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Local News Archives for 2018-12

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announces exploratory committee to run for president in 2020

Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren announced Monday she has formed an exploratory committee to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.  Warren becomes the first high profile democrat, in what is expected to be a large field, to make such an announcement.  Warren recently won re-election to her senate seat in 2018 and is known as a defender for consumers.  However, earlier this year she had what was widely regarded as a misstep when she tried to use DNA to prove Native American ancestry. 


SD DOT warning about illegally dumped snow causing problems

The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches. 

 

“The recent snowstorm across South Dakota has deposited a large amount of snow in some areas,” said Kristi Sandal, public information officer. “The space within the right of way needs to be reserved for future snow that may fall on the road. If the department’s plow operators do not have a place to put that snow, it severely hampers their ability to clear roadways.”

 

Violation of the anti-dumping law is a Class 1 misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail, $2,000 in fines, or both. It is the policy of the SDDOT to remove snow that has been illegally piled within the highway right of way that may be a safety hazard. In addition, violators will be billed for the costs of removing illegally dumped snow.

 

“Piling snow in the state highway right of way can be very dangerous,” says Sandal. “Snow piles can restrict sight distance, as well as present an extreme hazard if a vehicle leaves the roadway. Snow piles that remain adjacent to the road may cause additional drifting and visibility problems posing more safety hazards to travelers, as well as additional expenses for manpower and equipment to remove the illegally dumped snow.”

 

Property owners and access users are reminded it is their responsibility to remove snow from the ends of driveways and around their own mailboxes.

 

The department asks landowners and commercial snow-removal operators to keep excess snow on private property or haul it to legal dumping sites.


Gov. elect Noem announces appointment for district 9 representative

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that she will appoint Rhonda Milstead of Sioux Falls to represent District 9 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after Representative-elect Deb Peters announced she would not take the oath of office in January. Milstead will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.  

 

“State legislators must be focused on serving the people in their district, and I believe Rhonda will effectively represent the people of District 9 with energy and determination,” said Noem. “Rhonda’s community involvement and experience in small business will bring a practical perspective to the South Dakota House of Representatives that will make an impact for her district and our state.”  

 

Milstead has worked as the executive officer for the Sioux Falls Board of Realtors for 16 years and has run several small businesses in the area. Most recently, she owned and operated the Falls Overlook Café. Additionally, she has been active in the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and volunteered with Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. She’s enjoyed leading a Girls Scouts troop and coaching a girls soccer team.  

 

Milstead will be officially appointed to the legislature on January 7.  


Outdoor rinks now open in Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department are opening the Lincoln and Manor Outdoor Ice Rinks for the season on Sunday, December 30.  Normal weekday hours are 4 – 9 p.m. and 1 – 9 p.m. weekends.

 

The Holiday hours are:

                        December 30                                                1 – 9 pm

                        December 31 and January 1                     1 – 5 pm

January 2                                          1 – 9 pm

January 3, Normal Hours Begin               Weekdays:  4 – 9 p.m.

                                                                                                Weekends:  1 – 9 p.m.

 

There is no admission charge. Skate rentals are available for $1 and hot chocolate is sold for 50¢ at both rinks. For Further information, contact the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 626-7015.


China buys zero soybeans from US in the month of November

According to customs data released by the United States government, Chinese soybean imports from the United States dropped to zero for the month of November.  That is the first time since President Donald Trump started this trade war the Chinese government has purchased absolutely no American grown soybeans, instead opting to import from Brazil.  China is the world’s largest soybean buyer on the planet. 


Former MN Viking and Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway promotes vodka brand in Mitchell

Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker and Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway was in Mitchell over the weekend with his latest venture: Gray Duck Vodka….

 

 

 

He says the idea for the name came from a Minnesota Vikings touchdown celebration against the Chicago Bears in 2017….

 

 

 

 

Greenway gladly autographed bottles of Gray Duck and other memorabilia for hundreds of fans who gathered at two grocery stores that carry the Gray Duck label.


Swine feed lot planned for Faulk County

A swine feedlot has been proposed in Faulk county that could house more than 8,500 pigs.  An application was submitted to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and is now pending approval.  The proposal comes from Barry Kerkaert of Wesley Farm in Pipestone Minnesota and the lot is planned to operate southwest of Chelsea. 


Swine feed lot planned for Faulk County

A swine feedlot has been proposed in Faulk county that could house more than 8,500 pigs.  An application was submitted to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and is now pending approval.  The proposal comes from Barry Kerkaert of Wesley Farm in Pipestone Minnesota and the lot is planned to operate southwest of Chelsea. 


Noem names Hughes County sheriff in charge of corrections

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Sheriff Michael Leidholt will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Corrections.

 

“It’s essential we create an environment in which both families and growing businesses can feel safe to call South Dakota home,” said Noem. “I’m thrilled to work with Sheriff Leidholt to expand correctional options in our state, keep victims at the center of our criminal justice system, and reduce the likelihood of repeat offenders. Together, we’ll work to create a stronger, safer South Dakota.”

 

“I’m honored to serve with Governor-elect Noem as we tackle problems within our correctional operations,” said Leidholt. “We must improve our systems to prevent crime and strengthen parole, re-entry, and rehabilitation programs while respecting every taxpayer dollar. I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue serving the people of South Dakota.”

 

Leidholt has served in law enforcement since 1975, and is currently the Hughes County Sheriff – a post he has held for 24 years. Throughout his career, Leidholt has pioneered efforts to bring the D.A.R.E. program to South Dakota and has led the state in bringing awareness to challenges facing Indian Country and mental health across the state.


Noem names Hughes County sheriff in charge of corrections

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Sheriff Michael Leidholt will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Corrections.

 

“It’s essential we create an environment in which both families and growing businesses can feel safe to call South Dakota home,” said Noem. “I’m thrilled to work with Sheriff Leidholt to expand correctional options in our state, keep victims at the center of our criminal justice system, and reduce the likelihood of repeat offenders. Together, we’ll work to create a stronger, safer South Dakota.”

 

“I’m honored to serve with Governor-elect Noem as we tackle problems within our correctional operations,” said Leidholt. “We must improve our systems to prevent crime and strengthen parole, re-entry, and rehabilitation programs while respecting every taxpayer dollar. I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue serving the people of South Dakota.”

 

Leidholt has served in law enforcement since 1975, and is currently the Hughes County Sheriff – a post he has held for 24 years. Throughout his career, Leidholt has pioneered efforts to bring the D.A.R.E. program to South Dakota and has led the state in bringing awareness to challenges facing Indian Country and mental health across the state.


