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Rep. Johnson responds to Jan. 6th attack committee investigation

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The January 6th Investigation Committee of the US House is under heavy partisan criticism. The committee was created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take testimony on the riot at the US Capitol and held their first hearing this week.

 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says there are some questions about that day that need answers...

 

 

 

Johnson says the stories told by the four Capitol Police officers at the hearing were stunning...

 

 

 

Johnson, a republican, says this committee will be seen as having a political agenda...

 

 

 

Another hearing has not yet been scheduled.

 


Rep. Johnson responds to Jan. 6th attack committee investigation

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The January 6th Investigation Committee of the US House is under heavy partisan criticism. The committee was created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take testimony on the riot at the US Capitol and held their first hearing this week.

 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says there are some questions about that day that need answers...

 

 

 

Johnson says the stories told by the four Capitol Police officers at the hearing were stunning...

 

 

 

Johnson, a republican, says this committee will be seen as having a political agenda...

 

 

 

Another hearing has not yet been scheduled.

 


Sobriety checkpoints announced for August

Ten sobriety checkpoints in eight counties are planned throughout South Dakota during August.

 

The monthly checkpoints, held at various times and locations, are designed to discourage people from drinking and then driving. The checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol with the help of local law enforcement.

  

August checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of: Beadle, Brown, Codington, Davison, Lake, Lincoln, Minnehaha and Yankton.

 

Officials remind drivers not to drink and drive regardless of whether there is a checkpoint planned in their county. People who have been drinking are urged to designate a sober driver or take an alternate form of commercial or public transportation.

 

Both the Office of Highway Safety and the Highway Patrol are part of the Department of Public Safety.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Monday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Monday August 2nd water will be on and off periodically in the following area to install a water main:  Wiley Park Campground and Storybook Land, 20th Avenue NW and 24th Avenue Northwest.  Water is expected to be on and off throughout the day Monday.  Residents in the affected area are urged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  The work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


Gov. Noem signs executive order barring Dept. of Education from applying for history and civic grants

Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-11, which directs the South Dakota Department of Education to refrain from applying for any federal grants tied to critical race theory.

 

 “Critical race theory has no place in South Dakota schools. These ideas are un-American. We are ‘one nation, under God, indivisible,’ yet critical race theory seeks to divide us based on inaccurate revisions to our nation’s history,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Our students should learn America’s true history by studying both our triumphs and our mistakes. Only then will students learn that America remains the shining example of exceptionalism throughout the history of the world.”

 

At the urging of South Dakota Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson, South Dakota State Historian Ben Jones, and others, the US Department of Education removed all references to the 1619 Project and Ibram Kendi from their American History and Civics-National Activities Grants. However, the grants’ priorities continue to allude to this divisive revisionist history.

 

“The revised proposals from the US Department of Education still advocate critical race theory in all but name,” continued Governor Noem. “We are the Mount Rushmore State, home to our nation’s greatest monument to our history. And we take the study of American history seriously. Our classrooms are meant for education, not indoctrination, and that is how we will continue to operate in South Dakota.”

 

Under the Executive Order, the South Dakota Department of Education is barred from applying for any federal grants in history or civics. The Board of Education Standards continues to work on revisions to South Dakota state history and civics standards. These revisions will be consistent with the civics initiative proposed by Governor Noem and passed by the legislature this past legislative session.  Governor Noem had also earlier requested a review of policies by the South Dakota Board of Regents to ensure the state’s higher education system remains focused on honest, patriotic education.


Hazy sky caused by Canadian wildfires

Residents may be experiencing hazy skies and the smell of something burning while outside today.  Steve Fleegle with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen explained where that is coming from...

 

 

 

Pierre Volunteer Fire Chief Ian Paul says its not ucommon for the smoke to travel this far, but it is unusual for the haze to be so thick...

 


Body of missing Dell Rapids woman found

The body of a missing Dell Rapids woman was located Wednesday according to authorities.  55-year-old Kenyon Brown had been missing since July 22nd when her family told Dakota News Now, she left home without a phone or her ID.  A search crew located the body around 7:15 p.m.  The location or condition of the body was not immediately released. 


