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Comic book legend Stan Lee dies at 95

Comic Book writer and pop culture legend Stan Lee passed away Monday at the age of 95.  Lee rose to prominence working on superhero comic books during the 1960s and 70s, creating some of the most iconic characters with his collaborators including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.  Some of those characters include The Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, the Incredible Hulk, The X-men, and possibly his most successful character Spiderman.  Later in life, Lee’s cameos in the Marvel films which really took off in the mid to late 90s became a staple of the genre. 

14-year-old girl injured when trying to exit moving vehicle

A 14-year-old Girl was injured Monday afternoon when she tried to exit a slow moving vehicle.  According to the Aberdeen Police Department, the incident occurred around 1:34 p.m. The extent of the injuries were not included in the report, but according to police the victim was 14-year-old Amirah LaPlant.  She along with 15-year-old Olivia Bertsch was the driver in the vechile.  Both are from Aberdeen.  Citations are pending according to the report. 

Ortonville, MN man arrested in high speed chase near Big Stone City

41 year old Ryan Beery of Ortonville, Minnesota was arrested Friday night following a high speed vehicle chase that began at Big Stone City in northeast South Dakota and ended west of Watertown. The chase began with local law enforcement at Big Stone City but expanded to include the South Dakota Highway Patrol. South Dakota troopers caught up with Beery north of Watertown on Interstate 29 near mile marker 189. They attempted to stop Beery’s car, however he managed to flee the scene at a high rate of speed. His vehicle was eventually stopped on U-S Highway 212 approximately three miles west of Watertown. The driver exited the vehicle and was arrested without further incident. The chase was reported about 9:47 p.m. Friday evening. Beery was the only occupant of the vehicle. He wasn't hurt and charges are pending against him.

29 people killed in northern California fires

Officials in Northern California say 29 people have been killed in the wild fires around Paradise California.  That matches the current record of the books as the most deadly wildfire in state history.  The death toll state wide is 31 people and investigators need to use DNA in order to identify the bodies.  More than 220 people remain unaccounted for in Northern California as the fire continues to spread. 

Sioux Falls sets records in methamphetamine confiscated

The Sioux Falls area drug task force has announced a record setting year in seizing drugs from users.  According to the task force, officers this year have seized more than 52 pounds of methamphetamine, 27 times more than last year, as well as eight pounds of heroin.  The task force has also responded to 50 calls of an individual overdosing, 16 of those calls ended in death.   During these raids, more than $161,000 has been taken by police which will go towards the future of the drug task force. 

Rep. Haugaard named speaker of the House

South Dakota Republicans, who will again be in the majority when lawmakers return to Pierre in January, have nominated Representative Steve Haugaard to serve as the next speaker of the house and re-elected Representative Lee Qualm to another term as majority leader.  Haugaard will replace the retiring Mark Mickelson who served as speaker last term.  In the South Dakota state senate District 23’s Spencer Gosch, who represents Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, McPherson, Potter, Spink and other counties as the speaker pro tempore. 

Federal judge blocks construction of Keystone XL pipeline in Montana

A federal judge in Montana has once again blocked construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in an effort to allow more  time to study the project’s potential environmental impact.  The project is being built by the Calgary based energy company Trans-Canada and is expected to cost an estimated $8 billion.  The pipeline would run through northern Montana, mostly west river South Dakota and down to Texas, transporting tarsands oil. 

Police in Yankton believed foul play involved in woman's death

Police in Yankton are investigating the death of a Yankton women whose body was found in Nebraska.  According to authorities foul play is believed to be involved.  The body of 59-year-old Phyllis Hunhoff was found in rural Knox County.  It was found in a car on the Santee Sioux Reservation.  She had been reported missing Monday.  According to eye witnesses she was last seen leaving her mother’s home in Utica and did not show up for work the next morning.  No further details were released at this time.  

Gov. Daugaard calls for flags at half staff in honor of the victims of southern California mass shooting

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has called for flags to be at half-staff until sunset Saturday in honor of the victims of the shooting in Thousand Oaks California Wednesday.  12 people were killed when a man open fired at a country music bar in southern California.  According to government records the Thousand Oaks shooting is the 304th mass shooting in America in 2014 and largest in 12 days, as the Pittsburgh tragedy was just over a week ago. 

Jeff Sessions out as Attorney General

President Donald Trump Wednesday, just one day after the midterm elections, asked for the resignation of attorney general Jeff Sessions.  Sessions did as he was told and resigned as the chief law enforcement officer in the United States.  Session’s chief of staff Matt Whitaker has been named the acting attorney general until Trump can nominate a permanent replacement.  Sessions has fairly or unfairly received tons of public criticism from President Trump after he recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation looking into any links between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

Gunman kills 13 in southern

A gunman opened fire on a Southern California bar Wednesday night leaving 13 people dead.  According to reports included in the 13 killed was the shooter himself, but police at this point are not sure how he died.  At least 12 other people were injured in the shooting as well.  The bar was busy as it celebrated “college night” and welcomed anyone 18 years or older.  Among the dead includes a Ventura county California sheriff deputy.  That was 29-year deputy Sgt. Ron Helus. 

Gunman kills 13 in southern California mass shooting

A gunman opened fire on a Southern California bar Wednesday night leaving 13 people dead.  According to reports included in the 13 killed was the shooter himself, but police at this point are not sure how he died.  At least 12 other people were injured in the shooting as well.  The bar was busy as it celebrated “college night” and welcomed anyone 18 years or older.  Among the dead includes a Ventura county California sheriff deputy.  That was 29-year deputy Sgt. Ron Helus. 

