A look back at the headlines of the past year

Photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald-Star

As reported in the April 7, 2022, edition of the Fall River County Herald-State, despite Jennings Avenue itself being torn up as part of the reconstruction project, the sidewalk was wide open and made secure by a safety barrier to allow pedestrians to easily visit all 11 businesses along the street.

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HOT SPRINGS – With the passing of another year, the Fall River County Herald-Star this week offers a glimpse back at the headlines of 2022.

While not completely gone, the amount of Covid-related headlines nearly disappeared this past year, which was far different than in 2021. Some of the topics however which did routinely make its way into the local news included the law enforcement situation in Hot Springs, broken water lines in downtown Hot Springs as well as the highway reconstruction project which kicked off in February 2022 and will remain in the news for likely the next couple of years.

Other common headline topics pertained to the Fall River clean up project, medical marijuana, uranium mining as a nuisance, the potential closure of the Hot Springs and Fort Meade VAMC’s, the relationship between the Hot Springs VFD and the Hot Springs Rural Fire Protection District, as well as the fate of a Hot Springs businessman who was on trial for child pornography charges.

And now, here is the list of the top headlines of 2022.

JANUARY

• A ‘purr-fect’ start to a new year for Micah the kitty

• New Year’s Eve fireworks in Edgemont bring out hundreds

• Fire destroys camper parked in residential driveway

• Addressing the vaping issue at the Hot Springs School District

• Falkenburg, Russell approved to again lead 2022 county commission

• New president, Shelley Hagans-Brown, steps into role with Keep Hot Springs Beautiful

• City of Hot Springs hires new officer, changes Police Chief to hourly position

• Hot Springs School goes to remote learning for 3 days due to staff illnesses

• Spitzer trial postponed for fifth time to July 26, 2022

• Rancher-owned meat packing plant progressing, but scaled down

• History comes alive at Fall River County History Conference

• Smart TVs installed in Hot Springs School District buildings

• Broken water pipe threatens Edgemont museum building

• Beer/wine license denied by City of Hot Springs for new Dollar General

• Hot Springs council votes to increase pay of police officers

• Verdict in on Edgemont dog shooting incident

• Permit fails to address issues relating to demolition of Edgemont residence

FEBRUARY

• Half of Hot Springs without water after main break

• Fond memories of old Beaver Creek Bridge recalled by residents of Burdock area

• Pilot dies in plane crash near Oral

• Ag bill supported by county commission

• County adds largest number of new addresses in years

• Edgemont resident defends demolition

• Bridget Romey making the most of her Jr South Dakota Rodeo Queen title

• Black Hills Clean Water Alliance claims uranium project is expanding

• Residents of Angostura housing development want their own fire department

• BNSF’s attendance policy creating concern amongst railroad workers

• Hot Springs City Council accepts Turner resignation

• Can Man Trade Scholarship Fund continues growth with ongoing Jack of Hearts event

• Secondary Principal Lurz’s resignation among items approved by Hot Springs School Board

• Three Bison gymnasts make All-Tourney Team at State Class ‘A’ Championships

• Road Work Time is Here! Hot Springs Urban Reconstruction project to commence Feb. 28

• Good turnout at District 30 Legislative Crackerbarrel

• Former FRC Deputy, Frank Kistler, sentenced to 25 years

• Decision on Medical Cannabis Dispensary license is tabled by Edgemont City Council

MARCH

• New Ward 4 representative, Melanie Wilson, appointed by Hot Springs City Council

• Hot Springs Rural Fire District elects new, old board members

• Property valuations on the rise

• Forensic science is exciting new course offering at HSHS

• Drug arrest west of Edgemont sends Canton man to penitentiary

• Hot Springs’ Rickenbach wins second consecutive third place state wrestling medal; Ramacher earns school’s first girls state wrestling medal

• ‘Here we go again’ VA Black Hills employees informed of proposal to close Hot Springs and Fort Meade Medical Centers

• Save the VA responds to AIR Commission

• Animal Control concerns highlight issues addressed at Edgmont Council meeting

• Ketterman named new manager of Whitney Preserve

• Edgemont’s Joe Stone aspired to ‘be the best person’ he could be

• City of Hot Springs gives all employees a $1 per hour raise

• As promised, VA releases AIR Commission Report

• McMillan hired as first ever Hot Springs School Resource Officer

• Hot Springs Amateur Radio Club recognized by National Association for Amateur Radio

• Stillwater Hospice maintaining services but closes Hot Springs office

• Wilson, Greenough receive penitentiary sentences

• Barn Quilt Project makes creative stop in area

• SD GF&P Damage Management helps maintain delicate balance between humans and wildlife

• Low percentage of state’s court debt is being collected

• Kay Birkholt named Hot Springs Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

