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Local News Archives for 2019-04

SD Driver exams stations closed this Friday accross the state

All South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed this Friday and Saturday (May 3-4) for annual employee training.

 

State Driver Licensing Director Jane Schrank says the reason is so all driver exam employees can attend the yearly training. The Sioux Falls exam station, which is the only statewide station open on Saturdays, also will be closed this Saturday.

 

“Unless it is a holiday or inclement weather, we rarely close the driver exam stations,” she says. “This training provides our employees an opportunity to train together and discuss ways they can provide an even higher quality of service to the residents of South Dakota”.  

 

Schrank reminds people that they have 180 days prior to the expiration date of their license to renew. For information about online renewal or what documents are needed for a license renewal and a list of exam stations, click on to: https://dps.sd.gov/driver-licensing.

 

The Driver Licensing program is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Elderly woman scammed in fake tree removal scheem

An 84-year-old woman was scammed by a door to door salesman in Sioux Falls who offered to cut her tree down. The incident happened at her home near the intersection of Van Eps and Braemar Avenue on Friday (April 26th).

 

The man said he'd need a deposit to rent equipment to take down the tree, and the woman agreed to write a $1,200 check. A few minutes after the man left, doubts were surfacing in the woman's mind as to the credibility of the man. She called the bank to see if she could stop payment on the check, only to discover that it was too late and the check had been cashed.

 

A call to police and further investigation revealed the man had used a fictitious name and had selected a phone number of a Sioux Falls retired individual as his contact number.

 

Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department says that all individuals selling goods or services door to door must have a peddler's license, with the small exception of children and some religious organizations. Furthermore, anyone offering tree services can be cross-referenced with a list of qualified arborists that have passed a test and registered with the city of Sioux Falls.


Gov. Noem urges residents to take part in drug give back program

Governor Kristi Noem is encouraging South Dakotans to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., law enforcement, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will give people opportunities to prevent prescription medication abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

“Preventing drug abuse is a vital public safety and public health issue. Each of us has a part to play in fighting drug addiction,” said Noem. “I want to thank the law enforcement community for stepping up and providing this important service in our communities.”

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that most misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. 

 

“Experts agree that properly disposing of prescription medications is essential to winning the fight against the opioid epidemic,” Noem continued. “Unneeded drugs that stay in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in our nation are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses because of these drugs.”

 

According to the South Dakota Department of Health, there were 74 drug overdose deaths in the state in 2017, making South Dakota the third lowest in the nation for drug overdose deaths.

 

In addition to national takeback day, local pharmacies, law enforcement agencies, and the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy have established year-round drug take back locations statewide. 

 

For more information about South Dakota’s plan to reduce opioid abuse and misuse, visit AvoidOpioidSD.com. A list of participating law enforcement agencies in the national takeback event is available at takebackday.dea.gov. A list of year-round drug take back locations in South Dakota is available at avoidopioidsd.com/take-action/take-back-sites/.

 

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Dept. of Human services accepting grants for nursing home innovation

The South Dakota Department of Human Services is now accepting applications for nursing home innovation grants.

 

The innovation grants, proposed by the Noem Administration and passed in partnership with the South Dakota Legislature, are designed to fund projects in areas crucial to the needs of South Dakota’s long-term care participants.

 

“Earlier this year, I worked with the legislature to give a 10 percent funding increase to nursing home providers. This is a good start, but we must confront the root of the problem: an outdated system of care for our seniors,” said Gov. Kristi Noem.

 

Noem added, “These innovation grants will bring forward new ways to deliver care. They will allow our senior care givers to explore alternative options that can be developed for patients and their families like expanding the continuum of care or potentially developing community living homes.”

 

Projects will be selected based on ideas that show the greatest potential for developing entrepreneurial and sustainable business practices, demonstrate an understanding of resident needs and utilize innovative technologies and ideas.

 

Applications are due on June 3.

 

For more information or to apply for innovation grant funding, please visit https://dhs.sd.gov/ltss/innovationgrants.aspx.

 

The appropriation for this program is $5,000,000.


One person killed in head on collision near Arlington

One person died in a two-vehicle accident west of Arlington Saturday.  According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a 2017 ford F-350 pickup crossed the centerline while westbound on US Highway 14 and collided head on with a 2016 Chevy express van.  The 29-year-old male driver of the van was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 15-year-old male driver of the pickup was not injured.  Both were wearing seatbelts.  Charges are pending against the pickup driver, the names of those involved have not yet been released.


State of South Dakota looking to plug 40 natural gas drilled holes

The State of  South Dakota is looking to close 40 orphaned natural gas wells near Buffalo South Dakota, up in the northwest corner of the state.  According to the Associated Press, they are owned by the company Spyglass Cedar Creek out of Houston Texas.  The company has already been fined $15.5 million for abandoning them.  The holes were drilled back in 2006, but due to falling gas prices, lawsuits and lender’s bankruptcy, the company could not further work on the project.  It will cost the state almost $1 million to plug up the holes. 


Mexican national sentenced for part in operating a cockfighting ring

A Mexican national has been sentenced to federal prison time in Nebraska for running a cockfighting operation in the northeast part of the state.  According to court documents 48-year-old Fabian Castro will serve 16 months in prison and two years supervised release upon completion of his sentence.  He pleaded guilty to one count of participation in an animal fighting venture.  Prosecutors say Castro had 31 gamecocks in a ranch near O’Neill Nebraska.  He and others would gamble on the outcome of two birds fighting one another. 


Name released in Faulk county fatal crash

A Mound City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that happened west of Faulkton.

 

A 2001 Cadillac Seville was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck head-on an eastbound 2016 Chevrolet Traverse.

 

Tilmer LeVern Larson, 85, was the driver of the Cadillac Seville. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

Amber Whitney, 42, was the driver of the Chevrolet Traverse.  She received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Faulkton hospital. The three male juvenile passengers, ages 14. 10 and eight, were not injured. All four occupants, who are from Omaha, NE, were wearing seatbelts.

 

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

 

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


Measles cases in US at 20 year high

Measles cases in the United States have climbed to its highest level in 25 years, with almost 700 cases reported across the country this year already.  22 states have reported measles cases in 2019 in what experts have called the worst year for measles since 1994.  Measles is a highly infectious disease, easily spread through airborne means such as coughing or sneezing by infected people.  A big reason for the uptick in cases is misinformation about vaccinations and legal exemptions made through religious liberty laws.  There is no link between vaccines and autism, despite claims made online by some individuals. 


