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Pearl Harbor inspired ex-WWII Ski Soldier to serve

Dec. 14, 2019 1:01 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Richard Wright celebrated his 98th birthday on Dec. 10. He observed the 78th Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7. Those two dates are related in more than their proximity on the calendar. The attack on Pearl Harbor is what led Wright to join the armed forces. "After graduating from high...

Oglala Sioux consider appeal on survey decision for mine

Dec. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe is considering whether to appeal a decision by a panel of judges that a proposed uranium mine site in southwest South Dakota doesn't have to be surveyed for Native American burials or artifacts. The three judges with the U.S. Atomic Safety and Licensing Board...

Defense bill allots billions to South Dakota military base

Dec. 12, 2019 5:25 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The $738 billion defense spending bill awaiting approval by the U.S. Senate allocates billions in funding to improve a South Dakota military base. The measure designates $3 billion to continue the development of a new long-range bomber called the B-21 Raider at the Ellsworth Air...

$100 million solar park in South Dakota is moving forward

Dec. 11, 2019 1:47 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota agency could vote next month to approve a permit for a historic $100 million solar electricity generation project on a reservation in the southwestern part of the state. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission reviewed a settlement stipulation Tuesday for Lookout...

Father, son plead guilty in black market eagle trafficking

Dec. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty in South Dakota to federal charges in a widespread case that offered a glimpse into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds. Troy Fairbanks and his son, Majestic Fairbanks, were among 30 people and pawn shops...

Bond set for man accused in intoxicated hit-and-run death

Dec. 11, 2019 9:24 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Rapid City father of five is being held on $250,000 cash bond. Zachary Fegueroa, 25, made an initial court appearance Monday via video from the Pennington County Jail. A request for a lower bond by his attorney was rejected. Joseph...

Patients, relatives benefit from smudging at hospitals

Dec. 7, 2019 1:01 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Richie Richards remembers gathering with 20 of his relatives to visit their dying cousin in 2016. The group helped Joseph Marshal stand up next to his bed at the Regional Health hospice before moving burning sage over his body and passing it around to the entire group. Being able to...

Life in prison for 2015 kidnapping, slaying of ex-girlfriend

Dec. 6, 2019 9:01 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Sturgis man who ordered and helped plan the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Jonathan Klinetobe, 30, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Heidi Linngren who said he posed a lifelong and “significant danger...

Governor appoints former news anchor to state senate seat

Dec. 3, 2019 5:52 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed a former Rapid City TV journalist to fill a vacant state senate seat for the 2020 legislative session. Noem named Republican Helene Duhamel on Tuesday to the seat left vacant by Sen. Alan Solano, a Rapid City Republican who said he...

Prosecutor: Sturgis man who planned murder is master of lies

Dec. 3, 2019 7:05 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Sturgis man who planned and helped with the kidnapping, murder and burial of his ex-girlfriend went to great lengths to cover up the crime. Thirty-year-old Jonathan Klinetobe appeared in state court in Rapid City Monday for the first day of his sentencing hearing....