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Sturgis Rally realizes its first fatal accident
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has realized its first fatal crash as two people were killed in a multi-vehicle wreck in Boulder Canyon Monday evening. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 5:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 14A, three miles...
August 11, 2020

Day four Rally traffic counts down 6.8-percent from 2019
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it was another down day on their traffic counters Monday. The D-O-T, in their daily rally vehicle count, says 56, 972 vehicles entered Sturgis on Monday – a 6.8-percent decrease from 2019. The four-d...
August 11, 2020

State health officials say tracking COVID-19 among those out of state at rally difficult
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health says keeping an overall COVID-19 tally in conjunction with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be difficult. State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says cases from out-out-state residents will have to be investigated by ...
August 11, 2020

Tuesday COVID-19 Update - Active cases, hospitalizations drop
STURGIS, S.D. – There were 50 new cases of COVID-19 according to the state Department of Health, and a decrease in the number of active cases. Health officials report the statewide active caseload fell 86 today, as the number of active cases fell back to 1,060 from Monday&...
August 11, 2020

Kathie Williams
Kathie Williams, age 69, of Pierre formerly of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Monday, August 10, 2020 at her son's home in Glenville, Minnesota.A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, at the Kadoka City Auditorium. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a....
August 11, 2020

David Lee Zwetzig
David Lee Zwetzig, 71, of Newell, SD, passed peacefully on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. He was born in Scottsbluff, NE, on November 2, 1948, to Victor and Rosie Zwetzig where he joined his brother, Jerry, and his sister, Linda, and a f...
August 11, 2020

Rules to grow hemp in South Dakota still under review
PIERRE, SD - The rules to produce industrial hemp in South Dakota are slowly making progress. Representative Lee Qualm of Platte says the state rules have been submitted to the federal government for review.  “The rule review will be done in November. We’re gett...
August 11, 2020

CDC invites North Dakota to join 4-state COVID-19 vaccine pilot program
BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) has announced that North Dakota has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of four states to be part of a pilot project to plan for a COVID-19 vaccination program.  “Nor...
August 11, 2020

Mountain West Conference postpones 2020 fall sports
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West has announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports contests and MW championship events in response to ongoing challenges with the effective mitigation and management of the COVID-19 virus in conjunction with at...
August 11, 2020

Workshop helps beginning ranchers, farmers looking for land
BROOKINGS, SD - SDSU Extension will host Farmland for the Next Generation, an eight-week virtual workshop series, beginning August 31. Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, the workshops are for individuals...
August 11, 2020

Rapid City Area School Board approves implementation of Back to School plan
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City School Board voted to implement their “Together Again – Back to School” plan after a four hour meeting Monday night. By a vote of 6 to 1, the board voted to approve a plan that will have in-person classes for four days du...
August 11, 2020

Farmer's Union president blasts political leaders over farm, U.S. debt
HURON, SD - Farm bankruptcies in the United States have risen eight percent between June of 2019 and June of 2020 with a total of 580 reported. That’s very concerning to South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke. “We’ve known for several years this was c...
August 11, 2020

Authorities ID 33-year-old Rapid City man as stabbing victim
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities have identified a 33-year-old Rapid City man as the victim of a fatal stabbing last week. Police on Monday identified the victim as Lance Baumgarten. Police were called Thursday morning about a man found lying in the grass in Rapid City. O...
August 11, 2020

State Health Department gives update on COVID-19's impact on long term care facilities
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health gave an update today on how COVID-19 is affecting the state’s long term health care facilities. State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says 542 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents and staff at lon...
August 10, 2020

Monday Rally Report - Injury crashes still ahead of last year; no fatalities
STURGIS, S.D. – The Monday rally report from the South Dakota Highway Patrol is in and continues to show an increase in injury accidents over last year. The good news – there have been no fatalities reported as of yet. The patrol says there have been 20 injury crash...
August 10, 2020

Early traffic counts from DOT show this year's rally down from last year
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation reports the first batch of numbers coming in from their traffic counters indicate the 2020 rally is down a little bit from last year. Never an exact science, the DOT says their traffic counters, strategically pl...
August 10, 2020

First wave of E.M.S. COVID-19 testing West River shows no positive cases
STURGIS, S.D. – The Department of Health says initial testing of E.M.S. and first responders on the front lines of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally have provided good news so far. Health Secretary Kim Malsom-Rysdon reported Monday that E.M.S. personnel for Apollo, Faith, Deadw...
August 10, 2020

Monday's COVID-19 Update - 59 new cases statewide, no new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 in their Monday report. Both Pennington and Lawrence County reported 5 new cases each and Meade County had no new cases to report. Pennington County’s cumulative total is now 896....
August 10, 2020

Motorcyclists donate to assist Sturgis residents during the 80th annual Black Hills Rally
STURGIS, S.D. - An initiative launched by motorcyclists to raise funds for the Sturgis Meals on Wheels program is inspired by riders’ regard for the city of Sturgis and the surrounding Black Hills. A goal of $8,000 in donations during this rally week is in thanks for the we...
August 10, 2020

James L. Jones
James L. “Jim” Jones, age 54, of Kadoka, died Thursday, August 6, as a result of a work accident in rural Jackson County. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, at the Kadoka City Auditorium. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Augus...
August 10, 2020

Harriet Sadie Miller
Harriet Sadie (Sherwood) Miller was born July 2, 1921 in Draper SD to Sidney W. Sherwood and Katherine J. (Traub) Sherwood. She married Art Miller on September 21, 1941. To this union three children were born. Janice (Dennis) Jensen, Sturgis, Marian Dalton, Sturgis, and Dennis (...
August 10, 2020

South Dakota gas prices see slight increase over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.11/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 2.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 56.5 cents per gallon lower tha...
August 10, 2020

Endorsement of marijuana ballot issues comes from DRA
BROOKINGS, SD - The Dakota Rural Action Board of Directors has voted to support both marijuana issues on the ballot this fall. Amendment “A” would allow recreational use while IM-26 would regulate medicinal marijuana. Board Member Nick Nemec of Holabird says much of...
August 10, 2020

Mental health services focus of legislative task force
PIERRE, SD - The Mental Health Services Delivery Task Force of the South Dakota legislature held their first meeting of the interim last week. Committee member, Representative Jean Hunhoff of Yankton says they got an update on the status of mental health services and availabilit...
August 10, 2020

Agency deferring interest payments until December
PIERRE, SD - The Risk Management Agency of USDA has extended the deadline for premium and administrative fee payments on crop insurance.  Crop Insurance Agent Dave Hubbs says it gives farmers more time to get payments in without picking up interest fees by moving the deadli...
August 10, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 wins their 43rd State Title with 9-1 win over Brandon Valley
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Post 22 Hardhats won their 43rd State Title Sunday as they captured the South Dakota American Legion Championship. Post 22 rolled to a 9-1 win over Brandon Valley. It was their second win over the Lynx in as many days. Post 22 was led by...
August 10, 2020

Highway Patrol reports uptick in number of injury crashes as rally opens
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says injury crashes are up over last year as the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally opens. In the year's first rally report, the patrol says there have been 12 injury crashes reported between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. Seven o...
August 9, 2020

Post 22 to play Brandon Valley in Sunday championship game
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 will play in Sunday's state championship game after a semi-final win over Brandon Valley. The Hardhats jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held off a late comeback by the Lynx to win 7-5. Matt Hegre helped lead Post 22 with a 3-run homerun in the ...
August 9, 2020

State sees second day of triple digit jump in number of new COVID-19 cases
STURGIS, S.D. - It was another triple digit increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Sunday's report from the South Dakota Department of Health. Health officials reported 129 new positive tests statewide; 22 of them around the Black Hills area. Pennington County reported...
August 9, 2020

Company offers antibody testing for COVID-19 at Rally
STURGIS, S.D. - A national vendor is offering COVID-19 antibody tests at the Sturgis Rally and they're offering them to anyone who wants one. The company says they are working with another Black Hills area company to offer 27,000 of the antibody tests. Tests cost $45 and involv...
August 8, 2020

Missouri Valley Football Conference latest to postpone fall football
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council has announced the league’s schools will not conduct conference competition this fall. That means South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota will not play football this fall, but ...
August 8, 2020

Sturgis Public Works Department working overtime in hopes of keeping people safe
STURGIS, S.D. - The city of Sturgis knows COVID-19 is a big concern at this year's rally, and taking the responsibility seriously in hopes of keeping the virus knocked down as best as they can, the Public Works Department is using the early morning hours to go through to clean an...
August 8, 2020

Rally sees more non-injury accidents in opening days
STURGIS, S.D. - Saturday was day number two for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and according to Sturgis law enforcement, it's been fairly normal so far. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says calls are down by 27 overall when compared to 2019, although they have notice...
August 8, 2020

Post 22 wins first game at state tournament
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 opened the 2020 South Dakota Class A American Legion Baseball State Tournament with a win Friday night. The Hardhats defeated Renner Post 307 6-2. Zach Whitesell got the pitching win for Post 22, working six innings, allowing four hits and...
August 8, 2020

State records 106 new cases of COVID-19, active cases up over 1,000 for first time since June
STURGIS, S.D. - The Department of Health reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 new deaths in their Saturday report. Of the two new deaths, both patients were female. One was reported in the 70-79 age range and the other was in the 80+ age range. They were from Minnehaha Count...
August 8, 2020

Annual Veterans Charity Ride donates PPE to first responders
STURGIS, S.D. — It began in Utah on July 29 and on August 7, they rumbled into Sturgis to help kick off the annual motorcycle rally. The Veterans Charity Ride is a veteran-operated, non-profit organization that uses what they call 'motorcycle therapy' to get veterans invol...
August 7, 2020

Remembering Our Fallen tribute at Sturgis Rally Point
STURGIS, S.D. - With no city sponsored live entertainment at Rally Point this year, a very emotional tribute will take its place. Remembering Our Fallen will be displayed during the 2020 City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to remind Americans of the ultimate sacrifice made by those...
August 7, 2020

Albert Lenerville
Albert Lenerville, 89 years old, from Rapid City, passed away on August 6, 2020, at the Lippold Hospice Unit at Monument Health Sturgis Hospital.      Albert was born to Edward Lowell and Theresa (Hitchcox) Lenerville on April 3, 1931, in Strool (Prairie City...
August 7, 2020

Man sought in stabbing death apprehended
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police say they have captured a 29-year-old man who is a suspect in an early morning stabbing. Allman was taken into custody by officers of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety early today in the Georgetown Housing area near Wanb...
August 7, 2020

As Rally begins, COVID-19 cases increase by 23 in Pennington, Lawrence and Meade counties
STURGIS, S.D. – As the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins, cases of COVID-19 around the Black Hills continue to climb. In the Friday report from the South Dakota Department of Health, there were 26 new cases reported around the Black Hills region. Pennington County ha...
August 7, 2020

With no opening ceremony, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officially opens today
STURGIS, S.D. – The first official day of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally looks a little different than in year’s past. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no city-sponsored events this year, leaving motorcyclists to find other forms of entertainment on Main Street....
August 7, 2020

Percentage of infections higher than first reported at Smithfield Foods plant
SIOUX FALLS, SD – In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control, 25.6% of employees at Smithfield Foods tested positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak that found 929 employees out of 3,635 who were tested, had become infected with the disease. The report shows t...
August 7, 2020

Conversion of Greeley lamb plant paused for 30 days
GREELEY, CO - Following lawmakers’ requests to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation into the acquisition of the Mountain States Rosen (MSR) lamb processing plant by JBS USA, the DOJ is said to have put a “stand-still” on the Greeley, CO....
August 7, 2020

Testing underway of fertility control vaccine for wild horses
WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Land Management has started testing a  new fertility control vaccine that could help address the growing overpopulation of wild horses on public rangelands. Researchers believe the Oocyte Growth Factor (OGF) vaccine, administered to a cap...
August 7, 2020

Financial resources available to area businesses through local and federal partnership
RAPID CITY, SD - The West River Foundation for Economic & Community Development (WRFECD) has established a new revolving loan fund in partnership with the US Economic Development Administration (EDA). The $1 million revolving loan fund creates an additional source of capital...
August 7, 2020

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference moving fall sports to spring
UNDATED - In a meeting Thursday, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Presidents’ Council postponed conference schedules and championships for fall sports (Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball) to the spring semester except for cross count...
August 7, 2020

Severe weather brings heavy rain, large hail to Belle Fourche area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Severe weather brought heavy rain and large hail to portions of western South Dakota Thursday night. The National Weather Service says nearly an inch of rain fell in Belle Fourche as well as golf ball sized hail. The heavy rain led to a flash flood warning f...
August 6, 2020

Two Keystone XL pipeline workers get virus, but work continues
BILLINGS, Mont. — Two people working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline have tested positive for the coronavirus in northern Montana, but the company said Thursday that construction work on the disputed project will continue after a temporary shut down of a pipe storage yard. ...
August 6, 2020

Rapid City police investigating stabbing death
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police are investigating an early-morning stabbing incident as a homicide, and are seeking the public’s help to locate a suspect in the case. At around 4:50 a.m. on Thursday, August 6th, police were dispatched to the 1700 block of N. 7th...
August 6, 2020

Health Department - Each individual responsible for taking COVID-19 precautions at Rally
STURGIS, S.D. – As the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets underway – the first official day is tomorrow – the Department of Health is encouraging all attendees to do what they can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. State officials have always said slowing down the ...
August 6, 2020

State records 105 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths in Thursday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 105 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and there were four new deaths. The 105 cases are from 1,781 tests that were performed over the past 24 hours. The new deaths included one each in Oglala Lakota and Minnehaha a...
August 6, 2020

WDT satellite center hits snag over COVID-19 guidelines
DEADWOOD — The Western Dakota Technical College (WDT) satellite education center in Whitewood set to open in December, is experiencing a setback due to COVID-19 regulations.  Officials and organizers now know that mandated cleaning guidelines will result in costs that ...
August 6, 2020

Mystery seeds received in mail across U.S. have been identified
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined the contents of some unknown seed packages Americans have been receiving. "We have identified 14 different species of seeds including mustard, cabbage, morning glory, and some herbs like mint, sag...
August 6, 2020

Noem uses COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere to lure business
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem is using COVID-19 restrictions in other states to lure businesses to relocate to South Dakota. In an online ad, Noem tells business owners to "grow their company" in South Dakota where government will stay out of their way. "When it comes to su...
August 6, 2020

Wyoming has no operating oil rigs for 2nd time since 1884
CASPER, Wyo. - Workers closed Wyoming's last active oil rig on Tuesday. An official says it is just the second time since 1884 that the state has had zero gas rigs in operation. The Petroleum Association of Wyoming estimates that one lost rig means roughly 100 lost jobs. The ...
August 6, 2020

Engineering study finds I-90 safe in area of Black Hawk sinkholes
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The State Department of Transportation says an engineering study of I-90 near where sinkholes have developed in a Black Hawk neighborhood has found no safety issues. The D.O.T. hired F.M.G. Engineering to do the study, which was conducted in May. The sinkhol...
August 5, 2020

Dean Snyder
Dean Snyder passed away on August 2, 2020.  Dean was born in Sturgis, SD, on March 17, 1934.  He did not have a bit of Irish in him despite being born on St. Patrick’s Day.  Never the less, he really liked corned beef and cabbage.      De...
August 5, 2020

John Dale Mutchler
John Dale “JD” Mutchler was born October 20, 1968, in Rapid City to Neil and Margaret Mutchler of Mud Butte, SD.  He grew up and attended high school in Newell, SD, where he graduated in 1987.  He moved to Mud Butte and worked on the Mutchler Ranch, raising ...
August 5, 2020

Big Ten football season set to begin on Labor Day weekend
UNDATED - The Big Ten has released its 10-game conference-only football schedule beginning as early as Labor Day weekend but cautioned there is no certainty games will be played. The Big Ten had announced a month ago it would shorten the season and eliminate nonconference games...
August 5, 2020

ECHL announces revised start date to 2020-2021 season
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced in conjunction with the ECHL that the ECHL Board of Governors and the Professional Hockey Player’s Association has approved a revised start date for the 2020-21 ECHL S...
August 5, 2020

COVID-19 cases up 89 in Wednesday report
PIERRE, S.D. – It was an active day for new COVID-19 cases across the state as the health department reported 89 new cases, with 26 of them across western South Dakota. Pennington County reported 10 new cases, sending their cumulative total to 858 with 120 active cases. De...
August 5, 2020

New sheep specialists named in South Dakota
BROOKINGS, SD - The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association announced Dr. Kelly Froehlich and Ms. Jaelyn Whaley will be joining South Dakota State University Extension this fall. Dr. Froehlich will be joining the faculty at SDSU in Brookings as the new Extension Sheep Specialist ...
August 5, 2020

Meade 46-1 School Board continues discussion on back to school plan
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board held a special meeting Monday to continue discussion on their back to school plan. The district is still aiming for September 8 as the first day of school. Under the back to school plan, the district states they will start with ...
August 5, 2020

Learn how to direct market meat in new short course offered
CORVALLIS, OR - Ranchers, farmers and butchers who want to learn about direct marketing meat can participate in the new Western Meat School,  a new  learning short course created for small meat producers and processors. The Western Meat School is a collaborative effort...
August 5, 2020

Rhonda Dee Thybo
Rhonda Dee (Wientjes) Thybo, 54 of Belle Fourche, though tough as nails, lost her courageous battle with cancer on August 3, 2020 at the University of Health in Aurora, CO.  Rhonda is the beloved wife of Jimmy, and loving mother of Trever, Tate, and Jesse. Rhonda was born o...
August 5, 2020

Daniel K. Bruner
Daniel “Dan” K. Bruner was born on October 22, 1941, to Otto and Christine (Thom) Bruner in Wagner, SD.  He proudly served in the US Navy. Dan, 78, of Hot Springs, died Monday, August 3, 2020, at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital. He is survived by his sister...
August 5, 2020

Small meat processors in Montana use grant funding to advance, grow business
HELENA, MT -  Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced that over $7.5 million in grant funding has been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant (MMPIG) programs. The grants are designed to aid small and m...
August 5, 2020

South Dakota’s Most and Least Equitable School Districts
UNDATED - With research showing that low-income students will fall behind their wealthy peers if schools operate remotely due to COVID-19, and a renewed focus on racial equality, WalletHub today released its report on the Most and Least Equitable School Districts in South Dakota....
August 5, 2020

MDU Resources: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU) on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $99.7 million. The Bismarck, North Dakota-based company said it had profit of 50 cents per share. The energy, mining, construction and utilities company posted revenue of $1.36 b...
August 5, 2020

RCAS postpones vote on back to school plan to Monday
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A sure sign COVID-19 continues to concern school administrators, the Rapid City Area School Board last night postponed making a final decision on its full back to school plan. Board member Jim Hansen made a motion that the board should strike overall app...
August 4, 2020

Voters in Sturgis turn down annexation of Jackpine Gypsies
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis voters turned down the recent annexation of the historic Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle grounds in a special election Tuesday. Unofficials results from the city indicate 737 residents voted against the annexation and 421 voted yes. The results, once they be...
August 4, 2020

As bikers roar into Sturgis, concern over COVID-19 spreading grows
STURGIS, S.D. – Bikers from all across the nation have already descended on Sturgis and the Black Hills as the 80th Annual Motorcycle Rally gets ready to rumble. The city announced last month that, due to the pandemic, no city sponsored events would be held this year. Desp...
August 4, 2020

