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Local News Archives for 2019-07

Name released in Lincoln county fatal crash

A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash near Johnson Siding.

 

A 2013 Nissan Rogue was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 44 when it crossed the centerline. The vehicle collided head-on with a westbound 2002 Harley Davidson FLHTCI motorcycle.

 

Marvin Olson, 58, was driving the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

 

The driver of the vehicle was 76-year-old Linda Harrell of Rapid City, S.D. She received serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Rapid City hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt.

 

Charges are pending against the driver.

 

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

 

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


State investigating possible e.coli outbreak in Sisseton

The state of South Dakota is currently investigating a possible E.coli outbreak in Sisseton.  The investigation is through the state Department of Health who was first notified about the situation by physicians in the area.  State Epidimologist Dr. Josh Clayton talked about the situation...

 

 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday night

The city of Aberdeen has scheduled a citywide mosquito spray for Wednesday July 31st between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.  The audulticiding equipment is noisy and the trucks drive slow around 10 miles per hour.  They can be identified by the flashing yellow lights.  If there is inclement weather or winds above 15 miles per hour the spray will be rescheduled.  If you have any questions contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control at 626-7015. 


Body discovered in the Big Sioux River

Authorities in Minnehaha county discovered a body in the Big Sioux River Sunday near Brandon.  According to authorities the body was found by kayakers Sunday evening.  Upon further investigation police have identified the body as 50-year-old Leland Falis of Sioux Falls.  Falis had last been seen by family on July 24th.  No foul play is expected and an autopsy has been planned as the investigation into his death continues. 


Aberdeen police warn of counterfeit money circulating

The Aberdeen Police Department released information Monday about fake currency being circulated around town.  According to Aberdeen Police Captain Eric Duven, fake bills have been used at Runnings, Ken’s SuperFair Foods and the South C conveience store.  In a picture provided by the police department the fake money is a $100 bill with Asian characters on the front and back.  If you come across this money, you are encouraged to contact police and they will turn it over to the Secret Service. 


PUC approves Sweetland Windfarm permit

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved the construction permit for Sweetland Wind Farm, a wind energy facility capable of producing approximately 200 megawatts of energy near Miller, S.D. The company expects to complete the $240 million facility and begin operations by Dec. 31, 2020.  However, Sweetland stated that construction will not commence until the company finds a buyer for the electricity generated by the wind farm.

 

The commission discussed and voted on 45 conditions to be imposed on the permit at the PUC’s regular meeting in Pierre on July 25. Aircraft detection lighting, avian and bat mortality, land restoration, decommissioning, noise level and shadow flicker are among the issues addressed in the conditions. A specific setback requirement for the land of intervenor Theresa Lichty, established through negotiations between Lichty and the company, was also included.

 

The Sweetland Wind Farm project will span a 20,979-acre area in Hand County and include up to 71 wind turbines. Other components of the project will include a 5-mile, 230-kV generation tie-in transmission facility, access roads, an operations and maintenance facility, up to four meteorological towers, underground 34.5-kV electrical collector lines, underground fiber optic cable, a collection substation, a switchyard and additional temporary construction areas.

 

“The swiftness of this wind docket is abnormal,” commented PUC Chairman Gary Hanson. “Usually meeting the six-month deadline, especially with so many wind farm dockets before us, is challenging. Each issue and concern must be explored in the interest of protecting consumers and the citizens of South Dakota. The absence of opposition, strong local support and community’s experience with wind farms are reflected in the swiftness of this proceeding,” he said.

 

Vice Chairman Chris Nelson stated: “We began on a pretty rocky road with this particular wind farm and fortunately we’ve been able to move past that. The applicant was willing to work directly with a concerned intervenor to resolve issues as opposed to going through a hearing process. Both the company and intervenor Theresa Lichty should be commended for their participation and willingness to work together.”

 

“The Sweetland project is the beneficiary of community support. Concerns expressed were generally resolved by Sweetland, an intervenor and PUC staff without the need for a lengthy hearing process. I am pleased to note the standards set to address public interest concerns in other siting dockets are also prevalent in our approval of this siting docket,” said Commissioner Kristie Fiegen.

 

Sweetland Wind Farm filed its application with the PUC on March 6, 2019. At the time, state law required the commission to make a decision within six months of receiving a wind energy facility application. A public input meeting was held in Miller in April. Parties to the docket included Sweetland, PUC staff and Intervenor Theresa Lichty. On July 11, 2019, a settlement agreement between the applicant and Lichty was approved by the commission and the terms of that agreement were incorporated in the conditions of the permit.

 

The Sweetland Wind Farm docket can be viewed on the PUC's website at www.puc.sd.gov, Commission Actions, Electric Dockets, 2019 Electric Dockets, EL19-012 - In the Matter of the Application by Sweetland Wind Farm, LLC for Facility Permits for a Wind Energy Facility and a 230-kV Transmission Facility in Hand County, South Dakota for the Sweetland Wind Farm Project


One person killed Friday in Motorcycle/vehicle accident

One man died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash near Johnson Siding.

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Names of the deceased and the other person have not yet been released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved.