• S.D. Industrial Hemp Association holds informational meeting

• Plans shared for Hot Springs Schools’ new CTE building

• More than 250 attend Joe Stone Memorial Service

• Hot Springs VFD seeks termination of contract with Hot Springs Rural Fire Protection District

• Native Youth Council gives students a voice

• Some work to begin in April on suspended sidewalk

• Get to know the 2022 Edgemont City Council candidates

APRIL

• Jennings Avenue closed, but open for business

• Rural Fire Protection District responds to HSVFD editorial

• Current, prospective Edgemont Council members field questions, meet voters at forum

• Opponents of Fall River project voice concerns at council meeting

• Total of $18,000 raised for new Hot Springs Elementary School playground equipment

• Wind Cave’s length now more than 160 miles

• Edgemont’s McBride retiring after 31 years with First Interstate Bank

• Edgemont School District forming ‘Community Committee’ to help with decisions on its buildings

• Window dressing project begins

• Miss SD Cake Auction celebrates pageant’s 75th anniversary

• FALL RIVER FOUNDATIONS: Heppner – a town that now exists only in memories

• Unknown cave formation and 11,100-year-old fossil among discoveries in Wind Cave

• Shaw defeats Shook by one vote in Ward 2 Edgemont City Council race

• Hot Springs recognizes its 2021-22 Teachers of the Year (Katie Brunson overall, Michelle Merrill elementary, Jeanie Dumire classified staff)

• Edgemont’s eight 12th graders present their senior projects

• Easter Egg Hunt held on snow-covered State Home lawn

• Hot Springs Rural Fire District votes to not grant early termination of contract with Hot Springs VFD

• County commission discusses razing Edgemont’s Oxnard Hotel

• Hot Springs Community Garden taking up roots

• NASA-funded research continues in Wind Cave National Park

• Klinkhammer hired as new HSHS Principal

• Johnson named new superintendent at State Veterans Home

• Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum needs highlight Edgemont City Council meeting

• Hot Springs City Council shows interest in potential for local hemp industry

• Pine Hills Retirement Community wins top honors in company

MAY

• Country Club Estates is a proactive Firewise wildfire risk reduction community

• Miss S.D. Cake Auction supports pageant

• Get to know the candidates in the upcoming Primary on June 7

• Spring Fling Home & Garden Show blossomed with ideas, information

• Mason Child Identification event reaches nearly half of all Edgemont student body

• Oelrichs unveils new school building

• Uranium mining continues as hot topic for county commission

• Fossil Hunter Television Series films at World Fossil Finder Museum

• New members Brent White, Carl Shaw sworn in to Edgemont City Council

• High prices force Hot Springs School Board to reject construction bids for new CTE building

• State Veterans Home highlights its five-star rating and care

• Logan Van Eaton remembered by Class of 202 classmates with Memorial Bench

• After two years virtual, Jehovah’s Witnesses returned to in-person meetings

• County Commission pursuing purchase of two home for future justice center site

• Updating the commercial real estate happenings in the Hot Springs area

• Robert Stevens of Edgemont dies in three-vehicle accident, remembered for his love of others, laughter

• New administrators, Acacia Trevillyan and Michael Deming, hired by Hot Springs School District

• DOT Engineer meets with Edgemont City officials to discuss scheduled improvements

JUNE

• United Ranchers Co-op breaks ground at future site of beef processing plant

• ‘To Be or Not To Be’ is no longer a question for the Hot Springs Shakespeare Club

• Edgemont residence demolished after lengthy process 

• Edgemont Community Gathering connects residents with local emergency personnel

• Peterson siblings lead Moguls with two medals apiece at 2022 State Class ‘B’ Track & Field Championships

• Three Bison earn individual state Class ‘A’ medals

• Hot Springs woman, Judith Bredlau, 81, dies in house fire

• Food Distribution is a growing need in Fall River County area

• Three local girls place in Miss SD Outstanding Teen

• Hot Springs Ambulance Bike Rodeo highlights bike safety

• Fundraising efforts underway for new Livestock Show Barn at Fall River County Fairgrounds

• Air Force Veteran, Bill Elliot, provides outreach through poetry

• Hot Springs’ Megan Sanders elected S.D. State FFA Vice President

• Hot Springs’ first-ever Goddess Classic a very successful event

• Rep. Ladner tells commission tax reform is most pressing issue

• From Dig to Display: the journey of fossils at Hot Springs’ famous museums

• County sees just under 37% voter turnout

• Hasselstom, Sanders bring new life to Badger Clark’s ‘When Hot Springs Was a Pup’

• Edgemont Theatre Company kicks off its 21st year of performances

• Hot Springs Claybusters finish second at 2022 State Trapshoot

• Grace Martin Highley of Fall River County inducted into South Dakota Hall of Fame

