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Local News Archives for 2018-08

Sturgis high school shutdown due to threat Thursday

STURGIS, S.D. – Schools in Sturgis were placed on a soft lockdown Thursday morning after law enforcement received a report that a parent was threatening self-harm.

 

Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says a grandparent heard the threat and was concerned the parent would visit the student at school.

 

VanDewaater says as they worked to verify the threat, they spoke with the Meade 46-1 School District and decided it was best to go on a soft lockdown. That is where classroom doors are locked, but the school curriculum continues.

 

VanDewater says after determining the parent in question wasn’t in Meade County, and the threat was no longer there, the lockdown was lifted.

 

Meade 46-1 Superintendent Jeff Simmons says it was good opportunity to work on the continuing professional partnership they have with Sturgis Police and the Meade County Sheriff…

 

 

 

 

Simmons explains the protocol for a soft lockdown…

 

 

 

Simmons says there was never a threat to students.

VanDewater says they are following up with a welfare check on the parent


President Trump to visit South Dakota Sept. 7th

President Donald Trump will visit South Dakota for the first time as President next week.  Trump will be coming to Sioux Falls September 7th and speak at a campaign even in support of gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem.  The location and time were not provided on the invite which has circulated across the internet, but attendees will need to pay $500 per person, $1,000 per couple or $5,000 per couple which includes a photo with the President.   


Northern names Curt Fredrickson Gypsy Day Parade Marshall

Northern State University has named Curt Fredrickson its upcoming Gypsy Day Parade marshal.  The 103rd gypsy day parade will start at 9:00 a.m. on September 29th.  Fredrickson was the longtime women’s basketball coach at Northern, who retired this past spring after 39 seasons at the helm.  He is the winningest coach in Northern history with 846 wins and two NAIA National championships. 


KSFY to host congressional debate Sunday

KSFY Has announced it will host a four-candidate debate Sunday at the South Dakota State Fair.  The debate will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the freedom stage, be broadcasted on TV and be streamed at KSFY.com.  The debate is between the four candidates for South Dakota’s lone seat in the house of representatives including Republican Dusty Johnson, Democrat Tim Bjorkman, Libertarian George Hendrickson and independent Ron Wieczorek. 


Aberdeen woman indicted on alternate murder charges

An Aberdeen woman has been indicted by a grand jury in the death of another Aberdeen woman Mitchelle Ladner.  38-year-old Tanisha Renee Jordan-Mondo faces alternate counts of murder following a stabbing incident July 19th.  Jordan-Mondo was arrested following a month long investigation by police.  She is being held without bond while waiting to stand trial.


One dead in Meade county fatal crash

One person died and another was injured late Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Piedmont.

 

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

 

A 2010 Dodge Ram pickup was eastbound on Interstate 90 at a high rate of speed. The vehicle entered the transition area into a construction zone where the driver lost control. The vehicle struck several construction cones before it entered the median area and rolled several times.

 

The 39-year-old male driver was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 39-year-old male passenger was taken by ambulance to the Rapid City hospital. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 


Congresswoman Noem says new Mexican-US trade deal good for producers

Congresswoman Kristi Noem thinks the recent trade agreement with Mexico bodes well for ag producers and the nation.

 

 

 

Noem is also running for governor against Democrat Billie Sutton and Libertarian Kurt Evans.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem says there's some very good news in the trade agreement President Trump negotiated with Mexico.
 

 

 

Noem says the agreement with Mexico should put more pressure on Canada to come to a trade agreement with the United States.

 


Death toll on Puerto Rico rises following independent study into Hurricane Maria

The Puerto Rican government Tuesday released numbers showing the death toll from Hurricane Maria is much larger than initially reported.  Shortly after the hurricane hit the Caribbean island in September of 2017, and estimated 64 people were killed.  That number has risen to 2,975 after the release of an independent study and included individuals who died as a result of the desperate situation and lack of response months after the storm.  Senators Kristen Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are calling for an independent investigation into the federal governments response. 


SD Right to life endorses three state wide Republican candidates

South Dakota’s chapter of “Right to Life”, one of the oldest anti-abortion activist groups in the country, has announced endorsements for three statewide races come November.  The group has endorsed Republicans Kristi Noem for Governor, Dusty Johnson for congress and Jason Ravnsborg for Attorney General.  In a statement, the group says it chose to endorse these candidates due to their commitment to protecting the unborn. 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

A Mosquito spray has been planned for 8:00 p.m. tonight to 1:00 a.m. Thursday in Aberdeen.  The adulticiding equipment is loud and drive slowly so be aware while on the road.  The West Nile virus has been found in Brown County so keeping yourself safe from mosquitoes is important.  To do that experts encourage residents to avoid outdoor activity during dawn and dusk, wear long sleeves and cover your body while outdoors, wear bug repellent, and remove standing water from your property that can be a breeding ground for mosquito eggs.  Should winds be above 10 miles per hour or inclement weather present, the spray will be rescheduled. 


SD Dept. of Safety urging safe driving over Labor Day

Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety are encouraging motorists to end summer on a safe note by being safe on the road.

 

The Labor Day weekend is considered the end of the summer. That means more people are expected on the road as they head to the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, athletic or school events and those final family summer gatherings.  This year’s 78-hour Labor Day holiday period for reporting motor vehicle traffic crashes starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and continues until midnight, Monday, Sept. 3.

 

“As we know, motor vehicle crashes can happen at any time of the year, holiday or no holiday,” says Lee Axdahl, director of the Office of Highway Safety. “The important thing is that motorists remember those basic safety rules – wear a seatbelt while in a vehicle or helmet on a motorcycle, slow down, watch out for others, don’t drink and drive and don’t get distracted by electronic devices. We ask motorists and passengers to make smart safety choices.”

 

When traveling on South Dakota highways this holiday weekend, motorists will likely see the  Highway Patrol as well. Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Craig Price says the Patrol will conduct its standard high visibility operation.

 

“Fatality crashes in South Dakota are up this year when compared to last year. It will take all of us, citizens, visitors and public safety officials alike, to reverse this trend,” Col. Price says. “To kick off Labor Day weekend all available troopers, including me, will be out enforcing our traffic laws. I hope you all have a safe weekend.” 

 

During the 2017 Labor Day reporting period, there were 133 motor vehicle crashes resulting in one fatal and 32 injuries. Out of the 32 injured, 22 were occupants of motor vehicles and 18 were reported to have worn safety restraints.

 

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


Trump administration announces potential new trade deal with Mexico

The Trump administration Monday announced a preliminary agreement with the government of Mexico on an update to the North Atlantic Free Trade agreement or NAFTA.  President Trump is calling this the end of NAFTA and beginning of something new, while observers say this is more a revision of NAFTA, updating provisions in relation to the digital economy, automobiles, agriculture and labor unions.  The largest change in the new agreement would affect the auto industry, requiring car companies to manufacture at least 75 percent of an automobile’s value in the US, up from 62.5 percent.  It is not known as of now if Canada will be included in this new agreement. 


SD Pheasant brood numbers up in 2018

According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), this year’s pheasant brood survey shows a 47 percent increase over last year. The 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index is 2.47, up from the 2017 index of 1.68.

“A substantial increase in the pheasants-per-mile index is an exciting prospect for South Dakota’s 100th pheasant hunting season this fall,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. “Weather conditions continue to play a significant role when it comes to bird numbers and better weather helped this year with the average pheasant brood size increasing 22 percent over last year.”

From late July through mid-August, GFP surveyed 110, thirty-mile routes across the state’s pheasant range to estimate pheasant production and calculate the PPM index. The survey is not a population estimate, but rather compares the number of pheasants observed on the routes and establishes trend information. Statewide, 85 of the 110 survey routes had a higher PPM than 2017.

“We are pleased to see pheasant numbers improve across the state; particularly in the far eastern part of the state where hunters will have more opportunities to harvest birds than in recent years,” stated Hepler. “The full report provides an overview of upland habitat; which remains a concern for all wildlife across the state. Just as changes in landscape-level habitat conditions have produced peaks and valleys in the pheasant population for 100 years, habitat will again be the key to preserving pheasant hunting for another century."

The Walk-in Area (WIA) program added 39,000 new acres in addition to 8,000 new acres last year. With 1.1 million acres of public hunting land within the heart of South Dakota’s pheasant range, great opportunities remain for public access to pheasant hunting. Hepler said hunters should notice far fewer disturbed CRP fields compared to last year when emergency haying and grazing was authorized in response to severe drought conditions.

The annual hunting atlas and a web-based interactive map of public lands and private lands leased for public hunting can be found at https://gfp.sd.gov/hunting-areas/. In addition to printed and interactive maps, hunters can utilize GPS downloads and smartphone applications to locate public hunting lands throughout the state. Hunters are again asked to hunt safely and ethically, respect private landowners and those public hunting areas scattered across the state.

“Challenges exist to maintain habitat, desirable pheasant population levels, and to recruit a new generation of hunters to preserve this truly special sport of pheasant hunting. Take time this fall to celebrate the hunt, the sense of community and comradery while appreciating how deeply rooted the tradition of pheasant hunting has been for the last 100 years,” concluded Hepler.  

South Dakota’s traditional statewide pheasant hunting season opens on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, and runs through Jan. 6, 2019.


Gov. Daugaard calls for flags at half staff in honor of the late John McCain

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has called for flats to be at half staff to honor the life of the late Senator John McCain.  The Governor has called for flags to follow the proclamation announced by the president, to keep flags at half staff until sunset on Sunday Sept. 2nd when McCain will be interred. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has called for flats to be at half staff to honor the life of the late Senator John McCain.  The Governor has called for flags to follow the proclamation announced by the president, to keep flags at half staff until sunset on Sunday Sept. 2nd when McCain will be interred. 


SD PUC to hold classes on avoiding phone scams

The best defense against scams, particularly those that come over the phone, is to be informed and cautious. That’s the message the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is sharing with consumers at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron this week.

 

PUC commissioners and staff will meet with fair goers at the PUC display booth in the Expo Building on the State Fairgrounds from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. PUC representatives will offer tips about how to prevent falling victim to numerous telephone scams that are prevalent.

 

“Education, awareness and information — those three things are the best tools South Dakotans can use to fight off scams,” said PUC Chairperson Kristie Fiegen. “Telephone scammers are particularly nefarious and, unfortunately, very difficult to catch. The PUC wants to help South Dakotans protect themselves by learning how to identify and steer clear of scams.”