IM 24 likely to face court challenges

South Dakota voters on Tuesday passed Initiated Measure 24 which bans out of state money to be contributed to ballot questions committees in order to help activities get questions on the ballot.  This legislation will likely be challenged according to an official with “American’s for Prosperity” a conservative activist group originally funded by the Koch brothers.  Don Haggar, South Dakota state director for the group, tells the associated press the ban on out-of-state money will likely be challenged calling it “clearly unconstitutional.” 

Brown County races results

Brown County Auditor
(R) Cathy McNickle – 54%
(D) Lynn Heupel – 46%

Brown County Commission Possible Recout
(R) Mike Wiese – 18%
(R) Doug Fjeldheim – 19%
(R) Larry Lovrien – 12%
(D) Dennis Feickert – 18%
(D) Tom Fischback – 18%
(D) Michael Nehls – 14%

Local legislative races

District 1 Senate
(D) Susan Wismer unopposed

District 1 House Possible Recount
(R) Tamara St. John – 36%
(D) Paul Dennert – 31 %
(D) Steve McCleery – 33%

District 2 Senate
(R) Brock Greenfield – 67%
(D) Paul Register – 33%

District 2 House
(R) Lana Greenfield – 33%
(R) Kaleb Weis – 28%
(D) Janae Hansen – 22%
(D) Mike McHugh – 18%

District 3 Senate
(R) Al Novstrop – 58%
(D) Corey Heidelberger – 42%

District 3 House
(R) Carl Perry – 29%
(R) Drew Dennert – 32%
(D) Brooks Briscoe – 21%
(D) Justin Roemmick – 18%


Ballot question results

Supreme Court Retention Justice Janine M. Kern
Yes – 83%
No – 17%

Constitutional Amendment W
No – 55%
Yes – 45%

Constitutional Amendment X
No – 54%
Yes – 46%

Constitutional Amendment Z
Yes – 62%
No – 38%

Yes – 56%
No – 46%

No – 55%
Yes – 45%

Statewide midterm results

US Congress
(R) Dusty Johnson – 60%
(D) Tim Bjorkman – 36%
(I) Ron Wieczorek – 2%
(L) George Hendrickson – 1%

(R) Kristi Noem – 51%
(D) Billie Suttton – 48%
(L) Kurt Evans – 1%

Secretary of State
(R) Steve Barnett – 65%
(D) Alexandra Frederick – 35%

Attorney General
(R) Jason Ravnsborg – 55%
(D) Randy Seiler – 45%

State Auditor
(R) Rich Sattgast – 64%
(D) Tom Cool – 36%

State Treasurer
(R) Josh Haeder – 62%
(D) Aaron Matson – 38%

Commissioner of School and Public Lands
(R) Ryan Brunner – 62%
(D) Woody Houser – 38%

Public Utilities Commissioner
(R) Kristie Fiegen – 65%
(D) Wyane Frederick – 35%

Noem hoping to be South Dakota's next "CEO"

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem has been on a path towards the highest office in the state for years.  First elected to the South Dakota legislature in 2007, Noem moved up from there to be South Dakota’s lone representative in congress in 2011 serving there until 2018. 


With all that experience Noem is confident she is qualified to serve as the next “CEO” of the state…





Noem has advocated for a low tax, low regulation climate in South Dakota in order to help spur business investment.  In Washington Noem voted for a large tax cut, favoring greatly the wealth and corporations.  According to her, that money is placed back in the economy spurring economic growth.  She wants to do something similar in South Dakota…






Despite criticism from the Associated Press and other fact checkers, Noem is consistent in attacking her opponent Billie Sutton and his alleged desire for an income tax.  According to Noem South Dakota does not need a state income tax and Sutton would implement one…      


Billie Sutton sees himself as a unifier if elected

Democrat candidate for governor Billie Sutton has the chance to do what no Democrat has done in South Dakota since the 1970s and that is become governor.  As the polls open on Election Day, polling of this election puts the race between him and Kristi Noem at a dead heat. 


Sutton is a Burke native and former rodeo champion who has served in the South Dakota state senate since 2011 and senate minority leader since 2015.  According to him the momentum is behind his campaign at this point…





One the campaign trail, Sutton has advocated for the expansion of Medicare under the Affordable Care Act, supporting education by increasing teacher pay and doing what he can to stomp out corruption in Pierre…





Sutton is widely seen as a moderate democrat doing what he can to bridge the political divide that seems to be growing across the nation.  He even went as far to select a register republican, Sioux Falls businesswoman Michele Lavallee, to be his running mate.  According to Sutton he feels he is the candidate to bring unity to the state… 



Noem pulling out all the stops at rally before midterm election

South Dakota congresswoman Kristi Noem will be in Rapid City today for a get out the vote rally to support her candidacy for Governor.  Announced late last week Vice President Mike Pence would be joining Noem at the West Jet Air Center, hanger #4  in Rapid City, but Noem has not stopped there.  Added to the event over the weekend includes South Carolina senator Lindsay Grahm and Colorado Senator Cory Gardener.  On top of the visit, President Trump’s daughter Ivanka tweeted her support for t he Republican candidate Sunday.  Doors open to the rally at 1:00 p.m. and things will get going at 3:00 p.m.

