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Noem: Current budget will be OK, but future uncertain
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem says this year's state budget will not need to be overhauled because tax revenues haven't dropped as dramatically as had been feared. The Republican governor said Thursday that the budget is “in pretty good shape,” but warn...
June 4, 2020

Large hail hits the Black Hills area Thursday
STURGIS, S.D. - Hail the size of tennis balls struck parts of the Black Hills Thursday, causing damage to homes and vehicles. In Spearfish, damage is widespread as there are many cars completely totaled and homes with broken windows and siding. Heavy rain and gusty winds also cr...
June 4, 2020

Secretary of State releases primary election voter turnout information
PIERRE – South Dakota’s Primary Election was held Tuesday, June 2. According to the unofficial results, statewide voter turnout was 28.22%, with 154,324 ballots cast. Within the total ballot count, absentee ballots accounted for 88,949 ballots, while 65,375 ballot...
June 4, 2020

Police: Man fatally shoots another man in Gillette apartment
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Police in northeastern Wyoming say a man fatally shot another man in the head. Gillette police Lt. Brent Wasson says 21-year-old Joshua Campbell called police Tuesday night to report he'd shot 21-year-old Tanner Miller. Officers found Miller at Campbell's apa...
June 4, 2020

Thursday COVID-19 Update; Pennington County records new death, Custer County has first case
PIERRE, S.D. – The Thursday COVID-19 report affects the Black Hills area in several ways as a new death was reported and a county records its first case. The Department of Health reported today 87 new COVID-19 cases statewide and two new deaths. One of those deaths was in ...
June 4, 2020

Demand increasing for ethanol blend at gas pumps as pandemic restrictions ease
WASHINGTON, DC - Ethanol production moved higher last week, the fifth week in a row with an increase. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 765,000 barrels a day, up 41,000 on the week for the highest average since March because of blending demand r...
June 4, 2020

Ticketed lottery system will determine who attends fireworks at Mount Rushmore
PIERRE, S.D.— As of today, it appears the only thing that would cancel fireworks at Mount Rushmore July 3rd would be the weather. During a press conference this morning, Governor Kristi Noem and Department of Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen laid out details of the fireworks sh...
June 4, 2020

Court vacates three dicamba registrations, growers in limbo
STURGIS, SD - A U.S. appeals court has issued a ruling vacating the EPA’s registration of three dicamba herbicides, calling into question the continued use of the herbicide in South Dakota and other grower states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the EP...
June 4, 2020

Officer involved shooting under investigation
WEBSTER, S.D.—The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)  is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Day County. Tim Bormann of the South Dakota Attorney General’s office says the shooting occurred Tuesday near Webster. “The Day Count...
June 4, 2020

Box Elder structure fire held to a single alarm
BOX ELDER, S.D. - The Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of smoke visible in a residential structure at 125 West Gate Rd, Box Elder South Dakota. The call came in just before 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning. First arriving Firefighters found a free burning fir...
June 4, 2020

New SD Chief Justice responds to aftermath of Floyd death
PIERRE, SD - Many of those in the legal system are hearing the cries for justice following the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis Police. Steven Jensen, who will be the next Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, says the need for change is apparent &...
June 4, 2020

Federal grand jury indicts meat processor execs on collusion, price fixing
GREELEY, CO – As the U.S. cattle industry continues a decades-long battle with the beef packing industry amid charges of collusion and price-fixing, the CEO of the second-largest chicken processing corporation in the U.S. has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Jayson P...
June 4, 2020

Sturgis Titans improve to 2-0 with win over Post 320
STURGIS, S.D. - After spotting Rapid City Post 320 three runs in the top of the first inning, Sturgis Post 33 answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning and kept rolling to a 13-3 win Wednesday night. The Stars got off to a hot start as Wyatt Hunt's 2 R.B.I. double gave ...
June 3, 2020

Two Care Campus employees test positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Out of an abundance of caution, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office reports two employees at the Care Campus have tested positive for COVID-19. Both employees were notified of a positive test result on Monday June 1, 2020. The employees had worked wit...
June 3, 2020

Noem floats idea of police reforms in light of Floyd death
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will be examining the state's policing laws after witnessing the death of George Floyd and protests it has sparked. The Republican governor didn't have many specifics on what police reforms she would press for in the st...
June 3, 2020

Chief of Police Karl Jegeris announces departure from RCPD
RAPID CITY, S.D. - After more than 24 years of service to the citizens of Raid City, Chief Karl Jegeris has announced his intent to depart his leadership position at the Rapid City Police Department. He will be leaving to join the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota as ...
June 3, 2020

SD universities: No in-person class after Thanksgiving
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s public universities have announced they won't have students return to campus after the Thanksgiving break in order to mitigate coronavirus infections. The six public universities plan to bring students back to campus for classes in ...
June 3, 2020

Wednesday's COVID-19 update; 95 new cases statewide
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 95 new positive tests for COVID-19 Wednesday according to the South Dakota Department of Health. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported 16 new cases. The new cases give Pennington 173 active cases with a cumulative total of 257. Ogla...
June 3, 2020

How to qualify for payroll loan forgiveness next step in COVID 19 federal aid
PIERRE, SD - Banks and businesses have been dealing with the details of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  since Congress authorized it in March as part of the economic bailout. Helping businesses convert the loans to a forgivable loan is the next big step, according to...
June 3, 2020

First Interstate Bank donates $70,000 to Native Community Development Financial Institutions
SOUTH DAKOTA—June 2, 2020— During a health crisis, the underserved and those facing financial obstacles are often hit the hardest. For this reason, First Interstate and its Foundation have worked to proactively provide support in the form of donation dollars to Commun...
June 3, 2020

With updated numbers, Meade 46-1 School Board race close; possible recount
STURGIS, S.D. – It was a very close race for three seats on the Meade 46-1 School Board in the Tuesday primary – so much so, a recount is possible. Along with that, some numbers that weren’t on the Secretary of State's election portal. The Secretary of State&r...
June 3, 2020

Bug experts dismiss worry about 'murder hornets'
OLYMPIA, WA - Bug experts are dismissing as media hype the recent worry about so-called murder hornets spotted in Washington state. They say despite its homicidal nickname and recent headlines, the Asian giant hornet is not a big threat to people. The world's largest hornets cou...
June 3, 2020

FBI investigates 2 homicides on Rosebud reservation
ROSEBUD, S.D. - Authorities say two homicides that happened this week on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation are "totally separate" cases and are unrelated. FBI spokesman Kevin Smith says 48-year-old Lloyd Walking Eagle was fatally shot near the All Stop gas station in Rosebud last S...
June 3, 2020

RC Police arrest five protestors who were blocking traffic Tuesday night
RAPID CITY SD -- Police arrested five protesters who were blocking traffic and laying in the street in downtown Rapid City on Tuesday night; it started out as a peaceful protest, but was later declared an unlawful assembly. In a social media post on Facebook last night, Rapid Ci...
June 3, 2020

Sturgis Titans open season with 16-1 win over Belle Fourche
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – The Sturgis Titans rolled in their season opener last night at Belle Fourche with a 16-1, five inning win. David Anderson helped lead the Titans with 4 runs on 3 hits. Post 32 also had some costly errors, costing them some runs. The Titans are back i...
June 3, 2020

South Dakota Primary Election Results
UNDATED – Legislative, school board and city council races highlighted primary election day in South Dakota Tuesday. Here's a look at area races: For legislative races; Gary Cammack won the District 29, State Senate Republican primary and Dean Wink and Kirk Chaffee won th...
June 2, 2020

Rounds, Johnson cruise to primary victories
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota voters chose incumbents in the Republican Primary Tuesday for U.S. House and Senate. Mike Rounds jumped out to a commanding lead over Scyler Borglum of Rapid City and will advance to the November general election. Also, Dusty Johnson also won e...
June 2, 2020

Marvin Dale Remington
Marvin Dale Remington was born in Sturgis, SD, on November 16, 1954, to Cecil and LaVonne (Hanzlik) Remington.  He died May 28, 2020, at his home near Fairpoint, SD.  Marvin grew up on the family ranch learning to be a hard worker, hating being in the hay field because ...
June 2, 2020

Wade Sheeder
Wade was born in Dee, OR, on December 26, 1936, to Robert and Edith (Mailloux) Sheeder. Wade passed away On Monday, June 1, 2020, in hospice care at Spearfish Canyon Health Care Center.      Wade spent his growing up years in Sturgis. He was 16 when he joined...
June 2, 2020

Historic cattle drive threatened by activists citing threatened grizzly populations
PINEDALE, WY - The oldest active cattle drive in Wyoming is under threat. Several environmental groups have sued the Forest Service and Fish & Wildlife Service in order to halt grazing on National Forest land, seeking to destroy a historic cattle drive that has...
June 2, 2020

Department of Health reports 33 new COVID-19 cases in Tuesday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health recorded 33 new cases of COVID-19 in their Tuesday report. The new cases pushed the cumulative total in the state to 5,067, however the number of active cases saw a decrease today. Health officials say active cases tumbl...
June 2, 2020

Darline Fuoss
Darline Fuoss, age 92, of Pierre formerly of Draper, South Dakota, died on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the Avera Maryhouse in Pierre. Private family services will be held and interment will follow at Draper Cemetery. Darline June was born on January 18, 1928 to William and Hele...
June 2, 2020

Bessie O'Bryan
Bessie O'Bryan of Rapid City formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Avantara Saint Cloud Nursing Home in Rapid City at the age of 88. Bessie Irene (Morgan) O’Bryan was born on September 6, 1931, in Custer, South Dakota. Her parents, Herb and Polly ...
June 2, 2020

Experts now say there may be smaller, localized peaks of COVID19 infections
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The anticipated peak in coronavirus infections in South Dakota has changed over the past two months….and may be changing again, according to health officials. Statewide, experts had predicted 132,700 infections and that most communities would peak ...
June 2, 2020

Peaceful protest march in Rapid City Monday night
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A protest in Rapid City did occur last night, but remained peaceful. The protest was created by Carly Siers and it attracted hundreds of people as they marched from the courthouse to Main Street Square before ending at Memorial Park. At one point, Rapid City...
June 2, 2020

Peaceful protest in Pierre; police and SDNG on standby
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota’s Capitol City on Monday night was effectively an armed encampment.  Dozens of armed local, county, and state police were deployed throughout the City of Pierre concentrating on keeping the peace amid peaceful protest and constant rumors o...
June 1, 2020

Sturgis Council approves annexation of Jackpine Gypsies property
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Council on Monday night approved the annexation of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club property. The property is located just off I-90 between Exit 30 and 32. The club has not been in favor of the annexation, stating concerns with property taxes and...
June 1, 2020

Rapid City Council approves emergency curfew resolution
RAPID CITY, S.D. —In response to concerns of rioting across the nation, the Rapid City council took steps to put in a curfew in an emergency situation. The council on Monday night gives Mayor Steve Allender authority to declare a curfew in emergency situations. The measu...
June 1, 2020

Survey shows business leaders optimistic despite coronavirus
OMAHA, Neb. - A new survey suggests business leaders are optimistic the economy will start to recover later this year in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The region's overall economic index improved in May to ...
June 1, 2020

Rushmore Mall closes; businesses in Rapid City told to take precautions in case of rioting
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Our of an abundance of caution, Rushmore Mall in Rapid City closed its doors early Monday afternoon, officials say. The mall closed at 12:30 p.m. and will remain closed the rest of the day. Mall General Manager Sandy Brockhouse stated; “We closed ...
June 1, 2020

Pennington County reports 8, Meade County, 2 in Monday COVID-19 Update
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 41 new cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota Monday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County recorded 8 new cases and Meade County recorded 2 new cases. Pennington County now has 169 active cases ...
June 1, 2020

Vern Omdahl
Vern Omdahl, age 84, of Cottonwood, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip with Pastor Cindy Bisser officiating. If you do not ...
June 1, 2020

Dale H. Lundgren
Dale was born March 22, 1942, in Sturgis, SD, to Carl and Jennie (Septka) Lundgren.  Dale attended school in Sturgis and then attended Black Hills State College, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1969.  He was in the National Guard for 12 years and belon...
June 1, 2020

Suspect caught Sunday after slashing 30 tires in Spearfish Police and City parking lots
SPEARFISH, S.D. – Spearfish police have arrested a Rapid City man on eight felony charges and various misdemeanors after allegedly vandalizing a number police and city owned vehicles. Police say early Sunday, 30 tires in the Spearfish Police Department and City Hall parkin...
June 1, 2020

North Dakota police officer killed in shootout
FARGO, N.D. (KFGO-AM) — The first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in more than 50 years in one North Dakota city was shot multiple times by a man with an extensive criminal history. Police Officer Cody Holte died at a hospital after coming to the aid of two...
June 1, 2020

To Rally, or Not To Rally; survey indicates most favor the latter
STURGIS, S.D. - For more than a month, the Sturgis City Council has been seeking input from a variety of sources on whether the City of Sturgis should host the 80th Anniversary City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  City leaders say the decision is incredibly complex as it has...
June 1, 2020

Rapid City Stevens names new competitive cheer coach
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Stevens Athletic Director Jared Vasquez has tabbed Jamiee Exner as head competitive cheer coach. Vasquez says Exner "is a product of our cheer program and has been a hard-working, loyal assistant cheer coach and led the Winter Sideline cheer team to...
June 1, 2020

Cases of COVID19 in South Dakota near 5,000
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is nearing 5,000 confirmed cases of the coronavius. State health officials on Sunday reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 4,993. The number of active cases grew by one, to 1,094. The number of deaths reported i...
June 1, 2020

Wyoming coach part of NCAA talks on football amid COVID-19
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming coach Craig Bohl has a seat at the table as the NCAA considers how to carry on with football season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bohl says there's been "a lot of different ideas" but so far not many hard and fast decisions. Bohl is a member of the Divis...
June 1, 2020

South Dakota gas prices start June with nickel rise
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.83/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 23.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 91.4 cents per gallon lower th...
June 1, 2020

Another state fair announces cancellation amid coronavirus pandemic
MILWAUKEE, WI - Amid cancellations of state fairs across the country, including North Dakota and Minnesota, the chairman of the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair. John Yingling, who was granted the authority to d...
June 1, 2020

Insurance deadline extensions, interest deferrals announced by USDA
WASHINGTON, DC - USDA's Risk Management Agency is making further adjustments to assist producers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) are authorized to extend the deadlines for payment of premiums and administrative fees, defer the resul...
June 1, 2020

China halts US farm imports following accusations, threats from Trump
WASHINGTON, DC - Chinese government officials told major state-run agricultural companies to pause purchases of some American farm goods including soybeans as Beijing evaluates the ongoing escalation of tensions with the U.S. over Hong Kong, according to people familiar with the ...
June 1, 2020

University meat lab harvesting animals, meat donated to communities
BROOKINGS, SD - Due to packing plant shutdowns across the country, many pork producers are struggling to find places to harvest their animals. This is having a dramatic impact on South Dakota’s pork producers. South Dakota State University Extension swine specialists and m...
June 1, 2020

Rapid City Mayor releases statement regarding ongoing riots
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender has been paying close attention to ongoing tension across America regarding the death of George Floyd. Protests in Rapid City have been largely peaceful, but protests in Sioux Falls Sunday night turned violent. Allender release...
May 31, 2020

Tensions high in Sioux Falls; Governor sends in National Guard
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A state of emergency was declared in Sioux Falls Sunday night after concerns of a protest over the death of George Floyd showed indications of turning violent. Sioux Falls Police say a large protest group ended up at the Empire Mall and some of them were thro...
May 31, 2020

Governor issues statement on Nationwide Unrest
PIERRE, S.D. - As unrest continued across the nation Sunday in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, South Dakota Governor Krisi Noem issued a statement saying violence would not be tolerated in her state. In a written release, the governor stated: “We t...
May 31, 2020

Health Department reports 33 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday; 9 in Pennington
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and no new deaths. Pennington County reported 9 new positive tests. The new cases raise the county’s cumulative total to 227 with 164 active cases. Meade County reported on...
May 31, 2020

Pennington County reports 17 new cases of COVID-19; Meade County 5
PIERRE, S.D. – The department of health recorded 94 new positive tests for COVID-19 in their Saturday report along with three new deaths. One of those deaths was in Pennington, who saw an increase of 17 new cases today. Pennington’s cumulative total is now 218 and th...
May 30, 2020

Wyoming Governor says state did not cancel rodeos
CHEYENNE, WY - Gov. Gordon, while joined by rodeo leadership across the state, announced the cancellation of the six largest rodeos in Wyoming due to COVID-19 concerns. The announcement prompted criticism and anger from some in the state who feel government response to the pande...
May 30, 2020

Primary Election Day is Tuesday; absentee ballots need turned in by then
STURGIS, S.D. – Don’t forget, this coming Tuesday is primary election day in South Dakota. Along with races for State Senate and House and legislature, there is a school board race for Meade 46-1. Twelve candidates are running for three spots for the board. They are...
May 29, 2020

Joyce Hicks
Joyce Hicks, age 94, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip. Memorial services will be held 3:00 pm MDT on Thursday, June 4, at the Kadoka City Auditorium. Live streaming will be available for the memorial ser...
May 29, 2020

Ben Handcock
Ben Handcock, age 74, of Brighton, Colorado formerly of Kadoka, died on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at his home in Brighton. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020 at the Kadoka City Auditorium. Live streaming will be available for the memorial service so...
May 29, 2020

John Brucklacher
John Brucklacher, age 62, of Colorado formerly of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Colorado. An open house will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Brucklacher Ranch at 22046 Park Avenue near Philip, South Dakota. Pastor Kathy Chesn...
May 29, 2020

State Department of Health reports 77 new COVID-19 cases; 20 of them scattered around the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reports 77 new COVID-19 cases and the Black Hills area accounted for 20 of them. Pennington County reported 15 new cases today, Meade County added three and for the first time in over a month, Lawrence County reported tw...
May 29, 2020

Appeal denied over Keystone XL pipeline permit program
BILLINGS, MT -  A U.S. appeals court on Thursday turned down a request by the Trump administration and energy industry groups to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines that had been canceled by a lower court. The case originated with a challenge to the Keysto...
May 29, 2020

State defends decision to continue study of controversial use of drug to treat COVID19
SIOUX FALLS, SD - South Dakota is going forward with plans to test using a controversial anti-malaria drug in small doses to prevent COVID-19, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Thursday. The drug hydroxychloroquine has attracted controversy after President Donald Trump promoted it as a...
May 29, 2020

Woman hit by vehicle prior to teacher parade in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Authorities say a woman was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after being struck a vehicle prior to a teacher parade at Valley View Elementary school. The parade was being held to mark the end of the school year. Helene Duhamel with the Pennington County ...
May 28, 2020

Jeanne Sue Rose
Jeanne Sue Rose was born to Earl and Maxine (Joy) Rose on March 8, 1960, in Chamberlain, SD. She was raised in Chamberlain, SD, with two brothers, Jerry and Jay Rose. The family moved and then lived in Mobridge from 1968-1973, and then in 1973, they moved to Sturgis. Jeanne gradu...
May 28, 2020

Don Ehlers
Don Ehlers of Midland, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Philip Nursing Home at the age of 82. Donald Henry Ehlers - better known as “Don” by his family and friends - was born October 15, 1937, near Hamar, North Dakota, to Henry “Hiney”...
May 28, 2020

State records 83 new COVID-19 cases in Thursday report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 83 new positive tests for COVID-19 according to the State Department of Health Thursday. Pennington County recorded an additional 14 new cases today, giving them 143 active and 186 cumulative. The number of hospitalizations was up four from yeste...
May 28, 2020

Testing continues in nursing homes, assisted living facilities in South Dakota
PIERRE, SD – The state is now in the second week of testing residents and staff at South Dakota’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities for the COVID-19 virus. Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says as of Wednesday (May 27) about 1,900 residents have been tes...
May 28, 2020

Official agreement insures education credits are transferrable
PIERRE, SD - Higher education leaders in South Dakota continue to collaborate and to enhance opportunities for students. The South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota Board of Technical Education have signed a general education transfer agreement, which guarantees that a...
May 28, 2020

As primary nears, older voters encouraged to use absentee ballot
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's primary election is less than two weeks away, along with many local contests.With the coronavirus pandemic a major concern for vulnerable residents, a leading nonprofit organization is advising the state's aging population to vote absentee.South Dak...
May 28, 2020

Body pulled from Rapid Creek identified as missing man
RAPID CITY S.D.  – Rapid City Police say the body pulled from Rapid Creek Tuesday has been identified as a missing Rapid City man. He is 41-year-old Jason Rush, who has been missing since May 19. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma contributing to Rush's death but po...
May 27, 2020

Monument Health predicts West River COVID-19 cases could peak earlier than expected
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monument Health predicts that the number of COVID-19 cases could grow rapidly in our region over the coming weeks. West River COVID-19 positives reached 266 on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, with 17 new confirmed cases. Monument Health’s short-term projec...
May 27, 2020

Pandemic Forces Cancellation of 2020 Cheyenne Frontier Days
CHEYENNE, WY — Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) today announced that public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic have forced the cancellation of the 2020 festival scheduled for July 17-26. This decision was made in conjunction with the other maj...
May 27, 2020

Rapid City suspends transit system for two weeks after third driver tests positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender announced Wednesday that they are temporarily suspending the Rapid Ride and Dial-a-Ride services after a third driver tested positive for COVID-19. During his weekly press conference, Allender says the city is suspending transit...
May 27, 2020

Sturgis DSS office open by appointment
STURGIS –The Department of Social Services (DSS) office in Sturgis will begin opening to the public by appointment only starting May 28, 2020. “While DSS staff have been working remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the people of South Dakota, we will be...
May 27, 2020

Deborah L. Huber
Deborah L. Huber, 64, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at her home in Sturgis. She was born in Deadwood, SD on August 17, 1955, she was the third of five children born to Palmer and Beulah (McKay) Carlson. Deborah grew up in the Lead area and attended school there.  In 197...
May 27, 2020

Applications now open to ranchers, farmers for direct payments
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), is now accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Producers could begin receiving checks in early June for t...
May 27, 2020

Mildred Marie Fried
Mildred was born December 21, 1930, in Fort Worth, TX, to the Rev. A.G. and Vergie (Lamb) Rietdorf.  She attended school in Oklahoma and Nebraska.  After moving to Bison, SD, in 1947, she graduated in 1948 and attended Sioux Falls College.  She taught one year at t...
May 27, 2020

DOH reports 57 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths Wednesday
PIERRE, S.D. – In their Wednesday report, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths. The victims are in the following age ranges: 30-39, 50-59 and two in the 60-69 range. They were from Brown County, Todd County and two fro...
May 27, 2020

Jack Link's worker dies of COVID-19 in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An employee at a Jack Link’s Protein Snacks plant in South Dakota died after contracting COVID-19. 58 employees at the Alpena meat processing plant have test positive for the coronavirus. Jack Link’s did not give further details on the em...
May 27, 2020

South Dakota Ranks 45th for Loan Search Interest During the Coronavirus Pandemic
UNDATED - With nearly 39 million Americans becoming jobless during the coronavirus pandemic and 44 percent of Americans expecting to go into more debt because of the crisis, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Where People Need Loans the Most Due to Coronavir...
May 27, 2020

Up to $1.5 billion Wyoming revenue hit amid COVID-19
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Collapsing energy prices and the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to cost Wyoming up to $1.5 billion in revenue over the next two years. A report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan state Consensus Revenue Estimating Group predicts sales tax revenue will fall ...
May 27, 2020

James D. Witt
James D. Witt was born February 29, 1944 to Wendell D. (Red) Witt and Jean E. (Jones) Witt in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The family moved to the Black Hills in 1945. Jim attended grade school in Pluma, graduating from Deadwood High School in 1962. He attended college for two years i...
May 27, 2020

Twila Koski
Twila “Gae” Koski, 89 of Spearfish, passed away on May 24, 2020 at Monument Health in Spearfish. Twila “Gae” Weaver, was born in Winner, SD, on February 3, 1931, to Cecil and Emma Laverne Weaver. She attended Gregory High School, graduating in 1949. She t...
May 27, 2020

Body believed to be that of missing hunter found in Deerfield Lake area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A body was discovered Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by a local resident repairing fence in the Deerfield Lake area. At 2:25pm, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a body had been found.  Deputies and investigators were called to...
May 26, 2020

Police recover body found in Rapid Creek
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City police are investigating the death of a person found in Rapid Creek Tuesday afternoon. Police spokesperson Brendyn Median says they were called to Rapid Creek at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday for what they initially thought was going to be a water rescue....
May 26, 2020

Noem previews plan to spend $1.25 billion coronavirus relief
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief. She says she'll pass on some of the money to state and local governments responding to the cor...
May 26, 2020

William H. Curley
Bill was born in Boston, MA, on May 22, 1935, to William and Mary (King) Curley.  He was the second oldest of 12 children.  Bill grew up in Boston where he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952.  While traveling across the world, he met his beautiful wife, Ian...
May 26, 2020

Juvenile killed in Gregory County crash
BURKE, S.D. – A Burke juvenile male has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Burke. A 1996 Chrysler Eagle Vision was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 18 when it crossed the center line and collided head on with a westbound 201...
May 26, 2020

Motorcyclist struck by pickup in Rapid City Friday night dies
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Police in Rapid City have released the name of a motorcyclist killed in a collision with a pickup truck Friday night. Police say 19-year-old Joseph Hays of Piedmont died from injuries sustained in the crash. The accident happened May 22 at approximately...
May 26, 2020

Tuesday's COVID-19 Update indicate 67 new cases in the state
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 67 new positive tests for COVID-19 in Tuesday’s report according to the State Department of Health. Beadle County reported the most cases today with 18 new cases. Minnehaha added 15 new cases and Brown County had 10 new positive tests. In t...
May 26, 2020

South Dakota gas prices rise 8.4 cents over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 8.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.77/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 14.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 99.2 cents per gallon lower th...
May 26, 2020

Monday COVID-19 numbers from Dept of Health show 23 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. – The Monday COVID-19 numbers from the Department of Health show 23 new positive tests and a decrease in the number of active cases statewide. Health officials report the number of active cases is 1,121 Monday – down 21 from Sunday. In the Black Hills a...
May 25, 2020

Residents of Hideaway Hills subdivision file lawsuit
BLACK HAWK, S.D. —Residents of a subdivision in Blackhawk who have been forced out of their homes due to sinkholes have filed a lawsuit against Meade County, the state of South Dakota and developers of the Hideaway Hills subdivision. The sinkholes exposed an old undergroun...
May 24, 2020

Second Rapid Ride driver tests positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City officials say a second driver for the Rapid Ride transit system has tested positive for COVID-19. The driver’s last shift was on Saturday, May 16, and the individual didn’t work last week after developing a gastro-intestinal condi...
May 24, 2020

State reports 95 new positive cases for COVID-19 Sunday; 3 in Meade County
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 95 new positive tests for COVID-19 in the Department of Health’s Sunday report. Pennington County saw 14 additional cases, sending their cumulative total to 152. There are now 125 active cases. Meade County recorded 3 new positive cases in ...
May 24, 2020

Rain, wind and hail hit western South Dakota in severe thunderstorms Saturday
STURGIS, S.D. - Severe thunderstorms moved across western South Dakota Saturday bringing hail, wind, heavy rain and flooding. Flash flooding was reported in parts of eastern Meade County, where water was over the road south of White Owl. Water was also running over Elm Springs R...
May 23, 2020

Health Department reports 112 new positive tests for COVID-19 Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 in its Saturday update. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported 11 additional positive tests and Meade County reported one. Pennington County now has a cumulative total of ...
May 23, 2020

Police in Rapid City investigating incident in which SUV strikes girl
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are investigating an incident in which an SUV struck a 14-year-old, sending her to the hospital. Police say the SUV was traveling eastbound Friday afternoon in the 4600 block of South Canyon Road when it left the roadway before striking the g...
May 23, 2020

Tech privacy firm warns contact tracing app violates policy
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A contact tracing app pushed by the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota as a tool to trace exposure to the coronavirus violated its own privacy policy by sharing location and user identification information with third-party companies. The Care19 app w...
May 23, 2020

Pennington County has additional 27 COVID-19 cases according to Friday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 106 positive tests for COVID-19 in its Friday report. Two new deaths were also reported, sending the state’s death toll to 50. Both deaths were listed as woman 80+ years old and in Minnehaha County, which ...
May 22, 2020

Sherri Lee Tolley
Sherri Lee Tolley, 77, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City. She was born on May 8, 1943 to Donnell and Vivian (McColley) Johnson in Omaha, Nebraska. She was a loving mother not only to her children but to all of their friends, treating the...
May 22, 2020

South Dakota has the 4th Biggest Increase in Unemployment Claims Due to Coronavirus
UNDATED - With nearly 39 million Americans now jobless as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but many people actually making more money while unemployed, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims, along with accompanying videos. To i...
May 22, 2020

BHSU creates airborne isolation shield for Monument Health
SPEARFISH, S.D. – Black Hills State University responded to the call when Monument Health requested assistance to create an airborne isolation shield in response to COVID-19. The shield is available for use in the Emergency Department at Monument Health Spearfish Hospital t...
May 22, 2020

Noem: Tribes' checkpoints dispute not just about coronavirus
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says that her stance against Native American tribes operating coronavirus checkpoints on federal and state highways isn’t just about the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Its also about setting “precedent&r...
May 21, 2020

First piece of disputed Keystone XL Pipeline finished
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. However, Calgary-based TC Energy has not resolved a recent courtroom setback t...
May 21, 2020

Noem visits with families affected by sinkholes
BLACK HAWK, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem talked Thursday with families forced out of their homes in a Blackhawk neighborhood due to sinkholes that have opened up, exposing an old gypsum mine. Noem says the state will help Meade County apply for a FEMA grant that would pay f...
May 21, 2020

Police searching for missing Rapid City man
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are seeking the public’s help in order to locate 41-year-old Jason Rush of Rapid City. Rush was reported missing on May 19th, 2020. Police received information that he was last seen on May 12th at his residence in the 100 block of Denve...
May 21, 2020

Owner of Rapid City restaurants says three employees test positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The owner of a Rapid City restaurant says three of their employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Benjamin Klinkel, owner of the Tally's and Delmonico Grill, says the employees came up positive for COVID-19 last week, and precautions were take...
May 21, 2020

DPS: Safe Driving Is A Priority This Memorial Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is encouraging people who decide to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend to be safe drivers. Traffic is expected to be lighter than normal for this holiday weekend because of COVID-19, but state Highway Pa...
May 21, 2020

New cases of COVID-19 total 73 Thursday; 15 in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 73 new cases of COVID-19 in the state according to the Department of Health Thursday. Pennington County added 15 new cases and one new death. The county now has 76 active cases. The new death raises Pennington County’s death toll to 3. Mead...
May 21, 2020

State FFA President elected at virtual convention
BROOKINGS, SD - Samantha Olson of the Northwestern Area FFA chapter (in Mellette) was elected South Dakota FFA President for the 2020-2021 year. Olson, a math major at South Dakota State University, says due to the pandemic they had to hold their convention on-line rather than in...
May 21, 2020

Testing at long term, assisted living facilities not mandatory
PIERRE, SD - Testing of all residents of nursing homes and assisted living centers in South Dakota will begin this week (May18). Heading up the Long Term Care Advisory Task Force is Doug Ekeren. “One of the concerns of the coronavirus is that a lot of people don’t ex...
May 21, 2020

RC Police investigate robbery of liquor store
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City police are investigating an armed robbery that took place Wednesday afternoon at Time Square Liquor located at 13 New York Street. Shortly before 1 p.m. a male subject entered the store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money from the clerk....
May 20, 2020

Noem appeals to President for help with checkpoints
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday she is appealing to President Donald Trump’s administration in her standoff with two American Indian tribes over coronavirus checkpoints they set up on federal and state highways. Noem says she sent aff...
May 20, 2020

State reports 92 new positive tests for COVID-19 in Wednesday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 in its Wednesday report. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported an additional 11 cases, giving them a cumulative total of 85 with 64 active cases. Fall River County also rep...
May 20, 2020

Pier 1 to go out of business and close all 540 stores
NEW YORK — Pier 1, the seller of wicker chairs and scented candles, said it will go out of business and permanently close all 540 of its stores. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company said Tuesday that it was unable to find a buyer for its business after filing for bankruptc...
May 20, 2020

Target's online push readied it for pandemic
NEW YORK — Online sales at Target more than doubled as the pandemic put millions in lockdown during the first quarter, revealing further the critical role big box stores played in getting supplies to an immobilized population. The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday th...
May 20, 2020

Governor to meet with families affected by Blackhawk sinkholes
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she plans to host a conference call with the families evacuated from their homes due to sinkholes that opened up in a Blackhawk subdivision. During her daily conference call Tuesday, the governor said she's getting a lot of q...
May 20, 2020

Great Plains Tribal says 31 patients have now tested positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. -The Great Plains Tribal Health Board reports 31 patients of the Oyate Health Center have now tested positive for COVID-19. That is nearly double last week's 16 cases. Brandon Ecoffey, chairman of the board, says their first positive test was confirmed on May 3...
May 19, 2020

Noem updates back to normal plan during Tuesday briefing
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday that South Dakota is seeing “fantastic” trends in the projected rates of coronavirus in the state. While Noem said she hates to see new hospitalizations or deaths from COVID-19, she told reporters in her daily ...
May 19, 2020

Howard Peterson
Howard was born December 2, 1923, in Murdo, SD, to Alphus “Mike” and Fern (Thomas) Peterson.  He attended school one year in Murdo, and then the family moved to Okaton.      In 1933, the family moved to Whitewood where he grew up and attended...
May 19, 2020

James Ervin Schmidt
James was born February 28, 1940, in Murdo, SD, to Ervin and Sadie (Finck) Schmidt.  He grew up in Draper, SD, and moved to Newcastle as a young man.  He joined the US Army on February 3, 1960, and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1962. Jim worked for US Stee...
May 19, 2020

Clara Mae Wiedemer
Clara Mae Wiedemer passed away quietly at home in Black Hawk, with her family present, on May 17, 2020.      Clara Mae Sowards was born December 22, 1932, at her grandparent’s farm near Naper, NE, to Clarence Ray and Marie (Smith) Sowards.  She gre...
May 19, 2020

Pennington County reports additional 16 positive tests for COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. – The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennington County increased by 16 in the latest report from the South Dakota Department of Health. Pennington County now has 74 total cumulative cases and 57 active cases. The health department also reported a deat...
May 19, 2020

Rapid City police officer tests positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Police Department has recently learned that one of its officers has tested positive for COVID-19. The RCPD learned of the positive test result late Monday afternoon. When the officer first began developing symptoms, he immediately informed his s...
May 19, 2020

State A.G. Office - suspect shot and killed by police May 13 had COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Attorney General's Office says police in the officer-involved shooting in Rapid Valley May 13 have been tested for COVID19 following the discovery that the suspect was positive for the coronavirus. According to the South Dakota Attorney Genera...
May 18, 2020

South Dakota COVID-19 cases increase by 40 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 40 new cases of COVID-19 in its Monday report. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported 6 additional cases, sending its cumulative total to 58 with 43 active cases. Over the weekend, the health depar...
May 18, 2020

John Allan Moore
John Allan Moore, 78, died May 15, 2020 at Deadwood, SD, from Myelofibrosis, a rare blood cancer.  John was born in Alliance, NE on August 10, 1941 to George W. and Dorothy (Fitzgerald) Moore.  He grew up and attended school in Alliance, graduating in 1959.  He le...
May 18, 2020

Newell teacher honored with Governor's Proclamation
NEWELL, SD – The last day of school is always a meaningful day for educators and students.  The last day of school after 50 years, well, that’s a milestone. For the past half century, Delores Johnston has been teaching kids general science and algebra in the New...
May 18, 2020

Documents indicate developers, county officials knew about old mine that has evacuated homes at Blackhawk
STURGIS, S.D. – Documents from the early 2000’s have indicated county officials knew about the old gypsum mine that has opened up sinkholes, evacuating more than a dozen homes in a Blackhawk subidivison. Those documents indicate multiple references to the mine, befor...
May 18, 2020

Fatal Motorcycle crash in Grant County
BIG STONE CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash in Big Stone City. The name of the person involved has not yet been released pending notification of family members. A 2019 Kawasaki ZX636GKFA was southbound o...
May 18, 2020

For second week in a row, South Dakota gas prices see slight uptick
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.65/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 1.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 109.7 cents per gallon lower tha...
May 18, 2020

Sturgis Brown High School holds graduation like no other
STURGIS, S.D. - After all was said and done, the graduation ceremony at Sturgis Sunday was a success -- with proper social distancing. After weeks of high emotion as to how to hold the ceremony, Sunday's 'drive-through' graduation went off without a hitch in the parking lot of S...
May 17, 2020

Train strikes pickup truck at Box Elder
BOX ELDER — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says a train collided with a vehicle attempting to cross railroad tracks in Box Elder. According to a tweet, Deputies responded to a vehicle complaint in the area of 155th Avenue & HWY 14/16 where a vehicle was s...
May 17, 2020

State reports 28 new COVID-19 cases Sunday
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported its lowest 24-hour total for new cases of COVID-19 in weeks Sunday as 28 new positive tests were documented. The additional 28 cases raised the state’s cumulative total to 3,987. However, more recoveries t...
May 17, 2020

State DOH issues two COVID-19 advisories for Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Health on Saturday issued two COVID-19 advisories for Rapid City. In the first advisory, state health officials announced that a Rapid Ride Transit driver tested positive for COVID-19. The individual worked while able to transm...
May 16, 2020

State reports 72 new cases of COVID-19 in Saturday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 72 new positive tests for COVID-19 Saturday. Pennington County saw an increase of 6 new cases, bringing their cumulative total to 49. Oglala Lakota County also reported three new cases, giving them a cumulative ...
May 16, 2020

Seven canine teams to join search for missing persons
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says seven teams from Colorado Forensic Canines and Tri-State Canines are planning a four-day search for two long-missing persons in Pennington County. Teams from Colorado, Montana and Wyoming arrived on Friday, and...
May 15, 2020

Joseph Kotak, Jr.
Joe was born January 7, 1935, at Fulton Run, PA, to Joseph, Sr., and Mary (Blazavich) Kotak.  He was raised in Pennsylvania and attended Catholic School.  At the age of 18, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served his country honorably.      He...
May 15, 2020

Bobbie Jo Dover
Bobbie Jo Dover of Casper, Wyoming formerly of Vetal, South Dakota, died on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at her parent's house in Vetal after a battle with cancer at the age of 51. A vigil service will be held on Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Chu...
May 15, 2020

Authorities identify man killed in traffic stop shootout
RAPID CITY, S.D. – We now know the name of the man who was shot and killed after a traffic stop Wednesday night in Rapid City. Authorities identified the man as 30-year-old Anthony Angel. Angel died Thursday morning after being shot by a Rapid City police officer. The Att...
May 15, 2020

South Dakota COVID-19 cases increase 93 in Friday's report
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health reported Friday an additional 93 cases of COVID-19 in the state – with three new cases in Pennington County. The new cases raise the county’s cumulative total to 43 and there are 27 active cases. Oglala Lako...
May 15, 2020

South Dakota plans mass testing in elder care facilities
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota health officials are planning to test everyone in nursing homes and assisted living facilities over the next month. The Department of Health will be working with facilities that care for the elderly to test over 26,000 people in the coming...
May 14, 2020

South Dakota American Legion Baseball Teams get green light to play ball
UNDATED - On Sunday, the national headquarters for American Legion Baseball shut down all national sponsorship and involvement for the 2020 season. There was a section in the letter that was open to interpretation as to whether local baseball could be supported or not. On Wednesd...
May 14, 2020

Suspect involved in shooting with police Wednesday evening dies
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says a suspect shot by a Rapid City police officer Wednesday evening has died. The suspect was taken to the hospital with life – threatening injuries after exchanging gunfire with police after a traf...
May 14, 2020

No-visitor policy returns to Monument Health hospitals
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Because of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in western South Dakota, Monument Health announced it is returning to its no-visitor policy at all hospitals, emergency departments and clinics. The policy goes into effect Saturday, May 16, at 7 a.m. “We ...
May 14, 2020

Power outage Thursday affects 1400 customers in southeast Rapid City
RAPID CITY, SD-  On Thursday at 12:55 pm, Black Hills Energy restored power to customers that experienced a power outage in the southeast area of Rapid City. The outage occurred around 10:00 am impacting 1,423 customers.  The cause of the power outage was an electric...
May 14, 2020

Banners honoring Sturgis graduates offer congratulations in uncertain times
STURGIS, S.D. — A contingent of groups and businesses came together to help give the Sturgis Brown High School Class of 2020 a lift in these uncertain times. Not being able to hold a traditional graduation ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community came together ...
May 14, 2020

State Health Department lists 60 new positive tests for COVID-19; four more deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 60 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Thursday report. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported 4 new cases giving them a cumulative total of 40. There are currently 25 active cases. Other cases included...
May 14, 2020

James B. Archer
James “Jimmy” B. Archer, 77, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at his home in Sturgis. He was born September 12, 1942 in Agar, South Dakota to Lloyd Alfred and Susan K. (Tobin) Archer. Jim started first grade in the Gettysburg school system and would stay with Grandma...
May 14, 2020

Rose Mary (Augustynowicz) Reid
Rose Mary (Augustynowicz) Reid, 74, of Random Lake, (formerly of Belle Fourche, SD, and Port Washington, WI), passed away on May 7, 2020, while in the comforting hands of her daughter, Tamra.       Rose was born July 1, 1945, in Milwaukee, WI, to Clem an...
May 14, 2020

Arlyce Sloan
Arlyce Sloan, age 86 of Belle Fourche, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Rolling Hills Healthcare Center in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 4 to 6pm Monday, May 18th, at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  A memorial service will be h...
May 14, 2020

Ranch Group Disappointed with Yet a Second COOL Resolution but No Mandatory COOL Bill
BILLINGS, Mont. - On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced yet a second resolution regarding Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (M-COOL) for beef. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said his organization has been working aggressively to find memb...
May 14, 2020

Governor seeks more direction from feds on checkpoint standoff with tribes
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem is asking for more direction from Washington in her checkpoint standoff with two South Dakota tribes. "The authority on U.S. highways and with state highways lies with the federal government and they need to take enforcement actions in those c...
May 14, 2020

Officer involved shooting in Rapid City following traffic stop
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police say a traffic stop led to an officer involved shooting Wednesday evening. According to police, a Rapid City police officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle with three people inside on East Highway 44 and Saint Patrick Street. Police in...
May 13, 2020

Pine Ridge man pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of brother
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - A Pine Ridge man entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court for killing his brother Lawrence Pourier, 52, was originally charged with second degree murder. After reaching a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of his b...
May 13, 2020

RC Mayor wants better communication from state on COVID-19 cases
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said during his weekly conference call Wednesday he's hoping for better communication from the state when it comes to reporting positive COVID-19 cases. Pennington County has seen an uptick in cases over the past few days and sa...
May 13, 2020

