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Strong winds cause damage Friday morning

Reports of wide spread damage are coming in from Aberdeen following a severe thunderstorm passing through the area around 8:30 a.m.


On sixth avenue, visible damage could be seen at the M&H gas station, Mac's Hardware and at the future sight of Lewis Drug on the corner of sixth and second.  Wood frames put up by contractors were blown over.  


According to the national weather service in Aberdeen, wind gusts as strong as 78 miles per hour were recorded at the Aberdeen Regional Airport. 

One person killed in Campbell County fatal crash

One man died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred south of Mound City.


Names of those involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.


A 2004 Peterbilt semi-truck/trailer with a 30-foot-wide load was northbound on U.S. Highway 83. A southbound 2014 International semi-truck/trailer struck the left front corner of the northbound Peterbilt’s wide load.


The driver of the northbound Peterbilt was not injured in the crash. The driver of the southbound International sustained fatal injuries and was deceased at the scene. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.


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

Five people injured in accident west of Groton Wednesday

Five people were injured in a two vehicle crash near Groton Wednesday.  According to the Department of Public Safety, the incident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and North Harrison street, west of Groton at approximately 11:30 a.m. 37-year-old Carla Tracy of Groton was rear-ended while slowing down to turn south by 67-year-old Scott Thomas also of Groton.  She and two children in her vehicle suffered injuries, while Thomas and his passenger also suffered injuries.  Charges are pending in this case and the incident remains under investigation. 

Pierre residents asked to hold back on water usage

The City of Pierre is asking residents to restrict their water use.  City Utilities Director Brad Palmer says the request to slow down waste water flow is voluntary…





Palmer says a sinkhole recently developed in Griffin Park along Lake Sharpe and heavy rain from a severe thunderstorm Wednesday has made the situation worse…




Palmer says the request is city-wide…




Palmer says they hope to have the sewer line repaired today and can replace the pipe faster if water use is temporarily reduced.

Man arrested in Watertown for stealing over $100,000 in jewelry

Police have arrested a man with a lengthy criminal record who stole more than $100,000 in jewelry during an early Wednesday morning burglary in downtown Watertown.


Watertown Police Detective Chad Stahl held a news conference at police headquarters Wednesday afternoon…..





Police quickly went to work to track down the burglar…..





And that’s where the suspect—67 year-old Takskim Neriroski—was arrested. Stahl says Neriroski has a Las Vegas address, and is of Yugoslavian descent.


Investigators obtained a search warrant to look through Neriroski’s vehicle, and they know there are stolen items in there….





Stahl says Neriroski disabled a lock on the front door of Makepeace Jewelry, which allowed him to get inside, and then he went to work…





Neriroski has a criminal history dating back to the 1970’s that includes convictions for burglary, armed robbery, assaults with weapons and drug crimes.


Neriroski was not armed when he was arrested by police this morning.


Stahl says investigators are trying to determine how long the suspect had been in Watertown before today’s arrest.


Stahl says in the suspect’s vehicle was a road atlas opened to the state of South Dakota.


Neriroski is being held in the Codington County Detention Center on $50,000 cash bond.

House votes to condemn president Trump's racist language about four congresswomen

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to condemn president Donald Trump’s racist language in telling four women of color congressmen to “go back to the country they came from.”  The vote was 240 to 187, with four Republicans and one Independent crossing party line to vote to condemn the language.  The four included Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan and Susan Brooks of Indian.  Independent Justin Amash voted in the affirmative as well.   

Two Watertown men sentenced on drug charges

Two Watertown men have been convicted of drug charges.  According to the US Attorney for South Dakota’s office 29-year-old Dayvon Byrd and 38-year-old Joshua Noel Paul will serve time for allegedly attempting to sell methamphetamine in northeast South Dakota.  Byrd will serve 60 months in prison on conspiracy to distribute while Paul will serve 211 months for conspiracy and possession of a firearm while drug trafficking.  The charges stem from a bust in February of 2018 when the two were pulled over for a routine traffic stop and officers found six pounds of meth. 

Gov. Noem to visit Aberdeen Wednesday for AGP grand opening

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will be in Aberdeen today speaking at the grand opening of the new AGP soybean processing plant.  The plant is located off eighth avenue in the northeast part of town.  Ag Processing Inc. otherwise known as AGP has announced the event is invite only and will start at 1:00 p.m. AGP vice president tells the Aberdeen American News 300 attendants compromised of farmers and community leaders are expected to be in attendance. 

Gov. Noem office reports state ends fiscal year with $19.4 million surplus

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota closed the 2019 budget year on June 30 with a $19.4 million surplus. The state general fund budget ended with lower expenditures than budgeted, while ongoing revenue finished lower than projected levels.


“In South Dakota, we don’t spend money we don’t have. We live within our means, and we operate in a way that doesn’t require us to raise taxes,” said Noem. “Once again, South Dakota is leading by example by finishing the fiscal year with a balanced budget. We are saving money for the future and ensuring that the next generation’s financial foundation remains strong. I am committed to maintaining the financial responsibility for which South Dakota has become known. We will remain rooted in fiscal integrity.”


