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Former state lawmaker Lynne DiSanto in court on false accusation charges

Former South Dakota state Senator, Lynn DiSanto of Rapid City is in court for allegedly falsely reporting domestic abuse in her personal life. DiSanto appeared before the seventh circuit court this week for fals reporting to alw enforcement, a series of physical and verbal altercations between her and ex-husband Mark DiSanto.

Absentee voting begins in South Dakota today

Absentee voting will begin today across the state of South Dakota. Brown County Auditor Cathy McNickle tells the Aberden America News approximately 4,400 ballots will be put in the mail. Absentee voters can request a ballot by mail or stop by their local auditor office to vote in person. Be sure to bring your photo ID if you plan to cast a ballot.

Pierre T.F. Riggs high school cancels classes due to COVID-19

Not only are extra curricular activities canceled in Pierre, but all classes have now been canceled after an outbreak of COVID-19 has shook the school. Pierre T.F. Riggs announced Thursday there would be no classes in session Friday Sept. 18th. In a statement issued by Rigg's principal Kevin Mutchelknaus, the rate of indivudals who have tested positive has greatly increased over the past few days. The number of students how are having to quarantine due to bein gidentified as a close contact is in the hundreds. All elementary and middle schools in Pierre are scheduled to operate normally.

Dan Ahlers wants to take his business knowledge to Washington as a US Senator

Dan Ahlers is running to serve as one of South Dakota's two US Senators, looking to defeat Republican incumbent Mike Rounds. Ahlers is a businessman from Dell Rapids who has also served six years in the South Daktoa legislature, under governor Rounds and governor Daugaard.


Ahlers says he is running to work with Republicans and Democrats to get things done...






Ahlers is running as a Democrat, but says his business background gives him a lot of qualities people often escribe to Republicans. Qualities like fiscal responsibility and business acumen. He says those things set him apart from Senator Rounds...





Ahlers admitted when he chose to run for the United States Senate, COVID-19 was not part of the decision. Since the pandemic hit, he has had to adjust his campaign strategy. He considers himself a retail politicians, acutally getting out and talking to people, so its been a hard adjustment...






Constituents can learn more about Dan Ahlers by visiting or following him on social media.





Brown county Democrats to host meet and greet with candidates Today

Brown County Democrats will hold a meet and greet with its local candidates for office and US Senate Candidate Dan Ahlers.  The event will be Thursday September 17th at Wiley Park Shelter A  from  5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Walking tacos will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m. and a free will donation will be taken.  Masks are encouraged at the event. 


Scheduled Speakers:
Dan Ahlers, US Senate Candidate
Susan Wismer, D1 State Senate Incumbent Candidate
Steven McCleerey, D1 State House Incumbent Candidate
Jennifer Keintz, D1 State House Candidate
Justin Roemmick, D3 State House Candidate
Leslie McLaughlin, D3 State House Candidate
Mike Nehls, Brown County Commissioner Candidate


Rogue garter snake causes power outage for over 3,000 people in Aberdeen

Over 3,300 Northestern Energy customers in Aberdeen went without power for approximately an hour Wednesday. According to a post on the companies Facebook page, a bird dropping a 3-foot-long garter snake into a substation caused the outage. Crews responded and were able to restore service. According to the post the snake survived the ordeal, but was injured.


Eureka cancels classes due to COVID-19

The Eureka School District canceled school Wednesday for deep cleaning after the school experienced its first case of COVID-19. According to Eureka Superintendent Nick Weismantel, the school district handles each COVID-19 diagnosis on a case-by-case basis, but because of the timing in this case, the district had no choice but to cancel classes.


Teen killed in single-vehicle Mobridge accident

One person was killed Tuesday night in a Walworth county fatal crash. According to the Department of Public Safety, the incident involved one vehicle and killed a teenager who was driving the vehilce. The other teen passanger was injured in the incident. The vehicle was southbound on 10th avenue west in Mobridge when the driver, a 16-year-old girl lost control flipping the vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the 15-year-old male passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and was ultimately air lifted to Fargo. The driver and male passenger were flung from the vehicle, neither was wearing a seatbelt.