78,780 absentee ballots requested in South Dakota this cycle

According to the South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, a total of 78,780 absentee ballots have been requested as of Monday Nov. 5th, one day before the actual election.  The total is up from the 2014 midterm election when 55,292 absentee ballots were cast.  According to the New York Times 22 states and Washington DC have outpaced early voting totals from the 2014 midterms.  Two of those states include North Dakota and Minnesota.  The election is tomorrow, polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Brown County Auditor Maxine Fischer says she expects roughly 80 percent of Brown County voters to turn out in this election. 

Sobriety checkpoints scheduled for 23 counties in November

A total of 23 sobriety checkpoints have been scheduled statewide for November by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


The checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  The checkpoints are designed to discourage motorists from drinking and then driving.  


Checkpoints will be held in 18 counties. They are: Brookings, Brown, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Day, Hamlin, Hughes, Lawrence, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Sanborn, Stanley, Tripp, Union and Yankton.


Both the Office of Highway Safety and the Highway Patrol are part of the Department of Public Safety.

Names released in McPherson County fatal crash

Names have been released of the six people involved in a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Sunday afternoon west of Leola.


Two children died in the crash and four others were injured.


A 2001 Buick Park Avenue was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 10 when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the south ditch. The driver overcorrected back onto the roadway where the vehicle collided with a westbound 2004 Cadillac Deville.


Two child passengers in the Buick died at the scene. They were Josephine Van Duysen, 4, and Michael Van Duysen III, 2. Both were in safety restraints.


The two other occupants in the Buick, both females, suffered life-threatening injuries. The 28-year-old driver, Breannah Van Duysen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. A seven-year-old female passenger, Raelynn Van Duysen, was wearing a seatbelt.


All four are from Wagner, S.D.


Both occupants in the Cadillac were wearing seatbelts. Marion Hoffman, the 83-year-old driver, suffered minor injuries while Marvin Hoffman, the 83-year-old passenger, sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries. Both are from Leola.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Vice President Mike Pence to visit South Dakota Monday to campaign with Noem

Vice president Mike Pence will visit South Dakota Monday to help campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Neom.  He will be at the West Jet Air Center hanger #4 in Rapid City.  Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and all atendees should be in place by 3:00 p.m. 


The event is free, but you must register which you can do by following this link...

Bjorkman makes final push before election

Candidates are making their final pitch to voters this weekend and among them is Democratic House Candidate Tim Bjorkman.  At a rally in Watertown late Thursday the former circuit judge turned politician told supporters that an authentic voice is needed again who will put country over politics and country over a political career...





Bjorkman says this election is about who controls America Today...




Bjorkman’s remarks were made at a rally Thursday afternoon held at the Redlin Art Center.  He made stops in Madison, Brookings, Watertown, and Aberdeen Thursday and heads west river for the weekend before ending his campaign in Sioux Falls.

New poll gives Noem slight edge in Governor's race just days before the election

The Argus Leader along with Kelo TV has released a new poll which again shows the gubernatorial race as a tight one.  According to the numbers released Noem leads Sutton amongst likely voters 47 percent to 44 percent with eight percent of voters remaining undecided.  However, the pollsters admit there is most likely a 4.5 percent margin of error, larger than your average poll.  The poll comes from contacting 500 likely voters. 

South Dakota State releases info about gun which went off on campus

South Dakota State University has released information on a gun that went off on campus.  According to the University a student could face disciplinary action after a gun accidentally fired in his dorm room.  The student claims he brought the gun into his dorm  to clean it after hunting with it.  No one was injured in the incident, but having a gun on campus is against University policy. 

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate release statement calling for Roberts County sheriff-elect Kroey Ware to step down

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oayte Sioux Tribe has released a statement calling Attorney General of South Dakota to review the law enforcement credentials of Roberts County Sheriff-elect Korey Ware.  Ware is currently facing assault charges steming from an incident in Aberdeen on Oct. 6th.


The 28-year-old Ware who resides in Sisseton was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 30-year-old man in Britton.  


Accorind to a letter released by the Tribal Chairman Dave Flute, there is aprehension amongst tribal members and non-indians living on the reservation within Roberts County.  


Read the full statement below: 



Dem AG candidate Randy Seiler comments on death penalty with the execution of Rodney Berget

Rodney Berget was executed by lethal injection this week (Monday night) at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.


Democratic Attorney General candidate Randy Seiler (sigh-ler) of Fort Pierre says in this case, the death penalty was a warranted punishment.




Seiler says experience in the courtroom—which his republican opponent Jason Ravnsborg (rounds-berg) doesn’t have-- is crucial for the leader of the state’s legal system.




The execution was delayed about six hours while the US Supreme Court considered—and denied-- a last-minute request for a delay. Seiler says having the nation’s high court involved was a good thing.





Berget was one of two men sentenced to death for killing prison guard Ronald “R.J.” Johnson in 2011 during an attempted escape. The other man, Eric Robert, was executed in 2012.

State to begin collecting sales tax Thursday

Today is the beginning of a new tax era in South Dakota.  The state will begin requiring many out of state online retailers to collect South Dakota Sales taxes starting today.  This comes after the state one a case in front of the US Supreme Court and legislation was passed last legislative session.  Some retailers have already begun paying sales taxes on a volunteer basis, but the new requirements will be for companies to remit sales taxes that do more than $100,000 of business in the state or more than 200 transactions annually. 