 

New content on the PUC’s website, www.puc.sd.gov, offers basic information about scams, tips and tools to avoid scams and what some common scams are.

 

“Staying connected with friends, family, community and business associates through telecommunications is a tremendous asset,” said Commissioner Gary Hanson, vice chairman of the PUC. “But, when scammers use telecommunications in an attempt to defraud, trick and otherwise make good folks’ lives miserable, it makes one wary about answering their phone.”

 

PUC Commissioner Chris Nelson suggests South Dakotans shrug off their niceness when dealing with telephone scammers. “If you answer the phone and the caller or offer sounds suspicious, hang up immediately. Don’t engage the caller in conversation. This defense method seems to go against our character as friendly South Dakotans, but it’s best to stop trouble before it starts,” Nelson said.

 

Find more information about avoiding telephone scams on the PUC’s website at www.puc.sd.gov/scamcalls.


Dusty Johnson releases trade plan if elected

Republican Dusty Johnson, through his campaign for congress, has released a three point plan to address trade for farmers if elected to congress.  The plan calls for three specific actions that Johnson says will help short-term and long-term farming stability.  Those changes are; increase negotiating force, boost domestic demand for commodities, require authorization for some future tariffs.

Johnson has been criticized by his opponents, specifically Democrat Tim Bjorkman, for failing to stand up for South Dakota farmers as billions of dollars in tariffs are currently dragging down commodity prices and demand.  Despite the criticism, Johnson says he is a free trade guy and now the US needs to be in it for the long haul…

 

 

 

Johnson believes the goal is to be tariff free and to allow more market access when this trade war plays itself out.  When that finally happens, Johnson sees a role congress can take up to help repair damaged trade relationships…

 

 

Johnson also talked about leadership in the House of Representatives.  Current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is stepping down at the end of his term in January and new leadership will need to be named.  That is if Republicans can keep control of the house come the November midterm elections.  Johnson described the kind of person he would want to see the new leader of the Republican caucus in the house be…

 

 


One person killed in Pennington County fatal crash

One person died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred near Hill City.

 

The name of the deceased, along with the names of two others involved, are not being released by state officials pending notification of family members.

 

A 2003 Kawasaki L Cruiser motorcycle was southbound on U.S. Highway 385 when the male driver lost control as the vehicle went into the northbound lane. A northbound 2015 Chevrolet Equinox ran over the motorcycle and driver.

 

The 57-year-old motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

Both the male driver and female passenger of the vehicle suffered minor injuries. The two occupants, each 75 years old, were wearing seatbelts.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Gov. Daugaard encouraging residents to get out to the state fair beginning this week

The South Dakota State Fair begins its annual run with Channel Seeds Preview day on Wednesday.  The State Fair and State Fair Park were not immune to 10-percent across-the-board cuts mandated by Governor Dennis Daugaard after he took office to eliminate continual structural deficit that hung over the state budget.  The Fair has seen a resurgence in the years since…

 

 

 

Daugaard says the increase in off season events has helped increase revenues…

 

 

 

Those increases in revenue are helping the Fairgrounds on much needed upkeep and maintenance…

 

 

 

Daugaard is looking forward to one more fair as Governor…

 

 

 

The last two years, the South Dakota State Fair in Huron has surpassed the 200-thousand visitor plateau.


Car collides with home in northern part of Aberdeen

First responders were on the scene Sunday evening when a Honda drove into a home in the north part of Aberdeen.  The incident occurred at 524 North State Street around 7:00 p.m.  No one in the home was injured.  Officers worked to put a temporary fix to the foundation as some of it had been pushed in by the vehicle.  The incident remains under investigation. 

 

 


Longtime Arizona senator, one time Republican Presidential nominee and war hero John McCain passed away Saturday at the age of 81. 

McCain had been battling brain cancer and just last week announced he would no longer undergo treatment to try and fight the disease. 

The country has collectively mourned the loss of McCain, who earned the title of Maverick in the Senate for his willingness to buck his own party and cross the political isle in the interest of getting legislation passed.  

Senator Rounds statement on the passing of McCain:

“John McCain was a true American hero who spent his life serving our country,” said Rounds. “Our men and women in uniform had no better ally than John McCain, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served alongside him on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He leaves behind a legacy of leadership we can all admire. Jean and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family during this difficult time.”

Senator Thune statement on the passing of McCain:

“Sen. McCain leaves behind a legacy as big as his personality,” said Thune. “As a son, midshipman, Navy captain, war hero, congressman, father, senator, and maverick, he’s filled his many roles with integrity and has always been driven by dedication to his country. John served the nation he loved until the very end, and he will be missed. Kimberley and I are praying for Cindy and the McCain family as they cope with the loss of their beloved husband and father.”


Gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem releases veteran plan

Kristi Noem today released her veterans initiative while visiting the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, which is known as The Veterans Town. The effort, which she’s coined as OPERATION: RALLY POINT, focuses on improving customer service within the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, expanding employment opportunities, and addressing some of the everyday challenges veterans face, including transportation and digital literacy.

 

“Before any patrol or battle, service members will often establish a Rally Point, a safe place to reassemble if they have a problem, need to refit, or just need rest,” said Noem. “Similarly, I believe the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs should operate as a Rally Point, providing resources, support, and guidance to the state’s 72,000 veterans. Like many aspects of state government, South Dakota does a lot right in this area, but there is room for improvement too.”

 

Prioritize customer service within SDDVA. While our nation has promised veterans certain benefits, such as healthcare, retirement and education, the systems created to deliver this assistance are often complex, counterintuitive, and slow. Most of these programs are under federal jurisdiction, but states can play a powerful role in representing veterans and ensuring each receives the benefits to which they’re entitled. That’s why it’s critical we continue to have a stand-alone SDDVA. Additionally, with efficiency and service in mind, my administration will:

  • Employ pro-active Veteran Service Officers (VSOs), providing them with sufficient training and instilling a culture of customer service;
  • Better educate County Commissioners and Tribal Councils of the resources offered by VSOs and the responsibilities County Commissioners and Tribal Councils have in supporting VSOs;
  • Work to ensure the SDDVA is connecting veterans with the mental health resources they are eligible for; and
  • Foster greater collaboration between VSOs and the congressional delegation, each of whom employ caseworkers that specialize in navigating the VA and other federal bureaucracies.

 

Expand employment opportunities for veterans. Most service members take up second careers after their military service. As we grow the state’s economy, we must work to help veterans find their place in the private sector. As governor, I will:

  • Lead by example. The state of South Dakota already employs more than 1,000 veterans. I will continue to seek out qualified veterans, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserves, to serve within the state government.
  • Actively support veteran hiring programs. In part because of legislation I fought for, employers can receive benefits for hiring veterans or supporting those serving in the National Guard and Reserves. The South Dakota Department of Labor must continue to help employers and veterans better understand and utilize these programs.
  • Give credit where credit is due. The South Dakota Board of Regents has been active in giving graduation credit to veterans for the training they received during their time in the military - something I will continue to support and encourage.
  • Recruit veterans to fill South Dakota employment needs. Many industries face tremendous difficulties recruiting skilled labor. In many cases, veterans can fill those gaps.
  • Review licensing requirements. As outlined in my Kickstarting the Economy proposal, my administration’s review of state licensing requirements must explore, among other things, options to fast-track veterans and military families, letting their experience count so it’s easier to work in South Dakota.

 

Support public-private collaboration to address transportation shortfalls. Especially in rural communities, transportation to and from appointments is a challenge for veterans. While most areas cannot support a robust public transportation network, we’ve seen multiple partners successfully band together in some areas of the state to offer more reliable options. More specifically, the same system that gets veterans to appointments at the VA, takes kids to after-school programs at the Boys and Girls Club; it also assists disabled and low-income individuals in getting to and from work. We must encourage alliances like this. Additionally, my administration will work to continue leveraging South Dakota’s tremendous volunteerism rate, actively encouraging folks to fill remaining transportation gaps.

 

Expand digital literacy among veterans. The average age of an American veteran is 61 years old. While many are tech savvy, some struggle with computer skills that could make accessing benefits and resources easier, particularly in rural areas where it’s difficult to get to Pierre or Sioux Falls. As governor, I will work to build partnerships between local libraries, schools, and veterans groups to improve digital literacy among veterans.

 

Maintain Hot Springs as The Veterans Town. There is no community in America so dedicated to delivering what our veterans have earned than Hot Springs. Tucked in the Black Hills, the Hot Springs VA hospital provides a level of serenity that aids in the healing process – especially for those facing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, and similar illnesses. Despite all this, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was incrementally depleting the services offered in Hot Springs and pushing forward a plan to close the facility altogether. Alongside many South Dakota veterans, I’ve battled the VA to keep the facility open. While we’ve made significant progress, this fight is far from over. As governor, I’ll be just as committed to saving the Hot Springs VA Hospital. Additionally, I will continue to ensure the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs is a world-class facility for South Dakota veterans and their families, making certain The Veterans Town can continue delivering the services veterans have earned.

 

Preserve a final resting place for South Dakota veterans. In May 2018, President Trump signed legislation I helped write to triple the Black Hills National Cemetery’s size. The mere fact that the cemetery needs expansion is a testament to the astounding number of South Dakota patriots who have answered the call to serve. But more can be done. More than two-thirds of South Dakota veterans live on the eastern side of the state, yet the closest cemetery to the area is more than 200 miles away in Minnesota. I am deeply supportive of the state legislature’s efforts to establish an East River Veterans Cemetery and will work as governor to bring the project to completion.


Gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton releases ag plan

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Candidate for Governor Billie Sutton was at the Central State’s Fair in Rapid City today to introduce his plan for agriculture.

Sutton calls it the “Planting Seeds for Growth” Ag plan.

Sutton says it outlines his priorities in advocating for the state’s family farmers and ranchers…

 

 

 

Sutton touched on the current tariffs situation, and believes they do more harm than good to the state’s farmers and ranchers. However, Sutton says he too, believes in fair trade and doesn’t want the U.S. to be taken advantage of.

He also wants to see some changes in the state’s ag assessment program, touching on property tax relief…

 

 

Sutton says his plan is all about preserving the way of life for farmers and ranchers for generations to come. Sutton is a 5th generation rancher and says agriculture is key to growth in the state.

Sutton is running against Republican Kristi Noem and Libertarian Kurt Evans.


SD DOT announces bridge grant recipients

The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 35 Preliminary Engineering Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $1.345 million at their meeting today in Pierre. 

                                                                                                            

The remaining $13.655 million in BIG funds will be used for Preservation, Rehabilitation and Replacement grants to be approved by next April.   

