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Brother, sister duo McEwyn to headline Ipswich Traildays

Brother-sister country duo Michael and Annmarie McEwyn will headline Ipswich Trail Days Saturday June 13, 2020. Promising an energetic and musically-exciting concert, the band McEwyn’s performances range from high-octane modern mainstream country to a cappella specials and family harmonies. Their first single, Small Town Marilyn Monroe, charted at #7 on the Country Top 20 stream, and their live performances have been dazzling audiences across the United States. Country Music Magazine describes their sound as “a commanding and infectious one, modern in feel, while reminiscing back to the earlier days of country music that are embedded in their musical DNA.”

Ipswich Trail Days is the annual summer celebration in Ipswich, South Dakota, home of the Yellowstone Trail. The second weekend in June will once again be marked by classic small town fun, including bull-riding, bronc-riding, a parade, car show, yard game tournaments, and of course the headline concert and after-party featuring Aberdeen’s own Avenger Joe, bringing their eclectic set list of country rock and pop party favorites. Advance tickets, at $25 for adults and only $10 for children 6-12, will be available starting in April. Watch Ipswich Trail Days on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for developing details.

Brookings county authorities report grain bin death

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) Authorities with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office are expected to release details today on a man who became trapped in a grain bin on Monday and died.


Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring confirmed the fatality this morning, but would not release any other information until a news release is issued later today.


The man’s death comes as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation claiming this week “National Grain Bin Safety Week.”


South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who lost her father in a grain bin accident, is encouraging producers to, “evaluate safety procedures on their farms and ranches. Slow down and be safe, and your family will thank you for it.”


The purpose of Grain Bin Safety Week is to promote education and awareness of the hazards and safe work practices in an effort to reduce the number of accidents associated with grain handling and storage.


Name released in Lake County fatal crash

A Wentworth, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Madison.


A 2005 GMC Sierra was southbound on South Dakota Highway 19 when the driver lost control on the slippery roadway. The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled.


The driver, 39-year-old Joshua Anderson, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only occupant.


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.

Brown County Fair announces Sara Evans to headline Wednesday at Grandstands

The Brown County Fair announced Tuesday another act for the Grand Stands this coming fair.  County music star Sara Evans will take the stage Wednesday August 12th.  She is known for such hits as “Could Not Ask For More”, “Suds in the Bucket” and “Born to Fly.”  The opening act for that night has not been announced, but according to the post from the Brown County Fair more acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 

A bill to further regulate young drivers filed in Pierre

A bill has been filed in Pierre which would require more experience for first time drivers in order to get their license.  SB 113 was filed by Rep. Deb Soholt, a Republican from Minnehaha county, and would increase the instructional permit period from six months to nine months and require young drivers to have 50 hours fo practice behind the wheel before they can earn their restricted minor’s license.  It would also restrict one young non-family passenger in a car driven by a person with a restricted minor permit. 

Dusty Johnson to announce re-election campaign Wednesday

South Dakota congressman Dusty Johnson plans to officially announce his re-election campaign Wednesday in Rapid City.  Johnson will officially kick off the event at the Alex Johnson Hotel.  Johnson was first elected to congress in 2016 and will have to get through a primary before the general election after west river rancher and grocery store owner Liz Marty May announced her candidacy earlier this month.  For Democrats, Custer business owner Whitney Raver is the only candidate to announce their campaign so far. 

Texas man involved in fatal crash found not guilty of manslaughter

A Texas man involved in a two-vehicle crash on I-90 near Alexandria in September which left a man dead was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.  32-year old Jason Ingram of Kempner, Texas was found guilty of three misdemeanor charges – reckless driving, operating an oversized vehicle, and driving without a commercial driver’s license.  Ingram was driving a tractor-trailer when he was rear-ended by a Dodge Caravan driven by 52-year old Johnnie Hines of Sioux Falls.  Hines was pronounced dead at the scene.  Prosecutors say Ingram was driving well below the 40 mile-an-hour minimum speed limit on the interstate.  Ingram was given just over a year in suspended jail time.

Veblen man identified in Day county fatal crash

A Veblen, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Veblen.


A 2006 Chevrolet HHR SUV was westbound on South Dakota Highway 25 when it went off the roadway and rolled several times.


Conrad Dumarce, the 41-year-old male driver, was not wearing a seat belt. He was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.


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.

