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Fire hydrant flow testing to take place Monday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Monday, June 14, 2021, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:

 

From South Washington St. to South Dakota St.

Between

6th Avenue SE & 12th Avenue SE

 

The fire department will be opening hydrants and residents will experience some water pressure changes, and in some instances the water will be disturbed to the point of discoloring or appearing rusty.  The project will continue until all hydrants in this area have been tested.  Any questions or concerns can be reported to the Public Works Department at 626-7010.


Road closures planned for Monday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Monday, June 14th, 2021 the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for reconstruction:

 

15th Avenue NE & North Dakota Street

 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Work is expected to last 3-4 weeks and will be completed as quickly as possible. 


One person died Sunday in Beadle county fatal crash

One person died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Wolsey.

 

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

 

Preliminary information indicates that a 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited was southbound on U.S. Highway 281. It collided with a northbound 1993 Chevrolet CK 109 pickup that was initially in the wrong lane.

 

The 77-year-old male driver of the pickup, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Huron Hospital where he died. The 66-year-old male driver of the Buick was wearing a seat belt. He suffered minor injuries and also was transported to the Huron hospital.

 

That area of U.S. Highway 281 was closed to traffic for about five hours following the crash.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. All information is preliminary at this time.

 

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


Website Wallethub.com says South Dakota top in the nation for jobs

A new study released by the web site “WalletHub” says South Dakota is the best state in the nation for jobs. According to the results, South Dakota is 5th in the nation for job oportunities, 1st in employment growth, fifth in unemployment rate, 29th in median annual income, 1st in average commute times, 16th in job satisfaction and 4th in COVID-19 positive tests in the past week per capita. According to the Department of Labor and regulation, South Dakota has over 20,000 available jobs across the state, with less than 3,000 people claiming unemployment.


Keystone XL Pipeline project officially canceled

After years of starts and stops the sponors of the Keystone XL pipeline has announced it is pulling the plug on the project. Calgary based TC Energy released a statement on the decision to end the project Wednesday, saying it "will work with government agenices to ensure a safe termination of and exit from the partially built line." The project would have transported tar sans crude oil from Alberta to the gulf of Mexico, crossing a large part of South Dakota in the process. Construction was slow under President Obama, began again under President Donald Trump and was again stalled with the election of President Joe Biden.


Former Beresford teacher charged with providing alochol to minors

A former Beresford teacher faces criminal charges two months after resigning from her job. According to a letter sent out to parents in the Beresford school district, Emily Ayres is accused of allowing two underage males to drink alcohol in her home in August of 2019. She served as Beresford's vocal music teacher before resigning.


Voters in Clay county reject $41 million bond

Voters in Clay County soundly defeated a forty-one million dollar bond issue that would have funded a new courthouse, jail and law enforcement center.

 

The bond was defeated by a vote of 1544 to 766.

 

Turnout was just under twenty nine percent.

 

The current courthouse was built in 1912 and the law enforcement center was added in 1989.

 


Molded Fiber Glass in Aberdeen announces planned closure in August, hundreds to be laid off

Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) announced today the closure of MFG South Dakota, the company's wind blade manufacturing plant located in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  The plant broke ground in 2007 and has been dedicated to the production of wind turbine blades.

 

The closure comes as a result of changes in market conditions, foreign competition and proposed revisions to tax policies impacting the wind energy industry in the United States.

The company will remain open to fulfill existing wind blade orders through August 6, 2021.

Teammates at the plant have been informed of the closure and will be privately informed of their individual separation dates.  The company is working in conjunction with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to assist teammates with reemployment benefits and to help with job search and placement.

 

At the time of the announcement, the company employed 300 teammates at the 315,000-sf facility.

 

MFG has been active in the wind energy industry since 1980.  In addition to blades the company manufactures wind turbine nacelles and spare parts at facilities in Texas and Alabama.  It also provides field and factory maintenance and repair services for wind blades.  These businesses will not be negatively impacted by the South Dakota facility closure.


