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Deck:Report by Bureau of Economic AnalysisTeaser: Personal incomes in Pennington County, fueled by government and health care employment, continued to grow in 2009 according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal incomes in Pennington County, fueled by employment in government and health care, continued to grow in 2009 despite the national recession. See David Montgomery's…
Ballots for the June 7 municipal election will be available beginning Monday, April 25 at the Pennington County Auditor's Office (315 St. Joseph Street) and at the Rapid City Finance Office (300 6th Street.) Election will be for Rapid City mayor, Rapid City Council wards 2, 3, 4 and 5, Rapid City Board of Education areas 3 and 4 and initiated…
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a county-by-county income analysis of the United States and Pennington County came out ahead of the national average. From the Rapid City Journal: "Pennington County’s economy outpaced the rest of the country as the national recession set in, driven largely by growth in health care and government. From 2008 to 2009, the income…
Construction permits for large projects in Rapid City rose for a third consecutive month. With the addition of a classroom expansion project to the Fountain Springs Community Church, the city saw its third consecutive month of increases in construction permits for large projects granted. It remains to be seen if the city can maintain the current rate of construction projects. …
South Dakota's unemployment rate of 4.9 percent ranked third best in the nation in March, 2011. South Dakota's unemployment rate of 4.9 percent ranked third best in the nation in March, 2011. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only Nebraska and North Dakota reported lower jobless rates. Unemployment figures by metropolitan area will be released on April…
The Rapid City Council will allow voters to decide this summer how they want the future of roadside advertising to look in the area. From the Rapid City Journal: Supporters of the billboard initiatives headed for a citywide vote June 7 restated their case Monday for enacting a moratorium on new billboards until the voters have a chance to speak.…
In light of accusations that the city did not act in good faith with the bidding for the Jackson Springs Water Treatment Plant, the city council voted to reject all offers and to restart the bidding process for the plant.  Because of the rejection, the start of construction at the site will be delayed around 60 days from the end…
Once again this year, the State of South Dakota will see more hiring due to tourism season.  From the Rapid City Journal: "Area businesses in the visitor industry say they’re looking to hire more seasonal help this year than last, optimistic that tourist traffic and spending will increase again this summer. The state Department of Tourism estimates that the travel…
Deck:New Sam Hurst Film Looks at Critical Health IssueTeaser: A new documentary by Black Hills filmmaker Sam Hurst follows an Oglala Lakota man's struggles and triumphs as he attempts to fight obesity and diabetes. A new documentary by Black Hills filmmaker Sam Hurst follows an Oglala Lakota man's struggles and triumphs as he attempts to fight obesity and diabetes. On…
The report the the National Citizens Survey for Rapid City is now available.  Click here for the full report.  Seventy-nine percent of the respondents said that Rapid City was a good place to live.
Deck:Stories from Black Hills HistoryTeaser: Dan Evans, president of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, invited Capone to move to the Black Hills, where "the stranger is not judged by reports of his past record."  Maybe Dan Evans wanted some publicity or maybe he thought Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, would make a good neighbor. In March 1930, barely…
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Poverty rates are rising in the Midwest, despite the region's relatively stable economy. Main Image:
Epic Outdoor Advertising threatened litigation against the two billboard measures headed for a citywide vote June 7th. The company has requested that the city seek a legal ruling before the billboard measures reach the ballot box.Click here for an overview of articles on the billboard controversy.  
The Rapid City Journal reports the South Dakota Department of Labor has ordered the city of Rapid City to reopen salary negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1040. The union represents the Rapid City Fire Department. Contract negotiations between the city and the union began in 2009 and ended in December 2010 when the city ended negotiations and…
The city presented a new plan to make Rapid City a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly area on Tuesday, pleasing local cyclists. From the Rapid City Journal: "A plan to make Rapid City friendlier to bicycles and pedestrians would be an excellent step forward as long as it includes more than just new sidewalks and bike lanes, local cyclists said at…
The second lowest bidder for the Jackson Springs project has accused the city of favoring the lowest bidder before the bidder had met all of the criteria for building the water treatment plant.  For more information, click here.
Babies were healthier and born to fewer single teen mothers in Pennington County between 2005 and 2009. Violent teen deaths also declined, although the child death rate increased according to statistics provided by the 2010 South Dakota Kids Count report. Pennington County Report - Interactive Map of South Dakota Counties
The Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan research institute provides a wide range of statistical data in its state profile, comparing South Dakota to the nation in a host of different categories. HealthyAmericans.org
Most residents of the Rapid City area report few significant health risk factors according to the National Center for Disease Control (CDC). Compared to the nation, however, area residents report above average rates of smoking, obesity and binge drinking. On the other hand, they are more likely to get vaccinated for the flu and generally feel better about their health.…

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