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Scarlett Lisjak

KOTA Territory News

Rapid City, SD, United States

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Past articles by Scarlett:

Empty shelves at the grocery stores prompting people to look for alternatives

You may have had to run into the grocery store after work before, to buy something you need for that special recipe -- only to discover that the shelves are empty. Food supply chains have taken a hit since the pandemic, prompting many Americans to look for alternatives. → Read More

Elevate requests vision funds to help solve some of the economic challenges of the Black Hills

Elevate Rapid City is known for being the City’s economic development engine by helping to recruit new companies, expand existing businesses, and bringing workers to the area. The population growth of Rapid City has Elevate envisioning what the next ten years will be like. → Read More

Urgent need for blood donations in the Black Hills

The Country is facing another shortage, this time there’s a shortage of blood, and the Black Hills are not immune. → Read More

“Guilty on all counts” a federal jury delivers a verdict in the Pine Ridge murder of Vinny Brewer

A verdict was reached in the murder trial of Adan J. Corona and Francisco Villanueva. On Wednesday a federal jury unanimously found the defendants guilty on all counts, stemming from the 2016 killing of Vinny Brewer on the Pine Ridge Reservation. → Read More

Jury begins deliberation in the Pine Ridge murder of Vinny Brewer

The murder trial of Adan J. Corona and Francisco Villanueva is now in the hands of a federal jury in Rapid City. They’re charged with murder, accused of killing Vinny Brewer in Pine Ridge back in 2016. And the case is inching closer to a verdict, with both sides making their closing arguments on Tuesday. → Read More

Cleaning up the neighborhood with free tire disposal

You’ve seen them, whether it’s on the side of the highway, in your neighbor’s yard, or you may have some stacked in your garage- millions of scrap tires are generated each year. → Read More

One business hopes to grow alongside of emerging medical cannabis industry

The rules for medical cannabis are expected to be published by the state sometime next month, but before pot can hit the shelves, it has to be grown here in South Dakota. The anticipation of this new agricultural industry has one local business considering the possibilities. → Read More

Rapid City edged out 20 other cities to bring battery manufacturing to the Black Hills

500 acres of land on the outskirts of Rapid City will be turned into a multi-million dollar factory, there batteries for data centers and the 5G telecom market will be produced. → Read More

Emerging business in a growing industry opens a new location in Rapid City

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place Thursday afternoon in Rapid City, for a business that is utilizing new technology in construction. → Read More

Rapid City band could get a chance to play on a Hollywood stage while supporting a local cause

One Rapid City band could be ‘going to California,’ ‘by taking their chances on’ a national competition. The band 100 Proof is competing in a competition called Opening Act. The winner gets to open for Coldplay and the Black eyed peas at the Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater in Los Angeles, and receives a cash prize of $10,000 dollars.. → Read More

Rapid City Common Council expected to pass medical marijuana rules at tonight’s council meeting

New markets, need regulations -- which is why the Rapid City Common Council is set to discuss medical marijuana once again at tonight’s meeting. → Read More

Tik Tok challenge inspiring Rapid City students to steal and vandalize

Bathrooms vandalized, fire extinguishers stolen and teens arrested all over the country due to a viral Tik Tok challenge called “Devious Licks,” It encourages kids to post videos of themselves stealing and damaging school property. And this problem is right here in the Black Hills. → Read More

2016 murder on the Pine Ridge Reservation goes to trial

In October of 2016, Vinny Brewer was killed in broad day light outside a youth center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Thursday, the case has made some head way as it inches closer to a verdict after five years. → Read More

South Dakota proposed social studies curriculum remains source of contention before fall hearings

Monday, Governor Kristi Noem addressed the controversial proposed changes to South Dakota’s social studies standards on Twitter, calling them an improvement from the previous curriculum. But these changes have not come without its far share of criticism. → Read More

Proposed marijuana rules would make South Dakota competitive in the medical cannabis industry

Tuesday six rules from Governor Kristi Noem’s office regarding medical cannabis were booted by South Dakota lawmakers. → Read More

More healthy food options for kids expand into rural South Dakota

Youth and Family Services impacts 14,000 children and adults through its long standing Child and Adult Care Food Program. It aims to give kids more healthy food options, and now it’s working to expand its reach in the 29 South Dakota Counties it serves. → Read More

Carrying heavy backpacks can cause problems for kids

School is back in session and the excitement may be wearing off, and as the homework increases, so does the amount of stuff in a student’s backpack, and too much weight can cause back problems for kids. → Read More

New grant is giving Badlands National Park a modern way to showcase the ancient land formations

America’s National Parks have been busier since the start of the pandemic and the Badlands are no exception, and more visitors means more revenue. However, what would the Badlands National Park do with an extra couple of million dollars? → Read More

Custer Elementary Building will turn into a community center, how? remains uncertain

The elementary school in Custer has been on the minds of city officials and residents for years, the building was turned over to the city in 2012 with the expectation it would be turned into a community center. However, a series of bumps in the road have put that dream on hold. → Read More

Towns across the Black Hills plan for medical cannabis establishments

Towns across western South Dakota are getting ready for medical cannabis establishments by outlining licensing, zoning and manufacturing guidelines. → Read More