Alexandria man sentenced after sending police on a high speed chase over 10 days

An Alexandria South Dakota man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after leading police on three high speed chases over a 10 day period in July.  According to the Daily Republic in Mitchell 22-year-old Logan Sapp was sentenced Tuesday for eluding as well as drug charges, probation violation and violation of a protection order.  Sapp was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, $317 in court costs and $250 in restitution.  In court Sapp blamed anger issues, pushing him to drugs. 

Former judge and Brown County Commission candidate Larry Lovrein passes away

According to the Brown County sheriff’s office former judge and Brown County state’s attorney Larry Lovrien passed away Wednesday morning.  He was 67 years old.  Lovrien was on the ballot seeking a spot on the Brown County Commission this election cycle.  Lovrien served as a magistrate judge for 14 years and served as state’s attorney from 2013 to 2016. 

South Dakota Gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton to visit Aberdeen Saturday

South Dakota Democratic gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton will again visit Aberdeen this coming Saturday just three days before the midterm elections.  He will once again be at the Brown County Democratic headquarters, 220 South Main Street for a meet and greet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Republicans Kristi Noem and Dusty Johnson will also be visiting northeast South Dakota this weekend. 

County music star Blake Shelton to perform in Sioux Falls

County music star Blake Shelton will be returning to South Dakota for a show in February.  The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center announced Tuesday, Shelton will perform in Sioux Falls February 16th.  Tickets will go on sale Friday Nov. 9th at 10:00 a.m. at the PREMIER center box office or online at

Spirit Lake Sioux tribe sues state of North Dakota over voter ID requirements

The Sprit Lake Sioux tribe in Northern North Dakota has sued the state over voter identification needs ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election. 


According to the North Dakota Secretary of State, Alvin Jaeger, voters must have an ID to vote which includes a provable street address.  On the reservation, the post office does not provide street addresses, instead giving most Native Americans P.O. Boxes. 


The tribe is looking to make the provable street address requirement unconsititutional. 

Spirit Lake Sioux tribe sues state of North Dakota over voter ID requirements

The Sprit Lake Sioux tribe in Northern North Dakota has sued the state over voter identification needs ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election. 


According to the North Dakota Secretary of State, Alvin Jaeger, voters must have an ID to vote which includes a provable street address.  On the reservation, the post office does not provide street addresses, instead giving most Native Americans P.O. Boxes. 


The tribe is looking to make the provable street address requirement unconsititutional. 

SD Supreme court justice Steven Zinter passes away

Governor Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement on the death of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter:


“Linda and I were shocked to hear this news.  Justice Zinter was a towering figure in South Dakota law and a consummate public servant.  He overcame his disability to reach the pinnacle of his profession and he was a role model and inspiration to many,” said the Governor.  “On behalf of all South Dakotans, we extend our deepest sympathies to Sandy, Kelly, Sarah, and to the entire Zinter family.”


The Governor has ordered that flags across South Dakota fly at half-staff immediately and until Justice Zinter’s interment, which is at a date to be determined.


Steven L. Zinter was the 45th justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court.  He was appointed to the Court by Governor Bill Janklow in 2002.  Prior to that, he had served as a circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1987 to 2002, including five years as the circuit’s presiding judge, and from 1980-86 as Hughes County State’s Attorney.  Justice Zinter and his wife, Sandy, had two daughters and five grandchildren.


Justice Zinter’s death is the first by a sitting justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court since the death of Justice James M. Doyle in 1976.

Flags at half staff until sunset Wednesday in honor of life lost in Pittsburgh synagogue attack

President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.


In accordance with the President’s order, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags across the state be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, October 31.

Unified Carrier Registration start date delayed

The South Dakota Department of Revenue is notifying the trucking industry of a delay to the start of 2019’s Unified Carrier Registration (UCR).


The UCR’s Board of Directors announced the delay of the registration date until further notice. The delay will allow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) time to complete its rulemaking process on fee levels for 2019. Once the rulemaking is complete, the UCR Board will issue a recommended enforcement date three months from the start of the registration period.


South Dakota will honor this enforcement date and suspend International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) accounts that have not processed their 2019 UCR registration in time. 


Carriers will be notified when the 2019 UCR online registration is available at For those with a South Dakota IFTA license, 2019 IFTA renewals will be processed as received effective immediately without UCR. 


For more information on these changes, please visit the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s dedicate webpage,

Sioux Falls man tased in altercation with police dies

An out-of-control man tased by Sioux Falls police last week at a Motel Six has died in the hospital.

Police officers were called to the motel because Joshua Jay Langley, 28, was screaming in his room, bothering other guests. The authorities say he refused to give up quietly and was tased. Soon after he became unconscious and was rushed to the hospital.


Meth was found in his room.


It's unclear if the tasing itself had anything to do with his death. Police Spokesman Sam Clemens says an autopsy will be performed.

Rich Krokel named new city transportation director

The city of Aberdeen has hired Rich Krokel to serve as the new transportation director effective immediately.  The appointment was made official at the Aberdeen City Council meeting Monday night.  Krokel will receive an annual salary of $75,877 for his work.  Krokel’s main job as Aberdeen City Transportation director will be to manage the Aberdeen Regional Airport and Ride Line services.  He replaces Cody Roggatz who resigned in September to take a similar job in California. 

Northern brings back Culturefest Nov. 1st

Northern State University will celebrate cultures from around the nation and the world on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Culturefest.


