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Local News Archives for 2019-09

Woman in Watertown dies while shooting methamphetamine

The Watertown Police Department reported that at 2:32am this morning they responded, along with Fire Rescue, to the 10 block of 5th Street SE for a medical distress call.  A 41-year-old woman had a medical reaction and went into cardiac arrest while injecting Methamphetamine.  All lifesaving attempts were unsuccessful.  She was pronounced dead at Prairie Lakes Hospital.  The woman’s name is not being released.

 

The incident is under investigation and an autopsy is pending.  Watertown Police would like to caution the public that there is a possibility lethal methamphetamine is being distributed in the area. 

 

Obviously, any use of Meth is dangerous; this incident has significantly elevated that concern.  If you have any information regarding illegal drug activity, you should contact the Watertown Police Department or the Codington County Sheriff’s Office.


Road closures planned for Monday in Aberdeen

Beginning at 10am on Monday, September 30th, 2019 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for work on the Railroad Crossing:

 

North State Street from 1st Avenue NE to Railroad Avenue SE

 

Work is expected to last a couple days and will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Please call the Public Works office at 605-626-7010 for more information. 


Northern State announces increase in freshman enrollment

Northern State University has announced for the fourth consecutive year freshman enrollment growth.  According to numbers released by the South Dakota Board of Regents, Northern has 399 freshman enrolled this year, up from 342 in 2018 and fourth consecutive year of growth since 2015.

 

According to director of communications and marketing for Northern State Justin Fraase, freshman enrollment numbers and retention are the two ways the university grades how recruitment is going…

 

 

 

 

 

Not only are there more freshman enrolling this year than last, but the grades of those coming in are the highest on average in 20 years.  This incoming freshman class has an average GPA at 3.37 and average ACT score at 21.7.  That’s up from 3.30 and 21.4 last year.  Fraase gave credit to Dr. Jeremy Reed vice president of enrollment management and student affairs for holding education standards and growing enrollment at the same time…

 

 

 

 

Despite the good news, Northern did have one area of concern according to the board of regents.  NSU’s full time equivalent students decreased in 2019.  Fraase says there is a whole list of reasons why that number could be down…

 


Dell Rapids businessman announces Senate run

Dell Rapids businessman and one time state lawmaker Dan Ahlers has filed the necessary paper work to run for the United State Senate next year as a Democrat.  He is seeking the seat currently held by Mike Rounds.  Ahlers is the current president of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and served six years in Pierre in both the house and senate.  KSFY reports Ahlers will make a formal announcement Monday September 30th in Dell Rapids.  Rounds has not yet announced officially he is seeking re-election, but at least one candidate on the Republican side Schuyler Borglum is currently running. 


Roads closed in parts of Aberdeen today

The Aberdeen Public Works Department has announced part of Water View Drive will be closed today to through traffic.  Water View Drive will be closed past whisper wind drive to 24th avenue northeast for street patching.  The street will be closed at 8:00 a.m. and is expected to remain closed until mid-afternoon. 


Spearfish man dies in mobile home fire Wednesday

A Spearfish man has died after suffering injuries in a mobile home fire early Wednesday morning.

Spearfish fire crews were called to the structure fire shortly before 7:00 a.m. Wednesday at 1110 Roughlock Lane. First arriving fire crews found an active structure fire with smoke and flames visible.

 

A lone male occupant was located in the residence and removed the home. He was taken by ambulance to the Spearfish hospital, and later air lifted to a burn center in Greeley, Colorado, where he died from his injuries. The man’s identity hasn’t been released pending notification of relatives.

 

Spearfish fire crews were able to make a direct attack on the fire and quickly extinguish the flames, keeping it away from surrounding infrastructure. The mobile home was destroyed.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.


Medicare open enrollment to begin Oct. 15th

Open enrollment for the 2020 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

 

During the open enrollment period, trained volunteers from the South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education Program (SHIINE) will offer free assistance to seniors seeking additional Medicare information.

 

If you are in need of assistance, please contact one of the following regional offices to schedule an appointment:

 

  • Eastern Region: 1-800-536-8197
  • Central Region: 1-877-331-4834
  • Western Region: 1-877-286-9072

 

Individuals taking advantage of the free one-on-one counseling should bring their Medicare card, a current list of medications, and if available, their login information for Medicare.gov.

 

SHIINE is a federal program designed to help individuals with questions about Medicare and protecting their benefits.

 

SHIINE is funded through the Administration for Community Living and administered by the South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Long Term Services and Supports.


Only half of SD students proficient in English, less so in math

South Dakota Gov. Kristin Noem said she is disappointed in recent statewide standardized test scores indicating that just over half of students were proficient in English language and fewer than half showed proficiency in math and science.

 

The results of the South Dakota Department of Education 2019 Report Card, based on standardized tests, showed that about 54% of students tested in grades three through eight and in 11th grade showed proficiency in reading and writing. Only about 47% of those same students were proficient in math for their respective grade levels, and roughly 40% of students were proficient in science.

 

Despite a half-cent sales tax increase passed in 2016 that generated new revenue to boost pay for South Dakota’s roughly 9,700 teachers, student test scores have not increased since then. Over the last three academic years, statewide proficiency scores for math, reading and writing have remained essentially flat. The scores for science proficiency actually fell from the 2017-18 school year, when the science test was first administered, to the 2018-19 school year.

 


Unmarried couples living together triples over the past two decades

According to a report by the US Census Bureau, unmarried couples living together has tripled over the past two decades.  The report shows approximately 6 million people were living together unmarried in 1996.  That number is up to 19.1 million in 2018.  These numbers show these couples tend to be older, better educated, more likely to earn highway wages and are more racially diverse than the past.  Census officials believe this change comes from the fact that living together while not married has become much more socially acceptable.  Married couples living together still dwarf unmarried couples at about 127 million in 2018,.


