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Three teens killed in 3-vehicle crash in South Dakota
WOONSOCKET, S.D. — Authorities say three teenagers were killed in a three-vehicle crash in east-central South Dakota. The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened Saturday night near Woonsocket. The three boys, ages 14 to 15, were passengers in an Oldsmobile Al...
September 15, 2019

Family of woman found dead in Missouri offers $10,000 reward
BOONVILLE, Mo. — The family of a South Dakota woman who was found shot to death in Missouri last winter is offering a $10,000 reward for information in the case. Forty-year-old Melissa Peskey, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was found dead on Interstate 70 near Boonville in ...
September 15, 2019

Billboards protest 'In God We Trust' law
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An organization promoting the separation of church and state is putting up billboards in three South Dakota cities to protest the state's new law that requires all public schools to post the motto "In God We Trust" in a prominent location. The billboards fro...
September 13, 2019

A legacy of giving makes Sturgis Children's Library project possible
STURGIS, SD – He was the son of an opera singer from Brooklyn. She became a war bride from a small, west Texas town. Together, they would find their way to the foothills of the Black Hills and to Fort Meade where their legacy – that continues yet today – would b...
September 12, 2019

I-90 Closed West of Mitchell Due to Flooding
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Interstate 90 is closed from the junction of Highway 281 to Mitchell. Traffic is being redirected to use highways 37, 34 and 281. Numerous other roadways north and south of I-90 have No...
September 12, 2019

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
PIERRE – Governor Kristi Noem has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, trail groups and state parks totaling $1,358,113. The federal assistance program provides up to 80 percent reimbursement for trail-related development and maintenance...
September 11, 2019

Father, son died in plane crash in southern South Dakota
CROOKSTON, Neb. - A father and his teenage son who farmed near the border of South Dakota and Nebraska have died in a single-engine plane crash. Todd County, South Dakota Sheriff Barry Bailey identifies the victims as 39-year-old Clint VanderWey and his 16-year-old son, Jed Vand...
September 11, 2019

SUV driver killed in crash with school bus in Wyoming
RIVERTON, Wyo. - The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a 44-year-old man has died after his vehicle crashed into the rear of a school bus carrying a middle school football team. Lt. Travis Hauser tells KTWO-AM that eight students and the bus driver suffered minor injuries and were tre...
September 11, 2019

Severe storm extensively damages Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on the severe weather that caused widespread damage in Sioux Falls (all times local): 11:20 a.m. The National Weather Service is confirming that at least one tornado hit the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, overnight. The weather service...
September 11, 2019

Dr. Ben Jones from SD Dept of Education talks to rural residents about proposed district split
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School Board met in special session last night at the new Central Meade County School in Union Center. The topic of the special hearing – a proposal to split the district in two – with the rural areas of Union Center and Enning be...
September 11, 2019

Beef Council partners with PGA tournament, presents Beef Caddies
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Promoting the whole idea of beef consumption is an every day occurrence at the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC).  Figuring out creative ways to do that while maximizing other promotional programs already in the pipeline means being dialed in...
September 10, 2019

Rapid City police investigate casino holdup
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City are investigating a casino holdup. Police say a casino on the 700 block of East North Street was targeted Monday. A man reportedly entered Toby's Casino about 8:18 a.m. and handed a note demanding money to the a clerk on duty. The clerk ...
September 10, 2019

Governor Noem again threatens to veto hemp bill in 2020; Democrats say hemp has promise
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is promising to again veto an industrial hemp bill if it's introduced at next year's Legislature. Noem wrote why she won't support legalizing hemp in a commentary in the Wall Street Journal Monday night. The Republican governor...
September 10, 2019

U.S. seeks to dismiss tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys for the Trump administration are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes that want to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Tr...
September 10, 2019

Tractor driver could be charged in fatal I-90 crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. - A man who illegally drove a tractor and horse trailer on the interstate in southeastern South Dakota resulting in a fatal crash could face criminal charges. Fifty-two-year-old Johnnie Hines, of Sioux Falls, was killed when the van he was driving crashed into t...
September 10, 2019

