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Deaths in vehicle crashes up 38% in South Dakota last year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says 141 people died in traffic crashes in 2020, increasing 38% from a year earlier. The number of crashes in which the fatalities occurred was 132 last year according…

North Dakota Legislature passes transgender sports bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed a bill restricting transgender girls from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports and sent the legislation to Gov. Doug Burgum. The House passed the bill Wednesday and the…

SD DOH: 235 total new COVID-19 cases, one death statewide

PIERRE, S.D. — On Thursday, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 178 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 106,069. 57 of the 235 total cases are considered as new probable…

Vaccine updates from the SD Department of Health

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With the Johnson and Johnson vaccine put on pause, the South Dakota Department of Health reports no cases of blood clots. The vaccine was put on hold while health experts investigate…

SD DOH: 225 total new COVID-19 cases, one death statewide

PIERRE, S.D. — On Wednesday, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 166 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 105,892. 59 of the 225 total cases are considered as new probable…

Northern Hills Elections

NORTHERN HILLS, S.D. — Several cities in the Northern Hills are holding municipal and school board elections Tuesday, April 13. Spearfish 2021 Municipal and School Board Election A Municipal and School Board Election…

Two missing 12-year-olds in Rapid City

UPDATE (7:11 p.m.) — Both children have been found safe. PENNINGTON COUNTY, SD – Two children left Southwest Middle School at 12:35 pm on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 and have gone missing. The missing children are 12-year-olds Xavier Wangen and…

SD DOH: 262 total new COVID-19 cases statewide, 38 West River

PIERRE, S.D. — On  Tuesday, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 193 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 105,725. 69 of the 262 total cases are considered as new probable…

Comedy Night supporting Mission22 happening on Saturday

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Mission22 is hosting a comedy night on Saturday, April 17 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. The headliner, Brent Reed, calls himself "The Heavy Weight of Clean Comedy" and the opener for the evening is…

Gov. Noem asks President Biden to uphold Mount Rushmore fireworks agreement

PIERRE, S.D. –On the occasion of President Thomas Jefferson’s birthday Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem sent this letter to President Biden advocating for South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. “This year, as we mark our independence from [COVID-19], Mount Rushmore would be the…

Black Hills Energy offering free trees to customers for Earth Day

RAPID CITY, S.D. — This Earth Day, Black Hills Energy is planning to give away more than 1,000 free trees. Customers can claim a tree through BHE's partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees Initiative beginning on Thursday, April…

Mandatory 10-digit dialing to begin in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. — Beginning on April 24, South Dakotans are asked to start using 10-digit dialing, meaning (605) plus the phone number, to make all local phone calls. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission says this transition is a necessary…

S.D. Missing Persons Monday - 04/12/21

PIERRE, S.D. — Every Monday, the Office of the Attorney General of South Dakota highlights missing persons cases still active throughout the state. Take a look at the cases below - your information could make the difference! SHEILA HACKETT (15)…

Bighorn herd rebounds from disease to reach record numbers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new survey of the bighorns herd in western North Dakota shows it has rebounded from an outbreak of bacterial pneumonia seven years ago to reach record numbers. The state Game and Fish Department’s survey says…

Wildfire at Teddy Roosevelt NP 80% contained Saturday

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. — Firefighters are making progress with the eight-square-mile Horse Pasture Fire in Theodore Roosevelt State Park, reaching 80% containment on Saturday afternoon. Fire activity on Friday and Friday…

South Dakota reaches COVID-19 vaccination milestone

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health announced Saturday that 50% of South Dakota residents have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 208,485 South Dakotans have…

SD DOH: 238 total new COVID-19 cases, 37 West River

PIERRE, S.D. — On Saturday, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 175 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 105,396. 63 of the 238 total cases are considered as new probable…

Lakota All-Star Basketball Games

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The high school basketball season may be over in South Dakota but fans who didn't get their fill of high school hoops will have another opportunity to check out…

Rep. Dusty Johnson tours Rapid City manufacturing business

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Representative Dusty Johnson toured a growing Rapid City business on Friday. Johnson visited Phase Technologies, a manufacturing company that opened its doors in 1999. Phase employs over 80 workers,…

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Liberty Center

BOX ELDER, S.D. — A groundbreaking ceremony for the Liberty Center was held at Box Elder City Hall Friday. Funds for the $12.5 million project came from federal and state resources and the City…

Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has delayed a decision on whether the Dakota Access Oil pipeline should be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review on the project, after lawyers for the pipeline…

SD DOH: 270 total new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths statewide

PIERRE, S.D. — On Friday, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 194 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 105,221. 76 of the 270 total cases are considered as new probable…

SD DPS reminding public of proper use of Text 9-1-1 tool

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Douglas School District posted on Facebook reiterating the importance of children learning how to use the new Text to-9-1-1 system correctly. The post came after police notified the district about a potential threat at Douglas High…

Noem names Scheibe as Chief of Staff effective May 1

  PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem announced on Thursday that she will name Aaron P. Scheibe as her Chief of Staff effective May 1. Scheibe will replace Tony Venhuizen, who Noem named earlier this week to the South Dakota…