Faith Match Bronc Ride plays host to world champions, top broncs
FAITH, SD – This year’s Faith Match Bronc Ride held during the 110th Faith Stock Show & Rodeo, always delivers for both contestants and spectators.  But this year’s match set for August 5 at the Faith Fairgrounds has an added dimension….bronc rid...
August 4, 2020

State reports 59 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and one new death
PIERRE, S.D. – The state health department reported 59 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, down 6 from yesterday. One new death was reported as well. Pennington County saw three new cases, sending their cumulative total to 848 with 123 active cases. The active caseload is down 3 f...
August 4, 2020

Ivan Schilling
Ivan Schilling, age 87, of Gillette, Wyoming formerly of Midland, South Dakota, died on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Legacy Nursing Home in Gillette. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip. Funeral services will be held at...
August 4, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 defeats Post 320 to advance to state tournament
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 won two to win their super regional playoff against Post 320 Monday night. The game was held at Pete Lien Field. The Hardhats outlasted the Stars in the first game, 7-4. Dylan Richey was outstanding on the mound for Post 22. He worked all ...
August 4, 2020

Man charged in string of armed robberies
RAPID CITY, S.D.  – A suspect in a string of armed robberies has been charged and made his first appearance in federal court Monday morning. Fifty-eight year old Michael Daker is accused of robbing the YesWay and Loaf N' Jug on Haines Avenue in Rapid City, the YesWay ...
August 4, 2020

Wyoming home prices increase at fastest rate since 2007
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's average home price has risen nearly 10% since early last year, the fastest rate of increase in the state's real estate valuations since 2007. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported some experts say the increase has left many lower-income families with few...
August 4, 2020

Black Hills Energy Commits nearly $600,000 to Energy Assistance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - After assessing the growing needs for energy assistance in communities across an eight-state footprint, Black Hills Energy today announced the donation of an additional $223,500 from its corporate foundation to assist families in need across its service area. W...
August 4, 2020

South Dakota gas prices remain relatively stable to open August
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.11/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 5.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 56.4 cents per gallon lower th...
August 4, 2020

Black Hills: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) _ Black Hills Corp. (BKH) on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $21 million. The Rapid City, South Dakota-based company said it had net income of 33 cents per share. The energy company posted revenue of $326.9 million in the period. Black Hills expe...
August 4, 2020

Infection numbers from Black Hills youth camp continue to rise
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Health says the number of confirmed coronavirus cases at a Christian youth summer camp in the Black Hills has grown to 96. Health officials said Monday that 93 South Dakota residents and three out-of-state residents ...
August 4, 2020

South Dakota gets $6.8 million for education during COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded South Dakota $6.8 million to support the state’s efforts in serving students during the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. Thirty-nine states applied for funding, only 11 states, including South D...
August 3, 2020

South Dakota Mines Unveils New Brand
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Mines has a new brand. The updated university nickname, logo, brand essence, positioning statement, tagline, university colors and brand guidelines can be found here. South Dakota Mines revealed its new brand in a virtual event carried on the...
August 3, 2020

Jackpine Gypsies annexation vote is Tuesday in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – A special election is being held in the city of Sturgis tomorrow to decide the fate of the annexation of the Jackpine Gypsies grounds just off I-90 near Exit 30. The Sturgis City Council approved the annexation of the grounds earlier this summer and the Jac...
August 3, 2020

Patricia Ann Soden
Pat was born April 30, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Margaret Stack.  She spent her early years in Chicago and was the oldest of her eight siblings.  In 1975, she joined her sister, Kathy, in South Dakota.  Pat worked several jobs in the southern hills ov...
August 3, 2020

Beef and brews on tap for annual Sturgis Beef Throw Down
PIERRE, SD- The “Sturgis Beef Throw Down” will take place with Food Network Celebrity Chef Justin Warner leading the tour to some of South Dakota’s favorite Black Hills breweries during the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The venue allows beef to reach nearly a ...
August 3, 2020

Monday COVID-19 cases rise 65, Pennington County reports 19 new
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Health reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, with 19 of them coming out of Pennington County. The new cases in Pennington County sent the cumulative total to 845 and the active caseload is now 126, up 14 from Sunday. A...
August 3, 2020

Wyoming rancher selected for Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award
CHEYENNE, WY - The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) is pleased to announce that Ogden Driskill of Devils Tower, WY will be the recipient of the 2020 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award.  Driskill is being recognized for his exceptional support of agricultural land conser...
August 3, 2020

Rapid City Police investigate homicide on Custer Street
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City are now investigating a shooting incident as a homicide after the victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. At around 2:30 a.m. on August 3rd, police were dispatched to the area of Custer Street and Dilger Avenue for a report of a ...
August 3, 2020

Governor encourages no masks for kids in fundraising message
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem pushes schools to reopen, a fundraising email from her  says she is discouraging school districts from requiring masks and telling parents they should send their kids to school without them. The Republican gove...
August 3, 2020

Post 22 Expos use seventh inning run to beat Post 320 in Jr Legion Championship Game
STURGIS, S.D. - Both Rapid City Post 22 Expos and Post 320 Shooters had 4 hits in their Junior Legion Championship game Sunday -- but it was Harrison Good's hit that made all the difference. With the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Good's R.B.I. brought in th...
August 3, 2020

New COVID-19 cases total 88 with 24 across western South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. – The State Department of Health reported 88 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, and 24 of them were reported in several counties around western South Dakota. Pennington County had the most as 8 new cases were confirmed. The new cases send the cumulative total in t...
August 2, 2020

Junior Legion Tournament - Riders lose two to end season
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota 'A' Junior Legion Tournament continued Saturday in Sturgis and the Sturgis Riders, after winning on Friday, dropped two Saturday to end their season. In the first game of the day, the Riders fell to the Rapid City Post 22 Expos 14-4. The Expos ...
August 1, 2020

State reports triple digit increase in number of new COVID-19 cases Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota saw 103 new positive tests for COVID-19 according to the Saturday update from the Department of Health. Along with the triple-digit increase were four new deaths – two of them out of Pennington County. The other deaths were reported out of ...
August 1, 2020

Sturgis Riders JV Open Junior Legion Tournament with win
STURGIS, S.D. - The 2020 South Dakota Junior Legion Region Tournament is taking place in Sturgis. The home team Sturgis Riders picked up an opening round win Friday. Sturgis Riders JV defeated the RC Post 22 Bullets 14-2 in the first game of the Region 1 South Dakota “A&r...
July 31, 2020

Small fire caused by lightning strike contained west of Spearfish
SPEARFISH, SD – A small fire caused by a lightning strike from the previous evening’s thunderstorm was contained Friday west of Spearfish. Units from the Spearfish Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service had the fire, which burned less than one-tenth of an acre in th...
July 31, 2020

Richard Hauk
Richard Hauk, age 68, of Wall, South Dakota, died on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his home in Wall. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, at the United Methodist Church in Wall. Survivors include three sons Jeremy (Jessica) Hauk of Williston, North D...
July 31, 2020

Sheep, lamb producers concerned over loss of processing plant to foreign interests
GREELEY, CO – The U.S. sheep and lamb industry is asking for federal intervention in the purchase of  the Mountain States Rosen processing plant  by JBS USA Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Brazilian JBS S.A. In a letter sent to the Assistant Attorney General Maka...
July 31, 2020

U.S. sells record amount of corn to China
WASHINGTON, DC - Chinese buyers booked their single biggest-ever purchase of U.S. corn, extending their flurry of large U.S. purchases even as tensions between Washington and Beijing rise.Reuters reprots that on Thursday that private exporters sold 1.937 million tonnes of corn to...
July 31, 2020

Health Department reports 80 new COVID-19 cases Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 80 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Friday update from the state Department of Health. Of those, Pennington County had 7 new cases and Custer County added 5 new cases. It’s not known if the case spike in Custer County was due to the cas...
July 31, 2020

Police arrest suspect after brief standoff in Rapid City Friday morning
RAPID CITY. S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department has safely taken an 18-year-old suspect into custody after a brief standoff. According to tweets from the RCPD, the male suspect threatened others with a gun, firing one shot before running into an apartment in the area o...
July 31, 2020

Students, youth camp attendees contract coronavirus on NSU campus
ABERDEEN, SD - Eight students of Northern State University in Aberdeen and a youth who attended a recent athletic camp on the NSU campus have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a university spokesperson. The university is working closely with the state Department of Heal...
July 31, 2020

Plans announced for housing, recreation development in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – The city of Sturgis and Dream Design International hosted a public open house Thursday night on its plans for the Marcotte property. The city acquired the property in 2015 from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. The approximate 60 acre space ...
July 31, 2020

Historic motorcycle club hosts public meeting on annexation vote
STURGIS, S.D. - The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club will hold an informational forum Saturday night at the Sidehack Saloon regarding next week's election concerning the city's annexation of its club grounds.  The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Sidehack is located at 1...
July 31, 2020

Speed limits reduced during Rally, more traffic signals installed
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation is activating temporary traffic signals and reduced speed zones as the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets closer. Beginning Aug. 6, speed reductions will be in place through Aug. 16, and temporary traffic signals w...
July 31, 2020

Developer holds open house Thursday for public to view master plan for Marcotte Property development
STURGIS, S.D. – The city of Sturgis and Dream Design International hosted a public open house Thursday night on its plans for the Marcotte property. The city acquired the property in 2015 from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. The approximate 60 acre space ...
July 31, 2020

Motorcycle group to hold Saturday evening forum on upcoming annexation vote
STURGIS, S.D. - The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club will hold an informational forum Saturday night at the Sidehack Saloon regarding next week's election concerning the city's annexation of its club grounds.  The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Sidehack is located at ...
July 30, 2020

Teresa Anne Shuck
Teresa Anne (Harder) Shuck, age 65, of Spearfish, SD, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD, surrounded by her family.      She was born April 27, 1955, in Salina, KS, to Donald “Jack”...
July 30, 2020

Paul Speed
Paul Leslie Speed was born on February 19, 1946, in Sturgis, SD, to Russell and Violet (Young) Speed.  He attended 1st through 8th grade at Stoneville School, and then 9th through 12th at Sturgis Brown High, graduating in 1964.  Paul went into the Army and served in Vie...
July 30, 2020

Man who plead guilty to killing former teacher sentenced to 60 years in prison
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday for the killing of a former teacher. Andrew Eastman earlier plead guilty to first degree manslaughter for the killing of 64-year-old Larry Mintzlaff after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors...
July 30, 2020

Despite Trump's remark, South Dakota election is on track
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The electoral process in South Dakota is on track for a November 3 general election despite President Donald Trump’s suggestion that it could be delayed. The Secretary of State’s office says it is planning to open absentee voting on Septemb...
July 30, 2020

One person dies after ingesting hand sanitizer with methanol
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota health officials reported one person has died of methanol poisoning after ingesting hand sanitizer containing methanol. State epidemiologist Josh Clayton says two other people are hospitalized with methanol poisoning. The Food and Drug A...
July 30, 2020

South Dakota law officers to get iPads to help mental crises
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Police and probation officers officers in 23 counties across South Dakota will soon be equipped with tablet computers to connect people in mental distress to mental health professionals. The South Dakota pilot program was spearheaded by Supreme Court C...
July 30, 2020

George William Arndt
George William Arndt was born May 5, 1942, in Johnstown, CO, to Samuel and Esther (Rutz) Arndt.  He served his country in the US Air Force from 1960 until his honorable discharge in 1963.  While serving in Vietnam, he held positions in military police and as a gunner wh...
July 30, 2020

State epidemiologist provides COVID-19 information among South Dakota youth
STURGIS, S.D. - With back to school looming and many districts concerned about COVID-19 outbreaks as kids return to the classroom, State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton today gave a breakdown on how COVID-19 is affecting South Dakota’s youth. He says as of Monday, 1,003 ...
July 30, 2020

State records 44 new cases of COVID-19 in Thursday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 in their Thursday report and no new deaths. The state says numbers are back on a 24-hour time period after a delay affecting the daily data extraction earlier this week. Around the Black Hills area,...
July 30, 2020

NCBA passes resolution for voluntary efforts to improve cash price discovery
AURORA, CO – At the summer business meeting of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association underway now, in person and online, members spent hours before passing the trade organization’s first step to increase cash trade levels as a means to address growing concer...
July 30, 2020

Council approves Tax Increment Financing for developer of Wheeler Heights Estates
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis City Council this week approved passage of a Tax Increment Finance District in southwest Sturgis. The  council voted unanimously Monday to fund a portion of the street reconstruction and utility infrastructure costs of Katie Lane by establishing ...
July 30, 2020

More COVID-19 infections reported from church camp gathering
KEYSTONE, SD - The South Dakota Department of Health reports that 61 campers and staff at Camp Judson outside Keystone have now tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday of this week, the Health Department said they had less than 10 cases found from the camp. The Health Department...
July 30, 2020

Great Western Bancorp: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Great Western Bancorp Inc. (GWB) on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $5.4 million. The bank, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said it had earnings of 10 cents per share. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estima...
July 30, 2020

Meade County Commission passes new discretionary formula for tax purposes
STURGIS, S.D. – Meade County Commissioners this week approved a new discretionary formula for tax purposes after delaying action earlier this month in order to obtain some more information. The commission approved two resolutions, the first of which is calculated on a no t...
July 30, 2020

Sturgis approves TIF for recently annexed property
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis City Council this week approved passage of a Tax Increment Finance District in southwest Sturgis. The  council voted unanimously Monday to fund a portion of the street reconstruction and utility infrastructure costs of Katie Lane by establishing ...
July 30, 2020

South Dakota GOP lawmakers wait to use of COVID-19 funds
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Top South Dakota Republican lawmakers say they would rather wait until the legislative session in January to decide how to use the bulk of federal funds for addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Kristi Noem held a conference call with legislators t...
July 29, 2020

Kim Terese Koan
Kim was born November 25, 1964, at K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI, to Frank and Beverly Boner.  The family lived in a two-story farmhouse.  Kim has never been a “morning” person.  At an early age, around three years of age, she would get up from her nap upstairs.&...
July 29, 2020

COVID-19 testing for Sturgis residents after rally set up
STURGIS, S.D. - The City of Sturgis is partnering with Monument Health to conduct testing of asymptomaticresidents. Tests will be conducted August, 24 and 25 atthe Sturgis Community Center. Those residents who would like a test will need to submit an application in advance and ...
July 29, 2020

Ora Taton claims first National Circuit Finals title in steer roping
TORRINGTON, WY – Two days after celebrating his 51st birthday, Faith, SD native Ora Taton became the first cowboy from the Badlands Circuit to win the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, July 20. “I never even thought of it, I guess, but being the first of anything...
July 29, 2020

Delay in data execution inflates Wednesday's COVID-19 numbers
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 149 new cases of COVID-19 today, but the increase was expected due to a delay affecting Tuesday’s numbers. The Department stated that today’s update includes cases reported to the Department between...
July 29, 2020

SD Farmers Union names Deb Harwood photo contest winner
UNION CENTER, SD – A Union Center rancher has been named the winner of the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Spring Photo Contest. Deb Harwood is among many South Dakota ranchers and farmers who captured moments on their family's farm or ranch this spring and shared them w...
July 29, 2020

Public warned about seeds arriving in mail
PIERRE, S.D.  – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has received reports of unsolicited seeds being mailed to South Dakotans, Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden said Tuesday. Officials in at least 27 states are urging residents to report any unsolicited packages of s...
July 29, 2020

Legion Baseball Playoffs - Post 22, Post 320 advance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 cruised through the opening round of the legion playoffs with two five-inning victories over Spearfish. The Hardhats beat Spearfish 12-1 in game one and shut out the Spartans 15-0 in game two. In other legion playoff games Tuesday: Brandon...
July 28, 2020

Sturgis ends season with playoff loss to Renner
RENNER, S.D. - The Sturgis Titans saw their season come to an end Tuesday with two losses to Renner in round one of the playoffs. In game one, Sturgis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Renner quickly scored 3 in the bottom half of the first to take a lead they wo...
July 28, 2020

JoAnn Bork
JoAnn Bork, age 64, of Midland, South Dakota, died on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug...
July 28, 2020

Active cases down as 48 new COVID-19 positive tests reported in Tuesday DOH update
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Both the number of new cases and the active caseload are down today in the daily COVID-19 report from the South Dakota Department of Health. The department says there 48 new cases statewide, with only two new cases being reported around the Black Hills a...
July 28, 2020

Governor introduces back to school plan during morning conference
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says the best place for kids this fall is back in school. At a news conference in Sioux Falls Tuesday morning, the governor said flexibility is needed though because schools may need to make daily adjustments. Noem said posi...
July 28, 2020

Governor Noem Announces UpSkill
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced the launch of UpSkill, a program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19. UpSkill consists of 22 online certificate programs in high-demand fields, including business, healthcare, information technology, and manufacturi...
July 28, 2020

Rep. Johnson wants pension to end for convicted pedophile
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Dusty Johnson (R) and Montana Representative Greg Gianforte (R) are urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold convicted pedophile and former Indian Health Service (IHS) pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber fully ac...
July 28, 2020

First Interstate BancSystem: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
BILLINGS, Mont. - First Interstate BancSystem Inc. (FIBK) on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $36.7 million. The Billings, Montana-based bank said it had earnings of 58 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analy...
July 28, 2020

RMAC announces delay to start of fall sports seasons
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Due to COVID-19, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced Monday that it is delaying the start of the fall sports seasons. Both Black Hills State and the School of Mines participate in the RMAC. The RMAC president’s council has decided pr...
July 27, 2020

RCAS sets September 8 as back to school date
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Area School Board on Monday night approved September 8 as the date for area schools to begin in-the-classroom learning. The board agreed this will give teachers more time to train for what could be a very different looking year due to COVID-19. ...
July 27, 2020

City of Rapid City worker strikes individual lying under bridge
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City municipal pickup truck hit an individual who was lying under the Fifth Street bridge on the bike path Monday. According to officials, the driver was a Rapid City Parks and Recreation employee driving slowly eastward on the path. When he hit the in...
July 27, 2020

Minnesota man identified as person killed in motorcycle crash near Keystone
KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Villard, MN, man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday afternoon in a vehicle-motorcycle crash south of Keystone. A 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle was westbound on Iron Mountain Road when the driver failed to negotiate a right-hand curve....
July 27, 2020

New COVID-19 cases number 49 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 in its Monday report, with no new deaths. Around the Black Hills, Pennington County reported 8 of those, giving them a cumulative total of 786 with 131 active cases. The number of active cases ...
July 27, 2020

COVID-19 outbreak leads to closure of Camp Judson youth camp near Keystone
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Several cases of COVID-19 have been linked to Camp Judson, a popular Christian youth summer camp located in the Black Hills, the South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed. The camp has closed and has canceled an outing scheduled for junior-high students s...
July 27, 2020

Body of male pulled from Missouri River
PIERRE, S.D. - Search and rescue crews in Pierre recover a man from the Missouri River in Fort Pierre Monday morning.  The Pierre Fire Department’s Rescue Squad and Dive Team were dispatched Monday around 7:50 am by Central South Dakota Dispatch to a report of unoccu...
July 27, 2020

Name Released In Mellette County Fatal Crash
WHITE RIVER, S.D. – A Pierre, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of White River. A 2007 Chevy Impala was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 44 when it left the roadway to the right. The vehicle flipped over sev...
July 27, 2020