DOH announces 269 new COVID-19 cases

The South Dakota Department of Health announced 269 new COVID-19 cases across the state from July 21st to July 29th.  The Department now gives one update a week on Wednesday.  Active cases in the state are now up to 434.  There are currently 33 people in the state hospitalized with COVID-19.  Brown County reported three new cases of COVID-19 over the past week.  Active cases in the county now sit at four.  Brown county has now been upgraded to “moderate” community spread, the highest tier level of community transmission reported in the CDC tracker, after spending months rated “minimal”.  Brown county is one of five counties across the state with upgraded community transmission. 


Road closures planned for Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. today Thursday July 29th, the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  10th Avenue SE and South Lloyd Street.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Work is expected to last all day.


Gov. Noem orders flags at half staff Saturday at the capital in honor of the late state lawmaker David Lust

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on Saturday, July 31 in honor of former State Representative David Lust. Lust served as state representative at various times from 2007 to 2018, including as Majority Leader from 2011 to 2014 and as Majority Whip from 2009 to 2010.

 

“I was heartbroken to learn of David Lust’s passing,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “He was a wonderful thoughtful man. He focused on the legal implications of every bill, not the politics of it. We’ll miss him dearly. Bryon and I are praying for his family.”

 

A memorial service for Lust will be held on Saturday, July 31, 1:30 pm MT at The Fine Arts Theatre at The Monument in Rapid City.

 


Water planned to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Friday, July 30th, 2021 the below areas will be periodically out of water throughout the day to install water main:

 

Wylie Park & Campground

Storybook Land

20th Avenue NW

And

24th Avenue NW

 

Water is expected to be on & off throughout the day on Friday, 7/30/2021.  Residents in the area are advised to collect & store water for personal use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 

 


CDC now recommends masks be worn in public due to spiking cases

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Tuesday recommending all people, even those fully vaccinated return to wearing masks while indoors in parts of the US where the delta variant of the coronavrius is powering an infection and hospitalization spike.  The new guidelines are recommended for parts of the US with at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week.  That includes 60 percent of US counties according to officials.  The CDC is still encouraging anyone eligible to get the vaccine to do so. 


Authorities in Mitchell investigating dead body found within the city

Authorities in Mitchell are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man after his body was found within the city Monday.  Police responded to reports of people breaking into vehicles around 3:15 a.m. Monday at the Mitchell Soccer Complex.  After searching the complex, officers found a teenager’s body who had been reported as missing.  The body was found in the ditch off the road.  Investigators believe the victim had visible wounds consistent with being thrown from the back of a moving pickup.   


Water to be turned off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Friday, July 30th, 2021 the below areas will be periodically out of water throughout the day to install water main:

 

Wylie Park & Campground

Storybook Land

20th Avenue NW

And

24th Avenue NW

 

Water is expected to be on & off throughout the day on Friday, 7/30/2021.  Residents in the area are advised to collect & store water for personal use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


Change of plea court hearing scheduled in the "Baby Andrew" case

A woman facing charges in the death of her newborn son in 1981 plans to change her plea.  58-year-old Theresa Bentaas will be in court on Oct. 8th about the plea change and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 2nd. She faces three alternative counts including first-degree murder. Investigators say Bentaas left her newborn son to die on the outskirts of Sioux Falls back in 1982.  The case became known as the “baby Andrew” case and it went cold until DNA evidence linked Bentaas to the infant in 2019. 


Gov. Noem visits South Dakota national guard troops on US/Mexico border

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem visited the United States/Mexico border Monday and spoke with some of the 48 South Dakota National Guard Troops she sent down there in early July.  Governor Noem sent the troops south at the request of Texas Governor Greg Abbot.  The deployment of these troops is being paid for by a $1 million private donation from a Tennessee billionaire.  Noem said in a statement about the trip she is grateful for the soldiers who volunteered for this mission and that the deployment is working to strengthen border security.


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 28th the following road will be closed to thru traffic for utility work.  South 10th Street from 6th avenue SW to 7th Ave SW.  The road is expected to be closed all day on Wednesday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Aberdeen Police believe they found the body of missing area woman Nancee Bitz

Aberdeen Police believe the have located the body of Nancee Bitz, a local woman who went missing back in April.  According to a release from Aberdeen Police, authorities were called to investigate a suspicious object near the west bridge area of Richmond Lake.  Dive teams were called to investigate further and confirmed there was a vehicle in the water.  The car matched the description of the vehicle drive by 72-year-old Nancee Bitz.  Police later recovered a body inside.  An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. 

