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   March Gaming Revenues Down, Table Games Up

According to statistics released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the March 2016 gaming handle fell 1.71% and the slot machine handle decreased 2.13% in March when compared to March 2015. The table game handle, which continues to be driven by strong craps, and roulette play, increased by 5.38%, when compared to last March's numbers. This left $6,666,736.48 in total revenues for the month, when using the SD Supreme Court ruling on factoring gaming revenues, which is a decrease of $54,564 over March 2015.

"We are seeing the regional economic factors at work here in Deadwood." said Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association. "The recent layoffs in the Wyoming coal sector and the decrease in agriculture income certainly impact Deadwood too. However we continue to be thankful for the popularity of craps, roulette and keno and their positive impact on table game revenues."

Deadwood's revitalization efforts continue with the implementation of Roger Brook's recommendation to extended entertainment into the spring season. Deadwood Alive performs Friday and Saturday afternoons on Deadwood's Main Street now through May 21. The reenactors' full summer schedule begins Memorial Day weekend.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (23:43:00)

KDSJ Local News
   Local Election Results Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Belle Fourche

Ward 1 Alderman

Monte Talkington 63
Jessica Carmichael 59

Ward 2 Alderman

Kayla Kinard 148
Clark Sowers 133

Ward 3 Alderman

Jim Smit 141
Toni Moncur 94

School Board

Mike Tyndall 461
Kim Brill 447
Dean Brunner 300



Chuck Turbiville 165
Georgeanne Silvernail 164

Initiated Measure 1
(An initiated measure to adopt certain campaign finance disclosures)

Yes (Will Adopt) 165
No (Will Not Adopt) 160

Initiated Measure 2
(An initiated measure to adopt a resolution to annex real property)

Yes (Will Adopt) 184
No (Will Not Adopt) 144



Ron Everett 488
Gary Coe 268

Referred Ordinance
(Amending Traffic Code in the city of Lead)

Yes (Will Change City Ordinance) 204
No (Will Leave City Ordinance As Is) 541



Dana Boke 912
JD Geigle 786

Ward 1 Alderman

Marty Clark 242
Rachel Headley 203

Ward 2 Alderman

Larry Klarenbeek 320
Mitchell Moe 218

Ward 3 Alderman

John Lee 315
Tim Robison 155
Carol Schleiger 150


Ward 1 Alderman

Mike Bachand 98
Brenda Vasknets 63

Ward 2 Alderman

David Martinson 133
David Hersrud 60
Mike Cook 34

Ward 4 Alderman

Steve Keszler 159
Donald Keil 64


City Council

Brenda Werlinger 33
Marty O’Dea 28

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (03:45:24)

KDSJ Local News
   Days of '76 Wins Rodeo of the Year

It's a winning streak like no other rodeo. Deadwood's Days of '76 Rodeo, a Deadwood staple each July for the past 91 years, was honored with its 10th consecutive Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year award on Wednesday, December 4 in Las Vegas during the PRCA National Convention. It's the Days of '76's 14th Rodeo of the Year Award, having won four Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year honors before moving to the Medium class.

Days of '76 Committee members, including 2013 Chairwoman Dawn Burns of Deadwood, were on hand to accept the award. Nominated alongside the Days of '76 in the Medium Outdoor Rodeo category were rodeos in Estes Park, Colorado, Crossett, Arkansas, Ogden, Utah, and Coleman, Texas. More than 130 PRCA Rodeos take place annually in the category. Rodeo of the Year winners are selected by rodeo cowboys, announcers, bullfighters, clowns and other rodeo industry personnel.

The 92nd Annual Days of '76 Rodeo--which includes two historic parades on Deadwood's Main Street, will be held July 22-26, 2014.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (20:58:43)

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   2013 Municipal Election Results


Chuck Turbiville - 198
Jim VanDeneykel - 115


Jerry Apa - 454
Les Roselles - 195


Gary Keehn - 574
Tera Mau - 488
Kayla Klein - 340
Alex Hamann - 321


Marc Straub-564
Georgeann Silvernail-472
Thad Fuller-388


Dana Boke-899
Jerry Krambeck-790


Jeffrey Sleep-1043
Dave Bressler-933
Brett Rauterkus-611


Paul Young-288
Mitchell Moe-239

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (04:21:54)

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   Days Of '76 Wins 13th Rodeo Of The Year Award

It’s 13 times lucky for Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Rodeo. The Days of ’76, a Deadwood staple each July for the past 90 years, was honored with its 9th straight Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year award on Wednesday (December 5, 2012) in Las Vegas during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s (PRCA) National Convention. It’s the Days of ‘76’s 13th Rodeo of the Year award, having won four Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year honors before moving to the Medium class.