 

Grant recipients are: city of Aberdeen, Aurora County (2), Beadle County (3), Bon Homme County, Brookings County, Brown County, Butte County (3), Davison County, Day County (2), city of Gary (2), Grant County, Hamlin County, Hanson County, Jackson County, Lawrence County (3), Lincoln County, Lyman County, Perkins County, Roberts County (2), Sanborn County, and Union County (5).

 

Forty-one applications totaling $1.58 million were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). Two cities submitted three applications and 22 counties submitted a total of 38 applications.

 

Local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent matching funds and have three years to expend the grant. Counties must have a wheel tax and a five-year Highway and Bridge Improvement Plan to receive a grant.

 

The BIG program was created in 2015 by Senate Bill 1. SB 1 set aside $7 million per year from funds generated by license plate fees to be used to repair and replace aging local bridges. The SDDOT adds an additional $8 million annually, making $15 million available.

 

The next round of BIG program applications is due Jan. 2, 2019, for the Preservation, Rehabilitation and Replacement categories. Applications are available online at: http://sddot.com/business/local/big/Default.aspx

 

For more information regarding the BIG program, contact Doug Kinniburgh at 605-773-4284.


Candidate forum to take place Saturday

Candidates seeking the state legislature have been invited to a candidate roundtable Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Aberdeen Police Department.  Those who attend will discuss issues and answer questions from those in attendance.  A total of 17 candidates have been invited including:
 

District 1

  • Susan Wismer, Britton, Senate, Democrat.
  • H. Paul Dennert, Columbia, House, Democrat.
  • Steven D. McCleerey, Sisseton, House, Democrat.
  • Tamara St. John, Sisseton, House, Republican.

District 2

  • Brock L. Greenfield, Clark, Senate, Republican.
  • Paul Register, Redfield, Senate, Democrat.
  • Lana J. Greenfield, Doland, House, Republican.
  • Jenae Hansen, Aberdeen, House, Democrat.
  • Mike McHugh, Aberdeen, House, Democrat.
  • Kaleb W. Weis, Aberdeen, House, Republican.

District 3

  • Cory Allen Heidelberger, Aberdeen, Senate, Democrat.
  • Al Novstrup, Aberdeen, Senate, Republican.
  • Brooks Briscoe, Aberdeen, House, Democrat.
  • Drew Dennert, Aberdeen, House, Republican.
  • Carl E. Perry, Aberdeen, House, Republican.
  • Justin Roemmick, Aberdeen, House, Democrat.

Name released in Yankton county fatal crash

A Yankton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near Lesterville.

 

A 1983 Ford Mustang was westbound on 430th Avenue when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into ditch, hit a field approach, went airborne and caught fire after landing.

 

All three male occupants were ejected from the vehicle and airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. One of the two passengers, Saul Renteria, 20, later died from his injuries.

 

The driver, 29-year-old Jonathan Roubideaux of Utica, S.D.,  and the other passenger, 25-year-old Javier Renteria, Jr. of Yankton, both suffered life-threatening injuries. Charges are pending against the driver. Seatbelt use by the three is under investigation.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Gubernatorial candidates rib Noem for not showing up at "Dakotafest"

Two of three candidates for governor participated in Wednesday’s forum at Dakotafest. Democrat Billie Sutton of Burke and Libertarian Kurt Evans of Wessington Springs answered a series of prepared questions and audience questions during the 90 minute event.

Republican candidate Kristi Noem declined to appear due to a scheduling conflict which drew some ribbing from Sutton….

 

 

As well as Evans…..

 

 

Agriculture dominated the discussion as well as several other issues including transparency and government accountability.


Collegepalooza to take place Tuesday in Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce has announced it will again host “Collegepalooza” as a way to welcome back new and returning Northern State and Presentation College students.  A portion of main street will be blocked off Tuesday August 28th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and open for free to college students.  At the event, Aberdeen business, service organizations, non-profits, clubs and more will have booths students can visit and learn more about what the city of Aberdeen has to offer.  The event is a collaboration between the chamber, Downtown Association, Northern, Presentation College, Plains Commerce Bank, Dacotah Bank and iHelp Student Loan and Reunion Student Loan Finance Corp. 


Bon Homme County approves new wind farm project

The Bon Homme County Commission has approved a proposed $297 million wind farm.  The farm will be between Tripp and Avon and will cover an estimated 50,000 acres in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties.  Prairie Winds Park is the company trying to get approval to build this new farm. 


McPherson County implements burn ban

The McPherson County Commission has implemented a burn ban.  The ban is county wide and will be in effect until further notice.  


Semi truck hits traffic light in Aberdeen

According to the Aberdeen Public Works Department, a semi-truck hit a traffic pole Tuesday at the intersection of South Main Street and Railroad avenue.  For the time being, the intersection is now a four way stop while work is completed to fix the pole.  According to the Aberdeen Police Department, a Moorhead man, Kevin Earley was cited in the incident for hit and run and careless driving. 


Missing Iowa woman body found


Fundly set up for man assaulted at Brown County Fair

Brown County State’s attorney Chris White spoke briefly about law enforcement during the Brown County Fair, at the county commission meeting Tuesday.  According to White, two people were seriously injured Friday night, one of them in an assault situation.  White did not identify the victim.  However, A Fundly page has been created to help Casey Kulm of Aberdeen.  According to the page, Kulm was attacked Friday night of the Brown County Fair and will need reconstructive surgery on the left side of his face due to the accident.  Little further information was available about the attack. 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday night

The city of Aberdeen has announced a mosquito spray planned for 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Wednesday night.  The spray equipment is noisy and moves slowly so be cautious.  If there is inclement weather or winds above 10 miles per hour the spray will be rescheduled.  The city is encouraging residents to take precaution when dealing with mosquitos as the West Nile virus has been found in Brown County.  Residents can limit outdoor activity at dawn and dusk, remove standing water from your property, wear long sleeves and cover skin while outside and finally wear bug repellent. 


Jury selection begins in former USD football player sexual assault case

Jury selection has begun for a former University of South Dakota football player charged with attempted rape.  Opening arguments could start as early as today in the case against Dale Williamson Jr.  Williamson Jr. has pleaded not guilty in an incident which occurred off campus last October. 


Three vehicles involved in accident Sunday

Three vehicles were involved in an accident Sunday at the intersection of Sixth Avenue Southeast and South Roosevelt Street.  According to the Aberdeen Police Department an SUV driven by 19-year-old Magdalena Gall failed to stop, crashing into a car driven by 43-year-old Danielle Holtey.  That action, pushed Holtey’s vehicle into a pickup driven by 21-year-old Amber Kline.  Gall was cited for following too closely while Hotley and Kline were each taken to the hospital via ambulance following the incident. 


Noem, Sutton to take part in two gubernatorial debates

The Billie Sutton campaign for governor and Kristi Noem campaign for governor have released a schedule of debates as the campaigns continue to gear up and we get closer to November.  The two will meet in a televised debate October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. on Keloland TV and again October 25th at 8:00 p.m. on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.  The Sutton campaign has accused Noem of ducking debates, as Sutton has agreed to at least 10 public debates or forums.  Noem’s campaign says Sutton’s message is muddled between his own platform, choice of running mate and platform of the Democratic Party.  Noem will be in Mitchell today at 1:00 p.m. attending Dakotafest.    


Watertown police pull vehicle from lake and arrest driver for DUI

Watertown Police Officers responded to the Pelican Lake Access south of Evolution Sports at Watertown early this morning about 4:40 a.m. to a report of a white F150 pickup truck that was partially submerged in the water. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 34 year old Michelle Sawatzky of Watertown. A DUI investigation was conducted and Michelle was subsequently arrested for Felony 3rd Offense DUI. The Watertown Fire Department and Codington County Search and Rescue team assisted with the removal of the truck. Sawatzky was the only occupant and no injuries were reported. Sawatzky is being held at the Codington County Detention Center on a $1000.00 cash only bond. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Monday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Monday, August 20, 2018 water will be off in the following area to replace a water valve:

South High Street from 10th Avenue SE to 11th Avenue SE

The Public Works department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  Water is estimated to remain off most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


One person killed near Lesterville in two-vehicle crash

One person died and two others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon near Lesterville.

 

Names of three men involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved.

 

A 1983 Ford Mustang was westbound on 430th Avenue when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into ditch, hit a field approach, went airborne and caught fire after landing.

 

All three occupants were ejected from the vehicle and airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. One of the two passengers, age 20, later died from his injuries. The 29-year-old driver and the other passenger, 25, both suffered life-threatening injuries.

 

Charges are pending against the driver. Seatbelt use by the three is under investigation.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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

 


Gov. Daugaard appoints James A. Powers as circuit court judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint James A. Power of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.

 

“Jim Power is a brilliant, hard-working attorney,” said Gov. Daugaard. “I appreciate his willingness to take on the important role of circuit judge.”

 

Power is a shareholder in Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith in Sioux Falls, where his practice is focused on civil litigation. He has been with the firm since 2006. Prior to that, he also practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, and clerked for a Dallas, Texas, law firm. 

 

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a judge, and look forward to serving the people of South Dakota’s Second Circuit,” Power said.

 

Power grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in 1989. In 1992, he earned his law degree with high honors from George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C. From 1992 to 1993, he worked as a law clerk for Hon. John Cooper Godbold, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Montgomery, Alabama. Power also holds a master’s in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

 

Power and his wife, Lara, have three daughters. He will succeed Judge Larry Long, who is retiring in September. The Second Circuit includes Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.?


Bjorkman claims Republicans looking to cut entitlements to pay for tax cuts

Democratic U.S. House candidate Tim Bjorkman of Canistota says both the federal deficit and national debt are out of control. He says he’s lived his life as a fiscal conservative while the federal government is the opposite….

 

 

 

Bjorkman says House Republican leadership is seeking to make serious cuts to Social Security and Medicare to pay for the tax cuts.

He says that strategy is morally wrong, fiscally unwise and inflationary.

Bjorkman along with Republican Dusty Johnson, Libertarian George Hendrickson and Independent Ron Wieczorek meet in a U.S. House candidate’s forum next Wednesday at Dakotafest in Mitchell.



Power outage affects Aberdeen Thursday

Power outages affected the Aberdeen area Thursday.  According to NorthWestern Energy’s outage map, an estimated 517 customers were without power around 1:40 p.m.  The Aberdeen American News reports Kessler’s had to turn away customers while the power was out and the YMCA was also without power for a time.  After a fuse was fixed by NorthWestern Energy, power was restored fully around 1:45 p.m.


