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Police investigating unattended death in Thompson Park
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are currently investigating the unattended death of a male subject in his mid-30s who was located in Thompson Park. Shortly before 11:00 a.m. on February 22nd, police were called to the park for a report of an unconscious male subject in the ...
February 23, 2019

Rapid City police conduct undercover online sex-trafficking operation
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Four people have been cited as the Rapid City Police Department continues to investigate online sex trafficking and those who respond to online advertisements soliciting sexual activity. On February 21st, four individuals were cited after responding to an unde...
February 22, 2019

Authorities distribute new flyer for missing girl
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Law enforcement agencies are now circulating a new picture and flyer of Serenity Dennard. The picture of Serenity was taken on Saturday, February 2, 2019, the day before she left the Black Hills Children’s Home in Rockerville. Authorities say since the p...
February 22, 2019

Rapid City woman charged in connection with shooting death pleads guilty
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City woman has pleaded guilty to accessory to a crime in the October 2017 shooting death of Clinton Farlee. In court Thursday, Cierra Walks supplied the court with a written and signed factual basis statement of her involvement in the crime. Far...
February 22, 2019

Nuclear medicine semi driver killed in crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a semi driver has died in a crash near Dell Rapids. The health system Avera McKennan says the 34-year-old woman was one of its employees and was driving a nuclear medicine truck, a vehicle that transports radioactive mate...
February 22, 2019

South Dakota House approves bill to cut early voting window
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota House narrowly approved a bill Thursday to cut the time allowed for early voting in the state. Representatives voted 36-33 for the bill, the minimum margin required for it to advance. The measure would reduce the absentee voting window from ...
February 22, 2019

Effort continues to find missing nine year old
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Even though the weather prohibits an effective and safe outdoors search for Serenity Dennard, the investigation remains a top priority to find the missing nine year old. Serenity ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home on Sunday, February 3, 2019. ...
February 22, 2019

SD high court rules against woman in same-sex benefits case
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's Supreme Court has ruled against a retired police official seeking state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police captain, died of cancer. The high court said in a Wednesday opinion that retired Rapid City officer Debra And...
February 21, 2019

Senate panel endorses bill to repeal presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota Senate panel favors ending presumptive probation, a priority for the state attorney general that legislative analysts predict will cost more than $53 million over the next decade. The Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 Thursday to send the cornerstone of...
February 21, 2019

One person has been found dead after a fire in northern Wyoming
SHERIDAN, Wyo. - One person has been found dead after a structure fire in northern Wyoming. KROE-AM reports that the fire occurred Wednesday night in a hotel on Main Street in Sheridan. The name of the victim was not immediately released. Firefighter Andy Lindberg says the vict...
February 21, 2019

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.  “The state has ...
February 21, 2019

Autism bill killed in committee
PIERRE, S.D. - The House State Affairs committee Wednesday killed a bill that would mandate South Dakota health insurers include autism an spectrum disorders in their coverage. The committee took ninety minutes of often emotional testimony late Tuesday afternoon before calling a...
February 21, 2019

Noem cautions about costs of ending presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem is asking that lawmakers hold off on reversing South Dakota's presumptive probation policy, a top priority for the state attorney general. Noem said Wednesday she would like stakeholders to discuss the best approach forward "rather than just...
February 21, 2019

House panel passes science bill despite critics from K-12
PIERRE, S.D. — A bill that would let South Dakota teachers decide how much skepticism to inject into lessons on scientific topics such as climate change and the Big Bang passed its first legislative test on Wednesday. The House Education Committee voted 8-6 to endorse the ...
February 21, 2019

Senators endorse allowing concealed guns in SD Capitol
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota senators have advanced a bill that would allow people to bring guns into the state Capitol. The chamber voted 20-13 Wednesday to send the bill to the House. It would allow people who have an enhanced permit to bring concealed handguns into the Capitol...
February 20, 2019