Brown County Commission chooses Boys and Girls Club to operate Grandstands

The Brown County Commission Tuesday voted 3-2 in favor of a motion to award the Grandstand concession contract, and the revenue split that goes with it, to the Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen.  The decision ends weeks of controversy surrounding the bidding process.

 

Originally, Commissioner Rachel Kippley proposed to take the Aberdeen Hockey Association’s bid, a bid that on paper would generate over $9,000 more for the county than the Boys and Girls Club bid, over the three year life of the contract.  The motion was second by Commission Chair Doug Fjeldheim, but was defeated by a 3-2 vote.  The commission then motioned to accept the lower bid from the Boys and Girls Club and it passed 3-2, Kippley and Fjeldheim voting no, while commissioners Tom Fishbach, Nancy Hansen, and Dwayne Sutton all voting yes.

 

Commissioner Hansen said she received several calls from members of the Hockey Association itself, requesting the commission deny it the bid because the Hockey Association did not have the volunteer base to man it.  Commissioner Fishbach said he felt the County had treated the Hockey Association more than fair.  Currently the Hockey Association runs the clubhouse during the fair. 

Because the commission took the bid that provided less money to the county, some have seen this as undermining the process.  Brown County Auditor Maxine Fischer defended the commission’s decision citing times the lower bid was better for the county…

 

 

 

Brown County fair board manager Derrick Ricci was in attendance and spoke about the fair board’s stance on the matter.  According to the minutes of the last fair board meeting, the fair board unanimously voted in favor of accepting the high revenue bid from hockey.  Despite this the commission still went with the Boys and Girls Club.  Commissioner Sutton serves as the liaison from the commission to the fair board and assured its members he takes its opinions seriously…

 

 

 

Ricci has been a proponent of the process being fair and by the book since the start, but admitted after the decision was made the RFP process can be handled better…

 


Four South Dakota snowmobilers rescued in Wyoming after going missing

Four missing snowmobilers from South Dakota were found safe Wednesday afternoon in Wyoming.  According to the associated press, rescuers were able to get the four supplies while they continued rescue efforts.  The four went missing Sunday when they did not return to the Green Rock Parking Area.  The four include 43-year-old Jeremiah Christensen, 22-year-old Zachary Christensen, 53-year-old Jim Bruining and a 16-year-old whose identity was not revealed. 


Gov. elect Kristi Noem names Sisseton man Secretary of Tribal Relations

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that David Flute, a lifelong member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, will join her administration as Secretary of Tribal Relations. 

 

“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to forge meaningful relationships with the nine tribes in South Dakota, and I’m hopeful that real results will come from this foundation of trust and mutual understanding,” said Noem. “David Flute’s knowledge and passion for Indian Country will be instrumental in our work to empower tribes, enhance public safety on reservations, and maintain pressure on the IHS to address the ongoing tribal healthcare crisis.” 

 

“Governor-elect Noem has consistently been an ally to South Dakota’s Native American community,” said David Flute. “I look forward to partnering with her to build intentional partnerships that support tribal sovereignty while actively addressing problems the native community faces every day.” 

 

Flute will finish his term as tribal chairman at the end of 2018. In this role, he successfully negotiated a Tribal-State Tax Agreement and spearheaded several economic growth initiatives on the reservation. Flute has repeatedly represented the South Dakota Native American community before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. 

 

Flute served in the South Dakota National Guard from 2004 to 2009, where he received two Army Commendation Medals and a Purple Heart. 

 

Flute lives near Sisseton with his two sons.

 


Aberdeen receives five inches of snow Wednesday

The Aberdeen area received about five inches of snowfall yesterday, slightly more than anticipated according to the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.  More snow is expected today and blizzard conditions are likely as the area remains in a winter storm warning. 


One person killed in small plan crash on Christmas day in Sioux Falls

One person died Christmas day when a small plane crashed in a southeast neighborhood of Sioux Falls.  According to first responders, the incident occurred in the 4200 block of South Birchwood Ave just after 5:00 p.m.  Eye witnesses said they saw a plane flying low, which ended up crashing in between two homes and erupting in flames.  Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire, but according to KSFY, four homes had to be evacuated as a precaution.  The National Transportation Safety Board has been called in to help with the investigation and the name of the lone victim, who was in the plane has not yet been released.


Much of the listening area under winter weather advisory

Most of our listening area will remain in a winter storm warning beginning this morning at 9:00 a.m. and going to 6:00 a.m. Friday.  Heavy snow is expected in accumulations as high as 12 to 16 inches according to the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.  Winds could also gust as high as 45 miles per hour, causing blizzard conditions.  Travel could be difficult during this time and due to temperatures being slightly warmer some of the snow can turn to sleet quickly.  For the latest road conditions travelers can dial 511. 


Name released in Brown County fatal crash

An Aberdeen man has been officially identified as the person who died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash southeast of Aberdeen.  

 

A 2013 Honda Civic Si was southbound on 390th Avenue when the driver failed to negotiate the intersection at 135th Street. The vehicle went into the west ditch and rolled multiple times.

 

Tyler Fischer, the 25-year-old driver, was not wearing a seatbelt. He was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only occupant.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Gov. elect Noem names another round of staff hiring

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced another wave of governor’s office staff hires. The following people will begin serving on January 5, 2019. 

 

Senior Advisor

Tony Venhuizen will serve the Noem administration as senior advisor. Venhuizen, an Armour native, currently serves as chief of staff to Governor Dennis Daugaard and has been the liaison between the Daugaard administration and Noem transition team. He will be staying with the Governor’s Office into the spring to ensure a seamless leadership transition. 

 

Policy Advisor

Melissa Klemann will serve the Noem administration as policy advisor. Klemann is the deputy of director for the Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Insurance and was previously an analyst for Wells Fargo. 

 

Constituent Services Director

Jake Monssen will serve the Noem administration as constituent services director. Monssen, a Sioux Falls resident, currently serves as a constituent services representative for Noem’s congressional office where he specializes in Social Security and Medicare casework. 

 

Deputy Policy Advisor

Bailey Carlsen will serve the Noem administration as deputy policy advisor. Carlsen, previously of Aberdeen, has operated as communications director and director of constituent services for the Daugaard administration.  

 

Executive Assistant

Neha Patel will serve as Noem’s executive assistant. Patel previously served as Noem’s congressional staff assistant in Washington, D.C. She is currently aiding the transition process. 

