4 displaced but none hurt in fire
Four people were displaced, but no one was hurt in an early morning fire today in northern Rapid City.
Rapid City Fire Department officials tweeted at about 5:30 a.m. that they were responding to a fire in the basement of a single-family home in the 100 block of East Denver street. No one was hurt, but the occupants of the home are displaced due to fire damage.
The fire’s cause is under investigation.
East Denver Street between Milwaukee and North Maple streets was temporarily closed while officials were at the scene, and fire officials contacted the Rapid City Street Department to sand the street “to address Ice from firefighting operations.”
Fire officials tweeted the street was reopened just before 7:15 a.m. this morning, but urged travelers to use caution to due ice and heavy fire vehicle traffic.
Journal seeks nonprofits’ wish list
Around the holidays, many nonprofits lack the supplies and donations that allow them to service those in need. Each year, the Rapid City Journal publishes a “wish list” submitted by dozens of local charitable groups with the hope that readers can find the perfect nonprofit and donation to help those less fortunate.
To submit your nonprofit’s wish list, visit rapidcityjournal.com/forms/promo/wish-list/ and fill out the form.
City exceeds $300M in permits
For the third consecutive year, Rapid City has issued building permits with a total valuation of more than $300 million.
According to the city, it has issued 3,539 building permits with a total valuation of $307,354,989 through November when $9.6 million in permits were issued.
Top-valued permits in November were: Black Hills Surgery Center for commercial expansion at 216 Anamaria Drive, $1.6 million; Rapid City Regional Hospital for its Same Day Surgery facility at 651 Cathedral Drive,$1.4 million; a single family dwelling at 6003 Cloud Peak Drive, ($541,532, and Hay Land LLC for the Fleet Farm grading permit at 1001 E. Mall Drive ,$500,000.
Road to close for bridge work
Dark Canyon Road will be mostly closed again Friday for bridge work.
Pennington County officials said the road will be closed from the second bridge west of state Highway 44 to the end of the road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located southwest of Rapid City limits, Dark Canyon Road splinters off of Highway 44/Jackson Boulevard and meanders along a similar path as Rapid Creek before it dead-ends about two miles from where it started.
Daugaard’s portrait unveiled
PIERRE — Outgoing Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s official portrait has been unveiled alongside the 31 portraits of the South Dakota governors that came before him.
The portrait was unveiled Tuesday after Daugaard gave his final budget address and farewell speech.
He previously served as lieutenant governor and in the Legislature. Connecticut artist Susan Booke Durkee painted the portrait after being chosen through a national selection process.
She came to Pierre in the spring to meet Daugaard and start work, finishing the portrait at her studio. It shows Daugaard in front of the cornerstone of the Capitol building.
Daugaard says it’s emblematic of attempting to take care of the state’s buildings and finances and keep South Dakota strong.
Donations from current and past staff and cabinet members funded the portrait.
Four semis in fiery crash
ARLINGTON — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it’s investigating a fiery crash involving four semis near Arlington.
The patrol says one of the four semi drivers has been taken to the hospital with injuries. The crash happened Tuesday morning on Highway 14.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Peterson won’t return to Legislature
PIERRE — Gov.-elect Kristi Noem says Sen. Deb Peters won’t be returning to the Legislature.
A release from Noem did not say why Peters will not be taking the oath of office to represent District 9 in January. Peters wasn’t immediately available for comment.
A former lawmaker who served with Peters and is now CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, Tim Rave, said Peters has joined the association as vice president of communications and member relations.
Noem will appoint a legislator to fill Peters’ seat, who will serve until Jan. 4. The district includes northwestern Minnehaha County.
Truck crash kills one
IONA — A one-vehicle crash in Lyman County killed a 34-year-old man.
The Highway Patrol says the man failed to negotiate a curve on state Highway 47 south of Iona and lost control of the commercial truck he was driving. It went in the ditch and rolled on its top.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene about 3:30 a.m. Monday. His name wasn’t immediately released.
Second arrest made in police chase
SIOUX FALLS — Authorities say a second person has been arrested in a police chase through Sioux Falls that following a shooting outside a casino.
Police were called to the Lucky Lady Casino Saturday night on a report of three men fighting and one pointing a gun at another and firing it into the air. Officials say two of the men got in a stolen pickup with a 17-year-old girl and drove away. Police pursued the truck which eventually crashed into a pole outside a Walgreens.
A 24-year-old man was arrested shortly after the crash. A 25-year-old man was taken into custody later.
The Argus Leader says a judge set bond Monday at $50,000 for the 24-year-old and $4,000 for the other man. The two are accused of stealing the pickup from a Sioux Falls car dealership.