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Sturgis Ambulance celebrates EMS Week with open house

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Ambulance Service celebrated the start of E.M.S. Week by holding an open house Monday. The Sturgis Ambulance Service uses E.M.S. Week as an opportunity to educate the community on prevention and care of injuries and illnesses and assists with education on what to do until first responders arrive to an […]

Mon, 16 May 2022

Sturgis Ambulance cuts ribbon on new SMRT program

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Ambulance Service is offering a new program dedicated to filling in the gaps in out of hospital care. The Sturgis Mobile Response Team, or SMRT for short, is a grant funded program that consists of a medical director, three community healthcare workers and four advanced life support providers. To celebrate […]

Mon, 16 May 2022

No injuries after school bus rear-ended by car in Summerset Monday morning

SUMMERSET, S.D. – The Meade County Sheriff’s Office and Summerset Police responded to a school bus that got rear-ended by a car Monday morning. According to Summerset Police Chief Don Allen, the incident happened just after 7:00 a.m. on Elk Vale Road. He says the bus was taking kids to school and had just entered […]

Mon, 16 May 2022

Wildland Fire, National Guard to hold helicopter recertification May 20

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Wildland Fire Division will conduct its annual wildland fire helicopter recertification with the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit this Friday, May 20. The certification allows for South Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopters to respond to wildland fires. The yearly certification is required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Mon, 16 May 2022

Preliminary Storm Summary for May 12, 2022 Derecho

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A rare and particularly dangerous storm system known as a derecho moved through the Northern Plains during the late afternoon and early evening hours of Thursday, May 12th, including eastern South Dakota and west central Minnesota. Derechos feature unusually widespread wind damage, and this was one of the most extreme examples on […]

Mon, 16 May 2022

Music News

Doja Cat Wins Big At The 2022 Billboard Music Awards

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The 2022 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last night (May 15th), celebrating artists of all genres under one roof.

Diddy, the rapper-billionaire with many nicknames including Love, hosted the event and came prepared with outfit changes and a dance number to open the show. Joined by rapper-singer Bryson Tiller for their new track "Gotta Move On," Diddy did some choreographed steps and was later accompanied by Jack Harlow, who performed his hit "First Class." Christian Combs, a.k.a. King Combs—Diddy's son—Teyana Taylor and her daughter Junie helped Diddy perform the classic "Mo' Money Mo' Problems" before Puffy turned to his hosting duties.

The night was full of notable moments, including Doja Cat taking home awards in the R&B categories, Diddy and the City Girls going off the teleprompter, Morgan Wallen and Travis Scott making award show appearances after having controversial moments of their own, Mary J. Blige being honored by Janet Jackson and much more.

Although these particular awards weren't televised, Olivia Rodrigo won Top New Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Hot 100 Artist and Drake won Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist as well as Top Rap Album.


JT of the City Girls experienced a bit of a wardrobe malfunction when waking towards the front of the stage beside Yung Miami to hand out an award. She also went off script a bit, but kept a smile through it all.

Megan Thee Stallion took home the award for Top Rap Female Artist, but was visibly surprised by her win. So much that she held a shocked face before going on stage to accept her nod. This is the second year Meg has won this award.

At one point, Diddy requested the telepromter be turned off and renamed the venue Club Love for the night.

Morgan Wallen, who was at the center of controversy following a video surfacing where he used the N-word, performed two tracks—"Don't Think Jesus" and "Wasted on You"—and also won the award for Top Male Country Artist.

Travis Scott made his first award show appearance since the mass casualty event that occurred at his Astroworld Festival back in November. Travis' comeback, welcomed by Diddy and French Montana, included a "highly stylized performance" of two new songs, "Mafia" and "Lost Forever."

Janet Jackson honored Mary J. Blige with the Billboard Icon Award.

Maxwell performed a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Activist Tamika Mallory was honored by Diddy and given the Revolt award for Black Excellence.


Top Artist: Drake
Top New Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Male Artist: Drake
Top Female Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Duo/Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Song Sales Artist: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global 200 Artist (NEW): Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist (NEW): Ed Sheeran
Top Tour: The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour)
Top R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Doja Cat
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM)
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Rap Male Artist: Drake
Top Rap Female Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Rap Tour: Omarion and Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Country Duo/Group: Dan + Shay
Top Country Tour: Eric Church (Gather Again Tour)
Top Rock Artist: Glass Animals
Top Rock Tour: The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour)
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Male Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Female Artist: Kali Uchis
Top Latin Duo/Group: Eslabon Armado
Top Latin Tour: Los Bukis (Una Historia Cantada Tour)
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist: Ye (Kanye West)
Top Gospel Artist: Ye (Kanye West)

Top Billboard 200 Album: Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
Top Soundtrack: Encanto
Top R&B Album: Doja Cat Planet Her
Top Rap Album: Drake Certified Lover Boy
Top Country Album: Taylor Swift Red (Taylor's Version)
Top Rock Album: twenty one pilots Scaled And Icy
Top Latin Album: Karol G KG0516
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Illenium Fallen Embers
Top Christian Album: Ye (Kanye West) Donda
Top Gospel Album: Ye (Kanye West) Donda

