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Wind Cave officials close portions of park following a use request by unidentified group
RAPID CITY, SD – A request by an unidentified group to set up an encampment in the backcountry of Wind Cave National Park has resulted in portions of the park being closed. Wind Cave assistant chief of interpretation Lennie Ramacher said park officials were approached by a...
November 21, 2017

Plea deal in the works for man charged in officer-involved shooting
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A 21-year old man accused of being involved in an officer involved shooting in Box Elder in July has received a plea offer from the state. DeLeon is accused of pulling a gun and pointing it at Deputy Jakob Whittle when Whittle was at a Box Elder home serving ...
November 21, 2017

Morning snow and rain make roads slippery across Northern Hills
STURGIS, S.D. – Slippery roads are greeting drivers on the morning commute this morning in the Northern Hills. Law enforcement is encouraging drivers to slow down because some accidents have already been reported. Among them, a semi-truck on its side on the Sturgis side o...
November 21, 2017

Randolph Seiler to retire as US attorney for South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says that he plans to retire from the post he's held since 2015. Seiler's office said Monday that he will depart on Dec. 31. The Capital Journal first reported the news of 71-year-old Seiler's retirement. Seiler, of For...
November 20, 2017

Nebraska Keystone XL vote draws varied South Dakota response
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hopes people who exercise their First Amendment rights will do so peacefully after a Nebraska commission approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through that state.      Daugaard said Monday he will c...
November 20, 2017

Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route Monday for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp., though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.  ...
November 20, 2017

Man dies in Hughes County crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A 22-year-old male died late Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Pierre. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved in the crash. A 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix was eastbound on 20...
November 20, 2017

Smokey Robinson to perform on South Dakota's Macy's Day Parade float
PIERRE, S.D.  - The Mount Rushmore’s American Pride float will carry a special guest during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. R&B icon Smokey Robinson will perform on the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgi...
November 20, 2017

Sunday wildfire burning at Custer
CUSTER, S.D. - Warm, dry weather on Sunday helped fuel a wildfire near Custer Sunday. Great Plains Fire Dispatch reports the Stagecoach Fire was burning on Stagecoach Springs Road in Custer. The fire grew from an initial report of 10 acres to 17 acres Sunday afternoon. State ...
November 20, 2017

County spends $1,500 per year replacing bullet-ridden signs
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Hunters who use road signs to site their rifles are costing a western South Dakota county about $1,500 per year, officials said. Lawrence County officials say that 20 to 30 signs need to be replaced each year at a cost of $45 to $50 each because hunters sh...
November 19, 2017

South Dakota tribal meeting facility remains unfinished
FORT PIERRE, S.D. — A federally funded facility north of Fort Pierre intended for tribal meetings remains unfinished. Construction began on the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place in the early 2000s but didn't finish as scheduled in 2010, the Capital Journal reported. The fac...
November 19, 2017

TransCanada sends more crews to Keystone pipeline leak
AMHERST, S.D. — TransCanada Corp. says the company has sent additional crews and equipment to the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill in South Dakota from its Keystone pipeline. TransCanada said Saturday it is making progress in its investigation into the spill cause on f...
November 19, 2017

Nebraska to announce decision on Keystone XL pipeline
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska regulators are set to decide Monday whether to approve or deny an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It's the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp. The Nebraska Public Service Commission's ruling ...
November 19, 2017

Chain reaction of events led to I-90 accident and resulting grass fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities blame a chain reaction of events in an accident and resulting grass fire near Piedmont Thursday night. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a Dodge Ram pickup truck was heading north on I-90 and tried to exit the interstate due to medical rea...
November 18, 2017

Alleged armed robbery under investigation in Lawrence County
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Authorities in Lawrence County are investigating a reported armed robbery. Authorities say shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, an individual reported being held up by two men and a woman at the Crow Peak Trailhead parking lot. Police scanner traffic indicated o...
November 18, 2017