Dinosaur discovered in South Dakota up for auction in London

One of the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons is set to be auctioned off in early October at the famous British Auction house “Christie's.” The dinosaur has become known by the name “Stan” and was discovered in South Dakota in 1987 by amateur palentologist Stan Sacrison. After Sacrison brought the fossils to the Black Hills Institute of Geological research, an official expedition was launched to find the rest of the bones. In all 188 of an estimated 300 total bones were recovered in the dig.


SD DOT reminding election signs not allowed on state highway right of ways

The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights of way.
“With election season upon us, election signs are showing up along the state’s roadways,” says Kristi Sandal, public information officer. “Illegal signs create a safety hazard and may distract motorists from seeing important regulatory or directional signing.” 
The use of right of way is reserved for official highway signage. All signs in the right of way that are not required for traffic control, as authorized by law (SDCL 31-28-14), are prohibited and will be removed by SDDOT crews as they see them or as they are reported. Attempts to contact the owner of the signs to pick them up will be made.

Municipal ordinances regulating placement and removal of campaign signs within towns and cities do not have precedence over state jurisdiction and supervision of state highway rights of way within municipalities.

Smoke from west coast fires seen in the Black Hills

(KOTA - Rapid City, SD) The Black Hills have started to feel the burn from the Western Wildfires, as a blanket of smoke has dropped a haze over Rapid City.


Lt. Jim Bussell said the smoke in the air is directly connected to the fires on the west coast, and that it won’t go away any time soon.





Firefighters like Lt. Tim Weaver have highlighted fire mitigation and defense to residents living in at-risk areas.





The loss of life and cost of property damaged by the western wildfires continues to rise day over day, particularly in hard hit Oregon and California.

49-year-old man killed near Ipswich in farm equipment accident

Authorities say one person is dead after an accident involving farm equpiment in northeast South Dakota. According to the Department of Public Safety, a 49-year-old man died when the tractor/sprayer he was driving collided with a deer and lost control. The man was west bound on a gravel road northwest of Ipswich. The name of the victim has not officially been released by officials. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mina woman identified in Brown County fatal crash

Officials have released the name of a Mina woman killed in a two-vehicle accident in northern Brown county Friday. 57-year-old Paula Kleinsasser was killed Friday morning when she was driving a minivan near Columbia and failed to stop at a stop sign. She was then struck by a sem-truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the semi was hospitalized with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and no one else was involved in the crash.

Governor and Sec. of Public Safety tight lipped on Ravnsborg case

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and state Pubilc Safety Secretary Craig Price spoke to the media Tuesday about the situation involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg hitting a man with his truck, killing him Saturday. Gov. Noem and Secretary Price did not divulge much new information, saying they could not do so because the incident remains under investigaiton. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is leading the investigation along with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The victim's body 55-year-old Joseph Boever of Highmore has been taken to Ramey County Minnesota where an autopsy will be conducted because the South Dakota state corernor is currently unavailable. There is no timeline for a release of the investigations findings.

EPA denies request to forgo ethanol requirements in gasoline

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a group of petroleum refiners requests in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make.  The move is considered a victory for farmers who have been lobbying the Trump administration not to allow these waivers.  The waivers were originally created to help small refineries, but were taken advantage of by larger companies in an attempt to cut costs. 

Obituaries identify victims killed in small plane accident near Groton Sunday

Obituaries from Furness Funeral Home in Clark confirm the two victims killed in a plane crash near Groton Sunday.  According to the home’s website Doug and Tina Hansen of Clark were killed when the small plane they were in crashed near the Groton Airport Sunday around 11:00 a.m.

Man removed by police from Mitchell School Board meeting for refusing to wear a mask

(KORN - Mitchell, SD) Police escorted a Mitchell man from Monday’s school board meeting for refusing to wear a face mask required by the district. Reed Bender refused board president Deb Olson’s request several times. Superintendent Joe Graves called Mitchell Police. Bender refused the officers request and became combative when they attempted to remove him….





He was taken outside the building. No arrest was made. No one was hurt.


