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Senator Lee Schoenbeck says Ravnsborg grossly undercharged in death of Joe Beover

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) State Senator Lee Schoenbeck of Watertown, who presided over this week's impeachment trial of now former Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, says after reviewing all the evidence, he feels Ravnsborg was, "grossly undercharged" for killing a pedestrian almost two years ago...

 

 

 

Ravnsborg pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors. Lane Driving, and Driving While Using an Electronic Device. 

 

The Senate impeached Ravnsborg, which means his time as Attorney General is over. He's also banned from ever again running for public office in South Dakota.
 

Schoenbeck is happy that this dark time in the state's history is finally over...


 

 

Schoenbeck says he expects Governor Noem will appoint someone to replace Ravnsborg, but he says he has no inside knowledge of who it will be, or when that will happen. 

DOH announces new WIC guidelines

The South Dakota Department of Health’s (DOH) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program strives to ensure that families have the resources needed to be healthy and strong. On June 1, 2022, WIC income guidelines were updated.

 

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided at no cost to eligible moms, infants, and children. Its goal is to offer education on healthy eating, nutrition, and breastfeeding, make referrals to other services, and help improve health by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets.

 

If your family income does not exceed the following amounts for the size of your family, you could qualify for WIC:

 


Family Size

185% of the Federal Poverty Level


Family Size

185% of the Federal Poverty Level

1

$25,142

6

$68,802

2

$33,874

7

$77,534

3

$42,606

8

$86,266

4

$51,338

9

$94,998

5

$60,070

10

$103,730

 

To find out if you or your children are eligible for the WIC Program and to apply online go to https://sdwic.org/eligibility/. Or you can call for an appointment at your local WIC Office/Community Health Services Office. Offices can be found under the county listings in your phone book or on the web at http://sdwic.org/locations/.

 

DOH continues its efforts to mitigate the effects of the formula shortage. Department staff members remain in communication with WIC vendors (primarily grocery stores) across the state who are critical partners in the delivery of WIC benefits. Additionally, the Department communicates directly with physicians to help them find formula for their patients. Families can call the HelpLine Center at 211 to locate food distribution sites in their area that may have formula. If WIC families or others have questions or concerns, they can reach out to our community health offices located in 74 communities across the state or contact their provider directly. As more information becomes available, it can be found online at sdwic.org or doh.sd.gov

Gov. Noem talks budget surplus

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) It looks likely that the State of South Dakota will finish the fiscal year at the end of the month with another surplus.

 

State Finance Commissioner Jim Terwilliger told the Appropriations Committee this week that state tax collections through April were up about ten percent over last year.

 

Governor Kristi Noem says there are other factors that are having an impact on consumer spending…

 

 

 

Noem says she had a difference of opinion with the legislature over budget projections...

 

 

 

Noem says there will be a budget roll over at the end of this fiscal year…

 

 

 

Those figures will be released sometime in July. Last year, the state put about eighty-six million dollars into the reserve fund.

 

Aberdeen Police arrest man on burglary and rape charges

The Aberdeen Police Department has reportedly arrested a man on a burglary and sexual assault that occurred on June 18th.

 

According to a release from the Aberdeen Police Department, the suspect was first spotted on June 20th driving around Aberdeen around 1:00 a.m. The suspect led officers on a chase reaching 80 miles an hour mostly through the southern part of Aberdeen.

 

The suspect was able to elude police as the chase reached the Spink County line. On June 21st, the suspect was tracked down to a residents in the 200 block of 6th Avenue NE. At approximately 11:00 p.m. The department's special response team and crisis negotiation team was brought in as it was believed the suspect was armed and refused to cooperate with police.

 

At approximately 1:30 a.m. The suspect surrendered peacefully. The name of the individual has not been release but he faces charges including first degree burglary, third degree rape, commission of a felon while armed, felon possession of a firearm, parole violation, and several traffic offenses.

 

Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday evening

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, June 23rd between the hours of 9:00 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 spray being suspended until conditions improve. 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015

State senate upholds impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg

The South Dakota State Senate Tuesday upheld both articles of impeachment against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, removing him from office. Article 1 or crimes committed causing the death of Joe Boever was upheld by the absolute minimum 24-9.
 

