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New COVID-19 cases number 49 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 in its Monday report, with no new deaths. Around the Black Hills, Pennington County reported 8 of those, giving them a cumulative total of 786 with 131 active cases. The number of active cases ...
July 27, 2020

COVID-19 outbreak leads to closure of Camp Judson youth camp near Keystone
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Several cases of COVID-19 have been linked to Camp Judson, a popular Christian youth summer camp located in the Black Hills, the South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed. The camp has closed and has canceled an outing scheduled for junior-high students s...
July 27, 2020

Body of male pulled from Missouri River
PIERRE, S.D. - Search and rescue crews in Pierre recover a man from the Missouri River in Fort Pierre Monday morning.  The Pierre Fire Department’s Rescue Squad and Dive Team were dispatched Monday around 7:50 am by Central South Dakota Dispatch to a report of unoccu...
July 27, 2020

Name Released In Mellette County Fatal Crash
WHITE RIVER, S.D. – A Pierre, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of White River. A 2007 Chevy Impala was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 44 when it left the roadway to the right. The vehicle flipped over sev...
July 27, 2020

Rapid City fire crews keep blaze near Star Village under an acre
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City fire crews knocked down a grass fire in the area of Star Village Sunday afternoon. The fire was located on a hillside at the intersection of Signal Drive and Kellogg Place. It was contained to a half acre. There were structures damaged and th...
July 26, 2020

Sunday COVID cases up 90, with one new death reported
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 90 new COVID-19 cases Sunday with one new death. The new death was reported out of Todd County, their fourth COVID-19 related death. The new death sends the statewide number to 123. Around the Black Hills area,...
July 26, 2020

Two fires burned nearly 50 acres southeast of Wall
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Great Plains Fire Dispatch says firefighters knocked down a couple of wildfires in the Wall area Saturday. The Imlay Fire burned approximately 12.3 acres southeast of Wall. The fire was reported Friday night and contained on Saturday. The cause of the fire was...
July 26, 2020

State conducts over 2,400 tests with 105 positive COVID-19 cases reported Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time in over a month, the state recorded over 100 new cases of COVID-19 in their latest report. The Department of Health said Saturday there were 105 new positive tests, but no new deaths. The high number of new infections could be due to a la...
July 25, 2020

Meade County Fair being held online due to COVID-19
STURGIS, S.D. - As with many events this summer, COVID-19 has meant either a cancellation or alternative way of handling things -- and the 2020 Meade County Fair is among those not letting the virus slow them down. Instead of the usual fair held at the grounds at Sturgis Brown H...
July 24, 2020

Crews Continue to Secure Line on Black Elk Fire
CUSTER, S.D. - Fire crews stayed overnight Thursday, monitoring a fire located in the Black Elk Wilderness, ½ mile southeast of Black Elk Peak. The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon and is estimated to be 7.6 acres. Crews will continue to secure and improve lines throu...
July 24, 2020

Authorities identify motorcyclist killed in truck vs motorcycle crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A Hot Springs, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a truck-motorcycle crash south of Custer. A 2008 Harley Davidson FLHTCU motorcycle and a 1989 Freightliner truck hauling gravel were both northbound on U.S. Highway 385. As...
July 24, 2020

First Human West Nile Virus Detection of 2020 Reported
PIERRE, S.D. – A McCook County resident is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the season, the state Health Department reported today. “Active transmission of West Nile virus is occurring in South Dakota and people need to protect themselve...
July 24, 2020

Ellsworth B-1s conduct long-range BTF mission in South China Sea July 21
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- A pair of B-1B Lancers assigned to Ellsworth deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, launched from the island base to conduct a long-range strategic Bomber Task Force mission in the South China Sea on July 21, 2020. During the flight, the 37th Expediti...
July 24, 2020

Hospitalizations drop for a second day, one new death reported in Friday COVID-19 report
PIERRE, S.D. – There were 57 new cases of COVID-19 according to the Department of Health in their Friday report. One new death was also reported out of Pennington County, where COVID-19 related deaths now total 26. Around the Black Hills area, Pennington County reported t...
July 24, 2020

Limited visitation to resume at Monument Health hospitals
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Beginning Monday, July 27, hospitalized patients at all five Monument Health hospitals will once again be able to have visitors at their bedside, the health care system announced. In addition, patients who come to Monument Health for emergency medical car...
July 24, 2020