 

A 2013 Nissan Rogue was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 44 when it crossed the centerline. The vehicle collided head-on with a westbound 2002 Harley Davidson FLHTCI motorcycle.

 

The 58-year-old male motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

 

Charges are pending against the 76-year-old female vehicle driver. She received serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Rapid City hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt.

 

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

 

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


State Rep. Neal Tapio mulls possible primary challenge to Rep. Dusty Johnson

District 5 Representative Neal Tapio of Watertown is considering a primary challenge to current Republican congressman Dusty Johnson.  In a long post on Tapio’s personal Facebook page, he criticized Johnson as “undermining” President Donald Trump’s agenda.  Tapio was one of three Republicans seeking the nomination for the open seat in 2018, but came in third with 24 percent of the vote.  Ahead of him was Shantel Krebs with 29 percent and the eventual nominee and winner of the seat Johnson came in first with 46.8 percent. 

 

 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Friday, July 26th, 2019, water will be off in the following areas to replace a water main valve:

 

          200 block of South Congress St & 200 block of South Jackson St 

 

The Public Works Department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.   Work is expected to be completed by noon that day. 


South Dakota set to receive over $6 million in disaster relief from FEMA

Federal agencies have provided $6,765,847 million in grants, loans and flood insurance payments to assist South Dakotans as they recover from the major disaster declared June 7 by President Donald J. Trump following a request from Governor Kristi Noem.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $1,464,380 in grants to homeowners and renters as of July 23, including $1,178,357 for home repair or replacement and rental expenses and $286,023 for repair or replacement of personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, moving expenses and other disaster-related needs.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $2,414,800 million in low-interest disaster loans for businesses and residents.

The National Flood Insurance Program received 187 claims and paid $2,886,667 to policyholders as of July 17.

FEMA housing inspectors have completed 1,549 (95 percent) inspections of homes damaged by the severe winter storms or flooding.

The deadline for applying for federal disaster assistance is Aug. 6. To date, more than 1,800 South Dakotans have registered with FEMA for potential disaster assistance.  Those with disaster-related damages can contact FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585), registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov,  using the FEMA app, or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. The following counties and reservations are designated for FEMA Individual Assistance: Bennett, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Dewey, Hutchinson, Jackson, Mellette, Minnehaha, Oglala Lakota, Todd, Turner, Yankton, Ziebach counties; Pine Ridge Reservation; Rosebud Reservation; Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Disaster Recovery Centers have received more than 1,900 visits from South Dakotans seeking information or help with FEMA registration,  SBA loans, referrals and other disaster-related questions.

 

Legal Assistance: FEMA, in partnership with the State Bar of South Dakota State Bar Young Lawyers Section and the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, has set up a disaster legal assistance hotline. Those affected by the severe storms and flooding who face legal issues may call 877-827-6955 (toll-free), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday to request assistance.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance: In Turner County, the last day to file claims with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is Friday, July 26. The deadline has expired for claims in other counties.


Second man arrested in connection with the kidnapping and death of a Yankton woman

A second man has been indicted in the death of a Yankton woman killed last November.  Previously, Joseph James of Norfolk Nebraska was charged with murder and arson in the death of Phyllis Hunhoff.  Authorities believe James kidnapped the victim, killed her and dumped the body on the Santee Sioux Reservation in Nebraska.  Ramon Simpson also of Norfolk has also been charged in this crime.  He faces two felony counts of kidnapping in connection with Hunhoff’s death. 


California man arrested in Pierre wanted for murder

A California man wanted for murder was found by police in Pierre Wednesday.  According to the US Marshals service 32-year-old Adam Renfroe of Brentwood California was tracked by authorities to a residents on East Dakota Avenue in Pierre.  He was wanted for parole violation and murder.  The murder charges stem from an incident on July 12th where he allegedly shot and killed a 36-year-old California man in a Concord California Motel Six.  He is currently being held in the Hughes County Jail and is awaiting being extradited to California.


USDA seeks to limit SNAP program

The US Agriculture Department is proposing a new rule to close an automatic eligibility loophole within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

 

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the change will strengthen the SNAP program.

 

 

 

 

Under the proposed rule, Perdue says eligibility would be limited to households receiving substantial, ongoing TANF-funded benefits aimed at helping families move towards self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps the proposal would make eligibility requirements for SNAP the same in every state.

 

 

 

 

Lipps says the change does not require approval from Congress.

 


 

Because of the current loophole, a millionaire living in Minnesota successfully enrolled in the SNAP program simply to highlight the waste of taxpayer money. Perdue says this proposed change gives USDA the ability to save billions of dollars, ensuring nutrition assistance programs are delivered with consistency to those in need.

 

Opponents to the change say it will increase hunger and hardship for close to 2 million Americans and would jeopardize access to free school meals for more than 500,000 low-income children. They says Congress rejected the proposal when it passed the 2018 Farm Bill.

 

USDA encourages all interested parties to provide input on the proposed rule through www.regulations.gov. The comment period will be open for 60 days.

 

To learn more about this proposed rule, view this fact sheet.


One person killed in Minnehaha county fatal crash

One person died Tuesday morning in a crash involving four vehicles and four other occupants on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon.

