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Local News Archives for 2018-07

Dept. of Safety urging patients at Sturgis ralley

Patience will be a virtue for motorists this week as more traffic is expected on South Dakota highways with the start of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

 

The 78th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins Friday, Aug. 3, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12. That means more motorists on the highways driving different kinds of vehicles, especially in the Black Hills. 

 

Officials with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety say that means drivers need to focus on safety.

 

“South Dakota has had eight motorcycle fatalities so far this year; that’s two more than at the same time last year,” says Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Price.  “A majority of the 2018 deaths so far have been due to inexperienced riders.  Five of the eight fatalities weren’t wearing helmets.”

 

August is traditionally the state’s highest vehicle fatality month each year. In the last five years, statistics show that most crashes in the Black Hills occur between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

 

“We want every motorcyclist to be safe and that’s why we offer both new and experienced rider courses,” says Office of Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl.  “Safe riders know their skill level, their equipment and what needs to be done to increase the odds of returning home safe and sound.”

 

Axdahl says through the Office of Highway Safety’s partnership with the South Dakota Safety Council, both new and experienced riders can take safety courses statewide.  Visit

https://southdakotarides.com and follow the link for Rider Safety Courses. The website also offers information needed to negotiate roads in the Black Hills.

 

Rally attendees looking for real-time public safety information about the Sturgis Rally can also follow four Twitter sites at @SDPublicSafety, @SDHighwayPatrol, @SouthDakotaDOT and @RallyTraffic.  

 

Motorcyclists and motorists alike are reminded of the rules for sharing the road:

 

*** Motorcyclists should ride in single-file lines and avoid crowding the center line or crowding motorists;

 

*** Motorists should remember not to crowd cycles. Motorcycles have the same rights on the road as motorists;

 

*** Motorists and cyclists should follow the recommended speed limits.  Motorcyclists should be especially aware of speed limits on curves;

 

*** It is against the law to drink and drive.  Motorists and cyclists should make sure they have sober drivers;

 

*** Motorists should remember to buckle up, it’s the law; and,

 

*** Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear helmets. 


Last day to purchase June license plate stickers

According to a release from the Brown County Treasurer’s office, today is the last day for the purchase of June license plate stickers.  Residents with the names beginning with M or N need to renew their license and can purchase stickers at the treasurer’s office.  The office is located in the Brown County Courthouse. 


Aberdeen Regional Airport manager Roggatz leaving for job in California

Aberdeen Regional Airport manager Cody Roggatz announced during the Aberdeen City Council meeting Monday he plans to resign from his position at the airport and accept the director of aviation position with the California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport.  Roggatz has been with the Aberdeen Regional Airport, and overseen the Ride Line program for the past 4 and ½ years. 


Sobriety checkpoints scheduled across South Dakota for the month of August

August will be a busy month as 32 sobriety checkpoints are planned throughout South Dakota.

 

Department of Public Safety officials say the checkpoints are scheduled for 21 counties.

 

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

 

August checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of: Brookings, Brown, Brule, Butte, Codington, Davison, Day, Fall River, Hamlin, Hughes, Jackson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Meade,  Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts, Spink and Yankton.

 

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


Gov. Daugaard declares August 7th Purple Heart Recognition Day

At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.   

 

“While we are grateful to all of those who have served our nation, the 7th of August is a day designated to remember and recognize the sacrifices endured by those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal, ” said Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “It is fitting to set aside a day to recognize those who have been awarded for their extraordinary sacrifices.”

 

The Governor encourages all South Dakotans to set aside time on Aug. 7 to honor our soldiers who have been honored with the Purple Heart.  “The men and women serving in our Armed Forces are tough, determined, courageous and capable of unbelievable acts of courage and sacrifice,” said Gov. Daugaard.  
 

“Our military remains as strong as it has ever been. America’s veterans have been defined by the virtues of selfless service, sacrifice and devotion to duty,” said Zimmerman. “These men and women, who serve and have served, are the flesh and blood of American exceptionalism.”  


Mosquito spray scheduled for Tuesday night in Aberdeen

The Mosquito Control Division of the City of Aberdeen will do a city wide spraying for Mosquitoes

On Tuesday July 31th between the hours of 8:00 PM and 1:00 A M. 

West Nile virus has been identified in Aberdeen and city officials urge citizens to take reasonable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  

 You can reduce the risk of getting West Nile virus by eliminating mosquito habitat around your property, applying insect repellents and wearing proper clothing when outdoors. 

The Adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 to 15 mph.   The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow lights.  

To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 15 mph or less and no inclement weather present.  Winds higher than 15 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.   

For more information on the Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program call 626.7015.


Week of rally, state trying to take away Buffalo Chip incorporation

A state lawyer says "what the state grants, the state can take away," and that's exactly what the state is trying to do with the incorporation of the Buffalo Chip campground.

As the campground readies for another rally, it's legal team will be in court Tuesday to ask for the dismissal of the state's case against it.

Kent Hagg, representing the Buffalo Chip, says the state doesn't have the power to dismiss a municipality, even though James Moore, representing the state says their challenge is allowed under state law.

A new state law requires a municipality to have no less than 100 residents in order to be formed, and at least 45 registered voters. However, that law was not passed until after the Buffalo Chip incorporation. The campground was able to incorporate because the old law stated 'no less than 100 residents or less than 30 voters.'

The Buffalo Chip incorporation fight made its way to the Supreme Court earlier this year, but the high court ruled any action challenging the incorporation must come from the state.

The city of Sturgis and several Meade County landowners initially brought forth the lawsuit, saying Meade County Commissioners erred in allowing the vote to incorporate in the first place.

The Fourth Circuit Court in Sturgis will hear the appeal to dismiss the case on Tuesday.


Name released in Faulk county motorcycle death

An Indiana man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash west of Zell.  

 

Joseph Finck of Griffith, IN, was driving a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when it drifted off the road and entered the north ditch.

 

The 55-year-old driver was wearing a helmet, but the investigation indicated that the helmet came off when the motorcycle crashed. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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

 


South Dakota farm leaders respond to Trump administration $12 billion bailout

President of the South Dakota Farmers Union, Doug Sombke is on the emotional frontline of the farm crisis caused by tariffs and falling prices:

 

 

 

Scott VanderWal, head of the South Dakota Farm Bureau is thankful for President Trump's emergency farm aid package because Vanderwall doesn't see trade disputes ending any time soon.

 

 

The President's emergency farm aid will, at least, give hurting farmers time, according to Scott Vanderwall with the South Dakota Farm Bureau:

 

 

 

 

Doug Sombke with the South Dakota Farmers Union wishes that Mr. Trump hadn't picked a trade fight with the whole world. He says there's real concern out there, especially from young farmers.

 


SD Supreme court rejects appeal of person who flipped off a judge

The South Dakota Supreme court has rejected the appeal of a man who gave the finger to a judge and received a harsher sentence for that action.  According to reports 39-year-old Shawn Ross tried to pry a change machine off a Chamberlain car wash in 2017.  During sentencing Ross received five years in prison, 3 and ½ suspended, flipped off the judge and had the suspension removed. 


