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RAPID CITY (AP) -- Rapid City has been selected to host the International Snowmobile Congress in June 2016. The Congress is a gathering of devoted snowmobile riders. An estimated 500 delegates from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Russia are expected at the event. The International Snowmobile Congress in Rapid City will run June 8-12, 2016. Lisa Storms with the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau says the city will see an anticipated economic impact of $450,000 during the course of the event. South Dakota operates more than 1,500 miles of snowmobile trails i
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Some Rapid City residents beat the heat by taking to the ice -- for the sport of curling. The Rushmore Curling Club held an open house Saturday at the Roosevelt Ice Arena. The annual event is usually held in the winter, but the club decided to try something new. Curling club president Herb Kistler told KNBN-TV curling is a fun and simple game that allows people to get some exercise. He says the Rapid City club doesn't "take it that seriously." The season normally runs from January through March or April.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Police say a Rapid City teen is hospitalized in critical condition after she was shot in the head. Authorities say police were called to an apartment building in Rapid City about 3:30 a.m. and found a 17-year-old girl with one gunshot wound to the head. Police say two 17-year-old girls and a 22-year-old man had been drinking and handling a .22-caliber rifle. One of the girls was holding the rifle when it fired at the other girl. The shooter was taken into custody on two warrants for failure to appear in court. Additional charges are possible.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Some South Dakota residents are nervous about a Canadian-based company's plan to to mine gold along a stretch of a Black Hills river once so polluted it was listed as a federal Superfund site. Goldstake Explorations of Oakville, Ontario, and a Black Hills-based affiliate have received a state permit to begin exploration work next month along Whitewood Creek.
Frank Lawton, right, of Deadwood, fires his single action revolver after cocking the gun with his left hand during the Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships in Aldergrove, British Columbia, on Saturday, July 20. The present-day Fast Draw competition was born from the Hollywood myth of the western gunfighter, and the idea is to draw a single action revolver from a holster, and cock, fire and hit a designated target in the shortest possible time. No live ammunition is ever used, only blank cartridges or wax bullets.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A group of South Dakota residents took to the streets of Sioux Falls on Saturday to show off their guns. The march by the Sioux Falls chapter of South Dakota Open Carry was meant to highlight responsible gun ownership and the right to bear arms. It is legal in the state to carry firearms in public as long as the gun is visible.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- More than 300 service members from Ellsworth Air Force Base have returned to the western South Dakota base after a six-month deployment in southwest Asia. KOTA-TV reported the members of the 34th Bomb Squad stepped off a plane at 4:45 a.m. Friday to be met by a cheering crowd of family members, friends and other airmen. Lt. Col. Seth Graham, squadron commander, says aircrews, aircraft maintenance and weapons troops were deployed.
DEADWOOD (AP) -- The Lawrence County Commission has decided to let a wildlife sanctuary in western South Dakota's Black Hills accept four new tigers that will be arriving from a rescue operation in Ohio. The Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary had given the county a document in 2009 that set a maximum of nine tigers in the facility. The four new tigers will bring the sanctuary's total number of tigers to 11. Veterinarian David Elsom says the facility has empty enclosures to house the tigers.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A new exhibit at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport is highlighting the problem of teenage suicide on Indian reservations in South Dakota. In 2011, about 200 disposable cameras were given to Lakota children living on reservations to document what hope means to them.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- People need to know that human sex trafficking can happen even in rural states like South Dakota, officials said at a conference aimed at discussing the nationwide problem. University of South Dakota professor Elizabeth Talbot, who conducts research into human trafficking, said trafficking is a problem in South Dakota and the nation.