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Local News Archives for 2019-08

Physical school planned on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem along with representatives from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have announced jointly plans to build the first physical local public high school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as well as the first career and technical education high school on a South Dakota Indian Reservation.  According to a release, the Oglala Lakota County School district serves 22 communities within 2,000 square miles and does not have a physical high school, operating from virtual locations that can serve 50 to 250 students at a time.  Gov. Noem says this project will bolster the area’s workforce and empower students to succeed post graduation. 


Mumps cases confirmed in southeastern South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Health says two cases of mumps have been confirmed in southeastern South Dakota.  According to state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton both cases were confirmed within the past 24 hours and are working to notify others who may have been exposed.  Mumps is an acute viral disease with symptoms including swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands.  Dr. Clayton urges the public to be proactive in preventing the spread of this disease by covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, don’t share glasses or utensils, stay home when sick and wash hands frequently.


Road closures planned for Friday in Aberdeen

According to the Aberdeen Public Works Department, road construction will begin in  parts of Aberdeen today.  Starting around 8:00 a.m.  part of South Lamont Street will be closed for street work.  That part is South Lamont Street from seventh avenue southeast to 10th avenue southeast.  The work will be completed as soon as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


District 23 senator Justin Cronin to resign his seat

District 23 State Senator Justin Cronin has announced he will resign his seat in the South Dakota State Senate.  Cronin has represented District 23 since 2017 and currently serves as the vice chair of the Senate Appropriates Committee.  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has appointed current district 23 representative John Lake to fill the vacancy.  Noem will accept public input into naming the next representative from district 23.  People with ideas or interested candidates should email Rachel.graves@state.sd.us.  District 23 encompasses all of Falk, Hyde, Edmunds, Walworth, Potter Campbell and most of McPherson county. 


Road closures planned for Friday in Aberdeen

Beginning Friday, part of Third Avenu Southwest will be closed to thru traffic beginning at 8:30 a.m. for street maintenance work.  According to the Aberdeen Public Works Department lines will be painted on third avenue southeast from south second street to south third street and from south second street to south first street.  South second street will remain open and the ally between second and third street will be available.  Work is expected to be completed by noon. 


Water to be shut off in part of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, water will be off in the vicinity of the following area to replace a water valve:

 

          2nd Avenue NE from N Washington St to N Kline St 

 

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 until about noon on Wednesday.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Name released in Minnehaha County fatal crash

Three people from Sioux Falls have been identified as those who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon west of Sioux Falls.

 

A 2005 Pontiac Vibe was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 42, between 466th Avenue and 467th Avenue, when it crossed the center line and collided with a westbound 1994 Ford F150 pickup. The pickup caught fire shortly after the collision.

 

Both male occupants of the pickup died at the scene. They were the driver, 44-year-old Fredrico San Miguel, and the passenger, 57-year-old David Kieffer. Seatbelt use is under investigation.

 

Alyssa Skogen, the 39-year-old female driver of the Pontiac Vibe, also was pronounced dead at the scene. Two male passengers, ages 10 and five, were transported to a Sioux Falls hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. All three were wearing seatbelts.

 

That portion of Highway 42 was closed for a time 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.


Gov. Noem appoints judge to second judicial circuit

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Rachel Rasmussen to serve as judge for the Second Judicial Circuit.

 

“Rachel’s tenure of service in law has equipped her well for this position,” said Noem. “She has exposure to a wide range of legal matters, and her legal experience has aided her successful transition from practice to the bench. I am confident she will uphold the law.”

 

“I understand the privilege and responsibility it is to serve as a judge, and I am honored to do so,” said Rasmussen. “I look forward to serving the people of South Dakota as a Circuit Judge for the Second Judicial Court.”

 

Rasmussen grew up in Canton. She attended the University of South Dakota, where she graduated with a degree in political science, and the University of Minnesota, where she obtained her Juris Doctor.

 

Rasmussen served as a Deputy State’s Attorney in the Lincoln County State’s Attorney’s Office from 2007 until 2010 and practiced law at Peterson, Stuart, Rumpca & Rasmussen from 2011 to 2018. She has served as a magistrate judge for the Second Judicial Circuit since 2018.

 

Aside from her role as a judge, Rasmussen is active in her community and church and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

 

The Second Circuit covers Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.


Senator Rounds gives an update on wife battling cancer

The August Work Period for members of Congress will be wrapping up soon as Senators and members of Congress return to Washington D. C. with input from those they represent.  South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds will use his final days of the break helping wife Jean as he fights a cancerous tumor…

 

 

 

Rounds says his wife has been strong so far through the process…

 

 

 

Rounds says the tumor has been greatly reduced in size…

 

 

 

Jean Rounds was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant high-grade tumor near her sciatic nerve in mid-June.


Mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Wednesday, August 28th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.  The alternate night would be Thursday, August 29th between the hours of 8:00 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.