Dept of Health reports 69 new COVID-19 cases in Wednesday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 69 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Wednesday report. Cases included 4 in Pennington County, 2 in Oglala Lakota County and 1 in Meade County. The 2 in Oglala Lakota County were announced by the Oglala Siou...
May 13, 2020

A continuing, avoidable problem - two more guns swiped from unlocked vehicles
RAPID CITY S.D. – Rapid City Police say two more guns have been stolen out what appears to be unlocked vehicles. Monday, just before 4 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported on the 3600 block of Sheridan Lake Road. In this crime, the burglar made away with a handgun, two lo...
May 13, 2020

Brenna Marie Bauer
Brenna Marie Bauer was born December 15, 1988, in Rapid City, SD, to Linn and Elizabeth (Szymanski) Bauer.  The Bauers were living at the Bauer Angus Ranch at Enning, SD, when the Enning/White Owl News headlines “Linn, Beth Bauer get early Christmas present” and ...
May 13, 2020

Richard Harold Harwood
Richard Harold Harwood was born December 2, 1933, in Sturgis, SD, to Andrew and Kathryn (Denker) Harwood.  Richard grew up on a ranch in the Haydraw area.  In his early years he attended the Barry School, and he graduated from Sturgis High School in 1951.   &...
May 13, 2020

Leo Anthony Bakeberg, Sr.
Leo Anthony Bakeberg, Sr., 90, of Spearfish, SD, formerly of Dupree, SD, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Hospice House, Rapid City, surrounded by his loving family. Leo was born in Dupree, Ziebach County, South Dakota, May 13, 1929, one of eight children born to Augus...
May 13, 2020

South Dakota's uncounted unemployed workers taking brunt of COVID19 hardships
Stacey Twiggs is one of the “uncounted” unemployed people in South Dakota. Twiggs, 35, is a massage therapist from Black Hawk who has seen COVID-19 turn her life upside down. She hasn’t gotten sick, but the pandemic has destroyed her once-thriving business, for...
May 13, 2020

Twelve candidates running for three spots on Meade 46-1 School Board
STURGIS, S.D. - Twelve individuals are running for the three Meade School District seats up for election on June 2, 2020.  Vying for the three 3-year terms are Darrell M. Vig, Mud Butte, prior board member Robert Burns, Black Hawk, new candidates, RJ Ludwick, Sturgis, Brian ...
May 13, 2020

Ellsworth confirms their first case of COVID-19
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Ellsworth Air Force Base announced its first case of COVID-19 this week. In a Facebook post, the announcement indicates that the individual is a contractor who works on the installation, but has been teleworking and hasn't been on base since Apri...
May 13, 2020

Mammoth Site at Hot Springs to reopen to the public on May 22
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs announced this week that they plan to reopen to the public on May 22, 2020. The Site says that it understands this is a very fluid situation as it changes daily and will continue to monitor it closely. They will continue to wor...
May 13, 2020

Aberdeen's 3M plant adds space, workers for mask production
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Abderdeen’s 3M plant is expanding and adding more employees as it ramps up production of N95 masks for the coronavirus pandemic. 3M was recently awarded two U.S. Department of Defense contracts to make more masks. That means 3M will add 120,000 squa...
May 13, 2020

2020 Student Money Survey & Best Cards for Grads
UNDATED - With graduation season upon us and most students getting ready for a virtual graduation ceremony, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released a nationally representative Student Money Survey, which found that roughly 20% of students think a college education i...
May 13, 2020

Ryder Kirsch of St Thomas More wins 2020 SD Mr. Basketball Award
UNDATED - Ryder Kirsch of St Thomas More has been named 2020 South Dakota Mr. Basketball. Kirsch led the  Cavaliers to a 19-2 season and a start to finish number one ranking in the Class A boys basketball poll. Kirsch wasn't able to showcase his talents at this year's stat...
May 13, 2020

Spirit of Su winners announced for 2020
PIERRE – The “Visions of SuAnne” Foundation, in coordination with the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches’ Association (SDHSCA) and South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA), are pleased to announce the selections of the 2020 recipie...
May 13, 2020

Rapid City Central announces Pat Moriarity as new head Track and Field Coach
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Central has named a new Head Track and Field Coach. Pat Moriarty will take over the Cobbler program starting next season. Coach Moriarty has been coaching track and field for 15 seasons at the Class AA and Class A level. In 2006, he began his coac...
May 13, 2020

Noem asks tribes again to talk on checkpoints
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is holding off on her threat to sue Native American tribes that have set up highway checkpoints intended to keep the coronavirus away from their reservations. She says instead she would like to work out an agreeme...
May 12, 2020

Grace Brown
Grace Brown, age 99 of Belle Fourche, died Monday, May 11, 2020 at the Monument Health Spearfish Hospital. A funeral service will be held 10:30am Friday, May 15, 2020 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Interment will take place at Pine S...
May 12, 2020

Margaret Elaine Allison
Margaret Elaine (Seeley) Allison, 92 of Spearfish, died May 5, 2020 at Monument Health in Rapid City. Margaret was born December 18, 1927 in Yankton, SD to Kenneth Mayne and Edna Ann (Gemmill) Seeley. They moved to Spearfish from Yankton in 1930, when her father became manager o...
May 12, 2020

Reva Augusta King
Reva Augusta King, 88, of Hulett, Wyoming passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Reva was born a few miles west of Hulett, Wyoming on June 4, 1932. Her parents were John C. and Myrtle (Lawrence) Wood. Reva grew up in the Hulett-Sundance area and a...
May 12, 2020

Telitha Sailer
Telitha “Peggy’ Sailer, 84, of Deadwood, SD, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Rolling Hills Healthcare facility in Belle Fourche. Peggy was born to Arthur and Veryl (Adams) Mason on November 20, 1935, in Pierre, SD. She grew up in Reliance, SD and...
May 12, 2020

Meade County Commission to begin the process of applying for FEMA funding for affected homeowners in Blackhawk
STURGIS, S.D. – Meade County Commissioners today approved beginning the process of applying for a Hazard Mitigation Grant to help more than a dozen families forced out of their homes due to sinkholes. Those sinkholes in the Northdale area opened up earlier this month, and ...
May 12, 2020

Tuesday's COVID-19 Update - Pennington County records 5 new cases; Minnehaha County has 5 new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 49 new positive cases of COVID-19 in its Tuesday report. The state reported 5 additional cases in Pennington County – giving them 32 cumulative positive tests. On Monday, the Great Plains Tribal Health Board Chairman ...
May 12, 2020

Brothers in fishing accident, one drowns
BRITTON, S.D.—The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a drowning on a northeast South Dakota lake. GF&P District Supervisor Tim McCurdy says it happened last Thursday night, around 6:15 p.m., on Sout...
May 12, 2020

Melvin L. Curtis
Melvin L. Curtis, 73, of Casper, Wyoming, went to heaven on January 6, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Wall, South Dakota on February 22, 1946, to Harold and Stella Curtis. As a boy he grew up in Milesville, South Dakota. Melvin married Carole Sorlie i...
May 12, 2020

MLB owners approve plan to start season in July
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the players’ union’s turn at the plate. Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks ...
May 12, 2020

Oglala Sioux Tribe's COVID-19 Response Task Force reports two positive coronavirus tests
PINE RIDGE, S.D. – A Facebook post by the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s COVID-19 Response Task Force Monday night indicates two new positive tests for the virus and a 72 hour lockdown is in place. Dakota High Hawk, the Public Information Officer with the task force said in th...
May 12, 2020

Montana coal mine furloughs workers amid diminished demand
CASPER, Wyo. — Another Powder River Basin coal mine has reduced its work force in response to weak market conditions. Decker Coal Company furloughed 98 miners Friday, sending them home until May 26, according to a company statement. The Decker coal mine is in southern Mon...
May 12, 2020

Study shows a downward trend in detention center admissions
Pierre, SD -- States such as South Dakota have received praise in recent years for adopting reforms that have steered young offenders away from detention centers. But a national downward trend in admissions during the pandemic provides even more hope for reform advocates. The nu...
May 12, 2020

Sales and property tax refund program open to senior citizens and citizens with disabilities
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota senior citizens and citizens with disabilities have until July 1 to apply for sales or property tax refunds under South Dakota’s Tax Refund Program. Under the program, certain individuals are able to receive a portion of the sales or prope...
May 12, 2020

Can rural hospitals handle a surge in COVID19 cases
PIERRE, SD  – South Dakota health officials are warning that rural parts of the state won't be immune from coronavirus activity. That raises questions about whether rural hospitals, which already have challenges, can withstand any surge in cases. Rural areas didn't in...
May 12, 2020

Great Plains Tribal says 12 patients test positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - In a Monday release, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board stated that 12 patients of the Oyate Health Center in Rapid City have tested positive for COVID-19. C.E.O. of the health board, Jerilyn Church, says one of those patients is an employee at th...
May 11, 2020

South Dakota Gov. Noem, tribes in virus checkpoints standoff
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem says she is concerned that the COVID-19 checkpoints on two South Dakota reservations could obstruct essential services. "If somebody needs an ambulance on a reservation, that one can get to them, and I'm not sure of that today with these check...
May 11, 2020

Noem: Drug will be sent to SD for COVID-19 treatment
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says a shipment of an antiviral drug will be sent to the state this week to help treat severe cases of the coronavirus. Noem said Monday during her daily press conference, the shipment of remdesivir is intended for South Dakota'...
May 11, 2020

Police investigate robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy early Monday morning
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are investigating the robbery of a pharmacy early Monday morning. The robbery happened at around 2:50 a.m. at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Mountain View Road. Police say a store worker told them that a man, wearing a light-colored jacket, dark ...
May 11, 2020

Rapid City police say more guns stolen from an unlocked vehicle
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Police say aeveral guns were reportedly stolen from what they believe to be an unlocked pickup sometime before Friday night. Police were called around 6:20 a.m., Saturday, about the vehicle burglary on the 500 block of Viking Drive. The pickup owne...
May 11, 2020

Irma J. Kietzke
Irma J. Kietzke, 104, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Monument Health Sturgis Hospital, following a short illness.  She celebrated her 104th birthday on March 25, at Key City Retirement, her home since 2014.      Irma was born in Twi...
May 11, 2020

Authorities identify woman killed in Pennington County crash Thursday night
SCENIC, S.D. – A 29-year-old woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Scenic. A 2006 Chevy Impala was traveling westbound on South Dakota Highway 44 when the driver failed to negotiate a left curve. The vehicle went off th...
May 11, 2020

Meade, Pennington Counties record one new COVID-19 case each in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – Both Meade and Pennington Counties reported an additional COVID-19 case in the Monday report released by the South Dakota Department of Health. The total number of new cases statewide was 97 Monday with the number of active cases increasing to 1,393. Pennin...
May 11, 2020

Miss SD Competition Postponed Until 2021
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - The Miss America Organization announced Friday that the 2021 Miss America competition, previously scheduled for December, would be postponed until next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result of this announcement, the South Dakota Scholarship Foundati...
May 11, 2020

South Dakota gas prices rise 2.6 cents over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.61/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 14.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 115.3 cents per gallon lower th...
May 11, 2020

MDU Resources: 1Q Earnings Snapshot
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU) on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $25.1 million. The Bismarck, North Dakota-based company said it had profit of 13 cents per share. The energy, mining, construction and utilities company posted revenue of $1.2 bill...
May 11, 2020

Company seeks its shovels back from two Wyoming coal mines
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A mining equipment company based in Wisconsin has requested to either be paid or take its equipment from a Wyoming coal mining company that continues to operate a pair of its large coal shovels. Komatsu Mining Corporation filed a motion Thursday seeki...
May 11, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program helped thousands of South Dakota businesses
PIERRE, SD - Almost 20,000 South Dakota businesses were approved for “Paycheck Protection Program” loans through the Small Business Administration, coordinated in many cases by local banks. South Dakota Bankers Association President Curt Everson says there are some b...
May 11, 2020

Farm bankruptcies continue to deepen across the Midwest
WASHINGTON, DC - Year-to-year farm bankruptcies increased 23 percent, according to recently released data from U.S. Courts. An American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel report shows a total of 627 filings during the 12-month period ending March 2020, marking five consecutive y...
May 11, 2020

Harvesters struggle to recruit crews during pandemic
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — With the start of the winter wheat harvest just weeks away, U.S. harvesters are struggling to get the foreign workers they usually rely on to run their combines. Embassies have been shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic and governments have cl...
May 11, 2020

American Legion suspends season; some SD teams say they will play
UNDATED - Just a day after giving teams a green light, the American Legion National Headquarters decided to suspend all of the remaining 25 states from American Legion Baseball play this summer. That came as a surprise to the Chairman of the South Dakota American Legion Athletic...
May 11, 2020

RC Central girls' basketball coach Kraig Bloome steps down
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Central is searching for a new girls basketball coach. Athletic Director Jordan Bauer announced this past week that Kraig Bloome has resigned. Bauer stated they would begin the search process immediately to find "our next girls' basketball coach." ...
May 11, 2020

Lindbergh Avenue home in Rapid City suffers smoke damage in fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Fire Department responded to a structure fire Sunday night. According to RC Fire, Stations 1, 3 and 7 responded to the report of a structure fire in the 600 block of Lindbergh Avenue in northern Rapid City. When crews arrived, they found heavy ...
May 11, 2020

Sunday's COVID-19 update shows 7 new positive tests in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported an additional 124 positive tests for COVID-19 in its Sunday report. Pennington County saw one of their largest daily increases with 7 new confirmed cases. The new cases raised Pennington County’s cumulativ...
May 10, 2020

Rapid City Police investigating early morning pursuit with stolen vehicle
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Police Department is currently investigating a vehicle crash that occurred at Mt. Rushmore Road and St. Joseph Street at approximately 0520 this morning. During the early morning hours of May 10, 2020, a reported hit and run accident at a local ...
May 10, 2020

Two vehicle accident in Turner County results in fatality, three people hurt
PARKER, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning near Parker. Names of those involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members. A 2018 Ford F350 Super Duty pickup was northbound on South Dakota H...
May 10, 2020

Billye Jo Casteel
On Monday, May 4, 2020, Billye Jo Casteel, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.      Billye Jo was born July 19, 1952, in Sturgis, SD, to Ivan and Gertrude “Sue” Davis.  She grew up on a...
May 9, 2020

State confirms 249 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported another large increase in positive cases of COVID-19 Saturday. The department confirmed 249 positive tests for the virus – with 232 in Minnehaha County where officials have ramped up testing this week. Off...
May 9, 2020

State's four technical schools plan to resume on-campus operations in the fall
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s four technical colleges plan to resume on-campus operations this fall, with face-to-face teaching and learning. The Board of Technical Education said Friday colleges will continue with online instruction for the spring and summer semest...
May 8, 2020

Rapid City prepares Civic Center for emergency shelter for homeless population
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City officials have finished setting up Rushmore Hall at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as an emergency shelter for the homeless population. The setup will help the city's Cornerstone Rescue Mission and the Hope Center aid any homeless that may contract...
May 8, 2020

Man dies after jumping off I-90 bridge at Exit 37 Friday afternoon
STURGIS, S.D. - Meade County authorities responded to a report of a man who had jumped off an I-90 bridge outside Sturgis Friday. The Meade County Sheriff's office says at approximately 2:20, they were called to the I-90, Exit 37 overpass at Pleasant Valley. Upon arrival, autho...
May 8, 2020

One fatality, three injuries in Pennington County crash Thursday night
SCENIC, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Scenic. Names of those involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members. A 2006 Chevy Impala was traveling westbound on South Dakota Highway 4...
May 8, 2020

Governor Noem to Tribes: Remove All Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today sent letters to Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and President Bear Runner of the Oglala Sioux Tribe demanding that checkpoints be removed from State and US Highways. If the checkpoints are not removed ...
May 8, 2020

Increased testing in Minnehaha County sends positive COVID-19 cases soaring Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health says 1,179 COVID-19 tests were conducted Thursday, resulting in one of the state’s largest increases to date in positive cases. In its Friday report, the department reported 239 new cases. The new cases included one positive te...
May 8, 2020

Supreme Court resumes cases using audio technology
WASHINGTON, DC - The US Supreme Court resumed hearing cases after a break due to the pandemic but made history by having the arguments audio broadcast live. University of South Dakota Law School Dean Neil Fulton says it is a major break in tradition. “Any time the Supreme ...
May 8, 2020

Follow all directions when applying for absentee ballot
RAPID CITY SD --  The Pennington County Auditor's office has a message for voters: read your absentee ballot application and instructions carefully.  Auditor Cindy Mohler is the county's chief election officer.  She says the COVID-19 push for social distancing is ...
May 8, 2020

Scams on the rise across the country
PIERRE, SD - As the pandemic spread across the country, scams tagged along. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says they started getting reports almost as soon as the financial rescue package was passed by Congress. “Obviously a lot of them originate from out of...
May 8, 2020

Growing industrial hemp delayed in South Dakota
PIERRE, SD - Industrial hemp production in South Dakota is getting closer but there are still regulatory hurdles ahead. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm of Platte, a prime sponsor of the legislative bill, says state Ag Secretary Kim Vanneman (who resigned from her position this w...
May 8, 2020

Governor puts off special legislative session
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says that a special legislative session to rework the state’s budget may not be necessary if the federal government allows her to use federal aid that's supposed to be for coronavirus-related expenses to fill in r...
May 8, 2020

State DOT checking portion of Interstate 90 that runs near Blackhawk sinkholes
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation is looking into a section of Interstate to make sure its not being affected by sinkholes that have opened up in Blackhawk. Interstate 90 runs very close to the sinkholes that have exposed a long forgotten gypsum mi...
May 7, 2020

Sturgis teen pleads guilty to fatally shooting Wyoming girl
STURGIS, S.D. - A Sturgis area teenager has admitted that he fatally shot a Wyoming girl during an argument last fall. Michael Gavin Campbell, 17, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree manslaughter for killing Shayna Ritthaler, a 16-year-old from Upton, Wyoming. His name was ...
May 7, 2020

Joyce E. Mammenga
Joyce E. Mammenga, 70, passed away April 28, 2020 at Sturgis Regional Senior Care in Sturgis. Joyce was born on October 12, 1949 in Sibley, IA to Herman and Dorothy (Venenga) Stubbe.  She married Dennis Mammenga on October 26, 1968.  She was preceded in death by her h...
May 7, 2020

State's uptick in testing in Minnehaha County inflates today's positive COVID-19 numbers
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem warned residents to expect an uptick in COVID-19 cases as mass testing got underway for Smithfield employees this week. That uptick was seen in today’s COVID-19 update from the South Dakota Department of Health. Along...
May 7, 2020

John W. McNeary
John W. McNeary was born October 29, 1938, in Aberdeen, SD, to Francis and Gertrude (Frank) McNeary.  John completed his schooling in Aberdeen, graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1956.       John married his first wife, Norma Barker, in 1961, a...
May 7, 2020

North Dakota forms task force to help oil and gas producers
BISMARCK, N.D. - State and industry officials have formed a group intended to help oil and gas producers recover from falling crude prices due to meager demand amid the coronavirus outbreak. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms announced the Bakken restart Task Force on W...
May 7, 2020

2020’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms – WalletHub Study
With Mother’s Day around the corner and the unemployment rate rising faster for women than for men, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms, as well as accompanying videos. In order to help e...
May 7, 2020

Meade County working with residents forced out of their homes due to sinkholes
BLACKHAWK, S.D. - Authorities in Meade County continue working with residents who have been forced out of their homes due to sinkholes that have developed in a Blackhawk neighborhood. Those sinkholes are believed to be caused by an old underground gypsum mine. Expert cavers hav...
May 6, 2020

Meade 46-1 School Board decides on May 17 graduation ceremony at high school parking lot
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board decided last night to keep graduation for Sturgis Brown High School on May 17th at 2:00 p.m. and to stick with an administration plan for a ‘drive-thru’ type ceremony. Some parents and students had proposed an alterna...
May 6, 2020

RC Mayor Steve Allender releases survey on COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. – During his weekly press briefing Wednesday, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says over 12-hundred residents responded to a survey with 33 percent saying they are moderately worried about COVID-19 and almost 7 percent saying they are not worried at all. On...
May 6, 2020

Rush agree to contract extension for Coach Tetrault
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced that the team has agreed to a contract extension with Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, Daniel Tetrault. The extension is for two years with a mutual option ...
May 6, 2020

Oglala Sioux leader charged with driving drunk
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The president of the Oglala Sioux is accused of driving drunk on the tribe's reservation. A criminal complaint charges 34-year-old Julian Bear Runner with driving while intoxicated and also with threatening a man in Manderson last weekend. The charges...
May 6, 2020

Wednesday's COVID-19 Report shows five new deaths in Minnehaha County
PIERRE, S.D. – Minnehaha County recorded another five deaths according to today’s COVID-19 report from the State Department of Health. Minnehaha County has now recorded a total of 24 deaths. The statewide total is now 29. There were 58 new cases of COVID-19 in the s...
May 6, 2020

South Dakota joins 10 other states asking for DOJ investigation into meat packers
PIERRE, S.D. - Attorneys General from 11 Midwestern states are urging the U.S. Justice Department to expedite a federal investigation into suspection national price fixing by meat packers. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says South Dakota is part of the group and s...
May 6, 2020

May is Beef Month in South Dakota
PIERRE, SD- South Dakota is home to nearly 30,000 farms and ranches with nearly 14,000 of these raising beef accounting for 3.9 million head of cattle, outnumbering state residents by over 4 to 1. May Beef Month is the perfect time to highlight these hard-working beef farmers and...
May 6, 2020

87 Million Americans Are Worried About Their Credit Scores Due to the Coronavirus
UNDDATED - About 87 million Americans are worried about their credit scores due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to WalletHub’s nationally representative Coronavirus and Credit Score Survey, released today along with tips to protect your credit score during the crisis. B...
May 6, 2020

Deadwood to begin reopening process Thursday
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Deadwood's Mayor broke a 2-2 tie and voted to begin reopening the northern hills town. Mayor Dave Ruth Jr. says this will allow the economy to get moving again. Beginning Thursday morning, May 7, Deadwood's casinos will be among businesses that will be able to ...
May 6, 2020

SD AG Secretary Kim Vanneman stepping down; Rhoden to take over on interim basis
PIERRE, S.D. — During her Tuesday press briefing, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced she accepted a resignation letter from South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman.  Noem named Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden as the interim secretary.  Rhoden said his ...
May 5, 2020

State Dept of Health reports 3 new COVID-19 cases in Black Hills area and 3 new deaths in Minnehaha County
PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time in nearly a month, Meade County reported a new positive test for COVID-19. The South Dakota Department of Health reported the case today, which is one of 53 other positive tests in the latest update. Along with Meade County’s additi...
May 5, 2020

Pennington County, Rapid City personnel to receive COVID-19 antibody test
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Monument Health lab team will conduct antibody testing for interested Pennington County and Rapid City employees beginning this week. “It's been suggested many of us have already been exposed to COVID-19, but don't know it because we didn&rsquo...
May 5, 2020

Federal government ups spending to reduce surplus foods, shore up markets
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distributi...
May 5, 2020

Tyson warns more meat plant closures coming
SPRINGDALE, ARK. - Tyson warned Monday that it expects more meat plant closures this year and that it will continue producing less meat than usual, as workers refrain from coming to work during the coronavirus pandemic. "We have and expect to continue to face slowdowns and tempo...
May 5, 2020

City delays action on Jackpine Gypsies annexation
STURGIS, S.D. - The Jackpine Gypsies and the City of Sturgis continue discussions over a proposed annexation of the historic club's property, located off Moose Drive, near I-90. Because of the ongoing discussions, a decision on the annexation was tabled for a second time at Mon...
May 4, 2020

Rain worsens sinkhole that evacuated Blackhawk neighborhood
BLACKHAWK, S.D. - Sunday's rain and hail made things worse for residents in a Blackhawk subdivision, where a sinkhole has turned their lives upside down. The hole appeared last week, leading to the evacuation of a dozen homes on East Daisy Street in the Northdale Subdivision. ...
May 4, 2020

Some SBHS parents, students want formal graduation ceremony in May
STURGIS, S.D. - Some parents and students of the Class of 2020 at Sturgis Brown High School are proposing a plan for a formal graduation ceremony later this month. Most graduations have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of parents presented a plan for a for...
May 4, 2020

Meatpackers cautiously reopen plants amid coronavirus fears
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota pork processing plant is taking its first steps toward reopening after a virus outbreak among workers that was one of the worst in the nation. Smithfield Foods shuttered its Sioux Falls plant for over two weeks after more than 800 employ...
May 4, 2020

Oglala Sioux president out of jail after weekend arrest
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota is out of jail after being arrested over the weekend. Julian Bear Runner was booked into jail on Saturday. His name was removed from the jail’s roster by Sunday. Bear Runner confirmed in a ...
May 4, 2020

Thirteen deaths at Sioux Falls senior living facility
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls senior living facility reports 13 people have died after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Argus Leader reports it's unclear if the virus caused the deaths. But the number is up from seven deaths reported by the Good Samaritan...
May 4, 2020

Noem says state budget will take big hit due to COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem says South Dakota's budget is expected to take a big hit from the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. Noem said Monday that South Dakota's general fund revenues for March are down $18.1 million. While not all of that is relat...
May 4, 2020

BHSU is making plans for fall classes on campus
SPEARFISH...Black Hills State University is preparing for on-campus classes for the Fall 2020 semester. The South Dakota Board of Regents announced Friday that plans are being made to resume face-to-face teaching at the six public universities and special schools’ system. ...
May 4, 2020

Plea agreement reportedly reached in case of teen charged in shooting death of Wyoming girl
STURGIS, S.D. – An apparent plea deal has been reached in the case against a 17-year-old who is currently charged with murder. Michael Gavin Campbell, whose named was released last year because he was being charged as an adult, is accused of shooting to death 16-year-old S...
May 4, 2020

Department of Health reports 37 new COVID-19 cases in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 in its Monday report. As of today, there are 817 active cases with a cumulative total of 2,668. There were no new positive tests in the Black Hills area today. The case breakdown was 28...
May 4, 2020

Don Shula, winningest coach in pro football history, dies at 90
MIAMI — Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula has died at his home in South Florida. He was 90. The Miami Dolphins say Shula died Monday morning. He won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history. Shula surpasse...
May 4, 2020

Fall classes to resume on campus at South Dakota univiersities
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Board of Regents has decided that fall classes will be held on campus at the state’s universities. Classes have been online since spring break in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. USD President Sheila Gestring says there still a lot of de...
May 4, 2020

Lightning strike sparks mobile home fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. - At 4:19pm this afternoon the North Haines Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched along with RCFD Engine 7, RCFD Battalion 1, RCFD Medic 7, Rapid Valley VFD, Black Hawk VFD, Box Elder VFD, Piedmont VFD, and Whispering Pines VFD were dispatched to 3950 Elkhorn ...
May 4, 2020

Smithfield Foods processing plant reopens on a limited basis
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A union representing employees at a South Dakota pork processing plant says it will partially reopen Monday after shuttering more than two weeks ago because of a coronavirus outbreak that infected hundreds of employees. The United Food and Commercial Wor...
May 4, 2020

Large hail hits Meade, Pennington County Sunday afternoon
STURGIS, S.D. - Mother Nature brought some severe weather to the Black Hills area Sunday, as hail the size of ping pong balls fell in some areas. In Sturgis, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued as a storm brought hail the size of half dollars. The hail fell for approximatel...
May 3, 2020

Sunday's COVID-19 update - 43 new cases with two positive tests in Black Hills area
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 43 new COVID-19 cases in its Sunday report and there were two new positive tests reported in the Black Hills area. There was one positive test in Pennington County and one positive test in Fall River County. The majority of...
May 3, 2020

Federal home buyout being explored for residents affected by sinkholes
BLACKHAWK, S.D. - Meade County officials along with members of the Northdale Sanitation District (NSD), the governing entity for this subdivision, and the director of the Black Hills Council of Local Governments met with more than 100 residents of the area Friday evening at the B...
May 2, 2020

Department of Health - Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Hermosa Business
PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced Saturday, May 2, that a patron at Corner Pantry Casino in Hermosa has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual patronized the business while able to transmit the virus to others on Friday, April 24. Due to the risk of exp...
May 2, 2020

State reports 63 new COVID-19 cases in Saturday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 63 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Saturday report. Of the 63, there were 34 in Minnehaha County. There were no new cases reported in the Black Hills area. The state cumulative total is now 2,588, howeve...
May 2, 2020

City of Sturgis reports city facilities to begin reopening
STURGIS, S.D. - The City of Sturgis will begin reopening facilities on a limited basis starting Monday, May 4.  Extra cleaning and sanitization protocols will continue to be in effect.  Staff will continue to be required to wear masks and follow CDC guidelines. Social ...
May 1, 2020

President Trump plans to be at Mount Rushmore July 3 for fireworks show
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senator Mike Rounds tweeted Friday that President Donald Trump has indicated he will indeed be in South Dakota over the Fourth of July holiday to see the fireworks show at Mount Rushmore. Rounds today tweeted: "BREAKING NEWS: President Trump will be c...
May 1, 2020

For second day in a row, state reports four COVID-119 related deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – For the second day in a row, South Dakota reported four COVID-19 related deaths in Minnehaha County as the total number of cases increased by 76 in the Friday report. On Thursday, two deaths were listed at 80-years-old or older, while one was 70-79-years-old...
May 1, 2020

Testing, tracing needed to control COVID19 spread in South Dakota
PIERRE, SD- Medical experts say the best way to control the spread of the coronavirus is by expanded testing and tracing contacts of those found positive. South Dakota Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says they have a big team dedicated to tracing those positive ...
May 1, 2020

Governor Noem temporarily extends registration renewals and titling newly acquired vehicles
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Noem signed an Executive Order temporarily extending certain vehicle registration renewals and the time period to register and title newly acquired vehicles. South Dakotans who renew their registrations in the months of March and May will have 60 da...
May 1, 2020

SD Senator Thune wants more federal aid for livestock producers
WASHINGTON, DC - Congress has set aside about sixteen billion dollars for livestock producers to offset prices that crashed due to the coronavirus pandemic and packing plant closures. South Dakota Senator John Thune says Congress may have to come back to that fund. “These...
May 1, 2020

Monument Health updates COVID-19 testing criteria
RAPID CITY, S.D. –  Following updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Monument Health has expanded its list of questions to patients who call the nurse triage line to obtain a COVID-19 test. The general testing recommendation...
May 1, 2020

South Dakota has the 6th Biggest Increase in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus
UNDATED - The U.S. unemployment rate is still on an upward trend, with roughly 30.3 million Americans now having lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that some states have already begun to selectively reopen businesses. Today, WalletHub re...
May 1, 2020

Survey shows hope for recovery even as economic indices drop
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest survey of supply managers in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains shows many have hope for a rebound yet this year, even as the survey's other indices show the coronavirus pandemic has knocked the economy in Middle America for a loop. ...
May 1, 2020

Shortage of blood donors is endangering supplies for patients, care staff
RAPID CITY, SD – One of the most important needs during the COVID-19 pandemic are blood donations. Centers across the country are experiencing severe shortages, including Vitalant of Rapid City (formerly United Blood Services).  Brooke Way is the marketing and communic...
May 1, 2020

Noem hopes Smithfield can reopen soon
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem says she talked with USDA and Smithfield on Thursday about the re-opening of the plant in Sioux Falls. "We're hopeful that soon, within a matter of days, that we could start to see some activities back in that plant that adequately protects th...
April 30, 2020

Bengals release QB Dalton, clear way for Burrow to lead
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the Bengals to a club-record five straight playoff b...
April 30, 2020

Rapid City Police report three more gun thefts from unlocked vehicles
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police report that three more guns have been stolen from unlocked vehicles in the last week. On Wednesday night, a vehicle burglary was reported on the 1700 block of Eglin Street. A handgun kept in the driver's side door was missing. The owner left ...
April 30, 2020

State records four COVID-19 related deaths in Thursday report
PIERRE, S.D. – In the latest COVID-19 report from the Department of Health, the number of cases were up today over yesterday, but the number of active cases dropped for the fourth-straight day. The number of active cases fell nine from Wednesday’s 868. There were 76...
April 30, 2020

Engineers, others continue inspection of sinkholes that have developed in Blackhawk neighborhood
BLACKHAWK, S.D. – Two large sinkholes that developed on E. Daisy Drive in Blackhawk Monday evening have led to more homes being evacuated. Meade County Emergency Management says the holes reveal a possible gypsum mine roughly the size of half a football field. Meade Count...
April 30, 2020

Some of the biggest COVID19 outbreaks have occured in meat packing plants, what went wrong?
PIERRE, SD - The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the U.S. meatpacking industry, but public health experts say the risks posed to workers and the U.S. food supply chain by airborne viral infections were readily apparent and could have been addressed years ago. Ongoing virus out...
April 30, 2020

Authorities identify persons killed in Walworth, Hughes County crashes
PIERRE, S.D. – A four-year-old male from Pierre has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday night east of Pierre. A 2000 Nissan Maxima was northbound on West Bend Road when it left the roadway, went into the east ditch and rolled. Two of the th...
April 30, 2020

Colts sign 2nd kicker as Vinatieri recovers from knee injury
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship is one of 10 undrafted rookies who has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The addition of Blankenship gives Indy two kickers on the roster while the NFL's career scoring leader, Adam Vinatieri, remains a free agent. Genera...
April 30, 2020

Favre: Rodgers 'surprised' by Packers' decision to take Love
GREEN BAY - Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre says Aaron Rodgers was surprised by Green Bay’s decision to draft a quarterback in the first round. Favre said on “The Rich Eisen Show” that he had spoken with Rodgers since the Packers traded up four spots in...
April 30, 2020

Number of euthanized livestock continues to rise due to closed processing plants
LUVERNE, MN – It has been a busy week for rendering plants picking up dead livestock being euthanized because of the pandemic. Dennis Klarenbeek owns D and J Rendering of Luverne, Minnesota. He says on his first stop Wednesday he picked up 4,800 hogs.  “I just p...
April 30, 2020

Packers announce signings of 15 undrafted free agents
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have included Michigan State wideout Darrell Stewart among their 15 undrafted free-agent signings. The Packers didn't select any wide receivers in one of the bigger surprises of last week's NFL draft. Davante Adams is the onl...
April 30, 2020

MLB teams offer ticket refunds, credit for games not played
UNDATED - Several Major League Baseball teams have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak. The Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox are offering a bonus credit to fans who want to apply what they've alrea...
April 30, 2020

Economists predict Montana will lose over 50K jobs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana economy is expected to suffer an average job loss of about 7% or 51,000 jobs and could take years to recover from a decline caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a preliminary economic analysis said. The Bureau of Business and Economic Resear...
April 30, 2020

Rushmore Mall in Rapid City to reopen Friday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rushmore Mall in Rapid City plans to reopen on Friday, May 1. Mall Manager Sandy Brockhouse says "we're going to take every precaution necessary and be very proactive in getting everything ready." The mall has been closed for more than a month in response...
April 30, 2020

Processing plants euthanizing pigs
WORTHINGTON, MN - The big JBS pork processing plant in Worthington was partially re-opened, but for a terrible purpose. Minnesota Agriculture Secretary Thom Peterson says the plant is euthanizing pigs that have been backing up at farms and feedlots because of plant closures...
April 30, 2020

Ranch Group's Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Petition Gains 250K Signatures in 7 Days
BILLINGS, Mont. - Launched Thursday morning by R-CALF USA and several of its rancher-members, the petition urging the President and Congress to immediately pass Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (MCOOL) for beef, pork and dairy products has gained 250K signatures in just 7 day...
April 29, 2020

Ordinance restricting businesses in Spearfish to expire Thursday
SPEARFISH, SD – The business closures ordered by the emergency ordinance, enacted by the Spearfish City Council to slow the community spread of COVID-19, will expire at 11:59 p.m. April 29. Businesses can choose to open and operate April 30 and are encouraged to follow Go...
April 29, 2020

Prescribed burn conducted at Mount Rushmore
KEYSTONE, S.D. – Mount Rushmore National Memorial implemented a prescribed burn on Wednesday, April 29 to reduce accumulated fuels in support of the park’s fire management plan. The burn was ignited within developed areas of the Memorial and covered approximately 26...
April 29, 2020

Rapid City Area Schools planning graduation ceremonies amid COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Area School District has yet to confirm a virtual graduation date, but are hoping to be able to hold an in person ceremony in July. Dr. Lori Simon, Superintendent of RCAS says an in person graduation ceremony is tentatively planned for Rapid Cit...
April 29, 2020

Rescue crews help man stuck on Ham radio tower
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rescue crews came to the aid of a man stuck on a Ham radio tower on Big Piney Road. The man was stuck about 20-feet above ground and the Sheriff’s office says his arm was pinned under a retractable part of the tower. A high angle rescue was preformed an...
April 29, 2020

Authorities arrest suspects believed to be involved in Corner Pantry hold up
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington  County Sheriff’s office says three suspects involved in a Rapid Valley armed robbery on Tuesday morning were arrested in less than 24 hours of the crime. Two 15-year-old males and a 17-year-old male are in custody with charges r...
April 29, 2020

State Health Department reports two new COVID-19 related deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported two new COVID-19 related deaths in its Wednesday report, bringing the overall death count in South Dakota to 13. The two deaths were in Minnehaha County and in people over 80-years old. The South Dakota Department of Health ...
April 29, 2020

Record enrollment reported in farm safety net programs
WASHINGTON, DC - Producers signed a record 1.77 million contracts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2019 crop year, which is more than 107 percent of the total contracts signed compared with a 5...
April 29, 2020

All systems go for USMCA to take effect July 1
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that Canada and Mexico have taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the United States--Mexico--Canada Agreement (USMCA), and that the Agreement will enter into force on July 1.F...
April 29, 2020

Petition for mandatory labeling of meat gathering signatures
BILLINGS, MT - R-CALF USA along with some of its members launched a petition urging the President and Congress to immediately pass Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (MCOOL) for beef, pork and dairy products to strengthen national food security and help stimulate economic growt...
April 29, 2020

Gas prices in South Dakota to end April down almost a nickel
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.62/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 29.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 114.8 cents per gallon lower t...
April 29, 2020

Betting sees 20-percent decline in Deadwood as pandemic hit
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Bets at Deadwood casinos were down 20 percent in March compared to the same time last year.  The new numbers show Deadwood casinos handled about $69 million last month. That’s about $17 million less than the casinos handled th...
April 29, 2020

National Park Service okays Mount Rushmore fireworks
WASHINGTON - The National Park Service has made it official - the fireworks at Mount Rushmore National Memorial have been approved. The National Park Service on Tuesday announced the return of the Fourth of July celebration fireworks after an 11 year hiatus due to fire, environm...
April 29, 2020

Governor introduces Back to Normal plan
PIERRE, S.D. - Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced her plan to help South Dakotans get “Back to Normal” as they continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the path so many South Dakotans were on. Some of us lost friend...
April 28, 2020

Trump signs order keeping meat processing plants open
WASHINGTON — President Trump has used the Defense Production Act to ensure a reliable supply of products like beef, pork, and poultry. Trump signed an Executive Order providing authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure meat and poultry processors continue op...
April 28, 2020

Engineers on site investigating two Blackhawk area sinkholes
BLACKHAWK, S.D. – Engineers have been on scene trying to determine what caused two large sinkholes to open up in a Blackhawk neighborhood Monday night. The two sinkholes led to the evacuation of several homes. Law enforcement were initially dispatched to the Hideaway Hill...
April 28, 2020

Health Department reports 68 new COVID-19 cases; Stanley County sees uptick
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 68 news cases of COVID-19 in its Tuesday report and no new deaths. Minnehaha saw the most cases with 59, although Stanley County saw an additional four cases, sending their total to 6. Buffalo County on the Crow...
April 28, 2020

Pennington County Sheriff's Office investigating early morning armed robbery
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that took place in Rapid Valley early this morning. According to authorities, three masked males entered the Corner Pantry just before 5:00 a.m. Tuesday. One suspect was holdi...
April 28, 2020

School districts expect loss of learning during school closures
PIERRE, SD - Millions of American schoolchildren, including tens of thousands in South Dakota, are suffering a loss of learning and reduced exposure to instructional rigor now that schools across the country have closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the best efforts ...
April 28, 2020

Frustration, stress over lack of guidelines for Paycheck Protection Plan
YANKTON, SD - Congress last week added another two hundred fifty billion dollars to the Paycheck Protection Plan for businesses. The Small Business Administration opened applications again yesterday (Monday) at 10:30. That website crashed about ten minutes later, but was restored...
April 28, 2020

Unemployment filing for independent contractors, self employed now open
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota unemployment system has seen a rush as people filed for benefits following layoffs and furloughs connected to the coronavirus pandemic. State Labor & Regulation Department Secretary Marcia Hultman says they are making adjustments as they go incl...
April 28, 2020

Vikings agree to terms on contracts with 12 college free agents
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on contracts with 12 college free agents. That's after the record haul of 15 draft picks they made over the weekend. Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis was one of the priorities, as one of the top-rated u...
April 28, 2020

Harding County Sheriff reports off road A.T.V. damage incidents
BUFFALO, S.D. - The Harding County Sheriff's Office is looking into who is responsible for taking their A.T.V.'s off designated trails and causing damage. On Monday, Harding County Sheriff Wyatt Sabo took to Facebook sharing that last week, the department investigated two separa...
April 28, 2020

Mountain Lion hunting season in Black Hills closes April 30
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The 2020 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season ends on April 30 for the Black Hills Fire Protection District. The South Daktoa Game Fish and Parks Department reports to date, a total of 51 lions, (24 males and 27 females) have been harvested. Broken down ...
April 28, 2020

Two sinkholes open up in Black Hawk, evacuating homes
BLACK HAWK, S.D. -Several homes were evacuated Monday night after two sinkholes opened up in the Black Hawk area. Authorities from Meade and Pennington County were called to East Daisy street Monday evening after a report of a sinkhole was received. Upon arriving on scene, offi...
April 27, 2020

RC Council approves resolution allowing soft reopening of businesses
RAPID CITY, S.D. -In a special session Monday night, the Rapid City Council voted 7-2 to allow certain businesses to begin the process of reopening with stipulations. The council in late March passed an emergency ordinance in response to the growing concern of COVID-19. The ordi...
April 27, 2020

Noem to release back-to-normal plan for the state Tuesday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will release what she called a back-to-normal plan for the state on Tuesday, while cautioning that as more people resume activities the coronavirus will continue to spread. Citing the fact that just 61 people are ...
April 27, 2020

Department of Health reports 33 new cases of COVID-19 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 33 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Monday report. The new cases were mostly in eastern South Dakota, with the exception of an additional case in Stanley County. There were no new positive tests reported i...
April 27, 2020

