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South Dakota lawmakers consider beef labeling proposal
PIERRE, S.D. - State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require retailers to display the country of origin of beef sold in South Dakota. The state Senate is scheduled to take up the proposal next week. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-3 Wednesday to send the b...
February 18, 2017

Bridge demolition will require overnight closure of I-90 at Exit 14
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that starting the evening of Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, Interstate 90 in both directions will be closed for six nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. between the off and on ramps of Exit 14. This is being done so that...
February 18, 2017

Man charged with Rapid City shooting death reaches plea deal
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man has entered a guilty plea in connection to the death of a man in June of 2016. In a plea agreement, 34 year old Mark Heinen pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter. Heinen was charged in the shooting death of Kiawe Walker. After Walker wa...
February 17, 2017

Trial delayed for Rapid City man charged with killing woman at motel
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The man accused of killing a woman in a Rapid City motel room last November was back in court for a motions hearing Thursday. Brian Duncan has pleaded not guilty to second degree murder. He faces up to life in prison if convicted. His trial was previously set...
February 17, 2017

Brush Fire burns six acres, threatens homes
BOX ELDER, S.D. - A fire burned around six acres and threatened several homes and structures on Country Road north of Box Elder Thursday. Nervous residents watched as flames crawled up to the base of one garage before fire crews were able to corral the blaze. Pennington County ...
February 17, 2017

Fire burning in Custer State Park
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – Fire crews say the Playhouse Fire is 35-percent contained as of this afternoon. The fire is located about a half mile north of Center Lake in Custer State Park. It was reported around midnight. The fire remained at approximately 24 acres. Local a...
February 17, 2017

Soil vs Grass: Senate Billl 142 making headway
STURGIS, S.D. – Senate Bill 142 continues to make its way through the Legislature. The bill deals with the ongoing debate of how to assess agricultural property for tax purposes. Senator Gary Cammack of Union Center says the bill got some lengthy debate this week and was ...
February 17, 2017

South Dakota's vehicle fatality rate again among lowest in the nation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota had the nation’s fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization. The National Safety Council says in its annual report released this week that the number of motor-vehicle deaths in the United States...
February 17, 2017

Spring flood outlook issued for area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The first spring flood outlook for western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming was issued Thursday, February 16.    At this time, the probability of spring flooding from March through June is above average in the White River basin in southern Sou...
February 17, 2017

Annual Criminal Justice Reform Report Released
PIERRE, S.D. – The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms. The Governor announced the release of the report at his legislative press conference today and not...
February 16, 2017

South Dakota House panel passes industrial hemp bill
PIERRE, S.D. - A House committee has approved a bill that would allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 9-2 to approve the plan Thursday. Supporter Rep. Elizabeth May, a Republican, says hemp ...
February 16, 2017

Spearfish Canyon park plan killed after tax revenue shortage
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Legislature's budget panel has axed Gov. Dennis Daugaard's Spearfish Canyon State Park plan after state tax revenues slumped below expectations for the upcoming cycle. The Joint Committee on Appropriations Wednesday turned down Daugaard's req...
February 16, 2017

Man charged with killing infant makes court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man accused of killing an infant was back in court Wednesday for an evidentiary hearing. Kristopher Houchin in charged with second degree murder in the death of 6-month-old L’Naya Love White. A total of 6 witnesses testified in court Wednes...
February 16, 2017

North Dakota pipeline protest spurs South Dakota legislation
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is pursuing legislation to make sure South Dakota is prepared for potential protests based on lessons North Dakota learned from large demonstrations over the Dakota Access pipeline. Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen says the proposal would mak...
February 15, 2017

Senate endorses plan to make it harder to alter constitution
PIERRE, S.D. - The state Senate has endorsed putting a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would make it more difficult to amend the South Dakota constitution. The chamber voted 19-15 Wednesday for the measure. The amendment would increase the simple majority re...
February 15, 2017

