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June 23, 2021

Crews battling Wildfire in Crook County near South Dakota border

UNDATED – Great Plains Fire dispatch reported several fire starts today, with one that was still burning at the Wyoming-South Dakota border. The Sandy Draw Fire was located 5 miles north of Beulah in Crook County, Wyoming. It was estimated at 25-30 acres as of this afternoon. Federal, state and local resources were battling that […]

June 23, 2021

South Dakota health groups push Medicaid expansion as ‘deal’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A campaign group backed by South Dakota’s major health care systems announces it will begin gathering petition signatures for a ballot measure to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for low-income people. Medicaid expansion is shaping up to be a major question facing voters next year with much of the […]

June 23, 2021

St Onge Livestock Manager, area producer Justin Tupper testifies on cattle prices at Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Ag Committee was holding a hearing today to discuss the issue of cattle market manipulation and anti-competitive practices by the meat packers. South Dakota Senator John Thune was among those chairing the meeting and hearing input from witnesses – including Justin Tupper – cattle producer and manager of St Onge […]

June 23, 2021

State records slight uptick in number of active COVID-19 cases Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – State health officials reported 23 new cases of  COVID-19 Wednesday, with 9 of those considered as probable cases. Active cases saw a slight uptick today to 162, but the number of people hospitalized decreased another 6 to 20. Two new deaths were reported today. The new deaths send the state’s death toll […]

June 23, 2021

Attorney general objects to cameras in court at his trial

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s attorney general wants to keep cameras and audio recording devices out of the courtroom when he goes on trial in connection with the death of a man along a Hyde County highway. Jason Ravnsborg faces three misdemeanor charges related to his driving the night he struck and killed Joe […]

June 22, 2021

Thune-Requested Hearing on Potential Cattle Market Manipulation to Feature South Dakota Witness

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will hear testimony from South Dakota cattle producer and St. Onge livestock auction manager Justin Tupper at a hearing titled, “Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer” at 2:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. CDT / 12:30 MDT on […]

June 22, 2021

South Dakota lawmakers, cities warm to marijuana plans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is waiting for a state Supreme Court decision on whether recreational marijuana will become legal in July. But state lawmakers and city governments are moving forward with their own pot plans. Officials statewide have warmed to the idea of legalization since voters passed a constitutional amendment in November […]

June 22, 2021

Rescue dog retiring from Rapid City Fire Department

RAPID CITY, SD – There are some big shoes – or rather paws – to fill at the Rapid City Fire Department. Cisco, the first dog to be employed by the department will be retiring Friday (June 25) as a result of deteriorating health following a seven year career with RCFD. RCFD public information officer […]

June 22, 2021

Wyoming speeding down but ‘excessive speed’ was up in 2020

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Drivers were caught speeding less in Wyoming last year but those who got nabbed were going faster than usual. Citations for speeding fell 15% in 2020 but there were 29% more citations for people driving over 100 mph (160 kilometers per hour), according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Highway traffic was […]

June 22, 2021

Tuesday’s COVID-19 report shows 36 new cases

PIERRE, S.D. – The State Health Department released three days’ worth of COVID-19 numbers today. Today’s update includes numbers from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The new report listed 34 confirmed new cases and 2 probable cases statewide. Active cases dropped by 3 from Monday’s report to 151 and the number of people hospitalized decreased by […]