 

Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members.

 

A 2014 Chevrolet Impala, a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2013 GMC Terrain were westbound on Interstate 90 and were almost stopped in the passing lane as traffic was merging into that lane due to road construction. A 2011 Peterbilt Conventional box truck was westbound in the driving lane. The truck moved over to the passing lane and then swerved back into the driving lane after hitting the GMC Terrain. The truck rear-ended the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the truck then pushed the Chevrolet Impala into the grass median. The truck went into the grass median, across the eastbound lanes and came to rest in the south ditch of the eastbound lanes.

 

The 22-year-old female driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was pronounced dead at the scene. The 57-year-old female driver of the GMC Terrain suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and the 34-year-old female passenger of the truck sustained minor injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.  The other two drivers were not injured.

 

Seatbelts appeared to have been used by all of those involved. Charges are pending against the truck driver.

 

Portions of Interstate 90 were closed at times following the crash. South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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

 


Rep. Dusty Johnson reacts to passage of the 9/11 first responders bill

Congressman Dusty Johnson is applauding Senate passage of the September 11th Victim Compensation Bill….

 

 

 

Senators passed the measure 97-2 Tuesday.

 

Johnson co-sponsored the bill in the House where it passed 402-12 July 12th. President Trump is expected to sign the measure later this week.

 

The legislation is extended through 2090 to cover future illnesses of 9/11 responders and survivors.


Proposed parking ordinance fails at city council meeting

A new proposed parking ordinance which would have prohibited drivers from parking within five feet of the edge of a private driveway was rejected Monday by the Aberdeen City Council.  The vote failed 5-4 with councilmen Clint Rux, Dave Bunsness, Rob Ronayne and Mark Remily voting for the ordinance.  Had the regulation passed it would have been enforced by complaints only, meaning a police officer would not seek to enforce the five feet rule unless contacted by a resident first.  The new ordinance was proposed by councilman Mark Remily at the request of a constituent. 


Fire hydrant testing to begin in Aberdeen Tuesday

Aberdeen Fire and Rescue will be running fire hydrant tests beginning today at 8:00 a.m. According to a release from the Aberdeen Public Works Department testing will begin along Roosevelt Street to east city limits.  Residents could experience some water pressure changes as the fire department will be opening hydrants.  In some instances it is possible water will be disturbed to the point of discoloring or appearing rusty.  If you have an questions you can contact 626-7010. 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday night

A mosquito spray has been planned for Wednesday night from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  the mosquito spraying equipment is noisy and travels at about 10 miles per hour.  The trucks can be identified by flashing yellow lights.  If winds are higher than 15 miles per hour or inclement weather the spray will be rescheduled.  If you have any questions you can contact the city at 626-7015. 


President Trump orders flags at half staff in honor of the late John Paul Stevens

President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to honor the life of John Paul Stevens, retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. 

 

Stevens served on the Supreme Court from 1975 until 2010.


Eagle Butte man faces child pornography charges

An Eagle Butte man is facing child pornography charges according to the US Attorney for South Dakota’s office.   40-year-old Dustin Red Legs was indicted in May on federal charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.  Both charges he has pleaded not guilty to.   A trial date has not yet been set.  Red Legs is accused of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct with the hopes to producing images from said conduct.  He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 


Crop dusting plane crashes in Deuel County

The Deuel county sheriff’s office reports a crop dusting plane crashed Saturday morning during takeoff.  According to authorities the incident occurred around 9:40 a.m.  when the pilot tried to take off from 479th avenue south of Brandt, only to lose control when he hit a road sign with the wing and went into a field.  The plane received damage to the wing tip, but no one was injured in the incident. 


Name released in Campbell County fatal crash

A Bloomington, CA man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred south of Mound City.

A 2004 Peterbilt semi-truck/trailer with a 30-foot-wide load was northbound on U.S. Highway 83. A southbound 2014 International semi-truck/trailer struck the left front corner of the northbound Peterbilt’s wide load.

 

Rafael Lopez, 58, was the driver of the southbound International. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. David Thompson, 31, Milbank, S.D., was the driver of the northbound International. He was not injured.

 

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Pierre man now faces 2nd degree murder charges

A 29-year-old Pierre man arrested on child abuse charges now faces a 2nd Degree Murder charge instead.

 

According to the Pierre Police Department, Derek Berman was arrested earlier this month (July 13) after the law enforcement dispatch center received a report of a two-month-old infant having received serious, life-threatening injuries consistent with that of abuse. The child died on Friday (July 19).

 

Berman is being held without bond at the Hughes County Jail.


"Avengers: Endgame" overtakes "Avatar" as top grossing film of all time

Avengers Endgame, the final film in a cinematic universe 10 years in the making, managed to reach $2,789.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales over the weekend.  In hitting that mark, Endgame becomes the highest grossing film of all time, knocking off James Cameron’s Avatar which reached similar heights back in 2009.  The milestone occurred fittingly during the annual San Diego Comic Con, which Marvel’s studio rolled out their next planned sleight of movies. 


