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Scams related to COVID-19 contact and tracing efforts
SIOUX FALLS, SD - You receive an unsolicited message via text, email, or a social media messenger. The message explains that you’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The message instructs you to self-isolate and provides a link for more in...
July 9, 2020

Forecast for extended heat, drought conditions
SIOUX FALLS, SD - If forecast trends hold, the rest of July will be hot and dry across much of the northern plains. Doug Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director for the National Weather Service in Kansas City, says it’s the hottest time of the year anyway. “I...
July 9, 2020

Department of Health reports 94 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 94 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, along with three new deaths. The three new deaths were all women with two listed in the 60-69 age range and one in the 80+ age range. One death was listed in Yankton County, one in Todd Cou...
July 9, 2020

Noem says she is not interested in 2024 presidential run
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is not interested in running for president in 2024 and would rather stay in South Dakota. The first-term Republican governor has drawn attention from conservative commentators for avoiding lockdown orders during t...
July 9, 2020

Dakota pipeline still moving oil despite shutdown order
BISMARCK, N.D. — The owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline is continuing to fill it with North Dakota crude oil and has no immediate plans to shut down the line, despite a federal judge’s order that it be stopped within 30 days for additional environmental review. Pip...
July 9, 2020

NWS - Tornado damage survey results from July 6 storm
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The National Weather Service says two tornadoes touched down in northeastern Wyoming Monday, July 6. It all began as powerful thunderstorms developed across northeastern Wyoming and southeastern MT. They merged and strengthened as they moved over Sundance and...
July 8, 2020

Oglala Sioux Tribe suspends president, lifts lockdown
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The Oglala Sioux Tribe has suspended its tribal president for 30 days and lifted a three-day lockdown he issued to stop the potential spread of COVID-19. The tribal council suspended President Julian Bear Runner during an emergency meeting. Council me...
July 8, 2020

Highway Patrol releases names of those involved in Fall River County crash involving motorcycle
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – A Pasco, WA man has been identified as the person who died late Friday night in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs. A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when it collided with a southbound 2016 Harley Da...
July 8, 2020

Wednesday COVID-19 update - Butte, Jones County each record first case
PIERRE, S.D. – The State Department of Health says there were 79 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. The new report shows 864 active cases statewide. That is down 11 from Tuesday. Around the Black Hills region, Pennington County saw 16 new cases, sending their cumulative tot...
July 8, 2020

State lawmakers looking for more COVID-19 funding
 PIERRE, SD - Several South Dakota state agencies have received money to help pay COVID-19 related costs and state officials are looking for more. Representative Jean Hunhoff of Yankton says some of those dollars could be shifted.  “I believe there were COVID dol...
July 8, 2020

Noem reimposes some regulations loosened during pandemic
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has reimposed some regulations that were loosened during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding previous orders she signed as part of South D...
July 7, 2020

Noem tested twice for COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. - In just a matter of days, Governor Kristi Noem has been tested twice for the Coronavirus. She says both tests have been negative. Noem's taking the tests as a precautionary measure. Late last week, she had hugged Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trum...
July 7, 2020

Black Hills National Forest Assessing Tornado Damage on Forest
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills National Forest is assessing impacts of a tornado that occurred Monday evening, July 6, south of Speafish, SD off of Tinton Road on the Northern Hills Ranger District.  A section of Tinton Road is currently closed due to downed trees. Timbe...
July 7, 2020

Names Released In Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – A 41-year-old man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner. A 2018 Mazda3 was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the vehicle struck Kenneth Beard who was walking on the roadway. He was pron...
July 7, 2020

COVID-19 numbers up 58 Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and one new death. The new death was out of Minnehaha County. Pennington County had 15 of those new positive tests, sending their cumulative total to 590 with 150 active cases. Meade County ...
July 7, 2020

Sturgis City Council approves mass testing plan for after rally
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council on Monday night approved up to 1,300 COVID-19 tests to be available for residents following this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The plan follows the city’s approval to participate in this year’s rally – alb...
July 7, 2020

Pennington County Sheriff - 21 arrested in July 3 protest near Keystone
RAPID CITY, S.D. - 20 adults and one juvenile were arrested Friday, July 3, 2020, for unlawful protest activities near Keystone. Individuals placed three large vans in the roadway to create a blockade to prevent access from Keystone to Mount Rushmore National Monument. The follo...
July 7, 2020

Protester at Trump's Mount Rushmore event faces 5 charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. — One of the leaders of a protest before President Donald Trump’s pre-Independence Day appearance at Mount Rushmore was officially charged for allegedly stealing a shield from a law enforcement officer. Thirty-eight-year-old Nick Tilsen, of Porcupin...
July 7, 2020

Rural community in South Dakota removes Confederate flag
GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a logo that included a Confederate flag has been removed from police department cars, buildings and patches in a small South Dakota community named for the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Mayor Bill Wuttke and the City Counc...
July 7, 2020

Erickson sentenced to federal prison
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Paul Erickson, a former conservative political operative has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for fraud following new scrutiny from his involvement with Maria Butina, a Russian agent, who gained  political access in South Dakota and organiz...
July 7, 2020

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump to Washington aboard Air Force One on Friday night despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has been ...
July 6, 2020

State records another spike in active COVID-19 cases Monday
PIERRE, S.D. – For the second day in a row, South Dakota saw a spike in the number of active cases of COVID-19. According to the Department of Health, there were 42 new cases of COVID-19, sending the active caseload across the state up 42 to 945. Although the number of new...
July 6, 2020

Woman pulled from Rapid Creek Sunday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County and Rapid City authorities say a successful water rescue took place Sunday evening near Legacy Commons at Memorial Park. Authorities report a female found herself in the rapidly rising waters of Rapid Creek. She wasn't able to get out of the ...
July 6, 2020

Federal judge shuts down Dakota Access pipeline
FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. The pipeline has been carrying oil for three years. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April that the pipeline remains “highly contr...
July 6, 2020

Authorities identify man missing in Missouri River
PIERRE, S.D. - Authorities have identified a man missing in the Missouri River since Friday afternoon.  The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office says 37 year-old Lee Weber is presumed drowned.  He dove into the river just before three pm Friday approximately two mi...
July 6, 2020

Fire crews join Rockerville in knocking down Sunday wildland fire threatening structure
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - The Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department reports a wildfire Sunday threatened a structure. According to a Facebook post from the department, crews were paged to a wildland fire threatening a structure on Strato Rim Road just after 2:00 p.m. Due to the fire ...
July 5, 2020

Man seriously hurt in motorcycle crash dies from his injuries
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on June 7, 2020 northeast of Spearfish. Braden Erickson, 38, was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson FLHX eastbound on St. Onge Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went i...
July 5, 2020

Dept of Health reports uptick in number of active COVID-19 cases Sunday
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 today, but the new cases far outweighed the number of recoveries over the past 24 hours. The new numbers shot the statewide number of active cases up 34 to 903 from yesterday’s 869. The ...
July 5, 2020

Early morning fire destroys house, surrounding property in southern Meade County
RAPID CITY, S.D. - An early morning structure fire in rural Meade County esclated to three alarms. According to a release, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning the North Haines Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 801 Virginia Ln, in unincorporated Meade County, for a re...
July 5, 2020

Pedestrian struck and killed in crash west of Winner
WINNER, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner. Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members. A 2018 Mazda3 was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the vehicle struck a male pedestr...
July 4, 2020


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