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No injuries reported in Rapid City apartment fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Fire crews in Rapid City responded to an apartment fire early Friday morning. The fire was reported just before 6:30 at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of Cherry Avenue. First arriving firefighters reported heavy fire with occupants inside needin...
November 9, 2018

Feds: Vehicle theft ring exposes South Dakota oversight weakness
NEW YORK - The FBI and New York State Police have dismantled a national car-theft ring that authorities say exploited a weakness in South Dakota's oversight procedures. Federal prosecutors say the ring, which often targeted high-end makes such as Range Rover and Lamborghini, reg...
November 9, 2018

Sioux Falls man sentenced for 26 lbs of marijuana in vehicle
LAKE ANDES, S.D. - A Sioux Falls man arrested last summer for driving through Charles Mix County with 26 pounds of marijuana has been sentenced to three years in the State Penitentiary. The Daily Republic reports that 35-year-old Arthur Little was stopped July 29 by a Highway P...
November 9, 2018

Trial for man accused of killing toddler could take 5 weeks
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Attorneys say jurors deciding the fate of a man accused of killing a toddler in Minnehaha County could spend more than a month on the case. Andrew Cornett is expected to face a jury in September 2019, almost three years after he was taken into custody on ch...
November 9, 2018

Another Keystone XL setback; environmental review ordered
NEW YORK - Environmentalists are lauding a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review. The pipeline would begin in Alberta and shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude...
November 9, 2018

Tripp man sent to prison for police chases in two counties
MITCHELL, S.D. - A Tripp man who led police on chases in two counties earlier this year has been sentenced to spend two years in prison. Authorities say 36-year-old Jeremy Daugherty led officers on chases in Charles Mix County in May and in Hutchinson County in August. He initia...
November 9, 2018

Department of Veterans Affairs, Black Hills Health Care System holds Veteran Stand Down
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Black Hills Veterans Affairs held it's 2018 Veteran Stand Down and Resource Fair in Rapid City Thursday. The event is host by the Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System. The Stand Down connects Veterans, especially those who are ho...
November 9, 2018

Rapid City man pleads not guilty to trying to kill doctor
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to get a gun to kill a doctor who treated his wife. Sixty-two-year-old William Thoman appeared in court Thursday to hear the charges against him of attempted first-degree murder and criminal sol...
November 9, 2018

Daugaard orders flags at half-staff for shooting victims
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked that all U.S. and South Dakota flags be flown at half-staff as a sign of respect for the victims of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. The order is in effect until sunset Saturday. The governor's directive is in accordance wi...
November 8, 2018

Body of missing Yankton woman found in Nebraska
YANKTON, S.D. - Sheriff's officials say the body of a missing Yankton woman has been found in rural Nebraska. The Yankton County Sheriff's Office says foul play is suspected in the death of 59-year-old Phyllis Hunhoff. She had been missing since leaving her mother's house in Ut...
November 8, 2018

Watford City accountant convicted of wire fraud
BISMARCK, N.D. - A Watford City accountant has been convicted of wire fraud in a case linked to a man found guilty of ordering two deaths in an oil patch murder-for-hire plot. Rene Johnson was accused of diverting investors' funds in her business, RLJ Factoring, without their kn...
November 8, 2018

Out-of-state initiative money ban likely to face challenge
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota's first-in-the-nation law that bans out-of-state money from ballot question campaigns faces an uncertain future, with critics saying it's likely to be challenged in court. The ballot question easily passed Tuesday in an election that also s...
November 8, 2018

Mitchell man faces several charges in shooting incident
MITCHELL, S.D. - A 23-year-old Mitchell man faces several charges after an incident that police say included shots fired at an occupied vehicle. Authorities allege Eric Rumbolz rammed a woman's car, hit her in the face, then later stole a vehicle and returned to the scene, firin...
November 7, 2018

Five women convicted of conspiracy in reservation fraud case
PIERRE, S.D. - Five central South Dakota women have been convicted of conspiring to retaliate against a witness in a fraud case on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. The U.S. attorney's office says the five women were recently convicted at trial and each faces up to 10 years in ...
November 7, 2018

Election Results - South Dakota House and Senate Races
UNDATED - Results from Tuesday's Midterm Elections in South Dakota for contested House and Senate Races: STATE HOUSE: District 1 48 of 48 precincts - 100 percent x-Tamara St. John, GOP 4,733 - 36 percent Steven McCleerey, Dem (i) 4,299 - 33 percent H. Paul Dennert, Dem 4,138 ...
November 7, 2018

