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WHAT's New In Parks:

WHAT's New In the Finance Department:

Once again, the Finance Department completed another year of audits with no findings, making it four 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!

WHAT’s New In the City Clerks Department:

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The City Clerk Department continues discussions with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), regional directors, and SD finance officers and municipal clerks on a venture in combining finance officers and city clerks into one organization/association.  A committee is forming that consists of other South Dakota City Clerk departments and Finance Officers to continue moving towards this beneficial, professional joint organization.

WHAT's New In Wastewater:

WHAT’s New In Elections:

In 2023, City Council terms for Wards 1, 2, and 3 will be open.  If you are interested in running for City Council, please visit the City Elections webpage ( for updates in March/April 2023 for further information.  More information will be available at that time.

If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 605-923-1404.

WHAT's New In Streets:

WHAT's New In Patrol Division:

The Box Elder Police Department would like to welcome Officer Porter Wimp to the agency! 

Porter was born and raised just a jump skip away from the box in Rapid City. He decided after graduating from Stevens High School to attend Western Dakota Technical College wherein he studied Criminal Justice with emphasis in Law Enforcement. Porter was excited to apply and accept a position with the BEPD after having graduated from WDT.

Porter enjoys baseball, time with his girlfriend and their two fur babies; Zeus and, Paisley.

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

WHAT's New In the Fleet & Vehicle Maintenance Division:

WHAT's New In Water:

What's New in Human Resources

Group photo of City of Box Elder staff

On October 1st, the “Fitness Steps Challenge” kicked off and staff have been encouraged to track their weekly steps as part of our ongoing wellness initiative. Employees have walked, run, hiked, lunged, and danced their way to higher step counts which leads to more movement and more health benefits!

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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