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The 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is set for August 3rd-12th and the city of Sturgis, its businesses, and its residents are all preparing for the event, reports KOTA Territory News. Al Reiman of Black Hills Harley-Davidson is preparing to host every single visitor to the event, hiring more than 500 employees for Rally week alone. Reiman expects this year…
In August, the Spearfish City Council is scheduled to consider a revised proposal to clarify license requirements for mobile food and beverage vendors. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the original proposal was meant to come before the council in May but was delayed. City staff recently met with stakeholders representing both mobile and in-building food vendors from the area…
Formerly known as the Black Hills Business Development Center, Ascent Innovation will be expanding its facilities to include a new downtown location, reports the Rapid City Journal. The center is current housed on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus, but that site has reached capacity. Ascent Innovation’s new campus will act as an innovation center for local…
Work continues to find evidence of dark matter at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, and the next generation of experiments, LUX-ZEPLIN, to replace the previous LUX dark matter detector. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, LUX was dismantled in 2016, but its successor is currently under construction SURF’s Davis Campus. LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will use 10 tons of…
Knuckle Brewery owner Bryan Carter recently purchased 1.6 acres in southeast Sturgis, where he hopes to build a new 15,000 square foot brewery, taproom, and gift shop. This expansion, according to the Rapid City Journal, wouldn’t be possible in the current brewery space at the Knuckle Saloon on the corner of Second Street and Lazelle Street in Sturgis. Currently the…
This week students from across the country attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Fossils Camp, a weeklong experience that explores different South Dakota paleontological sites and finds, reports the Rapid City Journal. This year, about 20 campers participated in the program, which costs just under $1,000 for the week. The high school students visited the Badlands, Hot…
On July 2nd, the Deadwood City Commission voted unanimously in support of an exchange between the city’s Deadwood Pavilion property, recently transformed into a parking lot, and Super G Investments’ Franklin Motor Lodge. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the Franklin Motor Lodge is the proposed site for construction of a community gathering place on Deadwood’s Main Street. This land…
According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the city of Spearfish is moving forward with plans to expand the city’s existing recreational path system. The city council voted unanimously on two separate agenda items July 2nd dealing with sections of rec path near Interstate Exits 8 and 14. Currently, Spearfish seeks to design, fund, and construct a new community path for…
Rapid City Area Schools new mobile feeding program is up and running this summer and making stops all over town; Jefferson Academy, North Middle School, and Horace Mann Pool. Kids of all ages eat free from the truck, reports the Rapid City Journal. During the school year, many children rely on school lunches for fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options.…
Black Hills Energy filed a proposal with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission June 29th that would refund over $7.6 million to its South Dakota customers. According to the Rapid City Journal, this proposal would also reduce rates by $8.9 million in 2019 and in the years following. Find the entire docket and testimonies regarding the case here. The state’s…
Members of South Dakota’s National Guard will return to work at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in August, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Eighty soldiers camped at the research facility in Lead to work on construction projects during the Golden Coyote training exercise, held last month. Michele Baumann, a contract specialist for the facility, explained that the teams assisted in…
Hani Shafai, founder of Dream Design International of Rapid City, recently purchased Rapid City’s Northgate Shopping center, reports the Rapid City Journal. The shopping center was originally built in 1967 and its largest current tenant is Kmart. The property was appraised at $4.85 million, though the purchase price has not been made public. Shafai also purchased an adjacent restaurant, originally…
On Friday afternoon, much of the Northern Black Hills was hit by a severe thunder storm, which brought hail, strong winds, heavy rain, and even tornadoes and flooding to the area. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, winds near Belle Fourche were measured at over 70 miles per hour and caused a travel trailer to be blown over on the…
New administrative rules for high school graduation requirements will be decided by the South Dakota Board of Education on July 16, reports the Rapid City Journal.  But school officials in Rapid City worry that the fast decision-time will not allow for thorough investigation of new policies before voting. The current requirements for graduation in South Dakota are over a decade…
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks officials are concerned by new reports of the presence of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, a pneumonia-causing bacterium, in several new species. The bacterium has recently been identified in bison, mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose, and caribou by wildlife officials, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. These findings could be groundbreaking if proven correct, as the disease was…
South Dakota’s first-ever “Day of Giving” will be held November 27th, 2018 to raise awareness of and funds for South Dakota’s participating nonprofit organizations. According to the Rapid City Journal, this coincides with date of National Giving Day, which was originally organized in 2012. As the day is scheduled for the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, organizers and volunteers hope to inspire…
In response to both local and national affordable housing concerns, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation commissioned the Black Hills Knowledge Network to conduct a Rapid City Housing Affordability Study to help the Rapid City community understand the local need for affordable housing. Authored by Dr. Jared McEntaffer, Callie Tysdal, and Rochelle Zens, the Rapid City Housing Affordability Study was released…
The GOP have chosen Yankton lawyer Jason Ravnsborg as its nominee for state attorney general, reports KOTA Territory News. Republicans voted Saturday to select candidates for several state races, including Larry Rhoden for Lieutenant Governor, Steve Barnett for secretary of state, Josh Haeder for state treasurer, Rich Sattgast for state auditor, Ryan Brunner for commissioner of School and Public Lands,…
Good Karma Couture is being opened on the corner of Jennings and North Chicago Streets in Hot Springs. According to the Hot Springs Star, co-owners Kim Moir and Debbie Garcia realized that there was nowhere to buy affordable, quality clothing locally and wanted to address that issue. Currently, the store plans to focus on women’s clothing and accessories for women…
Lead-Deadwood Elementary School is making headway with phase one of its new facility plan, which has been somewhat slowed by asbestos remediation in the elevator portion of the project. Because of the asbestos work, the final completion date has been pushed from August 24th to September 21st, but the rest of this summer’s work is still on track to be…

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