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December 3, 2021News

Flu numbers up this week according to Department of Health

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Health officials report 29 new confirmed cases of influenza and three hospitalizations in their latest update. A total of 61 confirmed cases have been reported so far this season. During the 2020-21 season, a total of 71 cases were confirmed.  New flu cases have been found in Brookings, Butte, Hughes, […]


December 3, 2021

Friday’s COVID-19 Report – 513 new cases; two new deaths

PIERRE, S.D. – Health officials reported 513 new COVID-19 cases Friday with 118 of those considered as probable. Active cases increased nearly 100 to 7,512. The number of people hospitalized due to the virus was 247. Two new deaths were reported Friday, sending the state’s death toll to 2,357. The new deaths were listed out […]

December 3, 2021

Permitting process for medical marijuana underway in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Health is beginning to issue medical marijuana cards, but officials say it could be months before dispensaries will have anything to sell. Municipalities across the state are also receiving applications for permits from those who want to open a dispensary. Sturgis city officials say they received […]

December 3, 2021

Sturgis man sentenced to prison on attempted receipt of child pornography

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Sturgis man has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of attempted receipt of child pornography. 61-year-old William Nicholas Riley was given six years in federal prison November 22 and received five years of supervised release. Authorities say Riley was arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover […]

December 3, 2021

Late season wildfire burns through Central Montana town

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire that came amid unseasonably warm weather and was pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning 24 homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. Fire crews were putting out hot spots Thursday and officials were assessing […]

December 3, 2021

Woman charged in early Monday shooting makes first court appearance

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The woman accused of manslaughter and aggravated assault in connection with a fatal shooting made her initial court appearance in Pennington County Court Thursday. Jesse Schmockel, 22, of Kyle, has been charged in connection with an early Monday shooting that killed one and injured two others. Police allege Schmockel shot and […]

December 3, 2021

Rapid City Police arrest juvenile in connection with fatal Sunday shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police say a juvenile male has been taken into custody in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday. Police say the shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. at a residence in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive. Authorities responded to a report of a shooting, and upon arrival, […]


December 3, 2021

Friday Night, December 3, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard

UNDATED – Here is your Friday Night, December 3, South Dakota Prep Basketball Scoreboard: GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL Freeman Academy/Marion 52, Colome 31 Garretson 53, Baltic 36 Hanson 63, Centerville 37 Lakota Tech 86, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 21 Northwestern 52, Britton-Hecla 49 Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 46, Great Plains Lutheran 45 Sioux Falls Lincoln 42, Yankton 32

December 3, 2021

Tie-down roper Shane Hanchey captures emotional Round 1 victory 

LAS VEGAS – Less than two weeks before the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge, tie-down roper Shane Hanchey was dealt some adversity. The primary horse Hanchey was aboard all season – TJ – passed away. The horse was owned by Logan Bird. Hanchey said the loss wouldn’t set him back at […]

December 2, 2021

Two Black Hills area rodeos win yearly awards at PRCA banquet

LAS VEGAS — Two Black Hills area rodeos have picked up year-end awards at the National Finals Rodeo. Rodeo Rapid City was awarded the Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year and the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche was awarded the Medium Rodeo of the Year. The awards were announced in Las Vegas Wednesday night […]

December 2, 2021

Belle Fourche Wrestling Coach announces retirement

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – The upcoming season will be the final season for Belle Fourche Wrestling Coach Bill Abell. Abell says he’s had some medical issues pop up and told the Black Hills Pioneer that “seems to be in front of my ability to be as good a coach as I can be.” Abell took […]

December 2, 2021

South Dakota native taking over Washington Husky Football

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota native is taking over the reins of the Washington Huskies football team. Kalen DeBoer is moving from his current spot at Fresno State to take over the Huskies, which has just wrapped up one of its worst years under former head coach Jimmy Lake. DeBoer is from Milbank […]

December 1, 2021

South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association releases 2021 All State Teams

UNDATED – Here is the 2021 South Dakota Volleyball  Coaches Association 2021 All-State Volleyball Teams: CLASS AA First Team • Liz Kopp, Brandon Valley, sr., setter (828 assists) • Abby Meister, Harrisburg, sr., outside hitter (350 kills, 437 digs). • Bergen Reilly, O’Gorman, jr., setter-hitter (186 kills, 164 digs, 366 assists) • Brynn Kirsch, Sioux […]

Agricultural News

November 30, 2021

Hardship met with generous spirits helps ease upcoming winter for Montana ranch family

ROY, MT – Like almost every other ranch in Eastern Montana, Buck and JoAnn Mosby, and Buck’s mother Sharon Davis of Roy, Montana suffered from drought, grasshoppers, and hay shortages this summer.  They sold many of their cows, but still needed hay to get through the winter ahead. JoAnn finally located two semi-loads of Sudangrass […]

November 29, 2021

Rising land values, low interest rates offset higher input costs, bolster balance sheets

KANSAS CITY, MO – Farmland values surged in the third quarter according to Federal Reserve Surveys of Agricultural Credit Conditions. The value of nonirrigated cropland increased by 12% or more in all participating Districts. The rapid increase was also consistent across most states, with annual increases of more than 20% in some areas. Supporting farm […]

November 29, 2021

WTO cancels pivotal trade meeting due to new coronavirus variant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and other organizations have been lobbying heavily ahead of the World Trade Organization (WTO) first ministerial meeting in four years. AFBF joined eight other organizations in reaching out to United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai in advance of the upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which would […]

November 24, 2021

Cattle on Feed down slightly in November report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In general, cattle prices are higher now compared to last year and are expected to continue improving in 2022. Live and Feeder futures have priced in a lot of optimism for 2022. Still, there are plenty of challenges in the mix for cattle producers with continued drought, higher input prices, supply chain […]

November 24, 2021

What hunters need to know about chronic wasting disease

HELENA, MT – Chronic Wasting Disease is a 100% fatal disease that infects members of the deer family, including elk, moose, mule, and white-tailed deer. CWD is not a virus, bacteria, or fungus. It is caused by infectious, misfolded proteins, called prions, that spread throughout the animal and result in organ damage and eventual death. […]