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Sturgis declares snow emergency
STURGIS, S.D. - The city of Sturgis announced today it has a snow emergency in effect that will last to Friday. In a statement, the city announced: • A snow emergency is being declared from 6:00 a.m. Wednesday March 13 through 6:00 p.m. Friday March 15. On street parking s...
March 13, 2019

Rapid City Regional Airport closed
RAPID CITY, S.D. - In anticipation of worsening conditions today, as well as problems in surrounding hub cities, Rapid City Regional Airport announced Wednesday morning they are closing until further notice. An airport release stated "Regional Airport is closed until further not...
March 13, 2019

South Dakota lawmakers approve roughly $4.9B state budget
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers have passed a roughly $4.9 billion state budget, providing a funding boost for education and state employees and larger-than anticipated spending hikes for nursing homes and community support providers. The House voted 53-6 Wednesday to appr...
March 13, 2019

Governor Closes State Government Offices In 39 Counties Due to Blizzard Conditions
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the closure of state government offices in 39 central and western counties for today (Wednesday) due to expected severe winter weather conditions. All of the counties included are either part of a blizzard warning or a winte...
March 13, 2019

Local officials prepare for winter storm
STURGIS, S.D. - Officials in Pennington and Meade County spent Tuesday working on preparations for a possible blizzard to hit western South Dakota Wednesday. Meade County decided to close its offices for Wednesday. The City of Sturgis will also close their office Wednesday and t...
March 13, 2019

Tribes seek to keep flags from Capitol after pipeline bills
PIERRE, S.D. — Two Native American tribes in South Dakota are asking that their flags not be displayed at the state Capitol after lawmakers approved bills this session aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Argus Leader reports the qu...
March 13, 2019

Rapid City officials asking for public's help in locating missing woman
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police issued a Endangered Missing Advisory for a 78-year-old female Tuesday. Betty Louise Carey last had contact with her family on Sunday, March 10th. Law enforcement say Betty has been experiencing health issues and some diminishing mental capac...
March 12, 2019

Potent spring storm expected to bring blizzard conditions Wednesday
STURGIS, S.D. – Almost the entire western half of South Dakota will soon be under a blizzard warning – an upgrade from earlier watches and warnings posted earlier today. Forecasters say the potent winter storm system that will be moving into the area overnight will a...
March 12, 2019

Senate fails to muster two-thirds majority to override Noem veto on hemp
PIERRE, S.D. - An attempt to override South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's veto of a hemp legalization bill has failed in the Legislature. The 20-13 Senate vote Tuesday was short of the two-thirds needed to overcome Noem's veto. It came after the House easily voted to override Noem e...
March 12, 2019

Sanford gift will improve medication decisions for vets
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota philanthropist Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to help veterans determine which medications are most effective for them. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Sanford Health announced the gift Tuesday. Veterans Affairs will administe...
March 12, 2019

13K gallons of brine spilled, recovered at Dunn County well
DUNN CENTER, N.D. - An equipment problem is being blamed for the spill of about 13,000 gallons of saltwater at an oil and gas well in Dunn County. The state Oil and Gas Division says Bruin E&P Operating reported Monday that 310 barrels of brine had spilled the previous day a...
March 12, 2019

Sturgis Rodeo Club updates Meade 46-1 School Board on future land plans
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board met for their monthly meeting Tuesday night. The Sturgis Rodeo Club gave board members a presentation on the plan to use property near the high school as a practice facility and a place to host the annual Southwest Regional Rodeo...
March 12, 2019

State Officials Urge Public to Prepare Now for Major Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state government officials urge citizens to make preparations now,  which includes adjusting travel plans, for a late-winter storm this week that will cover most of the state with several inches of snow, high winds and freezing rain. The la...
March 12, 2019

Man who found dead baby in 1981 reflects on mother's arrest
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man who discovered a dead infant in a ditch 38 years ago said following the arrest of the child's biological mother that he still mourns the loss of a child he wishes he had found alive. Lee Litz told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that...
March 12, 2019

Governor Noem vetoes bill legalizing industrial hemp production
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday vetoed a bill to legalize industrial hemp production in the state, saying it would make law enforcement's job more difficult and could be a first step to eventually legalizing recreational marijuana. Noem had previousl...
March 12, 2019

