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Man arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with death
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man has been arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter after allegedly pushing another man down an embankment, causing his death. In a press release, Rapid City police say 31-year-old Thomas Tesch was arrested Friday on a manslaughter c...
September 7, 2019

DNA from cigarette leads to Dakota Access arrest
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota authorities relying on DNA collected from a cigarette butt have charged a man with engaging in a riot for his involvement in a Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Morton County prosecutors also charged 2...
September 6, 2019

Name Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
MT. VERNON, S.D. – A Mt. Vernon, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mt. Vernon. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says a 2018 Nissan Frontier was eastbound on 252nd Street when the drive...
September 6, 2019

Sturgis man enters guilty plea in Rehfeld death case
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Sturgis man pleaded guilty Friday to aiding and abetting in the death of his former girlfriend. Jonathon Klinetobe pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to aiding and abetting first degree manslaughter. Before Judge Heidi Linngren, the 30-year-ol...
September 6, 2019

Sheriff's certification revoked over sexual harassment
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota law enforcement oversight board has once again revoked the certification of a sheriff accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. The state Law Enforcement Officers Standards And Training Commission met Thursday to reconsider action against Marsh...
September 6, 2019

Search for man, possibly armed, triggers lockdowns
PARKSTON, S.D. - Police in Parkston say they're arrested a man who triggered lockdowns at both the local school and hospital. The Parkston Police Department posted on Facebook about 1:30 a.m. Friday that they were looking for a man who was believed to be armed and that residents...
September 6, 2019

More retailers ask customers to not openly carry guns into stores
DEERFIELD, IL - Drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS Health on Thursday joined Walmart and Kroger in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in their stores, even in states where “open carry” is allowed, unless they are authorized law enforcement officers. “We a...
September 6, 2019

Wyoming Supreme Court overturns judge in university gun ban
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a district judge wrongly issued an order that upheld the University of Wyoming's restriction on people's ability to carry firearms on campus, saying in a split decision that the judge didn't have jurisdicti...
September 6, 2019

South Dakota files brief in support of gunmaker being sued over Sandy Hook mass shooting
By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ten states and nearly two dozen members of Congress are joining the National Rifle Association in supporting gun-maker Remington Arms as it fights a Connecticut court ruling involving liability for the Sandy Hook Elem...
September 6, 2019

South Dakota pheasant numbers down, but hot spots remain
PIERRE, S.D. - Wildlife officials went digging to find the good news after South Dakota's annual pheasant brood survey showed a 17% decrease from last year, due mainly to an abundance of rain and snow in one of the premier bird hunting states. The Game, Fish and Parks Department...
September 5, 2019

Accident in downtown Rapid City during morning commute
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid city responded to a crash at the intersection of Main Street and West Boulevard Thursday morning. The accident, which happened during the busy morning commute, sent one person to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Police spokesman Brenden...
September 5, 2019

Evacuations ordered near wildfire in northwest Wyoming
CODY, Wyo. - A spreading forest fire east of Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming has forced evacuations of some rural cabins and a Boy Scout camp. The Cody Enterprise reports that Park County Homeland Security Coordinator Jack Tatum says only one person from the evacu...
September 5, 2019

Black Hills Spirit of Volunteerism Awards announced
RAPID CITY, SD - The expression "bloom where you're planted" means a person should take advantage of the opportunities they have in life and be grateful for the present situation. It best describes the recipients of this year's 2019 Black Hills Spirit of Volunteerism Award. From...
September 5, 2019

Study says Drinking Gap Shrinks Between Men and Women
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota is among the top 10 states with the highest alcohol consumption per capita, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and a new study says women make up a higher percentage of people who drink than in past generations. ...
September 5, 2019

Wyoming officials considering spent nuclear fuel storage
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming lawmakers are considering allowing the storage of spent nuclear fuel in the state as a way to boost revenue. The Spent Fuel Rods Subcommittee meets for the first time in Casper on Thursday to discuss the idea. The panel will hear from U.S. Department of En...
September 5, 2019

