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Rapid City Fire Crews respond to smoke on M Hill
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Fire crews in Rapid City made a quick trip to M Hill Wednesday afternoon to knock down a fire burning near a communications tower. Fire Lt. Jim Bussell says a definite smoke column was visible as crews arrived. Bussell said crews arrived and quickly wor...
April 25, 2018

Commission votes against lowering land assessments due to drought
STURGIS, SD – An attempt to reduce ag land assessments further due to drought, failed at today’s Meade County Commission meeting. Arguments offered on both sides weren’t enough to sway a majority of the commission that voted 2-1 against, Doreen Creed and Bob He...
April 25, 2018

Fort Meade Recreation Area Prescribed Fire
STURGIS, S.D. – The Bureau of Land Management South Dakota Field Office will be conducting a prescribed burn on the Fort Meade Recreation Area near Sturgis today through Friday, weather permitting. Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 250 acres. Resource o...
April 25, 2018

U.S. delays oil, gas sales in Montana after climate ruling
BILLINGS, Mont.  - Federal officials have delayed oil and gas lease sales beneath more than 160 square miles (414 square kilometers) of public and private lands in eastern Montana in response to a court ruling on climate change. U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting state d...
April 25, 2018

Remains of South Dakota sailor killed in WWII to be buried
FLANDREAU, S.D.  - The remains of a South Dakota serviceman whose fighter plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean during World War II will be laid to rest next month. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Navy Reserve Lt. William Punnell of Flandreau will be buried ...
April 25, 2018

Woman sentenced to prison for lying in double murder case
GILLETTE, Wyo.  - A woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for lying to police while they were investigating the disappearance of two southern Wyoming men who were later found mutilated. The Gillette News Record reports 24-year-old Kylee Collins received the maximu...
April 25, 2018

Independent Ronald Wieczorek seeking SD congressional seat
PIERRE, S.D. - A Mount Vernon man who has mounted several unsuccessful congressional bids is seeking to run for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat as an independent in November. The Capital Journal reports that Ronald Wieczorek turned in about 4,000 signatures Tuesday to the Se...
April 25, 2018

Sturgis Fire Crews respond to mobile home fire
STURGIS, S.D. - Sturgis fire crews responded to a structure fire Wednesday morning. Fire crews were dispatched to Joedy Street, on the northern edge of Sturgis, just before 8:30 Wednesday morning for a mobile home on fire. Dispatch traffic indicated the home's two residents wer...
April 25, 2018

Four escape serious injury in emergency landing near Pine Ridge
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Four people escaped serious injury when a charter plane carrying HKG Architects employees from Aberdeen made an emergency landing near Pine Ridge. Company President Dean Marske tells the American News that the twin-engine propeller plane registered to Aberdeen F...
April 25, 2018

County commission to consider reducing ag assessments
STURGIS, SD - The Meade County Commission meets today (Wed., April 25, 2018) and will be discussing a possible reduction in ag assessments. Commission Chairman Galen Niederwerder says due to the severity of the 2017 drought, a total adjustment of 26 percent is justifiable. A co...
April 25, 2018

Get rid of unused, out-dated perscription meds
PIERRE, SD - South Dakotans will have the chance to throw out unneeded prescription drugs on April 28 as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., law enforcement, in cooperation with the Drug...
April 25, 2018

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Park prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 25. Mop up and monitoring will continue the following days. Fire...
April 25, 2018

Indiana man caught in sting during rally sentenced on child pornography charges
STURGIS, S.D. - An Indiana man, one of 10 snared in a 2016 Sturgis Rally sex sting, is sentenced on child pornography charges. Brendan Leiter, age 26, was sentenced to three years in prison; followed by 10 years of supervised release. Leiter had earlier pleaded guilty to attemp...
April 24, 2018

Fire heavily damages mobile home in Box Elder
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Fire crews in the Box Elder area responded to a structure fire early Tuesday morning. The fire was located in a mobile home on Johnson Drive. When responding crews arrived just after 2:00 a.m., they found smoke and flames coming from the home. Firefight...
April 24, 2018

South Dakota No Longer Last In Average Teacher Pay
PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time since 1985, South Dakota's average teacher salaries in the 2016-17 school year were no longer the lowest in the nation. The news comes from the National Education Association's 2018 Rankings and Estimates report, an annual report that was ...
April 24, 2018


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