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Gov. Noem releases statement on the passing of Huron Rep. Bob Glanzer

Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement on the passing of state Representative Bob Glanzer (R-Huron):


"I was very sorry to hear of Bob Glanzer’s passing. Bob was a man of true integrity and someone I greatly respected. He epitomized what it means to be a true statesman and worked tirelessly for the people of Beadle and Kingsbury counties as well as for our entire state. Bryon and I will miss him dearly, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Penny and his entire family."


Glanzer, 74, was a state representative from District 22, which is Beadle and Kingsbury counties.  He had been serving in the state House since 2017. 


Governor Noem will ask that flags across South Dakota fly at half-staff in honor of Representative Glanzer on the day of his funeral, which has yet to be set. 

Rep. Drew Dennert responds to criticism on his SB191 vote

District Three Representative, Republican Drew Dennert, has responded to criticisms levied against him by some of his constituents on his no vote for SB 191.  He along with Republican District 2 Representative Kaleb Weis has faced backlash.


SB 191 would have provided emergency authority to counties, community improvement districts, and municipalities in the event of a public health crisis to declare an emergency.  This was in response to some communities looking to take action to stop the spread of COVID-19. 


Councilman David Bunsness called out the two representatives by name at a special city council meeting Wednesday…





A full page colord ad was taken out to criticize the two members of the legislature in Friday's edition of the Aberdeen American News.  The ad was purchased by the Heartland Casino. 




Representative Drew Dennert says he stands by his vote and defended his decision…





Representative Weis did not respond to requests for comment.


A big crux of this situation is that by law, in order for cities to pass ordinances they must receive two readings and must have five days in between said readings.  That leaves city government’s without the ability to make quick changes to shut down businesses and react to COVID-19.


Dennert says there are some misconceptions as to if the bill that failed would have taken those regulations away…





Dennert also said he wished he would have received more feedback from his constituents before his vote, rather than just after…


New Life Fellowship offering free coffee to medical community Friday

New Life Fellowship is offering a gift to those working in the medical profession today.  Medical community members can get a free coffee at Caribou Coffee courtesy of the church. 

New Life pastor Rodney Johnson has more...




District 2 senator Brock Greenfield to be investigated for being drunk during session

An official investigation has been announced in Pierre, looking into whether or not District 2 senator Brock Greenfield and district 25 senator Kris Langer were inoxicated during session. The investigation stems from allegations the two were drunk during the final night of the 2020 legislative session.


The committee looking into the matter must report their findings by a June 30th deadline.  The committee will be made up of five Republicans and four Democrats.

Aberdeen playground equipment closed effective April 6th

Effective Monday April 6th all playgrounds within the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation & Forestry system will be closed off for public use due to concerns over COVID-19.

Parks, trails and open space areas will remain open at this time.  We ask that you please refrain from using the play equipment and observe the following rules while in our parks.

  • Refrain from using parks, and trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms. 
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks, and trails.
  • While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

We are also asking the public to refrain from using our recreation fields, basketball courts for any type of pickup game or practices.

Your cooperation in this will help in our fight against COVID-19

If you have any questions, please feel to contact Park, Recreation & Forestry office at 605-626-7015.

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds explains aspects of $2 trillion rescue package passed last week

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The massive economic rescue plan passed by Congress has a number of programs aimed at helping businesses stay afloat and keep their employees.


South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says one program involves forgivable loans...





Rounds says companies need to keep their people on the payroll...




Rounds says the money will come through local banks...





Congress passed three phases of economic bailouts in the past month totaling over two point three trillion dollars.

Gov. Noem asks for personal responsibility during COVID-19 crisis


(KWAT - Watertown, SD) Governor Kristi Noem used her daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday to talk about the importance of personal responsibility in slowing the spread of this deadly virus…





Noem says South Dakotans have answered the call thus far…






Noem says stopping the virus entirely cannot, and will not happen….






And she shot down the idea of statewide mandates as they relate to business closures and other restrictions in South Dakota….






There have been 129 COVID-19 cases in South Dakota, with two deaths from the virus.

Driver's license renewals extended during COVID-19 crisis

Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that gives the Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary the authority to order the temporary extension of the expiration date for certain driver licenses.


