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Former priest sentenced to prison for theft from local parishes
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A former priest has been sentenced to prison in connection with thefts from local parishes. Marcin Garbacz was sentenced to seven years and nine months in federal prison Monday. Garbacz was convicted of 65 felonies back in March, including 50 counts of wire ...
November 24, 2020

One person killed after motorcycle vs R.V. crash Friday in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities say a man died Friday after a crash between a motorcycle and an R.V. Rapid City police say the crash occurred on November 20 in the area of 610 East Omaha Street at around 3:45 p.m. Witnesses say an eastbound RV attempting to make a left-han...
November 23, 2020

Rapid City Council to hear second reading of mask mandate November 30
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Common Council has scheduled the date to discuss second reading of a mask mandate ordinance. Discussion on second reading of the ordinance will take place Monday, November 30. The ordinance barely escaped through its initial reading Thurs...
November 23, 2020

New COVID-19 cases number 783 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported a lower number of COVID-19 cases Monday as 783 new cases were reported. Active cases rose by 453 to 17,350 and hospitalizations saw a slight uptick to 582. In today’s hospital report, 47.5-percent of the ...
November 23, 2020

Police in Rapid City investigating two robberies within 24 hours of each other
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City are investigating a Monday morning hold up at North Street Subway restaurant. Police say the robber entered the establishment with a handgun and demanded money from the store's cash register. Police say the employee complied. The susp...
November 23, 2020

Cash surplus will be part of upcoming legislative debates, appropriations
PIERRE, SD - The budget and how to slice it up is always a major debate for South Dakota legislators but the 2021 session may have the problem of extra money. Senator Jim Bolin of Canton says because of solid sales tax revenues and other factors, they expect a big chunk of one-t...
November 23, 2020

Sunday COVID-19 Report - 42 new deaths, 1,129 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. – State health officials have reported 42 new COVID-19 related deaths in their Sunday report, sending the state’s death toll to 819. The new deaths were 20 men and 22 women. There were 1,129 new cases reported Sunday. Active cases increased today by 30...
November 22, 2020

Former Rapid City priest faces child pornography charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A former priest convicted of stealing $260,000 in cash donations from the Diocese of Rapid City is now accused of having sexual contact with a minor and possessing child pornography. Marcin Garbacz, 42,  was indicted in February but the case was on...
November 21, 2020

For the second day in a row, COVID-19 deaths total 36 with 1,144 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. – For the second day in a row, state health officials reported 36 COVID-19-related deaths, sending the state’s death toll to 777. There have been 362 deaths reported since Nov. 1. The new deaths were 18 men and 18 women. Across West River, there were 2 i...
November 21, 2020

South Dakota Reports First Flu Deaths of Season
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, South Dakota reported the first influenza death of the 2020-2021 season. The death was reported in Potter County, and the individual was in the 80 to 89-year age group. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is no...
November 21, 2020

Challenge Filed to Constitutional Amendment A
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and South Dakota Highway Patrol commander Col. Rick Miller on Friday filed suit against the recently passed Amendment A. The amendment directs the state legislature to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational ...
November 21, 2020

CDC Study: Motorcycle rally sparked COVID-19 cases in Minnesota
NEW YORK (AP) — This summer’s huge motorcycle rally in South Dakota led to dozens of coronavirus cases in neighboring Minnesota. That’s the finding of a report Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study was mainly conducted by Minnes...
November 20, 2020

Sturgis has no immediate plans to discuss mask mandate
STURGIS, S.D. – As of now, there is no talk of a mask mandate coming to Sturgis. Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen says neither he, nor the council, have any plans to discuss it in the near future. "I do not see it (a mandate) at this point. We haven't talked about it as a co...
November 20, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Rapid City cancels annual Festival of Lights parade
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The city of Rapid City has announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Festival of Lights parade has been cancelled. On Friday, Rapid City announced the annual parade, scheduled for November 28th, will not happen to ensure the public's safety. Conn...
November 20, 2020

Murder charges dropped in Fall River County case
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Relatives of a homicide victim say they are distraught after learning that murder charges have been dismissed against the defendant in the Fall River County case because a key witness was found to be incompetent to testify. Moses Dubray was found ...
November 20, 2020

