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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…
The Meade School District board met Monday, and a large crowd attended to discuss a singular agenda item – Rural Suspension of Operations and Staffing. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Superintendent Jeff Simmons and the school board hope to work together with rural schools and families to develop a plan for Meade County’s rural schools going forward. Currently, the…
Over $1.7 million worth of ambulance bills will be written off by Rapid City, reports the Rapid City Journal. The 2,676 bills, dating back to 2006, have been deemed uncollectible, and the city council approved a resolution to write them off at their December 17th meeting. Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender reported that the city ambulance service currently only recovers…
Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) are hopeful that the district will be approved for a federal grant that would offset the costs of ten new school buses, reports KOTA Territory News. The grant would be issued through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Diesel Program, if approved. The district will not know whether it has been approved until January. The…
The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GF&P) Commission approved amendments to an October deer hunting allocation change last week with the intention of attracting younger hunters and limiting non-resident licensing. According to the Rapid City Journal, the proposal hopes to even the playing field so that more hunters are able to get their first choice of license. Currently, hunters…
The Zonta Club of Spearfish hosted its 27th annual Festival of Trees at the Spearfish Park Pavilion November 28th through December 1st. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the event raised approximately $56,000 and collected about 2,000 pounds of food for the Spearfish Community Food Pantry. Co-chair of the event, Pattie Parrett reports that all of the profits will go…
Lead-Deadwood paramedics will soon be able to help assess potential health risks for discharged patients, with an expansion of their role thanks to a new community aid program. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that this program is meant to fill gaps in the quality of care for patients after they are discharged from Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital and help keep patients…
Black Hills State University (BHSU), South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T), and Western Dakota Tech (WDT) have teamed up to allow all three institutions’ students more choice in their course of study. According to KOTA Territory News, students taking part in the program will be able to transfer credits among the three institutions to take advantage of each’s…
A fire started Saturday morning at the Pine Ridge Oil and Pine Ridge Trading Company building in Pine Ridge Village, reports the Rapid City Journal. Area fire crews, with help from some Nebraska crews have been battling the structure fire since then. The cause of the fire is unknown, but had spread to approximately half of the building, which serves…
A new multipurpose learning center and greenhouse will be built on the Oglala Lakota College He Sapa campus in Rapid City, thanks to a grant from the Ford College Community Challenge. According to the Rapid City Journal, Oglala Lakota College (OLC), Purdue University, and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T) were awarded $250,000, which will be used…
With a third month of positive growth in Deadwood’s gaming numbers, October 2018 saw a 12.31 percent increase over October 2017, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. According to monthly gaming revenue data released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, patrons in Deadwood spent a combined $103 million on gaming machines and tables last month. Executive Director of the Deadwood…
Saturday night, crowds lined the snowy streets of downtown Rapid City, as a parade of floats rolled down East Boulevard and Main Street before turning up 7th Street and culminating on St. Joseph Street for this year’s Festival of Lights. According to KOTA Territory News, audience members young and old enjoyed the display. Participants included floats decked out in holiday…
During the first year of the state’s deal with vacation rental website Airbnb, rentals in South Dakota generated $568,000 in tax revenue, which the company remitted to the state, reports KOTA Territory News. The agreement between Airbnb and the state went into effect September 1st of 2017. This agreement with Airbnb went into effect while the state was still in…
CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Jerilyn Church and the board continues negotiations with Indian Health Services (IHS), but a tentative date has been set for the administrative takeover of Sioux San Hospital by the Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. According to the Rapid City Journal, the change will take place in February 2019. The Oglala, Cheyenne River,…
Sierra Ward has been hired to serve as the new director of the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Ward has called the town home for the past seven years. While having roots and family in Lead, Ward has lived all over the country and the world and visited Lead often throughout her life. She is…

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