Brandon woman sentenced for embezzling nearly $200,000

A Brandon woman has been sentenced for embezzling nearly $200,000 from McCRossan Boys Ranch.  According to a release from the US attorney for South Dakota, 42-year-old Crystal Nelson will serve 12 months and one day in federal prison followed by three years supervised released for charges stemming from December 2013 to September 2018 when she was the bookkeeper for McCrossan Boys Ranch.  She inflated her own payroll check during that time. 


Senior flu shots available to local residents

Local senior citizens will have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot Oct. 14th through the 18th.  Flu shots will be made available through a partnership with Area IV Senior Nutrition and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.  In order to get your free shot attendees must present their medicare card at one of five locations.  Locations include:
 

Oct. 14: Bi-Centennial Apartments, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 15: 5th Avenue Apartments, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 16: Aberdeen Area Senior Center, 11 a.m. to noon

Oct. 17: Washington Street Gym, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 18: Sherman Apartments 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Meal service is available at all locations, if you have any questions call 225-0182. 


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday the House will be taking up a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump, following the while blower revelations he used the power of his office to seek help with his re-election by reaching out to a foreign government in Ukraine. 

Speaker Pelosi tried to break down the situation in lamen's terms...

 

 

 

 

 

The house will conduct this inquiry through six committees which are already investigating the president instead of through a select committee like in the “Watergate” scandal.  Speaker Pelosi says the President has left the congress no choice...

 

 

 

 

 

We are still a ways away from impeachment however, as the house will now seek to investigate the whistle blower’s claims, decide if articles of impeachment need to be filed and only after that would there be an actual vote to remove the president from office.  So far the White house has blocked the whistle blower from speaking to congress, which is illegal, but says it plans to release the full transcript of president Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine.  

 

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, who is currently blocking the whistle blower from coming forward at the direction of the White House has one option according to Pelosi...

 

 

 

The whistle blower cites multiple troubling instances past this single call however. 

 


Aberdeen Chamber welcomes Secretary of State Steve Barnett at community affairs committee

The October meeting of the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Affairs Committee will feature South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnett as the speaker.

 

This event will take place on Thursday, October 3 from noon to 1pm at the Best Western Ramkota. An RSVP is required, and everyone is invited to attend. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Lunch is included. RSVP by calling the Chamber at 225-2860 or emailing info@aberdeen-chamber.com.


Brown County commission considers raising wheel tax

The Brown County Commission Tuesday adopted the 2020 budget after a long process that saw commissioners forced to find a makeup of about a $4 million shortfall.  Most of that came from diverting money from the highway budget to the Brown County Jail and other departments.  In an effort to find alternative funding sources Commissioner Dwayne Sutton proposed a new approach to the current wheel tax.  Currently, residents pay four dollars per wheel up to four wheels.  Under new laws passed in Pierre, the commission could go as high as five dollars per wheel with a maximum vehicle tax of $60. 

 

According to Sutton its both a way to potentially raise revenue while also being more fair about who uses the roads...

 


Authorities in Day county locate man wanted in hit and run

Authorities in Day County say they have located a man wanted for his involvement in a hit and run north of Webster on September 18th.  According to officials 35-year-old Nyan Htun was found dead Sunday in a cornfield near the sight of the accident.  His body was around 11:20 a.m. Sunday by cadaver dogs brought in to help with the search.  Htun’s death has been ruled a suicide.  Htun was involved in an accident where he was driving around 5:30 p.m. on the 18th and collided with a  trailer being pulled by an oncoming vehicle.  He had not other active warrants. 


Traffic to be brought down to one lane on Highway 12 between Ipswich and Roscoe

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has announce road construction will begin Tuesday on US Highway 12 between Roscoe and Ipswich.  The work is $.45 million worth of asphalt replacement, new signing, milling and concrete paving.  During this time, traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled with flaggers and pilot cars.  According a release from the DOT, workers hope to have the paving done by mid-October. 


Former AG Jackley takes job as Jones county state's attorney

Former South Dakota Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Marty Jackley is getting back into government.  Jackley has accepted the State’s attorney position in Jones County based in Murdo.  Jackley tells the media he will continue with his private practice job in Pierre as the Jones County state’s attorney position is part time.  However, Jackley says he does not plan on getting back into electoral politics after losing the 2018 Republican primary to now governor Kristi Noem. 


Wagner community raises $4,000 for families who lost children in car accident

The Wagner community, led by the Wagner high school student council has successfully raised more than $4,000 to be donated to the families affected by the car accident earlier this month that claimed the lives of three Woonsocket teens.  Wagner played Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central in football this week, one week after the accident which claimed the lives of 15-year-old Jordan Klich, his brother 14 year old Dylan Klich and 14-year-old Kristian Kersary.  The families were also given star quilts before kickoff. 


Winners list of 71st annual Emmy Awards

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This Is Us

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Barry
Fleabag
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek
Veep

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jason Bateman — Ozark
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us
Kit Harington — Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul
Billy Porter — Pose
Milo Ventimiglia —This Is Us

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer — Killing Eve
Viola Davis — How to Get Away with Murder
Laura Linney — Ozark
Mandy Moore — This Is Us
Sandra Oh — Killing Eve
Robin Wright — House of Cards

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jonathan Banks — Better Call Saul
Giancarlo Esposito — Better Call Saul
Alfie Allen — Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly — House of Cards
Chris Sullivan — This Is Us

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Gwendoline Christie — Game of Thrones
Lena Headey — Game of Thrones
Sophie Turner — Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams — Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw — Killing Eve
Julia Garner — Ozark

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Game Of Thrones — “The Iron Throne,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Game Of Thrones — “The Last Of The Starks,” David Nutter
Game Of Thrones — “The Long Night” Miguel Sapochnik
The Handmaid’s Tale — “Holly,” Daina Reid
Killing Eve — “Desperate Times,” Lisa Brühlmann
Ozark — “Reparations,” Jason Bateman
Succession — “Celebration,” Adam McKay

