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South Dakota woman charged again in her baby's drug death
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An appeals court has revived a federal involuntary manslaughter charge against a South Dakota woman whose baby died hours after birth from illegal drugs found in his system. Samantha Flute was charged with the crime in 2016 when prosecutors said she killed t...
July 11, 2019

Pilot dies in plane crash at airport in western Minnesota
HAWLEY, Minn. - Authorities say a pilot has died in an ultra-light plane crash at a municipal airport in western Minnesota. The plane crashed after noon Thursday at Hawley Municipal Airport. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says the pilot was the only person aboard and died at ...
July 11, 2019

South Dakota part of proposed law that would repeal US laws that hurt Native Americans
OKLAHOMA CITY - Leaders of Oklahoma-based Native American tribes are praising a proposal to repeal unenforced federal laws that discriminate against Native Americans. The Oklahoman reports legislation sponsored by members of Congress from Oklahoma, Arizona and South Dakota would...
July 11, 2019

Opponents want hearing on Dakota Access pipeline expansion
BISMARCK, N.D. - Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents plan to request a hearing on a proposal to nearly double the pipeline's capacity. The North Dakota Public Service Commission decided unanimously Wednesday to open the proposal up for public input. Earthjustice attorney Jan H...
July 11, 2019

School of Mines, Air Force partner on environment
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City will work with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at the Ellsworth base on environmental stewardship goals. The school's experts in ecology, hydrology, environmental engineering and other discip...
July 11, 2019

Trade group running ads in support of Rounds
PIERRE, S.D. - A trade group says it will spend $69,000 on radio and TV ads in support of U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds and his re-election. The announcement by the American Chemistry Council comes a week after state Rep. Scyller Borglum launched a challenge to Rounds in the June 2020 ...
July 11, 2019

Nominations sought for Main Street Awards
BISMARCK, ND - In North Dakota, they're serious about neighborhoods ..... and main streets, preservng history and above all, celebrating community. Each year, the state asks for nominations for its Main Street Awards, a program of North Dakota's Main Street Initiative.The Main S...
July 11, 2019

Juvenile drug arrest rate high in S.D. despite reforms
UNDATED - Over the past decade, South Dakota saw a significant increase in the number of juveniles arrested for drug crimes, and officials see few signs that the arrests will fall anytime soon despite recent reforms of the state juvenile justice system. According to state crime ...
July 11, 2019

Livestock owners urged to watch for spreading virus
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is warning livestock owners in the state to be on the lookout for an animal virus spreading in other states. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Vesicular Stomatitis Indiana serotype has recently been found in horses in Texas,...
July 11, 2019

Keystone pipeline opponents again seek to block construction
BILLINGS, Mont. — Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a judge to again block construction of the $8 billion project after President Donald Trump issued it a new permit. Attorneys for environmental groups made the request Wednesday in a lawsuit before U.S. Distr...
July 10, 2019

DiSanto ordered to stay away from constituent who says she threatened her
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A state lawmaker from Box Elder has been ordered to stay away from a woman who says she threatened her on social media. The Box Elder Police Department issued the "No Trespass" notification against Lynn DiSanto following a social media exchange between her and...
July 10, 2019

Body of child found in Cheyenne River
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities say the body of a missing girl was found in the Cheyenne River Wednesday morning. Witnesses say the 5-year-old girl went missing around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday near the Cheyenne River, and was found around 11:40 am Wednesday in one of the river's b...
July 10, 2019

Rural healthcare clinics to benefit from Raffle that Rewards fundraiser
STURGIS, SD – Having access to health care in rural areas is always a challenge.  Meeting that formidable task for the past 41 years is Horizon Healthcare, a network of clinics across South Dakota serving 22 rural communities and areas surrounding them. According to Br...
July 10, 2019

Names released in Lake County fatal crash
MADISON, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Madison. A 2011 Honda Accord was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it rear-ended a 2002 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer which ...
July 10, 2019

Two people die when flash flood creates chasm in North Dakota road
BISMARCK, N.D. - Authorities say two people were killed when a flash flood washed out a highway, causing a chasm up to 70 feet deep on a reservation in North Dakota. Tribal chairman Mike Faith says the bodies of Trudy Peterson and Jim Vanderwal were recovered Tuesday on the Stan...
July 10, 2019

