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Gov. Noem names Pierre Attorney Aaron Scheibe as next chief of staff

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will name Aaron Scheibe as her chief of staff.  

 

“Aaron Scheibe is a dedicated public servant with years of experience in state government,” said Governor Noem. “Aaron has a deep love for our state, and I appreciate his willingness to serve in this important role.”

 

Scheibe, an attorney, will leave his private legal practice to join the Governor’s Office. He previously served in Noem’s administration in 2019 as a senior policy advisor, working in policy areas including public safety, transportation, tribal relations, and energy. Prior to that, Scheibe served from 2014-19 as deputy commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and from 2002-13 as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.  

 

“I am honored the Governor has asked me to rejoin her administration at this crucial time,” said Scheibe.  “I look forward to working with the Governor’s team, her cabinet secretaries and their dedicated staff, and the Legislature to ensure South Dakota is an example of responsible, and responsive, government for years to come.” 

 

A Pierre native, Scheibe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Washington University School of Law. He and his wife, Laura, live in Pierre with their two sons.  

 

Scheibe will assume his new role on May 1.  


Senator Thune questions re-election in 2022

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Some national political publications have speculated that South Dakota Senator John Thune may not run for reelection next year.

 

Thune says he is doing the necessary preparation for another run...

 

 

 

 

Thune says he doesn’t want to get into campaign mode too quickly...

 

 

 

 

Thune says it may be difficult for republicans to regain control of the Senate next year...

 

 

 

Thune was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

 


SD supreme court to hear Amendment A case April 28th

The South Dakota Supreme court Wednesday announced it would hear the case regarding Amendment A.  Amendment A was passed by 54 percent of the voters last November and would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older.  Governor Kristi Noem, through highway Patrol Colonel Rick Miller and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom took the amendment to court calling it unconstitutional and a circuit court judge sided with them.  The case will go before the supreme court April 28th at 10:00 a.m.

 


Country music star Eric Church to perform in Sioux Falls

Country music star Eric Church is coming to Sioux Falls to perform at the Denny Sandford PREMIER Center, on January 8th, 2022 as part of his 53 cities North American tour.

 

This show is part of his “Gather Again Tour” which kicks off this fall with Church touring 53 cities.

 

Church stated the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously through vaccinations with him stating the only way to get back to normal is through taking vaccines.

 

He stated that he just wants to play shows and does not care about your politics, “I just want to play shows,” Church Said. “Politics’ job is to divide – that’s how you win elections. Those things that unite us are music and sports. The times when, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or whatever, you throw your arm around the person next to you. We need that. I need that.”

 

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 7th a.m. local time at www.EricChurch.com.  


Road closures planned for Thursday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Thursday April 8th the following road will be closed to thru traffic for utility work: 19th street north from Spruce Drive to 16th avenue Northwest.  Work is expected to last all day Thursday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Name released in fatal accident near Goodwin, SD

A Melrose, MN man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Goodwin.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 1992 GMC Conventional fertilizer truck was northbound on 467th Avenue at the intersection of 166th Street when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled.

 

Aaron Kroshus, who was the 33-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

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.


Gov. Noem chief of staff Tony Venhuizen named to state board of regents

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tony Venhuizen to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Venhuizen will succeed Kevin Schieffer of Sioux Falls, whose tenure on the Board ended in March. He will depart his role as Noem's chief of staff in late April, and his appointment will be effective at that time.

 

“Tony has been an incredible asset to our team, and he will be missed. I am so grateful for his leadership and service to the people of our state," said Governor Noem. "His institutional knowledge and experience will be an asset to the Board of Regents, and I look forward to working with him in this new role.“ 

 

Venhuizen is a graduate of Armour High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and his law degree from the University of South Dakota. Venhuizen has served as Noem's chief of staff since April 2020, after having served in her office as a senior advisor. Prior to that, he served for eight years in the administration of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, including more than four years as chief of staff. 

