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Brown county courthouse experiencing communication problems

The Brown County courthouse wants people to know it is having computer and phone issues at the moment.  Contacting offices in the annex will be difficult via the phone or computer at this time.  If you have an issue that needs addressing you are urged to visit the courthouse in person.  If you need to contact the sheriff’s department they do have a working phone at 626-7101.


Brown county courthouse experiencing communication problems

The Brown County courthouse wants people to know it is having computer and phone issues at the moment.  Contacting offices in the annex will be difficult via the phone or computer at this time.  If you have an issue that needs addressing you are urged to visit the courthouse in person.  If you need to contact the sheriff’s department they do have a working phone at 626-7101.



The band "Great White" apologizes for North Dakota show

The metal band Great White has issued a formal apology for a concert the band put on in Dickinson North Dakota which had no social distancing of any kind and did not require masks. The band drew criticism on social media following its performance at Dickinson Summer Nights concert series. The band issued a statement Saturday saying they were simply fulfilling a contractual agreement. The North Dakota Department of Health recommends social distancing and masks, but does not require them.   


State spends more than $1.5 million for Mt. Rushmore event, tourism says money and advertising made up for it

More numbers are coming out in regards to the cost of President Donald Trump’s visit to Mt. Rushmore and the celebration west river.  According to the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the state spent approximately $1.5 million to put on the event, which included $350,000 for the fireworks out of the state’s future fund.  The rest went towards, security, transportation, and advertising for the event all coming out of tourism’s budget.  The Department also says visitors spent approximately $2 million which comes out to about $160,000 in tax revenue.  It also estimated the media coverage for the event was worth approximately $22 million.   


Name released of Doland woman killed in two-vehicle accident near Clark

A Doland, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night east of Clark.

 

A 2016 International TR Semi Truck and Trailer was making a left turn onto U.S. Highway 212 from 428th Avenue to go east. A 2007 Town and Country Chrysler van, which was westbound on U.S. Highway 212, collided with the semi truck.

 

Nancy Berendes, the 47-year-old driver of the van, had to be extricated from the vehicle and later died of her injuries at the Watertown hospital. She was wearing a seat belt.

 

A 15-year-old male passenger was taken to the Watertown hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Kianna Gause of Norcross, GA was the 24-year-old female driver of the semi truck. She was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

 

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.


Day county sheriff deputy cleared of any wrongdoing in discharge of a weapon

(KXLG - Watertown, SD) The South Dakota Attorney General has cleared a Day County Sheriff's Deputy in the shooting of a Webster man on June 2nd, 2020. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Division of Criminal Investigation on Thursday, released the summary into the shooting of 46-year-old, Michael Andreas Beckham.  

 

The shooting occurred around 4:00 PM on June 2nd when a Webster police officer responded to a 911 call from a male, later identified as Beckham, who making irrational claims and threatening to harm himself. Beckham was in Webster driving erratically in his vehicle and refused to stop for law enforcement. A vehicle pursuit left the city limits of Webster and personnel from the Day County Sheriff's Office became involved.   

 

According to the report, during the pursuit, officers observed Beckham with a handgun which he pointed at his own head multiple times while driving.   

 

Following the deployment of a spike strip and the eventual blocking of the road by patrol vehicles, Beckham was stopped at which time he continued a verbal exchange with authorities and pointed his weapon at officers.   

 

During the exchange, a shot was fired by Beckham at which time an officer with the Day County Sheriff's Office drew his service weapon and returned fire. Beckham received injuries to his torso, arm, and head.   

 

He was transported to Avera hospital in Aberdeen for treatment. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said, “It is my conclusion that the actions taken by the officer of the Day County Sheriff's Office were justified. I would like to thank the officers of the Sheriff's Office and the Webster Police Department for their complete cooperation in this investigation.”   

 

The identity of the officer involved in the shooting was not released in the report. 


Body of missing Pierre man found in Missouri River

The body of a missing Pierre man has been recovered from the Missouri River Thursday according to the Stanley County Sheirff’s office.  37-year-old Lee Weber was found around 4:00 p.m. on the Stanley County side of the river between a pair of bridges that cross the Missouri River between Pierre and Fort Pierre.  Weber went missing Friday after his 8-year-old son had fallen in the water off a boat and Weber had jumped in after him to save him.  A nearby watercraft managed to save the child, but Weber was carried away by the current who was not wearing a life at the time.  At least 18 state agencies at one time were looking for Weber’s body. 