Panel sends distracted driving bill to South Dakota Senate
PIERRE, S.D. - A Senate panel has approved a bill that would expand South Dakota's texting while driving ban to mostly prohibit mobile device use by people behind the wheel. The State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday to advance the bill. Republican Rep. Doug Barthel, the sp...
February 20, 2019

Sturgis Council begins discussion on possible alcohol, fireworks changes
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council began discussions Tuesday night on possible changes to several important topics – among them, alcohol and fireworks. Because there have been several recent changes to state alcohol statutes, the city is discussing possible cha...
February 20, 2019

No injuries after vehicle destroyed by fire on I-90
STURGIS, S.D. - Law enforcement responded to a vehicle fire on Interstate 90 Wednesday morning. The incident happened at I-90's Exit 40. Units from the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the Meade County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Mead...
February 20, 2019

South Dakota Senate votes down campus carry legislation
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have barred public universities and technical schools from restricting people's ability to carry guns on campus. Senators voted 24-10 Tuesday against the measure. It has faced opposition from student off...
February 20, 2019

City of Sturgis proposes pay scale for campgrounds served by local fire and ambulance
STURGIS, S.D. – The city of Sturgis have given area campgrounds until March 15 to come up with a better plan or they will implement one that charges them if they receive service from Sturgis Fire or Ambulance. The plan comes after several years of lost revenue by the city&...
February 19, 2019

Noem admin projects big cost to ending presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem's administration is projecting a measure to reverse South Dakota's presumptive probation policy could spur an influx of prisoners, potentially costing the state millions of dollars each year and requiring at least $33.3 million for new prison facil...
February 19, 2019

Rural Meade Ambulance looking for more staff
UNION CENTER, S.D. - The Rural Meade Ambulance Service is looking for a few good men - or women. An information meeting has been set for Tuesday, February 19, where they are hoping to convince some rural residents to join the ambulance crew. District 29 Senator Gary Cammack say...
February 19, 2019

Schools consider bill collector for overdue lunch accounts
LEAD, S.D.  - The Lead-Deadwood School District is considering turning delinquent lunch accounts over to a collection agency. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that unpaid accounts total $7,800. Superintendent Dan Leikvold figures the district will have a difficult time colle...
February 18, 2019

Students developing advanced drone technology
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Advancing the use of drone technology to enhance work safety as well as precision agriculture are just two of the noted benefits that South Dakota School of Mines students say will result from their most recent research and applications. Students have suc...
February 18, 2019

Bomb threat temporarily shuts down First Gold Hotel and Gaming in Deadwood
DEADWOOD, S.D. – Law enforcement in Deadwood say a bomb threat emptied the First Gold Hotel and Gaming Resort for a short time Sunday night. Deadwood Police say two separate phone calls came in - one threatened the establishment's casino by saying an explosive device was l...
February 18, 2019

Lawmakers to talk presumptive probation, campus free speech
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers plan to take up bills this week to end presumptive probation, promote "intellectual diversity" on college campuses and target an activities association policy for transgender student athletes. Lawmakers return Tuesday to the Capitol. A bill...
February 18, 2019

Man sentenced to 40 years for killing Sioux Falls teen
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls man who fatally shot a teen in a city park has been sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison. Nineteen-year-old Dylan Holler pleaded guilty in November to manslaughter. Police say he killed 17-year-old Riley Stonehouse in August 2017 following a d...
February 18, 2019

Police warn of mail scam targeting Rapid City residents
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Police Department has received several reports of a scam targeting residents through the mail. In these reported instances, a person has received an envelope containing instructions and a check made out to their name. The recipient is instructed...
February 16, 2019

Judge keeps most Keystone XL pipeline work on hold
BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge in Montana has largely kept in place an injunction that blocks a Canadian company from performing preliminary work on the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on Friday denied a request by Calgary-based TransC...
February 16, 2019

Mental health problems continue to stall case against woman charged with vandalizing Belle Fourche school
BELLE FOURCHE — The case against a Belle Fourche woman arrested in relation to vandalism that played out over the course of three days last August and culminated in her alleged arson of her home continues to be in limbo after her psychologist told the court Tuesday that she...
February 15, 2019


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