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Local News Archives for 2018-09

Dept. of Safety announces sobriety checkpoints in October

Department of Public Safety officials have announced that 23 sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 18 South Dakota counties during October.

 

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

 

October checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Butte, Clay, Codington, Day, Davison, Gregory, Hamlin, Jerauld, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Stanley and Walworth.

 

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


Aberdeen man determined stable enough to stand trial

An Aberdeen man shot by police during an altercation two years ago has been declared to stand trial.  According to the Aberdeen American News 23-year-old Ehkhu Poe has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to drug and aggravated assault charges.  The charges stem from a 2016 incident where Poe threatened members of his family and police officers.  Aberdeen police officer Ty Reinke shot Poe in the chest and arm after he allegedly began to charge at him with a knife.  A four day trial on the matter will take place next March.


Sutton campaign releases numbers showing Democratic lead

The Billie Sutton for governor campaign has released a new poll showing the Democrat with a three point lead over his opponent Kristi Noem.  The poll shows Sutton with a 45-42 point advantage.  The poll was conducted by a Democratic firm used by the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012.

 

"We’ve felt the energy in this race as Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike tell me they’re frustrated with the stale and complacent culture in state government and are ready to end politics as usual."  Said Sutton.  "This race is about working together to clean up state government, creating economic opportunities, and building a stronger South Dakota, and that message is resonating with folks across the state and across the political spectrum.”

 

Read the polling here


Dusty Johnson continues campaign as election moves closer

South Dakota Republican congressional candidate Dusty Johnson continues to move forward as the election moves closer.  Johnson is the favorite in the race according to the website fivethirtyeight.com, which has his chances at 59-60 to defeat Democrat Tim Bjorkman, Libertarian George Hendricks and Independent Ron Wieczorek.  Despite this favorable forecast, Johnson says he’s not taking anything for granted...

 

 

 

 

As the election moves closer, little is actually getting done in Washington.  Despite this, constituents are eager to talk to Johnson about an array of topics.  At the front of their minds includes tariffs and the trade war that shows no sign of wrapping up.  Johnson says he would not have gone about trade disputes in this manner, but now that the US is here it is important to stick it out.  However, Johnson says he was direct with the president when he visited South Dakota in early September...

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson talked about what he wants to accomplish if he is elected to congress.  It is up in the air if the Republicans will still hold control in the House after November.  Despite this, Johnson’s agenda will stay the same in the minority or majority and that includes the farm bill.  Johnson says he will be an advocate for all the plain states, specifically South Dakota...

 

 


Ellendale Opera House begins capital campaign

The Ellendale Opera House has announced a plan to raise $560,000 in a capital campaign.  According to a release from The Organization of People in Ellendale for the Restoration of the Arts, or OPERA, the money will go to renovate the historic Ellendale Opera house.  The first phase of the project will be to revamp the building at the street level, with the second phase restoring the second and third floors and the auditorium.  So far $150,000 has been raised.  If you would like to donate you can do so online by visiting ellendaleoperahouse.com.


State minimum wage to increase Jan. 1st

The state minimum wage will increase from $8.85/hour to $9.10/hour effective Jan. 1, 2019.

 

The minimum wage is annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This year’s increase was 2.7 percent and is rounded up to the nearest five cents.

 

The hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.55/hour effective Jan. 1, 2019, half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees. Wages and tips combined must equal at least the minimum wage.

 

These increases will apply to all South Dakota employers, with some limited exceptions. For more information, visit http://dlr.sd.gov/employment_laws/minimum_wage.aspx.


County commission approves Saturday times for early voting

The Brown County Commission Tuesday approved a request from county auditor Maxine Fischer to allow the courthouse to be open certain Saturday’s leading up to the November midterm elections for early voting.  Those Saturday’s include October 20th and 27th from 9 a.m. to noon.  During this time, absentee voting will be available for those who struggle to get away to vote during the week or workday. 


Bridge project near Richmond to be postponed until next year

A bridge project out at Richmond Lake will be postponed until next spring.  Brown County highway Superintendent Dirk Rodgers spoke in front of the Brown County Commission Tuesday and announced the bridge project on County Road 13A on the west side of the lake must be postponed.  Federal regulation and historic preservation have forced the decision by highway officials according to Rodgers. The bridge will be usable during that time with a weight limit of three tons. 


Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years for sexual assault

Longtime entertainer Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of drugging and raping a victim at his home in 2004.  Cosby was sentenced in just this one case, but in all at least 60 women have come forward claiming sexual assault against the now 81-year-old.  The judge in this case also declared Cosby a “sexually violent predator” meaning he must register as a sex offender and will be subject to monthly counciling for the rest of his life. 


K.O. Lee library announces Sunday hours

Following several meetings and weeks of data gathering, an ad hoc team’s recommendation to offer Sunday hours at the new KO Lee Aberdeen Public Library has been accepted by the Library Board of Trustees and City Hall. Beginning Sunday, December 2, the library will be open Sundays 1-5 PM.

 

After reviewing numerous scheduling options such as closing an hour early four week nights to absorb Sunday afternoons or hiring additional people at additional expense, the team recommended the winter weekend hours be 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM Saturdays and 1:00-5:00 PM Sundays. The team noted the Saturday change would impact the fewest number of guests including the popular Saturday morning Storytime for children at 10:30 AM.

 

The seven person team included representation of the library’s leadership, library board, library foundation, city commission, and City of Aberdeen human resources.