SD Rep. Dusty Johnson to visit Aberdeen Thursday

South Dakota representative Dusty Johnson will be in Aberdeen today making three stops.  Johnson will speak to students at Aberdeen Central High School at 9:30 a.m.  Following that the congressman will tour the Agtegra Innovation Center at 12:45 p.m.  Finally, he will tour Northern State with president Tim Downs at 3:30 p.m. In the evening, Johnson will be speaking at the Lincoln Day Dinner, a fundraiser for the local Brown County Republicans. 


Former VP Joe Biden enters Dem Primary

After months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2020.  Biden enters the primary in an already crowded field of at least 20 candidates, however he enters as the presumed front runner as he is leading in most early polls.  Along with being vice president to Barack Obama, Biden served as a senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009 and has ran for president unsuccessfully twice before, once in 1988 and in 2008.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Thursday, April 25, 2019, water will be off in the below area to install a new water line:
 

          From 25th Avenue NE to 29th Avenue NE


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


Sabrina King named ACLU director of campaigns for tri-state area

Sabrina King has been named director of campaigns for the ACLU of South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming.

 

In this new role, King will be responsible for developing and implementing effective, non-partisan issue campaign strategies to defend and strengthen civil liberties and civil rights throughout South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. King will coordinate with and work alongside ACLU state-based staff in each of the three states as well as partner organizations and impacted communities on campaign implementations. 

 

“Sabrina is not only a dynamic and passionate leader, but also an extraordinary human being who has immense experience organizing grassroots movements and shaping issue campaigns,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of South Dakota. “Her knowledge of policy, ability to work with diverse populations and dedication to civil rights is exactly what we need in South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming to fight new threats to freedom head-on – and win.”

 

King’s work will initially include the ACLU’s free speech/indigenous rights campaign surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota and the campaign to repeal the death penalty in Wyoming.

 

King joined the ACLU in 2016 as the policy director for the ACLU of Wyoming. In this role, King set legislative priorities and was the primary lobbyist for the ACLU during Wyoming’s legislative session. She also managed the chapter’s on-the-ground work to accomplish its policy goals and played an instrumental role in the ACLU’s participation in campaigns like WyoSayNo, a coalition dedicated to stopping a proposed immigration prison.

 

Prior to joining the ACLU, King worked as an organizer and lobbyist for Dakota Rural Action, representing family farmers and ranchers in South Dakota on issues ranging from food freedom and access to fighting the Keystone XL pipeline. She was also an organizer for the Western Colorado Congress and worked to reform the Federal Coal Leasing Program.

 

Originally from Utah, King got her degree in political science from the University of Utah and worked at the Utah State Legislature in various capacities.


Statewide tornado drill to take place today for "Severe Weather Awareness Week"

A statewide tornado drill will be held this morning as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota.  A statewide tornado watch will be issued at 10 AM (central time), with a warning scheduled to be issued at 10:15.  Tina Titze, director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management, says many groups across the state participate in the yearly statewide drill.

 

 

 

 

 

She says it is important to know the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning.

 

 

 

 

For more information on severe weather preparedness, go to www.bready.sd.gov.


Wallethub.com says South Dakota second most gambling addicted state in US

The Website Wallethub has released numbers it says shows South Dakota is ranked second in the nation in gambling addiction.  According to the survey, South Dakota sits only behind Nevada while Utah came in last of the 50 states.  The Survey, using 20 metric statistics, found South Dakota has more casinos per capita than any other state and is ranked third in the nation for video gaming machines per capita.  Minnesota came in 12th, North Dakota 17th and Iowa 27. 


Judge orders Dale Elsen case be re-opened

Former Marshall county sheriff Dale Elsen has been reinstated for the time being, as a judge ruled Tuesday his case must be reconsidered.  Elsen had his law enforcement certification revoked by the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission after admitting to inappropriate jokes and conduct of a sexual nature involving county employees and jail inmates.  He was never criminally charged.  Judge Tony Portra ruled no lesser punishment had been considered by the commission and for that reason the case should be looked at again. 


Brown County Commission approves early racing at speedway to begin in May

The Brown County Commission approved a request made by Bullet Sports Tuesday to grant the organization more racing dates.  Races at the Brown County speedway will now begin May 3rd and include the additional dates of May 10th, 17th and 25th.  The early racing became an option after it was announced there would be no horse racing in Aberdeen this spring.  The Commission also waived the $1,500 “special event” fee for the May 3rd race as that race does not make the organizers any money. 


Dem candidate Elizabeth Warren proposes huge student loan forgiveness policy

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren unveiled  a huge proposal Monday, which would eliminate existing student loan debt for millions of Americasn.  According to the proposal, Warren is seeking to eliminate $50,000 of student debt for each person with a household income under $100,000.  If enacted, the plan would cost the federal government a one-time fee of $640 billion.  According to Forbes as of 2018, the total student debt in the United States is $1.52 trillion, owned by approximately 44.2 million people.  That is an average student debt carried by an individual of about $38,390. 


Early voting underway in local Aberdeen elections

Early voting in Aberdeen’s local elections began Monday and will go through the election on June 4th.  On the ballot this year includes a city council race for the northwest district featuring incumbent Jennifer Slaight-Hanson  taking on challenger Josh Rife.  Also on the ballot is the mayoral race featuring incumbent Mike Leveson and challenger Travis Schaunaman. 


One person killed in Faulk county fatal crash

One person died and another person was injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that happened west of Faulkton.

 

The names of those involved are not being released at this time pending notification of family members.

 

A 2001 Cadillac Seville was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck head-on an eastbound 2016 Chevrolet Traverse.

 

Pronounced dead at the scene was the 85-year-old male driver of the Cadillac Seville. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

The 42-year-old female driver of the Chevrolet Traverse received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Faulkton hospital. The three male juvenile passengers, ages 14. 10 and eight, were not injured. All four occupants were wearing seatbelts.

 

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

 

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


One person killed in Faulk county fatal crash

One person died and another person was injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that happened west of Faulkton.

 

The names of those involved are not being released at this time pending notification of family members.

 

A 2001 Cadillac Seville was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck head-on an eastbound 2016 Chevrolet Traverse.

 

Pronounced dead at the scene was the 85-year-old male driver of the Cadillac Seville. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

The 42-year-old female driver of the Chevrolet Traverse received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Faulkton hospital. The three male juvenile passengers, ages 14. 10 and eight, were not injured. All four occupants were wearing seatbelts.