UPDATE - Authorities locate missing woman
RAPID CITY, S.D. -UPDATE - Police in Rapid City say a woman reported missing has been found. Police spokesman Brenden Medina says Cristine Tail was involved in an altercation Thursday night. Medina says she is being treated for her injuries, but otherwise safe. No further detai...
July 24, 2020

Hiker stranded on steep rock face rescued Wednesday in Spearfish Canyon
SPEARFISH, SD – A lost hiker who inadvertently found herself on a steep rock face in Spearfish Canyon was successfully rescued via high-angle/rope rescue Wednesday. “It was a successful outcome,” Spearfish Fire Department Division Chief Travis Ladson said, des...
July 23, 2020

Crews continue fighting fire burning in Black Elk wilderness area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Fire crews continue to fight a wildfire in the Black Elk Wilderness Area approximately ½ mile SE of Black Elk Peak. The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon and is estimated to be between 3-5 acres with no sufficient growth last night. Crews are const...
July 23, 2020

Man who went on crime spree in Rapid City makes court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A man who went on a massive crime spree Tuesday morning made his initial court appearance today. Billy Robertson, 33, is charged with 13 felonies, ranging from aggravated assault to grand theft after leaving what Rapid City interim police chief Don Hedri...
July 23, 2020

Health Department reports 66 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and two new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 66 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths in their Thursday report. One new death was a man and one was a woman. The age range for both deaths was 80+ years-old. One was listed in Pennington County and one was listed in La...
July 23, 2020

Custer County sees second fatal motorcycle crash in as many days
KEYSTONE, S.D. – For the second time this week, the highway patrol reports a motorcycle crash has killed one person in Custer County. The patrol says the latest accident happened Wednesday afternoon when a crash occurred south of Keystone. Names of the people involved are...
July 23, 2020

Johnson disappointed in US Dept of Ag report on cattle market investigation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released some preliminary findings from its investigation into the cattle markets following the Kansas plant fire last year. Their findings include a detailed look at market changes following the fire which closed the pla...
July 23, 2020

Rapid City Mayor disappointed with lack of communication from Dept of Health on COVID-19 updates
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Citing frustration about the lack of communication from the State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 cases, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said Wednesday he was suspending his weekly press briefings. “If the State cannot or will not communicate wit...
July 22, 2020

Fire crews battling wildfire in Black Elk wilderness area
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Fire crews are responding to a wildfire in the Black Elk Wilderness Area. The fire was reported at 2:15 p.m. today and is currently estimated to be at 3 acres.  It started approximately ½ mile southeast of Black Elk Peak.  Multiple resources h...
July 22, 2020

Letter sent to all school board presidents urging mandate on wearing masks
SIOUX FALLS, SD -  South Dakota State Medical Association President Benjamin C. Aaker, MD, writing on behalf of the association’s nearly 2,000 members, sent a letter on Tuesday, July 21 to school board presidents at each public school in South Dakota, urging them to re...
July 22, 2020

State records 58 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, one new death reported
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. After a spike of 25 cases in Pennington County was reported Tuesday, the county had 6 in today’s release. There are 143 active cases in Pennington – down 17 from ...
July 22, 2020

Highway Patrol says one dead after motorcycle, truck collision in Custer County
CUSTER, S.D. – One person died Tuesday morning in a truck-motorcycle crash south of Custer. Names of the two drivers are not yet being released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved. A 2008 Harley Davidson FLHTCU motorcycle and a 2008 ...
July 22, 2020

Man charged with shooting two people makes first court appearance
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The man accused of shooting two people at a Rapid City mobile home park Monday morning made his first appearance in court Tuesday. Authorities say 29-year old Arlen Hatten of Rapid City is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and two count...
July 22, 2020

South Dakota lawmakers criticize Noem on tribal checkpoints
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers are calling for formal consultation processes between tribal and state governments after Gov. Kristi Noem's handling of a conflict over coronavirus checkpoints set up by tribes. Legislators on a committee tasked with navigating t...
July 21, 2020

State records 76 new cases of COVID-19 in Tuesday report
STURGIS, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, with 29 of those in the Black Hills area. Pennington County saw the most as 25 new positive tests were reported. That sends the county’s cumulative total to 750 and the active caseloa...
July 21, 2020


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