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12:30 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Senator Mike Rounds Opposed To WOTUS

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is expected to finalize the Waters of the United States Act, or WOTUS by the end of the week. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds opposes the act. He explains that the rule has a significant effect on local control of water.
 

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News - Vets - Experiences
6:49 am
Fri May 22, 2015

WWII Vets Honored - Recall Combat Experiences

U.S. Army infantrymen fire at German troops in the advance to relieve the surrounded paratroopers in Bastogne – 1944
Credit Courtesy U.S. Army

Veterans of World War Two were recently honored at a luncheon in Rapid City. The gathering brought more than one hundred members of “The Greatest Generation” together to share stories, laughter, good food, fond and fearsome memories and even shed the occasional tear. 

 World War Two arguably impacted America more than any other conflict in the nation’s history. With more than 16 million men and women serving in the armed forces, 400,000 dead and nearly 700,000 wounded, it was rare for any family not to be impacted by bloodshed and heartache.

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News - Luncheon - Veterans
6:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

World War II Veterans Honored At Luncheon

U.S. Army troops landing during the Normandy invasion - June 6, 1944.
Credit National Archives and Records Administration

Veterans of World War Two were recently honored at a luncheon in Rapid City. The gathering brought more than one hundred members of “The Greatest Generation” together to share stories, laughter, good food, fond and fearsome memories and even shed the occasional tear.

Seventy years after the end of World War Two, the men and women who took part in those hostilities are leaving us at a rate of 1000 every day.

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10:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Mud Boggers Asked to Hold Off Until After Weekend

Mud on a pickup from a wet back road.
Credit Charles Michael Ray

For many South Dakotans a favorite Memorial Day weekend pastime is spending time in the outdoors in an off-road vehicle.

But officials in the Black Hills are worried about damage to area back roads with recent rains and muddy conditions. Black Hills National Forest officials are delaying the opening of some forest roads that are popular for all terrain vehicles. Ruth Esperance is a district ranger for the Black Hills National Forest. She says keeping roads closed in extra muddy conditions saves tax dollars by reducing future road repair costs.

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5:23 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Noem Backs COOL Following WTO Ruling

This week, the World Trade Organization ruled against requiring Country of Origin Labeling or COOL. The WTO found that requiring COOL gives livestock producers in the United States an unfair advantage. South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she has always supported COOL and understands the importance of the agricultural industry to South Dakota.
 

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5:13 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Officials Stress Safety Following Flooding

Emergency responders enter flood waters on the Pine Ridge Reservation along BIA 41, near the White River.
Credit Pennington County Search and Rescue

Emergency responders performed a swift water rescue over the weekend in Western South Dakota. A car swept off the road by fast moving flood waters on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Emergency managers say the incident serves as a reminder for safety in flash flooding situations.

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7:53 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Texas Biker Shootout Prior To Sturgis Rally 75th

Law Enforcement officials say they are tracking biker gang activity and will have extra law enforcement at the 75th anniversary Sturgis rally.

A shoot-out between rival biker gangs in Texas left nine dead over the weekend.  The incident comes months ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally set for early August.  

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to converge on the Black Hills, and as always that includes some motorcycle gangs.   

But Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush says each year extra officers from around the country are called in to help maintain security at Sturgis.  

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3:44 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Rapid City Teachers Hit Impasse With Administrators

Rapid City School Board President Jim Hansen speaks at a press conference on Friday May15th while School District Attorney Mike Hickey stands by.
Credit Chynna Lockett / SDPB

The Teachers Union in Rapid City has come to an impasse in salary negations with the School District.

Rapid City voters consider opting-out of the property tax freeze in a special June 2nd election.  The extra money would go to schools.  
 
Teachers don’t agree with the district’s plan if the opt out fails.  Administrators say teachers walked away from negations too soon. 

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12:28 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Kentucky ACA Expert Touts Expanded Medicaid

Carrie Banahan talks about Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. She was the May 5th guest speaker on The Morning Fill Up, at The Garage in Rapid City.

The Affordable Care Act has been a point of contention around the United States since it was first proposed.  The act gives states the option to implement its own insurance markets and to expand the availability of Medicaid.  Although it is a red state, Kentucky chose to do both.  An expert on Kentucky health care paid a visit to Rapid City this week. To hear more, click play below.  

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5:20 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Delmont Accepts Volunteers In Tornado Recovery

People who want to volunteer to clean up after a weekend tornado in Delmont can start Friday. Officials now have a volunteer reception centers that opens at 8 o-clock in the morning near the baseball field just outside of the small southeastern South Dakota town.