Aberdeen woman charged in stabbing death

The Aberdeen Police Department has announced an arrest connected to a stabbing death in July.  According to police, 38-year-old Tanisha Renee Jordan-Mondo of Aberdeen has been charged with 1st degree murder.  She is accused of fatally stabbing 37-year-old Michelle Ladner on July 19th.  Police responded to a call in the 1500 block of South Grant Street on the 19th and found Ladner bleeding from multiple stab wounds and her apartment door kicked in.  She was transported to a hospital where she died six days later as a result of her injuries. 


Senator Rounds responds to the Trump administration removing security clearance for former CIA director John Brennan

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds is weighing in on President Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former Former CIA Director John Brennan.  Brennan says he believes President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and that the president revoked his security clearance to "silence others who might dare to challenge him." In an opinion piece published in The New York Times Today, Brennan cited press reports as evidence that Trump's claims of no collusion were "hogwash." He said the only question now is whether the collusion that took place "constituted criminally liable conspiracy." Trump on Wednesday revoked Brennan's security clearance and defended the move by saying he believes Brennan is responsible for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  Senator Rounds says that taking away someone’s security clearance doesn’t change what they already know...

 

 

 

Brennan wrote in his op-ed piece that Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke his security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him.  However, Senator Rounds isn’t concerned the action will have a chilling effect on the nation’s intelligence community...

 

 

Trump has also ordered a review for nine others who have security clearances. The President says he doesn't trust "many of those people on that list" and thinks they aren't "good people."


Huron police investigating counterfeit bills

The Huron Police Department is once again receiving reports of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at local businesses.

 

Residents are advised to be cautious when accepting any $100 bills as even friends and trusted associates may have unknowingly come into possession of a counterfeit bill.

 

Several weeks ago the Huron Police department received reports that phony currency was being circulated. Detectives were able to make an arrest in connection with those incidents.

 

The fake bills are distinguished by small red Chinese writing printed on the backside of the bill. Also, when the bill is held up to the light Benjamin Franklin’s face doesn't appear in the watermark portion.

 

Counterfeit money detector pens will leave a brown mark on the phony money.

 

Residents are asked to contact police immediately if they receive a counterfeit bill.


SD DOT says Sturgis attendance up from 2017

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has released numbers from the Sturgis motorcycle rally, showing an eight percent increase from last year.  The Department says nearly 506,000 vehicles entered Sturgis this year, up from 469,1000 vehicles last year.  Those that visited stayed longer this year as well.  The final attendance figures will be released in October. 


Founder of Ken Super Fair Foods dies at 76

Ken Fiedler, the founder of Ken’s Super Fair Foods which has stores all over northeast South Dakota has passed away at the age of 76.  According to his death notice he passed away at the USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Services are pending with Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory.  According to the Aberdeen American News, Fiedler got his start in the grocery business in September of 1962 in his hometown of Java South Dakota, about 73 miles west of Aberdeen. 


Box Elder man involved in standoff with police

Authorities apprehended a suspect after a morning shootout that turned into a standoff at a home in Box Elder.

The incident began around 9:30 when Box Elder Police were on a call in a neighborhood off of South Ellsworth Drive.

Captain Tony Harrison of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says that’s when a subject fired upon them…

 

 

 

Harrison says the subject fled, and for a short period of time, took two people hostage in the backyard of a Box Elder home…

 

 

 

Harrison says assistance came in to help find the suspect, and he was located in a home on Freude (fried) Drive.  After negotiations with authorities, the suspect was apprehended with no further shots being fired.

Harrison says authorities did a great job today – saving a small girl from the situation…

   

 

 

 

Harrison identified the suspect as 31-year-old Justin Grant Latrelle. He is facing numerous charges, including attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault.


Gov. Daugaard looks to address inauguration issues

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued an executive proclamation, calling a special session of the South Dakota State Legislature for Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. CDT to consider legislation relating to the collecting and remittance of sales tax by remote sellers. The special session, which was announced earlier this month, follows the state’s win before the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. in June.

 

Gov. Daugaard is also adding a second topic to the special session, relating to the timing of the inauguration of the new governor in 2019.

 

By tradition, a new governor and other state officials are sworn in on the Saturday before the beginning of the legislative session. The state constitution requires that the legislative session begin on the second Tuesday of January, which will be Jan. 8 in 2019. Therefore, the inauguration festivities are set for Saturday, Jan. 5.

 

South Dakota state law, however, states that state officials cannot be sworn in until the first Monday in January, which will be Jan. 7 in 2019, the day before the legislative session begins. This calls into question the legality of an inauguration ceremony on Jan. 5.  

 

Gov. Daugaard will be asking legislators to amend the law so that the inauguration can always be held on the Saturday before the State Legislature convenes, as has been the longstanding tradition.

 

“It is important to have a clear transfer of the Governor’s Office, without any doubt about the legality of the ceremony,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We have been in contact with Congresswoman Noem and Sen. Sutton, and both candidates agree that we should clarify this statute and remove any question surrounding next year’s inaugural ceremony.”

 

The Governor added that he hopes legislators will see a bright side: “It means they will be rid of me two days earlier.”


Glacial Lakes Energy celebrates 10 years

Glacial Lakes Energy at Mina celebrated a milestone event yesterday at the plant located in Brown County.  The ethanol facility, located just west of Aberdeen, is observing its 10th anniversary this year.  Among the attendees yesterday was South Dakota Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem who said she would mandate the state’s fleet use E-30 blends...

 

 

 

 

Noem says ethanol isn’t getting a fair shot right now...

 

 

 

 

She also said that having the ability to sell E-15 year round is critical and that the former departure of EPA Scott Pruitt is a good thing...

 

 

 

 

Noem says the ethanol industry is having a big impact on the state’s economy.


One person killed in Hanson county fatal crash

 

One person died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday morning east of Mitchell.

 

Names of the three people are not being released pending notification of family. They were the only three people involved.

 

A 2014 Buick LaCrosse was westbound on Interstate 90 and had slowed down due to traffic being backed up because of a crash on I-90 at mile marker 333. A westbound 2012 Dodge Ram pickup rear-ended the LaCrosse, causing it to strike a 2018 Toyota Corolla.

 

The 76-year-old female driver of the Buick LaCrosse was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt.

 

A 71-year-old male, who was driving the pickup, was taken to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

Also transported to the Mitchell hospital was the 69-year-old male driver of the Toyota Corolla. He suffered minor injuries. It is not known whether he was wearing a seatbelt.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Recreational marijuana on the ballot in North Dakota come November

Legal marijuana supporters in North Dakota have achieved the necessary 13,452 valid petition signatures and have gotten recreational marijuana on the ballot infront of voters this November. 

Secretary of State Al Jaeger made the announcement Monday. 

The measure as it is written would legalize the use of marijuana for people 21 years and older and also seal the records of anyone convicted of a marijuana-related crime that would be made legal under the measure.  Currently, medicinal marijuana is legal in North Dakota, passed by the voters in 2016.  If passed, North Dakota would become the 10th state to legalize marijuana, 11th if Washington D.C. is included


Six people arrested in SD sex sting

The South Dakota Attorney General’s office says six people have been arrested as a result of a sex trafficking sting.

Jackley says his office was joined by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Sturgis Police Department and Rapid City Police Department in the sting, with cooperation from the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Arrested were 55-year-old Robert Bungert of Sturgis, 29-year-old Zam Mung of Rapid City, 30-year-old Jeremiah Stertz of Yankton, 50-year-old Paul Heib of Rapid City, 20-year-old Connor Harmon of Sturgis and 38-year-old Adam Myosky of Port  Clinton, Ohio.

All of them are charged with attempted enticement of a minor using the Internet – a felony.

Jackley says this cooperative operation continues to focus on removing sexual predators from the streets.


Maryland man sentenced in credit card scam in SD

A Maryland man has been sentenced in South Dakota for his part in an Identity theft scheme.  According to the U.S. Attorney’s office 38-year-old Victor Sasay took part in a scam using credit cards owned by people in the Midwest to acquire gift cards from multiple stores in the region.  EH pleaded guilty in March to aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.  Included in this scheme were two other co-conspirators.  The scheme cost banks and credit unions an estimated $60,000. 


Gov. Daugaard urges the state to take part in Suicide prevention awareness month

As the number of recorded suicides in the state continues to escalate, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is calling on South Dakotans to join the fight by participating in Suicide Prevention Month in September.

 

“In 2017, 192 South Dakotans lost their lives by suicide. That’s the highest number ever reported in our state,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Suicide is preventable and we can help by starting the conversation, providing support and directing those who need help to services. We hope our schools, churches, families, and community groups will engage in the fight to save lives by leading these kinds of discussions during Suicide Prevention Month this year.”

 

Since 2004, over 1,700 lives have been lost to suicide in South Dakota. Those numbers have increased each year, with nearly one in six high school students in South Dakota having suicidal thoughts or tendencies, according to a 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

 

The Governor is encouraging groups across the state to host awareness activities and promote available resources, and to add those upcoming events to the statewide calendar at SDSuicidePrevention.org. Groups can add scheduled activities on the website by filling out the online form under the “Events” and “Suicide Prevention Month” tabs. Local data, prevention toolkits for specific populations, and resources for survivors are also available on the website. Information specific to youth suicide prevention is located at Bethe1SD.com, a campaign launched earlier this year by the Department of Social Services.

 

“If you are struggling or you believe someone is at risk for suicide, contact a professional immediately,” said Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti. “If you need help or you know someone who does, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). People are available to help 24/7.”

 

Those experiencing suicidal thoughts can also obtain help by contacting any medical provider such as a family physician, psychiatrist or hospital emergency room, as well as a Community Mental Health Center or other mental health provider. For more information about behavioral health services, or to find a Community Mental Health Center, contact the Department of Social Services’ Division of Behavioral Health at 605-773-3123, toll-free at 1-855-878-6057 or online at dss.sd.gov/behavioralhealth/.


ONe person killed in Corson county fatal crash

One woman died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Mobridge.

 

Her name is not being released pending notification of family. She was the only person involved.

 

A 2002 KIA Forte was westbound on U.S. Highway 12 when the vehicle crossed into the other lane of traffic, went into the south ditch and eventually rolled several times. The driver, who wearing a seatbelt, was thrown 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.

