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On June 15, a grand opening was held for the Deadwood Welcome Center, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Local and state dignitaries attended the event and noted the center’s potential for providing key information to visitors to the city. The building is over 9,000 square feet and cost $6.5 million to construct. Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels was the keynote speaker…
The Spearfish City Council recently instructed the Dakota Land Trust to apply for a zoning change in order to move an affordable housing project forward, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The council also approved transferring the land to Dakota Land Trust at no cost, as the city co uld recover the cost of the land through a tax increment financing…
Rapid City will resolve its last city council race on June 27. Laura Armstrong and Ron Sasso placed first and second in a three-way race for Ward 5, but neither received over 50 percent of the vote. The Rapid City Journal reports that early voting is underway at the Pennington County Administration Building.  Mayor Steve Allender speculated to KOTA News…
To the elation of most in attendance, the Pennington County Commissioners passed the resolution to start work on improving South Rochford Road. According to the Rapid City Journal, the project has been in limbo for almost a decade with the county having spent nearly $1.26 million on it so far and will cost $8.3 million in federal grant money. Now…
The Black Hills Community Bank recently donated $1,000 to Rapid City Collective Impact in order to help the initiative address food insecurity in the region, reports KOTA News. The funds were used to create promotional flyers that include information about summer food distribution sites and their respective meal times. The flyers mark the first time that the summer food programs…
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender will give a public presentation about the Civic Center on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. The Rapid City Journal announced this will be the first presentation on the works of the Civic Center Resolution Task Force. The citizens on the task force were supposed to explore solutions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues affecting…
Three new grant applications for Rapid City schools were approved by the school board on Monday night, reports the Rapid City Journal. The first grant is from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), which could provide $3.3 million to fund federally required services for students with disabilities. The second is another IDEA grant that could provide $76,851 for…
At its commission meeting on June 20, the Pennington County Commission deeded property located at 248 Curtis Street, according to KOTA News. Mayor Steve Allender addressed the commission about the request. The lot currently hosts an abandoned home. As part of the agreement, the lot will be restored and a proposal will be drawn up in order to allow building…
As the weather in the Black Hills region warms, the City of Rapid City is reminding residents of water restrictions, reports KOTA News. Some city staff have directly witnessed violations while others have been receiving complaints that some residents have been watering each day. City water restrictions limit individuals to watering every other day. Residents are also prohibited from watering…
The Rapid City Council has delayed a decision that would allow an advertising company to drop two pending lawsuits against the city in return for a sign ordinance change. According to the Rapid City Journal, a stipulation in the settlement that would allow Epic Outdoor Advertising to convert one residential billboard sign into a digital one is the main reason…
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service recently awarded a Farm to School Grant to the South Dakota Department of Education, reports KOTA News. The $24,000 award will help provide school cafeterias with locally-sourced foods from area farmers and ranchers. South Dakota was one of 65 projects awarded in the United States this year. The state will partner…
After its move in mid-May, the Black Hills Farmers Market is thriving at its new location in east Rapid City, reports KOTA News. The new location at 145 East Omaha Street has more vendor space available than the previous location at Founders Park. Additionally, the new location has easier access. Approximately 55 vendors are expected to participate in the market…
While volunteer fire departments assist with numerous wildfires in the region, they also have a hand in extinguishing car fires. In order to raise awareness for the danger of car fires, the Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department provided a demonstration of safety techniques for car fires at its second annual open house, reports KOTA News. The event also served as…
Governor Daugaard proclaimed June 15 Elder Abuse Awareness Day reports the Butte County Post.  Governor Daugaard issued a press release stating that approximately 5 million older persons are abused, neglected or exploited each year.  It is estimated that $2.6 billion each year is lost by elders in financial abuse.  Elder Abuse Awareness Day was started in 2006 by the International…
The South Dakota Department of Health released a statement saying the first case of West Nile Virus for 2017 was found in a man over 60 in Davison county reports the Rapid City Journal.  Dr. Lon Kightlinger, epidemiologist for the SD Department of Health, says that in severe cases the virus can cause a stiff neck, confusion, paralysis, a coma,…
A proposal for an affordable housing project developed by NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources in conjunction with the City of Spearfish, Dakota Land Trust, and South Dakota Housing Development Authority is in development, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The proposed location for the housing development is on city-owned lots between Grant and Federal Streets on Fifth Street in Spearfish. At the…
On June 19th, the city will settle the lawsuit brought against it by Outdoor Epic Advertising in 2012, reports KOTA News. The lawsuit was one of two brought after the city passed three ordinances, changing the municipal code concerning billboards, in 2012. The lawsuit with Lamar was settled last March, and an agreement has been reached over Epic's lawsuit as…
Last Wednesday, Freemasons celebrated the placement of a new marker and interpretive panel at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood that provides information on the Celestial Lodge found in the Masonic section of the cemetery. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that high-ranking South Dakota Masons from the Grand Lodge of South Dakota, including Grand Master of the Masons of South Dakota…
Science teachers from around the area are coming together this week to participate in research projects and refresher courses hosted by Black Hills State University, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Twenty educators from surrounding schools will be assisting geology professor Abby Domagall with multiple research projects that relate to how streams and drainage areas contributed to the formation of the…
President's Plaza was supposed to revitalize Rapid City's downtown with the addition of a multimillion dollar building with parking, residental, and commerical space. However, after several years and multiple extensions, the city council voted to end its agreement with President's Plaza, LLC. In response, the developers filed suit against the city to recover some of the money spent on the…
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