 

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

 

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


Selby man killed in accident near Akaska

A Selby, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Akaska.

 

A 2002 Ford F150 pickup was northbound on 303rd Avenue near the intersection of 140th Street when the driver lost control on the gravel road. The vehicle went into the east ditch, knocked over a road sign and eventually rolled.

 

The driver, 55-year-old Scott Goldade, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown 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.


BCF announces Cassadee Pope to perform as opener Saturday

The Brown County Fair has announced Cassadee Pope will be one of the opening acts during the grandstand concerts.  Pope will perform August 17th before the country music duo “Big and Rich.”  The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are available online at thebcfair.com.  Pope is known for songs such as “Wasting All These Tears”, “summer” and is a featured artist on many other hit songs.  She got her start as a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice”. 


Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announces presidential candidacy

Democratic Seth Moulton announced Monday he too will be joining the Democratic Primary, seeking the nomination for president in 2020.  Moulton is 40 years old and has represented Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district since 2015.  Moulton is a former Marine Corps officer and served four tours in Iraq.  Moulton is the 20th major candidate to announce he is running and did so early in the week, likely to avoid former vice president Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his candidacy later this week.  The first debate of the Primary will be held June 26th and 27th


Almost 300 killed in Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka

At least 290 people were killed and 500 injured Easter Sunday in the island nation of Sri  Lanka, located just off the coast of India.  According to reports, the attack was carried out by a domestic militant organization known as the National Thowfeek Jamaath.  The group used seven suicide bombers to attack several churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday.  This is the largest act of violence in the country since a civil war ended on the island nation a decade ago, leaving at least 290 people dead with more than 500 injured. 


Terry Redlin's final painting to be on display April 24th

Renowned wildlife and Americana artist Terry Redlin left a tremendous legacy of beautiful art for generations to enjoy. In commemoration of his life and his lasting legacy, the Redlin Art Center will unveil "After the Storm” on Wednesday, April 24th. This is the last of three special paintings he was working on before he passed away.

 

This collection of paintings, now referred to as “The Farewell Collection”, gives collectors a rare glimpse of Terry Redlin’s work while in process. These three paintings were near completion when illness resulted in the artist’s decision to retire. Because of the desire from his collectors to see, enjoy and collect everything Terry Redlin created, the Redlin Art Center is pleased to offer this unique opportunity to experience a piece of art the artist was still working on. The Farewell Collection consists of three paintings, “Sunrise”, “Sunset”, and “After the Storm”. “Sunrise” was released in 2017, Sunset” in 2018, and the final painting, “After the Storm”, will be shared for the first time on April 24, 2019 - the third anniversary of Redlin’s passing.  

 

In this painting, Redlin takes us to the farm where the rain storm has cleared and the sun is breaking through the clouds. The standing water in the harvested corn field tells us it was a good rain – a real soaker. And there, in the distance, is a rainbow - the first we have ever seen in a Terry Redlin painting! Although missing some of the fine brush strokes and intricate detail he was known for, this beautiful painting invites us to imagine what the artist may have added next. What was he intending to paint onto the sign above the grain elevator door? Was he going to add wildlife to the scene? We are left with many questions about the story he was trying to tell, but we know for sure that he was capturing a memory…his memory of this rural landscape “After the Storm”.  

 

The Redlin Art Center invites you to lose yourself in the art of Terry Redlin and this special piece, one of Terry’s last gifts to collectors. The original oil painting, “After the Storm”, will be on temporary display within the Redlin Art Center beginning April 24th as a tribute to an artist – and a man – admired and loved by so many.

 

A commemorative print is available for purchase in the Redlin Gift Shop or online at https://redlinart.com/collection/after-the-storm

Admission to the Redlin Art Center is free.


Light post falls at Fossum Field, damaging club house

A light post fell down at Fossum Field, damaging part of the club house.  According to the Aberdeen Public Works Department, no one was believed to have been in the vicinity of Fossum Field when the post came down and the exact time of this happening is unknown.  According to the Aberdeen American News, those lights had been replaced just over a year ago.  The field is currently not in use as the baseball season has not yet begun.


Public works makes immediate sump pump announcement

The City of Aberdeen Public Works Department is notifying business and home owners that effective immediately, sump pump water is no longer authorized to be discharged into the sanitary sewer system until further notice.  Discharges must be to the curb and gutter outside your home or business in a manner that will not impact your neighbors.  If you have questions regarding sump pumps, please call the Public Works Office at 626-7011.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Aberdeen man sentenced to 20 years for armed robbery

An Aberdeen man will serve 20 years in prison following sentencing in a robbery case from back in 2018.  According to court documents 32-year-old Nicholas Peterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony robbery and ingestion of methamphetamine charges.  Police allege Peterson robbed the Super 8 East on Roosevelt Street in January of 2018 by wearing a mask and brandishing a weapon to steal an undisclosed amount of money.  The judge in this case gave Peterson six years suspended from his sentence and credit for 151 days served.  He will serve the terms concurrently with a five-year sentence for the ingestion charge. 


April 22th-26th to serve as Severe Weather Awareness week

There is still snow on the ground, but South Dakota officials say the time is now to start preparing for this summer’s eventual severe weather.

 

Next week, April 22-26, has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota. Tina Titze, director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management, says this is a good time to start thinking about what to do when severe thunderstorms or tornadoes impact the state.

 

“In just the last few weeks, we have seen the impact winter storms can have; spring and summer weather is no different,” she says. “Severe weather will eventually occur, and everyone needs to be prepared.”

 

The week is used by state and local officials to urge people to start making preparations. Titze says it is too late to prepare when the thunderstorm or tornado is already impacting your area.

 

“Now is the time when families should discuss what to do if severe weather happens,” she says. “Where do you go if you are outside when a thunderstorm begins or what do you do if a tornado warning is issued? Those are important things to be ready for.”

 

A statewide tornado drill will be held Wednesday, April 24. The test watch is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT (9 a.m. MDT) with the warning issued at 10:15 a.m. CDT (9:15 a.m. MDT). 

 

In most communities on Wednesday, severe weather sirens will be sounded. People are reminded that it is only a test unless otherwise announced.

 

For more information on how to be ready for severe weather, click onto www.bready.sd.gov.

 

The Office of Emergency Management is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Family of the late Larry Lovrien establishes an endowment in his honor

Aberdeen Central High School boys’ soccer players will have college financial assistance this spring from the recently established Larry H. Lovrien Memorial Endowment within the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation.

