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Sunday Update - State DOH says 28 new cases in eastern South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Health reported 28 new positive tests for COVID-19 in its Sunday report. All new cases were in eastern South Dakota; the bulk of them in Minnehaha County, where there have been 104 positive tests. In fact, 23 of the 28 new positive c...
April 5, 2020

State reports 25 new positive tests for COVID-19 in Saturday update
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 25 positive tests for COVID-19 in their Saturday report. The current number is now 212 – up from Friday’s 187. All of the cases were again in eastern South Dakota as Lawrence remained at 9, Penningt...
April 4, 2020

Rep. Bob Glanzer of Huron dies after fight with COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota State Representative Bob Glanzer of Huron  died Friday night. He was 75. He had been in critical condition with COVID-19 in Avera’s intensive-care unit in Sioux Falls. Glanzer was diagnosed last month.  According to his son,...
April 4, 2020

Resident at Sioux Falls elder care facility third person to die of COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls elder care facility says that one resident has died after contracting the coronavirus. The Prince of Peace Retirement Community, ran by Avera Health, announced earlier this week that three residents had become infected. Avera says it be...
April 3, 2020

Noem says COVID-19 situation remains fluid in SD
PIERRE, S.D. — During her daily press conference Friday, Governor Kristi Noem says the state is in a very fluid, or changing, situation when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. This caveat was shared before she released projections for how the virus will impact the state in...
April 3, 2020

Monument Health Foundation creates COVID-19 medical response fund
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Starting today, the Monument Health Foundation is launching the COVID-19 Medical Response Fund and is pledging to match the first $5,000 in donations to help with community efforts to fight this virus. This fund will be used exclusively to purchase the resource...
April 3, 2020

South Dakota prisoners tasked with making PPE
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmates are producing personal protective equipment for prison staff. South Dakota prisons have several manufacturing shops that have turned to producing cotton face masks, nylon gowns and plastic face shields ...
April 3, 2020

State records 22 additional COVID-19 cases
PIERRE, S.D. – The number of COVID-19 positive tests in South Dakota hit 187 Friday – up 22 from Thursday’s 165. All new cases were in eastern South Dakota. That means Lawrence County remained at 9, Pennington at 6, Meade and Fall River Counties at 1. Positi...
April 3, 2020

Lawmakers to probe if Senate leader was drunk during meeting
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota legislators have decided to investigate allegations that Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer was drunk during a meeting earlier this week. Both Langer, a Dell Rapids Republican, and Senate Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield, a Clark Republican, will be...
April 3, 2020

Meade County Commission to meet in special session Friday to discuss Coronavirus
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission will meet in special session Friday to discuss possibly closing county offices to the public due to the spread of COVID-19. The virus continues to spread in neighboring counties, but so far Meade County only has one positive test -- a ...
April 2, 2020

Governor asking National Guard to set up hospital capacity in Sioux Falls, Rapid City
PIERRE, .S.D - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Thursday says she is asking the National Guard to help in the fight of COVID-19. During her media briefing, the governor said the National Guard will help set up hospital capacity in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Federal fundin...
April 2, 2020

Thune Launches Special COVID-19 Resources Page on His Website
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today launched a microsite to provide South Dakotans with important up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic. The microsite features news and updates from Thune, and it includes informative documents and resources ...
April 2, 2020

State Dept of Health reports 36 new COVID-19 cases; Lawrence County adds three
PIERRE, S.D. – The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota saw another double-digit increase in the latest update from the South Dakota Department of Health. Health officials report 36 new positive tests statewide, bringing the state’s total to 165. Lawrence County...
April 2, 2020

Construction on Keystone XL pipeline to begin immediately
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Major construction projects are moving forward along both U.S. borders and raising fears that the influx of workers could spread the coronavirus. Along the northern border, a Canadian company says it will start work this month on a disputed oil pipeline tha...
April 2, 2020

Temporary Extensions Granted For Driver License Expiration Dates
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that gives the Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary the authority to order the temporary extension of the expiration date for certain driver licenses. Senate Bill 190, which was passed Monday by state legislat...
April 2, 2020