Thune meets with Secretary of the Air Force Nominee Heather Wilson
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today met with South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) President Heather Wilson who was recently nominated to serve as the next secretary of the Air Force. “She really understands the issues when it comes to...
February 15, 2017

Judge orders evaluation for suspect wounded by SD trooper
YANKTON, S.D. - A judge has ordered a competency hearing for the South Dakota man who was shot by a state trooper last December, even though the man says it's unnecessary. Fifty-eight-year-old Curt Wayne Adams Sr., of Yankton, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault...
February 15, 2017

Panel approves bill to allow concealed carry without permit
PIERRE, S.D. - A state House panel has approved a bill that would allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. The State Affairs Committee voted 7-6 Wednesday to send it to the full chamber. It's currently a misdemeanor fo...
February 15, 2017

Lawmakers defeat Article V
PIERRE, S.D. -  The South Dakota House of Representatives has voted, 40-28, against calling for an Article V Convention of the States. An Article V convention would allow the states to offer proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution on balancing the budget and other issu...
February 14, 2017

New poll shows majority of South Dakotans favor permit for concealed carry
UNDATED - Nearly 90 percent of South Dakotans support requiring a permit for concealed carry, according to a statewide poll paid for by a gun control activist group. The poll by Survey USA, commissioned by Everytown For Gun Safety, also found that 83 percent of those polled supp...
February 14, 2017

Rapid City man enters not guilty plea to various sex crimes
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A 27-year old Rapid City man pleaded not guilty to a host of sex charges Monday morning in Seventh Circuit Court. Chance Williams is charged with six counts of first degree rape, four counts of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, eleven child porn...
February 14, 2017

Group targets beer stores near Native American reservation
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A faith ministry in Nebraska has started a fundraising campaign to buy out four stores that sell millions of cans beer annually in a tiny village next to a Native American reservation plagued by alcoholism. The Lakota Hope street ministry in Whiteclay is loo...
February 14, 2017

South Dakota lawmakers looking at tough budgeting ahead
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers aren't going to have it easy setting state spending this legislative session. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations settled on state revenue projections Tuesday that are millions of dollars lower than those Gov. Dennis Daugaard...
February 14, 2017

Platte man guilty of theft resigns as school board president
PLATTE, S.D. - A former South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper who confessed to taking tens of thousands of dollars in evidence money has stepped down as a school board president. The Daily Republic reports that 48-year-old Brian Biehl announced his intent to step down during a...
February 14, 2017

Judge denies request to halt Dakota Access pipeline work
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by two American Indian tribes for an emergency order halting construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., said that as long as the...
February 13, 2017

Senate committee considers campaign finance overhaul
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota legislators are weighing a rewrite of state campaign finance laws that could replace provisions of a government ethics overhaul that lawmakers recently repealed. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday considered two bills from Secretary ...
February 13, 2017

Ex-US Rep. Clint Roberts, nicknamed "Marlboro Man," dies
PIERRE, S.D. — Former U.S. Rep. Clint Roberts, a South Dakota rancher who corralled cowboy roles on television and auditioned to be the "Marlboro Man," a nickname that stuck in Congress, has died. He was 82. The former Republican congressman and South Dakota agriculture ...
February 13, 2017

Lederman unseats incumbent to win South Dakota GOP chair
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's Republican Party has a new chair. Former state Sen. Dan Lederman unseated incumbent Chairwoman Pam Roberts on Saturday. The announced vote at the State Central Committee meeting in Pierre was 73-53 for Lederman. Roberts was chairwoman for the...
February 12, 2017

One dead in Sioux Falls house fire
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Authorities say one person is dead after a house fire in Sioux Falls. The fire was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, after a police officer on patrol noticed the fire at a single-family home on north 10th Avenue. The first fire crew to arrive repo...
February 12, 2017

Man charged with killing pleads not guilty
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City Thursday entered a plea of not guilty to killing 61-year-old Robert Smith at the stardust motel in December. 34-year-old Clifford Gilbert, was formally arraigned Thursday on alternative counts of second degree murder and first degree manslaughter....
February 11, 2017

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