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As people are getting ready to head out of town for the Holiday, the Public Works Department is reminding residents to conduct maintenance of their sewer traps and vents.
The Milken Institute ranked Rapid City as one of the top five best cities for Successful Aging.     While the overall ranking was excellent, there are some specific areas that are severely lacking.
(AP)  South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune says the U.S. Air Force is in its "final step" of deciding whether to move forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would help solidify EAFB's future.
  The National Forest Advisory Board met on Wednesday. The meeting was dominated by a discussion over the pine beetle infestation. 
Police are trying to find a group of people accused of assaulting a man on Wednesday.  RCPD spokesperson Tarah Heupel said a 31-year-old man reported that he was walking along the bike path near Founders Park when he was approached by a group of people.
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(AP) Three South Dakota communities are part of an expanded effort to consolidate tribal lands owned by multiple individuals.   The Interior secretary says 21 Native American communities in 12 states will join the land buyback program by 2017.
(AP) An index of the rural economy in 10 Midwestern and Plains states says growth was neutral in October.    The Rural Main Street Index hit 50.0 in November, up from 43.4 the previous month.
(AP)  A long-simmering tax dispute between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota is threatening to shut down alcohol sales at the Royal River Casino and Hotel.  
The former mayor of Fort Pierre has died.  Sam Tidball, who led an economic revitalization of Fort Pierre during his 16 years as Mayor, passed away Tuesday morning at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.  
(AP) The Minnehaha County Commission will be appointing a committee to review vote counting delays and absentee voting woes that affected South Dakota's most populous county during Election Day. 
(AP) A Mississippi man who bought a Powerball ticket during an annual hunting trip in South Dakota has won $1 million. 
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(AP)  The annual tree-lighting ceremony at the South Dakota Capitol has been scheduled for Tuesday.  
(AP) — Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall is resigning from office in the midst of a state investigation into an allegation that he tried to suppress his son's arrest on a drunken driving charge.    
(AP) The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recommends an increase to the minimum allowable distance between oil and gas drilling rigs and dwellings.  
(AP) A Gillette man has been charged with assault and battery after his wife had a miscarriage. She was three months pregnant. Authorities say James Gray got into an argument with his wife Sept. 2 and hit her.
(AP)  A company has agreed to pay a $5,000 state penalty for spilling uranium solution at a newly opened uranium mine in Wyoming.     Two spills occurred at the Nichols Ranch in-situ mine between Casper and Gillette last summer.
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(AP)  A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet, and the "Catapencil"  are among an annual list of unsafe toys.
The South Dakota Retailers Association is inviting customers to nominate their favorite retail store or restaurant for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award. The prestigious award is presented annually to a business owner or manager who runs a top notch business.
A new business aimed at meeting the growing needs of area seniors has opened in the Black Hills serving seniors who live in Rapid City, Box Elder, Sturgis, Spearfish, Custer and Hot Springs.
The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce has announced Julie Schmitz Jensen as the new Executive Director of the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Jensen replaces Michelle Lintz, who has retired after 28 years with the Bureau. According to Linda
After 28 years of service to the community and the hospitality industry, Michelle Lintz has announced her plans to retire as Executive Director of the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge has ordered that a man charged in the killing of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall must have no unsupervised contact with children and no c
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The Spink County Sheriff says a Wisconsin man accidentally shot himself in the foot while hunting in near Doland. Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the Aberdeen American News that the accident occurred Monday afternoon. The man'
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former boy-band singer Joey Fatone is slated to lead what is being billed as the "world's largest pillow fight" at the upcoming football game between the University of South Dakota and South Dakota St
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks biologist says baitfish rebounded in Lake Oahe this year.

Mark Fincel says that a good hatch of lake herring combined with a decent crop of rainbow smelt. That's led to an estimated baitfish population of about 41.6 million in the Missouri River reservoir in the Dakotas.

A lot of smelt were flushed through Oahe Dam
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