West Nile virus risk increasing

The West Nile virus (WNV) season is under way with human or mosquito detections in 11 counties across the state, the state Health Department reported today.

“The West Nile season typically peaks during the first part of August, so individuals are being exposed to West Nile now,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, state epidemiologist for the department. “Individuals exposed today can take up to 1-2 weeks to first develop symptoms.”

Clayton said South Dakota had the highest rate in the nation of WNV neuroinvasive disease, where the virus infects the brain and spinal cord, in 2017 and he encouraged residents to reduce their risk by taking the following actions:

·         Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin.

·         Reduce mosquito exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves when outdoors.

·         Limit time outdoors from dusk to dawn when Culex mosquitoes, the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota, are most active.

·         Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.

·         Regularly change water in bird baths, ornamental fountains and pet dishes.

·         Drain water from flower pots and garden containers.

·         Discard old tires, buckets, cans or other containers that can hold water.

·         Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.

·         Support local mosquito control efforts.

These precautions are especially important for people at high risk for WNV, including individuals over 50, pregnant women, organ transplant patients, individuals with cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their clinician.

Visit the department’s website at westnile.sd.gov for more information.


State treasurer encouraging residents to visit their booth at state fair

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, August 3 – 11, 2018  to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.  The State Treasurer will have a booth where the public can search the Unclaimed Property database. The database contains records of millions of dollars held by the State Treasurer and waiting to be reclaimed by their rightful owners.

 

Unclaimed property refers to accounts in financial institutions and companies that have had no activity or contact with the owner for a year or longer and can include savings or checking accounts, uncashed payroll checks, refunds, security deposits, stocks and life insurance policies. The state holds the money in a custodial capacity until the money can be returned to the rightful owners.

 

Currently, the Unclaimed Property Division is holding over $552 million in unclaimed funds. The State Treasurer has returned over $1.7 million to the rightful owners since the beginning of the current fiscal year in July.

 

“The goal is to put money back into the hands of South Dakotans,” Treasurer Rich Sattgast said. “That money ultimately makes its way into our economy which is good for our state.”

 

Specialists in the Unclaimed Property Division of the Treasurer’s Office will be available during the Sioux Empire Fair.  Residents who are unable to attend the event can search the database online at http://www.sdtreasurer.gov/


Deadwood casino and hotel announces closure

A Deadwood hotel and Casino has announced it will be closing, leaving approximately 23 people out of work.  The Celebrity Hotel and Casino cites a lack of gambling revenue as the reason for the closure.  The property will be turned over to the bank.  The business opened 20 years ago.


Aberdeen man sentenced to 15 years for sexual abuse of a minor

An Aberdeen man has been sentenced to 15-years in prison for sexual contact with a child in Edmunds County.  According to the Aberdeen American News 42-year-old Kevin Hageman has pleaded guilty to one count of felony domestic abuse sexual contact with a child younger than 16.  The incident occurred between August 2014 and November 2015.  Court documents say the child was seven years old at the time of the abuse. 


Ipswich man pleads guilty to bestiality charges

An Ipswich man has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony bestiality Wednesday.  According to court documents, the first incident involving 57-year-old James Schumacher took place between April of 2016 and January of 2017 and the second took place in July of 2017.  Each charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.  A sentencing date has not yet been announced.  Schumacher originally faced six counts, but had four dropped after accepting a plea agreement with prosecutors.  Schumacher’s attorney had also tried to get the case dismissed on the grounds it was unconstitutional, but that was rejected by the judge.


Northern campus to be closed Friday due to planned power outage

Northern State’s campus will be closed Friday July 27 as part of a planned power outage scheduled for that day.  This according to a release from the school.  The power will be off to facilitate a change to an underground power line.  During this time there will be no network connectivity on campus, all offices will be closed and no classes or events will be held on campus. 


One person killed in motorcycle accident in Faulk County

A 55-year-old man died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash west of Zell.  

 

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only occupant.

 

A 2016 Harley Davidson was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the driver drifted off the road and entered the north ditch.

 

The driver was wearing a helmet, but the investigation indicated that the helmet came off when the driver crashed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

The Mosquito?Control?Division of the City of Aberdeen?will do a city wide?spraying for Mosquitoes? 

On?Thursday July 26 between?the hours of 8:00 PM and 1:00?A?M. ? 

West Nile virus has been identified in?Aberdeen?and city officials urge citizens to take reasonable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. ? 

You can reduce the risk of getting West Nile virus by eliminating mosquito habitat around our property, applying insect repellents and wearing proper clothing when outdoors.? Protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile virus. 

The Adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 15 mph. ? The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow lights. ?? 

To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 15 mph or less and no inclement weather present. ?Winds higher than 15 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.?? ? 

For more information?on?the Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program call?626.7015


Brown County Democrats to host meeting Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

The Brown County Democrat Central committee has announced a meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Eagles Club in Aberdeen.  All registered Democrats are welcomed to attend.  On the agenda includes discussion of the Brown county Fair, Gypsy Day Parade and fall picnic. 


Police beat released 7/25/18

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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At approximately 12:07 am on 07/18/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 900 block of S Main Street in reference to an assault.

Malong Diing, age 38 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with simple assault.
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At approximately 4:09 am on 07/18/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 10 block of 8th Avenue SW for the complaint of a stolen vehicle.

At approximately 12:17 am on 07/20/2018 Aberdeen Police engaged in a pursuit with the driver of the stolen vehicle. This vehicle was located unoccupied later in the morning in rural Brown County.

Further investigation led to the following arrests:

Caleb Gene Ryan, age 21 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with grand theft, ingesting substance, two counts of probation violation, eluding law enforcement, and reckless driving.

Devin Alexander Winkler, age 25 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, bond violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and ingesting substance.

Robert Derrell Gamble, age 28 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with misprision of a felony. He was also booked on warrants involving 1st degree robbery, 1st degree burglary, and assault on a law enforcement officer.
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At approximately 8:50 am on 07/18/2018 Aberdeen Police initiated a traffic stop in the 1000 block of 1st Avenue SE.

Alex David Washenberger, age 31 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with driving under revocation.
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At approximately 11:21 am on 07/19/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 3200 block of 7th Avenue SE for a complaint of theft.

Timothy James Ellenson, age 25 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with 1st degree burglary and theft.
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At approximately 7:30 am on 07/20/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to a 911 call in the 1300 block of S 7th Street.

A 69 year-old female was arrested and charged with domestic assault and interference with emergency communications.
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At approximately 9:30 pm on 07/20/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to a reported fight in the 700 block of S Kline Street.

A 34 year-old male was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

A 34 year-old female was arrested and charged with violation of a no contact order.
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At approximately 7:50 am on 07/21/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 1000 block of Willow Drive for a report of a fight.

A 34 year-old female was arrested and charged with domestic assault.
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At approximately 12:30 pm on 07/21/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to 911 calls coming from the 400 block of 1st Avenue SE.

