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One person dead, two hurt in Codington County crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Thursday night west of Watertown. Names of the three people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members. A 2002 Toyota Highlan...
January 10, 2020

Noem drops opposition to hemp, but calls for what she calls guardrails
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't veto legislation allowing hemp to be grown in the state. Noem said in an interview with KELO that she'll drop her opposition to hemp provided lawmakers stick to “guardrails” to regulate hemp. Noem made it clear she wa...
January 9, 2020

Authorities in Pierre identify body found along Missouri River
PIERRE, S.D. - Authorities investigating the discovery of a body found along the Missouri River in Pierre Monday have learned the name of the woman found just off the Lewis and Clark Trail just east of the Down’s Marina Peninsula. “We were able to identify the body ...
January 9, 2020

Philip woman wins $25,000 a year for life
PIERRE,S.D.— Karen Hart’s trip to her local grocery store will pay dividends for the rest of her life thanks to a last-minute decision to buy a Lucky For Life ticket. Hart’s purchase will yield her $25,000 a year for the rest of her life, as she claimed the Luc...
January 8, 2020

Oglala president seeking federal help in dealing with meth
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is asking for federal help in dealing with methamphetamine use on the reservation that he says has contributed to homicides. In a proclamation declaring a state of emergency, Julian Bear Runner says families on the Pine...
January 8, 2020

Two men missing on Pine Ridge Reservation feared dead
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Officials say they fear the two men missing on the Pine Ridge Reservation may have died of exposure. Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Emergency Management director Steve Wilson says 23-year-old Robert “RJ” Kills Enemy Jr. and 25-year-old Vincent St...
January 8, 2020

Man found dead in Rapid Creek identified Tuesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Police have identified the man found Tuesday morning in Rapid City. Police report he is 29-year-old Anthony DeLeon of Rapid City. Spokesman Brenden Medina says an autopsy has been conducted and preliminary results have indicated not evidence of fou...
January 8, 2020

Truck driver injured after crash near Custer
CUSTER, S.D.  – The highway patrol says a man was hurt following a log truck accident near Custer. The accident happened around 7:20 yesterday morning near Six Mile road and Long Draw Road. The 32-year-old driver was transporting a fully loaded logging truck when he ...
January 7, 2020

Whitewood group gets grant for building development
WHITEWOOD, S.D. – Black Hills Energy has presented the We-Do Whitewood Economic Development group with a $10,000 check for building development. The Whitewood organization is a group promoting growth in the northern hills community. Whitewood aims to attract a bigger work...
January 7, 2020

Woman abducted in Sioux Falls found dead
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Police say a woman abducted in Sioux Falls has been found dead. Authorities say the body of Pasqalina Esen Badi was found Monday afternoon along a road just outside the Sioux Falls city limits. At a news briefing Tuesday, Lt. Terry Matia said a 19-year-old...
January 7, 2020

Legislature invites Crow Creek leader to give Tribes address
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota legislators have invited the Crow Creek Sioux tribal chairman to deliver the annual State of the Tribes address. Lester Thompson Jr. hasn't said yet whether he will accept. The invitation is a shift from plans to have Secretary of Tribal Relations ...
January 7, 2020

Excellence in nursing awards handed out
FORT MEADE, S.D. - Each year, VA Black Hills Health Care System honors select individuals for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs’ Awards For Excellence In Nursing. Ceremonies were held at Fort Meade and Hot Springs to celebrate the achievements of five outstanding nursing pr...
January 7, 2020

Fire crews in Rapid City respond to fire deemed suspicious
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City fire responded to a call on Saint Patrick Street Monday night. Lt. Jim Bussell says it was a fire in an unoccupied home – the second such fire since Christmas. He says last night’s fire, like the earlier one, is suspicious. The l...
January 7, 2020

Crude oil, fracking water spill reported in Dunn County
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Officials say high winds caused a power outage that led to a produced water and oil spill in Dunn County. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was notified Monday, Jan. 6 of the spill at a salt water disposal facility operated by Hunt Oil Co...
January 7, 2020

South Dakota company gives $10 million in holiday bonuses
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota company has awarded holiday bonuses its 120 employees likely won't forget. Myrl & Roy's Paving gave its workers $10 million in bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $400,000 depending on length of employment and job duties. One of the owners,...
January 7, 2020

