January 24, 2022

Icy roads lead to accidents on I-90 during evening commute

STURGIS, S.D. – Snow most of the day, leading to wet roads, led to icy conditions for travelers Monday on the evening commute. The South Dakota Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies were responding to a number of crashes along the I-90 corridor between Box Elder and Sturgis. Accidents included vehicles sliding off the […]

January 24, 2022

Noem pressures House to release AG fatal crash investigation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is pressuring House lawmakers weighing impeachment charges against the state’s attorney general to release investigative files on his 2020 fatal car crash. The Republican governor last year delivered the crash investigation to House Speaker Spencer Gosch. The Republican lawmaker had pledged a transparent process as a […]

January 24, 2022

SD House wants oversight of settlements after Noem probe

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican-controlled House is signaling it wants more power to look into settlement agreements. A bipartisan proposal easily cleared the House on a 64 to six vote and will next head to the Senate. The move comes after parts of a legislative probe last year were hampered by a nondisparagement […]

January 24, 2022

SD Bill Takes Punitive Approach to Governing Reproductive Rights

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota has taken a step in trying to mirror Texas’ strict abortion law, potentially paving the way for citizens to sue those involved in a procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, tied to rhetoric over whether states should pursue these paths. Last Friday, Gov. Kristi Noem introduced a bill which […]

January 24, 2022

Man charged in connection with wife’s murder makes initial court appearance

DEADWOOD, S.D. — The man who was arrested over the weekend in connection with his wife’s murder made his initial court appearance Monday in Lawrence County. Dreau Lester Rogers, 33, appeared via video before Fourth Circuit Magistrate Judge Chad Callaham Monday morning. Rogers is facing charges of first degree murder, possession of a controlled substance […]

January 24, 2022

Former Summerset mayor pleads guilty to having hidden camera in bathroom

STURGIS, S.D. – A Piedmont man has pleaded guilty to using a device to photograph or visually record a person without consent. George Mandas, 56, entered his plea in Meade County Court last week. The charge against him arose in the fall of 2021 when a woman who was dog-sitting at his residence noticed a […]

January 24, 2022

House committee approves bill requiring teacher salary boost

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposal to prod school districts to use most of their boost in state funding for teachers’ salaries. The proposal approved Monday comes as lawmakers this year consider passing a historic 6% boost in state funding for schools to keep up with inflation. The […]

January 24, 2022

Monday’s COVID-19 Report – 1,887 new cases; five new deaths

PIERRE, S.D. – In their Monday report, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 1,887 new cases of COVID-19, with 469 of those listed under the probable category. Active cases are at 36,247 and the number of people hospitalized because of the virus dropped by 5 today to 392. Five new deaths were reported, sending […]

January 23, 2022

Fire damages Rapid City motel room Saturday night

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Just before midnight Saturday, Rapid City Fire Department responded to reports of a fire at the Price Motel at Waterloo and East North Street. When they arrived, firefighters saw smoke coming from the roof of the motel, with flames visible in one room. This single room was fully involved, but Rapid […]

January 22, 2022

Spearfish authorities investigating homicide

SPEARFISH, S.D. — Authorities in Spearfish are investigating a Saturday morning homicide. At approximately 12:48 a.m. Saturday morning, the Spearfish Police Department received a 911 call requesting medical services for a 43-year-old female at 713 St. Joe Street in Spearfish. When officers arrived, they discovered a female had suffered a gunshot wound, and she was […]