The event, which will be held 5:30-8 p.m., is free and open to the public. This year by popular demand, it returns to the NSU Barnett Center.


"We received a lot of calls from community members wondering if we were going to have a big event this year, so the committee decided to move the event back to its original location,” said NSU Director of International Programs Leigh Neys. “We hope to see many Aberdonians join us.”


Culturefest will include international food sampling, entertainment and a variety of booths. NSU international student groups will be represented, as well as cultural organizations from the Aberdeen area.


"Our students are very excited about Culturefest,” said NSU International Student Coordinator Stacey Schmidt. “They spend a lot of time practicing to perform on stage and to prepare the food samples that they will offer at many booths."


The festivities also include NSU Dining Services offering an international menu during the event for $9, including: curried pumpkin and mushroom soup, sticky ginger chicken wing, Korean bibimbap with steamed white rice and bok choy with garlic sauce.


Some of the participants hosting booths include: Native American Student Association, Chinese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Confucius Institute, Lutheran Social Services, Exchange Club, Aberdeen Area Diversity Coalition and others.


Performances will include Northern alum Melvin Hill and the Wakpala High School drummers, K-Pop dances by the Impact dance group, Peruvian and Columbian Dances, Bolivian music, and more. Also present at the event will be 2019 Miss He Sapa, Uriah Little Hoop, and 2018 Miss He Sapa, Genevieve Iron Lightning.


For more information, contact the NSU Office of International Programs at 605-626-7802 or

Another gubernatorial debate featured on the CW tonight

The race to be the next Governor of South Dakota continues to heat up with one of the final debates on the schedule before election day, next week Tuesday Nov. 6th.  Tonight Republican Kristi Noem and Democrat Billie Sutton will square off in the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club Gubernatorial debate.  The debate will be broadcast on the CW at 9:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on KSFY Nov. 4th at 4:00 p.m.  The latest non-partisan poll conducted by Keloland and the Argus leader shows a statistical tie between the two candidates. 

11 people murdered in anti-Semitic attack on Pittsburgh synagogue

The country is still reeling from another mass shooting at a place of worship Saturday morning.  In all 11 people were killed while seven were injured including the suspect.  The incident took place at the “Tree of Life” synagogue, a Jewish center for worship in the Pittsburgh area.  The suspect, a 46-year-old white male, Robert Bowers is believed to have acted alone when he entered the building, shouting anti-Semitic statements and opening fire with an AR-15.  Upon further investigation of social media postings Bowers appears to be a vehement anti-Semite. 

Two children killed in McPherson county fatal crash

Two children died and four other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon west of Leola.


Names of the six people involved are not being released pending notification of family members.


A 2001 Buick Park Avenue was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 10 when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the south ditch. The driver overcorrected back onto the roadway where the vehicle collided with a westbound 2004 Cadillac Deville.


Two child passengers in the Buick, a four-year-old female and a two-year-old male, died at the scene. Both were wearing seatbelts.


The two other occupants in the Buick, both females, suffered life-threatening injuries. The 28-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to an Aberdeen hospital and later airlifted to a Fargo, N.D. hospital. A seven-year-old female passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to an Aberdeen hospital.


Charges are pending against the driver.


Both occupants in the Cadillac were wearing seatbelts and were taken to an Aberdeen hospital. The 83-year-old female driver suffered minor injuries while the 83-year-old male passenger sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


California man sentenced to trafficking drugs in South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Vacaville, California, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.


James Scott Ferguson, age 56, was sentenced on October 15, 2018, to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.


The conviction stemmed from Ferguson obtaining high purity methamphetamine in California and then distributing at least 20 grams of it to individuals in Rapid City, using the U.S. Postal Service in 2016 and 2017.  Law enforcement intercepted a package Ferguson sent to South Dakota for distribution in April 2017.


This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.


Ferguson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

FBI continues investigation into bombs mailed to prominent critics of President Trump

The investigation into mysterious packages containing homemade pipe bombs sent to prominent democrats, liberals and critics of president Trump continues.  Friday morning another package was intercepted intended for New Jersey Democrat senator Cory Booker.  That makes it 11 packages this week.  The FBI is currently conducting a nationwide manhunt, looking for potential suspects sending these devices.  According to the FBI, one major factor investigators are looking into is if the suspect intended to actually cause physical harm or stoke fear amongst the political left. 

Sutton receives endorsement from prominent SD Republicans

South Dakota gubernatorial Democratic candidate Billie Sutton, through his campaign, has announced endorsements from several prominent Republicans across the state.  Those crossing the isle to support Sutton’s bid for governor includes former GOP US Senator Larry Pressler.  Pressler praised Sutton for his moderate approach to politics, saying Republicans can feel comfortable voting for him. 


Others crossing the ilse to support Sutton include, De Knudson, Commissioner Jim Schmidt, Dale Froehlich, Michael Wyland, and Sandy Slunecka shared their reasons for crossing political lines and supporting Sutton and Lavallee, citing government scandals and a culture of complacency and division.

New house model shows Johnson with a large lead less than two weeks before election

A model to predict the result of the US House of Representatives race released Wednesday shows Republican Dusty Johnson with a clear path to victory.  According to Optimus Election Modeling Johnson has been given a 93 percent chance of victory over his Democratic opponent Tim Bjorkman.  The polling model also claims the Democrats have a 94 percent chance of winning the House of Representatives and the Republicans an 89 percent chance at keeping the Senate.  The statistics website also gives Johnson a 98.8 chance of victory in this state. 

