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  • FOX's Finest: 7/21/14

    Teams close out the American Legion regular season with some great defense from the annual Pev Evans tournament. And the younger kids put on a show at the Little League All-Star District Tournament. We recap the week that was in this week's edition of the FOX's Finest. To the final
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  • Hardhats confident heading into Region tourney

    The hosts from Post 22 turned in a strong performance at last weekend's season-ending Pev Evans tournament, leaving the club fully fueled for this week's Region 3-A post-season tournament. Post 22 was never threatened in its 5 games of the tournament, averaging 10 runs per game and giving up barely
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  • Hardhats blow out Minot to win Pev Evans Tournament

    The Hardhats had a great weekend of baseball in their James 'Pev' Evans tournament as they entered into Sunday undefeated they took on Minot in the championship game Sunday afternoon and were looking to keep those W's rolling in as they finished up their last weekend before the regional tournament
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  • Canyon Lake takes down Fargo in Little League Tourney

    To the South Dakota North Dakota district Little League Tournament where Canyon Lake took on Fargo. To the bottom of the first Drew Sandy hits it at pitcher Dylan Richey and they will get the out at second and will get the double.
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  • Post 22 stays perfect in Pev Evans tourney

    Post 22 is having a great run in their Pev Evans Tournament this weekend and Saturday night they looked to remain undefeated as they took on Spearfish.
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  • Tri-City tackles Rapid City Raptors

    To some football action as the Rapid City Raptors took on Tri-City Saturday.
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  • Hardhats top Casper at Pev Evans

    A 10-nothing win over Spearfish set the tone for the Post 22 Hardhats at the annual Pev Evans Tournament. Friday afternoon, Mitch Messer and company returned to action for the first of two contests, taking on Casper in Game One.
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  • Speedway hosts ASCS Sprint car Dirt Series

    And it was a packed house at the Black Hills Speedway for the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint car Dirt Series. ----- To the Non-winged sprint cars in their only heat of the night 27-S in the lead Tom Sires He would keep the lead for the win Arlo Provost would come
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  • Rapid City Raptors prepare to take on Tri-City

    For most, football may be in its off-season, but not for the Rapid City Raptors. Head Coach TJ Pittman put a small group of his players through their final practice before Saturday's game against Tri-City.
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  • Hardhats blank Spearfish in Pev Evans opener

    It's the end of the road for the American Legion baseball regular season with Region 3A action set to begin next Wednesday. Thursday night, Post 22 sought to get in a few more games with the annual Pev Evans tournament, taking on Spearfish in the first night of action. Post
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RC Council votes in favor of Civic Center expansion

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It's a major decision on a major project in Rapid City.

The proposed expansion and renovation of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center would likely be the largest undertaking by the City of Rapid City, since the Civic Center was first built in the 1970s.

The Rapid City Council was tasked with either approving or rejecting the design plan approved earlier by the Civic Center Board of Directors.

Ultimately, the entire $180-million project is contingent on the approval of an acceptable financing package.

One woman said she's not opposed to expanding the facility but is concerned about the ultimate cost, because with interest  it would cost much more than $180-million over 30 years.

But several other residents spoke in favor of the plan, including Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Bryan Vulcan.

Vulcan says, "The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center plays an important role in the community, and the expanded capacity for the facility has the potential to produce impressive fiscal impacts, create more entertainment opportunities for the community and surrounding areas, and would complement a vibrant growth which the city has recently seen. We're very much in support of this expansion, and we hope you vote to move it forward."

The preferred design adds a new arena, renovates the existing Don Barnett Arena and creates more parking.

Mayor Sam Kooiker spoke in favor of the plan, as did several council members.

Alderman Chad Lewis said people often say, "Nobody will use that", as some did when Main Street Square was first proposed, but, he said, the naysayers are wrong.

Council members were still in discussion at newstime Monday night, but ultimately voted to approve the preferred design. The council vote was unanimous.

Habitat for Humanity has big plans for North Rapid neighborhood

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The Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity has served nearly 100 families in communities around the Black Hills.

Now the local non-profit organization is getting ready to carry out its biggest project ever on Rapid City's north side.

 

Nestled on Rapid City's north side, sits the old Garfield Elementary School.

What now serves as the home for the Ateyapi Mentoring Program will eventually house several families.

The purpose of the Garfield Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is to build four brand new townhomes and to convert the old Garfield School into residential apartments.

Executive Director Scott Engmann says, "We call it the Garfield Green Initiative and our hope is that we'll be able to impact 50 families in this immediate area from North up to Anamosa and from Haines over to the interstate extension."

Engmann says Habitat for Humanity has been eager to do this project for the past several years, he says the planning stages just began about two years ago.

Scott Engmann says, "We were looking for a 25 year capstone project which would really show our investment and our commitment to the city of Rapid City and going to an area that already has a piece of ground that we could actually work with in the city core was tough to find."

For this project, Habitat for Humanity has changed the blueprints and is trying something they've never done before.

