Deadwood businesses plagued by water line breaks
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Main Street businesses in the western South Dakota gambling town of Deadwood continue to be plagued by water line breaks caused by days of subzero temperatures.
Six casinos and hotels experienced basement flooding after a water line break in an empty building Saturday released more than 100,000 gallons of water before being discovered hours later.
The Rapid City Journal reports two businesses had line breaks in their fire suppression systems on Monday. One business was closed and firefighters had to force their way in to contain the damage to that business. On Tuesday night, a gift shop filled with so much water that it spilled out the rear windows.
Fire Chief Bill Glover says a rash of water line breaks isn't common but also isn't surprising given the weather.
Victim in rural Wagner fatal shooting identified
WAGNER, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who was slain on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation last month but have released no new details about the incident.
The U.S. attorney's office says 56-year-old David Gonzalez was shot and killed Nov. 7 at a rural Wagner residence. The FBI has previously said the shooting was part of a home invasion.
The Daily Republic newspaper reports that neither the U.S. attorney's office nor the FBI is releasing more information, citing the ongoing investigation. Authorities in Charles Mix County also have declined comment.
Spearfish annexation rejected in public vote
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Voters in the Spearfish area have rejected the proposed annexation to the city of about a square mile of land in Spearfish Valley.
About 55 percent of the 1,225 people who voted Tuesday opposed the annexation of 635 acres.
City officials who pushed the annexation said residents in city limits pay to provide emergency services in the outlying area when Lawrence County officials can't respond.
Opponents of the proposal said they didn't ask for city services and didn't want them. They collected referral petition signatures to force the public vote.
TEA SCHOOL VOTE
$10.5M Tea school bond issue fails by 14 votes
TEA, S.D. (AP) - A proposed $10.5 million bond issue to fund school projects in Tea in southeastern South Dakota failed by just 14 votes.
The measure needed 60 percent approval to pass, but only 59 percent of the 1,270 people who voted Tuesday favored the idea.
The bond issue would have paid for a new elementary school, an addition to an existing elementary school, and the start of a performing arts center attached to the high school. It would have cost the owner of a $200,000 home an extra $272 in property taxes each year.
The district in September attempted to pass an $11 million bond issue to fund the same three projects, but came up 31 votes short.
Rapid City about to unveil landfill expansion
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rapid City landfill is about to unveil a $4.4 million citizens' campus that officials say will make it safer and faster for residents to use.
Landfill superintendent Karl Merbach tells the Rapid City Journal that the new facility is expected to be partially opened by the end of the month, with the rest of the campus opened in phases after the first of the year.
The addition has been under construction since March.
Merbach says the facility will allow residents to drop off smaller loads near the facility's main gate, while reserving the main pit for commercial customers, garbage trucks and heavy equipment.
The campus also includes an educational center and a recycling center that will allow 24-hour drop-offs and a more efficient scale system.
SD DOT releases traveler app for iPhones
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Transportation Department has released a traveler information app for smartphones using the iPhone operating system. An app for Android phones was released earlier this year.
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist says the South Dakota 511 mobile application is another way to help people travel safely.
The 511 app provides the same information as the Transportation Department's SafeTravelUSA website, but in a format compatible with mobile phones. Current information on road conditions, highway closures, travel advisories and construction projects is available for all interstates and all U.S. and state highways.
The app is free. It can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store.
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