Volunteers must register with a valid ID before can enter Delmont to help. Authorities say volunteers should wear clothes, boots, gloves and eye protection for working with debris from Sunday’s storm.

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1:33 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: Kentucky Director Touts State-Run Exchanges

Carrie Banahan

The roll-out of the federal health insyrance exchange in late 2013 under the Affordable Care Act was troubled with site crashes and long wait times. Of the states that launched their own exchanges, Kentucky had one of the most trouble-free sites. Kentucky is a red state and the only southern state to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act.

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3:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Storms Dent Drought

Heavy snowfall leaves mud, and flowing water on Tuesday afternoon in the South Unit of the Badlands near Sheep Table. This is a stark contrast to the drought conditions present here earlier.
Credit Chynna Lockett / SDPB

State Climatologist Dennis Todey says while the recent weather system brought blizzards to the west side of the state and a tornado to the east, it also brought some drought relief. The first months of 2015 were the driest on state record, leading to widespread drought conditions. 

Todey says though spring rains and snows came later than expected, the precipitation is beneficial for soil moisture and streams.

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News - Refines - Animal Care
1:38 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Animal Care Group Refines Focus

The Lakota Animal Care Project’s new focus is to pair children with an animal as early as possible to help establish a greater sense of responsibility and self-worth.
Credit Courtesy Lakota Animal Care Project

The Lakota Animal Care Project returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation last week to host its first spay and neuter clinic of the year…in the village of Wanblee. The non-profit group is refining its focus in assisting both animals and Lakota children in need.

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10:30 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Hospital Anti-Racism Rally Draws Hundreds

Cody Hall, Rally Organizer, speaking at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Rally
Chynna Lockett SDPB

A midday rally against racism in front of the Rapid City Regional Hospital drew a crowd of several hundred people on Tuesday.
 
The rally was sparked after a video of a Regional Health nurse using profanity and racist remarks was posted on social media.   
 
The nurse was terminated from her employment at the hospital.  
 
Regional Health top officials then asked to join rally organizers in their call for racial tolerance, reconciliation, and harmony.

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2:25 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Rapid City Superintendent Resigns

Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell
Credit Chynna Lockett

After 5 years with the Rapid City Area School District, Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell announced his resignation at a press conference on Tuesday morning. His resignation is effective June 30, 2016, following the 2015-2016 school year.

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5:38 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Nurse Fired After Racist Comments

Screenshot from a video that sparked the "Fire Ryane Oliva" Facebook page.

A Rapid City Regional Hospital nurse was fired after she made racist comments in a video that was posted on social media.

The video sparked a Facebook page titled Fire Ryane Oliva, it calls for a protest in front of the hospital starting at noon Tuesday.  

In a press release hospital officials say they have zero tolerance for racism.  

Officials add that they’re joining with protest organizers to rally against racism and bigotry in front of the hospital.

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4:22 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Red Cross Works In Tornado Aftermath

Access to a town hit by a weekend tornado is still restricted. About 200 people live in Delmont. The community is in the southeastern part of the state. Emergency management officials continue to assess the damage from a Sunday storm that hurt nine people and damaged homes and other buildings. Meanwhile the American Red Cross is working with state and local officials to keep safety the priority.

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2:16 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Dakota Midday: Presidential Visit to Lake Area Tech

President Barack Obama delivers the Lake Area Technical Institute commencement address, May 8, 2015

On Friday, Watertown hosted the first presidential visit to South Dakota in more than a dozen years. President Barack Obama  delivered the commencement address during Lake Area Technical Institute’s graduation ceremonies at the Watertown Civic Arena.

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11:07 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Delmont Tornado: Monday AM Update

People in the town of Delmont are now able to sift through the rubble after a tornado. The storm struck the tiny town in southeast South Dakota on Sunday morning. Crews are working to restore basic necessities and assess the damage.  

Initial assessments after Sunday’s storm show 20 buildings sustained damage after an EF-2 tornado tore through Delmont. Kristi Turman is the Division Director of Emergency Services for South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety.

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5:47 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Delmont Tornado Rated EF-2

Nine people were injured when a tornado hit Delmont Sunday morning. All but two were treated and released. The storm resulted in a voluntary evacuation of the community.

Jennifer Hacker is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. She says the tornado traveled a 17 mile path stretching from three miles east of Wagner to about five miles north of Delmont.

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9:13 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

President Obama Speaks In Watertown

President Barack Obama encourages South Dakotans to focus on service opportunities. Mister Obama spoke Friday at Lake Area Tech's commencement. The president highlighted personal stories of LATI workers and graduates including Staff Sergeant Joe Wiskur. The airman deploys shortly after graduation, and Mr. Obama says his education makes him a better soldier.

