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One person killed near Murdo in one vehicle accident

One person died and another person was injured Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash near Murdo.

 

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

 

A 2006 Ford F-150 pickup was westbound on Interstate 90 when the vehicle went into the north ditch and rolled. Both occupants were wearing seat belts, but the 31-year-old male passenger was partially ejected. He later died as a result of his injuries. The 34-year-old female driver was transported to a Pierre hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

 

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

 

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

 


Top aides around VP Mike Pence test positive for COVID-19

Top aides to vice president Mike Pence have tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesman for the vice president made the announcement Sunday, but said Pence will continue his campaign schedule. The spokesperson also said Pence himself and his wife Karen both tested negative for the virus Saturday. The pair tested negative again Sunday. It has been released Pence's chief of staff Marc Short along with a couple of key staff members had tested positive for the virus.   


Poll shows support for marijuana measures on the ballot in South Dakota

A recent poll conducted by the Argus Leader and KELO-TV shows support for the two marijuana measures on the ballot this November. According to the poll, which surveyed more than 600 likely voters in South Dakota via telephone form Oct. 19th to Oct. 21st, found a whopping 74 percent of respondents approved of medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is on the ballot under IM 26. The poll also found 51 percent of respondents approved of legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults. 44 percent said no while five percent remained undecided. According to the pollsters, the poll has a margin of error of about 4 percent.


One person killed west of Kimball in single vehicle accident

An 84-year-old man died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Kimball.

 

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

 

A 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup was eastbound on Interstate 90 when it went into the south ditch.  The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at the Chamberlain hospital.

 

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

 

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


Street sweeping street maintenance to discontinue for fall/winter season

Effective immediately, regular street sweeping / maintenance is discontinued for the fall and winter seasons and will resume in the spring of 2021.


One recent poll finds Republicans slightly disapprove of Gov. Noem Pres. Trump

A recent poll conducted by South Dakota State University finds state Republicans slightly disprove of both  President Donald Trump and Governor Kristi Noem’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  SDSU political science professor Dave Wiltse sent emails to 10,000 registered voters and received about 500 responses.  46 percent of those who responded identified as Republican, 28 percent Democrat and the rest independent.  The survey shows 52 percent of respondents opposed President Donald Trump and just over 50 percent disapproved of Governor Noem.  President Trump won South Dakota in 2016 60-30. 


Harrisburg home invasion suspect arrested

A suspect wanted in a Harrisburg home invasion has been taken into custody by authorities.  According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office the suspect was arrested around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.  Authorities allege the suspect broke into a home half a mile west of Harrisburg around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.  The suspect allegedly fired a gun at the home owner then ran away.  No one was injured in the incident.  Authorities say the suspect was taken into custody with use of a drone.  The suspect has since been identified by officials as 21-year-old Colton Nichols of Sioux Falls. 


Senate candidate Dan Ahlers talks trade deal and ag economy

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The democratic candidate for the US Senate from South Dakota says the quickest way to help improve ag income is through better trade deals.

 

Dan Ahlers says it might be about the only option right now...

 

 

 

 

 

Ahlers says he supports renegotiating trade deals, but through an intelligent approach...

 

 

 

 

Ahlers says trade was also destroyed through the tariffs put on China...

 

 

 

Ahlers is challenging incumbent republican Senator Mike Rounds in next month’s election.


Brookings city council chooses not to discuss COVID-19 "Phase II" protocols

The Brookings city council chose not to discuss plans on its so called “Phase II” protocols regarding COVID-19.  According to the Brookings Public Information Office the Phase II discussion was pulled at the request of multiple city council members.  Brookings passed a indoor mask mandate last  month and with phase two, would have been considering limiting restaurant’s to 50 percent capacity and possibly shutting down some business temporarily.  The goal of these ordinances is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 


Brookings city council chooses not to discuss COVID-19 "Phase II" protocols

The Brookings city council chose not to discuss plans on its so called “Phase II” protocols regarding COVID-19.  According to the Brookings Public Information Office the Phase II discussion was pulled at the request of multiple city council members.  Brookings passed a indoor mask mandate last  month and with phase two, would have been considering limiting restaurant’s to 50 percent capacity and possibly shutting down some business temporarily.  The goal of these ordinances is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 


Lee Park pro shop to close for the season Oct. 25th

The public is advised that the Lee Park Golf Course and the Pro Shop will close for the season on Sunday, October 25.   If you have any questions, call the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 626-7015.


SD industrial hemp plan approved by USDA

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) USDA has approved the Industrial Hemp Plan submitted by the South Dakota State Agriculture Department.  The state Ag Department is currently working to circulate emergency administrative rules to establish a program in accordance with state law and the USDA approved plan. South Dakota Farmers Union Lobbyist Mitch (rick-tur) Richter says his group has been pushing for this for some time.

 

 

 

 

He says while there likely won’t be a lot of acres of hemp planted, there will be some who want to try growing the crop.

 

 

 

 

Richter says industrial hemp will spin off economic development.

 

 

 

 

Richter says it’s critical those wanting to grow hemp check with the state Agriculture Department and follow all their rules before proceeding and that they make sure they use only certified seed.


Speaker of the House Republican Steve Haugaard says he is battling COVID-19

South Dakota Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard, Republican from Sioux Falls, announced Monday he has been battling COVID-19 the past two weeks.  According to Haugaard he has been to the hospital twice during the illness to receive fluids and has lost 16 pounds since his diagnosis.  He says COVID-19 is the quote “most devastating stuff I’ve ever had.”  A number of state lawmakers have come down with COVID-19, including Bob Glanzer, Republican from Huron, who died from the disease in  April.    


