07/31/15 10:34 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a disaster for 12 South Dakotacounties and three American Indian reservations that suffered damage during severe storms in late June.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the storms caused an estimated $3 million in damage. The presidential disaster declaration paves the way for federal aid to state, local and tribal
07/28/15 11:04 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A report on a wildfire in Wind Cave National Park in April concludes the park underestimated how dry conditions would affect efforts to control an escaped fire.
The Cold Brook Fire began as a prescribed burn. It escaped containment in high winds and grew to about 10 square miles. There were no injuries, and no damage to structures or private property.
07/24/15 11:27 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A collector claiming to be the rightful owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley and later donated to the National Music Museum has asked a federal judge to rule in his favor.
The request from collector Larry Moss filed in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls comes a year after the custody battle over the guitar ensued without the donor ever responding to the
07/22/15 02:48 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined counterparts in over four dozen states in calling on major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology.
The attorneys general have sent a letter to the companies' chief executives saying that a recent rule clarification by the Federal Communications Commission shows federal law
07/22/15 09:54 AM
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is trying to recruit more women but no one showed up at a seminar this week.
A spokesman tells the Aberdeen American News reports that there are only six female troopers in the state, compared with 168 men.
Trooper Cortney Paul was on hand at the Highway Patrol office in Aberdeen for the first recruitment
07/17/15 10:49 AM
LEAD, S.D. (AP) — The new owners of a gold mine in western South Dakota believe it holds much more gold than previously thought.
Chicago-based Coeur Mining Inc. says a closer look at historical data of the Wharf mine combined with new collection methods put the estimates of gold reserves nearly 40 percent higher than believed. That could extend the mine's life by
07/15/15 11:19 AM
RUTLAND, S.D. (AP) — People in the Rutland school district have approved a $250,000, three-year opt out of the state-imposed property tax freeze.
The school board in March approved a $450,000, five-year opt out, but the decision was referred to a public vote and defeated in May. The school board then proposed the smaller opt out and put it directly to a public vote.
07/14/15 11:36 AM
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Spearfish residents who sued the city over sewer backups have settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.
Members of eight households in late 2013 filed a lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial this month. Homeowner Pete Davis says that plaintiffs decided to take the city's offer rather than continue the legal battle.
07/14/15 10:33 AM
The Rapid City Landfill is making some requests for funding for roof replacement and new equipment. Superintendent Karl Murbach said the Material Recovery Facility(MRF) is in need of a new roof….., 071415 MURBACH 1 The MURF as i
07/13/15 03:57 PM
POLLOCK, S.D. (AP) — A New York-based company that specializes in large-scale renewable energy projects says it's building a 55-turbine wind farm in north central South Dakota.
Consolidated Edison Development says it has already begun working on its new farm in Pollock. Officials say they the farm is located on property owned by a group of local farmers.