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul — “Winner,” Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz
Bodyguard — “Episode 1,” Jed Mercurio
Game Of Thrones — “The Iron Throne,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
The Handmaid’s Tale — “Holly,” Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder
Killing Eve — “Nice And Neat,” Emerald Fennell
Succession — “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” Jesse Armstrong

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Anthony Anderson — Black-ish
Don Cheadle — Black Monday
Ted Danson — The Good Place
Michael Douglas — The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader — Barry
Eugene Levy — Schitt’s Creek

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Christina Applegate — Dead To Me
Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Veep
Natasha Lyonne — Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara — Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge — Fleabag

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Stephen Root — Barry
Henry Winkler — Barry
Anthony Carrigan — Barry
Alan Arkin — The Kominsky Method
Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tony Hale — Veep

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Sarah Goldberg — Barry
Sian Clifford — Fleabag
Olivia Colman — Fleabag
Betty Gilpin — GLOW
Kate McKinnon — Saturday Night Live
Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Marin Hinkle — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Anna Chlumsky — Veep

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Barry — “The Audition,” Alec Berg
Barry — “ronny/lily,” Bill Hader
The Big Bang Theory — “The Stockholm Syndrome,” Mark Cendrowski
Fleabag — “Episode 1,” Harry Bradbeer
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — “All Alone,” Amy Sherman-Palladino
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — “We’re Going To The Catskills!” Daniel Palladino

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Barry — “ronny/lily,” Alec Berg and Bill Hader
Fleabag — “Episode 1,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge
The Good Place — “Janet(s),” Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan
PEN15 — “Anna Ishii-Peters,” Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle
Russian Doll — “Nothing In This World Is Easy,” Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler
Russian Doll — “A Warm Body,” Allison Silverman
Veep — “Veep,” David Mandel

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE

Bandersnatch
Brexit
Deadwood
King Lear
My Dinner with Hervé

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Mahershala Ali — True Detective
Benicio Del Toro — Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant — A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris — Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome — When They See Us
Sam Rockwell — Fosse/Verdon

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Amy Adams — Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette — Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis — When They See us
Joey King — The Act
Niecy Nash — When They See Us
Michelle Williams— Fosse/Verdon

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Ben Whishaw — A Very English Scandal
Stellan Skarsgard — Chernobyl
Paul Dano — Escape at Dannemora
John Leguizamo — When They See Us
Michael K. Williams — When They See Us
Asante Blackk — When They See Us

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Emily Watson — Chernobyl
Margaret Qualley — Fosse/Verdon
Patricia Clarkson — Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette — The Act
Marsha Stephanie Blake — When They See Us
Vera Farmiga — When They See Us

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

Chernobyl — Johan Renck
Escape At Dannemora — Ben Stiller
Fosse/Verdon — “Glory,” Jessica Yu
Fosse/Verdon — “Who’s Got The Pain,” Thomas Kail
A Very English Scandal — Stephen Frears
When They See Us — Ava DuVernay

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

Chernobyl — Craig Mazin
Escape At Dannemora — “Episode 6,” Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl
Escape At Dannemora — “Episode 7,” Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin
Fosse/Verdon — “Providence,”Steven Levenson and Joey Fields
A Very English Scandal — Russell T. Davies
When They See Us — “Part Four,” Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION SERIES

Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Nailed It
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES

The Daily Show
Full Frontal
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

At Home With Amy Sedaris
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Who Is America?

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Documentary Now! — “Waiting For The Artist,” Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas
Drunk History — “Are You Afraid Of The Drunk?” Derek Waters
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver — “Psychics,” Paul Pennolino
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert — “Live Midterm Election Show,” Jim Hoskinson
Saturday Night Live — “Host : Adam Sandler,” Don Roy King
Who Is America? — “Episode 102,” Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Documentary Now!
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Late Night With Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live


Man with Northville address sentenced to 15 years for aggravated assault

A man with a Northville address has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on aggravated assault charges. 

 

According to the Aberdeen American News 41-year-old Jason Mestas picked up a 31-year-old man, asked him if he loved him and he responded yes.
 

 Mestas then asked if he would die with him. From there he attacked him with a knife and cut the victim in the neck and chest.  The victim received non serious injuries. 

 

Mestas was given 93 days served and fined $107 as part of his punishment. 


Deadline to register for the Gypsy Day Parade Friday

The deadline to register for the 105th annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade is 5 p.m. Sept. 27.

 

Individuals and groups interested in entering the parade may register via the online form. Registration cost is $25. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, with a start time of 9 a.m.

 

This year’s parade theme is “Wolves Live Happily Ever After,” which will provide participants a wide array of options for float decorations. Participants will create a float depicting their favorite fairytale story or decorating according to the theme as they see fit. A panel of four judges comprised of Northern and community leaders will present awards in the following categories:

 

·        Best Overall Float

·        President’s Award (best Northern State University entry)

·        Mayor’s Award (best Aberdeen Area community entry)

·        Chamber Award (best Aberdeen Area business entry)

·        Northern Pride Award (best representation of theme)

·        Northern Spirit Award (best group participation and spirit)

·        Thunder’s Award (best entry featuring live animals)

·        Gypsy Award (best vehicle entry)

 

The parade lineup will be filled in order of online registrations received. Only those individuals or groups that meet the Sept. 27 deadline will receive a block and space assignment. Confirmation letters will be emailed with lineup information approximately one week prior to the parade.


For information about the parade and registration process, contact the Student Affairs office by calling 605-626-3007 or emailing gypsydays@northern.edu.

 

About Northern State University

 

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign with a goal of raising $55 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.


Student brings BB gun to school in Rapid City

The Rapid City School District says a student at South Middle School brought a BB gun to school Friday.