 

The Larry H. Lovrien Memorial Endowment will provide one scholarship each year to a CHS boys’ soccer player demonstrating the traits of honesty, integrity, hard-work, self-discipline and teamwork.

 

Lovrien, who passed away unexpectedly in October 2018, devoted his life to public service and community involvement in the hopes of making our community a better place to live.  After graduating from Aberdeen Central High School in 1969, he attended the University of South Dakota, where he eventually received a Bachelors, Masters and Juris Doctorate degree.

 

After serving as a deputy Brown County State’s Attorney, Lovrien was appointed as a magistrate judge in 1977. He was then elected by the voters of the 5th Circuit to be a Circuit Court Judge in 1990 and then reelected by the voters in 1998. In 2006, after 29-years on the bench, Lovrien retired and began teaching at Presentation College in Aberdeen. He served as the Chair of the Department of Business, and was most recently teaching business and criminal justice courses. In 2010, Lovrien was elected by the voters to serve as a Director of the James River Water Development District. In 2012, the voters of Brown County elected Lovrien as the State’s Attorney; a position he held until 2016.


Lovrien had a passion for soccer and was actively involved in the youth soccer program for over 25-years, serving at the local, state and national level. Lovrien was an Assistant Coach for the Aberdeen Central Boys’ Soccer team, serving as a mentor and role model for hundreds of boys who played for Aberdeen Central.

 

 “It’s an incredible honor for our family to be able to give back to a program that meant so much to our dad,” Lovrien’s oldest son, Marshall, said.  “For Dad, high school sports was more than wins and losses.  It was an opportunity for young people to grow, to make mistakes without permanent consequences, to get another opportunity to succeed when failure occurred and to practice virtues of integrity, hard-work and teamwork until they became habits of character.”

 

Anyone wishing to help support the growth of the Larry H. Lovrien Memorial Endowment is asked to contact the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation.  The Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation promotes excellence in education by forging partnerships among the schools, community, and alumni.  For more information contact Sharp at 605-725-7118 or Gretchen.Sharp@k12.sd.us.


Storybook Land to open April 20th

Storybook Land will open Friday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Storybook Land will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Visitor Center will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. weather permitting through May 23. Beginning May 24, the Storybook Land rides, giftshop and concession Stands will be open for the summer season.

 

For more information, please call the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department at 626-7015.


Lee Park to open for play April 20th

The Lee Park Golf Course will OPEN FOR PLAY on Saturday, April 20. Carts will not be allowed on the course due to the wet conditions. Information on fees, activities and tournament is available at www.aberdeen.sd.us/leepark. Come out and enjoy the fun!  For more information, please call the Lee Park Golf Shop at 626-7092.


Road work to begin in parts of Aberdeen today

Road work is expected to begin today in parts of Aberdeen.  According to a release from the Aberdeen Public Works Department, beginning at 8:99 a.m. part of South Harvard Street will be closed to work on water lines. The street will be closed from sixth avenue southeast to fourth avenue southeast.  Work is expected to last all day and motorists are advised to find alternate routes.  If you have any questions contact public works at 626-7010. 


Fire crews battle flames on North 3rd street

Few if any visible flames could be seen, but smoke still poored out of a home on north third street in Aberdeen mid Wednesday morning.  Aberdeen fire and rescue was on the scene and according to crews working on the fire, they believed there was a flame in the garage and possibly the basement.  

 

No injuries were a result of the fire and everyone was accounted for at the time.  

 

 



Road work to begin in parts of Aberdeen today

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. today, part of south 15th street will be closed due to waterline work.  According to the Aberdeen Public Works department, the street will be closed from sixth avenue southwest to fourth avenue southwest.  Work is expected to last all day.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  If you have any questions you can contact the public works office at 626-7010.


Dem. Gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton announces new leadership program

Billie Sutton, former state senator and 2018 candidate for governor of South Dakota, today announced the launch of the non-partisan Billie Sutton Leadership Institute dedicated to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders to build a stronger South Dakota and more vibrant communities and workplaces through service to others.

Regarding the launch of the leadership organization, Billie Sutton said:

“After receiving so much support from the community following my rodeo accident, public service became an important part of my life as a way to give back. I’m excited to help instill a desire to serve in others and help prepare the next generation of leaders to build a stronger South Dakota! We all have the ability to make our communities stronger, and this is just one of the ways I hope to make a better tomorrow for South Dakota.”

Joining Billie Sutton on the Board of Directors is a team of accomplished bi-partisan leaders:

Judith K. Meierhenry
South Dakota’s First Female Supreme Court Justice; Republican

Robert C. Oliver
Former President of Augustana University; Independent

Kevin Killer
Former State Senator

Kelsea Kenzy Sutton
Attorney; Gregory County Commissioner

The Billie Sutton Leadership Institute is a free, year-long leadership development program for a selective class of young professionals, community leaders, local elected officials, and people interested in public service or getting more involved in their community. Sutton Leadership fellows will gain the skills and confidence to build and carry out plans to make a difference in their communities with compassion and courage.
 


Eagle Butte man sentenced in drug conspiracy case

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Waylon Young Bird, 49, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance as a result of a two-day federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. 

 

The conviction carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison and an $11,000,000 fine, a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release once released from prison, and $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  

 

 Young Bird was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2018. 

 

The jury found that from January 1, 2016 until May 15, 2018, Young Bird had knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine, which is a Schedule II controlled substance on, the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.  The Jury also convicted Young Bird of knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute a detectable amount of methamphetamine from a March 9, 2018, traffic stop. During this stop, Young Bird was found to have just under 10 grams of methamphetamine hidden in his sock in eight little baggies.  Also found during the stop were 74 unused baggies, a straw fashioned into a scoop and a spoon.

The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

 

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for May 16, 2019.  The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


French president Macron says they will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

The famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire Monday, attracting the attention of the entire world.  Fire crews were able to put out the blaze that destroyed much of the 850 year old structure.  The cause of the fire is not yet known.  The cathedral was built in the 13th century and is considered a feat of architecture, attracting 13 million visitors a year.  French president Emmanuel Macron called the fire a terrible tragedy and promised to rebuild the church. 


Aberdeen Central Superintendent Becky Guffin to give commencement speech at Northern this spring

Northern State University alumna and Aberdeen Public School District Superintendent Dr. Becky Guffin will deliver Northern’s 2019 spring commencement address.

