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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…
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…

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