One person killed in Yankton county fatal crash

Authorities say one person died Saturday night as a result of a car accident west of Yankton.  According to the Department of Public Safety a Ford F-150 was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 314 when it left the roadway, striking a cable guardrail and rolled several times.  The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident and was ejected from the vehicle.  The victim was taken to a Yankton hospital where he would later die.  The crash remains under investigation and the name of the victim involved has not yet been released.  


Strong winds cause damage Friday morning

Reports of wide spread damage are coming in from Aberdeen following a severe thunderstorm passing through the area around 8:30 a.m.

 

On sixth avenue, visible damage could be seen at the M&H gas station, Mac's Hardware and at the future sight of Lewis Drug on the corner of sixth and second.  Wood frames put up by contractors were blown over.  

 

According to the national weather service in Aberdeen, wind gusts as strong as 78 miles per hour were recorded at the Aberdeen Regional Airport. 


One person killed in Campbell County fatal crash

One man died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred south of Mound City.

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

 

A 2004 Peterbilt semi-truck/trailer with a 30-foot-wide load was northbound on U.S. Highway 83. A southbound 2014 International semi-truck/trailer struck the left front corner of the northbound Peterbilt’s wide load.

 

The driver of the northbound Peterbilt was not injured in the crash. The driver of the southbound International sustained fatal injuries and was deceased at the scene. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Five people injured in accident west of Groton Wednesday

Five people were injured in a two vehicle crash near Groton Wednesday.  According to the Department of Public Safety, the incident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and North Harrison street, west of Groton at approximately 11:30 a.m. 37-year-old Carla Tracy of Groton was rear-ended while slowing down to turn south by 67-year-old Scott Thomas also of Groton.  She and two children in her vehicle suffered injuries, while Thomas and his passenger also suffered injuries.  Charges are pending in this case and the incident remains under investigation. 


Pierre residents asked to hold back on water usage

The City of Pierre is asking residents to restrict their water use.  City Utilities Director Brad Palmer says the request to slow down waste water flow is voluntary…

 

 

 

 

Palmer says a sinkhole recently developed in Griffin Park along Lake Sharpe and heavy rain from a severe thunderstorm Wednesday has made the situation worse…

 

 

 

Palmer says the request is city-wide…

 

 

 

Palmer says they hope to have the sewer line repaired today and can replace the pipe faster if water use is temporarily reduced.


Man arrested in Watertown for stealing over $100,000 in jewelry

Police have arrested a man with a lengthy criminal record who stole more than $100,000 in jewelry during an early Wednesday morning burglary in downtown Watertown.

 

Watertown Police Detective Chad Stahl held a news conference at police headquarters Wednesday afternoon…..

 

 

 

 

Police quickly went to work to track down the burglar…..

 

 

 

 

And that’s where the suspect—67 year-old Takskim Neriroski—was arrested. Stahl says Neriroski has a Las Vegas address, and is of Yugoslavian descent.

 

Investigators obtained a search warrant to look through Neriroski’s vehicle, and they know there are stolen items in there….

 

 

 

 

Stahl says Neriroski disabled a lock on the front door of Makepeace Jewelry, which allowed him to get inside, and then he went to work…

 

 

 

 

Neriroski has a criminal history dating back to the 1970’s that includes convictions for burglary, armed robbery, assaults with weapons and drug crimes.

 

Neriroski was not armed when he was arrested by police this morning.

 

Stahl says investigators are trying to determine how long the suspect had been in Watertown before today’s arrest.

 

Stahl says in the suspect’s vehicle was a road atlas opened to the state of South Dakota.

 

Neriroski is being held in the Codington County Detention Center on $50,000 cash bond.


House votes to condemn president Trump's racist language about four congresswomen

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to condemn president Donald Trump’s racist language in telling four women of color congressmen to “go back to the country they came from.”  The vote was 240 to 187, with four Republicans and one Independent crossing party line to vote to condemn the language.  The four included Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan and Susan Brooks of Indian.  Independent Justin Amash voted in the affirmative as well.   


Two Watertown men sentenced on drug charges

Two Watertown men have been convicted of drug charges.  According to the US Attorney for South Dakota’s office 29-year-old Dayvon Byrd and 38-year-old Joshua Noel Paul will serve time for allegedly attempting to sell methamphetamine in northeast South Dakota.  Byrd will serve 60 months in prison on conspiracy to distribute while Paul will serve 211 months for conspiracy and possession of a firearm while drug trafficking.  The charges stem from a bust in February of 2018 when the two were pulled over for a routine traffic stop and officers found six pounds of meth. 


Gov. Noem to visit Aberdeen Wednesday for AGP grand opening

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will be in Aberdeen today speaking at the grand opening of the new AGP soybean processing plant.  The plant is located off eighth avenue in the northeast part of town.  Ag Processing Inc. otherwise known as AGP has announced the event is invite only and will start at 1:00 p.m. AGP vice president tells the Aberdeen American News 300 attendants compromised of farmers and community leaders are expected to be in attendance. 


Gov. Noem office reports state ends fiscal year with $19.4 million surplus

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota closed the 2019 budget year on June 30 with a $19.4 million surplus. The state general fund budget ended with lower expenditures than budgeted, while ongoing revenue finished lower than projected levels.

