April 17, 2021

Health officials report 200 new cases in Saturday COVID-19 report

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 200 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday. Eighty-four of those were considered as probable. Active cases numbered 2,210 and the number of people hospitalized dropped by ten to 96. One new death was reported, sending the state’s death toll to 1,953. Pennington County added 15 new […]

April 16, 2021

State Health Department reports 255 new COVID-19 cases; three new deaths

PIERRE, S.D. — On Friday, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 255 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. Two of the 255 total cases are considered as new probable cases. Three new deaths were reported, bringing the state death toll to 1,952. Two of the three deaths today were reported out of Lawrence […]

April 16, 2021

Meade County Firefighters, County Commission working on equipment agreement for future wildfires

STURGIS — Meade County firefighters and the Meade County Commission are working on a plan that would allow the use of county equipment in the event they are needed during a large wildfire. Rural firefighters met with commissioners this week, asking for some sort of an agreement to help make it easier to call upon […]

April 15, 2021

SD Supreme Court upholds life sentence of Jonathon Klinetobe

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence of Jonathon Klinetobe. The Sturgis man was sentenced last year for his role in the death of his former girlfriend, Jessica Rehfeld. Last year, Klinetobe pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aiding and abetting first-degree manslaughter. Despite the reduced charge, Klinetobe […]

April 15, 2021

Thursday COVID-19 Report – 235 new cases; one new death

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota health officials reported 235 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, with 57 of them listed as probable. One new death was reported. The death was a man age 20-29 from Union County. The death toll is now at 1,949. Active cases of the virus totaled 2,328, down from Wednesday’s 2,391. The […]

April 15, 2021

Reward of $15,000 offered in 1992 slaying of South Dakota teenager

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are hoping a $15,000 reward will lead to a crack in the 1992 slaying of a Yankton teenager. Yankton police Cmdr. Todd Brandt says he is hoping “someone who knows something is ready to do the right thing.” Nineteen-year-old Tammy Haas disappeared after attending Yankton’s homecoming and […]

April 14, 2021

DPS Releases South Dakota’s 2020 Fatal Crash Numbers

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota recorded 141 motor vehicle fatalities in 132 fatal crashes in 2020, according to yearly numbers released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Safety. The number of fatalities in 2020 was 38 percent higher than the 102 fatalities recorded in 2019. The 2019 total is the lowest in state history since […]

April 14, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase as number of new cases in the state see an average of 224

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota has realized an uptick in the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 this week. Over the past two days, hospitalizations have increased by 17 to 113 today. State health officials reported 225 new cases Wednesday, with 59 of them listed as probable. Active cases were down by 48 to […]

April 14, 2021

Country schools featured during author discussion

PIERRE, SD – Preserving the rural school experience through written word and art will be the focus of the April meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club. Former Pierre resident Betsey DeLoache, the author of the book series, “Country Schools: Past and Present,” will share her experiences collecting the memories of students and teachers […]

April 13, 2021

Area municipal, school board election results for April 13

UNDATED – Several area towns held municipal and school board elections Tuesday. In Faith, there was a school board election, where three candidates were vying for two spots and a 3-year-term. Unofficial results indicate Scott Vance and Kris Stocklin-Johnson the winners for the two seats and Kyle Kennedy, who was the only candidate on the […]