Groton man identified in Brown county fatal crash

A Groton, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died late Friday night in a motorcycle-pickup crash north of Aberdeen.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2020 Harley Davidson FLHTCSE2 motorcycle was southbound on 387th Avenue. A 2013 Dodge Ram pickup, going north on 387th Avenue, crossed into the southbound lane where two vehicles collided.

 

Casey Kulm, 27, was the motorcycle driver. He was later pronounced dead at an Aberdeen hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

The driver of the pickup, 19-year-old Carson Maunu of Aberdeen, was not injured. Charges are pending against him.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

 

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


Aberdeen police appear to be involved in active situation

The Aberdeen Police Department appears to be involved in an active situation just off sixth avenue in Aberdeen.

 

Dakota Broadcasting first recevied reports of police activity and blockades being set up around noon.  Several allyway and streets heading south around Wells street, near the Boston Fern and Wendey's were blocked off.

 

Police also used a drone at one point to gather further information.  Also on scene was paramedics and the state highway patrol.  This is a developing situation...

 

Update: Police scanner reports seem to indicate a suspect making threats against themselves. 

 

Update: According to Aberdeen Police Captain Tanner Jondahl, the suspect was found dead by Police from what appears to be an apparent suicide.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pine wilt disease found in northeast South Dakota

Pine Wilt disease is a threat to Austrian and Scotch pines and until last week, it had not been identified in the northern half of South Dakota. The disease is caused by a nematode that is carried by a sawyer beetle from dead, infected trees to healthy ones. The feeding by the nematode causes the water-conducting pores in the tree to collapse resulting in the tree wilting very quickly. Symptoms are yellowing needles that turn brown; the tree normally dies quickly over a few weeks.

 

The management of this disease centers on promptly removing and destroying any infected pine tree. The infected wood should be either burned, buried or chipped to prevent the spread of infection. There is a pesticide that can be commercially injected into a healthy tree to prevent infection, however due to the expense and need to inject every 2-3 years, it is best limited to high-value pines.

 

Pine Wilt is a serious disease to our Scotch and Austrian pines. It is imperative that prompt management of infected trees is considered to slow the spread.


New CDC study shows 91 percent risk reduction of COVID-19 infection if vaccinated

A new CDC study finds the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent for fully vaccinated people. This adds to the growing body of real-world evidence of their effectiveness. Importantly, this study also is among the first to show that mRNA vaccination benefits people who get COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated (14 or more days after dose 2) or partially vaccinated (14 or more days after dose 1 to 13 days after dose 2).

 

“COVID-19 vaccines are a critical tool in overcoming this pandemic,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Findings from the extended timeframe of this study add to accumulating evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are effective and should prevent most infections — but that fully vaccinated people who still get COVID-19 are likely to have milder, shorter illness and appear to be less likely to spread the virus to others. These benefits are another important reason to get vaccinated.”

 

The findings come from four weeks of additional data collected in CDC’s HEROES-RECOVER study of health care workers, first responders, frontline workers, and other essential workers. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 because of their occupations. Preliminary results from this study were first announced in March 2021.

 

In the new analysis, 3,975 participants completed weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing for 17 consecutive weeks (from December 13, 2020, to April 10, 2021) in eight U.S. locations. Participants self-collected nasal swabs that were laboratory tested for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. If the tests came back positive, the specimens were further tested to determine the amount of detectable virus in the nose (i.e., viral load) and the number of days that participants tested positive (i.e., viral shedding). Participants were followed over time and the data were analyzed according to vaccination status. To evaluate vaccine benefits, the study investigators accounted for the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 viruses in the area and how consistently participants used personal protective equipment (PPE) at work and in the community. Once fully vaccinated, participants’ risk of infection was reduced by 91 percent. After partial vaccination, participants’ risk of infection was reduced by 81 percent. These estimates included symptomatic and asymptomatic infections.

