September 17, 2021

Political partisanship driving vaccine hesitancy in South Dakota

UNDATED – Even as COVID-19 infections and deaths are rising once again in South Dakota, resistance to getting vaccinated remains entrenched among some state residents, and the political divide over whether to get vaccinated shows no signs of narrowing. Two new sets of polling data on vaccine-hesitancy rates and reasons have raised concerns of health […]

September 17, 2021

Black Hawk fire crews put out kitchen fire in mobile home

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Black Hawk area fire crews responded to a structure fire Friday morning. According to Captain Jaden Mitzel of the Black Hawk Fire Department, shortly before 9:30 a.m., a call was received reporting a structure fire at the Sunnyside Mobile Home Court in Black Hawk. Crews arriving on scene found heavy smoke […]

September 17, 2021

South Dakota’s top lawmakers release AG impeachment petition

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislative leaders are distributing a petition to lawmakers asking them to support a special session to consider impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for a car crash last year that killed a pedestrian. House Speaker Spencer Gosch released the text of the petition. Two-thirds of both the House and […]

September 17, 2021

Four additional deaths reported in Friday’s COVID-19 Update

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Health officials reported 544 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, of which, 136 were listed as probable. Active cases continued to increase statewide, with 7,794 being reported today. The number of people hospitalized remained stable at 214. The Black Hills region continues to lead the state in the number of hospitalizations. […]

September 17, 2021

One killed in fatal crash in Jones County Thursday afternoon

MURDO, S.D. – One person died and three other people were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Murdo. Names of the four people involved are not being released pending notification of family members. Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2017 Subaru Forester was westbound on Interstate 90 when it left the roadway, […]

September 16, 2021

Health Department reports 553 total new COVID-19 cases; three new deaths

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 553 total new COVID-19 cases, with 120 of those listed as probable. Active cases are up to 7,526 and the number of people hospitalized was back up to 214. Monument Health reports 104 of the COVID-19 hospitalizations with 22 in the I.C.U. and 16 on ventilators. The […]

September 16, 2021

Monument Health makes it official – employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Monument Health announced on Thursday it will require all physicians and caregivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1, 2021. “We are grateful for all of the hard work and heroism our physicians and caregivers have shown throughout this pandemic,” said Brad Archer, chief medical officer for Monument Health, in […]

September 16, 2021

Northdale Sanitary District Council gives drilling okay in Hideaway Hills

BLACK HAWK, S.D. – The Northdale Sanitary District Council has given the okay for drilling to occur within the area of the Hideaway Hills subdivision where a sinkhole opened up and revealed an old gypsum mine hiding below. The discovery led to the evacuation of several homes. It’s the latest development regarding a class action […]

September 16, 2021

Rapid City Legal and Finance Committee sends zoning rules on medical marijuana on to council

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee has passed on its rules governing zoning regulations for medical marijuana. The rules say that both testing facilities and dispensaries will be allowed to build anywhere within permitted areas, but manufacturing and cultivation facilities will always fall under a conditional use permit. Those permits can […]

September 15, 2021

Meade 46-1 Superintendent submits resignation

STURGIS, S.D. – The Superintendent of the Meade 46-1 School District has submitted his resignation. Don Kirkegaard tendered his resignation at this week’s school board meeting. His resignation will become effective June 30, 2022, meaning he will finish off the 2021-2022 school year. The Meade 46-1 School Board had said that Kirkegaard would be brought […]