Yes votes on first article:

Jim Bolin (R-Canton)
Bryan Breitling (R-Miller)
Gary Cammack (R-Union Center)
Jessica Castleberry (R-Rapid City) 
Casey Crabtree (R-Madison)
Blake Curd (R-Sioux Falls)
Michael Diedrich (R-Rapid City)
Helene Duhamel (R-Rapid City)
Mary Duvall (R-Pierre)
Troy Heinert (D-Mission)
Jean Hunhoff (R-Yankton) 
David Johnson (R-Rapid City)
Reynold Nesiba (D-Sioux Falls)
Herman Otten (R-Lennox) 
Michael Rohl (R-Aberdeen) 
Lee Schoenbeck (R-Watertown)
Kyle Schoenfish (R-Scotland)
V.J. Smith (R-Brookings)
Jim Stalzer (R-Sioux Falls)
Maggie Sutton (R-Sioux Falls) 
Erin Tobin (R-Winner)
David Wheeler (R-Huron) 
John Wiik (R-Big Stone City)
Larry Zikmund (R-Sioux Falls)


No votes on first article 

Brock Greenfield (R-Clark)
Tim Johns (R-Lead)
Joshua Klumb (R-Mitchell) 
Jack Kolbeck (R-Sioux Falls) 
Ryan Maher (R-Isabel) 
Al Novstrup (R-Aberdeen) 
Arthur Rusch (R-Vermillion)
Wayne Steinhauer (R-Hartford) 
Marsha Symens (R-Dell Rapids)

 

District 1 senator Michael Rohl voted yes while district 2 senator Brock Greenfield and district 3 senator Al Novstrop voted no.

 

The second article Malfeasance was upheld 31-2.
 

Yes votes on second article:

Jim Bolin (R-Canton)
Bryan Breitling (R-Miller)
Gary Cammack (R-Union Center)
Jessica Castleberry (R-Rapid City) 
Casey Crabtree (R-Madison)
Blake Curd (R-Sioux Falls)
Michael Diedrich (R-Rapid City)
Helene Duhamel (R-Rapid City)
Mary Duvall (R-Pierre)
Troy Heinert (D-Mission)
Jean Hunhoff (R-Yankton) 
David Johnson (R-Rapid City)
Reynold Nesiba (D-Sioux Falls)
Herman Otten (R-Lennox) 
Michael Rohl (R-Aberdeen) 
Lee Schoenbeck (R-Watertown)
Kyle Schoenfish (R-Scotland)
V.J. Smith (R-Brookings)
Jim Stalzer (R-Sioux Falls)
Maggie Sutton (R-Sioux Falls) 
Erin Tobin (R-Winner)
David Wheeler (R-Huron) 
John Wiik (R-Big Stone City)
Larry Zikmund (R-Sioux Falls)
Arthur Rusch (R-Vermillion)
Wayne Steinhauer (R-Hartford) 
Marsha Symens (R-Dell Rapids)
Joshua Klumb (R-Mitchell) 
Jack Kolbeck (R-Sioux Falls) 
Ryan Maher (R-Isabel)
Brock Greenfield (R-Clark)

No votes on second article
Al Novstrup (R-Aberdeen)
Tim Johns (R-Lead)
 

District 3 senator Al Novstrop voted no again.

The senate then voted unanimously 33-0 to bar Ravnsborg from ever holding public office in South Dakota again. Ravnsborg now holds the dubious honor of being the first elected official in South Dakota history to be impeached.

Distrcit 22 State Senator David Wheeler of Huron gave his thoughts in persuading his colleagues to vote yes...



 

South Dakota Govenor Kristi Noem tweeted this response to the impeachment Tuesday.

 

Water hydrant flow testing to take place Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:

From 6th Avenue SE South to City Limits

                        Between

South Washington St. and South Lawson St.

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 all hydrants in this area have been tested.   Any questions or concerns can be reported to the Public Works Department at 626-7010.