A 28 year-old male was arrested and charged with 1st degree burglary, domestic assault, and simple assault.
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At approximately 4:41 pm on 07/21/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 1900 block of N Dakota Street for the request to remove a person.

David Michael Yager, age 26 of Waubay, was arrested and booked on Codington County warrants involving domestic violence and two counts of violating a protection order.
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At approximately 10:26 pm on 07/21/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the area of 6th and S State Street regarding a complaint of a passed out male.

Dustin Loren Martin, age 34 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with trespassing and a bond violation.
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At approximately 11:03 pm on 07/21/2018 Aberdeen Police initiated a traffic stop in the 1700 block of E Melgaard Road.

Tracy Marie Feist, age 35 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with DUI 1st.
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At approximately 11:15 pm on 07/21/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the complaint of an assault in the 200 block of 8th Avenue SE.

A 47 year-old male was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

A 20 year-old female was arrested and charged with aggravated assault / domestic.
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At approximately 1:05 am on 07/22/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to a fight in the 1000 block of S Main Street.

Mahamed Nur Abdi, age 34 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with simple assault, bond violation, and threatening a law enforcement officer.
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At approximately 3:14 am on 07/22/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 400 block of 1st Avenue SE for the report of an assault.

Dalton Lee Lone, age 25 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with probation violation.


Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue talks plan to give farmers $12 billion in tariff relief

The US Agriculture Department has authorized up to $12 billion to be paid out to US farmers and ranchers hurt by retaliatory tariffs.

 

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the funds will help a broad number of farmers deal with the cost of "disruptive markets."

 

 

 

 

USDA chief economist Dr. Rob Johansson says USDA will administer three programs.

 

 

 

 

Perdue says the plan doesn’t require congressional approval.

 

 

 

 

During a speech in Kansas City today (Tues.) Pres. Trump said "farmers will be the biggest beneficiary" of his trade agenda as he seeks better trade agreements.


Potter county GFP officer suspended

A Potter County conservation officer with Game Fish and Parks has had his law enforcement certification suspended.  According to Game Fish and Parks Bradley Saltsman has admitted to intentionally altering information on three citations involving trespassing in 2017.  He will remain suspended until December 15th


County commission approves liquor tasting event Wednesday of the Brown County Fair

The Brown County commission at its Tuesday meeting approved a new event for Wednesday night at the upcoming Brown County Fair.  The event will take place before the Granger Smith concert on August 15th and feature a hard liquor tasting.  Putting the event on will be the Best Western Ramkota and feature light hors d’oeuvres.  Fairboard manager Derek Ricci estimated 200 to 250 people are expected to attend with tickets expected to cost $50 each.   


Winds knock over semi by Murdo

The eastbound driving lane of Interstate 90 near Murdo, SD, was partially blocked for about two hours yesterday (Sun.) after wind blew a semi onto its side near mile marker 180.

 

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2019 Volvo semi, driven by a 54-year-old female from South Carolina, was headed east about 6:30pm when a wind gust from a severe thunderstorm caused the trailer to roll onto the passenger side. Along with the semi, some high tension wires and the guard rail were damaged.

 

The female driver was not wearing a seatbelt. She sustained minor injuries. Her 55-year-old male passenger was also not wearing a seatbelt. He sustained serious, non life threatening injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. No charges are pending.


Fleetwood Mac coming to Sioux Falls

Classic rock fans have reasons to celebrate as the band Fleetwood Mac has announced a date to play Sioux Falls.  The concert will be October 24th at 8:00 p.m. at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.  Tickets range from $69.50 to $199.50 and will go on sale to the public Friday at 10:00 a.m. on ticketmaster.com.  Fleetwood Mac has been active on and off since 1967 and is known for songs such as “Go Your Own Way”, “Landslide,” “Lies,” “Dreams” and more. 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Monday night

The Mosquito?Control?Division of the City of Aberdeen?will do a city wide?spraying for Mosquitoes? 

On?Monday July 23 between?the hours of 8:00 PM and 1:00?A?M. ? 

West Nile virus has been identified in?Aberdeen?and city officials urge citizens to take reasonable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. ? 

You can reduce the risk of getting West Nile virus by eliminating mosquito habitat around our property, applying insect repellents and wearing proper clothing when outdoors.? Protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile virus. 

The Adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 15 mph. ? The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow lights. ?? 

To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 15 mph or less and no inclement weather present. ?Winds higher than 15 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.?? ? 


Two emergency sirens currently out of order

Brown County Emergency Management has been informed of two outdoor warning sirens that are currently not working.
- The siren located near the Ramkota Hotel (1400 8th Ave NW).
- The siren located within Country Village Mobile Home Park. (2640
130th Street NW)

These two sirens are waiting on parts and will be fixed as soon as possible. We remind you it’s still a good idea to have a NOAA All-Hazard Radio (weather radio) as outdoor warning sirens are not meant to be heard indoors.
 


Dentist accused of groping inmates at Minnehaha County Jail

It took a little bit over a month, but investigators were able to compile enough evidence to bring charges against a dentist who is accused of improper actions while treating patients at the Minnehaha County Jail.

 

The first complaint came to light on June 9 which necessitated a more thorough look at other patients the suspect had treated. Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead took immediate action against the dentist to explore the allegation.

 

 

 

Chief Deputy Boyd of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says the process included tracking down patients seen by the dentist since March of 2016.

 

 

 

All five of the victims were either still in custody or recently released from the Minnehaha County Jail. A warrant was issued for the arrest of 37-year old Andrew Heinisch (HI-nish) of Worthington, Minnesota and he turned himself into authorities on Thursday. He has since posted a $10,000 cash bond with a court appearance scheduled for Monday July, 23.

 

Heinisch faces two counts of sexual contact between a jail employee and an adult detainee, two counts of attempted sexual acts between a jail employee and an adult detainee, two counts of sexual contact without consent with a person capable of consenting and two counts of attempted sexual contact without consent with a person capable of consenting.


Mega Millions exceeds $433 million

South Dakota Lottery players will have the chance to win a $433 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday.

 

The $433 million prize is the sixth largest in the game’s history and ranks 19th in U.S. lottery history. If a player wins Friday’s jackpot, the winner will have the option of one immediate payment and annual graduated payments for 29 years or one $260 million payment prior to taxes.

 

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each. Players may also go for the big one by purchasing two chances to win the jackpot for just $3 with the Just the Jackpot option. Tickets purchased with the Just the Jackpot option are only eligible to win the jackpot prize.

 

The South Dakota Lottery urges all of its players to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.


two dead, 14 people shot in mass shooting in Toronto

14 people were shot and one was killed in Toronto Ontario Canada when a gunman began firing in a city neighborhood known as “Greetktown.”  According to the Associated Press the fatal victim was a young woman, but the victims of this shooting are as young as a 9-year-old girl.  The gunman is dead, but police in Toronto say it is too early to determine whether or not the shooting was motivated by terrorism.  The gunfire began around 10 p.m. local time according to police, or 9 p.m. central time.  Many of the victims are currently in the hospital and considered in critical condition. 


