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March 18, 2023News

More than two dozen vehicles involved in I-90 crash near White Lake

WHITE LAKE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says at least 24 vehicles were involved in a pile up on I-90 near White Lake Friday afternoon. The crash helped lead to the closure of the Interstate between Chamberlain and Sioux Falls. The patrol says they believe a dozen passenger vehicles and a dozen semi […]


March 17, 2023

New law provides 100% tuition coverage for SD National Guard members

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill into law Thursday that will provide 100% tuition benefits for National Guard members at South Dakota technical colleges and public universities. The increase from 50% to 100% coverage will benefit the Guard by providing another incentive for recruitment and retention, Noem said. Noem, whose father […]

March 17, 2023

Black Hills National Forest adds 239 acres through deal with elk group and landowners

HILLS CITY, S.D. – The Black Hills National Forest is growing by about one-third of a square mile. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 239 acres of land from two landowners for a total of $1.1 million and conveyed it to the national forest. The land is high in the remote western area of the forest in […]

March 17, 2023

Plea deal for former day care worker charged with sexual contact with children

CANTON, S.D.  — A former day care worker accused of sexual contact with children at a Lincoln County day care has pleaded guilty. It comes as part of a plea deal for Chris Phoumy; he pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual contact with children under the age of 16. The alleged crimes were caught on […]

March 17, 2023

SD Dept. of Corrections silent on questions surrounding inmate death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — A prison inmate died from fentanyl toxicity on January 29 in the Jameson Annex of the state prison in Sioux Falls, according to a death certificate filed in Minnehaha County. Stephen (Steve) Layton, 61, was an inmate serving time for aggravated assault and simple assault on law enforcement, according to the […]

March 16, 2023

Rural Meade County man arrested for shooting dog

STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade County Sheriff’s office arrested a man Monday after allegedly shooting a dog on his property. Sheriff Pat West says officers responded to the area of Eagle Ranch Road after receiving reports of gunshots. West says after an investigation, it was determined that Richard Greenman had called 9-1-1 dispatch and said […]

March 16, 2023

Governor signs agriculture – related bills at Mitchell ceremony

MITCHELL, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem on Wednesday signed HB 1090 into law The measure is designed to protect South Dakota agriculture operations from frivolous lawsuits that can delay development and increase costs for producers. The governor says the bill will ensure agriculture will have continued growth and success in South Dakota. She says the […]


March 19, 2023

State Champions crowned as boys’ basketball season wraps up Saturday

UNDATED – The 2023 state high school basketball tournaments concluded on Saturday from Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Aberdeen. Here are the final results from the event. Class AA Championship: Yankton defeated Mitchell 65-61 3rd Place: Sioux Falls Jefferson defeated Sioux Falls Lincoln 65-56 5th Place: Pierre defeated Harrisburg 68-67 OT2 7th Place: Sioux Falls […]

March 18, 2023

Rapid City Rush run over Oilers on St Patrick’s Day

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Alex Aleardi had two goals and an assist and the Rapid City Rush struck for three goals in the third period as they beat the Tulsa Oilers 6-4 on Friday night at The Monument Ice Arena. Rapid City’s win was its third in a row. Rapid City opened the scoring early […]

March 18, 2023

Selland carries South Dakota State past Southern Cal

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Myah Selland scored 29 points to lead No. 9 seed South Dakota State to a 62-57 overtime victory over eighth-seeded Southern Cal on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s Seattle Region. Selland scored 16 consecutive points spanning the fourth quarter and overtime for the Jackrabbits (29-5), who […]

March 18, 2023

Championships are set State Boys’ Basketball Tournaments

UNDATED – Semifinal rounds were completed at the South Dakota State Boys’ Basketball Tournament Friday night. At the State AA Tournament in Rapid City, Yankton pulled the upset, and downed top seeded Sioux Falls Jefferson 69-66. The Bucks jumped out to a ten point lead in the first quarter, but Jefferson would battle back and […]

March 17, 2023

State Boys Basketball – St Thomas More rebounds, Faith to play for 7th

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After getting defeated by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer Thursday night, St Thomas More answered with a consolation semifinal win over Mt Vernon/Plankinton Friday. The Cavaliers jumped out to a quick 21-11 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, as they won 65-57. Caleb Hollenbeck led St Thomas More with 28 points […]

March 16, 2023

St Thomas More drops a heartbreaker to Elk Point-Jefferson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The St Thomas More Cavaliers dropped a 53-50 game to Elk Point-Jefferson in first round action at the Class A Boys State Basketball Tournament. The two teams battled all game long, with Elk Point-Jefferson holding a slim 26-21 lead at halftime. The Cavaliers would outscore Elk Point-Jefferson 12-10 in the third, […]

Agricultural News

March 20, 2023

South Dakota FSA state committee named

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced appointees who will serve on the South Dakota USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee. Members of the FSA state committee are appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and are responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving program delivery […]

March 17, 2023

Special cattlemen TV show to air on National Ag Day

DENVER, CO – Cattlemen to Cattlemen, the TV show of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), will air a special episode in honor of National Ag Day March 21. The show will recognize the contributions of America’s cattlemen and women and feature several Texas cattle operations. “NCBA is unique in having a television show to […]

March 17, 2023

AQHA delays digital registration until 2025

FT. WORTH, TX – Modifications to registration-related items were approved by AQHA members and the AQHA Board of Directors at the 2023 AQHA Convention, February 23-28 in Fort Worth, Texas. Per the Association’s bylaws, the board of directors have the final authority when it comes to AQHA’s bylaws and rules of registration. Rule-change recommendations from […]

March 17, 2023

Red meat purchases rise above pre-pandemic levels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans are buying more fresh meat than before the COVID-19 pandemic and are seeking value in terms of price, convenience and better-for attributes in meat purchases, according to the 18th annual Power of Meat report released by the Meat Institute and FMI—The Food Industry Association. Self-described “meat eaters” comprise 78% of Americans, […]

March 10, 2023

Growing hemp as cash crop continues to expand in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota will process its first hemp fiber in a matter of weeks, and more processors are gearing to fire up their machines soon. A local market is expected to boost production for a new crop that’s already put South Dakota among the top producers. Last year was the second season South […]

March 10, 2023

Farm Bureau signs ‘right to repair’ MOU with Case IH, New Holland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation and CNH Industrial brands, Case IH and New Holland, signed a memorandum of understanding today that provides farmers and ranchers the right to repair their own farm equipment. The MOU follows a similar agreement AFBF entered into with John Deere earlier this year. “Our members urged us […]