Days of ’76 Committee members, including 2012 Chairman Chris Roberts of Deadwood, were on hand to accept the award. Nominated alongside the Days of ’76 in the Medium Outdoor Rodeo category were rodeos in Estes Park, Colo., Crossett, Ark., Ogden, Utah, and Lufkin, Texas. More than 130 PRCA Rodeos take place annually in the category. Rodeo of the Year winners are selected by rodeo cowboys, announcers, bullfighters, clowns and other rodeo industry personnel.

“This is surreal. While we strive to be the best in the country in all aspects of our rodeo, our committee realizes the class of rodeos we compete against year-in, year-out for this award. This is a tough competition, and we are truly honored to simply be nominated alongside these other rodeos,” Roberts said. “Winning another award shows this committee’s dedication to all aspects of the rodeo. We also know this is not a time to rest on our successes; we’ll continue to make improvements to make the rodeo even better.”

The 91st annual Days of ’76 Rodeo – which includes two historic parades on Deadwood’s Main Street – will be held July 23-27, 2013. For ticket information, call 888-838-BULL or CLICK HERE.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, December 06, 2012 (21:36:10)

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   Regional Hospitals Receive Trauma Designations

Custer, Lead-Deadwood, Spearfish, and Sturgis Regional Hospitals have all received trauma designations from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH). The designations are determined by criteria set by the DOH, and were awarded following on-site visits.

All Regional Hospitals, including Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH), have protocols in place for trauma care that provide seamless on-site care or transport for trauma patients within this region.

Spearfish Regional Hospital has been designated as a Community Trauma Hospital. It provides 24-hour, seven-days-a-week physician coverage of the emergency department, surgical coverage of the emergency department 80 percent of the calendar year, and has trauma transfer guidelines in place when surgery is not available.

Custer, Lead-Deadwood, and Sturgis Regional Hospitals have been designated as Trauma Receiving Hospitals. They provide 24-hour, seven-days-a-week coverage in the Emergency Department by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.

“Regional Health hospitals provide quality care in their Emergency Departments. We are extremely pleased by the work put forth by all of these excellent facilities to receive trauma verification. We are also proud to be part of the South Dakota trauma system providing essential care and services to the people who reside and visit our state,” said Tim Sughrue, CEO of Rapid City Regional Hospital and CEO of Regional Health Network.

According to the SD DOH, legislation enacted in 2008 enabled it, with input from the Department of Public Safety, to develop, implement, and administer a trauma care system, including a statewide trauma registry that involves all hospitals and emergency medical services within the state. The DOH states the goal of the project has been to establish an inclusive, statewide trauma system that reduces overall morbidity and mortality through coordinated prevention, pre-hospital and hospital care services.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, February 09, 2012 (03:10:31)

KDSJ Local News
   Lawrence County Housing Authority Donates $15,000 To HARCC

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 the Lawrence County Housing Authority (LCHA) presented a check for $15,000 to the Adams Museum & House to help the non-profit organization establish the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC). In exchange for the donation, the LCHA will now be able to meet with clients from the communities of Lead and Deadwood in the newly named Lawrence County Housing Authority Room located on the second floor of the HARCC. The HARCC is located at 150 Sherman Street in Deadwood.

The Lawrence County Housing Authority is dedicated to serving Lawrence County residents including the elderly and the disabled through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center officially opens to the public on June 16, 2011, and is a place for research, fellowship, inspiration and lifelong learning.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, May 06, 2011 (00:18:54)

KDSJ Local News
   Winter Survival Tips

With the extreme winter weather that we have been experiencing around the Black Hills in recent days, and before our next cold snap, it's time to remind everyone of some winter survival tips.