Watertown man arrested for robbing two locations

Authorities in Watertown arrested a man accused of robbing one business and trying to rob a second last Friday night.  According to police 48-year-old Troy Wall was arrested for allegedly robbing Empire Pizza and attempting to rob Sparky’s Bar at knife-point.  Sparky’s general manager tells KSFY, customers subdued the suspect and held him until police could arrive and make an arrest.  Following Wall’s arrest police executed a search warrant of his home and found Empire Pizza’s cash register and an undisclosed amount of cash.  Wall now faces charges including first degree robbery and two counts of aggravated assault. 


Agtegra announces merger with North Dakota coop

According to the Associated Press the North Dakota based “Farmland Co-op Inc.” will join the newly formed coop Agtegra.  Agtegra is the product of the combination of South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator.  Farmland Co-op has about 100 members  and voted overwhelmingly in favor of the merger last week.  The merger is scheduled to be made official September 1st.


Sisseton man sentenced to 30 years in prison for child sexual abuse

A Sisseton man, who also resides in Fort Worth Texas, has been sentence to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse of a child.  According to court documents 42-year-old Ira Arias took advantage of a teenager in a Codington County hotel room in May of 2015.  He was found guilty of three counts of sexual abuse of a child, also accused of not only abuse, but dehumanizing the victim.  He will also be forced to serve six year of supervised release following his prison sentence. 


Frederick man sustains serious injury in one-vehicle accident Wednesday

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a Frederick man driving north on 391st avenue suffered life threatening injuries following a crash Wednesday night.  42-year-old Taylor Sumption left the road around 10:00 p.m.  entering the west ditch and hit an approach.  He ultimately landed in an intersection, sustaining serious injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.  Sumpion was not wearing a seat belt.


Police beat released 7/17/18

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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At approximately 9:20 am on 07/09/2018 detectives responded to the 200 block of Park Village in reference to a drug tip.

Erica Lynn Jangula, age 32 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with ingesting controlled substance and bond violation.
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At approximately 3:58 pm on 07/09/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 100 block of S Main Street in reference to an assault.

Allen James Simon, age 45 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
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At approximately 5:01 pm on 07/09/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the complaint of an intoxicated female in the 10 block of 9th Avenue SE.

Shawnda Arlene Bernard, age 29 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with bond violation.
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At approximately 1:30 am on 07/10/2018 Aberdeen Police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the 300 block of 7th Avenue SW.

Jeffrey Eric Tschappat, age 41 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with DUI 2nd.
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At approximately 3:41 am on 07/10/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 600 block of S Grand Street for a complaint of intentional damage.

Jaclynn Marie Donne, age 38 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with intentional damage to property and entering or remaining.
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At approximately 1:55 pm on 07/10/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 1200 block of S Jay Street for the theft of tools.

Jay Arthur Grabinski, age 37 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with theft and bond violation.
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At approximately 3:38 pm on 07/10/2018 detectives responded to the 200 block of 4th Avenue SE in regards to a wanted subject.

James Anthony Johnson, age 35 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with grand theft, 2nd degree burglary, and distributing controlled substance to a minor child.
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At approximately 8:52 am on 07/11/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 1400 block of N Jay Street to investigate a runaway case.

Trevor John Erickson, age 25 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with 4th degree rape, contributing to the delinquency, abuse, or neglect of a minor child, and parole violation.
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At approximately 4:21 pm on 07/11/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 500 block of 2nd Avenue NE for a probation check.

Jericho Colin Salo, age 25 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with bond violation.
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At approximately 2:22 am on 07/12/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 200 block of S Greenwood Street regarding a citizen tip on a wanted person.

Kassie Elaine Ringsaker, age 25 of Aberdeen, was arrested and booked on a Brown County warrant involving two counts of assault and a bond violation.
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At approximately 4:08 pm on 07/12/2018 Aberdeen Police initiated a traffic stop in the 3800 block of 7th Avenue SE.

Bryce Durand Bushby, age 24 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with substitution of license plates, driving under suspension, and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
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At approximately 6:40 pm on 07/12/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to a complaint of trespassing in the 600 block of 6th Avenue SE.

Cheryl Lynn Hoffman, age 54 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with trespassing. She was also booked on a Brown County warrant.
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At approximately 10:33 pm on 07/12/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 800 block of S State Street for the request to remove a person.

Patricia Marie Demarrias, age 34 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with entering or remaining.
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At approximately 11:00 on 07/12/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 10 block of 7th Avenue SE for a complaint of an intoxicated male.

Jeremiah James Knapp, age 34 of Aberdeen, was arrested and booked on a Brown County warrant involving assault and theft.
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At approximately 12:36 am on 07/13/2018 Aberdeen Police conducted a traffic stop in the 1200 block of 6th Avenue SE.

Nyanwier Mon Mawier, age 33 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with no valid drivers license, no registration, and failure to maintain financial responsibility. She was also booked on a Brown County warrant.
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At approximately 3:00 am on 07/13/2018 Aberdeen Police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of S Main Street.

Charles William Angerhofer, age 30 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with DUI 2nd.
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At approximately 8:57 pm on 07/13/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 1500 block of 6th Avenue SE for a three vehicle crash.

Mitchell Kent Utecht, age 37 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with DUI 2nd.
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At approximately 3:56 am on 07/14/2018 Aberdeen Police initiated a traffic stop in the 600 block of S Grand Street.

Mahamed Nur Abdi, age 34 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with DUI 1st, reckless driving, and no valid drivers license.
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At approximately 5:32 pm on 07/14/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 100 block of 8th Avenue SE for the report of an assault.

A 56 year-old male was arrested and charged with domestic assault.
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At approximately 8:14 pm on 07/14/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 700 block of S Kline Street for the complaint of an intoxicated male.

Todd Steven Glanzer, age 55 of Yale, SD, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, befouling or disturbing property, and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
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At approximately 2:00 am on 07/15/2018 Aberdeen Police encountered a stalled vehicle at the intersection of 2nd and S 2nd Street.

Aloysius Bill Cross, age 25 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with DUI 3rd.
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At approximately 1:47 pm on 07/15/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 2900 block of 3rd Avenue SE for the report of an assault that occurred elsewhere.

A 23 year-old male was arrested and charged with aggravated assault / domestic.
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At approximately 8:22 pm on 07/15/2018 Aberdeen Police conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of N Main Street.

Daniel James Bachmann, age 28 of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged with DUI 1st.
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At approximately 9:17 pm on 07/15/2018 Aberdeen Police responded to the 1900 block of N Dakota Street for a complaint of bad driving.

Wyat Kenneth James Johnson, age 23 of Fargo, was arrested and booked on a North Dakota warrant for parole violation.


Lake Norden police officer's license revoked

After a lengthy day of hearings the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission took action against Lake Norden Police Chief Jimmy Murphy.  Attorney General Marty Jackley serves on the committee...

 

 

 

Jackley says the commission who made the decision is made up of 12 law enforcement and other officials from around the state...

