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The City of Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee approved a resolution Wednesday allowing $3.9 million in Vision Funds to toward the $5 million purchase of the former National American University building on Kansas City Street, where the proposed OneHeart campus will be based, reports the Rapid City Journal. Rapid City Collective Impact, the organization behind the OneHeart project, which…
As of May 29th, 2019, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System campuses at Fort Meade and in Hot Springs are officially tobacco free. According to KOTA Territory News, this new policy applies to veterans, vendors, families, and visitors, with enforcement with staff to follow in the near future.   The goal of this policy is to encourage a…
Live music from Brandon Jones will help kick off this summer’s Summer Nights downtown concert music series in Rapid City, reports KNBN NewsCenter1. The free event will take place from 6-9pm at the corner of Seventh and Saint Joseph Streets every Thursday night this summer. Summer Nights features something for everyone, from activities for kids and families to a variety…
After several months of accepting proposals for a new name, Executive Director of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Craig Baltzer has said that the committee has finally chosen one. According to KOTA Territory News, the new name remains a secret for now, however. Plans to break ground on the new $130 million arena have been set for October. Public presentations…
Democracy in Action hosted an introductory forum for candidates for the 2019 Rapid City Council and Mayoral Election Monday evening at Southwest Middle School, reports KOTA Territory News. Five candidates from city wards 1, 2, and 3, as well as both mayoral candidates, attended the forum. All candidates were given the opportunity to answer questions from Democracy in Action, as…
The Spearfish City Council has initiated an update to the city’s code that would allow small wind energy systems within city limits. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish city code currently allows for solar units but discussion on wind units stalled after an initial ordinance was brought to the council nine years ago. The previous ordinance was tabled by…
Rapid City’s Community Development Department will host a Q&A and informational meeting May 2nd regarding the proposed revisions to downtown parking policy, reports the Rapid City Journal. Currently there is an ordinance in progress that would authorize the installation of 620 new parking meters downtown. The new meters could be installed as early as June and would cover Main and…
Liv Hospitality has made a commitment to use 50% renewable energy at several of its hotels by the year 2020, depending on the approval of a proposed Black Hills Energy wind facility. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, these properties include the Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort, Hampton by Hilton, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, and…
The South Dakota Wildland Fire and Game Fish and Parks worked together to plan and implement a 107-acre prescribed burn in the Southern Hills Wednesday, reports KOTA Territory News. The burn was located in the Southern Black Hills near Angostura Reservoir. The main objective of the burn was to reduce growth of brome grass and encourage native grasses, said Game…
The old Sioux Nation store building has recently reopened its doors in Pine Ridge Village, as Buche Foods was awarded the contract to operate the store by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in November of 2018 after Sioux Nation was shut down. According to KNBN NewsCenter1, Buche Foods, which also sells hardware and auto parts, opened officially on Tuesday. RF Buche,…
Rapid City residents and school officials attended the first of a series of public forums Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) are hosting to hear feedback regarding a proposed facilities plan for the district, reports the Rapid City Journal. Superintendent Lori Simon spoke to attendees about the proposal, which includes the construction of five new schools over the next three to…
Elections for city council and school board elections in several Northern Hills communities were held Tuesday, April 9th, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Polls were open from 7am to 7pm.   Belle Fourche In Belle Fourche, two positions on the Belle Fourche City Council were up for re-election this year in Wards 2 and 4. Annie Reich and Karen Mondillo…
Many on the Pine Ridge Reservation have been stranded in their homes after first a blizzard and now flooding from snowmelt have ravaged the area, and many others in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, reports the Rapid City Journal. Roads and driveways have been made impassable, and many homes are surrounded by water. The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s emergency management team,…
National American University (NAU) will be closing the doors of its campuses in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reports KOTA Territory News. The university links the series of closures to a large decline in profits (NAU is a for-profit university) and changing student preferences. Revenue from tuition and other sources for NAU was down by 24 percent in…
Senate Bill 164 was signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem last week, laying out guidelines for law enforcement officers to handle and report on cases of missing and murdered indigenous persons, reports KNBN NewsCenter1. SB 164 also established training programs for law enforcement on how to properly conduct these types of investigations. Advocates for this issue have long expressed…
This summer will see about 10 miles of Black Hills Energy (BHE) power lines replaced in the Northern Hills. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the two projects will begin in the spring of 2019, weather permitting, as will all permitting and bids. Operations Manager for BHE, Ken Meirose, said that the projects aim to replace poles and transmission lines…
The Rapid City Police Department hosted its first “Strong Her” recruitment event Monday night at the Public Safety building, reports KNBN NewsCenter1. The event was aimed at recruiting more women into police work and showcased a variety of career paths within the police department. Lieutenant Cathy Bock said that while the “Strong Her” event was geared toward recruiting women, the…
Senate Bills 189 and 190 have passed through both house of the South Dakota Legislature, reports the Rapid City Journal. The package of bills from Governor Kristi Noem deal with the penalties for violence that could arise in conjunction with potential protests of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. The process moved quickly, with the Governor’s office introducing the bills Monday, March…
The current cold spell has held for over the last month, and conditions have been dangerous for Rapid City’s homeless population, reports KOTA Territory News. However, the Pennington County Care Campus has been able to provide safety for many during the inclement weather. At least three individuals in Rapid City died last winter due to the cold conditions, and law…
Members of the Spearfish School Board recently discussed the school district’s long-term goals, including the creation of a freestanding career and technology education (CTE) center near the existing Spearfish High School, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The center would potentially be located north of the high school and east of the existing tennis courts. The new center would house all…
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