Complete Winter Survival Kit:

Warm socks, hat and mittens
Long underwear
Fleece or wool sweater and pants
Ski or snow pants and jacket
Sleeping bag or blankets
Snow boots
Water and a coffee can, pot or disposable bread pan (to melt snow in)
Large stainless camp cup
Dried fruit, nuts, granola, tea, Swiss Miss
Flashlight and batteries
Camp Heat, Sterno or emergency stove (to melt snow and heat water)
First Aid kit
1 or 2 backpacking meals and spoonMatches and lighterEmergency candles/candle lantern
Multi purpose tool or knife
Colored ribbon (to tie to antenna)
Vehicle Emergency kit (tire changing tools, fuses, belts, hoses, clamps, strapping tape, assortment of screws, nuts, washers and bolts, bailing wire, tow chain, sand, flares, booster cables)
Tool kit (screw drivers, needle-nose pliers, channel lock pliers, crescent wrench)
25-50 ft. of nylon cord
Windshield de-icer and scraper
Hand warmers
Ski goggles
Road maps
Cell phone
A good book

It's vitally important that you stay in your vehicle, warm and dry, protected from the weather.Trying to dig your way out of a ditch, or attempting to walk back to town can be fatal. Instead, call 911 to let them know your location and predicament then sit tight. Do not leave the engine running. If it's extremely cold (-5 to -30 F) you can idle the motor for a few minutes at a time -- but only after making sure the exhaust system is not damaged and the tail pipe is clear of snow and debris. Carbon monoxide can sneak up on you without warning. One minute you're feeling normal and the next you're unconscious. Almost 60% of the unintentional deaths caused by carbon monoxide are from motor vehicle exhaust. So don't use the engine for heat -- use your head -- and your winter survival kit.

If you keep your gear packed and stowed in the passenger compartment, you're set. Settle in, put on those warm clothes (socks, hat, gloves, long underwear and fleece or wool layers) and relax wrapped in your sleeping bag or blankets. If you get out to set your flares or check on something during a severe blizzard, first put on your outer layers and goggles, then use the nylon cord to tie off a life line so that you can findthe way back to your car -- visibility can be as low as 12 inches!

Ventilate the car by opening a downwind window (on the side away from the wind and blowing snow) approximately 1/2 inch. Fire up your candle lantern -- the candles burn for 8 hours and will raise the temperature in the car 8 to 10 degrees F.

Break out your snacks -- roasted nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, Cliff Bars, etc. sure taste good in a situation like this -- and will provide the protein and fat you'll need to keep warm. Use your water sparingly (you should keep 2 large Nalgene bottles in your kit) but don't let yourself get dehydrated. In the rare event that you're trapped for more than 24 hours, things get a little trickier, but you'll do just fine. When you run out out water and dry food, you'll have to do some cookin'. If the snow and wind have stopped blowing hard, gear up and head outside. Dig out a shelf in the snow, line it with your floor mats and set up the stove. If the storm is still raging clear out an area in the car, protect it with the floor mats and set up a galley. Fill the coffee can, pot or pan with snow and fire up the stove -- carefully! Pour the first pot of melted snow in your bottle. If you're hungry, you'll have to melt more snow and heat the water to near boiling. Open one of the backpack meals (buy the kind that you cook in it's package -- all you do is add hot water) and enjoy. Help should be just around the corner -- severe storms don't usually last much longer than a day -- you can survive 4 or 5 more if you're prepared.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, February 04, 2011 (22:44:57)

KDSJ Local News
   Hospice Of The Northern Hills Trees Of Lights Programs To Honor Loved Ones

The holidays hold special memories for all of us. During this season of remembering, Hospice of the Northern Hills (HNH) will host a memorial and “Trees of Lights” lighting ceremony at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Convention Center of the Northern Hills Holiday Inn in Spearfish.

In addition to the ceremony, “Trees of Lights” will be lit outside Spearfish Regional Hospital, Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital, Sturgis Regional Hospital, and the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care on this special night. All the “Trees of Lights” will be decorated with ornaments in memory of loved ones. Duplicate ornaments will be on each tree throughout the holiday season, including trees inside the facilities.

Families of hospice patients, and others who have lost loved ones, are invited to the memorial lighting ceremony. As part of this special event, gifts to HNH can be given in memory of loved ones or in honor of a special occasion.

“A special ornament will be hung on the trees in memory of a loved one for a donation of any size,” said Mavis Jewitt, HNH Director. “This is an opportunity to remember someone who has enriched your life or to memorialize someone special as well as a way to start the holidays by remembering those who are part of our wonderful holiday memories.”

This is the eighth year for the "Trees of Lights." The event was initiated in an effort to encourage more people to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones who are no longer with us. The memorial ornaments are for everyone, not just hospice patients. They are to "remember and celebrate any life that has touched their life in a special way," according to Jewitt.

