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Aberdeen Police still searching for missing Aberdeen woman Nancee Bitz

The Aberdeen Police Department is renewing its search for a missing Aberdeen woman.  According to the department police are still searching for 72-year-old Nancee Bitz.  She was last seen on April 4th at her residence in Aberdeen.  She is believed to be driving a white 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander with South Dakota license plate number 3F3912.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Brown County dispatch at 605-626-7911.  Police hope with more people getting out doors and farmers in fields with the nicer weather, Nancee and her vehicle may be spotted. 

Waubay woman sentenced in embezzlement case

A Waubay woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison on charges she stole federal government funds.  According to the US Attorney for South Dakota, 53-year-old Dawn Block was convicted of embezzling more than $222,000 from the United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota Development Corporation.  Prosecutors say the crimes occurred between October of 2018 and May of 2019 while she was employed as an agent of the USTDC.  She was sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by three years supervised released.  She was also ordered to pay $222,801.72 in restitution with 68 thousands of that going to the Department of Labor. 

Crews respond to fire late Wednesday night

Aberdeen Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire May 5th at approximately 10:45 p.m.  at 520 north Jackson street.  Upon arrival crews found heavy flames coming from a single story ranch style home.  The fire was contained to the home, which ultimately did suffer significant damage from fire, smoke and water.  An adjacent home sustained some minor heat damage, but is still habitable.  One injury was reported when a civilian was transported by ambulance for fire injuries sustained prior to being rescued from the home by an on scene bystander.  The fire is currently under investigation. 

Board of Regents to go "mask optional" on May 10th

The South Dakota Board of Regents announced plans to loosen its mask requirements on public University and College campuses.  The board announced Tuesday that the six South Dakota public universities will become “mask optional” Monday May 10th.  The mask requirements have been in place since last year to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  The move is also part of the board’s desire to move quote normal campus operations in the fall semester. 

Two South Dakota men killed in accident in Minnesota

The name of two South Dakota men killed in a two-vehicle accident in Minnesota Monday night has been released.  According to the Minnesota highway Patrol, 26-year-old Alexander Bretsch of Frederick was northbound on US Highway 59 near Avoca when he collided with 37-year-old Kyle Thompson of Huron.  The accident happened around 10:55 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 59 and Limie Lake Drive.  Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and alcohol was not a factor. 

Senator Thune to visit northeast South Dakota Wednesday

South Dakota senator John Thune will visit northeast South Dakota Wednesday for a number of items.  First Senator Thune will visit the Tiger Post-Afterschool program for a tour at 10:00 a.m.  he will then take part in a Community Leaguer Meeting at 10:15 a.m. at the Sylte Farms Corporate office  at 907 5th avenue southeast.  Following that he will  travel to Faulkton to visit the Faulkton Area High School at 12:00 p.m.  Finally he will visit Mellette and Northwestern High School at 1:45 p.m.

Ravnsborg's Army Reservists promotion blocked

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was scheduled to receive a promotion in the Army Reservists which he currently serves.  That promotion will no longer happen after the military flagged the nomination ahead of confirmation in the US Senate.  The promotion was blocked due to Ravnsborg’s ongoing legal problems as he has currently pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanors from the night he killed Joe Boever of Highmore. 

Fire crews respond to fire at Brown County Fairgrounds Saturday

Aberdeen Fire and rescue responded to a small fire at the Brown County Fairgrounds Saturday night.  According to Battalion Chief Jr. Huebner, it was a small fire crews were able to put out with water and a fire extinguisher.  No damage was done to the Holum Expo building or Odde Ice Arena.  Fire fighters believe the flames started when cardboard materials came into contact with electrical equipment. 

Avera to host another COVID-19 walk in vaccination clinic

Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen will again be offering a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday May 6th.  Walk ins will be welcome between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. alongside scheduled appointments.  To schedule your appointment visit  Vaccination clinics are held inside the Avera Human Performance Center at 815 first avenue southeast.  Masks are required inside the facility.  The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and the state department of Health encourages everyone to make the choice to get vaccinated. 

Parks and Rec plans walking tours of historic Aberdeen

Aberdeen Parks and Recreation will host two talking tours of historic parts of Aberdeen this week free of charge.  The event is part of Historic Preservation Month which is observed in May.  On Tuesday Parks and Rec will offer a leisurely walking tour of the Hagerty and Lloyd Historical District.  It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about an hour.  Tour guide Troy McQuillen will lead the walk through one of Aberdeen’s oldest residential neighborhoods.  Then on Thursday McQuillen will also lead an hour long tour of Aberdeen’s historic Main Street.  That will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information on either tour contact Park and Rec at 626-7015. 