South Dakotans to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakotans will vote this year on whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older. Secretary of State Steve Barnett said Monday his office has validated a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 a...
January 6, 2020

Victim of Pine Ridge homicide is identified
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Federal officials have released the identification of the man killed early Friday morning in Pine Ridge — but have released few other details. Casey L. Weston, 30, from Pine Ridge was killed in a residence in Pine Ridge, according to FBI Spokesman ...
January 6, 2020

Rapid City Council member announces run for state house
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City council member has announced her candidacy for South Dakota Representative in District 32. Becky Drury is serving on Ward One on the Rapid City Common Council. On the council, Drury served as Vice Chair during the 2018-2019 term and current...
January 6, 2020

Body found along Missouri River Monday
PIERRE, S.D. - Pierre Police are investigating after a body was found along the Missouri River Monday morning.   Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says Central South Dakota Communications received a 911 call around 10 am that a body was located on the riverbank of the ...
January 6, 2020

United Way of the Black Hills announces final fundraising numbers
RAPID CITY, S.D. The United Way of the Black Hills says they have once again hit or exceeded its fundraising goals for 2019. The local United Way goal was $2.2 million. The charity raised $2,209,411. By regions: Rapid City - $1,884,288, which exceeded their goal.Sturgis - $95,0...
January 6, 2020

Gillette woman wanted in meth distribution case in custody
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A Gillette woman wanted in connection with a federal investigation into a methamphetamine distribution ring has been arrested. The Gillette News Record reports that 40-year-old Billie Jo Adams was arrested Dec. 28 in Cheyenne and was transferred to Campell Coun...
January 6, 2020

Woman arrested in Sioux Falls homicide
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A woman accused of being an accessory to a fatal shooting in Sioux Falls has been booked into the Minnehaha County Jail. The 27-year-old Sioux Falls woman was taken into custody on Sunday. Krista Kruckenberg was wanted on two counts of being an accessory t...
January 6, 2020

Public invited to Taste of Sturgis fundraiser
STURGIS, SD - The fifth annual Taste of Sturgis - a fundraiser for the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society - will be held Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Sturgis City Auditorium. Admission is $10 per person, The event begins at 5:30  p.m. and will continue until the food r...
January 6, 2020

Tow Operator Killed in Crash Saturday Morning
WATERTOWN, S.D. - On 1/4/2020 at approximately 8:35AM, the Watertown Police Department, along with the Codington County Sheriff’s Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a roadway fatality. According to Police Corporal Juan Flores, A ...
January 4, 2020

Patrol reports one dead in Moody County crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – One person died in a fatal crash Saturday morning on Interstate 29 west of Flandreau. Names of those involved are not yet being released pending notification of family. A 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 pickup, pulling a trailer with a Utility Terrain ...
January 4, 2020

Authorities seek help from public in Pine Ridge homicide
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - Tribal and federal authorities have asked for the public's help after a homicide in Pine Ridge. The Oglala Sioux Department of Public Safety says someone was killed early Friday morning at a home south of the Pizza Hut in Pine Ridge. The department says it'...
January 4, 2020

Former Sturgis area legislator, George Blair, passes away
STURGIS, S.D. – Longtime Sturgis area rancher and former legislator George Blair has passed away. Blair passed away on New Year’s Day. Blair served four terms in Pierre in the House of Representatives. A war veteran, Blair flew 47 missions as the pilot of a B-25 in...
January 3, 2020

DPS to Implement Capitol Security Measures Jan. 13
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Public Safety today announced that new safety measures that include a security screening process at the South Dakota State Capitol Building will begin Monday, Jan. 13. “The new safety measures we’re implementing are proacti...
January 3, 2020

RCPD renews $5,000 reward for information in Larissa Lonehill case
RAPID CITY, S.D. - As the Rapid City Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of Larissa Lonehill, police are reissuing a plea to the public for assistance in determining her whereabouts. In order to generate fresh information in the case, the RCPD has approac...
January 3, 2020

Winning Lucky for Life ticket sold in Philip
PIERRE, S.D. – The first Lucky For Life drawing of the new year was highlighted by continued success for South Dakota Lottery players.   A ticket matching 5 of 5 winning numbers was sold at Coyle’s Super Valu in Philip prior to Thursday’s drawing, earning ...
January 3, 2020


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