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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…
The Rapid City Year End 2017 Population Estimate Report shows that the city’s population has finally surpassed 75,000 people, reports the Rapid City Journal. The report says that at the end of 2012, Rapid City’s population was 75,488, an increase of 2.3 percent since it was last estimated in 2016. Rapid City’s Planning Commission approved the report today, which also…
The Supreme Court ruled today that states can require online shoppers to pay state sales taxes. According to the Rapid City Journal, the suit was led by South Dakota, and over 40 states have joined to request a change in decades-old tax collection legislation regarding sales tax on online purchases. The Justices ruled 5-4 in favor of the states, who,…
A recent Rapid City Journal article previews a new report on the state of affordable housing in Rapid City by Black Hills Knowledge Network Project Director and Regional Economist Jared McEntaffer, Ph.D. The report describes the current shortage of affordable housing due to wage stagnation, a growing demand for single-person homes, and an overdependence on the tourism industry for personal…
Thanks to a partnership among Deadwood History Inc., the city of Deadwood, and archaeologist Laura Floyd, Archaeology Camp returned to Deadwood this summer, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Almost fifty children from grades 3-7 enrolled in the camp, which excavated a piece of Gordon Park currently under construction. Deadwood History Inc. has held camps like this in previous years, but…
The 24th Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson will be giving a lecture at the Journey Museum on June 25th, at 7PM. According to the Rapid City Journal, the lecture will be on the topic of “War and Computers” and will be free and open to the public. Secretary Wilson is the former President of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.…
A new trail is available to visitors to Spearfish Canyon, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Savoy Trail, which was started in the fall of 2017 by the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, is a two-mile stretch of trail between Roughlock Falls and the Savoy Ponds in Spearfish Canyon. Together with the Spearfish Canyon Lodge and Latchstring Restaurant and the…
South Dakota’s Primary Election was held last Tuesday, and with it came a myriad of problems for polling places and South Dakota voters. According to the KOTA Territory News, some voters were unable to vote for their preferred candidate due to registration errors and an electronic voter identification problem delayed some polling locations. Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer says that…
The city of Deadwood received a transfer of $531,337.86 from the Days of ’76 Museum board last week, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The funds are holdovers from previous expenditures made between 2006 and 2012, during the construction of the museum. The Days of ’76 Museum is a city property and City Finance Officer Mary Jo Nelson says that the…

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