City of Sturgis says Good Deeds Program very successful
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Good Deeds Program is quickly becoming very popular among the elderly and those living with critical conditions. This program allows Sturgis residents to call the Library to place an order for groceries and other necessities as well as library materia...
April 2, 2020

Board of Regents freezes tuition and fees at public colleges
PIERRE, S.D. — The governing board of South Dakota's public universities has made a slew of decisions, including to freeze tuition and fees for next year. Board of Regents president Kevin Schieffer said the financial uncertainty due to the global coronavirus pandemic led ...
April 1, 2020

Police investigating unattended death after human remains discovered
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City police are currently investigating an unattended death after human remains were located near Rapid Creek. On March 31st at around 3:00 p.m., police were dispatched to 3333 Jolley Lane after a grounds keeper discovered an object which appeared to be ...
April 1, 2020

COVID-19 spreads through South Dakota family's close ties
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Infectious disease experts say that while the coronavirus spreads fast in cities, rural communities are also vulnerable because of strong family ties. Caterina Scoglio, a professor at Kansas State University, says families often rely on each other for ...
April 1, 2020

COVID-19 cases jump 21, second death reported in latest update from SD Dept of Health
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Health Department reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 in its Wednesday report – raising the state’s total to 129. Furthermore the state recorded its second death in relation to the virus. The death was reported in Beadle County...
April 1, 2020

Accomplishing big things for South Dakota through leadership institute
BURKE, SD – The Billie Sutton Leadership Institute announced  that fellowship applications for a second class of leaders are officially open. Last spring, Billie Sutton, former state senator and 2018 candidate for governor of South Dakota, launched the non-partisan&nb...
April 1, 2020

Rapid City Mayor discusses COVID-19 related ordinance; Spearfish passes similar one
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender talked about the city’s recently passed COVID-19 related ordinance and how the city is already planning on how and when to lift it. The ordinance puts restrictions on businesses like bars and restaurants that offer on site...
April 1, 2020

Hiker rescued after falling off trail on M Hill Tuesday evening
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Member of the Rapid City Fire Department aided in rescuing an injured hiker who had fallen off a trail on "M" Hill Tuesday evening. Fire officials say an off duty lieutenant was hiking on the trails early Tuesday evening when he came across the hiker who had t...
April 1, 2020

Owner of Deadwood establishment where employees tested positive for COVID-19 speaks out
DEADWOOD, S.D. - The owner of the Saloon #10 in Deadwood has responded to Monday's news from the Department of Health that two of its employees had tested positive for COVID-19. The Health Department had stated that the two employees went to work ill and were asking anyone who v...
April 1, 2020

Police in Rapid City report possible human remains found along Rapid Creek
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Police in Rapid City say possible human remains have been found along Rapid Creek in the area of the Elks Golf Course. Police say a worker at the golf course called 9-1-1 to report the finding. Spokesman Brenden Medina says the Criminal Investigations Divisi...
March 31, 2020

Black Hills V.A. says staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last week
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The VA Black Hills Health System confirmed in a statement Tuesday that an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on March 26th. The employee is currently in home isolation. The statement said: "VA is screening veterans and staff for symptoms of fever, cough, an...
March 31, 2020

Noem signs bills to address COVID-19 outbreak
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Krist Noem on Tuesday signed nine emergency bills passed by the South Dakota Legislature to address the outbreak of the coronavirus. Lawmakers passed the bills just hours before Noem's signing. They met in a marathon session that stretched from Monday into Tu...
March 31, 2020

Disputed Canada-US oil pipeline work to start in April
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Canadian company says it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline running from Canada through the U.S. Midwest in April. Calgary-based TC Energy says the provincial Alberta government will invest over $1 billion to cov...
March 31, 2020

Authorities identify man killed in Haakon County crash
BILLSBURG, S.D. – A Philip, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg. A 2005 Toyota Tundra was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it left the roadway, hit an approach and eventually rolled. Wal...
March 31, 2020

State reports seven new positive COVID-19 tests in Tuesday report - all in eastern SD
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reports seven positive COVID-19 tests in its Tuesday report for a total of 108. South Dakota State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton says all the new cases are in eastern South Dakota – 4 in Minnehaha, 1 in Lincoln, 1 ...
March 31, 2020


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