 

 


COVID-19 leads to coin shortage in the US

COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of our lives across the globe, including experiencing shortages in toilet paper, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, meat products and now coins.  According to the United States Federal Reserve, the coronavirus is causing a coin shortage, due to a number of factors.  First, with businesses closed for a time the flow of coins stopped with it, also the US Mint production of coins has decreased due to the virus as well.  To address this issue, the federal reserve has created a US Coin task force to address the problem.  The committee plans on releasing its first recommendations for action by the end of July. 


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, July 9th between the hours of 9:00 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 spray being suspended until conditions improve. 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Search continues for 37-year-old Pierre man who went missing trying to save his son on Lake Oahe

(KCCR - Pierre, SD) The search for a missing 37 year-old Pierre man continues in the Missouri River.  The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office says officials are reducing the size of the search after talking it over with Lee Weber’s family.  Weber, the Chief Deputy for the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, dove into the river Friday afternoon after his eight year-old son fell off a moving boat.  The child was rescued by nearby boaters while Weber was swept downstream by the river’s powerful current.  Searches for Weber have been continual since then.  Officials used approximately 22 boats, 50 people drones and the Highway Patrol airplane Wednesday looking for Weber.  The search has covered 15 miles of the river from Diver’s point, south to Antelope Creek, a distance of 15 miles.  The reduced search capacity will involve boats from the Pierre Rescue Squad and drones from Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Management and the Pierre Police Department.  The public is asked to be alert for possible sighting of Weber while near the River.  Anyone with information should contact Pierre police at 773-4710.  A GoFundMe account has been set up by friends of Weber.  A link to that page is posted with this story on todayskccr.com.  


Health officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at Mobridge 4th of July celebration

State Health officials announced Wednesday, July 8th, that an individual who attended the Sitting Bull Stampede Rodeo in Mobridge has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The individual attended the event while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:

  • June 30th from 5 p.m. -7 p.m.
  • July 1st from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

 

Due to the risk of exposure, individuals who attended the event during the specified dates and times should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

 

A CDC screening tool is available at COVID.SD.GOV, which can help recommend when to call your medical provider if you develop symptoms.

 

State Health officials remind all South Dakotans to:

·        Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

·        Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

·        Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·        Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

·        Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

·        Individuals at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease, should take actions to reduce their risk of exposure.

 

If you develop symptoms:

·        Call your health care provider immediately.

·        Individuals who are concerned they have COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider via phone before going to a clinic or hospital to prevent spread in healthcare facilities.

·        Avoid contact with other people.

·        Follow the directions of your provider and public health officials.


South Dakota's GDP second least drop in the nation for first fiscal quarter

South Dakota’s economy was the second least impacted in the nation for the first quarter of 2020 according to the Noem administration.  In a release, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that South Dakota’s gross domestic product or GDP, dipped by just 2.2 percent from January to March.  The only state which saw less decline than South Dakota was Nebraska at 1.3 percent.  The state’s other neighbors North Dakota’s GDP shrunk by 2.6 percent and Minnesota shrunk 4.0.  Governor Noem gave credit to the people of South Dakota in a release for these positive numbers. 


Road work planned through Thursday in Aberdeen

Beginning on Tuesday July 7th the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  17th Avenue SE from South State Street to South Herret Street.  Work is expected to last thru Thursday July 9th.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Potential COVID-19 exposure in Gary, SD

State Health officials announced Tuesday, July 7th, that an individual who attended a street dance in Gary has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The individual attended the event while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:

 

  • 10 p.m. July 4th through 2 a.m. July 5th

 

Due to the risk of exposure, individuals who attended the event during the specified dates and times should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

 

A CDC screening tool is available at COVID.SD.GOV, which can help recommend when to call your medical provider if you develop symptoms.

 

State Health officials remind all South Dakotans to:

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

·         Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·         Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

·         Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

·         Individuals at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease, should take actions to reduce their risk of exposure.

 

If you develop symptoms:

·         Call your health care provider immediately.

·         Individuals who are concerned they have COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider via phone before going to a clinic or hospital to prevent spread in healthcare facilities.

·         Avoid contact with other people.

·         Follow the directions of your provider and public health officials.


Gov. Noem tests negative for COVID-19 again

South Dakota Governor has again tested negative for COVID-19 according to her administration’s communication director Ian Fury.  Fury tweeted out the negative test results Tuesday evening.  This is welcome news to many as Noem had potentially been exposed to the virus during the July 3rd celebration at Mt. Rushmore.  Noem could be seen hugging and sitting close to Kimberly Gilfoy, Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, who tested positive for the virus while visiting South Dakota. 

