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Local News Archives for 2018-10

Former judge and Brown County Commission candidate Larry Lovrein passes away

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


South Dakota Gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton to visit Aberdeen Saturday

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


County music star Blake Shelton to perform in Sioux Falls

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


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

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

 

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


SD Supreme court justice Steven Zinter passes away

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

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


Unified Carrier Registration start date delayed

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information on these changes, please visit the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s dedicate webpage, http://dor.sd.gov/UCRRegistration.aspx.


Sioux Falls man tased in altercation with police dies

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

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

 

Meth was found in his room.

 

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


Rich Krokel named new city transportation director

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


Northern brings back Culturefest Nov. 1st

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, contact the NSU Office of International Programs at 605-626-7802 or international@northern.edu.


Another gubernatorial debate featured on the CW tonight

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


11 people murdered in anti-Semitic attack on Pittsburgh synagogue

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


Two children killed in McPherson county fatal crash

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charges are pending against the driver.

 

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

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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

 


California man sentenced to trafficking drugs in South Dakota

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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


Sutton receives endorsement from prominent SD Republicans

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

 

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


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

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


Lee Park to close Oct. 28th

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


Scientific poll shows statistical dead heat in gubernatorial debate

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


District 3 senate candidate Heidelberger to host legislative agenda forum

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


One person killed in Brookings county fatal crash

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Federal authorities intercept possible bomb packages to prominent individuals

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


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

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


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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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


Huron police deem threat against school not credible

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


Sisseton man pleads not guilty to child sexual abuse charges

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


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

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


Noem receives endorsement from Thune, Rounds, Daugaard and Jackley

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

 

The full letter can be read below:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

John Thune

Mike Rounds

Dennis Daugaard

Marty Jackley

 


Eden man charged with child abuse

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Noem out raises Sutton in final quarter before election

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


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

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


Aberdeen Police Department searching for missing teen

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


Mega million total reaches $1.6 billion

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


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

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Fleetwood Mac show in Sioux Falls postponed

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

 

All other Fleetwood Mac tour routing remains the same.

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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


Heart defect likely cause in NSU wrestler's death

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


Pheasant season opens Saturday in South Dakota

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



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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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


Northern students take part in "Pack Gives Back" program

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Parks and Rec announces Haunted Forest dates

The Haunted Forest is set for Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.  Wylie Park and Storybook Land will be filled with scares more thrilling and chilling than ever before and will feature “The Double Black Hole”.  The Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and the Aberdeen Optimist Club cosponsor this traditional Halloween event, with special assistance provided by Aberdeen Central Thespian Club.

 

Evening performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, with no tickets being sold after 10:00 p.m.  The afternoon matinee on Saturday, October 27 will begin at 1:00 p.m., with no tickets being sold after 3:00 p.m.  The matinee will feature trick or treating with the Haunted Forest Creatures.  Children are encouraged to come in costume and begin their Halloween trick or treating at the Haunted Forest.  Evening performances are too scary and not recommended for younger children.  Strollers are not allowed during evening shows.  Also people are encouraged to use the main Wylie Park entrance, north of Wylie Lake and use the beach parking lot for drop off and pick up, as well as for parking.

 

Tickets for the Haunted Forest are $15.00 for evening performances and $5.00 for the Saturday matinee and can be purchased with cash or check only.  Tickets are available at the Wylie Park Pavilion, and the event will begin there. Advance tickets are being sold through Friday, October 26 at the Parks & Recreation offices, Exhaust Pros, Kamerud Chiropractic, Aberdeen Federal Credit Union and Dacotah Bank.  For more information contact the Parks, Recreation and Forestry office at 626-7015.


Northern wrestler found dead in residence hall

A Northern State athlete was found dead in a campus residence hall Wednesday.  According to KSFY no foul play is suspected and police are continuing their investigation.  According to University officials freshman wrestler Curtis LeMair was found dead.  He was from Shakopee Minnesota.  Counseling  is available to students and athletes on campus. 


Mega Millions reaches 2nd all time high

The Mega Millions power ball has risen to $868 million after Tuesday night’s drawing produced no winners.  The next drawing will be Friday and if no winners come from that, lottery officials expect the totals to surpass the largest numbers in history.  A record $1.6 billion powerball prize was given away in January of 2016.  Your odds of winning the powerball are roughly 1 in 292 million. 


Harrisburg school district approves $40 million bond measure for school upgrades

Voters in the Harrisburg school district resoundingly approved a school bond issue worth $40 million Tuesday.  The bond passed with 85 percent of the vote according to KSFY.  The money will go towards a new elementary school in the district as well as additions to the high school.  According to enrollment numbers, Harrisburg has nearly tripled in size over the past decade. 