South Dakota House sends hemp legalization bill to governor
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's Legislature has approved a bill that would legalize industrial hemp despite Gov. Kristi Noem's opposition. The House voted 58-8 Monday to send the bill to the Republican governor. Noem had requested that lawmakers hold off on legalizing hemp this ye...
March 11, 2019

Former school trainer in sex abuse case set to plead guilty
BILLINGS, Mont. - A former athletic trainer charged with abusing numerous Montana students over decades under the guise of improving their athletic performance is due to plead guilty to a federal coercion charge. James "Doc" Jensen Jr. is scheduled to appear Tuesday before U.S. ...
March 11, 2019

Saturday fire displaces family from Rapid City triplex
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Saturday afternoon fire has left one family homeless in Rapid City. Rapid City fire crews responded to a call in the 2500 block of 7th Street. Upon arrival, crews found a triplex home with flames coming out of end of the building. Crews quickly worked on ...
March 10, 2019

SD lawmakers to pass state budget as end of session nears
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers this week are set to pass a state budget, debate bills to legalize industrial hemp and address the Legislature's commitment to scale back a 2016 sales tax hike. The Legislature returns Monday for the final days of the 2019 legisla...
March 10, 2019

South Dakota deputy taken to hospital after rear-end crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Minnehaha County deputy was taken to the hospital after his squad car was rear-ended by another vehicle on Interstate 90 in southeastern South Dakota. The Argus Leader reports that the crash happened shortly before 6 a.m. while the deputy was assistin...
March 10, 2019

Meade County Sheriff's Deputy unhurt after incident in Black Hawk
BLACK HAWK, S.D. - Authorities say a Meade County deputy was not seriously hurt after being struck by a vehicle after attempting to intervene in a Thursday night dispute between two people. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin says Deputy Branden Torres responded to a call at the int...
March 8, 2019

Officials: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has resigned
WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has resigned. Wilson was confirmed by the Senate in May 2017, making her President Donald Trump's first service secretary. No reason for Wilson's sudden departure was immediately provided, and the Air Force had ...
March 8, 2019

South Dakota woman charged in 1981 abandonment of child
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota woman has been charged in the death of a baby found in a ditch 38 years ago after police said they used DNA and genealogy sites to determine she was the mother. Police in Sioux Falls said 57-year-old Theresa Rose Bentaas was arrested Friday in...
March 8, 2019

Police asking for public’s help in locating missing man
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man reported missing on March 5th. Police have been working various leads to locate 56-year-old Dale Vann since his disappearance, and are now hoping the public’s assista...
March 8, 2019

South Dakota passes bills to discourage Keystone XL rioting
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is poised to approve laws aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline, seeking to prevent disruptive demonstrations like those against the Dakota Access pipeline that cost neighboring North Dakota nearly $40 mill...
March 8, 2019

Meade County authorities warn about counterfeit money
STURGIS, S.D. - According to the Meade County Sheriff's Office, counterfeit $100 bills are again circulating in the area. This time, the bills reportedly are so good that they will pass the pen tests. “People taking currency need to visually inspect the bills on both side...
March 7, 2019

South Dakota Senate revives bill to legalize industrial hemp
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota senators have approved a bill to legalize industrial hemp a day after it faltered on the chamber's floor. The Senate voted 21-14 Wednesday to endorse the proposal, which Gov. Kristi Noem has opposed. Changes made there must be debated in the House bef...
March 6, 2019

Panel passes bills aimed at possible Keystone XL protests
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed Gov. Kristi Noem's bills to prepare for potential protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite opposition from tribal representatives. The Republican governor's bills would require pipeline companies to chip in ...
March 6, 2019

Brrrr - February sets some cold temperature records
RAPID CITY, S.D. - February 2019 was one of the coldest in the Black Hills region.  The National Weather Service in Rapid City says average temperatures for the month ranged from two degrees over northwestern South Dakota to 16 degrees in the Black Hills. For some stations...
March 6, 2019

Advocates want protections kept for US wolves
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states (all times local): 11 a.m. Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the nation's population of gray wolves has fully recovered across the Lower 4...
March 6, 2019


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