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Local News Archives for 2019-10

Keystone Pipeline springs leak in North Dakota

Authorities in North Dakota confirmed a leak in the Keystone northeastern part of the Keystone pipeline.  According to the Associated Press an unknown amount of oil leaked out near Edinburg North Dakota in Walsh County.  Regulators were informed of the leak Tuesday night.  The pipeline is owned by a Canadian company and has been shut down while the leak is being fixed.  The size of the leak and spill are still under investigation. 


One person killed, two injured in accident near Beresford

One person died and two others were injured in a fatal crash involving four vehicles early Wednesday morning north of Beresford.

 

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

 

A 2007 Peterbilt Conventional semi-truck was southbound on Interstate 29 when the vehicle lost a tire. The tire and rim landed in the passing lane of the northbound lanes where it was hit by a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup. The impact caused the pickup driver to lose control and the pickup crossed the median and into the southbound lanes where it struck a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Express van. The pickup rolled and went into the ditch.  The van entered the median and rolled into the northbound lanes. The 29-year-old male driver of the van, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle onto the northbound lanes. A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup became involved in the crash when it swerved to miss the van.  

 

The male driver of the van was pronounced dead at the scene. The van passenger, a 21-year-old male, was wearing a seatbelt and received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. Also receiving minor injuries was the 31-year-old male driver of the Dodge Ram pickup. Not injured were the 29-year-old male driver of the semi-truck and the 61-year-old male driver of the Silverado pickup.

 

Both northbound lanes were closed to traffic for almost three hours and southbound traffic was reduced to one lane for three hours.

 

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

 

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


One person killed, two injured in accident near Beresford

One person died and two others were injured in a fatal crash involving four vehicles early Wednesday morning north of Beresford.

 

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

 

A 2007 Peterbilt Conventional semi-truck was southbound on Interstate 29 when the vehicle lost a tire. The tire and rim landed in the passing lane of the northbound lanes where it was hit by a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup. The impact caused the pickup driver to lose control and the pickup crossed the median and into the southbound lanes where it struck a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Express van. The pickup rolled and went into the ditch.  The van entered the median and rolled into the northbound lanes. The 29-year-old male driver of the van, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle onto the northbound lanes. A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup became involved in the crash when it swerved to miss the van.  

 

The male driver of the van was pronounced dead at the scene. The van passenger, a 21-year-old male, was wearing a seatbelt and received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. Also receiving minor injuries was the 31-year-old male driver of the Dodge Ram pickup. Not injured were the 29-year-old male driver of the semi-truck and the 61-year-old male driver of the Silverado pickup.

 

Both northbound lanes were closed to traffic for almost three hours and southbound traffic was reduced to one lane for three hours.

 

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

 

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


NTSB releases preliminary information on small plane crash north of Aberdeen

Investigators looking into how a single engine plane which took off from Aberdeen Oct. 9th and crashed before reaching its destination of Oakes, ND have released some information.  According to preliminary reports released by the National Transportation Safety Board, it is believed the pilot of the plane, 70-year-old Gerald Seliski of Hecla, crashed at about 10:30 p.m. soon after taking off.  It is believed Seliski hit a tree while flying through fog and wind.  Seliski was killed in the crash, which was first found by a hunter about three miles north of Aberdeen. 


John Carpenter's "The Thing" considered the most popular horror movie in South Dakota

With Halloween coming up, many Americans will look to enjoy a scary movie with friends and family.  The website comparitech.com has released a list of the most popular horror movie by state.  To do this, researchers used IMDB’s list of top horror movies and crossed checked them with Google trends to see where people were searching for what.  According to the figures, South Dakota’s most popular horror movie is the Jon Carpenter 1982 classic “The Thing.”  “The Thing” is a remake of a 1950s film and is often considered Carpenters best.  It is about a group of men stuck in an Antartic research facility which is attacked by a shape shifting alien. 

 

 


USDA announces plans to regulate industrial hemp

The United States Department of Agriculture on Tuesday released long awaited guidelines to how it plans on regulating industrial hemp on a federal level.  This fulfills part of the law passed legalizing industrial hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill.  The guidelines establish licensing requirements, maintaining records on land where hemp will be grown, testing for levels of THC and disposal of plants with too high THC among other guidelines.  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has been an ardent  opponent of industrial hemp, however, a lack of federal regulation was one of the reasons Noem opposed industrial hemp. 


