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Governor Daugaard recently signed legislation into law which will increase the number of barrels the state’s microbreweries can produce annually. As reported by KOTA News, craft brewers in South Dakota are currently allowed to produce up to 5,000 barrels. The new limitation will be increased to 30,000 barrels and will also allow craft brewers to sell directly to bars and…
The Deadwood City Commission recently approved nine grants for its 2018 Outside of Deadwood Grant Program, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. A total of 24 grant applications were received for the award. The selection process was made more challenging this year as the total award amount was reduced from $250,000 to $150,000. The Mystic Preservation Alliance in Mystic, St.…
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks are planning to promote bighorn sheep in Custer State Park. As reported by the Black Hills Pioneer, GF&P will collect 10-15 female sheep from Badlands National Park and transfer them into Custer State Park, which currently has just 30 sheep after its herd suffered from a pneumonia-like disease over a decade…
Rapid City’s public transportation system had a ridership increase of 30.6 percent in January 2018 when compared to the same point in 2016. According to a city news release, over 41,000 trips were taken by passengers in January 2018 compared to 31,645 in January 2016. Of the total 41,342 rides taken in January 2018, 13,075 were taken by student passengers.…
Lyft drivers picking up and dropping off passengers within Deadwood’s city limits could face a high fee, reports KOTA News. An ordinance in Deadwood allows for just five taxi companies to operate within its city limits, and Lyft is not named as one of those companies. As a result, a Lyft driver who both picks up and drops off a…
On February 12, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender hosted the final public forum concerning the future of the Barnett Arena prior to a council meeting in which members are expected to make a decision on two options for the arena. As reported by KOTA News, the council will hold a special session on February 26th in which it is expected…
At the request of the Executive Director of the Deadwood Gaming Association on behalf of 13 Deadwood hotel owners, the Deadwood City Commission recently approved the creation of a new business improvement district (BID). As reported by the Black Hills Pioneer, BID 8 will consist of a hotel occupancy rate proposed at $2 per rented room, per night. The next…
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is in the early phases of planning an alumni center, according to KOTA News. Officials from the school indicate the building would serve as a meeting place for its alumni on campus, as well as reflect on their accomplishments and memories. The alumni center would also house the school’s foundation center. Meeting…
In 2017, police officers in Spearfish worked on 9,039 cases, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The total number of cases is down slightly from 9,215 cases in 2016. Of those cases, the most frequent case type was traffic stops at 1,390. There were 423 welfare checks, 396 instances of community policing and 351 occurences of accidents. Property loss and theft…
A major renovation is planned for the Pennington County Jail, reports KOTA News. Currently, the facility operates with a laundry room with dryers which are nearly 30 years old and intended to serve an inmate population one-third of what it is today. The facility’s kitchen also struggles to produce the requisite meals for the facility. The Pennington County Commission recently…
Absentee ballots for the changes to water rates in Rapid City became available for residents on February 5th, reports KOTA News. While the Rapid City Council had previously approved a water rate increase through resolution, political interest group Citizens for Liberty gathered sufficient signatures to place the matter to a public vote. Holding the public vote will cost the city…
In December 2017, gaming revenue in Deadwood was up 15% when compared to December 2016. According to KOTA News, while the city closed out 2017 on a positive note, 2017 as a whole was down approximately 1% from 2016. Gaming was down by nearly 4% through June 2017.However, increased revenues through the remainder of the year reduced the potential shortfall. Additional…
Following Rapid CIty’s 2017 Progress Report, Mayor Steve Allender rejuvenated efforts to develop the city’s relationship with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. As reported by KOTA News, while many people see Rapid City as a tourist destination, the mayor hopes it will grow to become a college town. The School of Mines hosts several events which benefit…
Motor vehicle thefts were a major cause for concern in Rapid City in 2017, according to the Rapid City Police Department’s recently released 2017 Crime Report. Thefts from motor vehicles increased by 33% when compared to 2016, and were directly correlated to individuals leaving their vehicles unlocked or running. Murders, arson, and driving under the influence (DUI) arrests also increased…
Last year, Feeding South Dakota provided over 60,000 backpacks filled with food to children in need, reports KOTA News. The backpacks are filled with foods that are easy to prepare for children to eat during weekends and holidays. Feeding South Dakota staff have noted that attendance at schools increases on Fridays due to the backpack program. Feeding South Dakota intends…
Several security updates will soon make their way to the Butte County Courthouse, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The courthouse will soon have upgraded doors, panic buttons, and several surveillance cameras on its premises after a vote of approval from the Butte County Commission. Las year, the South Dakota Legislature appropriated funds for security needs at county courthouses across the…
Lead has been named the third safest city in South Dakota according to a new report conducted by Safe Home Security. As reported by KOTA News, Lead had a safety score of 95 out of 100. Safe Home Security bases its score on the total number and type of crimes committed in the area as well as total population and…
The Oglala Sioux Tribe recently selected Scott James to fill the position of attorney general, reports KOTA News. James was previously a prosecutor for Kiowa County in Kansas, where he was elected to serve two terms. This will be James’ first time working as an attorney in Indian Country. The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Attorney General position has been vacant since…
In 2017, Rapid City had the most Airbnb visitors in South Dakota, reports KOTA News. Approximately 11,500 bookings were made in Rapid City with hosts bringing in $1.2 million. Sioux Falls placed second in the state with 7,000 bookings and $445,000 in revenue for Airbnb hosts. While Lead placed fewer bookings than Sioux Falls at 4,700, its hosts out-earned Sioux…
The Deadwood City Commission recently granted its approval for Mayor Turbiville to enter into a contract with a company to conduct background investigations on potential employees. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the city council approved the mayor's request to enter into a contract with the private company at its January 2 meeting. Full-time employees will receive a more thorough…
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