 

Executive Assistant 

Morgan Ness will serve the Noem administration as executive assistant. Ness, a Watertown native, is an executive assistant in the Daugaard administration.

 

Executive Assistant

Rachel Graves will serve the Noem administration as executive assistant. Graves, a Pierre resident, is an executive assistant in the Daugaard administration.

 

Administrative Assistant

Judy Davis will serve the Noem administration as administrative assistant. Davis, originally from Winner, currently serves as an administrative assistant for the Daugaard administration. 

 

“To create good policy for the state, you have to have good people on your team,” said Noem. “These people understand that the job isn’t about them, but about serving the people of our state and producing lasting results for the next generation. Together, we’ll strengthen South Dakota.” 


Dept. of Safety urging safe travels over the holidays

Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety remind people to be careful this holiday season – both on the road and at home.

 

With Christmas on a Tuesday this year, traffic is expected to be busy this weekend and into Monday.  Not only will the Highway Patrol have troopers out on the highways, but the Patrol also will be conducting 24-hour saturation patrols from 6 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday.

 

“The saturation patrols are part of our goal to get impaired drivers off the road,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. “As always, no matter what time of year, we will focus on driving behaviors that lead to crashes while also working on enforcement for seatbelt use and DUIs.”

 

This year’s Christmas holiday reporting period for motor vehicle traffic crashes spans 102 hours, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and ending at midnight on Tuesday, Christmas Day. Last year, there were two fatalities during the Christmas reporting period (one a pedestrian and the other a driver) and 30 other motor vehicle injuries.

 

“It is easy with so many things going on to forget about staying safe while driving,” says Highway Safety Office Director Lee Axdahl. “But one mistake – getting distracted by your electronic devices, drinking and then driving, not wearing your seatbelt or not slowing down – can lead to a regrettable Christmas for many. Be a focused driver and save the celebration for later.”

 

Holiday safety extends to the home as well. State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says home fires are more prevalent during the holidays.

 

“With more lights, more candles, more cooking and more fireplaces being used, the chances of a home fire increase at this time of the year,” Merriman says. “Use holiday lighting safely, never leave burning candles unattended, practice cooking safety, and have a working smoke alarm on each floor, every sleeping area and each bedroom in the home.”

 

DPS officials also encourage the public to be aware of possible changing weather conditions later this week. Those planning to travel should watch for latest forecasts and check road conditions by calling 511 or at https://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/.  If traveling, practice safe driving techniques and pack a winter safety kit.


Noem names Vanneman as Ag Secretary

Following a nation-wide search to find the best and brightest to serve South Dakota’s largest industry, Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Kim Vanneman will join her cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. 

 

“Agriculture is South Dakota’s top industry, so it is essential we have a secretary who is as passionate as they are knowledgeable about the opportunities before us,” said Governor-elect Noem. “Kim Vanneman shares my vision to develop the state’s ag economy and give more young people the ability to thrive as farmers and ranchers in South Dakota. She’s a life-long producer and a fierce advocate for agriculture. I’m grateful to have her on board.” 

 

“Agriculture is more than an economic engine in South Dakota – it’s our way of life,” said Kim Vanneman. “I’m thankful for the ways agriculture has shaped my career, and I’m committed to promoting, protecting, and growing that culture for the next generation. It is an honor to serve with Governor-elect Noem as we work to advance agriculture by adding value to South Dakota-grown commodities and expanding working lands conservation.” 

 

Vanneman, originally from Chamberlain, is a co-owner/operator of Vanneman Farms, a diversified farming operation in Ideal that produces row crops and small grains as well as finishing feeder pigs and a commercial beef cow herd. 

 

Additionally, Vanneman served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013 where she sat on the Agriculture, Natural Resource, and Education Committees. Vanneman currently serves as a director for Farm Credit Services of America, Farm Credit Council, Farm Credit Foundations, and FCC Services.  

 

Vanneman and her husband, Clint, have three children and four grandchildren.   


Voters in Faulkton approve $9 million bond

Voters in the Faulkton Area school district voted in favor of a $9 million bond issue Tuesday.  According to the results of the vote, the issue passed with 67 percent of the vote, 453 yes, 220 no.  Property tax increases are expected to be approximately 59 cents for every $1,000 in value.  The project will cover demolition of the current middle school and high school building, building a new middle school, high school, library, commons area, kitchen,  and offices, renovation of elementary classrooms, and air conditioning for all classrooms and shared spaces. 


Pierre teen arrested for making terrorist threats

A Pierre teenager has been arrested after making threats against the Pierre School District.  Captain Bryan Walz says the 15 year-old male was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after posting a threatening message to social media.   After being notified of a possible threat, officers with the Pierre Police Department located the male subject at his home prior to the school day.  Officers conducted an investigation into the threats resulting in the teen’s arrest.  Pierre Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says post involved T-F Riggs High School…

 

 

 

 

The Pierre School District has spent a great deal of time in the last year working on enhancing school security and Glodt school safety is a primary concern…

 

 

 

 

He says everyone can play a role in school safety…

 

 

 

 

Glodt says the nature of the threat was a general threat against the High School but declined to get into any specifics about the threat.  Walz also did not disclose the nature of the threat.


Rapid City woman arrested for breaking into a home in Pierre

A 27-year-old Rapid City woman faces Assault on an Officer and other charges after breaking into a home in Pierre yesterday (Mon.) evening.

 

According to the Pierre Police Department, officers were called to the 100 Block of South Poplar because Regina Sharpfish had unlawfully entered an occupied residence. The occupant of the residence didn’t know Sharpfish and wanted her to be removed. In the process of entering the residence, Sharpfish caused $350 in damage to a door.

 

Sharpfish was placed into custody for Unlawful Occupancy and Intentional Damage and transported to the Hughes County Jail. Once at the jail, Sharpfish spat upon a correctional officer, so was additionally charged with Assault on an Officer by Causing Contact with Bodily Fluid.


Gov. Elect Noem names Whitlock secretary of veterans affairs

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Greg Whitlock will join her administration as Secretary for Veterans Affairs.

 

“The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs should operate as a rally point, providing resources, support, and guidance to the state’s 72,000 veterans,” said Governor-elect Noem. “Greg Whitlock is a proven champion for veterans and brings with him a real-life perspective of issues South Dakota veterans face every day. Greg has lived a life of service and patriotism, he leads by example, and he shares my vision for the future of South Dakota veteran care. I’m grateful to have him on my team, and I look forward to the ways we will work together to prioritize South Dakota’s bravest men and women.”