Top Hot 100 Song: The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber "STAY"
Top Streaming Song: The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber "STAY"
Top Selling Song: BTS "Butter"
Top Radio Song: Dua Lipa "Levitating"
Top Collaboration: The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber "STAY"
Top Billboard Global 200 Song (NEW): The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber "STAY"
Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song (NEW): The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber "STAY"
Top Viral Song (NEW): Doja Cat ft. SZA "Kiss Me More"
Top R&B Song: Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) "Leave The Door Open"
Top Rap Song: Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow "Industry Baby"
Top Country Song: Walker Hayes "Fancy Like"
Top Rock Song: Måneskin "Beggin'"
Top Latin Song: Kali Uchis "telepatía"
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Elton John and Dua Lipa "Cold Heart - PNAU Remix"
Top Christian Song: Ye (Kanye West) "Hurricane"
Top Gospel Song: Ye (Kanye West) "Hurricane"


Donned in red 1970s-themed suits, Silk Sonic—Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak—performed "Love's Train" with backup singers and a full band.

Reggaeton singer Rauw Alexandro performed a medley of his songs "Cúrame," "Museo" and "Todo De Ti."

Florence + the Machine performed "My Love."

Elle King and Mirando Lambert performed their collab "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)."

Latto brought the energy with her charting hit "Big Energy."

Morgan Wallen did an acoustic performance of "Don't Think Jesus" and "Wasted on You."

Dressed in all black, Megan Thee Stallion performed a medley of her hit "Plan B" alongside her backup dancers and "Sweetest Pie."

Dan + Shay performed "You."

Machine Gun Kelly performed "Twin Flame."

Ed Sheeran performed "2step" live from Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Becky G performed "Baile Con Mi Ex."

Maxwell gave a tribute to Michael Jackson, performing "The Lady in My Life."

Burna Boy performed his new single "Last Last," featuring a sample of Toni Braxon's "He Wasn't Man Enough." He closed out the show with a marching band and did his track "Kilometre."


May 16, 2022

The Who Returns To Cincinnati For The First Time Since 1979 Concert Tragedy

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The Who returned to Cincinnati for the first time since the band's December 3rd, 1979 concert tragedy. On that day -- at the city's Riverfront Coliseum -- 11 fans died and another 23 concert-goers were injured during a stampede while entering the band's concert.

The tragedy -- which all but eradicated festival concert seating for nearly two decades -- happened when thousands of fans who were lined up outside the venue to make a mad dash for the stage upon the arena opening, rushing through only a few doors opened by the venue, flooding the lobby area, leaving nearly a dozen fans dead in their wake. During the concert's penultimate number last night, a video montage featuring photos of the 11 victims played under "Love Reign O'er Me."

The Who chose local band Safe Passage to serve as their openers last night. Both drummer Mike Smikin and frontman Walt Medlock were in the crowd during the 1979 Riverfront Coliseum melee and attended nearby Finneytown High School, where three of the 11 victims had attended.

Ahead of the concert, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey tweeted a message to fans, which read: "May we ask you to pause for a moment today and give some thought for the following young people who lost their lives in Cincinnati on December 3, 1979."

All proceeds from last night's Cincinnati show went to The P.E.M. Memorial Scholarship Fund For Finneytown High School Seniors. The fund is named in honor of three Finneytown students who died at the concert -- Steve Preston who had graduated in June 1979 along with Jackie Eckerle and Karen Morrison -- who both would've graduated in 1982.

Pete Townshend spoke frankly about the Cincinnati tragedy in his new two-hour Audible Original mini-biography, titled Somebody Saved Me. He felt the Who should've put their tour on hold and stayed in the city out of respect for the dead: "What we have to remember is that at Cincinnati, nobody died inside the venue -- they died trying to get in during a soundcheck. Y'know, this was not our fault but we were made to feel like it was. And it was just devastating. The very next day, we had a gig in Buffalo and we got on the plane and we went to Buffalo. And, when we get to Buffalo, Roger runs out onto the stage and he says, 'Let's do a great rock n' roll gig for the kids that died at Cincinnati!' And I just remember thinking, 'I know what you mean, Rog, and I know where your heart is -- but this is just a crock of beep. Y'know, we should be in Cincinnati.'"

In 2015, a tribute to the victims was finally unveiled at Riverfront Coliseum -- now renamed U.S. Bank Arena -- and housed on the plaza level between the arena and the Great American Ball Park.

In the summer of 2018, Roger Daltrey visited Finneytown High School to pay tribute to the students of the school that were killed at Riverfront Coliseum: "I don't know whether any of you understand, but the policemen and fire (units) wanted to get the crowd out. They wanted to us not to play. And it was our manager, who said, 'If you do that, there will be a problem.' He really has never been thanked for what he did that night, 'cause he had huge rounds with him, which would've made their rescue job so much harder."

May 16, 2022