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Man sentenced to prison for killing of his brother
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man who stabbed his younger brother to death last year, was sentenced Friday. James Ladeaux, Sr., 55, was sentenced to ten years in prison with three years suspended and credit for 311 days served. In December, Ladeaux pleaded guilty to sec...
January 25, 2020

Man shot by agent is charged with assaulting federal officer
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A man who was shot by a federal agent during a December pursuit is charged with assaulting five officers with his car. Uriah Lafferty was indicted this week on five counts in connection with the Dec. 19 incident near Hermosa. Lafferty is accused of assaultin...
January 24, 2020

Gov. Noem voices 'concerns' about transgender treatment bill
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has “concerns” about a bill in the House that would make it illegal for physicians to administer gender-change treatments to children under 16. The Republican governor has declined to offer full support or disapp...
January 24, 2020

Pennington County Deputies and Search & Rescue locate missing people
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Three people are safe after being stranded for several hours in a remote area of Pennington County. At around 8 pm, January 23, 2020, a spouse called to report her husband should have returned from the area of Ditch Creek Road and Six Mile Road. The man suffere...
January 24, 2020

More Natural Gas wells falling behind in tax payments
PIERRE, S.D. - State and county officials are closely monitoring a second natural gas drilling operation doing business in South Dakota after not receiving tax payments from the company in two years. Harding County Auditor Kathy Glines (Ga-LINES) confirmed to the South Dakota Br...
January 24, 2020

South Dakota Tourism Industry Touts 10 Years of Growth, Reaches Record Numbers in 2019
PIERRE, S.D. –South Dakota’s tourism industry has grown again for the tenth straight year, reaching a record level of visitors, visitor spending and impact on the state’s economy. According to the annual study done by Tourism Economics, South Dakota welcomed 14...
January 24, 2020

Autopsy: Missing Hardin girl died of hypothermia
BILLINGS, Mont. - An autopsy has found that a 16-year-old girl who went missing from an Interstate 90 rest stop on New Year's Day died of hypothermia. The body of Selena Not Afraid was found about a mile southwest of the rest stop on Monday. Witnesses reported seeing her walk...
January 24, 2020

New suicide prevention program targets kids, tribes, farmers
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota officials are planning to make suicide prevention programs available across the state. Officials say they have seen a 40% rise in suicides in the last decade. The rate is especially acute in rural areas and Native American communities. Gov. Krist...
January 24, 2020

Man not seriously hurt after his SUV struck by train
STURGIS, S.D. - A 77-year-old male escaped serious injury after his Jeep Cherokee was struck by a train in Sturgis Thursday night. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says Robert Wallace of Lemmon was traveling west bound on Ball Park Road, and attempted to cross the tracks wh...
January 23, 2020

Police in Rapid City investigating three robberies; believes they may be connected
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police in Rapid City are investigating three robberies possibly involving the same people, two of them that took place within thirty minutes of each other last night. Police say around 9 p.m. Wednesday, a man took a bank bag from the front desk of the Qu...
January 23, 2020

Drone bills proposed at State Legislature
PIERRE, S.D. - A pair of bills concerning the use of ‘drones’ in South Dakota are making their way through the State Legislature in Pierre. Drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles –have drawn the attention of state lawmakers in recent years. Now ...
January 23, 2020

Former CEO denies he took millions from bankrupt coal firm
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A former CEO has denied he took millions of dollars from a bankrupt Wyoming coal producer. The Gillette New Records reported Jeffrey Hoops Sr. says he went to extraordinary personal financial lengths in an attempt to save Blackjewel LLC. Lawyers for the compa...
January 23, 2020

Sturgis city leaders discussing fundraising ideas for Sturgis Rally Charities
STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis city leaders have begun discussing new sources of funding for Sturgis Rally Charities. For more than a decade, SRC provided significant funding for numerous local area non-profits. However, a recent court ruling has led to the reduction in the amou...
January 23, 2020

Rapid City Police install cameras at Memorial Park
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City have installed cameras in Memorial Park, following two recent drownings and what police call a significant amount of assaults, often affecting the homeless population there. Rapid City Police Lt. Brian Blenner says the cameras will serve a...
January 23, 2020