 

"I want to thank Governor-elect Noem for the opportunity to continue serving South Dakota veterans and their families,” said Greg Whitlock. “I’ve dedicated my life to serving our country and state, and I’m honored to join Governor-elect Noem’s vision to expand employment opportunities and improve customer service for the people who’ve selflessly defended freedom.”

 

Whitlock, a Selby native, has served in the South Dakota Army National Guard since 1975. A decorated serviceman, he’s received numerous accolades including two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, an Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

Currently the Military and Veterans Service Representative for Noem’s congressional office, Whitlock was influential in advocating for an East River veteran cemetery and fought to preserve the Hot Springs VA Hospital. Since 2015, Whitlock has liaised with federal agencies on behalf of hundreds of South Dakota veterans. 

 

Whitlock currently resides in Watertown with his wife, Michelle. They have four children – Ryan, Will, Jake, and Hannah – and one grandson, Caiden.


One person killed in crash south of Aberdeen Tuesday

One man died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash southeast of Aberdeen.  

 

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

 

A 2013 Honda Civic Si was southbound on 390th Avenue when the driver failed to negotiate the intersection at 135th Street. The vehicle went into the west ditch and rolled multiple times.

 

The 25-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Hallmark in the Aberdeen Mall closing

Hallmark in the Aberdeen Mall has announced it will be closing its doors.  Signs have been posted outside the business and according to employees items in the store are currently 30 percent off.  Doors will shut either in late January or February.  The store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and noon to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. 


Man from 2016 Sturgis motorcycle rally found guilty of trying to have sex with a minor through text messages

A Colorado man arrested at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, has been charged with a child sex crime.  According to the US Attorney’s office 53-year-old Joel Zupnik attempted to solicit sex through tex messages with a person he belived to be a 15-year-old girl, but was in fact an undercover agent.  He was one of 10 men indicted as a result of this sting and will be sentenced at a later date. 


State fair announces first acts for 2019

South Dakota State Fair officials have announced their first concert for the 2019 fair.

 

Assistant Fair Manager Candi Briley made the announcement this morning…..

 

 

 

 

Tickets will go on sale next spring….

 

 

 

 

The four member group Little Big Town was founded in 1998. Their number one hits include, “Pontoon,” and, “Girl Crush.”


Vivian man sentenced in manslaughter case involving infant daughter

Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lyman County States Attorney Steve Smith confirm that Gerald Raymond Brink, 38, Vivian, was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 10 suspended on one count of manslaughter in the first degree. 

 

The charge stemmed from an incident in Vivian on the evening of Thursday May 4th, 2017, resulting in the death of his 7-week old daughter Neveah Brink. Neveah presented to medical personnel with intracranial bleeding and four separate, unrelated skull fractures.  

 

This case was investigated by the Lyman County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Lyman County States Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office.


Brown County Commission will not decide on grandstand concession contract Tuesday

The Brown County Commission will not decide at its Tuesday meeting who gets the three year contract to operate the grand stand concession stand at the Brown County Fair.  Currently two non-profits have offered bids, the Boys and Girls Club who have operated the grand stands for the past 24 years and the Aberdeen Hockey Association who put in a bid that would generate more revenue for the county. 

 

The commissioners at last Tuesday’s meeting decided to table the decision because not all commissioners were present and some felt they had conflicts of interest preventing a vote.  There was talk about moving the decision to this week, though that never officially got put on the agenda.

 

According to Brown County State’s Attorney Chris White, there are some legality issues when it comes to alcohol sales and the fairgrounds he wants to work through before the decision is made.  White is specifically looking into the “legality of issuing on-sale licenses at the fairgrounds and also the legality of issuing special alcohol beverage licenses by the county.”

 

White says he is attempting to work with the State Department of Revenue in order to make sure any questions or concerns are addressed before moving forward.  White was confident a decision on the grand stand concessions contract will be made in the near future. 


78-year-old identified in fatal accident west of Hermosa

A 78-year-old Hermosa woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Hermosa.

 

A 2002 GMC Yukon was eastbound on Box Canyon Road when it went off the road and over an embankment.

 

Joan Lix, who was the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the only occupant.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Merriam-Webster dictionary names "Justice" word of 2018

Merriam-Webster dictionary has announced its word of the year for 2018.  The word is recognized for its use during the past 12 months.  That word this year is “Justice.”  According to Merriam-Webster, the noun has seen a 74 percent increase in lookups compared to 2017.  The word is often spoken about in regards to Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, the battle to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the fight for social justice. 


Event planned to honor two long serving County Commissioners

An event has been announced this Thursday to recognize two long time serving Brown County Commissioners who’s terms are coming to an end.  Residents are welcome to visit the community room of the Brown County Courthouse Annex Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to pay respects to outgoing commissioners Nancy Hansen and Tom Fischbach.  Hansen has been on the commission for 24 years while Fishbach has been on the commission for 28 years. 


78-year-old woman dies in one-vehicle crash west of Hermosa

A 78-year-old woman died Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Hermosa.

 

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

 

A 2002 GMC Yukon was eastbound on Box Canyon Road when it left the roadway. The vehicle went down an embankment and eventually off a 50-foot cliff, coming to rest on its roof.

 

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

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Deadline to sign up for healthcare under ACA Saturday the 15th

Saturday is the last chance for individuals and families to sign up for healthcare coverage under the affordable care act this session.  For more information on what plans you qualify for and what subsidies are available to you to help afford the coverage log online to healthcare.gov.  Healthcare customers already enrolled in a plan on the ACA markets have until Saturday to change a plan if they desire as well. 


Marshall county sheriff Dale Elsen stripped of law enforcement privilege

The Aberdeen American News Reports Marshall County sheriff Dale Elsen has had his law enforcement certification revoked.  The South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission made the decision Thursday after Elsen admitted to making sexually explicit remarks in front of deputies and inmates.  Seven complaints were filed against Elsen, complaints the Standards and Training Commission called “unbecoming of a law enforcement officer.”  Elsen had recently won re-election to be Marshall county sheriff and during his testimony said he has been a law enforcement officer in Marshall county for 41 years. 


Congressman-elect Dusty Johnson announces constituent office in Aberdeen

Congressman-elect Dusty Johnson has announced he will hold a constituent office in Aberdeen.  Johnson announced his decision to place an office in Aberdeen Wednesday at the Brown County Republican Reagan Lunch at the Best Western Ramkota.  Johnson’s choice for his other two offices across the state include Rapid City and Sioux Falls.  Johnson also named his regional director in Aberdeen which will be Aimee Kamp, who has worked in the constituent office for Senator John Thune.  Johnson replaces Kristi Noem who did not seek re-election and will be South Dakota’s next governor. 