A group of parents attending the meeting argued the board should rescind its mask requirement for a variety of reasons. The board took no action on their request.

Ravnsborg releases his account of an accident he was involved in that left one person dead

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has released a statement giving his account of the accident he was involved in that left one person dead. 


According to Ravnsborg, he had not been drinking at the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield and was returning home when he struck something with his vehicle outside Highmore.  He believed he hit something and contacted Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek. 


The two searched the ditch but found no evidence of the something hit.  Ravnsborg left the scene with a car provided by Sheriff Volek and returned to the scene the following morning, discovering the body of the victim 55-year-old Joseph Boever.  Ravnsborg then contacted the sheriff about the body.


The family of  the victim is seeking answers about the investigation.  Boever's cousin, former state lawmaker Victor Nemec who identified the body to authorities, says the state is being "tight-lipped" about the investigation.   


One person killed in grain bin accident near Estelline

One person died Friday in a grain bin accident in Northeast South Dakota.  According to the Hamlin county sheriff’s office, officers responded to reports of a man trapped in a grain bin, sinking in the grain.  The incident occurred near Estelline.  Upon arrival first responders found the man dead.  It took approximately an hour to recover the body from the grain.  The name of the victim as not released, but he was identified as a 21-year-old Estelline man. 

Road closures planned for Monday and Tuesday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. today the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  8th Avenue NE from North Roosevelt Street to BC 19.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 16th the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  North Roosevelt Street from Milwaukee Avenue to 8th avenue NE.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 

Chamber announces "lighting contest" to be held Dec. 2nd

The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce’s Enhance Aberdeen Committee invites all Aberdeen businesses to participate in their annual holiday lighting & decorating contest.  Both inside and outside decorations will be considered, as long as the display is visible from the street. Now is the time to plan for decorating in October or November. Judging will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd – in a drive-by format – and the winner will be announced at the Chamber’s Community Christmas Celebration on December 10th.


The committee believes a project like this is especially important this year and encourages businesses to rally around creating a festive atmosphere in our community to give everyone some much-needed light at the end of this year.


This is the 6th year of the contest. Past winners include Northern Valley Cooperative, Malchow’s Home Furnishings, Calvary Chapel Community Church, Anthony Jewelers and Aberdeen Housing Authority. To submit a business for consideration, call the Chamber at 605-225-2860 or email


One person killed, another injured in Brown county fatal crash

One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning west of Columbia.


Names of the two people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.


A 2013 Dodge Journey was northbound on 391st Avenue when it failed to stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection with 123rd Street. The vehicle was struck in the intersection by a 2005 Peterbilt Conventional 379 semi-truck and trailer, which was westbound on 123rd Steet.


The 57-year-old female driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene. The 41-year-old male driver of the semi-truck received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was airlifted to an Aberdeen hospital.


Both drivers were wearing seat belts.


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


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


Aberdeen man to serve suspended prison sentence on statutory rape charges

An Aberdeen man has been sentenced on charges of solicitation and statutory rape. According to the Aberdeen American News, 20-year-old Thomas Sederquist pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of a minor and felony statutory rape in Brown County. He has been sentenced to five years suspended prison sentence and eight year suspended sentence on the statutory rape charges. He originally faced three charges of statutory rape, admitted to one count as part of a plea agreement.

Plan crash near Groton kills one Sunday

Authorities have confirmed two people involved in a plane crash accident near Groton Sunday. According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department the plane went down near the Groton Airport around 11:00 a.m. One person on board was airlifted to an Aberdeen hospital while the other was pronounced dead. The incident remains under investigation; no further details were immediately released.

Senator Rounds comments on Trump admitting to downplaying COVID-19 severity

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) President Trump told journalist Bob Woodward in March he publicly downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus as it spread around the world to avoid a panic.


South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says those comments are now being viewed with the benefit of hindsight...





Rounds says the President’s actions didn’t slow down the federal response to the pandemic...




Rounds says the President has been very responsive when he has asked for assistance for the state...




Rounds says the President took action early on when he limited travel from China and Europe in February and March in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.