Scott Engmann says, "They'll be tri-plex designs and they'll be a little bit smaller. They'll include two stories, so we'll have two and three bedroom units. So in total we'll build 12 individually dated new homes but they'll be connected in a tri-plex design."

Engmann says the construction of the project isn't the organizations only goal.

Habitat also plans to assist the surrounding neighborhoods with any sort of home improvements.

Scott Engmann says, "There's a real vision to also improve the existing housing here, so we're looking to partner with families that have disabilities that may be low income that need help with exterior painting, landscaping all around the school and surrounding area."

Engmann says the estimated cost of the project is a little more than three and a half million dollars.

He expects construction to begin in June of next year.

Darren Leeds

High temps prompt heat warnings

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Anyone who ventured outside Monday knew it was a scorcher across the Black Hills.

That prompted various local public agencies to issue a number of heat safety warnings.

Brendyn Medina shows us some of the best ways to stay safe when the mercury rises.

Monday marked the second in a pair of the hottest days so far in 2014.

The Black Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross says, on those days, heat exhaustion can set in quick.

BH Red Cross Communications Director Michele Lewis says, "We recognize that there are going to be people that have to work today. Really take the time to take short breaks, get in a lot of water, and try and monitor how you're feeling."

Lewis says sure signs of heat exhaustion include a pale and clammy complexion, along with feeling dizzy and sick to your stomach.

If you find yourself with these symptoms, you need to act quick.

Lewis says, "For heat exhaustion, you can cool someone down by putting ice packs on their ankles and wrists, under their arm pits, on the back of their neck. Try to drop that temperature down. If you've got a temperature gauge, make sure you take it and see how they're doing. If you've got a blood pressure monitor, you can see if their blood pressure is also dropping."

And, if not treated promptly, medical professionals at Regional Urgent Care say heat exhaustion can easily transform into heat stroke.

Physician Assistant Ed Vopat says, "Heat stroke is a true medical emergency. It's where the body temperature is above 104 degrees. If that's the condition, it's 911 time."

Vopat says signs of heat stroke include degrading mental awareness, increased dizziness, and even lack of consciousness.

Of course, heat exhaustion and stroke can be mitigated by staying inside a cool building, taking frequent breaks if you're out in the heat, and constant hydration.

Keep that advice in mind, and you've got a sure way to beat the heat this summer.

 I'm Brendyn Medina.

RCFD: Unattended campfire sparked west-side wildfire

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Despite all the rain we've seen fairly recently, those with the Rapid City Fire Department say fuels are quickly drying up.

Crews were called out on a fire north of Wilderness Park, behind Rapid City's Outdoor Campus West shortly before 4 o'clock Monday.

Lt. Brent Long says an unauthorized, unattended campfire is to blame.

About a half acre burned in all, and Long says it took crews about 2 to 2 and a half hours to get the blaze under control.

Firefighters were also called to a small blaze near East Boulevard and Quincy Street around two Monday afternoon.

Long says despite the moisture we saw earlier in the month, there's been a pretty impressive amount of activity lately when it comes to this year's fire season.

Black Hills Business Report: 7/21/14

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Downtown Rapid City is seeing its first deli in years and a Black Hills staple has risen from the ashes.

Jaleesa Irizarry has more in this week's Black Hills Business report.

Less than a year ago a small town in the Black Hills of South Dakota was awoken and hit with an unfortunate event.

The patrons of Rockerville saw not just their family restaurant, but a place they celebrated many special memories, go up in flames.

But less than two weeks ago residents got their Gaslight Saloon back.

The owners of the Gaslight Saloon opened the doors earlier this month.

Although a little smaller than the original restaurant, employees say it still has the old family feel, with a lot of the favorites still on the menu.

Employees say they have already received a lot of support and visitors from the community.

Cache Hunsaker says, "People stop in not even to eat. They stopped in just to look at it. They come in like it's a museum, you know. They really like it. We've had a lot of compliments in the community, and they've left us notes and treats. The community has really treated us well. They really appreciate us."

Hunsaker says they are excited to be back in business just in time for Rally Week... they will have live music all week during the Rally.

And an eatery hoping to attract busy downtown employees has opened its doors on Sixth Street.

It's called Hippo Steve and after feeling the need for a go-to lunch place in the downtown area the owner Jaymie Wilke took the jump to start up the biz.

The deli specializes in sandwiches made with gourmet meats and cheeses, and the owner says she hopes to keep the business as home-grown as possible.

Jaymie Wilke says, "We're trying to stay true to the area with fresh ingredients and local ingredients and take advantage of farmers market and healthy, not a lot of people have healthy items."

Wilke says so far the community feed-back has been positive.

She says they will be changing their hours to serve the morning crowd as well.

 Jaleesa Irizarry.

Daugaard seeks disaster declaration for June storm damage

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a single June weather system caused nearly $7 million in damage to public property in 12 counties across the Mt. Rushmore State.

Daugaard discussed the damage during a stop in Rapid City on Monday.

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