Linking Fences Project, connecting community together

LEAD, S.D. — Lead is beginning to look like an outdoor art gallery thanks to beautification projects, like the Linking Fences Project 2020. Art Installation in Lead, with Lakota encampment (courtesy of Cary Thrall) For that last 4 years, Artist Cary Thrall (originally from Lead, SD) has been collaborating with artist’s assistants and local creatives in Black Hills communities to…

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North Dakota reports record coronavirus hospitalizations

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are reporting a record number of hospitalizations in the state due to the coronavirus. According to the North Dakota Department of Health, 43 people are currently hospitalized on Monday, up five from Sunday. The Bismarck Tribune reports new diagnoses of the coronavirus also reached a new high in North Dakota on Monday….

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Recreation sites temporarily closed due to tornado damage

SPEARFISH, S.D. — After the Rapid City National Weather Service confirmed that Friday’s wind event was a tornado, several recreation sites have been closed temporarily for safety due to snags and downed trees. The areas include: Red Lake Old Baldy Rimrock Little Spearfish Trails Black Hills National Forest officials said that crews are working diligently to open roads and trails,…

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Brandon Valley defeats Spearfish and Sturgis in baseball

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The 2020 South Dakota summer baseball regular season is quickly winding down. Rapid City Post 22 and Brandon Valley Post 131 entered this weekend ranked number one and two in the latest standings. The Hardhats split a pair of games with Brandon Valley on Friday night at Fitzgerald Stadium. Brandon Valley continued its West River road trip…

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US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot

KINGSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot. The Navy on Thursday recognized that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer insignia known as the “Wings of Gold.” The Naval Air Training Command tweeted that Swegle is the Navy’s “first known…

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