 

"It has been an honor to serve with Gov. Noem and her team over the past year, especially as our state confronted the COVID pandemic," said Venhuizen. "I always intended for my return to the Governor's Office to be for the short-term, and I am particularly honored that Gov. Noem has asked me to return to the Board of Regents."

 

Venhuizen served previously on the Board of Regents from 2003-08, having been appointed three times by Gov. Mike Rounds as the board's student member. He has served on the Board's academic and finance committees and on three presidential search committees. While in the Governor's Office, Venhuizen spent more than eight years as education policy advisor. He chaired the Council on Higher Education Policy Goals, Performance and Accountability and the Open Government Task Force. Venhuizen also served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the DakotaCorps Scholarship Board.

 

Venhuizen lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Sara, and their three children. 


Fire destroys home on Cottonwood Lake

A house fire on Cottonwood Lake led to the complete loss of the structure on Saturday.  According to Spink County emergency manager Larry Tebben the garage of the home started on fire first and ultimately took the whole house. 

 

Fire crews on scene were able to save other homes close to the fire.  Four fire departments were involved in the fight including Tulare, Redfield city, Redfield rural and Wessington. 

 

No injuries were reported in the incident.  Scanner reports indicated ammunition stored in garage was going off due to the fire keeping crews away for a time, though that was not confirmed by authorities. 


Gov. Noem talks potential for a special session

(Dakota Radio Group News - Pierre, SD) South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has said she will call state lawmakers back to Pierre in late May or early June for a special legislative session.

 

She says they need to determine how to divvy up money from the most recent federal economic stimulus plan.

 

 

 

 

Noem also wants legislators to work out regulations for medical marijuana ahead of the July 1, 2021, legalization date in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

The Governor is also hoping legislators will pass a law prohibiting transgender women and girls from participating in female sports activities in South Dakota.

 

 

 

 

But, Noem says, what does or doesn’t get talked about at the special session isn’t up to her.

 

 


Brookings man identified as fatality in accident last week near Volga

A Brookings, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Volga.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2016 Honda Civic LX was southbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and rolled.

 

Donald Adams, 57, was the driver and only occupant. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Both the time of the crash and seat belt use are under investigation.

 

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 man faces charges after Friday evening accident

An Aberdeen man has been charged with grand theft auto, hit and run resulting in an injury, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and having an open container after an incident Friday night.  According to the Aberdeen Police Department 24-year-old Braden Wilkinson was northbound on Norht Kline Street when he failed to stop at the intersection with eighth avenue northeast and struck another vehicle driven by 18-year-old Paige Larson of Aberdeen.  She would later check herself into a hospital due to injuries suffered.  Larson’s vehicle came to a stop in the intersection while Wilkinson’s pickup stopped in a yard on Kline Street. 


Judge allows defense motion in potential death penalty case against Watertown man

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) A judge has granted a defense motion in the death penalty-eligible case of a Watertown man.

 

A motions hearing was held recently for 41 year-old Jeremiah Martin Peacemaker, who was indicted by a Grand Jury on First Degree Murder charges in the killing of 28 year-old Kendra Owen in Watertown last fall.

 

The state now has until April 30th to inform the judge and Defense Attorney Scott Bratland on whether they'll seek the death penalty if Peacemaker is convicted.

 

The only other sentencing option upon conviction would be life in prison.

Owen was found dead in her Watertown residence on September 2nd.

Peacemaker is set to go on trial October 18th. 


Fire crews respond to house fire in north Aberdeen Sunday

Fire crews in Aberdeen responded to a large house fire Sunday night just after 10:00 p.m. The fire started at 1211 24th ave NE near Holgate Middle School and affected the house at 1207.  

 

The buildings affected by the fire are a total loss due to smoke, water and flame damage.  The fire started in a detached garage and shed with flames six to ten feet high according  to Lt. fire Chief Mike Roemmich. 

 

Scanner reports had some people suffering burns but that could not be confirmed.  