 

To determine whether COVID-19 illness was milder, study participants who became infected with SARS-CoV-2 were combined into a single group and compared to unvaccinated, infected participants. Several findings indicated that those who became infected after being fully or partially vaccinated were more likely to have a milder and shorter illness compared to those who were unvaccinated. For example, fully or partially vaccinated people who developed COVID-19 spent on average six fewer total days sick and two fewer days sick in bed. They also had about a 60 percent lower risk of developing symptoms, like fever or chills, compared to those who were unvaccinated. Some study participants infected with SARS-CoV-2 did not develop symptoms.

 

Other study findings suggest that fully or partially vaccinated people who got COVID-19 might be less likely to spread the virus to others. For example, fully or partially vaccinated study participants had 40 percent less detectable virus in their nose (i.e., a lower viral load), and the virus was detected for six fewer days (i.e., viral shedding) compared to those who were unvaccinated when infected. In addition, people who were partially or fully vaccinated were 66 percent less likely to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection for more than one week compared to those who were unvaccinated. While these indicators are not a direct measure of a person’s ability to spread the virus, they have been correlated with the reduced spread of other viruses, such as varicella and influenza.

 

Overall, the study findings support CDC’s recommendation to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you can. Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination in the United States. CDC has several surveillance networks that will continue to assess how FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are working in real-world conditions in different settings and in different groups of people, such as different age groups and people with different health statuses.


Aberdeen man pleads not guilty to multiple felony charges

An Aberdeen man has plead not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and commission of a felony while armed with a gun. According to the Aberdeen American News, 44-year-old Charles Stewart allegedly was part of an incident where shots were fired the night of April 23rd at an apartment building on South Lincoln Street. Stewart was arrested with 21-year-old Austin Carroll of Aberdeen and 16-year-old Ariona L. Collins of Northville after fleeing to Montana.


CDC continues push to get young people vaccinated

The Center for Disease control and Prevention is rewnewing calls for younger children to get vaccinated for COIVD-19. Cases in the United States continue to go down through the vaccination effort. However, a new weekly report released by the CDC shows an increase in the number of youths hospitalized with COVID-19 this spring. The youth affected specifically are those children 12 to 17 years old. A recent gallop poll conducted shows two thirds of US adults who have responded said their lives are at leaset somewhat back to normal after they got vaccinated.


Groton native Kaitlin O'Neil named Miss South Dakota

Groton South Dakota native Kaitlin O'Neil has been named 2021 Miss South Dakota. O'Neil won the award Saturday night. She beat out 14 other contestants to earn the crown of Miss South Dakota. Along with the prestige of being crowned Miss South Dakota, O'Neil will get an $8,000 scholarship. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato and will now go on to compete in the Miss America pageant at the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut in December of 2021.


Johnson calls on changes to labeling on non-dairy plant based foods

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson has announced he has cosponsored the "Dairy Pride Act."

 

The Dairy Pride Act would require manufacturers of plant-based foods and beverages to stop labeling such items as diary products. Items such as almond milk, soy milk, yogurt, butter and more.

 

According to an op ed Johnson wrote in the Black Hills Pioneer on the matter, this legislation would benefit dairy producers and confused consumers across the United States. Johnson also wrote dairy farmers in South Dakota deserve more support now due to the pandemic.


Gov. Noem defends pushing further in lawsuit over fireworks and Mt. Rushmore

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says the state will challenge a federal judges ruling that lets the National Park Service ban July Fourth fireworks at Mt Rushmore.

 

She says its important to hold the celebration...

 

 

 


Noem says the fireworks highlights state tourism...

 

 

 

 

Noem says they didn’t get a good explanation for the cancellation...

 

 

 

 

Noem says the state could spend up to one hundred fifty thousand dollars on the legal challenge.

 


Nominations being sought for the annual "Abby Awards"

Nominations are being sought for the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual ABBY Awards. The awards banquet will be held on Thursday, September 16 at the Dakota Event Center.

 

Anyone may nominate a business or organization in the following categories by calling the Chamber at 605-225-2860 or emailing info@aberdeen-chamber.com:

 

  • The Agribusiness Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance in the development and advancement of the agriculture industry in South Dakota through farming, ranching, services, resources and related programs.