Minnesota gov. Tim Walz calls for state agencies to prepare for legal marijuana in the state

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has ordered state agencies to prepare for the possibility of the state legalizing marijuana if the legislature passes the bill next session.  Governor Walz is a proponent of decriminalization and is encouraging supports of legalizing marijuana to continue putting pressure on lawmakers to pass said legislation.  The Republican controlled state senate rejected a bill last session which would have decriminalized recreational marijuana by 2022 and senate majority leader Paul Gazelka says he will continue to block legislation if still in power.  Minnesota would become the 12th state, 13th if including the District of Columbia, to legalize marijuana if passed. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 7:00 AM on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, water will be off in the vicinity of the following area to install a water line:

         

South Montrose Street 

 

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 most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Billie Sutton talks his leadership institute in Aberdeen

Former gubernatorial candidate and state senator Billie Sutton visited Aberdeen in late August to speak about leadership to the incoming class at Northern State University.  Leadership has been on Sutton’s mind since losing a close election in 2016 to current governor Kristi Noem and that is why Sutton created the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute.

 

According to Sutton there are several key aspects to what makes a good leader…

 

 

 

 

The leadership institute is a non-profit organization, designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders across South Dakota.  It is non-partisan and provides help for individuals in their own communities through finances, advice and beyond.  This type of leadership will be necessary in rural parts of the state, because state and federal help is not always available…

 

 

 

Projects currently underway by institute fellows include an effort to register more voters across the state and organizing a women’s day of action in Sioux Falls.

 

There are other organizations like Sutton’s leadership institute in South Dakota already.  However, he feels his leadership institute stands out because of its action oriented focus…

 


Fort Thompson man pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter

A Fort Thompson South Dakota man has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges.  According to the US attorney for South Dakota 37-year-old Antoine Medicine Crow Jr. allegedly killed another person while operating a vehicle in a negligent manner.  The incident occurred on April 26th 2019.  A trial date has not yet been set, but if convicted Medicine Crow faces a maximum of 0eight years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  He is currently being held in the custody of the US Marshals. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Monday

Weather permitting, beginning at approximately 7:00 AM on Monday, August 26, 2019, water will be off due to valve replacement in the vicinity of the following area:

       

  5th Avenue SE & South Harvard Street 

 

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 most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Living trees in South Dakota up from five years ago

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture reports trees living in South Dakota are up a hefty amount from five years ago.  According to numbers released by the Department of Ag, 601 million trees were living in South Dakota in 2018.  That is a 7.1 percent increase from 2013.  Gregory Josten from the department of ag tells KOTA tv in Rapid City, that extra tree growth comes from the Ponderosa Pine’s ability to regenerate in the Black Hills.  With the added trees, department officials now turn to battling forest fires and Mountain Pine Beetle infestations among other things. 


Rapid City man found guilty of trying to hire a hitman

A jury has found a Rapid City man guilty of attempting to hire someone to kill a doctor that treated his late wife.

 

After jury deliberations Thursday, the verdict came in finding William Thoman guilty of soliciting and aiding and abetting first degree murder.

 

Prosecutors allege Thoman asked a colleague for the name of a hit man to murder a local doctor. Thoman allegedly blamed that doctor for his wife's death. They also say Thoman also asked that same colleague to get him a gun that he could use to commit the crime.

 

The verdict ends just over three days of testimony in the case.

 

Sentencing for Thoman hasn't been set yet.

 

 


Groton football game vs. McLaughlin canceled

Groton High School’s week 0 opening game vs. McLaughlin has been cancelled according to the South Dakota High School Activities Assocaition.  According to John Krogstrand from the SDSHSAA McLaughlin informed the Association earlier this week they do not have enough players to field a varsity football team. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Saturday

Beginning at approximately 7:00 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019, water will be off due to valve replacement in the vicinity of the following area:

         

Industrial Avenue from N. Commerce Street to North County Hwy 19 

 

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 most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


678 citations given for violating new "hands free" law in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released numbers in relation to the new “hands free” law which went into effect August 1st.  The law, which states drivers are not allowed to use their hands to interact with a cell phone while driving, has rendered 678 citations across the state during just the first week.  40 percent of the tickets issued came from Minneapolis and Hennepin County with a total 286 citations given.  Fines are $50 for the first offense $275 for each subsequent violation plus court costs. 


Officials investigating child drowning near Waubay

According to the South Dakota Attorney General’s office, officials are investigating the drowning death of a 2-year-old Child in the Waubay area.  Little more information has been release other than the investigation remains ongoing.  A spokesperson for the AG’s office says the child did not drown in the lake, but rather in the Waubay area. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Thursday, August 22, 2019, water will be off due to valve replacement in the vicinity of the following area:

200 block of South Jackson Street 

&

200 block of South Congress Street

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 most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends presidential campaign

Washington governor Jay Inslee announced late Wednesday he has decided to suspended his presidential campaign, ending his chances at the 2020 nomination.  Inslee becomes the latest in a large field to drop out, just behind former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.  Hickenlooper has now announced he plans to run for the Senate representing Colorado.  Inslee’s decision comes just days after announcing he had amassed enough individual donors to qualify for the next round of debates, but has yet to crack the polling threshold.  His entire campaign was being used to spread awareness about climate change.    