Canada becomes largest nation to fully legalize marijuana Wednesday

Today, Wednesday October 17th 2018, the entire country of Canada has officially made the sale and consumption of marijuana legal across all provinces.  Canada is the second and largest country yet to make such a move.  Sales started after midnight in Canada’s eastern most province, Newfoundland.  Just hours before the move was official ad midnight, the Canadian government also announced a sweeping pardon to all those convicted for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana.  The only other country to all-out legalize marijuana is Uruguay who did so in 2013. 


Emergency call services fully restored in Brown County

911 services have been fully restored as of Wednesday morning according to Brown County Emergency manager Scott Meints.  

 

 


Officer involved shooting in Vermillion justified according to AG

Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Kuong Gatluak, 21, Vermillion, on September 16, 2018, in Union County, South Dakota.  The Division of Criminal Investigation, assisted by the Minnehaha and Union County Sheriff’s Office, conducted the investigation at the request of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

 

The incident occurred on the evening of September 16, 2018, after the Vermillion Police Department responded to a call to service at a Vermillion residence that resulted in a vehicle pursuit. Vermillion Police Department discontinued the pursuit when speeds increased in a residential neighborhood.  A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, when the situation escalated resulting in the Trooper firing their duty weapon at the subject.

 

“It is my conclusion as Attorney General that the Trooper was justified in firing their weapon and using lethal force. I would like to thank the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Trooper for their service and complete cooperation in this investigation,” stated Jackley.

 

Read the full report here.


Sutton to visit Aberdeen Wednesday

South Dakota Democratic gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton will visit Aberdeen Wednesday for a meet and greet.  He will be at the Democratic headquarters from 5 to 6 p.m. at 220 South Main Street.  The election will be on Tuesday Nov. 6th and Sutton is facing Republican Kristi Noem and Libertarian Kyle Evans.  Early voting is already underway and the deadline to register to vote is Monday Oct. 22nd


Brookings school district closed Tuesday due to threat

The Brookings school district has shut down for Tuesday due to threats made against the district according to officials.  A message about the decision was posted on the districts website Monday night.  No further details were released about the threat made against the school, but more information is expected to be released throughout the day. 


One person killed in Hamlin county fatal crash

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person was killed and another injured in a two vehicle crash Monday afternoon in southern Hamlin County.

 

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 81, east of Lake Norden. 

 

The crash shut down a stretch of the highway for a period of time as authorities investigated the crash and cleaned up debris.

 

No names have been released yet. More details are expected to be released today (Tuesday). 


Dusty Johnson campaign releases fundraising numbers for third quarter

South Dakota Republican congressional candidate Dusty Johnson has released numbers showing his campaign’s third quarter fundraising totals.  According to the campaign Johnso raised more than $540,000 in the third quarter.  In the release, Johnson tanked the people of South Dakota for their support in this campaign.  He is seeking to be the next lone Representative in South Dakota in the Hosue of Representatives.  He is running against Democrat Tim Bjorkman, Libertarian George Hendrickson and independent Ron Wieczorek. 


Redfield man wins over $300,000 in SD lottery

Christopher Whitley’s close proximity to the Appels Quick Shop in Redfield proved to be fruitful as he claimed the Lucky for Life lotto game’s second prize.

 

Whitley claimed the game’s second prize of $390,000 Wednesday in Pierre. He has lived in Redfield his entire life and works across the street from Appels Quick Stop, which is where he purchased this winning ticket. 

 

Chris matched all five winning numbers and was just the Lucky Ball away from garnering the game’s top prize. Chris had the options of the $390,000 cash prize or $25,000 a year for the rest of his life.

 

Although Whitley’s daily routine includes buying a ticket for that each night’s lotto game, Oct. 4 was a life-changing day. He noted that he jokingly told an employee at Appels Quick Stop that, “The unluckiest guy on the planet is buying a Lucky for Life ticket.”  

 

Whitley’s self-given title as the unluckiest man on the planet quickly changed when his cousin revealed that a winning ticket was sold in Redfield. Whitley hurried to his phone to open the Lottery App to see if it was his lucky day.

 

Shock and extreme happiness came over him as he compared his numbers on the ticket to the winning numbers displayed on the app. Whitley noted that he will use his prize money to provide for his wife and their nine children. If there happens to be any left after that he said, “Invest and save the rest.”