Days of 76 Rodeo wraps up with Gold Buckle Winners
DEADWOOD, S.D. - The annual Days of 76' wrapped up another successful run over the weekend, as winners were crowned Sunday. Here are the Gold Buckle Winners: Bareback – Trenton Montero 87- points on Sutton Rodeo’s Knobs; Steer Wrestling Ave. – Stetson Jorgen...
July 27, 2020

Canyon Lake defeats Sioux Falls to win state championship
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Canyon Lake rolled over Sioux Falls 12-2 Sunday to win the South Dakota Little League Championship game. The All-Stars used strong pitching and timely hitting to capture their ninth title since 2003. Keaton Rhoads helped lead Canyon Lake with two hits and two...
July 27, 2020

Rapid City fire crews keep blaze near Star Village under an acre
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City fire crews knocked down a grass fire in the area of Star Village Sunday afternoon. The fire was located on a hillside at the intersection of Signal Drive and Kellogg Place. It was contained to a half acre. There were structures damaged and th...
July 26, 2020

Sunday COVID cases up 90, with one new death reported
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 90 new COVID-19 cases Sunday with one new death. The new death was reported out of Todd County, their fourth COVID-19 related death. The new death sends the statewide number to 123. Around the Black Hills area,...
July 26, 2020

Two fires burned nearly 50 acres southeast of Wall
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch says firefighters knocked down a couple of wildfires in the Wall area Saturday. The Imlay Fire burned approximately 12.3 acres southeast of Wall. The fire was reported Friday night and contained on Saturday. The cause of the fire was...
July 26, 2020

State conducts over 2,400 tests with 105 positive COVID-19 cases reported Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time in over a month, the state recorded over 100 new cases of COVID-19 in their latest report. The Department of Health said Saturday there were 105 new positive tests, but no new deaths. The high number of new infections could be due to a la...
July 25, 2020

Meade County Fair being held online due to COVID-19
STURGIS, S.D. - As with many events this summer, COVID-19 has meant either a cancellation or alternative way of handling things -- and the 2020 Meade County Fair is among those not letting the virus slow them down. Instead of the usual fair held at the grounds at Sturgis Brown H...
July 24, 2020

Crews Continue to Secure Line on Black Elk Fire
CUSTER, S.D. - Fire crews stayed overnight Thursday, monitoring a fire located in the Black Elk Wilderness, ½ mile southeast of Black Elk Peak. The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon and is estimated to be 7.6 acres. Crews will continue to secure and improve lines throu...
July 24, 2020

Authorities identify motorcyclist killed in truck vs motorcycle crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A Hot Springs, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a truck-motorcycle crash south of Custer. A 2008 Harley Davidson FLHTCU motorcycle and a 1989 Freightliner truck hauling gravel were both northbound on U.S. Highway 385. As...
July 24, 2020

Donald Paul Henry
Donald Paul Henry was born March 24, 1949, to Calvin and Helen (Lindstad) Henry in Belle Fourche, SD.  He attended school in several states, as they traveled with his dad’s work, settling in Sturgis in 1959.  Don graduated from Sturgis High School in 1968.  ...
July 24, 2020

Delane Dale Herr
Delane Dale Herr, 89, Spearfish, SD passed away peacefully on July 23, 2020 after a hard fought battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at St Paul Lutheran Church in Spearfish.  Burial will take at Black Hills National Cemetery with ful...
July 24, 2020

First Human West Nile Virus Detection of 2020 Reported
PIERRE, S.D. – A McCook County resident is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the season, the state Health Department reported today. “Active transmission of West Nile virus is occurring in South Dakota and people need to protect themselve...
July 24, 2020

Cattle on Feed, Mid-Year Cattle Inventory Reports
United States Cattle on Feed Down Slightly First Look…..Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.4 million head on July 1, 2020. The inventory was slightly below July 1, 2019. This i...
July 24, 2020

Ellsworth B-1s conduct long-range BTF mission in South China Sea July 21
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- A pair of B-1B Lancers assigned to Ellsworth deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, launched from the island base to conduct a long-range strategic Bomber Task Force mission in the South China Sea on July 21, 2020. During the flight, the 37th Expediti...
July 24, 2020

Hospitalizations drop for a second day, one new death reported in Friday COVID-19 report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 57 new cases of COVID-19 according to the Department of Health in their Friday report. One new death was also reported out of Pennington County, where COVID-19 related deaths now total 26. Around the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported t...
July 24, 2020

Limited visitation to resume at Monument Health hospitals
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Beginning Monday, July 27, hospitalized patients at all five Monument Health hospitals will once again be able to have visitors at their bedside, the health care system announced. In addition, patients who come to Monument Health for emergency medical car...
July 24, 2020

UPDATE - Authorities locate missing woman
RAPID CITY, S.D. -UPDATE - Police in Rapid City say a woman reported missing has been found. Police spokesman Brenden Medina says Cristine Tail was involved in an altercation Thursday night. Medina says she is being treated for her injuries, but otherwise safe. No further detai...
July 24, 2020

Post 22 escapes with two wins over Northern Colorado Thursday
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Rapid City Post 22 Stars picked up a pair of wins of Northern Colorado Thursday. The Hardhats won game one 8-7 and hung on for a 6-5 win in game two. In game one, Jake Goble hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to put Post 22 up 2-1. The Hardhats wo...
July 24, 2020

Vikings get entire 15-player draft class under contract
EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings will begin training camp with their entire 15-player draft class under contract. They finalized rookie deals for first-round picks wide receiver Justin Jefferson and cornerback Jeff Gladney along with 12 others on Thursday. Seventh-r...
July 23, 2020

Hiker stranded on steep rock face rescued Wednesday in Spearfish Canyon
SPEARFISH, SD – A lost hiker who inadvertently found herself on a steep rock face in Spearfish Canyon was successfully rescued via high-angle/rope rescue Wednesday. “It was a successful outcome,” Spearfish Fire Department Division Chief Travis Ladson said, des...
July 23, 2020

Crews continue fighting fire burning in Black Elk wilderness area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Fire crews continue to fight a wildfire in the Black Elk Wilderness Area approximately ½ mile SE of Black Elk Peak. The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon and is estimated to be between 3-5 acres with no sufficient growth last night. Crews are const...
July 23, 2020

Man who went on crime spree in Rapid City makes court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A man who went on a massive crime spree Tuesday morning made his initial court appearance today. Billy Robertson, 33, is charged with 13 felonies, ranging from aggravated assault to grand theft after leaving what Rapid City interim police chief Don Hedri...
July 23, 2020

Health Department reports 66 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and two new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 66 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths in their Thursday report. One new death was a man and one was a woman. The age range for both deaths was 80+ years-old. One was listed in Pennington County and one was listed in La...
July 23, 2020

Johnson disappointed in US Dept of Ag report on cattle market investigation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released some preliminary findings from its investigation into the cattle markets following the Kansas plant fire last year. Their findings include a detailed look at market changes following the fire which closed the pla...
July 23, 2020

Custer County sees second fatal motorcycle crash in as many days
KEYSTONE, S.D. – For the second time this week, the highway patrol reports a motorcycle crash has killed one person in Custer County. The patrol says the latest accident happened Wednesday afternoon when a crash occurred south of Keystone. Names of the people involved are...
July 23, 2020

Suit: North Dakota refinery developer owes workers wages
BISMARCK, N.D. - Employees of a company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota are suing claiming they are owed wages and bonuses. Five former and two current employees filed the lawsuit last week against Meridian Energy Group in Texas....
July 23, 2020

2020’s Best & Worst Places to Rent in America
UNDATED - With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping rental prices close to 2019 levels, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst Places to Rent in America, as well as accompanying videos. To help prospective renters get the most ...
July 23, 2020

Buche Foods announces purchase of Sunshine Foods in Oacoma
Buche Foods, a fourth generation family grocery store with locations throughout South Dakota, announces the purchase of the Sunshine Foods store in Al’s Oasis. The company will begin operations in the Oacoma store beginning July 28th. “This feels like coming home to ...
July 23, 2020

Johnson disappointed in US Dept of Ag report on cattle market investigation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released some preliminary findings from its investigation into the cattle markets following the Kansas plant fire last year. Their findings include a detailed look at market changes following the fire which closed the pla...
July 23, 2020

Sturgis Post 33 Uses Pitching, Defense to Win American Legion Season Finale
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Post 320 jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Sturgis Post 33, but the Titans used pitching, defense and timely hitting to beat the Stars 8-3 in the final game of the 2020 American Legion baseball season. Post 320 starting pitcher J.T. Kostenb...
July 23, 2020

Rapid City Mayor disappointed with lack of communication from Dept of Health on COVID-19 updates
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Citing frustration about the lack of communication from the State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 cases, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said Wednesday he was suspending his weekly press briefings. “If the State cannot or will not communicate wit...
July 22, 2020

Fire crews battling wildfire in Black Elk wilderness area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Fire crews are responding to a wildfire in the Black Elk Wilderness Area. The fire was reported at 2:15 p.m. today and is currently estimated to be at 3 acres.  It started approximately ½ mile southeast of Black Elk Peak.  Multiple resources h...
July 22, 2020

Letter sent to all school board presidents urging mandate on wearing masks
SIOUX FALLS, SD -  South Dakota State Medical Association President Benjamin C. Aaker, MD, writing on behalf of the association’s nearly 2,000 members, sent a letter on Tuesday, July 21 to school board presidents at each public school in South Dakota, urging them to re...
July 22, 2020

SDHSAA Board of Directors approves plan to proceed with fall sports
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday to proceed as scheduled with fall sports. The 8-0 vote follows Monday’s recommendation by the Fall Sports & Activities Task Force to proceed as ...
July 22, 2020

State records 58 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, one new death reported
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. After a spike of 25 cases in Pennington County was reported Tuesday, the county had 6 in today’s release. There are 143 active cases in Pennington – down 17 from ...
July 22, 2020

Blake Matthew Williams
Blake Matthew Williams (Wanbli Okiyan Wicasa “Flying Eagle Man”) was born on January 26, 1994, to JD and Deb Williams and he immediately hit the ground running.  His life although normal, was jam packed with full pace excitement, up until the very end, when the C...
July 22, 2020

Highway Patrol says one dead after motorcycle, truck collision in Custer County
CUSTER, S.D. – One person died Tuesday morning in a truck-motorcycle crash south of Custer. Names of the two drivers are not yet being released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved. A 2008 Harley Davidson FLHTCU motorcycle and a 2008 ...
July 22, 2020

Deadwood June Gaming Numbers Rebound
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics released today by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the June 2020 gaming handle showed a 13.75 percent increase, with slot machine handle increasing by 15.39 percent when compared to June 2019. The table game handle was down by 12.08 ...
July 22, 2020

Man charged with shooting two people makes first court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The man accused of shooting two people at a Rapid City mobile home park Monday morning made his first appearance in court Tuesday. Authorities say 29-year old Arlen Hatten of Rapid City is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and two count...
July 22, 2020

South Dakota gas prices rise 3 cents over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 3.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.11/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 16.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 59.4 cents per gallon lower th...
July 21, 2020

South Dakota lawmakers criticize Noem on tribal checkpoints
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers are calling for formal consultation processes between tribal and state governments after Gov. Kristi Noem's handling of a conflict over coronavirus checkpoints set up by tribes. Legislators on a committee tasked with navigating t...
July 21, 2020

Ernie Sundstrom
Ernie was born April 15, 1930, to the late Elsie and Carl Sundstrom at the family ranch near Mud Butte in Meade County, SD.  He died from old age in a blaze of glory on Friday, July 17, 2020, as a Yankee in the rebel state of Georgia.      Ernie attended...
July 21, 2020

Task force recommends South Dakota High School fall sports proceed
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A task force is recommending all South Dakota High School fall sports proceed according to schedule. The activities association released the recommendations on Monday. The report suggests protocol and guidance for athletes, coaches, staff, and cheerleaders, in...
July 21, 2020

Premium subsidies now part of USDA's livestock insurance program
WASHINGTON, DC - USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced changes to the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) insurance program for cattle and swine beginning in the 2021 crop year. Changes include adding premium subsidies to assist producers and moving premium due dates...
July 21, 2020

State records 76 new cases of COVID-19 in Tuesday report
STURGIS, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, with 29 of those in the Black Hills area. Pennington County saw the most as 25 new positive tests were reported. That sends the county’s cumulative total to 750 and the active caseloa...
July 21, 2020

Rapid City Police say man is in custody after early morning crime spree
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City police say a suspect has been arrested after reportedly going on a crime spree that resulted in injuries and a shot being fired. Police say it all began this morning when 33-year-old Billy Robertson allegedly stole a pickup truck after he was ...
July 21, 2020

Wanda Barden
Wanda Barden was born March 7, 1970, in Deadwood, SD, to David Nicholas and Ina Fay (Jurrens) Campbell.          Wanda worked many jobs throughout her life, but the most memorable would have been her time at Dakota Farms Cheese, where she worke...
July 21, 2020

Ann L. Edmiston
Ann L. Edmiston, 87, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Staunton, IL, died Saturday, July 18, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.      Ann was born November 9, 1932, in Milwaukee, WI, to Orlin and Lore (Stange) Barndt.  She attended Blackburn College whe...
July 21, 2020

Authorities identify man killed in weekend crash near Union Center
UNION CENTER, S.D. – A Piedmont man has been identified as the person who died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Union Center. A 1998 Honda Civic was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it crossed the center line and into the path of a 1996 Peterbilt Tr...
July 21, 2020

Rapid City Council begins discussion on proposed chicken ordinance
RAPID CITY, S.D. — No final decision was made, but the Rapid City Council continued discussions Monday night on a plan to allow hens within city limits. This issue has been brought to the council before, but this time it is underlined with worries about impacts of COVID-19...
July 21, 2020

South Dakota campaign trying to lure Minnesota businesses
PIERRE, SD - Governor Kristi Noem and the state's Office of Economic Development are inviting Minnesota businesses to relocate to South Dakota with an aggressive ad campaign. This business recruitment campaign is aimed at companies that have been burdened by recent government ove...
July 21, 2020

Sturgis sends out initial wave of notices for COVID-19 testing after rally
STURGIS — With the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally just a few short weeks away, notices have gone out offering vouchers for free COVID-19 testing following this year's event. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the notices have gone out electronically to businesses that are ...
July 20, 2020

Sturgis Council takes first step in possibly purchasing Main Street building for community events center
STURGIS, S.D. – With the closure of the Boulder Canyon Event Center, the city of Sturgis has its eye on a Main Street building for sale that could serve as a new downtown events center. After 2 hours of discussion Monday night, the council on a 6-3 vote, approved beginning ...
July 20, 2020

Sturgis to use COPS grant money to hire second school resource officer
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis City Council gave approval to the city manager Monday night to sign off on a grant that will be used to fund a second school resource officer for the Meade School District. The money is courtesy of the COPS Hiring Program. This officer will be utiliz...
July 20, 2020

Rapid City man arrested for Attempted Murder following shooting incident
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Authorities say 29-year-old Arlen Hatten of Rapid City has been placed under arrest for two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder as police investigate a shooting incident that took place outside of a residence in the 1700 block of E. Highway 44. At around 6...
July 20, 2020

City of Sturgis expands Good Deeds program
STURGIS, SD - As efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 have become more urgent, the City of Sturgis has expanded a program to help those who are considered to be the most at risk in our community. The Good Deeds program will assist high-risk residents who are age 60+ and/or tho...
July 20, 2020

Trump's threat to withhold funds from schools not an issue in South Dakota, says Noem
PIERRE, SD - Schools across South Dakota are working on plans to return their staff and students to the classrooms next month. Governor Kristi Noem says each district has to work through their local conditions. “I think every school district is making decisions based on wh...
July 20, 2020

Department of Health reports 37 new COVID-19 cases out of 567 new tests Monday
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 37 new cases of COVID-19 according to the state Department of Health Monday and there were no new deaths reported. Of the new cases, five of them were reported in Pennington County. The number of active cases in Pennington is down one today to 144...
July 20, 2020

Two people in serious condition following early morning shooting
RAPID CITY, SD - Rapid City police are investigating a shooting that took place around 6:45 Monday morning.   Police say two people were seriously injured in the shooting that occurred near the entrance of the Brookdale Estates mobile home park west of Western Dakota Tech ...
July 20, 2020

More retailers require masks to be worn inside stores
STURGIS, SD - Home improvement retailers Home Depot and Lowe’s are the latest companies to require shoppers to wear a mask inside stores. Home Depot announced that starting July 22, all customers are expected to wear masks, except for small children and people with medical ...
July 20, 2020

3M alledges counterfeiting, price gouging in connection with N95 masks
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — The leading manufacturer of N95 masks in the U.S. says it has investigated 4,000 reports of fraud, counterfeiting and price gouging in connection with the product and filed 18 lawsuits as a result. 3M, Brookings, SD, is among the largest global prod...
July 20, 2020

State D.O.H. reports 44 new cases, two new COVID-19 related deaths
PIERRE, S.D. - There were 44 new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday according to the South Dakota Department of Health. Pennington County had 7 of those, sending their cumulative total to 720 with 145 active cases. The number of active cases in Pennington is down 4 from Saturday...
July 19, 2020

Two vehicle crash west of Union Center kills one person
UNION CENTER, S.D. – One person died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Union Center. Names of the two drivers are not yet being released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved. A 1998 Honda Civic was eastbound on South Dak...
July 18, 2020

Post 33, Post 320 get wins Friday at Veterans Classic
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Veterans Classic Baseball Tournament continued Friday as Rapid City Post 22 picked up a win over Pierre. The Hardhats got the day two victory 5-2, handing Pierre their first loss of the tournament. Hunter Tillery earned the win for Post 22. He allowed fi...
July 18, 2020

Richard Afdahl
Richard Afdahl, 86 of Spearfish formerly of Faith died at Monument Health in Spearfish on July 16, 2020. Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Hope Lutheran Church in Spearfish. Inurnment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under th...
July 18, 2020

Butch Kitterman
Butch Kitterman of Wall, South Dakota, died on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Philip Nursing Home at the age of 80. Boyd A. “Butch” Kitterman was born July 22, 1939, the youngest of four children born to Osborn and Carrie (Moler) Kitterman. He grew up on the farm nor...
July 18, 2020

Health officials report 73 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths Saturday
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 in the Saturday report. Of those, Pennington County reported 9 new positive tests. Pennington’s cumulative total rises to 713 with 149 active cases. That is the same amount of act...
July 18, 2020

Medicaid expansion advocates prepare for 2022 ballot push
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota attorney general has filed explanations for a pair of 2022 ballot measures that would expand federal Medicaid eligibility in the state. Supporters of the measures will need to gather thousands of signatures to get a pair of items on th...
July 17, 2020

Care facility has second outbreak of COVID-19 infections
RAPID CITY, SD – A second COVID-19 cluster has been reported at an Avantara care facility in Rapid City.  The South Dakota Health Department  says 42 residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19. The first cluster occurred in early June at Avantara&rsquo...
July 17, 2020

Mary Elinor Tech
Mary was born in Sturgis to Harry and Elizabeth (Johnson) Blair.  She grew up on the Blair Ranch in Pleasant Valley.  Her grade school years were in a one-room school house a half mile from the ranch.  She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1945.  She earne...
July 17, 2020

Health Department reports 95 new cases, one new death in Friday COVID-19 report
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Health officials reported some connectivity issues on lab tests Thursday, resulting in a lower number of new COVID-19 cases being reported. Today, those issues were resolved, and as expected, the state recorded an uptick in new positive tests wi...
July 17, 2020