HBO cancels one, approves another prequel to Game of Thrones

HBO has announced plans moving forward for its new “Game of Thrones” prequels.  The hit TV show came to an end after eight seasons this year and HBO had plans to move forward with two prequels, but that is no longer the case.  Entertainment Weekley reports a prequel staring Naomi Watts which would’ve taken place thousands of years before the events of the main series has been canceled, despite filming a pilot episode in Northern Ireland earlier this year.  The network is moving forward however, with a prequel about the Targaryan family civil war and it will be called “house of the Dragon. 


Lincoln county man arrested on murder charges for death of a woman last September

Authorities in Lincoln county have taken a 59-year-old man into custody on murder charges in the death of a woman.  According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office Dean Arthur Torrence was arrested Monday in connection with the death of 47-year-old Nashtock Willey, who was found unresponsive at 46650 Highway 44 on September 19th.  Torrence is facing second degree murder domestic, first degree manslaughter domestic, aggravated assault domestic and several other charges.  Little more details were released about how authorities believe Torrence allegedly committed this crime, or his alleged motivations. 


Judge approves settlement between SD ACLU and the state on "riot boosting" laws

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol today approved the settlement that says South Dakota won’t enforce current state laws that prohibit protected speech and are aimed at suppressing protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. The settlement makes permanent an earlier federal court ruling that temporarily blocked enforcement of unconstitutional provisions of the anti-protest laws.

 

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of South Dakota and the Robins Kaplan law firm filed the case on behalf of four organizations: Dakota Rural Action, Indigenous Environmental Network, NDN Collective and the Sierra Club; and two individuals: Nick Tilsen with NDN Collective and Dallas Goldtooth with Indigenous Environmental Network. All are planning to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and/or encourage others to do so.

 

The lawsuit challenged unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the “Riot Boosting” Act, that threatened activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison.

 

Under the terms of the settlement, Gov. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will send a letter to the state’s attorneys in each county, telling them to direct law enforcement in their jurisdictions not to enforce the unconstitutional provisions of the laws. They also will compensate plaintiffs for attorneys’ fees.


Police in Sturgis identify victim of pedestrian hit by truck

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) Authorities have identified the victim of Monday’s vehicle vs pedestrian accident.

 

Police have identified the victim as 68-year-old Jerry Watkins of Sturgis.

 

Watkins was in the crosswalk, attempting to cross Sherman Street at the intersection with Harley Davidson Way when he was struck by a westbound pickup truck being driven by 59-year-Gary Vandenberg.

 

Vandenberg had stopped at the four-way stop, before proceeding, but reportedly did not see Watkins before striking him.

 

Watkins became trapped underneath the pickup truck and first responders and by-standers were able to move the vehicle off of him to provide first aid. Watkins was taken by ambulance to Sturgis Regional Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

 

Vandenberg was cited for having an obstructed windshield.

 

The accident was investigated by the Sturgis Police Department with help from the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


State Dept. of Safety announces sobriety checkpoints for the month of November

State Department of Public Safety officials say sobriety checkpoints are planned in 18 counties statewide during November.

 

Checkpoints are done monthly in different counties as a way to discourage drivers from drinking and then driving.  The checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol with the help of local law enforcement.

  

November checkpoints are planned for the counties of: Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte,  Codington, Davison, Day, Hughes, Lake,  Lincoln, Lyman, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Stanley, Walworth and Yankton.

 

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


Aberdeen City Council passes conflict-of-interest ordinance

The Aberdeen City Council Monday passed a new conflict-of-interest ordinance via an 8-1 vote at its Monday Oct. 28th meeting.  This was the third reading of the ordinance.  The only dissenting vote was Mayor Travis Schaunaman.  Schaunaman’s company “Production Monkeys” had placed a bid on a project which would have worked on a new marketing campaign for the city, which prompted council members to work on a new ordinance.

 

The project has since been canceled, but had Schaunaman received the bid, he would have been receiving money allocated by the council to private and public entities.  Some have seen this as a conflict of interest.  Schaunaman said during the discussion he feels this legislation is targeted at him...

 

 

 

 

Much of Monday’s discussion about the ordinance was on a proposed amendment by Schaunaman to change certain language from “may” to shall”.  Councilman Josh Rife seconded Mayor Schaunaman’s motion, but it failed in a vote. 