Cattleman's steakhouse in Pierre catches fire

A restaurant east of Pierre sustains damage in an early Wednesday morning fire.  Pierre Rural Fire Department Chief Jason Roggel says firefighters were dispatched around five a.m…

 

 

 

Roggel says an exact cause in unknown…

 

 

 

The building housing the Cattleman’s Club has an apartment above the restaurant which was occupied at the time…

 

 

 

Roggel says the fire is a great example of why working fire alarms are important…

 

 

 

The Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse is five and a half miles east of Pierre on South Dakota Highway 34.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, water will be off due to valve replacement in the vicinity of the following area:

 

          800 block of South Grand Street 

 

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 most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Truck driver arrested in SD for transporting legally produced hemp across the state

The Minnesota Hemp Association is protesting the arrest of a truck driver delivering legally grown hemp from Colorado to a processor in Minnesota.  The driver was pulled over for speeding in Jackson County on I-90.  Hemp is legal in 47 states, but remains illegal in South Dakota.  Transporting hemp across South Dakota is still illegal.  Joe Radinovich of the Minnesota Hemp Association released a statement reminding the public the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp on a federal level and blamed the state and governor Kristi Noem of costing the businesses involved tens of thousands of dollars. 


Wagner woman arrested in death of 3-year-old daughter

A Wagner woman is facing second degree murder charges in connection with the death of her daughter.  According to authorities, police found the three-year-old girl unresponsive in a Wagner home.  Officers received a report of an unresponsive child last Wednesday.  Upon arrival they confirmed the child had died.  Police arrested 23-year-old Amanda Rose Hernandez in the case.  Police noticed signs of trauma to the child’s body including brusies on the forehead, nose, eyes and abdomen.  Hernandez told investigators the child fell out of the top of a bunk bed, causing the injuries. 


Child in southern Minnesota killed when gun discharges in the home

A child in Minnesota has died as a result of a gun shot being fired inside the home.  According to the Associated Press, the incident occurred last Wednesday near Huron Lake.  Huron Lake is located in southeastern Minnesota, slightly northwest of Worthington.  Police responded to a 911 call of a child being injured and upon arrival learned a weapon had been discharged and the bullet struck the child.  First responders took the child to a local hospital but doctors could not save the child.  The shooting remains under investigation. 


One person killed Thursday near Parkston in fatal crash

One person died and three others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Parkston.

 

Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of families.

 

A Ford Ranger was northbound on 409th Avenue. The female driver swerved to miss a mud hole in the road and lost control. The vehicle went into the ditch, rolled several times and caught fire.

 

The driver, 15, died at the scene. The three passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the vehicle. All received life-threatening injuries. A 16-year-old male was transported to the Parkston hospital. The two other passengers, a 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old male, were eventually flown to Sioux Falls hospitals.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. This is only preliminary information at this time.

 

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


City of Aberdeen plans mosquito spray for Monday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Monday, August 19th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.  The alternate night would be Tuesday, August 20th between the hours of 8:00 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


Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expected to drop out of presidential race

The Associated Press is reporting Democratic Presidential candidate John Hickenlooper will drop out of the primary race Thursday.  Hickenlooper is expected to announce plans to instead run for the US Senate seat from Colorado up for election in 2020.  He served as the governor of Colorado for two terms.  That move is not official, but his campaign has taken steps to transition to that race according to campaign insiders.  The seat held by Republican Cory Gardner is considered one of the most volnurable incumbents in 2020. 


Dylan Scott/Jordan Davis take the stage Thursday at BCF

It is Thursday of the Brown County Fair which means the Grandstand music entertainment continues.  Tonight will feature the co-headlining acts of Jordan Davis and Dylan Scott.  Scott is from Bastrop Louisiana and is known for songs such as “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy”, “My Girl”, “Hooked”, and “Nothing to Do Town.”  Jordan Davis is from Shreveport Louisiana and is known for songs such as “Singles You Up” and “Take it From Me.”  The show will begin at 8:00 p.m.


Third fatality reported at Sturgis rally

Yuma, CO man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 near Johnson Siding.

 

A 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide was northbound on Norris Peak Road when the driver lost control while approaching a bridge. The motorcycle eventually slid into a ditch and struck a barbed wire fence.

 

The driver, 67-year-old Tony Weber, was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital where he died Sunday, Aug. 11.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. It is the third fatality recorded during this year’s Sturgis Rally.

 

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


Wednesday kicks off grandstand music entertainment at BCF

It is Wednesday of the Brown County Fair, and with that comes the first of four shows at the Grandstands.  Tonight will be the “Triple Threat Tour” featuring three country acts including Blackhawk, Restless Heart and Shenandoah.  Blackhawk is known for songs such as “Not Strong Enough to Say No,” and “Goodbye Says it All.”  Restless Heart is known for songs such as “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” and “I’ll Still Be Loving You.”  Finally, Shenandoah is known for song such as “Church on Cumberlan Road”, and “Next to you, Next to Me.”  Show starts at 8:00 p.m.


South Dakota lawmakers send letter to Washington delegation opposing "red flag" laws

A group of South Dakota lawmakers Tuesday sent a letter to South Dakota Senators Mike Rounds, John Thune and Representative Dusty Johnson opposing any kind of potential “red flag” laws passed in the wake of two mass shootings earlier this month.  The effort spearheaded by Representative Stace Nelson of Fulton was cosigned by 26 current and former state lawmakers.  Red Flag laws allow for law enforcement to remove weapons from individuals deemed dangerous to themselves or others until the safety of the person and community is adjudicated. 