A 15-year-old and 4-year-old killed in weekend separate crashes
SELBY, S.D. – A 15-year-old female died Sunday afternoon in an ATV crash southeast of Selby. The name of the deceased has not yet been released pending notification of family members. She was the only person involved. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 2017 Polaris Ra...
April 27, 2020

Union reps, workers speak out about COVID-19 outbreak at Smithfield processing plant
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The national president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union that represents Smithfield workers in Sioux Falls is critical of Gov. Kristi Noem's comments about how the workforce got the coronavirus. The Governor said 99 percent of the virus sp...
April 27, 2020

State DOT expecting huge budget shortfalls
PIERRE, SD - More of the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are becoming clear. South Dakota Transportation Department Secretary Darin Bergquist says miles driven in the state have fallen sharply in the past six weeks. “We really started to see a fall off of tra...
April 27, 2020

State Department of Health reports 65 new COVID-19 cases, additional death in Sunday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 65 new cases in its daily COVID-19 report – the lowest number of cases in a 24-hour period in over a week. There was also a new death reported – raising the state’s death toll to 11 COVID-19 related fatalit...
April 26, 2020

Saturday's COVID-19 Update - 107 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 107 new cases of COVID-19 in its Saturday report 89 of those were in hard hit Minnehaha County. All cases were in eastern South Dakota. The cumulative total for South Dakota is now 2,147. According to the stat...
April 25, 2020

South Dakota Senate leaders accused of being drunk apologize
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Two Republican leaders of the South Dakota Senate accused of being drunk on the final day of the 2020 legislative session have apologized for their behavior. Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer of Dell Rapids and Senate Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield of C...
April 24, 2020

Sturgis man sentenced to prison on child pornography related charges
PIERRE, S.D. - A Sturgis man that was convicted of Attempted Possession of Child Pornography has been sentenced to 3 years in federal prison. Sean Gertsch, 28, was also ordered to serve 5 years of supervised release, and pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims...
April 24, 2020

Noem extends order for vulnerable people
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem says she will extend an executive order for two more weeks telling people in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties to stay home if they are vulnerable to COVID-19. The order only applies to people the two counties who are over 65 or who h...
April 24, 2020

South Dakota continues malaria drug trial despite FDA alert
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials said Friday that they will continue to make a malaria drug widely available to treat COVID-19, even as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against its use outside of hospital and research settings. In an alert...
April 24, 2020

Friday's COVID-19 Update - 84 new cases, one new death
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health reported 84 new cases of COVID-19 in its Friday report. Another death was also reported, sending the state’s death toll to 10. The latest death was a resident of Jerauld County. The cumulative total for the state is now ...
April 24, 2020

Rounds - SBA Modifies Rules to Allow All Gaming Facilities to be Eligible for Small Business Relief Program
PIERRE -  South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says he’s pleased the Small Business Administration changed course on helping the state’s gaming facilities. In a statement Friday, the Republican Senator said the SBA announced that gaming facilities with 500 or fewer ...
April 24, 2020

Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society announces event cancellation
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society has announced the cancellation of the 5th Annual History Days, which was to be held June 19-20, 2020, at Sturgis City Auditorium. This cancellation includes all elements of the event, including the parade. “We...
April 24, 2020

SD Farmers Union president praises decision to increase SNAP benefits during COVID-19
HURON, SD - US Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that emergency benefit increases have reached $2 Billion per month for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That’s a 40 percent increase in overall monthly SNAP benefits increasing the food purchasing power...
April 24, 2020

NFL Draft Round 1 - Burrow goes to Bengals
UNDATED (AP) — Joe Burrow’s the one. The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the LSU quarterback with the first selection in the NFL draft. It’s the third straight year in which the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken first overall in the draft. Burrow just led...
April 24, 2020

Witnesses to testify at inquiry into alleged behavior of two state senators
PIERRE, SD - A special Senate Investigative Committee will continue its inquiry into the behavior of two state Senators during the last day of the South Dakota legislative session this year. Senator Phil Jensen of Rapid City filed a complaint that Senate Majority Leader Kris Lan...
April 24, 2020

$5,000 reward for information in Rapid City pawn shop burglaries
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward today of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of t...
April 23, 2020

Spearfish businesses closed under previous measures may reopen April 30, following certain directives
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Following in the footsteps of a decision by Rapid City, the city of Spearfish is planning on relaxing its ordinance that closes some businesses and puts restrictions on others. Spearfish city leaders say businesses previously closed under an emergency ordinance...
April 23, 2020

City of Sturgis prepares set of protocols as they discuss the fate of 2020 Rally
STURGIS, S.D. - Planners will use the next two months going through a list of protocols in determining whether or not the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a go for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sturgis City Council released a set of protocols this week that ...
April 23, 2020

Governor critical of Congress on use of COVID-19 relief money
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem is highly critical of Congress for, so far, refusing to allow states to use COVID-19 relief money to cover revenue losses. "They don't want me to replace revenue loss. What they want me to do is go out and create a bunch of new government prog...
April 23, 2020

Great Black Hills Duck Race cancelled due to COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Monument Health Foundation has decided to cancel the 2020 Great Black Hills Duck Race for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines and estimates on when the disease could peak in South Dakota led to t...
April 23, 2020

Wyoming governor meets protestors on Capitol building steps
CHEYENNE, WY – Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon told protesters in Cheyenne he doesn't know when the state will get back to normal but he’s talking with state officials about how to reopen businesses. Gordon came out of the Capitol to engage with the protesters Monday on the...
April 23, 2020

C.D.C. report on Smithfield released
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — In a report released today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on Smithfield Foods to make significant changes at its Sioux Falls pork processing plant. The plant has been shut down for more than a week because of a COVID-19...
April 23, 2020

Dept of Health reports 98 new positive tests in Thursday's COVID-19 update
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 98 new positive tests for COVID-19 in the Thursday report issued by the State Department of Health. All cases were reported in eastern South Dakota. Minnehaha County saw the most cases with 81. Additional cases were reported in Brown, Jerauld, McC...
April 23, 2020

North Dakota reports 15 deaths due to COVID 19
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Health officials say number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Dakota now exceeds 700. The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday also reported one new death, a woman in her 80s from Cass County with underlying medical conditions. That brings...
April 23, 2020

Blair Brothers Angus Ranch to Receive South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award
PIERRE, SD – Today, in conjunction with Earth Day, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Blair Brothers Angus has been selected for the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award®. Given in honor of renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold, this award recognizes private lando...
April 23, 2020

SDHSAA approves first reading of girls' wrestling plan
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors this week approved first reading of allowing sanctioned girls' wrestling. The board on Tuesday agreed to follow a pattern established in Missouri that provides four weight classes for girls' wr...
April 23, 2020

Noem says more testing supplies needed to identify hot spots
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is requesting more coronavirus testing supplies from the federal government as the state tries to navigate the partial opening of businesses. Governors have called on President Donald Trump to help them scale up t...
April 22, 2020

Rural Meade Ambulance will end service after 25 years
ENNING, SD – It’s not about the money. Not for the 500 or so families living within a 1,200 square mile area in eastern and northeastern Meade County where as of April 30, will no longer be able to call the Rural Meade Ambulance Service to respond to a medical emerge...
April 22, 2020

Rapid City mayor proposes modifications to COVID-19 ordinance
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender on Wendesday proposed a modification to the City ordinance that puts restrictions on certain establishments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance closes some businesses like theaters and casinos and puts restrictions...
April 22, 2020

Rural Meade Ambulance will end service after 25 years
ENNING, SD – It’s not about the money. Not for the 500 or so families living within a 1,200 square mile area in eastern and northeastern Meade County where as of April 30, will no longer be able to call the Rural Meade Ambulance Service to respond to a medical emerge...
April 22, 2020

Wednesday's COVID-19 report - one death, 104 new positive tests
PIERRE, S.D. - The death toll, positive COVID-19 cases and recoveries all increased on Wednesday, according to the latest numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health. The Department reported Wednesday 104 new positive results, bringing South Dakota to a cumulative total o...
April 22, 2020

USDA divides COVID19 aid among commodities leaving cattle industry short
DENVER, COLO. - A study  commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and conducted by Oklahoma State University,  says as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, cattle losses could reach $ 13.6 billion as of early April 2020. NCBA Policy Division ...
April 22, 2020

Governor Noem and GOED Announce Small Business Relief Fund Loans
PIERRE, S.D. - Today, Governor Kristi Noem and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced the first 94 loan recipients of Governor Noem’s Small Business Relief Fund. This fund provides small businesses in South Dakota access to capital to help...
April 22, 2020

SDHSSA board discusses several sports issues Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors discussed several issues at their Tuesday meeting. The board continued discussion of wittling down the current seven-class system in high school football down to five. The board is still in fa...
April 22, 2020

South Dakota receives federal COVID19 money, questions definition of how it can be spent
PIERRE, SD - The Executive Board of the South Dakota legislature got an update on federal funding coming to the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Jim Bolin of Canton says Auditor General Marty Guindon told them the first half of the federal money is in the bank. &l...
April 22, 2020

Statewide Let It Shine event planned
WATERTOWN, SD - An event to honor the work of those on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 is being planned all across South Dakota.  Between 9:30pm and 10:00pm on Friday May 1st, South Dakota residents are being encouraged to go outside and “Let It Shine.&r...
April 22, 2020

Police in Rapid City arrest three people in connection with pawn shop thefts
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police arrested three people Tuesday possibly involved in the theft of nearly a dozen guns at a Rapid City pawn shop Sunday and Monday. Arrested and charged with possession of stolen property are 18-year-old Aloysuis Brave Hawk, 19-year-old Bi...
April 21, 2020

Ex-AG fails to stop probe into senators drinking on last day
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Former South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has failed to stop an investigation into whether Republican leaders of the state Senate were drinking at the Capitol during the final day of the 2020 Legislature. Jackley is representing Senate Majorit...
April 21, 2020

Uncertainty around retail meat supplies leads to online marketing between consumers, producers
STURGIS, SD – There is a lot said about buying local.  Now, more than ever before it’s critical for families, friends and individuals to be able to source ways to keep food on the table. So when segments of the food processing industry are being hard hit with CO...
April 21, 2020

City of Sturgis cancels its spring city wide clean up event
STURGIS, S.D. - The city of Sturgis says they are cancelling their spring clean up. In a release, the city stated "In consideration of the current CDC mandate for 6' social distancing, along with the inability to disinfect an abundance of surfaces that would require close contac...
April 21, 2020

Single-Engine Air Tanker to be Pre-Positioned in Rapid City
CUSTER, S.D. -  Fire officials on the Black Hills National Forest have placed an order for a Single-Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) to be pre-positioned at the air tanker base located next to Rapid City Regional Airport. “We typically do not pre-position SEATs at the tanker ...
April 21, 2020

Tuesday's COVID-19 Update - one death, 70 more positive cases
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 70 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Tuesday report – with 64 of them coming out of Minnehaha County. An additional COVID-19 related death was reported today as well. However, the state’s hardes...
April 21, 2020

ProRodeo Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Renowned bareback horse Grated Coconut of Calgary Stampede’s Grated Coconut headlines an award-winning, eight-member class of inductees that will be enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Aug. 1. Grated Coconut, who won ...
April 21, 2020

Chargers announce new uniforms for 2020 season
COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers are going back to their past as they prepare to move into their new home at SoFi Stadium. The Chargers unveiled their new uniforms Tuesday, which include numbers on the helmet and gold pants. The Chargers had numbers on their ...
April 21, 2020

COVID-19 hasn't significantly hurt construction jobs in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new report from the national Associated General Contractors group show job losses in many states due to the coronavirus--but not South Dakota so far. Between February and March, South Dakota gained 100 construction jobs to 24,500, and an increase of 0.4 per...
April 21, 2020

FBI offering reward for information into unsolved murder
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. - The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to try to solve a March 2019 double murder that happened in Eagle Butte. The FBI is offering a $5,000 being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murders of Delmas Traversie Jr., and C...
April 21, 2020

RC Council extends emergency ordinance in response to COVID-19 additional week
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Council voted to keep their emergency ordinance to keep some businesses closed in effect for another week. On Monday night, the council voted seven-to-two to extend the ordinance for one week. Previous extensions have been for two weeks. ...
April 21, 2020

Cash trade mandate supported by ag organizations
RAPID CITY, SD - The South Dakota Stockgrowers are supporting a recent grass-roots push to increase the amount of negotiated cash trade withing the fed cattle markets.   Specifically, the push is to require each meat packing plant that is large enough to need to participat...
April 21, 2020

Sprinkler systems aids in dousing fire at Rapid City elementary school
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department was called to General Beadle Elementary Monday for an automatic fire alarm. As the crew from Truck 1 was arriving on scene, Pennington County 9-1-1 dispatch advised that a caller was reporting an active fire in the kitchen....
April 20, 2020

Noem establishes panel to study reopening the state
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem has appointed a panel of medical experts to recommend a "South Dakota-specific" plan for re-opening the state. During her daily press briefing Monday, Noem says the Medical Review Committee will look at the national re-opening plan recently an...
April 20, 2020

Burglars hit Rapid City pawn shop for second time in as many days
RAPID CITY SD - The Rapid City Police Department says a string of thefts yesterday and today have resulted in an additional fourteen firearms being stolen in the Rapid City area. Police Spokesman Brendyn Medina says the most alarming thefts happened early Sunday and again early ...
April 20, 2020

State reports 50 new COVID-19 cases in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 in its Monday report – one of those cases was in Pennington County. The new case in Pennington gives the county 11 cumulative cases with 7 people recovered. The rest of the cases were in...
April 20, 2020

Sanford begins plasma therapy on COVID-19 patient
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health says a critically ill patient has received a transfusion of plasma from a recovered coronavirus patient, the first use of the therapy by the health care provider. Sanford’s treatment is part of a national clinical trial to test the...
April 20, 2020

South Dakota gas prices see 3.6 cent drop over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.66/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 38.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 105.6 cents per gallon lower t...
April 20, 2020

Wallethub says South Dakota 10th best place to work from home
UNDATED - With COVID-19 turning home into the workplace nationwide, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the Best States for Working from Home, as well as accompanying videos, in order to highlight which areas are thriving and which are struggling i...
April 20, 2020

RC Police arrest one, searching for two others in robbery spree
RAPID CITY SD - Rapid City Police made one arrest and are asking for the public's help to catch at least two other suspects, after a string of business robberies in Rapid City early Sunday. Police say that 21-year-old Garrett Keegan of Rapid City was found still inside Al's D an...
April 20, 2020

RCPD asks for public’s help to identify ‘smash and grab’ burglary suspects
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Police Department continues to investigate a total of five business break-ins taking place throughout the early morning hours of April 19th. Police are turning to the public’s help for identifying the suspects responsible for a burglary/the...
April 19, 2020

Sunday's COVID-19 Case Update - 93 additional cases; 86 of them in Minnehaha County
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 93 new COVID-19 cases in its Sunday report – the bulk of them in Minnehaha County. The state has now 1,635 cumulative cases with 646 people who have recovered from the virus. Cases in Minnehaha County inc...
April 19, 2020

Some residents could receive extra SNAP benefits
PIERRE – South Dakotans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits could receive extra help to purchase food, the Department of Social Services announced today.  “SNAP provides important nutritional assistance benefits to children and ...
April 18, 2020

Suspect shot in Whitewood last week charged
WHITEWOOD, S.D. – The suspect who was shot by a Whitewood police officer last Friday has been identified as 40-year-old Jaris Roy Kroetch of Rapid City. The incident occurred at the Sonset gas station in Whitewood when police were called there for a report of an individual...
April 18, 2020

Saturday COVID-19 Update - 131 new cases in eastern South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – An additional 131 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, and the Department of Health says of those cases, 119 of them were in Minnehaha County. The state’s cumulative total is now 1,542. South Dakota’s most populous county remains...
April 18, 2020

Shooting suspect arrested for Attempted Murder in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a shooting incident as an attempted murder. At around 8:40 a.m. on April 17th, police were dispatched to the area of Halley Avenue and Van Buren Street for a report ...
April 17, 2020

Governor Noem Announces National Guard Site Locations to Fight COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the South Dakota National Guard had selected locations in Sioux Falls and Rapid City to assist in the COVID-19 response. “South Dakota is ready to respond to the future peak of COVID-19 cases,” Noem...
April 17, 2020

Friday COVID-19 Update - 101 new cases; Health Dept adds county by county negative test numbers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health updated the latest COVID-19 numbers today, and for the first time on their website, have added a county-by-county list of negative tests for the virus. The new information gives an insight as to how many tests each count...
April 17, 2020

Monument Health participating in COVID-19 plasma research
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Monument Health is participating with Mayo Clinic and other health care systems in a research project to determine if blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients could be an effective treatment for hospital patients with severe infections. Plasma is the liqu...
April 17, 2020

Sanford Lab goes digital to reach students, teachers, communities
LEAD, SD -  - Typically, spring is a busy time for the Sanford Lab for hosting field trips, but with social distancing and schools closed, it's looking very different this year. Deb Wolf, director of Education and Outreach at the Sanford Lab, said they are adapting their wo...
April 17, 2020

School board approves carrying guns in rural Wyoming schools
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A school district in northeastern Wyoming has approved allowing trained employees to carry concealed firearms at six rural schools. The employees would need to complete 56 hours of approved training before carrying guns at the Conestoga, Rawhide, Rozet, 4J,...
April 17, 2020

Health officials plead with ranchers to limit controlled burns
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas ranchers eager to prepare their land for cattle grazing have mostly brushed off the plea from state health officials to voluntarily cut back this spring’s prairie burning so as to reduce air pollution during the coronavirus pandemic. ...
April 17, 2020

Need for food skyrocketing in South Dakota
PIERRE, SD - Demand for food assistance among needy South Dakota residents has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and donations of food and the volunteers needed to help distribute it are becoming harder to find. So far, the food collection and delivery systems in South D...
April 17, 2020

Be The Light held at stadiums across the area
STURGIS, S.D. - Area communities honored first responders, healthcare workers and the class of 2020 last night as they turned on stadium lights for 20 minutes at 8:20. It was called Be The Light. In Sturgis, a nearly full parking lot at Woodle Field watched from the vehicles as...
April 17, 2020

Monument Health to offer COVID-19 antibody testing
RAPID CITY, S.D. - On Monday, Monument Health will launch a new type of COVID-19 test that allows anyone to find out if they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. It’s a blood test that identifies antibodies associated with the virus. Called the SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody ...
April 16, 2020

Governor says South Dakota has several weeks before reopening South Dakota's economy
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem says it's not yet time to start reopening South Dakota's economy. "I don't see us changing our behaviors in South Dakota for several weeks yet. I've had people asking me if I'm going to relax our mitigation measures and I'm not planning to do ...
April 16, 2020

Sioux Falls nursing home confirms COVID-19 cases
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls nursing home has confirmed eight cases of COVID-19 among residents and employees. The Good Samaritan Village on Thursday said that five residents and two employees at its skilled nursing facility have tested positive for COVID-19 along with one ...
April 16, 2020

Flags lowered for Rep. Glanzer who died of the coronavirus
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. Bob Glanzer who died earlier this month from coronavirus complications. The order was in effect Thursday until sundown on Monday, the day of his funeral. Noem called Glanzer a man ...
April 16, 2020

Pennington County reports one new case in latest COVID-19 Update
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Minnehaha County recorded an another 131 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Thursday report issued by the South  Dakota Department of Health – bringing the total now in that county to 1,065 – that is more than three-fourths of the statewi...
April 16, 2020

More Smithfield Foods plants close, COVID-19 infections on the rise
RICHLANDTOWN, PENN.  - Smithfield Foods Inc. announced it will close two more pork-processing plants because of the coronavirus pandemic, reducing meat supplies for grocery stores and deepening challenges for the nation’s pork producers. The top U.S. pork processor sa...
April 16, 2020

New data suggests need for fewer hospital beds, ventilators
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says data is showing that South Dakotans are bending the curve with mitigation efforts currently in place in the fight against COVID-19. Noem said during her Wednesday press briefing that the peak in Sioux Falls will more than lik...
April 16, 2020

Nine Abbott Laboratories machines will aid state in faster COVID-19 test processing
PIERRE, S.D. - During her Wednesday afternoon press briefing on COVID-19, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Health Secretary Kim Malsom-Rysdon announced the state has received nine machines from Abbott Laboratories that will speed coronavirus test processing. Noem says the ...
April 15, 2020

Sturgis Council passes resolution adding strength in making sure businesses follow C.D.C. guidelines
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis City Council on Wednesday night passed a resolution that addresses certain measures deemed necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the resolution continues to encourage businesses to follow Centers for Diseas...
April 15, 2020

Rapid City Police seeing more firearm thefts from unlocked vehicles
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police continue to struggle with an ongoing problem – people leaving guns in their vehicles. Police say they are investigating yet another rash of firearm thefts from unlocked vehicles. The latest burglary happened sometime Monday night...
April 15, 2020

State Health Dept reports 180 new COVID-19 cases in eastern South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 180 new positive cases of COVID-19 in its Wednesday report – all of them in eastern South Dakota. Of those 180, 166 of them are in Minnehaha County and 80 of them are tied to the Smithfield Food Plant. So...
April 15, 2020

John Elway free to focus on O-line, receivers in NFL draft
DENVER, Colo. - Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is set to address his team's biggest needs in the NFL draft after plugging his biggest holes during a busy offseason. Elway acquired cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey in trades and also signed off...
April 15, 2020

Packers may change usual approach by targeting offense early
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers haven't used a first-round pick on an offensive player since taking Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod in 2011. They might try to give quarterback Aaron Rodgers some more weapons with the 30th overall selection. This also could be the yea...
April 15, 2020

With pair of 1st-round picks, Vikings face pressing CB need
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings have not entered the NFL draft with this many immediate needs on defense since the arrival of coach Mike Zimmer in 2014. The list starts at cornerback. Their top three players at that position last season, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes ...
April 15, 2020

Joe Rainboth named Admissions Director at BHSU
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Joe Rainboth has been selected as the Director of Admissions at Black Hills State University. Rainboth, who currently is working for the South Dakota Department of Education, has more than 10 years of professional experience in university admissions, enrollment...
April 15, 2020

Meade County Commission approves formation of rural ambulance district
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission at their meeting this week approved the formation of a rural ambulance tax district to serve the residents currently served by the city of Sturgis Ambulance. It's the next step in the process, following the successful election last mon...
April 15, 2020

Man charged with murder in connection with death of infant makes court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder for allegedly causing the death of an infant in March. James Cunningham, 26, a senior airman assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, was indicted and charged with second-degree murder. He initia...
April 14, 2020

Spearfish City Council extends COVID-19 ordinance governing businesses
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The city of Spearfish has extended its measures currently in place that limit certain in person/onsite businesses in an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19. The ordinance originally implemented measures from April 1-15, but the Spearfish Council thi...
April 14, 2020

Minnehaha, Lincoln Counties make up all but one of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. – The state department of health reported 120 new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota in their Tuesday update, with all but one in the greater Sioux Falls metro area. Health officials said 114 of the cases were in Minnehaha County and five cases were in neighboring...
April 14, 2020

Employers who let employees go finding it hard to qualify for CARES Act relief to bring staff back to work
PIERRE, SD - Businesses hit by the pandemic have several loan and grant programs available. And banks across the country are the conduits for federal dollars to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus disruption. Steve Westra, Commissioner of the South Dakota Governor...
April 14, 2020

Greater Sturgis Lifecare Foundation donates to Monument Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Medical Response Fund
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Monument Health’s caregivers will have better access to vital medical equipment as they fight COVID-19 thanks to a generous donation from the Greater Sturgis Lifecare Foundation. The $5,000 donation was given to Monument Health Foundation’s COVID-1...
April 14, 2020

Two South Dakota Army National Guard units deploying to Africa
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Two South Dakota Army National Guard units have received a mobilization order for an eight-month deployment to Africa. More than 190 soldiers with the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and nearly 40 Soldiers with the 115th Signal Company will deploy t...
April 14, 2020

April 17 marks Month of the Military Child
RAPID CITY, S.D. – April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor military youth in communities who have been impacted by deployments, as well as the unique opportunities and challenges that all military children face. The South D...
April 14, 2020

XFL files for bankruptcy, cites COVID-19 crisis
UNDATED — The XFL has filed for bankruptcy, likely spelling the end of the second iteration of the league. The filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware estimates the organization has between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities. Former coach...
April 14, 2020

Panthers make McCaffrey highest-paid running back
UNDATED — The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running in the NFL. A person familiar with the contract negotiations tells The Associated Press the team agreed to a four-year, $64 million cont...
April 14, 2020

Get ready to Be The Light on Thursday
STURGIS, S.D. - An event to honor our brave health care workers and the class of 2020 is being planned for this Thursday night. Below, find the post on the Scooper State Facebook: The Sturgis Scoopers will be joining with other Black Hills Conference communities in the “Be...
April 14, 2020

Secretary of State prepares for June primary unlike any other
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Secretary of State, Steve Barnett, is preparing for a June primary election like no other in state history. The COVID-19 crisis is so fluid from day to day that there is no way to predict how the situation will be on June 2. A worst, worst-case scenar...
April 14, 2020

Woman leads police on chase in stolen car
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City say they arrested a 37-year-old woman, after a dangerous high-speed chase through town in pursuit of a stolen vehicle Monday morning. Police got the report of a stolen vehicle sighted on Atlas Street just before 8AM, and found a woman asl...
April 13, 2020

Police in Rapid City investigating unattended death
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City police are investigating the unattended death of a female. Police were called to an area near the intersection of Spruce Street and E. Philadelphia Street for a report of an unconscious person around 7:10 a.m. on Monday, April 13. When police...
April 13, 2020

Sanford Health leading the way as Governor announces use of antimalarial drug to fight COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says they are going on the offense when it comes to fighting the novel coronavirus. At Sanford Health in Sioux Falls Monday, the governor reported that South Dakota would begin clinical trials using Hydroxycholoroquine ...
April 13, 2020

South Dakota reports 138 new positive tests for COVID-19 - 127 in Minnehaha County
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota’s Department of Health announced Monday’s COVID-19 test results which showed another record number of positive cases. There are now a total of 868 positive cases, up by 138 from Sunday’s 730. The Department says there are 655 ac...
April 13, 2020

South Dakota gas prices drop 8 cents to begin week of April 13
RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 8.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.72/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 46.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 97.2 cents per gallon...
April 13, 2020

maurices Donates to Monument Health to Support Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines in the Fight Against COVID‐19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - maurices, a women’s apparel brand with 900+ stores across the U.S. and Canada, announced today that it is donating $250,000 to multiple rural community hospitals to support healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID‐19 pandemic. As part of this d...
April 13, 2020

U.S. pork industry asks USDA to intervene in crisis
DES MOINES, IOWA - U.S. pork producers are under extreme financial duress and the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the situation, NPPC explained in a letter to Congress last week."The financial situation of U.S. hog farmers is perilous, and their livelihoods are at stake....If th...
April 13, 2020

Investigation of market collusion expanded to include current price disparities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Extreme volatility in livestock markets is raising red flags across the country, leading the American Farm Bureau to urge the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to leave no stone un...
April 13, 2020

USMCA likely to take effect on July 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Canada and Mexico have completed their internal requirements for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement to go into effect, and the deal could enter into force on July 1 if the United States sends its notification this month.It's expected that the U.S. w...
April 13, 2020

SDSU student using 3D printers to make masks for community
BROOKINGS, SD - The arrival of a 3D printer could not have come at a better time for Luke Thompson. A South Dakota State University sophomore from Milford, Iowa, majoring in mechanical engineering, Thompson had ordered a 3D printer and was looking for a project to see what the pr...
April 13, 2020

The buck stops: Cowboys hanging on until rodeos start again
UNDATED - With rodeo events from Florida to Canada to Texas on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, cowboys are trying to hang on as best they can until they climb back into the saddle. They are dealing with the downtime in different ways. Reigning six-time world bull-riding cha...
April 13, 2020

Authorities identify Spearfish man killed in Lawrence County I-90 crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Spearfish. A 2000 Ford F350 pickup was westbound on Interstate 90 when the vehicle went off the road to the right, collided with a guardrail&...
April 12, 2020

South Dakota reports 104 new COVID-19 cases; 89 of them in Minnehaha County
PIERRE, S.D. - For the first time since testing began, South Dakota saw a triple-digit increase in  COVID-19 cases in the latest report from the state Department of Health. Health officials reported 104 positive tests Sunday -- bringing the statewide total to 730. Again, ...
April 12, 2020

Smithfield Foods Plant to close indefinitely
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Smithfield Foods has announced that its Sioux Falls facility will remain closed until further notice. The decision comes less than 24 hours after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayer Paul TenHaken sent a joint letter to the company recommending...
April 12, 2020

Governor, Sioux Falls mayor want Smithfield to close for 14 days
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken have sent a request to Smithfield Foods to close for 14 days and provide pay and benefits to those out of work. The request is in response to the number of cases of COVID-19 tied to the pla...
April 11, 2020

State records 90 new positive COVID-19 tests, 86 of them in Minnehaha County
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 90 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Saturday report – all of them in eastern South Dakota. Minnehaha County once again saw the bulk of the new cases with 86, as they now have a total of 438. The stat...
April 11, 2020

Winter like storm to bring snow to area over Easter Weekend
RAPID CITY, S.D. -Easter Weekend won't feel much like spring as a potent winter type storm is moving into the area. The National Weather Service says a strong storm system will move into the region Saturday. Snow will begin Saturday and persist into Sunday morning before taper...
April 10, 2020

Law enforcement respond to Whitewood gas station for reported shooting
WHITEWOOD, S.D. - The South Dakota Attorney General's office will investigate an officer involved shooting in Whitewood Friday. According to authorities, law enforcement responded to a report of a male acting erratically at approximately 11:15 Friday morning. A Whitewood Police...
April 10, 2020

Monument Health begins COVID-19 testing at RC facility
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Monument Health began processing its own COVID-19 test samples at its Rapid City laboratory on Friday. Local testing will greatly reduce the time it takes to confirm whether a patient has been infected with the virus. The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test h...
April 10, 2020

State reports 89 new COVID-19 cases - Public Health Emergency declared in Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. – Minnehaha County reported another large number of positive COVID-19 cases in the latest report from the South Dakota Department of Health. In fact, the 78 case increase in South Dakota’s most populous county pushed the 89 positive test total for today ...
April 10, 2020

Fort Meade grazing allotments up for bid
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - The Bureau of Land Management is accepting sealed bids on two Fort Meade Recreation Area grazing allotments during the 2020-2022 grazing season. The leases are for cattle grazing only. A bid packet will be mailed to interested bidders by contacting the Sout...
April 10, 2020

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Extend COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem on Thursday signed an extension of her previous executive orders to continue South Dakota’s fight against the spread of COVID-19. The new Executive Order (EO 2020-15) extends Governor Noem’s initial State of Emergency declaration ...
April 9, 2020

Noem encourages use of app to trace COVID-19 infections
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem is encouraging people to use a mobile app that can trace the steps of people who test positive for the virus. The Care19 app was created in North Dakota by a Microsoft engineer. North Dakota rolled it out this week as a way to trace th...
April 9, 2020

Highway patrol says crash on I-90 kills one person near Spearfish
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Spearfish. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2000 Ford F350 pickup was westbound on Interstate 90 when...
April 9, 2020

South Dakota unemployment claims rise to 7,916
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation says unemployment claims once again surged in South Dakota last week with 7,916 people making new claims for unemployment help. As the global coronavirus pandemic rippled through the economy, the numb...
April 9, 2020

Governor says state, tribes communicating on highway checkpoints on reservations
EAGLE BUTTE, SD - The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has set up check points on state highways leading into the reservation in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 on tribal land. Governor Kristi Noem says her office has been working for weeks with tribal leaders to prepare for ...
April 9, 2020

Thursday's COVID-19 Numbers - One new case in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Health Department reported 54 new COVID-19 cases in its Thursday report – and an additional case was reported in Pennington County. The state total is now 447 with six deaths and 161 people have recovered from the virus. The additional case ...
April 9, 2020

Union representing Smithfield Food employees speaks out on COVID-19 situation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The union representing employees at a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota said workers were induced to report to work through company bonuses as a rash of coronavirus infections broke out at the facility. The Sioux Falls plant, which emplo...
April 9, 2020

South Dakota Class AA and A Boys All-State team selected
UNDATED - The South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association has released the 2019-2020 South Dakota Boys Basketball Class AA and Class A All - State teams. Headlining the boys team for Class AA is Matthew Mors. The Yankton junior finished up the year averaging 19.4 points per gam...
April 9, 2020

College National Finals Rodeo canceled due to pandemic
WALLA WALLA, WA. -The NIRA National Office announced the cancellation of the 2020 College National Finals Rodeo, which were to take place June 14-June 20 in Casper, WY. The office announced public safety during the COVID-19 outbreak as the reason, citing the public's safety is ...
April 9, 2020

Sturgis teachers participate in social distancing parade
STURGIS, S.D. - Teachers in Sturgis got the chance to see their students Wednesday -- from a safe distance -- courtesy of a special parade. Teachers from Sturgis area schools were in cars and trucks that were decked out in streamers and balloons. One by one, the parade of teac...
April 8, 2020

Remains found near golf course identified
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Following the March 31st discovery of human remains in the area of 3333 Jolly Lane, Rapid City police have positively identified them as those of Malinda Ader. The positive identification was made through a comparative analysis of Ader’s dental records by...
April 8, 2020

Rapid City Mayor says testing is being done in western South Dakota
RAPID CITY SD -- Rapid City's Mayor says he has confirmed that there is a difference in the number of coronavirus cases between east river and west river, and answered rumors that hardly any testing is being done in the western part of South Dakota. Mayor Steve Allender says man...
April 8, 2020

Governor Noem - No planning one way or another yet regarding Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor was also asked about the status of the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally today. Noem says as of now, there has not been any planning one way or another yet. “There has not been planning for the rally knowing that we would anticipate pe...
April 8, 2020

Smithfield Food Plant in Sioux Falls becomes hot spot for COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon confirms that the Smithfield Plant in Sioux Falls is a COVID-19 hotspot. She shared the numbers at Wednesday's briefing in Pierre. "That number as changed every day and, as of yesterday, there were over 80 case...
April 8, 2020

Governor Noem speaks with White House Task Force Doctor on state's response to COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem held her daily media briefing today on COVID-19 and says she shared the state’s plans for virus mitigation with a doctor on the White House Task Force on Wednesday. Noem says Dr. Anthony Fauci agrees that a one-size fi...
April 8, 2020

Authorities identify person killed in Sunday night crash near Oelrichs
OELRICHS, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the victim in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night east of Oelrichs. A 2001 Honda Accord was westbound when the vehicle left the roadway, went into the south ditch and rolled. Brandon Campbell, who w...
April 8, 2020

Minnehaha County sees another surge in COVID-19 cases
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota saw its biggest number of cases of COVID-19 ever in a single day as the Department of Health on Wednesday reported 73 new positive tests. The statewide total is now 393. South Dakota is 47th in the nation in number of cases. Thankfully, there we...
April 8, 2020

City of Sturgis updates COVID-19 protocols for city employees
STURGIS, SD -The city of Sturgis, in a press release today, says they are updating some of their COVID-19 protocols for city employees. The release states: As efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 remains a very high priority, the City of Sturgis has updated employee protocols...
April 8, 2020

R-CALF USA to Appeal Ruling That Beef Checkoff is Being Operated Constitutionally
BILLLINGS, Mont. - R-CALF USA, through its attorneys, will appeal a recent U.S. District Court ruling that the USDA's Beef Checkoff, as currently operated, does not violate the First Amendment by compelling independent American ranchers to fund the speech of multinational meatpac...
April 8, 2020

Authorities capture robbery, assault, kidnapping suspect Tuesday night
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police in Rapid City say they have safely captured a suspect they had been looking for Tuesday. The suspect was taken into custody at approximately 10:30 last night in the 2500 block of Tower Road. Rapid City Police say around noon on Tuesday they learn...
April 8, 2020

Authorities in Jackson County find missing girl and her dog safe
KADOKA S.D. – Authorities in Jackson County say a 3-year-old girl and her dog are home safe after being missing for six hours Monday afternoon. Jackson County Sheriff Matt Haugen says the girl went missing shortly before 9 a.m. and was found around 3 p.m. The sheriff&rsquo...
April 8, 2020

Oglala Lakota County reports first positive COVID-19 test
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - A facebook post indicates the first positive case of COVID-19 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In a Facebook post Tuesday, the Red Cloud School president, Dr. Raymond Nadolny said in a statement: “With deep sadness and concern, I need to report tha...
April 7, 2020

Teachers Parade being held in Sturgis Wednesday
STURGIS, S.D. - Teachers in Sturgis will get the chance to see their students -- from a safe distance -- as a special parade is being planned for Wednesday, April 8. The vehicle parade begins a 1:00 p.m. and will begin at the Elementary School on Ball Park Road. The purpose of ...
April 7, 2020

Noem declares Wednesday a day of prayer in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem says the stronger executive orders she issued this week are necessary to delay a surge in hospitalizations from the coronavirus, but that a statewide lock down on daily life is still not needed. The orders tell businesses to limit grou...
April 7, 2020

Spearfish man arrested after high speed chase that started in Wyoming
SPEARFISH, S.D. – Law enforcement from South Dakota and Wyoming were involved in a high speed pursuit that began in Wyoming Monday afternoon and ended near Spearfish. South Dakota Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Mangan says the pursuit began in Crook County as a Wyoming depu...
April 7, 2020

Investigators clear sheriff's deputy who shot dog in face
WHITEWOOD, S.D. - In a press release, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says it has cleared a deputy who shot a dog in the face in his Whitewood neighborhood last month. The deputy, who was not identified, shot the neighbor's dog after it reportedly came onto the deputy's pro...
April 7, 2020

Spearfish City officials plan to keep popular waterpark closed this summer
SPEARFISH — City officials in Spearfish have decided not to open the Spearfish water park for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Spearfish City Council meeting Monday, the city's parks and recreation director recommended the popular waterpark remain c...
April 7, 2020

Tuesday update shows 32 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health reported two new deaths and 32 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its latest report Tuesday – bringing the total number of cases in the state to 320. All new positive cases and deaths were in eastern South Dakota. Anothe...
April 7, 2020

Tribes enforcing road checks on reservations in South Dakota
EAGLE BUTTE, SD - At least two Tribal governments in South Dakota are now enforcing COVID ‘road checks’ upon entering reservation boundaries in the state. The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in central and northweste...
April 7, 2020

Ranch Group Files Amended Complaint in RFID Case
BILLINGS, Mont. - On Monday, Harriet Hageman, Senior Litigation Counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, filed an amended complaint in the Wyoming federal district court on behalf of R-CALF USA and ranchers Tracy and Donna Hunt and Kenny and Roxy Fox. In an order dated, Marc...
April 7, 2020

BHSU Science Lab is being used sterilize ambulance equipment
SPEARFISH…A science lab on the campus of Black Hills State University is being utilized to sterilize supplies for the Spearfish Emergency Ambulance Service. With an expected increase in use of facemasks and other equipment as the medical community prepares for the COVID-1...
April 7, 2020

Sheep industry asks USDA to step in with relief for producers
DENVER, CO - American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) President Benny Cox called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture late last week, to provide relief to America’s sheep and wool producers because of the impacts of COVID-19. The letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny ...
April 7, 2020

Dairy producers forced to dump milk due to market, supply chain disruptions
MADISON, WI – The pictures are alarming. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of milk being dumped by dairy farmers across the country. As the coronavirus pandemic forces restaurants and schools across the country to close, the end result is a disrupted dairy supply chain. Fa...
April 7, 2020

BHSU to offer free webinar series about online business tactics
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University School of Business is offering a free online webinar series throughout the month of April for established local businesses who would like to increase their online presence. The webinar series, “Growing your business ...
April 7, 2020

Rapid City Council extends COVID-19 ordinance placing restrictions on certain businesses
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Council has extended their restrictions for non-essential businesses. At their meeting Monday night, the council voted 8 to 1 to extend the restrictions to April 22nd. The original proposed ending date was April 8th, but council members agreed ...
April 6, 2020

Sturgis Council extends ambulance service to rural areas to 2021
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council, in reaction to the recent election establishing a rural ambulance district, voted Monday night to extend ambulance service to the rural areas until January 20 of 2021. The extension will give those in the rural areas currently serv...
April 6, 2020

Hoping for the best, Monument Health must prepare for the worst
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Hoping for a best case scenario, but planning for a worst-case, Monument Health is working on capacity planning in the event the COVID-19 floods the area's hospitals in the weeks ahead. It's possible the peak may not happen until late spring or early summer. ...
April 6, 2020

Governor's announcement on school closing wipes out spring sports season, basketball tournaments
UNDATED - Governor Kristi Noem announced on Monday that schools across the state would not be able to finish out the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, and said students would not return to the classroom. The Governor had hoped to get students back in early May, but made ...
April 6, 2020

Coaches Association names coach and assistant coaches of the year
UNDATED - The South Dakota High School Coaches Association has released its annual awards for coach and assistant coach of the year for basketball. In Region 4, David Hollenbeck of St Thomas More was named boys head coach of the year. Also for St Thomas More, Assistant Girls Bas...
April 6, 2020

South Dakota Dept of Social Services stresses need to seek help in crisis situations
PIERRE – During this period of uncertainty and stress, the Department of Social Services urges people to seek help when they need it.  “Anxiety about the current health emergency, financial stress, and isolation from friends, family, and support systems can caus...
April 6, 2020

Governor Noem adds restrictions; closes school for remainder of academic year in response to COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and is ordering more restrictions on movement in the state at COVID-19 cases rise. Today, the governor announced she has signed an executive order that impacts people 65 and...
April 6, 2020

Courts asking those who are scheduled to appear to not show up sick
STURGIS, S.D. – Court officials in the Black Hills area are asking citizens who need to be in court not to show up sick or if they’ve been around someone who’s been sick. The advisory is part of the continuing spread of COVID-19. In Pennington County, the 7th ...
April 6, 2020

Monday COVID-19 Update - 48 new cases; bulk of them in Minnehaha County
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health reported a surge of COVID-19 cases in their Monday report – 48 positive tests, with most of them in Minnehaha County – where an additional 36 cases were tallied – sending their total to 140. Minnehaha and the ...
April 6, 2020

Highway Patrol says one person dies in crash near Oelrichs
OELRICHS, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Oelrichs. Names of the two people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members. A 2001 Honda Accord was westbound when the vehicle lef...
April 6, 2020

Meade County Auditor encourages absentee voting for June primary
STURGIS, S.D. – Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer says they are encouraging residents to vote absentee by mail for the upcoming June 2 primary. Schieffer says the Auditor’s Office wants to support the health and safety of all voters, poll workers and other election...
April 6, 2020

Monument Health develops innovative way to safely sterilize, reuse protective masks
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Supplies of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are dwindling as health care systems confront the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Monument Health in South Dakota has devised an innovative way to sterilize and reuse N95 respirators. Using ultra...
April 6, 2020