 

Rife had concerns about this revised conflict of interest policy, as he did not want to discourage people from running for office…

 

 

 

 

Rife ultimately voted for the legislation.

 

Council man Clint Rux disagreed with Rife and said though this may require those seeking office to do a little more work, it is important the city is in line with its stated charter and will keep council members on their toes…

 


Sturgis man killed in truck-pedestrian accident

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) A 68-year-old male from Sturgis had died following a vehicle vs pedestrian crash Monday morning.

 

First responders were called to the incident at approximately 8:26 a.m.

 

Upon arrival, authorities found a pedestrian that had been struck by a pickup at the intersection of Harley Davidson Way and Sherman Street.

 

Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says a 59-year-old male was driving a 2014 Chevy pickup westbound on Sherman Street. After stopping at the intersection of Harley Davidson Way, the vehicle continued west striking the 68-year-old male in the crosswalk.

 

The pedestrian was trapped underneath the truck when first responders arrived and was reportedly not responsive. Officers and by-standers were able to move the vehicle off the victim and provided first aid until the ambulance arrived and transported him to Sturgis Regional Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

 

The driver was cited for an obstructed windshield.

 

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

 

The accident remains under investigation by the Sturgis Police Department and South Dakota Highway Patrol.


Estelline man arrested for DUI following accident

Authorities in Hamlin County arrested a man Saturday following a one-vehicle accident.  According to the Hamlin County sheriff’s office, deputies, EMTs and fire crews were dispatched to a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 28 at Stone Bridge.  A vehicle eastbound on highway 28 hit a guardrail and flipped on its side.  The driver of the vehicle was taken to a hospital by Estelline ambulance and later arrested for misdemeanor DUI, driving without a valid license and open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.  His name is being withheld, but authorities did say he is a 57-year-old Estelline man. 


SD Dept. of Safety reminding people to check smoke detectors

South Dakota homeowners are reminded to take care of their clocks and smoke alarms this weekend.

 

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, Nov. 3.  That means pushing clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

 

South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman also suggests when resetting clocks, people should also take time to switch batteries in their smoke alarms. Merriman says working smoke alarms should be a priority for every homeowner.

 

“The National Fire Protection Association reports nearly three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no working smoke alarms (17%),” Merriman says.  “We have seen cases in South Dakota where people have died in house fires where there were no working smoke alarms and we also have seen cases where people have escaped home fires because of a working smoke alarm. It is a fact that working smoke alarms save lives.”

 

Other safety tips involving smoke alarms include:

 

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

 

• Test alarms at least monthly by pressing the test button.

 

• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. Do it sooner if the alarms don’t respond properly.

  

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


South Dakota Democratic Party holds emergency Saturday

The South Dakota Democratic Party held an emergency meeting Saturday afternoon to discuss what to do next following the resignation of the state’s chair Paula Hawks and executive director Stacey Burnette.  Acting chair Randy Seiler called the meeting which lasted for four hours.  Party officials have announced plans to elect a new chairperson at a meeting on December 7th in Mitchell.  The Chair will be selected by the executive committee as decreed by the party’s constitution.  Seiler will remain on as acting chair during that time.  Hawks was elected in March and Burnette hired in August, but resigned following revelations the party was facing nearly $50,000 of debt and a negative cash balance of about $8,000.


Residents now authorized to discharge sump pump water into sanitary sewer system

Effective October 28, 2019 Aberdeen residents are authorized to begin discharging water from their sump pumps into the sanitary sewer system for the winter season. Residents will be notified in the spring when discharge should be re-directed to the curb and gutter outside the property. All sump pumps, drain tile and groundwater being diverted to the sanitary sewer system must meet all applicable city plumbing and building codes.  Call 605-626-7010 for more information.


One person killed another injured in Charles Mix county fatal crash

One person died and another person was injured Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Wagner.

 

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

 

A 2002 Chevrolet Impala was westbound on 312th Street when it crossed the centerline, went off the roadway and eventually rolled.

 

One of the occupants, a 24-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupant, a 22-year-old male, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital in Wagner.

 

Which one of the two occupants was the driver has not yet been verified. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt.

 

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

 

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


Today marks 20th anniversary of golfer Payne Stewart's death near Mina

It was 20 years ago today that a Lear jet carrying pro golfer Payne Stewart and five others crashed into a field near Mina after going off course and flying  1500 miles across the country on auto pilot before running out of fuel.