 

The recommendation also describes this winter’s Sunday openings as a ‘test period.’ During this winter’s trial period through Sunday, May 19, the library will not be open Sundays associated with a national holiday; December 23, January 20, February 17, April 21, and May 26. Monday through Thursday hours will remain 9 AM to 9 PM. Friday hours will remain 9 AM to 6 PM.

 

Guest traffic at the new Library has more than doubled over traffic numbers at the previous location in less than a year. As a new service and recreational destination for the region, the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library is positioned well to serve the public seven days a week. However, the team noted in its recommendation that fiscal constraints and future operating funding will need to be considered when using evidence generated during this winter’s test period.

 

The team noted other city-operated resources such as Wylie Park, Aberdeen Aquatic Center, and Lee Park Golf Course demonstrate the public’s expectation for daily access among users. This test will provide important data for the Library’s long-term service hours.


Texas man identified in SD semi-crash

An Odessa, Texas, man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Reva, S.D.

 

Joe Vanhemert, 67, was driving a 1990 Peterbilt 379 semi-truck and flatbed trailer northbound on Highway 79 when the passenger-side tires dropped off the east shoulder of the roadway. Vanhemert corrected the semi onto the roadway, but the trailer stayed in the ditch, causing the tractor-trailer combination to roll.

 

Vanhemert was pronounced dead at the scene. 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.


City council approves Northern's plan to vacate parts of 15th ave SE

The Aberdeen city council Monday night voted 6-3 in favor of Northern State’s proposal to vacate a block and a half of 15th avenue southeast.  The move makes way for Northern’s plans for a new stadium facility connected to the Barnett Center.  The space will serve as the new stadium, tailgating, parking and overflow parking with the potential for a green space. 


Today is voter registration awareness day

Today, Tuesday September 25th serves as voter registration day.  The event is a nationwide awareness campaign celebrated every year on the fourth Tuesday in September.  The goal of this event is to get more people involved in their civic duty by registering them to vote.  You can check if you are registered to vote by visiting the secretary of state’s website sdsos.gov.  Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is doing events across the state today encouraging people to take part in our election process.  According to Krebs the stat currently has 592,762 thousand registered voters, but there remains an almost 57 thousand eligible voters still not registered. 


NRA endorses Noem for Governor

The National Rifle Association (NRA) this week endorsed Kristi Noem for Governor of South Dakota. Noem, who once owned and operated a hunting lodge in northeastern South Dakota, learned to hunt at a young age and taught her children to do the same. She is a lifetime member of the NRA and has earned an A+ rating from the NRA.

 

“As much as hunting is a family tradition for us, we made it our family business for years as well, running a hunting lodge in northeastern South Dakota,” said Noem. “The Second Amendment is important, not only to our country, but to South Dakota’s way of life, our traditions, our families, and our economy. I will always defend that.”

 

In their endorsement, the NRA touted Noem as a “proven defender of the Second Amendment,” explaining she “fought against Obama-era regulations that limited gun rights and strongly supported pro-gun policies such as national right-to-carry reciprocity.”

 

Additionally, Noem supports constitutional carry and has said she’s committed to working with legislators, law enforcement, and others to get a constitutional carry bill passed and signed into law.


Second woman comes forward accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault

The fight over the confirmation for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh got a little messier Sunday Night.  The New Yorker, in a piece by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, broke the story of a second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.  This story comes from the judge’s time at Yale between 1983 and 1984.  As of Monday morning, the Senate judiciary committee had come to terms with Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s first accuser to testify this coming Thursday in an open door hearing.  Attorney Michael Avenatti, who rose to fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels and her alleged affair with President Trump, has also come out claiming he has a third woman claiming allegations again Kavanaugh.


One person killed in semi accident near Reva, SD

A 67-year-old man died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 79, 25 miles northeast of Reva, S.D.

 

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

 

A 1990 Peterbilt 379 semi-truck and flatbed trailer was northbound on Highway 79 when the passenger-side tires dropped off the east shoulder of the roadway. The driver corrected the semi onto the roadway, but the trailer stayed in the ditch, causing the tractor-trailer combination to roll.

 

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 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.


October declared Disability Employment Awareness Month

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.

 

Through DEAM, the state aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities.

 

A host of South Dakota agencies and organizations will engage in activities during October to promote awareness of these issues and to help foster a disability-friendly culture in the workplace.

 

For more information on DEAM events within South Dakota, please visit http://dhs.sd.gov/rehabservices/ndeam.aspx.

 

This statewide observation coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national awareness campaign that takes place each October.

 

The 2018 theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”


Gov. Daugaard orders flags at half staff Friday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 21, to honor the life of former state legislator Dorothy Kellogg.

                                                                                                                                         

Kellogg, of Watertown, represented her district in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1981 to 1984 and the South Dakota Senate from 1987 to 1992.

 

Kellogg was 98 years old and passed away on Saturday, Sept. 15. Visitation will be held on Thursday and the funeral is scheduled for Friday in Watertown.

 


Mike Rowe from Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" to visit Watertown Thursday

Lake Area Technical Institute gets a special visitor today.

 

Mike Rowe—the host of the “Dirty Jobs” television series on the Discovery Channel, and the man whose done television commercials for Ford Motor Company among others—will be in Watertown today for an invitation-only event.

 

Rowe is a staunch supporter of technical education, and getting people trained in the skills they need to enter the workforce.