A donation to the program ensures hospice services will be there for those who need them. Proceeds allow hospice to provide a patient-centered, team-oriented program of care for terminally-ill patients and their families and caregivers throughout the dying and grieving experience.

Hospice of the Hills will also host a tree-lighting ceremony in Rapid City at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Blessed Sacrament Church. A memorial tree for those in the Southern Hills will be displayed at Custer First Interstate Bank. In addition to their service of remembrance for Hospice of the Hills patients, anyone can memorialize or honor a loved one with a star hung with the Christmas decorations at Rapid City Regional Hospital. For more information about the Rapid City ceremony, please call (605) 719-7729.

Hospice donations can be forwarded to: Hospice of the Northern Hills, 1440 North Main St., Spearfish, SD, 57783. If you have questions about the “Trees of Lights,” call Hospice of the Northern Hills at (605) 644-4242.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, November 19, 2010 (21:24:38)

KDSJ Local News
   General Election November 2, 1010

CLICK HERE for final election results from the 2010 South Dakota General Election.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 (00:46:09)

KDSJ Local News
   Election 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 is election day in the United States. Exercise your rights and get out to vote!

South Dakota Gubernatorial Debate

South Dakota United States House Debate

(Video Courtesy Of KELO Television)

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Monday, November 01, 2010 (07:00:00)

KDSJ Local News
   Retaining Wall In Lead Collapses

With an unusually warm fall, severe summer-like storms are still causing havoc around South Dakota. One that rolled through the Black Hills this past weekend took down a wall and crushed cars.

(Story And Video Courtesy Of KELO Television)

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, October 14, 2010 (04:52:29)

KDSJ Local News
   Managing Prediabetes Class

Spearfish Regional Hospital (SPRH) diabetes educators will be presenting a Managing Prediabetes Education class Tuesday, June 29. The class will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the SPRH at 1440 N. Main. Cost of the class is $35 per person and includes a Calorie King book, pedometer, portion plate and cookbook. Pre-registration is required.

The pre-diabetes program focuses on lifestyle changes which can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. It is also for those that are at high risk for developing diabetes. It is tailored for individuals who have a family history of diabetes, are overweight, glucose intolerant, insulin resistant or have metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure or problems with cholesterols.

Participants will receive education about healthy meal planning, exercise and ways to reduce other diabetes risk factors. A physician order is not required to attend the class.

According to the American Diabetes Association, individuals with a higher risk for getting diabetes include: men and women 45 years of age or older, particularly those that are overweight; non-Caucasians; and individuals who have had gestational diabetes; have had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs.; or have high blood pressure or high body fats.

For more information about the Managing Prediabetes Education program or to pre-register, call the SPRH Diabetes Education Department at (605) 644-4251.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 (07:00:00)

KDSJ Local News
   BHSU To Host Weekly Farmers Market

Black Hills State University will host the Yellow Jacket Farmers Market at the BHSU Bookstore every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning June 16.

The market, which is open to the public, supports local growers and vendors. Various foods including locally grown and raised produce and meats; dairy products; fresh breads and pastries; and honey and honey-based products will be offered. There will also be assorted flowers, herbs, and starter plants available.

The Yellow Jacket Farmers Market is sponsored by the BHSU Bookstore and A’viands (BHSU dining services) who will also showcase products at the event.

Convenient visitor parking is available. For more information or if you’re interested in being a vendor at the Yellow Jacket Farmers Market, contact Pam McKie at 642-6636.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, June 10, 2010 (20:12:04)

KDSJ Local News
   Spearfish/Lawrence County Candidate Forum

Working in cooperation with BHSU, the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee will host a City Council Candidates Forum on Tuesday, May 11th and a Spearfish Mayoral/Lawrence County Commission Candidates Forum on Tuesday, May 18th. Both forums will start at 6PM and will be held on campus at BHSU in the Jacket Legacy Room located on the 2nd Floor of the Student Union.

The forums are designed to give each candidate the opportunity to share his/her views on issues which are of greatest importance to his/her candidacy. In addition, the committee is providing local media and citizens the opportunity to submit questions prior to the event, which will be posed to each candidate.

Questions may be mailed to: GAC, PO Box 550, Spearfish, SD 57783. There will be no questions taken from the audience during the forum.

All candidates have been invited to participate. For more information, please call the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce 642-2626.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 (07:00:00)

KDSJ Local News
   BHSU To Hold 159th Commencement Ceremony

Black Hills State University will recognize over 400 candidates for graduation during the University's 159th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Candidates for the spring 2010 BHSU graduation include 51 master's degree candidates, seven bachelor of arts candidates, 16 associate degree candidates, 85 bachelors of science in education candidates, and 251 bachelor of science candidates.

