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Woman sentenced to 5 years for murder accessory
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A woman accused of leaving the body of a shooting victim in a rural Minnehaha County ditch has been sentenced to five years in prison. Kelsey Roubideaux was sentenced Tuesday for accessory to a felony for helping dispose of the body of Lakendrick Thornt...
May 15, 2019

Meade County Commission to discuss funding plan with residents losing ambulance service
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade County Commission on Tuesday heard from campground owners and residents who will be losing Sturgis-owned ambulance service in July. Sturgis decided in April to give those people located just outside city limits 90 days to come up with a funding so...
May 15, 2019

Rapid City woman given eight years in prison for fatal motorcycle crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City woman has been sentenced to spend at least 8 years in prison for driving drunk and killing her friend in a motorcycle crash. Prosecutors say Sophia Elbow Shield had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she crashed i...
May 15, 2019

Off road trails remain closed in Black Hills National Forest
CUSTER, S.D.  – Off-road enthusiasts looking forward to getting out in the forest this week will have to wait a little longer. The Forest Service announced Monday that all gates that typically are opened on May 15th each year, will remain closed indefinitely due to mu...
May 15, 2019

Federal hearing to review uranium mine dispute
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Federal regulatory officials have scheduled a hearing on a South Dakota uranium mine proposal that is intended as a step toward resolving a decade-old dispute over the potential presence of Native American cultural resources at the planned site. The...
May 15, 2019

School Board approves strength and conditioning coach, teacher contracts
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board met for their May meeting Monday night. Among the highlights was the approval of contracts between the district and its teachers for next year. Superintendent Jeff Simmons says they are not going to impasse. "We have reach an a...
May 14, 2019

Never before seen artifacts part of new exhibit on Minuteman Missile sites
PIERRE, SD - The new exhibit "Silent Silos: South Dakota's Missile Field" is opening June , 2019 at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.A public reception will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT with refreshments and a presentation by Minuteman Missile National Historic S...
May 14, 2019

Augustana athlete charged after weekend incident on campus
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An Augustana University football and baseball player faces assault and burglary charges and has been suspended from athletics at the Sioux Falls school after a weekend incident. Authorities allege 19-year-old Peyton Zabel drunkenly walked into a woman's unloc...
May 14, 2019

Storytelling contest for veterans announced
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota State University Veterans Affairs and the South Dakota Humanities Council are sponsoring a storytelling contest for veterans that will culminate with an awards ceremony at the South Dakota Festival of Books Oct. 4-6 in Deadwood, SD.Submissions--in either...
May 14, 2019

Park Service names acting superintendent for Mount Rushmore
KEYSTONE, S.D. - The National Park Service has named an acting superintendent for Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Denice Swanke is currently deputy superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. She assumes her new role on June 2. Current Mount...
May 14, 2019

Air Force is holding exercises in Northern Plains training area this week
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Air Force is holding a training session this week in the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains. The three-day Combat Raider exercise runs through Thursday. It involves several different types of military aircraft, including bombers...
May 14, 2019

Black Hills V.A. going tobacco free by end of the month
STURGIS, S.D. – The Black Hills V.A. says they will go tobacco free by June 1st. In a release Monday, the Black Hills Health Care System says all of its facilities would be tobacco free for visitors, contractors, volunteers, vendors and patients by May 29. Department of V...
May 13, 2019

Man charged in connection with brother's death enters not guilty plea
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man has pleaded not guilty to a lesser charge in connection with the March death of his brother. James LaDeaux Sr. pleaded not guilty Monday to second degree murder in the stabbing death of Fredrick LaDeaux. LaDeaux Sr. was initially charge...
May 13, 2019

Miller Named Highway Patrol Superintendent
PIERRE, S.D. – Maj. Rick Miller of Pierre has been named as the next Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Miller is currently an assistant superintendent for the Highway Patrol in charge of administrative services and special operations. He will replace Col. ...
May 13, 2019

Aberdeen man going on trial on murder, arson charges
ABERDEEN, S.D. - An Aberdeen man accused of shooting and killing an Andover woman and setting her apartment on fire is going on trial. The American News reports that opening statements are scheduled Monday in the bench trial of 37-year-old Jose Quinones-Rodriguez. He requested a...
May 13, 2019

