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Olson Leaves Second Vacancy in Rapid City Legislative Delegation

Governor Kristi Noem gets to fill a second vacancy in the Rapid City Legislative contingent. Third-term Representative Jess Olson (R-34/Rapid City) resigned from her House seat this week for health reasons.

Noem still has to name a replacement for Jessica Castleberry, a Republican Noem appointee who left her District 35 Senate seat in a Noem-triggered scandal in August. Noem has delayed that appointment and will surely delay the appointment of a replacement for Olson until the South Dakota Supreme Court gets back to her on her sprawling request for opinions on Legislative conflicts of interest that Senate boss Lee Schoenbeck (R-5/Lake Kampeska) has said will drain the swamp and leave almost no one to serve in Pierre. State Auditor Rich Sattgast told Schoenbeck and the Executive Board yesterday that he’s heard lawmakers are ratting each other out and may whack at 20 of their colleagues with conflict-of-interest allegations, less out of a keen interest in government integrity and more out of factional squabbles.

Noem has gotten to appoint eight legislators so far:

  1. Helene Duhamel, Senate, 2019—serving third term
  2. Dayle Hammock, House, 2019—served one term
  3. Rhonda Milstead, Senate, 2019—served two terms
  4. James Wangsness, House, 2019—serving third term
  5. Jessica Castleberry, Senate, 2020—resigned in third term
  6. Casey Crabtree, Senate, 2020—serving third term
  7. Marty Overweg, House, 2020—serving third term
  8. Lynn Schneider, House, 2020—serving third term


  1. larry kurtz 2023-11-15 07:08

    The entire state will be under a red flag warning tomorrow because Mrs. Noem is clueless about how the warming climate is changing the region.

  2. Nix 2023-11-15 08:12

    Every time I read Rhonda Milstead, I get a little puke rumble in my gut.
    It takes me a bit to keep from blowing chunks.

    Her Husband actually does make me puke.

  3. All Mammal 2023-11-15 12:05

    I wonder if the lack of representation here in good ol Rapid City might have anything to do with the murder bloody murders happening like a constant euthanasia around here. Guns and misogyny and a few other factors would maybe turn up as playing a significant role if a study were ever done to understand the violence we are sweeping under the rug.

    Nov 1- RAPID CITY S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says a man who was stabbed in an incident early Wednesday morning was attempting to force his way into an occupied residence…

    Nov 1- RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police in Rapid City say five male students at the Rapid CIty Alternative school were detained following an incident in a bathroom Wednesday.

    During the morning school hours of November 1, a Rapid City Police Department School Resource Officer assigned to the Rapid City Alternative Academy responded to a bathroom within the school after seeing several students enter it. The officer was aware of recent suspicious drug-related activity inside the restroom.

    After the initial contact with the group, five male students were detained while the officer investigated the suspected drug-use. At one point, one of the males attempted to get up and flee from the school. Despite the student’s physical attempts to flee, the officer was able to ensure the student stayed safely detained during the ongoing investigation.

    ltimately, police received consent to search the student from the student’s legal guardian. During the search, police recovered a loaded handgun concealed in the student’s waistband…

    Nov 6- RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police are looking into a shooting incident that put an elementary school on secure status…

    Nov 8- RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man pleaded not guilty in a September crash that killed a woman and injured a Rapid City Police officer…

    Nov 9- RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City police have arrested a man in connection with the beating death of a woman…

    Nov 10- RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities have issued a felony warrant for Craig Secody Mitchell for the following offenses: Vehicular Battery, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone), DUI (alcohol and drugs), Reckless Driving, and Driving under Suspension…

    Nov 11- RAPID CITY, S.D. – Photos of Rapid City Area School students holding a firearm that were seen on social media has caused some concern among community members…

    Nov 13- RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says a woman is dead and a man is in critical condition following a homicide in Rapid Valley…

    Nov 13- RAPID CITY, S.D. – The man who was arrested last week in connection with the shooting of a man on November 4th made his first court appearance Monday…

    Nov 14- RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced a resolution in the legal proceedings involving Jordan Hare and the incident leading to the death of 14-year-old Nevaeh Brave Heart…

  4. larry kurtz 2023-11-15 12:19

    Rapid City was founded on racial hatred but Watching the SDGOP ripping itself apart is illustrative of the chaos the extreme white wing is hoping to achieve to ensure their prayers for the End Times prove them right.

  5. sx123 2023-11-16 05:34

    Rapid is nice enough, but you have to drive down Haines or Lacrosse to get to it…

    It should be the prettiest town in SD.

  6. larry kurtz 2023-11-16 07:39

    Because of failures of Republicans to control invasive species like cheatgrass and Eastern red cedar the grassland fire danger index will be in the extreme category today for eastern Pennington County.

  7. grudznick 2023-11-16 20:11

    Those delinquents at the Alternative School will all get long marched for those kinds of shenanigans. Just like in boot camp, all have to pay for the screwups of the one or the few.

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