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DOT finds no safety issues with Blackhawk sink holes

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The State Department of Transportation says an engineering study of I-90 near where sinkholes have developed in a Black Hawk neighborhood has found no safety issues.

 

The D.O.T. hired F.M.G. Engineering to do the study, which was conducted in May.

 

The sinkholes were due to an old gypsum mine located underneath the development. State officials wanted to make sure the old mine wasn't going to be a factor with I-90 running nearby.

 

The engineering group studied the ground leading from the sinkholes to the Interstate to see if the highway would be affected.

 

State officials say the study found no voids underneath the Interstate.

 

The examination was conducted within understood limitations of accessibility to the site along with the depth of exploration, budget and schedule.

 

Meanwhile, the displaced residents of Hideaway Hills have sued the state, Meade County and the developers for more than 75-million dollars in damages.


One person killed near Freeman in one-vehicle accident

One woman died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Freeman.

 

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

 

A 2011 Subaru Legacy was southbound on U.S. Highway 81 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle eventually went into the west ditch.

 

The 21-year-old female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Exact time of the crash is not known. The crash was reported at 6:09 a.m.

 

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

 

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


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, August 6th between the hours of 8:30 pm and 1:30 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


Golden Ticket Cinemas to take over AMC theater in Aberdeen

The AMC movie theater at Uptown Aberdeen, formally the Aberdeen Mall, is set to reopen under new ownership as Golden Ticket Cinemas Aberdeen 9.  In a release from Golden Ticket Cinemas, plans are in place to upgrade the theater including reclining seats with more remodeling and upgrades planed for 2021.  RockStep capital who owns Uptown Aberdeen says Golden Ticket Cinemas is based out of North Carolina and owns theaters in two of the company’s properties. 


Groton city pool confirms employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Groton city pool announced Wednesday one of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  The city of Groton made the announcement on the Groton community facebook page.  The person who tested positive worked Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoons last week.  All those in close contact with the employee are following state health regulations.  The pool will be closed for the next couple days for cleaning with plans to reopen Friday at 1:00 p.m.   


State senate majority leader Kris Langer no longer seeking reelection

South Dakota state senate majority leader and District 25 Senator Kris Langer has announced she is dropping her re-election bid.  Langer, along with district 2 senator Brock Greenfield admitted to being drunk on the floor of the senate the final day of this past legislative session in March.  The two had received a formal rebuke from fellow senators following an investigation into the matter.  Langer says she looks forward to spending more time with family now that she will not be returning to Pierre.  Two independents are currently vying for her seat. 


Aberdeen City Council adopts new "Community Flag"

The Aberdeen City Council at its Monday meeting adopted a new community flag, voted on by residents on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.  The new flag is part of a new marketing campaign for the city and is now open for organizations to use in branding material.  The colors on the flag include, yellow, white, green, navy blue and teal.  Each color represents a different aspect of Aberdeen including growth, opportunity, the state at large, heritage and open spaces.  The cities current flag adopted in 1988 will not be replaced however as this new flag is considered a “community flag.”


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday North Dakota Street will be closed to through traffic from Railroad Avenue SE to first Avenue NE for street surfacing repair.  This portion of Dakota Street is expected to be closed until Monday August 10th.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Authorities identify body found in ditch west of Sioux Falls

Authorities in Sioux Falls have identified the victim of what is believed to be a homicide after a body was found just west of Siuox Falls.  According to the Minnehaha county sheriff’s office 30-year-old Cody Allen Schmidt of Sioux Falls was found dead in a ditch near 266th street and 464th around 11:15 a.m. Monday.  The body was found with gunshot wounds officials do not believe were self inflicted.  Investigators are asking the public for any potential leads in the case.  No other details have been released at this time. 


USD announces Law school name change

The University of South Dakota has announced its law school will undergo a rename after receiving a $12.5 million gift.  The law school will now go by the University of South Dakota Knudson School of law, to honor the legacy of Sioux Falls lawyer, businessman and public servant David Knudson.  The gift comes from Knudson’s friend and colleague Denny T. Sanford.  The gift will double the size of the law school’s current endowment and fund up to 10 full-tuition student scholarships. 


