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Warm temperatures and snowmelt causing more flooding across South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Snowmelt has caused an increase in water levels across South Dakota and many communities are preparing for additional flooding. The White, Cheyenne, Big Sioux, James and Vermillion Rivers are all under flood warnings. An area including parts of southwes...
March 21, 2019

Man charged with killing brother being held on one million dollars bond
RAPID CITY, S.D. – After his court hearing was cut short Wednesday, James Ladeaux Senior appeared in court once again on Thursday, accused of killing his brother and assaulting two police officers. Ladeaux had to come back to court for a bond hearing after his initial cour...
March 21, 2019

Child care provider charged with injuring baby
WILLISTON, N.D. - A Willison day care provider is accused of critically injuring a baby in her care. Twenty-two-year-old Corey Gardner is charged with felony child abuse involving a 2-month-old child in November. Police say the child had a brain injury, a broken arm and retinal...
March 21, 2019

False report prompts river search in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls woman is accused of making false report that prompted a river rescue effort at a local park. The 30-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday night after she called 911 to report her wife had fallen into the river at Falls Park and she had jumped in...
March 21, 2019

Dakotas tribes seek more safety help from federal government
BISMARCK, N.D. - Tribal leaders in the Dakotas say they need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to fight crime and improve safety on reservations. Officials with federal law agencies say they're boosting efforts to combat drug trafficking, sex crimes and ...
March 21, 2019

Closing of more retail stores hitting small communities hard
STURGIS, S.D. – Many communities around the state are feeling the pain of losing some major retail businesses and that is evident in Sturgis after ShopKo announced it would be closing all of its stores. ShopKo Hometown in Sturgis survived an earlier announced closing of st...
March 20, 2019

Thune holds broadband roundtable in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune was in Sturgis today, meeting with representatives from the broadband industry, to discuss improving technology in rural areas. Thune says South Dakota is still struggling when it comes to expanding broadband service. He say...
March 20, 2019

Authorities planning new search for Serenity Dennard
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County officials say the recovery efforts will continue for nine year old Serenity Dennard, who left the Black Hills Children’s Home Sunday, February 3, 2019, before noon. The recent weather conditions have prohibited an effective and safe ou...
March 20, 2019

Officials say Tattoos identify victim who had been dismembered
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Authorities say tattoos on the body of a South Dakota woman found in a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula helped identify her because she had been dismembered. Prosecutors have charged Stephen Falkenberg with killing 46-year-old Tamara LaFramboise in Yankto...
March 20, 2019

Rapid City Diocese publishes list of accused priests
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Diocese has published a list of 21 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. The list includes priests who were credibly accused while in schools, churches, hospitals and on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations from 1951 to 2018. Bisho...
March 20, 2019

Rapid City Police arrest man on robbery, attempted rape charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Police say a Rapid City man haas been arrested and charged with attempted rape and attempted robbery. Police say 27-year-old Quintez Provancial allegedly attempted to rape a woman at a business on the 1100 block of West Omaha Street. The victim told...
March 19, 2019

Farm aid nonprofit arranging hay help for Nebraska ranchers
BISMARCK, N.D. - The Plains farm aid nonprofit Farm Rescue is launching an effort to bring donated hay to flood-stricken Nebraska ranchers. North Dakota-based Farm Rescue first activated its "Operation Hay Lift" program to help drought-stricken Upper Midwest ranchers in 2017. Do...
March 19, 2019

Semitrailer-SUV crash in Hughes County kills woman
BLUNT, S.D. - A woman is dead after a crash in Hughes County involving a semitrailer and a sport utility vehicle. The Highway Patrol says the SUV the 55-year-old woman was driving drifted into the path of the semi on U.S. Highway 14 on Monday afternoon. She died at the scene abo...
March 19, 2019

Weather Service expands flood advisories
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Along with flooding along the Cheyenne and White River, the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for a wide portion of southwestern South Dakota. Forecasters say river gages and weather spotters are reporting flooding in low lying areas d...
March 19, 2019