Authorities say Wyoming man killed in Nebraska I-80 crash
SIDNEY, Neb. - Authorities say a Wyoming man died after his car collided with tanker truck on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska. The crash occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday, about 7 miles (11.3 kilometers) west of Sidney. The Nebraska State Patrol says 20-year-old Chance Seivley wa...
September 5, 2019

Man shot by deputy competent for trial on assault charges
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A judge has ruled a Sioux Falls man shot by a sheriff's deputy is competent to proceed with assault charges against him. Authorities say George Rinzy Jr. charged at a deputy with a knife before he was shot last May in the Minnehaha County Jail parking lot. R...
September 5, 2019

Sewer line break in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A sewer line break affected the morning commute in Rapid City Thursday morning. City officials say it is affecting a three-block stretch of Main and St Joseph Streets from West Boulevard to Seventh Street. Residents and businesses in the affected area were be...
September 5, 2019

Pipeline leak reported, contaminates rangeland
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State environmental officials say a spill of produced water and oil has affected pastureland in western North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday it was notified of the pipeline leak in McKenzie County. The pipeli...
September 5, 2019

Authorities say man found dead at Canyon Lake Park had gunshot wound
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police have identified the man found in Canyon Lake Park Tuesday morning and police are now investigating his death. David Butler, 59, of Rapid City was found with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Police were called to the park around Tue...
September 4, 2019

Dangerous fire conditions on tap in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming
BILLINGS, Mont. - Government forecasters have issued advisories for dangerous fire weather across much of Montana and portions of Wyoming and Idaho, with gusting winds and temperatures approaching the triple digits in some areas. The advisories were in effect from mid-day Wednes...
September 4, 2019

Students return to school in tornado-damaged town
BURKE, S.D. - Students are finally returning to school in a South Dakota town that was torn apart by a tornado early last month. The Burke School District welcomed students back Wednesday after delaying the start of classes by two weeks as it dealt with heavy damage to part of ...
September 4, 2019

Hours, days of service extended at Sturgis Urgent Care
STURGIS, S.D.  - Urgent Care Services in Sturgis has expanded their hours, and now serves patients seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the exception of major holidays. “The community of Sturgis spoke, and we listened. Urgent Care Services in Sturgis has seen ...
September 4, 2019

Fundraising continues to extend ambulance service to rural areas
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council got their first update from a group working to raise money for rural residents to save city-owned ambulance service. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the group announced they had raised more than $8,000 so far, not including...
September 4, 2019

Sturgis City Council gets first update on fundraising for rural ambulance
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council got their first update from a group working to raise money for rural residents to save city-owned ambulance service. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the group announced they had raised more than $8,000 so far, not including...
September 4, 2019

One man killed in Davison County crash Tuesday
MT. VERNON, S.D. – One person died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Mt. Vernon. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family members. A 2018 Nissan Frontier was eastbound on 252nd Street when the male driver failed to n...
September 4, 2019

Rapid City police release name of motorcyclist killed in crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police have released the name of a motorcyclist killed in a motorcycle vs pickup crash Saturday. Tallon Brey, 23 of Rapid City, was riding southbound on Saint Joseph Street when he was hit by a pickup at the intersection with East Saint Patric...
September 3, 2019

Police issue arrest warrant for man they believe responsible for fatal crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – In a press release issued Tuesday, police say have issued a warrant for a man they believe is responsible for a crash that killed a child. Police believe George Matousek, 37, was behind the wheel of a car that collided with another car on October 5 of la...
September 3, 2019

FCC Commissioner on South Dakota tour
UNDATED – The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission is visiting western South Dakota today and tomorrow. Brendan Carr is on a tour of several places across the state this week. Carr and and Senator John Thune will hold a  field hearing in Sioux Falls ...
September 3, 2019

Regional Health Urgent Care Services in Sturgis expands hours of operation
STURGIS, S.D.  - Urgent Care Services in Sturgis has expanded their hours, and now serves patients seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the exception of major holidays. “The community of Sturgis spoke, and we listened. Urgent Care Services in Sturgis has seen ...
September 3, 2019


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