Brown County Commission talks $4 million request/income deficit that needs to be fixed in the budget

The Brown County Commission Tuesday talked about the budget situation at its meeting.  According to commissioners, officials need to close a $4 million gap between department requests and revenue.  The idea of “opting out” of state imposed caps on property tax increases was discussed.  However, a move like that would need to pass a public vote.  The possibility of closing the juvenile detention center was also discussed.  The commission also voted 3-2 to not approve the hiring of a museum operation manager despite the advice of the Dacotah Priarie leaders.   


Senator Rounds to visit Brown County Fair Wednesday

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds will visit the Brown County Fair Wednesday August 14th.  The Senator will be on the fairgrounds from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to find the Senator and have a conversations. 

 


Road work closes parts of Sisseton

The intersection of South Dakota Highway 10 and East Eighth Avenue in Sisseton will be closed today to through August 23rd according to a release form the South Dakota Department of Transportation.  A detour will be set up on state highway 127 among other local roads.  The DOT encourages drives to be aware of the detour and obey construction signs.  The project being built is a $7.9 million roundabout at this intersection. 


South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson to visit Conde Tuesday

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson will visit Conde today and tour the Crocker Wind Farm.  Johnson will join the folks with Geronimo Energy to help celebrate American Wind Week at the wind farm from 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. American Wind Week is used to celebrate the over 53,000 turbines that dot the American landscape across 41 states, and look towards the future of even more windmills as we shift our energy sources to help combat climate change and save the environment. 


Roads in Aberdeen to be closed for construction work Monday

Weather permitting, beginning at 8am on Monday, August 12, 2019 the following section of road will be permanently closed to thru traffic as it has been abandoned:

 

15th Avenue SE from S. State Street to S. Herret St

 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Please call the Public Works office at 605-626-7010 for more information. 


FEMA Cleanup hotline extended to August 16

The Cleanup Assistance Hotline established by South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters has been extended until Aug. 16.

 

The phone number is 605-519-5413. The hotline was established to assist South Dakotans with cleanup or debris removal as a result of the winter storm and flooding this year.

 

The hotline is staffed by volunteers. Callers should leave their phone numbers for a call back by volunteers.

 

Volunteers can help with mucking and gutting homes (removal of dry wall, carpet, etc.), debris removal and other cleanup activities. The hotline will match requests with volunteer partners and will attempt to accommodate as many requests as possible with the volunteer resources available.


Sturgis final rally tally

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 11, 2019

FINAL NUMBERS

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

135

36

171

149

Misd Drug Arrests

165

48

213

175

Felony Drug Arrests

83

48

131

77

Total Citations

842

494

1336

987

Total Warnings

2814

1280

4094

3,754

Cash Seized

$0.00

$4,044.00

$4,044.00

$2,739.00

Vehicles Seized

4

2

6

7

  For Drug Poss.

4

2

6

7

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

16

25

41

50

Injury Accidents

26

26

52

56

Fatal Accidents

2

0

2

4

# of Fatalities

2

0

2

4

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 12:15 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 54, 10 miles east of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound when the driver swerved to avoid a collision with a motorcycle ahead of him which had made a sudden stop. The first motorcycle went into the ditch. The male driver, 49, suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At 1:05 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 248, mile marker 168, five miles east of Kadoka: A motorcycle was eastbound when the driver lost control in a construction zone. Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 27, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The female passenger, 26, sustained minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.

 

At 4 p.m., Saturday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 27, six mile east of Custer: A Harley Davidson motorcycle was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane. The motorcycle collided with an eastbound Ducati motorcycle and an eastbound Yamaha motorcycle then rear-ended the Ducati.  The two Harley Davidson passengers – the male driver, 59, and the female passenger, 58, both suffered minor injuries. The 51-year-old male driver of the Ducati motorcycle sustained life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Yamaha motorcycle, a 28-year-old male, had minor injuries. All four people involved were wearing helmets.

 

At 3:43 a.m. Sunday, near the intersection of North Elk Vale Road and Elk Creek Road, nine miles north of Rapid City: A male motorcycle driver had lost control on the uneven road surface. The driver, 64, was not injured. The female passenger, 46, sustained minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.


Country music star John Rich to host two tastings/bottle signings in Aberdeen August 17th

Country music star John Rich will visit Kessler’s and Ken’s in Aberdeen Saturday August 17th for a bottle signing of his “Redneck Riviera Whiskey.”  Rich will be at Kessler’s from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Ken’s from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  This is just hours before he is to perform at the Brown County Fair with his band partner Big Kenny.  Part of the proceeds of the “Redneck Riviera Whiskey” will go towards Folds of Honor, an organization dedicated to helping the families of fallen and disabled American service men and women.   


Senator Thune talks addressing guns in the wake of two mass shootings

Mayors from more than 200 U.S. cities have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to call the Senate back from its August recess to discuss legislation which would widen background checks on gun purchases.  South Dakota Senator John Thune says he doubts the Senate will return from its break early.

 

 

 

The senator does think that gun legislation will be discussed this fall.

 

 

 

 

The legislation has already passed in the House of Representatives.


Rally Tally for Wednesday August 7th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 7, 2019

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

77

20

97

73

Misd Drug Arrests

100

28

128

104

Felony Drug Arrests

56

17

73

38

Total Citations

449

258

707

534

Total Warnings

1394

675

2069

1934

Cash Seized

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$2,739.00

Vehicles Seized

2

0

2

3

  For Drug Poss.