• Hot Springs School Board approves pay increase for staff

• Renaissance Festival brings medieval fun to Hot Springs 

• Large hail causes extensive property damage in Hot Springs area

• Judy Thies named Miss SD’s Volunteer of the Year

• FIFRA Foundation awards nearly $50,000 to 15 groups

• Trevillyan, White emerge atop Father’s Day Golf Invitational after a three-team playoff

• ‘Our facilities right now, as of today, should be safe’: U.S. Senator Rounds visits Fall River County to make announcement about Hot Springs and Fort Meade Vas

• Hot Springs trailer home lost in morning fire on June 23

• City approves Fall River Flood Channel Maintenance Plan

• Hot Springs residents reminded of new fireworks ordinance

• Penitentiary sentences, recovered debt see increases in county

• 45th Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival held an abundance of imagination

• Can Man Jack of Hearts pays off for local resident 

JULY

• Donated fresh, locally-grown produce to benefit Hot Springs students

• Rotary continues to have positive impact on Hot Springs

• Former church, now the Edgemont Senior Center, has interesting history

• Recount has no impact on outcome of District 30 State Senate Race

• E-Free Church welcomes new Past Dirk Jasperse

• Cheyenne River Regulators bring home a champion from Nationals in Deadwood

• Hot Springs Bison Athletics Hall of Fame announces 2022 inductee class (Joe Beehler, Cameron Weiss, Joyce Farrell, 1963 Football Team)

• Police officer shortage persists with resignation of recent Law Enforcement Training graduate

• Hoka Hey 10,000 mile trek ends in Hot Springs

• Installation of micropiles for new Suspended Sidewalk gets completed

• Fall River County Herald-Star, Pioneer Museum collaborate to reprint ‘Early Hot Springs’ book

• Site change for Edgemont Community Garden

• Couple hopes to add a ‘Taste of Thailand’ to Edgemont

• Norm Pudwill, 93, recalls his 40 years of military service

• Fire danger ratings cause concern over July 4th holiday

• Relationship between City and Edgemont VFD spark exchange at city council

• Hot Springs Mayor describes ‘unintended consequences’ of July 5 city council discussion, subsequent newspaper article

• Police Chief to resign effective Aug. 12, chooses not to come back in part-time capacity

• Residents find relief during latest triple-digit heat wave

• For 25 years, Gay Darrow has been the face of ‘Welcome to Edgemont’

• ‘Memories of Nam’ from local Vietnam Veteran Mike Mather

• Commission votes to keep PILT distribution same for 2022

• University Avenue Mural is imaginative artistry in motion

• New Centennial Park fountain came from Wesch-Oak building

• Historic Hot Springs home gets turret installed after 130 years

• Prosecution continues jury trial for Brian Spitzer until December 

• Public participant at Edgemont City Council arrested after July 19 meeting

• GF&P’s Nachtigall named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

AUGUST

• Another water main break occurs in downtown Hot Springs

• Local law enforcement agencies receive Active Threat Response Training

• Historical columns returns with new author, expanded 30/60/90 focus

• Garden Stone dedicated in memory of Jean Donnell

• Casting Vets and Boys & Girls Club partner o bring fishing fun to local youth

• Hot Springs’ Kiera Allen among nominees for 2022 South Dakota Gymnast of the Year

• Three agenda items decided by close 4-3 vote at Hot Springs City Council meeting

• Edgemont host another successful Fall River County Fair

• County-wide law enforcement discussed by commission

• Shaped Balloons a first for Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival

• Inaugural 4-H Fleece Show and Sale brings in fiber lovers to County Fair

• Crashing is the name of the game at the fair’s demolition derby

• Commission approves citizens’ request to put uranium mining nuisance ordinance on ballot, by 4-1 vote

• Hot Springs School Board approves letting bids on redesigned CTE building

• Rapid City man drowns at Angostura

• Smithwick church wraps parishioners and families with love

• Hot Springs woman, Shirley Leigh, dies as passenger in one-vehicle accident near Aberdeen

• Edgemont School District unable to field football team for second consecutive season

• Escapee captured after lengthy vehicle pursuit

• Fall River Stewards successfully complete first two phases of their invasive grass management project

• Sentinels of the Black Hills: Local artist hopes project will be ‘Magic Vase’ which inspires continued beautification of the Hot Springs area

• Decision rendered in Vivos bunker tax valuation

• Local band Wild Blue bringing rock and blues to Hot Springs

• Angostura Volunteer Fire Department boundaries, funding still being addressed

• Edgemont’s Henrietta Ritzman celebrates 100th birthday

SEPTEMBER

• Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival: a weekend of soaring fun

• Freedom Flight balloon helps Vietnam Veteran commemorate wounded in action anniversary

• Moisture threatens to deteriorate Fall River County Courthouse walls

• HOME TEAM ROOTS: Former Lady Bison, Genevieve Dement-Osborn, is first West River female high school football official

• New 2022 timelines announced for Hot Springs Urban Reconstruction

• Business owners express disappointment with some aspects of now-completed Jennings Ave.