Lee Park to close Oct. 28th

The public is advised that the Lee Park Golf Course and the Pro Shop will close for the season on Sunday, October 28.   If you have any questions, call the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 626-7015.

Scientific poll shows statistical dead heat in gubernatorial debate

Following Tuesday’s Keloland gubernatorial debate, a poll shows a dead heat between Democrat Billie Sutton and Republican Kristi Noem.  According to the Keloland Media Group/Agus Leader scientific poll 45 percent of people support Noem, 45 percent support Sutton and nine percent remain undecided.  To conducted the poll, pollsters contacted 500 likely voters across South Dakota. 

District 3 senate candidate Heidelberger to host legislative agenda forum

District 3 Democratic Senate candidate Cory Heidelberger will be hosting a legislative issues forum Monday Oct. 29th.  The forum will be at the K.O. Lee library beginning at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome as Heidelberger would like to discuss with potential constituents issues they would like to see addressed in Pierre. 

One person killed in Brookings county fatal crash

One person died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred west of Brookings.


Names of the two people involved are not being released pending notification of family members.


A 2016 Freightliner semi-truck pulling a hazardous materials trailer was westbound on U.S. Highway 14 when the driver activated his hazard lights to stop at the railroad crossing near mile marker 415. As the driver completed the check and the semi-truck and trailer began moving forward again, a 1998 Chevrolet CK 109 pickup rear-ended the trailer.


The 47-year-old driver of the pickup, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died of injuries sustained in the crash. The 42-year-old male driver of the semi-truck was not injured and he was wearing a seatbelt. No charges are pending.


Damage to the trailer led to the leaking of less than one gallon of sodium hydroxide. The spill was contained by emergency responders.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Federal authorities intercept possible bomb packages to prominent individuals

Federal authorities have intercepted packages with explosive devices meant for the Clintons and former president Barack Obama.  This comes just days after a bomb was discovered at the home of liberal billionaire George Soros.  CNN headquarters in New York has also been evacuated due to a suspicious package.  It is not known at this time if the explosive devices or strange packages.  None of the targets actually received the package before being intercepted. 

Lyft to offer half priced rides to the polls on election day

The ride sharing service Lyft will be providing half-priced rides to the polls on election day.  The decision is part of the companies nationwide “Ride to the Vote” program which is aimed at making sure every individual interested in exercising their rights has the ability to do so.  The code for this service in t he app is VOTESD. 

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough praises SD Dem gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton

 Former Republican Congressman and host of MSNBC's Morning Joe--Joe Scarborough--is a fan of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton.


He says Democrats need more candidates like him if they hope to win.






The program did a feature on Sutton, who on the produced segment said he was a conservative.

The pre-recorded segment also had an interview with Republican candidate Kristi Noem, who said Sutton had a "unique personal story," ostensibly, his rodeo accident that paralyzed him from the waist down.


An MSNBC crew followed the candidates at SDSU's Hobo Day.

Huron police deem threat against school not credible

Authorities in Huron have determined there is not a credible threat against Huron High school following an investigation into graffiti found on the school.  According to Huron police the message read “school shooting October 31st.”  The message was scribbled on a Huron High School boys bathroom wall in pencil on or around Oct. 1st.  Police began looking into this matter on Oct. 18th when a concerned parent brought it to their attention.  Though they were able to deem the threat was not credible, police were not able to identify the author of the message. 

Sisseton man pleads not guilty to child sexual abuse charges

A Sisseton man has pleaded not guilty to the sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.  29-year-old Joel Max is accused of abusing a child between September of 2016 and June 2018 in Roberts County.  He faces three counts of sexual abuse and one count of aggravated abuse of a child.  Each charges carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of five years.  Max if found guilty could also face a $250,000 fine for each charge. 

Former supreme court justice Sandra Day O'Conner announces Alzheimer's diagnosis

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner has announced she has been diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia, which is a possible preamble to Alzheimer’s.  O’Conner is now 88 years old and was the first female on the US Supreme court, nominated and confirmed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan.  She retired from the bench in 2006 to help take care of her ailing husband who also suffered with Alzheimer’s. 

Noem receives endorsement from Thune, Rounds, Daugaard and Jackley

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem has been endorsed by the rest of South Dakota's delegation to Washington as well as Gov. Dennis Daugaard.  Included in this endorsement is Noem's primary opponent, Attorney General Marty Jackley. 


The full letter can be read below:


We believe that South Dakota’s future is at stake. The governor not only sets the policy tone, but also appoints judges, supreme court justices, legislative vacancies, and hundreds of citizens to policy-setting state boards and commissions. Those appointments are too important to the future of our state to entrust them to anyone other than a commonsense conservative.


Our state has been blessed. Through the political process, it’s our duty to protect everything special about this place that we call home, and with so much at stake in the race for governor, we believe it is also our duty to explain why we are behind Kristi Noem for governor.


Everything we’ve recently accomplished as Republicans was made possible through teamwork. We’ve seen Kristi fight. She was instrumental in passing a five-year farm bill that included strong crop insurance and livestock disaster programs. She was a chief architect behind the recent tax cuts, which put more than $2,400 in the pockets of the average South Dakota family. She’s successfully fought to expand support for the Lewis & Clark Project East River and the Mountain Pine Beetle effort West River. Kristi Noem has delivered results - and she’ll deliver results again as governor.