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2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Watertown Mayor Excited for President Obama's Visit

President Barrack Obama
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barrack Obama makes his first visit to South Dakota while in office tomorrow. This is the only state he’s not yet visited during his two terms as president. President Obama flies into Watertown tomorrow afternoon and speaks during commencement ceremonies for Lake Area Technical Institute.

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News - Expands - Lakota Funds
3:58 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Lakota Funds Expands Service Area

“Lakota Funds” has doubled the geographic area it serves in order to provide financial investment opportunities to the many tribal members living off the reservation in places such as Rapid City, Hot Springs, and Murdo.
Credit Courtesy Federal Highway Administration

Native Americans living from Rapid City to Murdo can now apply for business loans through a Community Development Financial Institution located on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  

“Lakota Funds” has doubled the geographic area it serves in order to provide financial investment opportunities to the many tribal members living off the reservation.

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12:10 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Vandals Target Sioux Falls High School

Sioux Falls police have arrested two teenagers in connection with a vandalism Wednesday at a Sioux Falls High School. Police say staff members recognized Addison Park, 18 and Alex Engel, 18  in surveillance video. They both face 3rd degree burglary charges, and Park faces petty theft for stealing backpacks. 

The Sioux Falls School District is working with police after people broke into Lincoln High School. Officer Sam Clemens says a custodian noticed the damage sometime after 5:00 a.m.; police think it happened between midnight and 3:00 a.m.

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4:28 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: Olympics Closing Ceremony Producer Receives Honorary Doctorate by BHSU

Black Hills State University alum Michael Shann receives an honorary Doctor of Public Service during BHSU’s commencement ceremony on May 9.

Rapid City native Michael Shann’s expertise is producing some of the world’s biggest live shows. He produced events for Disneyland’s 35th anniversary, a Super Bowl and Disney movie premieres. Last year he produced the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. He’s currently working on the Pan American Games opening and closing ceremonies taking place this summer in Toronto.

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4:07 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

M'haha County Chooses Med-Star Service

Commissioners in Minnehaha County say Med-Star is the new ambulance service provider for rural areas. Leaders started discussing the switch weeks ago. All five members of the panel voted Tuesday to award the county’s contract.

The medical director for Minnehaha County says both Med-Star and Paramedics Plus could handle ambulance service to areas outside of city limits. That left five commissioners to decide which service they prefer.

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3:50 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Dakota Midday: Majority Of State In Drought

Corn crops in South Dakota were devastated in the 2012 drought.
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

The lack of snow this past winter and limited rainfall this spring have created severe drought in the state for the first time in a year-and-a-half. The U.S. Drought Monitor Index released last Thursday shows drought conditions continue to worsen across South Dakota. More than 77 per cent of South Dakota is in moderate or severe drought,  an increase from 69 per cent from the previous week.

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12:52 am
Mon May 4, 2015

114th Fighter Wing Deploys To South Korea

114th Fighter Wing Mobilization / May 3, 2015
Kealey Bultena SDPB

Two-hundred fifty South Dakota soldiers are deploying to the Pacific Theater. The men and women are military members with the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls. The Air Force National Guard unit is tasked with using tactical fighters to destroy enemy forces, supplies and equipment. Soldiers gathered Sunday for a mobilization ceremony. 

The thick soles of tan-toned boots hit smooth concrete at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls.  The boots match the fatigues of the men and women who lace them up. Hundreds of pairs shuffle together in the din of the crowd.

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12:59 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Fire Rescue Holds Training For Big Crashes

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews train for crashes involving large vehicles and equipment. / April 2015
Kealey Bultena SDPB

Firefighters in Sioux Falls are learning how to safely cope with crashes between cars and big vehicles. Rescue crews spend half a day in the classroom learning about the scenarios. Then they apply their education by moving real semi trucks and trailers in mock situations.  

A tow truck drones and metal crunches as crews in fire gear work on a semi truck. They use specialized equipment to stabilize the rig which is smashed on top of a mangled car.

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3:59 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Free STD Testing In Sioux Falls As SD Infection Rates Rise

A recent surge in sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota is prompting free screenings in Sioux Falls. Planned Parenthood is providing tests for four STDs at no charge this week. The advocacy group and a doctor with the state agree that STDs are a growing public health concern.

The state epidemiologist says South Dakota had record numbers of STDs in 2014. By the end of the year, 4,170 cases of chlamydia were found in South Dakota. That’s the most ever reported in the state in one year.

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