 

Joining Rowe will be Governor Dennis Daugaard and Dana Dykhouse—the CEO of First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard, which is sponsoring Rowe’s visit.

 

They’ll be making stops in Brandon and Watertown this morning, and in Sioux Falls this afternoon.

 

Unfotunately, you won’t see or hear much about Mike Rowe’s visit. He’s instructed local media there are to be no photos taken during his Watertown appearance, and the comments he makes during his address at LATI cannot be recorded.


Mitchell man sentenced following robbery guilty plea

A Mitchell man has been sentenced after admitting to robbing four people at gunpoint earlier this year.  According to Dakota Radio Group in Mitchell, 20-year-old Christopher Kindle has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for first degree robbery and attempted robbery charges.  Ten felony counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal with the prosecution.  The robberies occurred at the Plaza Center Cleans May 16th.  Kindle used a gun to rob unsuspecting victims. 


Senator Thune to visit northeast South Dakota today

South Dakota senator John Thune will be in northeast South Dakota today visiting high school assemblies.  First, Thune will address students at Sisseton high school at 10:45 a.m.  and will later address Summit High School at 2:00 p.m.


Early voting begins Friday Sept. 21st

Early voting for the 2018 midterm elections begins tomorrow in South Dakota.  Voters can vote anytime at their county auditor’s office up until election day Nov. 6th 2018.  In order to vote, voters will need to provide a photo id such as a drivers license or state identification card.  On the ballot this time includes races for governor, house of representatives, local legislatures, county commission and a slew of ballot measures.  Voters can read up on the ballot measures at the secretary of state’s website. 


County honors for long time serving employees

dfaThe Brown County Commission Tuesday honored four county workers for extended years of service.  The men include Larry Hardy from the highway department for 25 years of service, Mike Scott at the Brown County landfill for 25 years of service, Sheriff Mark Milbrandt for 30 years of service in the sheriff’s department and finally David Bruckner for 40 years in the highway department. 


Protest planned in Aberdeen against anti-Islamic speaker

A grassroots organization is planning a protest against a speaker coming to Aberdeen Tuesday.  The group “Brown County Progressives for Change,” is looking to peacefully protests what it sees as misinformation and fear mongering in the Aberdeen Community. 

 

Another organization, Act! For America is welcoming Aynaz Anni Cyrus to Aberdeen Tuesday September 18th.  She will be speaking at the Krikac Auditorium.  Cyrus will be speaking about her own experience growing up under Islam.

 

Progressive’s for change spokesperson Josh Halsey says this type of event will spread misinformation about the Islamic faith as a whole...

 

 

 

 

According to Northern State University guidelines, protestors are allowed to demonstrate and speak to individuals who chose to attend the event, but they are not allowed to interfere with protestors entering the auditorium.

 

According to Hasley, it is important to be tolerant of others, especially in a growing community...

 

 

 

 

Act! For America is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, founded in 2007 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 


Kavanaugh and accuser to testify before Senate Monday

Senate Republicans have scheduled a public hearing to investigate allegations of sexual assault against President Trump’s most recent supreme court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The hearing will take place Monday and should feature both Kavanaugh and the women who has accused him Chrstine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at the University of California.  Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party when the two were both about 17 years old. 


Attorney General's office investigating officer involved shooting in Vermillion

Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday, September 16, 2018, at approximately 10:00 p.m. (CDT). 

 

Vermillion Police Department responded to a call to service at a Vermillion residence that resulted in a short vehicle pursuit. Vermillion Police Department discontinued the pursuit when speeds increased in a residential neighborhood.  Shortly after, a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop when the situation escalated resulting in the Trooper firing a duty weapon at the subject.  

 

The male subject identified as Kuong Gatluak, 21, Vermillion. was transported to a local hospital.

 

At the completion of the investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation will issue a case report and shooting summation to be reviewed by the Attorney General for a final determination on the officer’s action. The release of the summary is anticipated within 30 days.


Northern Minnesota experiences record setting heat Sunday

Northern Minnesota experienced record setting temperatures Sunday.  According to the national weather service, temperatures reached 89 degrees in Brainerd Sunday, beating the old record of 82 set in 2015.  The average temperature for northern Minnesota at this point of the year is 69 degrees.  International Falls also hit a new high Sunday with 87 degrees, up from 85 degrees set back in 1922.  Colder temperatures are expected to push that heat out of the area this week.


Body of a South Dakota man found in Nebraska

The body of a South Dakota man has been found in a northeast Nebraska cornfield after crashing his vehicle.  According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s office in Nebraska, the body was discovered Thursday along Nebraska highway 35 about three miles east of Wayne.  22-year-old Parker Mitchell was identified as the lone victim.  He was reported missing from North Sioux City earlier in the week.  He was last seen September 10th


Man accused of killing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbets arraigned Wednesday

The man accused of killing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbets is set to be arraigned Wednesday in the Powshiek County District Court.  24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera is accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of the 20-year-old Tibbets.  The case has been the center of a political firestorm as Rivera’s immigration status in the United States has been called into question by authorities.  Rivera remains in jail on a $5 million cash-only bond. 


Congressional candidate Tim Bjorkman in Groton Monday

Democratic congressional candidate Tim Bjorkman will be in Groton today for a meet-and-greet fundraiser.  He will be at the Groton American Legion 12 North Main Street in Groton from 5:30 top 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  Bjorkman is running to be South Dakota’s lone representative in the House of Representatives and is taking on Republican Dusty Johnson, Libertarian George Hendrickson and Independent Ron Wieczorek.  The Election will take place Nov. sixth.


