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Monday, 14 August 2017 22:32

Food Desert to Expand in Rapid City

In October, SpartanNash will close three grocery stores in Rapid City, reports the South Dakota Public Broadcasting.  Two Family Thrift stores and a Prairie Market store will close in October.

Mary Corbine with Feeding South Dakota explains realistically a person can walk one-quarter to one-half mile while carrying groceries, at most, according to national statistics.  The closing of these three grocery stores leaves a large gap in the center of Rapid City. 

For more information about food in the Black Hills, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network online news archive.  The Rapid City Collective Impact Group is investigating food security in the area and has details on Facebook.

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Friday, 11 August 2017 16:53

Hill City - Demographics & Population

Information on population, jobs, income, poverty, race, and age about your community can be hard to find all in one place. With the help of our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard we have compiled the following demographic highlights for your convenience. This data is sourced from various federal and state sources and is from the most recent year possible.

 
  Hill City Pennington County South Dakota
Total Population 2016 1,008 109,372 865,454
Population Growth from 2015-2016 1.4% 0.7% 0.9%
Median Age 2015 27.6 38.2 36.9
Median Household Income 2015 $46,607 $52,217 $53,017
Poverty Rate 2015 17.5% 12.2% 13.7%
Race 2015 20.8% 19.5% 17.1%
*Housing Cost Burden 2015 30.1% 30.2% 24.5%

*Housing cost burden is the share of households paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing.

More Information

For more data and graphs on the demographics of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out our sister project, the South Dakota Dashboard, for interactive graphs and charts.

City Profiles – Find total population, racial breakdown, gender breakdown, poverty rates, disability rates, home ownership rates, housing cost burden data, median income, median age and more for Custer and other South Dakota cities and towns on the South Dakota Dashboard.

Demographics – Find charts about population trends, age, race and children and youth.

Economy – Find charts on South Dakota’s economic output (GDP), jobs, gross sales and tourism tax.

Health – Review charts on health statistics including obesity, diabetes, health insurance coverage and disabilities.

Housing – Learn about housing cost burden and homeownerships rates in South Dakota.

Workforce – View charts on educational attainment and proportion of adults working in the Rushmore State.

Incomes – Review charts for median incomes and poverty rates in South Dakota. 

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Friday, 11 August 2017 15:22

Keystone - Demographics & Population

Information on population, jobs, income, poverty, race, and age about your community can be hard to find all in one place. With the help of our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard we have compiled the following demographic highlights for your convenience.  This data is sourced from various federal and state sources and is from the most recent year possible.

  Keystone Pennington County South Dakota
Total Population 2016 340 109,372 865,454
Population Growth from 2015-2016 -0.9% 0.7% 0.9%
Median Age 2015 45.0 38.2 36.8
Median Household Income 2015 $33,500 $48,379 $50,979
Poverty Rate 2015 22.3% 14.1% 14.2%
Race (Persons of Color) 2015 22.8% 19.5% 17.0%
*Housing Cost Burden 31.9% 30.2% 24.0%

*Housing cost burden is the share of households paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing.

More Information 

For more data and graphs on the demographics of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out our sister project, the South Dakota Dashboard, for interactive graphs and charts.

City Profiles – Find total population, racial breakdown, gender breakdown, poverty rates, disability rates, home ownership rates, housing cost burden data, median income, median age and more for South Dakota cities and towns with populations over 1,000 on the South Dakota Dashboard.

Demographics – Find charts about population trends, age, race and children and youth.

Economy – Find charts on South Dakota’s economic output (GDP), jobs, gross sales and tourism tax.

Health – Review charts on health statistics including obesity, diabetes, health insurance coverage and disabilities.

Housing – Learn about housing cost burden and homeownerships rates in South Dakota.

Workforce – View charts on educational attainment and proportion of adults working in the Rushmore State.

Incomes – Review charts for median incomes and poverty rates in South Dakota. 