The University will continue the tradition of leading the commencement processional with the University mace. The mace, which was first introduced during the spring 2009 commencement, was commissioned during BHSU's Quasquicentennial year. A symbol of the University's academic leadership, the mace will be carried by Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulous, the Distinguished Faculty Member for 2009. Anagnopoulous will also present the graduation message.

Ms. Melanie Jeppesen, student regent of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will give a greeting from the Regents. Dr. Dean Myers, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, will present the graduates; and BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, assisted by April Meeker, registrar, will present the diplomas. Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement, will welcome the new graduates into the Alumni Association.

Professors and administrators receiving emeritus include: Dr. Dean Myers, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Janeen Larsen, professor of music and chair, Department of Fine and Applied Arts; and Dr. Thomas Cox, professor of psychology.

Musical selections will be performed by the Black Hills Singers, as directed by Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music; Dr. Janeen Larsen, chairperson of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts; and Christopher Hahn, instructor of music.

Immediately following the ceremony, the faculty, staff, 2010 graduates, family and friends are welcome to gather in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House for the President's Reception.

Prior to commencement, an honors breakfast will be hosted in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Kayla Haines, biology major from Mitchell, will be honored as the highest ranking female graduate and James Herron, history major from Rapid City, as the highest ranking male graduate.

Honored guests will also include the Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, and University Honors Scholar graduates.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Monday, May 03, 2010 (19:06:54)

KDSJ Local News
   Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Free skin cancer screenings will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute (CCI), on Monday, May 3. The screenings coincide with Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Area dermatologists, as well as Rapid City Regional Hospital and CCI, are sponsoring this event.

The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The purpose of the local event is to raise awareness of melanoma and urge Americans to regularly examine their skin for signs of this serious form of skin cancer.

Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away.

A survey commissioned by the AAD showed less than one-third of Americans currently examine their skin for signs of melanoma, and more than half do not know the signs of melanoma. Dermatologists want to change this because when treated in its earliest stages, melanoma can be cured. If not treated early, the disease can quickly spread to other parts of the body and can be fatal. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

According to the AAD, one American dies from melanoma almost every hour. More than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. The members of the AAD, as well as the participating physicians and Rapid City Regional Hospital, invite the public to take advantage of the free screening event. To schedule a free screening appointment, call the Rapid City Regional Hospital Education Department at (605) 719-2400.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Monday, April 26, 2010 (07:00:00)

KDSJ Local News
   Spearfish Regional Hospital Diabetes Support Group

Spearfish Regional Hospital's (SPRH) Diabetes Education department is sponsoring a Diabetes Support Group for patients, families and friends in the Northern Hills whose lives are affected by diabetes.

The group meets the last Wednesday of every month. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 28, at 2 p.m., in the Crow Peak Conference Room at the Spearfish Regional Hospital, at 1440 N. Main St.

This month's topic, "How Much Do You Know About Your Heart Disease Risk?" presented by Deb Himrich RN, Diabetes Educator/Cardiac Rehabilitation.

This support group is designed to offer support through education, sharing and communication with others who have diabetes. If you or someone you know would benefit from this support group, you are welcome to attend.

For more information, please call Deb Winter at (605) 644-4251.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 (07:00:00)

KDSJ Local News
   Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital Diabetes Support Group

Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital's (LDRH) Diabetes Education Department is sponsoring a Diabetes Support Group for patients, families and friends in the Lead-Deadwood area whose lives are affected by diabetes.

The group will meet on April 22 at 7 p.m., in the basement conference room at LDRH, 61Charles St. This month's topic will be "What's in the News." Attendees are requested to bring an article that you have read to share with the group.

This support group meets the fourth Thursday of every month. It is designed to offer support through education, sharing and communication with others who have diabetes. If you or someone you know would benefit from this support group, you are welcome to attend.

For more information, please call (605) 722-6101 or (605) 390-5090.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 (07:00:00)

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   Beauty And The Beast

Spearfish High School will be presenting the Disney musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. This classic story tells of a prince who has been turned into a beast. In order to remove the evil spell, he must find someone to love who will love him back. The orchestra, cast, and crew will bring the story to life on the stage of the Spearfish High School Theatre on Thursday and Friday evening, April 15th and 16th. Curtain goes up at 7 pm. A matinee performance for our senior citizens will be held on Wednesday, April 14th beginning at 12:30 pm.

