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South Dakota fire crews battle several wildfires
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch says fire crews have been busy the past couple of days battling several small wildfires. A 50-acre fire that burned 10 miles southeast of Elk Mountain is now contained after it started on Thursday. State and federal resources helped ...
August 19, 2017

South Dakota ballot measure would let people vote at home
PIERRE, S.D. — Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would allow South Dakota counties to switch to elections conducted entirely by mail ballot aim to put the initiative before voters next year, the sponsor said Friday. Backers are waiting for approval to start ga...
August 18, 2017

Central States Fair offers family entertainment
RAPID CITY, SD – As the 72nd annual Central States Fair open to the public today, there are exciting additions to be unveiled at the Ribbon Cutting taking place on the McDonald Stage on the fairgrounds beginning at 2:00 p.m.  According to communications director Kadee ...
August 18, 2017

Harding County Fair opens with rockets, picnics and broncs
CAMP CROOK, SD – It’s a place where legends come from; the rough, short grass country of Harding County.  You never know when the next two or four-legged rodeo champion might emerge but chances are, it’s in the mix at the Invitational Bronc Match set for Fr...
August 18, 2017

South Dakota's Delegation talk about Farm Bill at DakotaFest
MITCHELL, S.D. - South Dakota’s Republican congressional delegation offered their thoughts on the 2018 Farm bill during a gathering at Dakotafest Wednesday. Congresswoman Kristi Noem is offering a number of ideas for a new farm bill, one of which deals with streamlining th...
August 17, 2017

Pursuit results in arrest, recovery of stolen firearms
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Police say an attempt Wednesday afternoon to execute a search warrant turned into a pursuit through a North Rapid neighborhood, an arrest and recovery of stolen guns. Police were getting ready to conduct search around 4 p.m. in the 200 block of East...
August 17, 2017

Guns, drugs, stolen vehicle recovered after pursuit
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Two people are in custody on multiple charges following a pursuit with a stolen vehicle. On August 15th at around 12:55 a.m., a deputy of the PCSO recognized a stolen vehicle while on patrol in the 4100 Block of Sweetbriar Court. As the deputy began to investi...
August 17, 2017

South Dakota insurers urge Trump to make health law payments
PIERRE, S.D. - Health plan officials say South Dakota residents who buy individual coverage are facing potential premium hikes next year that could grow if President Donald Trump stops payments that reimburse insurers. Avera Health Plans has requested an average 20 percent rate ...
August 17, 2017

North Dakota cattle, corn groups launch drought aid efforts
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's largest livestock group and its biggest corn organizations have launched initiatives to help ranchers devastated by drought. The North Dakota Stockmen's Association and its foundation have established the Hope for the Heartland Drought Relief Fund...
August 16, 2017

South Dakota to re-decorate Corn Palace despite drought
MITCHELL, S.D. - A corn-themed tourist destination in southeast South Dakota will have enough corn to decorate murals despite a dry summer. Scott Schmidt is the director of the Corn Palace. He tells the Daily Republic that the city of Mitchell has enough corn to create the nine ...
August 16, 2017

Trial date set for pair of robbers
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A trial date has been set for two men accused of robbing several stores in the Black Hills last summer. Robert Donovan, age 30, and 24-year old Preston Schuster are accused of robbing convenience stores in both Rapid City and Box Elder in May and June of 201...
August 16, 2017

Two Wyoming men accused of abandoning horses
CODY, Wyo. - Two brothers have pleaded not guilty to charges that they abandoned three horses in northern Wyoming last winter. Brad and David Flint, of Park County, entered their pleas Tuesday to misdemeanor charges in Park County Circuit Court. They have been released on $3,000...
August 16, 2017

Lead retirement home abruptly closing, upsetting residents
LEAD, S.D. - A retirement home in Lead has announced it's closing in about a month, leaving about 20 residents scrambling to find another place to live. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Golden Ridge Assisted Living has given residents until Sept. 15 to leave. Resident Maxine...
August 16, 2017

Sturgis Rally undercover sex stings nab 9 suspects
STURGIS, S.D. - Nine men were arrested in undercover sex trafficking stings during the recent Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the suspects are from South Dakota, Missouri, Connecticut, Minnesota and Texas. They range in age from 22 to 4...
August 16, 2017

Special eclipse postmarks to be offered around Wyoming
CASPER, Wyo. - A number of post offices around Wyoming will be offering special postmarks to commemorate the Total Solar Eclipse. KTWO reports the postmark is available beginning Monday, the day of the eclipse, and will be available for 30 days. The United States Postal Service...
August 15, 2017