 

“In South Dakota, we don’t spend money we don’t have. We live within our means, and we operate in a way that doesn’t require us to raise taxes,” said Noem. “Once again, South Dakota is leading by example by finishing the fiscal year with a balanced budget. We are saving money for the future and ensuring that the next generation’s financial foundation remains strong. I am committed to maintaining the financial responsibility for which South Dakota has become known. We will remain rooted in fiscal integrity.”

 

Total spending for fiscal year 2019 was $23.1 million lower than budgeted, which includes $17.3 million of fiscal year 2019 general fund reversions and $5.8 million of unspent funds from special appropriations and carryover funding. Of the $17.3 million of 2019 general fund reversions, $15.3 million came from executive branch agencies, $1.0 million came from the Unified Judicial System, $0.7 million came from the Board of Regents, and $0.3 million came from the Legislature and constitutional offices. The unspent funds in fiscal year 2019 represent just 1.1 percent of the total fiscal year 2019 general fund budget.

 

Ongoing general fund revenue for fiscal year 2019 was lower than estimates adopted by the Legislature in February by $4.4 million, or 0.3 percent. Sales and use tax receipts are the state’s largest revenue source and grew by 3.7 percent over the prior fiscal year, but still finished the fiscal year $9.9 million below estimates. Other sources of general fund revenue finished the fiscal year above legislative estimates including bank franchise tax, unclaimed property receipts, and lottery.

 

“It’s still early, but it is prudent to have not budgeted for any additional sales and use tax from online and other remote sellers given the fact that this year’s overall sales tax numbers didn’t hit their projections,” concluded Noem. “We’ll continue to monitor the data coming to see how the Wayfair decision and the subsequent tax changes impact our state’s bottom line.”

 

By law, the fiscal year 2019 surplus of $19.4 million was transferred to the budget reserve fund. The state’s budget reserve fund now has a balance of $145.1 million and the general revenue replacement fund has a balance of $44.0 million, for a total reserve of $189.1 million.


City of Aberdeen announces mosquito spray Wednesday

The city of Aberdeen has announced a mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday beginning at 8:30 p.m. and ending approximately at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.  The mosquito spraying equipment is loud and moves at approximately 10 miles per hour.  The trucks can be identified by the yellow flashing lights.  Should there be inclement weather or winds higher than 10 miles per hour, the spray will be rescheduled.  If you have any questions be sure to contact the city’s mosquito control program at 626-7015. 


parts of northeast Aberdeen closed for road construction

The Aberdeen Public Works Department has announced parts of first avenue northeast will be closed for the week to begin work on a water main.  According to a release from the department, work will begin at 7:00 a.m. on first avenue between North Lincoln Street and North Washington Street.  Work is expected to last all week.  The streets will be closed during the day, but be opened nightly.  Motorists are advised to talk alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Congressman Dusty Johnson disagrees with President Trump racist tweet

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson took to her personal twitter account Monday to send a message, disagreeing with President Trump, and his comments made about four progressive female members of congress.  The president told these women to go back to their own country, despite the fact, three of the four women were born in the United States.  Johnson took time to couch the statement in that he disagrees with the four congresswomen on policy, but then went on to call the comments not helpful and expressed desire to focus on governing. 

 

 

 

 


Mitchell woman sentenced on animal cruelty charges

A 44 year old Mitchell woman and her 19 year old son are each charged with 10 counts of felony animal cruelty after authorities removed thirty cats from two residences Thursday and Friday.

 

Neighbors of 1401 South Main #104 alerted Police of stray cats plus a strong odor of cat feces and urine. Officers accompanied by Sioux Falls Humane Society staff executed a search warrant there and at 200 East 15th Avenue #139.

 

Along with the animals authorities found cat feces and garbage at both locations.

 

Police say Brandy L. Smith maintained or lived at the residences and was aware of the conditions. Michael Lee-David Smith apparently fed the cats and was aware of the animal’s living conditions as well.

 

Brandy Smith apparently maintains a Facebook site “Heart and Soul Kitty Sanctuary” where she apparently solicited money for the care of elderly, disabled and abused cats.

 

This is an ongoing animal rescue and investigation. More charges are possible.

 

Cruelty to animals is punishable by up to two years in prison and or a $4,000 fine on each count.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen today

Begging at approximately 7:00 a.m. Monday, water will be shut off in parts of Aberdeen for sewer line work.  According to the Aberdeen Public Works Department water will be off on Harvard Street from fourth avenue Southeast to Sixth avenue southeast and along fifth avenue southeast from Harvard to South Illinois Street.  Residents in the affected area are urged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use. 


Residents can now register for disaster unemployment assistance

Farmers and ranchers, employees and self-employed individuals in 16 counties and reservations across South Dakota who are unable to work as a result of the severe winter storms and flooding from March 13 to April 26 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is administered locally.

 

The state Department of Labor and Regulation is accepting applications through Monday, July 15 from all counties and reservations (except Turner) that have been declared for Individual Assistance. For those in Turner County, the deadline is Friday, July 26. Individuals can register by calling the Claims Call Center (605) 626-3179, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. CDT. Specify that your claim is related to disaster unemployment and the severe storms that occurred between mid-March and late April.