 

Whitley will continue to play the lotto games daily but revealed that his favorite scratch game is Trucks and Bucks and hopes to be a winner of a new truck. His advice to other players is, “You can’t win if you don’t play. “

 

Lucky for Life drawings are Monday and Thursday. Whitley is the second South Dakotan to win the game’s second prize since sales began June 4, 2017.

 

For more information on the game, visit https://lottery.sd.gov/games/lottogames/luckyforlife


Authorities in Brookings investigating sexual assault on SDSU campus

Authorities in Brookings are investigating a sexual assault on the campus of South Dakota State University.  According to an email sent out to SDSU students, the assault took place Sunday night in Jackrabbit Village, a residence hall.  Police do not believe the suspect was a student at the University, therefore had to be let into Jackrabbit Village.  He is described as a white man around 18 to 20 years of age standing 5’6 to 5’9 feet tall.  Police are seeking information on the suspect due to a perceived potential for an ongoing threat. 


Two former Republican Attorneys General endorse Democrat Randy Seiler in Nov. eleciton

Two former Republican South Dakota Attorney Generals have come out endorsing Democrat Randy Seiler in the 2018 election.  Mark Meierhenry and Roger Tellinghuisen released a joint statement, explaining their endorsement of Seiler, calling him the most qualified candidate to be South Dakota’s next attorney general.  Meierhenry served as AG from 1978 to 1986 while Tellinghuisen served from 1987 to 1991. 

 

The statement reads as follows:
 

“As Republicans and former attorneys general, we are asking that you support the best qualified candidate to be South Dakota’s next attorney general,” the statement said. “This year that candidate is Randy Seiler, a Democrat and an experienced prosecutor, who has served as our state’s U.S. Attorney. We know from experience that this is an important job and that is why we are supporting Randy Seiler this November.”


Stacy Phelps found not guilty for his alleged role in GEAR UP scandal

A Minnehaha County jury came back with results late Thursday night, acquitting Stacy Phelps of all Charges.  Phelps was one of the men involved in the GEAR UP scandal which led to millions of dollars missing and seven lives lost.  Prosecutors say Phelps backdated contracts to avoid an audit, while Phelps admitted to those actions, but said his colleague Scott Westerhuis claimed he couldn't find the originals.  Phelps is the second in the GEAR UP scandal to be found not guilty. 


DPS secretary Trevor Jones announces resignation

DPS Secretary Trevor Jones announced today that he has accepted a position with Dakota State University, working in the university’s digital forensics lab. 

 

“I thank Trevor Jones for his service. Shortly after I took office, our state faced the major challenge of Missouri River flooding, and Trevor’s leadership was crucial to our successful response,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Throughout my administration, Trevor has helped to keep South Dakotans safe through his efforts at the Department. I wish him well in the future.”

 

Jones has led the Department of Public Safety throughout the Daugaard administration, following a 20-year career in law enforcement. He will transition out of the Department over the next few weeks. Following his departure, Deputy Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh will serve as Interim Secretary for the balance of the administration.


Northern opens Germans from Russia center at NSU library

Several years of effort to gather the history of a substantial South Dakota ethnic group are coming to fruition with the grand opening of the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center.  The Center can be found in Beulah Williams Library on the campus of Northern State University.

 

The South Dakota Germans for Russia Cultural Heritage Center is over 2,000 square feet of exhibit, research, and performance space, and is available to the public during regular library hours. 

 

The permanent exhibit traces the journey of the Germans from Russia to South Dakota and their impact on the history and culture of the state. It features images, documents, artifacts and excerpts from oral history interviews. 

 

Included in the center is a research collection of books, publications, family histories, manuscript collections and artifacts.  The research collection includes donations from throughout the state of South Dakota and from other states such as Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and California.

 

Robert Russell, Library Director said "The story of the Germans from Russia in South Dakota is inseparably intertwined with the history of the state and region.  Their experiences in immigration, agriculture, religion, and small town life are great examples of the commitment and perseverance of early settlers in SD.  The Germans from Russia story is also a great tool to reflect on the important themes of the past 100 years - cultural integration of new immigrant groups, World Wars, the Great Depression, and dramatic changes in agriculture - and highlights just how much life in South Dakota has changed during that period."

 

The center was initiated by Williams Library staff, in conjunction with Germans from Russia across the state of South Dakota.  Publications have been gathered for several years, with a formal development of the Center taking place in the past three years. 

 

Gary Jerke, a major supporter of the Germans from Russia Cultural Center said “Germans from Russia are one of the primary ethnic groups to settle and build South Dakota. This center opens at a time when immigration and intercultural issues are on the front burner, and adds great value to not only the Northern State community, but also to our state as a whole."

