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South Dakota special session on online sales taxes cost $35K
PIERRE, S.D. - A legislative administrator says it cost roughly $35,000 to hold this week's special session on sales taxes for online purchases. Legislative Research Council Director Jason Hancock said Friday that legislator pay and per diem made up over $31,000 of that price ta...
September 14, 2018

Two car accident leads to citation
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis fire crews, police and ambulance services were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on Lazelle Street Friday morning. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says a Jeep Cherokee from Tennessee failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of Lazelle...
September 14, 2018

Autistic boy found safe after nightlong search
LETCHER, S.D. - A 9-year-old boy with autism who went missing in rural Davison County was found safe after a nightlong search. Eastin Dorr was last seen about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff's Deputy Josh Peterson found the boy walking along the side of a road about 9 a.m. Thursday. ...
September 14, 2018

Acting leader of Regional Health gets job permanently
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The woman named acting president and CEO of Rapid City-based Regional Health in July has been given the job permanently. Paulette Davidson took over as leader of the health system after then-CEO Brent Philips left in a move the board would describe only as a "...
September 14, 2018

House receives significant damage after early morning fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Whispering Pines Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 5383 Conifer Lane, Rapid City, South Dakota. The fire was reported just before 2:00 a.m. Friday morning. Neighbors initially smelled smoke then-noticed fire and took qu...
September 14, 2018

Visitation held for fallen Sturgis firefighter
STURGIS, S.D. - Due to an expected large turnout, visitation for David Fischer was held at the Sturgis Community Center Thursday. Fischer died while battling a house fire in Tilford last Friday. Jim Bussell, the public information officer for the South Dakota Local Assistance S...
September 14, 2018

Seventeen prison inmates charged with possessing marijuana
TYNDALL, S.D. - Seventeen inmates at South Dakota's state prison in Springfield are charged with possessing marijuana. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Thursday a Bon Homme County grand jury indicted each of the 17 on one felony count of possession and one misdemeanor count ...
September 13, 2018

Spearfish pellet company assessing damage after fire
SPEARFISH, S.D. - A Spearfish company is cleaning up and assessing damage after a fire. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that firefighters responded to the Spearfish Pellet Company's mill Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The fire started somewhere in the mill system...
September 13, 2018

North Dakota volunteers help set up hurricane shelters
BISMARCK, N.D. - Some North Dakota volunteers are on their way to the Carolinas to provide help as Hurricane Florence makes its way toward land. The American Red Cross Dakota Region says 17 people left Bismarck Wednesday in three disaster response vehicles to help those in North...
September 13, 2018

Rapid City woman arrested for making false report that put school on lockdown
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Police say a woman is arrested following a false report that someone with a gun was around Pinedale Elementary School Wednesday afternoon. A Rapid City Police Department release states that 29-year-old Ricky Peck was arrested for false reporting to ...
September 13, 2018

State lawmakers approve online sales tax bills
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota will start collecting sales taxes from many out-of-state internet retailers this fall under a bill approved by the Legislature. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday during a special session to support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's measure, which would ...
September 12, 2018

Firefighters stand watch at Sturgis funeral home for David Fischer
STURGIS, S.D. - Firefighters stand watch around the clock at a funeral home in Sturgis where the body of a fallen comrade has been taken. Forty-three-year-old David Fischer died while fighting a house fire in Tilford last Friday. The homeowner, 82-year-old Raymond Bachmeier, al...
September 12, 2018

Panel endorses bills for online sales tax special session
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota would start collecting sales taxes from many out-of-state internet retailers this fall under a bill the Legislature's budget-writing committee endorsed Tuesday ahead of this week's special legislative session to implement a U.S. Supreme Court rul...
September 12, 2018

Newell Ram Show, Sale marks 73 years
NEWELL, SD – When the gates swing open at the Newell Ram Show & Sale it will mark the 73rd year of one of the nation’s top registered sheep sales.  Set for Thursday and Friday, September 20-21, 2018, the event attracts consignors from eight states and buyers ...
September 11, 2018

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Saturday To Honor Fallen Firefighter
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of David Fischer, assistant chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Fischer died Friday, while...
September 11, 2018