New school hosts open house; will host head of Dept of Education Tuesday night
STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade 46-1 School District held an open house at the new Central Meade County School in Union Center last night. The new school will house students from the rural areas, including Enning and Union Center. Meade 46-1 School Superintendent Jeff Simmons s...
September 10, 2019

Manslaughter charge against Rapid City man dropped
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County State's Attorney Mark Vargo says a Rapid City man arrested on Friday for manslaughter will not be charged. Thomas Tesch, 51, was arrested Friday night in connection with the death of 38-year-old Schuyler Swan. After speaking with witnesses, p...
September 9, 2019

Woman who accepted Alford Plea sentenced to prison for killing of her nephew
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for the stabbing death of her nephew. Lorraine Swallow was charged in the death of 28-year-old Tyrell Bull Bear. Swallow has maintained throughout court proceedings that she stabbed Bull Bear...
September 9, 2019

Vaping-related illnesses reported in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting two confirmed cases of vaping related illness among residents aged 20-24 years. South Dakota joins 33 states who have reported cases of severe respiratory illness from e-cigarettes. Patients typically experi...
September 9, 2019

Hearing on request to move school gun case to juvenile court
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Attorneys for a boy charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder for bringing guns to a junior high school in Gillette are asking that his case be moved to juvenile court. The boy, now 15, was charged as an adult and pleaded not guilty in March. Th...
September 9, 2019

Motorcyclist killed in McKenzie County crash
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist traveling with a group of riders was killed when he swerved to avoid a vehicle that had crossed over the center line on a highway in McKenzie County. The patrol says the 55-year-old man from Saskatchewan, ...
September 9, 2019

Man arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with death
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man has been arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter after allegedly pushing another man down an embankment, causing his death. In a press release, Rapid City police say 31-year-old Thomas Tesch was arrested Friday on a manslaughter c...
September 7, 2019

DNA from cigarette leads to Dakota Access arrest
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota authorities relying on DNA collected from a cigarette butt have charged a man with engaging in a riot for his involvement in a Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Morton County prosecutors also charged 2...
September 6, 2019

Name Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
MT. VERNON, S.D. – A Mt. Vernon, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mt. Vernon. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says a 2018 Nissan Frontier was eastbound on 252nd Street when the drive...
September 6, 2019

Sturgis man enters guilty plea in Rehfeld death case
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Sturgis man pleaded guilty Friday to aiding and abetting in the death of his former girlfriend. Jonathon Klinetobe pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to aiding and abetting first degree manslaughter. Before Judge Heidi Linngren, the 30-year-ol...
September 6, 2019

Sheriff's certification revoked over sexual harassment
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota law enforcement oversight board has once again revoked the certification of a sheriff accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. The state Law Enforcement Officers Standards And Training Commission met Thursday to reconsider action against Marsh...
September 6, 2019

Search for man, possibly armed, triggers lockdowns
PARKSTON, S.D. - Police in Parkston say they're arrested a man who triggered lockdowns at both the local school and hospital. The Parkston Police Department posted on Facebook about 1:30 a.m. Friday that they were looking for a man who was believed to be armed and that residents...
September 6, 2019

More retailers ask customers to not openly carry guns into stores
DEERFIELD, IL - Drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS Health on Thursday joined Walmart and Kroger in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in their stores, even in states where “open carry” is allowed, unless they are authorized law enforcement officers. “We a...
September 6, 2019

Wyoming Supreme Court overturns judge in university gun ban
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a district judge wrongly issued an order that upheld the University of Wyoming's restriction on people's ability to carry firearms on campus, saying in a split decision that the judge didn't have jurisdicti...
September 6, 2019

South Dakota files brief in support of gunmaker being sued over Sandy Hook mass shooting
By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ten states and nearly two dozen members of Congress are joining the National Rifle Association in supporting gun-maker Remington Arms as it fights a Connecticut court ruling involving liability for the Sandy Hook Elem...
September 6, 2019


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