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The Deadwood City Commission approved a $102,500 bid from MAC Construction, based in Rapid City, for the Upper Main Street Archway project. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the arch is to be installed at the intersection of Pine Street and Pioneer Way, between the Silverado and Wells Fargo. The bid was approved at the August 6th Meeting of the…
Officials from the Black Hills National Forest have unveiled a new proposal process for non-motorized hiking and biking trails, reports the Rapid City Journal. The 29-page Non-Motorized Trail Strategy document released includes a five-step proposal process and a compilation of Black Hills trail statistics. Before this proposal process was outlined, there was no official process for trail advocates to submit…
The Belle Fourche School Board recently selected Julie Hatling as the new elementary principal for the district. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Hatling has been with the district for 12 years. This hiring follows the approval by the school board of a request from Ryan Young, who served as elementary principal from 2016 to 2018 to be released from…
Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee recently approved a second reading of an ordinance that would increase residents’ water rates and fees, reports KOTA Territory News. The ordinance’s next step is to come before the full city council for approval. The water ordinance will get a final reading at the next city council meeting on August 20th. If approved, Rapid…
Rapid City Youth and Family Services’ chapter of Girls Inc. is in the running for a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program, reports KOTA Territory News. The program is competing against 200 other organizations for 40 grants in a nationwide contest. Girls Inc. of Rapid City is located in a low-income area and provides afterschool and summer…
Wolf Creek School, located just outside of Pine Ridge Village, started classes Wednesday.  According to KOTA Territory News, the pre-K through 8th grade school is currently undergoing a $15 million renovation project, and construction on a new high school next door will begin soon. The current building was originally built to accommodate 350 students, but 850 attended last year. The…
A new mural has come to downtown Lead’s Prospect Park, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. “A Map to the Heart of the Hills”, a fifty-by-eleven-foot mural by local artist David Livingston, depicts the meaning of being a part of a town like Lead, according to the artist, and emphasizes the heart of the Black Hills and the community. This mural…
Ditech Financial, a mortgage lending and servicing firm based in Fort Washington, PA, and St. Paul, MN, recently confirmed that it will be closing its Rapid City call center in November of 2019. According to the Rapid City Journal, this closure will mean the loss of approximately 450 jobs. The closure coincides with the end of Ditech’s lease and is…
Spearfish’s Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club and Resort recently installed 234 new solar panels, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The six-by-three-foot panels are meant to offset energy used by the club’s irrigation system on its back nine holes. Superintendent Greg Brandriet said that the solar panels currently provide the power for the irrigation system’s pumps that fill the irrigation pond on…
Spearfish’s City Hall and Fire Station 1 on Canyon Street will receive security updates this year following the approval of the proposed 2018 Security Upgrade Project. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Gene’s Lock Shop presented the $41,768.90 proposal to the city council, which outlined the conversion of the two buildings to a proximity reader entry system compatible with the…
A forest fire has been burning since Saturday, August 11th, when it was reported. According to Black Hills Fox, the blaze is located between Hot Springs and Maverick Junction on Highway 18, but so far remains outside of city limits. The fire is currently estimated to cover 468 acres. Public Information Officer for the fire Joe Johndreau has said that…
Pennington County Commissioners voted 3-2 against authorizing the Pennington County Department of Health and Human Services to submit a grant proposal to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Tuesday morning, reports the Rapid City Journal. The proposal requested monetary support for a study of behavioral and mental health issues and care systems in western South Dakota. Commissioners…
Preliminary numbers are suggesting that this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally could beat out last year’s, making it the second largest in the last ten years. According to KOTA Territory News, this makes Sturgis’ Rally an outlier among other American motorcycle rallies, which have seen a recent decrease in attendance. The city of Sturgis generally sees a profit of $1 million…
Lacroix Links, now a city-operated property, could receive a makeover in the near future. According to KOTA Territory News, the Rapid City city parks division is considering the future of the 25-acre former golf-course. The land is currently receiving basic maintenance from the parks division, but the city does not plan on maintaining the area as a golf course. Previously,…
The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will be premiering its first official park orientation film this fall, reports the Rapid City Journal. The film, titled “Beneath The Plains: The Minuteman Missile On Alert,” runs 30 minutes long and complements the exhibits installed two years ago. The park will host screenings of the film in Rapid City, Pierre, Bismarck, ND, and…
Thanks to a grant from the Gannett Foundation and USA Today, Rapid City’s own pay-what-you-can nonprofit and eatery will gain some much-needed space, reports Newscenter 1. In operation since 2016, Fork Real Community Cafe’s mission is to improve lives by providing both food and a space for future conversation about food access in the Rapid City area. With the help…
Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation have counted three percent more vehicles entering Sturgis so far, reports the Rapid City Journal. During the first three days of the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, 161,696 vehicles entered Sturgis. Last year only 157,166 vehicles entered Sturgis during the same time frame. These are counted by traffic counters at nine different…
Retail business in Deadwood seems to be on the uptick, with significant increases in sales tax numbers in 2018, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. This is in contrast to gaming numbers in Deadwood, which have been consistent or in decline. April saw an over 20 percent increase in sales tax, with $282,658 in sales tax in April 2018 as compared…
A poll recently commissioned by the Dusty Johnson campaign showed that the former Governor’s Chief of Staff was leading the race for South Dakota’s lone House of Representatives seat by 21 percentage points. According to the Rapid City Journal, 54 percent of respondents supported Johnson. Johnson is the Republican candidate for the House, running against Democrat Tim Bjorkman, who earned…
Three tracts of Rapid City could see new capital investment, reports KOTA Territory News. A section of a federal tax bill acts as an economic development tool by creating “Opportunity Zones” to encourage new investment in designated communities. These Opportunity Zones are meant to steer investment to communities that are economically distressed, and tracts are chosen by governors. Governor Dennis…
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