Total spending for fiscal year 2019 was $23.1 million lower than budgeted, which includes $17.3 million of fiscal year 2019 general fund reversions and $5.8 million of unspent funds from special appropriations and carryover funding. Of the $17.3 million of 2019 general fund reversions, $15.3 million came from executive branch agencies, $1.0 million came from the Unified Judicial System, $0.7 million came from the Board of Regents, and $0.3 million came from the Legislature and constitutional offices. The unspent funds in fiscal year 2019 represent just 1.1 percent of the total fiscal year 2019 general fund budget.


Ongoing general fund revenue for fiscal year 2019 was lower than estimates adopted by the Legislature in February by $4.4 million, or 0.3 percent. Sales and use tax receipts are the state’s largest revenue source and grew by 3.7 percent over the prior fiscal year, but still finished the fiscal year $9.9 million below estimates. Other sources of general fund revenue finished the fiscal year above legislative estimates including bank franchise tax, unclaimed property receipts, and lottery.


“It’s still early, but it is prudent to have not budgeted for any additional sales and use tax from online and other remote sellers given the fact that this year’s overall sales tax numbers didn’t hit their projections,” concluded Noem. “We’ll continue to monitor the data coming to see how the Wayfair decision and the subsequent tax changes impact our state’s bottom line.”


By law, the fiscal year 2019 surplus of $19.4 million was transferred to the budget reserve fund. The state’s budget reserve fund now has a balance of $145.1 million and the general revenue replacement fund has a balance of $44.0 million, for a total reserve of $189.1 million.

City of Aberdeen announces mosquito spray Wednesday

The city of Aberdeen has announced a mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday beginning at 8:30 p.m. and ending approximately at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.  The mosquito spraying equipment is loud and moves at approximately 10 miles per hour.  The trucks can be identified by the yellow flashing lights.  Should there be inclement weather or winds higher than 10 miles per hour, the spray will be rescheduled.  If you have any questions be sure to contact the city’s mosquito control program at 626-7015. 

parts of northeast Aberdeen closed for road construction

The Aberdeen Public Works Department has announced parts of first avenue northeast will be closed for the week to begin work on a water main.  According to a release from the department, work will begin at 7:00 a.m. on first avenue between North Lincoln Street and North Washington Street.  Work is expected to last all week.  The streets will be closed during the day, but be opened nightly.  Motorists are advised to talk alternate routes until the work is completed. 

Congressman Dusty Johnson disagrees with President Trump racist tweet

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson took to her personal twitter account Monday to send a message, disagreeing with President Trump, and his comments made about four progressive female members of congress.  The president told these women to go back to their own country, despite the fact, three of the four women were born in the United States.  Johnson took time to couch the statement in that he disagrees with the four congresswomen on policy, but then went on to call the comments not helpful and expressed desire to focus on governing. 





Mitchell woman sentenced on animal cruelty charges

A 44 year old Mitchell woman and her 19 year old son are each charged with 10 counts of felony animal cruelty after authorities removed thirty cats from two residences Thursday and Friday.


Neighbors of 1401 South Main #104 alerted Police of stray cats plus a strong odor of cat feces and urine. Officers accompanied by Sioux Falls Humane Society staff executed a search warrant there and at 200 East 15th Avenue #139.


Along with the animals authorities found cat feces and garbage at both locations.


Police say Brandy L. Smith maintained or lived at the residences and was aware of the conditions. Michael Lee-David Smith apparently fed the cats and was aware of the animal’s living conditions as well.


Brandy Smith apparently maintains a Facebook site “Heart and Soul Kitty Sanctuary” where she apparently solicited money for the care of elderly, disabled and abused cats.


This is an ongoing animal rescue and investigation. More charges are possible.


Cruelty to animals is punishable by up to two years in prison and or a $4,000 fine on each count.

Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen today

Begging at approximately 7:00 a.m. Monday, water will be shut off in parts of Aberdeen for sewer line work.  According to the Aberdeen Public Works Department water will be off on Harvard Street from fourth avenue Southeast to Sixth avenue southeast and along fifth avenue southeast from Harvard to South Illinois Street.  Residents in the affected area are urged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use. 

Residents can now register for disaster unemployment assistance

Farmers and ranchers, employees and self-employed individuals in 16 counties and reservations across South Dakota who are unable to work as a result of the severe winter storms and flooding from March 13 to April 26 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is administered locally.


The state Department of Labor and Regulation is accepting applications through Monday, July 15 from all counties and reservations (except Turner) that have been declared for Individual Assistance. For those in Turner County, the deadline is Friday, July 26. Individuals can register by calling the Claims Call Center (605) 626-3179, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. CDT. Specify that your claim is related to disaster unemployment and the severe storms that occurred between mid-March and late April.


Benefits are available for qualifying individuals in Bennett, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Dewey, Hutchinson, Jackson, Mellette, Minnehaha, Oglala Lakota, Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Reservation, Todd, Turner, Yankton and Ziebach counties.

Among the conditions for eligibility: Applicants must not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state.


For further information, go to the Department of Labor and Regulation’s DUA webpage at For a Fact Sheet on FEMA’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance program, go on the agency’s website to

Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Monday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide spraying for Monday, July 15, 2019 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 spraying being suspended until conditions improve.


