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Mayor Allender does not forsee delay in construction due to COVID-19
RAPID CITY, S.D. – With the COVID-19 outbreak, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says major construction projects, namely the new arena at the Civic Center, will not be delayed by the city. However, in his daily media briefing Monday, he did not rule out the possibility that...
March 30, 2020

Monument Health launches telemedicine service
RAPID CITY, S.D. - While COVID-19, self-quarantines and social distancing have made it difficult for patients to visit their doctor, Monument Health has launched a system that brings the doctor to the patient, via telemedicine. Using a telephone or video conferencing, patients c...
March 30, 2020

State Health Department says two COVID-19 cases in Deadwood
PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced today that two staff members at Saloon #10 in Deadwood have tested positive for COVID-19. Both workers reported working while ill with COVID symptoms. Any individual who visited Saloon #10 between March 18 and March 21 may ha...
March 30, 2020

State records 11 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – In its Monday update, the South Dakota Department of Health reported the number of positive cases of COVID-19 had broken 100 with 101. That is up 11 from Sunday’s 90. In Western South Dakota, Lawrence County recorded two additional positive tests, rai...
March 30, 2020

BHSU faculty, students overcome challenges of online learning during COVID-19 pandemic
SPEARFISH, S.D. … Faculty and students at Black Hills State University are beginning their second week of online classes today, following the announcement that all South Dakota public universities will continue online teaching through the end of the spring semester due to ...
March 30, 2020

State sees big jump in COVID 19 cases in Sunday report
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Health in its daily COVID-19 report showed a big jump of cases as the state hit 90 positive tests. That is up 22 from Saturday's 68. Beadle County saw four additional cases, raising their number to 20. Minnehaha County also reporte...
March 29, 2020

Monument Health temporarily closes Cancer Center for cleaning
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Monument Health said Saturday that it is temporarily closing its John Vucureich Cancer Care Institute for cleaning. A deep clean of the entire Cancer Care Institute is being completed before reopening on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 a.m. If a patient needs to r...
March 28, 2020

Crash in Haakon County results in fatality
BILLSBURG, S.D. – One man died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved. A 2005 Toyota Tundra was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when i...
March 28, 2020

Teen rescued after fall near Falling Rock
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City teen was badly injured in a fall about 4pm, Saturday, March 28, 2020, near Falling Rock in Pennington County. He was reportedly hiking with friends and lost his footing on loose rocks, rolling and hitting rocks down some 150 feet. Life Flight res...
March 28, 2020

South Dakota Sen. John Thune tests negative for COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sen. John Thune has tested negative for COVID-19. The 59-year-old Republican returned to his home state of South Dakota this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms. His spokesman Ryan Wrasse said Thune's doctor recommended he be tested for the cor...
March 28, 2020

Saturday Update - State reports ten additional COVID-19 cases, tests are caught up
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported ten additional positive tests for COVID-19 in their Saturday report. The new cases raise the statewide total to 68 so far. With that, they remind residents that since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, 26 ...
March 28, 2020

Rapid City Council approves final reading of ordinance putting restrictions on public gathering places
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Council on Friday night approved second and final reading of an ordinance that will temporarily put some restrictions on certain businesses to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The council voted 7-2 to require businesses like bars, restaurants, ...
March 27, 2020

Noem signs hemp and other bills, but says budget in doubt
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem has signed 15 bills that allocate millions of dollars to South Dakota programs, including industrial hemp. But the governor offered no guarantee on whether the funding for the programs would remain after the state reworks its budget in...
March 27, 2020

South Dakota cities, counties take action on COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Some South Dakota cities are moving to close restaurants and retail stores as Gov. Kristi Noem declines to bring severe restrictions on business. Health experts have called on the governor to close businesses to curb the spread of COVID-19. Cities and ...
March 27, 2020

SD Dept of Health catches up on testing - 12 additional COVID-19 cases reported
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reports an additional 12 cases of COVID-19 in its latest report out today – bringing the state total to 58. Two of those cases are in Lawrence County and two new cases were reported in Pennington County. We know o...
March 27, 2020