Senate Bill 190, which was passed Monday by state legislators on the session’s final day, gives DPS Cabinet Secretary Craig Price the authority to order the extension of the expiration date for an operator’s license, motorcycle operator’s license, restricted minor’s permit, motorcycle restricted minor’s permit and non-driver identification card. The legislation also allows the DPS Secretary to order the extension of the expiration date for a commercial driver’s license or commercial learner’s permit.


“Since the COVID-19 emergency, the state’s Driver Licensing program has received several hundred calls each day from citizens worried about renewing their driver license or ID card,” said DPS Cabinet  Secretary Price.  “I have authorized the Driver’s Licensing Program to extend these expiration dates for the length of the Governor’s state of emergency for COVID-19, beginning March 13, through the duration of the emergency declaration plus an additional 90 days.”


“This legislation is great news because citizens’ licenses will be automatically extended,” said state Driver Licensing Director Jane Schrank. “We have appreciated the public’s patience during this time.”


State driver license exam stations are currently closed statewide through May 2. For online renewals, click onto


The state Driver Licensing Program is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Road closures planned for Thursday in Aberdeen

Beginning at 8:00am on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for work on water and sewer lines:


South 8th Street and 9th Ave SW


Work is expected to last thru Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Aberdeen City Council passes less strict city ordinance to deal with COVID-19, likely will pass stricter guidelines next week

The Aberdeen city council at a special meeting Wednesday night passed the second reading of a less strict city ordinance that would limit business during this COVID-19 health crisis. That ordinance went into affect at midnight this morning.


The council then passed the first reading of a more strict ordinance which would further limit business during this time. That will not get its second hearing until next week. Councilman Rob Ronayne says some businesses may require action from the council to get the help they need...





As of noon Wednesday there now four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brown County, with two cases fully recovered.


The council heard testimony via video conferencing from representatives of both Sanford and Avera speaking in favor of the more strict measures. The goal would be to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in hopes to not overwhelm healthcare resources. Councilman Dave Lunzman echoed that sentiment...






The council also addressed some concerns residents have expressed about the perceived slow response to COVID-19 by the council. According to the council, because SB 191 failed in Pierre, which provided emergency authorities to counties, community improvement districts and municipalities in the event of a public health crisis, they have had to move forward with standard ordinance passage procedures. Councilman Dave Bunsness called out by name District 2 and District 3 representatives Drew Dennert and Kaleb Weis....





The council will meet next Tuesday and likely pass the more strict city ordinance.

Huron takes step to close playgrounds during quarantine

(Performance Radio - Huron, SD) The Huron Parks and Recreation Department made the difficult decision to close off playground equipment at the city parks.  Caution tape has been placed around playground equipment including a longtime Huron favorite, Rocket Slide at Prospect Park.  Parks and Recreation Director LaRon Klock explains what went into the decision.




Klock said the parks walking trails are not affected, this is only for playground equipment and signage will be in place.


Park trails continue to be available for use.  Users are reminded to use social distancing guidelines and be safe.

Gov. Noem signs 11 bills into law

  • HB 1295 An Act to revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control and enforcement and to declare an emergency.
  • HB 1296 An Act to revise the authority of the Governor in times of a disaster, act of terrorism, or emergency and to declare an emergency.
  • HB 1298 An Act to provide for the postponement of certain elections and to declare an emergency.
  • SB 20 An Act to create a monitor to review and respond to complaints related to the care provided to youth in the custody or care of certain care facilities, treatment centers, and programs.
  • SB 75 An Act to provide for a habitat stamp on hunting and fishing licenses.
  • SB 187 An Act to revise certain provisions regarding reemployment assistance benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 and to declare an emergency.
  • SB 188 An Act to account for educational opportunities provided to students during a state of emergency and to declare an emergency.
  • SB 189 An Act to provide exemptions from certain requirements for the 2019-2020 school year and to declare an emergency.
  • SB 190 An Act to revise certain driver licensing requirements to allow for an extension during a statewide emergency or disaster and to declare an emergency.
  • SB 192 An Act to create the small business economic disaster relief subfund, to provide for the transfer of certain funds into the subfund, to authorize the Economic Development Finance Authority to make a grant to the subfund, to provide for the continuous appropriation of the subfund, and to declare an emergency.
  • SB 193 An Act to revise Senate Bill 38, An Act to revise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020, as previously enacted by the Ninety-fifth Session of the South Dakota Legislature.