 

 

 

The commission was asked to intervene earlier this year by Hamlin County States Attorney John Delzer who had declined to prosecute any cases brought by Murphy since late 2017.  Delzer cited numerous reports going back to 2016 wherein Murphy issued improper citations, was verbally abusive to the public, and made false statements to a victim...
 

 

 

 

Jackley says the buck normally stops with him, but that when it comes to the certification of officers, he’s only one of twelve who vote.


McLaughlin man sentenced in voluntary manslaughter case

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Sinjin Cameron, age 25, of McLaughlin, South Dakota, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison for his conviction of Voluntary Manslaughter. 

U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann pronounced the sentence in federal court in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Cameron was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his release from prison and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

According to court filings, between the 2nd and 3rd days of September, 2017, at McLaughlin, in Corson County, South Dakota, the defendant, Sinjin Cameron, committed voluntary manslaughter by unlawfully killing a human being, upon a sudden quarrel and heat of passion. Cameron continued assaulting the victim after he was knocked unconscious.  The victim died from blunt force trauma to the head.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri.

Cameron was immediately remanded to custody to continue serving his sentence.


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The Mosquito Control Division of the City of Aberdeen will do a city wide spraying for Mosquitoes

On Thursday July 19th between the hours of 8:00 PM and 1:00 A M. 

West Nile virus has been identified in Aberdeen and city officials urge citizens to take reasonable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  

 You can reduce the risk of getting West Nile virus by eliminating mosquito habitat around your property, applying insect repellents and wearing proper clothing when outdoors. 

The Adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 to 15 mph.   The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow lights.  

To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 15 mph or less and no inclement weather present.  Winds higher than 15 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.   

For more information on the Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program call 626.7015.


Name released in Hanson County fatal crash

A Mitchell woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle fatal crash that happened sometime early Sunday east of Mitchell.

  

A 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was northbound on 413th Avenue when it drifted across the roadway and into the west ditch. The vehicle eventually entered Rock Creek and ended up on its top.

 

The driver and only occupant, 28-year-old Ashley Lassiter, was not wearing a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

While the vehicle was discovered Sunday afternoon, the crash appears to have happened sometime earlier on Sunday.  

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Constitution Party to reconvene after failed convention Saturday

Another South Dakota political party has to do a do-over on their convention.

 

The Constitution Party's convention broke up Saturday after confusion over who was the party chairperson and other issues.

 

The convention ended up nominating no candidates for statewide office.

 

Terry LaFleur accused Lora Hubbel and her supporters of trying to stage a coup. Both are running for the Constitution Party gubernatorial nomination. LaFleur said in a Facebook post he was contemplating criminal and civil actions against Hubbel and others.

 

Both LaFleur and Hubbel attempted to get on the Republican ballot as governor candidates for the June primary but were unsuccessful.

 

The national CP got involved and said that Lori Stacey, who thought she was the chair of the party, had not been the chair since 2016.

 

The SDCP will try it again on August 14th in Sioux Falls.

 

The Democratic Party also has to do a mulligan on their convention August 10. The Libertarians had to hold a second convention in June because their first convention in April was snowed out.


Florida man sentenced in Beadle County fatal car accident

A Florida man who pleaded guilty in an fatal accident last November in Beadle County was sentenced today.

 24 year old Cedric Beauvil was sentenced to 90 days in the Beadle County jail and ordered to pay a $4000 fine plus court costs. Beauvil received a five year suspended sentence.

 Judge Kent Shelton further ordered Beauvil to give 4 speeches at different high schools over the next three years on the subject of distracted driving.

 Beauvil maintains he was not texting and driving when he ran the stop sign.

 Shelton said that something had clearly distracted Beauvil that day and that as the driver of a multi-ton vehicle he should have been paying attention.

 Beauvil was driving a semi-truck and trailer eastbound on Highway 14 when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the north junction of 14 and Highway 281.

 The semi-truck collided with a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup that was northbound on 281.

 The driver of the pickup, 18 year old Kennedy Tomsha, died in the crash. An 18-year-old passenger in Tomsha’s vehicle, Riley Zastrow, Evansville, MN sustained life-threatening injuries.

  The court heard from the parents of Kennedy Tomsha and the mother of Riley Zastrow prior to the sentence being handed down.

  Tomsha's mother, Wendy Quinn, gave Beauvil a copy of Kennedy's obituary to serve as a reminder of the accident that took her daughter's life. 

  Tomsha’s father, Tom Tomsha, said he forgave Beauvil. He also said while he hoped Beauvil would never forget what happened he also hoped that he would be able to overcome it.

  Zastrow's mother said she hoped Beauvil would take advantage of the opportunity to educate others on the dangers of distracted driving.

  Beauvil also spoke in court today, apologizing to both families. He had written a letter of apology previous to today’s sentencing.

 While Shelton said he struggled with the sentence he cited Beauvil’s age and lack of criminal history as some of the factors that played a part in the state's sentencing recommendation. 


Six injured in one-vehicle crash near Oacoma

Three adults and three children were injured in a one vehicle crash yesterday (Mon.) evening (6pm) on Interstate 90 six miles west of Oacoma.

 

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2009 Chevrolet 1500 pickup was westbound when it left the interstate. The pickup went through a ditch and fence on the north side of the roadway and eventually went into a ravine.

 

A 9-year-old boy climbed out of the vehicle and walked a few hundred yard to the interstate where he flagged down another vehicle. In that vehicle was a paramedic who helped care for the injured until help arrived.

 

The 46-year-old male driver and 65-year-old and 12-year-old female passengers received serious, non life threatening injuries. A 20-year-old female passenger sustained life threatening injuries. It’s unknown what injuries and eight-month-old infant and the 9-year-old boy may have received.

 

All three adults were flown to Sioux Falls. The local state Department of Social Services in Chamberlain is caring for the children.

 

Everyone was wearing a seatbelt. No charges pending.


Name released in Pennington County fatal crash

A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a trike motorcycle crash in Box Elder.

  

A 2009 Suzuki VL800 was northbound on Liberty Boulevard in Box Elder when the female driver lost control of the vehicle while attempting to turn left onto Interstate 90 westbound. The vehicle left the roadway at the I-90 on-ramp, entered the north ditch and hit a barbed wire fence.

 

Both occupants, who were not wearing helmets, were thrown from the motorcycle. Brian Minor, the 62-year-old male passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Sophia Elbow Shield, 39, of Rapid City was the driver. She sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Rapid City hospital. Charges are pending against the driver.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Looking for tips on a missing dog

Missing dog: Please be on the lookout for Cinder, a black female Great Dane. She has a pink collar and is very friendly. She has been missing since Monday. Contact the radio station at 725-5551 with any info.