South Dakota DOT turns over state drivers license records to federal government
STURGIS, SD - An order from President Donald Trump to collect state driver's license records to is in full swing. Beginning last August, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump's administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the president ordered ...
July 17, 2020

Beef checkoff organization adjusts representation on promotion, research board
WASHINGTON, DC - The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is adjusting membership on the Beef Promotion and Research Board that is responsible for administering the collection of the Beef Checkoff and funding of checkoff programs. Changes reflect shifts in cattle inventory levels...
July 17, 2020

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg introduces missing persons program
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced he is ramping up the search for missing persons in South Dakota. Ravnsborg says at any given time, there are around 120 missing people in the state. "I want to try and bring awareness to that fact and find s...
July 17, 2020

Veterans Classic opens up in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The annual Veterans Classic opened up play Thursday at Pete Lien and Floyd Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City. This year's classic features 12 teams from South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming. Here are Thursday's scores: Post 320 Pool Play Alliance 9, P...
July 17, 2020

Former Office Manager for the Rapid City Rush Hockey Team Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion
RAPID CITY, S.D. - United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman pleaded guilty to two counts of Wire Fraud and one count of Tax Evasion in federal district court.   Jennifer Durham, age 42, was charged on June 30, 2020.  Durham ap...
July 16, 2020

Yvonne Snyder
Yvonne Snyder passed away on July 15th (she was 10 days shy of her 91st birthday) in Newcastle, Wyoming. She was born July 25, 1929 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Carl and Amanda Eastman. She had three sisters and one brother who all preceded her in death. She spent the first pa...
July 16, 2020

H.P. Releases Names In Fall River County Fatal Crash
OELRICHS, S.D. – A Glencoe, OK woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon south of Oelrichs. A 2017 GMC Sierra pickup was southbound on U.S. Highway 385 when it rear-ended a Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was towing a fifth-wh...
July 16, 2020

Noem says budget has $19 million surplus; unemployment rises
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announces the state ended its fiscal year with a $19 million surplus despite revenue coming up shorter than expected. The coronavirus pandemic caused state revenues to fall short of what was estimated by almost $8 million....
July 16, 2020

Helicopter rescues injured hiker on Mount Baldy
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A South Dakota National Guard helicopter was used to rescue an injured hiker from Mount Baldy in the Black Hills on Thursday. The 21-year-old counselor for Camp Judson lost her footing and fell on her knee, possibly with a compound fracture. The woman...
July 16, 2020

Ag Alliance invites participants in Ag Allies Program
ARLINGTON, VA - How best to combat the misperceptions and falsehoods surrounding animal production practices and sustainability?  Ranchers, farmers, practicing veterinarians, and industry professionals who want to make a difference in public understanding and perception of a...
July 16, 2020

State Health Department reports four new deaths; 42 new COVID-19 cases Thursday
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 today and there were four new deaths. Two deaths were men and two were women. One new death was listed in the 30-39 age range, two were 60-69 and one was 80-89. One death was in Minnehaha Count...
July 16, 2020

South Dakota reports an uptick in new unemployment claims
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — New unemployment claims in South Dakota increased during the most recent reporting period as the U.S. economy struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. But the number of continued state claims has decreased from its highest mark in May. The De...
July 16, 2020

One man arrested in late night shooting near Farmingdale
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Martin man has been arrested for shooting another man late Wednesday, July 15 near Farmingdale. 28 year old Joseph Francis Marshall from Martin, South Dakota was arrested on two counts of Aggravated Assault, DUI-second offense, Possession of a Firearm with a ...
July 16, 2020

Darlene Erickson Nupen
Darlene “Dar” Erickson Nupen went to be with her maker in Heaven on July 13, 2020.  She was born in Bryant, SD, on April 3, 1937, in the middle of a snowstorm.  She was the fifth child of Edward and Helen Erickson.  She joined one brother, Curtis, and s...
July 16, 2020

Casper Star-Tribune to cease Monday, Tuesday print editions
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming's largest newspaper will no longer have a print edition two days a week. Starting the week of Aug. 24, the Casper Star-Tribune will cease print editions on Mondays and Tuesdays. Newspaper President Michelle Robinson says the Casper Star-Tribune will conti...
July 16, 2020

Wyoming Medical Center to be sold for $200 million
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Healthcare giant Banner Health is set to acquire the Wyoming Medical Center in a deal worth more than $200 million, hospital and county officials announced Tuesday. The deal requires the blessing of the center's board and approval by the Natrona County commi...
July 16, 2020

Fire in wheat field in Jackson County burns 57 acres
WANBLEE, S.D. - Jackson County Fire Departments responded to a report of a wildland fire, east of the community of Wanblee, on Highway 44, unincorporated Jackson County South Dakota around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival Firefighters observed a wind driven fire burning in cure...
July 16, 2020

Meade County Commission passes open fire burn ban
MEADE COUNTY, S.D. — The Meade County Commission on Wednesday issued an open fire burn ban for Meade County. Meade County has enacted Ordinance No. 27: Regulating Fireworks, Campfires and other Incendiary Devices. Meade County is suffering from moderate drought conditions...
July 15, 2020

Rapid City legal and finance to move hen pilot program to full council
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Legal and Finance Committee has suggested starting a pilot program allowing residents within city limits to have hens. Committee Chair Darla Drew said younger generations were interested in raising hens and wanted to give them an opportunity to ...
July 15, 2020

Fire crews battle wildfire near New Underwood
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. - Fire crews from the New Underwood area responded to a wildfire Wednesday afternoon on Red Top Road. Firefighters say the blaze was burning in cured wheat stubble and additional help was brought in from Wall as well as units from Meade and Pennington County....
July 15, 2020

RC police arrest Nebraska man for indecent exposure to children
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City police say a Nebraska man has been placed under arrest following two incidents of indecent exposure to children. Police say on July 13 at around 6:15 p.m., police were dispatched to the 800 block of Quincy Street for a report of an adult male ...
July 15, 2020

Sturgis sweeps Aberdeen in Wednesday night doubleheader
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - The Sturgis Titans picked up two wins over the Aberdeen Smitty's in Wednesday night doubleheader action in Chamberlain. The Titans won game one 13-3 and game two 10-0. In game one, Sturgis opened up the scoring right away, scoring three runs in the first inn...
July 15, 2020

Another move to mandate RFID ear tags gets push back
WASHINGTON, DC –  Industry organizations and producers are calling a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)  another end-run attempt to madate the use of Radio Frequency Identification (...
July 15, 2020

Joshua Richard Weisz
Joshua Richard Weisz was born June 24, 1987, in Sturgis, SD, to Rich and Judy (Harwood) Weisz.  Josh was the second child born joining big sister, Kylie, with Shelby following four years later.  Josh grew up in Sturgis and attended school in the Meade 46-1 School Distri...
July 15, 2020

Kimber L. Belle
Kimber “Kim” L. Belle, 65, Piedmont, died Monday July 13, 2020, at his home in Piedmont. Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2020, at the Grace United Methodist Chu...
July 15, 2020

Department of Health reports 80 new COVID-19 cases, two new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – After a couple days of only single digit increases, Pennington County saw a spike in COVID-19 cases Wednesday as 25 new positive tests were reported by the State Department of Health. The 25 new cases in Pennington County were among 80 new cases statewide. T...
July 15, 2020

Latest Burger King 'Cows Menu' launch draws criticism from cattle industry
STURGIS, SD – Burger King once again finds itself in the crosshairs of the agricultural community with its newest ad campaign launch.  “Cow farts & burps are no laughing matter,” the company tweeted in a run-up to the announcement. “They release m...
July 15, 2020

Ridley Block Operations recalls sheep product
WORTHINGTON, MINN. - Ridley Block Operations (RBO) is voluntarily recalling Ultralyx 12% Protein Sheep with batch number HB01679401. The product has been found to contain elevated levels of copper. With prolonged consumption, the affected product could potentially have adve...
July 15, 2020

Loretta Klein
Loretta Klein, 82, of Spearfish, SD, died peacefully on July 10, 2020, at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare.      Loretta was raised in Langford, SD, and moved to Deadwood, SD, in 1956.  Loretta married George Klein in 1957, and raised 4 children in Lead, SD. ...
July 14, 2020

Toddler killed by pickup truck in Watford City, ND
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a toddler was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Watford City and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries when her car was hit by a sheriff's deputy responding to the call. The patrol says a 50-year-old man got in...
July 14, 2020

South Dakota sees 48 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 48 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Tuesday’s update from the State Department of Health. Of those, Pennington County reported 8 new cases, sending their cumulative total to 649 with 142 active cases. The active caseload is down three from ...
July 14, 2020

Elizabeth Jane Brown
Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Brown was born July 30, 1930, in Newell, SD, as the youngest of six children to Harry and Ada (Greene) Cunningham.  Betty often joked about being of “hardy pioneer stock” and anyone born in those times would have lived through d...
July 14, 2020

Billye Jo Casteel
Billye Jo (Davis) Casteel Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service in memory of Billye Jo (Davis) Casteel who passed away on May 4, 2020.  Jo was the beloved wife of Guy Casteel, mother of Wanda Casteel, Lynn (Josh) Nixon, Kelly (Miranda) Casteel, and gra...
July 14, 2020

Patricia Ann Pyburn
Armed with her faith, a keen wit, and a dry sense of humor, Patricia Ann (Brechtel) Pyburn, daughter of Robert and Gen (McFarland) Brechtel, was born April 1, 1953, in Rapid City, SD.  Her birth date was appropriate, as she had a penchant for sharing and spreading laughter.&...
July 14, 2020

Roberta June Wilburn
Roberta June (Dodd) Wilburn was born on April 10, 1932, in Struggleville, OK. At a young age her biological mother passed away and she and one other sibling were put up for adoption. Roberta was adopted by Homer and Willie Virginia Dodd and grew up in Paoli, OK. After Roberta fin...
July 14, 2020

Two arrested on drug charges, outstanding warrants
RAPID CITY SD - A high speed chase near Rapid Valley on Sunday afternoon ended with the arrest of two people. Police were responding to a report of drug activity at the Fresh Start on East Highway 44. Upon arrival, a hypodermic syringe was found on the ground where a car had bee...
July 14, 2020

China books record U.S. corn purchase, also buys soybeans
WASHINGTON, DC - China booked its second-largest single-day U.S. corn purchase on record, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released on Friday, as the country works to fulfill its Phase 1 trade deal obligation to dramatically increase U.S. farm product impor...
July 14, 2020

Meade 46-1 school district looks to September 8 opening
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade 46-1 School Board on Monday voted to begin the new school year for students in the classroom on September 8th. The board approved the revised calendar and discussed a three-phased approach that would guide in-person learning, combined, and distance lear...
July 14, 2020

Rapid City Area School Board members continue back to school discussion
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Area School Board met via zoom on Monday night for their regular meeting, and continued discussions of opening school to in-person learning in the fall. No final decision was made, but discussion focused on several concerns. Varying opinions am...
July 14, 2020

Schools working on combinations of in and out of class learning models
PIERRE, SD - School superintendents across the state have been holding virtual meetings, trying to come up with plans to restart classes next month while some area schools are announcing start dates and guidelines. The Associated School Boards of South Dakota has been coordinati...
July 14, 2020

Titan Pitching Woes Propel Hardhats to Win at Strong Field
STURGIS, S.D. – A game that looked to be a pitcher’s duel early turned into a blowout on Monday night at Strong Field, as Rapid City Post 22 scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to beat Sturgis Post 33 in a five inning affair, 16-1. The final home game of the 2020 Amer...
July 13, 2020

Authorities identify man who drowned at Belle Fourche Reservoir
BELLE FOURCHE — The man who died Friday evening while jet skiing at the Belle Fourche Reservoir has been identified as 33-year-old Joshua Richard Weisz. Preliminary information indicates that Weisz and a female were on a jet ski approximately 100 to 200 yards from shore wh...
July 13, 2020

Joy Carlson
Joy Carlson, age 78, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Sunset Manor in Irene, South Dakota. Private family interment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Dr. Bill Meirose officiating. Joy Lee Louder was born January 14,...
July 13, 2020

South Dakota Highway Patrol investigating Fall River County crash
OELRICHS, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon south of Oelrichs. Names of those involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members. A 2017 GMC Sierra pickup was southbound on U.S. Highway 385...
July 13, 2020

National petition drive underway to end Beef Checkoff Program
BILLINGS, MONT. – Strategically, it’s an opportune time for opponents of the Beef Checkoff Program to launch another national petition drive to end it. The level of frustration and distrust out in the country is sky high for a number of reasons. The program&rsqu...
July 13, 2020

Department of Health reports 25 new COVID-19 cases Monday
PIERRE, S.D. - The Department of Health says there were 25 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. Pennington County reported 6 new cases, sending their cumulative total to 641 and there are currently 145 active cases. That is up 5 from Sunday. Meade County also reported a new case today...
July 13, 2020

BH Energy power crews work on power restoration over the weekend
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Black Hills Energy operation employees, electric utility contractors and tree service companies spent the weekend restoring power for about 821 customers in the Terry Peak, Spearfish Canyon, and Tinton area. Customers experienced power outages from the heavy ...
July 13, 2020

South Dakota Gas Prices remain unchanged heading into mid-July
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices are unchanged  in the past week, averaging $2.06/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 64.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ag...
July 13, 2020

Wallethub Release
UNDATED - With nearly four in 10 Americans experiencing significant stress due to COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos. In order to determine where America...
July 13, 2020

Drought conditions bring water quality, toxicity concerns
STURGIS, SD - South Dakota Livestock producers are encouraged to test their water sources as poor quality water is leading to blindness in some herds.  With the expanding drought conditions across Western South Dakota, there is also water quality concerns stemming from  ...
July 13, 2020

Post 320 stuns Brandon Valley in Sunday legion baseball
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Post 320 Stars picked up a big win Sunday, knocking off the the state's top ranked team Brandon Valley. The Stars scored four runs in the fifth inning -- all they would need as they held the Lynx to just one run in a 4-1 victory. Post 320 star...
July 12, 2020

Sunday COVID-19 Report - 45 new cases, 12 west river
PIERRE, S.D. - The Department of Health on Sunday reported 45 new cases of COVID-19, with no new deaths. Of the new cases, 12 of them were in western South Dakota. Pennington County reported five new cases, sending their cumulative total to 635 with 140 active. Other new case...
July 12, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 sweeps Mitchell Post 18
MITCHELL, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 swept Mitchell Post 18 in a doubleheader Saturday. In the first game Post 22 scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back en-route to a 12-2 win. Peyton Tipton had 3 hits to help lead Post 22 and Thomas Maguire adde...
July 11, 2020

Man dies after falling off jet ski in Belle Fourche Reservoir
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office says a man died after an apparent jet ski accident on Belle Fourche Reservoir Friday night. According to the sherrif's office, shortly after 6 p.m., the Butte County Dispatch Center received a 911 reporting an individual in...
July 11, 2020

Early Titan Errors Allow Brandon Valley to Outlast Sturgis Post 33
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Sturgis Post 33 baseball team made some crucial mistakes early and a few late at Black Hills Energy Stadium in Spearfish and the Brandon Valley Post 131 Lynx took advantage, grinding out a 12-9 win over the Titans. Brandon Valley, ranked #1 in the sta...
July 11, 2020

Department of Health reports 55 new cases, two deaths in Saturday report
STURGIS, S.D. - The Saturday update from the South Dakota Department of Health showed 55 new cases of COVID-19 along with two new deaths. The new deaths were reported out of Yankton and Beadle county. Pennington County had six new cases today, sending their cumulative total to...
July 11, 2020

Post 22 splits with Brandon Valley Friday night
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Post 22 split a pair of games with top ranked Brandon Valley last night at Floyd Fitzgerald Stadium. In game one, the Hardhats dropped a 12-8 contest to the Lynx. Brandon Valley jumped out to a 7-0 lead only to see the Hardhats come back with...
July 11, 2020

Tornadic thunderstorm brings large hail, funnel clouds to western South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. - A line of severe thunderstorms that began in northeast Wyoming strengthened as they moved over the Black Hills Friday. The National Weather Service in Rapid City says the thunderstorms began around 2:30 in the New Haven area with three-quarter inch hail. As the s...
July 10, 2020

Teen who plead guilty to fatally shooting Wyoming girl sentenced to prison
STURGIS, S.D. - A teen who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a Wyoming girl received a 55 year prison sentence Friday. Michael Gavin Campbell earlier plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter for killing Shayna Ritthaler, a 16-year-old from Upton, Wyoming. His name was released...
July 10, 2020

Rodeo attendees asked to self quarantine after positive COVID19 case
MOBRIDGE, SD - State Health officials announced Wednesday that an individual who attended the Sitting Bull Stampede Rodeo in Mobridge has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual attended the event while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:  Ju...
July 10, 2020

COVID-19 related deaths increase by six in Friday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The number of new COVID-19 cases is down today, but the health department is reporting one its highest daily death tolls as six people have died from COVID-19 complications. The Department of Health says three of the deaths are out of Pennington County, two ...
July 10, 2020

Ruth Ann Carstensen
Ruth Ann Carstensen, age 75, of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at her home near Philip.A come and go viewing will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip. Private funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Ju...
July 10, 2020

Sturgis could receive two rapid COVID-19 testing machines to use around Rally dates
PIERRE, SD – In a weekly call with the South Dakota Department of Health, health providers across the state were told that extra mass testing events will be implemented in time for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 7-16, Sturgis, SD. According to Tim Southern, Lab Direc...
July 10, 2020

Foreign exchange students lose visas if not on campus for classes
WASHINGTON, DC - University officials in South Dakota scrambled at the beginning of this week to adapt to new federal guidance that does not allow international students to stay in the country if they are taking classes online only. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has ann...
July 10, 2020

Man who drowned in Missouri River found
PIERRE, S.D. - A 37 year-old Pierre man was recovered from the Missouri River Thursday afternoon following six days of searching along the river.  The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news Thursday through a post on its Facebook page.  Lee Weber w...
July 10, 2020

Mount Rushmore fireworks cost South Dakota $1.5 million
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota spent approximately $1.5 million for its Independence Day celebration that featured a speech from President Donald Trump and fireworks above the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The estimate from the Department of Tourism covers all secur...
July 9, 2020

Two Sturgis Police Officers awarded Carnegie Medal
STURGIS, S.D. – Congressman Dusty Johnson visited Sturgis today, attending the Carnegie Medal Presentation to two Sturgis police officers. The two officers, Dylan Goetsch & Sgt. Christopher Schmoker, were honored for saving a 47-year-old man from his burning home. Aft...
July 9, 2020

Scams related to COVID-19 contact and tracing efforts
SIOUX FALLS, SD - You receive an unsolicited message via text, email, or a social media messenger. The message explains that you’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The message instructs you to self-isolate and provides a link for more in...
July 9, 2020

Forecast for extended heat, drought conditions
SIOUX FALLS, SD - If forecast trends hold, the rest of July will be hot and dry across much of the northern plains. Doug Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director for the National Weather Service in Kansas City, says it’s the hottest time of the year anyway. “I...
July 9, 2020

Department of Health reports 94 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 94 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, along with three new deaths. The three new deaths were all women with two listed in the 60-69 age range and one in the 80+ age range. One death was listed in Yankton County, one in Todd Cou...
July 9, 2020

