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Dr. Paula Langteau to serve as interim president and Presentation College

Dr. Langteau has 28 years of experience in higher education, with a focus on growing small campus enrollment by implementing innovative, market-responsive programming and institutional branding.


In making this announcement, Presentation College Board of Trustees President, Dave Giovannini, said, “We are very happy to have found someone of Dr. Langteau’s caliber to lead Presentation College as its Interim President. Dr. Langteau brings the energy, experience and vision necessary to lead the college as it addresses the changing needs of our students in support of the College’s mission of service.”


Currently, a Principal Consultant for Academic Game Changers Consulting, LLC., Dr. Langteau has been assisting Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center for Excellence and faculty from 19 separate Minnesota State campuses in developing the curriculum for three new consortia programs.


Previously, she served interim leadership roles for Bemidji State’s NTC campus and for the University of Wisconsin Colleges in its transition from a campus-based to a regional leadership model.


Dr. Langteau said, “I am delighted to be joining Presentation College and eager to be a part of the beautiful Aberdeen community. I look forward to meeting with community members and discovering new ways that Presentation College can serve Aberdeen, becoming an ever more visible and vital contributor to community success.”  She will begin her role at Presentation on October 1.


From 2004-2015, Dr. Langteau served as Campus Executive Officer, at UW-Marinette, providing leadership to academic programs, student services, enrollment management, finance, facilities, marketing, fundraising and community relations for the 500-student campus.


Dr. Langteau served as Dean of Instruction and Dean of Teaching and Learning at Nicolet College, from 2001-2004. In this role, she managed the academic Health Occupations programs, initiated and implemented seven shared program agreements, implemented a laddered nursing curriculum and initiated and implemented the accreditation process for nursing programs.


As Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Perimeter College, she designed and implemented comprehensive faculty training to offer the first online degrees at the College. Also at Georgia Perimeter, she was a tenured Associate Professor of English for 12 years.


Dr. Langteau began her academic career as an Instructor of English at Ball State University, where she also served as Faculty Development Specialist.


“We welcome Dr. Paula Langteau to Presentation College and Aberdeen. We look forward to her leadership and skill set in advancing the Presentation College mission and values during this time of transition. The Sisters offer their support and prayers and look forward to collaborating with her,” stated Sister Janice Klein, President of the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen.


Dr. Langteau completed her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management at University of Pennsylvania, and The Institute for Educational Management at Harvard. She completed all Ph.D. coursework in English, and earned her M.A. in English, at Ball State University. She earned her B.A. in English at Eureka College, Illinois.


Dr. Langteau and her husband, Dr. Leo Hodlofski, have two children, who are eager to visit Aberdeen on their breaks from school. Nicholas is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Galen is a senior at Wayland Academy.


Dr. Maggie Huber, who has served as Presentation College President since January 2012, announced her retirement on August 1.

Three people killed in crash near Woonsocket

Three people died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night east of Woonsocket.


Names of those involved are not being released at this time pending notification of family members. Two other people involved were not injured.


A 2000 Oldsmobile Alero was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 preparing to turn north onto South Dakota Highway 37. The vehicle collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was westbound on Highway 34. The Alero spun around and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that was at the stop sign on Highway 37.


All three juvenile male passengers of the Alero were pronounced dead at the scene. The 14-year-old male driver was transported to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.


The 46-year-old female driver of the Trailblazer also was taken to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. The two occupants in the third vehicle were not injured.


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


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

Cars front man Ric Ocasek dead at 75

Just days after losing musician Eddie Money to esophageal cancer, another musician has passed away in Ric Ocasek.  Ocasek was the lead singer and frontman to the 80s group “The Cars.”  He was 75 years old.  According to TMZ, Ocasek’s estranged wife found him unresponsive Saturday around 4:00 p.m. at his New York City townhouse.  He was pronounced dead Sunday.  The cause of death is currently unknown.  Ocasek and the Cars are known for songs such as Just What I needed, My Best Friends Girl, Shake it up and more.  The band was indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2018. 

