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678 citations given for violating new "hands free" law in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released numbers in relation to the new “hands free” law which went into effect August 1st.  The law, which states drivers are not allowed to use their hands to interact with a cell phone while driving, has rendered 678 citations across the state during just the first week.  40 percent of the tickets issued came from Minneapolis and Hennepin County with a total 286 citations given.  Fines are $50 for the first offense $275 for each subsequent violation plus court costs. 

Officials investigating child drowning near Waubay

According to the South Dakota Attorney General’s office, officials are investigating the drowning death of a 2-year-old Child in the Waubay area.  Little more information has been release other than the investigation remains ongoing.  A spokesperson for the AG’s office says the child did not drown in the lake, but rather in the Waubay area. 

Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Thursday, August 22, 2019, water will be off due to valve replacement in the vicinity of the following area:

200 block of South Jackson Street 


200 block of South Congress Street

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.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends presidential campaign

Washington governor Jay Inslee announced late Wednesday he has decided to suspended his presidential campaign, ending his chances at the 2020 nomination.  Inslee becomes the latest in a large field to drop out, just behind former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.  Hickenlooper has now announced he plans to run for the Senate representing Colorado.  Inslee’s decision comes just days after announcing he had amassed enough individual donors to qualify for the next round of debates, but has yet to crack the polling threshold.  His entire campaign was being used to spread awareness about climate change.    

Cattleman's steakhouse in Pierre catches fire

A restaurant east of Pierre sustains damage in an early Wednesday morning fire.  Pierre Rural Fire Department Chief Jason Roggel says firefighters were dispatched around five a.m…




Roggel says an exact cause in unknown…




The building housing the Cattleman’s Club has an apartment above the restaurant which was occupied at the time…




Roggel says the fire is a great example of why working fire alarms are important…




The Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse is five and a half miles east of Pierre on South Dakota Highway 34.

Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, water will be off due to valve replacement in the vicinity of the following area:


          800 block of South Grand Street 


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.

Truck driver arrested in SD for transporting legally produced hemp across the state

The Minnesota Hemp Association is protesting the arrest of a truck driver delivering legally grown hemp from Colorado to a processor in Minnesota.  The driver was pulled over for speeding in Jackson County on I-90.  Hemp is legal in 47 states, but remains illegal in South Dakota.  Transporting hemp across South Dakota is still illegal.  Joe Radinovich of the Minnesota Hemp Association released a statement reminding the public the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp on a federal level and blamed the state and governor Kristi Noem of costing the businesses involved tens of thousands of dollars. 

Wagner woman arrested in death of 3-year-old daughter

A Wagner woman is facing second degree murder charges in connection with the death of her daughter.  According to authorities, police found the three-year-old girl unresponsive in a Wagner home.  Officers received a report of an unresponsive child last Wednesday.  Upon arrival they confirmed the child had died.  Police arrested 23-year-old Amanda Rose Hernandez in the case.  Police noticed signs of trauma to the child’s body including brusies on the forehead, nose, eyes and abdomen.  Hernandez told investigators the child fell out of the top of a bunk bed, causing the injuries. 

Child in southern Minnesota killed when gun discharges in the home

A child in Minnesota has died as a result of a gun shot being fired inside the home.  According to the Associated Press, the incident occurred last Wednesday near Huron Lake.  Huron Lake is located in southeastern Minnesota, slightly northwest of Worthington.  Police responded to a 911 call of a child being injured and upon arrival learned a weapon had been discharged and the bullet struck the child.  First responders took the child to a local hospital but doctors could not save the child.  The shooting remains under investigation. 

One person killed Thursday near Parkston in fatal crash

One person died and three others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Parkston.


Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of families.


A Ford Ranger was northbound on 409th Avenue. The female driver swerved to miss a mud hole in the road and lost control. The vehicle went into the ditch, rolled several times and caught fire.


The driver, 15, died at the scene. The three passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the vehicle. All received life-threatening injuries. A 16-year-old male was transported to the Parkston hospital. The two other passengers, a 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old male, were eventually flown to Sioux Falls hospitals.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. This is only preliminary information at this time.


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

City of Aberdeen plans mosquito spray for Monday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Monday, August 19th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.  The alternate night would be Tuesday, August 20th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.


The adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph.  The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light. To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 15 mph or less and no inclement weather present.  Winds higher than 15 mph or inclement weather will result in the spray being suspended until conditions improve. 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expected to drop out of presidential race

The Associated Press is reporting Democratic Presidential candidate John Hickenlooper will drop out of the primary race Thursday.  Hickenlooper is expected to announce plans to instead run for the US Senate seat from Colorado up for election in 2020.  He served as the governor of Colorado for two terms.  That move is not official, but his campaign has taken steps to transition to that race according to campaign insiders.  The seat held by Republican Cory Gardner is considered one of the most volnurable incumbents in 2020. 

Dylan Scott/Jordan Davis take the stage Thursday at BCF

It is Thursday of the Brown County Fair which means the Grandstand music entertainment continues.  Tonight will feature the co-headlining acts of Jordan Davis and Dylan Scott.  Scott is from Bastrop Louisiana and is known for songs such as “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy”, “My Girl”, “Hooked”, and “Nothing to Do Town.”  Jordan Davis is from Shreveport Louisiana and is known for songs such as “Singles You Up” and “Take it From Me.”  The show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Third fatality reported at Sturgis rally

Yuma, CO man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 near Johnson Siding.


A 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide was northbound on Norris Peak Road when the driver lost control while approaching a bridge. The motorcycle eventually slid into a ditch and struck a barbed wire fence.


