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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking potential contractors to operate a new shelter for homeless veterans in the Black Hills. According to the Rapid City Journal, the VA posted a “request for information” last week. The shelter, which could open as early as September of this year, will likely be in Sturgis or Rapid City, and must accommodate…
Deadwood’s History and Information Center, located at 3 Siever St., will soon be home to an updated exhibit space as the City Commission approved $180,000 for updates, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The project was awarded to Split Rock Studios of Arden Hills, MN, who also worked on Deadwood’s Welcome Center, and submitted the only bid for the project. Historic…
The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 126 on February 8th, after hearing testimony from a roomful of proponents, reports Native Sun News. The bill, which was primarily sponsored by Senator Troy Heinert of District 26, would amend previous law to recognize the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota dialects as the official indigenous language of…
A little over two weeks ago, Serenity Dennard, a nine-year-old girl, was reported missing from the Black Hills Children’s Home. According to NewsCenter1, Kayla Sacca, a relative of Serenity’s, was deeply affected by her disappearance and wanted to take action. Sacca drafted an online petition through Change.Org to petition the South Dakota State Senate and House to create a “Serenity…
The Rapid City Council awarded almost $24 million in funding through the city’s Vision Fund to fourteen community and three city-proposed projects for use over the next three years. According to the Rapid City Journal, the Vision Fund was originally created during the 1970s, when citizens approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund the construction of the Civic Center.…
According to both the Pope and Young and the Boone and Crockett Clubs, a bighorn ram killed in Pennington County on October 30th has broken the previous world record for largest hunter-killed bighorn sheep, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The previous record had held for 20 years. Clayton Miller drew the first and only Bighorn Sheep permit in the Badlands…
The legislative session resumed Tuesday in Pierre, with a myriad of new bills coming before legislators in committee meetings and on the chamber floors. According to KOTA Territory News, this week lawmakers in South Dakota will discuss bills concerning journalist protections, sports betting, and the teaching of gender identity in elementary and middle schools. South Dakota’s new governor, Kristi Noem,…
Usage of telehealth services is on the rise at Fort Meade’s Veterans Administration Campus, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Veterans are now able to contact their doctor, nurse, specialist, or other provider with the Black Hills Health Care System at Fort Meade through a variety of digital access points. The Veterans Administration first began using telehealth services 10-15 years ago,…
Teachers with Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) will soon have contracts, as resolution of the Rapid City Education Association (RCEA) and school district’s dispute over teacher pay draws near. According to the Rapid City Journal, both groups attended a mediation hearing with the South Dakota Department of Labor in Pierre on January 9th. Michelle Faw, an administrative law judge issued…
Beginning this summer, weekly non-stop flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles will be available from the Rapid City Regional Airport. According to NewsCenter1, Airport Director Patrick Dame announced that the United Airlines flights will be available from June 22 through September 1, 2019, on Saturdays and Sundays. Dame said that this service is “transformational” for state and local tourism…
Thursday saw a vote for the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce to merge with Elevate Rapid City, reports NewsCenter1. The merger is seen as a key step in consolidating all of Rapid City’s economic development activity under one body. The merger also includes the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership and Economic Development Foundation. Proponents of the merger believe that the…
An outbreak of pneumonia among the northern hills’ bighorn sheep population is hindering the growth of the herd, reports the Rapid City Journal.  Bighorns were reintroduced to the area almost four years ago, after disappearing completely in the early 1900s. Wildlife officials hope to return the herds to health by removing the few infected individuals. The pneumonia was originally contracted…
Following discussion at December’s Meade School Board meeting on the future of the county’s rural schools, Superintendent Jeff Simmons has said he will lead no further discussion on potential rural school closures. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the closure of the rural Elm Springs school is currently not on the table for the Meade School District.   At that December…
The United States Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the USS South Dakota (SSN 790), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut on February 2nd. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the submarine will be the 17th Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet. Deanie Dempsey, wife of retired Army General Martin E. Dempsey, who served as the…
Increased enrollment in the Rapid City school district has resulted in over-crowded classrooms, reports KOTA Territory News. Some Rapid City schools are over their functional capacity and have no room for additional students. Rapid City Area Schools have gained 74 news students since last year, and the district’s annual enrollment report demonstrated that the west side of town is growing faster…
North Park Plaza, LLC recently made a donation of 9.5 acres of land to the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Karla Scovell, executive directors of the Heritage Center, said that the board of directors had been considering purchasing the adjacent parcel, but the North Park Plaza group approached them about making the donation…
Republican Kristi Noem was inaugurated as South Dakota’s 33rd – and first ever female – governor this past weekend in Pierre. According to the Rapid City Journal, Noem commented in her inaugural address that while she did not focus on gender during her campaign, her governorship would be historic. South Dakota first voted in favor of women’s suffrage in November…
The Pennington County Commission will host a pair of special public hearings regarding a mining and construction permit application submitted to the county by Croell Redi-Mix January 16-17, reports the Rapid City Journal. The permit application is for expansion of the existing Perli Pit Quarry, which has proved controversial when attempted in the past. The quarry is located on U.S.…
Skiers, snowboarders, and other winter outdoor enthusiasts have flocked to Terry Peak this season, making for what General Manager and President of the lodge and ski area, Tom Marsing, calls one of the most successful and profitable years in recent memory. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the ski area opened full time December 15th, which has not always been…
In coordination with local law enforcement, first responders, and community leaders, Hamsters USA motorcycle group members from the area funded Christmas shopping sprees for over 40 children, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. 2018 marked the fifth year of the program, which hopes to brighten the holiday season for children in need. Hamsters USA members provided an average of $150 per…

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