Noem says she is not interested in 2024 presidential run
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is not interested in running for president in 2024 and would rather stay in South Dakota. The first-term Republican governor has drawn attention from conservative commentators for avoiding lockdown orders during t...
July 9, 2020

Dakota pipeline still moving oil despite shutdown order
BISMARCK, N.D. — The owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline is continuing to fill it with North Dakota crude oil and has no immediate plans to shut down the line, despite a federal judge’s order that it be stopped within 30 days for additional environmental review. Pip...
July 9, 2020

Evelyn Faye Bartlett Alexander
Evelyn Faye Bartlett Alexander, 89, died July 7, 2020, at Monument Health Sturgis Senior Care.  Public visitation will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis the family will not be present. A private family funeral and burial at ...
July 9, 2020

Pamela Jean Williamson
Pam was born December 28, 1953, in Deadwood, SD.  She grew up on a small farm east of Spearfish, SD.  While growing up, she enjoyed riding, gentle breaking, and training horses.   She graduated from Spearfish High School in 1972 ...
July 9, 2020

New U.S. livestock vaccine countermeasure bank stocks first purchase of FMD vaccine
Washington, DC – With the announcement from USDA of the first purchase of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine for a U.S.-only, national vaccine countermeasure bank, U.S. cattlemen and pork producers may be resting easier. Highly contagious diseases have been around for a long t...
July 9, 2020

Post 320 splits games with Scottsbluff, Buckly
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Post 320 split a pair of games it played yesterday against Scottsbluff, Nebraska and Buckly. The Stars scored 4 runs in the eighth inning to get a 12-8 win over Scottsbluff. The game went into extra innings after Scottsbluff tied the contest ...
July 9, 2020

NWS - Tornado damage survey results from July 6 storm
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The National Weather Service says two tornadoes touched down in northeastern Wyoming Monday, July 6. It all began as powerful thunderstorms developed across northeastern Wyoming and southeastern MT. They merged and strengthened as they moved over Sundance and...
July 8, 2020

Oglala Sioux Tribe suspends president, lifts lockdown
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The Oglala Sioux Tribe has suspended its tribal president for 30 days and lifted a three-day lockdown he issued to stop the potential spread of COVID-19. The tribal council suspended President Julian Bear Runner during an emergency meeting. Council me...
July 8, 2020

Ex-coach Mike Shanahan elected to Broncos Ring of Honor
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former head coach Mike Shanahan has been elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Honor and will be inducted in 2021 because of COVID-19 precautions. Shanahan, a two-time Super Bowl winner in Denver, becomes the 34th member of the ring of fame and the third...
July 8, 2020

Highway Patrol releases names of those involved in Fall River County crash involving motorcycle
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – A Pasco, WA man has been identified as the person who died late Friday night in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs. A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when it collided with a southbound 2016 Harley Da...
July 8, 2020

Wednesday COVID-19 update - Butte, Jones County each record first case
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health says there were 79 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. The new report shows 864 active cases statewide. That is down 11 from Tuesday. Around the Black Hills region, Pennington County saw 16 new cases, sending their cumulative tot...
July 8, 2020

State lawmakers looking for more COVID-19 funding
 PIERRE, SD - Several South Dakota state agencies have received money to help pay COVID-19 related costs and state officials are looking for more. Representative Jean Hunhoff of Yankton says some of those dollars could be shifted.  “I believe there were COVID dol...
July 8, 2020

House Ag Appropriations Bill moves forward
WASHINGTON, DC - The 2021 House Ag Appropriations bill passed out of committee with winners and losers. US Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) is a member of the committee. The bill is moving forward and allocates nearly $24 Billion dollars to fund the USDA and FDA, two-percent ...
July 8, 2020

Black Hills Energy to rebuild 55-year-old transmission line in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Black Hills Energy has started construction on a project to rebuild a 55-year old electric transmission line in Rapid City to improve the safety and reliability of the regional electrical grid, the company announced. The 8-mile transmission line rebuild p...
July 8, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 edges Post 320 Tuesday night
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Post 22 and Rapid City Post 320 met each other for the second time this year last night at Pete Lien Field. The last time these two teams met, the Hardhats knocked off the Stars by a final score of 11-2. Although the game was much closer this...
July 8, 2020

Noem reimposes some regulations loosened during pandemic
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has reimposed some regulations that were loosened during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding previous orders she signed as part of South D...
July 7, 2020

Noem tested twice for COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. - In just a matter of days, Governor Kristi Noem has been tested twice for the Coronavirus. She says both tests have been negative. Noem's taking the tests as a precautionary measure. Late last week, she had hugged Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trum...
July 7, 2020

Black Hills National Forest Assessing Tornado Damage on Forest
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills National Forest is assessing impacts of a tornado that occurred Monday evening, July 6, south of Speafish, SD off of Tinton Road on the Northern Hills Ranger District.  A section of Tinton Road is currently closed due to downed trees. Timbe...
July 7, 2020

Ardella E. Feickert
Ardella E. (Schlepp) Feickert was born September 4, 1927, at Java, SD, to John E. and Barbara Schlepp.  She was united in marriage to Elmer Feickert of Hillsview, SD, on June 30, 1945.  He, at that time, was serving in the US Army.  From this union, six loving chil...
July 7, 2020

Names Released In Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – A 41-year-old man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner. A 2018 Mazda3 was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the vehicle struck Kenneth Beard who was walking on the roadway. He was pron...
July 7, 2020

COVID-19 numbers up 58 Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and one new death. The new death was out of Minnehaha County. Pennington County had 15 of those new positive tests, sending their cumulative total to 590 with 150 active cases. Meade County ...
July 7, 2020

Sturgis City Council approves mass testing plan for after rally
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council on Monday night approved up to 1,300 COVID-19 tests to be available for residents following this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The plan follows the city’s approval to participate in this year’s rally – alb...
July 7, 2020

Pennington County Sheriff - 21 arrested in July 3 protest near Keystone
RAPID CITY, S.D. - 20 adults and one juvenile were arrested Friday, July 3, 2020, for unlawful protest activities near Keystone. Individuals placed three large vans in the roadway to create a blockade to prevent access from Keystone to Mount Rushmore National Monument. The follo...
July 7, 2020

Protester at Trump's Mount Rushmore event faces 5 charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. — One of the leaders of a protest before President Donald Trump’s pre-Independence Day appearance at Mount Rushmore was officially charged for allegedly stealing a shield from a law enforcement officer. Thirty-eight-year-old Nick Tilsen, of Porcupin...
July 7, 2020

Rural community in South Dakota removes Confederate flag
GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a logo that included a Confederate flag has been removed from police department cars, buildings and patches in a small South Dakota community named for the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Mayor Bill Wuttke and the City Counc...
July 7, 2020

Erickson sentenced to federal prison
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Paul Erickson, a former conservative political operative has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for fraud following new scrutiny from his involvement with Maria Butina, a Russian agent, who gained  political access in South Dakota and organiz...
July 7, 2020

Sturgis Post 33 uses ‘small ball’ to produce big runs in win over Spearfish Post 164
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- The Sturgis Post 33 Titans got out to a slow start at Black Hills Energy Stadium in Spearfish after a one-hour rain delay, but exploded for 16 runs in the top of the fourth to beat Spearfish Post 164 by a score of 21-0. Sturgis led 3-0 after two innings behind...
July 6, 2020

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump to Washington aboard Air Force One on Friday night despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has been ...
July 6, 2020

Robert A. “Bob” Coates
Robert A. “Bob” Coates passed away in his Piedmont, SD, home January 2, 2020.      Bob was born May 7, 1937, in Hot Springs, SD, to W. Allan Coates and Leota (Clement) Coates.  Bob grew up in Edgemont, SD, where he attended all years of schoo...
July 6, 2020

Loren L. Miller
Loren L. Miller, age 87 of Lemmon, passed away at his home on Friday evening, July 3, 2020. A Private Family Service will be held at 10:30am Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon.  Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery with full military honors afforded ...
July 6, 2020

Charles Edwards
Charles “Chuck” Edwards, age 80 of Lemmon, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at the CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, ND. A public visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, SD.  Bu...
July 6, 2020

Lourine Winkowitsch
Lourine Winkowitsch, age 88, of Rapid City, South Dakota, died on Friday, July 3, 2020 at her daughter's home in Annapolis, Maryland. Celebration of life services will be held Friday, July 10, at 10:00 am at the Chapel in the Hills (3788 Chapel Lane) in Rapid City. This will b...
July 6, 2020

State records another spike in active COVID-19 cases Monday
PIERRE, S.D. – For the second day in a row, South Dakota saw a spike in the number of active cases of COVID-19. According to the Department of Health, there were 42 new cases of COVID-19, sending the active caseload across the state up 42 to 945. Although the number of new...
July 6, 2020

Woman pulled from Rapid Creek Sunday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County and Rapid City authorities say a successful water rescue took place Sunday evening near Legacy Commons at Memorial Park. Authorities report a female found herself in the rapidly rising waters of Rapid Creek. She wasn't able to get out of the ...
July 6, 2020

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson, 94 of Whitewood passed away on June 30, 2020 at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish Bob Johnson died peacefully on Tuesday evening, June 30, surrounded by his daughters, daughter-in-law, and special friend Cindy Ladner. These women had cared for him in his ...
July 6, 2020

Federal judge shuts down Dakota Access pipeline
FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. The pipeline has been carrying oil for three years. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April that the pipeline remains “highly contr...
July 6, 2020

Authorities identify man missing in Missouri River
PIERRE, S.D. - Authorities have identified a man missing in the Missouri River since Friday afternoon.  The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office says 37 year-old Lee Weber is presumed drowned.  He dove into the river just before three pm Friday approximately two mi...
July 6, 2020

Results from the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - Rodeo action wrapped up over the weekend at the annual Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche. South Dakota's Lisa Lockhart turned in a blistering run through the barrels to win the barrel racing. Lockhart's 16.94-second run was the only sub-17 second run of...
July 6, 2020

Fire crews join Rockerville in knocking down Sunday wildland fire threatening structure
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - The Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department reports a wildfire Sunday threatened a structure. According to a Facebook post from the department, crews were paged to a wildland fire threatening a structure on Strato Rim Road just after 2:00 p.m. Due to the fire ...
July 5, 2020

Post 22 drops Firecracker Championship Game to Rocky Mountain
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rocky Mountain scored 5 runs in the top of the first and never looked back as they ran away with a 12-1 victory over Post 22 Sunday in the Firecracker Tournament championship game. Post 22 added their only run in the bottom of the third, and held Rocky Mounta...
July 5, 2020

Man seriously hurt in motorcycle crash dies from his injuries
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on June 7, 2020 northeast of Spearfish. Braden Erickson, 38, was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson FLHX eastbound on St. Onge Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went i...
July 5, 2020

Dept of Health reports uptick in number of active COVID-19 cases Sunday
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 today, but the new cases far outweighed the number of recoveries over the past 24 hours. The new numbers shot the statewide number of active cases up 34 to 903 from yesterday’s 869. The ...
July 5, 2020

Early morning fire destroys house, surrounding property in southern Meade County
RAPID CITY, S.D. - An early morning structure fire in rural Meade County esclated to three alarms. According to a release, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning the North Haines Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 801 Virginia Ln, in unincorporated Meade County, for a re...
July 5, 2020

Pedestrian struck and killed in crash west of Winner
WINNER, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner. Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members. A 2018 Mazda3 was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the vehicle struck a male pedestr...
July 4, 2020

Highway Patrol investigating Friday night motorcycle - vehicle crash that resulted in fatality
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – One person died late Friday night in a motorcycle- vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs. Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family. A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when it col...
July 4, 2020

Post 22 suffers first loss at Firecracker Tournament
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 dropped their first game at the Firecracker Tournament Friday night with a 7-3 loss to Missoula. Post 22 fell behind early as the Mavericks scocred 4 in the top of the first inning. The Hardhats would add 2 in the bottom half, only to see...
July 4, 2020

Fall River County authorities report battling fireworks related fires
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - The Hot Springs Police Department has shared via Facebook that residents need to be extremely careful with fireworks. After three separate fires were sparked Friday night, police put a temporary ban on fireworks. In an update on the department's Facebook page...
July 4, 2020

State COVID-19 cases increase 50 according to Dept of Health Saturday report
PIERRE, S.D. - The Fourth of July COVID-19 update from the Department of Health indicated 50 new cases and no new deaths. Pennington County reported 10 new cases Saturday, giving them 556 cumulative and 130 active cases. Active cases in Pennington are up 5 from Friday. Meade Co...
July 4, 2020

Fire heavily damages Sturgis home
STURGIS, S.D. - A home in Sturgis is heavily damaged after a Friday night fire. Fire crews were sent to 2114 Hillside Drive shortly before midnight after receiving a report the home's garage was on fire. Flames were being fed by a stiff southerly wind, and by the time firefight...
July 4, 2020

President delivers fiery speech at Mount Rushmore
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. - "I am here as your President to proclaim before the country and before the world - this monument will never be desecrated." That was President Donald Trump as he delivered a fiery speech at Mount Rushmore National Memorial Friday night. ...
July 3, 2020

Paul Edward Schnose
Paul Edward Schnose was called home to heaven on June 30, 2020 after a short stay in home hospice care. He passed at his beloved ranch home located northwest of Buffalo Gap, SD. He drew his last breath while surrounded by his wife, Janis, his children and other family members. P...
July 3, 2020

ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction ceremony canceled
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy announced July 2 that the Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony scheduled for Aug. 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and associated activities will be cancelled due to the extreme restrictions placed on eve...
July 3, 2020

Dept of Health - 87 new cases; no new deaths in Friday COVID-19 report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 87 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the South Dakota Department of Health in their Friday update. Of those 87, 10 new positive tests were reported in Pennington County, sending the cumulative total to 546. Pennington has 125 active cases. Meade ...
July 3, 2020

Second person involved in recent Potter County crash dies
GETTYSURG, S.D. – A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that happened June 18 west of Gettysburg. A 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the driver lost control as the vehicle entered a right-turning ...
July 3, 2020

MLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945
LOS ANGELES — Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is se...
July 3, 2020

No updates on investigations, livestock organizations want action before reauthorization of Mandatory Price Reporting Act
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), National Farmers Union and 11 other organizations are calling for a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on reauthorization of the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act. The current rule expires at the en...
July 3, 2020

Round two of rodeo complete at Black Hills Roundup
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - Rodeo action continued at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche on Thursday. Here are leaders after the secound round of action: Bareback Riding – Tim O’Connell –  Zwingle, IA     88 points Steer Wrestling &ndash...
July 3, 2020

Firecracker Tournament - Post 22 remains undefeated
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Post 22 remains undefeated at the Firecracker Tournament as they picked up a couple of wins Thursday. In the first game, Post 22 edged Premier West 10-9 and in the second, the Hardhats rolled to a 14-1 win over Sterling, CO. In game one, Post...
July 3, 2020

Baseball Wrap - Titans fall to Mitchell, Post 320 beats Casper
PIERRE, S.D. – The Sturgis Titans dropped a 6-5 matchup to Mitchell yesterday. Mitchell delivered the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the score was tied at 5. R.J. Andrewjeski had 2 hits and Dylan Gillespie had an R.B.I. to help lead the Titans. The Titans al...
July 3, 2020

Fall class start delayed in Meade County
STURGIS, SD - Citing concerns of a COVID-19 infection spike occurring after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Meade School District officials have made adjustments to the start of the school year. On a unanimous vote, the Meade School Board voted to extend the start of in-service fo...
July 3, 2020

Great Plains Fire reports handful of small fires Thursday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch reported a handful of fires Thursday -- two of which were started by lightning. One of those fires was reported east of Keystone. The Courtyard Fire was reported just before 4:00 p.m. 2 miles east of Keystone. It burned about four-te...
July 2, 2020

Eldon Herring
Eldon Herring—teacher, agronomist, therapist, and patriot from the Greatest Generations—died on July 1, 2020, in Sioux Falls, SD.  Eldon was 104.      Eldon Herring was born in 1916, in a prairie dugout on the banks of Mitchell Creek, southea...
July 2, 2020

Thousands of pounds of pork being donated in South Dakota
YANKTON, SD - Ten thousand pounds of frozen pork were given out in a drive-through in Yankton this week. Stacey Sorlien with the South Dakota Pork Producers (SDPP) Council says that several donors of 60 pigs were a part of the free give-away that included 15 pounds of ground pork...
July 2, 2020

Orville Roy Edwards
Orville Roy Edwards was born August 6, 1935, in Sturgis, SD, and peacefully passed at his home, with family by his side, in Vale, SD, on Thursday, April 2, 2020.      Orville was a man among men.  He was a role model and a positive voice in a world that ...
July 2, 2020

Four new deaths and 67 new cases in Thursday COVID-19 update
PIERRE, S.D. – There were four new COVID-19 related deaths according to the report out today by the Department of Health. Among the new deaths were one in Pennington, one in Buffalo, one in Beadle County and one out of Lyman County. Two of the victims are reported in the 8...
July 2, 2020

Man killed in case of mistaken identity, three more shootings occur
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –A suspect in two shootings mistakenly entered the wrong home and killed a man before shooting and injuring his intended target and two others, according to police reports Police say the suspect, 45-year-old Alton Ray Bear of Sioux Falls, faces a several ...
July 2, 2020

Gettysburg's Sister City weighs in on controversy over use of Confederate flag
GETTYSBURG, S.D. - The City of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has sent a letter to the City of Gettysburg in South Dakota about the Confederate flag controversy in that community. The local police department’s uniforms and vehicles include the use of a confederate flag. Designed...
July 2, 2020

Post 22 opens Firecracker with win over Rocky Mountain
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Post 22 opened the annual Firecracker Tournament Wednesday with a 9-4 win over Rocky Mountain. Rocky Mountain opened up the scoring with three runs in the first inning including a home run by Joel Anderson. But the Hardhats answered with a 2 ...
July 2, 2020

Post 320 rolls over Spearfish Post 164 Wednesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Post 320 Stars swept Spearfish Post 164 on Wednesday, winning 15-0 and 13-0. Wyatt Hunt and Peyton Ness each went 3-for-3 with four RBIs to lead Post 320. Mitchell Sand took the win for the Stars. He went four innings and finished with ei...
July 2, 2020

Former Rush office manager admits to stealing thousands from the team
RAPID CITY, S.D.  - The former office manager of the Rapid City Rush admits to stealing thousands of dollars from the team. Jennifer Durham, 42, is charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. According to a plea agreement Wednesday, Durham agrees to ...
July 1, 2020

Bridge on Nemo Road shut down after partial collapse
NEMO, S.D. – A partial bridge collapse on Nemo Road has closed down the bridge and resulted in a detour. The highway patrol responded to the incident after a semi truck had crossed over it and one lane of the bridge partially collapsed. The partial collapse has closed a p...
July 1, 2020

Arvid Ted Scott
Arvid Ted Scott (Scotty) passed away June 24, 2020 at the Rapid City Hospice House. Arvid was born on September 20, 1928 in Brookings, SD to Ted and Doris Scott. He graduated from White Lake High School and went to college at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD and at SDS...
July 1, 2020

DeElda Laura Watson
DeElda Laura (Woodle) Watson, age 87, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, CO, of natural causes.  Born February 19, 1933, in Rapid City, SD, she was the daughter of Buell Woodle and Margaret Albertson Woodle and sister to Gary Woodle. &n...
July 1, 2020