 


Rep. Kristi Noem to visit Mina/Aberdeen Tuesday

South Dakota Representative and Gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem will visit Mina Tuesday.  The Republican Representative will be taking part in the Glacial Lakes Anniversary Celebration.  She will speak at the event, scheduled to take place a 4:00 p.m. 

Noem will then be at the Brown County Republican's booth at the Brown County Fair at 5:30 p.m. 


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 August 13th between the hours of 8:00 PM and 1:30 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.


Final "Rally Tally" from Sturgis 2018

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 12, 2018

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

105

44

149

161

Misd Drug Arrests

109

66

175

171

Felony Drug Arrests

51

26

77

46

Total Citations

518

469

987

1,084

Total Warnings

2,198

1,556

3,754

3,796

Cash Seized

$1,684.00

$1,055.00

$2,739.00

$1,600.00

Vehicles Seized

6

1

7

9

  For Drug Poss.

6

1

7

9

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

20

30

50

55

Injury Accidents

29

27

56

69

Fatal Accidents

4

0

4

8

# of Fatalities

4

0

4

8

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None.

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 11:04 a.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 89, mile marker 63, eight miles north of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound when the male driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went into the east ditch and tipped over, throwing off the driver. The driver, 70, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At noon Saturday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 30, seven miles east of Custer: Two motorcycles were westbound on U.S. Highway 16A when the first motorcycle signaled to make a right-hand turn. The second motorcycle tried to pass the first motorcycle on that side and both collided. The male driver of the first motorcycle, 61, suffered minor injuries. The female passenger, 54, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet. The male driver of the second motorcycle, 67, suffered minor injuries while the female passenger, 63, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Both occupants were wearing helmets.

 

At 2:53 p.m., Old Hill City Road, four miles east of Hill City: A motorcycle was on Old Hill City Road when the driver failed to negotiate a right-hand turn. The motorcycle left the roadway, entered the ditch and hit a fence. The male driver, 57, suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 5:07 p.m., Vanocker Canyon Road, two miles north of Nemo: Two motorcycles were northbound on Nemo Road when the first motorcycle began to slow down. The second motorcycle tried to brake, but collided with the first motorcycle. The two occupants of the first motorcycle, the 39-yar-old male driver and the 34-year-old female passenger, were not injured. They were not wearing helmets. The female passenger of the second motorcycle, 40, suffered minor injuries. She was wearing a helmet.


Police in Sioux Falls investigating Sunday night shooting

Police in Sioux Falls are investigating a shooting in Falls Park which left one person dead.  According to Sioux Falls Police, two people were hurt in the shooting as well, which occurred just before 10:00 p.m. Sunday.  Little further information has been released by officials and the incident remains under investigation.  The incident occurred near the Farmers Market area on the northern edge of the park. 


Sturgis "Rally Tally" for Tuesday

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Thursday August 9, 2018

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

70

25

95

112

Misd Drug Arrests

76

49

125

113

Felony Drug Arrests

33

13

46

35

Total Citations

331

326

657

728

Total Warnings

1435

1018

2453

2500

Cash Seized

$1,684.00

$1,055.00

$2,739.00

$1,108.00

Vehicles Seized

4

0

4

7

  For Drug Poss.

4

0

4

7

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

15

23

38

33

Injury Accidents

20

16

36

51

Fatal Accidents

4

0

4

4

# of Fatalities

4

0

4

4

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

At 6:24 p.m. Wednesday, Sturgis Road, one mile west of Blackhawk: A motorcycle was westbound on Sturgis Road approaching the intersection with Kimberly Drive when the male driver failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The motorcycle went off the roadway into the north ditch and down an embankment through a fence. The driver, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 28, 17 miles south of Spearfish: Motorcycle was traveling on U.S. 14A when the driver lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle entered the ditch and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 48, suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 6:02 p.m. Wednesday, Interstate 90, mile marker 53, three miles west of Rapid City: The motorcycle was eastbound on Interstate 90 when it collided with a deer that had entered the roadway. The male drive, 71, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 7:12 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 35, two miles south of Lead: The motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 14A went it collided with a deer that had entered the roadway. The male driver, 53, was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 


Senator Thune talks NAFTA

Negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement are continuing between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Senator John Thune is hoping a new agreement can be reached no later than September….

 

 

He says once NAFTA is done the U.S. should work on getting trade deals with the European Union and China. Thune says he’s unhappy with the way President Trump is dealing with China.


Red Rooster Coffee House announces plans for a move

An Aberdeen downtown staple has announced a location move.  The Red Rooster Coffee house, which has been located on the main floor of the Citizens Building since its opening in 1996, plans to relocate to 216 South Main Street.  That is just south of the business’s old location and currently holds the downtown flea market.  Red Rooster owner Dan Cleberg talked on Facebook yesterday citing remodeling and rent as the main reasons for the move.  A gofundme page has been set up to help defray the costs of the move. 

 


Bjorkman, Johnson to debate at the state fair

Two of the four candidates seeking South Dakota’s lone seat in the House of Representatives will square off in a public debate at the State Fair.  KSFY has announced it will host the debate between Republican Dusty Johnson and Democrat Tim Bjorkman.  The two will meet Sunday Sept. 2nd at 3:00 p.m. on the Freedom Stage.  A range of issues will be discussed at this debate.  KSFY has announced it will also speak with Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton, but not Republican Kristi Noem who declined to take part in the event due to a scheduling conflict. 


Rally tally for Wednesday August 9th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 8, 2018

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

52

21

73

94

Misd Drug Arrests

63

41

104

87

Felony Drug Arrests

27

11

38

22

Total Citations

271

263

534

601

Total Warnings

1123

811

1934

1,987

Cash Seized

$1,684.00

$1,055.00

$2,739.00

$1,108.00

Vehicles Seized

3

0

3

5

  For Drug Poss.

3

0

3

5

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

15

18

33

29

Injury Accidents

18

15

33

41

Fatal Accidents

3

0

3

2

# of Fatalities

3

0

3

2

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

At 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Sturgis Road (I-90 service road), mile marker 44,1 ½ miles west of Piedmont: A motorcycle was eastbound on Sturgis Road when the male driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went off the roadway, into the north ditch, hit a delineator pole and eventually rolled. The male driver, 63, was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead en route to the hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 10:42 a.m. Tuesday, Intestate 90, mile marker 45, Piedmont: A motorcycle was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the back tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 63, received minor injuries. The female passenger, no age listed, was not injured. Both were wearing helmets.

 

At 11:46 a.m. Tuesday, South Dakota Highway 79, mile marker 69, five miles south of Rapid City: A 2003 Mazda Tribeca was northbound in the passing lane on South Dakota 79 when the driver oversteered, colliding with the trailer of a 2009 Red Freightliner Conventional semi truck. The female driver of the Tribeca, 28, received minor injuries while a juvenile female passenger was not injured. The 38-year-old male driver of the semi was not injured. Everyone was wearing seatbelts.

 

At 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nemo Road, four miles west of Nemo: A motorcycle was traveling northwest on Nemo Road when the male driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went off the roadway and down a steep hill. The male driver, 51, was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 109, 13 miles south of Deadwood: The female passenger on a motorcycle fainted and fell off the moving motorcycle. The passenger, 27, received minor injuries. She was wearing a helmet. The male driver, 33, was not injured. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 55, two miles south of Keystone: A motorcycle was westbound when the motorcycle, while going around a curve, crossed the centerline and collided with two eastbound motorcycles. All three drivers were thrown from their motorcycles and all suffered minor injuries. None were wearing helmets.

 

At 2:31 p.m. Tuesday, South Dakota Highway 40, mile marker 43, eight miles west of Hermosa: A motorcycle was westbound on South Dakota Highway 40 when the female driver applied the brakes to avoid a motorcycle-deer collision that was in front of her, causing her motorcycle to slide. The female driver, 62, received minor injuries. She was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 3:52 p.m. Tuesday, South Dakota Highway 244, mile marker 32, 2½ miles west of Keystone: A motorcycle was eastbound when the male driver failed to negotiate a curve and hit the guard rail. The driver, 51, fell over the guard rail and 80 feet down a cliff. The driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At 5:22 p.m. Tuesday, South Dakota Highway 79, mile marker 38, three miles north of Buffalo Gap: A motorcycle was northbound on South Dakota Highway 79 when the male driver, 46, failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle entered the median and tipped over. The driver suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At 8:14 p.m. Tuesday, South Dakota Highway 36, mile marker 36, 10 miles west of Hermosa: A motorcycle was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 36 when it collided with a deer that had entered the roadway. The male driver, 68, was thrown from the motorcycle when it went into the ditch. The driver, who was wearing a helmet, sustained minor injuries.

 

At 8:38 p.m. Tuesday, Sheridan Lake Road, eight miles southwest of Rapid City: A motorcycle was westbound when the driver failed to negotiate a turn, causing the motorcycle to roll.The male driver, 38, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.


Gov. Daugaard appoints three people to legislative seats ahead of special session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will fill three vacancies in the South Dakota State Legislature. The appointments come in anticipation of next month’s special legislative session, which the Governor called to consider legislation relating to implementation of sales tax on remote sellers.

 

The three appointees, all Republicans, are currently candidates for their respective seats in the 2018 general election. The appointments are effective immediately and run until the newly-elected State Legislature convenes in January 2019.

 

“With the upcoming special session, it is important for these districts to be fully represented,” said Gov. Daugaard. “I thank Maggie Sutton, Rebecca Reimer and Scyller Borglum for their willingness to serve in this way.”

 

District 10 State Senate

 

Gov. Daugaard will appoint Margaret “Maggie” Sutton, of Sioux Falls, to the State Senate from District 10. Sutton is a sales manager for Trademark Uniforms in Sioux Falls. She will succeed Sen. Jenna Netherton, who resigned in April.

 

District 10 includes an area of Minnehaha County encompassing the cities of Brandon, Corson and Renner, as well as a portion of northeastern Sioux Falls.

 

District 26B State House of Representatives

 

The Governor will appoint Rebecca Reimer, of Oacoma, to the State House of Representatives from District 26B. Reimer is a financial representative and served for 13 years on the Chamberlain/Oacoma school board. She will succeed Rep. Jim Schaefer, who died in May.

 

District 26B includes Brule, Buffalo, Jones and Lyman counties.

 

District 32 State House of Representatives

 

Gov. Daugaard will appoint Scyller J. Borglum, of Rapid City, to the State House of Representatives from District 32. Borglum, an entrepreneur and engineer, earned her doctorate in geological engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She will succeed Rep. Sean McPherson, who died in April.

