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Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office assigned 765 cases in 2021

DEADWOOD — The Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office was a busy place in 2021, as evidenced by Director Amber Richey’s annual report to the Lawrence County Commission Tuesday. “Our office billed $274,360.68 for 638 cases,” said Richey. “That’s an average cost to the client of $430.20. Just...
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Republicans hold primary candidate forum

SPEARFISH — The Lawrence County Republicans vying for votes during the June 7 primary election gathered at the High Plains Western Heritage Center Saturday for the Spearfish area Chamber of Commerce’s District 31 candidate forums. The candidates for State House of Representatives are Incumbent Scott Odenbach, R- Spearfish;...
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Lawrence County Democrats clean highway trash

SPEARFISH — Members of the Lawrence County Democrats celebrated Earth Day a little late, May 1, when it cleaned a two-mile stretch of Highway 85 between Spearfish and Deadwood. The group became part of the Adopt-a-Highway program and, since the section had not been adopted before, was littered with – litter. The group filled two dozen bags and gathered other items too big for bags.
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District 31 and Lawrence County Commissioner Candidate Forum to be held this Saturday

SPEARFISH — The Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to join them for the District 31 and Lawrence Co. Commissioner Candidate Forums slated for May 14 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center. The event will begin with the District 31 Candidate Forum at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Lawrence County Commission Forum beginning at 11 a.m. Both forums will also be streamed live on the Spearfish Chamber Facebook page.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, SD
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Spearfish woman pleads guilty to embezzling $33,250

DEADWOOD — A Spearfish woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her employer pleaded guilty to the charge against her at an April 28 arraignment hearing before 4th Circuit Court Judge Michelle Comer at the Lawrence County Courthouse. Jessica Lynne Hall, 35, of Spearfish was indicted by a...
SPEARFISH, SD
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Tourism Organizations Band Together for Annual “Travel Rally Day”

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association, along with the South Dakota Department of Tourism and Visit Rapid City hosted their annual “Travel Rally Day” this afternoon for National Travel & Tourism Week. An analysis shared that in 2021, visitor spending reached an...
RAPID CITY, SD
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Lawrence County Republicans host Lincoln Day Dinner

SPEARFISH — Representatives from the Republican party gathered en mass Saturday at the Holiday Inn convention center in Spearfish to tout a packed primary ballot for the June 7 election. Here are the candidates running for Republican support in the coming general election. – U.S. Senate, Sen. John Thune,...
LAWRENCE COUNTY, SD
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Letters to the Editor

In my recent letter to the editor, I wrote that when our more ambitious politicians say “not to worry” about tax increases they’re lying. They ARE lying and here’s the evidence. Note: the tax chickens for the 2022 budget will come home to roost in 2023… and increases will be based on recent, massively higher, property assessments.
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Black Hills schools show off their ‘Skills’

SPEARFISH – Since 1965, the SkillsUSA program has been connecting students, instructors, and industry leaders in STEM-related fields to promote a skilled workforce throughout the country. Earlier this month, more than 200 career and technical education (CTE) students from 13 high schools across South Dakota participated in the SkillsUSA...
SPEARFISH, SD
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Deep Talks draws standing-room only crowd

LEAD — After two full seasons of mostly virtual events, officials at the Sanford Underground Research Facility celebrated one of their first in-person Deep Talks programs with a large crowd of standing room only, at the visitor’s center, Thursday. Participants packed the conference room at the Sanford Lab...
LEAD, SD
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Teen Court banquet honors young program volunteers

DEADWOOD — “This is a night to celebrate you. You are the heart and soul of Teen Court,” said Lexi Lux, the director of the Lawrence County Teen Court program in her address to the 50 or so guests gathered Tuesday night at the Charlie Utter Theater in Deadwood.
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Spring blizzard packs a punch

SPEARFISH — Welcome to spring in South Dakota. This weekend’s storm brought with it severe thunderstorm warnings, blizzard warnings, tornado watches, and more. Kyle Carstens, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City, said the storm was the result of a strong low-pressure system that moved north out of Nebraska, through South Dakota, and into eastern North Dakota.
SPEARFISH, SD
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Dust particles well below health hazard standards, expert says

LEAD — Fine particulate matter from dust in the Open Cut is well below the national health standard, according to data from Fermilab’s dust monitors that are placed along Mill Street, officials said Wednesday. The data was released during Fermilab’s monthly community informational meeting, during which officials brought...
LEAD, SD
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Free Spring Clean Up Days postponed in Spearfish

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The City of Spearfish announced on Friday that the Restricted Use (Rubble Site) will be closed Saturday and Sunday due to inclement weather. The free Spring Clean Up Days lost to inclement weather have been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, April 29-30. The site is open...
SPEARFISH, SD
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Dakota Territory Resources Corp. announces merger, name change

LEAD — The last month has been very busy for Dakota Gold Corp. Formerly known as Dakota Territory Resources Corp., the company changed its name when it merged with JR Resources Corp., a Nevada company that is focused on investing in mineral resource development opportunities. That merger was completed March 31.
LEAD, SD
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Update: Free Spring Clean Up Days postponed

SPEARFISH – Due to the severe weather predictions for the weekend, the Restricted Use (Rubble Site) will be closed Saturday and Sunday, due to inclement weather. The free Spring Clean Up Days lost to inclement weather have been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.
SPEARFISH, SD