Glancing back 50 years to “The Blizzard of 66”

Weather conditions were a tad different 50 years ago as the area along with much of the state was digging out from what has been called the worst blizzard in South Dakota history. This was the headline 50 years ago to the day (March 10) as it is published on the same date in 2016. Headlines and stories such as […]

House panel approves open meeting recordings while taking shots at media

PIERRE — A bill designed to allow the recording of public meetings was approved by the House Local Government committee, but not before representatives got a few shots in about their mistreatment by the media. The bill, SB90, says that no public body should prevent the recording of a meeting as along as the recording is “reasonable, obvious, and not […]

Firefighters battle blaze

Members of the Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department battle a blaze that burnt down an abandoned trailer house west of the old Fun Center in Eagle Butte last Thursday. Along with the fire, the crew also had to battle a strong northwest wind. (Photo by Ross DuBray)  

“Dream Big” Annie Chasing Hawk wins Billy Mills’Dreamstarter Award

Everyone has a dream.  It may be to win the lottery, it may be to start your own business, it may be to make a better tomorrow.   Annie Chasing Hawk, from Red Scaffold, SD had a dream and it is beginning to come true!  “This is an amazing opportunity to fulfill my dream and a great honor to be […]

Gov. Daugaard signs more bills into law

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 8 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding background investigations for prospective employees of the postsecondary technical institutes and to transfer certain funds regarding postsecondary technical credentialing. SB 33 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding chemical testing and revocations of driver licenses for persons under the […]

Blizzard of 66

These images appeared in the March 10 and March 17, 1966 issues of the West River Eagle.  The photos show the height of the snow drifts on Main Street Eagle Butte. If any readers have photos of the blizzard and you’d like to share, please contact us at 964-2100, or email them to


Dean Schrempp, District 28A Representative

One week left! Tuesday, the 8th is the last day for bill discussion in each chamber. The rest of the week is spent negotiating amendments and budget. The much debated Governor’s education bill barely passed the Senate on Tuesday and is headed for the Governor’s desk. I am still torn about the half penny sales tax but know that Senator […]


Betty Olson, District 28 Senator

There is only one week left of the 2016 legislative session and weather isn’t the only thing heating up. I and all the other conservative legislators were very disappointed with Gov. Daugaard when he vetoed HB 1008 on Tuesday. This was crafted to protect every child, transgender or not, and it handily passed through both the Senate and the House. […]

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Renewing your passport

South Dakotans who plan to travel abroad this year should make certain their passport is current. Or, if it is about to expire, they should renew their passport immediately to avoid delays or backlogs.  The reason is because nearly 10 years ago, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative required every U.S. citizen to have a passport to travel to all countries—including […]

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A victory for South Dakota’s children

Sen. John Thune Each year, millions of people from around the world travel to Washington, D.C., to take in the sights and sounds of our nation’s capital. Between all of the historic buildings and locations scattered throughout the District are great places to eat, rest after a long day on the National Mall, or enjoy a wide range of family-friendly […]

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