Warner teen killed in Sunday accident

A Warner teen died Sunday after a crash Sunday morning four miles west of Aberdeen.  According to the Department of Public Safety, the driver of a 2012 Chevy Impala was northbound on 382nd avenue.  He entered Highway 12 and collided with a 2015 Chevy Silverado which was eastbound.  There had been heavy fog reported in that area at the time of the accident.  According to the Aberdeen American News the victim in this accident was 17-year-old Levi Wiedebush of Warner.  The other person involved was a 58-year-old man and sustained serious non life threatening injuries. 

Singer, songwriter Eddie Money passes away at 70

Singer, songwriter Eddie Money has passed away at the age of 70.  The artist who rose to prominence in the 1980s is best known for songs such as “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, and “Take Me Home Tonight” among many others.  According to his publicist Money had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. 

Residents of Lake Ponisett continue to struggle with flooding

A wet weather pattern that’s shown no sign of ending all summer long means there’s a virtual certainty that many area lakes will be close to, or above the full mark, going into winter.


Lake Poinsett in Hamlin County is among them. It’s been several feet above full all summer. Emergency Manager Dave Schaefer says it’s come down some from its high water mark, but there’s still way too much water out there…..




He says there’s no “quick fix” to the problems on Poinsett….





It’s not just lake residents who’ve been battling this wet weather….





Schaefer worries about what next spring could bring, when ice starts to come off all these lakes that are above full…





Schaefer says four county roads in Hamlin County remain closed due to flooding.

Portions of I-90 reopened post flooding

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Interstate 90 westbound is open from the Bridgewater Exit 357 west and remains closed from Humboldt Exit 379 to Bridgewater Exit 357 with through traffic detoured at Sioux Falls Exit 396  to northbound I-29.


I-90 Westbound is open from the Marion Road Exit (395) to Humboldt for local traffic.


Eastbound I-90 is closed at Mitchell Exit 332 with traffic being detoured north on Highway 37 and should use Highway 14 east to I-29 south. Local traffic is allowed to use I-90 from Mitchell Exit 332 to Bridgewater Exit 357.


Water is receding and crews are monitoring roadways for and bridge structures for safety.


crews are monitoring both roadways and bridge structures for safety.

Third Democratic presidential debate tonight

Tonight is the third scheduled Democratic Presidential Primary Debate.  The debate is scheduled to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. live from Texas and can be seen on ABC.  This debate is unique as it is the first time in this primary cycle there will be just one night of debate, featuring 10 candidates.  Those candidates include Joe Biden, Cory booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. 

State trooper struck by lightning

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety reports a state trooper was struck by lighting Wednesday afternoon.  Despite the accident, the trooper suffered just minor injuries.  His name has not yet been released.  According to the DPS, the trooper was responding to a stranded vehicle near the off ramp of Exit 94 on I-29 which is the Baltic Colton exit.  While standing in the open he heard a loud crack, saw a bright flash of light and involuntarily jumped into the air.  He was treated by paramedics who recommended he go to a hospital. 

Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Monday, September 16th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.  The alternate night will be Tuesday, September 17th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.


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. 


The adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph.  The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light.


For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015

President Trump orders flags at half staff to remember 9/11

President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, to recognize Patriot Day, a day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.


California woman arrested near Pierre after chase

Charges are pending against a 37-year-old woman from Oakland, CA, after a chase yesterday (Mon.) that started about nine miles west of Fort Pierre.


According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, they received a traffic complaint about a vehicle going east on SD Highway 34. A trooper located the vehicle on U.S. Highway 14 about 5:15pm and tried to initiate a traffic stop.


Vehicle driver Jamila Drew did not slow down and the pursuit began. The vehicle continued east into Fort Pierre where it crashed into a tractor truck and semi trailer. The 37-year-old male driver was not injured.