Two Aberdeen nursing homes and YMCA announce COVID-19 staff infection

Two nursing homes and the Aberdeen family YMCA have announced they have had a staff member test positive for COVID-19.  The YMCA made the announcement via a release while Avera Mother Joseph Manor Retirement Community and Prairie Heights Healthcare made the announcement via their Facebook pages.  The staff member from the YMCA  who tested positive worked with the Youth Development center’s child care program.  The affected class at the YMCA has been closed for 14 days and anyone exposed is asked to self-monitor for symptoms over the next 14 days.  The nursing homes have suspended outdoor visits for the time being, but will continue with window visits for family members.    


Northern to offer students free COVID-19 testing on campus this fall

On-campus COVID-19 testing will be one of the tools available at Northern State University this fall to help slow the spread of the virus.

 

The testing will be available on an as-needed basis, at no cost to NSU students, through Student Health Services (Student Center 240) in partnership with Avera Health. Testing will be done via Abbott ID-Now machines, thanks to a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health.

 

Other precautionary measures Northern is implementing this fall include hand sanitizer dispensers at every building entrance and sanitizing wipes in every classroom. Masks will be required in all public indoor spaces, as mandated by the South Dakota Board of Regents’ Face Covering Protocol, which applies to all students, staff, faculty and visitors.

 

For more information on steps Northern is taking to combat the spread of COVID-19, please visit northern.edu/coronavirus.


Waterflow testing to take place in Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday August 4th, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:  From Roosevelt Street East to City Limits between north and south city limits.  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 have been tested. 


Aberdeen police arrest man in double stabbing

The Aberdeen Police Department have arrested a man in connection to a stabbing Friday.  According to a release from the department, officers responded to a call about a stabbing around 10:00 a.m. Friday.  Upon further investigation, two victims had been stabbed in the head with a butcher knife during a domestic altercation that occurred in the 500 block of 8th avenue SE.  20-year-old Garrion Jason Dahme of Aberdeen was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count simple assault.  Both victims were treated and released. 


Actor Wilford Brimley dies at 85

Actor Wilfred Brimley, best known for roles in hit films such as “Cocoon” and “The Thing” passed away at the age of 85 Saturday.  Brimley died after being hospitalized in St. George Utah according to his manager.  He had been in the ICU and was receiving dialysis treatments.  Brimley’s career included hit movies, but also several television shows including NBC’s “Our House.”  He was also an advocate for diabedic causes, including one time being the face of the American Diabetes Association. 


State celebrates breastfeeding awareness month

August is breastfeeding awareness month in South Dakota.  Breastfeeding is reccomended for at least one year and exclusively for the first six months.  Breastfeeding success requires a strong support system.  South Dakota WIC is committed to supporting mothers through peer and professional breastfeeding support.  WIC employs over 35 location experts accross the state and provides peer support 24 hours a day through phone, email and text.  Visit sdwic.org.  


Sturgis to start this weekend, city expecting 250,000 guests

The annual Sturgis motorcycle rally will begin this weekend in Sturgis with the city expecting 250,000 people to attend between August 7th to the 16th.  With those numbers, this could be the largest event the world has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.  Months ago, the Sturgis city council voted in favor of keeping the rally on as scheduled, but scaling back many of the usual activities and planning for any potential post-rally possible COVID-19 outbreaks.  The council also felt rally antendees would be coming if it were on officially or not, and by keeping on as scheduled the city has more control over what happens during the rally. 


Capitol Cinema to shutdown again due to low attendance

The Capital Cinema in downtown Aberdeen has announced it will no longer be showing weekly films beginning today Monday August 3rd.  The Capitol had been running contemporary blockbusters at this time due to COVID-19 including films like “Jurassic Park” and “Back to the Future.”  According to a post on the Capitol’s Facebook page, the theater is looking into the possibility of renting the theater for events, birthday parties, business functions or other options.   


Sisseton woman charged with theft against Oyate tribe

A Sisseton woman has been indicted on theft charges according to a release from the US attorney for South Dakota’s office.  25-year-old Jordyn Juanita Kirk is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court.  She made her first court appearance in Aberdeen and pleaded not guilty of the charges she stole the money between August 2018 and October 2018.  She faces five years in prison and $25,000 in fines. 


