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A recent request for the City of Deadwood  to purchase land to develop green space was recently denied city commission, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The land is currently held by the Neighborhood Housing Services, which received the land as a donation in 2014. Neighborhood residents supported selling the land to the city to ensure that the area remained green…
Individuals earning a minimum wage in South Dakota must work 51 hours per week in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment in South Dakota, according to a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. In order to afford a two-bedroom rental home, South Dakotans would need to make $14.12 per hour, or work 65 hours per week at…
Rapid City Council approved the creation of a $90,000 tax increment financing district for the Village on Monroe development project reports the Rapid City Journal.  Tax increment financing (TIF) was approved in 1978 for use in South Dakota.  This TIF was approved in order to help build a five unit townhouse being created north of Rapid City Plaza Civic Center. …
Pennington County departments began making requests for the 2018 budget this week, reports the Rapid City Journal.  The 2018 budget takes effect on January 1, 2018, but must be finalized by September 30, 2017.  The Pennington County Commissioners requested each department end the year with 18% of their total revenue set aside for reserves in 2018.  This gives them money…
The Rapid City Regional Airport recently did a drill for their emergency response plan, reports KEVN.  The drill involved volunteer victims, the Rapid City Fire Department, and airport staff.  Jim Bussell, Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer, said that several organizations work together in a situation of this magnitude so it is important they have an opportunity to train…
In the proposed lawsuit settlement between Rapid City and Epic Outdoor Advertising, City Attorney Joel Landeen has pointed out that city ordnances will be violated if the agreement is approved. According to the Rapid City Journal, they concern the size of the billboards as well as in the creation of new digital billboards, which would violate ordnances that city voters…
On June 15, a grand opening was held for the Deadwood Welcome Center, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Local and state dignitaries attended the event and noted the center’s potential for providing key information to visitors to the city. The building is over 9,000 square feet and cost $6.5 million to construct. Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels was the keynote speaker…
The Spearfish City Council recently instructed the Dakota Land Trust to apply for a zoning change in order to move an affordable housing project forward, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The council also approved transferring the land to Dakota Land Trust at no cost, as the city co uld recover the cost of the land through a tax increment financing…
Rapid City will resolve its last city council race on June 27. Laura Armstrong and Ron Sasso placed first and second in a three-way race for Ward 5, but neither received over 50 percent of the vote. The Rapid City Journal reports that early voting is underway at the Pennington County Administration Building.  Mayor Steve Allender speculated to KOTA News…
To the elation of most in attendance, the Pennington County Commissioners passed the resolution to start work on improving South Rochford Road. According to the Rapid City Journal, the project has been in limbo for almost a decade with the county having spent nearly $1.26 million on it so far and will cost $8.3 million in federal grant money. Now…
The Black Hills Community Bank recently donated $1,000 to Rapid City Collective Impact in order to help the initiative address food insecurity in the region, reports KOTA News. The funds were used to create promotional flyers that include information about summer food distribution sites and their respective meal times. The flyers mark the first time that the summer food programs…
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender will give a public presentation about the Civic Center on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. The Rapid City Journal announced this will be the first presentation on the works of the Civic Center Resolution Task Force. The citizens on the task force were supposed to explore solutions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues affecting…
Three new grant applications for Rapid City schools were approved by the school board on Monday night, reports the Rapid City Journal. The first grant is from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), which could provide $3.3 million to fund federally required services for students with disabilities. The second is another IDEA grant that could provide $76,851 for…
At its commission meeting on June 20, the Pennington County Commission deeded property located at 248 Curtis Street, according to KOTA News. Mayor Steve Allender addressed the commission about the request. The lot currently hosts an abandoned home. As part of the agreement, the lot will be restored and a proposal will be drawn up in order to allow building…
As the weather in the Black Hills region warms, the City of Rapid City is reminding residents of water restrictions, reports KOTA News. Some city staff have directly witnessed violations while others have been receiving complaints that some residents have been watering each day. City water restrictions limit individuals to watering every other day. Residents are also prohibited from watering…
The Rapid City Council has delayed a decision that would allow an advertising company to drop two pending lawsuits against the city in return for a sign ordinance change. According to the Rapid City Journal, a stipulation in the settlement that would allow Epic Outdoor Advertising to convert one residential billboard sign into a digital one is the main reason…
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service recently awarded a Farm to School Grant to the South Dakota Department of Education, reports KOTA News. The $24,000 award will help provide school cafeterias with locally-sourced foods from area farmers and ranchers. South Dakota was one of 65 projects awarded in the United States this year. The state will partner…
After its move in mid-May, the Black Hills Farmers Market is thriving at its new location in east Rapid City, reports KOTA News. The new location at 145 East Omaha Street has more vendor space available than the previous location at Founders Park. Additionally, the new location has easier access. Approximately 55 vendors are expected to participate in the market…
While volunteer fire departments assist with numerous wildfires in the region, they also have a hand in extinguishing car fires. In order to raise awareness for the danger of car fires, the Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department provided a demonstration of safety techniques for car fires at its second annual open house, reports KOTA News. The event also served as…
Governor Daugaard proclaimed June 15 Elder Abuse Awareness Day reports the Butte County Post.  Governor Daugaard issued a press release stating that approximately 5 million older persons are abused, neglected or exploited each year.  It is estimated that $2.6 billion each year is lost by elders in financial abuse.  Elder Abuse Awareness Day was started in 2006 by the International…
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