Meade County offices open but social distancing; Butte County offices remain closed to public
STURGIS, S.D. - Meade County Commissioners met in special session on Friday to discuss continuing operations at the county offices in response to the COVID-19 situation. Some county's have closed their offices to the walk-in public and are conducting business via mail, email and...
April 6, 2020

Economy’s future depends on COVID-19 vaccine
OMAHA, Neb – Economists are debating the letters V, U, W and L these days, but Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss, PhD, says the only letters that really matter are MD. Goss is a professor of economics at Creighton’s Heider College of Business where ...
April 6, 2020

South Dakota prices fall 6 cents to start April
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 43.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 81.2 cents per gallon lower th...
April 6, 2020

Sunday Update - State DOH says 28 new cases in eastern South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Health reported 28 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Sunday report. All new cases were in eastern South Dakota; the bulk of them in Minnehaha County, where there have been 104 positive tests. In fact, 23 of the 28 new positive c...
April 5, 2020

State reports 25 new positive tests for COVID-19 in Saturday update
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 25 positive tests for COVID-19 in their Saturday report. The current number is now 212 – up from Friday’s 187. All of the cases were again in eastern South Dakota as Lawrence remained at 9, Penningt...
April 4, 2020

Rep. Bob Glanzer of Huron dies after fight with COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota State Representative Bob Glanzer of Huron  died Friday night. He was 75. He had been in critical condition with COVID-19 in Avera’s intensive-care unit in Sioux Falls. Glanzer was diagnosed last month.  According to his son,...
April 4, 2020

Resident at Sioux Falls elder care facility third person to die of COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls elder care facility says that one resident has died after contracting the coronavirus. The Prince of Peace Retirement Community, ran by Avera Health, announced earlier this week that three residents had become infected. Avera says it be...
April 3, 2020

Noem says COVID-19 situation remains fluid in SD
PIERRE, S.D. — During her daily press conference Friday, Governor Kristi Noem says the state is in a very fluid, or changing, situation when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. This caveat was shared before she released projections for how the virus will impact the state in...
April 3, 2020

Monument Health Foundation creates COVID-19 medical response fund
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Starting today, the Monument Health Foundation is launching the COVID-19 Medical Response Fund and is pledging to match the first $5,000 in donations to help with community efforts to fight this virus. This fund will be used exclusively to purchase the resource...
April 3, 2020

South Dakota prisoners tasked with making PPE
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmates are producing personal protective equipment for prison staff. South Dakota prisons have several manufacturing shops that have turned to producing cotton face masks, nylon gowns and plastic face shields ...
April 3, 2020

State records 22 additional COVID-19 cases
PIERRE, S.D. – The number of COVID-19 positive tests in South Dakota hit 187 Friday – up 22 from Thursday’s 165. All new cases were in eastern South Dakota. That means Lawrence County remained at 9, Pennington at 6, Meade and Fall River Counties at 1. Positi...
April 3, 2020

Lawmakers to probe if Senate leader was drunk during meeting
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota legislators have decided to investigate allegations that Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer was drunk during a meeting earlier this week. Both Langer, a Dell Rapids Republican, and Senate Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield, a Clark Republican, will be...
April 3, 2020

Meade County Commission to meet in special session Friday to discuss Coronavirus
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission will meet in special session Friday to discuss possibly closing county offices to the public due to the spread of COVID-19. The virus continues to spread in neighboring counties, but so far Meade County only has one positive test -- a ...
April 2, 2020

Governor asking National Guard to set up hospital capacity in Sioux Falls, Rapid City
PIERRE, .S.D - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Thursday says she is asking the National Guard to help in the fight of COVID-19. During her media briefing, the governor said the National Guard will help set up hospital capacity in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Federal fundin...
April 2, 2020

Thune Launches Special COVID-19 Resources Page on His Website
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today launched a microsite to provide South Dakotans with important up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic. The microsite features news and updates from Thune, and it includes informative documents and resources ...
April 2, 2020

South Dakota Class AA Girls' All-State Selections
UNDATED - Five seniors and a junior have been named to the Class AA girls' basketball all-state team, which is selected by the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association. Here are the teams: First Team Emma Ronsiek, O'Gorman, Sr., 16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 26 st...
April 2, 2020

State Dept of Health reports 36 new COVID-19 cases; Lawrence County adds three
PIERRE, S.D. – The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota saw another double-digit increase in the latest update from the South Dakota Department of Health. Health officials report 36 new positive tests statewide, bringing the state’s total to 165. Lawrence County...
April 2, 2020

Construction on Keystone XL pipeline to begin immediately
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Major construction projects are moving forward along both U.S. borders and raising fears that the influx of workers could spread the coronavirus. Along the northern border, a Canadian company says it will start work this month on a disputed oil pipeline tha...
April 2, 2020

Temporary Extensions Granted For Driver License Expiration Dates
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that gives the Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary the authority to order the temporary extension of the expiration date for certain driver licenses. Senate Bill 190, which was passed Monday by state legislat...
April 2, 2020

Beef checkoff, state councils win legal victory in RCALF lawsuit
HELENA, Mont. – The Beef Checkoff program and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils won a major court victory when the United States District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in the matter of R-CALF vs. Sonny Perdue and USDA. On Fri...
April 2, 2020

City of Sturgis says Good Deeds Program very successful
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Good Deeds Program is quickly becoming very popular among the elderly and those living with critical conditions. This program allows Sturgis residents to call the Library to place an order for groceries and other necessities as well as library materia...
April 2, 2020

Changes coming to NFL playoffs
UNDATED — There will be a new format for the NFL playoffs this postseason. NFL team owners have voted to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14. Only two teams will get a first-round bye — the teams with the best record in the AFC and N...
April 1, 2020

Bucks try to make sure they're ready whenever season resumes
MILWAUKEE — The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks remain confident the coronavirus pandemic won’t put a permanent halt to the season and that they’ll get to resume chasing their first league title in nearly half a century. The Bucks had a league-best 53-12 record whe...
April 1, 2020

Ciara Duffy Honored With Becky Hammon POY Award
UNDATED - On Tuesday, Her Hoop Stats announced that University of South Dakota senior basketball star Ciara Duffy was the inaugural recipient of their Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year award. “That was a cool thing to get for sure,” stated Duffy. “It&rs...
April 1, 2020

Board of Regents freezes tuition and fees at public colleges
PIERRE, S.D. — The governing board of South Dakota's public universities has made a slew of decisions, including to freeze tuition and fees for next year. Board of Regents president Kevin Schieffer said the financial uncertainty due to the global coronavirus pandemic led ...
April 1, 2020

Police investigating unattended death after human remains discovered
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are currently investigating an unattended death after human remains were located near Rapid Creek. On March 31st at around 3:00 p.m., police were dispatched to 3333 Jolley Lane after a grounds keeper discovered an object which appeared to be ...
April 1, 2020

COVID-19 spreads through South Dakota family's close ties
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Infectious disease experts say that while the coronavirus spreads fast in cities, rural communities are also vulnerable because of strong family ties. Caterina Scoglio, a professor at Kansas State University, says families often rely on each other for ...
April 1, 2020

COVID-19 cases jump 21, second death reported in latest update from SD Dept of Health
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Health Department reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 in its Wednesday report – raising the state’s total to 129. Furthermore the state recorded its second death in relation to the virus. The death was reported in Beadle County...
April 1, 2020

Accomplishing big things for South Dakota through leadership institute
BURKE, SD – The Billie Sutton Leadership Institute announced  that fellowship applications for a second class of leaders are officially open. Last spring, Billie Sutton, former state senator and 2018 candidate for governor of South Dakota, launched the non-partisan&nb...
April 1, 2020

Rapid City Mayor discusses COVID-19 related ordinance; Spearfish passes similar one
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender talked about the city’s recently passed COVID-19 related ordinance and how the city is already planning on how and when to lift it. The ordinance puts restrictions on businesses like bars and restaurants that offer on site...
April 1, 2020

Hiker rescued after falling off trail on M Hill Tuesday evening
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Member of the Rapid City Fire Department aided in rescuing an injured hiker who had fallen off a trail on "M" Hill Tuesday evening. Fire officials say an off duty lieutenant was hiking on the trails early Tuesday evening when he came across the hiker who had t...
April 1, 2020

Owner of Deadwood establishment where employees tested positive for COVID-19 speaks out
DEADWOOD, S.D. - The owner of the Saloon #10 in Deadwood has responded to Monday's news from the Department of Health that two of its employees had tested positive for COVID-19. The Health Department had stated that the two employees went to work ill and were asking anyone who v...
April 1, 2020

Police in Rapid City report possible human remains found along Rapid Creek
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City say possible human remains have been found along Rapid Creek in the area of the Elks Golf Course. Police say a worker at the golf course called 9-1-1 to report the finding. Spokesman Brenden Medina says the Criminal Investigations Divisi...
March 31, 2020

Black Hills V.A. says staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last week
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The VA Black Hills Health System confirmed in a statement Tuesday that an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on March 26th. The employee is currently in home isolation. The statement said: "VA is screening veterans and staff for symptoms of fever, cough, an...
March 31, 2020

Noem signs bills to address COVID-19 outbreak
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Krist Noem on Tuesday signed nine emergency bills passed by the South Dakota Legislature to address the outbreak of the coronavirus. Lawmakers passed the bills just hours before Noem's signing. They met in a marathon session that stretched from Monday into Tu...
March 31, 2020

Disputed Canada-US oil pipeline work to start in April
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Canadian company says it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline running from Canada through the U.S. Midwest in April. Calgary-based TC Energy says the provincial Alberta government will invest over $1 billion to cov...
March 31, 2020

Authorities identify man killed in Haakon County crash
BILLSBURG, S.D. – A Philip, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg. A 2005 Toyota Tundra was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it left the roadway, hit an approach and eventually rolled. Wal...
March 31, 2020

State reports seven new positive COVID-19 tests in Tuesday report - all in eastern SD
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reports seven positive COVID-19 tests in its Tuesday report for a total of 108. South Dakota State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton says all the new cases are in eastern South Dakota – 4 in Minnehaha, 1 in Lincoln, 1 ...
March 31, 2020

Noem says state getting much needed testing supplies
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says South Dakota was the last state in the nation to reach the 100 positive case thresh hold for COVID-19. Noem says the state is doing well when it comes to social distancing – but it must continue and we can do bett...
March 31, 2020

Legislature rejects letting health secretary order shutdowns
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers approved several emergency measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic in a session that dragged into early Tuesday morning. But legislators refused Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's request that her secretary of health be grant...
March 31, 2020

Mayors tell lawmakers Noem's inaction has them hamstrung
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Mayors from South Dakota's largest cities told lawmakers that Gov. Kristi Noem's resistance to ordering a statewide business shutdown has left them struggling to take action to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Legislators convened through a conferen...
March 30, 2020

Mayor Allender does not forsee delay in construction due to COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. – With the COVID-19 outbreak, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says major construction projects, namely the new arena at the Civic Center, will not be delayed by the city. However, in his daily media briefing Monday, he did not rule out the possibility that...
March 30, 2020

Monument Health launches telemedicine service
RAPID CITY, S.D. - While COVID-19, self-quarantines and social distancing have made it difficult for patients to visit their doctor, Monument Health has launched a system that brings the doctor to the patient, via telemedicine. Using a telephone or video conferencing, patients c...
March 30, 2020

State Health Department says two COVID-19 cases in Deadwood
PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced today that two staff members at Saloon #10 in Deadwood have tested positive for COVID-19. Both workers reported working while ill with COVID symptoms. Any individual who visited Saloon #10 between March 18 and March 21 may ha...
March 30, 2020

State records 11 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – In its Monday update, the South Dakota Department of Health reported the number of positive cases of COVID-19 had broken 100 with 101. That is up 11 from Sunday’s 90. In Western South Dakota, Lawrence County recorded two additional positive tests, rai...
March 30, 2020

Vermillion distillery producing sanitizer
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A Vermillion distillery is among those that have reshaped their usual business plan to meet the needs of the coronavirus pandemic. Valiant Vineyards Winery & Distillery has turned its focus away from producing award-winning whiskey and their win...
March 30, 2020

South Dakota gas prices will end March down 12 cents per gallon
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 12.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.89/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 41.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 66.6 cents per gallon lower t...
March 30, 2020

BHSU faculty, students overcome challenges of online learning during COVID-19 pandemic
SPEARFISH, S.D. … Faculty and students at Black Hills State University are beginning their second week of online classes today, following the announcement that all South Dakota public universities will continue online teaching through the end of the spring semester due to ...
March 30, 2020

State sees big jump in COVID 19 cases in Sunday report
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Health in its daily COVID-19 report showed a big jump of cases as the state hit 90 positive tests. That is up 22 from Saturday's 68. Beadle County saw four additional cases, raising their number to 20. Minnehaha County also reporte...
March 29, 2020

Monument Health temporarily closes Cancer Center for cleaning
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Monument Health said Saturday that it is temporarily closing its John Vucureich Cancer Care Institute for cleaning. A deep clean of the entire Cancer Care Institute is being completed before reopening on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 a.m. If a patient needs to r...
March 28, 2020

Crash in Haakon County results in fatality
BILLSBURG, S.D. – One man died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved. A 2005 Toyota Tundra was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when i...
March 28, 2020

Teen rescued after fall near Falling Rock
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City teen was badly injured in a fall about 4pm, Saturday, March 28, 2020, near Falling Rock in Pennington County. He was reportedly hiking with friends and lost his footing on loose rocks, rolling and hitting rocks down some 150 feet. Life Flight res...
March 28, 2020

South Dakota Sen. John Thune tests negative for COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sen. John Thune has tested negative for COVID-19. The 59-year-old Republican returned to his home state of South Dakota this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms. His spokesman Ryan Wrasse said Thune's doctor recommended he be tested for the cor...
March 28, 2020

Saturday Update - State reports ten additional COVID-19 cases, tests are caught up
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported ten additional positive tests for COVID-19 in their Saturday report. The new cases raise the statewide total to 68 so far. With that, they remind residents that since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, 26 ...
March 28, 2020

SDHSAA Keeping Door Open On Sports and Activities
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota High School Activities Association held an urgent board of directors meeting on Friday to discuss a plan of action for high school sports and activities for both winter and spring. For starters, a lot of information was discussed and quite a few p...
March 27, 2020

Rapid City Council approves final reading of ordinance putting restrictions on public gathering places
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Council on Friday night approved second and final reading of an ordinance that will temporarily put some restrictions on certain businesses to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The council voted 7-2 to require businesses like bars, restaurants, ...
March 27, 2020

Noem signs hemp and other bills, but says budget in doubt
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem has signed 15 bills that allocate millions of dollars to South Dakota programs, including industrial hemp. But the governor offered no guarantee on whether the funding for the programs would remain after the state reworks its budget in...
March 27, 2020

South Dakota cities, counties take action on COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Some South Dakota cities are moving to close restaurants and retail stores as Gov. Kristi Noem declines to bring severe restrictions on business. Health experts have called on the governor to close businesses to curb the spread of COVID-19. Cities and ...
March 27, 2020

Ethanol industry facing disaster according to industry leader
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The ethanol industry in America is facing a disaster due to a perfect storm. That’s according to the CEO of American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Brian Jennings. He says it’s likely over two billion gallons of ethanol production will be lost as peopl...
March 27, 2020

SD Dept of Health catches up on testing - 12 additional COVID-19 cases reported
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reports an additional 12 cases of COVID-19 in its latest report out today – bringing the state total to 58. Two of those cases are in Lawrence County and two new cases were reported in Pennington County. We know o...
March 27, 2020

Monument Health asking for help to gather more personal protective supplies for staff
RAPID CITY, S.D.  – Wearing swim goggles for face protection and trash bags for surgical gowns, frontline healthcare workers in many parts of the country have been forced to fend for themselves amid shortages. Based on statewide projections, the number of positive COV...
March 27, 2020

Stakeholders Summit still on in digital presentation
ARLINGTON, VA - The Animal Agriculture Alliance 2020 Stakeholders Summit is going virtual in response to ongoing public health concerns around hosting large events. The Alliance team is working to ensure attendees enjoy digital networking opportunities that are more valuable...
March 27, 2020

Nest Predator Bounty Program begins April 1
PIERRE, SD - The 2020 Nest Predator Bounty Program will begin on April 1. However, due to concerns of COVID-19, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will not be accepting tails for the program until a later date. Participants are asked to freeze all tails until dates and l...
March 27, 2020

Prisoner's fear COVID-19 infection, warden resigns
PIERRE, SD- Prisoners fleeing from possible coronavirus infection and a warden’s abrupt resignation have thrown the South Dakota Women’s Prison into turmoil. Three more of the women who escaped from the minimum security facility in Pierre are back in custody. Inmates...
March 27, 2020

Tribe confirms first diagnosed case of COVID-19
TODD COUNTY, S.D. — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe announced on Thursday, March 27 that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed. The person who has contracted the virus is an adult who resides in Todd County and the individual and their entire family are in quarantine at home, acco...
March 27, 2020

Wyoming governor signs daylight saving time bill
GILLETTE, Wyo. (The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record) — Wyoming's governor has signed a bill making daylight saving time permanent in the state. The Gillette News Record reports Republican Gov. Mark Gordon signed the bill Monday. Previous measures failed in the Wyoming Legislat...
March 27, 2020

Release from Lawrence County indicates vendor with sheriff's office tests positive for COVID-19
DEADWOOD, S.D. - A vendor with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has tested positive for COVID-19. A press release late Thursday night confirms that positive test and says no Lawrence County Correctional Officers or inmates have tested positive for the virus. The statement s...
March 27, 2020

Noem to push emergency legislation for COVID-19 fight
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem says she will pitch legislators on a series of emergency bills to address what she believes will be a months-long fight against the coronavirus. The Republican governor broke with a rosy prediction from President Donald Trump that the ...
March 26, 2020

SD Dept of Health reports five new positive COVID-19 tests in latest update
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says there are 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the latest report. All cases are in eastern South Dakota, including 3 new positive tests in Minnehaha, where there are now 16 cases. Noem, however, says 16 people have reco...
March 26, 2020

Remainder of college rodeo season canceled, finals still on
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has canceled the remainder of the season. “It is heartbreaking for all of our athletes, coaches, and fans, but the health and safety of everyone is the most important at this time,” a release from th...
March 26, 2020

Panthers sign QB Teddy Bridgewater to 3-year contract
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have signed free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press last week that the contract is worth $63 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity beca...
March 26, 2020

Royals new owner patiently awaiting rescheduled opening day
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This was supposed to be the first opening day for the Royals under new owner John Sherman. The fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. Instead, Kauffman Stadium sat empty under sunny skies and amid continued uncertainty whether baseball will be played at ...
March 26, 2020

Law enforcement take precautions during COVID-19 outbreak
BISMARCK, N.D. (Bismarck Tribune) — The coronavirus pandemic has law enforcement agencies and emergency responders in North Dakota taking steps to keep themselves and the people they serve safe. Burleigh County Sheriff Kelly Leben says jail programs and in-person visitatio...
March 26, 2020

Judge orders another environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that the easement approva...
March 26, 2020

ND Governor says state will ramp up testing after increase in COVID-19 infections
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says the state will double the amount of COVID-19 tests in the coming days, a promise he delivered after one-fifth of the total positive tests were confirmed in the last 24 hours. State officials reported nine positive tests...
March 26, 2020

Ellsworth declares public health emergency
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Ellsworth Air Force Base has declared a public health emergency in order to give its commander additional authority to enforce social distancing strategies due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said the declaration also better aligns the bas...
March 26, 2020

Senator Thune returns home after feeling ill
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Senator John Thune has returned home from Washington after becoming ill. Thune' press spokesman says the Senator woke up Wednesday morning and didn't feel well, so he consulted with the attending physician and his physician in Sioux Falls. Thune...
March 26, 2020

Wyoming inmate dies in suicide
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming prison inmate is dead in an apparent suicide. Wyoming Department of Corrections officials say they will investigate the death Saturday of 48-year-old Jeffrey Robert Brown at the state medium-security prison in Torrington. Brown was serving...
March 26, 2020

Wyoming governor hints COVID-19 limits may go beyond April 3
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Restrictions on public gathering and businesses to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus could be in effect longer than planned in Wyoming. Through April 3, Gov. Mark Gordon has prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people at a time and shut down...
March 26, 2020

Monument Health says caregiver positive for COVID-19 came into contact with 100 patients
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The number of positive tests for COVID-19 reached 41 today – up 11 from yesterday according to the South Dakota Department of Health. Most of the cases remain on the eastern side of the state, where Minnehaha County jumped to 13 – the same as...
March 25, 2020

Sturgis Police changing some protocols in response to COVID-19
STURGIS, S.D. - Police in Sturgis say they are making some come temporary changes in response to COVID-19. Due to all the changes with the COVID-19 virus affecting our State and soon our Community, The Sturgis Police Department say they will be implementing new protocols in how...
March 25, 2020

Census Bureau delays deadline for 2020 count by two weeks
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is delaying the deadline for counting everyone in the U.S. by two weeks because of the spreading novel coronavirus. The 2020 census had been scheduled to stop at the end of July, but the deadline has now been extended to mid-Augu...
March 25, 2020

US Supreme Court rules states can bar insanity defense
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The decision Monday could prompt states across the country to toughen standards for defendants who wish to plead not guilty...
March 25, 2020

Emotional at times, Governor Noem encourages everyone to step back and count their blessings as COVID-19 cases hit 41
PIERRE, S.D. – An emotional Kristi Noem gave no statistics today during a conference call with reporters, but rather asked everyone to step back and a take a break. The Governor and her staff, who have been worked to their limits during this COVID-19 outbreak, pleaded for ...
March 25, 2020

Last day of legislative session to be held electronically
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota legislature is set to hold its final day on Monday, March 30 electronically as a COVID-19 precaution. The last day is usually reserved for addressing vetoes by the Governor. District 20 State Senator Josh Klumb of Mount Vernon says it’s a his...
March 25, 2020

City of Sturgis, Meade County address COVID-19 in Wednesday conference
STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen says they do not anticipate having to pass an ordinance that would put restrictions on local businesses and gathering places in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A similar ordinance in Rapid City is up for second reading on F...
March 25, 2020

Assistance grants now open for volunteer fire departments
PIERRE, SD - Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted through April 30.The VFA program allows the South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) to provide volunteer fire departments (VFDs) funding through the Uni...
March 25, 2020

Caregiver who tested positive for COVID-19 had contact with two spouses of base airmen
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the base, but officials did announce a positive case had some ties to the base late Tuesday.  In a news release, 28th Bomb Wing commander Col. David Doss said ...
March 25, 2020

West River caregiver tests positive for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Monument Health says one of their caregivers who works in Rapid City and lives in Meade County, has tested positive for COVID-19. It would be the first positive COVID-19 test result in the Black Hills region. According to a Monument Health spokesperson, they...
March 24, 2020

RCPD creates robbery strike force, two additional suspects arrested
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Following two weekend incidents, the Rapid City Police Department is now investigating 12 business robberies which have taken place in the span of a month’s time. On March 21st at around 10:40 p.m., police were dispatched to 1808 Mount Rushmore Road for ...
March 24, 2020

Monument Health closes hospitals, clinics to visitors
RAPID CITY, S.D. - To protect the safety of patients and caregivers, Monument Health will be closed to visitors at its hospitals, clinics and other facilities beginning 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 25. The decision was prompted by recent reports of community transmission of the COVID...
March 24, 2020

South Dakota governor signs 'riot-boosting' penalties
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a bill that revives the state's criminal and civil penalties for rioting and inciting a riot. Noem's office said Tuesday the Republican governor signed the so-called “riot-boosting” bill. Noem had told ...
March 24, 2020

Panthers release quarterback Cam Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina, as the Panthers released the quarterback after nine seasons. The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agre...
March 24, 2020

Backup plan: Browns sign veteran QB Keenum to help Mayfield
CLEVELAND — Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He'll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 togethe...
March 24, 2020

Dayton double: Flyers' Toppin, Grant claim AP top honors
UNDATED - Dayton's Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking. Toppin was voted the AP men's college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to ...
March 24, 2020

BHSU to continue online classes through end of semester; Graduation postponed due to COVID-19
SPEARFISH, S.D. - In coordination with Gov. Kristi Noem’s Executive Order, the South Dakota Board of Regents with input from the six state universities has announced that all South Dakota public universities will continue online teaching through the end of spring semester. ...
March 24, 2020

Governor says state's public and private schools to remain closed until May
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says schools across the state will remain closed through April in response to the new Coronavirus Pandemic sweeping the nation. In her daily press briefing, the governor says she is still anticipating more positive cases of ...
March 24, 2020

Livestock producers alerted to increasing scams, thefts in some parts of the country
PIERRE, SD - The coronavirus pandemic impact on the cattle market has been dramatic already. But that’s not the only threat to ranchers’ livelihood. For those who feel they need to sell in a hurry or buy in a hurry, it can lead to making decisions in a panicked state...
March 24, 2020

State Department of Health reports two additional cases of COVID-19, testing to pick up
PIERRE, S.D. – The latest report from the South Dakota Department of Health indicates 2 new positive tests for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. Governor Kristi Noem says the cases are in Beadle, where there are now a state-leading 13 cases, and there is community spread, a...
March 24, 2020

Search underway for female minimum-security inmates
  PIERRE, S.D.- A search is underway for eight female inmates who left a minimum-security unit in Pierre. The inmates left the Pierre Community Work Center without authorization at 8:43 p.m. March 23 by exiting an exterior door. Women’s Prison staff began escape pro...
March 24, 2020

Entire beef, pork supply chain set to benefit from expanding access to China markets
WASHINGTON, DC – Some good news for the livestock trade came this morning  with China expanding access for U.S. beef and pork. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has updated its Export Library for China according to U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) P...
March 24, 2020

South Dakota Stockgrowers working with Rounds on Mandatory COOL
RAPID CITY, S.D. - One of the priorities of the South Dakota Stockgrower’s Association is getting mandatory country of origin labeling reinstated. Association Executive Director James Halverson says recently they got the support of South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds in circul...
March 24, 2020

New Website Aims to Connect Americans to Nearest Cattle Producers for Beef
BILLINGS, Mont. - In the wake of reports that beef cases in grocery stores are empty in some areas of the country, R-CALF USA has launched a new Website to connect consumers with their neighboring cattle farmers and ranchers who raise and sell cattle or beef that is exclusively b...
March 24, 2020

Rural voters approve establishing ambulance district
STURGIS, S.D. - By a wide margin, rural voters voted to approve establishing a rural ambulance district to serve the areas just outside Sturgis city limits. The unofficial results from the Meade County Auditor's office indicate 480 votes for and 66 against. Auditor Lisa Schieffe...
March 23, 2020

Noem Issues Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 Guidelines
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed an executive order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. In a release, the governor's office announced the following: On March 23, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order outlining guidelines for al...
March 23, 2020

Blue and yellow again: LA Rams unveil logos, color scheme
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams have changed their team colors to a vibrant version of their traditional blue and yellow. The team has also unveiled two new logos and new wordmarks as part of their rebranding ahead of their move into SoFi Stadium this summer. The Ram...
March 23, 2020

South Dakota hospitals start COVID-19 testing
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The largest healthcare systems in South Dakota announced on Monday they are running tests for COVID-19. Both Sanford and Avera Health said they have the capability to test a combined 600 patients a day. The state health lab halted testing last week after runn...
March 23, 2020

Deadwood Mayor sends letter asking casino operators to suspend operations due to COVID-19
DEADWOOD, S.D. – The Mayor of Deadwood has sent a letter to casino operators, asking them to suspend operations until the Coronavirus Pandemic settles down. In the letter, Mayor David Ruth stated he understands the difficulty this situation presents, but the U.S. Surgeon G...
March 23, 2020

Cattle on Feed Report overshadowed by pandemic fears
WASHINGTON, DC - Overall the March Cattle on Feed report is considered relatively neutral, but the lower placement number will depress production later in the year. The impact of COVID-19 and the extreme uncertainty the virus has injected into all aspects of the market, businesse...
March 23, 2020

Packer announces one time assistance payment during market crisis
SPRINGDALE, ARK. - Tyson announced Friday it will pay an assistance payment of $5 cwt. for all cattle harvested the week of March 23.  Tyson Foods operates six beef packing facilities in the U.S., harvesting an average of 155,000 head of cattle each week Gary Michelson, Tys...
March 23, 2020

Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu is AP women's player of the year
UNDATED - Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu is The Associated Press women's basketball player of the year. She is only the second player to be a unanimous choice. The other is former UConn star Breanna Stewart. Oregon's star guard received all 30 ballots from the national m...
March 23, 2020

South Carolina's Dawn Staley is AP women's coach of the year
UNDATED - Dawn Staley helped guide South Carolina to the No. 1 ranking this season. She has now earned coach of the year honors from The Associated Press for the first time. The veteran coach received 20 votes from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 each week. ...
March 23, 2020

DSS encourages use of online, remote resources during COVID-19 situation
PIERRE – The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is asking the public to make use of its online resources instead of going out and risking exposure to COVID-19. “During these unprecedented times, the Department of Social Services is strongly encouraging ...
March 23, 2020

Joning the national trend, South Dakota gas prices tumble 13 cents over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 13.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.01/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 29.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 47.0 cents per gallon lower t...
March 23, 2020

Amid pandemic, US coal industry seeks lower taxes, royalties
BILLINGS, Mont. - The lobbying arm of the U.S. coal industry is asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in royalty relief, tax cuts and other breaks to help companies ride out the financial crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. National Mining Association President ...
March 23, 2020

2020’s States with the Most & Least Medicaid Coverage
UNDATED - With the Trump administration unveiling an overhaul of Medicaid, healthcare playing a big role in the 2020 election and coronavirus testing being covered by Medicaid, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Most &...
March 23, 2020

State Dept of Health reports additional 7 cases of COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says an additional seven positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported and Beadle County remains the hardest hit. The county that includes Huron now has 12 positive cases – up from 10 on Sunday. New cases are also in ...
March 23, 2020

Special election today to establish Rural Ambulance District
STURGIS, S.D. – Unless you already voted absentee, the special election for the Rural Meade County Ambulance District is today. There is just one polling place – located at the Meade County Auditor’s Office at the Erskine Building in Sturgis. Because of the ri...
March 23, 2020

Free breakfast, lunch being served to students in Meade School District
STURGIS, SD – Beginning today, (March 23) Meade Schools will be providing free meals for enrolled students.  Meade School District Superintendent Jeff Simmons says while teachers and students are becoming acclimated to long-distance learning, an immediate need for food...
March 23, 2020

Governor Noem in Sunday Facebook message - prepare for a long battle
PIERRE, S.D. - Get ready for a long battle with the COVID-19 virus. Governor Kristi Noem told South Dakotans during a Facebook live Sunday afternoon we’re just getting started. She says health experts' modeling puts the coronavirus peaking in May-June, with cases at that p...
March 22, 2020

RC Council approves first reading of plan to restrict certain businesses due to COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Council approved first reading Sunday night of an ordinance to put restrictions on local businesses and gathering spaces in response to COVID-19. Allender says his request follows the Sunday announcement that Beadle County saw 6 cases of C...
March 22, 2020

Industry leaders say crisis measures needed to avert cattle industry collapse
BILLINGS, MT – Joining other ag organizations and calls for immediate action from at least one South Dakota Senator, Mike Rounds, R-CALF USA has sent President Trump an emergency letter describing the catastrophic crisis that consumers and America's cattle rancher...
March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Sunday Update - Seven new cases reported, six in Beadle County, one in Brown County
PIERRE, S.D. – Beadle County has become South Dakota’s first on the verge of community spread of the new Coronavirus, or COVID-19. In her daily briefing Sunday, Governor Kristi Noem says Beadle County has recorded 6 new cases of COVID-19, bringing their total to 10. ...
March 22, 2020

Out of work claims because of COVID-19 now being taken
PIERRE, SD-     The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is accepting reemployment assistance (unemployment insurance) claims from workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. "The COVID-19 pandemic ...
March 22, 2020

Staff members concerned national parks still open
KEYSTONE, S.D. - The National Park Service has closed or restricted access at several sites, including in South Dakota, because of the coronavirus. However, a decision to waive entrance fees at some parks isn't sitting well with employees. The Interior Department says the move w...
March 22, 2020

No new COVID-19 cases reported in latest Dept of Health report
PIERRE, S.D. - The Saturday report from the South Dakota Department of Health indicates no new COVID-19 cases in the state. The latest report continues to show 14 positive cases -- the number it has been since Thursday. The report shows 691 people have tested negative for the v...
March 21, 2020

Noem signs county zoning streamlining, 14 other bills
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem has signed 15 bills from the South Dakota Legislature. One of the bills is a law to streamline the county permit process. She aggressively pushed the proposal to lawmakers this year. She says it will spur investment in rural communities. ...
March 21, 2020

Deadwood Mountain Grand suspending operations due to Coronavirus
DEADWOOD, S.D. - The COVID-19 virus has led to the closure of a Deadwood casino. In a press release Saturday, the Deadwood Mountain Grand announced it would shut down temporarily to help fight the spread of the virus. The release stated: For the safety of employees and guests ...
March 21, 2020

Business to provide free internet to BHSU students in need
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A local internet company is offering broadband services to students at Black Hills State University who do not currently have internet access at home. BHSU announced earlier this week that classes will be taught online for the next two weeks due to the COV...
March 21, 2020

Police investigate recent business robberies
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Police Department is currently working to investigate several recent business robberies across Rapid City. Nine different business robberies have been reported in the last 30 days. Police have arrested a single suspect (who remains in custody) ...
March 21, 2020

South Dakota testing high priority only; frustration over supplies grows
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Public Health Lab continued to run high-priority tests on Friday, and because testing was backlogged due to a shortage of supplies, the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state remained at 14 Friday. The state said they would update the numbers by...
March 20, 2020

Former special ed teacher charged with child abuse faces July trial
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A former teacher who is accused of abusing a disabled student will go to trial in July. Shea Lindsey is charged with one count of child abuse after being arrested in May of 2019. Lindsey was working as a special education teacher at East Middle School a...
March 20, 2020

SBA Approves Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Program Access for South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced today that small businesses and non-profit organizations in South Dakota that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 virus are now eligible for economic assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administ...
March 20, 2020

Citing theft of toilet paper, spread of COVID-19, states close highway rest areas
STURGIS, S.D.—The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are far reaching, and now they’re even impacting highway rest areas. The North Dakota Department of Transportation announced  that in order to combat the spread of the virus, they are temporarily closing buildin...
March 20, 2020

Highway Patrol says one person dead in Corson County crash
MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. – One woman died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of McLaughlin. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. She was the only person involved. A 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche was southbound on South Dakota ...
March 20, 2020

Wyoming Governor reverses position on COVID-19, orders public places closed
CHEYENNE, WYO. - Gov. Mark Gordon has endorsed a decision by the Wyoming State Health Officer to close public places for a two-week period to help slow the community spread of COVID-19. The closure order extends through April 3 and include schools, theaters, bars, nightclubs, co...
March 20, 2020

Domino's Pizza looking to hire to meet increased demand
UNDATED - Pizza delivery giant Domino’s is looking to hire 10,000 workers to meet increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. People are staying home and restaurants are closed, meaning there is a higher demand for food delivery and takeout. The chain needs to fill po...
March 20, 2020

South Dakota businesses struggle as they make changes in response to virus
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Businesses in South Dakota are making all sorts of changes to keep serving customers in these days of social distancing. Curb-side service, for example. "Call up a business owner, tell them what you are looking for, drive up and the business owner will come ...
March 20, 2020

Virtual program to be livestreamed to Campbell County residents
GILLETTE, WYO. - A livestream program where concerns and questions regarding COVID-19 will be discussed is scheduled for Sunday, March 22. Community members and leaders are hosting the virtual livestream for Campbell County residents.  The virtual Town Hall will gather mem...
March 20, 2020

Monument Health changes visitor policies, test collection sites
RAPID CITY, S.D. - To assure patients have safe access to health care, Monument Health has announced changes to visitor policies, COVID-19 test collection and other steps to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “As the virus continues to spread in other parts of the coun...
March 19, 2020

State Health Officials resume testing - three new positive COVID-19 cases reported
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says testing has confirmed three more positive cases of COVID-19 today -- all three cases are in Beadle County. Testing of nearly 400 samples resumed today after being delayed due to the lack of supplies. The state halted testing...
March 19, 2020

Two male suspects accused of holding up Rapid City casino
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Police are looking for two male suspects wanted in connection with an armed casino robbery. RCPD officers were called to the Market Square Casino on East St. Patrick Street for a report of a robbery around 11:40 p.m Wednesday night. Casino employee...
March 19, 2020

Rounds Unveils Three-Pronged Approach to Address Cattle Market Crisis
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced a number of steps he is taking to address the ongoing cattle market crisis, which has been magnified during the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and could lead to producer bankruptcies. “In recent years, cattle pro...
March 19, 2020

Helping children deal with COVID-19
PIERRE – With school cancelled for two weeks in South Dakota and other social distancing techniques being strongly recommended for the foreseeable future, children might feel anxious, isolated and depressed. The Department of Social Services (DSS) has resources available to...
March 19, 2020

BHSU psychology professor offers mental health tips in response to COVID-19 concerns
SPEARFISH, S.D. – If you are feeling more anxiety than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. Dr. Emilia Flint, associate professor of psychology at Black Hills State University, has several tips to help us cultivate calm in our lives. “Familiarity i...
March 19, 2020

Meade School District to pay staff during COVID-19 shutdown, classes continue on line
STURGIS, SD – Meade School District employees will be paid during closings due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Superintendent Jeff Simmons.  “We are in session,” he says.  “Teachers, administration and hourly people are doing their jobs an...
March 19, 2020

Governor Noem visits with EOC staff; says testing for COVID-19 is back underway
PIERRE, S.D. - Another day of no changes in coronavirus numbers in South Dakota. That’s due to a delay in testing because of a lack of necessary supplies. The COVID-19 count remains at eleven.  Noem says they will resume testing today. "Now that we have reagents and e...
March 19, 2020

Alleged price fixing during COVID-19 pandemic, relief package for beef producers focus of message to Washington
HURON, SD – As livestock markets continue to plummet, related businesses and trade organizations are calling on lawmakers for immediate action. After last week (March 13th) saw a dramatic drop in cattle prices at Ft. Pierre Livestock Market, South Dakota Farmers Union Pres...
March 19, 2020

Wyoming's courts, governor, back stricter COVID-19 measures, North Dakota sees more cases
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - State courts suspended all but the most pressing in-person proceedings Wednesday as COVID-19 spreads in Wyoming, reaching 16 cases statewide. The state Supreme Court order for circuit and district courts as well as the high court is in effect until April 10. G...
March 19, 2020

Settlement reached in lawsuit involving Wyoming coal workers
CASPER, Wyo. - Attorneys representing Wyoming coal miners have reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit against a bankrupt coal operator. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the settlement with Blackjewel LLC of West Virginia requires final approval by a federal judge. The ...
March 19, 2020

Jewel Cave is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance
CUSTER, S.D. - Jewel Cave National Monument is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of Thursday, March 19,...
March 19, 2020

j.C. Penney to close stores during COVID-19 pandemic
UNDATED - J.C. Penney Company, Inc. announced that they would be temporarily closing all of their stores starting today at 7 p.m. local time. The announcement was made in response to the evolving global COVID-19 pandemic. “With the effects of the outbreak being felt more ...
March 19, 2020

Sturgis implements "Good Deeds Initiative" in response to Coronavirus
STURGIS, S.D. - In response to the Coronavirus, the city of Sturgis is implementing a "Good Deeds Initiative." The following release from the city explains the initiative: As efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 become more urgent, the City of Sturgis has now formulated a pro...
March 18, 2020

City of Rapid City extends building closures in response to COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The City of Rapid City is extending building closures and urging people to pay their bills online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The city says Roosevelt Swim Center, Roosevelt Park Ice Arena and West and South Middle School community gyms will be closed unti...
March 18, 2020

Senator John Thune votes in favor of Passage of Additional Coronavirus Relief
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today released the following statement after the Senate overwhelmingly approved additional coronavirus relief funding that will continue to provide support to the American people, including by ensuring there are no financial barrie...
March 18, 2020

Authorities identify male killed in Butte County crash
NEWELL, S.D. - A Spearfish man has been identified as the person who died early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash east of Newell. Todd Blakeberg, 55, was driving a truck on U.S. Highway 212 when the truck went across the road and rolled in the ditch. Blakeberg was thrown from the ve...
March 18, 2020

Wyoming hires Northern Colorado's Linder as mens basketball head coach
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming has hired Northern Colorado's Jeff Linder to replace Allen Edwards as head coach. Linder has led the Bears to three straight seasons with over 20 wins. He was 80-50 over four seasons at Northern Colorado, including 22-9 this past season. Linder was nam...
March 18, 2020

Governor Noem meets with Monument Health officials
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem met with officials from Monument Health, based in Rapid City, Wednesday morning. Paulette Davidson, CEO at Monument, says they have spent the last several months preparing for COVID-19. “Much of that preparation, we have broug...
March 18, 2020

Governor Noem visits Monument Health; says shortage of supplies temporarily halts COVID-19 testing
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Officials have announced South Dakota’s public health lab has halted COVID-19 testing due to a shortage of supplies. At an appearance at Monument Health in Rapid City today, Governor Kristi Noem says the lad had to delay testing after running out o...
March 18, 2020

Community works together to keep retail, services in place, open during COVID-19
STURGIS, SD – Proactive best describes the mindset in the Sturgis community when it comes to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Executive Director Veronica Grosek of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau describes how it may not be business as usua...
March 18, 2020

South Dakota halts COVID-19 testing
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Officials have announced South Dakota's public health lab has halted COVID-19 testing due to a shortage of supplies. The lab had to stop this week after running out of supplies both from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private suppli...
March 18, 2020

Auction markets advised on COVID-19 precautions
Overland Park, Kan. - The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) is actively working to keep livestock auction markets functioning while following the rapidly changing field of guidance and mandates for businesses in light of COVID-19. Livestock auction markets are essential to ma...
March 18, 2020

Feeding South Dakota making adjustments with COVID-19 pandemic
UNDATED - COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, is challenging everyday life across the state -- including the ability to feed the hungry in South Dakota. Feeding South Dakota is continuing to fight the hunger needs in the state, despite eleven reported cases to this point of the virus....
March 18, 2020

South Dakota's Technical Colleges shift to online courses in response to COVID-19
UNDATED - In response to COVID-19, South Dakota’s four technical colleges will move to an online learning model. Beginning on Monday, March 23, all classes will be moved online. On-campus, in-person classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, March 30. All four campuses wil...
March 18, 2020

Virus can live on some surfaces for up to three days
WASHINGTON, DC - Tests led by U.S. government scientists show that the new coronavirus can live in the air for several hours and on some surfaces for up to three days. Their work, published last week,  doesn't prove that anyone has been infected through breathing it from th...
March 18, 2020