 

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The South Dakota Legislature has a committee working on the problems of finding affordable housing, and will make a final report later in the fall, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The committee is looking specifically for ways to expand affordable housing for the workforce in South Dakota.  Water, sewer and utilities are normally the highest costs, and suggestions have included finding incentives for community developers and defining "affordable workplace housing" more clearly. The committee will not be hearing public testimony, instead they will circulate a list of meetings so far for additional comments to be made.

For more information on affordable housing in South Dakota, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive, or the South Dakota Dashboard. Don't miss our recent analysis about housing across South Dakota and in the Black Hills. 

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Pennington County has called for a moratorium on building permits in a new subdivision located outside Box Elder. Valley Heights, the subdivision affected, has 150 single family homes, and 68 empty lots currently.

Providing water to the subdivision has proven difficult, as it is located outside of Box Elder city limits. The Box Elder water system is facing concerns about water transportation through existing mains, the failure of a city well, and the structural integrity of a water tower that supplies Valley Heights. The City of Box Elder will continue to serve Valley Heights residents so long as the current water tower in place--which is not owned by Box Elder--continues to function properly. 

Discussion about how to address these problems will be ongoing, including the possibility of creating a sanitary district or a non-profit organization for Valley Heights to take its water supply matters into their own hands.

For more information on Box Elder, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive or community profile page

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The Rapid City Council approved a $75,000 grant to help fund a project to build more than 500 affording housing units near Rushmore Mall at its May 15, 2017 meeting. According to the Rapid City Journal, the director of the project from Freeland Ranch Community Inc. says that the money is needed for infrastructure and road design if the project is to move forward. The measure was approved by a 6-4 vote. The housing project will be built between Haines and 143rd Ave. north of Seger Drive. 

To read up on past news articles related to the Rapid City Council, view the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.

For more information on the council and government of Rapid City itself, check out this Black Hills Knowledge Network Community Profile page.

 

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The second annual Community Innovative Summit was held in Rapid City, reports KOTA TV.  The summit gives citizens an opportunity to discuss options that will allow multiple groups to be heard while remaining respectful.  The conversations allow exchanging ideas such as ways to allow collaboration between tribal and city leadership.

The Rapid City Community Conversations group works to create a space based on shared values.  You can see a complete list of their events on their website.

For more information about arts and culture in the area, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network online news archive.  

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With an estimated $280,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development coming down the pipeline, city officials believe that more housing can be built for low-income families and homeless individuals. According to the Rapid City Journal, the Legal and Finance Committee wants to move a majority of the grant to the Community Development Division with the express purpose of building affordable homes. The remainder of the grant would go towards the Freeland Ranch and Youth and Family Services projects. The proposal will move to the full City Council now. Here is the agenda from the meeting.

To read up on past and current news regarding the Rapid City Council, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.

For more information on the government of Rapid City, check out the city's Black Hills Knowledge Network Community Profile.

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People were far more likely to move to South Dakota than move away, according to a new report from United Van Lines. This report is good news for the Rushmore State, but not for the reasons currently reported.

South Dakota is not the most popular destination for people to move to—in actuality, California had the most number of inbound moves at 12,259 compared to South Dakota’s 341 total inbound moves. However, California had 12,488 outbound moves, resulting in California’s balanced migration. Conversely, South Dakota reported only 163 outbound moves.

A couple of factors likely play into South Dakota’s top ranking, including retirees who want to live in the inter-mountain west. The United Van Lines report notes that one in four inbound moves nationally was for retirement reasons. With no income tax and a high quality of life, especially in the Black Hills, this may be a key factor.

Second, people across the nation are less likely to move based on economic opportunity and more based on personal reasons, such as a desire to be closer to family or for retirement purposes. Additionally, the age of the internet has made working remotely a possibility—a substantial aid to those wishing to relocate to South Dakota.

Within the Great Plains region, South Dakota had more inbound moves than North Dakota and Wyoming, states with struggling economies in 2016, but fewer inbound moves than Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.