 

District 32 includes downtown Rapid City and the area to the south.


City of Waubay asking residents to conserve water

The city of Waubay is asking residents to reframe from unnecessary water usage until further notice.  An example of this would be watering your lawn.  Updates are being made to the Waubay water tower that are expected to last about two weeks. 


One person killed in Codington County fatal crash

One person died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Watertown.

 

The name of the male driver is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved.

 

A 2012 Chevy Cruze was southbound on Interstate 29 when the vehicle went into the median and crashed into the pillar that supports the overpass at exit 193. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt 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.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Friday, August 10, 2018 water will be off in the following areas to replace a water valve:

 

South Congress Street from 4th Ave SE to 6th Ave SE

And

South Jackson Street from 4th Ave SE to 6th Ave SE

 

The Public Works department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  Water is estimated to remain off most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


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 August 9th 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.


Execution date set for Rodney Berget

The execution date has been scheduled for Rodney Berget following a warrant of execution being issued by judge Bradley Zell.  Berget was found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of correction officer Ronald ‘R.J.’ Johnson during an escape attempt from the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls in 2011.  The execution has been scheduled for the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. during the week of October 28th through Nov. 3rd of 2018.  It is up to the Warden of the state penitentiary to choose a specific date and notify the public within 48 hours.  Three people in South Dakota have been executed by the state since the death penalty was reinstated in the state in 1979.  Berget will be the first since 2012 and third under Governor Dennis Daugaard. 


Bjorkman responds to Johnson poll with one of his own

One day after Republican Dusty Johnson and his campaign for congress released a poll showing a 21 point lead for the Republican, Democrat Tim Bjorkman has responded.  Bjorkman, through his campaign released a poll showing the race tightening within the margin of error.  The poll, done by Public Policy Polling, shows Johnson with a 39 percent to 37 percent lead over Bjorkman.  That is, if you compare the two in a head-to-head matchup.  There are two other candidates in the race including Libertarian George Hendrickson and Independent Ron Wieczorek. 


Senator Rounds says Russian meddling ongoing

Sen. Mike Rounds says the Russians are trying to do more than simply meddle in the 2018 election.

 

 

Rounds also says President Trump not criticizing Vladimir Putin is likely calculated to try to build a relationship with him to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia. 

Sen. Mike Rounds says there is no doubt the Russians meddled in the 2016 election and had a target.
 

 

 

 

Rounds, who's one the Armed Services Committee says, the Russians are trying to meddle in this year's election as well. 


Sturgis "rally tally" from Tuesday

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Tuesday August 7, 2018

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

37

19

56

74

Misd Drug Arrests

53

30

83

71

Felony Drug Arrests

24

8

32

16

Total Citations

220

209

429

468

Total Warnings

842

631

1473

1,490

Cash Seized

$1,684.00

$0.00

$1,684.00

$1,108.00

Vehicles Seized

3

0

3

4

  For Drug Poss.

3

0

3

4

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

10

12

22

22

Injury Accidents

15

6

21

30

Fatal Accidents

2

0

2

1

# of Fatalities

2

0

2

1

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 8:15 a.m. Monday, Interstate 90, mile marker 107, two miles west of Wall: A 54-year-old female was driving a motorcycle eastbound when she lost control. The motorcycle went off the roadway and into the median. The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, received serious non-life threatening injuries.

 

At 10:37 a.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 21, 10 miles southeast of Spearfish: A motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve, slid off the road and down into the creek. The male driver, 26, suffered life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 12:21 p.m. Monday, South Dakota Highway 240, mile marker 28, eight miles south of Wall: Two motorcycles were stopped at the stop sign and collided as both attempted to turn left. One male driver, 69, suffered minor injuries. The other male driver, 54, was not injured. Neither driver was wearing a helmet.

 

At 1 p.m. Monday, U.S. 14A, mile marker 26, 15 miles south of Spearfish: A motorcycle was eastbound on US 14A when it hit a deer. The motorcycle left the roadway and the female driver, 42, was thrown from the motorcycle. She was not wearing a helmet and she sustained minor injuries

 

At 1:20 p.m. Monday, Vanocker Canyon Road, eight miles south of Sturgis: A motorcycle was northbound on Vanocker Canyon Road when the male driver failed to negotiate a right-hand turn. The motorcycle hit a guardrail and then rolled over. The driver, 67, sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At 2:05 p.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 109, 13 miles south of Deadwood: A motorcycle driver failed to stop in time for a group of motorcycles ahead of him. The motorcycle slid off the roadway. The male driver, 65, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 8:50 p.m. Monday, U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 66, eight miles north of Belle Fourche: A 2007 Peterbilt semi-truck was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when it collided with an eastbound 1985 Versatile farm tractor. The male driver of the semi was 79 years old and the male driver of the tractor was 44. Both were sustained minor injuries and both were wearing seatbelts.


Sioux Falls man sentenced to 30 years in prison for child pornography

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier sentenced a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of distribution and receipt of child pornography on August 2, 2018.

Jason Jorgenson, age 33, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and forfeit his cell phone.

Jorgenson was indicted for possession, distribution, and receipt of child pornography by a federal grand jury on May 9, 2017.  He pled guilty on April 2, 2018.

Jorgenson is a repeat felon.  Before the commission of these particular crimes, he had been released from prison in September 2016 after serving a four-year prison sentence for a previous child exploitation felony conviction. In December of 2016 and January 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) generated two cyber-tips about child pornography being distributed from Jorgenson's residence in Sioux Falls.  An investigation of Jorgenson by Homeland Security Investigations led to the discovery of multiple internet accounts he was using to receive and distribute digital files of child pornography, often using false names to try to hide his identity.

This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations of the Department of Homeland Security and the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Clapper prosecuted the case.

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


Gov. Daugaard calls for special session of the legislature

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation that would expedite implementation of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and allow the state to enforce the obligation of remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax.

 

After consulting with legislative leaders from both political parties, the Governor is calling the special session for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at the State Capitol in Pierre.  

 

“South Dakota led the fight for tax fairness, which culminated with our historic win before the U.S. Supreme Court in June,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Thanks to that victory, other states are implementing tax changes as soon as Oct. 1, and I will be proposing legislation to allow South Dakota to join them.”

 

Draft legislation is currently being prepared by the South Dakota Department of Revenue, in consultation with the Attorney General’s office, and will be made available for review prior to the special session.?


State treasurer encouraging residents to visit booth at Brown County Fair

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, August 13-19, 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 Brown County Fair.  Residents who are unable to attend the event can search the database online at http://www.sdtreasurer.gov/


More anthrax found in Butte county cattle

Anthrax has been confirmed in more South Dakota cattle.  According to State Veterinarian Dustin Odekoven, the disease has now been diagnosed in 300 unvaccinated yearling cattle in Butte County.  Butte is the fourth county with cattle to receive a diagnosis along with Clark, Bon Homme and Hamlin.  Producers across the state are urged to contact their veterinarian’s office and vaccinate where appropriate. 


Buffalo Chip township dismissal denied

As the Buffalo Chip Campground swells for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Judge Gordon Swanson this week ruled against a request to dismiss the state of South Dakota’s lawsuit challenging it as a city.

Lawyers for the Buffalo Chip argued before Judge Swanson July 31 that the state didn’t have the authority to dissolve an existing municipality.

The State argues it does, indeed, have that authority, and accuses the Buffalo Chip was not properly established.

Judge Swanson’s refusal of the dismissal of the case sets up yet another court battle.

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

After the state Supreme Court sent the issue back to the state court, the case was picked back up with the State of South Dakota as the head plaintiff.


Rally tally from Monday 8/06/18

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Monday August 6, 2018

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

23

13

36

49

Misd Drug Arrests

36

20

56

44

Felony Drug Arrests

14

7

21

7

Total Citations

140

144

284

334

Total Warnings

557

399

956

1019

Cash Seized

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Vehicles Seized

1

0

1

2

  For Drug Poss.

1

0

1

2

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

5

9

14

10

Injury Accidents

8

4

12

23

Fatal Accidents

2

0

2

1

# of Fatalities

2

0

2

1

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None.

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 12:17 p.m. Sunday, Crook City Road, one mile south of Whitewood: A 64-year-old male was driving a motorcycle eastbound on Crook City Road when he failed to negotiate a turn. The motorcycle went off the roadway and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. He was suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was wearing a helmet.

 

At 2:05 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 5, seven miles south of Cheyenne Crossing: A motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when the female driver, 50, failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went off the roadway and into the ditch. The driver suffered minor injuries. She was wearing a helmet.

 

At 2:37 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Highway 16, Avenue of Chiefs, four miles north of Custer: A 2004 Jeep Liberty failed to slow down for a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup that was stopped at the intersection, rear-ending the pickup. The 22-year-old driver of the Jeep received minor injuries; there were no injuries to the other driver, age 49. Both drivers were females and both were wearing seatbelts.

 

At 2:40 p.m. Sunday, North Rochford Road, 12 miles south of Lead-Deadwood: A motorcycle was southbound on Rochford Road when the motorcycle sideswiped the guardrail, causing the driver to lose control. The motorcycle went into the southwest ditch where both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. Both the male driver, 57, and the female passenger, 56, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Neither person was wearing a helmet.

 

At 2:49 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 31, four miles north of Custer: A motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 16 when the male driver came upon another crash scene. When the driver applied the front brakes, the motorcycle’s front tire locked up, causing the driver to lose control. The driver, 66, was thrown from the motorcycle when it tipped over. He suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was wearing a helmet.


Johnson campaign releases polling showing a healthy Republican lead

The Dusty Johnson campaign has released the first real poling we have seen in this upcoming congressional race and it shows a big lead for the Republican.  According to Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican party pollster, conducting the poll at the request of the Johnson campaign, Republican Candidate Dusty Johnson leads Democrat Tim Bjorkman with 54 percent. The numbers released by the pollsters show it surveyed approximately 400 likely voters in South Dakota. 

 


National Night Out takes place tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Tonight marks the annual “National Night Out” celebration at Melgaard park running from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  the event is part of a nationwide effort to help establish better relationships between the local police department and the people they serve.  The event will include the CHIP program to help gather identification information on your child, food, inflatables, and a screening of the film “Padington 2” outside at dusk.  For more information contact officer Angela Senger with the Aberdeen Police Department or visit the national night out web site. 