17 inmates indicted on marijuana charges

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the following inmates of the Durfee State Prison have been indicted by a Bon Homme County Grand Jury.  Each of the inmates has been indicted on one count of possession of article of indulgence, marijuana, class 6 felony, punishable by up to two years in the state penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine and one count of ingesting substance, except alcoholic beverages, for purpose of becoming intoxicated, class one misdemeanor.
 

Thomas Never Miss a Shot, 22 
James Elmer Shaw, 41
Delano James Brafford, 26
Christopher Lee Chipps, 35
Trynn Dale Andersen, 26
Dylan Boyd Brown, 28
Benjamin Nicholas Hunt, 28
Levi Ambrose Locke, 27
Mitchell Dennis Amundson, 23
Elliot Blaine Bluebird, 25
Randy Lee Ramsey, 40
Sheldon Tyrone Two Bulls, 32
Theodore James Redwing, 36
Michael Ryan Larson, 36
Matthew Tyler Fritz-Chappell, 23
Benjamin Charles Carter, 37
Jesse Allen Opatz, 24


Miller student identified in death at U of M fraternity death

St. Paul Minnesota police have identified the young man who died at a University of Minnesota fraternity house early Wednesday.  According to authorities, 20-year-old Dylan Fulton was found at the Alpha Gamma Rho house on the U of M’s campus.  He was a native of Miller South Dakota and valedictorian of his graduating class in 2017.  The incident remains under investigation, but as of now foul play or hazing do not appear to be involved.  However, alcohol is suspected to have played a role. 


Two Democrats attack opponents for not debating enough

Two of South Dakota's Democratic candidates for high, statewide office have attacked their opponents for either not debating or not debating enough.

 

Gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton has accepted at least 10 debates with his main opponent, Republican Kristi Noem. Noem has accepted two televised debates.

 

Attorney General candidate Randy Seiler has accepted a number of debates. Meanwhile, Republican opponent Jason Ravnsborg has accepted a handful and says he cannot debate during most of October because he's involved in trials. 

 

Both Seiler and Sutton have made it an issue in their races, particularly Sutton.

But is it a winning strategy to paint your opponent as a debate-a-phobe?

 

KELO.com News asked a number of the state's political pundits and those who have worked in politics as staff or candidates to get their opinions on whether the "debating debates" is a viable campaign strategy.

 

  • Troy Jones, Republican, former staffer to Sen. Jim Abdnor: "The easiest way to get an opponent to get distracted away from issues that don’t matter is to announce you won’t debate your opponent."
  • Tom Lawrence, Democrat, press secretary to Congressional candidate Tim Bjorkman: "There is a long history of SD politicians involved in races with few or no debates. Nixon over McGovern, 1972. Abdnor over McGovern, 1980. Herseth Sandlin in both 2006 and 2008 over Bruce Whalen and Chris Lien. Tim Johnson over Joel Dykstra. The ones who sought debates tried to make it an issue ... and failed."
  • Rick Hauffe, Democrat, former S.D. Democratic Party executive director: "I think there is a way to make it work, but it requires the right hook and a lot of firepower behind the right way to frame an opponent's arrogance. Least effective is to allow it to sound like whining. With an open seat, I think there is more merit in the issue." 
  •  K.C. Capra, former KTWB disc jockey, aspiring Libertarian talk show host: "Some people can’t debate facts, that’s why they won’t debate."
  • Peter Pischke, Republican, unsuccessful Sioux Falls School Board candidate, podcaster, The Happy Warrior: "Unfortunately I think that (not debating as to not make a gaffe) is a new piece of prevailing wisdom."
  • John Tristan, political party unidentified, blogger, The Constant Commoner: "On that one fact alone,  I can't recall.  It probably has some political value for Sutton's campaign though, and it should be frequently brought up as part of his overall message. 
  • David Newquist, Democrat, retired Northern State University journalism professor, blogger, Northern Valley Beacon: "I don’t think there has ever been a poll or any study that has examined the effect that a refusal to debate has had on an election.  In my old home district in Illinois, a former newspaper colleague thought it played a role in the 2014 election.  In 2010, a Tea Party candidate named Bobby Schilling became the first Republican to be elected to Congress in many years.   In 2012, he was challenged by Cheri Bustos, who won.  In 2014, Schilling challenged Bustos.  They had one televised TV debate during which Bustos fact-checked some of Schilling’s ads against her and overwhelmed him with her command of information. He avoided further debates, and my former colleague said that led to a 10-point defeat by Bustos.  My colleague thought the refusal to debate again was seen by voters as a tacit admission of inadequacy.  However, that was his perception gained through campaign coverage, not any hard data."

Two bills signed out of special legislative session

After leading the U.S. Supreme Court victory in taxation of remote sales, South Dakota will soon be among the states benefiting from the Wayfair decision.

 

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed into law a measure which removes the imposition of an injunction against collection of sales tax on remote sales. Senate Bill 1 will go into effect on Nov. 1, 2018, allowing the state of South Dakota to enforce sales tax collections from those who meet the $100,000 in sales or 200 transaction threshold.

 

“This has been more than 50 years in the making. Today is the culmination of efforts by many South Dakotans over the years and I thank all who have played a part,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We have finally succeeded in leveling the playing field for all who do business in our state – and we have paved the way for any other state that wishes to pursue tax uniformity.”