Bjorkman calls for congress to take the reigns on tariff situation

South Dakota Democratic candidate for congress Tim Bjokrman is calling on those in Washington to take back the power to implement tariffs in order to help struggling farmers at the front of this trade war.  President Donald Trump has placed tariffs on the European Union, Canada and China which has led to retaliation by those other counties.  These tariffs were enacted by the executive branch individually, something Bjorkman says is not right…

 

 

 

Bjorkman over the weekend held a press conference with South Dakota farmers and ranchers affected by these tariffs.  Specifically, China has placed a 25 percent tariff on soybeans and corn, two of the state’s largest crop.  On top of that, China has also increased tariffs on pork producers. 

Pressure is beginning to mount on the administration to do something about these tariffs as South Dakota’s current congressional delegation sent a joint letter to the President reminding the administration to keep South Dakota farmers and ranchers in mind when negotiating trade deals.

Bjorkman says that is not enough…

 

 

 

Bjorkman’s main opponent, Republican candidate Dusty Johnson, responded to the criticism the GOP is not doing enough.  Johnson is adamant South Dakota farmers need access to the world markets in order to be prosperous and hopes the administration will take that into consideration as the negotiations move forward.  However, he feels the idea congress will be at the table is unrealistic…

 


State ends fiscal year with $16 million surplus

South Dakota state government closed the 2018 budget year on June 30 with a $16.9 million surplus.

 

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018 ended with lower expenditures and higher revenues than budgeted.

 

 

 

Daugaard says collectively, the three branches of state government spent $10.7 million less than appropriated.


 

 

 

 

Other sources of revenue with notable increases were the insurance company tax, which saw a 9.3 percent increase, and lottery revenue, which grew 4.3 percent.

 

 

 

 

The combination of the General Revenue Replacement and Budget Reserve funds-- totaling $176.4 million-- represents a combined reserve of 11.1 percent of the total general fund budget for this past fiscal year.


Deadline to sign up for Hub City Tennis Tournament coming up

The Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department would like to remind all area tennis players that the deadline to register for the Hub City Open Adult Tennis Tournament is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23 at the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department Office.

The tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, with Men’s and Women’s Singles and doubles Divisions, and Mixed Doubles Divisions being offered.  The entry fee is $18.00 for Singles and $24.00 for Doubles teams.  Awards will be given to winners in all divisions.  High school players are encouraged to sign up too.

If you would like more information with regard to the tournament, contact the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, 225 Third Avenue Southeast, or call 626-7015.


SD Delegation to Washington responds to President Trump's Summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump has taken a large amount of criticism from both the Democrats and his own party for his performance at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Finland Monday. 

 

While on stage with Putin, Trump sided with the Russian leader over his own intelligence agency, downplaying Russia’s role in meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  South Dakota’s own delegation to Washington each released statements contradicting the president and agreeing with US intelligence that Russia did in fact interfere in the election, but they did not go as far to criticize the president outright.

 

Senator Mike Rounds Statement:
“Make no mistake: Russia is not our friend. Our poor relations are a direct result of their continued destabilizing behavior throughout the world. It is clear that Russia attempted to directly influence the 2016 election process. There is value in seeking to improve relations with Russia, but the U.S. must make clear that their irresponsible behavior on the world stage will not be tolerated.”
 

A Tweet from Senator John Thune:

Kristi Noem's Statement to KSFY: “Based on the official reports I’ve seen, Russia clearly attempted to interfere in the U.S. election. It’s important we show that America will not stand for these kinds of attacks on our democracy.”


Gov. Daugaard takes part in 9th annual Ag Summit

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The Governor’s 9th annual Agricultural Summit is taking place in Rapid City this year, and state officials are not only weighing in on this year's ag outlook, but also the tariff dilemma.

 

Governor Dennis Daugaard was among Thursday’s speakers…

 

 

 

Jeremy Freking with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture said it's concerning -- especially for corn and soybean farmers.

 

 

 

The tariffs come at a time when producers should be celebrating a positive growing season and cooperative weather in much of the state thus far.  Freking says the latest estimate from USDA shows 70-percent of the corn and soybean crop in South Dakota is good to excellent.

 

Another positive note is the Farm Bill. Currently, it has passed both houses of congress and needs to be confirmed by a joint committee before final approval.

 

Meanwhile, potential tariffs loom over an otherwise ideal year for South Dakota producers, and that has Daugaard concerned…

 

 

 

It has also caught the attention of the state’s congressional delegation. They sent a letter to President Trump urging him to make U.S. ag a priority during trade negotiations.


One head in Hanson County fatal crash

A 29-year-old woman has died in a one-vehicle fatal crash that happened sometime early Sunday east of Mitchell.

 

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. She was the driver of the vehicle and the only occupant.

 

A 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was northbound on 413th Avenue when it drifted across the roadway and into the west ditch. The vehicle eventually entered Rock Creek and ended up on its top.

 

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

While the vehicle was discovered Sunday afternoon, the crash appears to have happened sometime earlier on Sunday.  

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Road construction scheduled to begin in parts of Aberdeen today

Five city street sections will be closed today to thru traffic due to road construction.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. according to the Public Works Department. 

Work is expected to last four weeks with some streets being periodically open. 

Areas affected include Third Aveneu Southeast from South Kline Street to South State Street, South Washington Street from Third Avenue Southeast to First Avenue Southeast, Second Avenue Southeast from South Second Street to South Washignton Street, 15th Avenue Northeast from North Dakota Street to North Harrison Street and North State Street from Eighth Avenue Northeast to 15th Avenue Northeast. 


South Dakota delegation to Washington sends letter to the president on ag markets

South Dakota’s delegation to Washington has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting he keep agriculture in mind as the trade war he started with China and other countries threaten the already weakened ag markets.  The letter, signed by Senators John Thune, Mike Rounds and Representative Kristi Noem, goes out of its way to acknowledge the representatives support for the administration before requesting agriculture be protected against any existing or future tariffs.  China’s tariffs affecting agriculture directly include taxes on soybeans, cotton, rice, sorghum, beef, pork, dairy, nuts and produce. 

 

The following is the full letter:

Dear President Trump:

Over the past several months, we have expressed serious concern that the steep drop in commodity and livestock prices linked to current U.S. trade policies and recently effectuated sanctions could push an alarming number of our state’s farms, ranches, and rural areas to the brink of economic collapse.

According to a recent CoBank news release, “uncertainty around trade presents escalating concern to U.S. agriculture. Seventy percent of U.S. agriculture exports are to destinations that are in current negotiation or trade disputes, according to the most recent Rural Economic Review from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division.” Further, a July 2, 2018, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) report provides, “Lower commodity prices in the near future could likely further reduce farm receipts, making it more difficult for some farmers to meet their loan obligations and pay for production expenses.”

Against this backdrop, the 2018 winter wheat harvest has begun in South Dakota, with other crop harvests to continue over the next four to five months. Harvest typically marks the beginning of a very critical period of economic uncertainty for farmers and ranchers in a normal year, as operating loans and production and harvest expenses are coming due before year’s end. Unfortunately, this uncertainty is now unnecessarily exacerbated by U.S. trade policies.