Degree in meat processing now being offered at MCC
MILES CITY, MONT. - Miles Community College and Montana Farm Bureau have teamed up to make a meat processing certificate/degree a reality. For the past several years, MCC has been hoping to develop a certificate that can offer a journeyman certificate in meat cutting. “The...
July 1, 2020

Legislation aims to help small meat processors, producers, consumers
Washington, D.C. – Legislation that will allow state inspected meat to be sold across state lines through e-commerce, allowing small producers and processors more options to directly market to consumers has been introduced in Congress. “As a result of COVID-19, ...
July 1, 2020

Health Department reports 62 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and two additional deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and two new deaths. The two new deaths include one woman and one man. One person was in the 40-49 year age range and one person was in the 70-79 year age range. Minnehaha and Buffalo Counti...
July 1, 2020

Esther Wolford
Esther Wolford, age 94, of Wall, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 surrounded by family at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City. A come and go viewing will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall. Funeral services will be held a...
July 1, 2020

Ranchers, farmers receive $4.8 billion in direct payments, more available
WASHINGTON, DC – Over 18,000 ranchers and farmers in South Dakota are set to receive approximately $250 million in COVID 19 aid. The USDA says more than 319,000 farmers and ranchers have been approved for over $4.8 billion in coronavirus  aid so far. The legislat...
July 1, 2020

Annual Firecracker Tournament opens Wednesday in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The annual Firecracker Tournament will get started today (Wednesday) in Rapid City – albeit a little smaller due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eden Prairie, Minn., and Terre Haute, Ind., both dropped out of the tournament, which begins Wednesday at 2:3...
July 1, 2020

Oil company extends bid deadline for Connecticut-size lands
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Occidental Petroleum has extended by one week a Wednesday deadline for Wyoming to bid on a swath of land and mineral rights bigger than Connecticut. Gov. Mark Gordon's spokesman Michael Pearlman says the bid is now due July 8. Houston-based Occidental seeks t...
July 1, 2020

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender issues veto of conditional use permit
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender has issued a veto of a conditional use permit approved by the common council in mid-June. The conditional use permit was to allow a building on North Street to serve as a rescue mission. Mayor Allender wrote in his veto that h...
June 30, 2020

RCAS makes difficult decision to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies
RAPID CITY, S.D. - According to a release from the Rapid City Area Schools, the in-person commencement ceremonies set for July 24 and 26 have been cancelled. The release says "this decision comes after consulting with medical experts, city leaders, and administration officials."...
June 30, 2020

Results in for Rural Sturgis Ambulance district board election
STURGIS, S.D. - The unofficial results are in for the board of directors election for the newly formed Rural Sturgis Ambulance District. Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer reported Tuesday night there 286 votes cast. The top five people receiving the most votes were Terri Jo B...
June 30, 2020

Guy L Balo
Guy L Balo, 88, of Whitewood Valley, departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior on June 27, 2020.      Guy “Grandpa” was the 13th child born to Oscar and Selma (Raatikka) Balo on March 25, 1932, at home near Spearfish, SD.  He attended...
June 30, 2020

State fire marshal encourages safe use of fireworks
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says safety must be a priority when it comes to using fireworks this July Fourth holiday. The discharge of fireworks is a part of the holiday celebration. But Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says if not handled properly, fir...
June 30, 2020

Donald Heisz
Donald Heisz 86, of Rapid City, SD formerly of Spearfish, SD passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society, Saint Martin Village, Rapid City. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a private family memorial service will be held on Wednesday July 1, 2020 at St Paul Luth...
June 30, 2020

Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling
WASHINGTON (AP) — States can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote with the conservatives in the majority, the justices upheld a Montana scholarship program that allow...
June 30, 2020

New laws taking effect Wednesday regarding county zoning and move over law
PIERRE, S.D. – On July 1, 2020, reforms to the county zoning and appeals process will take effect in South Dakota. The South Dakota State Legislature passed and Governor Noem signed SB 157 during this past legislative session to institute these reforms. SB 157 creates a fa...
June 30, 2020

Court rules in favor of Montana ranchers in dinosaur fossil dispute
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled dinosaur fossils worth millions of dollars unearthed on an eastern Montana ranch belong to the owners of the land's surface rights. The June 17 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 decision by U.S. Di...
June 30, 2020

Task Force hopes for progress in ag land valuations, taxation
STURGIS, SD – Members of the South Dakota legislative Ag Land Assessment Task Force are hoping that adjustments made to the states production-based valuation of ag land will address concerns of many ranchers and farmers who have seen property taxes skyrocket. According to ...
June 30, 2020

State reports 48 new COVID-19 positive tests in Tuesday report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 48 new cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday by the South Dakota Department of Health. Pennington County reported 5 new cases, giving them 518 in the cumulative total and 121 active cases. That is down 8 from Monday. Meade County reported a new case...
June 30, 2020

Andrew Callesen Thybo
Andrew Callesen “Cal” Thybo, 61, left this earth to go on to ride fences for the biggest spread around on June 27, 2020.  Cal was a cowboy, rancher, husband, father, brother, and dear friend.      He was born December 12, 1958, in Belle Fourc...
June 30, 2020

State officials urge citizens to follow guidelines, wear face masks
YANKTON, SD - The spikes in coronavirus infections in southern and western states should be a warning and could be a possible preview. South Dakota State Epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says those types of increases could happen here. “I think it is important as we’r...
June 30, 2020

Ag inspections at borders threatened due to lack of funding
WASHINGTON, DC - A coalition of more than 150 agriculture, trade and related groups led by the National Pork Producers Council sent a letter to Congress warning of a major funding shortfall that could severely weaken agricultural inspections at our borders. The letter urged lawma...
June 30, 2020

Police detain suspect in Sioux Falls shooting that hurt three
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls police are holding a suspect after three people were shot and wounded at a home. The shooing happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday at a home in the central part of Sioux Falls. Police found two women and a man were shot. Their ages are not kno...
June 29, 2020

Go Fund Me page set up for family who were displaced by weekend fire
BLACK HAWK, S.D. - A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help a family who lost their home and most of their belongings to a weekend fire. The fire was reported around midnight Saturday and fire crews were able to keep the fire away from neighboring homes. The family credits a n...
June 29, 2020

Sturgis sets August 4th as date for Jackpine Gypsies annexation vote
STURGIS, S.D. - At a special meeting Monday night, the Sturgis City Council voted to set August 4th as the special election date to decide the fate of the Jackpine Gypsies annexation. The club successfully gathered enough signatures to refer the recently passed annexation to a v...
June 29, 2020

Mike Vaughn
Mike "Butch" Vaughn, age 71, of Kyle, South Dakota, died on Friday, June 26, in an accident near his home. Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Wednesday, July 1, at the Martin Community Cemetery. Michael Albert “Butch” Vaughn was born on February ...
June 29, 2020

State records 35 new COVID-19 cases in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Health reported 35 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its daily report Monday. Pennington County recorded 6 of those new tests, sending their cumulative total to 513 with 129 active cases. The active number of cases in Penn...
June 29, 2020

Native tribes, individuals plan to protest presidential visit to Mount Rushmore Memorial
KEYSTONE, S.D. – Native American tribes in South Dakota have long spoken about their views on Mount Rushmore and how the monument’s symbolism is a painful reminder of the nation’s treatment of their ancestors.  Those feelings are more pronounced these days ...
June 29, 2020

Noem suspends teen driving law during COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has suspended a teen driving law which was set to take effect this week. Noem says the legislative bill was suspended because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and the impact the new law would have on licensing. The g...
June 29, 2020

Severe thunderstorms bring large hail, gusty wind to northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. – Another round of severe weather brought damaging winds and large hail to northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota Sunday. In Wyoming, damage reports include a roof being blown off of a shed, damaged siding and even a power pole being broken off in the Roz...
June 29, 2020

South Dakota gas prices see 2.6 rise ahead of Fourth of July
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 2.6 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 19.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 68.4 cents per gallon lower th...
June 29, 2020

2020’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America – WalletHub Study
UNDATED - With local governments’ leadership abilities being tested by COVID-19 as well as the recent protests, and the 2020 election approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America, as we...
June 29, 2020

Post 320 drops three games at Gillette tournament
GILLETTE, WYO. – It was a tough weekend for Rapid City Post 320, as they lost a trio of games at tournament action in Gillette. On Saturday, the Stars fell to the Rocky Mountain Lobos 8-3 and the Colorado Ducks 14-13. On Sunday, Post 320 dropped an 11-8 game to Mitchell. ...
June 29, 2020

One killed, one hurt in Lawrence County motorcycle crash
LEAD, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon west of Lead. Names of the two people are not yet being released pending notification of family members. A 2004 Harley Davidson FLSTCI was eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 when ...
June 28, 2020

Saturday night fire significantly damages Black Hawk home
BLACK HAWK, S.D. —A structure fire in Black Hawk overnight resulted in significant damage. According to the Black Hawk Fire Department Facebook page, fire crews were dispatched to the 4000 block of East Elmwood Court around midnight for a report of a structure fire. Firef...
June 28, 2020

Sunday COVID-19 report - 55 new tests, no new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 in its Sunday report with 15 of those in Western South Dakota. Pennington County reported 10 new positive tests giving them a cumulative total of 507 with 137 active cases. The other cases rep...
June 28, 2020

South Dakota records 91 new COVID-19 cases Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. - The Department of Health reported 91 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and three new deaths. Two of the deaths were out of Pennington County and one death was in Minnehaha County. Pennington County saw an increase of 11 cases Saturday. The county has a  cumulat...
June 27, 2020

Rapid CIty Post 320 beats Mitchell Friday night
GILLETTE, Wyo. - The Rapid City Post 320 Stars won their second game in Gillette on Friday as they defeated Mitchell 5-2. The Stars scored four of their runs in the fifth inning and held Mitchell scoreless the rest of the way. Lane Darrow had 3 hits and 2 R.B.I.'s to help lead ...
June 26, 2020

Post 22 wins two over Harrisburg in pitching duels
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 took two from Harrisburg in a Friday doubleheader. In game one, the Tigers scored two quick runs in the top of the first inning, and kept that lead until the fourth when the Hardhats scored 6 to take the lead. Post 22 held Harrisburg scorel...
June 26, 2020

South Dakota launches coronavirus counseling program
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota is launching a program to provide counseling and support for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Social Services is encouraging people to call 211, a state crisis hotline, if they are feeling the stress or financial bu...
June 26, 2020

Sturgis City Council to set election day for vote on Jackpine Gypsies annexation
STURGIS — The Sturgis City Council will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss several items, including the setting of a date for a referendum election on the Jackpine Gypsies annexation. The club has successfully gathered enough signatures to refer the recently passes a...
June 26, 2020

Billie Kaye Goodman and Bill Goodman
Billie Kaye Goodman, age 72, of Plymouth, Minnesota, died on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home in Plymouth after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Billie Kaye was born in Gordon, Nebraska to Emerson “Bud” and Rose Marie (Beutler) Seager on December 23, 19...
June 26, 2020

Mayor Allender tabs Hedrick as interim police chief
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender announced Friday that he has appointed Don Hedrick as interim police chief of the Rapid City Police Department. Hedrick, a native of Lakefield, MN, is currently service as assistant chief of police, and steps in as interim...
June 26, 2020

One new death; 56 new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday
STURGIS, S.D. – South Dakota recorded 56 new cases of COVID-19 Friday with another death reported out of Pennington County. Pennington County now has 14 total COVID-19 related deaths. It’s active cases is down today to 135 from Thursday’s 141. There were 4 new...
June 26, 2020

New No Texting Law Begins July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Starting July 1, drivers in South Dakota will no longer be able to use mobile electronic devices, including cell phones, for texting or other purposes while they drive. House Bill 1169, which was passed during the 2020 legislative session, prohibits drivers ...
June 26, 2020

Legion Roundup - Post 22, Post 320 get victories
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 was back in action Thursday night, playing a doubleheader with Yankton at Fitzgerald. In game one, Ryan Bachman hit a grand slam in the sixth inning as the Hardhats cruised to a 12-0 win. Jake Goble got the pitching win for Post 22, going s...
June 26, 2020

Harrisburg Routs Sturgis Post 33 in a Doubleheader at Strong Field
STURGIS, S.D. -- The Harrisburg Post 45 baseball squad made the long trip from eastern S.D to take on Sturgis Post 33 at Strong Field and left with two convincing wins. The Tigers started slow in game one and were down 3-1 after one inning, as the Titans scored three runs on thr...
June 25, 2020

UPDATE - Custer State Park fire is now 100-percent contained
CUSTER, S.D. - Officials in Custer State Park say the Mine Draw Fire is now 100-percent contained. Heavy rain had fallen in the area Thursday afternoon. In a Facebook post, Custer State Park stated: "All aircraft have been released from the incident. Fire Managers are currentl...
June 25, 2020

State reports 60 new cases of COVID-19, three new deaths, and first case of multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome
PIERRE, S.D. – The state recorded 60 new positive tests for COVID-19 Thursday, and three new deaths in the daily report issued by the South Dakota Department of Health. The new deaths were reported in Buffalo, Faulk and Pennigton counties. The state’s total death cou...
June 25, 2020

NILE fall show adapts to COVID restrictions with revised format for 2020
BILLINGS, MT – It’s a new version of a decades-old event.  As the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE)  gets ready to celebrate its 53rd year, guidelines set by the county and state health department regarding the health of the community, the N...
June 25, 2020

Germany-based Bayer settles litigation with over $11 billion, admits no fault
WASHINGTON, DC - Bayer has announced a massive settlement of court cases involving its Roundup and dicamba products and PCB water litigation with no admission of fault. The company says it will pay a total of $10.1 to nearly $11 billion dollars to settle 125,000 filed and unfile...
June 25, 2020

State will end fiscal year with balanced budget despite COVID impact
PIERRE, SD - The Joint Appropriations Committee of the South Dakota legislature got an update on state revenues at their meeting June 24. Jeff Mehlhaff, senior fiscal analyst for the Legislative Research Council, says retail sales in April didn’t fall as far as anticipated...
June 25, 2020

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says presidential statues will remain
RAPID CITY, S.D. – During his weekly COVID-19 address, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender touched on the hot topic of statues, and their removal in some locations of the country. Allender says although controversial historical statues are being taken down across the nation, h...
June 25, 2020

Mitchell woman arrested in death of child
MITCHELL, S.D. - Mitchell Police have arrested a 21 year old woman for first-degree manslaughter and abuse or cruelty to a minor. In a news release from the Mitchell Police Department, dispatch received a 911 call around 8 am Monday from a female who said she was taking a five-ye...
June 25, 2020

Wildfire burning in Custer State Park
CUSTER, S.D. – Fire crews were battling a wildfire in Custer State Park Wednesday. The Mine Draw Fire is burning near Highway 16, north of the park shop. It was reported to have grown to approximately 150 acres as of Wednesday night. According to a post on the park's Face...
June 24, 2020

Maher's appointment as regents' CEO formalized
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Board of Regents has formally appointed Brian Maher as its next chief executive officer. Board members voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Maher, who leaves June 30 after five years as superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District. ...
June 24, 2020

Searchers say missing woman has been found dead
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls police say they are waiting for autopsy results to see if there is anything suspicious about the death of a woman whose body was found in a garage. Advocates for Angela Armstrong, missing since June 3, say on a Facebook page dedicated to fi...
June 24, 2020

Tribe sues Trump, others for threatening to withhold COVID-19 relief funds
WASHINGTON, DC - President Donald Trump’s chief of staff threatened to garnish federal coronavirus relief funding from a South Dakota Indian tribe if it didn’t remove roadblocks intended to limit the spread of the virus, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The Chey...
June 24, 2020

An increase in testing raises the COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday
PIERRE, S.D. – New cases of COVID-19 were up Wednesday as the Department of Health reported 66 new positive tests. Pennington County reported 9 new cases, giving them a cumulative total of 475. Pennington’s active caseload is 146 – up four from yesterday. Else...
June 24, 2020

Joanne Bartels
Joanne Bartels, age 90, of Winner, South Dakota, died on Monday, June 22, at the Winner Regional Long Term Care. A public graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. (CDT) on Monday, June 29, at the Winner Cemetery in Winner. Survivors include two daughters Deb Vollmer of Win...
June 24, 2020

2020 Tax Burden by State & Tax Facts
UNDATED - With Tax Day delayed to July 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020 Tax Burden by State report, as well as accompanying videos, along with its 2020 Tax Facts infographic. In order to determine which states tax...
June 24, 2020

Twins sign draft pick Aaron Sabato
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The Minnesota Twins have signed first round draft pick Aaron Sabato with a $2.75 million bonus. Sabato, a first baseman from North Carolina, was taken with the 27th overall pick in the first round earlier this month. He signed for about $180,000 above the...
June 24, 2020

Post 22 runs past Post 320 in battle of Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Post 22 won the battle of Rapid City Tuesday night at the Hardhats and post 320 squared off at Fitzgerald Stadium. The Hardhats scored six runs in the first inning and went onto beat the Stars, 11-2. Post 22 now leads the all-time series, 36-1. Jake Go...
June 24, 2020

Sturgis Post 33 Surges Late to Beat Spearfish Post 164
STURGIS, S.D. -- The Sturgis Post 33 Titans are a notoriously slow starting team but got out of the gate quickly on Tuesday night, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning on their way to a 16-6 win over Spearfish Post 164 in six innings. It was “Senior Night&r...
June 23, 2020

Police seize marijuana during traffic stop
MOBRIDGE, S.D. -  Authorities in Corson County announced a recent drug bust resulted in the seizure of 17 pounds of marijuana. Corson County deputies seized the pot during a traffic stop around 11:30 p.m. on June 18 on U.S. Highway 12 in Corson County.  The Corson Coun...
June 24, 2020

Sturgis Library begins Phase 2 of reopening
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Public Library began Phase 2 of their reopening on Monday, June 22. Curbside pick-up and book home delivery services will continue. Senior citizens may now have exclusive access to the library on Thursdays from 8 until 9 AM. The public is invited t...
June 23, 2020

Noem says attacks on Mount Rushmore won't happen on her watch
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - "Not on my watch." That's what Governor Kristi Noem says if anyone tries to remove the Presidents' heads from Mount Rushmore. Noem was responding to a Tweet by radio talk show host Ben Shapiro who sarcastically asked when the "woke historical revisionist pri...
June 23, 2020

Rapid City man enters guilty plea to shooting death of teen in February
RAPID CITY, S.D. — One of two people charged with shooting and killing a Box Elder teenager in February has plead guilty to manslaughter. Cole Waters, 19, of Rapid City had initially been charged with murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and conspiracy ...
June 23, 2020

Hill City structure fire held to single alarm
HILL CITY, S.D. - Hill City Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a reported fire in a residential structure, in the 100 block of  Minor Lake Circle, just before 8:30 Tuesday morning in Hill City. First arriving Hill City Volunteer Firefighters found a fire burning with a...
June 23, 2020

Trade leaders, President send mixed messages over U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal
WASHINGTON, DC – Is it a trade deal or a case of whiplash? The question is a fair one as the much-touted U.S. – China Phase 1 trade deal gets bounced back and forth between individuals and agencies in the Trump administration. Appearing before the House Ways and Mea...
June 23, 2020

Tuesday COVID-19 Report- Two new deaths; 27 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health reported 27 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and two new deaths in their daily report. The two deaths were reported in Pennington and Minnehaha Counties. Pennington County reported 4 new cases, raising their cumulative total to 466 ...
June 23, 2020