 

Gov. Daugaard convened the Legislature today for a special session to consider Senate Bill 1 as well as Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 1001. All three bills received legislative approval and were signed by the Governor this afternoon. SB 2 requires marketplace providers to attain a sales tax license and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers utilizing their services. HB 1001 clarifies the start date of the next governor to allow for a clear transfer of authority in January.


DOT reminding residents political signs not allowed in right-of-way

The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights of way.

 

“With election season coming up, election signs are showing up along the state’s roadways,” says Kristi Sandal, public information officer. “Illegal signs create a safety hazard and may distract motorists from seeing important regulatory or directional signing.”

 

Illegally placed signs in the state’s right of way will be removed. DOT staff will attempt to contact the owner of the signs to pick them up.

 

The use of right of way is reserved for official highway signage. All signs in the right of way that are not required for traffic control, as authorized by law (SDCL 31-28-14), are prohibited and will be removed. That includes both candidate and ballot-issue signs.

 

Municipal ordinances regulating placement and removal of campaign signs within towns and cities do not have precedence over state jurisdiction and supervision of state highway rights of way within municipalities.


Warrant issued in Roberts county fatal crash

Warrants have been issued for a Watertown, S.D. man who was involved in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred last week near Sisseton.

 

Evidence indicates Robert Keoke, Jr., was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer southbound on 460th Avenue when he lost control. The vehicle went off the gravel road into a ditch and eventually rolled.

 

One passenger, Dennis Brant, 73 of Peever, S.D., was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

 

A second passenger, 50-year-old David Keeble of Sisseton, received minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

The crash occurred sometime on the evening of Tuesday, September 4.

 

Keoke, Jr., 52, left the crash scene and has not yet been located. Anybody who knows the location of Keoke, Jr., is asked to call law enforcement.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

  

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


Pierre man arrested on first degree rape charges

A Pierre man was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of First Degree Rape.  Captain Byran Walz with the Pierre Police Department says the arrest of 35 year old Brandon Snodgrass is the result of an ongoing investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile under the age of 13 in the City of Pierre.   Snodgrass was taken into custody after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence.  Snodgrass was transported to the Hughes County Jail on the charge where he remains in custody.  Citing the on-going investigation, additional details will not be released.  First degree rape in South Dakota involves a victim at or under the age of 13 years old.  It is a Class C felony, punishable with a penalty of life in prison and  up to a 50-thousand dollar fine if convicted of the charge.


Senator Rounds talks Kavvanaugh confirmation

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh completed the hearings stage of his confirmation process on Friday.  South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says he and his Republican colleagues have been impressed with Kavanaugh.

 

 

 

 

 

Kavanaugh has come under close scrutiny for his views on abortion, detention and treatment of terrorism suspects, warrantless wiretapping, and other issues.  Rounds says he is impressed with Kavanaugh’s approach to the job.

 


 

 

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Thursday.  It is expected that Democrats will delay the vote until next week.


Gov. Daugaard asks for flags at half staff in honor of David Fischer

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of David Fischer, assistant chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Fischer died Friday, while responding to a house fire in Tilford.

 

“Linda and I offer our sincere condolences to the Fischer family. David’s service as a 22-year firefighter and South Dakota National Guard staff sergeant will not be forgotten,” Gov. Daugaard said.

 

Fischer’s funeral service will be held Saturday at the Sturgis Brown High School gymnasium. Public visitation is scheduled for Thursday at the Sturgis Community Center from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. MDT.


Democrat Billie Sutton endorsed by SD teacher's union

South Dakota Democratic gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton received the endorsement from the South Dakota Education Association.  The SDEA is a teacher’s union and believe Sutton will be an advocate for teachers. 


Aberdeen man sentenced in standoff case

An Aberdeen man has been sentenced for his involvement in a standoff with police last March.  37-year-old Christopher Rowell pleaded guilty to felony domestic aggravated assault.  He will serve five years in prison with three years and nine months suspended.  He will also be forced to pay a $879 fine. 


Democrat AG candidate Seiler to file complaint with Accountability Board

Democratic Attorney General Candidate Randy Seiler says he plans to file a complaint with the Government Accountability board against his opponent, Republican Jason Ravnsborg.  Ravnsborg was recently given unfair support by the Department of Public Safety at the state fair, which the Department has since apologized.  However, Ravnsborg has done nothing to correct the record.  Seiler made the announcement while speaking to Brown County Democrats at a picnic at centennial village this past Sunday.


Redfield school district votes on opt out today

Voters in the Redfield school district will head to the polls today in order to weigh in on an opt-out and whether is passes or not.  An opt-out gives school districts the ability to wave state caps on property taxes in order to raise funds for the school.  According to Redfield Superintendent the opt-out benefits the general fund which goes towards school activities, teacher salaries, benefits and more.  This does not have to do with the current construction already underway in Redfield.  Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Redfield Armory, the Frankfurt Community Hall and Zell Saint Parish Hall. 


Pierre man faces rape charges

A 45-year-old Pierre man faces 3rd Degree Rape and drug possession charges after being arrested early yesterday morning (Sun.) in Pierre.

 

The Pierre Police Department reports officers being called to the 600 block of West Dakota Avenue for a sexual assault. After the conclusion of the investigation, Eleghba Lipsey was arrested for 3rd Degree Rape, Possession of Under 2 ounces of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to the Hughes County Jail.