The pursuit then went through the intersection of US Highways 14 and 83, came across the bridge into Pierre and then onto Sioux Avenue. The vehicle turned onto Pierre Street and came to a stop in front of the Hardware Hank store. The female driver fled on foot through the store, out the backdoor where she tripped and fell. She was then placed into custody.


Several charges are pending against Drew. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.

Two tornadoes touchdown in northeast South Dakota Monday

Two tornadoes touched down in South Dakota Monday night.  Around  8:30 p.m. the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado east of Andover in Day County.    Also confirmed was a tornado touchdown around 8:26 p.m. near Birstol also in Day county.  Tornadic severe weather was all over Day and Roberts counties Monday night, with other severe thunderstorms passing through with radar indicated rotation that also could have turned into tornados.  The National Weather Service confirmed some property damage, but no injuries have been reported.  (photos courtesy of the National Weather Service Aberdeen's Facebook page.)

South Dakota Dept. of Health reports two cases of vaping-related illnesses

The South Dakota Department of Health reports two cases of vaping-related illnesses.  Vaping, which is a nicotine substitute to traditional cigarettes, has come under more scrutiny recently with several people falling ill with mysterious illnesses after vaping.  The residents in this case are between the ages of 20-24.  South Dakota becomes one of 33 states that have reported cases of respiratory illnesses believed to be linked to e-cigarette use.  Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest pains.  Vaping is not a safe alternative to smoking. 

City council upholds amendment to not allow business in attached garage

The Aberdeen City Council Monday chose to keep an ordinance prohibiting the use of an attached garage as a place of business largely intact.  One change made was the city will now allow a business which operates out of the home one off sight employee.  Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman had wanted to allow residents to use an attached garage as a place of business, but could not get the support of a majority of the council.  Despite misinformation being spread on social media, this ordinance amendment does nothing to garage sales or daycare providers. 

Aberdeen man sentenced for his involvement in shooting out windows with BB gun

An Aberdeen man involved in connections to windows being shot out was sentenced Monday.  According to the Aberdeen American News 18-year-old Lain D. Leddy pleaded guilty to felony property damage.  He received 30 days in jail, a $1,107 fine and placed on probation for five years.  Leddy is one of four involved, the rest juveniles, arrested in connection to vehicle and apartment windows being shot out with a BB Gun.  At least 12 reports of damage were made last June. 

Gov. Noem appoints sixth judicial circuit judge

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Margo Northrup to serve as judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. 


“Margo is honest, empathetic, and trustworthy,” said Noem. “Her commitment to justice will equip her well to serve the people of the Sixth Circuit. I am confident she will be an excellent judge.”


“Serving the judiciary is an important honor and a grave responsibility,” said Northrup. “I believe that impartiality is the primary tenant of our judicial system and that the law must be carried out in a fair and unbiased matter above all else. I look forward to serving my community in this capacity.”


Northrup grew up in the Pierre area. She attended the University of South Dakota where she earned an undergraduate degree in English and sociology, and the University of South Dakota School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor.


Northrup has practiced at Riter, Rogers, Wattier and Northrup, LLP since 2004.  Her practice includes administrative law, telecommunications law, business transactions, family law, criminal defense, and general civil practice.


Northrup has practiced in the Supreme Court of South Dakota, the Federal District of South Dakota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court. She is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota and the American Bar Association. She is admitted in the State Court and the Federal District Court for the State of South Dakota.


When she’s not in the court room, Northrup enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons. They are Pierre residents.


The Sixth Judicial Circuit Court is served by four circuit judges and one magistrate and covers 14 counties. The administrative services for the court is based in Pierre.?

City officials clarify small business ordinance proposal

The Aberdeen City Council is debating an amendment to a current city ordinance which would allow residents to operate a business out of their own garage.  Changes to Ordinance No. 19-08-1 were first put forward by new Mayor Travis Schaunaman as he sought to give the zoning board more leeway when issuing special permits for businesses in a residential area. 


Changes to the ordinance were pushed back on by Southwest District Councilman David Bunsness who put forth an amendment to strip away most of what Schaunaman wanted. The first reading of the amended ordinance passed by a 6-3 vote with a possible final vote scheduled for Monday night’s city council meeting.


