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State sees new single-day high for hospitalizations in Tuesday COVID-19 report
STURGIS, S.D. – State health officials reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday along with an uptick in the number of people hospitalized. The number of hospitalizations increased 23 today to 133. This is a new single-day high for South Dakota since the pandemic began. ...
September 15, 2020

One killed in Lawrence County crash Sunday
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday in Spearfish. A 2004 Jeep Liberty was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the south ditch and eventually came to rest in a creek. The 66-year...
September 15, 2020

National Western Stock Show shutters 2021 event
DENVER, CO – The National Western Stock Show — a Denver tradition for more than 100 years — won’t happen in 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, stock show officials announced Monday. The decision to cancel the show needed to be made now beca...
September 15, 2020

Reduction in property tax part of 2021 Sturgis city budget
STURGIS, SD — The Sturgis City 2021 budget contained some surprises related to property values and taxation and sales tax receipts. City Council approved the second reading of its 2021 budget that totals $21,896.287. According to city officials, valuation of properties wi...
September 15, 2020

Single vehicle accident results in one death, injury to another
SPEARFISH, S.D.  – One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday in Spearfish.  A 2004 Jeep Liberty was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the south ditch and eventually came to rest in a creek. ...
September 15, 2020

Victim's body found by Ravnsborg day after he hit him with car
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg released a statement late Monday night, saying he thought he hit a deer when he struck and killed a man on Saturday. Ravnsborg struck and killed Joe Boever, 55, on the side of Highway 14 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday we...
September 15, 2020

Family of victim in attorney general crash worry if investigation will be thorough
HIGHMORE, SD - Two cousins of the man killed when a car driven by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg struck him say they worry the investigation into the incident is not being handled properly. Victor and Nick Nemec are both cousins of Joseph Boever, 55, who was kille...
September 15, 2020

Man killed in crash involving South Dakota AG identified
HIGHMORE, S.D- The  man killed in a crash Saturday night has been identified.  Joseph Boever, 55, of Highmore, died in the crash involving South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. According to Tony Mangan, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson, Ravnsborg was...
September 14, 2020

Department of Health reports 163 new COVID-19 cases; gives update on state's schools
STURGIS, S.D. – Monday’s COVID-19 report from the state Department of Health indicated 163 new cases with no new deaths. Around the Black Hills area, Pennington County added 19 new cases Monday, sending the cumulative total to 1,814. Of those, 326 remain active. Acti...
September 14, 2020

Inductees named to SD 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame
HURON, SD - A group of five individuals has been selected for induction into the South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame. Selected by the Volunteer Hall of Fame committee, the 2020 inductees include Patricia Casteel, Meade County; Calvin Finnesand, Roberts County; Mike Steiger, D...
September 14, 2020

South Dakota's attorney general involved in fatal crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was involved in a traffic accident that led to a fatality. Authorities say the accident happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Hyde County. Noem announced Sunday that Secretary ...
September 14, 2020

Crash in Bennett County claims life of 35-year-old male
MARTIN, S.D. – One man died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Martin. The name of the person is not yet being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was southbound on South Dakota Hig...
September 14, 2020

Authorities looking for inmate who walked away from prison
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security prison in Rapid City. Prison officials say 30-year-old Clarence Ferris left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization Sept. 12. He is serving sentences for po...
September 14, 2020

State reports 201 new cases of COVID-19, Meade County sees second death in as many days
STURGIS, S.D. – Health officials reports an additional 201 new cases of COVID-19 in the Sunday report, although active cases saw a decrease of 54.  The statewide active caseload dropped from 2,515 on Saturday to 2,461 Sunday. However, hospitalizations increased by one...
September 13, 2020

Dakotas lead US in virus growth as both reject mask rules
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided the worst of the pandemic. The argument over masks raged this ...
September 12, 2020

Health officials report 320 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, six new deaths
STURGIS, S.D. - South Dakota saw 320 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and the number of hospitalizations jumped over 100 in the latest report from the Department of Health.Health officials say the number of people hospitalized due to the virus increased by 13 today to 109. Six peopl...
September 12, 2020