President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen receives three years in prison

President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen received three years in prison Wednesday, specifically for his role in hush money payments paid out before the election in 2016 to a playboy model and porn star who alleged to each have an affair with President Donald Trump.  Cohen has implicated the President in these crimes, saying he paid off the women at the request and in coordination with President Trump.  He told the judge at sentencing blind loyalty led him to cover up the President’s “Dirty deeds.”


Former Sioux Falls track star dies in skiing accident

A former University of Sioux Falls track and field star has died after suffering injuries in a skiing accident out in Colorado.  26-year-old Bill Brockmeuller was injured on Dec. 4th according to the University and was on life support in critical condition for several days.  Brockmeuller was a Brandon South Dakota native and was one of the most decorated athletes in USF history, being named a three-time all-American. 


Roberts county sheriff seeks jury trial in Brown County assault case

Roberts county sheriff-elect Korey Ware has pleaded not guilty of assault and has asked for a jury trial.  The 28-year-old was in court Wednesday and entered his plea.  He is accused of assaulting an Aberdeen man back on Oct. 6th in an incident in the 1000 block of south main street.  A tentative jury trial has been scheduled for February 6th and 7th.  Ware has come under scrutiny for this arrest, with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oayte tribe calling for his resignation as sheriff of Roberts County. 


Spink County sheriff looking for missing man

Spink County authorities are currently looking for a missing man.  According to the Spink County sheriff’s department Thomas Fink was last seen in Zell.  He is a white man in his late 40s or early 50s and is believed to be driving a silver Trail Blazer with license plate 28A671.  Fink’s mother tells KDLT he was last seen Friday night, took nothing with him and his bank account has not been used.  If you have any information on his whereabouts you are urged to contact the Spink County sheriff at 472-4595. 


Senators Thune/Rounds respond to passage of farm bill

South Dakota senators John Thune and Mike Rounds each released statements on the passage of the farm bill compromise.  The legislation was passed Monday night, ending months of negotiations.  The legislation will cost $867 billion over 10 years.

 

Seantor Thune:
 

“Aside from good weather, certainty can be a farmer’s best friend,” said Thune. “That’s why I’m glad that the House and Senate are coming together to put the agriculture community ahead of politics and act on this important legislation. This pro-agriculture farm bill will help give South Dakota farmers and ranchers greater economic certainty, which will allow them to focus on what’s most important in their line of work: growing crops and raising livestock.

 

“I say it as often as I can, but South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers are the best of the best. To them, agriculture is less of a job and more of a way of life. They’re proud of what they do to help feed not only people in the state and around the country, but in every corner of the world, as well.

 

“I’m thankful to live in a state that honors and appreciates everything farmers and ranchers do from the field all the way to the halls of Congress. Without their input, suggestions, and encouragement, I can say with certainty that the 2018 farm bill would look much different than it does today.”  

 

Senator Rounds:

“The farm bill is a vital piece of legislation for farmers and ranchers in South Dakota, where our economy depends on agriculture,” said Rounds. “At a time when farm income is down 50 percent and our producers are at the tip of the spear with the ongoing trade disputes, passage of a five-year farm bill is a critical step toward providing our ag community with much needed certainty and stability. The farm bill includes tools that can help farmers and ranchers keep their operations viable even during tough times. I thank Senate and House Ag Committee leaders and members for their work on this important bill, and urge the president to sign it into law as soon as it passes the House.”


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Water will be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday for water main work.  According to a news release from the Aberdeen Public Works Department the work will begin at about 1:00 p.m. Thursday and affect areas on US Highway 12.  Specifically US Highway 12 from US Highway 281 west near Marlin’s family Restaurant to the South Dakota Department of Transportation building.  Residents are urged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  The water is expected to remain off for most of the afternoon. 


Brown County Commission tables decision to award grandstand contract to Dec. 18th

The Brown County Commission tabled a decision to award the grandstand contract at the Brown County Fair, and the revenue split that goes with it, to its next meeting Dec. 18th.  The decision was made by the commissioners in attendance as there would have been only two voting members available at Tuesday’s meeting.  Commissioner Tom Fischbach was not available while commissioners Nancy Hanson and Rachel Kippley both abstained due to conflicts of interest. 

 

For the first time, the Commission requested bids to operate the grandstands, clubhouse and centennial village at the Brown County Fair to non-profits in Aberdeen and share the revenue.  The bids are on a rotating basis.  The Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen has been in charge of the grandstands for the past 24 years and entered a bid, along with the Aberdeen Hockey Association.  The Hockey Association’s bid came in as a better deal financially, netting the county approximately $9, 257.14 more than the Boys and Girls Club offer, over the three year life of the contract. 

 

The Boys and Girls Club brought a full attendance of board members to the meeting to help provide context other than just cash for the commission’s decision.  According to Boys and Girls Club director Mike Herman if the commission chooses to go with the Hockey Association, they will be in a large hole...

 

 

 

 

Brown County fair board manager Derrick Ricci was in attendance and approached the dilemma from an analytical perspective.  Ricci spoke on how request for proposal or RFP process has changed how things work and the Boys and Girls Club will need to adjust...

 

 

 

Ricci also commented on how over $9,000 in revenue from Hockey’s proposal would help the fair with improvements.  According to Ricci, the fairgrounds have not seen a significant structural upgrade in over 20 years.  Commissioner Fjeldheim also saw the decision more black and white, in that he did not like the precedent the commission would be setting by taking the lesser of the two bids.

 

Aberdeen Hockey President Mike Schmitt praised the boys and girls club for the work they do in the community, but also pointed out they followed the rules of the RFP and now it’s up to the commission to decided...

 


Police warn of potential local business scam

The Aberdeen Police Department through its facebook page is warning residents about a possible scam involving local business.  According to police scammers are calling businesses, often after hours or near closing time, and seeking to speak with a manager.  The scammers will then claim authority whether it be from the corporate office or some sort of auditor.  The scammer will then claim some kind of accounting error that needs to be corrected and ask for money, gift cards, reloadable debit cards or other forms of payment.  Police warn businesses to be skeptical of these types of calls. 