Mayor Schaunaman in his own words described the changes councilman Bunsness made to his proposed ordinance...





According to Mayor Schaunaman people are already operating businesses out of garages and he simply wants to make that legal.  Currently, if someone wanted to legally operate a business out of their garage within Aberdeen city limits, they first would need to go to the zoning board and request a special permit.  Schaunaman says that request would likely get denied and he hoped, through an update to the ordinance, to give the zoning board more leeway when deciding on special permits.  If the ordinance Schaunaman put forward passes, residents would still need permission by the zoning board to operate a business out of their own garage under a special permit.


Several misconceptions about the legislation have made their way around social media and other platforms.  The proposed amendment by councilman Bunsness would have no effect on daycare providers or garage sales.  According to mayor Schaunaman those are completely separate issues…





At the last city council meeting councilman Bunsness shared his thoughts on amending the ordinance…


Sturgis man agrees to plea deal in hiring someone to kill his girlfriend

A Sturgis man accused of hiring out the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend has reached a plea deal.  According to the Rapid City Journal, 30-year-old Jonathan Klinetobe has pleded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree manslaugther in the death of 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld. Her body was found near Rovkerville, SD in a shallow grave a year later. In exchange for the plea Klinetobe avoids first-degree murder, conspriacy to comit murder, aggravated first degree kidnapping and conspriacy to commit kidnapping.  He faces life in prison without parole. 

Work on new Aberdeen marking campaign suspended

Work on a new marking package for the city of Aberdeen will be put on the hold for the time being.  The announcement came at the last Aberdeen City Council meeting where Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce president Gail Oaks informed the two remaining bidders McQuillen Creative Group and Production Monkeys to suspend all work on the campaign.  The work has been put on hold after conflict of interest concerns came to light with new Mayor Travis Schaunaman being the owner of Production Monkeys, one of the two companies vying for the job.  The mayor has been adamant nothing he is doing breaks conflict of interest laws. 

State looking to possibly take back STAR academy building

The state is looking into possible repossessing the former STAR Academy building in Custer after its current holder has gone delinquent on payment.  According to the Associated Press, SLIC-e Holdings, the company who currently owns the former juvenile detention campus, is three months behind on payments to the state and owes about $116,000.  If SLIC-e Holdings failed to pay by the end of Thursday, State public lands commissioner Ryan Brunner announced plans to file for repossession. 

State looking into reclaiming STAR Academy building

The state is looking into possible repossessing the former STAR Academy building in Custer after its current holder has gone delinquent on payment.  According to the Associated Press, SLIC-e Holdings, the company who currently owns the former juvenile detention campus, is three months behind on payments to the state and owes about $116,000.  If SLIC-e Holdings failed to pay by the end of Thursday, State public lands commissioner Ryan Brunner announced plans to file for repossession. 

Marshall County Sheriff Dale Elsen again has law enforcement licenses revoked

Former Marshall County sheriff Dale Elsen has again had his law enforcement certification revoked by the state law enforcement officers standards and training commission.  The board met Thursday to determine a possible alternative for Elsen who once already had his certification revoked after admitting to several instances of workplace sexual harassment.  The board was ordered by a judge to look at Elsen’s case again on appeal because the judge in this case felt the board did not do an adequate job looking for alternative sanctions for Elsen’s actions. 

South Dakota Senator John Thune to visit Leola Friday

South Dakota Senator John Thune will visit Leola Friday September 6th.  The senator will be speaking at the Leola School District beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

State of South Dakota to receive $4 million from federal government to fight opioids

The state of South Dakota is set to receive approximately $4 million from the federal government to fight the opioid crisis.  The White House made the announcement yesterday as part of a $1.8 billion grant program aimed at funding state and local governments to bolster treatment and prevention efforts.  The State Department of Health already has content on its web site about what individuals can do to help curb the problem of opioid abuse in their own communities.