Speaker of the House Republican Steve Haugaard says he is battling COVID-19

South Dakota Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard, Republican from Sioux Falls, announced Monday he has been battling COVID-19 the past two weeks.  According to Haugaard he has been to the hospital twice during the illness to receive fluids and has lost 16 pounds since his diagnosis.  He says COVID-19 is the quote “most devastating stuff I’ve ever had.”  A number of state lawmakers have come down with COVID-19, including Bob Glanzer, Republican from Huron, who died from the disease in  April.    


SD Secretary of State offers ballot tracking information

Now that the deadline to register to vote in South Dakota has passed, Secretary of State Steve Barnett has announced plans to feature absentee ballot tracking.  Voters who have voted absentee by mail or by ballot drop off can check the status of their ballot by visiting s dsos.gov.  The tracking includes showing when the request for an absentee ballot happened, when the ballot was mailed out and when the ballot was received. 


Actor Jeff Bridges announces he has lymphoma

Actor Jeff Bridges, known for his performances in films such as “The Big Lebowski”, “Crazy Heart” “True Grit” and more announced Monday he has been diagnosed with Lymphoma.  Lymphoma is a cancer which infects part of the immune system called the lymph system.  There are  many different kinds of lymphoma.  In a  post on social media, the 70-year-old actor says his prognosis is good, he feels confident about beating this serious disease and will begin treatment.  


One person killed in Minnehaha county fatal crash

One person died and two others were injured Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash near Rowena.

 

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

 

A 2001 Ford Explorer was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 42, near the intersection with 483rd Avenue, when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The driver, a 33-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two passengers, a 34-year-old male and a 26-year-old female, were thrown from the vehicle and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.

 

None of the three occupants were wearing seat belts.

 

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

 

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


Deadline to register to vote this coming Monday

The deadline to register to vote in South Dakota in the upcoming November election is Monday Oct.   19th at 5:00 p.m.  If you are not registered you are encouraged to head to your county auditor’s office and do so.  You can also vote early during the same visit if you chose.  According to secretary of state Steve Barnett, approximately a quarter of registered voters have already cast their vote for the upcoming Nov. 3rd election.  On the ballot includes your local races, questions about marijuana in South Dakota, a senate and house race and the race for president amongst other choices. 


Power outage affects customers in Aberdeen

A power outage some residents experience Wednesday morning was caused by equipment failure and pole fire.  According to NorthWestern Energy, the outage occurred around 4:42 a.m. and affected commercial customers between State and Dakota Streets in Aberdeen.  Power was restored to the 194 customers affected by 9:00 a.m.  


State minimum wage to increase January 1st

The state minimum wage will increase from $9.30/hour to $9.45/hour effective Jan. 1, 2021.

 

The minimum wage is annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This year’s increase was 1.3% and is rounded up to the nearest 5 cents.

 

The hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.725/hour effective Jan. 1, 2021, half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees. Wages and tips combined must equal at least the minimum wage.

 

These increases will apply to all South Dakota employers, with some limited exceptions. For more information, visit https://dlr.sd.gov/employment_laws/minimum_wage.aspx.


Gov. Noem joins "No Way on A" campaign to oppose legal marijuana

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has come out in opposition to Amendment A which will be on the ballot this November.  If passed, the Amendment would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older in the state.  Governor Noem joined the “No Way on A” campaign and made a short video…


Charges filed in overdose death in Watertown

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) Watertown police announced today that charges have been filed in the drug overdose death of a 24 year-old man last month.

 

Twenty four year-old Tyler Mertz was found unconscious at a residence in the 700-block of East Kemp Avenue on the night of September 11th.

 

He was taken to Prairie Lakes Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

Police Captain Steve Rehorst says an autopsy was performed, and the cause of death was determined to be a fentanyl overdose.

 

Following an in-depth investigation by Watertown police and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, police arrested 25 year-old Ricardo “Ricky” Ortiz of Watertown for supplying the drugs that caused Mertz’s death.

 

Ortiz is charged with Felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

 

He was on parole at the time of his arrest for a previous drug distribution conviction.


President Trump and former Vice President Biden to take part in dueling town halls Thursday

President Donald Trump and challenger former Vice President Joe Biden will take part in competing town hall events tonight, the President on NBC and former vice president on ABC.  The two were suppose to take part in the second debate of this presidential election tonight, but after President Trump tested positive for COVID-19 and refused to take part in a virtual debate, the announcement was made ABC would move forward with just Joe Biden.  Since then, the president has submitted to an independent COVID-19 test, reviewed by Dr. Anthony Fauci and NBC is moving forward with its own event.    


House fire causes damage Wednesday

An Aberdeen home suffered major damage Wednesday due to a fire.  According to scanner reports, firefighters and first responders were on the scene at 919 Third Ave NE at 10:28 a.m. and investigators stayed on the scene until the late afternoon.  The house suffered extensive damage to the main floor and near the back.  No one was injured in the incident according to battalion chief JR Huebner.  This is the second fire in two days after Parcel Erickson caught fire Tuesday. 


US Supreme court allows for US Census count to end early

The United States Supreme Court has announced it will allow the U.S.  Census Bureau to stop counting a month earlier than planned.  According to the Census Bureau, people in the United States have until Thursday to fill out the form and be counted.  Internet self response will be available across the nation through Oct. 15th until 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.  If you have not filled out the census yet you can do so by visiting 2020census.gov.  The Trump administration claims the count must be suspended in  order to crunch the numbers before a congress mandated deadline. 


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