Department of Transportation releases 2017 Rally Vehicle Counts
STURGIS, S.D. – Department of Transportation officials say they recorded a 1.1-percent increase in traffic over last year for this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The D-O-T released 10-day traffic counts taken from nine locations entering Sturgis. Monday was this y...
August 15, 2017

Severe Weather brought hail, heavy rain to parts of Western South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. - Severe weather brought hail and heavy rain to areas of western South Dakota Monday night. Oglala Lakota County reported the largest hail -- up to 2.75-inches in diameter. Sharps Corner and Rockyford both reported hail that big, and flooding resulted in some damag...
August 15, 2017

Five people injured when truck crashes into Chamberlain house
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - Three children and two adults suffered minor injuries when the pickup truck they were in struck a house in Chamberlain. Police Chief Joe Hutmacher tells The Daily Republic that the 37-year-old man driving the truck had a medical problem that caused the crash ...
August 15, 2017

Authorities identify teen who died in Saturday motorcycle crash
STURGIS, S.D. – Authorities have identified an 18-year-old Piedmont man who died in a motorcycle crash in Boulder Canyon on Saturday. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Cole Bertolotto was riding a motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 14A in Boulder Canyon when he failed...
August 15, 2017

Loaded guns again stolen from cars in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are investigating two more vehicle burglaries where weapons were stolen. Sometime between last Wednesday night and Thursday morning a loaded pistol was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 600 block of Lion Drive. The second theft was some...
August 14, 2017

Flea Market part of 49th annual Black Hills Steam & Gas Threshing Bee set for this weekend
STURGIS, SD – You might not find an actual kitchen sink but chances are you’ll find most everything else at the Flea Market open during the annual Black Hills Steam & Gas Threshing Bee.  The three day event, set for August 18 – 20, 2017, is an area favo...
August 14, 2017

South Dakota researcher study fish density
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Researchers are studying if reducing the fish population in some areas of a western South Dakota creek will improve fish growth rates. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that researchers with the South Dakota State University and the state Game, Fish and Parks dep...
August 14, 2017

Regents to ask policymakers to create financial aid program
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Board of Regents says it will ask policymakers to create a comprehensive state financial aid program. The board said Friday that Dakota's Promise will be aimed at closing the gap between current financial aid and South Dakota college students' cos...
August 14, 2017

Piedmont teenager killed in motorcycle crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old from Piedmont died in a motorcycle crash that happened Saturday morning. The patrol in their last rally report of the year says the teenager was riding a motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 14A in Boulder Ca...
August 13, 2017

Highway Patrol reports five crashes, no fatalities in latest rally report
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol reported five injury crashes in its latest report Saturday, three of them involving serious injuries. The latest numbers bring to 64, the total number of injury crashes reported at this year's Rally. That is ahead of last year's 46...
August 12, 2017

Sturgis Fire Crews help knock down fire near Black Hills National Cemetery
STURGIS, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch says various state and local resources battled a wildfire in the Black Hills Saturday afternoon. The Bulldog Fire burned a reported one-and-a-half to 2 acres south of Black Hills National Cemetery in the Bulldog Gulch area. Sturgis Fir...
August 12, 2017

Pennington County authorities say tip helps locate fugitive
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says a tip from a citizen helped locate a fugitive. Zachary Moore, 23, of Rapid City is in custody in California pending extradition to Pennington County. July 24, 2017, word went out from the Rapid City Police and Penn...
August 12, 2017

Seven injury crashes reported in latest rally reporting period
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says there were seven injury crashes in the latest report issued Friday afternoon. Three of those accidents involved serious, but non life-threatening injuries. Rally crashes overall now total 59 -- that is 15 more than last year....
August 11, 2017

One vehicle crash on Highway 16 kills driver
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Highway Patrol says a 27-year-old male was killed in a one vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 16, seven miles west of Custer. The patrol says the accident happened just after 7:00 a.m. Friday morning. The 27-year-old male was driving a 2016 Vokswagen Tiguan ea...
August 11, 2017

Plenty of action for last weekend of Faith Stock Show & Rodeo
FAITH, SD – There are few things more fun than a small town summer celebration.  And one of the longest running is in Faith, SD where for 107 years – every year – there’s been a celebration – including a rodeo.  Long time stock show secreta...
August 11, 2017


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