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December 2, 2021News

South Dakota woman sentenced in 1981 death of infant son

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge has sentenced a woman to 10 years in the state prison system for her infant son’s 1981 death that went unsolved for decades. Judge Bradley Zell called the sentencing of 60-year-old Theresa Bentaas a difficult decision. He says it was not clear whether her son died […]


December 2, 2021

Three new deaths in Pennington County listed in today’s COVID-19 report

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 615 new cases of COVID-19 in their Thursday report with 143 of those listed under the probable category. Active cases increased by nearly 200 to 7,416. The number of people hospitalized was down slightly to 248. Six new deaths were reported, sending the state’s death […]

December 2, 2021

Spearfish man pleads not guilty to various meth charges

DEADWOOD, S.D. — A Spearfish man has pleaded not guilty to various meth-related charges in Lawrence County. Jesse James K. Houston, 49, of Spearfish was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury July 28 and charged with distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a Class 4 felony. Houston is a repeat offender, after having been […]

December 1, 2021

Rapid City Police identify victims of weekend shootings

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Police have identified the two victims of two separate shootings that took place over the weekend. Police say 19-year-old Jayden Russell of Rapid City was killed on Sunday, November 28 at a residence in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive. RCPD is still investigating the shooting and no arrests […]

December 1, 2021

South Dakota man pleads not guilty to killing 3, wounding 2

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend, her father and another woman and wounding his ex-girlfriend’s mother and a young child. Forty-two-year-old Francis Lange entered the pleas Tuesday in Bon Homme County Circuit Court to charges that include first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault […]

December 1, 2021

Fifteen new COVID-19 related deaths listed in Wednesday report

PIERRE, S.D. – It was a deadly COVID-19 report Wednesday, as 15 new deaths were reported across the state. Of those 15 deaths, there were 2 out of Pennington County, and one each out of Lawrence and Meade. The state’s death toll reaches 2,349 today. New cases totaled 936 with 254 of those listed as […]

November 30, 2021

Authorities charge Kyle woman in connection with early Monday shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. —  Police say a 22-year-old, Kyle, S.D. woman has been charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault in relation to a shooting incident that took place on November 29 on Marquette Drive in Rapid City. The arrest follows an announcement earlier in the day Tuesday that they […]


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 […]

December 1, 2021

Rapid City Rush get road win over Mavericks

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Logan Nelson and Stephen Baylis each had a goal and an assist, Lukas Parik made 33 saves and the Rapid City Rush defeated the Kansas City Mavericks, 4-2, Tuesday night at Cable Dahmer Arena. The Rush got the scoring started in the first period when Nelson won an attacking zone faceoff and […]

December 1, 2021

Freidel leads South Dakota State over Prairie View 99-90

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Noah Freidel had 21 points as South Dakota State defeated Prairie View 99-90. Douglas Wilson had 15 points and eight rebounds for South Dakota State, which earned its fourth straight home victory. William Douglas scored a career-high 24 points for the Panthers, who have now lost eight consecutive games to start […]

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. […]