2

0

2

3

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

7

16

23

33

Injury Accidents

16

12

28

33

Fatal Accidents

1

0

1

3

# of Fatalities

1

0

1

3

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 11 a.m., Tuesday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 15, three miles south of Spearfish: A motorcycle was southbound through Spearfish Canyon when the driver lost control going through a right curve. The motorcycle went across the center line and struck the rear of a motorcycle trike. All three occupants were thrown from their vehicles. All suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and none were wearing helmets. The driver of the motorcycle was a female, 61. The two occupants on the trike were the male driver, 67, and a female passenger, 54.

 

At 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Interstate 90, mile marker 59, in Rapid City: A motorcycle was westbound on the I-90 exit 59, westbound on-ramp when a passenger car slowed down and stopped in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle driver lost control of the motorcycle when he had to abruptly stop. The male driver, 62, suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 31, six miles west of Lead: A motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 14A when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the centerline into the path of an eastbound motorcycle. The two occupants of the eastbound motorcycle – the 57-year-old male driver and the 53-year-old female passenger – both suffered minor injuries. Both were wearing helmets. The 59-year-old male driver of the westbound motorcycle suffered life-threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At 3 p.m., Tuesday, U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 36, 6 ½ miles east of Spearfish: A motorcycle was southbound on U.S. Highway 85, when a 2019 Subaru Forester attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Highway 85 from East Colorado Boulevard. The motorcycle collided with the vehicle. Both motorcycle occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The male driver, 51, suffered life-threatening injuries. The 51-year-old female passenger suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. Helmet use is under investigation.  The 82-year-old male driver of the vehicle was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

At 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 34, six miles north of Custer; a motorcycle was passing a vehicle on the right when the motorcycle traveled too far to the right and entered the ditch. The male driver, 41, lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle. He suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, South Dakota Highway 244, mile marker 32, five miles west of Keystone: A motorcycle attempted to avoid a motor home that was making a left-hand turn. The two occupants were thrown from the motorcycle and both suffered minor injuries. The male driver was 47 and the female passenger was 49. They were not wearing helmets. The 37-year-old male driver of the motorhome was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

At 9:18 p.m., Tuesday, South Dakota Highway 79, mile marker 111, three miles east of Sturgis: A motorcycle traveling on SD Highway 34 failed to properly negotiate a turn north onto SD Highway 79. The driver lost control of the motorcycle. The male driver, 66, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The 14-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 


Rep. Johnson to visit Aberdeen Thursday

South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson will visit Aberdeen today taking part in many things including a town hall with constituents at the Twist Cone.  Dusty will visit the Aberdeen Development Corp at 1:00 p.m.  Following that, Johnson will be at Avera St. Luke for a hospital tour from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Finally, Dusty will be at the Twist Cone from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  meeting with constituents at an event he likes to call “Inside Scoop with Dusty.” 


Gov. Noem visits Burke to see damage from storm

Governor Kristi Noem visited Burke Wednesday after a Tuesday night storm heavily damaged the southern South Dakota community….

 

 

 

She says Burke has gone through five disasters so far this year….

 

 

 

The National Weather determined an EF-1 tornado and strong straight line winds combined to devastate the community.


Road work to begin in parts of Aberdeen today

Parts of Aberdeen will be closed today to through traffic for road construction.  According to the Public Works Department the intersection at Lloyd and 14th avenue southeast will be closed starting at 8:00 a.m.  the intersection is expected to be closed all day.  Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen today

Water will be shut off today starting at 8:00 a.m. for part of South congress Street and South Jackson Street.  According to the Department of Public Safety, residents in the 400 to 500 block will have water turned off while workers repair water lines.  Water is expected to be off for the entire day.  Residents are encouraged to store water for personal and restroom use. 


PC to offer nursing classes online

Presentation College is pleased to announce that beginning this fall the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, currently only offered at the Aberdeen Campus, will also be offered online in South Dakota and Minnesota. Currently, Presentation offers online programs in LPN-to-BSN and Family Nurse Practitioner, but this is the first time the College will be offering the traditional BSN degree online.  

 

“We are extremely excited to offer this opportunity to our students and feel that it will help many rural communities around the region develop the very best nurses possible,” said Dr. Diane Duin, Vice President for Academics at Presentation College. “This program will provide many students who do not have the ability to move to campus attain their nursing degrees.”

 

The online program meets the demand of rural healthcare and students living in rural communities. The program will also allow students to engage with the Presentation College learning community while pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing without having to relocate. Students will complete all clinical requirements face-to-face in the same method as all BSN students, in a standard clinical environment. Students will have the option to come to the Aberdeen Campus or perform clinicals at an approved site closer to their residence.

 

“We believe this online program can really help fill the critical nursing shortages seen around the nation and especially in our own backyard,” said Marcus Garstecki, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “At the end of the day it’s about giving students a dynamic learning experience and this program will allow us to deliver such an experience in a convenient way.”

 

This method of delivery is advantageous for rural healthcare because healthcare organizations have an opportunity to maintain their current workforce while simultaneously “growing their own”. Healthcare employees can attend Presentation College and remain in their current place of employment, which promotes employee retention and thus, eliminates costly employee turnover.

