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Firefighter land owner has theory about large wildfire cause

Apr. 22, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former wildland firefighter who owns the land where a burn pile ignited a large wildfire near Rapid City says he believe the blaze was intentionally set. In a 60-page report, the landowner told investigators he was “100% sure the burn pile...

Noem asks athletic commission to rescind vaccine requirement

Apr. 22, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is asking the South Dakota Athletic Commission to immediately rescind its requirement that sports participants provide proof they are vaccinated for COVID-19. In a letter to commission chairman Michael Kilmer, Noem wrote that...

Noem issues order banning vaccine passports in South Dakota

Apr. 21, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has joined a handful of governors who have issued executive orders banning the development or use of COVID-19 vaccine passports in their states. Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify...

Rally cup sales would allow open drinking on Sturgis streets

Apr. 21, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A fundraising proposal by Sturgis officials calls for the city to sell souvenir cups to visitors during the city's annual motorcycle rally, which they could then fill with beer or wine and walk the streets of downtown with drinks in hand. If...

Rapid City man convicted in crime spree, including assault

Apr. 21, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man has been found guilty in a string of crimes that include aggravated assault, burglary and grand theft. A jury in Pennington County convicted 34-year-old Bill Robertson Tuesday afternoon, KOTA-TV reported. ...

Debris pile apparent source of wildfire near Rapid City

Apr. 21, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says no criminal charges are expected as a result of a large wildfire west of Rapid City.. A debris pile is believed to be the source of a fire that burned about 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers)...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Apr. 21, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. April 20, 2021. Editorial: SD Vaccination Rates: Here’s The Hard Part As noted here last week, South Dakota — and South Dakotans — have done an excellent job so far in getting themselves vaccinated with one of the...

Agriculture, Natural Resources departments officially merge

Apr. 20, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Natural Resources have been officially combined despite some concerns by farmers, environmentalists and lawmakers. Gov. Kristi Noem has cited overlap and the need for...

Supreme Court rejects defendant's appeal in 2015 slaying

Apr. 20, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the life prison sentence given to a man who plotted the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, a 22-year-old Rapid City woman. Jonathan Klinetobe pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors...

Victim of fatal bow hunting accident identified

Apr. 19, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WHITE, S.D. (AP) — Sheriff's officials have identified the victim of a fatal hunting accident in Brookings County. Mark Steinborn, 62, of Sioux Falls died Friday when he was accidentally shot with an arrow while bow hunting turkeys in White. Life...