self-described reformer secretary of state seeking to apply business principles to government like she did in overhauling the...
May 20, 2018

Fill the Combat Boot fundraiser being held this weekend
RAPID CITY, S.D. - In Rapid City Saturday, combat boots weren't being worn -- rather they were being filled with money. In honor of Armed Forces Day, the Air Force Sergeants Association are raising money through their second annual Fill the Combats Boots fundraiser. People can ...
May 20, 2018

Motorcyclist dies in crash with pickup in South Dakota
WATERTOWN, S.D. — A 67-year-old motorcyclist has died in a crash with a pickup near Watertown. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the man was driving a motorcycle west on U.S. 212 when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcyclist crossed the center line ...
May 20, 2018

Car crash kills 18-year-old man, injuries 3 near Sisseton
SISSETON, S.D. — A car crash has killed one person and injured three others near Sisseton. Authorities say the Chevrolet Malibu rolled at an intersection early Saturday. The 18-year-old man who was driving died at the scene. Three passengers all received minor injuries. T...
May 20, 2018

Storms bring heavy rain, flash flooding to Rapid City area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the Rapid City area Friday night, leading to flash flooding. Forecasters say up to three inches of rain fell over Rapid City, leading to flash flooding in the downtown area. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood...
May 19, 2018

Two people hurt in Sturgis fire allowed to leave hospital
STURGIS, S.D. – There was good news today for the McKee family, as two family members hurt in a house fire last weekend were allowed to leave the hospital. Family members wrote on Caring Bridge today that Jason and Mandy McKee were allowed to rest for a couple of days at a...
May 18, 2018

Early morning fire destroys home near Martin
MARTIN, S.D. - An early morning fire destroyed a mobile home near Martin. Fire crews from the Martin Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fie around 3:30 Friday morning. When firefighters arrived on scene, a double wide mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. The home w...
May 18, 2018

Authorities ID Conde man killed in Hand County rollover
MILLER, S.D. - Authorities have identified a Conde man who died after a one-vehicle crash in Hand County. The Highway Patrol says a sport utility vehicle driven by 26-year-old Dylan Stark rolled in the ditch off state Highway 45 Monday evening, about 2 miles north of Miller. St...
May 18, 2018


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