  • The Bridge Builder Award is presented to a business or organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance in collaborating with community educational institutions and agencies to expand their workforce to include under-served segments such as students, individuals with special needs, veterans and minority groups.

  • The Community Involvement - Business Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance in its support of the community through its involvement and support of programs, events or voluntary groups that serve to enhance the community.

  • The Community Involvement - Non Profit Award is presented to a non-profit organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance in its mission to serve the community through programs and resources such as arts & culture, sports, education, volunteerism, financial assistance, etc.

  • The Customer Service - Retail Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance and service in the retail sector.

  • The Customer Service - Service Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance and service in the service sector.

  • The Health & Wellness Award is presented to a business or organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance in providing and promoting health and wellness and related programs and services within their company and/or community.

  • The Manufacturing Award is presented to a business who has demonstrated exceptional performance and innovation producing and distributing manufactured goods.

  • The Professional Services Award is presented to a business or organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance providing support services to businesses in our community.

 

Once a nomination is made, the Chamber will contact the nominee and ask them to complete an official award application by August 19, 2021. All ABBY award winners are selected by a panel of judges from throughout the United States, with the exception of the People’s Choice, which is voted on locally from nominees in all nine categories.

 


National Weather Service reminds South Dakotans to not leave pets or children in hot cars

The National Weather Service is reminding South Dakotan's during the summer heat, do not leave children or pets in hot cars while shopping or runnig errands. Aberdeen hit 100 degrees farenheit this past weekend, the first time since 2018. Those hot temperatures are going to continue, with highs predicted to be in the 90s and possible triple digits for the next 10 days. Cracking a window does not do enough for children or pets in vehilces and pets could die in at as little as 15 minutes from heat stroke. According to Sotuh Dakota law, resonable force may be used to remove an animal that appears endgangered by any peace officer or agent or officer of any humane socieyt.


One person killed north of Aberdeen in motorcycle/pickup accident Friday

One person died late Friday night in a motorcycle-pickup crash north of Aberdeen.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2020 Harley Davidson FLHTCSE2 motorcycle was southbound on 387th Avenue. A 2013 Dodge Ram pickup, going north on 387th Avenue, attempted to make a left turn onto 129th Street in front of the motorcycle. The two vehicles collided.

 

The 27-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was later pronounced dead at an Aberdeen hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

Charges are pending against the 19-year-old male driver of the pickup.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

 

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


Federal judge blocks Gov. Noem's request to have fireworks display at Mt. Rushmore on 4th of July

A federal judge has ruled against South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in her battle to have a fireworks display over Mt. Rushmore this upcoming 4th of July.  Fireworks returned to the monument last year for the first time in over a decade, as in years past it was deemed to unsafe due to regularly dry conditions.  The Biden Administration and Department of Interior, who oversees the park, informed the state fireworks would not be allowed this year citing health and safety concerns.  According to the judge in this case, ruling against the park service would be litigating from the bench as it followed precedent in its decision to cancel the event.  Governor Noem says she will appeal the decision. 


Montessori school and Calvary Baptist Church to hold food give away event Thursday in Aberdeen

The Montessori School of Aberdeen along with the Calvary Baptist Church are hosting a free food box giveaway today starting at 4:00 p.m.  the giveaway will be held at the Baptist Church at 515 Eighth Ave NW.  Food is available to anyone and will be distributed via a drive-thru event.  More than 1,200 boxes of food will be given away and the event will run while supplies last. 


Rep. Dusty Johnson to visit north central and northeast South Dakota today

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson will visit north central and northeast South Dakota today.  First, Representative Johnson will tour South Dakota Arms in Miller at 11:00 a.m.  He will then travel to Aberdeen where he will tour the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 3:15 p.m.


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for water main work:

 

South 1st Street from 1st Avenue SW to Railroad Avenue SW

 

The work is expected to last through the week.  The road will reopen nightly and close again the following day while the work continues.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Name released in Brown county fatal crash

A Conway, Arkansas man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Groton.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when it left the roadway, went into a ditch and hit a pole.

 

Mitchell Domokos, the 39-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

 

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


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