 

Benefits are available for qualifying individuals in Bennett, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Dewey, Hutchinson, Jackson, Mellette, Minnehaha, Oglala Lakota, Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Reservation, Todd, Turner, Yankton and Ziebach counties.

Among the conditions for eligibility: Applicants must not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state.

 

For further information, go to the Department of Labor and Regulation’s DUA webpage at https://dlr.sd.gov/ui/individuals/dua.aspx. For a Fact Sheet on FEMA’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance program, go on the agency’s website to https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/24418


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Monday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide spraying for Monday, July 15, 2019 between the hours of 8:30 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 spraying being suspended until conditions improve.

 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Agency Village woman recharged in death of unborn child

An Agency Villiage woman has again been charged in the death of her unborn child.  According to the Associated Press, after charges against 26-year-old Samantha Flute had been dropped by a US District Judge, the US Eighth circuit court of appeals has ruled the charge applies to a child born alive even if the mother inflicted injury before birth.  Authorities allege Flute ingested cocaine along with multiple prescription drugs while pregnant.  Flute told police she knew the drugs would harm the baby when she chose to use them. 


Aberdeen woman sentenced to solicitation of a minor

An Aberdeen woman has been sentenced to 45 days in jail with five days served for soliciting a 15-year-old into engaging in sexual activity with her and her boyfriend.  According to court documents, 20-year-old Krystina Church admitted to the crime and pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of a minor.  Along with jail time Church was ordered to pay $804 and placed on probation for three years.  42-year-old Gregory Hubert of Aberdeen had been previously sentenced for his involvement in the crime. 


Federal aviation committee awards grants to South Dakota airports

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced $477 million will be given away in airport improvement grants across the county.  This money comes from the administration’s “Airport Improvement Program.”  Six South Dakota airports have been selected for upgrades.  Regionally, those include Aberdeen which will receive $2,727,388 to rehabilitate a taxiway, and Redfield Municipal Airport received $60,000 to install a perimeter fence.  Other airports include Wilder Airport in DeSmet, Hot Springs Municipal Airport, Black Hills-Clyde Ice Airport in Spearfish and Harold Davidson Field in Vermillion. 


I-29 rest areas reopened

The South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Transportation have completed reconstruction of two Interstate Rest Areas/Welcome Centers. Both the rest areas on Interstate 29 near the Vermillion exit (Homestead) and the center on Interstate 29 north of Summit (Wilmot) are complete and have opened to the public.

 

In addition to the rest area space, the new centers have been expanded to include exhibit space meant to welcome travelers and showcase points of interest across the entire state of South Dakota.

 

“The new welcome centers have been expanded from their original footprint in order to provide travelers with a chance to learn more about what South Dakota has to offer,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “The welcome centers’ new exhibits allow us an opportunity to tell a part of South Dakota’s story, educate visitors about our travel and tourism offerings, and engage them long enough to pique their interest, all with a goal of enticing them to spend more time in our state.”

 

The state worked with the Atlanta-based Building Four Fabrication to design and build out the exhibit space in the welcome centers.

 

The vision…“South Dakota’s interstate rest areas and welcome centers provide a safe, clean, accessible, and functional place for travelers to rest and rejuvenate. They present a positive impression that is welcoming and deliver educational value for visitors which enhances and extends their stay in South Dakota. The facilities are modern and aesthetically pleasing, while being cost-effective.”  

 

“With the reconstruction of these two rest areas, the long-term vision of the revitalization plan is coming to fruition and will serve the citizens and travelers, to and through South Dakota, well for many years to come,”

said Darin Bergquist, Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

 

JLG Architects and Beckenhauer Construction (Homestead Rest Area) and TSP Inc. and KyburzCarlson Construction (Wilmot Rest Area) designed and constructed the rest areas working with the State Engineer’s office.

 

The improvements to these rest areas were an element of the Interstate Rest Area Revitalization Plan. Full details of the plan can be found at www.sddot.com/resources/reports/InterstateRestAreaFinalReport.pdf.

 


Billionaire Tom Steyer announces Presidential bid

Billionaire Tom Steyer has announced a presidential run and will seek the Democratic nomination.  He joins a large field of candidates after one debate is already in the books.  Steyer apparently changed his mind on running as he had said previously in January, he would not be running for President.  Steyer has tried to make a name for himself by donating $40 million to an ad campaign aimed at pushing congress to impeach President Donald Trump.  He says he plans to spend $140 million of his own money on his candidacy.  Steyer made his money beginning in the 1980s when he launched the hedge fund Farallon Capital. 


Rep. Eric Swalwell suspends presidential campaign

The culling of the 2020 Democratic Primary field has begun with the first person announcing the suspension of his campaign.  California congressman Eric Swalwell announced at a press conference Monday the end to his presidential campaign after failing to gain traction.  Swalwell was on the debate stage in late June and famously went after presumed front runner Joe Biden, asking voters to consider someone of a younger generation.  He also announced he will seek re-election to his current congressional seat. 