 

 


Four Native American tribes sue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

Four Native American tribes spanning both Dakota’s have filed a lawsuit in court fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The motion filed specifically challenges the assertion federal officials made in the recent days that an oil spill from the pipeline would not greatly impact tribal populations.  The four tribes involved in this fight include the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux.  The tribes are contesting a 140 page technical report laid out by the Army Corps of Engineers, concluding the pipeline doesn’t pose a high risk of harming minority communities. 


Police in Mitchell investigating a body found outside of town

Police in Mitchell are investigating the death of a man after the body was found in a field outside the city.  According to the Mitchell police department, officers received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked and running around 10:20 a.m. Monday.  Officers responded to the 1600 block of South Burr Street where they founda 52-year-old man dead in an open filed a short distance from the vehicle.  Investigators preliminary say the death does not appear suspicious and plan an autopsy of the victim.  Police have not released the deceased name yet. 


Name released in Lyman county fatal crash

A Houston, Texas man has been identified as the person who died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Iona in Lyman County.

  

A 2006 Hino FB truck was northbound on South Dakota Highway 47 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The driver lost control of the vehicle which crossed the southbound lane, entered the west ditch and rolled onto its top.

 

Michelet Joseph, the 34-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Gov. elect Noem announces staff hires

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced a key round of governor’s office staff hires. The following people will begin serving on January 5, 2019. 

  

Senior Advisor

Beth Hollatz will serve the Noem administration as senior advisor. Hollatz, a Watertown resident, previously served as state director for Governor-elect Noem’s congressional office. Additionally, Hollatz functioned as a key advisor on the Kristi for Congress campaign in 2010 and the Kristi for Governor campaign this year. She now serves as the transition team’s inauguration coordinator.  

  

Senior Policy Advisor

Aaron Scheibe will serve the Noem administration as senior policy advisor. Scheibe, a Pierre resident, was previously the deputy commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development where he now serves as interim commissioner. Prior to joining GOED in 2014, Scheibe served for 12 years as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State. 

  

Director of Scheduling 

Megan Goltz will serve the Noem administration as director of scheduling. Goltz, an Estelline native, previously managed scheduling for the Kristi for Governor campaign. She now serves as the transition team’s scheduler.  

  

General Counsel

Tom Hart will serve the Noem administration as general counsel. Hart, a resident of Pierre, currently serves as deputy secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation. Prior to joining the department in 2014, Hart practiced law in the private sector in Sioux Falls and Pierre. 


New wind farm planned for Clear Lake area

Another wind farm has been proposed in northeast South Dakota, this time in the Clear Lake area.  According to a spokesperson for Invenergy, the proposed site would be north of Clear Lake and be called Duel Harvest North Wind Farm.  The developer is a Chicago based company and says the windfarm could power as many as 100,000 homes.  The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission received the proposition November 30th and has six months to decided on the facility.  Invenergy says there could be as many as 112 wind turbines and the facility could general as many as 300 megawatts of electricity. 


Voters in Faulkton to decide on tax increase for school upgrades

Voters in the Faulkton School district will go to the polls next week to decide on a property tax increase to help pay for school improvements.  According to the Associated Press, the tax increase would cover $9 million in renovations, including demolition the existing middle and high school and the construction of a ew building.  The election will take place on Dec. 18th


Final week to sign up for healthcare under the ACA

This is the final week to get signed up for health coverage under the affordable care act, or change your plan.  The deadline to enroll is Saturday December 15th.  Healthcare customers can visit healthcare.gov and see a list of plans and subsidies they qualify for. 


Former Ag Secretary Bob Berglund dies at 90

Former US Secretary of agriculture Bob Bergland has passed away at the age of 90.  According to his daughter, Berglund died in his home in Roseau in north central Minnesota.  Berglund served as Ag Secretary during the 1970s under the Administration of President Jimmy Carter.  He also served as a member of the house of representatives from Minnesota from 1971 to 1977 before taking the secretary job.  According to the association press, Berglund had to oversee an ag department battling to make up ground after President Carter placed a grain sale embargo on the soviet union for its invasion of Afghanistan. 


Wolsey/Wessington football, basketball coach arrested for DUI of alcohol and marijuana

 


A Wolsey-Wessington football and basketball coach has entered a guilty plea to driving a vehicle under the influence of a combination of alcohol and marijuana. 

Gordon Hooks-Williams appeared in Beadle County Court today.  The court fined Hooks-Williams in the amount of $516 plus court costs of $86.50 and a DUI fee of $50 and ordered him to be a law-abiding citizen for 360 days. 

Beadle County States Attorney Mike Moore says the court granted  Hooks-Williams a suspended imposition of sentence which means the conviction will be sealed after 360 days if he has no new criminal convictions.

Hooks-Williams was stopped by a Huron police officer on November 8, around 11:30 pm for speeding. At the time, he was driving a vehicle owned by the Wolsey-Wessington School District.

Hooks-Williams was arrested for driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, ingesting marijuana, obstructing a law enforcement officer, in addition, he was given a ticket for speeding and drug paraphernalia. 

A search of Mr. Hooks-Williams vehicle revealed a backpack that contained marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

As part of the plea agreement the State dismissed the charges of possession of marijuana and ingesting marijuana, as well as the tickets, the obstruction charge was never formally filed by the State’s Attorney.

 


Dierks Bently to perform in Sioux Falls in February

The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls has announced country music star Dierks Bently will be performing with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and The Hot Country Kings.  The show will be February 28th, as part of Bently’s 2019 “Burning Man Tour.”  Tickets go on sale this Friday December 14th.


Senator Rounds co-sponsors bill to fully fund border wall on US Mexico border

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D) joined Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to introduce the WALL Act, legislation that would fully fund the border wall along the southern border. This legislation is also the first bill that will fund the wall by identifying specific funding sources.

 

“The primary responsibility of the federal government is the defense of our nation, which includes strong border security,” said Rounds. “The WALL Act will provide full funding for construction of a physical barrier along our southern border to protect against illegal immigration and stop those who wish to do us harm, such as terrorists, gang members and drug dealers, from entering the United States from the south. It pays for the wall by closing existing loopholes that allow illegal immigrants to receive federal benefits and increasing fines for illegal border crossings and visa overstays. By funding the wall through increased fines, we prevent any risk of dipping into Department of Defense (DoD) funding, which is already stretched thin. I thank Chairman Inhofe for his leadership on this effort and I look forward to advancing this proposal in the Senate.”