• Campers, vehicles and many other items stolen

• Same name, but new owners at Edgemont’s Cowboy Inn

• Despite hear, 2022 Logan Van Eaton Memorial Rodeo fun for everyone

• More than 200 compete in 25th Southern Hills Triathlon

• Norton is new Police Chief, two other certified officers hired

• Concerns over School Dress Code prompt public meeting

• Cornerstone Bible Institute celebrates 30 years of operation

• Tentative agreement averts railroad strike, yet worker anxiety and skepticism remain

• Edgemont was abuzz as 24th annual Mickelson Trail Trek brings hundreds of riders into town

• New records set at 9th annual 9/11 Grand Stair Challenge

• Prairie dog controls discussion causes commission controversy

• JAKES Day inspires love of outdoors

• State Vets Home adds Honor Monument to Flag Pole Plaza

• City adds Citizen’s Portal link to website

• Edgemont woman, Heather Mower, sentenced to penitentiary for five years

OCTOBER

• Brookside Apartments celebrates its 50 year anniversary

• South Dakota’ Gubernatorial candidates visit Hot Springs

• enCore Energy officials offer details on ISR uranium mining

• New off-leash dog park now open

• Tension, tempers flare at Hot Springs Rural Fire District Board meeting

• Edgemont senior group visits tri-state marker

• HSHS teacher, Deborah Rankin, awarded Creative Solutions in Education Grant

• Commissioners delay decision on electronic voting machines

• Walk Against Domestic Violence held

• Paintings by Tuma showcased at downtown Riverfront Gallery

• Oelrichs man, Ronald Hedstrom, sentenced to state penitentiary

• Fall River Community Action Team searching for new home

• Native Americans’ Day celebrated at Wind Cave National Park

• Personal testimonies highlight Fields of Faith 

• Maggie Preuss named to All State Soccer Team

• What does a ‘Yes’ vote mean regarding uranium mining?

• County will continue using electronic tabulators to count votes on Nov. 8

• Crews repair yet another downtown water break

• U.S. Senator John Thune meets with Fall River constituents

• Scouting has a New Troop and a New Leader

• The Edgemont Canal’s path still visible on the landscape long after its brief existence

NOVEMBER 

• Some new light poles up, bumpouts landscaped along Jennings Ave.

• Vietnam Era Veteran Nurse Pat Dannheim, blazing trails and loving life

• Bison roll Roncalli 28-0 in Class 11B football playoffs

• Questions answered about uranium project at public meeting hosted by enCore Energy

• Local 13-year-old girl is first-ever shooter to hit 1,000 yard shot at WFF fundraiser 

• Honoring the veterans of the Hot Springs School District

• Don Gannon Memorial Golf Tourney helps to build new concrete cart paths

• Fifty-six percent of voters say uranium mining is nuisance

• Local woman, Morgan Erickson, to be crowned Miss Rodeo South Dakota

• Veterans Honored Internment Program provides final tribute

• New combined Community Faith church formed in Edgemont

• HOME TEAM ROOTS: Kate Ginsbach wins Maah Daah Hey 150 mile mountain bike race in record time

• Construction of school’s new CTE building to begin in spring

• Wrong ballots in general election raiser questions, concerns

• Hot Springs designated as a Purple Heart City

• Asphalt will maintain traffic and parallel parking on S. Chicago

• Edgemont School District earns REM grant

• Four Bison football players named to 11B All-State team

• Two new school records set by 2022 Hot Springs Lady Bison volleyball team

DECEMBER 

• City learns of urgency to apply for BIG Grant to replace Minnekahta Bridge

• Hot Springs Ambulance receives high award

• ‘Christmas in the Woods’ is theme for 45th annual Christmas in the Hills

• Auditor provides report addressing multiple General Election ballot errors

• Stalemate on contract between HSRFD, HSVFD

• School counselor discusses suicide prevention, staff trainings

• Carl Hall – 30 years of service in the United State Navy

• Peyton Ostenson selected for South Dakota All-Star Volleyball Game

• Local businessman facing child pornography charges, Brian Spitzer, changes plea to guilty on second day of jury trial

• Hot Springs’ first medical marijuana dispensary to open later this month

• Food Pantry is proactive to growing needs in community

• Lisa Lockhart, Leve are spectacular at National Finals Rodeo

• Olympians make stop in Hot Springs to thank Veterans

• 70 years of wedded bliss for the Lyshers

• Pair of Fall River 4-H members earn state titles in 2022

• County commission bans China-based TikTok

• Hot Springs Hemp – a Growing Industry

• Hot Springs resident Lynette Reid and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Andrew Bellatti linked by 2010 tragic car accident

• Hot Springs FFA members excel at state competition in Pierre

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