State

Total Shipments From To Percentage From Percentage To Ranking
South Dakota 504 163 341 32.3 67.7 1
North Dakota 626 337 289 53.8 46.2 36
Wyoming 599 290 309 48.4 51.6 16
 Nebraska 1,468 762 706 51.9 48.1 27
Iowa 1,509 793 716 52.6 47.4 30
Minnesota 3,704 1,813 1,891 48.9 51.1 18
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 21:18

Roof of Senior Center Will Not Be Fixed by City

The Rapid City Council has decided the city will not foot the bill for replacing the roof of the Minneluzahan Senior Center. The Rapid City Journal stated that the Council pointed to the hundreds of thousands of dollars the center has received from the city in the past as a reason to not fund the repair.

The Minneluzahan Senior Center entered into a lease with the city in 1976. The lease terms include rent of $1 annually, with maintenance and updates to be done by the senior center. Council members favored finding other means to fix the roof, including applying for a future round of city Vision Funds. 

To read up on past news articles related to the Rapid City Council, click on this archives link.

For more information on the government of Rapid City, check out this Black Hills Knowledge Network resource page.

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Thanks to a $1.1 million grant in Vision funds from the Rapid City Council, Wellfully will be able to build a new facility to house its Life Above and Beyond program to help at-risk teens. The Rapid City Journal reported that the new building will be a free place teens can come to learn work or life skills that could be used to give themselves a better life or to escape from troubles at home as well as help with addiction. The Premier Adolescent Care Center is planned for construction to begin sometime next year and will be located near the Roosevelt Park Ice Arena and Swim Center.

To read up on past news articles related to the Vision Fund, click on this archives link.

For more information on the Vision Fund itself, be sure to check out this Black Hills Knowledge Network resource page.

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Proposed changes to the South Dakota Retirement System will go before the legislature this January, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The proposed changes aim to eliminate unfair advantages in the current system, and to ensure member equity.  One proposal is to increase the punishment for reporting false wages, making it a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by one year in jail or a $2000 fine.  A second proposal is to increase the number of quarters average compensation is based on from 12 to 20.  A third proposed change involves the cost of living allowances.  The current minimum increase each year is 2.1 percent, and the proposed change would lower that to 0.5 percent.  The maximum increase would go from 3.1 percent to 3.5 percent.   The Trustees for the South Dakota Retirement System have approved the changes in a 9-3 vote, and will now place the proposals before the legislature.

For more information on the South Dakota economy, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.

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Rapid City has seen a four percent decline in the poverty rate over the last three years, reports the Rapid City Journal.

Rapid City's rate dropped from 14.5 percent to 10.5 percent between 2012 and 2015, while Sioux Falls saw an increase from 9.0 percent to 11.5 percent.   The decline in Rapid City is attributed partially to the increase in minimum wage in South Dakota, according to the manager of Community Development for Rapid City, Barb Garcia.  At $7.25 an hour, the annual earnings for a household of two would put that household below the poverty line.  Now, making $8.50 an hour, they would be placed just above the poverty line.  Garcia also added a reminder that living above the poverty line does not necessarily mean earning a living wage.

For more information on poverty in Rapid City, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive. 

The South Dakota Dashboard also has additional statistics on Poverty in the Black Hills.

 

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Rapid City schools are showing much higher rates of chronic absences, when compared with South Dakota as a whole, reports the Rapid City Journal

Attendance Works, a national organization focusing on how student achievement is related to attendance, has published numbers that show Rapid City schools with 31% of students chronically absent.  Chronic absences occur when a student misses 10% or more of school days in a given year.  According to the South Dakota Department of Education, 80% of students in this state attend school 94% of the time.  In Rapid City, only 71% of students attend.   Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon says this is a community issue, as the absences occur throughout the district, and are not concentrated in any one demographic.  When a student misses too many days, defined as 5-10 unexcused absences, the principal of the school must refer the students name to the Pennington County State's Attorney Office because it is a misdemeanor to not bring your child to school in this state.  Schools have been battling chronic absences by offering incentives to the kids who have good attendance, either on a monthly or yearly basis.  Dr. Simon is also hopeful that the new program allowing students to use Rapid Ride for free will help absence numbers decrease this year.