Gov. Noem signs eight bills into law

Governor Kristi Noem has signed the following bills during the 2020 legislative session:  


  • HB1005 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the use of telehealth technologies. 
  • HB1015  – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding banks.
  • HB1016 – Act to revise certain provisions regarding money transmission.
  • HB1017 – An Act to provide for certain insurer corporate governance disclosure requirements.
  • HB1018 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding life and health insurance insolvencies.
  • HB1030 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the Board of Technical Education.
  • HB1049 – An Act to establish a maximum on the number of words contained in a statement of a proponent or opponent for the ballot question pamphlet. 
  • HB1052 – An Act to change a reference from a secondary election to a runoff election to maintain consistency in terms. 

One person killed in Lake county fatal crash

One man died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Madison.


Name of the deceased is not yet being released.


A 2005 GMC Sierra was southbound on South Dakota Highway 19 when the driver lost control on the slippery roadway. The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled.


The 39-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only occupant.


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.

Divorce numbers down over the past 10 years in South Dakota

Numbers released by the National Health Statistics paint an interesting picture about marriage in South Dakota.  According to the numbers, South Dakota has not only seen a decrease in the number of divorces couples are getting, but less couples are getting married overall.  According to the numbers, in over a 10 year period from 2009 to 2018, South Dakota has a 2.6 per 1000 marriages divorce rate.  That puts the state near the bottom of the nation in lowest divorce rate, coming in at number 10 with 2.6 percent.  This follows a trend with the rest of nation as divorce rates have declined by about 20 percent over the past 10 years.  In South Dakota specifically in 2018 2,265 couples filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences 98 percent of the time. 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire primary

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the second contest in the Democratic Presidential Primary Tuesday night in the New Hampshire Primary.  The contest went off without a hitch, unlike the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.  Sanders finished with 25.7 percent of the vote, ahead of Pete Buttigieg who came in a close second with 24.4 percent.  Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar finished in a surprise third with 19.8 percent while Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden rounded off the top five respectively.  Following this contest will be the Nevada caucuses February 22nd.  The race should get more interesting as it moves from the predominately white state’s of Iowa and New Hampshire onto more and more diverse states. 

Senator introducing sports betting resolution explains reasoning

(KCCR - Pierre, SD) The South Dakota Senate has shipped a measure over to the South Dakota House that would let the voters of South Dakota decide if betting on sporting events should be permitted at Deadwood casinos.  The bill’s prime sponsor, Senator Bob Ewing of Spearfish says Senate Joint Resolution Five-Oh-One does only one thing…





Money made on by betting on sporting events, like other legal gambling in South Dakota would go to the Deadwood Historic Preservation fund for use across South Dakota on historic preservation projects.  The bill would require voters to change the South Dakota Constitution which Senator Jim Bolin says needs to be done carefully…





Senator Jeff Partridge says the state voters have already said yes to gambling before this…





Senator Lee Shoenbeck of Watertown is ready to put sports wagering to work…




S-J-R Five-Oh-One passed the Senate on a 24 to 10 vote with one excused.  The measure now heads to the South Dakota House for consideration

Senator Thune defends vote not to impeach President Trump

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The US Senate concluded the impeachment trial of President Trump by voting down two charges that had been brought against him, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.


South Dakota Senator John Thune voted against both articles and says the punishment didn’t fit the alleged crime...





Thune says the House did not bring a good case...





The Senate did not allow extra witnesses including former national security advisor John Bolton. Thune says they didn’t think he would add any new information...




Thune says the trial may have holdover effects into the November elections.

New Hampshire Primary to take place tonight

Today is the second contest in the Democratic presidential primary and first real primary of them all.  New Hampshire will casts ballots today with polls closing at 7:00 p.m. eastern time, meaning results should start pouring in after 6:00 p.m. central time.  Coming into this primary contest, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is considered the favorite as he has led in the polling consistently for months. According to he has a polling average of 25.9 percent in the state and won the state in 2016.  Just behind him however is former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 21.4 polling average. 

Former IHS doctor sentenced to life in prison

The United States Justice Department says a former Indian Health Services doctor has been sentenced to five consecutive life sentences.  70-year-old Stanley Patrick Weber was found guilty Friday by a jury on all eight counts in the case.  Weber was accused of sexually abusing male patients of his between about 1995 and 2011.  He resigned from his position on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2016 following allegations of sexual abuse. 

