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Christopher Vondracek


Rochford, SD, United States

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Past articles by Christopher:

Sioux Falls police say stabbing victim remains in 'dire straits,' 2 others recovering

Two of the three victims of a knife attack in central Sioux Falls on Thursday, Oct. 28, are likely to pull through, police on Friday said. The police chief also defended the actions of officers who shot and killed the man they say carried out the knife attack, 52-year-old Elwood Dwyer. → Read More

What finally closed Deadwood's last four brothels, including the famed Pam's Purple Door

While prostitution was long illegal, local law enforcement in the northern Black Hills town of Deadwood had long looked past the four brothels downtown hiding in the open behind painted doors. → Read More

Watery discovery in South Dakota solves mystery of teen girls who vanished on way to gravel pit party

Once a cold case of the highest intrigue, local authorities say they no longer have any questions about what happened to the two Vermillion, South Dakota, teenage girls who crashed their car into Brule Creek on way to a party in 1971 and weren't discovered until 2013. → Read More

'Lawrence Welk Show' to (at long last) take final bow on South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The syndicated TV program (all reruns) will still be carried in neighboring states, but not in South Dakota, after declines in viewership for the once-popular music variety show. → Read More

Another Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, another potential super-spreader of COVID-19

The 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally — notorious for bawdy bikers and free-wheeling attitudes — kicks off Thursday, Aug. 5. Regional health professionals fear, just as last year's event, the event may ignite a coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

South Dakota lawmaker says no impropriety in Kristi Noem's donor-aided Guard deployment to Texas

The governor's staff says she would've sent personnel to the border regardless of whether a donation from a Tennessee billionaire arrived, but that the $1 million made it possible to send the National Guard, who can stay on deployment in Texas longer. → Read More

SD Gov. Noem sending National Guard to Mexican border, says Tennessee-based donors will pay

A Tuesday statement from Gov. Kristi Noem's office said the South Dakota National Guard deployment will find up to 50 guardsmen and women at the Texas border with Mexico. A Sioux Falls senator called the deployment a political stunt. → Read More

'Chase the Ace' card game spreading through South Dakota, raising money for local charities

Called "Chase the Ace," the card game with Canadian roots has turned out big winnings in recent months, including over $1 million in Faulkton, while also raising money for volunteer fire departments, youth hunting initiatives, and even a billboard. → Read More

Rattlesnake, pheasant and other culinary game dishes to try on a Black Hills road trip

Restaurants in western South Dakota — many catering to tourists fresh from backpacking, sightseeing or gold-panning — can find some of the state's iconic wildlife on menus, from bison ribeye and burgers to elk ravioli. → Read More

Small-town South Dakota rodeo club cancels 'slave auction' after outpouring of anger on social media

The rodeo club in Faith, South Dakota had advertised a "slave/branding auction" for next Monday, until apparently pulling the event. One state legislator says the derogatorily-named charities have been routinely held across western South Dakota. → Read More

In video interview, investigators incredulous over South Dakota AG's recollection of fatal crash

New video shows South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg saying he missed two key pieces of evidence the night of his fatal crash on a rural highway — namely a flashlight that investigators say was lit "like a beacon" near the victim's body and a pair of glasses that had landed in Ravnsborg's Ford Taurus after striking the victim on the highway. → Read More

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem calls for AG's resignation after charges in fatal wreck

Last week, a county prosecutor filed misdemeanor charges against South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who hit and killed a man with his car on a highway last September. On Tuesday, Gov. Kristi Noem called for his resignation. → Read More

South Dakota's attorney general charged in crash that killed pedestrian

The announcement from Hyde County State's Attorney Emily Sovell came more than five months after Ravnsborg admitted he hit and killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever with his car along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 14, just outside the limits of Highmore, S.D., the night of Sept. 12. → Read More

The misinformation that drove South Dakotans to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6

In conversations with Forum News Service, three South Dakotans who attended former President Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., reveal the roots of a conspiratorial mindset propped up by extreme cable news to "trusted sources on the internet." → Read More

Bill to make public Gov. Kristi Noem's taxpayer-funded security costs is killed

South Dakotans' growing interest in taxpayers' tab for funding the state patrol security detail for frequently-traveling Gov. Kristi Noem's security detail hit a roadblock on Friday, when a Republican representative's bill to force the cost into the open was soundly defeated in committee. A similar bill has been introduced in the senate. → Read More

With Trump's exit, Gov. Kristi Noem's version of 'normal' America will be tested on national stage

South Dakota's governor has been mentioned among Republicans vying for a presidential bid in 2024. But political scientists say her challenge will be to translate a politics that has found home in conservative South Dakota to a more diverse nation. → Read More

Gov. Kristi Noem gifted President Trump $1,100 Mount Rushmore replica with his face added

A disclosure form from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics confirmed that this summer South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, gifted President Trump a $1,100 replica of Mount Rushmore that reportedly had Trump's face added onto the replica, joining the other four presidents. A spokesman said "private donations" funded the gift. → Read More

After calling them 'communists,' SD Gov. Kristi Noem asks if new Georgia senators hold 'American values'

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem called on the public to "examine" Georgia's two, newly elected Democratic U.S. senators to see if their values match "American values." Nearly two weeks ago, Noem received blowback for incendiary remarks, referring derogatorily to Georgia's first Jewish and Black senators as "communists." → Read More

Biden revokes Keystone XL pipeline permit, tipping scales in decade-old fight in western South Dakota

U.S. President Joe Biden followed through on a campaign promise to rescind a permit allowing for the construction of the the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that has been bitterly fought by tribal nations and climate activists. The move came a day after S.D.'s congressional delegation called on Biden to "reconsider" his opposition to the project. → Read More

SD legislator John Wiik falsely blames antifa, communists for Capitol raid

State Sen. John Wiik, a Republican from Big Stone City in South Dakota, made the false claims about the Capitol siege in an email to a constituent and other legislators on the eve of the legislative session, which convenes in Pierre on Tuesday, amid a party-wide reckoning on elected officials' role in perpetuating mistruths and conspiracy theories about the November presidential election. → Read More