The students involved are: Paul Blasi, Laurel Simpson, Brady Moe, Gardner Brenneisen, Alex Furois, Luke Gainey, Morgan Hanzlik, Sami Sleep, Elana Stadler, Dani Benson, Brady Jones, Mary Amiotte, Chase Aspelin, Miranda Rosencranz, Rachel Williams, Brianna Barkley, Nicole Lamb, Heather Clark, Tonya Wenzel, Savannah Johnson, Audri Swisher, Ian Hall, Ariel Hammerquist, Ashten Rombough, Hannah Hepper, Gabe Colhof, Kristen Wenzel, Justice Mack, Gabriel Terveen, Rachel Crawford, Savannah Larson, Garret Ryerson, Connor Carlborn, Adam Mundorf, Max Temple, Jordan Louks, Ian Lessley, and Maria Steckline. Pianist is Mrs. Mimi Swisher; band director is Mr. Steve Aalbu; vocal music director is Mr. Doug Ruhnow; assistant director is Ms. Toni Lyke; technical director is Mr. Dennis Walkins; director is Mrs. Julie Walkins.

Admission prices are $3 for students and $4 for adults. Activity tickets will be honored. If you have any questions, please contact Spearfish High School at 717-1212.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 (07:00:00)

KDSJ Local News
   Special Olympics

The Black Hills Area Special Olympics Spring Games will be held on the campus of Black Hills State University on April 23rd.

Volunteers are needed to help with the special athletes. Volunteers are needed from 8:00 to 3:30 at the throwing and jumping events as well as individual soccer skills.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact either Peggy or Vaughn Heckle at 642-7837. Email

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, April 01, 2010 (07:00:00)

KDSJ Local News
   Chairs And Artists Needed

The Historic Deadwood Lead Arts Council and the Lead Library Endowment Board are sponsoring a community art project with chairs as the theme. The committee is asking local residents to donate any old chairs, stools or small benches that they no longer need. The chairs, etc. will be adopted by area artists to use their creativity and turn into fun and unique works of art. The chairs will then be auctioned the first part of May with the proceeds split between the Arts Council and Library.

If you have an old chair, stool or small bench to donate or would like to adopt a chair to paint, please contact HDLAC at 584-1461 or the Lead Library at 584-2903.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, March 12, 2010 (22:08:35)

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   Adams Museum And House Awarded Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Adams Museum & House (AM&H) a grant of $5,997.00. Funding will support an on-site consultation with a paper conservator who will examine historic photographs, maps, drawings and documents from the organization’s archival collections. The consultation will consist of a general assessment of the condition of the documents, including recommendations on how to safely access, store and digitize the materials. In addition, the conservator will conduct a workshop for area museum, library and archive professionals on current conservation practices used in the care and handling of archival materials.

As part of the NEH-sponsored *We the People* initiative, the AM&H’s project fulfills the agency’s goal to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Saturday, January 09, 2010 (00:54:35)

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   Free H1N1 Clinic At BHSU

A free H1N1 Influenza clinic will be held at the Young Center on the Black Hills State University campus on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 3-7 p.m. The clinic is open to everyone who wishes to receive the shot.

Children ages 9 and under should receive a booster H1N1 vaccination. The second dose should be scheduled one month after the first dose.

Vaccine provided by the South Dakota Department of Health.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, January 07, 2010 (01:00:00)

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   Christmas Blizzard A Black Hills Blessing

While the Christmas blizzard of 2009 was a travel curse for much of the Midwest, it was a blessing for the skiers and snowmobilers in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The snowstorm dumped almost 50 inches of snow in the Deadwood area, covering nearby ski runs and snowmobile trails with a thick blanket of fresh powder.

Mystic Miner Ski Resort at Deer Mountain received more than 45 inches of snow across the entire mountain, said Joe Hamm, general manager. “The fresh powder, along with our established base of 24 inches, will help set us up for another great season,” he said.

The front side of Deer Mountain is open, and the snow operations team is grooming additional trails on the back side. Hamm said that the back side of the mountain should be open by this weekend for New Year’s Eve skiers and snowboarders. Deer Mountain’s terrain and tubing parks are also in great shape and have seen good traffic so far this season.

Snowmobile enthusiasts are also rejoicing. Dana Garry, Mickelson Trail manager, said that trails throughout the Black Hills received anywhere from eight inches to 40 inches of snow over the weekend.

