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Rounds, Colleagues Lead Effort to Punish Criminals for Targeting Law Enforcement Officers
WASHINGTON–U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and a number of their Senate colleagues to introduce the Protect and Serve Act, legislation that would create federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state or fede...
September 18, 2020

Former lawmaker DiSanto accused of making false domestic assault report
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A former South Dakota state senator is facing charges of false reporting. Lynne DiSanto, who also goes by the names Lyndi DiSanto and Lynne Hix-DiSanto, appeared before Seventh Circuit Court Thursday for one count of false reporting to law enforcement in conne...
September 18, 2020

Contact tracing and quarantine bring even more COVID-19 challenges to Meade 46-1 Schools
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade School Board will meet again Monday in special session to determine if they want to develop a new policy concerning quarantine of close contacts. That follows this week’s regularly scheduled meeting in which board members learned about the difficu...
September 17, 2020

Rapid City woman identified as person killed in Lawrence County crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday in Spearfish. A 2004 Jeep Liberty was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the south ditch and eventually came to ...
September 17, 2020

New COVID-19 cases total 395; New cluster reported at State Women's Prison in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – New COVID-19 cases continued their upward trend Thursday as state health officials confirmed nearly 400 new cases of the virus in their daily report. The 395 new cases sent the state’s active number of cases to 2,615; up 173 from Wednesday. There were ...
September 17, 2020

State Railroad Board Accept Proposal to Purchase the Mitchell to Rapid City Railroad Line
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota State Railroad Board (Board) accepted a proposal Wednesday for possible acquisition of the state-owned Mitchell to Rapid City Railroad (MRC) Line. The proposal was presented by Watco Companies who have ownership in 43 other shortline railroad...
September 17, 2020

Monument Health warns of phishing scam
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monument Health warns of a scam in the Black Hills in which someone who claims to be with “Regional Health” calls and asks for personal information. The call appears to be from the same 755 telephone prefix that Monument Health uses. However,...
September 17, 2020

Spearfish releases statement on incident involving volunteer firefighter
SPEARFISH, S.D. — Spearfish Fire Department command staff became aware of a volunteer firefighter who responded to a call on Sunday, September 13, and was suspected of drinking alcohol prior to responding. Command personnel asked an outside agency to investigate and procee...
September 17, 2020

Authorities arrest man wanted in connection with shooting death
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Pennington County Sheriff's Office officials say they're arrested a South Dakota man accused of shooting one man and injuring another. Twenty-two-year-old Jamys Flying Horse, of Rapid City, was taken into custody about around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on char...
September 16, 2020

Authorities identify man killed in Bennett County crash
MARTIN, S.D. – A Martin man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Martin. A 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was southbound on South Dakota Highway 73 when the driver lost control. The vehicle eventually went into the east ...
September 16, 2020

New COVID-19 cases total 297 Wednesday, state hits new high for hospitalizations
STURGIS, S.D. – In their Wednesday update, state health officials reported eight new COVID-19 related deaths, a new daily high for hospitalizations and nearly 300 new cases of the virus. The update continues to show a surge in South Dakota as it remains near the top for th...
September 16, 2020

One juvenile killed, two others hurt in Walworth County Crash
MOBRIDGE, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night in Mobridge. Names of the three juveniles involved are not being released pending notification of family members. A 1997 Ford F50 pickup was southbound on 10th Avenue West wh...
September 16, 2020

South Dakota AG was frequent traveler before crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — For South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg spending Saturday driving hundreds of miles on the state’s roads was not unusual. But by this past Sunday, it was clear that his latest trip was anything but routine: An investigation was under...
September 16, 2020

Reward offered in four year old murder
RAPID CITY, S.D.  - The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the 2016 murder of 32-year-old Jessie Wallace Cook. Cook was found near the water tower at Willow Street and Highway 212 in Eagle Butte on October 29, 2016. He was pronounced ...
September 16, 2020

Newell Ram Show & Sale celebrates 75 years
NEWELL, SD –The Newell Ram Show & Sale will celebrate its 75th year Sept. 17-18. Originally started as a way to further the sheep industry in the area, the event now has a reputation for high quality range and stud rams and ewes for sale. Consignments from an eight-sta...
September 16, 2020