 

The opening reception takes place Oct. 25, 6-8 PM and is free and open to the public. German-Russian hors d'oeuvres will be available. Traditional German-Russian music will be provided by Dr. William Wieland, professor of Music at NSU, on the Center's pump organ.

 

For more information, contact Robert Russell, Library Director at (605) 626-7770.


Name released in Grant County fatal crash

A 16-year-old male from Milbank has been identified as the person who died Sunday morning after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle near Milbank.

 

Tanner Schwagel was riding on the hood of a 2001 Dodge Intrepid which was going westbound on 146th Street. The rider’s foot got caught on the front bumper and he was dragged under the vehicle. After being taken first by ambulance to the Milbank hospital, he was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital where he later died.

 

Nicholas Ruhr, 16, of Big Stone City, S.D., was the driver and was not injured. Charges are pending against him through the state’s attorney’s office.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Senator Thune reacts to Ambassador Haley's resignation

Like many national leaders, Sen. John Thune is surprised United National Ambassador Nikki Haley is quitting.

 

 

 

 

 

Thune made his comments this morning on Fox News soon after Haley's resignation announcement. 

 

This morning, Fox News asked Sen. John Thune if he had any inkling that United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was going to resign. 

 

 

 

 

President Donald Trump announced this morning (Tuesday) Haley will be leaving the administration at the end of the year.

 

Nikki Haley's sudden resignation as President Trump's U.N Ambassador caught most everyone by surprise today, including Senator John Thune:

 

 

 

Senator Thune tells Fox News that Haley was very tough and outspoken at the U.N at a time when it was needed.


Two killed in house fire in Lead

Two people are dead after a fire destroyed a home in Lead.

 

Fire crews responded to the fire on Parkdale Avenue at approximately 4:30 Saturday morning.

First arriving Firefighters found a free burning fire with heavy smoke conditions, in the top floor, attic and roof assembly of the occupied residential building, with partial roof collapse and immediately struck a second alarm.

 

Firefighters confined the fire to the structure of origin, stopping the spread of the flames to, nearby structures, infrastructure and other improvements, in addition to preventing a grass fire.

 

Fire Chief Tim Eggers said responders were unable to enter the home upon their arrival due to the high amount of smoke and flames engulfing the house.

 

Two civilians perished in the fire. There were no injuries to firefighters or domestic animals reported.  The residential structure received extensive damage.

 

Authorities say due to the extensive damage to the structure, responders were unable to enter the second floor even after the fire had been put out. An excavator was brought in to remove the roof and allow firefighters to locate the bodies upstairs. 

 

Firefighters were on the scene until approximately 5:30 p.m. to mitigate the danger to nearby homes and retrieve the bodies. The names of the victims have not yet been released and the autopsies have not yet been completed.

 

The Lead Police Department, and the State Fire Marshall’s Office are continuing to investigate to determine the origin and matter of the fire.

 


State fair numbers climb in 2018

South Dakota State Fair numbers continue to climb as attendance at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair was 217,231, up 2.5 percent over last year, while gate revenue increased by 3.6 percent.

 

“This was an exciting year for us. We invited people to come experience the fair’s magic and that they did! Our strong entertainment line-up, headlined by Toby Keith, set the mood for the fair and the rest just fell into place,” said Peggy Besch, South Dakota state fair manager. “Of course, the weather was on our side too! It was fun to see the crowds, especially on the weekend.”

 

Other increases include a 13 percent increase in grandstand ticket sales, while grandstand ticket revenue was up 56 percent. Carnival revenue was up 7 percent. Gross sales from vendors were up 2.8 percent.

 

The South Dakota State Fair hosted 1,984 campers, up 1.5 percent over last year.

 

Participation in youth activities remained strong as 4-H livestock exhibits were up 3 percent, while 4-H Youth in Action increased by 24 percent. A 14 percent increase in FFA exhibitors led to a 32 percent increase in FFA entries.

 

The 2018 South Dakota State Fair was held Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3. Channel Seeds Preview Day was Wednesday, Aug. 29. This year’s theme was “Experience the Magic.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the fair office at 800.529.0900, visit sdstatefair.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

The 2019 South Dakota State Fair will be Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2, with preview day on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

 

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


State fair numbers climb in 2018

South Dakota State Fair numbers continue to climb as attendance at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair was 217,231, up 2.5 percent over last year, while gate revenue increased by 3.6 percent.