Biggest meth seizure in state's history
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 29-year-old Florida man has pleaded not guilty to a federal drug charge after authorities say he was travelling with 78 pounds of meth on a Montana highway. Authorities say it was the largest amount of meth ever seized in a traffic stop in the state...
March 18, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 increase in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials have confirmed two more cases of the coronavirus, six days after the state's first positive test of COVID-19. Officials said Tuesday the new cases involve a woman in her 20s from Cass County and a man in his 60s from Ward Co...
March 18, 2020

Sturgis Grocery Store sets shopping time for senior citizens
STURGIS, S.D. - Some area businesses are lending a helping hand to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, so some area grocery stores are setting up shopping times for senior ci...
March 17, 2020

Polling location for Rural Meade County Ambulance District relocated
STURGIS, S.D. - The special election for the Rural Meade County Ambulance District, scheduled for March 23rd, is still proceeding as scheduled. Because of the rising concerns about COVID-19, the location has been moved from the Sturgis Community Center to the County Auditor's El...
March 17, 2020

Governor Noem says schools will remain closed through next week
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - In a press conference with health leaders from Avera and Sanford Health, Governor Kristi Noem says schools across South Dakota will remain closed through next week. The Governor announced school will stay closed through March 27 as a precaution to slow the sp...
March 17, 2020

South Dakota gets $3.4 million in 911 call system lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota officials say the state will receive $3.4 million in a settlement with a company that used to handle its 911 call system. After a series of alleged 911 call failures, the state decided to change its emergency call system provider last year...
March 17, 2020

Two bodies on reservation likely those of missing cousins
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Sheriff's officials say two bodies found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are believed to be those of cousins who have been missing for more than two months. Oglala Lakota County Sheriff Joe Herman says autopsies will confirm the identity of the two...
March 17, 2020

South Dakota Board of Regents CEO to step down
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The executive director and CEO of the governing board for South Dakota's six public universities will be stepping down. Paul Beran held the job with the Board of Regents since 2018. He will leave when his current contract expires at the end of June. ...
March 17, 2020

Election for Rural Ambulance District still a go for next week
STURGIS, S.D. – Rural residents who live just outside Sturgis city limits and are currently being served by the Sturgis Ambulance Service are being reminded about next week’s election. Ross Lamphere with the Rural Sturgis Ambulance Group says there is some concern ou...
March 17, 2020

Health Department reports additional case of COVID-19; a female traveler in Minnehaha County
UNDATED – The latest COVID-19 report from the South Dakota Department of Health indicates another positive test in Minnehaha County. As has been the case with the all the other residents, the latest person to test positive had been traveling outside the state. The latest ...
March 17, 2020

South Dakota biotech firm rushing to develop coronavirus treatment
SIOUX FALLS, sd - A Sioux Falls company — with its team of scientists and a herd of genetically engineered cows — is working feverishly to develop an effective treatment for people infected with the coronavirus. SAb Biotherapeutics has emerged as a major player in th...
March 17, 2020

South Dakota man accused of running cattle Ponzi scheme
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A South Dakota man faces federal charges that he ran a multi-million-dollar cattle Ponzi scheme. A federal grand jury earlier this month indicted 58-year-old Robert Blom of Corsica on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Blom pleaded not ...
March 17, 2020

South Dakota governor signs bills worth $6.4M into law
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that will kick in over $6.4 million to state programs including a new radio system for first responders and several new programs at state universities. The biggest-ticket item was $5.1 million to upgrade t...
March 17, 2020

Retailers Assure Consumers: Supply Chain Intact, Businesses Taking Precautions
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is assuring consumers that the supply chain for food and sanitary supplies remains intact, and that businesses are taking extra precautions to minimize the impact of COVID-19. Ample supplies of food, clea...
March 17, 2020

Rapid City Area Schools to pay employees during shut down
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The head of the Rapid City Board of Education says all employees will get their normal salaries while schools are shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Mike Roesler has told area media that it's important to keep staff paid. "When we close schools, and espe...
March 16, 2020

Lone COVID-19 death in the state died in Mitchell
MITCHELL, S.D. - The State Health Department says the Pennington County man in his 60’s who died as a result of the COVID-19 virus, actually died at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Avera Queen of Peace CEO Tom Clark says 16 staff were involved and put on self-is...
March 16, 2020

COVID-19 sends state universities to online only classes
PIERRE, S.D. - All South Dakota university classes will be temporarily moved online beginning Monday, March 23. The state Board of Regents said, in a news release, that this is an effort to keep students and staff safe and healthy. Spring break was already extended through Frida...
March 16, 2020

Monday's COVID-19 update - one additional case reported in Minnehaha County
UNDATED – The South Dakota Department of Health reported one positive COVID-19 test over the past 24 hours in its latest report issued today. The positive case is out of Minnehaha County, where there are now four positive cases of COVID-19. The new case is a male in his 2...
March 16, 2020

Salvation Army to temporarily suspend food pantry eligibility guidelines
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Salvation Army reported Monday that to better serve our communities during these uncertain times, we are temporarily suspending our food pantry eligibility guidelines. Families in need will now be able to receive pantry boxes once a month instead of once ...
March 16, 2020

Cousins, Vikings agree to 2-year contract extension
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Cousins' agent Mike McCartney made the announcement on his verified Twitter account. Terms were not immediately available. Cousins was entering the final seaso...
March 16, 2020

South Dakota gas prices plummet as COVID-19 affects markets
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 8.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 14.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 24.8 cents per gallon lower th...
March 16, 2020

Buckskin Mining to lay off some coal workers in Wyoming
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A coal mining company in northeast Wyoming has informed its workers of potential layoffs in response to lower production at the mine and a weak domestic market for Powder River Basin coal. The Gillette News Record reported Thursday that it is unclear how many j...
March 16, 2020

Monument Health in Rapid City to begin drive-through testing for COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Monument Health in Rapid City is introducing a drive-through sample collection on Monday for patients with a suspected COVID-19 infection. They’re also adding a Nurse Triage Line to connect patients with nurses. The drive-though sampling will only ...
March 16, 2020

Sturgis volunteers put together sack lunches for students in need this week
STURGIS, S.D. - Thanks to a group of Sturgis volunteers, some students who may not get lunch this week due to school being closed due to the COVID-19 virus, will not go hungry. Shawn Fisher with the Sturgis Ambulance Service as well as several other local volunteers, will hand o...
March 15, 2020

Department of Health has no new COVID-19 cases in Sunday report
UNDATED - The South Dakota Department of Health reports another 24 hours with NO new cases of COVID-19. The number of cases in the state remains at 9 as of Sunday with one death. There have been 327 negative tests for COVID-19 and as of today, 6 tests are pending. Positive cas...
March 15, 2020

Early morning crash near Newell results in fatality
NEWELL, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one man died early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash east of Newell. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved. A 2004 Ford F150 pickup was eastbound on U....
March 15, 2020

South Dakota reports no new cases of COVID-19 heading into the weekend
UNDATED - An update from the South Dakota Department of Health has indicated no new cases of COVID-19 in the state over the past 24 hours. The number of cases in South Dakota remains at 9. Those cases include one each in Beadle, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Davison and McCook Countie...
March 14, 2020

Monument Health to restrict visitors and deliveries
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Monument Health is taking steps throughout its facilities to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect patients and caregivers, and ensure that our healthcare system can continue to care for our communities. “We have no reason to panic, but every reason to pr...
March 13, 2020

Report of shots fired puts BHSU on temporary lockdown Friday
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Spearfish Police were called to a campus apartment Friday for a report of shots fired. Police say their 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center received a report of noises that sounded like popping or possible gunshots Friday afternoon. Officers responded to the camp...
March 13, 2020

City of Sturgis to close community center and library
STURGIS, SD - Based on information from the Governor’s Office including the scheduled school closures next week, the City of Sturgis has made the decision to close the Sturgis Public Library and the Sturgis Community Center effective Monday, March 16.  The closure will...
March 13, 2020

Police arrest suspect in early morning casino robbery
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police have arrested a man believed to be connected with four robberies that have occurred over the past month. Police say they responded to a report of a robbery at 3:00 a.m. this morning at the B.P. Casino. When they arrived on scene, a casi...
March 13, 2020

Quick moving snow storm could drop some significant snow overnight
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Forecasters say a potent storm system will bring accumulating snow to much of the area from tonight through Saturday morning. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for a good portion of southwestern South Dakota. The Natio...
March 13, 2020

Meade 46-1 following Governor's recommendation to close next week
STURGIS, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem today requested all school district within the state to keep students out of the classroom next week and use the time to sanitize and clean in response to the COVID-19 cases reported within the state. In a release today, the Meade 46-1 School...
March 13, 2020

Governor declares emergency, closes schools in wake of COVID-19 cases in the state
UNDATED – Governor Kristi Noem has declared a state of emergency in South Dakota and asked that schools close next week in response to the COVID-19 virus. The move comes as one additional positive COVID-19 test was reported over the past 24 hours. The person testing positi...
March 13, 2020

SDHSAA postpones all State Basketball Tournaments
UNDATED - The COVID-19 virus has now led to the postponement of all State Basketball Tournaments in South Dakota. The South Dakota High School Activities Association issued the following release: At the request of Governor Noem, the remainder of the SDHSAA Class B Girls Basketb...
March 13, 2020

Buckle: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) _ Buckle Inc. (BKE) on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $47 million. The Kearney, Nebraska-based company said it had net income of 96 cents per share. The teen clothing retailer posted revenue of $271 million in the period. For the year, the...
March 13, 2020

Montana, Navajo company reach deal on mine to waive immunity
BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana regulators have reached a deal allowing the state to enforce environmental laws at a large coal mine bought by a Navajo-owned company, officials said Thursday. For months, executives from the Navajo Transitional Energy Company and state officials ...
March 13, 2020

Consumer Counsel wants more info on Colstrip purchase
BILLINGS, Mont. — NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to purchase a larger portion of a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Montana for $1 doesn’t include analysis to show the acquisition is in the public interest and will result in reasonable electricity charges,...
March 13, 2020

Supreme Court gives judges authority to modify operations
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Supreme Court has issued an order declaring a judicial emergency because of the new coronavirus. The order gives the presiding judges of the state's seven judicial circuits authority to modify or suspend court rules as warranted for dealing...
March 13, 2020

State budget: Pay raises, hemp, bridges and USD building
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Legislature has approved a 2% boost to funding for salary for teachers, state employees and people who work for nonprofits with government funding as it passed a budget that will start in July. Lawmakers also have money left over to fund a ...
March 13, 2020

South Dakota Legislature clears hemp plan with Noem's OK
PIERRE, S.D. — A proposal to legalize industrial hemp in South Dakota has cleared the Legislature, and Gov. Kristi Noem says she will sign it. The Legislature approved a crucial demand from the governor. It allotted $3.5 million that Noem says is necessary to “res...
March 13, 2020

Results from Thursday's Quarterfinals of the Girls Class B State Basketball Tournament
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The 2020 SDHSAA State 'B' Girls Basketball Championships began on Thursday in Spearfish. Here are the scores from the quarterfinal round and the schedule for Friday. All games are televised live on SDPB1-TV and streamed live on SDPB.org/basketball. The semifinal...
March 13, 2020

ECHL suspends hockey operations due to COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. -The ECHL announced Thursday it was suspending operations immediately due to the COVID-19 situation. A release from the Rapid City Rush read as follows: "The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, are proceeding within the gui...
March 13, 2020

Trial likely over wrongful death
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a woman who died after becoming unresponsive in the Brown County Jail in 2015 may be going to trial after settlement talks broke off. The family of Sarah Circle Bear is seeking damages and claiming negligence in th...
March 13, 2020

South Dakota cities prepare for COVID-19
STURGIS, S.D. - Cities and towns across South Dakota are putting into place preparations and plans should COVID-19 become a major problem. In Sturgis, Mayor Mark Carstensen says things continue as normal for now. He says the virus has not been reported in Sturgis but encourages ...
March 12, 2020

No new COVID-19 cases reported today in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says there are no new cases of COVID-19 in the state today. In fact, she says they have learned more about the seven people who currently have the virus and says they all traveled outside of the state and its believe that is...
March 12, 2020

Public University System Responds to COVID-19 Virus
PIERRE, S.D. – Public universities across South Dakota will extend their spring break by one week and cancel non-essential travel in an effort to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Spring break is already underway this week at all campuses within South Dakota&r...
March 12, 2020

Faith girls defeat Howard in first round action at State B Tournament
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Faith Longhorns girls basketball team cruised to a 56-34 first round win over Howard as the State B Basketball Tournament opened in Spearfish today. The Longhorns jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Longhorns had three ...
March 12, 2020

Death of infant leads to a murder charge against airman
RAPID CITY, S.D.  — An Ellsworth Air Force Base airman is now facing a murder charge after a baby, who was found unresponsive last week in a Rapid City home, died. The infant, who was about to turn six-months-old died in a Sioux Falls hospital from his injuries on Wed...
March 12, 2020

Rapid City motel held up by lone gunman
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City report a motel in the 600 block LaTrobe Avenue was held up on Wednesday night. Police say a motel employee told police that a man came into the lobby around 11:30 p.m., brandished a handgun and demanded money from the register. He left wit...
March 12, 2020

South Dakota lawmaker tested for virus; session continues
PIERRE, S.D. - District 23 Representative Spencer Gosch is currently undergoing testing for what is being described as a, ‘serious medical situation.’ House Speaker Steven Haugaard made the announcement at the start of legislative business Thursday.  Haugaard sa...
March 12, 2020

Rocky Mountain Power seeks residential electric increase
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming regulators will begin planning in the weeks ahead to consider rate changes proposed by the state's largest electric utility. Rocky Mountain Power seeks to cut rates for industrial customers by 0.8%. The PacifiCorp subsidiary also proposes to raise res...
March 12, 2020

Chick-fil-A coming to Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Chick-fil-A will build its first restaurant in Sioux Falls. Mayor Paul TenHaken happily proclaimed the announcement 'live' on Facebook. "We're are getting a Chick-fil-A in Sioux Falls! You hear that. All the grade schools and elementary schools that I visit,...
March 12, 2020

Monument Health assisted living and care centers closed to all visitors
RAPID CITY, S.D. - According to a press release, in order to protect its residents from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, Monument Health announced that visitors will not be allowed at its Custer Care Center and Assisted Living in Custer and its Sturgis Care Center. “This is...
March 12, 2020

Legislation introduced to protect ranchers, auction markets
WASHINGTON, DC -  A bill to protect ranchers and livestock auctions from dealer payment defaults has been introduced in Congress. The bipartisan Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act addresses the quick turnaround between the purchase and resale of cattle by dealers. I...
March 12, 2020

Latest beef labeling policy idea supported by South Dakota congressman
WASHINGTON, DC – The latest policy suggestion from US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on labeling beef has been characterized as “sheep in wolves clothing,” by at least one trade organization. Last week, Perdue told House Ag Committee members, “The ind...
March 12, 2020

What SD lawmakers have on the budget negotiating table
PIERRE, S.D. — As the South Dakota Legislature enters its final day to finalize a budget, lawmakers are squabbling over how to spend $13 million in unexpected one-time funds. Republican lawmakers are negotiating competing proposals on how to use the money. It appears th...
March 11, 2020

Three new positive test results for COVID-19 surface in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says three more positive tests for COVID-19 were released today, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 8. The Governor says the three new cases are in Minnehaha and Bon Homme Counties. Two of the cases are in Mi...
March 11, 2020

Canadian firm starts US prep work for Keystone XL pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Canadian company says it has started preliminary work along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. as opponents wait for a judge to rule on their request to block the project. TC Energy spokeswoman Sara Rabern said Wednesday the Calg...
March 11, 2020

SDHSAA says all state basketball tournament games still on
UNDATED - The South Dakota High School Activities Association says as of now, all state basketball tournaments are still on as scheduled. The statement was issued today by Daniel Swartos, Exeuctive Director of the SDHSAA. The release stated the following: After consultation ...
March 11, 2020

Monument Health taking precautions as COVID-19 makes appearance in state
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The major health care systems in South Dakota are gearing up for the possible spread of Covid-19 infections. The first cases were reported in the state yesterday (Tuesday). At Monument Health in Rapid City, they report physicians and caregivers have been plann...
March 11, 2020

Oglala Sioux Tribe approves medical, recreational marijuana
PIERRE, S.D. — Preliminary election results say members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe have passed a referendum to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A proposal to to allow alcohol in the tribe's casino failed. The resu...
March 11, 2020

Ex-priest guilty of stealing cash donations in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A former priest accused of stealing $260,000 in cash donations from the Diocese of Rapid City has been found guilty on all 65 charges against him. Marcin Garbacz, 41, had no reaction when a judge read the federal jury verdicts Tuesday on wire fraud, mone...
March 11, 2020

Missing man found, no further information released
WEBSTER, S.D.—The search for a missing South Dakota man is over. Authorities have been looking for 67-year-old Richard “Butch” Carpenter, who last known to be in the Bitter Lake area near Waubay around nine o’clock Sunday night. Today, the Day County Law...
March 11, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs adopts no visitors policy including Ft. Meade, Hot Springs
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that more than 134 nursing homes across the country have adopted a "no visitors" policy in an effort to lower the risk of exposure to the coronavirus among older veterans who are particularly vulnerable...
March 11, 2020

Faith and St Thomas More boys punch ticket to state tournament
 UNDATED - The Boys Class A and Class B SoDak 16 wrapped up Tuesday, setting the stage for the upcoming state tournament. In Class B, the Faith Longhorns punched their ticket to the state tournament with a big overtime win over Marty Indian. The 11th seeded Longhorns upset ...
March 10, 2020

After six hour hearing, RC Council votes to expel Lisa Modrick
RAPID CITY, S.D. – In an unprecedented move, the Rapid City Council, after a more than six hour meeting, voted to expel alderwoman Lisa Modrick. The move follows an incident in which Modrick alleged airport board president Darren Haar threatened her in a meeting between th...
March 10, 2020

South Dakota announces 1st positive cases of COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota went from no COVID-19 cases to a possible five with one death in a matter of 24 hours. South Dakota officials today announced the first positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Health anno...
March 10, 2020

Steelers-Cowboys in Hall of Fame game, honor former coaches
CANTON, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys will play in the Hall of Fame Game to honor their former coaches. Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson will be inducted this summer. The game in Canton, Ohio, opens the preseason schedule on Aug. 6. Cowher and Johnson e...
March 10, 2020

Police in Rapid City investigating shots fired in two separate locations
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police in Rapid City say they are investigating a report of shots fired in two different locations overnight. Police say the first report came in shortly before 9:30 from the 2300 block of South Valley Drive. Witnesses say they heard several shots and se...
March 10, 2020

Ford, West among those playing in Celebrity Softball Game for charity
CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Actor Harrison Ford and rapper Kanye West will take part in a celebrity softball game for charity in Wyoming. The game on June 13 in Cody will raise money for cancer research. Organizer Ryan Brown tells the Casper Star-Tribune other confirmed players include fo...
March 10, 2020

Budgetary constraints affecting staffing; RIF program at Meade 46-1
STURGIS, S.D. – Staffing for next year and the possible elimination of the gifted and talented program were hot topics at Monday night’s Meade 46-1 School Board meeting. Superintendent Jeff Simmons says ten F.T.E.’s, or full time equivalents were under discussi...
March 10, 2020

Parts of worship service suspended until coronavirus concerns lessen
MITCHELL, SD - At least one South Dakota church is taking a proactive approach to concerns regarding the coronavirus. Father Ken Lulf at Holy Family Catholic Church says the parish’s insurance provider offered some suggestions. “No holy water in the fonts to try and ...
March 10, 2020

Edwards out at Wyoming after dismal back-to-back seasons
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming has fired head basketball coach Allen Edwards after back-to-back losing seasons. University officials announced Monday a search for a replacement will begin immediately. Wyoming made a surprise run in the recent Mountain West Conference tournament, beat...
March 10, 2020

Company expands natural gas capacity with new Wyoming plant
CASPER, Wyo. - An energy company has completed a new Wyoming natural gas processing plant that doubles its processing capacity in the Powder River Basin. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the Meritage Midstream ULC plant is capable of processing 200 million cubic feet of gas dai...
March 10, 2020

222 Million Disapprove of Government Tax Use-Wallethub Study
UNDATED - With Tax Day looming and Americans still figuring out the new tax code, WalletHub today released its 2020 Taxpayer Survey as well as its yearly report on the States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Rates (accompanying videos included) in order to help people better und...
March 10, 2020

Issues with state social services concerning to lawmaker
PIERRE, SD – A South Dakota lawmaker says he is concerned about the Department of Social Services because he is hearing more accounts of child abuse and truancy. House Representative Ryan Cwach observes, “When it comes to child protection services, they have a hard t...
March 10, 2020

Law enforcement searching for missing man
WEBSTER, S.D. The Day County Sheriff’s Office in Webster issued a news release Monday saying they’re asking for the public’s helping in locating a missing man. Sixty seven year-old Richard “Butch” Carpenter’s last known location was near Bitte...
March 10, 2020

No. 17 South Dakota women roll past Oral Roberts in Summit Tournament
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Taylor Frederick scored 16 points, Hannah Sjerven added a double-double with seven blocks and No. 17 South Dakota coasted past fourth-seeded Oral Roberts 65-43 in the Summit League semifinals. Sjerven, who had 15 points and matched her career high with...
March 9, 2020

St Thomas More and Hill City girls punch ticket to State Tournament
UNDATED - The eight teams are set for the Girls Class A State Basketball Tournament as the SoDak 16 wrapped up Monday night. Top seeded St Thomas More defeated Tri-Valley 64-43 to earn a spot in the upcoming tournament. They will be joined by undefeated Winner, who rolled past ...
March 9, 2020

Senators want more time to negotiate hemp funding
PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers in the Senate rewrote a bill to legalize industrial hemp on Monday in an attempt to ensure it meets Gov. Kristi Noem's demand of $3.5 million for the program. The proposal entered a state of flux as the Senate replaced the 26-page bill with a sing...
March 9, 2020

With deadlines looming, budgets and bills enter final stages
PIERRE, S.D. — With deadlines looming, lawmakers are scrambling to decide on several high-profile initiatives, including legalizing industrial hemp, Gov. Kristi Noem's streamlining of county permits for feedlots and allowing written driver's license exams to be taken in Spa...
March 9, 2020

Legislature clears Noem's change to county permit decisions
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Legislature has cleared a proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem to streamline the decision-making process for county permits. The bill paves the way for feedlots and projects like wind farms. It also makes it more difficult for people to contest...
March 9, 2020

House and Senate at odds over expanding crisis hotline
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota House passed a proposal on Monday to require the statewide expansion of a crisis hotline designed for people in a mental crisis or struggling with addiction issues, but the House and Senate are at odds over who should pay for the bulk of its ...
March 9, 2020

Governor announces room in budget for pay increases and hemp
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem said South Dakota's state budget will have enough room to launch an industrial hemp program and to raise pay for teachers and state employees. The Republican governor said that increases in tax revenue and cuts to other programs will carve ...
March 9, 2020

South Dakota gas prices fall 2.78 cents heading into second week of March
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.26/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 2.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 4.3 cents per gallon lower than...
March 9, 2020

Powder River Basin mine lays off 50 temporary workers
CASPER, Wyo. - Peabody Energy has laid off 50 temporary workers at a Wyoming coal mine. Company spokeswoman Charlene Murdock tells the Casper Star-Tribune Thursday's cuts are in line with Peabody's practice of matching staffing levels with production. The North Antelope Roche...
March 9, 2020

Programs to focus on grain entrapment
WEBSTER, SD - The movie “SILO” will bring awareness to grain entrapment thanks to support from community organizations. “Unfortunately, grain entrapment accidents are becoming much too common,” said Jerry Mork, Clark / Day County Farm Bureau president, wh...
March 9, 2020

Man trapped in grain bin for five hours rescued
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A man is recovering after getting trapped in a grain bin near Pierre on Friday afternoon.  KCCR Radio reports the man became trapped in the structure about 30 miles southeast of Pierre. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters arrived to find l...
March 9, 2020

Milk recall investigation underway
BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is investigating after it believes that a sanitizing agent that is used to sterilize and clean equipment was inadvertently introduced to a small portion of milk during production at the Cass-Clay plant in Fargo.Cass...
March 9, 2020

Impact of coronavirus grows, financial markets in chaos, consumers rush to buy diminishing supplies
PIERRE, S.D. – As states deal with or prepare for the spread of the coronavirus, reports of empty shelves in stores and shortages of some products are beginning to increase. Even places of worship are discontinuing some practices until the threat of infection passes. South...
March 9, 2020

South Dakota can test about 900 for the coronavirus
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota health officials say the state has the ability to test about 900 people for the coronavirus. To date, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surfaced in South Dakota. The Department of Health says it tested five people so far and all were negati...
March 9, 2020

Bounty program will continue in South Dakota
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has voted in favor of conducting a nest predator bounty program again in 2020.At their January meeting, the commission was provided a comprehensive summary on the 2019 Nest Predator Bounty Program and adopted a r...
March 9, 2020

Woman sentenced for bank fraud
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A Renner woman who stole checks from mailboxes then altered and cashed them has been sentenced to two months in jail and four years of supervised probation. Tessa Crawford, 24, will also have to repay nearly $4,000 in restitution. She pled guilty last year ...
March 9, 2020

Custer County Search and Rescue help rescue woman from Black Elk Peak
CUSTER, S.D. - The Custer County Search and Rescue department says they were able to locate a hiker who had become lost in the Black Elk Peak area Saturday night. According to searchers, a woman hiking alone up Black Elk Peak called 9-1-1 to report she was lost about 5:30 Saturd...
March 8, 2020

Grass fire in Farmingdale area burns nearly 170 acres
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. - Another grass fire was reported on the Western South Dakota plains Saturday, as fire crews quickly responded to the blaze shortly before noon. The New Underwood Fire District were the first to respond to a report of a wildland fire near the intersection of ...
March 8, 2020

South Dakota tribe set to vote on legalizing marijuana
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on whether to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation. Many hope it will bring economic development to one of the most impoverished areas in the country....
March 8, 2020

No. 17-ranked South Dakota women dismantle Omaha by 59
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Ciara Duffy scored 17 points and Monica Arens 16 and No. 17-ranked South Dakota gashed Omaha 99-40 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament. South Dakota never trailed. Duffy scored seven of the Coyotes' first 16 points when her layup with ...
March 8, 2020

Purdue Fort Wayne upsets South Dakota State in Summit tourney
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Matt Holba scored 21 points and No. 7 seed Purdue Fort Wayne upset second-seeded South Dakota State 77-74 in a Summit League tournament quarterfinal. Noah Freidel scored 35 points to lead South Dakota State. Purdue Fort Wayne had a 75-71 lead with 22...
March 8, 2020

Scoopers drop SoDak 16 game to Yankton; RCC and RCS punch tickets to state
YANKTON, S.D. - Matthew Mors and the Yankton Bucks were too much for Sturgis as they cruised to a 65-39 win Saturday and earn a berth in the upcoming State AA Boys Basketball Tournament. Mors was unstoppable, scoring 19 points and pleasing the crowd with six slam dunks that got ...
March 8, 2020

Fire near Hermosa Friday burns nearly 200 acres
HERMOSA, S.D. -Fire crews in the Hermosa area knocked down a fast moving grass fire Friday. The fire was reported just before noon Friday morning east of Highway 40. The fire burned approximately 193 acres. Multiple fire agencies from different cities were dispatched to the sce...
March 6, 2020

Rapid City Stevens girls headed to state tournament
UNDATED - The eight teams are set for the South Dakota Class AA girls basketball tournament in two weeks. Rapid City Stevens, the number two seed, punched their ticket to the tournament with a 66-46 victory over Watertown Friday night in the SoDak 16. Top seeded Sioux Falls O'G...
March 6, 2020

Friday Night, South Dakota High School Region Scores
UNDATED - Region playoff scores from Friday Night, March 6: BOYS BASKETBALL Class A Region 1= SoDak 16 Qualifier= Milbank 64, Groton Area 56 Tiospa Zina Tribal 58, Sisseton 45 Class A Region 3= SoDak 16 Qualifier= Dell Rapids 64, West Central 50 Sioux Falls Christian 83,...
March 6, 2020

Noem's riot boosting law heads to her desk
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to revive the state's criminal and civil punishments for riots has passed a final Senate vote and will next proceed to her desk. The issue has drawn demonstrations, lawsuits and passionate testimony over the past year. The Repu...
March 6, 2020

Landslide blocks train in eastern Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. — A landslide is blocking a BNSF Railway freight line in eastern Montana. The slide happened at about 10 p.m. Wednesday about 10 miles west of Miles City. Dirt covered about 800 feet of railway that runs along the Yellowstone River. BNSF spokeswoman Ma...
March 6, 2020

Enhanced fire danger throughout the weekend
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Enhanced fire danger is expected today through Sunday across western and southern South Dakota. Minimum relative humidity will drop into the 15-35 percent range with the lowest readings across south-central South Dakota. Additionally, breezy winds will b...
March 6, 2020

EPA releases list of disinfectants to use against coronoavirus
WASHINGTON, DC - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preve...
March 6, 2020

SD House bill banning electronic use while driving passes House, Senate
RAPID CITY, S.D. - House Bill 1169 bans devices like phones, pagers, computers, tablets-- and also bans the use of social media while driving. "It just reinforces the message that driving takes 100% of your attention," said Captain James Johns with Rapid City Police Department. ...
March 6, 2020

People, communities in crisis focus of Farmers Union convention
HURON, SD - The depressed farm economy along with farm stress are top of mind for delegates attending the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention this week in Savannah, Ga. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke says much of their discussion has centered on trying to f...
March 6, 2020

South Dakota Governor says state is ready for coronavirus outbreak
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says the state is developing a response to the possible spread of the coronavirus. “There is a very low risk to the general public in the state and we are prepared,” says Noem.  “We are coordinating with the f...
March 6, 2020

ND legislature pressured to extend statute of limitations for sex abuse charges against Catholic Church
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three attorneys who conducted their own investigation into clergy sex abuse want the North Dakota Legislature to open up the statute of limitations that has protected offenders in civil cases against the Catholic church. They are also demanding that that...
March 6, 2020

Scooper Girls Basketball honored at awards night
STURGIS, S.D. With their season over, the Sturgis Scooper girls basketball team held their annual awards night Thursday. Award winners were as follows: Offensive MVP: Sarah Janz Defensive MVP: Megan Petrocco Secretary of Assists: Tatum Lightenburg Scooper Award: Kylie Shaw Chai...
March 5, 2020

Faith Lady Longhorns headed to State B Girls Tournament
UNDATED - The Faith Lady Longhorns are headed to the girls Class B State Basketball tournament with a 55-36 win over Kimbal/White Lake in their SoDak 16 game last night. They will be the only West River team as Newell fell to Faulkton 56 to 47 and New Underwood lost to Castlewo...
March 5, 2020

Thursday Night, March 5, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: GIRLS BASKETBALL Class A Region 1= SoDak 16 Qualifier= Aberdeen Roncalli 58, Webster 20 Redfield 49, Sisseton 45 Class A Region 2= SoDak 16 Qualifier= Flandreau 60, Florence/Henry 28 H...
March 5, 2020

Attorney for RC Councilor Lisa Modrick speaks out on upcoming code of conduct hearing
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Council member facing a code of conduct hearing and possible expulsion from the council appeared with her attorney Thursday in hopes of getting out her side of the story. Lisa Modrick didn’t speak at yesterday's presser, as her attorney re...
March 5, 2020

Legislature clears Gov. Kristi Noem's revamp of riot laws
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to revive the state's criminal and civil punishments for riots has passed a final Senate vote and will next proceed to her desk. The issue has drawn demonstrations, lawsuits and passionate testimony over the past year. The Repu...
December 31, 1969

Spearfish police investigating armed robbery of Yesway Store
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Police in Spearfish are investigating an armed robbery. On Wednesday 3/4/2020 at approximately 8:24 p.m., the Yesway Convenience Store located at 2728 1st Avenue (Exit 14 I-90) in Spearfish was robbed by a lone male individual. The male displayed a handgun to t...
March 5, 2020

South Dakota virus prep includes in-house tests; webinars
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota health officials have acquired the ability to test for coronavirus and will consider shutting schools if an outbreak is detected. The state's had no confirmed cases, but officials in charge of preparations say the situation is evolving rapidly. Hea...
March 5, 2020

Additional ‘Move Over’ Law Going to House Floor
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill to require motorist to move over when approaching stopped emergency vehicles is one step away from going to the Governor’s desk. South Dakota currently has a move over law but SB 164 increases the distance to move over and the penalty for failing to d...
March 5, 2020

Police arrest man for child abuse after infant admitted to hospital
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police say an infant has been admitted to the hospital and a local man has been charged with child abuse. Police say James T. Cunningham, 26, is accused of causing serious, life-threatening injuries to a child. Police have not said what type of inju...
March 4, 2020

Native American school proposal defeated in House committee
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota House committee has rejected a proposal to start four schools focused on Native American language and culture despite the bill receiving unanimous support from the Senate. House lawmakers voted 9-5 to effectively kill the bill after representatives...
March 4, 2020

Man arrested in killing of Sioux Falls pizza delivery driver
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A 21-year-old Sioux Falls man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery driver. Thirty-year-old Casey Bonhorst was killed Feb. 26 as he was making a delivery to a home on the city's east side. As Bonhorst walked back...
March 4, 2020

Noem's bill streamlining feedlot permits heads to final vote
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to overhaul how South Dakota counties make permit decisions for feedlots and other projects is heading towards a final vote in the House after a committee on approved the bill. The Republican governor has cast the bill as part of...
March 4, 2020

Yankton man gets life in killing, dismemberment of woman
YANKTON, S.D.  — A Yankton man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and dismembering her body has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole. Stephen Falkenberg was sentenced Monday in the March 2019 death of Tamara LaFramboise. A jury convi...
March 4, 2020

After DUI arrest, school superintendent signs wine bottles for political fundraiser
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Republicans auctioned bottles of wine named for and signed by North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler just days after she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. North Dakota District 12 and 29 Republicans held their Lincoln Day dinn...
March 4, 2020

USDA accused of continuing push for RFID mandate, R-CALF back in court
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A new legal motion filed in a U.S. District Court of Wyoming reveals that despite the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) assurances to the court that it is no longer pursuing its Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) mandate, a recently published article u...
March 4, 2020

Former priest had a history of stealing from church coffers
RAPID CITY, SD - The trial of 41-year old Marcin Garbacz, a former Catholic priest who's accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from church collections, has begun in federal court. As part of the trial that opened Tuesday, the former bishop of the Rapid City Cathol...
March 4, 2020

BHSU and SD School of Mines women drop their quaterfinal RMAC Games
UNDATED - The basketball season has come to an end for both the BHSU and South Dakota School of Mines women. BHSU fell to the Colorado School of Mines in quarterfinal action Tuesday night. Denali Pinto scored 24 points in leading the Colorado School of Mines to a 66-44 victory. ...
March 4, 2020

BHSU Yellow Jackets upset in first round of RMAC Tournament
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills State University men's basketball team was stunned by the Hardrockers in the first round of the RMAC Tournament falling 71-80. The Yellow Jackets finish the season 20-9 and 17-5 in conference play. The stage was set for a game with the atmospher...
March 4, 2020

Tuesday Night, March 3, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, March 3, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Class A Region 1= First Round= Groton Area 64, Aberdeen Roncalli 41 Milbank 56, Redfield 46 Sisseton 57, Webster 47 Class A Region 2= First Round= Clark/Willow La...
March 3, 2020

South Dakota voters to decide on Deadwood sports betting
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota voters will decide in November on whether to allow sports betting in Deadwood. The House has passed a proposal that puts it up to voters whether to change the state's constitution to allow for sports betting in Deadwood. Tribal casinos would ...
March 3, 2020

House OKs ban on unions for university faculty
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota House has passed a proposal to get rid of the faculty union at public universities. The Senate passed the bill last week. It also has the support of Gov. Kristi Noem. That suggests it's likely that the faculty union will soon be eliminate...
March 3, 2020

Legislature passes bill requiring acceptance of tribal ID's
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota House has passed a proposal to require South Dakota businesses to accept tribal IDs as proof of identity and age. The bill has already passed the Senate and next proceeds to Gov. Kristi Noem for final approval. Rep. Peri Pourier, a Pine R...
March 3, 2020

Senate resolution on gun safety gets transformed
PIERRE, S.D. — A proposal brought by a South Dakota Democrat asking the Legislature to acknowledge the issue of gun deaths in the state was transformed by Senate Republicans to highlight reductions in accidental deaths from firearms. Sen. Reynold Nesiba of Sioux Falls sai...
March 3, 2020

Broncos to acquire Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado - A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have agreed to acquire cornerback A.J. Bouye from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft. The person spoke on condition of anonymity becau...
March 3, 2020

Semi truck in the median disrupts eastbound travel on I-90 at Rapid City Tuesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A jackknifed truck caused traffic disruptions on I-90 this afternoon at the Haines Avenue Exit. The South Dakota Highway Patrol and Rapid City area law enforcement responded to the scene where they found the rig jackknifed in the median. Rapid City Fire...
March 3, 2020

Governor and lawmakers disagree on costs of legalizing hemp
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers and Gov. Kristi Noem floated vastly different cost estimates for legalizing industrial hemp. It presents a final hang-up to the resolution of their year-long dispute. The governor's office argued that industrial hemp would make it n...
March 3, 2020

Fire destroys Meadow bar and grill
MEADOW, S.D. – A popular gathering place in the tiny town of Meadow in Perkins County has been destroyed by fire. Smoky’s Bar and Grill is considered a complete loss after the fire Sunday afternoon. Perkins County authorities say a passerby noticed smoke coming from...
March 3, 2020

Gun-rights activists terrorize lawmakers in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who for decades have allowed gun owners to openly carry rifles and handguns in most public spaces may be carving out one new exception to that right  -  at their own workplace in the Capitol. Some state lawmakers promised&n...
March 3, 2020

Driver takes plea deal in crash death of 6-year-old
CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — A South Dakota woman is scheduled to be sentenced April 7 in northwest Nebraska for the drunken driving crash death of a 6-year-old girl. Court records say Kimberly Eagle Bull of Box Elder, pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide while driving under t...
March 3, 2020

Stugis boys and girls drop regular season finale to RC Central
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Scooper girls and boys basketball teams dropped their regular season finales to Rapid City Central on Monday night. In the girls game, Central jumped out to a 13-4 lead after one quarter and outscored the Scoopers 15-3 in the second to take a 38-7 hal...
March 3, 2020

Sturgis Council delays action on annexation of Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle property
STURGIS, S.D. – After a contentious hearing, the Sturgis City Council decided Monday night to delay a decision on whether or not annex the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Grounds into the city. The group had wanted the city to delay action to give them more time to address the...
March 3, 2020

Park Service completes assessment to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore National Monument
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D.  - The National Park Service has completed the draft environmental assessment (EA) needed before fireworks can return to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Earlier this year, during a speech at the signing ceremony of a ‘phase-one...
March 3, 2020

South Dakota Media Prep Basketball Poll for Week of March 2
UNDATED - The final South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses. Boys Class AA 1. Huron (13) 16-4 77 1 2. Yankton (3) 16-4...
March 3, 2020

Lawmakers advance competing strategies to 'get on' meth
PIERRE, S.D. — As Gov. Kristi Noem tells South Dakotans she wants them tackle increasing rates of meth addiction and meth-related arrests, lawmakers this year are looking to do their part. They just can’t agree on the best approach. The Republican-dominated Legisl...
March 3, 2020

Mile long crash in snowstorm kills three people on I-80 in Wyoming
RAWLINS, Wyo. — At least three people died and dozens were injured in a pileup involving more than 100 vehicles amid blowing snow that closed part of Interstate 80 in Wyoming, officials said Monday. The pileup and another one nearby around the same time involving 40 vehicl...
March 3, 2020

Monday Night, March 2, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, March 2, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL= Rapid City Stevens 90, Spearfish 41 Class B Region 1= First Round= Britton-Hecla 62, Great Plains Lutheran 42 Langford 62, Wilmot 50 Class B Region 2= First Roun...
March 3, 2020

V.A. Secretary Wilkie visit Hot Springs, says clinic will remain open
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – The Secretary of the V.A., Robert Wilkie, was in Hot Springs today, visiting with leadership there, as well as veterans who are served by the clinic. South Dakota’s congressional delegation helped to set up the visit. The delegation had wanted Wil...
March 3, 2020

Leap Day lotto drawings result in multiple big winners
PIERRE, S.D. – February’s extra day provided some added luck and excitement for a trio of South Dakota Lottery players.    The $88,150 Dakota Cash jackpot will be split among a pair of winners after each purchased tickets with the winning numbers of 4,20,21...
March 1, 2020

Three sentenced in South Dakota on meth trafficking charges
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — Federal authorities say three people in South Dakota have been sentenced on methamphetamine trafficking charges in the last week, according to federal authorities. Thirty-nine-year-old Terry Paulhamus, of Rapid City, and 38-year-old Joel Boe, of ...
March 1, 2020

Man accused of fatal hit-run in Rapid City pleads not guilty
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A man accused of killing an infant during a 2018 hit-and-run in Rapid City has pleaded not guilty. George Matousek pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree manslaughter and hit-and-run with injury in the October 2018 death of 1-year-old Mackayla Dillon....
March 1, 2020

No. 20 South Dakota women get perfect Summit League
VERMILLION, S.D. — Ciara Duffy scored 17 points, Taylor Frederick added 15 and No. 20 South Dakota rolled to its second undefeated Summit League season and school-record 27th win with a 76-47 win over North Dakota. The Coyotes posted the only other perfect season in confe...
March 1, 2020

Saturday Night, February 29, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Saturday Night, February 29, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES: Brandon Valley 51, St. Thomas More 50 Sioux Falls Roosevelt 53, Sioux Falls Lincoln 50, OT Sioux Falls Washington 71, Aberdeen Central 43 Yankton 81, D...
March 1, 2020

Rapid City Stevens wins State A Wrestling title; Hutmacher makes history
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The State A Wrestling Tournament wrapped up Saturday night in historic fashion -- literally. While Rapid City Stevens came away with the team title, all eyes were on Chamberlain's Nash Hutmacher in the 285 pound championship match - saving the best for last. ...
February 29, 2020

Canton wins team title as champions are crowned at State B Wrestling
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Champions were crowned on Saturday night as the South Dakota State B Wrestling tournament came to a close. Logan Graf of Custer won the 106 pound championship. He defeated Gunner Kvistad of Clark/Willow Lake. At 126, Philip's Jadyn Coller brought home second...
February 29, 2020

Rapid City Stevens win State A Title; Hutmacher makes history
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The State A Wrestling Tournament wrapped up Saturday night in historic fashion -- literally. While Rapid City Stevens came away with the team title, all eyes were on Chamberlain's Nash Hutmacher in the 285 pound championship match - saving the best for last. ...
February 29, 2020