Kyle woman sentenced for murder in 2-year-old boy's death
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Kyle woman has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for killing a 2-year-old boy she was raising in 2015. Forty-four-year-old Lori Wisecarver earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Jayden Locke. She admitted repeatedly abusing...
November 18, 2017

Man charged with killing escaped inmate back in court
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Sioux Falls man accused of killing an escaped inmate last January made his initial appearance in a Rapid City court Friday. Tomas Lucero, 26, is accused of shooting and killing 32-year-old Moses Dubray and dumping his body along Highway 89 on Jan. 11. Dubr...
November 18, 2017

Rapid City man arrested for sexual contact with a child
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Trevor Lone Hill on the charge of Sexual Contact with a Child Under 16 Years of Age.  Lone Hill is currently being held at the Pennington County Jail on a no bond warrant. This arrest is the resul...
November 18, 2017

Police continue to investigate vehicle-vs-pedestrian crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Authorities in Rapid City continue to investigate a fatal car-pedestrian collision. At approximately 5:00 p.m. on November 15th, Rapid City Police responded to a crash in the 1500 block of Haines Ave.  A GMC pickup traveling south on Haines Avenue struck...
November 18, 2017

Oil spill won't affect Nebraska pipeline ruling
PIERRE, S.D. - The Latest on a pipeline still that leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota  (all times local):      10:20 a.m.      Nebraska state officials say an oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in South Dak...
November 17, 2017

Accident on I-90 starts grass fire near Piedmont
PIEDMONT, S.D. - Emergency crews responded to two crashes Thursday night on I-90 in the same area, but it's unknown if the two are related. The accidents  happened about 5:30 PM on I-90 near Piedmont. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is still gathering information, but the f...
November 17, 2017

Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil in South Dakota
AMHERST, S.D. - TransCanada Corp. says its Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. The company said that crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from an oil leak that's under investig...
November 16, 2017

Tribes make renewed push for pipeline protections
BISMARCK, N.D. - Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge ...
November 16, 2017

Transparency rules won't apply to all South Dakota day cares
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - New federal rules requiring states to publish vetted complaints against day care providers will leave many South Dakota parents in the dark. That's because the federal rules only apply to day care facilities registered with the state. The Argus Leader reports...
November 16, 2017

Indiana official named South Dakota state epidemiologist
PIERRE, S.D. - An official with Indiana's Health Department has been named South Dakota's next state epidemiologist. South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says Joshua Clayton will succeed Lon Kightlinger, who retired earlier this month after serving 20 years with the d...
November 16, 2017

Winning Dakota Cash ticket sold in Box Elder
BOX ELDER, S.D. - The South Dakota Lottery’s Dakota Cash game continued its run of jackpot winners with a third top prize won in as many months. The winning ticket worth $54,699 was sold at the Loaf N Jug in Box Elder. The winning numbers were 6, 16, 27, 31 and 34, and the...
November 16, 2017

Sturgis collections for Coats for Kids underway
STURGIS, SD - The 10th annual Coats for Kids is underway. People are asked to donate their gently used kids' winter coats and warm weather gear to any participating Black Hills laundromat. Coats can be dropped off at the following locations through November 30, 2017: Sturgis ...
November 16, 2017

Bison man faces sexual assault charges
BISON, S.D. - A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. The Capital Journal reports that a Perkins County grand jury's indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic viol...
November 16, 2017

Sturgis Red Kettle campaign kicks off
STURGIS, SD - The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Spirit Campaign this week around the Black Hills area. Red kettle bell ringers will be in 36 locations including a long-time presence in Sturgis.  The goal for the campaign is to raise nearly $400,000 to help ...
November 16, 2017

Tribal government structure may change
PINE RIDGE, SD - A task force from the Pine Ridge Tribal Council is taking input from tribal members on a plan to reform the Oglala Lakota government. Formed in July 2017, the task force is set on Saturday to begin a series of public input meetings beginning Saturday, November 1...
November 16, 2017


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