 

“This was an exciting year for us. We invited people to come experience the fair’s magic and that they did! Our strong entertainment line-up, headlined by Toby Keith, set the mood for the fair and the rest just fell into place,” said Peggy Besch, South Dakota state fair manager. “Of course, the weather was on our side too! It was fun to see the crowds, especially on the weekend.”

 

Other increases include a 13 percent increase in grandstand ticket sales, while grandstand ticket revenue was up 56 percent. Carnival revenue was up 7 percent. Gross sales from vendors were up 2.8 percent.

 

The South Dakota State Fair hosted 1,984 campers, up 1.5 percent over last year.

 

Participation in youth activities remained strong as 4-H livestock exhibits were up 3 percent, while 4-H Youth in Action increased by 24 percent. A 14 percent increase in FFA exhibitors led to a 32 percent increase in FFA entries.

 

The 2018 South Dakota State Fair was held Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3. Channel Seeds Preview Day was Wednesday, Aug. 29. This year’s theme was “Experience the Magic.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the fair office at 800.529.0900, visit sdstatefair.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

The 2019 South Dakota State Fair will be Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2, with preview day on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

 

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


Congresswoman Noem continues campaign through northeast SD

South Dakota congresswoman Kristi Noem will continue her swing through northeast South Dakota on her gubernatorial campaign.  The Republican Candidate visited Britton, Eureka and Mobridge on Tuesday and today will stop in Selby, Bowdle, Ipsiwch, Faulkton and Refield.  Noem’s stops include 11:00 a.m. at Drakes Place in Bowdle, 12:20 p.m. on Main Street in Ipswich, 1:30 p.m. at the senior citizens center in Faulkton and 3:00 p.m. Leo’s Good Food in Redfield.  The general election is Nov. sixth and Noem is taking on Democrat opponent Billie Sutton. 


President Trump announces plans to allow for year round ethanol sales

In a move many see as a bone thrown to US corn producers, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday at a rally in Iowa his administration’s plans to remove certain restrictions on selling higher percentage ethanol blends year round.  According to Forbes, most American’s will not notice the change, but E15 users will now be able to use the blend in the summer months as well.  Critics point out ethonal is hard on the environment and the decision comes just days after a UN report released dire warnings about handling climate change while there is still time. 

 

South Dakota's delegation to Washington reacted to the decision:

South Dakota congresswoman Kristi Noem:
“To stabilize the ag economy, we need to expand market access, and ethanol is a huge market that, because of federal regulations, we've been unable to fully tap into," said Noem. "President Trump and I have had many conversations about the expansion of E15. He knows where I stand, and that I wouldn't give up on this issue until we made it right for farmers in South Dakota and for consumers who are demanding more affordable, homegrown fuels. I am grateful that he has followed through on this promise to the American people." 

South Dakota Senator John Thune: 
 

“After spending more than a decade advocating for higher blends of ethanol, I want to thank President Trump for upholding his commitment to America’s farmers,” said Thune. “Using homegrown resources like ethanol to keep America’s economy moving forward is a common-sense, true win-win solution.  “As I have discussed personally with the president and members of his administration on multiple occasions, today’s announcement will be welcome news to farmers throughout the Midwest and Great Plains. Since year-round E15 sales would naturally help lower fuel prices, this also means consumers across the country will have more affordable choices at the pump, in addition to reinforcing American energy dominance.”

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds:

“Allowing year-round sales of E-15 will not only increase markets for South Dakota producers, it will increase consumer choice at the pump and keep fuel costs low,” said Rounds. “South Dakota is a leading state in corn ethanol production. As the market for ethanol increases, the market for corn will grow, resulting in more jobs and increased revenue for South Dakota’s corn farmers. At a time when farmers are already struggling due to a decrease in farm income and trade uncertainty, providing year-round sales of E-15 is an opportunity to give our farmers a much-needed boost.”


Noem to campaign in northern South Dakota Tuesday

South Dakota Republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem will be visting several northern South Dakota communities Tuesday.  Noem will host a meet and greet in Britton at the Northern Lights in at 1:30 p.m.

Following that at 4:30 p.m., Noem will host a meet and greet in Eureka at the Hometown Boutique.

Finally, at 6:30 p.m. Noem will host a meet and greet in Mobridge at the Wrangler Inn. 


16 year old killed in Grant County fatal crash

16-year-old male died Sunday morning after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle near Milbank.

 

Names of the people involved are not being released pending notification of families.

