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Death of older male found in culvert under investigation
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a culvert near South Valley Drive late Monday afternoon. Police spokesman, Brendyn Medina, says first responders were called to the 3000 block of S. Valley Drive for a report ...
October 13, 2020

Pennington County authorities investigating fatal stabbing in Box Elder
BOX ELDER, S.D. — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating the fatal stabbing of a female victim in Box Elder. In a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, authorities say a female has died from a stabbing that took place at an apartm...
October 12, 2020

Monday COVID-19 Report - new high for active cases, hospitalizations rise by 12
STURGIS, S.D. – Active cases of COVID-19 continue to see new highs as the state broke 6,000 on Monday. In their daily report at COVID.SD.GOV, health officials say there were 344 confirmed  cases of COVID-19 today, along with 15 probable cases. The total for today is 3...
October 12, 2020

Man rescued by helicopter after fall in South Dakota park
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Authorities say the South Dakota National Guard used a Black Hawk helicopter to rescue a man trapped in a crevasse after falling about 100 feet in Badlands National Park. Volunteer firefighters had first attempted to reach the 33-year-old man with techn...
October 12, 2020

Fire burns 10 acres in Custer County
CUSTER, S.D. – Fire crews battled warm, dry condition Saturday in knocking down a fire in  Custer County. The fire burned just over 10 acres near Stagecoach Springs in the Argyle area. The fire burned in a mix of grass and trees with multiple agencies responding, inc...
October 12, 2020

Sunday COVID-19 Update - New high for active cases, no new deaths reported
STURGIS, S.D. – South Dakota health officials reported 617 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday with 542 confirmed and 75 of them considered probable courtesy of antigen testing. For the first time in several days, there were no new deaths reported but the state recorded another n...
October 11, 2020

New high for active cases, 9 new deaths as COVID-19 cases continue to surge
STURGIS, S.D. – COVID-19 cases continue to surge across South Dakota as the state realized another high of active cases Saturday. In their daily report, health officials reported 732 new cases. Of those, 690 have been confirmed and 42 are considered probable through antige...
October 10, 2020

Names released in Tuesday's fatal crash near Whitewood
STURGIS, S.D. – Names have been released of the three men who died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash near Sturgis. A 2016 Freightliner Cascadia semi-truck and trailer was eastbound on Interstate 90 when it was rear-ended by a 2015 Maserati Ghibli. All three occupan...
October 9, 2020

Thune, Johnson Applaud Decision to Keep Hot Springs VA Medical Center Open
WASHINGTON —  U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) issued the following statements after Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie notified them that the VA has formally rescinded its earlier record of decision to realign...
October 9, 2020

State sees another new high for COVID-19 active cases Friday
STURGIS, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 772 new COVID-19 cases today. 748 of them are confirmed and 24 are probable. Active cases also rose today to a new high – 5,188. That is up 515 from yesterday. The state also recorded another five new deaths, sending...
October 9, 2020

Regents don't change spring calendars for SD universities
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Board of Regents has determined the spring academic calendars for the state’s universities will remain unchanged, despite a recent surge in coronavirus cases in the state. The regents have agreed to maintain a spring semester with 77 class ...
October 8, 2020

South Dakota reports 14 new COVID-19 related deaths Thursday
STURGIS, S.D. – State health officials reported 14 COVID-19 related deaths in their latest report – one of the highest daily totals since the pandemic began. Of the 14 new deaths reported, six are men and eight are women with twelve in the 80+ age range and two in th...
October 8, 2020

Kadoka, Hot Springs Schools go to online learning due to COVID-19 cases
KADOKA, S.D. - Kadoka is the latest West River school district to temporarily close due to COVID-19. The district on Wednesday announced in a Facebook post that it was closing its elementary, middle and high school on Thursday to deep clean after a positive case of COVID-19 was ...
October 8, 2020

Tribe reports scramble for hospital beds in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A small hospital serving the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has sent two coronavirus patients to an out-of-state hospital in recent days, even as South Dakota’s top health officials insist the state has plenty of hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients...
October 8, 2020

Rapid City man ordered to pay restitution for illegally trafficking eagle parts and feathers
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $16,000 in restitution for illegally trafficking eagle parts. Troy Fairbanks was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Jeffrey Viken. Fairbanks was arrested as part of Operati...
October 7, 2020

