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January 28, 2023

South Dakota GOP leader: Senator accused of harassment

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Senate Republican leader said Friday that a committee will investigate a suspended senator for allegedly harassing a legislative aide during an exchange over childhood vaccines and breastfeeding. Sen. Casey Crabtree, the Senate GOP leader, had declined to provide details of the allegations against fellow Republican Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller on […]

January 28, 2023

South Dakota tribes seek disaster declaration in storm recovery

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s congressional delegation has written a letter to President Joe Biden in support of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations’ requests for a major disaster declaration following winter storms that left six people dead. U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune, and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, say the declaration would […]

January 27, 2023

SD tribes would lose millions for tribal government if state eliminates food sales tax

PIERRE – A food sales tax cut that passed a House panel Thursday morning has raised concerns for South Dakota’s nine tribal governments. An official with the Bureau of Finance and Management estimated that the tribes would lose about $2 million in funding for tribal government operations if the food tax is eliminated, but admitted […]

January 27, 2023

South Dakota chefs are semifinalists in prestigious James Beard Awards

CUSTER, S.D.  – Two South Dakota chefs have been announced as semifinalist nominees for the 2023 James Beard Awards. The James Beard Awards are considered one of the highest honors in the culinary industry and  recognizes the best and the brightest of the nation’s dining scene. These prestigious accolades honor not only chefs and restaurants […]

January 27, 2023

Rapid City legislator suspended pending investigation

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Senate took the unusual step of not just voting to investigate a legislator but to suspend during the investigation. Senators voted 27 to 6 this afternoon (Thursday) to suspend and investigate Republican Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller (Mule-er), a business owner from Rapid City. Wednesday, Senate President Pro Tem Lee Schoenbeck, a […]

January 27, 2023

SD unemployment tax rate reduced, debate over who really pays it

PIERRE, S.D. – An $18 million reduction in unemployment taxes has won final approval from South Dakota lawmakers. The Senate voted 30-3 on Wednesday for HB-1011. The House of Representatives previously passed it 70-0. The legislation now goes to Governor Kristi Noem, who is expected to sign it into law. Employers would see the lower rates in their 2024 […]

January 27, 2023

New York man found guilty in three murders

RAPID CITY, S.D.- A Pennington County jury has found a Bronx, New York man guilty of murder. Arnson Absolu was charged with the August 2020 killings in Rapid City. Prosecutors maintained Absolu killed Charles Red Willow over a drug-related issue and that the other victims, Ashley Nagy and Dakota Zaiser were killed as a way […]

January 26, 2023

Expanding tuition benefits for SD National Guard members part of bills in legislature

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two bills concerning tuition for South Dakota National Guard members and the spouses and children of members disabled or deceased in the line of duty were heard in committee Wednesday afternoon. HB-1039 would provide 100% tuition benefit for National Guard members at technical schools and Board of Regent schools in South […]

January 26, 2023

Study finds many South Dakotan’s need to seek more education

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — About 51% of South Dakota’s residents do not have a certificate or any post-secondary degree, according to an organization that studies education and related issues in the U.S. The Lumina Foundation tracks the progress states and the nation makes in educational attainment. Nick Wendell, the executive director of the South Dakota […]

January 26, 2023

Sturgis Law Enforcement say woman who escaped custody last week is now in custody

STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis Police say a woman who escaped from custody last week has been apprehended. On their Facebook page, Sturgis Police say Bailey Wright was in custody, but released no further information on her capture. On January 17, Wright was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and while being transferred to the […]