 

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the NSU Barnett Center.

 

Guffin is a 2019 Distinguished Alumna. She, along with three other Northern graduates, will be honored at the 2019 NSU Distinguished Alumni Banquet, set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Aberdeen’s Dakota Event Center. The other three alumni being honored are: David Berg, Bryan Mann-Entzel and Wendy Swanhorst.

 

Bios for all four distinguished alumni are below:

 

Dr. Becky Guffin

 

Dr. Becky Guffin received a bachelor’s in education in 1991 and a master’s in education in 1994, both from Northern. She earned her doctoral degrees in 2007 (Ed.S.) and 2008 (Ed.D.), both from the University of South Dakota.

 

Guffin is currently superintendent of the Aberdeen Public School District. Her awards and honors have included South Dakota Curriculum Director of the Year (2010-11), South Dakota Counselor’s Association Outstanding Administrator (2015) and Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Woman of Spirit Award (2017).

 

Guffin is chair of the Sanford Health Network Board and Sanford Aberdeen Advisory Board. She is a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and also serves on the Chamber Workforce in Education Committee.

 

Guffin is an adjunct faculty member at Northern. She serves on the NSU Teacher Education Committee, developed ASD English as a Second Language Program, and facilitated the planning and construction of A-TEC CTE Center and Mike Miller Elementary. She was appointed by former Gov. Daugaard to the State Board of Education and Blue Ribbon Task Force, and was appointed by Chief Justice Gilbertson to the Court Improvement Program Committee.

 

Guffin and her husband, Dana, live in Aberdeen.


Roncalli boys basketball coach/AD Brian Dolan resigns

Aberdeen Roncalli head boy’s basketball coach and Athletic Director Brian Dolan resigned from the position ending a two-year run with the Catholic high school.  Dolan led the Cavaliers boys’ basketball team to a 29-16 record as head coach including earning the 2 seed in Region 1A this past year.  Roncalli president Tim Wiesz says Dolan is leaving to pursue other career options and thanked him for all he did while at Roncalli.  A search for Dolan’s replacement will begin immediately. 


Little girl nearly drowns in Sioux Falls hotel pool

A young girl is being monitored by medical staff after a near drowning incident at a Sioux Falls Hotel in North Sioux Falls.

 

Sioux Falls police and Paramedics plus responded to a call for help at the Ramada Inn on Russell street where it was a reported that an eight-year-old girl was found floating in the kiddie pool. 

 

The girl was pulled from the water, CPR was started and she regained consciousness. 

 

The incident was called into 911 Sunday afternoon at 4:15 after seeing the girl in the water and pulling her out.

 

The girl was taken to the hospital for monitoring.  

 

According to Minnehaha documents, a pool is listed as a structure with a depth of 18 inches or more, whether it is above or below ground.  Regulations describe fencing needed, but not regulations for lifeguards. 


President Trump re-election campaign announces $30 million fundraising in first quarter of 2019

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaigned announced his campaigned raised $30 million in the first quarter of 2019.  If those numbers released are true, the President outraised the top two Democratic challengers combined.  Also according to the campaign, president Trump has an estimated $40.8 million cash on hand.  99 percent of those donations were from donations under $200 with the average donation being $34.26.   


Taxes due for 2018 today

Today is tax day in the United States.  Monday April 15th is your last chance to file your tax return for the 2018 tax year.  If you need more time you can file an extension with the IRS through the mail or online by filing Form 4868.  Filing that extension can give you an additional six months. 


Two inmates from state prison in Yankton placed on escaped status

Two inmates at the state prison in Yankton have been placed on escape status.  According to reports the two inmates failed to report to their community service jobsite in Yankton on April 13th.  36-year-old Travis man is service a sentence for possession of a controlled substance in Brookings county and forgery in Minnehaha County.  38-year-old Matthew Weddell is currently serving a sentence for grand theft auto and failure to appear in Stanley County. 


Free spring cleanup announced for Brown County landfill

The free spring cleanup at the Brown County landfill has been scheduled.  The decision was made at the County Commission meeting Tuesday.  The cleanup will run from April 26th through the 11th.  During that time the landfill will accept certain items at no cost.  Those items include paint, trees, batteries, furniture, rubble appliances, scrap metal, waste oil, antifreeze, propane tanks and other miscellaneous waste.  A limit of four car or pickup tires will be allowed as well.  The landfill is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  for questions contact the landfill at 626-4019. 


I-90 reopened statewide

Officials are opening the closed portion of Interstate 90 from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls and I-29 from Sioux Falls to the North Dakota border effective immediately. All portions of closed Interstate are now open.

 

Motorists are strongly cautioned that winter driving conditions of compacted snow and ice and blowing snow are making travel difficult not only on the Interstate, but other highways across the state. Reduce speed, keep the cruise off and be aware conditions can change very quickly.

 

Plow drivers are out working to continue getting roads in better driving condition, please give them room to work.

 

Drivers are reminded to check safetravelusa.com/sd or call 5-1-1 before travelling this morning to view conditions, No Travel Advisories and roads that are still marked as impassable.

 

If you are travelling today, the departments of Transportation and Public Safety recommend motorists also take the following steps.

 

  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Drive with your headlights on (not daytime running lights) so you can be seen by other motorists from the front and rear
  • Don’t use cruise control on icy or snow-covered roads
  • Use highly traveled roads and highways
  • Keep family and friends informed of your travel schedule and route
  • Call 5-1-1 or visit safetravelusa.com for road conditions
  • Keep a winter weather survival kit in your car. The kit should include blankets, warm clothing, water, energy bars, a flashlight, a distress flag, a shovel and matches
  • Travel with a charged cell phone, but don’t rely on it to get you out of a bad situation

Brown County Courthouse to open at 1:00 p.m. today

The Brown County Courthouse will open at 1:00 pm on Friday April 12.


Gov. Noem orders state offices closed once again due to weather

Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered state government offices in 50 counties to be closed all day Friday because of the continuing April snow storm while state government offices in the 16 remaining counties will open either in the morning or afternoon.

 

The openings or closures for state offices were decided based on when either blizzard or winter storm warnings ended for each county.

 

Counties opening at 8 a.m. local time are (11): Campbell, Clay, Corson, Fall River, Harding, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Perkins, Turner, Union and Yankton.

 

Counties opening at 1 p.m. local time are (5): Butte, Custer, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington.