Kristi has a plan for South Dakota. She’s offered highly detailed proposals to improve our schools, keep more young people in the state, and protect our way of life - all without raising taxes or growing state government.


All four of us believe that Kristi will make a very good governor and continue to provide tremendous Republican leadership for our state. We know she will work hard to protect our values and lead our state in the right direction.


To tackle this role, however, Kristi Noem needs your vote.


Thank you for your continued support. Please join us in casting your ballot for Kristi Noem on November 6.




John Thune

Mike Rounds

Dennis Daugaard

Marty Jackley


Eden man charged with child abuse

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eden, South Dakota, man has been charged with two counts by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Felony Child Abuse and Neglect of a Child.


Jeremiah Lynn Renville, Jr., age 39, was indicted on October 10, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on October 17, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

According to the Indictment, on February 13 and 14, 2018, Renville engaged in assaultive and abusive conduct toward a child under the age of seven years.  For the assault charge, the maximum penalty upon conviction is up to ten (10) years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and 3 years of supervised release.  For the child abuse charge, the maximum penalty upon conviction is up to fifteen (15) years of imprisonment, a $30,000 fine, or both, and 3 years of supervised release.  Each charge also carries a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 


The charges are merely accusations and Renville is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 


The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe’s Law Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   


Renville was released on conditions pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Noem out raises Sutton in final quarter before election

According to campaign finance numbers released by both the Kristi Noem and Billie Sutton campaigns, Noem outraised and outspent Sutton in the final quarter of the race to be the state’s next governor.  Noem reported bringing in $2.2 million through Oct. 17th while Sutton brought in $1.4 million.  Noem also reported spending approximately $2.7 million while Sutton spent $1.6 million.  As far as cash on hand goes Sutton reportedly has about $640,000 in the bank while Noem has $550,000.  The two candidates will square off for the first time in a televised debate tonight on Keloland.  The debate is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. central time. 

Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Water will be shut off in parts of Aberdeen today for construction.  According to the Aberdeen Public Works department, water will be shut off at 8:00 a.m. from sixth avenue southeast to Milwaukee Avenue Northeast.  Water is expected to remain off for the whole day.  Residents in the affect area are encouraged to store water for personal and restroom use. 

Aberdeen Police Department searching for missing teen

The Aberdeen Police Department are looking for a 15-year-old boy who is belived to be a runaway.  According to a post on the police department's Facebook page, Preston Locke was last seen in the 1000 block of south state street on the afternoon of Oct. 19th.  If you have any information on his whereabouts you are encouraged to contact dispatch at 626-7911 or thorugh the MyPD app.

Mega million total reaches $1.6 billion

No one won the Mega Millions powerball lottery Friday night, meaning the new total to be won climbed to a staggering $1.6 billion.  The next drawing will be Tuesday and the jackpot is currently tied with the record-setting lottery jackpot in U.S. history.  It will likely grow by drawing time, which make this grand prize likely to be the largest one in US history.  It costs two dollars to play and your odds of winning the powerball are approximately one in 302.5 million. 

Today is the final day to register to vote in South Dakota

Today is the final day to register to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.  In order to take part in our democracy, South Dakotan’s must make sure they are eligible to vote.  Be sure to head to your county auditor’s office and sign up if you already have not.  If you are not sure if you are currently registered to vote you can check with the county auditor’s office or by heading over to  On the ballot this November includes the governor’s race, Congressman, Attorney General, local races and a number of ballot initiatives that will help shape our state for years to come. 

Gov. Daugaard reacts to the death of former Deadwood mayor and lawmaker Chuck" Turbiville

Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement on the death this weekend of State Rep. Charles M. "Chuck" Turbiville:


"I’m very sorry to hear of Chuck Turbiville’s passing. Chuck was a true gentleman. He always worked hard for Deadwood, Lawrence County, and our state. Chuck was a good friend and he made every visit to Deadwood special. Linda and I will miss him and we extend our sympathies to his family."


Turbiville, 75, was a state representative from District 31, which is Lawrence County.  He had previously served as a state representative from 2005-13, and returned to the State House in 2017.  He served as a majority whip in 2007-08 and on the State Legislature's Executive Board from 2009-12, including two years as its chair.  


Turbiville was also the Mayor of Deadwood, an office he had held since 2013.


Gov. Daugaard will ask that flags across South Dakota fly at half-staff in honor of Rep. Turbiville on the day of his funeral, which has yet to be set.  The Governor does not plan to appoint a successor to complete the final months of Rep. Turbiville's current term, which ends on January 5, 2019.


Rep. Turbiville is also a candidate for reelection from District 31, and his name will remain on the general election ballot.  If Turbiville is reelected, the newly-elected governor will appoint a replacement to serve in the State House during 2019 and 2020.

Fleetwood Mac show in Sioux Falls postponed

Due to tour scheduling issues, next Wednesday’s Fleetwood Mac concert at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls has been rescheduled to February 2, 2019.  Tickets will be honored on the new date.


All other Fleetwood Mac tour routing remains the same.


The Sioux Falls Stampede game against Central Illinois scheduled for that date will be moved. The Stampede is working with the USHL office to determine a new date for the game. An announcement from the team is expected in the coming weeks.


Questions can be directed to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center by email at, or call 605-367-7288.

Associated Press fact checks Noem's claim Sutton supports state income tax

One point of contention in the South Dakota governor’s race is Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s claim that her opponent, Democrat Billie Sutton, is in favor of a state income tax.  She reiterated her claim during a stop in Mitchell on Thursday afternoon.