The driver, 67-year-old Tony Weber, was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital where he died Sunday, Aug. 11.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. It is the third fatality recorded during this year’s Sturgis Rally.


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

Wednesday kicks off grandstand music entertainment at BCF

It is Wednesday of the Brown County Fair, and with that comes the first of four shows at the Grandstands.  Tonight will be the “Triple Threat Tour” featuring three country acts including Blackhawk, Restless Heart and Shenandoah.  Blackhawk is known for songs such as “Not Strong Enough to Say No,” and “Goodbye Says it All.”  Restless Heart is known for songs such as “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” and “I’ll Still Be Loving You.”  Finally, Shenandoah is known for song such as “Church on Cumberlan Road”, and “Next to you, Next to Me.”  Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

South Dakota lawmakers send letter to Washington delegation opposing "red flag" laws

A group of South Dakota lawmakers Tuesday sent a letter to South Dakota Senators Mike Rounds, John Thune and Representative Dusty Johnson opposing any kind of potential “red flag” laws passed in the wake of two mass shootings earlier this month.  The effort spearheaded by Representative Stace Nelson of Fulton was cosigned by 26 current and former state lawmakers.  Red Flag laws allow for law enforcement to remove weapons from individuals deemed dangerous to themselves or others until the safety of the person and community is adjudicated. 

Brown County Commission talks $4 million request/income deficit that needs to be fixed in the budget

The Brown County Commission Tuesday talked about the budget situation at its meeting.  According to commissioners, officials need to close a $4 million gap between department requests and revenue.  The idea of “opting out” of state imposed caps on property tax increases was discussed.  However, a move like that would need to pass a public vote.  The possibility of closing the juvenile detention center was also discussed.  The commission also voted 3-2 to not approve the hiring of a museum operation manager despite the advice of the Dacotah Priarie leaders.   

Senator Rounds to visit Brown County Fair Wednesday

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds will visit the Brown County Fair Wednesday August 14th.  The Senator will be on the fairgrounds from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to find the Senator and have a conversations. 


Road work closes parts of Sisseton

The intersection of South Dakota Highway 10 and East Eighth Avenue in Sisseton will be closed today to through August 23rd according to a release form the South Dakota Department of Transportation.  A detour will be set up on state highway 127 among other local roads.  The DOT encourages drives to be aware of the detour and obey construction signs.  The project being built is a $7.9 million roundabout at this intersection. 

South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson to visit Conde Tuesday

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson will visit Conde today and tour the Crocker Wind Farm.  Johnson will join the folks with Geronimo Energy to help celebrate American Wind Week at the wind farm from 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. American Wind Week is used to celebrate the over 53,000 turbines that dot the American landscape across 41 states, and look towards the future of even more windmills as we shift our energy sources to help combat climate change and save the environment. 

Roads in Aberdeen to be closed for construction work Monday

Weather permitting, beginning at 8am on Monday, August 12, 2019 the following section of road will be permanently closed to thru traffic as it has been abandoned:


15th Avenue SE from S. State Street to S. Herret St


Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Please call the Public Works office at 605-626-7010 for more information. 

FEMA Cleanup hotline extended to August 16

The Cleanup Assistance Hotline established by South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters has been extended until Aug. 16.


The phone number is 605-519-5413. The hotline was established to assist South Dakotans with cleanup or debris removal as a result of the winter storm and flooding this year.


The hotline is staffed by volunteers. Callers should leave their phone numbers for a call back by volunteers.


Volunteers can help with mucking and gutting homes (removal of dry wall, carpet, etc.), debris removal and other cleanup activities. The hotline will match requests with volunteer partners and will attempt to accommodate as many requests as possible with the volunteer resources available.

Sturgis final rally tally

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 11, 2019






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At 12:15 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 54, 10 miles east of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound when the driver swerved to avoid a collision with a motorcycle ahead of him which had made a sudden stop. The first motorcycle went into the ditch. The male driver, 49, suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.


At 1:05 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 248, mile marker 168, five miles east of Kadoka: A motorcycle was eastbound when the driver lost control in a construction zone. Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 27, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The female passenger, 26, sustained minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.


At 4 p.m., Saturday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 27, six mile east of Custer: A Harley Davidson motorcycle was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane. The motorcycle collided with an eastbound Ducati motorcycle and an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle then rear-ended the Ducati.  The two Harley Davidson passengers – the male driver, 59, and the female passenger, 58, both suffered minor injuries. The 51-year-old male driver of the Ducati motorcycle sustained life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Yamaha motorcycle, a 28-year-old male, had minor injuries. All four people involved were wearing helmets.


At 3:43 a.m. Sunday, near the intersection of North Elk Vale Road and Elk Creek Road, nine miles north of Rapid City: A male motorcycle driver had lost control on the uneven road surface. The driver, 64, was not injured. The female passenger, 46, sustained minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Country music star John Rich to host two tastings/bottle signings in Aberdeen August 17th

Country music star John Rich will visit Kessler’s and Ken’s in Aberdeen Saturday August 17th for a bottle signing of his “Redneck Riviera Whiskey.”  Rich will be at Kessler’s from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Ken’s from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  This is just hours before he is to perform at the Brown County Fair with his band partner Big Kenny.  Part of the proceeds of the “Redneck Riviera Whiskey” will go towards Folds of Honor, an organization dedicated to helping the families of fallen and disabled American service men and women.   

Senator Thune talks addressing guns in the wake of two mass shootings

Mayors from more than 200 U.S. cities have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to call the Senate back from its August recess to discuss legislation which would widen background checks on gun purchases.  South Dakota Senator John Thune says he doubts the Senate will return from its break early.




The senator does think that gun legislation will be discussed this fall.





The legislation has already passed in the House of Representatives.