Champions crowned as State B Wrestling comes to a close
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Champions were crowned on Saturday night as the South Dakota State B Wrestling tournament came to a close. Logan Graf of Custer won the 106 pound championship. He defeated Gunner Kvistad of Clark/Willow Lake. At 126, Philip's Jadyn Coller brought home second...
February 29, 2020

State A Wrestling Consolation Rounds complete
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The consolation rounds wrapped up Saturday afternoon as the State A Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls prepared for championship matches Saturday night. Several area athletes were involved in the wrestlebacks, hoping to make it to the medal stand. At ...
February 29, 2020

State B Wrestling Consolation Rounds are complete
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The State B Wrestling Tournament wrapped up the consolation, or wrestleback rounds Saturday afternoon. Here’s a look at area athletes vying for a medal. At 106, Kipp Cordes of Philip placed seventh on a win over Chase Hanson of Stanley County. A...
February 29, 2020

State A Wrestling Consolation Rounds are complete
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The consolation rounds wrapped up Saturday afternoon as the State A Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls prepared for championship matches Saturday night. Several area athletes were involved in the wrestlebacks, hoping to make it to the medal stand. At ...
February 29, 2020

State B Consolation Rounds are complete
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The State B Wrestling Tournament wrapped up the consolation, or wrestleback rounds Saturday afternoon. Here’s a look at area athletes vying for a medal. At 106, Kipp Cordes of Philip placed seventh on a win over Chase Hanson of Stanley County. A...
February 29, 2020

Yellow Jacket woman thrill in regular season finale with win over Tech
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Black Hills State University women's basketball team held off the SD School of Mines of Hardrockers in a 4th quarter thriller to win the last regular season basketball game of the season. The Yellow Jackets finish the regular season 17-10 overall and 14-8 i...
February 28, 2020

Friday Night, February 28, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Friday Night, February 28, South Dakota High School Basketball scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 66, Mitchell 47 Arlington 58, Clark/Willow Lake 39 Brandon Valley 58, Douglas 38 Burke 77, Avon 50 Chamberlain 65, McLaughlin 53 Dell Rapids S...
February 28, 2020

Rapid City Stevens wins State A Wrestling dual championship
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Rapid City Stevens won the State A Wrestling dual championship Friday night at the South Dakota State Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls. Stevens defeated Harrisburg 40-28 in the semifinals and headed to the championship, where they beat Watertown 37-25. Wa...
February 28, 2020

Rapid City Stevens wins State A Wrestling dual championship
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Rapid City Stevens won the State A Wrestling dual championship Friday night at the South Dakota State Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls. Stevens defeated Harrisburg 40-28 in the semifinals and headed to the championship, where they beat Watertown 37-25. W...
February 28, 2020

Semifinal rounds complete at the State A and B Wrestling Tournament
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The State A individual matches wrapped up Friday afternoon with the completion of the semifinals. AT 106, Jack Schoenhard dropped his semifinal match to Quincy Hulverson of Tea Area, a 5-2 decision. Schoenhard will wrestle for third place Saturday. At 113, K...
February 28, 2020

State B Wrestling Semifinals wrap up - Complete Friday Results
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The championship matches are set after the semifinals wrapped up Friday afternoon at the State B Wrestling tournament. At 106 pounds, Custer's Logan Graf is headed to the championship match with a win over Porter Neugebauer of Parkston. He will wrestle Gunnar...
February 28, 2020

State A Wrestling Semifinals wrap up - Complete Friday Results
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The State A individual matches wrapped up Friday afternoon with the completion of the semifinals. AT 106, Jack Schoenhard dropped his semifinal match to Quincy Hulverson of Tea Area, a 5-2 decision. Schoenhard will wrestle for third place Saturday. At 113, ...
February 28, 2020

State B Wrestling - First and Second round wrestlebacks complete
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - At the State B Wrestling tournament, the Friday morning session was devoted to the first and second round wrestlebacks. Here is how area wrestlers did. At 113, Philips's Ryker Peterson dropped his wrestleback after a first round loss. Peteson lost a 7-2 deci...
February 28, 2020

State A Wrestling - First and Second round wrestlebacks complete
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The First and Second round wrestlebacks are complete at the State A Wrestling tournament. At 106 pounds, Evan Osborn of Sturgis won his wrestleback wih a win over Mitchell's Spencer Eldeen. Osborn got a nice victory after dropping his quarterfinal on Thursday...
February 28, 2020

House OKs proposal to ban special elections for school bonds
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota House passed a bill Thursday that would require school bond votes to be held in conjunction with general or primary elections. Republican Rep. Tim Goodwin, the bill's sponsor, said it's intended to get more people voting in those elections....
February 28, 2020

Rounds says Congress ready to allocate dollars to fend off spread of Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says Congress will likely authorize more money than the President is requesting to fight the Coronavirus. "Through an abundance of concern and caution, there's probably more of a move to authorize more resources than the Admini...
February 28, 2020

Rapid City Stevens rolls over Scooper girls and boys Thursday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Stevens celebrated senior night and a couple of victories as they cruised over the Scoopers Thursday night. In the girl's game, Stevens jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter and never looked back -- running away with a 65-21 win. The Raide...
February 28, 2020

Thursday Night, February 27, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, February 27, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Burke 63, Gayville-Volin 51 Dell Rapids 77, Garretson 50 Groton Area 45, Deuel 43 Little Wound 82, Bennett County 48 Marshall, Minn. 59, Watertown 36 McCook Central/Montr...
February 28, 2020

Donnelly, Harkless among area athletes headed to State Wrestling B semifinals
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Several area athletes have punched tickets to the semifinals at the State B Wrestling Tournament. At 106, Logan Graf of Custer heads to the semifinals after a win over Philip's Kipp Cordes. At 126, Philip's Jadyn Coller defeated Parker Geditz for a trip to t...
February 28, 2020

State A Wrestling Day One - Olson lone Scooper to advance to semifinals
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - After advancing six wrestlers on to the quarterfinals Thursday, the Sturgis Scoopers only advanced one to the semfinals Friday. Kaden Olson is the lone Scooper vying for a championship this year. Olson punched his ticket to the Semifinals with an 8-2 decision...
February 28, 2020

State A and B - First Round Dual Scores
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The State A and B Wrestling tournament saw the return of the dual tournament this year. In  Class A, the Watertown Arrows ended the day at the top of the team standings, and showed why with a 68-3 route of Sturgis. Sturgis got one win courtesy of Logan ...
February 28, 2020

State B Wrestling - Semifinals set for Friday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Several area athletes have punched tickets to the semifinals at the State B Wrestling Tournament. At 106, Logan Graf of Custer heads to the semifinals after a win over Philip's Kipp Cordes. At 126, Philip's Jadyn Coller defeated Parker Geditz for a trip to ...
February 27, 2020

State A Wrestling Quarterfinals - Olson lone Scooper to advance
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - After advancing six wrestlers on to the quarterfinals Thursday, the Sturgis Scoopers only advanced one to the semfinals Friday. Kaden Olson is the lone Scooper vying for a championship this year. Olson punched his ticket to the Semifinals with an 8-2 decision...
February 27, 2020

South Dakota Prepares for COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. –State health officials today outlined South Dakota’s steps to prepare for community spread of COVID-19, as well as what South Dakotans can do now. To date, no one in South Dakota has tested positive for COVID-19. “Since the start of this outbreak,...
February 27, 2020

No one hurt after truck catches fire on I-90
STURGIS, S.D. - No one was hurt after a truck load of sawdust caught fire on I-90 Thursday. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says several agencies responded to the call just after 10:00 a.m. Thurday morning. He says officers located a semi truck on the off ramp at I-90's, ...
February 27, 2020

First Round complete at State B Wrestling in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Several area athletes have advanced after the first round of action wrapped up Thursday morning at the State B Wrestling Tournament. AT 106 pounds, Custer's Logan Graf advances with a win over Jaxon Quail. He will wrestle Philip's Kipp Cordes next round aft...
February 27, 2020

State A Wrestling - Scoopers advance six wrestlers to second round
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – At the State A Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls, the Sturgis Scoopers saw six wrestlers advance to the second round. Evan Osborn won his opening match at 106 pounds with a win over Josh Hoffman of Spearfish. Kaden Olson got a 14-4 decision win over ...
February 27, 2020

Senate unanimously passes plan for Native American schools
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate has unanimously approved a proposal to start four schools based around Native American language and culture. The House will next consider the proposal, which aims to address high drop-out rates in some Native American communities in ...
February 26, 2020

SD Senate panel narrowly defeats commercial surrogacy ban
PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota Senate committee has narrowly rejected a measure that would have criminalized commercial surrogate pregnancy agents, making it unlikely for such a ban to win approval this year. The Senate Health and Human Services voted down the bill 4-3 Wed...
February 26, 2020

Black Hills Energy Customers Reports Scam Phone Calls
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Black Hills Energy has been receiving information from numerous Black Hills Energy customers that they have received scam phone calls indicating their account is past due, and requesting they call an 800 number to make immediate payment or their service will be...
February 26, 2020

Scooper wrestling prepares for State Tournament
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Sturgis Scooper wrestling team is in Sioux Falls tonight, preparing for this year’s State A Wrestling Tournament, which begins Thursday. Along with the individual tournament, the team dual tournament is back this year. Sturgis heads into the dual t...
February 26, 2020

Daktronics: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Daktronics Inc. (DAKT) on Wednesday reported a loss of $12.7 million in its fiscal third quarter. The Brookings, South Dakota-based company said it had a loss of 28 cents per share. The video display maker posted revenue of $127.7 million in the period. Daktr...
February 26, 2020

Abortion Bill Fails in Legislative Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - Bills were dying as fast as their number could be called in various legislative committees this morning in Pierre. The House State Affairs committee convened at 6:30 Wednesday morning and quickly set the tone for the days work with HB1225, a bill to restrict funds...
February 26, 2020

House Committee Kills Video Lottery Bill
PIERRE, S.D. - The House State Affairs committee this morning narrowly killed HB1249, a bill brought by Rep. John Mills of Volga to end video lottery advertising in South Dakota. The final 7-6 vote came following several amendments and clashing ideas concerning whether or not th...
February 26, 2020

Vote falls short for proposed RCAS bond proposal
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A bond intended to pay for the building of new schools and the renovation of others in Rapid City failed at a special election Tuesday. Unofficial results show 9,287 voted in favor of the bond and 7,211 opposed, or 56.29-percent to 43.17-percent. Althoug...
February 25, 2020

Tuesday Night, February 25, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, February 25, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Beresford 73, Wagner 54 Custer 70, Hill City 22 Dell Rapids 82, Canton 63 Flandreau 45, Parker 40 Highmore 60, Ipswich 56 Huron 78, Harrisburg 47 Lennox 76, Da...
February 25, 2020

Jackknifed truck injures Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper
COLONY, Wyo. — A crash in northeastern Wyoming has injured a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper. Patrol officials said Tuesday the trooper was in the driver's seat of a patrol vehicle after a previous wreck Monday on U.S. Highway 212 when a truck jackknifed. The truck hit t...
February 25, 2020

Senate passes ban on university faculty unions
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate has passed a proposal to get rid of the faculty union at the state's universities. The faculty union has at times been instrumental in resisting proposals from lawmakers to shake up the university system. The Board of Regents that ...
February 25, 2020

Nevada authorities - girl in Facebook post not Serenity Dennard
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City authorities say a girl that was the focus of Serenity Dennard in a Facebook post was not her. The Facebook post featuring an older man with a young girl who looked similar to the missing girl drew attention. It was taken in the Las Vegas area....
February 25, 2020

Attorney general's probation rollback passes Senate
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate narrowly passed a proposal from the attorney general to give judges the ability to send low-level felons to prison rather than probation if they don't cooperate with law enforcement investigations. Lawmakers are looking for ways to a...
February 25, 2020

Industrial hemp bill ready for Senate vote
PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota Senate committee unanimously approved a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. It will now be considered by the full Senate before it can head to Gov. Kristi Noem's desk to either be vetoed or signed into law. The Republican governor vetoed a ...
February 25, 2020

SD lawmakers reject bill to stop school vaccine requirements
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a proposal to stop schools from requiring students to get vaccinations. A House committee heard emotional testimony from parents on both sides of the issue, but decided to effectively kill the bill, saying it would have ...
February 25, 2020

Delegation asks head of Veterans Affairs to visit Hot Springs
WASHINGTON — South Dakota’s Congressional delegation want the head of the V.A. to meet with veterans at Hot Springs. U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds along with U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson have urged Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to visit with vet...
February 25, 2020

Winter weather leads to cancellation of Sturgis vs Douglas game
STURGIS, S.D. - The winter storm that led to school closings and road closures today has led to the cancellation of the Sturgis Scooper vs Douglas boys basketball game. The game was scheduled for tonight at Box Elder. However, due to time constraints, the game will not be made ...
February 25, 2020

Man accused of robbing knife store in mall makes court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D – A 19-year-old man charged with robbing a knife store in the Rushmore Mall has been charged with several offenses. Daniel Kline is accused of robbing the Knifeworks in January of this year at gunpoint. The next day Kline was arrested at a house on St. Clo...
February 25, 2020

Deadwood Gaming Numbers Start 2020 Up Over 12 Percent
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics released recently by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the January 2020 gaming handle showed a 12.14 percent increase, with slot machine handle increasing by 12.18 percent when compared to January 2019. The table game handle was up by...
February 25, 2020

South Dakota on the higher end in real estate property tax report
UNDATED - Each year, the average American household spends $2,375 on real-estate property taxes plus another $441 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes. With such high costs, it’s no surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes go unpaid each y...
February 25, 2020

South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard from Monday, February 24
UNDATED - Here is your South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard for Monday, February 24: BOYS BASKETBALL Clark/Willow Lake 76, Florence/Henry 74, 2OT Corsica/Stickney 62, Parkston 60 Flandreau 66, Deuel 30 Hamlin 56, Flandreau Indian 42 Irene-Wakonda 59, Bon Homme 56 ...
February 25, 2020

South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for Week of February 24
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Feb. 25 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses. Boys Class AA 1. Huron (14) 14-4 94 4 ...
February 25, 2020

Road closures in the Black Hills early Tuesday morning due to storm
STURGIS, S.D. – No travel advisories and road closures were for up early Tuesday morning for the Black Hills and Highway 34. Highways 14A, 385 and 85 were closed earlier this morning, but Safe Travel USA now shows them open – although they are snow to ice covered and...
February 25, 2020

South Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Legislature has killed a proposal to open a two-year window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against organizations in which the abuse occurred. Lawmakers heard emotional testimony from a woman who described how she and...
February 24, 2020

Storm Moving Into Western SD to Create Travel Difficulties
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials are cautioning travelers that a winter storm currently making its way into South Dakota, will likely make travel difficult in the western and central parts of the state, especially the Black Hills, this afternoon through Tuesday. According to the N...
February 24, 2020

South Dakota gas prices hit late February with a 0.7 cent rise
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.31/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 7.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 10.8 cents per gallon higher tha...
February 24, 2020

Taco John's launches re-branding and growth initiative
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A Wyoming-based fast food company is attempting to revamp its branding and expand the franchise as it adds new stores and remodels older ones. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Taco John's International Inc. has launched what it calls an aggressive growth initia...
February 24, 2020

New police department approved in southeast Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to create a police department in southeast Montana was approved amid crime prevention efforts, city officials said. Hardin City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday to form a city police department housed in a building neighboring city hall, the Bill...
February 24, 2020

Wyoming patrol: Texas man dies after jumping from vehicle
SHERIDAN, Wyo. - Wyoming authorities say a Texas man suspected of drunken driving is dead after jumping out of his speeding vehicle while being chased by a state trooper. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 43-year-old Marshall Acker of Tyler climbed out of his vehicle through his ...
February 24, 2020

Crunch time - Lawmakers gear up for busy week
PIERRE, S.D. - It’s crunch time for state lawmakers this week in Pierre. Cross over day, the deadline for bills to clear committee assignment and cross over to the opposite house, is this Thursday. The bulk of the heavy lifting to be done is in the House where leadership ...
February 24, 2020

Friedel, Wilson spark South Dakota St. past South Dakota 85-80
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Noah Freidel scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime and South Dakota State stretched its win streak to eight games, defeating South Dakota 85-80. Douglas Wilson added 20 points for the Jackrabbits, who used an 8-0 burst to take the lead in the final s...
February 23, 2020

Saturday Night, February 22, Area College Basketball Scores
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores for Friday, February 22: MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES: UC-Colorado Springs 73, BHSU 61 SD School of Mines 78, Colorado School of Mines 73 USF 75 Wayne St. 64 Northern St. 67 Minot St. 53 Augustana 77 SMSU 73 Hastings 70 DWU 62 Mi...
February 22, 2020

Region Wrestling - Scoopers to send 12 wrestlers to state
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis hosted the Region 4A tournament Saturday, and finished in the runner up position -- sending 12 wrestlers on to the State Tournament next weekend. Rapid City Stevens won the tournament with 257 points. Sturgis had 212 and RC Central was third with 204.5. ...
February 22, 2020

No. 20 South Dakota women claim outright Summit League title
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Chloe Lamb scored 22 points, Madison McKeever added 19 and the two combined for 19 fourth-quarter points to help No. 20 South Dakota fend off South Dakota State 77-67 and claim the outright Summit League championship. The Coyotes won their 15th straight ...
February 22, 2020

Saturday Night, February 22, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Saturday Night, February 22, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 69, Harrisburg 51 Alcester-Hudson 53, Colome 49 Centerville 76, Avon 58 Chamberlain 55, Mobridge-Pollock 50 Corsica/Stickney 67, Burke 5...
February 22, 2020

Sturgis Ambulance Director to represent South Dakota as USA Ambassador
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis Ambulance Director Shawn Fischer has been selected to serve as Ms Mount Rushmore USA Ambassador. Shawn's platform is bringing awareness to the commitment and service of first responders. Shawn's husband, Dave, was a first responder and Sturgis Firefighte...
February 22, 2020

Four-year degree planning approved for 2 Wyoming colleges
GILLETTE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Community College Commission has given a college district permission to begin planning to offer four-year degree programs. The recent approval applies to Gillette College and Sheridan College in the Northern Wyoming Community College District. The...
February 22, 2020

Weekly AP Fact Check - Donald Trump and the audacity of hype
WASHINGTON (AP) - In their boisterous presidential debate, several Democrats sold short the health care plans of rivals or glossed over aspects of their own record. In an audacious league of his own, President Donald Trump celebrated the elimination of a tax that still exists an...
February 22, 2020

Rush fall to Idaho in shootout, but gain crucial points
BOISE, IDAHO - Tyler Coulter and Cedric Montminy struck 41 seconds apart in the first period, but Brett Supinski scored twice to tie the game and force a shootout, where he won it for the Idaho Steelheads by a final score of 3-2 on Friday night. The shootout loss gives the Rush a...
February 22, 2020

College Basketball Scoreboard from Friday, February 21
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores from Friday, February 22: MEN'S BASKETBALL: Colorado School of Mines 79, BHSU 43 Colorado-Colorado Springs 74, SD School of Mines 64 Augustana 61 vs. USF 58 Northern State 77 vs. UMary 63 SMSU 78 vs. Wayne State 61 Bellevue 89 vs. D...
February 22, 2020

Jury acquits woman who claimed self-defense in stabbing
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A jury has acquitted a Pine Ridge woman who said she fatally stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense. Jurors deliberated about four-and-a-half hours Friday before finding 44-year-old Doreen Brown not guilty of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and in...
February 22, 2020

House fire injures 3 children, 1 adult in South Dakota
ALLEN, S.D. - A house fire has injured three children and an adult in southern South Dakota. The fire broke out Thursday at a home in Allen. The Martin Volunteer Fire Department tweeted that the three children were transferred to a Colorado burn center. The adult is at a hosp...
February 21, 2020

Senate passes Noem's proposal to streamline county zoning
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate has passed Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to overhaul the decision-making for county zonin. It would pave the way for permitting for feedlots and other projects. The Republican governor has pitched the bill as bolstering economic grow...
February 21, 2020

Friday Night, February 21 South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Friday, February 21, South Dakota High School Scoreboard:   BOYS BASKETBALL Arlington 56, Chester 32 Britton-Hecla 54, Aberdeen Roncalli 47 Castlewood 71, Estelline/Hendricks 50 Clark/Willow Lake 64, Redfield 34 Crazy Horse 64, Takini 50 DeSmet...
February 21, 2020

Fire crews respond to garage fire in Box Elder Thursday night
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County Fire Department's responded to 4875 Bennett Road in Box Elder just after 7:00 p.m. Thursday for a garage fire. Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department arrived finding heavy smoke in a large garage, and a second alarm was called to support the fir...
February 21, 2020

No winners in SD hunter residency criminal case
WHITE LAKE, SD - The legal language describing who qualifies as a South Dakota resident when it comes to in-state hunting privileges is laid out in state law, but the real-world definition is now murkier than ever. A recent drawn-out, highly charged criminal case in South D...
February 21, 2020

Red Cloud girls and boys get road wins at Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Scooper girls basketball team had 30 turnovers and shot just 17-percent from the floor in a lopsided loss to Red Cloud Thursday night. The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 16-3 lead after the first quarter and led 29-10 at the half en-route to a 73-29 d...
February 20, 2020

Thursday Night, February 20, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, February 20, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Burke 58, Wagner 43 Canistota 77, Irene-Wakonda 50 Canton 52, Alcester-Hudson 30 Custer 65, Lead-Deadwood 40 DeSmet 67, Deuel 40 Dupree 59, Newell 52 Flandreau 64, Fland...
February 20, 2020

Airline passengers put up with more and longer flight delays
WASHINGTON - A government report says airline travelers were a bit more likely to be delayed, and more often for longer spells, when flying around the U.S. last year. Canceled flights were up, and so were the number of passengers bumped off overcrowded flights. But travelers ap...
February 20, 2020

Geronimo Energy to build large solar energy farm near New Underwood
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. - A Minnesota company plans on building a 128 megawatt solar energy project about 20 miles east of Rapid City. Geronimo Energy is joining with Basin Electric Cooperative to build the Wild Springs solar project near New Underwood. According to a company releas...
February 20, 2020

Dusty Johnson kicks off re-election campaign in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Freshman Congressman Dusty Johnson officially kicked off his run for a second term at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City on Wednesday. He's also out with a new campaign video, touting his conservative voting record. "I voted against impeachment, ag...
February 19, 2020

Shahid guides North Dakota State past South Dakota 77-74
VERMILLION, S.D. — Vinnie Shahid poured in 27 points to lead North Dakota State to a 77-74 victory over South Dakota, stretching the Bison's winning streak to seven games. Shahid sank 7 of 16 shots, including just 1 of 5 from 3-point range, but he made 12 of 14 free throw...
February 19, 2020

Wilson's 31 points pushes South Dakota St. past North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Douglas Wilson tied a career-high 31 points and Noah Freidel scored 21 and South Dakota State beat North Dakota 94-83. The Jackrabbits moved a half-game ahead of idle North Dakota State atop the league standings. South Dakota State has won seven straig...
February 19, 2020

Noem's proposal to streamline county zoning clears committee
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to overhaul the decision-making process for county zoning permits has cleared its first hurdle in the legislature. A Senate committee approved her proposal that would pave the way for feedlots and other projects. The bill would...
February 19, 2020

House passes tougher punishments for texting and driving
PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers in the South Dakota House have passed a bill that would make texting and driving a criminal offense. Rep. Doug Barthel said he introduced the bill after hearing the stories of people who died in accidents involving a driver who was texting. Curr...
February 19, 2020

Ranchers turn to petition process to head off federal I.D. mandates
RAPID CITY, SD - In the wake of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) failed effort to prohibit all current forms of official animal identification devices other than the most costly and most intrusive -- radio frequency identification (RFID) eartags -- the South Dakota S...
February 19, 2020

Innovative, active describes new chairman of American Lamb Board
NISLAND, SD - Gwendolyn Kitzan has been a promoter and industry advocate as long as she can remember. The fourth generation sheep producer from Nisland was elected chairman of the American Lamb Board (ALB).  She was appointed to the board in 2016 and has served as vice chair...
February 19, 2020

House passes 'riot boosting' bill amid protests
PIERRE, S.D. — Native American groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline protested at the Capitol Tuesday ahead of an expected House vote on Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to revitalize laws that punish people who “urge” rioting. Nearly a dozen protesters chante...
February 19, 2020

Wyoming jail returns funds after receiving counterfeit bills
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Authorities say a Wyoming jail unwittingly helped an inmate earn a profit from counterfeit money when it returned unused funds from a commissary account where he's accused of depositing fake bills. The Gillette News Record reported the Campbell County Sheriff's ...
February 19, 2020

Girl, age 16, receives life threatening injuries in car vs semi crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The highway patrol and Pennington County Sheriff's Office say two juveniles were hurt, one seriously, after a car struck a semi truck Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff's office say they were called to the scene of the crash around 4:50 p.m. on 161st Avenue and Ba...
February 19, 2020

Rapid City Council sets date for Modrick disciplinary hearing
RAPID CITY, S.D. - After a lengthy executive session Tuesday night, the Rapid City Council set a March hearing date to discuss possible disciplinary action against Lisa Modrick. The hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. on March 10th. Ward One council person Modrick is an official with...
February 19, 2020

Scooper girls get big win over Belle Fourche; boys fall
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Scooper girls basketball team erased a first quarter deficit to earn a tough win over Belle Fourche Tuesday night. After a 9-6 first quarter deficit, the Scoopers outscored Belle Fourche 12-5 in the second quarter to take an 18-14 lead. Belle Fourche...
February 18, 2020

Tuesday Night, February 18, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, February 18, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 66, Watertown 53 Aberdeen Christian 53, Langford 47 Belle Fourche 61, Sturgis Brown 40 Bridgewater-Emery 61, Irene-Wakonda 41 Burke 66, Colome...
February 18, 2020

Police in Rapid City arrest two people on burglary charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police have arrested two people in connection with a burglary involving stolen guns. Police say 19-year-old Bison Little Spotted Horse and 20-year-old Blake Two Eagle were arrested Tuesday on charges of first degree burglary. Police were initially ...
February 18, 2020

China lifts some restrictions, releases tariff waiver list
BEIJING -  China announced  that it would lift restrictions on the import of poultry and related products from the United States, according to a statement jointly released by the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. In th...
February 18, 2020

South Dakota legislators OK ban on plastics bans
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota legislators have passed a bill that would block towns and cities from banning plastic bags, cups and straws. The House's approval Tuesday sends the bill to Gov. Kristi Noem for final approval. Retail groups supported the bill, saying it's cos...
February 18, 2020

Protests at Capitol ahead of expected riot boosting vote
PIERRE, S.D. — Native American groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline protested at the Capitol Tuesday ahead of an expected House vote on Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to revitalize laws that punish people who “urge” rioting. Nearly a dozen protesters chante...
February 18, 2020

Hot Springs Mayor confirms loss of four businesses and apartments in fire
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — The mayor of Hot Springs has confirmed four businesses in the city's downtown historic district have been lost in a fire. Hot Springs Mayor George Kotti says the Vault restaurant and bar, China Buffet, Heartsong Quilts and an ice cream parloer were bur...
February 18, 2020

Man killed in grain bin accident
BROOKINGS, S.D.--Authorities with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office are expected to release details today on a man who became trapped in a grain bin on Monday and died. Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring confirmed the fatality this morning, but would not release any other...
February 18, 2020

Overnight Fire destroys businesses in downtown Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - Officials in Hot Springs are dealing with a devastating fire that began shortly after 8:30 Monday night. Frank Maynard is the Fall River County Emergency Management Director. He says the 9-1-1 call came in at approximately 8:36 p.m. "The caller reported the ...
February 18, 2020

South Dakota Media High School Basketball Poll for Week of February 17
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Feb. 17 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.   Boys Class AA 1. Yankton (7) 13-...
February 17, 2020

Monday Night, February 17, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, February 17, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Christian 54, Viborg-Hurley 49 Arlington 58, Colman-Egan 57 Crow Creek 67, Mobridge-Pollock 54 Dell Rapids St. Mary 72, Elkton-Lake Benton 60 Flandreau...
February 17, 2020

Charges pending in accident between pickup and snow plow
LEAD, S.D. —The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a pickup truck collided with a snow plow Monday morning near Lead. The patrol says the accident happened around 11:20 a.m. when a 39-year-old male lost control of his pickup truck while traveling on U.S. Highway 14A and coll...
February 17, 2020

Sioux Falls-area 4th grader dies from flu complications
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A fourth-grade student in the Sioux Falls area has died from flu-related complications. West Central School District Superintendent Brad Berens says Rylon Anderson died Sunday after he was admitted to the hospital on Friday. Rylon had Influenza A. It...
February 17, 2020

At halfway mark, South Dakota lawmakers focus on the money
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers say they are turning their focus to the state budget, though Republicans and Democrats have laid out different visions of how to use that money. Legislators have settled on revenue projections that are $19 million more than Gov. Krist...
February 17, 2020

Complaints against Rapid City officers lowest in nine years
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police say complaints against officers in 2019 were the lowest in nine years. In their report released last week, police announced citizens filed 12 complaints last year compared to a high of 56 in 2015 and an average of 35 between 2011-2019. Las...
February 17, 2020

South Dakota gas prices hit mid-February with 2.2 cent increase
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.31/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 10.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 17.3 cents per gallon higher th...
February 17, 2020

Commercial airline boardings up nearly 12% in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. - State officials say passenger boardings at North Dakota's eight commercial service airports during January were up nearly 12% over the same month in 2019. Nearly 100,300 people boarded planes in Bismarck, Minot, Williston, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Fargo, Devils ...
February 17, 2020

Romanko scores a pair in win over Allen
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Darian Romanko struck twice, including the game-winning goal with 2:29 left in the game to power the Rapid City Rush to a 3-2 win over the Allen Americans on Saturday night. The win gives the Rush the series win this week against Allen, taking two wins in three...
February 16, 2020

Individual and All Around winners crowned at State Gymnastics
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Individual and All Around winners were crowned as the South Dakota State Gymnastics tournament wrapped up Saturday in Aberdeen. In Class AA, Kenzee Danielson of Harrisburg won the All Around title with a score of 38.6 points. Myah Morris of Watertown was second ...
February 16, 2020

High School Wrestling - Philip wins Badlands Brawl
UNDATED - The Philip Scotties wrestling team won the team title at the Badlands Brawl Tournament Saturday. The Scotties finished on top with 110 points followed by Lyman in second with 89. Douglas was third with 82 and Pine Ridge captured fourth with 76. Philip crowned three in...
February 16, 2020

Saturday, February 15, College Basketball Roundup
UNDATED - In area college basketball action Saturday, the BHSU men picked up a close win over Chadron State. After a close first half, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull away late and pick up a 93-87 victory. Trey Whitley led the Jackets in scoring with 28 points. Meanwhile,...
February 16, 2020

Authorities identify person killed in Meade County crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in an one-vehicle crash east of Piedmont. A 1997 GMC pickup was northbound on Galaxy Road near the intersection of 218th Street when the driver lost control on the snow and ice...
February 15, 2020

South Dakota couple sentenced to prison after fatal crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A South Dakota couple has been sentenced to prison after two of their children died in a crash on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Twenty-nine-year-old Dakota Horned Eagle was sentenced to 4 years and three months years in prison after pleading guilty to ...
February 15, 2020

Lamb scores 24, No. 21 South Dakota women edge Tulsa 77-73
TULSA, Okla. — Chloe Lamb scored a career-high 24 points and No. 21 South Dakota held on to defeat Oral Roberts 77-73. The Coyotes, who won their 14th straight, had their first league game decided by single figures as the Golden Eagles used a 26-14 advantage in the second...
February 15, 2020

Saturday Night, February 15, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Saturday Night, February 15, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Burke 41, Alcester-Hudson 37 Castlewood 91, Hitchcock-Tulare 54 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 62, Aberdeen Roncalli 46 Elkton-Lake Benton 55, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 34 Fa...
February 15, 2020

Bill would raise maximum load height for hauling hay
PIERRE, SD - A bill that would increase the allowable height of baled feed sailed through the Senate Ag and Natural Resources Committee. Sponsor, Representative Caleb Finck of Tripp says the bill came out of conversations between hay haulers and the highway patrol. “As we...
February 15, 2020

Wildland fire near Hermosa chars nearly 5 acres Friday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Battle Creek Fire Department held a Wildland fire to a single alarm Friday. The fire was located near Daughenbaugh Road, four miles north of Hermosa.   Upon arrival Firefighters observed a fire burning in cured grass, and immediately stopped the forw...
February 15, 2020

Allen blanks the Rush behind Baribeau's 26 saves
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Dereck Baribeau stopped all 26 shots he saw in regulation to help power the Allen Americans to a 4-0 win over the Rapid City Rush on Friday night. Both teams traded shutouts in the week, with the Rush winning 1-0 on Wednesday morning and the Americans claiming ...
February 15, 2020

Watertown, Deuel win team competition at State Gymnastics competition
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Watertown won the Class AA team title at the South Dakota state gymnastics competition Friday. The Arrows finished with 145.925 points to win first place. Mitchell was second with 144.750 and Harrisburg was third with 143.050. Brookings and Sioux Falls O'Gorman ...
February 15, 2020

BHSU and School of Mines Men get Valentine's Night victories
UNDATED - In college basketball Friday, the BHSU men earned a 71-56 win ove MSU-Denver in Spearfish. Trey Whitley led the way for BHSU with 16 points. The South Dakota School of Mines men also won, outscoring Chadron State 83-58. Alec Williams led the Hard Rockers with 33 poin...
February 15, 2020

Friday Night, February 14, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Friday Night, February 14, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Baltic 48, Alcester-Hudson 36 Canton 62, Irene-Wakonda 58 Colman-Egan 51, Lake Preston 45 Crazy Horse 69, Bison 31 Custer 43, Belle Fourche 34 Dakota Valley 87, Dell Rapid...
February 15, 2020

Scooper girls and boys roll over Hot Springs Friday night
STURGIS, S.D. Both Sturgis Scooper girls and boys basketball teams got some much needed wins Friday night as they crusied to victories over Hot Springs. In the girls game, three Scoopers scored in double figures in a 69-24 win. Tatum Lightenberg led all scorers with 15 points a...
February 15, 2020

South Dakota man indicted in $71 million organics fraud
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Federal prosecutors have charged a Rapid City businessman in what they say was a $71 million fraudulent scheme to sell fake organic grain and seed. Court documents describe how Kent Duane Anderson used the profits to fuel an extravagant lifestyle that ...
February 14, 2020

Wrestling Wrap - Stevens defeats cross town rival RC Central
RAPID CITY, S.D. - In a battle of cross town rivals, third ranked Rapid City Stevens defeated Rapid City Central 48-28 in wrestling action Thursday. The Raiders capitalized on six pins, including falls in the final four matches. In other wrestling action, Belle Fourche defeated...
February 14, 2020

Scooper Wrestlers roll to 45-28 dual win over Spearfish
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Sturgis Scoopers got six wins via forfeit and rolled to a 45-28 dual victory over Spearfish in high school wrestling Thursday night. The Scoopers got wrestling wins at 138 with Zaven Osborne, 182 with Reese Jacobs, and 195 with Clayton Smith. Here are res...
February 13, 2020

Scooper girls drop heart breaker to Douglas in OT
BOX ELDER, S.D. - The Sturgis Scooper girls basketball team dropped a heart breaker to Douglas in overtime Thursday night. Chantell Jones dropped in the winning bucket with 2.9 seconds left in overtime to secure a 48-47 win. After a 21-19 deficit at the half, Sturgis outsocred ...
February 13, 2020

Thursday Night, February 13, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, February 13, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 75, Brookings 46 Aberdeen Christian 66, North Central Co-Op 21 Alliance, Neb. 78, Rapid City Christian 38 Arlington 69, Dell Rapids St. Mary 5...
February 13, 2020

Revenue projections rise as lawmakers prepare budget
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers are projecting they will have more money to work with than previously expected as they craft the state budget this legislative session. Gov. Kristi Noem predicted in December that revenues would be tight as the state recovers from flo...
February 13, 2020

Monument Health to get 20 percent of power from wind
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monument Health has committed to receiving 20 percent of its electrical power from a wind power generating facility operated by Black Hills Energy. The program, called “Renewable Ready,” gives subscribers the option of having up to 100 percen...
February 13, 2020

Transfer hearing delayed in Sturgis murder case
STURGIS, SD - The latest motiions hearing was held Wednesday for a 17-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of a Wyoming teen. Michael Gavin Campbell is currently charged as an adult with alternative counts of first and second degree murder in the death of Shaynna Ritthalle...
February 13, 2020

Bill would allow minors to carry a gun with parental consent
PIERRE, S.D.  – A note from a parent will be all a person younger than 18 will need in order to possess a pistol in certain circumstances  if Senate Bill 120 passes the South Dakota Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted Tuesday, Feb. 11, t...
February 13, 2020

Governor announces first ever Student Art Competition
PIERRE, S.D. - During a press conference Wednesday in Pierre, South Dakota Governor Krisit Noem announced the state is partnering with the South Dakota Arts Council to host the first Governor's Student Art Competition. The governor says the statewide visual arts competition is i...
February 12, 2020

Bill amendment would allow tribal IDs for voter registration
PIERRE, S.D. - A Republican lawmaker has proposed a bill amendment that would add tribal IDs to the list of documents that can be used to register to vote in South Dakota. Rep. Tamara St. John said Wednesday that tribal IDs should be allowed as long as the secretary of state's ...
February 12, 2020

Sturgis mother of teen assaulted scared, concerned
STURGIS, S.D. - A Sturgis mother says she was scared and concerned when she learned her daughter had been assaulted by at least two teenagers Tuesday afternoon. Ursula Ward says her heart broke after getting a call asking if her daughter should be taken to the emergency room bec...
February 12, 2020

South Dakota tribes speak against 'riot-boosting' penalties
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota House committee has advanced Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to update parts of the “riot boosting” laws that a judge found to be unconstitutional last year. Native American groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline protested the bill. T...
February 12, 2020

Sturgis Police investigating assault involving several juveniles
STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis Police say they are investigating an assault involving several local juveniles. An alleged video of the assault on a teenage girl is being shared around social media, and in a Facebook post today, police say they are aware of the video being brought...
February 12, 2020

One person dead following Tuesday night crash near Piedmont
PIEDMONT, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person died and another person was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night east of Piedmont. Names of the two men involved are not yet being released. The patrol reports that a 1997 GMC pickup was no...
February 12, 2020

Officials: North Dakota oil output may peak within 5 years
BISMARCK, N.D. - State and industry officials say North Dakota's oil production may peak within five years as companies finish drilling the most prolific portions of the state's oil patch. Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told lawmakers Tuesday that about 20% of drilling a...
February 12, 2020

Allegiant airlines announces Sioux Falls to San Diego flight
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Nearly a month after announcing the addition of a Nashville flight to Sioux Falls, Allegiant Airlines on Tuesday announced a new season route to San Diego, California. Allegiant said six new seasonal routes to San Diego will start in June. The Sioux Falls fl...
February 12, 2020

Great Western Bancorp, Inc. Announces Appointment of New CEO
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--Great Western Bancorp, Inc. ( NYSE: GWB) , the parent company of Great Western Bank ( www.greatwesternbank.com ), announced today that as part of its succession planning, the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Mark Borrecco as the organization...
February 12, 2020

Fair prices. Is that too much to ask?
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD - Fair prices. Is that too much to ask? More than 300 South Dakota cattle producers answered this question in unison gathering in Wessington Springs, SD for the Foothills Cattle Producers Roundup. Cattle producers called on D.C. leadership to support fair...
February 12, 2020

Jackpine Gypsies group concerned about potential annexation of their property
STURGIS, S.D. – The Jackpine Gypsies group is having conversations with the city of Sturgis ahead of a March 2nd public hearing that may annex their property into the city. Jackpine Gypsies Chairman of the Board Brett Winsell says they are disappointed in the lack of commu...
February 12, 2020

Lawmakers getting new revenue estimates for state budget
PIERRE, S.D. - State lawmakers are getting estimates on just how much money they will have to craft the state budget. Gov. Kristi Noem estimated in December that the state budget would be tight as South Dakota recovered from weather disasters in the last year. But since then,...
February 12, 2020

Armed robbery ends in pursuit, suspect deceased
RAPID CITY, S.D. - An incident that began with an armed robbery in Rapid City has ended in Custer with the suspect taking his own life. Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on February 11th, the Rapid City Police Department responded to 909 E. Saint Patrick Street for a report of an alarm. O...
February 12, 2020

Senate approves sports betting item on November ballot
PIERRE, S.D. - The Senate has passed a measure that would let voters decide whether to allow sports betting in South Dakota. If the measure passes the House, voters will be asked in November whether to OK sports betting in Deadwood. A similar proposal died last year in the Ho...
February 11, 2020

Tuesday Night, February 11, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, February 11, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Beresford 59, Garretson 54 Burke 54, Bon Homme 36 Canistota 63, Menno 23 Dakota Valley 51, Vermillion 48 DeSmet 61, Flandreau 29 Dell Rapids 85, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 56 ...
February 11, 2020

Rapid City man arrested and charged for abusing child
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police say a man has been arrested and charged with abusing and seriously injuring a 3-year-old boy. Authorities say 34-year-old Nathan Saunders is charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, causing “major injuries.” The abuse r...
February 11, 2020

Three children escape serious injury after car rear ends school bus
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Three children escaped serious injury when their school bus was rear ended by a passenger car. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says at approximately 3:28 Tuesday afternoon, deputies responded to an injury accident on Nemo Road involving a passenger vehi...
February 11, 2020

House passes HB 1008 - Hemp Bill - Headed for Senate
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota House of Representatives on Tuesday passed HB 1008, the ‘hemp bill’ on a vote of 54 aye, 12 nay, and 4 excused.  Passage of the bill required a two-thirds majority vote due to the emergency clause attached to the bill. House Major...
February 11, 2020

Society of Range Management names Matae Gordon to Youth Forum
STURGIS, SD - Matea Gordon, sophomore at Sturgis Brown High School, has been selected by the South Dakota section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) to participate in the High School Youth Forum (HSYF). This year's 73rd annual meeting is to be held in Denver, Colo., Feb. 1...
February 11, 2020

Sturgis student tapped by Society for Range Management
STURGIS, SD - Matea Gordon, sophomore at Sturgis Brown High School, has been selected by the South Dakota section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) to participate in the High School Youth Forum (HSYF). This year's 73rd annual meeting is to be held in Denver, Colo., Feb. 1...
February 11, 2020

RFID battle not over yet, R-CALF USA wants more legal assurances
WASHINGTON, DC - In the continued battle over the mandated use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in livestock identification, the lead oranization that sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), say the agency...
February 11, 2020

Bill To Hire Brand LEOs Passes Out of Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill to allow the State Brand Board to hire four certified law enforcement officers passed out of committee Tuesday morning in Pierre. HB 1112 was supported by both the South Dakota Stockgrowers and the South Dakota Cattleman Associations, a rare co-endorsement ...
February 11, 2020