 

Rapid City Police Department Juvenile Operations Sergeant Tim Doyle says the student will be subjected to school board policy and appropriate laws relating to weapons on school grounds.

The school got a tip Friday morning and found the BB gun during a search. The gun appeared to look like a real firearm. It is against the law to bring any type of weapon into school.

 

Doyle says the incident was dealt with “swiftly and effectively,” and that students shouldn’t hesitate to alert school staff to any safety concerns within our schools.


Fall equinox takes place Monday Sept. 23rd

Today is the first official day of autumn with the fall equinox taking place.  An equinox happens twice a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator and day and night are equal length.  We will have 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night and the fall season is officially here.  Despite the seasons changing, it may still feel like summer for much of the US.  According to NOAA or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, much of the US will have warmer than normal temperatures for much of fall. 


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Monday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Monday, September 23rd between the hours of 7:30 pm and 12:00 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


Police in Rapid City investigating hit and run

Police in Rapid City say a woman was seriously injured Wednesday night in a pedestrian-car hit-and-run near the intersection of East Van Buren and North Lacrosse streets.

 

Police say the woman was crossing Lacrosse Street about 10:30 p.m. when she was hit by a southbound car that didn’t stop after the crash.

 

Witnesses told police the vehicle was a silver mid-sized passenger sedan. Police believe that vehicle has damage to a headlight because of the crash.

 

Anyone with information on the car or driver can call Detective Justin Gizzi at 394-4134. An anonymous tip can also be sent by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.


Victim identified in Brown County fatal crash

Nicholas Fettig of Aberdeen has been identified as the person who died late Sunday night in a single-vehicle rollover crash seven miles west of Aberdeen.

   

A 2014 Polaris Ranger 900XP four-wheeler was northbound on 378th Avenue, which is a gravel road. The driver lost control turning onto 132nd Street, causing the vehicle to roll.

 

The deceased, 37, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupant, 34-year-old Dustin Steiha of Aberdeen, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an Aberdeen hospital.

 

It is unknown at this time who was driving the vehicle. Seatbelt use by the two occupants also is under investigation.

 

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

 

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


Gov. Noem seeks investigation into missed work by Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is asking South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to investigate Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan for his extended absence.  Ravnsborg responded to Gov. Noem’s letter saying an investigation will begin immediately.  McGowan told Keloland TV he missed a couple months this summer due to burnout and stress, but denied further speculation of a coverup to other reasons he may have missed work. 

The following is the letter written by Noem:

 

Dear Honorable Jason Ravnsborg,

 

A matter of public interest was reported by the media on at least two occasions regarding the extended absence of the elected official holding the office of the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney.  The Attorney General has the duty of exercising supervision over state’s attorneys in matters pertaining to their duties of office.  Due to these media reports, the public information that has been disseminated, and several inquiries into the Office of the Governor, our Office formally requests an investigation into this matter.

 

Further, the governor has the power and duty to remove officials who “willfully fail, neglect, or refuse to perform any of the duties imposed upon him by, or to enforce any of the provisions of law relating to intoxicating liquors, or who shall willfully fail, neglect, or refuse to perform any duties imposed upon them by law, or who shall be guilty of intoxication or drunkenness, or who shall be guilty of the violation of any law, or who shall assist or connive in the violation of any law, or who shall be grossly incompetent to perform the duties of his office.”  SDCL 3-17-3.  An investigation is necessary to determine if grounds for removal exist or not.  This is a matter of public interest and swift resolution is prudent.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kristi Noem

Governor


Federal judge blocks Gov. Noem's "riot-boosting" legislation

A Federal Judge has blocked Governor Kristi Noem’s “riot-boosting” law which aimed to help the state curb protesting at sights such as oil pipelines.  In a statement US District judge Lawrence Piersol released on the matter, he said the state has an interest in busting genuine rioters, but Noem’s “riot-boosting” laws goes “far beyond that appropriate interest and does impinge upon protected speech and other expressive activity as well as the right to association.


“Imagine that if these riot boosting statutes were applied to the protests that took place in Birmingham, Alabama, what might be the result? … Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference could have been liable under an identical riot boosting law[.]”  judge Piersol said.


“The so-called ‘Riot Boosting’ Act was clearly intended to suppress constitutionally-protected, peaceful protests of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Stephen Pevar, senior staff attorney in the ACLU's Racial Justice Program. “We’re glad the court recognized that these vague and overbroad laws threaten the First Amendment rights of South Dakotans on every side of the issue.”


Names released in Woonsocket fatal crash

Three Woonsocket juveniles now officially have been identified as the people who died Saturday night in a three-vehicle crash east of Woonsocket.

 

A 2000 Oldsmobile Alero was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 preparing to turn north onto South Dakota Highway 37. The vehicle collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was westbound on Highway 34. The Alero spun around and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that was at the stop sign on Highway 37.

 

All three juvenile male passengers of the Alero were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as Jordan Klich, 15; Kristian Kesary, 14, and Dylan Klich, 14. Coen Harvey, 14, of Woonsocket, was transported to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

 

Cynthia Peterson, 46, of Mitchell, was the driver of the Trailblazer. She also was taken to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

 

The two occupants in the third vehicle were not injured. They were the driver, Abel Hernandez, 43, and the passenger, Ana Hernandez, 35, both of Huron.

 

All those involved were wearing seatbelts.

 

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

 

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


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, September 19th 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


Gov. Noem gives update to historic flooding across the state

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Tuesday night addressed the state via her Facebook live account to give an update on the historic flooding currently affecting large swaths of South Dakota. 