Man convicted of killing father, son in 1984 granted parole
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles has granted the release of an 81-year-old man convicted of killing a father and son in 1984. The board voted 5-4 Thursday to grant compassionate parole to Jennis Hofer, one of the few prisoners in the ...
November 20, 2020

South Dakota records 36 new deaths in deadly COVID-19 update Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota has realized its second-highest COVID-19 daily death toll since the pandemic began as 36 people have reportedly died from the virus. The new deaths were 21 women and 15 men listed in the 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80-plus age ranges. The most death...
November 20, 2020

Judge declines to issue temporary restraining order in civil case involving use of Meade County road
STURGIS, S.D. -  A fourth circuit judge has ruled he will not issue a temporary restraining order in a civil case involving Homer Smith Road. At issue is whether or not the road, which is on private property, can be used by those living in the area to get to their homes. Pr...
November 20, 2020

Rapid City Council passes first reading of mask mandate ordinance
RAPID CITY, S.D. — After a more than three hour long meeting, the Rapid City Common Council passed first reading of a proposed city-wide mask ordinance. With the Council split 5-5, Mayor Steve Allender broke the tie vote in order to push the ordinance to a second reading. ...
November 20, 2020

Police make arrest in connection with Wednesday shooting
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police have arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with a Wednesday afternoon shooting at an apartment complex on Quincy Street. Police determined Lisa Headley had been in the apartment when she pointed the gun at two individuals inside the resi...
November 20, 2020

Noem says Education Secretary moving to Historical Society
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has announced that her Secretary of Education will be stepping down from that role to serve as State Historian and director of the state’s historical society. Ben Jones was appointed by Noem to oversee the Depar...
November 20, 2020

Six deaths reported out of Meade County in latest COVID-19 report
PIERRE, S.D. – It was another deadly COVID-19 report from the South Dakota Department of Health Thursday, although active cases and hospitalizations both decreased. Health officials reported 31 COVID-19 –related deaths Thursday, raising the state’s death toll o...
November 19, 2020

Rapid City police investigate shooting that sent one to the hospital Wednesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Police are investigating a Wednesday afternoon shooting that happened at an apartment complex located on Quincy Street. Police say a person of interest was detained nearby and that a handgun was located between the scene of the shooting and wh...
November 19, 2020

Fire damages shed on Old Folsom Road Wednesday night
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Rapid City firefighters responded to a structure fire at Forest Products Distributors. The 200 by 50 ft. storage shed, located on Old Folsom Road in Rapid City, was used to house equipment for the company. When fire cr...
November 19, 2020

Governor Noem addresses mask mandates at first COVID-19 press conference in months
PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time since July, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem held a press conference to discuss COVID-19 as the virus continues to hit the state hard. Noem acknowledged COVID-19 is something people in the state will be dealing with into 2021 and recogniz...
November 18, 2020

Suspect in weekend carjacking in Rapid City arrested by Oglala Sioux police
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The suspect in a Saturday armed carjacking in Rapid City has been arrested and jailed on the Pine Ridge Reservation by Oglala Sioux police. Rapid City Police said Wednesday that 29-year-old Curtis Horse of Porcupine, was arrested for crimes allegedly committed...
November 18, 2020

State health officials report 30 new COVID-19 related deaths, 1,387 new cases in Wednesday report
PIERRE, S.D. – It was another deadly COVID-19 report from state health officials Wednesday. The South Dakota Department of Health reported 30 new COVID-19 related deaths. The uptick follows a couple days of no deaths reported from state health officials. South Dakota Healt...
November 18, 2020

South Dakota Medical Association pushes statewide mask rules
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The largest group representing South Dakota doctors has come out in support of a statewide mask mandate as several cities have moved to require masks in public settings. The South Dakota State Medical Association has been urging people to voluntar...
November 18, 2020

Sioux Falls OKs mask mandate after push from medical groups
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls, has voted to reverse course and pass a 60-day face mask ordinance with no penalty for violations. Medical groups warmed that hospitals have exceeded capacity dealing with COVID-19 patients. Sioux Fa...
November 18, 2020

AARP Analysis Shows SD Nursing Homes Face Critical PPE and Staff Shortages
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - As COVID-19 cases in South Dakota continue to climb, AARP is calling for its elected leaders to better protect nursing home residents and staff from the coronavirus. The latest release of the AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard finds concerning trends in Sout...
November 18, 2020


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