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Wildfire Burns Near Mount Rushmore Week Before Trump Visit

CUSTER, S.D.– South Dakota is bringing in more resources to fight a wildfire that burned Thursday near Mount Rushmore ahead of next week’s visit to the monument by President Donald Trump for Independence Day celebrations. The fire that started in …

South Dakota Townships Face Financial Woes After 2019 Floods

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Townships in South Dakota are facing economic difficulties as 2019 flood repair costs mount. Townships primarily depend on their taxpayers for funds to repair more than 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) of roads while they wait for …

South Dakota Group Considers Concussion Rules for High School Football

The association that governs high school sports in South Dakota is considering new rules aimed at reducing concussions among prep football players. The High School Activities Association Board of Directors might adopt recommendations and guidelines from the National Federation of …

FEMA Approves Disaster Funding for South Dakota

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $3.6 million in disaster aid to help communities recover from several June storms, including the tornado in Wessington Spring and flooding in other areas. Funds …

South Dakota Tornado Relief Fund Applications Due in September

Residents of Wessington Springs, S.D., affected by a June 18 tornado have until Sept. 13 to submit an application for financial assistance. The Daily Republic reports the Wessington Springs Relief Fund has collected about $170,000. Linda William is the city’s …

S.D. High Court Rules That Continuous and Progressive Damage Exclusion Doesn’t Violate Public Policy

In AMCO Ins. Co. v. Employers Mut. Cas. Co., 845 N.W.2d 918 (2014), the South Dakota Supreme Court held that a successor insurance policy’s exclusion precluding coverage for property damage that commenced or occurred prior to the inception of the …

Small Business Loans Available in South Dakota Disaster Areas

Low-interest Small Business Administration loans are available to South Dakotans hit by flooding or a tornado. SBA has issued a disaster declaration for homes and businesses damaged June 13-20. That makes low-interest loans available in the primary counties of Jerauld …

South Dakota Legislators Request Federal Aid for Recent Disasters

South Dakota’s three members of Congress have asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for three counties hit last month by a tornado and flooding. In a letter to the president, Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. Tim Johnson …

South Dakota to Correct Speed Limit Sign Mistake

South Dakota transportation officials are correcting speed limit signage on a short section of Interstate 90 near Box Elder. The Rapid City Journal reports that the stretch has a reputation as a speed trap, with frequent traffic stops made by …

Hundreds of Vehicles in Sioux Falls Damaged by Storm

Sioux Falls, S.D., auto body shops are in for a busy summer after a storm that pelted the metro area with pea- to golf ball-size hail, damaging hundreds of vehicles. No injuries were immediately reported from the Thursday afternoon storm, …