Gov. Daugaard calls for flags at half staff to remember Sept. 11th attacks

President Trump is calling for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff on Tuesday in observance of Patriot Day, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance.

 

At the President’s request, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. until sunset in honor of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.


LATI has 15 consecutive years of enrollment growth

Lake Area Technical Institute continues to see enrollment growth.

 

The school reports that 2, 245 students were enrolled for the fall semester. That’s a record high number, and an increase of 190 students, or about nine percent higher than last fall.

 

The overall increase is driven by a strong return of upper classmen, and several programs that are at capacity.

 

With enrollment growing for 15 consecutive years, LATI is running out of classroom space. They’ll begin to address that need when construction begins next spring on the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Center of Learning.

 

Lake Area Tech won the 2017 National Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which goes to the top-ranked two year college in the country.

 


Name released in Stanley County fatal crash

A 20-year-old Pierre woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of Hayes.

 

A 2002 Ford Expedition was westbound on Sansarc Road when the driver lost control trying to avoid a deer that had entered the roadway. The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled, coming to rest on its roof.

 

Romy Rabbit, who was the passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 45-year-old Ravae Bowman of Pierre, suffered minor injuries and was transported to a Pierre hospital.

 

Both occupants were wearing seatbelts. No charges are pending against the driver.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Worthington MN man dies in hunting accident Saturday

A Worthington Minnesota man died Saturday as a result of a hunting accident.  According to reports 39-year-old Jeffrey Dean Nickel was the lone victim in an incident in Graham Lakes Township reported around 6:42 a.m. Saturday.  The Nobles county sheriff’s office, Fulda ambulance, Brewster Fire and Rescue and Department of Natural resources all responded to the call.  No further information was released immediately. 


District 4 Fall Legion meeting to be held Sept. 23rd

The annual District 4 Fall Meeting of the South Dakota American Legion will be held Sunday, September 23, 2018 in Stratford for Legionnaires from Brown, Campbell, Edmunds, McPherson, Walworth, Faulk and Spink counties.

           

The Legion business session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Stratford Community Center.  A social will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 5:30 p.m. also in the Stratford Community Center.

           

State Commander Denny Brenden of Watertown will conduct the meeting and will outline his “WE WILL LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND” program for the 2018 - 2019 American Legion year. State Commander Brenden will be assisted by State Adjutant Travise Flisrand of Watertown and State Membership Chairman Gene Opbroek of Rapid City.

           

The District 4 Auxiliary will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. the same day in the Stratford Community Center.


DOT reminding residents to remove hay from ditches

The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.

 

After Oct. 1, the department will remove or authorize the removal of any illegal hay bales remaining in the public right of way.

 

Any person wishing to claim ownership of illegal bales must obtain a permit from the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Those permits are issued on a first-come first-served basis and allow permit holders to take ownership of any illegal hay bale.

 

Permits are available at Department of Transportation area offices in the following communities: Aberdeen, Belle Fourche, Custer, Huron, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Winner and Yankton. Phone numbers can be found on the website at http://www.sddot.com/dot/region/Default.aspx.

 

For more information, contact the Division of Operations at 605-773-3571.


Actor Burt Reynolds passes away at 82

Legendary actor Burt Reynolds passed away Thursday at the age of 82.  Reynolds was an actor known for his iconic mustache and manly type of roles.  He was known for such films as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, the Cannonball Run and he was nominated for an academy award for best supporting actor in  the film “Boogie Nights.”


President Donald Trump will make his first visit to South Dakota as president today.  The president is scheduled to arrive in Sioux Falls at 2:55 p.m. He will host a roundtable with supporters at 3:20 p.m. before his joint fundraiser with republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem.  To attend that fundraiser will cost participants $500 per person, $1,000 per couple or $5,000 to get your picture with the president. 

The following is the president's public schedule:

 

2:00 PM

President Schedule The President departs Fargo, ND en route to Sioux Falls, SD

Hector International Airport, Fargo, North Dakota

2:55 PM

President Schedule The President arrives at Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3:05 PM

President Schedule The President departs Sioux Falls Regional Airport en route to Denny Sanford Convention Center

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3:15 PM

President Schedule The President arrives at Denny Sanford Convention Center

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3:20 PM

President Schedule The President hosts a roundtable with supporters

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

4:30 PM

President Schedule The President delivers remarks at a Joint Fundraising Committee Reception

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5:05 PM

President Schedule The President departs Denny Sanford Convention Center en route to Sioux Falls Regional Airport (5:05 PM Local)

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5:15 PM

President Schedule The President arrives at Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5:25 PM

President Schedule The President departs Sioux Falls, SD en route to Washington, D.C.

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


President Trump to visit South Dakota today

President Donald Trump will make his first visit to South Dakota as president today.  The president is scheduled to arrive in Sioux Falls at 2:55 p.m. He will host a roundtable with supporters at 3:20 p.m. before his joint fundraiser with republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem.  To attend that fundraiser will cost participants $500 per person, $1,000 per couple or $5,000 to get your picture with the president. 