Oil from US government leases tops 1 billion barrels in 2019
BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. officials say oil production from federally-managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year. That's up more than 13 percent from 2018 as shorter permitting times and technological advances drive development in new areas. The Associa...
February 11, 2020

Meade 46-1 School Board discusses future growth; approves contract for Kirkegaard
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board discussed growth at Piedmont Valley Elementary School at their monthly meeting last night. Superintendent Jeff Simmons says they seen 7-percent growth at Piedmont last year and that opens up some issues. "The issue is do you lim...
February 11, 2020

South Dakota Prep Basketball Scores for Monday, February 10
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, South Dakota Prep Basketball, Scoreboard for February 10: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Aberdeen Christian 87, Potter County 59 Colman-Egan 56, Baltic 45 DeSmet 77, Castlewood 33 Ethan 76, Wagner 64 Herreid/Selby Area 67, Strasburg-Zeeland, N.D. ...
February 10, 2020

South Dakota Media Prep Basketball Poll for week of February 10
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Feb. 10 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.   Boys Class AA 1. Yankton (20) 13...
February 10, 2020

Former Pine Ridge doctor sentenced for child sex abuse
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A former Indian Health Service pediatrician has been sentenced for sexually abusing Native American children while on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Seventy-one-year-old Stanley Patrick Weber of Spearfish was sentenced Monday in federal court to ...
February 10, 2020

Ban on treatments for transgender kids fails in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - Legislation that aimed to prevent South Dakota physicians from giving gender confirmation procedures to children under 16 has been stopped by a Senate committee. A Republican-dominated Senate committee voted 5-2 to kill the proposal. Republican Senators who oppos...
February 10, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in New Areas
PIERRE, S.D. - Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently confirmed in the counties of Butte, Corson and Haakon in western South Dakota, from samples provided by hunters. One male white-tail deer from both Butte and Corson counties tested positive, while two male mule deer tested...
February 10, 2020

Black Hawk area home damaged in early morning fire
BLACK HAWK, S.D. - The Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a reported structure fire in the 5800 block of Rocky Top Drive, early Monday morning. First arriving Firefighters just after 2:00 a.m. found a fire burning with moderate smoke condition, in the utility and...
February 10, 2020

Protests at Capitol ahead of gender-change bill meeting
PIERRE, S.D. - LGBT advocates protested outside the South Dakota Capitol ahead of a meeting on a bill aiming to ban gender-change treatments for children under 16. Protesters rode two horses on the front grounds of the Capitol, while dozens of others carried flags and banners p...
February 10, 2020

Large Number of Bills Pending as State Legislature Move to Week 5
PIERRE, S.D. - Close to 500 bills have now been introduced for consideration at the South Dakota State Legislature in Pierre. More than 100 new bills arrived just last week, the deadline for the final bills to be received. While a few bills have already been killed, many more a...
February 10, 2020

Man fatally injured at Black Hills ski resort
LEAD, S.D. - Officials at Terry Peak Ski Resort say a 24-year-old man has died after he was injured on one of the slopes over the weekend. Trenton Hofer of Brookings was killed around 3:30 p.m. on one of the ski resort’s slopes. The cause of the accident has not been relea...
February 10, 2020

Federal officials OK drilling in Beartooth Mountains
BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Forest Service officials have given conditional approval to a Canadian company to conduct exploratory drilling at 35 sites in Montana's Beartooth Mountains. The Billings Gazette reports Vancouver-based Group Ten received authorization for the work over th...
February 10, 2020

South Dakota gas prices fall 3.6 cents over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 16.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 16.7 cents per gallon higher t...
February 10, 2020

No. 22 South Dakota cruises to 11th straight win, 93-46
VERMILLION, S.D. - Ciara Duffy scored 17 points as one of six South Dakota players to reach double figures and the No. 22 Coyotes rolled to their 11th consecutive win, beating North Dakota 93-46. Taylor Frederick added 15 points, Chloe Lamb 14, Hannah Sjerven 12 and Madison McK...
February 9, 2020

Rapid City Council member faces code of conduct inquiry
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City councilwoman is facing a "code of conduct" inquiry after a meeting in which she says threatening comments were made towards her. Councilwoman Lisa Modrick says those threatening words came during a December meeting between herself and Rapid City ...
February 9, 2020

Shorty Garrett wins Rapid City with record-setting ride
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Shorty Garrett is walking tall after shattering the Rodeo Rapid City (S.D.) saddle bronc riding record Feb. 8 to win the iconic rodeo for the second time in his five years of ProRodeo competition. Garrett’s first Rapid City win came in 2017 when he...
February 9, 2020

Wrestling Wrapup - Spearfish wins Black Hills Classic
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Spearfish claimed the team title of the Black Hills Classic Wrestling tournament Saturday with a 186 points. Rapid City Central came in second with 166.5 and Philip came in third with 152.5. The Spartans crowned three individual champions -- Oakley Blakeman at...
February 9, 2020

Saturday, February 8, College Basketball Scores
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores from Saturday, February 8: MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES BHSU 73, New Mexico Highlands 66 South Dakota School of Mines 74, CSU-Pueblo 44 SDSU 81 Omaha 64 USD 82 UND 68 Augustana 81 St. Cloud St. 58 Northern St. 74 SMSU 66 USF 79 ...
February 8, 2020

Saturday Night, February 8, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scores
UNDATED - South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard for Saturday, February 8: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Aberdeen Christian 68, Britton-Hecla 49 Arlington 71, Great Plains Lutheran 55 Bennett County 67, Hay Springs, Neb. 37 Canistota 85, Gayville-Volin 41 Clark/Willow Lake 71, Cast...
February 8, 2020

State's Attorney says Whitewood officer justified in firing weapon in December shooting
WHITEWOOD, S.D. — The Lawrence County State’s Attorney office says a Whitewood police officer who fired her duty weapon in the line duty in late December was justified in doing so. Police say that on December 28, 2019, Kannesha Nept, with the Whitewood Police Departm...
February 8, 2020

One business fails latest Pennington County alcohol compliance check
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office conducted compliance checks of county alcohol establishments, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. A total of 15 businesses were checked. One business was in violation caught selling alcohol to underage informants. The foll...
February 8, 2020

Lawmakers will weigh gender-change treatment ban for kids
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Legislature will address several closely-watched issues this week, starting with a ban on gender-change treatments for children under 16. A Senate committee is scheduled to consider the bill that would make it illegal for physicians to administer...
February 7, 2020

GOP-dominated House bars tribal IDs for voter registration
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Democrats are calling foul after the Republican-dominated House shot down their efforts to allow Native Americans to use their tribal IDs to register to vote. The defeat Thursday evening prompted several Democrats to level accusations of voter suppre...
February 7, 2020

Area college basketball scores for Friday night, February 7
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores from Friday, February 7: Women’s Basketball BHSU 98, CSU-Pubelo 78 USF 65 vs. Northern State 61 Minnesota Duluth 64 vs. Augustana 56 SMSU 66 vs. MSU-Moorhead 61 Dakota State 95 vs. Presentation 69 South Dakota Mines 81 vs. New...
February 7, 2020

Rapid City police arrest serial burglar
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police have arrested a Rapid City man wanted in connection with at least 10 burglaries in Rapid City. 43-year-old Jason Williams was placed under arrest on February 6th after police observed him returning to his residence in the 900 block of Lemmon Avenue with ...
February 7, 2020

Scooper girls and boys fall to Mitchell Friday Night
STURGIS, S.D. - Both Scooper girls and boys basketball teams fell to Mitchell Friday night. The girls played their game at home, and saw a two point lead after one quarter evaporate with a 13-3 run by the Kernels in the second quarter. After a 20-12 lead heading into the third...
February 7, 2020

Friday Night, February 7, SD High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Friday Night, February 7, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 47, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 36 Bon Homme 57, Avon 39 Bridgewater-Emery 83, Gayville-Volin 61 Britton-Hecla 54, Waverly-South Shore 49 Chamberlain 76, Mt. Verno...
February 7, 2020

Public hearings underway on arming educators
GILLETTE, WY - District officials in Wyoming have held the first of three public meetings about a proposal to arm educators at six rural schools. The Gillette News Record reported  that the educators in the Campbell County School District would be given de-escalation a...
February 7, 2020

Absentee voting underway to establish rural ambulance district
STURGIS, S.D. – Absentee voting has begun for rural Sturgis residents to decide whether or not to form an ambulance district. The vote follows a decision by the city of Sturgis to end its ambulance service to those areas unless they find a way to help p...
February 7, 2020

Shadbolt takes bareback riding lead after Thursday night's performance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - It was another wild night Thursday as the PRCA Rodeo shook Rapid City at the Black Hills Stock Show. In the bareback riding, Garrett Shadbolt gave the crowd something to cheer about -- an 84.5 ride on Summit Pro Rodeo's Hillbilly. His ride vaulted him to the t...
February 7, 2020

South Dakota High School Prep Basketball Scores for Thursday, February 6
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday, February 6 South Dakota High School Basketball: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Christian 64, Northwestern 45 Alcester-Hudson 59, Freeman 31 Arlington 76, Lake Preston 53 Canistota 64, Parker 45 Clark/Willow Lake 53, Deuel 34 Colman-Egan 70, Deubr...
February 6, 2020

Man charged in deadly hit and run crash makes court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The man accused of hit and run resulting in the death of a child made a court appearance Thursday. George Matousek, 37, was arrested late last year in Washington state and was extradited back to South Dakota. He is accused of driving a car that struck anothe...
February 6, 2020

ACLU sues Montana over Keystone XL protest plans
BILLINGS, Mont. - Civil liberties advocates are taking Montana officials to court to force the public release of documents detailing the government’s planned response to anticipated protests against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit Thursda...
February 6, 2020

South Dakota House OKs ban on commercial surrogacy agents
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota House on Thursday passed a bill that would criminalize agents who facilitate commercial surrogate pregnancies in the state. The proposal would make acting as a surrogacy agent a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. The bill exempts &...
February 6, 2020

Rancher pleads guilty in deaths of protected bald eagles
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A South Dakota rancher has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the deaths of six protected bald eagles who were poisoned by some misapplied pesticide on his property. Prosecutors say David Meyer, 58, supervised the misapplication of 39,000 pounds of the pe...
February 6, 2020

Rounds announces reelection campaign for Senate
WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Rounds announced he is seeking reelection after a period of uncertainty as his wife underwent cancer treatment in recent months. The first-term Republican from South Dakota made the announcement the day after voting to acquit President Donald Trump of ...
February 6, 2020

HB1059 Concealed Carry on certain vehicles passes House Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill to allow the concealed carry of pistols while riding motorcycles and All Terrain Vehicles passed out of the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee this morning in Pierre. HB1059 cleans up language in existing state statues to be consistent with operation ...
February 6, 2020

Amended Hemp Bill Passes Out of House Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill to legalized the growth and transportation of hemp in South Dakota cleared the House Ag and Natural Resources committee this morning in Pierre. HB1008B was heavily amended by the Governor’s Office but ultimately passed on an 11 yes, 2 excused vote sen...
February 6, 2020

MacArthur Foundation awards Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Seventh Circuit Court criminal justic system reform grant
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Seventh Circuit Court are the recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue building on efforts to advance local criminal justice system reform and safely re...
February 6, 2020

Wulf Cattle named 2019 NALF Promoter of the Year
DENVER, CO - Always ahead of the industry curve, Wulf Cattle was recognized for their lasting contributions promoting the Limousin breed. Wulf Cattle has, and continues to make lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle and has had a major role in acceptance of perfo...
February 6, 2020

Alternative calving workshops offered throughout the state
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Grassland Coalition, in partnership with SDSU Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a series of workshops focused on alternative calving methods in February."As a coalition, we feel it is important to share some of the a...
February 6, 2020

South Dakota sheep, lamb inventories down
WASHINGTON, DC - All sheep and lamb inventory in South Dakota on January 1, 2020 totaled 250,000 head, down 5,000 from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.Breeding sheep inventory totaled 187,000 head, down 7,000 from last year. Ewes one ye...
February 6, 2020

More research points to insecticide use as reason for declining bee populations
CARLISLE, PA - During the past 20 years, insecticides applied to U.S. agricultural landscapes have become significantly more toxic -- over 120-fold in some midwestern states -- to honey bees when ingested, according to a team of researchers, who identified rising neonicotino...
February 6, 2020

Brandts named Family of Year by SD Pork Producers
BROOKINGS, SD - The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) recognized the Paul Brandt Family with the 6th Annual Family of the Year Award during the Master Pork Producers Banquet.The award was created to honor a pork-producing family who has contributed to the long-term succ...
February 6, 2020

Public comments open for Perkins V State Plan
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota's proposed State Plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is now open for public comment. Perkins V is the $1.2 billion federal law overseeing funding of career and technical education, (CTE). View t...
February 6, 2020

Permanent daylight savings time bill stuck after tied vote
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill that would have put South Dakota permanently on daylight savings time failed to pass the House on Tuesday after a 33-33 tie vote. The proposal to avoid the “fall back” of clocks in November was introduced by Rep. Lana Greenfield, a Doland Repub...
February 5, 2020

Tuesday Night, February 4, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, February 4, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Arlington 52, Hamlin 41 Castlewood 62, Waubay/Summit 44 Centerville 57, Alcester-Hudson 54 DeSmet 75, Colman-Egan 65 Dell Rapids 68, Flandreau 40 Elkton-Lake Benton 53, Deu...
February 4, 2020

Scooper wrestlers roll to 72-12 victory over Douglas
STURGIS, S.D. - It was senior night and the Sturgis Scooper wrestlers celebrated with a 72-12 victory over Douglas Tuesday night. The Scoopers got wins in all weight classes except at 106 and in the heavyweight. Here are results from Tuesday's dual: 106 Korbin Osborn - L/ Fall...
February 4, 2020

Kelley's 27 points sends USD past NAIA Peru St.
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Cody Kelley scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting and South Dakota beat NAIA-member Peru State College 106-45. Kelley finished 6 of 8 from beyond the 3-point line. The 5-foot-11 guard also grabbed a career-high seven steals. The Coyotes as a te...
February 4, 2020

South Dakota House panel backs online voter registration
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposal to allow people to register to vote online. It's being pushed by Secretary of State Steve Barnett. He says the bill would allow people with a South Dakota driver's license or other state ID to register to vot...
February 4, 2020

Documents detail ouster of University of Wyoming president
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Records obtained by Wyoming news outlets show the University of Wyoming launched an investigation into then-President Laurie Nichols following accusations that she verbally abused employees. The Casper Star-Tribune and WyoFile report the documents indicate why t...
February 4, 2020

Man shot by officer after pulling a gun to face trial in June
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A trial date has been set for a man accused of being involved in an incident in Box Elder that ended with him being shot by an officer. Cruz DeLeon pleaded not guilty back in August 2017 to attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault against an officer, ...
February 4, 2020

Safety upgrades coming to dangerous railroad crossing in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. - In the wake of another train vs vehicle collision, the city of Sturgis says some safety upgrades are coming to the railroad crossing on Ball Park Road. The intersection has seen several accidents over the years -- the latest when a train struck a vehicle last mon...
February 4, 2020

March hearing set to possibly make decison on Jackpine Gypsies, campground annexation
STURGIS, S.D. – A March 2nd public hearing has been set for the Sturgis City Council to decide whether or not a historic piece of property finally becomes a part of Sturgis. On Monday, the council passed a Resolution of Intent to annex the Jackpine Gypsies property. The pr...
February 4, 2020

South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for Week of February 3
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Feb. 3 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses. Boys Class AA 1. Yankton (14) 11-2 98 1 ...
February 4, 2020

Senate bill would allow courthouse employee to carry guns
PIERRE, S.D. - A new Senate bill would allow county courthouse employees in South Dakota to carry concealed guns at work. And, opposition to the bill is already surfacing. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom thinks it could cause some problems. Thom says there's already securi...
February 4, 2020

Murder defendant in Fall River County to represent himself
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A defendant facing a murder charge in Fall River County has decided to represent himself after dismissing two lawyers. Twenty-nine-year-old Thomas Lucero was indicted by a grand jury in September 2017 on a first-degree or alternate second-degree murder charge...
February 4, 2020

Rapid City Council approves resolution of opposition to proposed gold drilling
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Council on Monday night  voted 6-4 to approve a resolution opposing gold exploration drilling in the Silver City area. It was a packed house in council chambers as the decision was made. Thirty-one people asked to make public comment...
February 4, 2020

Monday Night, February 3, South Dakota Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, February 3, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Colman-Egan 62, Chester 41 Corsica/Stickney 79, Bon Homme 35 Ethan 63, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 54 Freeman 48, Scotland 40 Herreid/Selby Area 64, Wakpala ...
February 3, 2020

Man indicted on six counts related to 2017 robbery
RAPID CITY, S.D. - After a delay, a Rapid City man was indicted Monday on six counts related to a September 2017 robbery. Nicholas Perry, 31, of Rapid City is charged in the holdup of the Boyd's Drug mart. Assistant Attorney General Scott Roetzel said the delay in his indictmen...
February 3, 2020

Rapid City man sentenced to prison for possessing stolen guns
RAPID CITY, S.D. -A Rapid City man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for having a stash of stolen firearms. Cory Myers, 45, was sentenced after reaching a plea deal with the federal government over the illegal possession of firearms. Authorities say Myers was ...
February 3, 2020

UW trustees admit to investigating former school president
LARAMIE, WY - University of Wyoming officials are acknowledging for the first time that they opened an investigation of a school president before she was let go last year. The board of trustees said  in a statement Friday that an outside firm did the inquiry after the unive...
February 3, 2020

Montana lawmaker claims Constitution says it's okay to shoot socialists
HELENA, MT - The Montana Republican Party on Saturday condemned a comment made by a state GOP lawmaker who said the U.S. Constitution calls for people who identify as socialists to be jailed or shot. According to the Billings Gazette, in responding to a speech in Helena on Frida...
February 3, 2020

South Dakota gas prices tumble nearly six cents to open February
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.30/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 11.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 17.1 cents per gallon higher t...
February 3, 2020

Survey suggests economy growing in 9 Midwest, Plains states
UNDATED - A survey report suggests the economy continues to grow in nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions index jumped to 57.2 in January from 50.6 in December. The survey was conducted before much of the bad news was reported about the coronavir...
February 3, 2020

Serenity Dennard disappearance still a haunting mystery despite a yearlong search and investigation
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Despite a search by more than 1,200 people covering 4,500 miles of woodlands, and an investigation tracking down more than 220 leads and involving 465 interviews, Serenity Dennard remains missing and her fate remains a mystery. Serenity was 9 on Feb. 3, 2019, ...
February 2, 2020

Mahomes, Chiefs win Super Bowl with late surge
MIAMI, Fla - Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to three touchdowns in the final 6:13, and they overcame a double-digit deficit for the third postseason game in a row to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs trailed 20-10 and faced a third and...
February 2, 2020

Deifel powers the Rush to win over Idaho
IDAHO - Darian Romanko broke a scoreless deadlock and assisted the game-winner in the third period, but Gordon Defiel stole the show by stopping all but one of 39 shots to give the Rapid City Rush a 2-1 regulation win over the Idaho Steelheads on Saturday night. The win gives the...
February 2, 2020

College Basketball Scoreboard for Saturday, February 1
UNDATED - Area college basketball score from Saturday, February 1 Men’s College Basketball BHSU 83, MSU-Denver 69 SD School of Mines 88, Chadron St. 77 SDSU 71 Western Illinois 61 Augustana 76 U-Mary 68 Northern St. 96 MSU Mankato 62 USF 77 Minnesota Crookston 62 Be...
February 2, 2020

Gymnastics - Pierre wins Rapid City triangular
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pierre captured the team title at the Rapid City Triangular Saturday. The Govs finished with 135.850 points, ahead of second place Rapid City Central with 125.700. Rapid City Stevens was third with 98.050. Mikah Moser of Pierre was the all around winner with...
February 2, 2020

RC Central takes third at Les Tlustos Invite
BROOKINGS, S.D. - In high school wrestling, Rapid City Central placed third at the Les Tlustos Invitational at Brookings Saturday. The Cobblers finished with 141.5 points. Brandon Valley placed first with 233 points and Pierre was second with 233. Two Cobbler wrestlers took fi...
February 2, 2020

Stevens first, Sturgis second at Belle Fourche Invite
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - Rapid City Stevens captured the team title of the Belle Fourche invitational Saturday; with the Sturgis Scoopers coming in second. Stevens finished with 306 points and Sturgis finished with 298.5 Spearfish came in a distant third with 162.5 and Custer was ...
February 1, 2020

Saturday Night, February 1, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Saturday Night, February 1, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Aberdeen Christian 58, Hanson 41 Castlewood 62, Deubrook 53 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 81, Stanley County 56 Douglas 69, Chadron, Neb. 42 Great Plains Lutheran ...
February 1, 2020

Friday Night, January 31, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scores
UNDATED - Here is your Friday Night, January 31, South Dakota Prep Basketball scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon Valley 52, Aberdeen Central 33 Burke 52, Tripp-Delmont/Armour 43 Canton 79, Freeman 43 Corsica/Stickney 60, Menno 35 Dell Rapids St. Mary 52, Lake Preston 30 E...
January 31, 2020

Officials identify victims killed when car hits school bus
BILLINGS, Mont. — Officials in southeastern Montana have released the names of the two people who died when the car they were in collided with a school bus on icy roads on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation; The Rosebud County coroner’s office said the crash Th...
January 31, 2020

Multiple-vehicle crash closes Interstate 80 east of Laramie
LARAMIE, Wyo. - On January 31, 2020, a crash involving multiple vehicles occurred in the eastbound lanes near milepost 331 on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming. Around 0745 a.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper stopped to check on some motorists who had slid off the roadwa...
January 31, 2020

Senator: Illegal drug ingestion should be misdemeanor
PIERRE, S. D. — A South Dakota senator want to reduce ingesting illegal drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor. Democratic Sen. Craig Kennedy has filed a bill to change ingestion to a misdemeanor for the first two offenses. But, it would remain a felony for a third convic...
January 31, 2020

Noem proposes streamlined permitting for feedlots
RAPID CITY, S.D.  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is pushing a streamlined permitting process for feedlots, other agriculture projects and energy development. The Republican governor announced a bill at the Black Hills Stock Show Friday that would establish statewide protoco...
January 31, 2020

St Thomas More Cavaliers cruise to victories over Sturgis
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The St Thomas More girls and boys basketball teams remained undefeated with victories over Sturgis last night. In the girl’s game, Haleigh Timmer had 20 points as the Cavaliers kept Sturgis scoreless in the first quarter, and an 18-0 start was the ...
January 31, 2020

South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard for Thursday, January 30
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, January 30, High School Basketball scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Arlington 64, Deubrook 52 Castlewood 53, Hamlin 45 Colman-Egan 69, Estelline/Hendricks 45 Crow Creek 93, Stanley County 59 DeSmet 64, Elkton-Lake Benton 41 Dell Rapids 64,...
January 31, 2020

South Dakota rancher, legislator named Commercial Producer of the Year
DENVER, CO – Range-ready isn’t just a slogan on the Schrempp ranch. It’s a way of life.  That was recognized when Dean Schrempp of Lantry, SD, was named “Commercial Producer of the Year” by the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). He was n...
January 30, 2020

Governor to unveil agriculture bill on Friday
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem teased a bill that she said will expand opportunities in agriculture in the state. The Republican governor said she would “unveil” the legislation at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City but didn't go into details in a weekly pres...
January 30, 2020

Meta: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Meta Financial Group Inc. (CASH) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $21.1 million. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company said it had net income of 56 cents per share. The holding company for Meta Bank posted revenue of $115.1...
January 30, 2020

Polaris will close Spearfish plant, moving work to Iowa
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Polaris Industries plans to close its plant in western South Dakota and move the work to Iowa. The plant in Spearfish specializes in painting parts for Indian Motorcycle. The Minneapolis-based Polaris will consolidate the paint operations in Spirit Lake, hom...
January 30, 2020

Frederick, No. 21 South Dakota women give coach 100th win
UNDATED - Taylor Frederick scored a season-high 21 points and No. 21 South Dakota made Dawn Plitzuweit's 100th win with the Coyotes an easy one, racing past Omaha 73-42. Ciara Duffy added 14 points and Hannah Sjerven 10 for South Dakota, which has won nine straight since losing...
January 29, 2020

AG: Rapid City police officer justified in fatal shooting
RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota's attorney general says a Rapid City police officer was justified in fatally shooting a gunman who opened fire on law officers after the suspect killed a man in an apartment complex last month. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the state Divis...
January 29, 2020

South Dakota House OKs ban on kids' gender-change treatment
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota House has passed a bill that would ban gender-change treatment — including surgeries, puberty blockers, and hormone therapy — for children under 16. The measure would make it possible to charge physicians who do so with a misdemeanor ...
January 29, 2020

Airman from Ellsworth among those killed in Monday crash in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has released the names of the two Air Force officers killed in the crash of their electronic surveillance plane in Afghanistan on Monday. They are 46-year-old Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, of Yigo, Guam, and 30-year-old Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, of Hudson, New H...
January 29, 2020

New Security Efforts working at State Capitol
PIERRE, S.D. - Newly adopted security measures at the State Capitol in Pierre appear to be working. State Troopers and Department of Public Safety Officers have turned away only five prohibited items in the first two weeks of operation. “We have been very pleased with how...
January 29, 2020

Lawmakers to consider harsher penalties for stalking
PIERRE, S.D. - Legislators in South Dakota are considering harsher penalties for stalking if a person has been convicted of similar charges in another state. Currently, out-of-state stalking convictions cannot be considered in court, unlike assault or drunken driving conviction...
January 29, 2020

Fun-loving TEs Kelce, Kittle the life of Super Bowl party
MIAMI, Fla. - Kansas City's Travis Kelce and San Francisco's George Kittle are talkative tight ends at this year's Super Bowl who are among the most entertaining personalities in the NFL. They also could play big roles in who wins the big game Sunday. Kelce comes up with zany...
January 29, 2020

Wyoming Medical Center exploring Banner Health affiliation
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming's largest hospital is looking into affiliation with a major regional health care organization. Wyoming Medical Center in Casper says a nonbinding agreement with Banner Health will allow both to determine terms before deciding on affiliation. The potenti...
January 29, 2020

Coal mines' owner says deal in place to pay back taxes
CASPER, Wyo. - A Navajo Nation company says it has an agreement to pay outstanding taxes and royalties on three large coal mines that it bought last year in Wyoming and Montana. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company says it made its first payment in December under an installme...
January 29, 2020

Meade County Commission okays public vote for rural ambulance district
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission on Tuesday approved a public election to decide the formation of an ambulance that would serve the rural areas outside Sturgis currently served by the city owned ambulance service. Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer says the election ...
January 29, 2020

Ladner scores 23, leads Scoopers past Hill City
STURGIS, S.D. - Ryder Ladner scored 23 points to lead the Sturgis Scooper boys basketball team to a 73-32 romp over Hill City Tuesday night. Ladner joined two other players in double-figures as Sturgis picked up their fourth win of the season. Sturgis jumped out to an 18-9 firs...
January 28, 2020

Tuesday Night, January 28, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, January 28, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 61, Pierre 40 Aberdeen Christian 80, Herreid/Selby Area 51 Belle Fourche 83, Lead-Deadwood 32 Bon Homme 55, Alcester-Hudson 33 Britton-Hecla 54...
January 28, 2020

Bill to prevent SD cities from banning plastic bags advances
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill to prevent South Dakota cities from banning plastic bags and straws is advancing at the state Legislature. The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee approved the bill on a 4-2 vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to the full Senate. The Argus Leader repor...
January 28, 2020

South Dakota governor renews push for riot boosting laws
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem is making her pitch to lawmakers to try again to pass so-called riot boosting laws that will pass court muster. Native American tribes oppose such a law, saying Noem's legislation singles out expected protests of the Keyst...
January 28, 2020

House bill would jump tobacco age to 21; penalize buyers
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota House committee has advanced a bill that would change state law to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. The initiative has one unlikely opponent - the American Cancer Society. The bill follows recent federal law that raised the age ...
January 28, 2020

South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for Week of January 27
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Jan. 27 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.   Boys Class AA 1. Yankton (14) 9-...
January 28, 2020

2019 Expected to Set State Record for Lowest Number of Motor Vehicle Fatalities
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that South Dakota is projected to have recorded the lowest number of motor vehicle fatalities in state history during 2019. To date, 102 roadway fatalities have been recorded for 2019. S...
January 28, 2020

Early voting for RCAS bond proposal underway
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Early voting is underway for the Rapid City Area Schools nearly $190 million bond proposal. Membes of the school board and leaders of the 'Vote Yes' campaign held a pep rally Monday to urge people to get out and vote. If passed, the bond will pay for renovat...
January 28, 2020

What's next for the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Plans for construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline inched forward last week with several approvals at the federal and state levels. But opponents in South Dakota say they haven’t given up on preventing or at least slowing the pipeline's const...
January 28, 2020

Great Western Bancorp: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Great Western Bancorp Inc. (GWB) on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $43.3 million. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based bank said it had earnings of 77 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, came to 78 cents per share. The...
January 28, 2020

Lead reports just over one million in 2019 sales tax revenue
LEAD, S.D. - The city of Lead's sales tax numbers for 2019 hit the one-million dollar mark for the first time in years. The city reported $1,018,083 in sales tax revenue last year. That is up over $227,000 from the 2018 report. City Administrator MikeStrahl said the main reason...
January 28, 2020

Monday Night, January 27, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, January 27, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Alcester-Hudson 39, Scotland 32 Canistota 58, Ethan 56 Clark/Willow Lake 79, Great Plains Lutheran 45 Deuel 52, Flandreau Indian 42 Dupree 66, Bison 22 Elkton-Lake Bent...
January 27, 2020

House Committee Supports Bill Lengthening Rape Kit Preservation Requirement
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota House lawmakers are supporting a bill that lengthens the time a rape kit is stored by law enforcement. Current law requires police to preserve a kit for one year. House Bill 1074 increases that to seven years, or until a victim reaches the age of 25. ...
January 27, 2020

Website access to SD court records from any computer delayed
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Concerns over privacy have delayed for more than a year the launch of a website that will let South Dakotans view public court records from any computer. The website launch originally planned was planned for late 2019 or early 2020. The website would ...
January 27, 2020

Graduate of Rapid City Central named Sailor of the Year
NORFOLK, Va. — A Rapid City native was named Sailor of the Year aboard the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), on December 16, 2019. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tony D. Curtis, a 2007 graduate of Rapid City Central H...
January 27, 2020

Police arrest two people in connection with recent string of burglaries
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police in Rapid City say they have arrested the men they believe are responsible for two recent armed robberies. Johnathan Adkins, 20 of Rapid City, was arrested after he tried to run from police during a traffic stop Thursday night. Police say they sto...
January 27, 2020

Highway Patrol reports one dead after crash in Hand County
WESSINGTON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night west of Wessington. Names of the two men are not being released pending notification of families. They were the only persons involved. A 1993 Chevro...
January 27, 2020

Fire destroys post office but mail to resume in Montana town
ISMAY, Mont. — U.S. Postal Service officials say mail service will resume in a Montana town where a fire destroyed the post office. The fire in early January has prompted some residents of Ismay to worry about their mail. Since the fire, they’ve taken turns dropping...
January 27, 2020

South Dakota gas prices end January with 2.4 cent decrease
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.37/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 6.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 20.4 cents per gallon higher th...
January 27, 2020

Wyoming gypsum manufacturing facility to close April 3
CODY, Wyo. - A drywall plant in Wyoming is set to close this spring. Officials at CertainTeed recently told employees the Cody plant will close April 3. Fifty people work at the gypsum manufacturing plant. CertainTeed spokesperson Lauren Howe says the company owned by France-ba...
January 27, 2020

Wyoming's governor reiterates support for lodging tax
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's governor is reiterating his support for s a statewide lodging tax to boost state revenue. Republican Gov. Mark Gordon says a lodging tax is the only new tax he would support. Gordon told reporters and editors at the Wyoming Press Association's winte...
January 27, 2020

Arens, Duffy lead No. 24 South Dakota women to 76-56 victory
VERMILLION, S.D. - Monica Arens and Ciara Duffy scored 18 points apiece and the No. 24 South Dakota women beat Oral Roberts 79-56. The Coyotes have won eight straight games, their last loss coming at now top-ranked South Carolina, 73-60, on Dec. 22. Keni Jo Lippe scored 16 po...
January 26, 2020

Hearing for teen charged in girl's shooting death continued to May
STURGIS, S.D. - A scheduled day long hearing to determine whether or not the case against a teenager charged with murder goes to juvenile court was postponed Friday.. Michael Gavin Campbell, 17, is charged with alternate counts of first and second-degree murder in the shooting d...
January 26, 2020

Saulnier's Hat Trick not enough as Thunder surge past Rush
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Brennan Saulnier completed his second hat trick of the season by the end of the second period, but the Wichita Thunder surged for four unanswered goals, and five overall, in the third period to defeat the Rapid City Rush by a 7-4 score on Saturday night. The lo...
January 26, 2020

College Basketball Wrapup - January 25 - BHSU men win 11th straight
UNDATED - The Black Hills State University mens basketball team won their 11th straight game Saturday with a 94 to 76 win over Colorado State-Pueblo. Joel Scott led the Yellow Jackets with 35 points. Scott was 6 of 7 from the floor and pulled down six rebounds. The Yellow Jack...
January 26, 2020

Wrestling Wrap - Stevens wins two at East West
PIERRE, S.D. - Rapid City Stevens won two duals at the East West Duals in Pierre Saturday. The Raiders edged Harrisburg 35-34 and rolled over Sioux Falls Roosevelt 58-21. Stevens dropped a 39-27 decision to Pierre and fell 39-33 to Brandon Valley. Rapid City Central went 1-3 a...
January 26, 2020

Wrestling - Scoopers go 2-2 at East West Duals
PIERRE, S.D. - The Sturgis Scooper wrestling team won 2 and lost 2 at the East West Duals in Pierre on Saturday. In the first dual, Brandon Valley won a close contest 29-26. Sturgis also dropped their second dual to Pierre, 20-45. Sturgis rebounded in the afternoon duals, defea...
January 25, 2020

Yankton girls, boys roll over Sturgis at Stanley County
FORT PIERRE, S.D. - In a game played at Stanley Couty High School, both Yankton girls and boys basketball teams coasted to wins over Sturgis. The Gazelles outscored the Scoopers 26-14 in the first half, and continued their hot streak in the second half; cruising to a 53-29 win. ...
January 25, 2020

Saturday Night, January 25, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Saturday Night, January 25, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Belle Fourche 68, Bowman County, N.D. 56 Brookings 68, Fairmont, Minn. 67 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 73, Little Wound 65 Crow Creek 74, Todd County 68 Dell Rapids 75, Elk Po...
January 25, 2020

Man sentenced to prison for killing of his brother
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man who stabbed his younger brother to death last year, was sentenced Friday. James Ladeaux, Sr., 55, was sentenced to ten years in prison with three years suspended and credit for 311 days served. In December, Ladeaux pleaded guilty to sec...
January 25, 2020

Area College Basketball Scoreboard for Friday, January 24
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores for Friday, January 24: Men’s College Basketball BHSU 87, New Mexico Highlands 83 CSU-Pueblo 82, SD School of Mines 64 Augustana 81 Concordia-St. Paul 54 Northern St. 88 St. Cloud St. 71 Upper Iowa 68 USF 60 Winona St. 63 SMSU...
January 25, 2020

Scooper boys win thriller over Spearfish; Girls fall
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis needed double overtime, a three pointer by Ryder Ladner and a steal by Remington Sankey to seal a one point win over Spearfish Friday night. The 62-61 win came in front of a home crowd celebrating the induction of the newest members of the Scooper Hall of...
January 25, 2020

Friday Night, January 24, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Friday Night, January 24, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 68, Tea Area 64 Belle Fourche 55, Hot Springs 21 Britton-Hecla 48, Warner 38 Canton 58, Beresford 57 Castlewood 54, Langford 46 Clark/Willow Lake 59, Webste...
January 25, 2020

Man shot by agent is charged with assaulting federal officer
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A man who was shot by a federal agent during a December pursuit is charged with assaulting five officers with his car. Uriah Lafferty was indicted this week on five counts in connection with the Dec. 19 incident near Hermosa. Lafferty is accused of assaultin...
January 24, 2020

Gov. Noem voices 'concerns' about transgender treatment bill
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has “concerns” about a bill in the House that would make it illegal for physicians to administer gender-change treatments to children under 16. The Republican governor has declined to offer full support or disapp...
January 24, 2020

Pennington County Deputies and Search & Rescue locate missing people
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Three people are safe after being stranded for several hours in a remote area of Pennington County. At around 8 pm, January 23, 2020, a spouse called to report her husband should have returned from the area of Ditch Creek Road and Six Mile Road. The man suffere...
January 24, 2020

Deadwood Gaming Numbers Up Again in December
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics released recently by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the December 2019 gaming handle showed a 5.21 percent increase, with slot machine handle increasing by 5.98 percent when compared to December 2018. The table game handle was down ...
January 24, 2020

More Natural Gas wells falling behind in tax payments
PIERRE, S.D. - State and county officials are closely monitoring a second natural gas drilling operation doing business in South Dakota after not receiving tax payments from the company in two years. Harding County Auditor Kathy Glines (Ga-LINES) confirmed to the South Dakota Br...
January 24, 2020

South Dakota Tourism Industry Touts 10 Years of Growth, Reaches Record Numbers in 2019
PIERRE, S.D. –South Dakota’s tourism industry has grown again for the tenth straight year, reaching a record level of visitors, visitor spending and impact on the state’s economy. According to the annual study done by Tourism Economics, South Dakota welcomed 14...
January 24, 2020

Autopsy: Missing Hardin girl died of hypothermia
BILLINGS, Mont. - An autopsy has found that a 16-year-old girl who went missing from an Interstate 90 rest stop on New Year's Day died of hypothermia. The body of Selena Not Afraid was found about a mile southwest of the rest stop on Monday. Witnesses reported seeing her walk...
January 24, 2020

New suicide prevention program targets kids, tribes, farmers
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota officials are planning to make suicide prevention programs available across the state. Officials say they have seen a 40% rise in suicides in the last decade. The rate is especially acute in rural areas and Native American communities. Gov. Krist...
January 24, 2020

Wrestling Scoreboard - Douglas wins two at home triangular
UNDATED - In wrestling action Thursday, Douglas picked up two victories at its home triangular. The Patriots defeated St Thomas More 48-29 and dropped Red Cloud 48-15. In other action at the triangular, Hill City earned a 45-36 win  over Douglas. Elsewhere, Rapid City Ste...
January 24, 2020

Scooper Wrestling picks up two dual victories in Wyoming
GILLETTE, Wyo. - The Sturgis Scooper wrestling team picked up two dual victories Thursday in Gillette. The Scoopers defeated Thunder Basin 39-33 and rolled over Campbell County 74-6. Here are final results: Sturgis vs.Thunder Basin 106 Evan Osborn - W - Fall 113 Kaden Olson...
January 24, 2020

Thursday Night, January 23, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, January 23, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon Valley 75, Brookings 34 Canton 61, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 43 Chamberlain 80, Miller 36 Dell Rapids 66, Madison 48 Douglas 62, Pierre 55 Elk Point-Jefferson 70, Akro...
January 23, 2020

Man not seriously hurt after his SUV struck by train
STURGIS, S.D. - A 77-year-old male escaped serious injury after his Jeep Cherokee was struck by a train in Sturgis Thursday night. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says Robert Wallace of Lemmon was traveling west bound on Ball Park Road, and attempted to cross the tracks wh...
January 23, 2020

Police in Rapid City investigating three robberies; believes they may be connected
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police in Rapid City are investigating three robberies possibly involving the same people, two of them that took place within thirty minutes of each other last night. Police say around 9 p.m. Wednesday, a man took a bank bag from the front desk of the Qu...
January 23, 2020

Wall-Mart in Rapid City drops 24 hours
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The two Wal-Mart stores in Rapid City will no longer be open 24 hours. Store managers say the new hours, effective February 1, will be midnight to six a.m. seven days a week. In a statment, they said "we're continually looking at how we can best serve our cus...
January 23, 2020

New Wyoming mine owner at odds with Komatsu over big shovels
GILLETTE, Wyo. - The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines is at odds with the owner of two huge industrial shovels. Komatsu says Eagle Specialty Materials is using its shovels without permission and compensation and has asked a West Virginia bankruptcy judge to enable Komatsu to...
January 23, 2020

Drone bills proposed at State Legislature
PIERRE, S.D. - A pair of bills concerning the use of ‘drones’ in South Dakota are making their way through the State Legislature in Pierre. Drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles –have drawn the attention of state lawmakers in recent years. Now ...
January 23, 2020

Former CEO denies he took millions from bankrupt coal firm
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A former CEO has denied he took millions of dollars from a bankrupt Wyoming coal producer. The Gillette New Records reported Jeffrey Hoops Sr. says he went to extraordinary personal financial lengths in an attempt to save Blackjewel LLC. Lawyers for the compa...
January 23, 2020

Activities Association announces tournament locations for 2021
UNDATED - At the conclusion of this year’s basketball season, the format of combining the boys and girls state tournaments for both ‘AA’ and ‘A’ will go away. State Basketball in South Dakota is about to go back to the way it was before – all...
January 23, 2020

Jackrabbit men's basketball takes down NDSU 78-73
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Jackrabbit men's basketball team won its 20th consecutive game at Frost Arena Wednesday night, taking down North Dakota State 78-73 in front of 3,011 fans. South Dakota State (15-8, 6-2 Summit League) shot 55.8 percent as a team and outscored the Bison by 1...
January 23, 2020

Sturgis to host Free Throw championship
STURGIS, S.D. - All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to take part in the local level of competition for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  The St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus council is holding the competition Sunday, January 26th at 4pm ...
January 23, 2020

Sturgis city leaders discussing fundraising ideas for Sturgis Rally Charities
STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis city leaders have begun discussing new sources of funding for Sturgis Rally Charities. For more than a decade, SRC provided significant funding for numerous local area non-profits. However, a recent court ruling has led to the reduction in the amou...
January 23, 2020

Rapid City Police install cameras at Memorial Park
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City have installed cameras in Memorial Park, following two recent drownings and what police call a significant amount of assaults, often affecting the homeless population there. Rapid City Police Lt. Brian Blenner says the cameras will serve a...
January 23, 2020

United Way of the Black Hills announces changes in fundraising, gifting
RAPID CITY, S.D. – We’ve all heard of them or used them.  On line fundraising platforms expand the reach of being able to raise money. That’s good news.  But there is an adverse affect to  brick and mortar agencies like United Way of the Black Hil...
January 23, 2020