 

The male was riding on the hood of a 2001 Dodge Intrepid which was going westbound on 146th Street. The rider’s foot got caught on the front bumper and he was dragged under the vehicle.

 

After being taken first by ambulance to the Milbank hospital, the person was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital where he later died.

 

The 16-year-old male driver of the vehicle was not injured. Charges are pending against him through the state’s attorney’s office.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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

 


South Dakota celebrates "Native American Day"

Today across South Dakota citizens are encouraged to celebrate Native American Day as a way to pay respects to those people who inhabited this land before Europeans arrived.  The day also serves as Columbus Day for most of the country, but in South Dakota, the day was changed in 1989 by a decree from then governor George S. Mickelson.  South Dakota is one of four states in total that have a day set aside to honor Native American Culture and contributions to their respective states. 


Cook political report declares South Dakota's governor race a "toss up"

The Cook political report, an independent non-partisan online newsletter which rates elections for the house, senate and congress made noise in South Dakota late last weekend.  In its latest report, Cook moved the South Dakota governor’s race from likely Republican to a toss up.  Other states governor races changed including Minnesota which went from lean Democrat to likely Democrat, Illinois which move the same and Oklahoma which went from likely Republican to lean Republican.  No matter what happens in November, this election will be historic.  If Billie Sutton wins he will be the first Democrat elected since 1978 while if Kristi Noem wins she will be the first women to serve as the state’s governor. 


SD senators react to Kavanaugh confirmation

South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds each reacted to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next US Supreme Court Justice.  

 

The statement from John Thune:

“Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who has spent 25 years of his life in public service. He has impeccable legal credentials and has consistently demonstrated a deep respect for our Constitution and the rule of law. Republicans came to Congress to ensure that the judges we confirm are dedicated to a faithful interpretation of the law. I have no doubt that Judge Kavanaugh will continue to demonstrate that commitment. With the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch last year and Judge Kavanaugh this year, Republicans have delivered on our promises. Judge Kavanaugh will be an asset to our nation’s highest court, and I wish him the very best as he takes up this new position.”

Statement from Mike Rounds:

"Despite a prolonged ‘advice and consent’ process in which our Democrat colleagues went to extreme, unprecedented measures to try and stop his nomination, today the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is immensely qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. During the last 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court, he has demonstrated a thorough understanding that a judge’s responsibility is to interpret and apply the law and Constitution as written, not based on a judge’s personal views or political motivations. He clearly recognizes the limited authority of each of the three branches of government. South Dakotans – and all Americans – stand to benefit from his judicial approach as he takes his seat on the nation’s highest court."


One man killed in Lincoln county fatal crash

One man died Saturday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash that occurred in Canton.

 

Names of the people involved are not being released pending notification of families.

 

A 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was westbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the driver observed a person standing in the middle of the road. The driver tried to stop, but the vehicle collided with the pedestrian, a 73-year-old male.

 

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle driver, a 25-year-old male, was not injured. 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.


Police in Mitchell investigate social media threats

Police in Mitchell investigated a social media post that seemed to threaten Mitchell high school.  According to police, two middle school students posted the words “school shooter” on social media, which concerned other children who brought it up to school administration.  No direct threats were made, and police investigated the situation.  Ultimately they deemed there was no immediate threat to children or staff at the school and no charges were filed.  The investigation into this matter remains ongoing. 


Arrest warrant issued in Brown County Fair assault

The Aberdeen American News reports an arrest warrant has been issued for someone believed to be involved in an assault which took place at the Brown County Fair.  The name of the individual has not been released and will not be until an arrest is made.  The assault was reported on August 17th and the victim will need reconstructive surgery on the left side of his face according to a gofundme set up for the victim. 


Optimist Club to host 20th annual pumpkin patch for kids Sunday

The Aberdeen Optimist Club will host its annual pmpkin patch for kids Sunday Oct. 7th from noon to 3:00 p.m. or until the pumpkins are gone.  

 

This is the 20th pumpkin patch for kids and is meant for children ages 10 and under.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult.  Activities include face painting and barrel train rides.  

 

A free will donation will be accpeted, suggested at $2.00 per pumpkin.  For more information contact Char Doerr at 229-2270.  


SD Secretary of state announces reciprocity with the state of Washington on SD conceal carry

After three years of negotiations, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is pleased to announce the State of Washington now recognizes South Dakota’s Enhanced Concealed Carry Permits for holders that are 21 years of age and older. This expands the number of states recognizing South Dakota’s Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit to 38. The number recognizing the Gold Card Concealed Carry Permit is 32 states and the Regular Concealed Carry Permit is 31 states.