For more information on education in Rapid City, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:00

Black Hills Pride Fest Attendance Growing

Wilson Park saw around 300 attendees for the Black Hills Pride Fest, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The festival, which began in 1985, had 60 craft booths and tents set up, which was up by 15 from last year.  This was also the first year that saw corporate sponsors for the festival; both Safeway and Wells Fargo contributed.  The goal of the festival is to celebrate mutual acceptance and togetherness, which attendees saw as particularly appropriate in the aftermath of the shootings in Orlando and Dallas in recent weeks.

For more on arts and culture in Rapid City, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.

 

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Local agencies and the Summer Food Service Program are providing free meals for children and some adults during the summer, reports the Rapid City Journal.

For many children in the area, these are the only meals they get over the summer months.  Local agencies involved include the Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS), Youth and Family Services (YFS), the YMCA and Feeding South Dakota.  RCAS have been providing breakfasts and lunches for the past 5 years, last summer they provided over 30,000 summer meals.   YFS provided over 32,000 nutritious, but also kid-friendly summer meals last year.  The YMCA offers breakfast and lunches to kids up to 18 years old, and provided 25,000 meals last summer.   To help during the weekends, Feeding South Dakota runs the Back Pack Program, which uses money from grants and private donations to provide 700 backpacks stocked with food for the 12 summer weekends.

For more information on poverty and assistance in Rapid City, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.

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The Rapid City Collective Impact initiative seeks to make non-profit and social service organizations more effective through collaboration, reports the Native Sun News

Too often, these entities attempt to address poverty and other problems in isolation, and the new program aims to assess how to best do the work in concert. In addition, the group will determine where services overlap and where gaps exist. 

The Rapid City Collective Impact lists three phases to its work: 

  • Fall 2015-Summer 2016 "The Year of Learning" -- Meet with organizations, businesses and groups throughout Rapid City to introduce the RCCI initiative and gather information from key stakeholders.
  • Fall 2016-Spring 2017 "The Year of Connecting" -- Begin the process of providing assistance to nonprofits for ongoing performance improvement and service delivery and efficiencies. New collaboration and networks will be facilitated. Non-profits will learn the best in benchmarking both as individual organizations and when working collaboratively, with the goals of improving performance, decreasing duplication, decreasing gaps in service and increasing community connectedness.
  • Summer 2017 "The Year of Change" -- Together, Rapid City Collective Impact (RCCI) will catalyze and harness the talent, skill, and perspective of grassroots citizens, businesses, nonprofits, government and non-profit communities, creating collaborative ways where everyone contributes to improve life and living in Rapid City.

 Read more about Civic Life and History on the Black Hills Knowledge Network

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Although some residents are objecting to it, Westhills Village is planning a major expansion of its retirement campus. According to the Rapid City Journal article, the City Council unanimously decided in favor of Westhills request for a rezoning of the area and work will soon begin on the expansion.

Click on this archives link for past news articles on construction in Rapid City.

For more information on South Dakota's demographics, be sure to check out this South Dakota Dashboard resource page.

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The gap between the need for assisted living facilities and the spaces available will close a little with the opening of a new community and new construction plans, reports the Rapid City Journal.

Multiple studies are showing marked increases in the over 50 population and the need for assisted living facilities in the next few decades. The Village at Skyline Pines, which will be completed this upcoming June, and an addition to the St. Martin Village housing planned for 2018, will add 130 beds for those needing long term care and assisted living facilities in Rapid City.  These projects are also expected to provide full time jobs for more than 60 employees.  

To learn more about South Dakota's specific age demographics, take a look at the South Dakota Dashboard.

For more on seniors in the Black Hills, please visit our resource page.

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A two-day conference will focus on honoring the accomplishments of women while also forming a plan for change within the community, according to the event's Eventbrite website

International Women's Day Conference will be held Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, at Rapid City's Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. Conference organizers hope to host 400 women with nine speakers, breakout sessions, live entertainment and meals.

Conference organizers plan to develop a plan of action around key issues identified during breakout sessions. Attendees "will be called upon to act as a force for change in our community, tackling the issues identified in breakout sessions," according to conference promotional materials. 

Get updates on the event's Facebook page.

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