 

Counties closed for the day are (50):  Aurora, Beadle, Bennett, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clark, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Haakon, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Kingsbury, Lake, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Mellette, Miner, Moody, Oglala Lakota, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Todd, Tripp, Walworth and Ziebach.

 

Only essential personnel within state offices in the 50 closed counties should report to their work stations.


Minnesota drivers must use handless device if using phone while driving with passage of new law

The Minnesota state senate Thursday approved legislation that will require drivers to use some kind of hands free device while talking on the phone while driving.  The bill passed the senate by a 48-12 vote and Gov. Tim Walz has already made clear he plans to sign the bill.  The law will take effect August 1st.  Minnesota joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia with similar distracted driving laws in effect.  Violators caught will be forced to pay a $50 fine which jumps up to $275 after that. 


ARCC cancels all activities

Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center has canceled all events today Thursday April 11th due to weather.  


No travel advised on Brown County highways

Due to the heavy snow, limited visibility, snow/ice covered roadways, the status of water along the roadways, and damage on some roadways from flooding the Brown County Sheriff has issued a NO TRAVEL advisory for Brown County highways and township roads.  State DOT has also issued a NO TRAVEL advisory for all state highways in Brown County. This is in effect now thru Friday morning at 6:00am.

 

This does not included the City of Aberdeen.

 

Dangerous conditions are currently ongoing.  People are asked to stay put and let the storm subside before traveling.


Gov. Noem orders state offices remain closed Thursday

Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the Thursday closure of state government offices in the same 54 counties that were closed Wednesday.

 

Counties part of the closure order are: Aurora, Beadle, Bennett, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Charles Mix, Clark, Codington, Custer, Davison, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Haakon, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Kingsbury, Lake, Lawrence, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, Meade, Mellette, Miner, Moody, Oglala Lakota, Pennington, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Todd, Tripp, Turner and Walworth.

 

State government offices were closed in 52 of those counties Wednesday morning. State offices in Butte and Lawrence counties were closed during the day.

 

Only essential personnel within state offices in the 54 counties should report to their work stations after the closure.

 

Heavy snow and high winds leading to blizzard conditions have been part of this storm. Driving conditions also has been adversely impacted. People are urged to stay home and not travel unless absolutely necessary.

 

State officials are monitoring the storm closely and will determine when offices will re-open.

 


Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been taken into custody in London.  Assange was arrested outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he was granted political asylum since 2012.  The Ecuadorians decided to pull his asylum citing international convention violations.  Assange runs wikileaks which is an organization that facilitates anonymous drops of classified information online. 


North Dakota Gov. Burgum signs abortion bill into law

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed an anti-abortion bill into law, which would make it a crime to remove the fetus using certain instruments such as clamps, scissors and forceps. 

 

The procedure outlawed is more commonly known as dilation and evacuation.  Doctors who perform the procedure could be punished by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

 

Opponents argue the bill interferes with a private medical decision and therefore it is unconstitutional.  Other similar bills in other states are currently held up in the legal system.


NAMI connections canceled tonight

NAMI connection meeting at Caribu coffee at 6:00 p.m. tonight has been canceled. 


I-29 closed closed from Brookings to the North Dakota border

Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are closing Interstate 29 from Brookings to the North Dakota border at 1 p.m. CDT today (April 10) and I-29 from Sioux Falls to Brookings will likely be closed later this afternoon, depending how quickly weather and road conditions deteriorate.

 

Drivers should also be aware that conditions on Interstate 90 are deteriorating rapidly as well.

 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard warning for a large portion of the state that includes heavy wet snow and winds in excess of 50 mph.

 

Motorists are advised there is significant drifting on the Interstate and many state highways across much of the state, making safe travel impossible. Officials expect heavy snow and drifting through Thursday and possibly in to Friday for some areas, so travelers should plan accordingly and heed the closures and No Travel Advisories.

 

Motorists are strongly encouraged to change travel plans and stay where you are until crews are able to make roads safe for travel once the storm moves through the state and conditions improve.

 

Before heading out, check road condition information at www.safetravelusa.com/sd, on the SDDOT 511 app or by calling 5-1-1. Sign up for ClearPath511 to get closing and opening notifications directly to your phone or email.

 

The state Departments of Public Safety and Transportation remind travelers to take the following safety precautions: 

·       Travel during the day and use highly traveled roads and highways when possible.

·       Be flexible and cancel travel plans if weather conditions warrant.

·       If the interstate is closed, secondary roads are not going to be any better and may be worse.

·       When driving in low visibility, use headlights.

·       Keep family and friends informed of your travel schedule and route.

·       If you travel, wear a seatbelt. Keep a winter weather survival kit in your car and a charged cell phone with location turned on in your car, but don’t rely on the phone to get you out of trouble.

·       If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

·       Consider stocking food and water if you are in a remote area of the state.

·       Take care of livestock and outdoor animals ahead of the storm.


Chamber announces closings due to weather

Chamber announces closings due to weather:

 

*   The Chamber's "Turning Service into Sales" seminar scheduled for Thursday, April 11th has been postpone to Thursday, April 18th at 8:30 am in the Dakota Rooms of the Best Western Ramkota.


  *   The Chamber's April Business After Hours Mixer originally scheduled for Thursday, April 11th has been postponed to Thursday, April 18th at 5:15 pm at the Best Western Ramkota.


  *   The 2019 Day of Distinction event originally scheduled for Friday, April 12th has been postponed to Friday, April 19th at 8:30 am in the Dakota Rooms of the Best Western Ramkota.


No horse racing in Aberdeen this year

The Northeast Area Horse Racing Association has announced for the first time in 60 years there will be no horse racing in Aberdeen this year.  This news comes about a month after it was announced there would be no horse racing in Fort Pierre this year as well.  According to a post on the group’s Facebook page, the NAH will miss this season due to the inability to meet changes put in place on bond requirements put forth by the South Dakota gaming commission.  This despite the state legislature approving $120,000 to help keep horse racing afloat over the next two years.  The post goes onto say the group remains optimistic there will be a new revenue source and horse racing will continue in the future. 

 

 


Bridge project begins in Aberdeen today

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has released information on a bridge project scheduled to begin in Aberdeen today.  According to the DOT, the bridge on third avenue southeast over Moccasin Creek will begin undergoing repairs today at an estimated cost of $1.2 million.  Part of third avenue southeast will be closed for the duration of the project.  Third avenue will be closed near Primrose Retirement Community to 500 feet east of South Wilson Street.  The project is expected to be completed in the fall. 