The snow-grooming machines have been out in full-force since the weekend, readying the trails. Since the snow is so light and the high winds caused a lot of blowing and drifting, Garry said that South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks crews have been using a double-packing technique. This means using the standard groomers and then following up with a weighted drag to make for a better riding surface. Black Hills snowmobile trails will be 100 percent groomed by the weekend.

Deadwood, a popular New Years Even destination, should be hopping this weekend, according to Lee Harstad of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. He said people from throughout the region combine ski and snowmobile vacations with New Years revelry, and the new blanket of snow is a welcome addition to the weekend party.

A variety of winter vacation packages are available in Deadwood. Packages can include snowmobile rentals, ski lift tickets and gaming weekends. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, December 31, 2009 (01:02:03)

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   Days Of '76 Rodeo Wins Top PRCA Honors

For the sixth consecutive year, Deadwood's Days of '76 Rodeo has taken home the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's award for the Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year. Days of '76 committee members were on hand for the awards ceremony, held Wednesday night at the PRCA National Convention in Las Vegas.

Awards are nothing new for this event, now in its 88th year. The Days of '76 rodeo won Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year four consecutive years before being moved into the medium category. The Days has won top honors in the medium category each year since 2004. In 2009, the Deadwood rodeo competed against rodeos from Abilene and Amarillo, Texas, Phillipsburg, Kan., and Ogden, Utah.

"We were thrilled to be nominated alongside rodeos of this caliber, and we are even more thrilled to once again be able to call our rodeo the nation's best," said 2009 Days of '76 Chairman Mac Meyer. "Its truly an honor to win, and it's a tribute to how hard this committee and all the volunteers work. I am proud to be part of such a great organization."

The Days of '76 is a favorite venue among the bull riders, calf ropers, saddle bronc riders, barrel racers and others who compete in this Black Hills community for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. Meyer attributes the success of the rodeo to a combination of community support, hard work of committee members and volunteers, commitments from the City of Deadwood and its Historic Preservation Commission, and the experience that can only be acquired from 87 years of putting on one of the best rodeos in the world.

Equipped with a renovated rodeo arena, complete with rough-hewn timbers and a Ponderosa pine forest backdrop, the Days of '76 Rodeo offers contestants a chance to enjoy an atmosphere that only Deadwood can offer.

Meyer noted that coordinating an event of this scale is a year-round project. A 20-person board of directors, supplemented by various subcommittees and countless volunteers, makes this one of Deadwood's largest annual events, he said.

The 2010 Days of '76 Rodeo and Parade will be July 27-31, 2010. For ticket information, call 888-838-BULL or CLICK HERE.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, December 04, 2009 (01:56:35)

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   Red Shirt Cultural Holiday Exchange

Black Hills State University is sponsoring the 9th Annual Red Shirt Cultural Holiday Exchange, which includes a collection of toys and funds along with a visit by BHSU students to the Red Shirt School. The event, which began as two-student project in 2000, has grown into a campus wide event with participation numerous organizations.

The program kicks off with the placement of angel gift trees in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union and the E.Y. Berry Library. Participants are encouraged to take an "angel" and place an unwrapped toy under the tree. This year the University Bookstore is donating school supplies and university label athletic clothing. The BHSU Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources (CCBR) Lab will once again generously supply filled stockings for Red Shirt students. Funds received will ensure that each child's wish is fulfilled. Monetary donations, new clothing, books, school or basic first-aid kit medical supplies will also be accepted. The donation deadline is Friday, Dec. 4th. Drop off sites on campus include the Student Union, Young Center, Meier Hall, Woodburn Hall and Jonas Hall, Room 103.

The Spearfish and BHSU Community will once again join to celebrate the holidays with the Red Shirt Table School and community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This year several students, faculty, staff and alumni will spend the entire day in classrooms, in addition to the party and gift exchange at the end of the school day.

BHSU organizations taking part in this event include: Lakota Omniciye, the Center for American Indian Studies, Office of Civic Engagement, Tiospaye, Inc., and the University Bookstore.

"Your contributions for this worthy cause will help make this year's Holiday Exchange a memorable event," says Jace DeCory. "Thank you and happy holidays!"

