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What's new in Community and Economic Development

This project aims to build a significant, state-of-the-art children's museum that will operate as the Black Hills Children’s Museum (BHCM) of South Dakota. With the nearest children’s museum being almost 382 miles away, it is challenging for young families to find the educational and recreational opportunities, which our museum will provide. This keystone attraction within the City of Box Elder, will add enthusiasm for further economic development and advance the quality of life for area residents. The BHCM aims to introduce children to concepts and skills that enhance their academic success, provoke imagination, and explore unknown worlds. It will feature a host of interactive attractions with themes unique to the Black Hills Region of South Dakota. With exhibits and programs featuring the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), the BHCM will offer high-quality educational experiences designed to stimulate curiosity and learning in children of all ages.
If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the museum, please contact Brent Hendrickson at 605-791-8132 or email at

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WHAT's New In the Finance Department:

The Finance Department has recently completed the fiscal year 2022 financial audit resulting in another clean year with no findings, making it five consecutive years of excellent audit reports. Additionally, the State Auditor has accepted the last four years of annual reports all arriving before the deadline and in precise order. Excellent job, Finance Team!

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WHAT's New In Patrol Division:

The Box Elder Police Department would like to welcome Officer Jesse Brennen to the agency! 

Jesse moved to Rapid City in September of last year from Colorado Springs, where he grew up. He has worked in corrections for the last six years and is excited to continue my law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the City of Box Elder.

Jesse has been enjoying exploring his new home in the Black Hills with his family; golfing, fishing and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities the area has to offer!

Welcome to Box Elder Officer Brennen, we look forward to your service with our community in the years to come!

What's New in Human Resources

2nd Annual Employee 5k event
City employees and their family members took part in the 2nd Annual Employee 5k event in August! The purpose of this annual event is to promote continued health and wellness for all of our staff, one step at a time!

WHAT’s New In Elections:

PRELIMINARY RESULTS of the October 10, 2023 Special Election for a Ward 1 Council Seat are below:

Kirk Beauchamp: 35
Scott Allen: 31 

The City Council will declare the official results at their regularly scheduled October 17, 2023 meeting. 

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