First, Noem gave an overview as to what residents are currently dealing with…

 

 

 

 

Noem went onto say the flooding is historic, not only in South Dakota, but much of the upper Midwest and heading into the western parts of the United States…

 

 

 

 

While residents would probably like to see more help from the federal government in the form of disaster relief payments, Governor Noem says cleanup and rebuilding efforts start at home.  She also gave an update to those federal requests and where they will go from here…

 

 

 

 

Finally, Governor Noem says at this time she does not see a need to call out the National Guard to respond to flooding.  She also does not see a need to call a special sessions of the legislature to deal with flooding, as the state already has funding mechanisms in place to help offset the costs of cleanup.  However, she is monitoring the situation and will inform the public if that need for a special session, or the National Guard changes. 


Watertown woman identified in fatal head-on collision accident

Police in Watertown have identified the victim in a head-on collision which left one person dead and another with serious life-threatening injuries.  According to police 43-year-old Dawn Meyer of Watertown died when she collided with another vehicle driven by a 16-year-old male from Moorhead Minnesota.  Police say after an initial investigation, it is believed the male heading east in a Volkswagen Jetta first crossed the centerline and collided with Meyer who was wetsbound on 19th avenue in a 2007 Ford Focus. 


Road closures planned for Thursday in Aberdeen

Beginning Thursday morning parts of South Roosevelt Street will be closed to thru traffic for road construction.  According to the Aberdeen Public Works Department this closure is expected to last for up to a week.  The closure will be on South Roosevelt Street between Sixth Avenue Southeast and Third Avenue Southeast to allow for the installation of sanitary sewer utilities.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


More information released in Brown county ATV death

One person died and another person was injured late Sunday night in a single-vehicle rollover crash seven miles west of Aberdeen.

 

Names of the two males involved are not being released at this time pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved.

 

A 2014 Polaris Ranger 900XP four-wheeler was northbound on 378th Avenue, which is a gravel road. The driver lost control turning onto 132nd Street, causing the vehicle to roll.

 

It is unknown at this time who was driving the vehicle. A 37-year-old male occupant was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupant, a 34-year-old male, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an Aberdeen hospital.

 

Seatbelt use by the two occupants is under investigation.

 

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

 

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


Body identified found dead in Lake Oahe this past weekend

A 49-year-old man from Sioux Falls has been identified as the person killed in a boating incident over the weekend on Lake Oahe north of Pierre/Fort Pierre.

 

Hughes County sheriff Darin Johnson says first responders located Loyal Lee Bossert’s wallet in his pickup at the West Shore boat ramp. Johnson says it appears Bossert accidentally fell out of the boat and was fatally injured by the boat’s propeller.

 

Bossert was the only occupant of the boat. Alcohol was not a factor. His death has been ruled accidental.

 

The Pierre Fire Department Rescue Squad and Dive Team was dispatched about 10:30am Saturday. Rescuers were able to stop the circling fishing boat and returned it to shore. Searchers began a grid search in the area and scanning equipment showed a location of interest in approximately 20 feet of water. The Pierre Dive Team deployed a diver who recovered Bossert’s body.

 

Also assisting with the recovery were South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


SD Gov. Kristi Noem announces Week of Work

Governor Kristi Noem rolled up her sleeves today to try her hand at 3-D printing in Rapid City and completing circuits in Sioux Falls. These are a couple of the potential jobs that high schoolers could participate in next spring during the upcoming South Dakota Week of Work. The governor participated in the job shadow activities at B9Creations in Rapid City and Malloy Electric in Sioux Falls to raise awareness among employers regarding the program and to encourage them to sign up.

 

The South Dakota Week of Work is scheduled for April 20-24, 2020, with the goal of introducing 10th grade students to career opportunities in their communities through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections. The week will provide employers opportunities to engage with youth and develop connections with the state’s future workforce.

 

“As I talk with businesses owners and employers throughout the state, I hear the same thing over and over. They tell me that business is good and they’d like to expand, but they can’t find skilled workers to fill the jobs that are open,” said Noem. “Our Week of Work will help fill that gap and expose students to the opportunities available to them right here in South Dakota. Work-based learning works. It helps our young people learn the soft skills they need, like showing up on time, dressing professionally, and interacting with customers.”

 

Throughout the fall, businesses across the state will be recruited and asked to offer job shadow opportunities, and in the spring, schools will register their participating 10th grade students.

 

“I’d like to encourage each business and employer in South Dakota to join this effort. Consider how your business can contribute to developing the next generation of South Dakota’s leaders. Think about the ways you can encourage students to tap into their potential and experiment with high-demand careers right here at home,” concluded Noem.

 

Schools with existing work-based learning programs are encouraged to use the week to celebrate the great work they’re already doing by holding activities like “signing days” for high school seniors to announce their chosen career paths or special recognitions of students who have completed internships or earned scholarships.

 

The South Dakota Week of Work is a partnership of the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Regulation, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the South Dakota Retailers Association.

 

Find more information at sdweekofwork.com.


Fatal accident slows traffic in Watertown

A portion of U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown was closed to traffic early this morning following a deadly head-on crash.

 

Assistant Police Chief Tim Toomey says it happened just before 5:00 a.m. in the area of Menards and Target. 

 

The crash involved a car and sport utility vehicle.

 

A 43 year-old woman was dead at the scene. A 16 year-old male from Minnesota sustained serious injuries. No names have been released.

 

Highway 212 was closed to traffic between 19th Street and Willow Creek Drive while police investigated.


Dr. Paula Langteau to serve as interim president and Presentation College

Dr. Langteau has 28 years of experience in higher education, with a focus on growing small campus enrollment by implementing innovative, market-responsive programming and institutional branding.

 

In making this announcement, Presentation College Board of Trustees President, Dave Giovannini, said, “We are very happy to have found someone of Dr. Langteau’s caliber to lead Presentation College as its Interim President. Dr. Langteau brings the energy, experience and vision necessary to lead the college as it addresses the changing needs of our students in support of the College’s mission of service.”