Northern announces $7,000 in scholarships at the Brown County Fair

For the second year in a row, Brown County Fair-goers will have a chance to win money to attend Northern State University.

 

Northern is giving away $7,000 in scholarships for fall 2019. That’s seven $1,000 scholarships, or one for each day of the fair, which runs Aug. 13-19 at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

 

“Last year’s scholarship giveaway drew a lot of interest, and we’re looking forward to going back to the Brown County Fair again this year,” said Dr. Jeremy Reed, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs. “We have even more exciting projects to talk about, with so much positive momentum on campus, and we can’t wait to visit with high school students and their families and assist them with any questions they have about their college search.”  

 

For a chance to win a scholarship, stop by Northern’s booth at the fair and fill out an NSU Learn More card. Northern will be set up in booth 00L, located just inside the Expo doors. The booth will have a different theme each day:

 

  •        Wednesday, Aug. 15: Fine Arts Day
  •        Thursday, Aug. 16: School of Education Day (kids day at the fair)
  •        Friday, Aug. 17: High School Dual Credit Day
  •        Saturday, Aug. 18: Athletics Day
  •        Sunday, Aug. 19: Alumni Day

 

Promotional items and giveaways will be available throughout the week.

 

Scholarships are for the fall 2019 semester at Northern State University. Full-time, degree-seeking fall 2019 freshmen, transfer, graduate and online/distance students are eligible.

 

The scholarship drawing will be held Aug. 31, 2018. Seven winners will be randomly selected and announced via NSU social media.

 

For more information, contact NSU Admissions at 1-800-678-5330 or info@northern.edu. For complete details on the scholarship giveaway, visit NSU’s Brown County Fair Scholarships webpage.


Sioux Falls woman facing charges in death of a child

A Sioux Falls woman has been taken into custody wanted for questioning in the death of a four month old baby.  According to Sioux Falls Police Angelia Berg turned herself into police around 5:00 p.m. last Friday.  She has been charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor under the age of seven.  A warrant was issued for her Thursday, her bond has been set at $25,000.  Her charges stem from a four month old infant found dead in the 1000 block of North Dakota Avenue.  The baby was placed on a mattress that was covered in shipping plastic according to reports.  The autopsy stated the cause of death as “undetermined.” 


City of Mitchell considering multi-million dollar plan to fix Lake Mitchell

The city of Mitchell is considering a $19 million proposed plan to clean up Lake Mitchell which has been battling poor water quality for decades now.  According to the Daily Republic, the Lake Mitchell Advisory committee will propose the plan tonight at the Mitchell City Council meeting.  The goal of the plan will be to get the lakes phosphorus levels back to  a healthy level.  The plan is a two step process of dredging the lake to remove current sediment, then building a structure to prevent phosphorus levels from returning to their current state. 


Senator Thune to be in Britton/Langford Monday

South Dakota Senator John Thune will be in northeast South Dakota Monday visiting Britton and Langford.

First, Thune will take part in the Glacial Lakes Development Luncheon 12:00 p.m. at the Marshall County Healthcare Center in Britton.  

Following that, Senator Thune will tour the Horton Holding Company in Britton at 1:30 p.m.

Finally, Senator Thune will visit the Langford Community Center at 3:00 p.m. and Pierpont at 3:45 p.m. 


First rally totals released by Dept. of Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 5, 2018

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

11

8

19

28

Misd Drug Arrests

18

12

30

14

Felony Drug Arrests

6

2

8

2

Total Citations

61

75

136

160

Total Warnings

281

183

464

526

Cash Seized

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Vehicles Seized

1

0

1

0

  For Drug Poss.

1

0

1

0

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

4

7

11

6

Injury Accidents

3

             3

6

6

Fatal Accidents

2

0

2

0

# of Fatalities

2

0

2

0

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

At 2:32 p.m., U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 5, 14 miles south of Cheyenne Crossing: A motorcycle was southbound on U.S. Highway 85 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went off the road, into the west ditch and through the fence. The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

At 7:42 p.m., Maitland Road, three miles east of Deadwood: A side-by-side UTV was westbound on Maitland Road. The driver failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle rolled onto the passenger side. The male driver, 53, died en route to the hospital. The male passenger, 51, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts, but not helmets.

 

 

Saturday Injury Crashes:

 

At 10:55 a.m., Interstate 90, mile marker 32, Sturgis: A 2012 Ford F250 pickup and 2013 Jeep Rubicon were driving westbound on Interstate 90. The driver of the Jeep braked suddenly due to motorcycles ahead of him and he was rear-end by the pickup. The Jeep occupants, a 35-year-old male driver and a 40-year-old female passenger, received minor injuries. The male driver of the pickup, 55, was not injured. All three people involved were wearing seatbelts.

 

At 12:21 p.m., Interstate 90, mile marker 57, within Rapid City city limits: Two motorcycles were westbound on I-90. The first motorcycle attempted to change lanes from the passing lane to the right shoulder, cutting off the second motorcycle which was merging into traffic off the I-90 on-ramp.  The two motorcycles collided. The 48-year-old male driver of the first motorcycle received minor injuries and was cited. The male driver of the second vehicle, 24, was not injured. Both were wearing helmets.

 

At 1:01 p.m., South Dakota Highway 244, mile marker 34, two miles west of Keystone: A 2005 Chevy Cavalier was parked along the shoulder of the road and the driver tried to make a U-turn. The vehicle collided with an on-coming motorcycle. The motorcycle’s male driver, 58, was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious non-life threatening injures. The female driver of the vehicle, 61, was not injured and was cited.

 

At 3:30 p.m., Interstate 90, mile marker 31, Sturgis: Two motorcycles were eastbound when the first motorcycle tried to turn into a crossover. The second motorcycle collided with the first. Neither male driver was  injured. The 41-year-old female passenger on the first motorcycle suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The two occupants on the first motorcycle were not wearing helmets; the driver of the second motorcycle was wearing a helmet. Both drivers were cited. .

 

At 4:14 p.m., U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 120, three miles south of Lead: A motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when the male driver, 50, lost control. The vehicle went into the east ditch and collided with several rocks. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered serious non-life threatening injuries.

 

At 4:45 p.m. South Dakota Highway 34, mile marker 79, 45 miles east of Sturgis: A motorcycle was eastbound on South Dakota 34 when it left the roadway and went into the ditch. The male driver, 65, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing the helmet.


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Monday

The Mosquito Control Division of the City of Aberdeen will do a city wide spraying for Mosquitoes on Monday August 6th 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.


Two people killed in Box Elder fatal crash

Two people died and two others were injured Thursday in a crash involving two motorcycles and a semi-truck in Box Elder.

 

The names of the people involved are not being released by state officials pending notification of family members.

 

Two Harley Davidson motorcycles were westbound on Highway 1416 near the intersection with South Ellsworth Road. The two motorcycles collided with a 2016 Freightliner truck that was turning onto Highway 1416.

 

The occupants of one motorcycle, the male driver and female passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants of the other motorcycle both sustained minor injuries. The semi-truck driver was not injured.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Supreme Court grants Sioux Falls man new trail from 2015 murder

A Sioux Falls man sentenced to shooting his best friend in 2015 is getting a new trial on a technicality.  According to reports David Leonard Randle Jr had both convictions of manslaughter I and II overturned by the South Dakota Supreme Court.  The court’s opinion was a witness in the case was not sequested for two days of testimony and sat in the courtroom, despite being told not to enter.  Randle Jr. was standing trial for the death of 19-year-old Mikael Ashame.  He claimed a loaded AK-47 accidentally discharged and hit Ashame in the leg, clipping an artery.  Drugs and alcohol were also involved. 


19 people sentenced in illegal eagle/hawk feather ring

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that 19 defendants from Project Dakota Flyer – one of the largest wildlife trafficking investigations in the Midwest in recent history – have been sentenced.

Nine men from South Dakota, five women from South Dakota, one man from North Dakota, one man from Iowa, one man from Idaho, and two pawn shops in South Dakota, convicted of various Lacey Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act violations, have been sentenced in United States District Court by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno, U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta L. Wollmann.

U.S. Attorney Parsons praised the sentences: “This investigation has demonstrated the breadth of the illegal black market for eagle and other migratory bird parts.  It is our goal to completely eliminate the unauthorized killing and selling of bald eagles, golden eagles, and other protected species.  Importantly, nothing in this investigation was done to infringe upon traditional Native American use of eagle parts for cultural or spiritual purposes.  We are very sensitive to the Native American culture and religious practices that use and honor the eagle, and we want them to be able to continue to do that in a lawful and culturally appropriate manner.”

These convictions stem from incidents beginning in 2014, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated an undercover operation, Project Dakota Flyer, focusing on the unlawful trafficking of protected migratory birds, primarily bald and golden eagles.  The operation utilized undercover techniques to purchase eagle and other protected bird parts from 51 suspects over a 19-month period.  The purchases occurred in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, and in some cases over the internet.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects our nation’s wildlife here and abroad,” said Edward Grace, Acting Assistant Director of the Office of Law Enforcement for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  “We initiated Operation Project Dakota Flyer to stop the unlawful trafficking in protected migratory birds with a particular emphasis in bald and golden eagles.  The work of our special agents and forensic scientists revealed over 35 species of birds, from every continent except Antarctica, were trafficked.  This operation, which began in America’s heartland, illustrates how wildlife trafficking is a global crisis."

Sheldon Tree Top, age 44, of Mandan, ND, was sentenced on April 4, 2018, by Judge Lange to six months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $5,000, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $125.  Tree Top was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2017, and pled guilty on December 29, 2017, to two violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Jorge Pena, age 45, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced on July 16, 2018, by Chief Judge Viken to five months of federal prison on each count, to run concurrently, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $20,000, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $125.  Pena was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017,  and pled guilty on March 23, 2018, to violations of the Lacey Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Aaron David West, Jr., age 34, of Eagle Butte, SD, was sentenced on June 11, 2018, by Judge Lange to two months in federal prison, six months of home confinement, one year of supervised release, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $31,750 jointly with co-defendant Aaron David West, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $125.  West was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017, and pled guilty on March 21, 2018, to violations of the Bald and Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Aiding and Abetting.

Aaron David West, age 63, of Eagle Butte, SD, was sentenced on June 11, 2018, by Judge Lange to one year of probation, which includes six months of home confinement, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $31,750 jointly with co-defendant Aaron David West, Jr., and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.  West was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017, and pled guilty on March 21, 2018, to a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and Aiding and Abetting.