 

Negotiations continue with the State of New Mexico in hopes of gaining reciprocity for the Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit.


Davis county judge rules statements of murder suspect can be included in evidence

A Davison County judge yesterday ruled that statements a man accused of murder made to police will be included as evidence in the case.  A suppression motion requested by the attorneys of 50-year old Anthony Lewis was denied by Judge Chris Giles (jiles).  Lewis is accused of stabbing Quinn Schleuning (sh-loon-ing) at Lewis’s apartment in downtown Mitchell in August of 2017.  During initial questioning after the incident by police, Lewis did say “I get a lawyer.”  Once a request is made for a lawyer, law enforcement interrogation must cease.  However, Judge Giles ruled that the statement made by Lewis was not a clear request for a lawyer.  Lewis also later actively engaged a different detective, discussed the case with him, and waived his Miranda rights by signing a waiver form.  Lewis is charged with first and second-degree murder and could face life in prison if convicted.  A jury trial is expected to take place later this year.


Arizona man faces up to 40 years in prison for conspiracy to traffic drugs in SD

An Arizona man faces up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in South Dakota.  According to the US Attorney’s office 27-year-old Christopher Bradshaw of Tucson Arizona was found guilty with at least one accomplice to distribute a large amount of meth including on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. 


Trailer fire kills one in western SD

Authorities in Custer report a 58-year-old man died Monday night after a mobile home caught fire.  Richard Roberts of Custer was found dead in his home following firefighters putting out the flames.  They were able to do so before it spread any further.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 


Gov. Daugaard appoints Hoglund Hanson to circuit court judgeship

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Sandra Hoglund Hanson, of Sioux Falls, as a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit. 

 

“Sandra Hanson is a conscientious, respected attorney,” said Governor Daugaard.  “She will make an excellent judge, and I thank her for serving the public in this way.”

 

Hanson is a native of Langford.  She is a partner with Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, where she has practiced since 1993.  From 1992 to 1993, Hanson clerked for Hon. Donald J. Porter, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.  Hanson earned her undergraduate degree from Northern State University and her law degree from the University of South Dakota, where she was an editor of the South Dakota Law Review.

 

“I am humbled and grateful to accept this appointment,” said Hanson.  “I will do my best to honor that trust in serving the people of South Dakota in the Second Circuit.”

 

Hanson is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys, the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association and the Society for Human Resources Management.  She is the chair of the Civil Service Board for the City of Sioux Falls, a member of the state leadership board for the American Cancer Society, and a past director of Volunteers of America of the Dakotas. 

 

Hanson will succeed Mark Salter, who the Governor appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court earlier this year.  The Second Circuit includes Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs reminds voters, no publishing filled out ballots

As absentee voting is currently underway and as voters head to the polls on General Election day, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is issuing a reminder to South Dakota voters not to publicize an official, marked ballot.

 

“Our South Dakota voters are energized around this year’s General Election,” stated Secretary Krebs. “However, posting a photo to social media of an official ballot, showing how the individual voted is illegal.”

 

State law outlines that no person may publicize an official ballot after it is marked to any person in such a way as to reveal the contents of the official ballot, or the name of any candidate for whom the person has marked a vote. No person may solicit a voter to show the voter's official ballot.

If a citizen feels this law is being broken, they are encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately.

 

The General Election in South Dakota will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Absentee voting can be done at your county auditor’s office or by mail for the General Election began Friday, September 21, 2018.

 

The General Election ballot contains five ballot questions to be voted on this year. The link to the Ballot Question Information Pamphlet is https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/upcoming-elections/general-information/2018-GeneralElection-Ballot-Question-Pamphlet.aspx.

 

South Dakota voters may check their voter registration, find their polling locations, track their absentee ballot application and view their sample ballot at https://vip.sdsos.gov/VIPLogin.aspx


Rep. Noem talks new North American trade agreement

A trade deal that will replace the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.  South Dakota Congresswoman Kristie Noem says a Monday afternoon conference call got the countries to work out the finer points of the agreement…

 

 

 

 

 

Noem says the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA (U-S M-C-A) could bring China to the trade table…

                          

 

 

She says the U-S needs China back in the game…

 

 

 

 

The former North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA went into effect on January 1st of 1994 and has been in place nearly 24 years.


One person killed near Spearfish in one-vehicle crash

A 34-year-old man died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Spearfish.

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved in the crash.

 

A Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup truck was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the vehicle left the roadway. The pickup traveled through the Spearfish County Club Golf Course, coming to a stop at a fence on East Colorado Boulevard near the intersection with Sandstone Hills Road.