A fact check article by The Associated Press finds that Noem’s claim is mostly false.  Sutton commented on a state income tax during a state education funding task force meeting three years ago, but his campaign says the comment was made in jest.  The Associated Press could find no other evidence of Sutton supporting a state income tax publicly.

Heart defect likely cause in NSU wrestler's death

A candlelight vigil was held last night at 6:30 p.m. to honor the life of Curtis LeMair, the Northern student found dead in a residence hall earlier this week.  Lemair was 18-years-old and a wrestler for the Northern State Wolves, originally from Shakopee Minnesota.  Preliminary autopsy results show LeMair likely died due to complications with an undetected genetic heart condition.  Foul play was not believed to have played a factor according to police and there was no evidence of suicide. 

Pheasant season opens Saturday in South Dakota

South Dakota’s 100th pheasant hunting season will begin Saturday.  Cost for a small game license to legally take part in the hunting season is $33 for residents and $121 for nonresidents and are good for two five day periods chosen by the hunter.  According to South Dakota Game Fish and Parks the pheasant numbers have increased 47 percent across the state from a year ago.  This year’s brood size is estimated to be 6.08 with 2.47 pheasants per mile.  For the first week hunters can begin hunting at noon and go until sunset and hunters can keep 15 pheasants after the fifth day of hunting.  Shooting hens is illegal. 

Candidate Noem makes her pitch to be the next governor on a swing through northeast SD

South Dakota congresswoman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem not long ago swung through northeast South Dakota as Election Day is less than a month away.  The Cooks Political Report recently moved this gubernatorial race from likely Republican to a tossup. 


This election will make history no matter who wins as Noem would be the first female governor of the state and her opponent Billie Sutton would be the first Democrat to serve as governor since the 1970s.  


Noem was quick to highlight her business acumen over her political chops, saying voters will be electing the next CEO of the state…






Win or lose, Noem will not be returning to Washington where she has represented South Dakota in congress since 2011.  Noem is proud of her accomplishments in Washington, including the tax cuts passed under President Trump in 2017, but still wishes she could have completely repealed the estate tax, or what she calls the “death tax.”


South Dakota is always looking for revenue to fund programs it deems important.  The state does this while also trying to keep taxes low.  Noem laid how her plan for how she would try to grow the state budget…





Another concern Noem hears while on the campaign trail is concerns about corruption.  She and her opponent Billie Sutton have both made the cleanup of state government a focal point of their campaigns.  According to Noem, she is the better candidate to root out corruption…






Noem specifically called for a reporter shield law, protecting journalists who are doing their jobs, and doing away with confidential settlement agreements with the state of South Dakota.  In those instances, taxpayer money can be used to settle a situation without the consent or knowledge of the taxpayer.

The election will be held Tuesday Nov. 6th.  Early voting is already underway and the deadline to register to vote is Monday Oct. 22nd.

Northern students take part in "Pack Gives Back" program

More than 50 Northern State University students and employees gave back to the Aberdeen community on Sunday, Oct. 14, in support of NSU’s fifth annual Pack Gives Back event.
Following a speech from NSU President Dr. Tim Downs on the importance of community leadership and involvement, students volunteered at different nonprofit sites in the community.


Businesses/organizations visited included Aberdeen Community Theatre, Aberdeen Family YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area and the Aberdeen Senior Center. Students and staff were able to assist the organizations with a variety of chores and tasks.


NSU student Parker Fox said he chose to participate in the Pack Gives Back event because of how much support Northern gets from the community.


“This event gave us the ability to go out and give pack to local businesses that give us so much,” Fox said. “It brought me together with people I probably would never have met and I had a blast doing it.”


This year the event was more student-led, as students did a bulk of the organization. Student Hazel Ohm was a key planner.


“I participated in the fifth annual Pack Gives Back because as a student-athlete, I see firsthand how much the community of Aberdeen cares about us,” Ohm said. “Doing this was a small act to show how much we, NSU, care about them, the community. I was so excited to see everyone who came out and helped; also, how our PE class worked together to make this such a successful event. Can't wait to see it grow in the future!”


Students were reminded of the importance of making volunteering a life-long habit, and that resonated well with Madeline Kovach.


"I chose to participate in Pack Gives Back for a lot of reasons,” Kovach said. “I have lived in a lot of college towns in my lifetime, but there’s really nothing like Aberdeen and their support of NSU. We all rely on our community to keep us funded, our students employed, and even our mouths fed (especially when it’s pizza). Giving back to the people that give us the support we need to thrive seemed like a no-brainer to me. Volunteering with my peers, who also see the value of our community, really made me realize that Northern is more than just a university; it’s a family and a place to call home.”


That sense of belonging and connection is what makes Northern so great, said NSU Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Megan Frewaldt.


“That was my experience as a student here, and upon returning as a staff member, I have been so joyed that the same remains true years later,” Frewaldt said. “The Pack Gives Back highlights that Northern students are servant leaders – humble, empathetic and active in building the world they envision. It was such a great event for our students, staff, faculty and President Downs to serve alongside one another to support the amazing organizations in our community. Everyone really embodied the Northern spirit.”
Following the event, students and staff who participated were invited to a free VIP tailgate at the new soccer field, and where all involved were encouraged to attend the NSU Wolves soccer game and compete in a bags tournament.