Highway Patrol identifies Wyoming woman killed in motorcycle crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Guernsey, Wyoming woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Hill City. A 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on U.S. Highway 16 when the driver, 57-year-old Holly Montgomery, failed to nego...
June 23, 2020

RCAS discussing back to school despite a lot of unknowns
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Area School Board met last night to discuss options on how to proceed when the new academic year begins. All board members agree how it progresses will depend on the status of COVID-19 in the area. The board, meeting via zoom, addressed c...
June 23, 2020

Noem: $200 million in federal relief for cities and counties
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has announced she’ll be sending $200 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to city and county governments. But she says the economic impact of the pandemic could last for years. The Republican governor visite...
June 22, 2020

Names Released In Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSURG, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg. A 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the driver lost control as the vehicle entered a right-tu...
June 22, 2020

Jerry Nemec
Jerry Nemec, age 78, of Midland, South Dakota, died on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Edgewood Assisted Living Facility in Spearfish. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland with Father Gary Oreshoski officiating...
June 22, 2020

Pennington County has second highest total of active COVID-19 cases in state
PIERRE, S.D. – The state recorded 29 new COVID-19 cases in the Monday report, with 5 of them in Pennington County. The additional positive tests in Pennington give the county 148 active cases, the second highest total of active cases in the state. Minnehaha County reports ...
June 22, 2020

Lois E. Skvicalo
Lois E. (Huddleston) Skvicalo was born in Wasta, SD, to Lee and Mayme (Miner) Huddleston on March 26, 1933.  She was raised in Piedmont and Sturgis, SD.  After graduation from Sturgis High School in 1951, Lois went on to marry her husband, Blas Skvicalo of Lead, on Nove...
June 22, 2020

Digging up bones: Rancher wrangles cattle, hunts dinosaur fossils
“All I’ve ever done besides hunt dinosaurs is cowboy.” Clayton Phipps was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Garfield County in eastern Montana but has gained fame as a dinosaur hunter with some truly amazing fossil discoveries. Clayton says that as a young ...
June 22, 2020

South Dakota gas prices open summer with 3.3 cent rise
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.96/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 21.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 72.5 cents per gallon lower th...
June 22, 2020

Plugging abandoned North Dakota oil wells to begin mid-July
BISMARCK, N.D. - State regulators have approved a new program to plug North Dakota's abandoned oil wells. Work is set to begin July 16 under the program approved by the Industrial Commission on Friday. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state plans to use $66 million in federal...
June 22, 2020

South Dakota Maintains AAA Credit Rating
PIERRE, S.D. – Moody’s Investors Service announced they have reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating, the highest rating available, with a stable outlook. “Forcing state government to live within its means is a fundamental tenet of my admi...
June 22, 2020

Cattle on Feed shows marketings lowest in 24 years
WASHINGTON, DC - A backlog in processing plants due to COVID-19 outbreaks that closed or curtailed operations at packing plants has resulted in the lowest number of fed cattle marketed in May since the report began in 1996 – 24 years ago. Even though many processing facilit...
June 22, 2020

Sturgis Post 33 Grinds Out a Championship Game Win Over Billings
STURGIS, S.D. -- Despite being down 4-0 after the first inning, the Sturgis Post 33 Titans clawed their way back into a tight ballgame to beat Billings Upper Deck Expos 8-7 in eight innings in the championship game of the Sturgis Baseball Rally Tournament.  The Titans finish...
June 21, 2020

Rapid City Post 320 falls to Ames
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Ames, Iowa used a 7 run sixth inning to pull ahead of Post 320 and pick up a 10-5 Sunday victory. Ames outhit the Stars 13-4 and Post 320 was also hurt by five errors. James Rogers pitched 5.1 innings for the Stars with no strikeouts. Ames scored ten strike...
June 21, 2020

Post 22 wins one, loses one at Creighton Tournament
UNDATED - Rapid City Post 22 picked up a win and a loss at the Creighton Prep Tournament Sunday. In their first game, the Hardhats lost to Brandon Valley Post 131 6-3. Brandon Valley jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the Hardhats couldn't complete the comeback. Colton Hartford help...
June 21, 2020

Wrong-way crash on Twin Cities interstate kills 4, injures 1
MINNEAPOLIS — A wrong-way crash on a Twin Cities interstate late Saturday killed four people, including two from South Dakota, and injured one, authorities said Sunday. The head-on collision between a NIssan Murano and GMC Terrain occurred about 9:55 p.m. Saturday on Inte...
June 21, 2020

Champions crowned at South Dakota High School rodeo Finals
FORT PIERRE, S.D. - Champions were crowned Saturday as the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals wrapped up in Fort Pierre. The top four finishers in each event will advance to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Guthrie, Oklahoma in July. The Sturgis Rodeo Team has had a ...
June 21, 2020

Saturday, June 20, Baseball Scoreboard
UNDATED - Area baseball scores from Saturday, June 20: STURGIS BASEBALL RALLY: Spearfish - 15, Cheyenne - 0 Belle Fourche - 2, Cheyenne - 1 Gillette - 10, Belle Fourche - 0 Billings - 8, Gillette - 0 Sturgis - 10,  Billings - 5   Casper - 13, RC Post 320 Risers ...
June 21, 2020

State DOH records 72 new COVID-19 cases in Sunday report
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota health officials reported 72 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday. Of those, 17 were found in western South Dakota. Pennington County had the most with 11 new cases. The county now has 457 cumulative and 156 active. Other cases across western South Dak...
June 21, 2020

Sturgis Post 33 Remains Unbeaten in Tourney
STURGIS, S.D. -- The Sturgis Post 33 Titans started slow but finished strong against a tough Billings baseball team, beating the Upper Deck Expos 10-5 in a seven inning affair to take their record to 2-0 as the hosts of the Sturgis Baseball Rally Tournament. Starting pitcher Dav...
June 20, 2020

RC Post 320 splits; Post 22 falls to West Fargo
UNDATED - In legion baseball Saturday, Rapid City Post 320 split a pair of games with Bellevue East and Papillion La-Vista. The Stars got a 4-3 win over Bellevue courtesy of Tate Walker's 2 R.B.I.'s. The Stars brought in the winning run in the fifth inning and held off a seventh...
June 20, 2020

Baseball Scoreboard for Saturday, June 20
UNDATED - Area baseball scores from Friday, June 19: STURGIS BASEBALL RALLY Billings Expos - 6, Belle Fourche - 0 Cheyenne vs Sturgis PPD to Sunday @ 8am due to rain LEGION BASEBALL Rapid City Post 22- 6, Lincoln East -2 Rapid City Post 320 - 7, Millard - 0 Rapid City Post...
June 20, 2020

State reports 67 new cases of COVID-19 in Saturday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health reported 67 new cases of COVID-19 in their Saturday report. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported 9 new cases. The new cases give Pennington a cumulative total of 446 with 152 active cases. Meade County reported ...
June 20, 2020

Woman dies in motorcycle crash west of Hill City
HILL CITY, S.D. – A 57-year-old female died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Hill City. The name of the person is not being released pending notification of family members. She was the only person involved. A 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on ...
June 20, 2020

John Linn
John Linn, age 87, of Elm Springs, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City. Visitation will be one hour before the services in Elm Springs. Funeral services are set for 2:00 pm, Tuesday, June 23 at the Elm Springs Hall, with Past...
June 19, 2020

Highway Patrol investigating fatal crash in Potter County
GETTYSURG, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg. Names of the three persons involved are not being released pending notification of family members. A 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was we...
June 19, 2020

Pennington County, Jackson County, report COVID-19 related deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 3 new deaths reported in Friday’s  COVID-19 update – two of them in Pennington County. The other death was in Jackson County – that county’s first COVID-19 related death. The new deaths in Pennington raise the county&r...
June 19, 2020

Mayor Allender appoints interim fire chief
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender has appointed Jason Culberson, a 27-year veteran of Rapid City Fire and Emergency Services, as interim fire chief of the Rapid City Fire Department. Culberson replaces Rod Seals, who announced his retirement last month and...
June 19, 2020

Event leaders after Thursday's action at the SD High School Rodeo Finals
FORT PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals are starting to heat up in Fort Pierre. On Thursday, Landry Haugen, a Sturgis sophomore, added to her gold buckle winning performance in girls cutting with an event-leading time in the pole bending. Haugen also has a ...
June 19, 2020

Board election for newly formed Ambulance District is June 30
STURGIS, S.D. – Rural Sturgis residents who will be served by the newly established ambulance district will vote June 30 on who will serve on the board that sets up the district. There are eight candidates running for five seats available. They are Terri Jo Bruch, Richard...
June 19, 2020

Sturgis Post 33 Blows Out Spearfish Post 164 Behind Huge Second Inning
STURGIS, S.D. - Yankee legend Yogi Berra once said, “you can observe a lot just by watching”.  Sturgis Post 33 fans agreed, as they watched their legion baseball team catch fire in the second inning when the Titans exploded with 12 runs on 11 hits to put Spearfis...
June 18, 2020

Sioux Falls superintendent named South Dakota regents CEO
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The superintendent of Sioux Falls public schools is set to become the new CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents. Superintendent Brian Maher earlier announced plans to resign at the end of this month from his post with the Sioux Falls School District...
June 18, 2020

Trump administration rejects imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trump administration has rejected imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks and other explosives and linked to brain damage in newborns. The administration has decided to override Obama-era findings that the neurotoxin perchl...
June 18, 2020

Maxine Lorraine Steiger
Maxine Lorraine Steiger was born March 6, 1934, at Mosher, SD, to Clio and Elaine (Neuhaus) Vesley.  She attended rural grade school and graduated from Winner High School in 1951.      She married Kenneth M. Steiger in Witten, SD.  They had three childre...
June 18, 2020

Dale H. Rovere
Dale H. Rovere was born March 15, 1927, to Joseph and Florence (Eikenberry) Rovere in Lusk, WY.  Dale was the second of six children.  Dale attended school in Lead and later a one-room school in Boulder Canyon where he was the drummer in the band along with his siblings...
June 18, 2020

DOH reports 53 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday; 10 in the Black Hills area
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the Thursday report. Around the Black Hills area, Pennington County added 6 new cases, Meade County had one and Lawrence County had two new cases. In Pennington County, the cumulativ...
June 18, 2020

Farmers to Families Food Box contracts extended
WASHINGTON, DC - The Farmers to Families Food Box Program will extend the contracts of select vendors from the first round of the USDA program. Beyond direct support to farmers and ranchers during the coronavirus pandemic, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is...
June 18, 2020

Bill aims to increase rural access to mental health services
WASHINGTON, DC - A recently introduced bill would help boost mental health services in rural areas. The Farm Bureau-backed Home-Based Telemental Health Care Act of 2020 (S. 3917) would direct the secretary of Health and Human Services in coordination with USDA's Rural Health Liai...
June 18, 2020

New Provisions For Teen Driver Licenses Become Law July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Provisions which strengthen South Dakota’s current graduated driver’s license laws for teen drivers between the ages of 14 and 18 take effect July 1. The changes were part of Senate Bill 113, which was approved by this year’s state Legisla...
June 18, 2020

Man gets 50 years in prison for shooting 63 rounds at officers
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A judge has sentenced a Rapid City man to 50 years in prison for repeatedly shooting at law enforcement officers during a four-hour standoff on New Year’s Day 2019. Judge Robert Gusinsky said Wednesday in Pennington County Court that “by the...
June 18, 2020

Claims for unemployment benefits continue to rise
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of South Dakotans applying for unemployment benefits continues to rise. The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation said Thursday that during the week of June 7-13 there were 1,006 initial weekly unemployment. That’s an incre...
June 18, 2020

Fire on Pine Ridge Reservation contained
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - Fire officials say a wildfire burning on the Pine Ridge Reservation is contained. In an update from the B-I-A Forestry & Wildland Fire Management's Facebook page, the Wilson Road fire has been 100 percent contained but is still burning on the interior whic...
June 17, 2020

SDHSAA Board of Directors Approves Girls Wrestling Division for 2020-21
PIERRE, S.D. - At the June 11, 2020 South Dakota High School Activities Association meeting of its Board of Directors, the Board approved a second reading of a proposal to add a Girls division in Wrestling, effective the 2020-21 school year.  South Dakota becomes the 25th st...
June 17, 2020

Albert Larive
Albert Larive was born in Sundance, WY, to George and Maita Christensen on March 30, 1936.  Albert’s father, George Christensen, passed away on March 18, 1937.  A few years later, his mother, Maita Larive, married Raphael Larive on October 6, 1941, in Broadus...
June 17, 2020

DOH reports 83 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday
PIERRE, S.D. – The state department of health reported an uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Health officials say 84 new positive tests were reported today, sending the state’s number of active cases up 9 from yesterday to 829. The cumulative total...
June 17, 2020

Fire crews battling large wildfire on Pine Ridge Reservation
PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Fire crews have been battling wildfires on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The Inciweb Wildfire Reporting System says firefighters are battling a 200-acre wildfire near Wilson Road southeast of Oglala. Fire crews have been attacking the blaze through contro...
June 17, 2020

Titans drop doubleheader to Sioux Falls West
WINNER, S.D. - In a pair of games played at Winner, the Sturgis Titans dropped a doubleheader with Sioux Falls West Tuesday. In the first game, both teams scored in the double figures as West won 20-15. The two teams exhcanged leads several times during game as West kept the Ti...
June 16, 2020

Trump administration takes Keystone dispute to Supreme Court
HELENA, Mont. - The Trump administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a permit program that allows new oil and gas pipelines to cross waterways with little review. Earlier this year, a Montana judge suspended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' permit program. Env...
June 16, 2020

Thirty-eight new cases, two new deaths in Tuesday COVID-19 report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 38 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths in the Tuesday report from the South Dakota Department of Health. One new death was reported in Minnehaha County and one was reported in Pennington County. The state’s death count is now 77 with Pe...
June 16, 2020

Sturgis to host Baseball Rally Tournament starting Thursday
STURGIS, S.D. The Sturgis Baseball Rally will begin at Strong Field on Thursday evening at 7pm when the Titans face Spearfish. Other teams competing in the tournament include Belle Fourche, Cheyenne, Gillette, and Billings. (Tournament Rules) -8 runs after 5 innings -12 runs aft...
June 16, 2020

One dead after Rapid City apartment fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person is dead after a structure fire Tuesday morning in Rapid City. According to the RCFD Twitter page, crews responded to North Maple between Adams and Van Buren for a structure fire in the 800 block of North Maple. Occupants of an upstairs apartme...
June 16, 2020

2020’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads
UNDATED - With Father’s Day approaching and many dads working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads, as well as accompanying videos.   In orde...
June 16, 2020

South Dakota gas prices hit mid-June with 6 cent rise
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.92/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 29.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 79.1 cents per gallon lower th...
June 16, 2020

Highway Patrol investigating two deadly crashes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One man died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the Interstate 29-Interstate 229 interchange in Sioux Falls.  The name of the person is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 1996...
June 16, 2020

Rapid City Council ends COVID-19 restriction ordinance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Council has ended the COVID-19 restriction ordinance and the limited re-opening resolution, at Monday night's meeting. The council voted 7 to 2 to approve a resolution ending the controversial ordinance passed last March, and replacing it with l...
June 16, 2020

City of Sturgis votes for toned down 80th Motorcycle Rally
STURGIS, S.D. – The uncertainty of COVID-19 will mean a toned down 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally come August. With an 8-1 vote, the Sturgis City Council on Monday night chose an option to welcome in bikers for this year’s event – but, other than the usual motor...
June 15, 2020

May RCPD shooting justified according to report from attorney general
RAPID CITY, S.D.  - According to a report released by the South Dakota Attorney General Monday, the Rapid City police officer involved in a shooting May 13 was “justified" in the incident which claimed the life of a 30-year-old man. The report did not identify the of...
June 15, 2020

Health Department reports 30 new COVID-19 cases in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health recorded 30 new COVID-19 cases today with no new deaths reported. The number of active cases across the state has dropped as well, down 32 to 892. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County added 6 new cases Monday, sen...
June 15, 2020

Richard Dean Bush
After a courageous twenty-year battle on multiple fronts, Dean Bush left this world peacefully on a beautiful June morning with a cool breeze rustling through his bedroom, with the meadowlarks singing, surrounded by his family. He was born January 25, 1933 on a 30° below day...
June 15, 2020

James Paul Langer
James Paul Langer, 94, passed away on June 10, 2020 at LeMay Health Center in Fort Collins, CO. He was a lifelong resident of Spearfish, SD. Jim was born April 9, 1926 in Amidon, ND to Albert and Julia (Buzalsky) Langer. He was the second youngest in a family of five children. T...
June 15, 2020

Lavina Ruth Goddard
On September 4, 1947, Lavina and twin sister, Lavera were born to Wesley and Evelyn (Cooper) Lushbough in Rapid City, SD.  While working one summer at the BHSC cafeteria, she met Marshall Goddard.  Marshall and Lavina wed on February 13, 1965, at the Presbyterian church...
June 15, 2020

Sturgis Rodeo Club wins home event
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Regional High School Rodeo wrapped up Sunday. Sturgis captured the team title with 300 points. Bodie Mattson won the boys all-around with 60 points and Caden Stoddard won reserve boys all-around with 34 points. Stoddard also won the Boys Rookie title...
June 15, 2020

Post 320 gets revenge win on Colorado Sunday
CASPER, Wyo. - After falling to the Slammers on Saturday, Rapid City Post 320 got a win back on Sunday. The Stars scored 3 runs in the first to take a quick lead over the Colorado team, only to see their lead disappear with the Slammers scoring 5 in the bottom half of the second...
June 15, 2020

Truck partially goes over retaining wall Sunday evening
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, Meade County Sheriff and Meade County Emergency Management responded to a semi-truck incident in the truck stop lot behind the Big D Plaza off I’90’s Exit 32 Sunday evening. Meade County Emergency Managemen...
June 15, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 defeats Renner, falls to Pierre Sunday
PIERRE, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 split a pair of games in Pierre Sunday, getting a win over Renner before dropping a game to Pierre Post 8. In the Renner game, the Hardhats scored 4 runs in the first and two in the second to take a 6-0 lead into the third. Renner got on the boa...
June 14, 2020

Sturgis Post 33 beats Rapid City Post 320 Shooters to win Jim Scull Tourney
RAPID CITY, S.D. - John Fischer blasted a 380-foot home run and drove home five runs on five hits to lead the Sturgis Post 33 Titans to a 26-17 win over the Rapid City Post 320 Shooters on Sunday evening to win the Jim Scull Baseball Tournament with a 5-0 record. The Titans roll...
June 14, 2020

Rapid City Post 320 drops two games at Casper
CASPER, Wyo. - Rapid City Post 320 dropped two games in Casper Saturday. In game one, the Stars fell to Natrona County 8-2. Both teams were scoreless until the third inning, when Natrona County drove in four runs to take a 4-0 lead. The Stars answered with 1 in the top of the...
June 14, 2020

Saturday's Scores from the Jim Scull Tournament
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Jim Scull Baseball Tournament continued Saturday at Rapid City. The Sturgis Titans earned the number one seed for Sunday's championship game with their two wins Saturday and will play Rapid City Post 320 Shooters at 4:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ...
June 14, 2020

Sunday COVID-19 Report - 13 new cases across Western South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – The state department of health reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 in its Sunday report. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County added 8 new cases, sending their cumulative total to 386 with 180 active. For a second day in a row, Meade County added 3 new c...
June 14, 2020

