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Governor Noem Announces New Secretary of Education
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that she will appoint Tiffany Sanderson to be the next Secretary of Education. Sanderson currently serves as a senior policy advisor for Governor Noem. In that role, her portfolio includes K-12 education, higher educat...
November 25, 2020

Late night homicide in Rapid City under investigation
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Rapid City Police say a Rapid City man has been arrested in connection with an incident late Tuesday night that left a 19 year old male dead from a gunshot wound. Authorities are investigating the apparent homic...
November 25, 2020

South Dakota reports 28 new COVID-19 related deaths in Wednesday report
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota health officials reported another increase in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday as 1,283 were reported. It was also another deadly report as the state reported 28 new deaths. New deaths West River included 3 out of Pennington and one each out of Lawr...
November 25, 2020

Chief Medical Officer pleads with people to wear masks
PIERRE, SD - There is continued debate over the use of face masks to slow the spread of Covid-19 and if cities should mandate wearing them. Avera Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael Elliott, says the science is clear. "Community-wide  masking, good hand hygiene, social...
November 25, 2020

Sanford replaces CEO after controversial email about masks
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has been replaced after telling employees that he had recovered from COVID-19 and was not wearing a mask. Sanford Health said in a release Tuesday that it has “mutually ag...
November 25, 2020

Deadwood passes mask mandate resolution
DEADWOOD, S.D. - The Deadwood City Commission has joined with other South Dakota cities in passing a temporary mask mandate resolution. The commission approved the mandate at a Monday special meeting. The mandate will remain in effect until Dec. 30. The resolution addresses ...
November 25, 2020

Former priest makes court appearance on sex-related charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A former priest convicted of stealing from local parishes was back in court Tuesday for charges related to sexual misconduct. Marcin Garbacz, 42, entered a not guilty plea before federal court on two counts of illicit sexual activity on Tuesday. He contested ...
November 25, 2020

Sioux Falls police investigating shooting that sent Rapid City man to hospital
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man is hospitalized in Sioux Falls after being shot there while sleeping in his car. The man, whose identity has not been released, fell asleep in the back seat of his car and awoke outside the car to find he had been shot. Sioux Falls poli...
November 25, 2020

Highway Patrol Encourages Safe Driving During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds people who are traveling this Thanksgiving holiday to do so in a safe manner. The Highway Patrol will conduct a statewide “Operation Safe” Wednesday in an effort to encourage those already traveling to ...
November 24, 2020

Tuesday COVID-19 Report - two new deaths, active cases decrease
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 1,011 new COVID-19 cases and active cases saw a decrease of nearly 700. In their Tuesday report, health officials reported 16,657 active cases of the virus, down 693 from Monday. Also down, was the number of people hospital...
November 24, 2020

Backers of marijuana amendment passed by voters will challenge plaintiffs, state in lawsuit
PIERRE, SD - Backers of legal marijuana will respond to a lawsuit filed to stop adoption of “Amendment A” which was passed by South Dakota voters earlier this month. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and Highway Patrol Superintendent Rick Miller are the plaintiffs...
November 24, 2020

SD among states that limit child's custody preference
PIERRE, S.D. -- More than a dozen states, including South Dakota, don't require a judge to factor in a child's preference when making custody decisions, according to a new analysis of these laws. The report was issued by CustodyXChange, which develops software for people managin...
November 24, 2020

SD Teacher: Schools need more Native American history
ROSEBUD, S.D. -- The "one-sided" version of Thanksgiving often taught in public schools has long frustrated Native Americans, especially as it occurs in the middle of National Native American Heritage Month. One South Dakota teacher says sees hope, but she wants more action from ...
November 24, 2020

Sturgis to build Gold Star Family Memorial
Sturgis, SD - The Sturgis community will soon be home to a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.  The Monument will be placed near the Harley-Davidson Rally Point Plaza at the corner of Main Street and Harley-Davidson Way, where visitors and community members can visit ...
November 24, 2020

South Dakota float to again appear in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
PIERRE, S.D. — For the eleventh year, South Dakota’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float will appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. American singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina has been announced as the talent on the float. &ldqu...
November 24, 2020