Wednesday COVID-19 Report - State begins adding probable cases
PIERRE, S.D. – Hospitalizations and active cases hit another new high Wednesday as the state began adding probable cases to their daily COVID-19 reports. During their weekly presser today, state health officials reported 609 new cases – among them, 562 confirmed and ...
October 7, 2020

RC Police investigating Tuesday night assault; stabbing
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police say a stabbing Tuesday evening has sent one man to the hospital, after he was reportedly assaulted near the Journey Museum. Just before 8:00 P.M., first responders were dispatched to an area just to the east of the Journey Museum. It wa...
October 7, 2020

Accident on I-90 near Whitewood results in 3 fatalities
STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released a few more details regarding an accident that killed three men Tuesday afternoon near Whitewood. Tony Mangan with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety says a 2016 Freightliner Cascadia Semi was travelling...
October 7, 2020

Aide: Noem has no plans to get tested despite Trump event
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has no plans to get tested for the coronavirus before heading back out to campaign for the president this week even though she attended a fundraiser with him shortly before he tested positive. Noem's spokesman, Ian Fury, s...
October 7, 2020

RC Council delays action on chicken ordinance
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Council on Monday night voted to table taking action on its proposed urban hen ordinance. By a vote of six-to-three, the council voted to push the vote to November 16 for more work on the details of the ordinance. The Rapid City Council h...
October 7, 2020

Tuesday COVID-19 update - active cases decrease, hospitalizations rise
STURGIS, S.D. – State health officials reported 278 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as the active caseload in the state dropped 95 to 4,179. The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 jumped another 9, however, Tuesday to 250. New cases across West River totaled 94 with...
October 6, 2020

SD Supreme Court takes up firefighter vehicle collision
PIERRE, SD - The October 2020 session of the South Dakota Supreme Court is underway this week. One of the cases being heard involves whether or not a city and its volunteer fire department should be held liable for an accident that occurred  in 2016. Gerrit Tronvold, who is...
October 6, 2020

Legislators approve spending of CARES Act funds, some requests left out
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota legislators approved amending the state budget to reflect one point three billion dollars of federal aid for pandemic related costs. During the special session yesterday (Monday), lawmakers also approved a resolution directing how the Governor should sp...
October 6, 2020

After Monday closure to COVID-19 concerns, Wall Schools plan to reopen Tuesday
WALL, S.D. - Wall area schools were closed Monday "due to the number of staff with symptoms and being tested for COVID-19," but they plan to reopen Tuesday. The district made the closure announcement on Facebook Sunday. By Monday afternoon, the district posted that Wall School ...
October 6, 2020

South Dakota governor defends her pandemic approach
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has provided a blueprint of how to navigate through the coronavirus pandemic without heavy-handed government mandates that were typical in other states. Noem's assertion to legislators during a special session Monday t...
October 6, 2020

Sturgis Main Street bakery damaged by fire will not reopen
STURGIS, S.D. - The owners of a long running bakery and donut shop in Sturgis says they will not reopen after a fire heavily damaged the business in August. In a Facebook post, the owners of Weimer's Diner and Donuts say they will not rebuild. "This has been a very hard decis...
October 6, 2020

Key Leadership Roles Up For Grabs In 2021 Legislature
PIERRE, S.D. - There’s a sub plot developing behind the scenes of today’s special legislative session in Pierre: who will be in leadership in 2021. Key roles in the next legislative term are up for grabs this December when party caucuses elect leadership.  Those...
October 5, 2020

Rapid City police say speeding factor in two vehicle accident that sends camaro into pole
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are investigating a two car accident that resulted in what appears to be minor injuries Monday. Police say a Chevrolet Camaro was traveling northbound on Fifth Street when it side swiped a pickup truck. The collision forced the camaro off the...
October 5, 2020

Monday COVID-19 Update - Active cases, hospitalizations reach new high
STURGIS, S.D. – There was a lower amount of new COVID-19 cases Monday, but the state still set another record high for active cases. In its daily report, health officials reported 181 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily number in weeks. However, only 668 new tests were co...
October 5, 2020

South Dakota Governor addresses legislators in special session
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota legislators are meeting is a special session today, some in Pierre and some remotely as they decide how to spend hundreds of millions of federal dollars provided by the CARES Act. Governor Kristi Noem addressed the joint session at the beginning, laying...
October 5, 2020

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