For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015

Agency Village woman recharged in death of unborn child

An Agency Villiage woman has again been charged in the death of her unborn child.  According to the Associated Press, after charges against 26-year-old Samantha Flute had been dropped by a US District Judge, the US Eighth circuit court of appeals has ruled the charge applies to a child born alive even if the mother inflicted injury before birth.  Authorities allege Flute ingested cocaine along with multiple prescription drugs while pregnant.  Flute told police she knew the drugs would harm the baby when she chose to use them. 

Aberdeen woman sentenced to solicitation of a minor

An Aberdeen woman has been sentenced to 45 days in jail with five days served for soliciting a 15-year-old into engaging in sexual activity with her and her boyfriend.  According to court documents, 20-year-old Krystina Church admitted to the crime and pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of a minor.  Along with jail time Church was ordered to pay $804 and placed on probation for three years.  42-year-old Gregory Hubert of Aberdeen had been previously sentenced for his involvement in the crime. 

Federal aviation committee awards grants to South Dakota airports

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced $477 million will be given away in airport improvement grants across the county.  This money comes from the administration’s “Airport Improvement Program.”  Six South Dakota airports have been selected for upgrades.  Regionally, those include Aberdeen which will receive $2,727,388 to rehabilitate a taxiway, and Redfield Municipal Airport received $60,000 to install a perimeter fence.  Other airports include Wilder Airport in DeSmet, Hot Springs Municipal Airport, Black Hills-Clyde Ice Airport in Spearfish and Harold Davidson Field in Vermillion. 

I-29 rest areas reopened

The South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Transportation have completed reconstruction of two Interstate Rest Areas/Welcome Centers. Both the rest areas on Interstate 29 near the Vermillion exit (Homestead) and the center on Interstate 29 north of Summit (Wilmot) are complete and have opened to the public.


In addition to the rest area space, the new centers have been expanded to include exhibit space meant to welcome travelers and showcase points of interest across the entire state of South Dakota.


“The new welcome centers have been expanded from their original footprint in order to provide travelers with a chance to learn more about what South Dakota has to offer,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “The welcome centers’ new exhibits allow us an opportunity to tell a part of South Dakota’s story, educate visitors about our travel and tourism offerings, and engage them long enough to pique their interest, all with a goal of enticing them to spend more time in our state.”


The state worked with the Atlanta-based Building Four Fabrication to design and build out the exhibit space in the welcome centers.


The vision…“South Dakota’s interstate rest areas and welcome centers provide a safe, clean, accessible, and functional place for travelers to rest and rejuvenate. They present a positive impression that is welcoming and deliver educational value for visitors which enhances and extends their stay in South Dakota. The facilities are modern and aesthetically pleasing, while being cost-effective.”  


“With the reconstruction of these two rest areas, the long-term vision of the revitalization plan is coming to fruition and will serve the citizens and travelers, to and through South Dakota, well for many years to come,”

said Darin Bergquist, Secretary of the Department of Transportation.


JLG Architects and Beckenhauer Construction (Homestead Rest Area) and TSP Inc. and KyburzCarlson Construction (Wilmot Rest Area) designed and constructed the rest areas working with the State Engineer’s office.


The improvements to these rest areas were an element of the Interstate Rest Area Revitalization Plan. Full details of the plan can be found at


Billionaire Tom Steyer announces Presidential bid

Billionaire Tom Steyer has announced a presidential run and will seek the Democratic nomination.  He joins a large field of candidates after one debate is already in the books.  Steyer apparently changed his mind on running as he had said previously in January, he would not be running for President.  Steyer has tried to make a name for himself by donating $40 million to an ad campaign aimed at pushing congress to impeach President Donald Trump.  He says he plans to spend $140 million of his own money on his candidacy.  Steyer made his money beginning in the 1980s when he launched the hedge fund Farallon Capital. 

Rep. Eric Swalwell suspends presidential campaign

The culling of the 2020 Democratic Primary field has begun with the first person announcing the suspension of his campaign.  California congressman Eric Swalwell announced at a press conference Monday the end to his presidential campaign after failing to gain traction.  Swalwell was on the debate stage in late June and famously went after presumed front runner Joe Biden, asking voters to consider someone of a younger generation.  He also announced he will seek re-election to his current congressional seat. 

Minneapolis Fed reserve chief officer Neel Kashkari to speak at KO Lee Library

Aberdeen is set to be visited by a member of the Federal Reserve bank of Minneapolis as part of a regional outreach tour.  The K.O. Lee public library has announced it will host Neel Kashkari for a public forum this Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Kashkari is the president and chief executive officer of the federal reserve bank of Minneapolis.  He helps oversee the ninth district of the US Federal reserve which includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and parts of Michigan and Wisconsin. 

ARCC cancelations

No Tee Ball/Pee Wee Ball or Baseball for the morning of 7-9-19

City of Aberdeen announces mosquito spray Wednesday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide spraying for Wednesday, July 10 between the hours of 8:30 pm and 1:00 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 spraying being suspended until conditions improve. 


For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015