 

This legislation will fully fund the President’s $25 billion border wall while providing specific ways to pay for it:  

 

Require a work-authorized Social Security Number (SSN) to claim refundable tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit:

  •        Currently only the child needs a SSN, not the parent benefiting from the refundable child tax credit. The WALL Act would require the parent to have a valid work-eligible social security number.
  •        Before 2003, the Social Security Agency did not distinguish between work-eligible and non-work eligible SSNs. Therefore, there are individuals benefiting from the EITC they are not authorized to receive because they are non-work eligible.

Require welfare applicants (food stamps, TANF, HUD, etc.) to verify citizenship:

  •        Currently someone only needs to “declare” citizenship and provide a SSN to receive some of these benefits.
  •        The WALL Act enhances citizenship verification prior to granting benefits using E-verify and require a work-authorized SSN for eligibility.

Increasing the minimum fines on illegal border crossers and establishes minimum penalty for visa overstays.


Judge denies widow's request for slain husband's correction uniform

A judge has denied the request of a late corrections officer’s wife to keep his uniform.  Lynette Johnson, wife of the late RJ Johnson, was in court Wednesday making her request that was ultimately denied.  RJ Johnson was the victim of Rodney Berget, who murdered him in a botched escape attempt.   Berget was put to death in October. 


Shopko to close in Redfield and Webster

The retail outlet Shopko has announced plans to close a wave of stores nationwide.  Several of those stores are in South Dakota.  According to the report Shopko will close stores in Dell Rapids, Wagner, Webster and Redfield. 


Gov. Daugaard releases official portrait


Possible gun and drugs found at community center in Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls Police officers were called to the Kenny Anderson Community Center on Thursday (November 29) at approximately 4:00 PM, in Northern Sioux Falls when a worker at the facility saw two juveniles showing something to each other that appeared to be a gun. According to Captain Loren McManus with the Sioux Falls Police Department, officers were close by and arrived quickly, however, the teens had just left.

 

Additional units searched for the boys in the neighborhood, found them and began to question them further as police records indicated both were on an active runaway list. A thorough search in the surrounding neighborhood of Kenny Anderson Community Center was made, along with a search of the residences of both teens. No gun was found.

 

The search did reveal one of the juveniles had several types of drugs and was charged. The unnamed 15-year-old was cited for illegal possession of a prescription drug, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia, possession in a drug-free zone and underage possession of tobacco. The teen was taken to the juvenile detention center. The other teen, a 16-year-old, was not charged.

McManus says if you live in the neighborhood near Kenny Anderson Community Center and find a weapon or anything else suspicious, contact police.


Dept. of Safety planning December sobriety checkpoints

State Department of Public Safety officials want you to celebrate the holidays, but be careful in doing so.

 

To discourage people from trying to drive after having too much to drink at a holiday celebration, the department has planned 19 sobriety checkpoints during the month. The checkpoints will be held in 15 different counties.

 

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

 

Checkpoints will be held in the counties of: Brookings, Brown, Beadle, Brule, Butte, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Lincoln, Meade, Pennington, Roberts, Spink, Stanley and Yankton.

 

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


Four semi-trailers involved in accident near Brookings

Four semi tractor trailers are involved in a crash on Highway 14, one mile west of Arlington. It happened at 6:38 Tuesday morning.

 

According to the South Dakota Deparmtent of Public Safety, an eastbound semi driven by 21-year-old Joshua Waldner of Huron crossed the centerline into the westbound lane.

 

There were three semi tractor-trailers headed west as a group. The Waldner truck struck the first two westbound semi-tractors and the trailer of the third semi.

 

After the collision, the Waldner vehicle burst into flames. Both lanes of traffic were blocked, requiring a highway shutdown to clean up debris and tow the semis and trailers.

 

The Waldner truck and trailer was a total loss. Also total losses were two of the westbound trucks and all three trailers.

 

Waldner was taken by ambulance to the Brookings Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt and charges against him are pending.

 

The driver of one of the other semis received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The three drivers traveling as a group were all wearing seatbelts. Their names are not being released.

 

All four of the trailers were empty.

 

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate.


Mueller recommends no jail time for Michael Flynn

Special Council Robert Mueller in a filing request released last night recommends no jailtime for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.  According to the document, Flynn’s cooperation has been substantial in more than one investigation, including criminal investigations.  Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI and has since then been cooperating with authorities. 


Shenandoah to perform at the Brown County Fair

The band Shenandoah will perform at the Brown County Fair Wednesday August 14th, according to the band’s tour schedule on its website.  The group is known for such hits as “Mama Knows,” “Next To You, Next to Me,” and “Church on Cumberland Road.” 


Rounds talks a host of issues enter lame duck session

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds recently touched on a number of topics currently making waves in Washington D.C. 

 

First, Senator Rounds commented on climate change after the US government released a devastating report over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The report comes from the Trump administration and is endorsed by 13 government agencies.  According to the 1,656 page assessment, the effects of manmade climate change could end up costing the US economy up to 10 percent of its gross domestic product or GDP by 2100.  That would equate to a loss of about $2 trillion a year.

 

According to Rounds, climate change is happening, but figuring out what to do about it is more difficult...

 

 

 

 

Senator Rounds also touched on the special council Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  The President has expressed his objects to the probe publically, leading some in the senate to see a need to protect Mueller from potential interference by Trump himself.  Legislation has passed out of the judiciary committee in the Senate, but has not been brought to the floor by majority leader Mitch McConnell.  Republican senator Jeff Flake of Arizona is even going as far as to block judicial nominees from getting appointments until the legislation is brought to the floor. 

 

According to Rounds, he does not see the need to anger the president by passing legislation protecting Mueller...

 

 

 

 

Finally, Senator Rounds explained his vote against a resolution calling for an end to the US’s support of the Saudi Arabia led war in Yemen.  In a rare rebuke of the President, Senate Republicans have joined with Democrats to pass a resolution to remove US armed forces from hostilities in Yemen.  The response comes after Trump sided with the Saudi’s instead of his own intelligence in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

 

Rounds was one of the 37 Republicans, along with fellow South Dakota senator John Thune, to vote no on the measure.  He says that is because the Khashoggi murder response and support for the war in Yemen must be treated as different issues...

 

 

 

Rounds did say he would consider supporting legislation more precisely directed at responding to the Khashoggi murder specifically.   


Federal offices closed Wednesday in mourning of former President George H.W. Bush

Some federal offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of the late President George H.W. Bush. 

 

Those offices in Aberdeen include:

- US District Court

- Bureau of Indian Affairs 

- US Depatment of Ag 

- US Postal Service

- The Federal Building.