Gov. Noem to release a book

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will be releasing a book in the coming months. The book is currently available for pre-order on sites like Amazon and is titled “Not My First Rodeo: Lessons from the Heartland.” According to a description of the book it is a memoir of her life as a farmer, rancher and life after the death of her father. The book also tackles current politicians and issues facing the country. The book will be available as a hardcover, kindle and audiobook.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to visit Rosebud Indian Reservation today

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation Tuesday. According to a release about her visit Yellen plans on discussing the impact of $20 billion in federal COVID-19 funding for tribal communities made available with the passage of the American Rescue Plan.

GOP readies for state convention this coming Thursday

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) Watertown will become the hub of South Dakota Republican Party politics this week as the state GOP convention is held at the Event Center Thursday thru Saturday.
 

Watertown Mayor Ried Holien says in addition to the candidates that will appear on the ballot in November, hundreds of convention delegates from across the state will be in town.
 

He says even if you're not a delegate, you can still come out and watch the proceedings...
 


 

 

Holien has a big job. He's in charge of running the convention, and keeping things in order...
 


 

 

At the convention, nominations will be handed out for Lieutenant Governor, Public Utilities Commissioner, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Commissioner of School and Public Lands. 

AG Ravnsborg faces impeachment hearing Tuesday June 21st

State senators will return to Pierre tomorrow and take part in the state's first ever impeachment trial. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will go on trial Tuesday June 21st and the proceedings are scheduled to last two days both days starting at 8:00 a.m. According to the rules established by the state senate, after the case for and against impeachment has been completed senators will take a vote on each article of impeachment Ravnsborg faces. A two thirds majority of 24 senators will be required to convict Ravnsborg and remove him from office. If he is convicted a third vote will take place to determine if Ravnsborg shall be disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit under the state.

 

Amazon distribution center in Sioux Falls delays opening

Amazon has announced a delay in opening its Sioux Falls fulfillment center. According to Scott Eroka, Amazon's regional spokesperson, the company has experienced delays, but is still looking forward to launching its new Sioux Falls Facility. No official reason was given for the delay.

Trail of Governors welcomes three new life size statues

(KCCR - Pierre, SD)  The Trail of Governors in Pierre has been completed, or at least is finally up-to-date. Statues of South Dakota’s 3rd governor Andrew Lee; 8th governor Frank Byrne and 12th governor William Bulow were unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda Friday. Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden says the Lee, Byrne and Bulow were instrumental is shaping South Dakota…

 

 

 

Sculptors Lee Leuning, Sherri Treeby, James Micheal Maher and James Van Nyes have created nearly all of the bronze likenesses of the state’s former governors. For Van Nyes, the emotions were mixed…

 

 

 

The privately funded statues are gifted by the Trail of Governors Foundation to the City of Pierre and Mayor Steve Harding says the Trail has been a wonderful addition to the city…

 

 

 

Some of the statues still have funding opportunities available. With the trail up-to-date, the next addition will be a statue of current Governor Kristi Noem when she leaves office for the final time.

Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Tuesday June 21st water will be shut off in the following areas: North Dakota Street from 9th avenue to Fairgrounds Road and 9th Avenue Northeast from Penn to Dakota Street. The public works department suggests residents in the affected area collect and store water for person and restroom use. Water is estimated to remain off until the work is completed.

 

Watertown City Council member sues city over sign ordinance

A Waterotwn city council member has sued the city alleging its lack of enforcement of a sign ordinance was partially to blame for his loss in the Republican primary election. Colin Paulson filed the suit this week seeking over $46,000 alleging his opponent, incumbent Lee Schoenbeck's campaign signs were too big and sometimes placed in improper places not allowed by city ordiances. Schoenbeck defeated Paulson in the Republican primary for the District 4 state senate seat 1,808 votes to 1,270.

City garbage pickup to change Monday due to holiday observance

Due to the Juneteenth holiday observance on Monday June 20, 2022, City garbage pick-up will change. Residents who normally have their garbage picked up on Monday are asked to have their garbage out for pick-up by 7:00 AM, Tuesday.  Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s garbage will be picked up on Tuesday.  Recycling remaining on the normal five day schedule.  Dependable Sanitation will be picking up recyclables on Monday. 