The following is the president's public schedule:

 

2:00 PM

President Schedule The President departs Fargo, ND en route to Sioux Falls, SD

Hector International Airport, Fargo, North Dakota

2:55 PM

President Schedule The President arrives at Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3:05 PM

President Schedule The President departs Sioux Falls Regional Airport en route to Denny Sanford Convention Center

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3:15 PM

President Schedule The President arrives at Denny Sanford Convention Center

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3:20 PM

President Schedule The President hosts a roundtable with supporters

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

4:30 PM

President Schedule The President delivers remarks at a Joint Fundraising Committee Reception

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5:05 PM

President Schedule The President departs Denny Sanford Convention Center en route to Sioux Falls Regional Airport (5:05 PM Local)

Denny Sanford Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5:15 PM

President Schedule The President arrives at Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5:25 PM

President Schedule The President departs Sioux Falls, SD en route to Washington, D.C.

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Update: No shots fired at Sanford Aberdeen

1:30 p.m. Update: upon further investigation no shots were fired and no gun was present in the suspects room.  It is likely the banging of a cain was mistaken for shots fired.  A 54-year-old Webster man has been taken into custody and charges are pending.  

 

Authorities responded to the Sanford hospital in Aberdeen early Thursday morning after receiving reports of an active shooter.  Aberdeen Police captain Eric Duvan provided what information he could once the situation was fully under control…

 

 

 

The report came in around 9:09 a.m. and the suspect was in custody by about 9:30 a.m.  The shots fired took place on the second floor of the hospital and sent the entire facility into lockdown.  Along with Sanford Aberdeen, Mike Miller Elementary school was also put into lockdown as a precautionary measure. According to Duvan, Sanford was evacuated as best police could…

 

 

 

 

 

No one was injured in the incident a male suspect was taken into custody, though he did not cooperate.  Three shots were fired according to police, but the weapon used or motive for the shooting was not discussed.  Following the situation, Sanford employees were allowed to return to the building…

 

 

 

 

The incident remains under investigation and Aberdeen Police will be releasing more information as the time comes.


Brown County democrats to host public forum Monday

Brown County Democrats have scheduled a forum including guests speakers to be held Monday at the Pizza Ranch.  The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and feature Justin Roemmick of Aberdeen who is seeking the District 3 legislature and Paul Register of Redfield who is seeking the state Senate from District 2.  Both are Democrats.  Meals will be available  for purchase. 


Name released in fatal accident near Viborg

Two people from Viborg, S.D. have been identified as those killed late Friday night in a two-vehicle crash near Viborg.

 

A 2002 Chevrolet Silverado K2500 pickup was northbound on 455th Avenue. A 2015 Dodge Dart SXT was westbound on 290th Street. Neither vehicle stopped at the uncontrolled intersection and the two collided. Both vehicles came to rest in the northwest ditch.

 

Pronounced dead at the scene – were Kelley Fox, the 17-year-old passenger in the pickup, and Brady Patterson, the 19-year-old driver of the vehicle.

 

Austin Jensen of Viborg, the 17-year-old driver of the pickup, sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Charges are pending against him.

 

Neither occupant in the pickup was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the Dart 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.


Candidate Seiler partially accepts apology from State Dept. of Safety

The democratic candidate for attorney general in South Dakota says he has partially accepted an apology from the state Department of Public Safety's leader for inviting the republican attorney general candidate to introduce a Highway Patrol event at the state fair last weekend.

 

Randy Seiler, of Fort Pierre, tells DRG news and farm he has talked to Sec. Trevor Jones about Jones’ invitation to Jason Ravnsborg (rounds-berg) to introduce a canine demonstration.

 

 

 

Seiler was alerted to the situation through social media and Ravnsborg’s campaign website.

 

 

 

 

Jones said in a statement that the spur-of-the-moment invitation was a "lapse in judgment" and wasn't meant to show support for any particular candidate. He also sent an apology letter Seiler.

 

 

 

 

At this point, Seiler thinks any investigation into the matter will be handled by the Government Accountability Board.

 

 

 

 

Seiler, who has served as the federal US Attorney for South Dakota, says this is a complicated situation.

 

 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

The Mosquito Control Division of the City of Aberdeen will be spraying for Mosquitoes.

On Thursday September 6 City Wide Spraying for Mosquitoes will be done between the hours of 7:30 PM and 11:00 PM.

            In case of inclement weather, spraying will be done the following night.

The Adulticiding equipment is noisy.   The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light.    

To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, temperatures must be above 55 degrees and wind must be 10 mph or less and no inclement weather present.  Winds higher than 10 mph or inclement weather will result in the spraying being suspended until conditions improve.  

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


South Dakota victims of mass shooting in Las Vegas urged to seek reimbursement

South Dakotans who were victims of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas have until Oct. 1 to apply for reimbursement for current or future out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from the event.

 

The Nevada Victims of Crime Program says records indicate 57 tickets for the concert were sold to South Dakotans. So far only four of those ticket holders have applied for reimbursement.  Out of the total 21,210 tickets sold both within and outside of the United States, 79 percent of the ticket holders have not yet applied.

 

Stephanie Pierson, the director of the South Dakota Victims’ Services Program, says this is a national outreach effort by the state of Nevada to ensure shooting victims have an opportunity for reimbursement. She said her program has not received any calls from South Dakotans who attended the concert, but says shooting survivors should not hesitate to apply.

 

“Funds from the program can be used by survivors for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical bills or counseling co-pays that are not covered by insurance,” she says. “Even those survivors who don’t have any eligible expenses now are still encouraged to apply for the program before the Oct. 1 deadline just in case they incur any future expenses that might be covered by the program.”

 

Ticket holders are encouraged to apply to the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center website VegasStrongRC.org or by calling 1-833-299-2433.

 

The Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting left 58 people dead and 851 injured.