Benjamin Iron Hawk, age 45, of Mission, SD, was sentenced on June 11, 2018, by Judge Lange to two months in federal prison, six months of home confinement, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $28,750 joint and several with co-defendant Valencia Neck, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.  Iron Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017, and pled guilty on March 21, 2018, to a violation of the Lacey Act.

Valencia Neck, age 39, of Mission, SD, was sentenced on June 11, 2018, by Judge Lange to one year or probation, which includes six months of home confinement, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $28,750 joint and several with co-defendant Benjamin Iron Hawk, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.  Neck was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017, and pled guilty on March 21, 2018, to a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Christopher Pomani, age 38, of Chamberlain, SD, was sentenced on April 5, 2018, by Judge Moreno to two years of probation, a fine in the amount of $500, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.  Pomani was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2017 and pled guilty on December 5, 2017, to a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Aiding and Abetting.

Arvella Pomani, age 36, of Box Elder, SD, was sentenced on July 17, 2018, by Judge Moreno to one year of probation, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $16,800, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.  Pomani was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2017, and pled guilty on July 17, 2018, to a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Aiding and Abetting.

Chet Christensen, d/b/a Chet’s Place, age 67, of Tuthill, SD, was sentenced on March 28, 2018, by Judge Moreno to one day of probation, a fine in the amount of $3,000, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $3,500, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.  Christensen was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017, and pled guilty on March 28, 2018, to a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Elray Rosaaen, d/b/a Buffalo Gap Trading Post, age 72, of Buffalo Gap, SD, was sentenced on March 23, 2018, by Judge Wollmann to a fine in the amount of $3,000 and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Rosaeen was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 12, 2017, to a one count Indictment of Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Manuel Lieras, age 67, of Pocatello, Idaho, was sentenced on March 28, 2018, by Judge Gerdes to a fine in the amount of $5,000, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $900, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Lieras was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on March 28, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Steven Marin, d/b/a Mobridge Pawn, age 47, of Selby, SD, was sentenced on March 28, 2018, by Judge Moreno to a fine in the amount of $3,000 and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Marin was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on March 28, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Jeffrey Jensen, d/b/a Jerry’s Pawn Shop, age 53, of Mobridge, SD, was sentenced on April 11, 2018, by Judge Moreno to a fine in the amount of $3,000, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $1,750, joint and several with co-defendant Amanda Silbernagel, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Jensen was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on April 11, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Amanda Silbernagel, d/b/a Jerry’s Pawn Shop, age 30, of Mobridge, SD, was sentenced on April 11, 2018, by Judge Moreno to a fine in the amount of $1,000, restitution to the National Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $1,750, joint and several with co-defendant Jeffrey Jensen, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Silbernagel was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on April 11, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Wanda Dupris, age 45, of Eagle Butte, SD, was sentenced on April 24, 2018, by Judge Moreno to a fine in the amount of $1,000, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.  Dupris was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2017, and pled guilty on April 24, 2018, to a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Fair Deal Pawn, a business in Box Elder, SD, was sentenced on May 29, 2018, by Judge Wollmann, to a fine in the amount of $3,000 and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Fair Deal Pawn was indicted by a federal grand Jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on May 29, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Kenneth Foster, d/b/a Rapid Pawn, of Box Elder, SD, was sentenced on July 13, 2018, by Judge Wollmann, to a fine in the amount of $3,000 and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10. Foster was indicted by a federal grand Jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on July 13, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Pawn With Us, a business in Rapid City, SD, was sentenced on June 1, 2018, by Judge Wollmann, to a fine in the amount of $3,000 and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Pawn With Us was indicted by a federal grand Jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on June 1, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Melinda Sue Relf, a/k/a Melinda Sue Red Feather, age 37, of Rapid City, SD, was sentenced on July 27, 2018, by Judge Wollmann, to a fine in the amount of $1,000 and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.  Relf was indicted by a federal grand Jury on September 12, 2017, and pled guilty on July 27, 2018, to a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Restitution for the loss of the eagles and other migratory birds was sought by the United States in these cases where it could be proved that a deceased bird was trafficked as part of the illegal activity.  Following extensive expert testimony, the Courts adopted a restitution value for immature eagles at $5,000 and adult eagles at $10,000. 

These cases were investigated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric Kelderman and Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the cases.  


USDA investing $97 million in 12 broadband projects across North and South Dakota

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $97 million in 12 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 11 states.

 

   “A person’s location should not determine whether he or she has access to modern communications infrastructure,” Secretary Perdue said. “That is why USDA is partnering with businesses and communities by investing in state-of-the-art broadband e-connectivity to remote and rural areas. These investments will expand access to educational, social and business opportunities for 22,000 subscribers to help grow their rural communities and America’s economy.”

 

   USDA is making the investments through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the Community Connect Grant Program.  In South Dakota:

 

  • RC Technologies in New Effington is receiving a Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program loan of $17 million to provide voice, video, and data services to more than 1,300 households, businesses and key community organizations.  These services will create the potential for business growth, increased employment, better public services and public safety, and a higher quality of life for subscribers in Roberts and Marshall Counties in South Dakota and Richland County in North Dakota. 

 

   The projects USDA is investing in today will help improve the quality of life in rural communities in Arizona, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 

   These investments underscore USDA’s priority to promote rural economic development by centering around three principles: infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Investing in telecommunications infrastructure connects people to each other: businesses to customers, farmers to markets, and students to a world of knowledge.

 

    In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. As proven by the report, e-connectivity is more than just connecting rural America to rest of the world. It is a vital tool for productivity, education, and health care. These investments will be key catalysts for facilitating rural prosperity through economic development and workforce readiness, and for improving quality of life.

 

   To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

 

   USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.


Lamont companies sponsor Northern scoreboard

The success of the community is tied to the success of Northern State University – that’s why local business owner Jeff Lamont has chosen to support the Educational Impact Campaign.

 

“If Northern succeeds, Aberdeen succeeds,” Lamont said. “Northern is a huge draw for the community and it brings in students, and they’re making considerable changes to stay competitive with enrollment.”

 

Lamont Companies will be one of the sponsors of the new scoreboard at NSU’s Dacotah Bank Stadium, part of the on-campus regional sports complex that is a component of the Educational Impact Campaign. Besides being a sponsor, Jeff Lamont also serves on the Educational Impact Campaign Committee.

                                                                                

The $45 million Educational Impact Campaign is a collaborative effort between Northern and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Along with the sports complex – which includes a softball field as well as the stadium – the campaign also includes a new SDSBVI facility and the NSU Athletic and Recreation Fields project.

 


Mobridge man dies as a result of drowning

A Mobridge man has died as a result of drowning.  According to Dakota Radio Group, the victim was 50-years-old  and the incident occurred at the Indian Creek Campground shortly before 4:00 p.m.  The name of the victim has not yet been released, but his body had to be recovered from the water and was taken to the Mobridge Regional Hospital. 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

The city of Aberdeen has announced a city-wide mosquito spray scheduled for tonight between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The West Nile virus has been detected in Brown County and city officials are ruging citizens to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  Steps you can take include applying insect repellent, remove standing water from your property, cover your skin while outside and limit outdoor activity in the morning and at dusk.  Should there be inclement weather, the spray will be rescheduled. 


Certain intersections only available east and west starting today

Effective today, August 1, 2018 the below intersection will only be accessible from the East, West and South in preparation for paving on Miller Lane:

Miller Lane & 20th Avenue SE

Work is expected to last 3 to 4 days. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Please call the Public Works office at 605-626-7010 for more information. 

 


Sutton campaign releases numbers showing a tight race

The Billie Sutton campaign for Governor says he is within striking distance of opponent Kristi Noem.  According to numbers released by the Sutton campaign, Noem leads Sutton by four points in poling done by Anzalone Liszt Grove research 46 to 42 percent with 13 percent undecided.  The findings in this poll represents a nine point shift towards the Democrat, and includes a majority Republicans in the poll at 52 percent. 


Lawyers argue Buffalo Chip incorpration

Lawyers for the Buffalo Chip Campground argued before Fourth Circuit Judge Gordon Swanson today that he should dismiss the case against their client’s municipal status.

John Dorsey, representing the Buffalo Chip, says the state doesn’t have the power to dismiss a municipality. Dorsey says while the state may believe itself to possess the power to dissolve an existing municipality, it has provided no authority for such omnipotence.

Buffalo Chip Spokesman, Attorney Kent Hagg, also in attendance at today’s hearing, says from what they see in the statute – the state can dissolve corporations but not municipal corporations…

 

 

 

But, James Moore, representing the state disagrees. He says the state can challenge the legality of a municipality and may challenge its incorporation. He wrote in his brief to Judge Swanson that what the state can grant it can also take away.

It’s the latest chapter in the Buffalo Chip incorporation fight that made its way to the Supreme Court earlier this year. The high court ruled any action challenging the incorporation must come from the state.

That ruling, according to Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie, has him wondering about the Chip’s latest argument – because it’s a polar opposite of what they earlier argued in court…

 

 

 

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.

New state law says a municipality must have at least 100 residents and at least 45 registered voters.

Judge Swanson said he would take the request under advisement, and issue a written decision soon – probably within 30 days.

 


Roads closed in Aberdeen today for construction

The Aberdeen Public Works Department has announced the intersection of seventh avenue northwest and north first street will be closed today until Friday to begin work on storm sewer replacement.  Aberdeen motorists are advised to talk alternate routes until the work is completed.  For more information, residents can contact the Public Works Department at 626-7010.  The work will be completed as soon as possible. 


Brown County Commission facing $2 million cuts in 2019 budget

The Brown County Commission Tuesday, at its weekly meeting discussed the 2019 budget and realized major cuts will be needed to make things work.  According to County Auditor Maxine Fischer, Commissioners currently will need to cut $2 million from budget requests.  Stagnant revenues and the unpredictable cost of crime were cited as two main reasons for the necessary cuts.  A preliminary budget hearing is scheduled for September 4th and the county will advertise budget discussions to the public before making decisions. 


Name released in accident near Groton Monday

According to an obituary at Carlsen Funeral Home in Aberdeen, 22-year-old driver who died in a one vehicle accident near Groton Monday was Joshua Leonard of Aberdeen.  Leonard  was eastbound on 136th street in a 2003 Accura MDX when he lost control crossing 399th avenue.  The vehicle went into the ditch , struck a driveway and rolled several times.  Leonard and a 21-year-old female passenger were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle.  Leonard was pronounced dead at the scene while the passenger needed to be transferred to Sioux Falls with life threatening injuries. 


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