HB 1057 criminalizing gender affirming procedures on children younger than 16 fails in senate committee

The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services committee voted 5-2 Monday afternoon to table HB 1057 to the 41st legislative day, effectively killing the legislation. 


HB 1057 was the controversial transgender legislation that would  ban gender change treatments for children under the age of 16.  Dozens of people from both sides of the issue showed up to the capital for the hearing. 


Proponents of the legislation maintain this is a way to prevent children from making life altering decisions at such a young age, while opponents on the committee talked about the wealth of contradictory information and government’s role when facts are not always agreed on. 


According to Senator Al Novstrop of District 3 at a legislative cracker barrel Saturday, this outcome was likely, but the bill could still see life through a legislative “Smoke Out”.  That term is used when a house votes to demand a committee send a bill to the floor the following legislative day, but needing 1/3rd of the body to vote in the affirmative. 

One person killed in Hutchinson county fatal crash

One person died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Parkston.


The name of the decease is not being released pending notification of family members.


A 2010 Acura TSX was westbound on South Dakota Highway 44 when the driver lost control on the icy-covered road. The vehicle entered the south ditch and rolled.


The 30-year-old female driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. She was the only person involved.


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.

Senate committee passes resolution on sports betting

Sports betting may become a reality in South Dakota after actions taken by the state senate late last week.  A joint senate resolution passed in Committee Thursday which would allow voters this November whether or not to legalize sports betting in Deadwood.  If this passed, the legislature would have final say whether or not sports betting would expand across the state via kiosks or mobile app, and get final say on what events will be allowed to be bet on. 

Registration now open for Fischgaard film festival

Registration is now open for the annual Fischgaard 48-hour film competition.  The actual event will be held February 14th through the 16th.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis and cost to enter a team is $25.  Teams must be registered by Feb. 13th or register in person at the kickoff event 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 14th at the Red Rooster.  Teams have 48 hours to produce a film and all films will be screened at a public viewing at the capital theater.  For more information checkout

SD House passes industrial hemp bill

After agreeing to a major amendment, the State House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved a bill to legalize the growing and processing of industrial hemp. Governor Kristi Noem reluctantly supported the measure…..




It’s up to state lawmakers to come up with funding for the program. The Governor also wanted to make sure it’s done right….





House Bill 10-08 is on its way to the House floor.

SD House passes bill to ban commercial surrogacy

The South Dakota House of Representatives voted 46-20 Thursday to pass HB 1096, a bill which would make it illegal to enter into a commercial surrogacy contract.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Jon Hansen of Dell Rapids and says he filed the legislation because children should not be treated as a commodity.  Opponents argue the government should not get involved between consenting adults entering a mutually beneficial contract.  District 3’s Carl Perry voted no while Drew Dennert voted yes.  District two’s Kaleb Weis and Lana Greenfield both voted yes. 

SD legislature considering a bill to remove vaccine mandate from children in school/college

South Dakota House majority leader Lee Qualm has introduced a bill which would do away with vaccine requirements for students entering grade school or college.  The state currently only has vaccine exemptions for students who have weakened immune systems or those who have religious objections.  Doctors have already come out against the bill saying if nationwide immunizations go down, we will continue to see diseases like measles and other infectious organisms affect our communities. 

Police arrest a man for damaging trailer with gunshot

Police in Aberdeen have arrested a man in connection with damage to property.  According to a release from police, authorities responded to a call about trailer damage in the 200 block of 5th Curve around 6:14 a.m. Tuesday.  Upon arrival police determined the damage was from a single gunshot from the exterior of the residence.  Further investigation led to the arrest of 51-year-old Shannon James Kilber of Aberdeen.  He faces aggravated assault charges and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure.  No injuries were reported from the incident. 

Buttigeg holds slight lead in SDE over Sanders with 71 percent of Iowa caucus vote reported

After the debacle that was the Iowa caucus on Monday we have now moved onto day three waiting for the full results to be released by the Democratic state party.  The first wave of results were released yesterday afternoon showing Pete Buttigeg with a slight lead over Bernie Sanders in State Delegate equivalents.  Later into the night more results were released.  As of Wednesday morning with 71 percent of precincts reporting, Buttigeg’s lead has been cut slightly sitting at 26.8 percent followed by Sanders at 25.2.  Sanders is currently leading in the popular vote and the two men are tied at 10 delegates each, which is what is actually needed to win the nomination.