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Forest Service considers designation for Devil’s Bathtub

U.S. Forest Service officials are considering a proposal to turn a little-known hiking trail in the Black Hills National Forest into a recognized attraction. Northern Hills District Ranger Steve Kozel is looking into the project to make Devil’s Bathtub a designated hiking trail. Devil’s Bathtub’s unofficial trailhead is about 8 miles south of Spearfish along…Continue Reading

Arrest made after Red Cloud School threat

Pine Ridge police arrested a man Friday morning at the Red Cloud Indian School after he reportedly made a video threatening the school. The Oglala Sioux Tribe police have not released the man’s name and have not said if he had any weapons with him when he was arrested at the school. According to an…Continue Reading

Early voting begins today

Election Day is still a month-and-a-half away, but South Dakota campaigns are mobilizing their supporters to turn out early as absentee voting begins this week. Absentee voting starts today in South Dakota, where high-profile races include governor, U.S. House and attorney general, not to mention contests for other statewide offices, legislative seats and five ballot…Continue Reading

Court overturns child removal ruling

A federal appeals court has overturned an earlier ruling that said a South Dakota county must give Native American parents more rights during initial hearings of child-removal cases. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday the Pennington County case is a state’s issue and shouldn’t have gone to federal court. A lawyer for the…Continue Reading

State settles in brutality case

The state of South Dakota will pay $100,000 to settle a police brutality case brought against a Highway Patrol trooper who slammed a defenseless man into the floor of a garage. Trooper Cody Jansen claimed that Troy Rokusek was resisting arrest in April 2015, but a judge ruled that a video of the incident failed…Continue Reading

Air Force planning training missions

The Air Force is planning another training session next month in the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains. The Combat Raider exercise is scheduled for three days beginning Oct. 16. It will involve several different types of military aircraft. The 35,000-square-mile complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming is the largest over…Continue Reading

Pennington County Inmate Found Dead

A Rapid City man has died after he was found unresponsive at the Pennington County Jail Saturday. According to a release from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the death of 31 year old Richard Zimmerman. An autopsy is being conducted. Zimmerman was arrested on a parole violation Friday.…Continue Reading

Lawmakers set to hold special session

South Dakota Lawmakers will gather Wednesday at the Capitol for the special session to consider legislation, which would allow the collection of sales tax from out of state internet retailers to start Nov. 1. That bill was endorsed by the budget writing committee on Tuesday.  A second bill the panel recommended would require marketplaces that…Continue Reading

Victims identified in Tilford Fire

Authorities have identified the 2 victims of a structure fire Friday afternoon in Tilford, located 20 miles north of Rapid City. According to Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer Lt. Jim Bussell,  a propane tank at the scene suffered a “catastrophic failure” and ruptured causing an explosion. Sturgis Fire Department Assistant Chief, David Fischer…Continue Reading

Officials to evaluate soft lock-down at Meade Schools

Meade School District officials and the Sturgis Police plan to meet to evaluate their execution of a soft lock-down at the Sturgis schools after a possible threat last Thursday. The incident stemmed from the report of a student who threatened to harm themself. During the lockdown, students and teachers remained in their rooms as teaching…Continue Reading