Minneapolis Fed reserve chief officer Neel Kashkari to speak at KO Lee Library

Aberdeen is set to be visited by a member of the Federal Reserve bank of Minneapolis as part of a regional outreach tour.  The K.O. Lee public library has announced it will host Neel Kashkari for a public forum this Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Kashkari is the president and chief executive officer of the federal reserve bank of Minneapolis.  He helps oversee the ninth district of the US Federal reserve which includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and parts of Michigan and Wisconsin. 


ARCC cancelations

No Tee Ball/Pee Wee Ball or Baseball for the morning of 7-9-19


City of Aberdeen announces mosquito spray Wednesday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide spraying for Wednesday, July 10 between the hours of 8:30 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 spraying being suspended until conditions improve. 

 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Gov. Noem appoints Steckel as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR)

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Thomas Steckel will serve as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR). This follows the appointment of current BHR Commissioner Laurie Gill as Secretary of Social Services. Steckel’s appointment is effective July 9, 2019.

 

“Tom has been a critical part of the leadership team at the Bureau of Human Resources,” said Noem. “I’m grateful for his willingness to lead during this interim period.”

 

“The Bureau of Human Resources plays an integral role in ensuring the continued success of state government,” said Steckel. “I look forward to working with Governor Noem as we continue supporting state employees and making the state a premier place to work.”

 

Steckel currently serves as director of employee benefits within BHR, a position he has held since 2014. In this role, he has managed the budget and execution of the State Employee Health Plan program and worker’s compensation program. 


15 year old girl reported missing from north Aberdeen

A 15-year-old girl from north Aberdeen has been reported missing. 

 

According to a Facebook post, Peyton Beidler was last seen Sunday around 1:30 a.m. 

 

If you have any information on her whereabouts you are encouraged to contact the Aberdeen Police Department. 


State Fair Grandstand tickets now on sale

Tickets to the 2019 South Dakota State Fair Grandstand are now on sale.

 

Tickets can be purchased at the grandstand ticket office, online at www.sdstatefair.com or
by calling 866.605.FAIR. Ticket prices can be found on the grandstand page of the State
Fair website.

 

The grandstand lineup includes:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Thursday, Aug. 29: Red Wilk Construction Tuff
    Hedeman Bull Bash
  • Friday, Aug. 30: The Beach Boys welcomed by Pioneer
  • Saturday, Aug. 31: Little Big Town w/ Hailey Steele welcomed by Legend Seeds
  • Sunday, Sept. 1: Brothers Osborne w/ Travis Denning welcomed by C&B
    Operations
  • Monday, Sept. 2: “Thunder at the Fair” Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull presented by
    Kibble Equipment and O’Reilly Auto Parts

 

The 2019 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday,
Sept. 2. Channel Seeds Preview Day will be Wednesday, Aug. 28. This year’s theme is
“There is no Time Like Fair Time.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the
fair office at 800.529.0900, visit sdstatefair.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in
annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota
Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota
agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook,
Instagram and Twitter.


Missouri man arrested in Pierre for discharge of a firearm

A 37-year-old Jefferson City, MO, man faces charges after shooting a gun in a Pierre hotel early this (Wed.) morning.

 

Information from the Pierre Police Department says Central South Dakota Communications dispatch received several reports of a gun shot inside a hotel in the 900 block of W. Sioux Avenue around 4:15am.

 

When Pierre Police officers arrived, they learned two individuals were previously engaged in a physical altercation. During the altercation, Eric Cole discharged a round into the floor. No one was injured.

 

Cole is charged with Aggravated Assault, Committing a Felony While Armed with a Firearm, Discharge of a Firearm at a Structure and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm. He was taken to the Hughes County Jail.


One person killed in Lake county fatal crash

One man died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Madison.

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

 

A 2011 Honda Accord was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it rear-ended a 2002 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer which had just turned eastbound onto Highway 34.

 

Both occupants of the Honda Accord were taken to the Madison hospital. The 18-year-old male passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was later pronounced dead. The 19-year-old male driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. Whether he was wearing a seatbelt is under investigation.

 

The two occupants of the semi-truck, the male driver and female passenger, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. Both are 59 years old.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

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


Sisseton woman wins over half a million dollars in SD lottery

Patty Nerison’s dreams came true through a $594,260 Dakota Cash jackpot.

 

Nerison claimed the prize Monday after purchasing her ticket at the CrossRoads C-Store in Rosholt. The Sisseton resident played Dakota Cash on a weekly basis before her win, but the location of her purchase proved to be a unique one that was worthwhile.

 

“It was just a spur of the moment thing,” Nerison said. “I woke up from a nap and told my husband I was going to buy a ticket. I think someone in my dream told me to go there.”

 

While Nerison’s jackpot-winning prize was the result of the June 26 drawing, she didn’t realize she won until Friday evening. She notes that her daughter told her the winning ticket was purchased in Rosholt, but nerves prevented her from learning her fate.

 

“Thursday, I went to a casino where my daughter works,” Nerison said. “She asked if I bought tickets in Rosholt. I couldn’t check my tickets right away. I was so scared. When I found out I won, I started crying. I was so happy.”

 

Patty wasted no time sharing the jubilation with her husband, Larry. The pair said they plan to pay off their debt and share some of the prize with their four children and 13 grandchildren.

