November 16, 2019

Courthouse Closed – Thanksgiving

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th & 29th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Monday, December 2nd.

Property Taxes Due – Oct 31st

The second half of property taxes are due by end of day, Thursday, October 31st.  Taxes can be paid in person at the Fall River County Courthouse, 906 N River St, Hot Springs from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday.  Lines can get long towards the end of the month so it is best not to wait till the last day.

If paying by mail please include your tax payment stubs in your envelope. If you would like a tax receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Tax payments MUST be postmarked by October 31st, or interest is automatically applied. Please notify our office of any changes to your mailing address.

For question you can contact the Treasurer’s Office at 605-745-5145



Caution: Verizon Telephone Scam has surfaced.

The Fall River County Sheriff’s Office has received notification from a few individuals that there is a new telephone scam happening in our area. The scammers are calling local Verizon customer’s numbers. The scammer identifies himself as “William Johnson”. They have left messages to call 888-373-3660. One customer called back and then contacted Verizon to verify validity, while on the call with Verizon, a charge showed up on their account that the customer did not initiate. Later, when called again the 888-373-3660 number was not in service. Be vigilant with your accounts, regardless of the perceived significance. Scammers will prey on you however they can. Please contact the Fall River County Sheriff @ 605-745-4444 to report any suspicious activity.

Coldbrook Reservoir Drawdown

USACE Omaha lowering Cold Brook Lake level five feet

Published Oct. 18, 2019

OMAHA,Neb. —

Omaha, NEB— A small release will be initiated Monday, Oct. 21, at Cold Brook Lake near Hot Springs, South Dakota, to lower the lake five feet. This drawdown will allow for installation of enlarged culverts and improvement of the low-water crossing on the northwest side of the lake. Larger culvert capacity will reduce backwater impacts to the campground upstream of the lake.

The current pool elevation is 3585.5 feet. The release will last two to three weeks or until the pool elevation nears the target elevation of 3580.0 feet.  The lake will be held near this level for four to six weeks. Releases are not expected to exceed 10 cubic feet per second and shouldn’t impact any downstream landowners.

Releases have been coordinated with Fall River County Emergency Management and the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Release no. 19-120

Jailer/Correctional Officer


Jailer/Correctional Officer: The Fall River County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for correctional officers. Ideal applicants are those with good moral character, in good physical condition and who are interested in serving their community as a member of the Fall River County Sheriff’s Office Team.  Correctional officers, upon hire, undergo on-going training courses along with on-the-job training to prepare them to supervise inmates. [Read more…]