Agriculture is South Dakota’s number one industry and the cornerstone of its economy. South Dakota ranks in the top ten states in producing cattle, hogs, corn, wheat, and soybeans with more than 11 million acres of these three crops planted in 2018. Because of our state’s dependency on agriculture exports, our producers can no longer continue to “wait and see” what happens with U.S. trade in the global arena. Trade uncertainty over just the past few months has cost South Dakota farmers and ranchers hundreds of millions of dollars they could not afford to lose.

We appreciate and support your administration’s efforts to address a broad spectrum of trade inequities. We do not support, however, making agriculture exports, which have been the exception to such trade inequities, bear the brunt of retaliatory actions in response to current U.S. trade policies.

 


CDC links 100 cases of Salmonella to Honey Smacks cereal

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is advising the public for the time being to avoid Kellog’s Honey Smacks cereal due to a possible salmonella outbreak.  According to the agency 100 people since March have been affected by the illness, believed to be linked to the cereal.  Florida and Colorado are the latest of 33 states affected by the outbreak. 


Two Marshall county men sentenced in underage sexual abuse case

The Marshall county case involving five men sexually abusing a teenage girl has come to an end, with the final two men being sentenced earlier this week. 

 

20-year-old Michael Mejilla and 28-year-old Dustin Purcell, both of Britton each received 10 years in prison on conditions of a plea deal.  All five men were accused of illegal sexual intercourse with a Marshall County teenager younger than 16 at the time.  Some also faced child pornography charges as they had inappropriate pictures of the teen as well. 

 

They were arrested in October of 2017. 


SD PUC approves windfarm in northeast South Dakota

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday approved an estimated 300 megawatt wind farm to be located in Grant and Condition counties.  The project is estimated to cost $380 million and is expected to be completed by 2021.  Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will build and own the project they are calling the “Dakota Range” wind project.  It is expected to consist of 72 turbines across about 44,500 acres of land. 


Gov. Daugaard declares July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day in South Dakota.

 

The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

 

“The ADA has helped our state and nation to develop and promote the equal opportunity, independence and full participation of people with disabilities within our state,” said South Dakota Department of Human Services Cabinet Secretary Gloria Pearson.

 

Celebratory town events from public mayoral proclamations, socials, drives and picnics will continue throughout the month.

 

For more information on the ADA, please visit https://www.adaanniversary.org/home.

 

The proclamation coincides with the 28th anniversary of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush in 1990.


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday

The Mosquito Control Division of the City of Aberdeen will do a city wide spraying for Mosquitoes on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 PM and 1:00 A M.  If the weather is not favorable to spray on Wednesday we will spray Thursday.  The adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph.   The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow lights.  

To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 10 mph or less and no inclement weather present.  Winds higher than 10 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.   

West Nile virus has been identified in Aberdeen and city officials urge citizens to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  The Mosquito Control Division’s surveillance program has tested Mosquito Pools that were positive for West Nile Virus. You can reduce the risk of getting West Nile virus by eliminating mosquito habitat around our property, applying insect repellents and wearing proper clothing when outdoors.  Protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile virus.

For more information on the Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program call 626.7015.


Northern announces funding nearly 75 percent complete for new campus upgrades

The Educational Impact Campaign is gaining momentum, with pledges totaling more than $33 million so far for the collaborative effort between Northern State University and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

 

“We are extremely pleased with the progress of the Educational Impact Campaign,” said NSU President Dr. Tim Downs. “Since announcing the capital campaign at Northern Night, our committee has worked tirelessly to line up meetings with potential stakeholders.”

 

Downs said pledges for the campaign – which includes a new SDSBVI facility, the Athletic and Recreation Fields project and on-campus regional sports complex – have come from private individuals, the city of Aberdeen and organizations throughout the region.

 

“We continue to have great conversations with multiple organizations and groups,” Downs said. “More good news is on the horizon.”

                                                                                                          

Recent Contributions

 

Most recently, the city of Aberdeen pledged $185,000 from the annual 2019 promotion fund allocation. Along with that total, the city is expected to commit additional funding, for a total multi-year gift of $5 million – though that amount isn’t yet finalized and is expected to be confirmed during the city’s annual budget process.

 

While campaign officials are pleased with the progress, fundraising is ongoing.

 

“I’m very proud of the committee and what we’ve been able to accomplish,” said South Dakota Board of Regents member Jim Thares, co-chair of the Educational Impact Campaign Committee. “That being said, we still have a lot of work left. We want this campaign to exceed $45 million.”

 

Downs explained that fundraising $45 million is a process.

 

“It takes time and several meetings with potential stakeholders,” Downs said. “Once we explain what we’re doing as a university and how it affects future students and the community, people buy in.”

 

Project Updates

 

Meanwhile, work has begun on the Athletic and Recreation Fields east of NSU’s Jerde Hall. This project, which will be finished by fall, includes a soccer competition field, football practice field and pavilion.

 

The final design will be revealed this week for the new SDSBVI building. The facility will be constructed at the current site of Jerde, which is currently being demolished. After that point, construction will start on the new school, which has a projected completion date of fall 2019.

 

Once SDSBVI moves to its new building, the current school will be demolished. According to Northern’s campus master plan, by spring 2020, construction will begin on the sports complex, which will include Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field. Completion is expected no later than 2022.

 

Looking Ahead

 

Moving forward, campaign officials are confident in the success of the projects.

 

“The bottom line is this is going to happen,” Thares said. “This fall, we will have a ribbon cutting for the new Athletic and Recreation Fields and a groundbreaking for the new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Initial renderings for the on-campus regional sports complex will also be announced later this year.”

 

Thares also expressed his gratitude for all who have supported the campaign.

 

“On behalf of the campaign committee, I want to thank our stakeholders and the organizations who believe in the Educational Impact Campaign,” Thares said. “We also need to thank our city officials and the City Council members. Their support was critical.”

 

For more information about the Educational Impact Campaign or to make a donation, visit NSU Campus Master Plan or Educational Impact Campaign.


Name released in Harding County fatal crash

A Sturgis, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.

 

A 1997 Toyota Corolla was southbound on U.S. Highway 85 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the east ditch and rolled.

 

Grace Glos, 55, was the driver. She was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.  

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


SD Dems must reconvene due to technical issue

The South Dakota Democratic party must reconvene following a challenge from the South Dakota GOP in relation to their statewide candidates.  Secretary of State Shantel Krebs sent a letter to the Democrats, informing them their candidates were invalid because documentation was not submitted within the deadline in state law.  The Democratic Party of South Dakota has announced it will reconvene August 10th and plans to re-affirm those who were elected for statewide office earlier this summer. 


National Weather Service issues heat advisory for most of Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Aberdeen has issued a heat advisory for Aberdeen and much of northeast South Dakota today.  The advisory is expected to last from 1 to 8:00 p.m. Heat index values could reach temperatures up to 102 degrees due to temperatures already being in the 90s and the dewpoints reaching the upper 60s lower 70s.  For your safety be sure to drink plenty of fluids, stay in doors if you can and reduce outdoor activity.  Also, do not forget children or animals in parked cars during hot summer days. 


Update: Aberdeen Police locate missing teen

Update: The Aberdeen Police Department has released a statement, it has located the missing teen. 