 


Fire destroys rural Clinton, MN elevator

Fire departments from a dozen communities were called out Sunday morning to a massive grain elevator fire in Clinton, Minnesota.

Big Stone County Sheriff Mark Brown says the fire call to the Wheaton-Dumont cooperative elevator came in at 10:45.

The elevator's office area and grain towers were fully engulfed by the time the first units arrived.
Authorities ordered everyone living within three blocks of the elevator to evacuate their homes as a precaution. That evacuation order was later lifted.

U.S. Highway 75 thru Clinton was closed to traffic, and detour signs remained in place overnight.

Residents of Clinton were being asked to conserve water as fire operations continued.

Fire departments from Clinton, Graceville, Beardsley, Ortonville, Odessa, Big Stone City, Wheaton, Herman, Browns Valley, Chokio, Morris and Dumont all responded to the fire.

There was no early indication of how the fire started. 


Three people killed Thursday in car accident near Sioux Falls

Three people died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash in Sioux Falls.

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

Preliminary information indicates that a 2010 Mazda3 was northbound on Interstate 229 when it left the roadway to the right, hit a tree and caught on fire. The male driver and the two female passengers were both pronounced dead at the scene. Seat belt use is under investigation.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. All information is preliminary at this time.

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


Pierre man arrested for indecent exposure

A 79 year old Pierre man is charged with Indecent Exposure after an incident yesterday morning (July 22, 2021) in Pierre.

 

Information from the Pierre Police Department says shortly before 8am (7:53am) Central South Dakota Communications dispatch center received a report of a naked man masturbating in the front yard of a residence in the 500 block of N. Evans Street. Several people witnessed the behavior and were able to give investigating officers a description of the suspect.

 

Officers spoke with Kenneth Williams, who was subsequently arrested for Indecent Exposure and taken to the Hughes County Jail. 


Dept. of Health announces first human West Nile transmission of the season

Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed that a Walworth County resident, a male in his 60’s, is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the 2021 season.

 

“Protecting yourself from mosquito bites, especially during evening hours, remains vitally important to avoid becoming infected with West Nile Virus,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist.

 

Historically, South Dakota has seen a disproportionately high number of WNV cases that involve inflammation of the brain or spinal cord compared to other regional states. Residents can reduce their risk by taking the following actions:

 

  • Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, param-menthane-diol, or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin. Limit exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves in the evening;
  • Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when mosquitoes are most active. Culex tarsalis are the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota;
  • Remove standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. Regularly change the water in birdbaths, outside pet dishes, and drain water from other flowerpots and garden containers and stay away from areas near standing water; and
  • Support local mosquito control efforts.

 

These precautions are especially important for people at high risk for WNV, including individuals over 50, pregnant women, organ transplant patients, individuals with cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.

 

Since the first human WNV case was reported in 2002, the state has reported 2,634 human cases, including 850 hospitalizations and 46 deaths. Every county has previously reported cases.

 
 


Flags to fly at half staff Friday at the capital in honor of the late state senator Wendell Hanson

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on Friday, July 30 in honor of former State Senator Wendell Hanson. Wendell served as state senator from 1977 to 1978 and from 1981 to 1982

 

Funeral services for Wendell will be held on Friday, July 30, 11:00 am at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, 4100 S. Bahnson in Sioux Falls. A 2pm interment will follow at the South Dakota State Veterans’ Cemetery.  


DOH updates COVID-19 numbers Wed. July 21st

The South Dakota Department of Health announced 82 new cases of COVID-19 across the state Wednesday.  The Department of Health now updates the COVID-19 numbers once a week on Wednesdays.  One new death was reported pushing the death toll up to 2,041 since the start of the pandemic.  Current hospitalizations are now at 38, up from 20 last week.  Brown county has three new cases of COVID-19.  Active cases in the county are now at six. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Thursday July 22nd, water will be shut off in the following area to replace a fire hydrant:  South 3rd street from 15th avenue SW to 17th avenue SW.  Water is expected to be off most of the day Thursday.  Residents in the affected area are encouraged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  The work will be completed as quickly as possible.


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