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Winter weather advisory posted for Sturgis, Spearfish and Rapid City
STURGIS, S.D. – Heavy, wet snow began to stick to the roads in Sturgis this afternoon as the cool, wet spring continues. Forecasters put up a winter weather advisory for the I-90 corridor from the Wyoming State Line down to Rapid City. The wet snow could cause some travel ...
May 21, 2019

Back to the drawing board for ambulance funding outside of city limits
STURGIS, SD – Meade County Commissioner Rod Bradley had hoped public sentiment would be further along  the path to finding a sustainable funding solution for ambulance services in parts of Meade County.  But last night’s meeting of the Meade County Citizens ...
May 21, 2019

Motorized Trails to Remain Closed over Memorial Day Weekend
CUSTER, S.D. - All motorized trails remain temporarily closed to motor vehicle use on the Forest due to extreme wet conditions and a forecast calling for more wet and cold weather. A closure order was signed last week prohibiting any type of motorized use on motorized trails. Ad...
May 21, 2019

Department of Public Safety encourages safe driving over Memorial Day
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials are urging drivers to make sure this Memorial Day holiday is remembered for all of the right reasons. This weekend’s Memorial Day holiday is considered the start of the summer travel season. That means...
May 21, 2019

Woman accused in death of newborn released from jail
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls woman accused in the 1981 death of her newborn has been released from jail. The Argus Leader reports Theresa Bentaas posted bond Monday. The 57-year-old Bentaas has been in the Minnehaha County Jail since her arrest March 8. She's charged with ...
May 21, 2019

Spearfish police investigating jewelry store burglary
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Police in Spearfish are hoping the public can help them catch up with a man they want to talk to in connection with a burglary at a local jewelry store. Police say someone burglarized R.M.S. Jewelers sometime early Monday morning. They released a photo of a man...
May 21, 2019

Man charged in death of woman enters insanity plea
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man charged in the death of a woman in 2015 has changed his plea. Richard Hirth, 38, is one of two people charged in the connection with the death of Jessica Rehfeld. Hirth, along with David Schneider, are accused of stabbing the 22-year-old to d...
May 21, 2019

Rapid City authorities searching for armed robbery suspect
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are asking the public for help for information leading to a suspect in an early morning armed robbery. Police say around 2:50 am, Monday, May 20, 2019, Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Corner Pantry at 4602 E...
May 21, 2019

Man arrested after allegedly robbing Spearfish McDonald's
SPEARFISH, S.D. —Police in Spearfish say a man was arrested after allegedly holding up the Spearfish McDonald's restaurant. Police say 20-year-old Brandon Allen Aldrich was arrested on the campus of Black Hills State University shortly after the robbery. The restaurant re...
May 21, 2019

Police remove and detonate landmine found in military memorabilia
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City say a surprise turned up in some military memorabilia Monday. That surprise was a live landmine. The item was reportedly found in some military memorabilia purchased at a auction. The call about the potentially dangerous item came in at...
May 21, 2019

Two dead after farm house fire in rural South Dakota
BOWDLE, S.D. - Two people are dead after a weekend fire on a farm in north-central South Dakota. Crews were called around 7 a.m. Saturday to the house fire near Bowdle. Edmunds County Sheriff Todd Holtz says the bodies were discovered after the fire was put out. Holtz says auth...
May 20, 2019

History of Meade County focus of annual History Day
STURGIS, SD - Being the largest county in land mass and among the least populated in South Dakota, makes the history of early day Meade County as colorful and interesting as some of the state's more well-known historic locations. You just don't hear about it as often. In recogn...
May 20, 2019

Rural ambulance citizens group to meet Monday night
STURGIS, S.D. – A citizen’s group meets Monday night for their first meeting to discuss ambulance service to the rural areas surrounding Sturgis. At last week’s Meade  County Commission meeting, Commissioners Rod Bradley and Talbot Wieczorek were appointed...
May 20, 2019

Public urged not to move firewood
PIERRE, SD - Not much beats sitting around the campfire on a cool summer night or roasting a s'more over a smoking bonfire. For many folks, these are signs of summer, but it's easy to forget the extreme impact to the state's natural resources if the public careful about where the...
May 20, 2019

Comment period extended on delisting gray wolf
WASHINGTON, DC - The nation's acting interior secretary announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment deadline on a proposal to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48 states and return management of the species to the states and tribes. David Ber...
May 20, 2019