Parts of South Dakota experiencing drought conditions
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Despite the snow and rain South Dakota experienced earlier this week, parts of the state are in a moderate to severe drought. State fire meteorologist Darren Clabo says the precipitation will pause the drought situation, but not for very long. He says...
September 11, 2020

State reports 283 new COVID-19 cases Friday, active cases back up over 2,500
STURGIS, S.D. - The Department of Health reported 283 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, up 20 from Thursday. The new cases pushed the statewide active caseload to 2,515 and the number of people hospitalized due to the virus increased to 98, up 15 from yesterday. Pennington County s...
September 11, 2020

Officials confident of voting accuracy in South Dakota
PIERRE, SD - The people who will operate and oversee the 2020 general election in South Dakota are highly confident that the vote for president, Congress, legislative seats and statewide ballot measures will be done fairly, accurately and in a timely manner without a risk of frau...
September 11, 2020

National report indicates South Dakota in red zone for COVID-19
UNDATED - The latest report from the White House COVID-19 Task Force, which is prepared for the nation's governors, indicates South Dakota a "red zone" for the virus due to its second highest rate for case growth and test positivity in the country. The task force has recommended...
September 11, 2020

Delegation Applauds Progress Toward Keeping Hot Springs VA Medical Center Open
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) issued the following statements after Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie indicated the VA would begin the process to formally rescind its earli...
September 11, 2020

Highway Patrol identifies man killed in Jones County motorcycle crash
OKATON, S.D. – A Joliet, Ill., man has died as a result of injuries sustained in an Aug. 23, 2020 motorcycle crash west of Okaton. A 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 248 when it hit a deer that was in the roadway. The driver, 51-year-ol...
September 10, 2020

South Dakota packing plant cited for failing to protect employees
RAPID CITY, S.D.  – Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls has been cited for failing to protect its employees from exposure of COVID-19. In the citation, the US Department of Labor says the company violated the general duty clause and failed to provide a workplace free from...
September 10, 2020

COVID-19 cases increase, four more deaths reported
STURGIS, SD – The Department of Health reported 263 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, up from 169 yesterday. Recoveries continue to outpace new cases as active cases decline. Pennington County reported an additional 41 new cases.  Active cases declined by eight to 327. ...
September 10, 2020

Name released in Harding County crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A man from Pinehurst, Idaho has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a motorcycle crash north of Buffalo. An Indian motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when the driver, 44-year-old Eric Atkins, lost control. He was not wea...
September 10, 2020

Noem announces coronavirus relief funds package
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem laid out a framework for up to $400 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist South Dakota’s small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “South Dakota is in a good spot as we rebound from COVID-19, but ...
September 10, 2020

City of Sturgis disappointed in rally COVID-19 white paper report
STURGIS, S.D. – Muck like Governor Kristi Noem’s response Tuesday, a release by the city of Sturgis today shows disappointment in a study released by an IZA study that indicates the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally resulted in more than 250,000 coronavirus cases nationwide. ...
September 9, 2020

Area meat processors meeting for CARES funding opportunities
RAPID CITY, SD – The availability of over $1 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARE) funding in South Dakota is being seriously pursued by some local meat processors across the state. A meeting has been set for Thursday, Sept. 10th at Western D...
September 9, 2020

Fire destroys pickup truck hauling horses traveling on I-90 Tuesday
STURGIS, S.D. - A pickup truck pulling a horse trailer was destroyed by fire Tuesday. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the driver of the pickup was traveling westbound on I-90 east of Sturgis when he lost control of the vehicle. The driver was able to safely navigate the tr...
September 9, 2020

State reports 169 new cases Wednesday, but recoveries outpace new cases
STURGIS, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 169 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, up from 105 yesterday. However, recoveries outpaced new cases and all Black Hills area counties saw decreases in the number of active cases. Pennington County reported an additional 24 ...
September 9, 2020


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