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Pennington County Sheriff - 21 arrested in July 3 protest near Keystone
RAPID CITY, S.D. - 20 adults and one juvenile were arrested Friday, July 3, 2020, for unlawful protest activities near Keystone. Individuals placed three large vans in the roadway to create a blockade to prevent access from Keystone to Mount Rushmore National Monument. The follo...
July 7, 2020

Protester at Trump's Mount Rushmore event faces 5 charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. — One of the leaders of a protest before President Donald Trump’s pre-Independence Day appearance at Mount Rushmore was officially charged for allegedly stealing a shield from a law enforcement officer. Thirty-eight-year-old Nick Tilsen, of Porcupin...
July 7, 2020

Rural community in South Dakota removes Confederate flag
GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a logo that included a Confederate flag has been removed from police department cars, buildings and patches in a small South Dakota community named for the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Mayor Bill Wuttke and the City Counc...
July 7, 2020

Erickson sentenced to federal prison
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Paul Erickson, a former conservative political operative has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for fraud following new scrutiny from his involvement with Maria Butina, a Russian agent, who gained  political access in South Dakota and organiz...
July 7, 2020

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump to Washington aboard Air Force One on Friday night despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has been ...
July 6, 2020

State records another spike in active COVID-19 cases Monday
PIERRE, S.D. – For the second day in a row, South Dakota saw a spike in the number of active cases of COVID-19. According to the Department of Health, there were 42 new cases of COVID-19, sending the active caseload across the state up 42 to 945. Although the number of new...
July 6, 2020

Woman pulled from Rapid Creek Sunday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County and Rapid City authorities say a successful water rescue took place Sunday evening near Legacy Commons at Memorial Park. Authorities report a female found herself in the rapidly rising waters of Rapid Creek. She wasn't able to get out of the ...
July 6, 2020

Federal judge shuts down Dakota Access pipeline
FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. The pipeline has been carrying oil for three years. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April that the pipeline remains “highly contr...
July 6, 2020

Authorities identify man missing in Missouri River
PIERRE, S.D. - Authorities have identified a man missing in the Missouri River since Friday afternoon.  The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office says 37 year-old Lee Weber is presumed drowned.  He dove into the river just before three pm Friday approximately two mi...
July 6, 2020

Fire crews join Rockerville in knocking down Sunday wildland fire threatening structure
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - The Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department reports a wildfire Sunday threatened a structure. According to a Facebook post from the department, crews were paged to a wildland fire threatening a structure on Strato Rim Road just after 2:00 p.m. Due to the fire ...
July 5, 2020

Man seriously hurt in motorcycle crash dies from his injuries
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on June 7, 2020 northeast of Spearfish. Braden Erickson, 38, was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson FLHX eastbound on St. Onge Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went i...
July 5, 2020

Dept of Health reports uptick in number of active COVID-19 cases Sunday
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 today, but the new cases far outweighed the number of recoveries over the past 24 hours. The new numbers shot the statewide number of active cases up 34 to 903 from yesterday’s 869. The ...
July 5, 2020

Early morning fire destroys house, surrounding property in southern Meade County
RAPID CITY, S.D. - An early morning structure fire in rural Meade County esclated to three alarms. According to a release, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning the North Haines Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 801 Virginia Ln, in unincorporated Meade County, for a re...
July 5, 2020

Pedestrian struck and killed in crash west of Winner
WINNER, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner. Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members. A 2018 Mazda3 was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the vehicle struck a male pedestr...
July 4, 2020

Highway Patrol investigating Friday night motorcycle - vehicle crash that resulted in fatality
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – One person died late Friday night in a motorcycle- vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs. Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family. A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when it col...
July 4, 2020

Fall River County authorities report battling fireworks related fires
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - The Hot Springs Police Department has shared via Facebook that residents need to be extremely careful with fireworks. After three separate fires were sparked Friday night, police put a temporary ban on fireworks. In an update on the department's Facebook page...
July 4, 2020