Aberdeen man taken into custody Saturday charged with aggravated assault

The Aberdeen man who was taken into custody Saturday evening after making threats against himself and others has been charged with one count of aggravated assault.  According to Aberdeen Police 20-year-old Canaan Renville used a weapon to make the threats, but it is not known exactly what that weapon was.  He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.  According to the Aberdeen American News, Renville has been released on personal recognizance bond and will next be in court April 24th


California Rep. Eric Swallwell enters the presidential race

California Representative Eric Swalwell announced Monday on CBS’ “Late Show with Steven Colbert” he will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for President.  Swallwell is 38-years-old and originally from Iowa.  He has been representing California’s 15th congressional district since 2012.  Swallwell is the second House member to announce their candidacy in a week after Tim Ryan of Ohio did so last week.  That brings the total number of candidates to at least 15 with other fringe candidates also in the mix. 


Candidate forum announced for May 7th

A candidate forum has been announced by the Aberdeen Area Chamber and the Aberdeen Area League of women voters.  The Forum will feature mayoral candidates, incumbent Mike Levsen and challenger Travis Schaunaman, along with city council candidates, incumbent Jennifer Slaight-Hanson and challenger Josh Rife.  The council seat is for the northwest district.  The forum will take place May 7th at 5:15 p.m. at the K.O. Lee Library.  The city election will take place June 4th


Game Fish and Parks reports lowest numbers of Mountain Lions killed in 10 years

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department reports the lowest number of Mountain Lions harvested during the hunting season in 10 years.  According to numbers released by the department, 21 mountain lions were killed this hunting season which ran from December 26th and ended March 31st.  The hunting limit is 60 male or 40 females.  The numbers continue a downward trend, harvesting lions has been on since 2012-2013 when 56 lions were killed. 


Police report man taken into custody after making threats against himself and others

According to the Aberdeen Police Department, a suspect was taken into custody Sunday after being armed and dangerous.  In a post from the Aberdeen Police Department’s facebook page, Canaan Renville made threats against himself and others Saturday night. 


Huron man identified in crash killed near Mitchell

A Huron, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred two miles east of Mitchell.

 

A 2008 Chrysler Town and County Van was eastbound on 250th Street when the vehicle eventually entered the south ditch, went through a barbed wire fence and into the James River.

 

Authorities Wednesday morning recovered a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country Van. A short time later, the body of 22-year-old Abraham Ramos-Ramirez was found along the river’s west shore about a quarter of a mile away.

 

The deceased has been confirmed to be the only person in the vehicle. He had been reported to the Huron Police Department as a missing person on Saturday, March 30. The actual time and date of the crash are still under investigation.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

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


Kirstjen Nielsen out as DHS secretary

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen is out after resigning from the position Sunday.  It was disputed in reports Sunday whether or not Nielsen was resigning under her own volition or if President Trump was forcing her to do so.  Nielsen oversaw the department after taking over for general John Kelly who went on to become President Trump’s chief of staff.  Under her leadership, the United States implemented the now controversial family separation policy for migrants seeking asylum at the southern border.  President Trump has named current commissioner of US Customs and Border patrol Kevin McAleenan as her replacement. 


Yankton man arrested for attempted first-degree murder

Police in Yankton have arrested a suspect involved in a shooting within the city.  22-year-old Jameson Mitchell of Yankton has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder among other charges.  According to police, the shooting took place in downton Yankton around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.  Officers responded and found a man with a gunshot wound, later tracking him down to Mitchell who was arrested. 


Aberdeen man sentenced to solicitation of a minor

An Aberdeen man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for charges stemming from two cases.  According to court documents 42-year-old Greg A. Hubert was found guilty of solicitation and sentenced to 10 years in prison with four years suspended.  He was also sentenced to 15 years in prison on statutory rape charges.  Authorities allege Hubert solicited two different children younger than 16, meeting one of the teens at a bowling alley in Aberdeen an proposition the victim for sex through text message. 


Brown County Emergency management offering weather spotting training

The National Weather Service and Brown County Emergency Management will be hosting storm spotter training class. This class will cover topics discussing severe thunderstorms that produce damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes and flash floods.

 

Other types of severe weather and lightning safety will also be discussed This class is free and open to the public on the following date:

April 11th, 2019
6:00pm-8:00pm
Brown County Courthouse Community Room
25 Market Street Aberdeen
No registration needed.
More information


Arrest made in Mandan multiple homicide

An arrest has been made in the homicide case out of Mandan North Dakota that left four people dead in a building that housed a property management business. Authorities have arrested Chad Isaak of Washburn North Dakota and he is facing four murder charges.  According to police, investigators were able to get an ID of the suspect on surveillance footage of him leaving the scene.  He was tracked down in a vehicle about 35 miles away from Mandan.  Upon pulling his vehicle over, officers say they found evidence linking him to the murders, but did not say if the evidence was the murder weapon. 


Moccasin Creek at flooding levels

Moccasin Creek in Aberdeen has reached flood levels.  A citywide text alert went out yesterday just after noon as the area received rain on Thursday and excessive melting snow leads to raising water levels.  It is not known how much higher, if at all, the creek will continue to rise, but residents living alongside the creek should prepare for flooding.  Mayor Mike Levsen says the belief is the creek is at its peak, but could get worse should we get rain in the future.  Along with Moccasin creek flooding, several county roads are closed because of flooding. 


Aberdeen police investigating homicide

According to the Aberdeen American News, city police began investigating a potential homicide Thursday in the north part of town.  Police could be seen at the apartment complex in the 1200 block of North Dakota Street around 2:36 p.m. The apartment building stands three stories tall and is located across the street, just to the west of Roncalli high school.  Police Captain Eric Duven tells the paper the situation is under investigation and there is no threat to the public. 


Map of closed roads in Brown County


One person killed when vehicle ends up in the James River

One person has died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred two miles east of Mitchell.

 

The name of the 28-year-old male victim is not being released pending notification of family members.

 

A 2008 Chrysler Town and County Van was eastbound on 250th Street when the vehicle eventually entered the south ditch, went through a barbed wire fence and into the James River. The time and date of the crash are still under investigation.

 

Authorities Wednesday morning recovered a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country Van. A short time later, the body of a male was found along the river’s west shore about a quarter of a mile away.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The search continues for more possible vehicle occupants.

 

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


Board of Regents approve tuition increase

The South Dakota board of regents at its meeting Wednesday approved a motion that will raise public universities tuition and mandatory general activity fees by about 3.4 percent.  Actual amounts will vary by campus.