 

Students will complete all instructive learning, both general education courses and nursing courses, online through Presentation College’s Moodle learning management system (LMS), and will be able to participate in clinical instruction close to home.

 


Rally tally for Tuesday August 6th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Tuesday August 6, 2019

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

59

13

72

56

Misd Drug Arrests

82

22

104

83

Felony Drug Arrests

42

12

54

32

Total Citations

356

199

555

429

Total Warnings

1099

526

1625

1473

Cash Seized

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$1,684.00

Vehicles Seized

2

0

2

3

  For Drug Poss.

2

0

2

3

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

6

10

16

22

Injury Accidents

8

8

18

21

Fatal Accidents

1

0

1

2

# of Fatalities

1

0

1

2

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

At 3:03 p.m. Monday, at the intersection of North Rochford Road and Old Salt Road, 12 miles south of Lead: A motorcycle was southbound on North Rochford Road when the driver failed to negotiate a right curve. The motorcycle crossed the center line, slid into the ditch and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 29-year-old male driver was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 9:35 a.m., Monday Interstate 90, mile marker 15, one mile east of Spearfish: A motorcycle was westbound in the driving lane when the rear tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control. The male driver, 50, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet and received minor injuries. The driving lane of that area of I-90 was closed for 45 minutes.

 

At 4:20 p.m. Monday, Interstate 90, mile marker 61, eastbound on ramp, Rapid City: A 2017 Nissan Versa was entering traffic on the eastbound on ramp when it was rear-ended by a 2005 Buick LeSabre. The 28-year-old female driver of the Nissan received minor injuries. The Buick’s driver, a 44-year-old female, was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

 

At 4:43 p.m., Monday, South Dakota Highway 79, nine miles north of Sturgis: Two motorcycles were northbound when both tried to pass a third motorcycle going at slower speed. As the first two motorcycles were passing, the third motorcycle turned left colliding with the first two motorcycles. The  48-year-old male driver of the first motorcycles sustained minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. The male driver of the second vehicle, 53, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries while the female passenger, 53, had minor injuries. Neither one was wearing a helmet. The male driver of the third motorcycle, 48, had serious non-life threatening injuries while the female passenger, 18, sustained minor injuries. Helmet use of the two occupants on the third motorcycle was not listed.

 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, August 8 between the hours of 8:00 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


Officials warn against sex trafficking at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brings in hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world.

 

With that many people, the problem of human trafficking has been a problem over the years.

To help combat the problem, a group known as Bikers Against Trafficking was established to help fight and raise awareness against sex trafficking. The group has a major presence in Sturgis this year with a tent along busy Lazelle Street.

 

Patrick Nave is President of Bikers Against Trafficking. He says trafficking is a big issue during the Rally and they want people to be aware of trafficking and to know the signs.

 

 

 

Nave says their main goal is help those who have been affected by the trauma of sex trafficking….

 

 

 

 

The group will be in Sturgis all week, helping authorities and rally-goers to combat sex trafficking.


No bids offered for weekend racing at Brown County Speedway

The Brown County Commission at its Tuesday meeting announced it had received no bids to host races on Friday nights at the Brown County speedway.  The races had been put on by bullet sports, but they chose not to enter a bid this time around.  Upon further deliberation, the commission decided to extend its bid entry timeframe to August 20th and will reassess after then.  Should no bids come forward to host racing, the commission discussed simply not having races on Friday nights or entertaining other options.


Glacial Lakes Energy buys ethanol plants in Aberdeen and Huron

Aberdeen and Huron’s ethanol plants have been sold to Watertown-based Glacial Lakes Energy according to a release from the company.  The sale total was for $47.5 million and the agreement was signed on August 1st.  Advanced BioEnergy as the company was known, now plans to go into liquidation.  The plants in both Huron and Aberdeen had production capacity of about 86 million gallons of ethanol per year and combined employed approximately 50 people. 


Tonight celebrates "National Night Out"

Tonight is the annual National Night Out celebration.  National Night Out is an annual event put on by the fraternal order of police with the goals of building trust and comfort with local law enforcement and building community bonds.  The event will be held at Melgaard Park in Aberdeen from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Aberdeen is one of 15,000 community’s worldwide taking part in this event.  Along with police, many other local agencies will be on hand promoting volunteering, social programs, safety and crime prevention. 


Charges filed in Brookings child fatality

A three-year-old girl is dead and two Brookings residents are facing charges.

 

Brookings County States Attorney Dan Nelson says 25-year-old Renae Fayant and 27-year-old  Robert Price, Jr. have both indicted by a Brookings County Grand Jury on alternate counts of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter as well as abuse or cruelty to a minor under age 7.


Nelson says the three-year-old niece of Fayant, under her care for about  two years, had been living in terrible conditions. An ambulance was called to the 900 block of Seventh Street shortly before 4:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon for an unresponsive child...

 

 

 

Nelson says an autopsy was conducted on the girl Thursday...

 

 

 

 

Brookings Police Chief Dave Erickson...

 

 

 

 

There were two other children in the home. Nelson says there was no indication of abuse of those children. They were removed from the home Wednesday.

 

Both Price and Fayant are being held on $100,000 cash-only bond. They'll have an initial appearance in court on Monday.