Authorities identify individual who drowned in pond
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities in Rapid City have identified the man who drowned in Memorial Park pond last week. Authorities say he was 36-year-old Cody Clifford of Rapid City. Clifford was pulled by rescue crews from the pond after emergency personnel responded to multip...
July 10, 2019

Ban proposed on transporting deer, elk carcasses to curb CWD
FORT PIERRE, S.D. - A new proposal would ban transporting deer and elk carcasses in some parts of South Dakota to help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to the most restrictive option...
July 9, 2019

Police arrest man for allegedly pointing a firearm at another person in road rage incident
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police responded to a road rage incident involving a firearm Monday afternoon. Police say the victim reported a man pulled up next to their vehicle after exiting a one lane construction zone on I-90, then allegedly pointed a gun at them. Rapid City...
July 9, 2019

Semi Truck strikes propane tank sitting on I-90 Monday night
STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis Fire and Sturgis Police joined the highway patrol in responding to a propane tank that was struck on the Interstate Monday night. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says they received a report of a barbecue style propane tank sitting in the middl...
July 9, 2019

Man signs plea deal for role in international fentanyl ring
FARGO, N.D. - A man accused of playing a major role in an international fentanyl trafficking operation that led to overdose deaths in several states has signed a federal plea agreement in North Dakota. Daniel Vivas Ceron, a Colombian national who allegedly ran his part of the en...
July 9, 2019

Number of abortions in South Dakota continues to decline
PIERRE, S.D.  - The South Dakota Department of Health's annual report on abortions shows a 23 percent decline in the procedures in 2018 compared to the previous year - the sharpest one-year decline in a decade. The report shows 382 induced abortions were performed in the s...
July 9, 2019

Two Rapid City homes struck by lightning as severe weather rumbles through Monday
STURGIS, S.D. – Another batch of severe weather struck the area yesterday. The Hisega area in Pennington County had the distinction of reporting of some of the largest hail from those storms. The public there reported hail 2.25-inches in diameter. Large hail was also rep...
July 9, 2019

Heat lamp being blamed for Fort Pierre area barn fire
PIERRE, S.D. - A Fort Pierre barn is a complete loss after fire raged through the structure Monday afternoon.  Fort Pierre Assistant Fire Chief Ty Odden says firefighters could only work to save surrounding buildings near the barn when they arrived. "We started water suppre...
July 9, 2019

South Dakotans will soon be able to access court records from any computer
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Unified Judicial System is piloting a program that will eventually allow the public access to court records from any computer. The public can now view public court records on computers at state courthouses during work hours from Monday to Frid...
July 9, 2019

Cut logs create problem in Bear Butte creek
STURGIS, S.D. – As Sturgis continued clean up from flooding on the Fourth of July, city officials remind residents not to dump logs and the like in Bear Butte Creek. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says a major problem they encountered when flood waters hit was the amo...
July 8, 2019

One killed, One injured in 2-vehicle crash east of Madison
MADISON, S.D. — Officials say one man died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash east of Madison. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Saturday afternoon on state Highway 34. A 2011 Honda Accord was eastbound on the highway when it rear-en...
July 7, 2019

Sturgis fire crews respond to house fire Saturday night
STURGIS, S.D. -A Sturgis home received smoke damage and its garage was heavily damaged in a Saturday night fire. Fire crews responded to the home at 2340 S Baldwin Street to find and smoke and flame coming from the garage. First responders quickly attacked the fire and the hea...
July 6, 2019

Two vehicle crash kills one man in Campbell County, SD
HERREID, S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday evening near Herreid. Names of the deceased and other driver involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members. A 2015 Freightliner Cascadia...
July 5, 2019

Debris was a big factor in overnight Sturgis flooding
STURGIS, S.D. – Thunderstorms with heavy rain hit Sturgis hard Thursday night and Friday, causing widespread flooding and road closures. Sturgis Public Works Director Rick Bush says they’ve heard reports of between 3 and 5-inches of rain inundating the Sturgis area ...
July 5, 2019

Sturgis City Park hit hard by flooding
STURGIS, S.D. - Thursday night's heavy rain and subsequent flooding led to heavy damage to areas along Bear Butte Creek, especially the Sturgis City Park. Water upstream of the creek made its way into the Sturgis area overnight, shutting down several roads. Highway 34 is shut do...
July 5, 2019


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