Staffing in a pandemic presents challenges
RAPID CITY, S.D.  – According to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, there are thousands of jobs open across the state. In Rapid City, Christina Vissia, HR recruiter for The Rapid City Area School District, says they have close to 80 open positions. ...
September 16, 2020

Cause of fire at Weimer's deemed accidental
STURGIS, S.D. - Fire investigators say the cause of a fire that heavily damaged Weimer's Diner and Donuts in Sturgis last month was accidental. Tony Managan, a spokesperson for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said the origin of the fire was located in an old extension cor...
September 16, 2020

Outside investigators look at South Dakota AG's fatal crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says her administration is bringing in outside investigators to look into how the state’s attorney general struck and killed a man with his car. She did not give a timeline Tuesday on when information on the crash wo...
September 15, 2020

State sees new single-day high for hospitalizations in Tuesday COVID-19 report
STURGIS, S.D. – State health officials reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday along with an uptick in the number of people hospitalized. The number of hospitalizations increased 23 today to 133. This is a new single-day high for South Dakota since the pandemic began. ...
September 15, 2020

One killed in Lawrence County crash Sunday
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday in Spearfish. A 2004 Jeep Liberty was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the south ditch and eventually came to rest in a creek. The 66-year...
September 15, 2020

National Western Stock Show shutters 2021 event
DENVER, CO – The National Western Stock Show — a Denver tradition for more than 100 years — won’t happen in 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, stock show officials announced Monday. The decision to cancel the show needed to be made now beca...
September 15, 2020

Reduction in property tax part of 2021 Sturgis city budget
STURGIS, SD — The Sturgis City 2021 budget contained some surprises related to property values and taxation and sales tax receipts. City Council approved the second reading of its 2021 budget that totals $21,896.287. According to city officials, valuation of properties wi...
September 15, 2020

Single vehicle accident results in one death, injury to another
SPEARFISH, S.D.  – One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday in Spearfish.  A 2004 Jeep Liberty was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the south ditch and eventually came to rest in a creek. ...
September 15, 2020

Victim's body found by Ravnsborg day after he hit him with car
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg released a statement late Monday night, saying he thought he hit a deer when he struck and killed a man on Saturday. Ravnsborg struck and killed Joe Boever, 55, on the side of Highway 14 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday we...
September 15, 2020

Family of victim in attorney general crash worry if investigation will be thorough
HIGHMORE, SD - Two cousins of the man killed when a car driven by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg struck him say they worry the investigation into the incident is not being handled properly. Victor and Nick Nemec are both cousins of Joseph Boever, 55, who was kille...
September 15, 2020

Man killed in crash involving South Dakota AG identified
HIGHMORE, S.D- The  man killed in a crash Saturday night has been identified.  Joseph Boever, 55, of Highmore, died in the crash involving South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. According to Tony Mangan, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson, Ravnsborg was...
September 14, 2020

Department of Health reports 163 new COVID-19 cases; gives update on state's schools
STURGIS, S.D. – Monday’s COVID-19 report from the state Department of Health indicated 163 new cases with no new deaths. Around the Black Hills area, Pennington County added 19 new cases Monday, sending the cumulative total to 1,814. Of those, 326 remain active. Acti...
September 14, 2020

Inductees named to SD 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame
HURON, SD - A group of five individuals has been selected for induction into the South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame. Selected by the Volunteer Hall of Fame committee, the 2020 inductees include Patricia Casteel, Meade County; Calvin Finnesand, Roberts County; Mike Steiger, D...
September 14, 2020

South Dakota's attorney general involved in fatal crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was involved in a traffic accident that led to a fatality. Authorities say the accident happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Hyde County. Noem announced Sunday that Secretary ...
September 14, 2020

Crash in Bennett County claims life of 35-year-old male
MARTIN, S.D. – One man died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Martin. The name of the person is not yet being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was southbound on South Dakota Hig...
September 14, 2020


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