Aberdeen to celebrate Juneteenth Sunday at Central Park

Aberdeen will host its first Juneteenth celebration known as “Junedeenth” this weekend. Juneteenth is recognized in the United States every June 19th and celebrates the final slaves being empancipated following the north's victory in the civil war. The holiday has now been recognized as both a federal and state holiday. In Aberdeen on Sunday residents are encouraged to come out to Central Park from noon to 8 p.m. You are encouraged to bring your own grill, food and beverages, no alcohol allowed. An open mic event will begin at 4:00 p.m. As well. The gathering will be a chance to celebrates the abolishment of slavery in the United States.

Road closures planned for parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Thursday, June 16th, 2022, the following road will be closed to thru traffic for water main repairs:

12th Ave NE between North State Street and North Arch Street

and

South 4th Street between 10th Avenue SW and 11th Avenue SW

The road is expected to remain closed until Friday afternoon, motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 

Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls to pause new abortion appointments, abortions now unavailable in South Dakota

Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, South Dakota's last clinic which provides abortions has paused scheduling new abortion appointments while it awaits the Supreme Court's decision in regards to Roe V. Wade. With this pause women and families seeking an abortion must go out of state for at least the time being. In a statement about the decision Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls says it remains open and will continue to offer other services during this time.

 

Spearfish woman ordered to pay back money stolen

A Spearfish woman has been ordered to pay back thousands of dollars in government funds she admitted to stealing while on the job. According to the US attorney for South Dakota 37-year-old Christi Johnson stole $16,594.50 between June 2017 and May 2018. She stole the money from Title II benefit payments made to her dead stepfather. She has been ordered to pay back the money stolen and serve five years probation.

No foul play expected in body pulled from Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls Tuesday

No foul play is suspected by police after a body was pulled from the Big Sioux River Tuesday morning. First responders were on the scene at Fawick Park Tuesday morning around 7:00 a.m. Officials did not release the identity of the victim and said an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.

 

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith spends election night in Aberdeen talking politics

South Dakota Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith spent election night, Tuesday June 7th, in Aberdeen taking part in a watch party with the Brown County Democrats.

 

On election day he took part in a “get out the vote” effort as well as meeting with local media. Also on election day, Democrats in South Dakota had just two primaries across the state. Currently, Democrats are running what amounts to a 10 year low in candidates in legislative races.

 

Smith says it was nice not to have a primary and sheer volume of primaries on the Republican side shows they are a divided party...

 

 

 

Smith says Republican leadership has failed to address the real issues facing South Dakota and its time for a change...

 

 

 

Even if Smith were elected, he would likely still be facing a Republican super majority in both state houses. Despite this, Smith thinks he can work with those across the isle to get things done...

 

Former Box Elder police officer sentenced to over a decade in prison on sexual abuse charges

A former Police Officer in Box Elder South Dakota has been sentenced to over a decade in prison on aggravated sexual abuse charges. According to a release from the Department of Justice, 35-year-old Ricardo Olandez forced a young girl to have sex with him while living at Ellsworth Air Force Base in 2021. He pleaded guilty to the charges and will serve 13 years in prison followed by 10 years supervised release.

Ocean Shipping Reform Act reaches President Biden's desk

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The “Ocean Shipping Reform Act” co-sponsored by South Dakota Senator John Thune and Congressman Dusty Johnson has passed through Congress and is now on President Bidens desk.

 

Thune says they got involved after hearing about the supply chain issues related to a slowdown in ocean shipping…

 

 

 

Johnson says the bill got solid bi-partisan support…

 

 

 

Johnson says the issue came up when American spent billions of stimulus dollars on electronics made in Asia…

 

 

The two made an appearance on Fox News.

 

Winnipeg Manitoba man killed in Deuel county fatal crash

A 53-year-old man from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada has died as a result of injuries sustained last Thursday in a vehicle-bicycle crash north of Brookings.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates Jean-Pierre Petit, 53, was riding his Krypton Argon 18-speed bicycle southbound along the fogline of Interstate 29 when he was struck by a southbound 2015 International straight truck. The cyclist, who was wearing a helmet, sustained life-threatening injuries and was eventually transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. He died there on Monday, June 13, 2022.

 

Mark Akkerman of Brandon, S.D., the 65-year-old driver of the truck, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Charges are pending.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

 

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

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