COVID-19 vaccine now available to all South Dakotan's 16 and older

The South Dakota Department of Health is reminding residents the state is entering “Phase 2” of its vaccination program.  Starting today, the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to all residents 16 years or older.  Since the vaccine received emergency approval from the US FDA, the rollout in South Dakota has been targeted at the elderly, essential workers and people with underlying conditions.  Now due to vaccination numbers and the necessary allocation from the federal government, state officials can open up the vaccine to a majority of the state’s population.  As of Monday morning 442,380 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state.  That means 46 percent of the state’s population has already received at least one dose. 


One person killed in Grant county fatal crash

One man died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Goodwin

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 1992 GMC Conventional fertilizer truck was northbound on 467th Avenue at the intersection of 166th Street when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled.

 

The 33-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

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.


One person killed in Brookings county fatal crash

One man died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Volga.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2016 Honda Civic LX was southbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and rolled.

 

The 57-year-old male driver, who was the only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the time of the crash and seat belt use are under investigation.

 

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.

 


Road work to begin Wednesday April 6th in Aberdeen

Beginning at 8:00am on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for utility work:

 

19th Street North from Spruce Drive to 16th Avenue NW

 

Work is expected to last all day on Wednesday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Schroeder wildfire remains 47 percent contained

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) Fire crews on the lines of the Schroeder Fire burning west of Rapid City will continue protecting structures throughout the fire area as Red Flag Warning conditions persist across Western South Dakota.

 

Crews will also work on constructing and improving firelines on the northern and southern edges of the fire perimeter.

 

The fire remains at 47-percent containment and at 2,195 acres.

Smoke and flames may be visible as the fire consumes unburned fuels within the fire’s interior, which is normal and expected.

 

Operations Section Chief Chris Zoller says most evacuations have been lifted for the fire area, with the exception of Nameless Cave Road and Cleghorn Canyon…

 

 

 

 

Zoller says Cleghorn Canyon and Nameless Cave Road have been areas of concern, but firefighters have done great work in making sure no structures have been lost…

 

 

 

 

Effective immediately, West Highway 44 will be re-opened to through traffic. Law enforcement will be present to ensure resident traffic only. Reduced speed limits will be posted and enforced. For firefighter safety, it will be prohibited to pull off the road or park along the highway.

 

Zoller says Red Flag warnings are in effect again today due to warm, dry, windy conditions, with the weather forecast calling for highs around 70 today and southwest winds of 10 - 20 mph gusting from 25 to 30 mph this afternoon. He says crews will be watchful for changing fire conditions as the wind shifts direction.

 

Fuels are historically dry, creating ideal conditions for rapid fire growth.

 

Under these conditions, it is essential for people to take extra care in order to prevent igniting a wildfire when recreating outdoors.


Decorations at Riverside cemetery must be removed by April 4th

Staff at Riverside Memorial Cemetery would like to remind families to remove all decorations that are not in approved vases by 9 pm on April 4th as cemetery staff will begin removal of decorations beginning at 8 am on April 5th.  Decorations will be kept for a period of ten days after removal, and can be picked up at the Cemetery office Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm.

 

Cemetery policies allow decorations in approved permanent vases to remain year round, but decorations placed on the gravesites are only allowed between May 8 and June 24 and between November 1 and April 1.  This excludes glass vases which are prohibited and will be removed by cemetery staff immediately.

 

Please contact the Cemetery office at 605-626-7096 for further information.


State to open COVID-19 vaccine up to all residents 16 years or older Monday

The South Dakota Department of Health announced Wednesday beginning next week the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to all South Dakotan’s over the age of 16.  That is about a month before experts estimated the vaccine would be so widely available.

 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem talked about the state entering the “phase 2” portion of the vaccination process…

 

 

 

 

State Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon gave an update on the vaccination process in South Dakota as of March 31st, calling the state a leader in the vaccination effort...