Troubled South Dakota hospital gets 2 months to improve
ROSEBUD, S.D. - A federally run South Dakota hospital has been taken off immediate jeopardy status, but still must resolve several shortcomings to continue receiving funding. The Argus Leader reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a letter Friday gave th...
September 11, 2018

Politics: Sutton gains state education group endorsement
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Democratic Candidate for Governor Billie Sutton picked up a big endorsement today. The South Dakota Education Association’s Educators Political Involvement  Committee met today to announce their support for Sutton. The announcement follows S...
September 11, 2018

Memorial Fund set up for family of David Fischer
STURGIS, S.D. - An account has been established that will allow family, friends and supporters to make donations to the family of Fallen Firefighter David Fischer.  The account will be at Black Hills Federal Credit Union which has locations all across the state of South Da...
September 11, 2018

Ex-jailer remains free on escape conspiracy charge
PIERRE, S.D. - A former Lawrence County jailer accused of conspiring with an inmate to plan his escape remains free on bond. Twenty-three-year old Koreena Schultes made an appearance in court Monday on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit escape. She made bail set by a judge ...
September 11, 2018

Suspects in the Rooster burglary indicted by federal grand jury
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Two men who are accused of stealing two dozen firearms from a Rapid City sporting goods store have been indicted on gun charges by a federal grand jury. Zephaniah Thompson, age 28, of Fairburn and Matthew Keifer, age 30 of Rapid City, are both charged with the...
September 11, 2018

Sioux Falls Police: Man dies after falling off hood of girlfriend's car
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls police say a man has died from his injuries after falling off the hood of his girlfriend's car after an argument. Authorities say the 46-year-old Sioux Falls man died around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Police say the man had an argument with his girl...
September 11, 2018

Funeral services set for fallen firefighter
STURGIS, S.D. – Funeral services for David Fischer, the Sturgis firefighter killed in Tilford Friday, have been scheduled. Fischer, assistant chief with the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service and a staff sergeant with the South Dakota National Guard, w...
September 10, 2018

Tribes say Trump illegally approved oil pipeline from Canada
BILLINGS, Mont. - Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota say the Trump administration unlawfully approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline without fully considering its potential damage to cultural sites. Attorneys for the Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes sued the U...
September 10, 2018

Weekend capture of fugitive with sex charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A man with an outstanding out-of-state warrant for child sexual exploitation, wanted for the last four years, was captured September 9, 2018, in Rapid City. Christopher Golden, 48, was a fugitive out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a charge of sexual exploi...
September 10, 2018

Arizona man killed on South Dakota highway identified
HERMOSA, S.D. - The Highway Patrol has identified a 54-year-old Arizona man who died after being struck on a highway in South Dakota. Fifty-four-year-old David Kollar of Chandler, Arizona, was on state Highway 79 in Custer County where a deer had been struck by a vehicle the nig...
September 10, 2018

Community mourns loss of firefighter, services are set
STURGIS, SD – Since a fire and explosion took the life of a volunteer firefighter and South Dakota National Guard Staff Sargent,  the Sturgis community, emergency response agencies and Guard units from across the region have banded together to bid a final farewell to D...
September 10, 2018

SDNG remembers fallen firefighter David Fischer
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A South Dakota National Guard soldier was killed Sept. 7 while responding to a house fire in Tilford as a member of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department. Staff Sgt. David Fischer, 43, of Sturgis, a survey team member with the Rapid City-based 82nd Civil...
September 10, 2018

Hunters raise concerns over changes to South Dakota licenses
HURON, S.D. — Some hunters are concerned about a new deer hunting license proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. The proposal would require deer hunters to pick one preferred season for their choice of first license draw, instead of applying for nu...
September 10, 2018

Firefighter, homeowner killed after fire destroys Tilford home
STURGIS, S.D. – Firefighters around the area are mourning the loss of one of their own after a tragic fire killed two people Friday evening. Incident Information Officer Lt. Jim Bussell says 43-year-old David Fischer of Sturgis died after he was hit by a piece of propane t...
September 8, 2018

South Dakota inmate, jail officer, charged with escape plot
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota prosecutors say an inmate and a correctional officer have been indicted for allegedly working together to plan the inmate's escape. A grand jury on Wednesday indicted 24-year-old Tyler Statler and 23-year-old officer Koreena Schultes on one count each...
September 8, 2018


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