Sobriety checkpoints planned for May

South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has released the list of sobriety checkpoints to be held during May.


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. The goal of the checkpoints is discourage people from drinking and then driving.


Officials plan to hold 15 checkpoints in 13 counties.


May checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of Brookings, Brown, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Jackson, Jerauld, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Stanley and Yankton.


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

Aberdeen Public Works to start summer hours Monday May 3rd

Effective today Monday May 3rd, the Aberdeen Public Works Department will start summer hours.  That means the Department will start work at 7:00 a.m. and complete their workday by 4:00 p.m.  this change affects Utility, Street, Traffic Control and Solid Waste Divisions.  City garbage customers are reminded that the Public Works Department hour changes will affect their garbage service.  Residents are encouraged to place their garbage out for pickup by 7:00 a.m. on their garbage day. 

Aberdeen woman and two others arrested by Coddington County Sheriff

( - Watertown, SD) Codington County deputies arrested three women Sunday morning following a vehicle pursuit on Interstate 29.


Sheriff Brad Howell says just after 10 a.m., a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in the southeast portion of the county near the Clear Lake exit. The vehicle was registered to a Sioux Falls man wanted on a parole violation.


The driver of the car fled northbound.


Spike strips were placed across the highway and the car eventually became disabled and was stopped in the median of the Interstate near Watertown.


Deputies found eight grams of meth in the vehicle, along with several items of drug paraphernalia.

They arrested the driver, 42 year-old Syringa May of Sioux Falls and her two passengers, 42 year-old Annie Freudig of Crooks and 50 year-old Liza Thomas-Wade of Aberdeen.


All three are facing drug charges and were booked into the Codington County Detention Center. 

Gov. Noem to sue Biden administration over Mt. Rushmore fireworks display

Today, Governor Kristi Noem filed a lawsuit against officials in the Biden administration over their cancellation of the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division.

“Mount Rushmore is the very best place to celebrate America’s birthday and all that makes our country special,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “After telling us they’d ‘circle back,’ the Biden administration has not responded to our request to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between the State of South Dakota and the National Parks Service (NPS) to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show.


“Unfortunately, the new administration departed from precedent and reneged on this agreement without any meaningful explanation,” continued Noem. “We are asking the court to enjoin the Department of Interior’s (DOI) denial of the fireworks permit and order it to issue a permit for the event expeditiously.” 


Previously, Governor Noem asked President Biden to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between NPS and the State of South Dakota regarding the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. Governor Noem responded to NPS’s reasons for cancelling the fireworks celebration. She also outlined the due diligence that the State of South Dakota and other entities undertook to ensure that last year’s celebration could be conducted safely and responsibly. You can read Governor Noem’s letter to President Biden here.


America’s Founding Fathers knew that Independence Day should be celebrated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one [e]nd of this Continent to the other,” as stated by John Adams on July 3, 1776. And President Calvin Coolidge declared that Mount Rushmore was designed to be “a national shrine to which future generations will repair to declare their continuing allegiance to independence [and] self-government.”


Last year’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration was held safely and responsibly and had a huge positive impact on the South Dakota economy. You can find materials such as photographs and video of the 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration here.


You can read the filed complaint here.

State moving to demand allocation of COVID-19 vaccine

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Fifty four percent of South Dakota’s eligible population has now had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.


State Health Department Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says they are now moving to a demand system for vaccines...





Malsam-Rysdon says that means vaccines won’t be delivered unless there is demand to use them...





Despite a public relations campaign for the vaccines, Malsam-Rysdon says she expects a majority of people will get the shots...




Over three hundred twenty six thousand people have been vaccinated so far.



Mike Lindell to launch social media platform at event hosted by Mitchell Corn Palace

MyPillow magnate Mike Lindell has announced he will be in Mitchell in May at the Corn Palace to launch his new social media platform.  He made the announcement on a podcast hosted by former President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon.  The event is booked for Monday May 10th at 6:00 p.m.  The new website is called “Frank” and according to Lindell will function like that of Facebook and Twitter.  Lindell also said he chose South Dakota as a host site for his social media launch because he is a fan of Governor Kristi Noem. 

Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Friday, April 30, 2021, water will be off due to a valve replacement in the vicinity of:


          13th Ave SE from S Wells to S Roosevelt to include Bobbie Drive

          S Roosevelt Street from 13th Avenue SE to 14th Ave SE


The Public Works Department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.   Water is estimated to remain off all day on Friday.