Sturgis cruises past Spearfish, Belle Fourche at Scull Tournament
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Sturgis Titans remained undefeated at the Jim Scull Tournament Saturday with two wins. In their first game of the day, the Titans took a 5-2 lead over Spearfish in the first inning and never looked back -- scoring 9 runs in the fifth to win 17-6. David An...
June 13, 2020

Saturday COVID-19 update - 91 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. - There were 91 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. The new cases raise the cumulative total statewide to 5,833. There are 930 active cases Saturday -- up from 17 from Friday. A new death was also reported today - a p...
June 13, 2020

Liberty Superstores donate masks to law enforcement
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Don and Max Patnoe and their staff at Liberty Superstores today delivered 600 N95 masks to the men and women on the front lines of protecting Rapid City and Pennington County. The masks will be shared by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City ...
June 13, 2020

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced Friday, June 12, that an individual who visited three Rapid City businesses has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual visited the following businesses between 6 p.m. on June 4th and 2 a.m. on June 5th while able t...
June 13, 2020

Post 22 takes doubleheader from Pierre Post 8
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Post 22 picked up two wins, sweeping both games of a doubleheader with Pierre Post 8 Friday night. The Hardhats opened the two-game series with a 10-2 win, and then completed the sweep with a 14-4 victory. Hunter Tillery took the win for Post 22 in the ...
June 13, 2020

Friday Scores from the Jim Scull Tournament
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Scores from Friday's games at the Jim Scull Tournament: Newcastle 7, Spearfish 2 Williston 16, Spearfish 1 Post 320 16U 11, Post 320 Shooters  1 Post 320 Shooters 12, Cheyenne Coyotes 1 Williston 21, Post 320 Risers 11 Belle Fourche 12, Post 22 Bulle...
June 13, 2020

Post 33 Titans outlast Post 320 Risers
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Sturgis Post 33 had some fresh faces on the roster Friday night at McKeague Field in Rapid City as the Titans outlasted the Post 320 Risers, 16-10 at the Jim Scull Invitational Baseball Tournament. Pitcher Dawson Inhofer started on the mound for Post 33. ...
June 13, 2020

One new death and 77 new cases of COVID-19 in Friday report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 77 new COVID-19 cases in the Friday report from the state Department of Health. There was also a new death reported out of Minnehaha County. Pennington County added 11 new cases, sending their cumulative total to 362 with 173 active. Health Secret...
June 12, 2020

Frank Bauman
Frank Bauman, age 93, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Kadoka Nursing Home.  A burial service will be held at 3 p.m. MDT on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21, at the Bauman Family Cemetery (Frankie's Cabin). A meal will follow at 5 p.m. All fami...
June 12, 2020

Jim Scull Baseball Tournament opens in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Jim Scull Baseball Tournament opened in Rapid City Thursday. This year's tournament features 11 teams from Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Sturgis Titans are taking part this year, and they opened the  tournament with a come-from-behind w...
June 12, 2020

Margaret Kuharski
Margaret "Peggy" Kuharski, age 96, of Rapid City, South Dakota, died on Friday, January 3, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood. Private family interment will be held at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Rapid City, and a celebration of life service will be held at a lat...
June 11, 2020

Fire expert: Mount Rushmore fireworks show ‘ill-advised’ due to dry conditions and high fire risk
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Abnormally dry conditions and a persistent risk of summer wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota make the fireworks display planned for July 3 at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial an unnecessary, potentially devastating and expensive event, according t...
June 11, 2020

Highway 385 Ditch Closure Proposed
LEAD, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is proposing to close a segment of the ditch along U.S. Highway 385 in Lawrence County to off-road vehicles. The area being considered for closure is in the west ditch on Highway 385 from Hideaway Lane to Nemo Road...
June 11, 2020

Active and hospitalizations down, four new deaths reported in Thursday COVID-19 update
PIERRE, S.D. – The number of active cases and the number of hospitalizations were both down in the latest COVID-19 report released by the South Dakota Department of Health Thursday. However, four counties reported a COVID-19 related death. They include Pennington, Brown, U...
June 11, 2020

Post 320 splits Wednesday double header with Miles City
MILES CITY, Mont. - The Rapid City Post 320 Stars wrapped up a three game series with the Miles City Outlaws Wednesday as they split a double-header. In game one, the Stars picked up a 6-2 victory as Wyatt Hunt helped lead Post 320 with two hits and an R.B.I. In the second game...
June 11, 2020

Thune not in favor of defunding police departments
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Thune calls defunding police departments an "outlandish idea." In a speech on the U.S. Senate floor, Thune addresses the growing movement to deeply cut police funding or completely abolish police departments. "The idea that any city can exist wit...
June 11, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 takes two from Sturgis Titans
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Post 22 swept a doubleheader away from Sturgis Wednesday night. In game one, the Hardhats rolled to a 10-0 win in five innings. Post 22 got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning as Colton Hartford scored on a throwing error. The Ha...
June 10, 2020

Rodney Dean Mundt
Rodney Dean Mundt was born in Grand Island, NE, on August 18, 1948, to Ralph and Javene (Riss) Mundt.  He grew up on a farm as the youngest of three brothers, and spent many days ice skating, playing cowboy, and shooting rabbits.  During his sophomore year, he made the ...
June 10, 2020

State reports 81 new positive tests for COVID-19 Wednesday with 14 in Pennington
PIERRE, S.D. – The state health department recorded 81 new positive tests for COVID-19 according to its Wednesday update. A new death was reported today as well in hard-hit Beadle County. In the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported 14 new cases, giving them a cumul...
June 10, 2020

Arrest made in death of woman found in Faith
FAITH, S.D. — Police say they've arrested a man for the killing of a North Dakota woman whose body was found at a residence in Faith, South Dakota. The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Alytreus Clifton, of Minot. Authorities say Minot Central Dispatch in North ...
June 10, 2020

Rounds office informs Meade County of lawsuit affecting Hazard Mitigation grant money for Hideaway Hills homeowners
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission says they have received information from Senator Mike Rounds' office that a recent lawsuit filed by residents of a Blackhawk subdivision where sinkholes have opened up affects their plan to try for FEMA money. Meade County Commission ...
June 9, 2020

Committal Services Resume at Black Hills National Cemetery
STURGIS, S.D. - Black Hills National Cemetery will resume committal services for families who are interring their loved ones on June 9.   “We are pleased to resume committal services and military funeral honors at Black Hills National Cemetery,” said Cemete...
June 9, 2020

Leadership Institute announces new class for 2020
BURKE, SD – Following a digital leadership training event held this past weekend, the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute announces a new class of Sutton Leaders. In its second year, 65 people applied for the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute and 31 nominations were submit...
June 9, 2020

Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees
MEDORA, ND - Now in its 25th year, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame announces its 2020 class of inductees to the Hall of Honorees. Nominees are individuals and groups noted for their character and uniqueness who have made significant contributions to North Dakota’s...
June 9, 2020

Three new deaths, one in Pennington County, reported in Tuesday COVID-19 Update
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported three new deaths in its COVID-19 Tuesday report, including one in Pennington County. The new death raises the death toll in the county to six. The other two deaths were in Lake and Minnehaha County. The deaths include one m...
June 9, 2020

Coronavirus relief funding for Montana meat processors
HELENA, MT – Small and medium-sized meat processors in Montana have an opportunity to receive funding to support and expand processing infrastructure and capacity through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant. Governor Steve Bullock announced the availability of ...
June 9, 2020

Douglas Jay Simmons
Doug, as he was known by most folks, was born August 14, 1959, to Virgil Jay Simmons and Eleanor Mae (Garrett) Simmons in Belle Fourche, SD.  Doug was raised on the Simmons & Sons family dairy farm outside of Nisland SD.  After his parents purchased the farm in 1954...
June 9, 2020

Teen sought for attempted murder charge
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police in Sioux Falls are searching for a 17-year-old accused of attempted murder during riots that developed from a protest on May 31 over the death of George Floyd. Sioux Falls police say they have video of the teen throwing rocks at police, then...
June 9, 2020

Radioactive oilfield waste disposal creates controversy
BISMARCK, N.D. (Bismarck Tribune) — Some North Dakota and Montana lawmakers will discuss ways to dispose of the Bakken’s radioactive oilfield waste as North Dakota residents express concern over several proposed disposal projects. Montana Rep. Steve Gunderson told th...
June 9, 2020

Man on tractor killed crossing train track
BILLINGS, Mont. (The Billings Gazette) — Officials in northeastern Montana have released the name of the individual who was fatally struck by a passenger train. Roosevelt County officials say 65-year-old Rocky Lee Norby of Sidney died on impact Friday. The Amtrak train col...
June 9, 2020

Gillette steals two from Rapid City Post 22
GILLETEE, Wyo. - The Gillette Roughriders took both games of a doubleheader played Monday night. In game one, Gillette quickly erased a 1-0 deficit in the second inning as Post 22 pitcher Bransen Keuhl walked four batters, resulting in three runs. Gillette would add to its lead...
June 9, 2020

Residents, business owners give input on hosting the Rally in a post COVID-19 world
STURGIS, S.D. - Around two dozen people spoke to the Sturgis City Council Monday night in favor of and opposed to a full fledged motorcycle rally this year. The council is faced with a difficult decision next week -- whether or not to go ahead with the rally as planned, or tone ...
June 9, 2020

Man charged in weekend homicide makes first court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City man charged in a weekend homicide made his initial court appearance Monday. Lawrence Mexican, 29, is charged with second degree murder in the death of 48-year old Harry Blackbear on Saturday. Rapid City Police were called to an apartment comple...
June 8, 2020

Attorney General: Police officer justified in April shooting
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota attorney general has found a Whitewood police officer was justified in shooting a Rapid City man in the leg in April. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reports that 41-year-old Jaris Kroetch had failed sobriety tests, resisted arrest and att...
June 8, 2020

Law enforcement workers disciplined for social media posts
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A pair of people who work in South Dakota law enforcement have been punished for social media posts they made about the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests. The state attorney general’s office saida contractor is no longer working with...
June 8, 2020

Rapid City Police identify victim of weekend homicide
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City have made an arrest in a fatal assault at a local motel and identified the victim Monday. Officers were sent to the motel Saturday about 10 p.m. on a report of an assault and found the victim in a room unresponsive. Emergency responders d...
June 8, 2020

Margie Hohnstein-Jeffery
Margie (Hohnstein) Jeffery was born July 29, 1926 to Henry and Amelia (Reitz) Hohnstein in Mitchell, NE.  She died June 5, 2020 at Monument Health Hospital at the age of 93. She graduated from Vale, SD High School in 1944.  After graduation, she married William “...
June 8, 2020

DOJ sends investigative demands to four meat packers in antitrust investigation
WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Justice has formally demanded information from Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Cargill, Inc., and National Beef Inc. – known as the ‘Big Four,’ due to their 85% market share. The DOJ  a has also contacted state Attorney's General abo...
June 8, 2020

State reports 33 new COVID-19 cases Monday; cluster at Rapid City area nursing facility
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 33 new cases of COVID-19 in the Monday report released by the South Dakota Department of Health. Of those, 9 were reported in Pennington. The county now has 314 cumulative cases and 181 are active. Health Secretary Kim Malsom-Rysdon says they are...
June 8, 2020

Dakotafest cancels 25th anniversary event
MITCHELL, SD - The 25th Dakotafest will have to wait another year. Mitchell CVB Director Sonya Moller says she got the word on Friday that the event set for August 18-20, has been canceled. "They want to insure the safety of vendors, of our attendees, all of our volunteers....
June 8, 2020

Fighting wildfires in global pandemic presents challenge, change
RAPID CITY, SD -  As summer approaches, two forces of nature are on a collision course and wildland firefighters will be caught in the middle. New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe on the front lines of wildfires is putting them at greater risk from the n...
June 8, 2020

SD National Guard soldiers return from deployment in Middle East
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion arrived in the United States Saturday, June 6, after serving on an 11-month deployment in the Middle East. Members of the Pierre-based unit arrived at F...
June 8, 2020

South Dakota gas prices increase 4 cents over past week
UNDATED - South Dakota gas prices have risen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.86/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations. Gas prices in South Dakota are 25.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 89.2 cents per gallon lower th...
June 8, 2020

Actions just ahead of full start to USMCA point to more ag trade troubles
WASHINGTON, DC – Words matter. When President Trump called for a halt to all cattle imports into the U.S. in response to domestic cattle producers claiming meat packers use those imports to manipulate domestic supply and prices, the other key players in a recently ratified...
June 8, 2020

Sturgis Titans take two over Rapid City Post 320 Shooters
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Titans ended the weekend 4-0 as they swept a double-header over the Rapid City Post 320 Shooters on Sunday. In game one, the Titans fell behind 3-0 before scoring 2 in the second and three in fourth. The Titans used an 8 run sixth inning and kept the...
June 7, 2020

Semi - truck collision on I-90, Exit 30 Saturday
STURGIS, S.D. - A pickup, semi-truck colission sent the two vehicles into the ditch at Exit 30 in Sturgis Saturday afternoon. Sturgis police chief Geody Vandewater says a pickup truck was entering the interstate at exit 30 east bound and failed to yield to a semi that was eastbo...
June 7, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 Bullets split with Pierre Post 8
PIERRE, S.D. - The Rapid City Post 22 Bullets split with Pierre Post 8 Sunday. In game one, Pierre scored 5 runs in the second and third to take a 10-1 lead as they cruised to a 15-5 win. The Bullets scored a run in the third and fifth inning and attempted to post a comeback i...
June 7, 2020

Post 320 Risers fall to Williston 17-4 Sunday
WILLISTON, N.D. - In legion baseball Sunday, the Rapid City Post 320 Risers dropped an 17-4 game to Williston. The Risers scored first with a run in the first inning. After that, it was all Williston as they scored 7 in the second, three in third and 7 more in the fourth to end ...
June 7, 2020

Lottery ticket sales open for Trump visit to Mount Rushmore
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota tourism officials say the number of ticket requests for President Donald Trump’s planned appearance at a Mount Rushmore fireworks show were nearly four times the amount available in the lottery. Officials say they received nearly 5,70...
June 7, 2020

Rapid City police investigate homicide, suspect in custody
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man has been placed under arrest for Second Degree Murder following an assault at a local motel. On June 6th at around 10:00 p.m., police were dispatched to 710 Meade Street for a report of an assault that had taken place.  On arrival, police...
June 7, 2020

Saturday night storms hit Philip area hard
PHILIP, S.D. - There's talk of a possible tornado in the Philip area as Saturday night storms led to a trail of damage. Residents in the area are reporting to KBHB that the storm came through around 8:15. West of town, the Crowsers reported two downed strees, one of them landin...
June 7, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions lead to cancellation of RC Summer Nights for 2020
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Summer Nights Board of Directors has announced that Summer Nights in Rapid City has been cancelled through the remainder of 2020. In a Facebook post, the group stated that the cancellation was due to the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions which limi...
June 7, 2020

Sunday COVID-19 Update - 71 new cases, 8 in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 in their Sunday report. The new numbers give the state a cumulative total of 5,438 with 1,038 active cases. The number of active cases is up 9 from Saturday’s 1,029. In the Black Hills area, P...
June 7, 2020

Line of severe storms roll across western South Dakota
STURGIS, S.D. - A line of severe weather rolled across western South Dakota Saturday evening, bringing wind gusts as high as 90 mph. The high winds led to power outages, downed trees, blown over semi-trucks and other damage. A thunderstorm wind gust of 94 mph was reported 13 mi...
June 6, 2020

Rapid City Post 22 opens with two wins over Mitchell
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Post 22 opened up their season with a sweep of Mitchell in a Saturday double-header. In Game one, Post 22 rolled to an 18-3 win in five innings. The Hardhats opened with 5 runs in the first before adding 4 in the second and 2 in the third. They broke the gam...
June 6, 2020

Sturgis wins double-header over Douglas Saturday afternoon
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Titan swept a double-header over Douglas in Saturday afternoon legion baseball action at Strong Field. In game one, the Titans rolled to a 12-2 win in three innings. Sturgis scored 7 in the first, 2 in the second and 3 in the third. Colton Cruicksha...
June 6, 2020

Department of Health on Saturday reports 90 new cases of COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 90 new cases of COVID-19 in the state according to the Department of Health in their Saturday report. Pennington County was the only one to report new cases in the immediate Black Hills area. Pennington recorded 13 new cases for a cumulative tota...
June 6, 2020

Phyllis J. Dethlefs
Phyllis J. Dethlefs passed away at the age of 81, May 29, 2020, at home with her loving husband, Lowell, by her side.      Phyllis was born April 18, 1939, to Gus and Irene Horst.  She was raised in Fairfax, SD.  She graduated from high school in 19...
June 6, 2020

Ronald Douglas
To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose, under heaven. - Ecclesiastes 3 and The Byrds      Ron had many seasons in his life and shared his life with so many different people, in so many different ways.  He thoroughly enjoyed all of l...
June 6, 2020

Man accused in hit and run accident that killed child sentenced to prison
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man charged in a fatal hit and run that killed a child was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. George Matousek, who earlier pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter, was driving 75 mph in a 35 mph zone when he hit another car at the ...
June 5, 2020

Worker at Rapid City business tests positive for COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Department of Health officials announced on Friday that an employee have the Blue Lantern Lounge at 1200 E Saint Patrick Street in Rapid City has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual worked at the business while able to transmit the virus to o...
June 5, 2020

Bette Jane Doyle
Bette Jane Doyle, 86, Rapid City, passed peacefully Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at home in Rapid City, SD. She was born to Benjamin and Etha Sears on October 27, 1933, in Clyde, NY.  Bette married Stanley Nelson Doyle July 17, 1982. She is survived by her son, Ron (Liz) Country...
June 5, 2020

Sanford Health pulls hydroxychloroquine research study
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sanford Health announced Friday that the South Dakota hydroxychloroquine trial has been discontinued. According to a Sanford Health release, it was cut after new research finds the drug was not helping prevent COVID-19. The results of that research by the Un...
June 5, 2020

Meade County records first COVID-19 related death
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 30 new COVID-19 cases Friday and an additional death, which was reported as a Meade County resident. The health department says the death was a resident in the 50-59 age range. The resident is the 9th person in the 50-59 age...
June 5, 2020

Unemployment numbers from South Dakota, Wyoming are in
PIERRE, S.D. - Last week South Dakota saw close to fifteen hundred people apply for unemployment benefits, which is more than two thousand less than the week before making the number of continued claims over twenty-two thousand. So while the number of people on assistance is incr...
June 5, 2020

Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over Iowa girl's drowning
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Sioux Falls over the drowning of a 5-year-old Iowa girl who fell into Big Sioux River at Falls Park two years ago. Attorneys representing the city asked the court last year to dismiss the l...
June 5, 2020

South Dakota woman arrested in death of 2-year-old girl
CASTLEWOOD, S.D. - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says a 30-year-old woman from Castlewood has been arrested in the death of a 2-year-old girl. Authorities were called Tuesday morning about an unresponsive girl at a home in Castlewood. The girl was taken to a Wat...
June 5, 2020

Cancellations cost money, social connections
PIERRE, SD - The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of dozens of fairs, festivals and other events in South Dakota in 2020 that typically provide a significant revenue boost and foster community cohesiveness in cities and counties across the state. As of early June, n...
June 5, 2020

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. Residents on social media are shar...
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