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December 3, 2021

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 2, 2021

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 […]