Christopher Vondracek / Rapid City Journal
FAIRBURN, S.D. - The parents of a 26-year-old woman who perished in western South Dakota house fire here in July 2017 has sued the town of approximately 90 residents and a neighbor, alleging the demolition of a wooden outbuilding created a nuisance that contributed to her death. Julie Pawelski, who was living 30 miles away in Rapid City at the time, was staying overnight at the home of her parents, James and Sharlene Pawelski, when on the morning of July 25 a grass fire spread to the family's house.
CUSTER, S.D. - The telephone company sued by Custer County landowners for last December's Legion Lake Fire says the third-largest wildfire in the Black Hills was caused by "an act of God." "The Answering Defendants generally admit that a fire occurred in Custer State Park as generally alleged," reads the response filed by an attorney on behalf of Hanson Communications, Inc. and Fort Randall Telephone Company, doing business as Mt. Rushmore Telephone Co., "but the Answering Defendants deny that they are liable to the Plaintiffs for the same."
RAPID CITY, S.D. - There's a jar in the GrassRoots smoke shop on Rapid City's north side collecting tips for a purpose. "We're going to rent a bus and a driver and go all the way to Pierre," Sharon Neva, the shop's owner, said Thursday.
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Nov. 29, that the state's "alienation of affection" law entitles a Brown County man the opportunity to collect damages from a bar owner who had an affair with his wife. "The concept that a spouse may claim consortium damages for harm caused to the marital relationship by the wrongful actions of another is firmly entrenched in our law and is a right exclusively 'growing out of the marriage relationship,' Justice Steven R. Jensen wrote in the 15-page opinion.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - With the 2018 election in the rear-view mirror, the 2020 election and its potential ballot measures loom on the horizon, including an effort to legalize sports gambling in Deadwood. But it's a safe wager that any legalization of sports betting in South Dakota will have to wait until at least the summer of 2021. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states could legalize sports betting. Five states have rushed to join Nevada to legalize it. But the South Dakota process, which requires a constitutional amendment, will move more slowly.