 

 

 

 

Despite the good news on vaccines, South Dakotan’s must remember to maintain good habits during the pandemic.  That includes social distancing, staying home when sick, wearing a mask while in public, washing hands regularly and more.  State epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says cases have been increasing recently in South Dakota…

 


Name released in Clark county fatal crash

A Raymond, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Clark.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante was westbound on 171st Avenue, near the intersection with 417th Avenue, when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the north ditch and rolled.

 

Jordan Hamann, 20, was the driver. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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.


Gov. Noem declares state of emergency with west river fires

Tuesday Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-07, which declares a state of emergency through June 1, 2021, due to severe drought and dangerous fire conditions.

 

This executive order is in response to the numerous fire incidents occurring throughout the state. The order will allow the state to provide greater assistance to the response efforts of local and volunteer firefighters. Governor Noem has spent the past two days overseeing the response to the Schroeder Fire outside Rapid City while monitoring other fire incidents.


State fair to welcome Dustin Lynch to grandstands

The South Dakota State Fair and C&B Operations are proud to announce country music star Dustin Lynch to perform at the State Fair grandstand on Saturday, September 4. Ross Ellis will open.
 
Since his breakout debut with Platinum fan-favorite “Cowboys and Angels, Lynch has “steadily built one of the most consistent recording careers in modern country music” according to Billboard. With his red hot live-performances and growing fan-base, Lynch continues to affirm his place among Country’s cutting edge.
 
He’s already scored seven #1 hits, four Top 5 albums – including his latest album, Tullahoma (Broken Bow Records) – eight Gold and Platinum certified singles, plus has tallied over 2.22 BILLION total streams, and is currently making headlines with his new song “Thinking ‘Bout You” featuring MacKenzie Porter.
 
Top hits include “Good Girl”, “Ridin’ Roads”, “Cowboys and Angels”, “Small Town Boy”, “Seein’ Red”, and “Momma’s House”.
 
Ross Ellis will open for Lynch. Ellis released his first single, “Home for the Weekend”, in 2017 and was quickly named Sirius XM’s latest Highway Find. Continuing his stardom on Sirius XM’s The Highway channel, his next single, “Ghost”, was one of the top 10 most played songs on the channel.
 
Ticket presales begin May 24 for Friends of the Fair VIPs, June 14 for backrest holders, and June 17 for Friends of the Fair. Tickets will go on sale to the general public June 21.  For more information on presales and ticket sales go to www.sdstatefair.com.
 
The 2021 South Dakota State Fair runs Thursday, September 2, through Monday, September 6. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, September 1. For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit www.sdstatefair.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 


Road closures planned for parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for work on water lines:

 

Melgaard Road from the Intersection of S. Roosevelt St. going East to the Curve to Walmart

 

Work is expected to last through the end of day on Thursday, 4/1/2021. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.


Wild fire west river leads to evacuations Monday

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) A wildfire that started on private property along Schroeder Road exploded Monday, sending fire fighters scrambling and led to the evacuation of several subdivisions west of Rapid City.

 

Dubbed the Schroeder Road Fire, the fire is burning in an area previously burned by the Westberry Trails Fire in 1988.

 

Fire Information Officer Rob Powell says the fire quickly skipped through a canyon and into the Westberry Canyon area. A cold front that came through changed the fire’s direction and this evening, areas of concern were the Nameless Cave and Cleghorn Canyon area.

 

 

 

 

Despite the strong wind, he says fire crews are making good progress…

 

 

 

 

Powell says among the subdivisions evacuated include Westberry Trails subdivision, Cavern Road, Nameless Cave Road, Cleghorn Canyon Road, Pinedale Heights area west of Berry Pine Heights Drive, Dark Canyon and Magic Canyon Road. 

 

When asked if any more evacuations could be possible, Powell says the current list includes those areas of concern that were ahead of the fire’s progress, and unless something changes, he didn’t anticipate anything further…

 

 

 

Powell says they stil doing damage assessment on what’s been lost, but believes a number of outbuildings have burned and possible two homes have also been destroyed.

 

Authorities are asking the public to stay out of the area so firefighters can get in and work.


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