 

Numbers include:

An undergraduate taking 30 credit hours of classes will pay for her or his classes

$9,009 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, up 3.2 percent or $276 more.

$9,535 at Dakota State University in Madison, up 2.8 percent or $259.50 more.

$8,751 at Northern State University in Aberdeen, up 3.0 percent or $253.50 more.

$10,050 at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, up 2.8 percent or $271.50 more.

$9,331.50 at University of South Dakota in Vermillion, up 3.0 percent or $271.50 more.

$9,114 at South Dakota State University in Brookings, up 4.0 percent or $351 more.

(numbers courtesy of KELOLAND.com and Bob Mercer)


Arrests top 45,000 in 2018 according to annual SD AG crime report

The office of the South Dakota Attorney General released numbers Tuesday, recapping the annual statewide crime report for 2018.  According to the numbers arrests are up approximately 900 to about 45,000 total in 2018, a consistent trend since 2010, but also consistent with population growth. 

 

Drug arrests made up 18 percent of all arrests in 2018 according to the report.  However, experts argue, that doesn’t necessarily mean more people are doing drugs, rather law enforcement has been cracking down harder on drug offenses. 

 

Overall there were less killings, burglaries, juvenile arrests and fewer DUIs in 2018 as well. 

 

To read the full report follow the link below.

 

https://atg.sd.gov/docs/SAC2018CSD%20black%20and%20white.pdf


Brown County Commission tables decision to move water from Aberdeen Regional Airport

The Brown County Commission tabled a request by Aberdeen City officials to pump more than 1 million gallons of water out of a holding pond between two runways at the Aberdeen Regional Airport.  According to city transportation director Rich Krokel, the pond is attracting large numbers of migrating waterfowl, causing safety hazards for planes.  However, flooding of area rivers and streams makes releasing large amounts of water a further flooding hazard in some areas.  The two entities will revisit the situation in a few days and determine if a larger pump will be necessary and safe for others to remove that water.  Until then, the airport may need to resort to lethal measures in dealing with the birds as a last option. 


Names released in four people murdered in Mandan business

In an update to the murder mystery out of Mandan North Dakota where four victims were found dead in a business earlier this week, the Police have named the victims and say they believe they were targeted.  56-year-old Lois Cobb, 50-year-old William Cobb, 52-year-old Robert Fakler and 42-year-old Adam Fuehrer were all round dead Monday  shortly after 7:00 a.m. at RJR Maintenance management.  Fakler was the owner of the business and the three other individuals were his employees.  The Cobb’s were a married couple.  Police still do not have a suspect, but believe the community is not in any danger. 


Yankton man indicted in death of Yankton woman

45-year-old Stephen Falkenberg of Yankton has been indicted by a Yankton County Grand Jury on murder charges in the death of 46-year-old Tamara LaFramboise also of Yankton.  He faces one count of second-degree murder, a class B felony punishable up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.  He also faces one count of first-degree manslaughter punishable up to the same amount.  LaFramboise body was found in Menominee County Michigan in mid march after she went missing around March 1st.  Falkenberg is believed to have been responsible for the abduction and murder. 


Four bodies found in Mandan North Dakota building, homicide investigation insues

Police in Mandan North Dakota report four bodies have been found inside a building Monday morning.  According to authorities, Mandan police responded to a medical call at RJR Maintenance and Management.  Upon arrival police found four dead bodies, three male and one female inside the building.  The bodies were not immediately identified nor how they died.  Police are treating the scene as a homicide investigation, but so far no arrests have been made.  Police also say they do not believe the public is at risk. 


Ipswich woman killed in car accident near Tower City, ND

Authorities in North Dakota have identified three people killed in a two vehicle accident near Tower City North Dakota.  According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol an SUV driven by a teenager crossed the center line and collided head on a 37-year-old Utica South Dakota man driving a pickup.  Upon collision 40-year-old Matthew Wipf, 43-year-old Kathy Wipf and 46-year-old Dorthy Decker were all killed.  The Wipfs were from Tower City while Decker was from Ipswich.  The driver of the SUV and another passenger were both injured.  The driver of the pickup was not hurt but was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. 


Max and Erma's in Aberdeen to close

Max and Erma's restaurant in Aberdeen announced on its Facebook page Sunday night, the establishment will be closing.  

 

According to the post, the business has been serving Aberdeen and northeast South Dakota for 10 years and will cease operations April 14th at 10:00 p.m.  Gift cards will be accepted until the closing date and will expire thereafter.  

 

The post also makes it clear the restaurant is for sale.

 

Max and Erma's is a chain restaurant located mostly in the west portion of the midwest, including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.  The Aberdeen location was the only one in South Dakota and furtherst west of any other location.  


Max and Erma's in Aberdeen to close

Max and Erma's restaurant in Aberdeen announced on its Facebook page Sunday night, the establishment will be closing.  

 

According to the post, the business has been serving Aberdeen and northeast South Dakota for 10 years and will cease opperations April 14th at 10:00 p.m.  Gift cards will be accepted until the closing date and will expire thereafter.  

 

The post also makes it clear the restaurant is for sale.

 

Max and Erma's is a chain restaurant located mostly in the west portion of the midwest, including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.  The Aberdeen location was the only one in South Dakota and furtherst west of any other location.  


6-year-old girl killed by falling off cliff near Rapid City

Authorities in Rapid City report a 6-year-old girl died Sunday when she fell off the side of a cliff.  According to authorities the accident happened around noon mountain time and took place at Falling Rock, west of Rapid City.  The body is being held by Pennington County authorities pending further investigation.  The identity of the victim was not immediately released.


Two people killed in Fall County fatal crash

Two people died Friday night when they were hit by a truck one mile west of Hot Springs.

 

Names of the three men involved are not being released pending notification of family members.

 

A 2002 Subaru Impreza was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the driver lost control. The vehicle entered the east ditch and rolled.

 

The vehicle’s driver was able to exit the vehicle. A second driver stopped to provide assistance.

 

As the two men stood in the ditch near the Subaru, the driver of an approaching eastbound 2016 Freightliner semi-truck hauling a flatbed trailer lost control due to the icy road conditions. The truck and trailer jackknifed, entered the east ditch and struck the two other men.

 

Both pedestrians, ages 25 and 27, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 27-year-old truck driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Hot Springs. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

U.S. Highway 18 in that area was closed to traffic for about six hours.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.

 

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


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