 

Currently, a Principal Consultant for Academic Game Changers Consulting, LLC., Dr. Langteau has been assisting Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center for Excellence and faculty from 19 separate Minnesota State campuses in developing the curriculum for three new consortia programs.

 

Previously, she served interim leadership roles for Bemidji State’s NTC campus and for the University of Wisconsin Colleges in its transition from a campus-based to a regional leadership model.

 

Dr. Langteau said, “I am delighted to be joining Presentation College and eager to be a part of the beautiful Aberdeen community. I look forward to meeting with community members and discovering new ways that Presentation College can serve Aberdeen, becoming an ever more visible and vital contributor to community success.”  She will begin her role at Presentation on October 1.

 

From 2004-2015, Dr. Langteau served as Campus Executive Officer, at UW-Marinette, providing leadership to academic programs, student services, enrollment management, finance, facilities, marketing, fundraising and community relations for the 500-student campus.

 

Dr. Langteau served as Dean of Instruction and Dean of Teaching and Learning at Nicolet College, from 2001-2004. In this role, she managed the academic Health Occupations programs, initiated and implemented seven shared program agreements, implemented a laddered nursing curriculum and initiated and implemented the accreditation process for nursing programs.

 

As Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Perimeter College, she designed and implemented comprehensive faculty training to offer the first online degrees at the College. Also at Georgia Perimeter, she was a tenured Associate Professor of English for 12 years.

 

Dr. Langteau began her academic career as an Instructor of English at Ball State University, where she also served as Faculty Development Specialist.

 

“We welcome Dr. Paula Langteau to Presentation College and Aberdeen. We look forward to her leadership and skill set in advancing the Presentation College mission and values during this time of transition. The Sisters offer their support and prayers and look forward to collaborating with her,” stated Sister Janice Klein, President of the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen.

 

Dr. Langteau completed her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management at University of Pennsylvania, and The Institute for Educational Management at Harvard. She completed all Ph.D. coursework in English, and earned her M.A. in English, at Ball State University. She earned her B.A. in English at Eureka College, Illinois.

 

Dr. Langteau and her husband, Dr. Leo Hodlofski, have two children, who are eager to visit Aberdeen on their breaks from school. Nicholas is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Galen is a senior at Wayland Academy.

 

Dr. Maggie Huber, who has served as Presentation College President since January 2012, announced her retirement on August 1.


Three people killed in crash near Woonsocket

Three people died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night east of Woonsocket.

 

Names of those involved are not being released at this time pending notification of family members. Two other people involved were not injured.

 

A 2000 Oldsmobile Alero was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 preparing to turn north onto South Dakota Highway 37. The vehicle collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was westbound on Highway 34. The Alero spun around and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that was at the stop sign on Highway 37.

 

All three juvenile male passengers of the Alero were pronounced dead at the scene. The 14-year-old male driver was transported to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

 

The 46-year-old female driver of the Trailblazer also was taken to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. The two occupants in the third vehicle were not injured.

 

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

 

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


Cars front man Ric Ocasek dead at 75

Just days after losing musician Eddie Money to esophageal cancer, another musician has passed away in Ric Ocasek.  Ocasek was the lead singer and frontman to the 80s group “The Cars.”  He was 75 years old.  According to TMZ, Ocasek’s estranged wife found him unresponsive Saturday around 4:00 p.m. at his New York City townhouse.  He was pronounced dead Sunday.  The cause of death is currently unknown.  Ocasek and the Cars are known for songs such as Just What I needed, My Best Friends Girl, Shake it up and more.  The band was indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2018. 


Warner teen killed in Sunday accident

A Warner teen died Sunday after a crash Sunday morning four miles west of Aberdeen.  According to the Department of Public Safety, the driver of a 2012 Chevy Impala was northbound on 382nd avenue.  He entered Highway 12 and collided with a 2015 Chevy Silverado which was eastbound.  There had been heavy fog reported in that area at the time of the accident.  According to the Aberdeen American News the victim in this accident was 17-year-old Levi Wiedebush of Warner.  The other person involved was a 58-year-old man and sustained serious non life threatening injuries. 


Singer, songwriter Eddie Money passes away at 70

Singer, songwriter Eddie Money has passed away at the age of 70.  The artist who rose to prominence in the 1980s is best known for songs such as “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, and “Take Me Home Tonight” among many others.  According to his publicist Money had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. 


Residents of Lake Ponisett continue to struggle with flooding

A wet weather pattern that’s shown no sign of ending all summer long means there’s a virtual certainty that many area lakes will be close to, or above the full mark, going into winter.

 

Lake Poinsett in Hamlin County is among them. It’s been several feet above full all summer. Emergency Manager Dave Schaefer says it’s come down some from its high water mark, but there’s still way too much water out there…..

 

 

 

He says there’s no “quick fix” to the problems on Poinsett….


 

 

 

 

It’s not just lake residents who’ve been battling this wet weather….

 

 

 

 

Schaefer worries about what next spring could bring, when ice starts to come off all these lakes that are above full…

 

 

 

 

Schaefer says four county roads in Hamlin County remain closed due to flooding.


Portions of I-90 reopened post flooding

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Interstate 90 westbound is open from the Bridgewater Exit 357 west and remains closed from Humboldt Exit 379 to Bridgewater Exit 357 with through traffic detoured at Sioux Falls Exit 396  to northbound I-29.

 

I-90 Westbound is open from the Marion Road Exit (395) to Humboldt for local traffic.

 

Eastbound I-90 is closed at Mitchell Exit 332 with traffic being detoured north on Highway 37 and should use Highway 14 east to I-29 south. Local traffic is allowed to use I-90 from Mitchell Exit 332 to Bridgewater Exit 357.

 

Water is receding and crews are monitoring roadways for and bridge structures for safety.

 

crews are monitoring both roadways and bridge structures for safety.