 

The driver was taken by ambulance to the Spearfish hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was not 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.


Redfield high school apologizes for Wagner school bus being vandalized

The Redfield Public School took to its facebook page Monday to apologized after the Wagner high school bus was vandalized during last Friday’s homecoming game.  Vandals used paint on parts of the bus and eggs were thrown at the bus as it left town.  According to the post, Redfield High School has reached out to Wagner High School, the head football coach and the community as a whole to apologize for the incident and ask anyone with information to contact the school or Spink County Sheriff’s office as they try to investigate who is responsible. 


Aberdeen city council ads new streets to emergency snow routes

The Aberdeen city council at its Monday meeting approved the addition of five streets to the emegerncy snow removal routes.  Those new streets include:

15th Ave Southeast from South State Street to South Lloyd Street 
14th Ave Southeast from South State Street to South Lloyd Street 
South Lloyd Street from 14th Ave Southeast to South State Street 
Railroad Ave Southeast from South Court Street to South Kline Street 
Seventh Ave Southeast from South Lafayette Street to Sixth Ave Southeast. 


Yale classmate of supreme court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh disputes claims made under oath to US Senate

A Yale classmate of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh Sunday released a statement to the media, saying the judge lied to the Senate about his drinking habits while in college. 

 

Chad Ludington, syas he often drank with Kavanaugh when they were classmates and called Kavanaugh’s description of his alcohol consumption in college a quote “blatant mischaracterization.”

 

Ludington is currently a professor at the North Carolina State University and says he felt compelled to come forward following hearing what Kavanaugh said to the Senate judiciary committee Thursday. 

 

"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth," Ludington said in a statement to the media.  "The degree and frequency" of his drinking in his testimony. Ludington said he often saw Kavanaugh "staggering from alcohol consumption," and said he often became "belligerent and aggressive" while drinking.


Fargo man acquitted of conspiracy to commit murder

A Fargo man has been acquitted of conspiracy to commit murder following a trial and jury deliberation for nine hours.  William Hoehn was charged with conspiracy in the death of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind in August of 2017.  Greywind was eight months pregnant at the time, when prosecutors say Hoehn’s girlfriend Brooke Crews kidnapped her, killed her and tried to steal the baby.  Hoehn has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping as well as giving false information to police as he tried to help Crews cover up the murder.  He could spend the next 21 years in prison, while Crews is already serving a life sentence.   


Bishop Paul Swain announces retirement

Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese Bishop Paul Swain announced Sunday morning his plans to retire.  Swain became the eighth Bishop of the Sioux Falls Diocese in 2006.   As a formality, Bishops must give their retirement to the pope at the age of 75, but can request to serve longer.  Swain has not decided to do so. 


Andover man to face rape trial in Day county

An Andover man will stand trial in Day county next year on charges of rape, sexual contact with a child and sexual exploitation of a minor.  61-year-old Gary L. Thares has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.  The charges stem from incidents between June to August 2017 with a five year old girl according to court documents.  Thares has a court order to live in Faulk County and have no contact with the family of the victim while awaiting trial. 


Canada signs on to new NAFTA style agreement

Canada on Sunday agreed to sign a new trade deal which includes the United States and Mexico, revamping parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement after more than a year of tough negotiations.  The deal is big for many reasons, but at the very least avoids President Trump’s promise to move forward without Canada should the negotiations fail.  The revamped deal is called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and will grant the US greater access to the Canadian dairy market as well as address potential auto tariffs. 


Chamberlain football game evacuated due to man with gun attempting suicide

Authorities in Chamberlain were forced to evacuate Don Giese Field in Chamberlain Friday night.  The evacuation took place before the kickoff of Chamberlain’s football game against the Winner Warriors because a man shot himself in a nearby practice field.  According to Chamberlain police, the suspect is a 20-year-old man and was injured, but will survive an attempt to take his own life.  Upon investigating, the suspect had posted on social media suicide plans around 3:30 p.m. Friday.  The game started about 30 minutes late as a precautionary measure.  No one else was injured and so far no charges have been filed.


Aberdeen Fire and rescue put out car fire

Aberdeen fire and rescue and other first responders were on the scene early Friday morning when a car was reported on fire.  The incident occurred around 4:47 a.m. in the 100 block of South Arch Street.  No one was injured and firefighters kept the blaze contained to that one vehicle.  Battalion Chief JR Huebner tells the Aberdeen American News the fire looked mechanical in nature and no foul play is suspected. 


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