US Rep. Dusty Johnson to visit Miller Monday

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) will travel to Miller on Monday to tour Titan Machinery, host the “Inside Scoop with Dusty,” and attend a community leaders forum.

 

He will tour Titan Machinery from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., host his "Inside Scoop with Dusty" from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Dairy Queen and havea fourm with Miller Community Leaders from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the community center in Miller.  


Rally tally for Sunday August 4th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 4, 2019

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

19

3

22

19

Misd Drug Arrests

23

8

31

30

Felony Drug Arrests

17

6

23

8

Total Citations

121

68

189

136

Total Warnings

400

153

553

464

Cash Seized

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Vehicles Seized

1

0

1

1

  For Drug Poss.

1

0

1

1

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

4

7

11

11

Injury Accidents

7

2

9

7

Fatal Accidents

0

0

0

2

# of Fatalities

0

0

0

2

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

NONE

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 6 a.m., Saturday, Vale Cut-Off Road, two miles east of Nisland: A Dodge Ram 2500 pickup crashed earlier Saturday morning and left a female passenger, 28, with minor injuries. A male passenger, 26, was uninjured. The driver left the scene and has not been located. Seatbelt use for the two passengers is under investigation.

 

At 10:06 a.m., Saturday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 32, four miles west of Lead: A motorcycle was westbound when the driver failed to negotiate the curve. The motorcycle slid across the eastbound lanes and into the south ditch. The male driver, 70, received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

 

At 11:21 a.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 79, mile marker 79, 3 ½ miles east of Sturgis: A motorcycle was southbound when a northbound 2011 Ford Escape turned in front of the motorcycle. The male motorcycle driver, 86, received minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.  The two males in the vehicles, ages 57 and 79, were not injured. Both were wearing seatbelts.

 

At 11:43 a.m., Saturday,  South Dakota Highway 34, mile maker 39, four miles east of Sturgis: A motorcycle was eastbound when it struck a deer that had entered the roadway. Both the male driver, 64, and female passenger, 61, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.

 

At 12:18 p.m., Saturday, Interstate 90, mile marker 97, 30 miles east of Box Elder: Two motorcycles were riding westbound staggered in the passing lane. A motor home moved into the passing lane, forcing the two motorcycles to slow down. One rear-ended the other. One of the male motorcycle drivers, age 39, sustained minor injuries. The other motorcycle driver, 38, was not injured. Both were wearing helmets.


At 2 p.m., Saturday, South Dakota Highway 44, mile marker 155, 19 miles south of Kadoka: A westbound 2016 Jeep Liberty rear-ended a westbound motorcycle that was stopped at a stop sign. The collision knocked both occupants off the motorcycle. The male driver, 51, suffered minor injuries. The female passenger, 64, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing helmets. The female vehicle driver, 72, was not injured. She was wearing a seatbelt.

 

At 2:30 p.m., Saturday, O’ Neil’s Crossing and U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 5, 12 miles south of Savoy: A motorcycle was traveling on U.S. Highway 85 when the driver lost control. The motorcycle went off the east side of the roadway and through some trees. The male driver, 54, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

At 8:52 a.m., Saturday, Interstate 90, mile marker 40, eight miles east of Sturgis: A 2015 Jeep Wrangler was eastbound when the driver lost control. The vehicle went off the road and it a guardrail. The female driver, 45, sustained minor injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt.

 

At 10:38 p.m., Saturday, U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 117, five miles south of Deadwood: A motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when a second motorcycle, leaving a parking lot, attempted to enter the northbound lane of 385. The first motorcycle tried to stop and the male driver fell off his motorcycle. The driver, 49, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The second motorcycle driver, a 54-year-old male, was not injured. Neither were wearing helmets.


President Trump orders flags at half staff in honor of the two mass shootings that rocked the US this weekend

President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on August 8, 2019, to honor the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Monday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for Monday, August 5 between the hours of 8:00 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. 


Aberdeen man arrested for pulling a gun on another man in argument

An Aberdeen man has been arrested on aggravated assault and false personation charges following an incident Wednesday.  According to police, 37-year-old Abraham Manyok pulled a gun on a man during a dispute between the two in the 800 block of South Cochrane Street just after 8:00 p.m.  No shots were fired and the false personation charge comes from lying to police about his identity.  According to the Aberdeen American News, he has two outstanding warrants, one in Texas and another in Brookings. 


Police in Brookings respond to toddler's death

Police in Brookings have opened a criminal investigation following the death of a toddler in the city.  According to authorities, police responded to a call about an unresponsive child in the 900 block of seventh street around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Upon arrival first responders had determined the three-year-old child had died.  No arrests have been made, but a press conference is scheduled today to release more information. 


PC announces President Huber to retire

Today, Presentation College announces that Margaret (Maggie) Huber, Ph.D., is retiring from her position of President of the College, effective October 1, 2019.

 

Dr. Huber has been at the helm of Presentation College since January 2012.  Dr. Huber’s goal was to ensure that Presentation College establish itself as a viable member of the higher education community. Recent highlights of her leadership include the launch of Presentation’s first ever graduate program: a master’s in nursing with a track for family nurse practitioners. She also developed the Presentation College Avera Simulation Center, offering the latest technology for healthcare training and education, including five rooms equipped with hospital beds, specialized medical equipment and interactive manikins. 