Third Democratic presidential debate tonight

Tonight is the third scheduled Democratic Presidential Primary Debate.  The debate is scheduled to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. live from Texas and can be seen on ABC.  This debate is unique as it is the first time in this primary cycle there will be just one night of debate, featuring 10 candidates.  Those candidates include Joe Biden, Cory booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. 


State trooper struck by lightning

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety reports a state trooper was struck by lighting Wednesday afternoon.  Despite the accident, the trooper suffered just minor injuries.  His name has not yet been released.  According to the DPS, the trooper was responding to a stranded vehicle near the off ramp of Exit 94 on I-29 which is the Baltic Colton exit.  While standing in the open he heard a loud crack, saw a bright flash of light and involuntarily jumped into the air.  He was treated by paramedics who recommended he go to a hospital. 


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Monday, September 16th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.  The alternate night will be Tuesday, September 17th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.

 

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. 

 

The adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph.  The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light.

 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


President Trump orders flags at half staff to remember 9/11

President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, to recognize Patriot Day, a day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

   


California woman arrested near Pierre after chase

Charges are pending against a 37-year-old woman from Oakland, CA, after a chase yesterday (Mon.) that started about nine miles west of Fort Pierre.

 

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, they received a traffic complaint about a vehicle going east on SD Highway 34. A trooper located the vehicle on U.S. Highway 14 about 5:15pm and tried to initiate a traffic stop.

 

Vehicle driver Jamila Drew did not slow down and the pursuit began. The vehicle continued east into Fort Pierre where it crashed into a tractor truck and semi trailer. The 37-year-old male driver was not injured.

 

The pursuit then went through the intersection of US Highways 14 and 83, came across the bridge into Pierre and then onto Sioux Avenue. The vehicle turned onto Pierre Street and came to a stop in front of the Hardware Hank store. The female driver fled on foot through the store, out the backdoor where she tripped and fell. She was then placed into custody.

 

Several charges are pending against Drew. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.


Two tornadoes touchdown in northeast South Dakota Monday

Two tornadoes touched down in South Dakota Monday night.  Around  8:30 p.m. the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado east of Andover in Day County.    Also confirmed was a tornado touchdown around 8:26 p.m. near Birstol also in Day county.  Tornadic severe weather was all over Day and Roberts counties Monday night, with other severe thunderstorms passing through with radar indicated rotation that also could have turned into tornados.  The National Weather Service confirmed some property damage, but no injuries have been reported.  (photos courtesy of the National Weather Service Aberdeen's Facebook page.)


South Dakota Dept. of Health reports two cases of vaping-related illnesses

The South Dakota Department of Health reports two cases of vaping-related illnesses.  Vaping, which is a nicotine substitute to traditional cigarettes, has come under more scrutiny recently with several people falling ill with mysterious illnesses after vaping.  The residents in this case are between the ages of 20-24.  South Dakota becomes one of 33 states that have reported cases of respiratory illnesses believed to be linked to e-cigarette use.  Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest pains.  Vaping is not a safe alternative to smoking. 


City council upholds amendment to not allow business in attached garage

The Aberdeen City Council Monday chose to keep an ordinance prohibiting the use of an attached garage as a place of business largely intact.  One change made was the city will now allow a business which operates out of the home one off sight employee.  Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman had wanted to allow residents to use an attached garage as a place of business, but could not get the support of a majority of the council.  Despite misinformation being spread on social media, this ordinance amendment does nothing to garage sales or daycare providers. 


Aberdeen man sentenced for his involvement in shooting out windows with BB gun

An Aberdeen man involved in connections to windows being shot out was sentenced Monday.  According to the Aberdeen American News 18-year-old Lain D. Leddy pleaded guilty to felony property damage.  He received 30 days in jail, a $1,107 fine and placed on probation for five years.  Leddy is one of four involved, the rest juveniles, arrested in connection to vehicle and apartment windows being shot out with a BB Gun.  At least 12 reports of damage were made last June. 


Gov. Noem appoints sixth judicial circuit judge

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Margo Northrup to serve as judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. 

 

“Margo is honest, empathetic, and trustworthy,” said Noem. “Her commitment to justice will equip her well to serve the people of the Sixth Circuit. I am confident she will be an excellent judge.”

 

“Serving the judiciary is an important honor and a grave responsibility,” said Northrup. “I believe that impartiality is the primary tenant of our judicial system and that the law must be carried out in a fair and unbiased matter above all else. I look forward to serving my community in this capacity.”

 

Northrup grew up in the Pierre area. She attended the University of South Dakota where she earned an undergraduate degree in English and sociology, and the University of South Dakota School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor.

 

Northrup has practiced at Riter, Rogers, Wattier and Northrup, LLP since 2004.  Her practice includes administrative law, telecommunications law, business transactions, family law, criminal defense, and general civil practice.

 

Northrup has practiced in the Supreme Court of South Dakota, the Federal District of South Dakota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court. She is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota and the American Bar Association. She is admitted in the State Court and the Federal District Court for the State of South Dakota.

 

When she’s not in the court room, Northrup enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons. They are Pierre residents.

 

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Court is served by four circuit judges and one magistrate and covers 14 counties. The administrative services for the court is based in Pierre.?


City officials clarify small business ordinance proposal

The Aberdeen City Council is debating an amendment to a current city ordinance which would allow residents to operate a business out of their own garage.  Changes to Ordinance No. 19-08-1 were first put forward by new Mayor Travis Schaunaman as he sought to give the zoning board more leeway when issuing special permits for businesses in a residential area. 

 

Changes to the ordinance were pushed back on by Southwest District Councilman David Bunsness who put forth an amendment to strip away most of what Schaunaman wanted. The first reading of the amended ordinance passed by a 6-3 vote with a possible final vote scheduled for Monday night’s city council meeting.

 

Mayor Schaunaman in his own words described the changes councilman Bunsness made to his proposed ordinance...

