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The old Sioux Nation store building has recently reopened its doors in Pine Ridge Village, as Buche Foods was awarded the contract to operate the store by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in November of 2018 after Sioux Nation was shut down. According to KNBN NewsCenter1, Buche Foods, which also sells hardware and auto parts, opened officially on Tuesday. RF Buche,…
Rapid City residents and school officials attended the first of a series of public forums Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) are hosting to hear feedback regarding a proposed facilities plan for the district, reports the Rapid City Journal. Superintendent Lori Simon spoke to attendees about the proposal, which includes the construction of five new schools over the next three to…
Elections for city council and school board elections in several Northern Hills communities were held Tuesday, April 9th, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Polls were open from 7am to 7pm.   Belle Fourche In Belle Fourche, two positions on the Belle Fourche City Council were up for re-election this year in Wards 2 and 4. Annie Reich and Karen Mondillo…
Many on the Pine Ridge Reservation have been stranded in their homes after first a blizzard and now flooding from snowmelt have ravaged the area, and many others in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, reports the Rapid City Journal. Roads and driveways have been made impassable, and many homes are surrounded by water. The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s emergency management team,…
National American University (NAU) will be closing the doors of its campuses in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reports KOTA Territory News. The university links the series of closures to a large decline in profits (NAU is a for-profit university) and changing student preferences. Revenue from tuition and other sources for NAU was down by 24 percent in…
Senate Bill 164 was signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem last week, laying out guidelines for law enforcement officers to handle and report on cases of missing and murdered indigenous persons, reports KNBN NewsCenter1. SB 164 also established training programs for law enforcement on how to properly conduct these types of investigations. Advocates for this issue have long expressed…
This summer will see about 10 miles of Black Hills Energy (BHE) power lines replaced in the Northern Hills. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the two projects will begin in the spring of 2019, weather permitting, as will all permitting and bids. Operations Manager for BHE, Ken Meirose, said that the projects aim to replace poles and transmission lines…
The Rapid City Police Department hosted its first “Strong Her” recruitment event Monday night at the Public Safety building, reports KNBN NewsCenter1. The event was aimed at recruiting more women into police work and showcased a variety of career paths within the police department. Lieutenant Cathy Bock said that while the “Strong Her” event was geared toward recruiting women, the…
Senate Bills 189 and 190 have passed through both house of the South Dakota Legislature, reports the Rapid City Journal. The package of bills from Governor Kristi Noem deal with the penalties for violence that could arise in conjunction with potential protests of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. The process moved quickly, with the Governor’s office introducing the bills Monday, March…
The current cold spell has held for over the last month, and conditions have been dangerous for Rapid City’s homeless population, reports KOTA Territory News. However, the Pennington County Care Campus has been able to provide safety for many during the inclement weather. At least three individuals in Rapid City died last winter due to the cold conditions, and law…
Members of the Spearfish School Board recently discussed the school district’s long-term goals, including the creation of a freestanding career and technology education (CTE) center near the existing Spearfish High School, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The center would potentially be located north of the high school and east of the existing tennis courts. The new center would house all…
Rapid City’s Common Council voted unanimously to adopt new rules for downtown panhandling at their March 4th meeting, despite vocal opposition from meeting attendees and community members. According to NewsCenter1, the policy would expand to penalize “aggressive” panhandling downtown. Supporters of the ordinance assert that Rapid City already has a multitude of resources, like the Care Campus, Cornerstone Rescue Mission,…
A bill to repeal presumptive probation in South Dakota failed in the state Senate last week, despite the proposal’s support from new Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. According to KNBN NewsCenter1, senators voted 18-12 against Senate Bill 19, which the Legislative Research Council predicted would cost the state $54 million in the next decade. Governor Kristi Noem also asked legislators to…
Deadwood’s City Commission recently accepted two petitions for voluntary annexation of land located off of Highway 14A in Boulder Canyon, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The two parcels of land are connected and total a little more than 30 acres. Now that the petitions have been accepted, Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Nelson, Jr. says that the city needs to…
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking potential contractors to operate a new shelter for homeless veterans in the Black Hills. According to the Rapid City Journal, the VA posted a “request for information” last week. The shelter, which could open as early as September of this year, will likely be in Sturgis or Rapid City, and must accommodate…
Deadwood’s History and Information Center, located at 3 Siever St., will soon be home to an updated exhibit space as the City Commission approved $180,000 for updates, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The project was awarded to Split Rock Studios of Arden Hills, MN, who also worked on Deadwood’s Welcome Center, and submitted the only bid for the project. Historic…
The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 126 on February 8th, after hearing testimony from a roomful of proponents, reports Native Sun News. The bill, which was primarily sponsored by Senator Troy Heinert of District 26, would amend previous law to recognize the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota dialects as the official indigenous language of…
A little over two weeks ago, Serenity Dennard, a nine-year-old girl, was reported missing from the Black Hills Children’s Home. According to NewsCenter1, Kayla Sacca, a relative of Serenity’s, was deeply affected by her disappearance and wanted to take action. Sacca drafted an online petition through Change.Org to petition the South Dakota State Senate and House to create a “Serenity…
The Rapid City Council awarded almost $24 million in funding through the city’s Vision Fund to fourteen community and three city-proposed projects for use over the next three years. According to the Rapid City Journal, the Vision Fund was originally created during the 1970s, when citizens approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund the construction of the Civic Center.…
According to both the Pope and Young and the Boone and Crockett Clubs, a bighorn ram killed in Pennington County on October 30th has broken the previous world record for largest hunter-killed bighorn sheep, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The previous record had held for 20 years. Clayton Miller drew the first and only Bighorn Sheep permit in the Badlands…
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