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Police arrest three in relation to storage unit thefts

The Aberdeen Police Department has announced the arrest of three men involved in several thefts from storage units around town. 

According to a release from the police department 30-year-old DeWayne Detanuski Ross, 28-year-old Ashley Alexandra Wright and 23-year-old Alicia Yvonne Stevens all of Aberdeen were taken into custody on several charges relating to the theft. 


Ross faces parole violation, ingesting a controlled substance, possession of stolen property and six counts 3rd degree burglary.


Wright faces ingesting of a controlled substance and six counts of 3rd degree burglary. 


Finally, Stevens faces six counts of 3rd degree burglary.  


Additional charges are expected. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and liberals hold onto power in Canadian election

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his liberal party managed to remain in power after Monday’s Canadian elections, but will govern with a minority government.  Since Canada is a parliamentary system, Trudeau and his party won enough seats to remain in power, but only control a plurality of seats rather than an outright majority.  This means the liberals in Canada will need to form a coalition with a smaller party in order to govern with a majority. 

Wreckage of single engine plane which went missing Oct. 10th believed to have been found north of Aberdeen

The wreckage of a single engine plane which believed to have went missing weeks ago after taking off from Aberdeen has been found.  According to the Brown County sheirff’s department, the plane was found about 3 miles north of Aberdeen.  Crews from South Dakota and North Dakota have been searching for the plane since Oct. 10th when it took off from Aberdeen to Oakes North Dakota and never made it to Oakes.  Federal Aviation records show the owner of the plane to be Gerald Seliski of Hecla, but officials have not released the identity of who was actually piloting the plane the night it went missing. 

SD Senator John Thune pushes for USMCA trade deal on Senate floor

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Republicans in Congress are pushing hard to get a vote on the USMCA trade treaty. The three-country agreement would replace NAFTA, which has been in place since the early 90s.


South Dakota Senator John Thune made a speech on the Senate floor, pointing out the deal is for more than ag products...




Thune blamed House democrats for the delay in moving the agreement...





Thune says the trade deal is one more advance in the Trump Administrations economic policies...




A possible vote date keeps slipping, with hopes now set on possible approval before the end of the year.

Canadian federal elections take place today

Today marks the 2019 Canadian federal election. Unlike in the United State’s the Canadian election cycle only lasts 40 days as voters in the Great White North will select their representatives in the House of Commons to serve in the 43rd Canadian Parliament.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and liberal party seeks to win reelection and will go against the Conservative Party, New Democratic Party, Green Party and People’s Party.  In Canada, voters select their members of parliament or MP and those are the ones who actually select the prime minister. 

Britton/Hecla QB Trevor Zuehlke injured in Friday night's game against Warner

Britton/Hecla starting quarterback Trevor Zuehlke is currently in a hospital in Sioux Falls in stable condition after suffering an injury Friday night against Warner. 


According to Zuehlke’s Cairing Bridge page, the quarterback was first taken by ambulance to an Aberdeen hospital then later flown to Sioux Falls.  CT scans at the hospital showed bleeding on his brain.  Doctors performed emergency surgery to relieve pressure from the injury and place him in a medically induced coma to heal.


The CT scan showed no injury to his head or neck.  The Caring Bridge page also pointed out Zuehlke is currently breathing on his own for the most part. 

One person killed in Sturgis shooting

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) Sturgis police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Sunday morning.


According to a release from Sturgis Police Chief Geody Vandewater, at 4:19 a.m. police responded to a 911 call reporting a homeowner shot someone who entered their residence. Officers arrived on scene and found a male with a single gunshot wound to the chest.


First aid was administered until he was transported by ambulance to Sturgis Regional where he died as a result of his injuries.


Vandewater says this is an active investigation being led by the Sturgis Police Department, Meade County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  He says this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.  


Names of the involved parties are not being released at this time due to the on-going investigation.

