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Past articles by Samuel:

Winter winds send temperatures plummeting

It may not feel like it, but Rapid City is dodging the brunt of a brutal cold spell sweeping across the Midwest. → Read More

RCAS board approves $700 raise for school employees

Rapid City Area School teachers, librarians, counselors, therapists and other district employees will receive a $700 raise after the school board approved a deal with the teacher’s union at their → Read More

Rapid City airport, Mount Rushmore Society reach agreement on rent

Renovations of Rapid City Regional Airport have been finished for months, but there’s one last cost to cover. → Read More

Civic Center Board approves $174,547 payment to Rapid City Rush

The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Board voted Wednesday to pay the Rapid City Rush $174,547 to offset the hockey team’s financial losses in November and December. → Read More

City Council clears path for Segways

The Rapid City Council directed city staff Tuesday night to draft a new law legalizing the use of Segways on downtown city sidewalks. → Read More

Locals honor MLK's legacy by denouncing racism and discrimination

More than 100 people packed into a ballroom within the Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza on Monday afternoon to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and listen to sermons denouncing → Read More

City considers allowing Segways on sidewalks

It’s now illegal to operate a Segway on city sidewalks in Rapid City, but that could soon change. → Read More

Government shutdown puts ranchers in a bind

Laurie and Bernard Barnaud have been farming and ranching just east of the Belle Fourche Reservoir since 1993. Today, they’re scheduled to drive to town to sell around 50 calves, → Read More

Rapid City Council delays decision on proposed apartment complex

A meandering hour-and-a-half discussion between residents, a developer and the Rapid City Council ended without resolution Monday night when the council delayed a decision on an application for a proposed → Read More

Two area hotels close for season

Two Rapid City hotels have abruptly closed their doors in what’s being called a seasonal closure. → Read More

Black Hills Energy seeks to build $57 million wind farm in Wyoming

Black Hills Energy submitted a proposal Monday to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for a Renewable Ready Service Tariff to offer renewable energy resources. → Read More

Rapid City Council votes to raise fees for ambulance, parking, etc.

At the Rapid City Council meeting Monday night, the council approved raising fees for ambulances, cemeteries, parking permits and a host of planning and development services, including application fees for → Read More

Council set to vote on fee increases for variety of services

The Rapid City Council will consider a resolution raising fees for a number of city services and creating new fees for others at its meeting today. → Read More

Civic center to seek bids on naming rights for Rapid City's new arena

Steve Allender Arena may have a nice ring to it but don’t expect the name of the Rapid City mayor who shepherded the campaign to build a new arena at → Read More

Rapid City plans to take aim at 250 deer

Rapid City’s annual harvest has arrived — of deer, that is. → Read More

Rapid City asks to write off $1.7 million in unpaid ambulance bills

When Rapid Citians call 911 asking for an ambulance, dispatch doesn’t run a credit check or ask the caller to send over a bank statement proving they can pay for → Read More

Developer files second lawsuit against Rapid City

A Rapid City developer has filed a second lawsuit against the city of Rapid City in as many weeks. → Read More

Council OKs $146K for drainage study

Developer Hani Shafai believes that if a historically strong rainstorm should ever settle above east-central Rapid City, 200 homes could be washed away. City officials say they’re working to ensure → Read More

Developer Hani Shafai sues Rapid City over leaky water line

Rapid City’s most prominent developer is suing the city for its refusal to decommission and relocate a water main he says is beneath his property illegally and has leaked millions → Read More

State could pay $138,000 for park project

The city’s construction of a new multi-use pathway in West Memorial Park is getting a hand from the state Department of Transportation. → Read More