Flood Watches, snow continue to make May miserable across region
STURGIS, S.D. - A strong storm system is set to move through the area Monday, and more snow and rain is forecast. The Black Hills are expected to get the snow, where a winter storm watch is in effect. Forecasters say snowfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches will be possible, containi...
May 20, 2019

Pro Rodeo Announcer, voice of Black Hills Roundup Chad Nicholson dies in California accident
UNDATED - The well known rodeo voice of the Black Hills Roundup, Chad Nicholson, has reportedly died following an accident in California. The California Highway Patrol and Tulare County authorities say the well known rodeo announcer and voice over artist died in a vehicle accide...
May 19, 2019

Plea deal eliminates death penalty for man who killed child
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Dell Rapids man accused of killing his 18-month-old stepson has agreed to a plea deal that takes the death penalty off the table. The Argus Leader reports that 39-year-old Keith Cornett pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the December 201...
May 19, 2019

Flooding damage and repair costs could linger in SD for years
UNDATED - The recent blizzards and rainstorms that have flooded farm fields and decimated roads across South Dakota have exposed major weaknesses in the state’s rural transportation network and created repair bills that may strain budgets of small-town and county government...
May 18, 2019

Former principal charged with assault back in court Friday
RAPID CITY, SD – A former Rapid City principal charged with aggravated assault was back in court Friday. Daniel Janklow and his attorney Dana Hanna filed a motion to admit evidence in court. Hanna asked the court to insert evidence related to a 2013 criminal investigation...
May 18, 2019

Hill City fire crews respond to Thursday night structure fire
HILL CITY, S.D. - Hill City Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a reported fire in a residential structure, at 11800 Deerfield Rd, in unincorporated Pennington County South Dakota. The call came in just after 7:00 p.m. Thursday night. First arriving Hill City Volunteer Firef...
May 17, 2019

Rapid City police report two early morning car chases
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police were kept busy early Friday morning by two car chases. The first incident happened just after midninght after an officer clocked a vehicle going 106 mph near the intersection of Cambell and East Minnesota Streets. After a short pursuit, the v...
May 17, 2019

Man sues wife's lover for alienation of affection
CANTON, S.D. - A South Dakota man is suing his wife's lover, alleging he stole her affection and destroyed his marriage. Todd Larson, in his lawsuit filed in Lincoln County, says Anthony Olson "maliciously and with a wanton disregard of his feelings and with the intent to injur...
May 17, 2019

Fighter jet from South Dakota guard crashes in California
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An F-16 fighter jet that crashed in Southern California was based in Sioux Falls. The pilot ejected and parachuted to safety before the Air National Guard fighter plane hit the warehouse in an industrial area near the March Reserve Air Base in Rive...
May 17, 2019

Health Department says Hepatitis A identified in Keystone food handler
PIERRE, S.D. – A case of Hepatitis A has been reported in a food handler employed at two Keystone restaurants.  Individuals who ate at the Keystone Subway between May 2 and May 14 or at the Keystone Turtle Town between May 6 and May 13 should contact their health care ...
May 16, 2019

Activists' lawyers: Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws
BISMARCK, N.D. - Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting an attempt by a South Dakota sheriff to be dismissed from a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. They say in a Tuesday court filing Pe...
May 16, 2019

Authorities in Rapid City investigating why two power poles fell over Wednesday
RAPID CITY S.D. -Authorities in Rapid City are investigating why two power poles fell over on Wednesday. Rapid City Fire Lt. Jim Bussell says they responded to the Time In Motel and the Time Out Lounge on East North Street. One pole fell onto the motel, while another fell on a ...
May 16, 2019

Man charged for allegedly trying to hire hit man
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man is in jail, accused of trying to hire someone to kill another person. Christopher Conaway, 43, is charged with criminal solicitation of a felony and attempted murder. He is being held in the Pennington County Jail on a cash only $30,000 bond. ...
May 16, 2019

Latest search for missing girl in South Dakota comes up empty
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Authorities have conducted another search for a missing girl in western South Dakota, but she was not found. Teams from across the state searched Wednesday for Serenity Dennard near Rockerville. But the Pennington County Sheriff's Office says the girl r...
May 16, 2019

Sturgis Brown High School administrators remain firm on graduation ceremony guidelines
STURGIS, SD – Sometimes, rules are rules. So when an academically accomplished student, who is also a member of the National Guard, wanted to vary the rules by wearing an FFA cord and a National Guard stole during graduation ceremonies coming up this weekend at Sturgis Brow...
May 15, 2019


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