 

 


Gettysburg city council votes to remove confederate flag from police patch and more

The Gettysburg South Dakota city council Monday night decided to remove the Confederate battle flag from its police vehicles, buildings and patches.  The council had discussed the removal of the flag at last month’s meeting, heard from constituents and ultimately decided to remove the imagery Monday.  Gettysburg takes its name from Gettysburg Pennsylvania, the location of a major battle during the American Civil War.  The use of Confederate iconography had again been brought to light following calls for racial justice after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.  Floyd’s uncle Selwyn Jones is a resident of Gettysburg and spoke at the council meeting asking for the flag to be removed. 


Hyrdant flow testing to take place Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Wednesday July 8th weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will be flow testing fire hydrants in the following areas: From Railroad Avenue North to City limits, between North 5th street and west city limits.  The fire department will be opening hydrants and residents will experience some water pressure changes and in some instances the water will be disturbed to the point of discoloring or appearing rusty.  The project will continue until completed in these areas of the city until all hydrants have been tested.  Any questions contact the public works department at 626-7010. 


Ronayne named deputy mayor for 2020-21

The Aberdeen City Council elected a deputy mayor at its council meeting Monday evening.  After a short process, Councilman Rob Ronayne was elected deputy mayor for one year which runs from July 6th to the council’s first meeting in July 2021.  Ronayne was nominated along with Councilman Alan Johnson.  In the end, the vote was tied with Ronayne, Rux, Remily, and Langer voting for Ronayne and Councilmen Johnson, Reinbold, Rife and mayor Shaunaman voting for Johnson.  A coin flip was then conducted to see who would win and Ronayne came out the winner.


Ethanol plant damaged by storms over 4th of July at Mina

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) The CEO of Glacial Lakes Energy says one of their ethanol plants was, “in the direct line of fire” from tornadic storms that rolled through northeast South Dakota on Independence Day.

 

Jim Seurer says the storm hit the GLE ethanol plant in Mina around seven o’clock Saturday night…

 

 

 

 

Seurer says the plan was operational when the storm hit, with a small number of workers there….

 

 

 

 

 

He says they have insurance which will cover some of the damage…

 

 

 

 

The National Weather Service has already confirmed one tornado in the area of the Mina plant. That was an EF-2 twister with winds estimated up to 135 miles an hour.


Road closures planned for Aberdeen Tuesday

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Tuesday July 7th, the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work: 3rd avenue SE from South Harrison to South Boyd Street.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to use alternate routes until the work is completed. 


One person killed in two vehicle crash near Clark Sunday

One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night east of Clark.

 

Names of the three people involved in the crash are not being released pending notification of family members.  

 

A 2016 International TR Semi Truck and Trailer was making a left turn onto U.S. Highway 212 from 428th Avenue to go east. A 2007 Town and Country Chrysler van, which was westbound on U.S. Highway 212, collided with the semi truck.

 

The 47-year-old female driver of the van had to be extricated and later died of her injuries at the Watertown hospital. She was wearing a seat belt.

 

A 15-year-old male passenger was taken to the Watertown hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

 

The 24-year-old female driver of the semi truck was not injured. She was wearing a seat belt.

 

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.


Federal judge says Dakota Access Pipeline must shutdown for environmental review

A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline be shutdown until further notice to conduct further environmental review.  US District Judge James Boasberg announced his decision Monday and said though the disruption would be significant it is necessary.  The Dakota Access Pipeline has been moving oil from North Dakota through South Dakota for three years, but has been controversial this entire time under federal environmental law. 


Country music star Charlie Daniels dies from a stroke Monday

Country music legend Charlie Daniels passed away Monday at the age of 83.  His publicist confirmed his death Monday after Daniels suffered a stroke.  Daniels was the lead singer of the band which shared his name, the Charlie Daniels Band and was known for his number one hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”  Charlie Daniels was a member of at least four music hall of fames and was scheduled to perform at the South Dakota State Fair this year on September 4th


Tornado touches down on the 4th of July northwest of Aberdeen

The National Weather Service in Aberdeen confirmed a tornado touched down on the fourth of July northwest of Wetonka.  Wetonka is located in McPherson county, 27 miles northwest of Aberdeen.

 

Touchdown was at about 7:35 p.m. Saturday and destroyed some buildings at the Grasslands Hutterite Colony according to Mike Connelly with the National Weather Service...

 

 

 

The tornado was an EF-2 on the Fujita scale which puts it at winds of 111 to 135 miles per hour.  


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