South Dakota State edges North Dakota State 78-73
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Matt Dentlinger scored 21 points, Douglas Wilson added 20 and South Dakota State won its 12th straight home game with a 78-73 victory over North Dakota State. Alex Arians chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Jackrabbits. Tyson Ward had 2...
January 22, 2020

Twins reach deal with third baseman Josh Donaldson
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins and third baseman Josh Donaldson have finalized their four-year, $92 million contract that is the richest in team history for a free agent. Donaldson agreed last week to the deal that includes a club option for a fifth season. The 34-year-ol...
January 22, 2020

Pine Ridge authorities investigating homicide
PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Authorities say a family fight has ended in a man’s death on the Pine Ridge Reservation. According to an Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety release, the altercation was sometime before 4:25 a.m. Wednesday at a home just south of Evergre...
January 22, 2020

Gillette man admits to stealing from Boy Scouts
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) – A Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to taking more than $30,000 from the Boy Scouts while he was a scoutmaster. The Gillette News Record reports 42-year-old Jason Ray Barnum of Gillette pleaded guilty to three counts of theft for using bank account infor...
January 22, 2020

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Trump administration has approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed the approval Wednesday for 46 miles of the...
January 22, 2020

Minor transgender bill passes through House State Afairs Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - The House State Affairs Committee passed a bill 8-5 that would prosecute doctors who administer treatment to minors under the age of 16 to help them change their gender. The measure would make it a felony for South Dakota doctors to administer puberty-blocking dru...
January 22, 2020

Day care provider charged in baby's strangulation death
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls day care provider has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a baby who became strangled in a car seat. Prosecutors say Kayla Styles left the 9-month-old boy in the car seat to nap Nov. 14 and when she checked two hours later she...
January 22, 2020

Sturgis to host 2020 South Dakota Amateur Basketball Tournament
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis Selected to host 2020 SD Amateur State Basketball Tournament. The 73rd Annual South Dakota Amateur Basketball Tournament will take place in the Grunwald Auditorium in Sturgis on February 22 and 23, 2020, with the first game beginning at 9:00 AM on Februar...
January 22, 2020

Tuesday Night, January 21, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, January 21, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Central 56, Watertown 44 Aberdeen Christian 76, Faulkton 46 Bowman County, N.D. 63, Harding County 60 Centerville 75, Freeman 38 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 94, McLaughlin...
January 22, 2020

Sturgis passes first reading of ordinance governing ride sharing services
STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis has passed first reading of an ordinance that will govern the new ride sharing services Lyft and Uber, should they come to town. Discussion was held among  council members last night on some items of concern – but in the end, it passed wi...
January 22, 2020

Sturgis Council sets public hearings for annexation proposals
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis City Council has set public hearings of February 3 for two involuntary annexations. The council is releasing an intent of annexing property owned by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle club and the Big Rig RV Park on Doland Creek Road. The Jackpine Gypsi...
January 22, 2020

Sturgis Council approves purchase agreement to secure right of way for proposed Anna Street reconfiguration
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council approved a purchase aggrement Monday night that will allow the city to buy the former Caddy’s Restaurant building, which adjoins the Best Western Motel just off I-90’s Exit 32. The city doesn’t plan on utilizing th...
January 22, 2020

South Dakota man guilty of killing, dismembering girlfriend
PIERRE, SD - A South Dakota jury convicted a man of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body in a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula last year. Jurors in Pierre on Tuesday found 45-year-old Stephen R. Falkenberg guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degr...
January 22, 2020

South Dakota board approves Keystone XL water permits
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Water Management Board has approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. Keystone XL applied to draw water from the Cheyenne, White and Bad rivers in western South Dakota. The water will be used for drillin...
January 22, 2020

Police could be helped by virtual counselors in crisis calls
PIERRE. S.D. - A shortage of mental health professionals in rural South Dakota could be addressed by having trained counselors remotely assist police officers using readily available technology. State lawmakers are considering a package of eight bills this year aimed at address...
January 21, 2020

Prisoners raising money for Native American crime victims
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Prisoners at the South Dakota State Penitentiary are trying to raise money and awareness about Native American women who are crime victims. The non-profit organization ‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’ says Native American women are more th...
January 21, 2020

Montana sheriff says missing 16-year-old girl’s body found
BILLINGS, Mont. — A search team on Monday found the body of a 16-year-old girl near a Montana highway rest area where she was last reported seen on January 1, the Big Horn County sheriff said. The body of Selena Not Afraid was found by federal agents around 10:30 a.m., acc...
January 21, 2020

Lawmakers attempt to go paperless
PIERRE, S.D. - Lawmakers in Pierre return to the Capitol today to begin Week 2 of the South Dakota State Legislature. The pomp and circumstance of week 1 are now over and the slow roll of committee meetings, budget discussions, and lengthy floor sessions have begun. Lawmakers t...
January 21, 2020

Volkswagen settlement, in part, funds charging stations
BISMARCK, N.D. - Ten North Dakota communities will use part of a settlement with Volkswagen to build electric vehicle charging stations. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will send $2.7 million to the local governments and businesses for clean vehicle project...
January 21, 2020

2020’s Best & Worst States to Drive in – WalletHub Study
With U.S. traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers $87 billion in 2018 and the U.S. ranked 17th in the world in road quality, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020's Best & Worst States to Drive in as well as accompanying videos. To determin...
January 21, 2020

South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard for Monday, January 20
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, January 20, South Dakota High School basketball scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Bennett County 58, Colome 37 Chamberlain 68, Bon Homme 41 Lemmon 73, Rapid City Christian 49 Mobridge-Pollock 74, Standing Rock, N.D. 40 Platte-Geddes 54, Gregor...
January 20, 2020

South Dakota Broadcasters Weekly Basketball Poll, Week of January 20
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Jan. 20 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.   Boys Class AA 1. Yankton (10) 7-...
January 20, 2020

South Dakotans fear a wet spring will lead to more flooding
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Weather data indicates the risk for spring flooding again in South Dakota is high. The state last year recorded the highest amount of precipitation on record and suffered widespread flooding. Mike Gillispie is a state climatologist for the National Weather...
January 20, 2020

South Dakota park and rec revenue declines
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota state parks and recreation areas brought in less revenue in 2019 compared to the prior year. Final numbers from the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission show fewer paid visitors and campers. Revenue dropped 4% overall. Parks division Al Nedve...
January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr Day being celebrated across state, country
UNDATED – Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Events to celebrate Mr. King’s life and legacy are taking place across the county – including right here in South Dakota. Faith Temple Church in Rapid City is celebrating Dr. King’s life in a celebration tha...
January 20, 2020

South Dakota sees slight decrease in average gas prices over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 5.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 25.8 cents per gallon higher th...
January 20, 2020

North Dakota officials warn of contractor scam in oil patch
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota attorney general's office is warning about a scam involving bogus contractors who have been taking advantage of unsuspecting rural homeowners in the oil patch. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order against Go...
January 20, 2020

Judge says conservation group can look into energy panel
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A conservation group can seek details from the Trump administration on whether it used the recommendations of a disbanded committee to craft policies on oil, gas and coal extraction. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy says there is "a significant question"...
January 20, 2020

Wyoming's capital sees economic downturn due to job decrease
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A new report says Wyoming's capital city is experiencing an economic downturn driven by a reduction in local mining and construction jobs. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Cheyenne experienced a 5.5% reduction in local mining and construction jobs in the past ...
January 20, 2020

Authorities identify individual killed in crash near Nemo
NEMO, S.D. – A 66-year-old man has been identified as the person who died Sunday, Jan. 12, in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Nemo, S.D. A 2010 Honda CR-V was traveling northeast on Merritt Estates Road when the vehicle went into the east ditch. As the driver attempted to...
January 20, 2020

Mostert lifts 49ers to Super Bowl with 37-20 win vs Packers
SAN FRANCISCO - Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mostly a spectator, Nick Bosa harassed Aaron Rodgers from the start and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship. The 49ers advan...
January 19, 2020

Mahomes' feet, arm lift Chiefs to Super Bowl over Titans
KANSAS CITY - Patrick Mahomes tiptoed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 for the AFC championship. In two weeks in Miami, they will...
January 19, 2020

Big third period gives Cincinnati win over Rush
CINCINNATI, OH - Dexter Dancs and Stephane Legault scored 55 seconds apart in the second period to give the Rapid City Rush a 3-1 lead, but the Cincinnati Cyclones scored five unanswered goals in the third period, one surrounded by a controversial review, to defeat the Rush by a ...
January 19, 2020

BHSU, Hardrocker men get Saturday night wins
UNDATED - Both Black Hills State and SD School of Mines mens' basketball teams got wins Saturday night. BHSU won their ninth consecutive game with a 65-61 win over Colorado Mines. The Jackets were led by Stefan Desnica with 14 points. The Hardrocker men also picked up a 71-49 ...
January 19, 2020

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest
UNDATED - A winter storm that dumped snow and sleet on the Midwest and Plains is creating travel headaches after airlines canceled flights and officials shut down major roads. The storm system began moving through the Plains and Midwest on Friday, leading to trouble at airports...
January 18, 2020

Saturday night, January 18, High School Basketball scores
UNDATED - Basketball Scoreboard for Saturday, January 18: SOUTH DAKOTA SCORES: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL= Edgemont 48, Newell 37 Hettinger/Scranton, N.D. 51, Bison 42 New Underwood 55, Hot Springs 38 Philip 61, Colome 43 Stanley County 67, Bennett County 47 Sundance, Wyo. 54, ...
January 18, 2020

Spearfish wins BHC Tourney, High School Wresling Scoreboard for Saturday, January 18
UNDATED - Spearfish captured the team title at the Black Hills Conference Tournament in Spearfish Saturday. The Spartans finished on top with 187 points. Belle Fourche was second with 157.5 points and Lead-Deadwood was third with 135. Spearfish crowned six individual winners en...
January 18, 2020

Meade County Commission approves first reading of vendor license price increase
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade County Commission has approved first reading of a plan to increase vendor fees charged during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The plan is to raise fees $50, from $650 to $700. Vendor licenses will be for 12 consecutive days and those who appl...
January 18, 2020

Lawmakers weigh ban on many flavors of vaping products
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers are considering banning many flavors of vaping products in order to curb usage among teens. Rep. Carl Perry, an Aberdeen Republican, filed a bill Thursday that would make it illegal to sell or possess vaping flavors other than min...
January 18, 2020

Legault's late goal powers Rush over Fuel
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Stephane Legault deflected a Tanner Karty shot behind Dan Bakala with 1:44 left in regulation as part of a three-point night to lead the Rapid City Rush to a 5-3 win over the Indy Fuel on Friday night. The win is the second this week at the midway point of a fo...
January 18, 2020

Friday Night, January 17, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Friday Night, January 17, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Rapid City Central 63, Campbell County, Wyo. 50 West River Tournament Consolation Semifinal Hot Springs 48, Edgemont 33 New Underwood 63, Newell 42 Semifinal F...
January 18, 2020

Area college basketball scores from Friday, January 17
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores from Friday, January 17: WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Colorado Mines 77, SD School of Mines 75 USF 80 vs. U-Mary 62 SMSU 85 vs. Minot State 61 Augustana 73 vs. Northern State 44 Bellevue 79 vs. Presentation 43 MEN'S BASKETBALL SD School of M...
January 18, 2020

Yellow Jacket men and women sink UCCS
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills State University men's basketball team held off a second half rally from UCCS to win 66-64. With this win, the Yellow Jackets make it eight in a row, move to 11-5 on the season and 8-2 in the RMAC, tying them in first place with Dixie State. The ...
January 18, 2020

Monument Health officially joins Mayo Clinic Care Network
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monument Health, formerly Regional Health, officially joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network today, Jan. 17, becoming part of a worldwide network of independent health care systems with special access to Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise. Physicians from...
January 17, 2020

Wallethub reports the real cost of smoking by state
UNDATED - With the economic and societal costs of smoking totaling more than $300 billion a year and rising, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on The Real Cost of Smoking by State as well as accompanying videos. To encourage the estimated 34.2 mill...
January 17, 2020

Tribe official calls for better communication from lawmakers
PIERRE, S.D. - The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe is urging South Dakota lawmakers to improve communication with Native American communities. In the annual State of the Tribes address, Lester Thompson singled out bills passed last year that were aimed at protests of the...
January 17, 2020

Rapid City Central rolls over Sturgis in Thursday night hoops
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Central Cobblers jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never looked back in a 54-27 rout of the Scoopers in girls basketball Thursday night. A well balanced attack gave the Cobblers a 28-7 advantage at halftime and a 15-6 third quarter all but put the g...
January 17, 2020

Thursday Night, January 16, high school basketball scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, January 16, High School basketball scorebaord: BOYS BASKETBALL Alcester-Hudson 55, Akron-Westfield, Iowa 48 Andes Central/Dakota Christian 47, Mitchell Christian 46 Arlington 67, Estelline/Hendricks 42 Baltic 53, Chester 42 Bon Homme 40, F...
January 17, 2020

High School Wrestling - Spearfish rolls over Douglas in dual
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Spearfish Spartans rolled to a 59-3 victory over Douglas in a high school wrestlin dual on Thursday. Douglas' lone win came at 170 pounds at Logan Bowden defeated Kolter Dobbins 4-2.  ...
January 17, 2020

RC Airport sees big 2019 numbers
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The numbers are in and they continue to show an upward trend at Rapid City Regional Airport. Stats came in for the number of enplaned passengers at the airport in 2019 and that number was up more than forty thousand from the previous year, a twelve percent in...
January 16, 2020

Rounds, Thune applaud USMCA Deal, but not all groups happy
WASHINGTON DC -- The U-S Senate today gave final passage to the United States Mexico Canada trade agreement, intended to replace the NAFTA agreement struck in the 1990's. The vote in the U-S Senate today was an overwhelming 89 to 10 vote. The bill now goes to President Trump for...
January 16, 2020

Senate passes USMC Trade Agreement now on its way to President's desk
 WASHINGTON, DC – After threatening to delay a Senate vote on the United States, Mexico and Canada (USMC) Trade Agreement until after the completion of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., has had a change of ...
January 16, 2020

Mike Dawson returns to Huskers to coach outside linebackers
LINCOLN, Neb. — Mike Dawson will return to Nebraska to coach outside linebackers after spending the 2019 season in the NFL. Coach Scott Frost announced Thursday that he had rehired Dawson, who coached the Cornhuskers’ defensive line in 2018. Dawson was the New York G...
January 16, 2020

Wilson scores 22 as South Dakota State beats North Dakota; NDSU beats South Dakota
UNDATED - Douglas Wilson scored 22 points as South Dakota State romped past North Dakota 87-66. Noah Freidel had 16 points and six rebounds for South Dakota State, which won its fifth straight. Matt Mims added 14 points and Alou Dillon had 12 points. Marlon Stewart had 17 point...
January 16, 2020

Rush blast Thunder to start four game week
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Charles-David Beaudoin helped quarterback a power play that struck three times for the Rapid City Rush, and coupled with his four points and six other mutli-point efforts from his teammates, demolished the Wichita Thunder by an 8-2 score on Wednesday night. The...
January 16, 2020

Legislation would allow for electronic monitoring in elder care facilities
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A proposed House bill that would allow for electronic monitoring in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities has been introduced in the South Dakota legislature. House Bill 1056 reads "a resident or the resident's authorized representative may i...
January 16, 2020

Virus killing birds in Rapid City, surrounding areas
RAPID CITY, S.D.  - Dying  birds in Rapid City have reached a level that is prompting the state's Game Fish and Parks Department to investigate. People first started reporting dead birds at the end of 2019.  The public reported as many as 100 more deaths so far in...
January 16, 2020

SDEA President Responds to Governor’s State of the State Address
PIERRE, S.D. - In her State of the State Address, Governor Noem stated that since the budget address in December, state revenue projections have improved.  She went on to say that it will be her priority to use those additional dollars to fund increases for state aid to educ...
January 15, 2020

Longest-serving South Dakota chief justice bids farewell
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson has delivered his final State of the Judiciary address in Pierre. The judge used his 19th speech to the Legislature to push for a court system that helps people address drug addiction and stay out of priso...
January 15, 2020

Noem, South Dakota Producers Join Trump for Signing of U.S.-China Trade Deal
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem, accompanied by two South Dakota producers, today joined President Donald Trump at the White House as he signed the first phase of the United States-China Trade Agreement. The finalized deal is expected to double the ag goods China buys from Am...
January 15, 2020

Lawmakers consider banning transgender operations for minors
PIERRE, S.D. - Lawmakers in South Dakota are considering whether to ban doctors from performing gender-transition operations and treatment on minors. A bill introduced to the Republican-dominated Legislature would make it a felony for doctors to perform surgeries or administer ...
January 15, 2020

Woman, man died in apparent murder-suicide in Gillette
GILLETTE, Wyo. — A 36-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in northeastern Wyoming, police said. Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson said a relative found their bodies late Friday morning. An investigation indicated Richard Massman shot...
January 15, 2020

VA BHHCS Seeks Entries for 2020 Veterans Creative Arts Competition
STURGIS, S.D. - VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is seeking entries for their annual creative arts competition.  This is an exciting opportunity for Veterans to demonstrate their skills in visual arts, creative writing, and performing arts. Veterans enrolled at ...
January 15, 2020

Cold weather, snow cover allow for pile burns
STURGIS, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch says the cold weather and snow cover are allowing crews to catch up on pile burning around the Black Hills. The Black Hat and Bear Mountain Handcrews began burning approximately 140 slash piles in the Boulder Canyon area Tuesday and wil...
January 15, 2020

Free agent Josh Donaldson chooses Twins
UNDATED (AP) - Free agent Josh Donaldson has found a landing spot. A person familiar with the deal says the Minnesota Twins have worked out a four-year, $92 million contract with the third baseman and 2015 American League MVP. The 34-year-old Donaldson returned after an injury-...
January 15, 2020

Rapid City Central rolls over Douglas in Tuesday night wrestling dual
BOX ELDER, S.D. - Rapid City Central rolled to a 63-15 dual victory over Douglas in Tuesday Night Wrestling action. Douglas left several weight classes open, and the forfeit victories for Central were much for the Patriots to overcome. Douglas got an early win at the 106 pound ...
January 15, 2020

Police in Rapid City arrest suspect in knife store robbery
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police in Rapid City have arrested a suspect in the armed robbery of the Knife Worx store in the Rushmore Mall on Monday. Daniel Kline, 19 of Rapid City was arrested in the 700 block of St. Cloud Street around 9 o'clock Tuesday evening According to comm...
January 15, 2020

Pierre wins first game of season with 60-53 victory over Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. - Pierre outscored Sturgis 16-7 in the third quarter and held on to the lead in the fourth to get their first win of the season - a 60-53 victory Tuesday night. Sturgis jumped on top of Pierre early, outscoring the Govs 16-11 in the first quarter. Pierre, however...
January 14, 2020

South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard; Tuesday, January 14
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, January 14, High School Basketball Scoreboard:   BOYS BASKETBALL Arlington 68, Deuel 29 Bowman County, N.D. 60, Lemmon 58 Brandon Valley 61, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 58 Castlewood 78, Lake Preston 56 Corsica/Stickney 57, Mitchell Chr...
January 14, 2020

South Dakota reports 3 flu deaths, 1st of the season
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota has reported three flu deaths, the first deaths of the season. The South Dakota Department of Health says the deaths were reported in Deuel and Mellette counties, and those who died were all 50 years or older. State epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayto...
January 14, 2020

Judge: South Dakota to pay lawyer fees after fundraising ban
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota taxpayers will pay nearly $115,000 in lawyer fees to plaintiffs who challenged an initiated measure that prohibited ballot question committees from accepting out-of-state money. The measure, approved by the state's voters in 2018, was pushed by legis...
January 14, 2020

Noem pushes for economic development in State of the State
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem used her second State of the State speech to lay out her vision for growing the state’s economy. She touted the potential of a home-grown cybersecurity force and a continued focus on programs to broaden the state’s agriculture industr...
January 14, 2020

GAO to investigate oil refinery exemptions, impact to ethanol producers
WASHINGTON, DC – South Dakota House Representative Dusty Johnson is on board with a letter written by bipartisan members of the House Biofuels Caucus requesting an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) misuse of small refinery exemptions. The GAO ac...
January 14, 2020

Rapid City's Prairie Edge named Retailer of the Year
PIERRE, S.D. – Prairie Edge in Rapid City was recently named Retailer of the Year at the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) annual banquet in Pierre. SDRA has presented the Retailer of the Year Award annually since 1982 to recognize businesses committed to excellenc...
January 14, 2020

Hill City's Alpine Inn receives restaurant of the year award
PIERRE, S.D. – The Alpine Inn, an iconic Black Hills restaurant, received the first annual Restaurant of the Year award this week at the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) annual banquet in Pierre. The award recognizes a restaurant that has earned a reputation for e...
January 14, 2020

Commodity checkoff reform legislation filed in U.S. House and Senate
WASHINGTON, DC – A bill that has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate is getting pushback from commodity organizations that collect a checkoff. The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act was introduced earlier this mon...
January 14, 2020

Meade School District, Superintendent Simmons parting ways
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School District and its superintendent are going their separate ways. Jeff Simmons, during his monthly school board recap visit with KBHB News this morning, confirmed the news. "It's time to move on and let the school district find new leade...
January 14, 2020

Lack of federal reimbursement for wolf predation prompts state action
CASPER, WY (AP) - A Wyoming lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to create a new state compensation program for ranchers who lose livestock to wolves. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Winter, of Thermopolis, would create a fund with $90,000 to reimburse ranchers over a t...
January 14, 2020

LSU rolls in second half to take College Football crown
UNDATED - Joe Burrow's latest virtuoso performance has turned the LSU Tigers into CFP champions. The Heisman Trophy winner threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns as the boys from Baton Rouge whipped the defending-champion Clemson Tigers, 42-25. Burrow also ran for 58 yards and ...
January 14, 2020

Monday Night, January 13, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, January 13, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Bridgewater-Emery 55, Colman-Egan 41 Tri-State, N.D. 57, Waverly-South Shore 44 Viborg-Hurley 82, Alcester-Hudson 35 Wakpala 59, Dupree 49   GIRLS BASKETBA...
January 13, 2020

South Dakota High School Prep Basketball Poll for week of January 13
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Jan. 13 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.   Boys Class AA 1. Brandon Valley ...
January 13, 2020

Rapid City police investigating two armed robberies Monday
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police are investigating two armed robberies that took place Monday. The first robbery happened at the Boyd’s Drug Mart on East Saint Patrick Street. Police say a man wearing a surgical mask brandished a gun and demanded medication from...
January 13, 2020

Four bodies recovered from small plane crash in Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. — Authorities recovered the bodies of four people on Sunday from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in southern Montana. The bodies were taken to the state morgue in Billings and autopsies were planned Monday to identify the victims, Yellowstone Cou...
January 13, 2020

South Dakota gas prices hold relatively stable over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 1.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 28.1 cents per gallon higher tha...
January 13, 2020

2020’s Best States to Retire – WalletHub Study
UNDATED - With 26 percent of all nonretired adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best States to Retire as well as accompanying videos. To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-f...
January 13, 2020

Deputy finds lost person on Project Lifesaver
RAPID CITY, S.D. - An elderly male on Project Lifesaver walked away from his house in Rapid City, January 12, 2020. The call came in about 4:00 am. The wife last saw her husband around 10:00 pm the night before when she went to bed. Just as the Sheriff’s Office was powerin...
January 13, 2020

New security measures debut at state capitol
PIERRE, SD - Visitors entering the State Capitol in Pierre this morning are being greeted by a host of new security measures now in place. South Dakota Highway Patrol Officers now stand guard at a formal screening room located just off the Capitol north entrance.  All visit...
January 13, 2020

Packers hold off Seahawks 28-23 to reach NFC title game
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have reached the NFC championship game by beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-23. Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers on Sunday night. They will play at top-seeded San Francisco ...
January 12, 2020

Chiefs rally from 24-0 hole to beat Texans 51-31 in playoffs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes stalked up and down the sideline like a field marshal rallying his troops, the brilliant young quarterback imploring the Kansas City Chiefs to stay together even as the Houston Texans were on the verge of taking them apart. The Chief...
January 12, 2020

Vaive nets hat trick to win Cyclones the series
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Cincinnati Cyclones Captain Justin Vaive struck three times against the Rapid City Rush, powering the visiting side to a 6-2 win on Saturday night. The win gives the Cyclones two in three games played head-to-head this week. For the first time in the series, C...
January 12, 2020

Rapid City Stevens places third at Bismarck Rotary
BISMARCK, N.D. - Rapid City Stevens brought home third place from the Bismarck Rotary Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Stevens finished with a two day score of 205.5 Sidney won the tournament with 295.5 and Bismarck High School was second with a 223.5. The Raiders crowned a coup...
January 12, 2020

Man killed in Lawrence County crash near Nemo
NEMO, S.D. – One person died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning southwest of Nemo, S.D. The name of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of family members. He was the only occupant in the vehicle. A 2010 Honda CR-V was traveling...
January 12, 2020

Area College Basketball Scores from Saturday, January 11
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores for Saturday, January 11: Men’s College Basketball BHSU 51, Regis University 49 SD School of Mines 85, Colorado Christian 73 SDSU 70, Fort Wayne 61 USD 91, UNO 81 Sioux Falls 74, Concordia-St. Paul 59 Winona State 79, Augustan...
January 11, 2020

Custer holds off Sturgis girls and boys Saturday
CUSTER, S.D. - Custer came away with victories over Sturgis in both girls and boys games Saturday night. In the girls game, the Wildcats rode Josey Wahlstrom's 12 points to a 42-39 victory. The Wildcats held off a late Scooper rally as Wahlstrom knocked down two free throws to ...
January 11, 2020

Saturday Night, January 11, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Saturday Night, January 11, South Dakota High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Aberdeen Christian 63, Ipswich 29 Baltic 55, Beresford 54 Central Lyon, Rock Rapids, Iowa 69, West Central 65 Chester 51, Garretson 38 Clark/Willow Lake 6...
January 11, 2020

49ers win 1st playoff game in 6 years, 27-10 over Vikings
SAN FRANCISCO - Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then watched San Francisco's defense and running game take over from there in the 49ers' 27-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round. The Niners' first playoff gam...
January 11, 2020

Area College Basketball Scores from Friday, January 10
UNDATED - Area college basketball scores from Friday, January 10: Men’s College Basketball BHSU 82, Colorado Christian 67 Regis 75, SD School of Mines 61 Sioux Falls 71, MSU-Mankato 64 Concordia-STP 79, SMSU 70 Upper Iowa 110, Augustana 100 Northern State 97, Crookst...
January 11, 2020

Duffy, Sjerven lead No. 22 South Dakota women to 77-44 win
VERMILLION, S.D. - Ciarra Duffy and Hannah Sjerven combined for 14 points in a pivotal third quarter and the No. 22 South Dakota women beat Omaha 77-44 for the Coyotes' fourth straight win. The Coyotes extended a two-point first-quarter lead to 13 at halftime and then outscored...
January 11, 2020

North Dakota St. wins 8th FCS title 28-20 over James Madison
FRISCO, Texas - North Dakota State won its eighth FCS national championship in nine years. Redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance ran for 166 yards, with a clutch 44-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter, in a 28-20 win over James Madison on Saturday. The Bison stretch...
January 11, 2020

Friday Night, January 10, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Friday Night, January 10, High School Basketball scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Arlington 71, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 49 Brandon Valley 60, Brookings 35 Bridgewater-Emery 82, Freeman 35 Burke 71, Centerville 53 Crow Creek 81, McLaughlin 57 DeSmet 63, Dell...
January 10, 2020

Man charged in fatal hit and run pleads not guilty Friday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man accused of a fatal hit and run in December entered a plea of not guilty during a court appearance Friday. 25-year old Zachary Fegueroa pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide in the death of Joseph Martinez, along with hit and run ...
January 10, 2020

AG asks Legislature again to rein in presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is asking lawmakers to limit the circumstances in which judges must sentence low-level felons to probation rather than prison. The proposal is part of the Republican attorney general's legislative priorities released Friday. Rav...
January 10, 2020

Technical Institutes Name Change Legislation to be Introduced
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Technical Education is endorsing legislation designed to change the names of the state’s four technical institutes to technical colleges. The proposed legislation will be sponsored by Representative Hugh Bartels (R-Watertown) a...
January 10, 2020

Ballot petition circulators law ruled unconstitutional
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A federal judge has ruled a new state law that requires ballot petition circulators to register and be included in a directory is unconstitutional. The organization SD Voice filed a lawsuit to stop the law from taking effect in July. It required petition c...
January 10, 2020

Proposed gas plant could reduce flaring in Bakken oil patch
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A proposed gas plant could help reduce wasteful flaring in the northern region of the Bakken oil patch. Outrigger Energy, of Denver, wants to build a plant in Williams County capable of processing up to 450 million cubic feet of gas per day. CEO Dave Ke...
January 10, 2020

Tri-State to close coal facilities in Colorado, New Mexico
ENVER (AP) - Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association plans to close two of its coal-fired power plants and a coal mine in Colorado and New Mexico. The utility plans to close the Escalante Station in New Mexico by the end of this year. It also plans to close two unit...
January 10, 2020

One person dead, two hurt in Codington County crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Thursday night west of Watertown. Names of the three people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members. A 2002 Toyota Highlan...
January 10, 2020

SDSU women win tightly contested game over Denver
DENVER, Col. - South Dakota State women's basketball claimed a tightly contested 86-79 victory over Denver Thursday evening at Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, Colo. The Jackrabbits advanced to 12-6 on the season with a perfect 4-0 mark in Summit League action, while Denver fell t...
January 10, 2020

Thursday, January 9, South Dakota Prep Wrestling Scores
UNDATED - Here is your South Dakota High School Wrestling Scoreboard from Thursday, January 9: Canton 64, Custer 6 BELLE FOURCHE QUAD: Belle Fourche 60, St Thomas More 18 Belle Fourche 66, Hill City 18 Spearfish 49, Belle Fourche 28 Spearfish 66, Hill City 15 Spearfish 66,...
January 10, 2020

Thursday Night, January 9, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Thursday Night, January 9, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS PREP BASKETBALL Burke 64, Andes Central/Dakota Christian 30 Custer 73, Hill City 37 Deubrook 60, Iroquois 56 Deuel 60, Webster 57, OT Edgemont 43, Crawford, Neb. 34 Ethan 56, Avon 26 ...
January 10, 2020

Gas pipeline, processing plant proposed in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. - A Denver company is proposing a 70-mile natural gas pipeline to a planned processing plant in western North Dakota. Officials say Outrigger Energy's project brings to six the number of similar facilities planned to come online by the end of next year. Outrigg...
January 9, 2020

Top seeds back in action as NFL's divisional round kicks off
UNDATED - The bye-week breaks are over for the top two seeds in the AFC and NFC after a wild wild-card weekend to open the NFL playoffs. That means it's back to work for Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Same for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Jimmy Garop...
January 9, 2020

Vikings WR Thielen questionable with ankle injury vs. 49ers
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has an ankle injury. He is listed as questionable for the playoff game Saturday at San Francisco. Thielen was wearing a wrap on his left ankle after practice Thursday. He says he was tangled up with a teammate on the fi...
January 9, 2020

Noem drops opposition to hemp, but calls for what she calls guardrails
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't veto legislation allowing hemp to be grown in the state. Noem said in an interview with KELO that she'll drop her opposition to hemp provided lawmakers stick to “guardrails” to regulate hemp. Noem made it clear she wa...
January 9, 2020

Authorities in Pierre identify body found along Missouri River
PIERRE, S.D. - Authorities investigating the discovery of a body found along the Missouri River in Pierre Monday have learned the name of the woman found just off the Lewis and Clark Trail just east of the Down’s Marina Peninsula. “We were able to identify the body ...
January 9, 2020

Philip woman wins $25,000 a year for life
PIERRE,S.D.— Karen Hart’s trip to her local grocery store will pay dividends for the rest of her life thanks to a last-minute decision to buy a Lucky For Life ticket. Hart’s purchase will yield her $25,000 a year for the rest of her life, as she claimed the Luc...
January 8, 2020

Oglala president seeking federal help in dealing with meth
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is asking for federal help in dealing with methamphetamine use on the reservation that he says has contributed to homicides. In a proclamation declaring a state of emergency, Julian Bear Runner says families on the Pine...
January 8, 2020

Two men missing on Pine Ridge Reservation feared dead
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Officials say they fear the two men missing on the Pine Ridge Reservation may have died of exposure. Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Emergency Management director Steve Wilson says 23-year-old Robert “RJ” Kills Enemy Jr. and 25-year-old Vincent St...
January 8, 2020

Man found dead in Rapid Creek identified Tuesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Police have identified the man found Tuesday morning in Rapid City. Police report he is 29-year-old Anthony DeLeon of Rapid City. Spokesman Brenden Medina says an autopsy has been conducted and preliminary results have indicated not evidence of fou...
January 8, 2020

Sturgis rolls over Rapid City Central in wrestling dual
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Sturgis won their first five matches en route to a 55-17 victory over Rapid City Central in Tuesday night wrestling action. It was a big win for Sturgis, who sits just behind Central in the wrestling polls this week. Central is ranked fifth and Sturgis is sixt...
January 8, 2020

South Dakota Prep Wrestling Scoreboard for Tuesday, January 7
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday, January 7, Prep Wrestling Scoreboard: Sturgis 55, Rapid City Central 17 Milbank 54, Sisseton 24 Mitchell 43, Yankton 24 Pierre T.F. Riggs 69, Brookings 9 Canton DAK 12 Canton 60, Dell Rapids 18 Canton 57, Madison 18 Dell Rapids 45, Vermilli...
January 7, 2020

Tuesday Night, January 7, High School Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Tuesday Night, January 7, High School Basketball Scoreboard:   BOYS BASKETBALL Bridgewater-Emery 54, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 46 Dakota Valley 74, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 68 Freeman Academy/Marion 64, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 50 Gayville-Volin ...
January 7, 2020

Truck driver injured after crash near Custer
CUSTER, S.D.  – The highway patrol says a man was hurt following a log truck accident near Custer. The accident happened around 7:20 yesterday morning near Six Mile road and Long Draw Road. The 32-year-old driver was transporting a fully loaded logging truck when he ...
January 7, 2020

Whitewood group gets grant for building development
WHITEWOOD, S.D. – Black Hills Energy has presented the We-Do Whitewood Economic Development group with a $10,000 check for building development. The Whitewood organization is a group promoting growth in the northern hills community. Whitewood aims to attract a bigger work...
January 7, 2020

Pier 1 Imports closing nearly half of stores as sales falter
UNDATED - Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its 942 stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online. The company said Monday it is closing up to 450 stores and will also shutter distribution centers. Pier 1 also plans layoffs at its corporate headquarters in For...
January 7, 2020

The year's best and worst states to raise a family
UNDATED -  It's a new year, and with fresh starts in mind – hiring is up and the U.S. recently experienced a 50-year low in the national unemployment rate, for instance – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020's Best & Worst ...
January 7, 2020

Woman abducted in Sioux Falls found dead
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Police say a woman abducted in Sioux Falls has been found dead. Authorities say the body of Pasqalina Esen Badi was found Monday afternoon along a road just outside the Sioux Falls city limits. At a news briefing Tuesday, Lt. Terry Matia said a 19-year-old...
January 7, 2020

Legislature invites Crow Creek leader to give Tribes address
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota legislators have invited the Crow Creek Sioux tribal chairman to deliver the annual State of the Tribes address. Lester Thompson Jr. hasn't said yet whether he will accept. The invitation is a shift from plans to have Secretary of Tribal Relations ...
January 7, 2020

Excellence in nursing awards handed out
FORT MEADE, S.D. - Each year, VA Black Hills Health Care System honors select individuals for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs’ Awards For Excellence In Nursing. Ceremonies were held at Fort Meade and Hot Springs to celebrate the achievements of five outstanding nursing pr...
January 7, 2020

Fire crews in Rapid City respond to fire deemed suspicious
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City fire responded to a call on Saint Patrick Street Monday night. Lt. Jim Bussell says it was a fire in an unoccupied home – the second such fire since Christmas. He says last night’s fire, like the earlier one, is suspicious. The l...
January 7, 2020

Another major U.S. milk seller files for bankruptcy
DALLAS, TX - Borden Dairy Co. filed for bankruptcy, becoming the second major U.S. milk seller to do so in two months as competitive pressures, declining consumption and falling profits made its debt load unsustainable.Bloomberg reports that the Dallas-based company listed assets...
January 7, 2020

Crude oil, fracking water spill reported in Dunn County
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Officials say high winds caused a power outage that led to a produced water and oil spill in Dunn County. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was notified Monday, Jan. 6 of the spill at a salt water disposal facility operated by Hunt Oil Co...
January 7, 2020

South Dakota company gives $10 million in holiday bonuses
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota company has awarded holiday bonuses its 120 employees likely won't forget. Myrl & Roy's Paving gave its workers $10 million in bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $400,000 depending on length of employment and job duties. One of the owners,...
January 7, 2020

South Dakota High School Basketball Poll for Week of January 6
UNDATED - The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Jan. 6 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.   Boys Class AA 1. Brandon Valley (...
January 6, 2020

Monday Night, January 6, Prep Basketball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Here is your Monday Night, January 6, High School Basketball Scoreboard: BOYS BASKETBALL Aberdeen Christian 67, Waverly-South Shore 45 Arlington 64, Castlewood 54 Avon 66, Colome 34 Dell Rapids St. Mary 71, Estelline/Hendricks 40 Deubrook 52, Wilmot 41 Elkton-Lak...
January 6, 2020

South Dakotans to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakotans will vote this year on whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older. Secretary of State Steve Barnett said Monday his office has validated a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 a...
January 6, 2020

Victim of Pine Ridge homicide is identified
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Federal officials have released the identification of the man killed early Friday morning in Pine Ridge — but have released few other details. Casey L. Weston, 30, from Pine Ridge was killed in a residence in Pine Ridge, according to FBI Spokesman ...
January 6, 2020

Rapid City Council member announces run for state house
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City council member has announced her candidacy for South Dakota Representative in District 32. Becky Drury is serving on Ward One on the Rapid City Common Council. On the council, Drury served as Vice Chair during the 2018-2019 term and current...
January 6, 2020

Body found along Missouri River Monday
PIERRE, S.D. - Pierre Police are investigating after a body was found along the Missouri River Monday morning.   Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says Central South Dakota Communications received a 911 call around 10 am that a body was located on the riverbank of the ...
January 6, 2020

United Way of the Black Hills announces final fundraising numbers
RAPID CITY, S.D. The United Way of the Black Hills says they have once again hit or exceeded its fundraising goals for 2019. The local United Way goal was $2.2 million. The charity raised $2,209,411. By regions: Rapid City - $1,884,288, which exceeded their goal.Sturgis - $95,0...
January 6, 2020

State vet Odekoven talks about next move for electronic animal identification
PIERRE, SD  – After the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials back-pedaled on yet another plan to replace visual tags with radio-frequency tracking for cattle moving interstate, the most pressing question is where does advancing traceability technology go from here?...
January 6, 2020

Gillette woman wanted in meth distribution case in custody
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A Gillette woman wanted in connection with a federal investigation into a methamphetamine distribution ring has been arrested. The Gillette News Record reports that 40-year-old Billie Jo Adams was arrested Dec. 28 in Cheyenne and was transferred to Campell Coun...
January 6, 2020

Woman arrested in Sioux Falls homicide
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A woman accused of being an accessory to a fatal shooting in Sioux Falls has been booked into the Minnehaha County Jail. The 27-year-old Sioux Falls woman was taken into custody on Sunday. Krista Kruckenberg was wanted on two counts of being an accessory t...
January 6, 2020

Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach
DALLAS, Texas - A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have reached a deal for the former Green Bay coach to succeed Jason Garrett. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't anno...
January 6, 2020

Public invited to Taste of Sturgis fundraiser
STURGIS, SD - The fifth annual Taste of Sturgis - a fundraiser for the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society - will be held Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Sturgis City Auditorium. Admission is $10 per person, The event begins at 5:30  p.m. and will continue until the food r...
January 6, 2020

Missouri River power from upstream dams increases in 2019
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The wet weather that caused flooding problems in much of the Midwest last year had one small benefit: electric generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams was up 5.6 percent. It was the first time time this century the river had back-to-back yea...
January 6, 2020

Despite mideast tension, South Dakota gas prices fall over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 3.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 26.7 cents per gallon higher th...
January 6, 2020

Regional Health Dermatology in Rapid City moves to 5th Street
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Regional Health Dermatology in Rapid City has moved to 2805 Fifth St. Dermatologist Siri Knutsen-Larson, M.D., and the Rapid City dermatology team, including Tandis Hoffman, PA-C, and Sarah Rodolph, DNP, began seeing patients at the Fifth Street Medical Clinic ...
January 6, 2020

Cousins, Vikings upend Saints 26-20 in OT in NFC playoffs
NEW ORLEANS - Kirk Cousins hit tight end Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard fade on third-and-goal in overtime, and the Minnesota Vikings pulled out a 26-20 victory over the Saints in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs. Dalvin Cook gained 130 yards from scrimmage and scored two to...
January 5, 2020

Rush win rubber match behind Coulter's power play goals
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT - Tyler Coulter scored twice on the power play in the second period, Brennan Saulnier registered a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”, and Tyler Parks stopped all but two of 51 shots to lead the Rapid City Rush to a 5-2 win over the Utah Grizzlies on Sunday ...
January 5, 2020

College Basketball Scoreboard, Saturday, January 4
UNDATED - College Basketball scores for Saturday, January 4: Men’s College Basketball Black Hills State 87, Colorado Mesa 79 SD School of Mines 71, Western Colorado 55 SDSU 91, Western Illinois 56 Sioux Falls 65, Augustana 59 Northern State 72, Winona State 68 SMSU 6...
January 4, 2020

Tow Operator Killed in Crash Saturday Morning
WATERTOWN, S.D. - On 1/4/2020 at approximately 8:35AM, the Watertown Police Department, along with the Codington County Sheriff’s Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a roadway fatality. According to Police Corporal Juan Flores, A ...
January 4, 2020

Patrol reports one dead in Moody County crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – One person died in a fatal crash Saturday morning on Interstate 29 west of Flandreau. Names of those involved are not yet being released pending notification of family. A 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 pickup, pulling a trailer with a Utility Terrain ...
January 4, 2020

Authorities seek help from public in Pine Ridge homicide
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - Tribal and federal authorities have asked for the public's help after a homicide in Pine Ridge. The Oglala Sioux Department of Public Safety says someone was killed early Friday morning at a home south of the Pizza Hut in Pine Ridge. The department says it'...
January 4, 2020

Scooper boys and girls get wins over Lead-Deadwood
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Scooper girls basketball team handed the Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers their first loss of the season with a 34-29 victory Saturday. Sturgis used a 12-5 run in the second quarter to pull ahead 17-12 at halftime. The Golddiggers would hang right with the S...
January 4, 2020