State COVID-19 cases increase 50 according to Dept of Health Saturday report
PIERRE, S.D. - The Fourth of July COVID-19 update from the Department of Health indicated 50 new cases and no new deaths. Pennington County reported 10 new cases Saturday, giving them 556 cumulative and 130 active cases. Active cases in Pennington are up 5 from Friday. Meade Co...
July 4, 2020

Fire heavily damages Sturgis home
STURGIS, S.D. - A home in Sturgis is heavily damaged after a Friday night fire. Fire crews were sent to 2114 Hillside Drive shortly before midnight after receiving a report the home's garage was on fire. Flames were being fed by a stiff southerly wind, and by the time firefight...
July 4, 2020

President delivers fiery speech at Mount Rushmore
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. - "I am here as your President to proclaim before the country and before the world - this monument will never be desecrated." That was President Donald Trump as he delivered a fiery speech at Mount Rushmore National Memorial Friday night. ...
July 3, 2020

Dept of Health - 87 new cases; no new deaths in Friday COVID-19 report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 87 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the South Dakota Department of Health in their Friday update. Of those 87, 10 new positive tests were reported in Pennington County, sending the cumulative total to 546. Pennington has 125 active cases. Meade ...
July 3, 2020

Second person involved in recent Potter County crash dies
GETTYSURG, S.D. – A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that happened June 18 west of Gettysburg. A 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the driver lost control as the vehicle entered a right-turning ...
July 3, 2020

Fall class start delayed in Meade County
STURGIS, SD - Citing concerns of a COVID-19 infection spike occurring after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Meade School District officials have made adjustments to the start of the school year. On a unanimous vote, the Meade School Board voted to extend the start of in-service fo...
July 3, 2020

Great Plains Fire reports handful of small fires Thursday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch reported a handful of fires Thursday -- two of which were started by lightning. One of those fires was reported east of Keystone. The Courtyard Fire was reported just before 4:00 p.m. 2 miles east of Keystone. It burned about four-te...
July 2, 2020

Four new deaths and 67 new cases in Thursday COVID-19 update
PIERRE, S.D. – There were four new COVID-19 related deaths according to the report out today by the Department of Health. Among the new deaths were one in Pennington, one in Buffalo, one in Beadle County and one out of Lyman County. Two of the victims are reported in the 8...
July 2, 2020

Man killed in case of mistaken identity, three more shootings occur
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –A suspect in two shootings mistakenly entered the wrong home and killed a man before shooting and injuring his intended target and two others, according to police reports Police say the suspect, 45-year-old Alton Ray Bear of Sioux Falls, faces a several ...
July 2, 2020

Gettysburg's Sister City weighs in on controversy over use of Confederate flag
GETTYSBURG, S.D. - The City of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has sent a letter to the City of Gettysburg in South Dakota about the Confederate flag controversy in that community. The local police department’s uniforms and vehicles include the use of a confederate flag. Designed...
July 2, 2020

Former Rush office manager admits to stealing thousands from the team
RAPID CITY, S.D.  - The former office manager of the Rapid City Rush admits to stealing thousands of dollars from the team. Jennifer Durham, 42, is charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. According to a plea agreement Wednesday, Durham agrees to ...
July 1, 2020

Bridge on Nemo Road shut down after partial collapse
NEMO, S.D. – A partial bridge collapse on Nemo Road has closed down the bridge and resulted in a detour. The highway patrol responded to the incident after a semi truck had crossed over it and one lane of the bridge partially collapsed. The partial collapse has closed a p...
July 1, 2020

Health Department reports 62 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and two additional deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and two new deaths. The two new deaths include one woman and one man. One person was in the 40-49 year age range and one person was in the 70-79 year age range. Minnehaha and Buffalo Counti...
July 1, 2020

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender issues veto of conditional use permit
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender has issued a veto of a conditional use permit approved by the common council in mid-June. The conditional use permit was to allow a building on North Street to serve as a rescue mission. Mayor Allender wrote in his veto that h...
June 30, 2020


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