Noem wins South Dakota Governor Race
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Republican Rep. Kristi Noem will become South Dakota's first female governor after triumphing over Democratic state Sen. Billie Sutton. Sutton cultivated a moderate image to make the race unusually close in a conservative state that hasn't elected a Democrat...
November 7, 2018

South Dakotans reject ethics measure, pass Initiative 24; reject tobacco tax increase
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota voters have rejected a government ethics constitutional amendment put on the ballot to replace a similar measure that lawmakers cast aside last year. The amendment's failure Tuesday comes two years after voters approved a similar anti-corruption...
November 7, 2018

State office election results
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Republicans held on to their advantage as they swept most statewide offices Tuesday. Steve Barnett won the Secretary of State race by defeating Democrat Alexandra Frederick. Rich Sattgast won the State Auditor race with a victory of Democrat Tom Cool.  ...
November 7, 2018

Ravnsborg wins South Dakota Attorney General race
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Republican lawyer and Army Reserve officer Jason Ravnsborg will be South Dakota's next attorney general. Ravnsborg will be the latest in a long line of Republicans to be the state's chief lawyer and law enforcement officer. Ravnsborg on Tuesday overcame form...
November 7, 2018

Gary Cammack wins District 29 Senate race; Brunner, Chaffee win House
STURGIS, S.D. - Gary Cammack of Union Center has won a return trip to the South Dakota Senate representing District 29. Cammack easily defeated his challenger Democrat Matt Kammerer.  Winning the District 29 House Race were the two Republicans, Thomas Brunner and newcomer ...
November 7, 2018

Fiegan wins PUC race
UNDATED - Republican Kristie Fiegen has been elected to another term on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Fiegen beat Democrat Wayne Frederick on Tuesday to win re-election to serve a six-year term on the panel. The commission regulates utilities and has permitting ...
November 7, 2018

One-subject rule for constitutional change passes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Voters have approved a ballot question requiring that South Dakota constitutional amendments encompass only one subject. South Dakota lawmakers voted earlier this year to put the measure on the ballot. There was little campaign activity around the measure, o...
November 7, 2018

North Dakotans reject recreational use of marijuana
BISMARCK. N.D. - North Dakota voters have rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana. The measure defeated Tuesday would have made it legal for people 21 and older to grow, possess and distribute marijuana. It also would have wiped away the rec...
November 7, 2018

Cramer ousts Heitkamp in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. - Republican Kevin Cramer has ousted North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Heitkamp narrowly won her first term in the sharply conservative state. She sought a second by portraying herself as a maverick who wasn't afraid to buck her own party - or Presiden...
November 7, 2018

Dusty Johnson wins South Dakota House Seat
PIERRE, S.D. - Republican Dusty Johnson has beaten Democrat Tim Bjorkman to win South Dakota's U.S. House seat. Johnson was the favorite throughout the race. The former public utilities commissioner and past gubernatorial chief of staff ran an energetic and well-funded campaign...
November 7, 2018

Barrasso wins Wyoming Senate race
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Republican John Barrasso has won a second full term by defeating Democrat Gary Trauner in Wyoming's Senate race. The race was a referendum on President Donald Trump in the state. Barrasso argued that less federal regulation and federal income tax cuts enacted un...
November 7, 2018

Spearfish woman charged with drug distribution back in court
DEADWOOD, S.D. - A Spearfish woman earlier found guilty of distribution of fentanyl analogs, but not guilty of manslaughter, was back in Fourth Circuit Court Tuesday morning. Tuesday in court, Ashley Kuntz admitted to previous convictions, which would increase the maximum a...
November 7, 2018

Priest charged with sexual contact remains in custody
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The West River Catholic Diocese have offered to house and supervise a suspended priest accused of having sexual contact with a minor. Father John Praveen remains in custody in the Pennington County Jail with bail set at $100,000 cash only. In court Tuesday P...
November 7, 2018

Wyoming pays for county employee to focus on STD prevention
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Wyoming will pay three years of salary and benefits for a county health department employee to focus on education, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The Gillette News Record reports the state Department of Health will pay $97,000 a year ...
November 6, 2018

No injuries reported in Hill City structure fire
HILL CITY, S.D. - Hill City Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a reported fire in a residential structure, at 11880 MCVEY RD, unincorporated Pennington County South Dakota. The fire was reported at 3:19 a.m. First arriving Hill City Volunteer Firefighters found a fire burn...
November 6, 2018


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