 

She established the Vice President for Mission  position to ensure that the legacy of Nano Nagle lives on through Presentation College.  Dr. Huber champions a holistic experience for students. Contrary to national demographics, Dr. Huber led the campus to its all-time high enrollment in Fall 2016.  She directed the College through successful graduate and undergraduate nursing accreditation processes as well as Higher Learning Commission approval. Recognizing the importance of a safe and welcoming higher education environment to student success, she led successful efforts to update the physical campus, including building the East Suites student residences, creating the campus green, erecting the winter Dome to meet the needs of students, athletes, and community members, and creating the College Welcome Center and Saint Square in  the main building.

 

At Presentation, Dr. Huber has been an active member of professional organizations including the South Dakota Association of  Independent Colleges (SDAIC) and serving on the national board of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as well as chair and member of the executive committee for the North Star Athletic Association.

 

Prior to her current position at Presentation College, Dr. Huber held other positions in higher education, including President of La Roche College (now La Roche University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, President of College of Notre Dame (now Notre Dame de Namur University) in San Francisco, California and   Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.

 

She holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan; master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business; and, a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Duquesne University.

 

“We thank Dr. Huber for her dedication and commitment to Presentation College over the past eight years. We wish her well as she begins her retirement, ” said Sister Janice Klein, President of the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen.

 

“Dr. Huber’s many contributions as President of Presentation College have led to a better experience for numerous students and staff. She has had an extraordinary career and we are grateful for her years of service,” said PC Board of Trustees Chair, Dave  Giovannini.

 

A search committee has been established to conduct a national search with the goal of having a new president in place by July 1, 2020.


Sobriety checkpoints announced for August

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

 

Officials plan to hold 24 total checkpoints in 15 counties. The checkpoints, held monthly in different counties, are designed to discourage people from drinking and then driving.   

 

Augusts checkpoints are planned for the counties of: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Edmunds, Hughes, Lawrence, Minnehaha, Roberts and Stanley.

 

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


Aberdeen woman accepts plea deal to avoid murder charge

An Aberdeen woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, but while mentally ill in the death of 37-year-old Michelle Ladner.  39-year-old Tanisha Renee Jordan-Mondo entered into her plea agreement Wednesday in a Brown County Courthouse.  Murder charges against Jordan-Mondo will dropped as part of the deal.  She faces a max sentence of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.  The charges stem from an incident July 19th 20178 when the victim was found by first responders with stab wounds to the neck and arm in her apartment.  Ladner would later die at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls on July 25th


Rep. Dusty Johnson to visit Twist Cone August 8th

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson will visit Aberdeen August 8th and be at the Twist cone in the west part of town.  Johnson is calling the event the “inside scoop with Dusty” and it will serve as a kind of town hall.  He will take questions from constituents in an open forum at the Aberdeen ice cream stand from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Name of Bryant man released who died in mobile home fire

The name of a Bryant man has been released who died after becoming trapped inside a mobile home fire last week.  According to Hamlin County authorities, 84-year-old Bud Larrabee was the lone victim in the fire.  A woman inside the home with him was able to escape with minor injuries.  Fire departments from Bryant and Lake Norden were on the scene.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but last week authorities said they did not expect foul play. 


State to take part in world wide breastfeeding week

In acknowledgment of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of South Dakota babies, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Aug. 1-7 World Breastfeeding Awareness Week in South Dakota.

 

South Dakota joins other states and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, this year’s theme, “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding” focuses on breastfeeding as a team effort.

 

“The Health impacts are not just limited to the family but also have an impact on the health of the entire community,” said Beth Honerman, state breastfeeding coordinator. “Breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and prevents hunger, undernutrition, and obesity.”

 

Breastfeeding significantly impacts the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests breastfeeding for at least one year and exclusively for the first six months results in numerous health benefits to mothers and babies. Studies show that breastfed infants are less likely to develop ear infections, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, some childhood cancers, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and less likely to become obese later in life compared to formula-fed infants.

 

The South Dakota Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Pledge is a way for communities to show their support for breastfeeding mothers. Taking the online pledge acknowledges the business’ or facilities’ support for breastfeeding mothers whether they are customers, visitors, clients, or employees. All pledged businesses display a Breastfeeding Welcome Here window cling to publicly and visually show their support. Organizations can take the pledge at www.healthysd.gov/breastfeeding.

 

Starting August 1st businesses can also apply for the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grant to receive up to $1,000 to create a new lactation space, improve an existing space, or utilize innovative, space-saving ideas to meet staff breastfeeding needs for employees primarily working outdoors and/or who frequently travel. All types and sizes of South Dakota businesses are eligible to apply such as for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, childcare centers, schools, colleges, universities, technical schools, churches, public buildings, pools, parks, recreation centers, and more. For more information about the grant visit, www.healthysd.gov/fundingopportunities.

 

The health benefits of breastfeeding only increase as breastfeeding exclusivity and duration increase. The South Dakota WIC Program provides breastfeeding education and support to families. WIC supports low-income mothers by providing highly nutritious food packages purchased at participating grocery stores, free access to breastfeeding information and counseling, breast pumps, community resources and referrals, and mom-to-mom support through the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program.

 

To learn more about breastfeeding, contact the Department of Health office in your county (http://doh.sd.gov/local-offices/), or visit www.sdwic.org.


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