Summer registration kick off scheduled for May 4

The Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has scheduled Summer Registration Kickoff Day for summer activities for Tuesday, May 4, beginning at 7:00 a.m. There are 3 ways to register:

  • Online at
  • By phone with a debit or credit card:  626-7015 from 7am – 5pm
  • Walk-in at The ARCC, 225 3rd Avenue SE 7am-5pm

People planning to register for the first time online, need to set up their household prior to May 4. If you already have a household setup; it will be helpful to review your information again prior to May 4.


A 20% discount will be offered to those individuals registering this day for Tee-Ball, Youth Softball, Baseball and Youth Tennis Lessons.  Registration will also be taken for adult tennis lessons, the Discovery program, dance camps, swim lessons and some other summer programs.  Passes to the Aquatic Center will also be on sale.


Registration for summer programs will continue online, by phone or walk in on May 5 during office hours from 8am to 5 pm.


For further information concerning registration or to get a summer brochure with all the program details, contact the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department office at 626-7015 or go online at

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90

Astronaut Michael Collins, who was part of the famous Apollo 11 mission, died Wednesday at the age of 90.  Collins orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended down to the lunar surface.  The three man crew effectively ended the space race between the United States and Soviet Union and fulfilled president John F. Kennedy’s goal of going to the moon before the end of the 1960s.  Collins died of Cancer in Naples Florida. 

Supreme court hears arguments for and against Amendment A

Parties for and against Amendment A argued in front of the state’s highest court Wednesday for about an hour.  Now South Dakotan’s await the decision from the five justices, who now hold the fate of recreational marijuana with their decision. 


The defense argued it is the will of the voters to make marijuana legal for adults.  Brendan Johnson, who represented South Dakotan's for better marijuana laws, cited South Dakota's motto of "under God, the people rule"...





The plaintiffs argued 15 subjects and 55 sub-sections in Amendment A violated the state’s “single issue” clause when it comes to amendments.  Lisa Prostrello represented one of the two plantiffs in this case and made her argument to the court...





Justices did question whether or not it ws appropriate to decide this type of case after the election and not before.  It is not clear when the Supreme Court will render its decision on Amendment A.

Avera foundation working to provide for cancer patients

The Avera foundation in Aberdeen is working on multiple events behind the scenes. Dakota Broadcasting had the chance to sit down with Amy Blackstone to discuss some of the work that the foundation does.


The foundation is a philanthropy group based out of Avera that works from everything from cancer research to just those in need. Recently they have stepped up and taken a big role when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic and now with making sure everyone is safe with it. Here is what Amy had to say.


First, she told us what the foundation just does as a whole….





An upcoming event for cancer funding has a unique twist to….




Then, the question of COVID-19 is on everyone's mind, and the foundation is setting up a big way to help….


Water to be turned off in parts of Aberdeen today

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. today Wednesday April 28th, water will be shut off in parts of Aberdeen for a fire hydrant installation.  Water will be off in the vicinity of North Main Street from Ninth Avenue to 10th Avenue and on Ninth Avenue from North Lincoln Street to North First Street.  Water is expected to be off all day.  Those living in the affected areas are encouraged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use. 

Aberdeen police seeking help in locating missing teen

The Aberdeen Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.  14-year-old Rylee Martin was last seen walking west of Central high School.  She is 5’8 medium build and brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a pink sweatshirt, black leggings and a gray backpack.  If you have seen Rylee you are encouraged to call police dispatch at 626-7911. 

South Dakota Supreme Court to hear Amendment A arguments Wednesday

The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case regarding Amendment A tomorrow.  The case will begin at 10:00 a.m. central time and be heard in the Supreme Court courtroom at the state capital.  The Supreme Court also announced the hearing will be televised to the public.  Amendment A was passed by 54 percent of voters in November and legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older.  The amendment was struck down by a circuit court judge on the grounds it violated South Dakota’s “Single Issue” clause when it comes to voter approved measures. 

Aberdeen police respond to shots fired Friday April 23rd

The Aberdeen Police Department has released information regarding an incident which occurred Friday near midnight.  According to police, officers responded to an apartment complex in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival police were told by the victim the individual had fired a handgun at them.  The Aberdeen police department brought in the special response team and crisis negotiator to locate the suspect.  It was discovered the person in question had fled Aberdeen, but was ultimately apprehended someone in southwestern North Dakota or eastern Montana.  The name of the suspect as not released.