Former priest sentenced to prison for theft from local parishes
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A former priest has been sentenced to prison in connection with thefts from local parishes. Marcin Garbacz was sentenced to seven years and nine months in federal prison Monday. Garbacz was convicted of 65 felonies back in March, including 50 counts of wire ...
November 24, 2020

One person killed after motorcycle vs R.V. crash Friday in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities say a man died Friday after a crash between a motorcycle and an R.V. Rapid City police say the crash occurred on November 20 in the area of 610 East Omaha Street at around 3:45 p.m. Witnesses say an eastbound RV attempting to make a left-han...
November 23, 2020

Rapid City Council to hear second reading of mask mandate November 30
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Common Council has scheduled the date to discuss second reading of a mask mandate ordinance. Discussion on second reading of the ordinance will take place Monday, November 30. The ordinance barely escaped through its initial reading Thurs...
November 23, 2020

New COVID-19 cases number 783 in Monday report
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported a lower number of COVID-19 cases Monday as 783 new cases were reported. Active cases rose by 453 to 17,350 and hospitalizations saw a slight uptick to 582. In today’s hospital report, 47.5-percent of the ...
November 23, 2020

Police in Rapid City investigating two robberies within 24 hours of each other
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City are investigating a Monday morning hold up at North Street Subway restaurant. Police say the robber entered the establishment with a handgun and demanded money from the store's cash register. Police say the employee complied. The susp...
November 23, 2020

Cash surplus will be part of upcoming legislative debates, appropriations
PIERRE, SD - The budget and how to slice it up is always a major debate for South Dakota legislators but the 2021 session may have the problem of extra money. Senator Jim Bolin of Canton says because of solid sales tax revenues and other factors, they expect a big chunk of one-t...
November 23, 2020

Sunday COVID-19 Report - 42 new deaths, 1,129 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. – State health officials have reported 42 new COVID-19 related deaths in their Sunday report, sending the state’s death toll to 819. The new deaths were 20 men and 22 women. There were 1,129 new cases reported Sunday. Active cases increased today by 30...
November 22, 2020

Former Rapid City priest faces child pornography charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A former priest convicted of stealing $260,000 in cash donations from the Diocese of Rapid City is now accused of having sexual contact with a minor and possessing child pornography. Marcin Garbacz, 42,  was indicted in February but the case was on...
November 21, 2020

For the second day in a row, COVID-19 deaths total 36 with 1,144 new cases
PIERRE, S.D. – For the second day in a row, state health officials reported 36 COVID-19-related deaths, sending the state’s death toll to 777. There have been 362 deaths reported since Nov. 1. The new deaths were 18 men and 18 women. Across West River, there were 2 i...
November 21, 2020

South Dakota Reports First Flu Deaths of Season
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, South Dakota reported the first influenza death of the 2020-2021 season. The death was reported in Potter County, and the individual was in the 80 to 89-year age group. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is no...
November 21, 2020

Challenge Filed to Constitutional Amendment A
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and South Dakota Highway Patrol commander Col. Rick Miller on Friday filed suit against the recently passed Amendment A. The amendment directs the state legislature to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational ...
November 21, 2020

CDC Study: Motorcycle rally sparked COVID-19 cases in Minnesota
NEW YORK (AP) — This summer’s huge motorcycle rally in South Dakota led to dozens of coronavirus cases in neighboring Minnesota. That’s the finding of a report Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study was mainly conducted by Minnes...
November 20, 2020

Sturgis has no immediate plans to discuss mask mandate
STURGIS, S.D. – As of now, there is no talk of a mask mandate coming to Sturgis. Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen says neither he, nor the council, have any plans to discuss it in the near future. "I do not see it (a mandate) at this point. We haven't talked about it as a co...
November 20, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Rapid City cancels annual Festival of Lights parade
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The city of Rapid City has announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Festival of Lights parade has been cancelled. On Friday, Rapid City announced the annual parade, scheduled for November 28th, will not happen to ensure the public's safety. Conn...
November 20, 2020

Murder charges dropped in Fall River County case
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Relatives of a homicide victim say they are distraught after learning that murder charges have been dismissed against the defendant in the Fall River County case because a key witness was found to be incompetent to testify. Moses Dubray was found ...
November 20, 2020


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