Two South Dakota communities to implement new municipal taxes in January

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, two South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current municipal tax rate. 

 

The municipal tax changes taking effect include:

 

Trent, S.D., increasing its 1 percent general sales and use tax rate to 2 percent.

Interior, S.D., increasing its 1.9 percent general sales and use tax rate to 2 percent. In addition to the 2 percent sales and use tax rate, it will impose a 1 percent municipal gross receipts tax rate on lodging, eating establishments, alcoholic beverages, and ticket sales or admissions to places of amusement, athletic and cultural events.

 

South Dakota municipalities are able to implement new tax rates or change existing tax rates Jan. 1 or July 1 each year.

 

The South Dakota Department of Revenue has Municipal Tax Information Bulletins available, which list all municipal sales and use tax rates statewide, along with information on tribal sales, use and excise taxes.

 

Updated bulletins are free of charge and available after Jan. 1, 2019. To obtain a Municipal Tax Information Bulletin, download it on the Department of Revenue website at http://dor.sd.gov/Taxes/Business_Taxes/Publications/Municipal_Tax.aspx or contact the Department of Revenue at 1-800-829-9188.


Open gyms conclude today Dec. 04

The fall/winter season of open gym will conclude on Tuesday, December 4.  The winter/spring open gym season will begin on Monday, January 14, 2019.  For more information, please contact the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 626-7015.


Gov. Elect Noem seeking input on appointment of district nine representative

Governor-elect Kristi Noem is seeking public input as she looks to appoint a service-first South Dakotan to fill the District 9 House vacancy. The opening was created after current Rep. Deb Peters announced she would not be taking the oath of office in January. Peters will continue serving until January 4, 2019. Governor-elect Noem will appoint a legislator to serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.

 

“State legislators are ambassadors for their hometowns, so it’s critical District 9 has a service-first representative who is willing to tackle big things for their community,” said Governor-elect Noem. “I look forward to collaborating with folks in District 9 as I appoint a qualified, dedicated public servant to represent this district.”

 

Those wishing to be considered for the appointment, or to offer nominations, should email Rachel Graves at Rachel.Graves@state.sd.us. Nominations should include the candidate’s name, current physical address, telephone number, and relevant background information. All nomination materials must be submitted by December 12, 2018.

 

District 9 includes northwestern Minnehaha County, including the Hartford, Humboldt, Crooks and the Wall Lake area. The district also includes an area in north and northwestern Sioux Falls, encompassing Southeast Technical Institute, Hayward Elementary School and the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. A map of the district is available here.


Gov. Elect Noem seeking input on appointment of district nine representative

Governor-elect Kristi Noem is seeking public input as she looks to appoint a service-first South Dakotan to fill the District 9 House vacancy. The opening was created after current Rep. Deb Peters announced she would not be taking the oath of office in January. Peters will continue serving until January 4, 2019. Governor-elect Noem will appoint a legislator to serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.

 

“State legislators are ambassadors for their hometowns, so it’s critical District 9 has a service-first representative who is willing to tackle big things for their community,” said Governor-elect Noem. “I look forward to collaborating with folks in District 9 as I appoint a qualified, dedicated public servant to represent this district.”

 

Those wishing to be considered for the appointment, or to offer nominations, should email Rachel Graves at Rachel.Graves@state.sd.us. Nominations should include the candidate’s name, current physical address, telephone number, and relevant background information. All nomination materials must be submitted by December 12, 2018.

 

District 9 includes northwestern Minnehaha County, including the Hartford, Humboldt, Crooks and the Wall Lake area. The district also includes an area in north and northwestern Sioux Falls, encompassing Southeast Technical Institute, Hayward Elementary School and the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. A map of the district is available here.


One person killed in Lyman county fatal crash

One person died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Iona in Lyman County.

 

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

 

A 2006 Hino FB truck was northbound on South Dakota Highway 47 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The driver lost control of the vehicle which crossed the southbound lane, entered the west ditch and rolled onto its top.

 

The 34-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Farmers and ranchers receive $19 million in government handouts to offset costs of tariffs

South Dakota News Watch reports farmers and ranchers across the state have received $19 million in subsidies from the federal government to help offset tariffs which have hindered the farming market.  The losses come from an international trade war sparked by President Trump, specifically against the Chinese who have placed retaliatory tariffs on many ag products including soybeans and hogs.  According to an Agriculture official 2,895 farmers or farm operations have received the money.  However, the insider said the money is a “band aid” and wont begin to cover financial losses from the market disruption. 


President Trump orders flags at half-staff in honor of the late George H.W. Bush

President Donald Trump has ordered flags at half-staff immediately for 30 days to honor the life of former President George H.W. Bush.

 

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 Sunday, December 30.

 

Gov. Daugaard offered the following statement on the death of President Bush:

 

“South Dakotans join all Americans in mourning the passing of President George Bush. Our nation owes a great debt to President Bush - for his service in World War II, his years in public office, and his statesmanship during Desert Storm and the end of the Cold War.”


South Dakota delegation to Washington releases statements on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush

South Dakota's delegation to Washington has released statements on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.

Seantor Mike Rounds:

“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush. From his time as a young naval aviator who fought in World War II to serving as the 41st President of the United States during the post-Cold War era, President Bush dedicated his life to our country. He will be forever remembered for his strong faith, his love of family and his love of country. Jean and I are keeping the entire Bush family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Rep. Kristi Noem: 
"Bryon and I mourn with our nation, as we mark the life of George H.W. Bush. He was a man of unmatched character that was built upon a foundation of faith. Always armed with incredible wisdom and wit, he served his country without hesitation and helped raise his family to do the same. Our nation has lost a great man and an American hero. We pray for the Bush family, for those who lost a Grandpa and a Dad, and for our country which has lost a true leader."

 

Senator John Thune:
“With the passing of President George H.W. Bush, America has lost one of its finest. As a naval aviator in World War II, President Bush exemplified America’s Greatest Generation. A man of fierce determination, self-sacrifice, and unwavering dedication to our country, President Bush will be remembered as a patriot and a gentleman. He will be sorely missed, and my prayers are with his family and those who loved him.”


Name released in one-vehicle fatality near Humboldt

A Kimball, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash at the Humboldt exit on Interstate 90.

 

A 1997 Pontiac Grand Am was westbound on I-90 when the driver lost control of the vehicle while traveling across a bridge. The vehicle slid into the median, collided with guard wires and then rolled onto its roof.  

 

Mark Munger, 54, was the driver. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the lone occupant.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


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