For more information contact DeCory at 642-6295, DeVina Red Horse at 641-4459, or Urla Marcus at 642-6578.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, November 15, 2009 (08:00:00)

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   National Forest Christmas Tree Permits Available

Cut your own fresh Christmas tree this year from the Black Hills National Forest. Beginning November 16, 2009, you can buy tree tags at most Black Hills Forest Service offices in western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming. Several offices already have tags available.

Tree tags will also be available within the next week at several vendor locations in the Black Hills area. Wednesday, December 23 is the last day permits will be sold at most Forest Service offices. To be sure they still have tags available, please call ahead to the specific Forest Service office, especially if you wait until December 24 to purchase a tag.

White spruce, ponderosa pine and western juniper are available and can be cut in many parts of the National Forest. The maximum height of cut trees is 20 feet. The entire tree must be cut, and any unused branches must be cut so they lie flat on the ground with a stump no more than six inches high. After Christmas, used trees should be disposed of properly as yard waste. Please do not dump used trees on national forest land.

Trees should be placed in water as soon as possible to help keep needles fresh. Once indoors, trees should be placed away from stoves, heaters, or heating ducts.

Each tree costs $10. An adhesive tag must be attached to each tree before removal from the woods; a citation may be issued for possessing an untagged Christmas tree, even if a tag is available in the vehicle. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. There are no refunds for uncut trees or unused permits, and all permits expire December 31. Please note that Forest Service offices do not accept credit card purchases.

Permits are available by mail from the Forest Supervisor's Office, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, SD 57730. Enclose a check or money order in the amount of $10 for each tree, up to a maximum of five trees per individual. The Forest Service will mail permit tags and cutting instructions.

Trees may not be cut in developed recreation sites or Forest Service administrative sites, active timber sales, Black Hills Experimental Forest near Rochford, Black Elk Wilderness, Beaver Park area near Sturgis, or within Spearfish Canyon.

Permits are available at these Forest Service offices:

1) Rapid City, SD - Mystic Ranger District office, 8221 South Hwy 16, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays November 28, December 5, and December 12. Hours will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Phone 605.343.1567.

2) Custer, SD - Forest Supervisor's office, 1019 North 5Th Street, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 605.673.9200.

3) Newcastle, WY - Hell Canyon District office, 1225 Washington Blvd., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone 307.746.2782.

4) Spearfish, SD - Northern Hills Ranger District office, 2014 North Main St., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30. Phone 605.642.4622.

5) Sundance, WY - Bearlodge Ranger District office, Highway 14 East, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone 307.283.1361.

6) Hot Springs, SD - Nebraska N.F., Fall River Ranger District office, 1801 Hwy 18 Truck Bypass, Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Phone

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, November 13, 2009 (20:43:03)

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   Lead-Deadwood High School Debate Team At The Adams

The Lead-Deadwood High School Debate Team will premier state and regional competition speeches at the Adams Museum on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, wheelchair accessible and donations are welcome. Please call (605) 578-1928 for more information. Parking for the Adams Museum, 54 Sherman Street is available on Deadwood Street, Siever Street and in the Miller Street parking lot.

Shirlene Joseph has been the head coach for the Lead-Deadwood High School Speech and debate teams for the past seven years. Joseph is assisted by Pastor Steve Agan, Janell Agan and Gary Keehn. This year the debate team consists of 22 members and has the largest roster in recent history. Adams Museum & House, Inc. director Mary A. Kopco will present Joseph with a check in the amount of $600 for the school's debate team. The gift is funded by the generous support of the Walter and Francis Green Charitable Trust.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Monday, November 09, 2009 (08:00:00)

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   Spearfish Regional Hospital Foot Care Clinic

The Spearfish Regional Hospital (SPRH) will be hosting its monthly Foot Care Clinic at the Spearfish Senior Center, 1306 N 10th Street, Mon., Oct. 26. The service is provided to the community at a minimal cost to help individuals properly manage their foot care needs.

During the special clinic, nurses will screen and assess feet for circulation, sensation, skin condition, and shoe fit. They will also provide education regarding proper foot care including inspection methods, daily care, footwear selection, precautions and exercise. Appointments will also include clipping and filing of toenails, grinding of thick nails, and buffing of corns and calluses.

The Foot Care Clinic takes place the last Monday of every month. The cost of the clinic is $35, payable at the time of service. No Medicare or insurance billing will be done. Patients will be seen, by appointment only, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.

For more information about the Foot Clinic, or to make an appointment, please call the Spearfish Regional Hospital at (605) 644-4251.

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Posted by A-Ryan
on Monday, October 19, 2009 (07:00:00)

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