Former priest with Rapid City Diocese accused of theft
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A former priest with the Rapid City Diocese is accused of stealing about $150,000 in donations between 2012 and 2018. Marcin Garbacz was arrested Friday at the Seattle airport by a special agent with the IRS. He's charged in federal court with wire fraud...
May 13, 2019

Pennington County Commission approves mining permits for Perli Pit Quarry expansion
RAPID CITY, S.D. - After several hours of testimony, the Pennington County Commission on Friday gave final approval to a proposed limestone mining expansion for Croell Redi-Mix. The commission voted 4-1 to approve permits for the controversial mine south of Rapid City. Opponent...
May 11, 2019

Friday search for Serenity Dennard ends with no signs of the little girl
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The latest search for Serenity Dennard Friday came up empty. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says K9 teams covered a lot of ground today, but they did not find the missing 9-year-old. Dog teams from South Dakota and Colorado were out hoping to catch up...
May 11, 2019

Authorities identify woman killed in crash south of Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash south of Rapid City. A 2010 Honda CRV was making a left-hand turn from Spring Creek Road onto South Dakota Highway 79 when it pulled in front of a sou...
May 11, 2019

Oglala Sioux Tribe group seeks vote on constitution changes
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — A task force is petitioning the Bureau of Indian Affairs to hold an election so that Oglala Sioux Tribe voters can weigh in on proposed changes to the tribal constitution. The tribe's constitutional reform task force submitted the petitions to the bureau...
May 11, 2019

Noem requests FEMA damage assessment in counties, reservations
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Kristi Noem has requested that FEMA join state and local teams for a preliminary assessment of damages to public property as a result of the severe winter storms, snowmelt, rains, and subsequent flooding that occurred throughout South Dakota. T...
May 10, 2019

Sturgis Brown High School Student Receives Offer of Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy
PIERRE—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced Gavin West, a senior at Sturgis Brown High School, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, which he has accepted. West is the son of Patrick and Cassandra West of Piedmont, SD. He i...
May 10, 2019

Court hearing delayed for suspect in quadruple homicide
MANDAN, N.D. - The next court appearance for a man accused of killing four people at a Mandan property management company has been delayed until late summer. Chad Isaak was to make a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, but it's been rescheduled for Aug. 12 to provide more time for a...
May 10, 2019

Dog teams to return to search for missing 9-year-old girl
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities plan to resume the search this weekend for a 9-year-old girl who ran away from a children's home in western South Dakota more than three months ago. Six dog teams plus their handlers will search for Serenity Dennard on Friday and Saturday. Th...
May 10, 2019

Judge strikes down South Dakota out-of-state fundraising ban
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A federal judge has struck down South Dakota's ban on out-of-state money for ballot question campaigns. U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann on Thursday ruled unconstitutional the ballot question approved by South Dakota voters last November. Kornmann says the ...
May 9, 2019

Coal's slide to continue in US as renewables fill the gap
BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. energy officials say demand for coal to generate electricity will continue to weaken in coming months despite efforts by the Trump administration to prop up the struggling industry. The Energy Information Administration said Thursday renewable energy sourc...
May 9, 2019

Pennington County Planning Commission approves three permits for company's limestone mine
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Planning Commission on Wednesday approved three key permits for the future of Croell’s proposed plan to mine limestone from its Perli Pit Quarry along Highway 16. One of the permits heads to the Pennington County Commission Fr...
May 9, 2019

One vehicle rollover slows traffic on I-90 near Exit 48 Wednesday
STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says driver inattentiveness is likely responsible for a one vehicle rollover on I-90 late Wednesday afternoon. The patrol says the driver of an S-U-V was traveling down I-90 in the Piedmont-Summerset area when the driver took their...
May 9, 2019

Sioux Falls day care worker accused of assaulting 2-year-old
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls day care worker faces assault charges for allegedly hitting a 2-year-old in the face with her knee. Twenty-six-year-old Alysha Marie Lewis is charged with aggravated assault and abuse or cruelty to a minor under 7. The Argus Leader reports Lew...
May 8, 2019

Fake $100 bills again making the rounds
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade County Sheriff’s Office says they have been made aware that fake $100 bills are again being circulated in the area. The bills have shown up in both Meade and Pennington Counties the past few months. Officials say the bills will pass the pen...
May 8, 2019


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