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The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will be premiering its first official park orientation film this fall, reports the Rapid City Journal. The film, titled “Beneath The Plains: The Minuteman Missile On Alert,” runs 30 minutes long and complements the exhibits installed two years ago. The park will host screenings of the film in Rapid City, Pierre, Bismarck, ND, and…
Thanks to a grant from the Gannett Foundation and USA Today, Rapid City’s own pay-what-you-can nonprofit and eatery will gain some much-needed space, reports Newscenter 1. In operation since 2016, Fork Real Community Cafe’s mission is to improve lives by providing both food and a space for future conversation about food access in the Rapid City area. With the help…
Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation have counted three percent more vehicles entering Sturgis so far, reports the Rapid City Journal. During the first three days of the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, 161,696 vehicles entered Sturgis. Last year only 157,166 vehicles entered Sturgis during the same time frame. These are counted by traffic counters at nine different…
Retail business in Deadwood seems to be on the uptick, with significant increases in sales tax numbers in 2018, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. This is in contrast to gaming numbers in Deadwood, which have been consistent or in decline. April saw an over 20 percent increase in sales tax, with $282,658 in sales tax in April 2018 as compared…
A poll recently commissioned by the Dusty Johnson campaign showed that the former Governor’s Chief of Staff was leading the race for South Dakota’s lone House of Representatives seat by 21 percentage points. According to the Rapid City Journal, 54 percent of respondents supported Johnson. Johnson is the Republican candidate for the House, running against Democrat Tim Bjorkman, who earned…
Three tracts of Rapid City could see new capital investment, reports KOTA Territory News. A section of a federal tax bill acts as an economic development tool by creating “Opportunity Zones” to encourage new investment in designated communities. These Opportunity Zones are meant to steer investment to communities that are economically distressed, and tracts are chosen by governors. Governor Dennis…
The town of Buffalo Chip will be arguing for the dismissal of the state’s case against its incorporation. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the town’s attorney, Kent Hagg, will argue the case at the Fourth Circuit Court in Sturgis beginning July 31st. Buffalo Chip was originally incorporated in 2015, despite opposition from Meade County residents and the city of…
The annual Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche will soon feature new grandstands to seat spectators, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Safety concerns about the existing nearly century-old grandstands arose in 2017. The original wood structure was obviously rotten, misshapen, and warped in places. Demolition on the aged grandstand at the Roundup Ground Sports Complex began 2016 with work being…
The Black Hills chapter of worldwide nonprofit organization Dress For Success is helping area women find success in the workplace by supplying them with clothing and skills to ace job interviews. According to the Rapid City Journal, the chapter, located in the Rushmore Mall, launched in November. Executive Director of the project, Sarah Baker, saw a need for this service…
Friday night saw a severe thunderstorm in Oglala Lakota County, reports the Rapid City Journal. The storm, which included 80 mph winds, baseball and softball-sized hail, and rain, damaged over 300 homes, 100 vehicles, and crops throughout the county. According to Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management, the storm moved across 30 miles and damaged several communities in the county. Some…
Originally opened in 1998, Deadwood’s Celebrity Hotel and Casino officially closed its doors as of midnight on July 13th. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, this closure followed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing in 2017. While revenue from the hotel section of the business was doing well, gaming revenue was unable to keep up with Deadwood’s competitive market. The…
The Black Hills Resilient Landscapes project was approved Monday by Mark Van Every, Black Hills National Forest supervisor, reports the Rapid City Journal. The project’s intention is to fortify the forest against natural threats, such as mountain pine beetle epidemics and wildfires. Van Every said in a written statement that he hopes the project will allow management to bring the…
Rapid City’s net worth has been valued at $6.95 billion as of December 31st, 2017, according to the office of the Pennington County Auditor, reports the Rapid City Journal. This number was part of annual financial reports acknowledged by the City Council on July 16th. This total includes commercial, industrial, municipal, retail, and residential properties, along with all railroads and…
The Deadwood City Commission has authorized work to begin on roof repairs of 45 structures damaged by hail during the June 29th storm that hit several Black Hills’ communities, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The insurance estimate has yet to be finalized, but damage looks to be worth upwards of $2 million, according to Tom Kruzel, director of transportation and…
Firehouse Brewing Company and Wine Cellars owner Bob Fuchs is branching out in Hill City, reports the Rapid City Journal. The Firehouse Smokejumper Station, located off of Highway 385, currently serves as a tasting room for Firehouse’s craft beers and wines and as a mercantile store. The Smokejumper Station is reminiscent of the iconic Rapid City Firehouse Brewing Company, with…
Teachers in Hot Springs are currently in negotiations for their 2018-2019 contracts but have reached a standstill with the Hot Springs School Board. According to the Hot Springs Star, the school board presented 26 changes to the negotiated agreement with the Hot Springs Education Association (HSEA), but the HSEA has agreed to only 24 of these changes. The two changes…
The city of Custer’s annual Gold Discovery Days, a celebration of the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, took place this past weekend, reports the Custer County Chronicle. Community events were held all weekend and included a quilt show, street dance, and the Gold Rush Fun Run. The arts and crafts festival was held at Way Park on Friday,…
According to a preliminary estimate passed by the school board in May, Rapid City Areas Schools (RCAS) will increase their budget by over $5.4 million in the coming academic year. Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal and Support Services David Janak will present a final budget of over $226 million for the 2018-2019 school year at the July 23rd school board meeting,…
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…

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