Rapid City police investigating overnight homicide
RAPID  CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are currently investigating an overnight homicide which took place in an alleyway across the street from 500 East Boulevard. At around 11:10 p.m. on March 18th, police were called to 35 Omaha Street for a third-party report of an uncons...
March 19, 2019

Noem Signs Bill Allowing Firearms in South Dakota Capitol
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a bill allowing firearms to be carried in the state Capitol building. Noem says under the bill, law-abiding citizens with the proper permit will be able to carry a gun in the Capitol, "just like they can in so many other pl...
March 19, 2019

Ice jams lead to flooding along White and Cheyenne River
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Ice jams and snowmelt have resulted in flood warnings on the Cheyenne and White Rivers. Forecasters were keeping an eye on a big buildup of ice moving down the Cheyenne River near Wasta. Landowners in the area say the ice on the river is abnormally thic...
March 19, 2019

Noem urging Big Sioux River Valley to prepare for flooding
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem is encouraging residents in the Big Sioux River Valley in eastern South Dakota to start preparing for record flooding. The National Weather Service expects flooding to start as soon as this weekend. Forecasters say flood waters could reach histor...
March 19, 2019

June trial set for South Dakota woman in 1981 death of baby
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A June trial date is set for a South Dakota woman charged in the death of a newborn who was abandoned in a ditch in 1981. Theresa Rose Bentaas was arraigned on murder and manslaughter charges Monday. Bentaas is being held on a $250,000 bond, and has ple...
March 19, 2019

South Dakota women's prison inmate dies
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Corrections says a Women's Prison inmate has died. The department says Cynthia Thompson reported feeling ill at the prison in Pierre. She was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where she died Monday. The 41-year-odl Thompson...
March 19, 2019

ShopKo announces closures of all stores
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Shopko announced Monday that despite the Company's best efforts, it was unable to find a buyer for its go-forward business as a going concern. As a result, Shopko will commence an orderly wind-down of its retail operations beginning this week. Further, the Compa...
March 18, 2019

Rapid City Police investigating early Sunday armed robbery of casino
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police are investigating an armed robbery that took place early Sunday morning. Police say the robbery was reported around 1:00 a.m. at the Jokers Casino on Mount Rushmore Road. A casino worker told police that a man came in to the establishme...
March 18, 2019

Some flooding along Cheyenne, White River in South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The National Weather Service says persistent snowmelt and runoff from last week’s heavy precipitation, along with ice jams, have contributed to continued moderate flooding along portions of the White River near Oacoma. Additional melting of last we...
March 18, 2019

Up to 500 homes damaged in 1 Nebraska county
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest: Flooding in Nebraska has badly damaged up to 500 houses in one county alone. Greg London of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that one levee broke Thursday along the Platte River, and another broke Saturd...
March 18, 2019

Legislative Wrapup - Lawmakers pass nursing home funding, pipeline protest bills
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem closed out the main part of her first legislative session as governor with a funding boost for nursing homes, anti-pipeline protest legislation and a victory over supporters of industrial hemp. Lawmakers voted this past week to approv...
March 17, 2019

Noem, Thune view flood damage in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Sen. John Thune have surveyed flood damage in Sioux Falls. Mayor Paul TenHaken and other city leaders took Noem and Thune on a tour of Sioux Falls on Saturday. The city was drenched in heavy rains earlier in the week as...
March 17, 2019

Rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least ...
March 17, 2019

Court upholds ruling that bars Keystone XL pipeline work
BILLINGS, Mont. - A federal appeals court has upheld a Montana judge's ruling barring construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. TransCanada had asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put the ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on hold while its a...
March 16, 2019

Noem Signs Emergency Declaration
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today signed an emergency declaration that allows the use of additional state funds for South Dakota counties impacted by this week’s blizzard and flood. “The storms this week have been extremely difficult for many of ou...
March 16, 2019

"We are in survival mode." Storm sweeps through cattle country
LAKESIDE, NE – As governor’s in two states declare emergencies, producers across South Dakota and Nebraska are dealing with the aftermath of a spring blizzard that dumped as much as two feet of snow in some areas, closing roads, schools and businesses.  In some ...
March 15, 2019


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