 

“The best part about winning is just knowing that we are finally going to be debt free,” Patty said. “We can go have some fun, buy a new house and spend some on my grandchildren.”

 

Prior to her big win, Patty preferred Dakota Cash because it’s only offered in South Dakota and she enjoyed the game’s odds of winning. While she notes that she may stop playing Dakota Cash now that she’s won, she may test her luck on the rest of the South Dakota Lottery’s lineup.

 

Her playing style may change in the future, but Patty left her fellow lotto players with some encouraging words as they chase their dreams of a jackpot.

 

“Keep trying,” Patty said. “You gotta play to win.”

 

Dakota Cash is an exclusive lotto game of the South Dakota Lottery. Drawings are conducted each Wednesday and Saturday. For more information on Dakota Cash, visit

https://lottery.sd.gov/games/lottogames/dakotacash/.  


Pierre man arrested for sexual contact with a person unable to consent

A 46-year-old Pierre man has been arrested for Sexual Contact with a Person Incapable of Consenting because of Physical or Mental Incapacity.

 

Information from the Pierre Police Department says James Robert Angyal (angel) was arrested after officers received a report he had been observed having sexual contact with a juvenile female last week (June 27). The juvenile female has a medical diagnosis which makes her incapable of giving consent for such contact.

 

Angyal was apprehended in Lyman County by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Lyman County Sheriff’s Office later the same day.

 

Angyal is being held in the Hughes County Jail. Bond has been set at $10,000.


Sobriety checkpoints planned for July

Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 19 South Dakota counties during July.

 

The checkpoints, held monthly in different counties, 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.

 

July checkpoints are planned for the counties of: Brookings, Brown, Brule, Butte,  Charles Mix, Codington, Day, Hughes, Jerauld, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Walworth  and Yankton.

 

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

 


Arial spray to be applied to the city Tuesday night

The Mosquito Control division of the City of Aberdeen will be conducting an aerial application for Mosquitoes over the city on Wednesday July 3 between the hours of 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

If you have any questions concerning the mosquito control applications, please call Mark Hoven at 626-7015.


Health officials confirm first case of human West Nile in the state this year

Health officials say the first case of the West Nile Virus in South Dakota has been confirmed.  The victim is in Turner county between the ages of 30 to 39.  The state Department of Health is urging residents to use this case as a reminder to protect themselves from mosquitoes while outside over the 4th of July holiday weekend.  Be sure to wear mosquito repellent, cover your body when possible, limit outdoor activity and get rid of standing water on your property. 


Rep. Scyller Borglum announces primary challenge to senator Mike Rounds

District 32 representatives Scyller Borglum has announced a primary challenge for the Republican nomination for South Dakota’s senate seat up for grabs in 2020.  She will be facing incumbent Senator Mike Rounds.

 

Borglum is an engineer from Rapid City who has spent one full term in the South Dakota Senate.  She was first appointed to the seat by Governor Dennis Daugaard then won re-election in 2018.  She is 42 years old and holds a PHD in geological engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as well as a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in theology.

According to Borglum, South Dakotan’s are waking up to realize they do not need to support the status quo...

 

 

 

 

Borglum comes at this race like she is a political outside and there might be some truth to that.  After her announcement the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed Rounds.  She has also levied accusations against fellow Republicans who criticized her for considering a run.  Specifically, Borglum says Representative Dusty Johnson confronted her at a public gathering about her potential run.  Johnson denies the accusations.  According to Borglum, that is motivation…

 

 

 

Senator Rounds has not yet begun to focus on reelection as his wife was recently diagnosed with cancer and the two are spending time in Rochester Minnesota for treatment.

 

Borglum took time to highlight three areas she wants to address if elected to Washington.  Those three include the national debt, healthcare and immigration.  She has spent recent months traveling across the state on a low key listening tour and according to her voters are fed up…

 

 

 

South Dakota’s primaries will be Tuesday June 2nd.    


Tornado touches down in Gregory County

The hot, humid weather triggered severe storms around the state yesterday afternoon and evening, including tornado warnings in south central South Dakota.

 

Meteorologist Jen Hacker with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says there was a confirmed tornado on the ground in northern Gregory county.

 

 

 

 

Hacker says the weather service cannot verify reports from the public of a tornado in Charles Mix county.

 

 

 

Today, the main threat for severe weather is in the southeast portion of the state.

 

 

 

There are more chances for rain and thunderstorms throughout the holiday week .


Voters in Nebraska may decide fate of gambling casino's in the state

Voters in Nebraska may have a say in whether or not the state will legalize casino gambling come 2020.  Supporters of legalizing gambling launched a petition late last week to get the issue on the ballot in 2020, with the backing of the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.  Currently , 25 states in the nation allow casino gambling with games such as slot machines, craps and roulette wheels.  If Nebraska voted in favor of legalizing gambling it would tip the scales in this nation with more states allowing gambling than not. 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Tuesday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide spraying for Monday, July 1st  between the hours of 8:30 pm and 1:30 AM.  If for some reason we can’t go Monday our back up day is Tuesday July 2nd.

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 spraying being suspended until conditions improve. 

 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


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