Sobriety checkpoints scheduled for August

Sixteen sobriety checkpoints in 12 different counties are planned for August by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

The checkpoints are done each month in different counties as a way to discourage drivers from drinking and then driving.

 

August checkpoints are scheduled in the counties of: Charles Mix, Codington, Davison, Hamlin, Jackson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Spink, Walworth and Yankton.

 

The checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol with the help of local law enforcement. Both the Office of Highway Safety and the Highway Patrol are part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Road closures planned for next Thursday in Aberdeen

Beginning at 8am on Thursday, August 6th, 2020 the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for road work:

 

South Lawson Street & 15th Avenue SE

 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Please call the Public Works office at 605-626-7010 for more information. 


Gov. Noem daughter Kennedy leaving government work to pursue MBA

Kennedy Noem, one of the daughter’s of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has left her job with the South Dakota government and will be relocating to Tennessee to pursue a professional MBA.  She made the announcement on her personal Facebook page this week.  Kennedy served as a policy analyst for her mother’s administration during her time in Pierre.  Governor Noem received criticism for hiring her daughter straight out of college at South Dakota State and paying her what started at $40,000 right out of college and ended at $60,000 when the legislature approved state employees receive a 2.5 percent pay raise. 


Watertown's Lee Schoenbeck talks tribal checkpoints

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) The COVID-19 pandemic raised a dispute between Governor Noem and two Indian tribes in South Dakota—a dispute that remains unresolved.

 

The Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux tribes set up coronavirus checkpoints on state and federal highways on the two reservations, which Governor Noem has contended are illegal.

 

State Senator Lee Shoenbeck of Watertown, who’s a lawyer, says this disagreement has lingered to a point where it’s now a stare down to see, “who’s toughest”…

 

 

 

 

Schoenbeck sees other faults in these checkpoints….

 

 

 

He also questions the locations of some of the checkpoints…

 

 

 

Bridger.The tribes have said they feel they have to be vigilant to protect tribal members who have underlying health problems, and rely on a fragile health care system.


Youth COVID-19 infections in South Dakota

As schools accross the state and nation continue try and return to in class learning this fall many are concerned about the potential spread of COVID-19 in children.  Research on the topic has been mixed, whether or not children are regular spreaders of the virus.

 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem earlier this week spoke in Sioux Falls calling on schools to open in the fall...

 

 

 

 

 

State epidemeolgist Dr. Joshua Clayton gave some figures about the spread of COVID-19 in kids during a press conference Thursday.  According to Dr. Clayton as of Monday, 1,003 cases have been among children 0-19 years of age.  Further breakdown shows 322 of those have been between the ages of 0-9 and 737 among those 10-19. 

 

Dr. Clayton says there is very little difference in symptoms showing in children…

 

 

 

 

There have been outbreaks in children areas so far in South Dakota.  

 

The McCrossan Boys Ranch near Sioux Falls has closed its doors to the public due to an outbreak of COVID-19.  According to state health officials less than 15 people at the ranch have tested positive for the disease and a plan for mass testing at the ranch will happen in the coming days.  McCrossan is a non-profit, private organization which works with troubled boys between the ages of nine and 20. 

 

Cases of COVID-19 from Camp Judson in Keystone continue to climb.  According to health officials 61 people who attended the camp are now infected with COVID-19.  An estimated 328 people were at the camp at the time of the outbreak.  The cases range from ages 5 to 9 years old to 40 to 44 years old.  75 percent of the cases are teenagers.  


Nine individuals test positive for COVID-19 after attending athletic camps at Northern State

Eight students and one youth who attended an athletic camp at Northern State have tested positive for COVID-19.  According to the South Dakota Department of Health all those infected are experiencing mild or no symptoms, but contact tracing and an investigation into more cases is ongoing.  The camps in question include a volleyball camp July 20-21, a basketball camp July 23-24 and a soccer camp July 24th-26th.  Campus activities will continue at Northern as normal for the time being.  In a statement the University calls on individuals to do their part to help prevent spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask and practicing good hygiene.


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