Crews still putting out Malchow's on Main late Sunday

Fire crews were still dousing smoking piles of rubble Sunday evening as a business staple in downtown Aberdeen was torn down by fire Saturday.  Malchow’s on Main which had apartments above and a furniture store below was first reported on fire to fire crews around 6:17 p.m. Saturday.  No one was injured in the incident and fire crews have called a structural engineer in from Fargo, ND to help investigate the cause of the flame.  Bud Malchow opened Malchow’s on Main in 1945 and according to the Aberdeen American News, it is one of the city’s oldest local businesses. 

Sturgis teen pleads insanity in death of 16-year-old Wyoming girl

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The 17-year-old arrested in connection with the death of 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment hearing.


Michael Gavin Campbell, whose name was released because he is being charged as an adult, plead not guilty by reason of insanity to a first degree murder charge with an alternative of second degree murder.


Campbell can be convicted of either charge, but not both.


In court, Campbell calmly answered Judge Kevin Krull’s questions as to whether or not he understood the charges against him with a ‘yes, your honor.’


Judge Krull set December 20 for the next status hearing and set that date as the deadline to turn in any documents related to the case.


Among those documents is a request to transfer the case from adult court to juvenile court.

Campbell’s Attorney, Steven Titus, spoke with the media after this morning’s hearing…





Campbell, if convicted, can face prison time, but cannot be sentenced to life in prison because he is juvenile.


Prosecutors allege Campbell shot and killed Shayna Ritthaler in his Blucksberg home earlier this month after an alleged argument between the two.


Ritthaler, from Upton, Wyoming, was the subject of a missing person’s case in the days ahead of the shooting. She was going to school in Moorcroft, Wyoming and was reported missing October 3 after surveillance video showed her getting into a vehicle at Moorcroft Coffee Cup store. Her body was found October 7.


Authorities are investigating how the two knew each other and what happened in the time before her death.

Gov. Noem orders flags at half staff in honor of late Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings

Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem today ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on October 18, 2019, in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings.


Cummings was a current member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th congressional district. He served in that capacity since 1996.

Roads to be closed in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at 8am on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for street repairs: South Illinois Street from 5th Ave SE to 6th Ave SE


Work is expected to last through end of day Friday, October 18th.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 

Civil air patrol gives update into missing plane search

Civil Air Patrol missions were flown Sunday and Monday in both South Dakota and North Dakota. Ground crews from Brown County, SD, Dickey County, ND, Ransom County, ND, and the Civil Air Patrol have also been working in the area.


Weather grounded air missions today but are expected to resume Wednesday. Officials are asking the public to report anything they find or may have heard related to the missing pilot and plane. With the South Dakota state pheasant season opener coming this weekend, authorities are also asking for hunters to please be on the lookout for anything of interest.


Information can be reported to the Brown County Dispatch Center at 605-626-7911. As appropriate, updates will be posted on Facebook ( and Twitter (@SDWingCAP). To learn more about CAP in South Dakota, please visit To learn more about CAP in North Dakota, go to

One person killed in Clark county fatal crash

One woman died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Clark.


Another person received minor injuries. Names of the two people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members.


A 2017 Ford Explorer was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when it crossed the centerline and collided head on with an eastbound 2019 Ford F350 pickup.


The 29-year-old female driver of the Explorer was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup, a 47-year-old male, sustained minor injuries. He was transported to the Watertown hospital.


Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. They were the only people involved.


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


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


Road brought down to one lane in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Weather permitting beginning Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m. the following road will be reduced to one lane for utility work.  North Dakota Street from 24th avenue NE to 28th avenue NE.  Work is expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes while the work is being completed. 

Enderson announces resignation as Brown County treasurer

Brown County treasurer Sheila Enderson announced at the Brown County Commission meeting Tuesday she will resign from her position next month.  Enderson announced her resignation will take effect Nov. 15th.  She has served as county treasurer for 43 years.  

Huron superintendent apologizing after student denied breakfast

(KOKK - Huron, SD) Huron Superintendent Terry Nebelsick (Nebil-Seck) says protocol was broken earlier this week at Huron Middle School when students were denied breakfast over conduct issues.