United Way of the Black Hills announces changes in fundraising, gifting
RAPID CITY, S.D. – We’ve all heard of them or used them.  On line fundraising platforms expand the reach of being able to raise money. That’s good news.  But there is an adverse affect to  brick and mortar agencies like United Way of the Black Hil...
January 23, 2020

Pine Ridge authorities investigating homicide
PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Authorities say a family fight has ended in a man’s death on the Pine Ridge Reservation. According to an Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety release, the altercation was sometime before 4:25 a.m. Wednesday at a home just south of Evergre...
January 22, 2020

Gillette man admits to stealing from Boy Scouts
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) – A Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to taking more than $30,000 from the Boy Scouts while he was a scoutmaster. The Gillette News Record reports 42-year-old Jason Ray Barnum of Gillette pleaded guilty to three counts of theft for using bank account infor...
January 22, 2020

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Trump administration has approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed the approval Wednesday for 46 miles of the...
January 22, 2020

Minor transgender bill passes through House State Afairs Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - The House State Affairs Committee passed a bill 8-5 that would prosecute doctors who administer treatment to minors under the age of 16 to help them change their gender. The measure would make it a felony for South Dakota doctors to administer puberty-blocking dru...
January 22, 2020

Day care provider charged in baby's strangulation death
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls day care provider has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a baby who became strangled in a car seat. Prosecutors say Kayla Styles left the 9-month-old boy in the car seat to nap Nov. 14 and when she checked two hours later she...
January 22, 2020

Sturgis passes first reading of ordinance governing ride sharing services
STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis has passed first reading of an ordinance that will govern the new ride sharing services Lyft and Uber, should they come to town. Discussion was held among  council members last night on some items of concern – but in the end, it passed wi...
January 22, 2020

Sturgis Council sets public hearings for annexation proposals
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis City Council has set public hearings of February 3 for two involuntary annexations. The council is releasing an intent of annexing property owned by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle club and the Big Rig RV Park on Doland Creek Road. The Jackpine Gypsi...
January 22, 2020

Sturgis Council approves purchase agreement to secure right of way for proposed Anna Street reconfiguration
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council approved a purchase aggrement Monday night that will allow the city to buy the former Caddy’s Restaurant building, which adjoins the Best Western Motel just off I-90’s Exit 32. The city doesn’t plan on utilizing th...
January 22, 2020

South Dakota man guilty of killing, dismembering girlfriend
PIERRE, SD - A South Dakota jury convicted a man of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body in a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula last year. Jurors in Pierre on Tuesday found 45-year-old Stephen R. Falkenberg guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degr...
January 22, 2020

South Dakota board approves Keystone XL water permits
PIERRE, SD - The South Dakota Water Management Board has approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. Keystone XL applied to draw water from the Cheyenne, White and Bad rivers in western South Dakota. The water will be used for drillin...
January 22, 2020

Police could be helped by virtual counselors in crisis calls
PIERRE. S.D. - A shortage of mental health professionals in rural South Dakota could be addressed by having trained counselors remotely assist police officers using readily available technology. State lawmakers are considering a package of eight bills this year aimed at address...
January 21, 2020

Prisoners raising money for Native American crime victims
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Prisoners at the South Dakota State Penitentiary are trying to raise money and awareness about Native American women who are crime victims. The non-profit organization ‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’ says Native American women are more th...
January 21, 2020

Montana sheriff says missing 16-year-old girl’s body found
BILLINGS, Mont. — A search team on Monday found the body of a 16-year-old girl near a Montana highway rest area where she was last reported seen on January 1, the Big Horn County sheriff said. The body of Selena Not Afraid was found by federal agents around 10:30 a.m., acc...
January 21, 2020

Lawmakers attempt to go paperless
PIERRE, S.D. - Lawmakers in Pierre return to the Capitol today to begin Week 2 of the South Dakota State Legislature. The pomp and circumstance of week 1 are now over and the slow roll of committee meetings, budget discussions, and lengthy floor sessions have begun. Lawmakers t...
January 21, 2020

South Dakotans fear a wet spring will lead to more flooding
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Weather data indicates the risk for spring flooding again in South Dakota is high. The state last year recorded the highest amount of precipitation on record and suffered widespread flooding. Mike Gillispie is a state climatologist for the National Weather...
January 20, 2020


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