Monument Health asking for help to gather more personal protective supplies for staff
RAPID CITY, S.D.  – Wearing swim goggles for face protection and trash bags for surgical gowns, frontline healthcare workers in many parts of the country have been forced to fend for themselves amid shortages. Based on statewide projections, the number of positive COV...
March 27, 2020

Nest Predator Bounty Program begins April 1
PIERRE, SD - The 2020 Nest Predator Bounty Program will begin on April 1. However, due to concerns of COVID-19, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will not be accepting tails for the program until a later date. Participants are asked to freeze all tails until dates and l...
March 27, 2020

Prisoner's fear COVID-19 infection, warden resigns
PIERRE, SD- Prisoners fleeing from possible coronavirus infection and a warden’s abrupt resignation have thrown the South Dakota Women’s Prison into turmoil. Three more of the women who escaped from the minimum security facility in Pierre are back in custody. Inmates...
March 27, 2020

Tribe confirms first diagnosed case of COVID-19
TODD COUNTY, S.D. — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe announced on Thursday, March 27 that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed. The person who has contracted the virus is an adult who resides in Todd County and the individual and their entire family are in quarantine at home, acco...
March 27, 2020

Wyoming governor signs daylight saving time bill
GILLETTE, Wyo. (The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record) — Wyoming's governor has signed a bill making daylight saving time permanent in the state. The Gillette News Record reports Republican Gov. Mark Gordon signed the bill Monday. Previous measures failed in the Wyoming Legislat...
March 27, 2020

Release from Lawrence County indicates vendor with sheriff's office tests positive for COVID-19
DEADWOOD, S.D. - A vendor with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has tested positive for COVID-19. A press release late Thursday night confirms that positive test and says no Lawrence County Correctional Officers or inmates have tested positive for the virus. The statement s...
March 27, 2020

Noem to push emergency legislation for COVID-19 fight
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem says she will pitch legislators on a series of emergency bills to address what she believes will be a months-long fight against the coronavirus. The Republican governor broke with a rosy prediction from President Donald Trump that the ...
March 26, 2020

SD Dept of Health reports five new positive COVID-19 tests in latest update
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says there are 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the latest report. All cases are in eastern South Dakota, including 3 new positive tests in Minnehaha, where there are now 16 cases. Noem, however, says 16 people have reco...
March 26, 2020

Law enforcement take precautions during COVID-19 outbreak
BISMARCK, N.D. (Bismarck Tribune) — The coronavirus pandemic has law enforcement agencies and emergency responders in North Dakota taking steps to keep themselves and the people they serve safe. Burleigh County Sheriff Kelly Leben says jail programs and in-person visitatio...
March 26, 2020

Judge orders another environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that the easement approva...
March 26, 2020

ND Governor says state will ramp up testing after increase in COVID-19 infections
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says the state will double the amount of COVID-19 tests in the coming days, a promise he delivered after one-fifth of the total positive tests were confirmed in the last 24 hours. State officials reported nine positive tests...
March 26, 2020

Ellsworth declares public health emergency
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Ellsworth Air Force Base has declared a public health emergency in order to give its commander additional authority to enforce social distancing strategies due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said the declaration also better aligns the bas...
March 26, 2020

Senator Thune returns home after feeling ill
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Senator John Thune has returned home from Washington after becoming ill. Thune' press spokesman says the Senator woke up Wednesday morning and didn't feel well, so he consulted with the attending physician and his physician in Sioux Falls. Thune...
March 26, 2020

Wyoming inmate dies in suicide
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming prison inmate is dead in an apparent suicide. Wyoming Department of Corrections officials say they will investigate the death Saturday of 48-year-old Jeffrey Robert Brown at the state medium-security prison in Torrington. Brown was serving...
March 26, 2020

Wyoming governor hints COVID-19 limits may go beyond April 3
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Restrictions on public gathering and businesses to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus could be in effect longer than planned in Wyoming. Through April 3, Gov. Mark Gordon has prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people at a time and shut down...
March 26, 2020


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