A video of a conversation between a teacher and the parent of one of the students was posted online. The teacher states the students were talking in the hallway and not following directions on the way to and from breakfast and were told they were denied breakfast for the rest of the week.


Nebelsick says he was made aware of the situation yesterday (Thursday).





Nebelsick says a complaint was filed with the South Dakota Dept. of Education.






Nebelsick says staff have been in contact with the parents involved and have apologized. He says the district will review protocol with all staff and put in safeguards to avoid a situation like this in the future.

Name released in Stanley County fatal crash

A 50-year-old woman died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Hayes.


Name of the deceased has not yet been released pending notification of family members. She was the only person involved.


A 2004 Buick LaSabre was eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the north ditch and rolled.


The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate 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 says she's frustrated by impeachment inquiry

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is among those frustrated by the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump in the U.S. House….





The governor says those, “important things” include taking a vote on the USMCA trade agreement….





Reading those documents is something Governor Noem says she’s done….





At issue are President Trump’s requests of Ukrainian officials to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son.

Northern 50-yard club luncheon canceled

Northern 50-yard club luncheon has been cancled.  The college has also postponed the groundbreaking scheduled for today.

Dental problems common across South Dakota due to poverty and lack of access

From small towns to reservations to urban centers, progress in improving poor dental health — now connected to serious illnesses including heart disease — has stalled in S.D. despite years of education, intervention and charity.


Tooth decay, gum disease other oral-health illnesses are considered to be 100% preventable, yet many children and adults across South Dakota continue to suffer severe dental problems.

A lack of access to proper dental care in South Dakota is driven both by geography and income. With a relatively small population spread out across a large area, many South Dakota residents do not have ready access to a dentist. Meanwhile, a high level of poverty in rural, urban and reservation communities also inhibits the ability of both adults and children to obtain proper dental care.


The look of rotting or missing teeth and deep red gums can lead to isolation and a lack of employment and educational opportunities. But increasingly, poor dental health is known to cause or be connected to numerous other serious health issues, including heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Harrisburg teacher Amanda Harris named SD teacher of the year

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) Amanda Harris, a fourth-grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary in the Harrisburg School District, has been named the 2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Ben Jones made the announcement at a banquet in Oacoma.


Harris has taught in the Harrisburg School District since 2013. She has served on curriculum committees in her district and regularly presents at educator conferences. She has started several afterschool clubs at her school.


Harris will now represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.

Day county man suffers burns in furnace accident

A Day County man has been transferred to a Minnesota burn center after he suffered injuries trying to light his furnace Thursday morning.  According to Day county sheriff Ryan Rucktaeschel, the man was the only one home when the accident happened.  He was first taken to a Webster hospital then transferred to Minnesota.  His identity was not released and his wounds are not believed to be life-threatening. 

Gypsy Day parade canceled for first time ever

The Gypsy Day Parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled.  Northern State made the announcement Thursday evening as rain, sleet, snow and cold are expected to remain through Saturday.  The Aberdeen American News reports this is the first time the parade has been canceled in its 103 year history.  Floats wishing to be judged are encouraged to bring their floats to the tailgate area of Swisher Field to be judged during the wolves football game.  Entrants can line up between 8 and 9 a.m.  The football game is still scheduled to go on against Minnesota State Mankato at 2:30 p.m.

Walk to remember event postponed

The Walk to Remember event pu on by Mothers of Angels has been postponed to October 26th in  the Primrise gym. 

Mark Hoven confirmed as next Parks and Rec Director

The Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hoven as the Director of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. Mr. Hoven will begin his new role on Monday, November 25. Mr. Hoven has served as Park Superintendent for the department since 1982 and prior to that served as Manager of Riverside Cemetery for three years. Mark brings a wealth of Management experience and knowledge to the position and has done an outstanding job in his role as Park Superintendent. Mark graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Since degree in Park Management. Doug Johnson is currently serving as the Director and will be retiring on November 22.