 

 

 

 

According to Mayor Schaunaman people are already operating businesses out of garages and he simply wants to make that legal.  Currently, if someone wanted to legally operate a business out of their garage within Aberdeen city limits, they first would need to go to the zoning board and request a special permit.  Schaunaman says that request would likely get denied and he hoped, through an update to the ordinance, to give the zoning board more leeway when deciding on special permits.  If the ordinance Schaunaman put forward passes, residents would still need permission by the zoning board to operate a business out of their own garage under a special permit.

 

Several misconceptions about the legislation have made their way around social media and other platforms.  The proposed amendment by councilman Bunsness would have no effect on daycare providers or garage sales.  According to mayor Schaunaman those are completely separate issues…

 

 

 

 

At the last city council meeting councilman Bunsness shared his thoughts on amending the ordinance…

 


Sturgis man agrees to plea deal in hiring someone to kill his girlfriend

A Sturgis man accused of hiring out the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend has reached a plea deal.  According to the Rapid City Journal, 30-year-old Jonathan Klinetobe has pleded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree manslaugther in the death of 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld. Her body was found near Rovkerville, SD in a shallow grave a year later. In exchange for the plea Klinetobe avoids first-degree murder, conspriacy to comit murder, aggravated first degree kidnapping and conspriacy to commit kidnapping.  He faces life in prison without parole. 


Work on new Aberdeen marking campaign suspended

Work on a new marking package for the city of Aberdeen will be put on the hold for the time being.  The announcement came at the last Aberdeen City Council meeting where Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce president Gail Oaks informed the two remaining bidders McQuillen Creative Group and Production Monkeys to suspend all work on the campaign.  The work has been put on hold after conflict of interest concerns came to light with new Mayor Travis Schaunaman being the owner of Production Monkeys, one of the two companies vying for the job.  The mayor has been adamant nothing he is doing breaks conflict of interest laws. 


State looking to possibly take back STAR academy building

The state is looking into possible repossessing the former STAR Academy building in Custer after its current holder has gone delinquent on payment.  According to the Associated Press, SLIC-e Holdings, the company who currently owns the former juvenile detention campus, is three months behind on payments to the state and owes about $116,000.  If SLIC-e Holdings failed to pay by the end of Thursday, State public lands commissioner Ryan Brunner announced plans to file for repossession. 


State looking into reclaiming STAR Academy building

The state is looking into possible repossessing the former STAR Academy building in Custer after its current holder has gone delinquent on payment.  According to the Associated Press, SLIC-e Holdings, the company who currently owns the former juvenile detention campus, is three months behind on payments to the state and owes about $116,000.  If SLIC-e Holdings failed to pay by the end of Thursday, State public lands commissioner Ryan Brunner announced plans to file for repossession. 


Marshall County Sheriff Dale Elsen again has law enforcement licenses revoked

Former Marshall County sheriff Dale Elsen has again had his law enforcement certification revoked by the state law enforcement officers standards and training commission.  The board met Thursday to determine a possible alternative for Elsen who once already had his certification revoked after admitting to several instances of workplace sexual harassment.  The board was ordered by a judge to look at Elsen’s case again on appeal because the judge in this case felt the board did not do an adequate job looking for alternative sanctions for Elsen’s actions. 


South Dakota Senator John Thune to visit Leola Friday

South Dakota Senator John Thune will visit Leola Friday September 6th.  The senator will be speaking at the Leola School District beginning at 10:30 a.m. 


State of South Dakota to receive $4 million from federal government to fight opioids

The state of South Dakota is set to receive approximately $4 million from the federal government to fight the opioid crisis.  The White House made the announcement yesterday as part of a $1.8 billion grant program aimed at funding state and local governments to bolster treatment and prevention efforts.  The State Department of Health already has content on its web site about what individuals can do to help curb the problem of opioid abuse in their own communities. 


Game Fish and Parks reports lower pheasant numbers than 2018

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks has released numbers showing its annual pheasant count is down from 2018.  According to the figures, the GFP’s 2019 brood survey statewide shows pheasant numbers are down 17 percent.  There is on average 2.04 pheasants per mile, down from 2.47 pheasants per mile in 2018.  The number of hens in the brood were down while roosters remain nearly the same.  Game Fish and Parks does not know the exact reason for these low numbers, but points to historic winter snowfall and a wet spring leading to an abundance of water in ditches, along with 3.8 million acres of cropland going unplanted. 


Hub City Hotshots suspends operations for 2020 season

Hub City Hotshots acting owner and Expedition League commissioner Steve Wagner has announced the Hot Shots will suspend operations for the 2020 season.  The announcement was made in a letter written to the City of Aberdeen.  Wagner took over the Hot Shots as owner during the 2019 schedule, citing neglect on the part of the team’s original owners Chuck and Mayra Heeman.  The Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Board also announced it has terminated its contract with the Hot Shots for use of Fossum Field and concession stands operations.  The Hardball Association is currently owed about $13,000 in rental fees. 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, September 5th 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


Walmart announces plans to no longer sell handgun ammunition

Walmart announced Tuesday it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition at its stores nationwide in response to two mass shootings which took place at its stores in less than a month.  In the month of August alone 29 people were killed in a Walmart in two combined mass shootings.  Walmart has also announced it will ask customers to reframe from openly carrying a weapon in the store even in states where the law allows for such action.  According to a spokesperson for the shopping chain, the company’s goal is to focus more on hunting rifles and related ammunition only. 


One person killed near Mt. Vernon in car accident

One person died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Mt. Vernon.

 

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family members.

 

A 2018 Nissan Frontier was eastbound on 252nd Street when the male driver failed to negotiate a curve near the intersection with 399th Avenue. The vehicle left the roadway, vaulted off a driveway and eventually rolled in the south ditch of 252nd Street.

 

The 59-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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

 

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


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