Name released in Haakon county fatal crash

A Philip, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg.


A 2005 Toyota Tundra was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it left the roadway, hit an approach and eventually rolled.


Wallace Neville, the 68-year-old driver, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was 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.

Brown County courthouse to close to walk ins April 1st

The Brown County courthouse will close its doors to walk-in services starting April 1st.  If you have business with the courthouse please call ahead for an appointment.  A drop box is being installed in the annex entry as well.  

Gov. Noem gives update on COVID-19 cases Tuesday

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave an update on coronavrius in South Dakota Tuesday.  According to numbers relased by her administration, seven new caes were confirmed today bringing the total number up to 108.


Despite the positive tests, Governor Noem shared good news at the press conference...





Governor Noem also said the state has received help from the national level to help fight the spread...





Governor Noem also expressed her desire to see hospitals remain open to not only help fight COVID-19 but keep the population healthy as a whole...



Mitchell city council approves citywide shutdown

The Mitchell City Council last night approved an emergency ordinance to authorize a city-wide shutdown.  The measure was taken to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.  The shutdown goes into effect on Friday.  Mitchell’s shutdown will close many types of businesses including restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, clubs, cafes, movie theaters, recreational facilities, bowling alleys, and casinos.  The ordinance does not have a specific time frame.  The council and mayor could call a meeting at any time to repeal the ordinance.  Violators of the ordinance would be fined $500 and could be sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Road closures planned for Tuesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at 8:00am on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for work on a sewer line: North State Street from 14th Ave NE to 15th Ave NE.  Work is expected to last all day.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Please call the Public Works office at 605-626-7010 for more information. 

One man killed in Haakon County fatal crash Friday

One man died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg.


The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved.


A 2005 Toyota Tundra was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it left the roadway, hit an approach and eventually rolled.


The 68-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle. He was 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.

Country music star Joe Diffie dead at 61

Country music star Joe Diffie passed away Sunday due to complications with COVID-19.  He was 61 years old.  His family announced the singer, songwriters passing on his personal Facebook page.  Diffie had tested positive for the illness Friday.  Diffie made most of his hits in the 90s and was known for songs such as “Pickup Man”, “Third Rock From the Sun” “John Deere Green” and many more. 

SD Medical Association pressures Gov. Noem to do more to fight coronavrius

The South Dakota State Medical Association has released a statement pressuring Governor Kristi Noem to do more when it comes to battling coronavirus in the state.  The association, which represents physicians, residents and med students across the state called on Governor Noem to close all nonessential businesses in South Dakota to prevent community spread. 


Governor Noem defended her decisions, at a press conference Thursday...



Senator Rounds also isolating himself

Just days after South Dakota Senator John Thune took a private plane back to South Dakota from DC due to not feeling well and isolating himself, Senator Mike Rounds is doing something similar.  In a conference call with the media Thursday, senator Rounds says, though he is feeling fine and showing no symptoms, he is isolating himself at a family owned farm near Presho South Dakota during this time.  The senators both risked exposure to coronavrius when it was revealed Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tested positive for the virus.  Senator Round says its important to self isolate as his wife Jean is immunocompromised due to cancer treatments. 

Lee Park to Open March 28th

The Lee Park Golf Course will be open for play starting on Saturday March 28th weather permitting. Tee times are highly recommended and can be made online or by calling the pro shop at 626-7092.  Carts will not be allowed on the course due to the wet conditions.  Information on coronavirus policy is available at  Please familiarize yourself with this policy before coming out to the course.  For more information, please call the Lee Park Golf Shop at 626-7092.

City gives new sump pump direction

The City of Aberdeen Public Works Department is notifying business and home owners that effective immediately, sump pump water is no longer authorized to be discharged into the sanitary sewer system until further notice.  Discharges must be to the curb and gutter outside your home or business in a manner that will not impact your neighbors.  If you have questions regarding sump pumps, please call the Public Works Office at 626-7011.  Thank you for your cooperation.

COVID-19 cases jump up to 41 Wednesday, second in Brown County

COVID-19 cases in South Dakota have jumped from 30 on Tuesday to 41 Wednesday  Eight of the 11 new cases are in Minnehaha County, one in Brown County, one in Lincoln County and one in Meade County.  Eight of the 11 new cases are also women. 


Governor Kristi Noem released a statement today calling on South Dakotan's to remain calm...