The Aberdeen Police Department is seeking the public’s help in looking for a juvenile runaway.  15-year-old Abygail Repp is a white girl approximately 5’9 115 lbs. brown hair and brown eyes.  Little further information about the situation was released by police.  If you have any information about Repp’s whereabouts you are urged to contact police at 626-7911.   


55-year-old killed Saturday in Harding County fatal crash

A 55-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.

 

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family.

 

A 1997 Toyota Corolla was southbound on U.S. Highway 85 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the east ditch and rolled.

 

The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


President Trump selects Brett Kavanaugh as potential next Supreme Court Justice

President Donald Trump Monday announced his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United State’s Supreme Court.  Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, was the pick.  Kavanaugh is a well known figure in Republican politics working in the Bush White House and working with Ken Starr during the investigation into President Bill Clinton.  It will be up to the Senate now to confirm Kavanaugh and Democrats are likely to try and block the pick, despite what little power they wield to do so.  Both South Dakota senator’s John Thune and Mike Rounds have released statement’s praising the pick and seem excited about a rigorous nomination process.

Senator Thune Statement: 

“I commend President Trump for his selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial career has demonstrated his commitment to impartiality and faithful application of the Constitution. I look forward to sitting down with Judge Kavanaugh as we go through the confirmation process.

 

“Senate Democrats have already made it clear that they intend to listen to the far left of their party and fight this nominee regardless of his credentials. I encourage all of my colleagues to carefully review the qualifications of this nominee instead of trying to solicit his opinions on political issues, and to remember that the responsibility of a Supreme Court justice is to interpret the laws as written, not substitute political opinions for the law.”

 

Senator Mike Rounds Statement: 

“The president has announced his nominee, and now the Senate has a constitutional role of advice and consent. I take this responsibility very seriously. Confirming conservative, fair-minded judges who will adhere to the Constitution is one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Senate. I look forward to a thorough and rigorous confirmation process.”


SD Supreme court justice Mark Satler sworn in

The South Dakota Supreme Court swore in its newest member Monday at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  Justice Mark Salter becomes the 51 justice in the State’s highest court history, dating back to its founding in 1889.  He completes the five justice panel.  Satler was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard last May after spending time as a circuit judge, Navy Reserve and Turner County Deputy State’s Attorney. 


President orders flags at half staff in honor of Annapolis victims

President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Annapolis, Maryland, last week.

 

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 today, July 3.


Scheibe named 2018 Gov. Ag Ambassador

Roger Scheibe of Brookings has been named the 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient. The recognition will take place Thursday, July 12, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Rapid City.

 

Scheibe grew up on a dairy farm near Wolsey, South Dakota, and earned a B.S. in dairy science and manufacturing from South Dakota State University. He has worked as a dairy farmer, a dairy inspector, a director of dairy development programs for South Dakota and an agricultural lender for First Bank and Trust. From 2009 until his retirement in 2017, he served as Industry Relations Manager for the Midwest Dairy Association in South Dakota, as well as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Dairy Producers Association. 

Key Achievements of the Ag Ambassador:

  • Provides visionary leadership to South Dakota’s agricultural industry.
  • Champions growth and prosperity of the state’s number one industry.
  • Advocates for agricultural practices and responsible stewardship of livestock and land.
  • Highlights the significance of South Dakota agriculture to our global food system.
  • Influences decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.

 

“Whether assisting at a Breakfast on the Farm event or helping a family expand their farm to allow their child to come back home, Roger has been a great advocate for the dairy industry,” stated South Dakota deputy secretary of agriculture Kyle Holt. “His passion has helped to shape the future of the dairy industry and agriculture in South Dakota.”

 

To learn more about the Ag Ambassador Award visit https://bit.ly/1jyOPZS.To register for summit go to http://sdagsummit.com.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Highest volume of traffic in years expected over 4th of July according to AAA

AAA projects nearly 47 million Americans will travel this Independence Day, the highest Fourth of July travel volume on record, since AAA began tracking holiday travel 18 years ago.

 

“Even with national gas prices 60 cents higher over last year, more of us than ever will be traveling this Independence Day holiday,” said Marilyn Buskohl, spokeswoman for AAA South Dakota. “And it’s not just auto travel numbers that are higher – we’re predicting air travel will take off, also.”

 

A record-high 137,400 South Dakotans are expected to travel over the Fourth of July holiday, according to AAA. Eighty-five percent will drive, eight percent will fly and the rest will be traveling by other means, including ship, train, bus and multi-modal.

 

“We are well on our way for 2018 to be a record-breaking year for summertime travel,” said Buskohl. “This is welcome news for all of those in the travel industry, from hotels and attractions to restaurants and local shops.”

 

With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be aware of the “three deadly D’s” while driving over the fourth:

  • Driving Drunk. Over the holidays, up to 40 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involve alcohol. Use designated drivers, call a cab, or use a ride-sharing provider.  And as you drive, bear in mind that many of the vehicles you encounter on the road are going to be piloted by drivers under the influence. Drive defensively.
  • Driving under the Influence of Distractions. Diversions in a vehicle are many and varied: cell phones, iPods, GPS systems, food, beverages, other passengers – the list goes on. Limit all of these distractions as you drive and if you’re a passenger, help improve your safety margin by allowing drivers to give their full attention to what they’re doing – driving. Remember that when drivers take their eyes off the road for as little as two seconds, their crash risk doubles.
  • Driving Drowsy. Falling asleep at the wheel is much more common than we think. Fatigue robs us of the power to make quick, smart decisions as we drive. And in the summertime, drowsy driving is an even greater threat as warmer temperatures make us sleepier. Get plenty of rest before driving, stop frequently to stretch your legs and don’t try to drive too many hours in any one day; six or seven hours is about the limit if you want to be safe.

Allow extra time to get to destinations, pack an extra dose or two of patience and always buckle up.


Canada officially imposes retaliatory tariffs on US imports

July 1st was not only the annual celebration of “Canada Day” for our neighbors to the north, it also marked the day Canada officially imposed tariffs on US exports worth $16.6 billion Canadian, $12.5 billion American.  The move comes in retaliation against the United States and President Donald Trump’s trade ware which hit Canadian steel and aluminum with tariffs June 1st.  More than 40 SU steel products have been hit by Canada’s new taxes and a 10 percent tax has been levied on over 80 other items. 


Garbage pickup schedule changed for the holiday

Due to the July 4th Holiday observance on Wednesday July 4th, city garbage pick-up will change. 

 

Residents who normally have their garbage picked up on Wednesday are reminded to have their garbage out for pick up by 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. 

 

Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s garbage will be picke dup Tuesday.  Recycling will follow the same schedule.  Dependable Sanitation will be picking up both Tuesday and Wednesday’s recyclables on Tuesday. 

 

Residents are also reminded that City Solid Waste garbage pickup service starts at  7:00 a.m.  All garbage should be placed out for pick up by 7:00 a.m. on their garbage day and the garbage pickup can be any time during that day. 


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