 

South Dakota’s Victims Services Program is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate LaVallee to headline fundraiser Sept. 9th in Aberdeen

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle LaVallee will headline a fundraising picnic in Aberdeen Sunday Sept. 9th.  The event will take place at Centennial Village on the Brown County fairgrounds.  Cost to attend is $10 per person and children 12 and under eat for free.  The Democrats will start serving at 12:30 p.m. and LaVallee is scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m.  LaVallee is a Sioux Falls businesswoman and longtime Republican who crossed the isle at the request of Democratic candidate Billie Sutton to run as a Democrat.   


Northern to hold ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday

Northern State University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its two new residence halls at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, during the annual Gypsy Days celebration.

 

Great Plains East and Great Plains West both opened this fall on the Northern campus. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held on the Great Plains East Patio.

  

Great Plains East, located south of the Gerber Building, features a pod-style design and also includes a Provisions on Demand (POD) convenience store and a Papa John’s Pizza.

 

Great Plains West, which was built at the former site of Lindberg Hall, includes suite-style rooms as well as a multi-purpose room that can be used for game cleaning.

 

These two halls as well as Wolves Memorial Suites, which opened in fall 2017, offer a total of almost 450 new beds on campus – meaning more than half of Northern’s residence hall occupants now live in new facilities.


Dept. of Safety apologizes politicizing event at state fair

The Department of Public Safety has issued an apology after unintentionally politicizing an event at the state fair. 

 

Safety director Trevor Jones invited Republican candidate for Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to introduce a canine unite demonstration, which is illegal under South Dakota cotified law. 

 

After the situation was pointed out as unethical by Democratic candidate for AG Randy Seiler, Jones issued an apology saying the decision was a lapse in judgment and “was not intended to demonstrate support for any particular candidate and should not reflect on the hard working employees of the department of public safety.”


Police investigate broken vehicle windows in Aberdeen

Police in Aberdeen are investigating a rash of broken vehicle windows which occurred Sunday.  According to the Police Department, 15 reports of broken windows were made at Lakeside Estates and Park Village Sunday.  Nothing was reported missing from the vehicles and police captain Eric Duven tells the Aberdeen American News, the suspect or suspects likely used a rock to break a window in at least one instance.  If you have any information about the situation, you are urged to contact police dispatch at 626-7911. 


Amazon reaches net worth of $1 trillion

Amazon.com, the online giant retailer has become the second publicly traded company in history to reach a reported worth of $1 trillion.  The first company to reach such a wealth is Apple.  The companies owner Jeff Bezos is considered the world’s richest man worth an estimated $164.7 billion. 


21-year-old man killed in train accident near Brookings

A 21-year-old man is killed when he is run over by a train in Brookings.

 

Assistant Police Chief Derrick Powers says it appears the man was lying down on the tracks just east of Main Avenue when a Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern train came through.

 

Powers says they were contacted by the railroad at about 3:20 Sunday morning.

 

The man killed has been identified as Travis D. Pinnick. Powers says Flandreau was listed as his home address.

 

The Brookings County Sheriff's Department and Brookings Ambulance also responded.


Former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl picked to serve out McCain's term

Arizona governor Goug Ducey has announced former US Senator Jon Kyl will replace the late John McCain in the US Senate.  Kyl will serve out the remainder of Senator McCain’s term which ends in 2020. 


Kyl served as a senator from Arizona from 1995 to 2013.  During that time he also served as the senate minority whip from 2007 to 2013.  Kyl has already said he will not seek reelection in 2020.   


Man arrested following Sunday standoff in Mitchell

A man is in protective custody following a four-hour armed standoff in Mitchell early Sunday morning.  Just before 2:30 AM, officers responded to the area of 1000 Court Merrill for a report of an armed suicidal male in a residence.  The Mitchell Emergency Response Unit was notified and responded to the scene.  A perimeter was established and several residences were evacuated.  Abbott House staff was also notified and told to stay in the building.  Negotiators attempted to make contact with the individual.  The situation was resolved at around 6:30 AM when the subject exited the residence without incident.  No one was injured in the standoff.


Name released in accident near Bonesteel Friday

A 36-year-old man from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Bonesteel.

 

Jagdish Singh was the passenger in a 2014 Volvo semi-truck and trailer which was northbound on U.S. Highway 281 when the driver lost control as the vehicle entered a curve. The semi-truck and trailer rolled into the west ditch.

 

The deceased was thrown from the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

 

Gurpreet Brar, 32, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was the driver. He sustained serious non-life injuries.  He was wearing a seatbelt and was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Wagner. Charges are pending against the driver.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Kavanaugh confirmation hearing to begin this week

The United States Senate is scheduled to begin hearings this week in regards to President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next Supreme Court Justice.  Today, Brett Kavanaugh will make opening statements in the hearing and questioning from Senators will begin Wednesday.  A Vote in the committee to send his nomination to the full senate for confirmation could happen as quickly as late September.  Kavanaugh has been selected to replace the retired justice Anthony Kennedy.  Democrats have criticized this process as access to Kavanaugh documents during his time working in the George W. Bush administration, approximately 129,000 documents, are being withheld by the white house for different reasons. 


Asphalt overlay to begin Wednesday in parts of Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Wednesday traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction on parts of eighth avenue Northeast.  Crews will be working on asphalt overlay during this time.  Traffic will be restricted from Country Road 19 to County road 14.  Work is expected to last approximately two days. 


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