 

The plane had taken off from Orlando Florida at 8:33am central time on a two hour flight to Dallas, Texas.  Air traffic control reported losing contact with the plane just 14 minutes after take-off.  The crash occurred at 12:13pm central time.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on the crash Nov. 28, 2000 which concluded that the cause was “incapacitation of the flight crew members as a result of their failure to receive supplemental oxygen following a loss of cabin pressurization for undetermined reasons.”

 

In 2001, Stewart was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.


SD Game Fish and Parks to raise fees

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has announced a fee increase for state parks in 2020.  The move was approved at its last commission meeting.  An annual state park pass will now go for $36, an increase of $6.  A day pass will increase to $8 a $2 increase.  Camping fees for prime sites will go up to $26, up $5 and preferred sites will increase to $23 up from $19.  The Associated Press reports camping revenue is down $1.9 million due to a wet spring which made camping sites temporarily unavailable.  The fee increases need to be approved by the state legislature. 


Senator Thune walks back comments made on impeachment inquiry

South Dakota Senator John Thune walked back comments he made Wednesday about the impeachment inquiry congress is currently undertaking. 

 

Following testimony from the special envoy to Ukraine Bill Taylor Senator Thune had this to say...

 

 

 

 

Thursday the senator changed his opinion slightly...

 


ND governor Doug Burum announces reelection campaign

North Dakota Governor Doug Borgumhas announced he will seek reelection in 2020.  Borglum made the announcement in a Youtube video, touting successes of his administration since taking office three years ago.  Burgum is 63 years old from Arthur North Dakota and is the 33rd governor of the state. 


One person taken by ambulance from two vehicle accident

One person was injured and taken away by ambulance in a two vehicle accident on Railroad ave and State Street.  The accident happened at the intersection near House of Glass and the YMCA.  Radio scanner indicated the victim had a possible broken arm and the person was wearing a neckbrace when moved to the ambulance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Malchows gives update to business following fire

Malchow’s home furnishing has given an update to the business following the fire which destroyed its downtown location.  According to a release Malchow’s plans on staying in business and most of the furniture and flooring which had been ordered is still being delivered to the warehouse.  Malchow’s plans to be delivering and installing again soon.  If you have any questions in regards to a purchase or order you can find out more information at malchowsfurniture.com and you can fill out a questionnaire there. 


Two SD Democratic party leaders resign

Two high ranking South Dakota Democratic Party officials have resigned just days after a report about the parties financial problems was broke by the Associated Press.  Chairwoman Paula Hawks and executive director Stacey Burnette both stepped down Wednesday.  The report showed the party owes approximately $47,000 and has a current negative balance of about $8,000.  Vice chairman Randy Seiler has stepped up and assumed the role as chairman per charter rules.  Hawks and Burnett had been on the job less than a year. 


Gov. Noem nominates District 23 representative

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she has appointed James “JD” Wangsness to represent District 23 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after Rep. John Lake was appointed to the District 23 Senate seat. Wangsness will serve during the 2020 legislative session.

 

“JD is a qualified, proven public servant,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “His background and experience have prepared him well for this position, and I’m confident he will be a strong voice for the people of District 23.”

 

“Serving in this capacity is a true privilege and honor that I take very seriously,” said Wangsness. “I look forward to working with other legislators to prioritize fiscal responsibility and promote economic growth for people in District 23 and across the state. Thank you, Governor Noem, for this opportunity.”

 

Wangsness, along with his wife, Melanie, and son, Ben, own and operate Diamond W Land and Cattle Company near Miller, South Dakota. He has also served as a Hand County Commissioner since 2013. From 2010 to 2012, Wangsness was part of the South Dakota Ag & Rural Leadership Class 6, a highly regarded leadership program based in Brookings. Wangsness holds a degree in farm management and economics from South Dakota State University.   


Authorities release name of pilot killed in missing plane crash

Authorities investigating the missing plane has released the name of the pilot whose body was found near the wreckage three miles north of Aberdeen.  According to the Brown County sheriff’s office the body of 70-year-old Gerald Seliski of Hecla was recovered Tuesday.  He owned the plane according to federal records and was the only one on board when it took off from Aberdeen destined for Oakes, ND and never arrived.  An autopsy has been planned to determine the cause of death while the National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday it will investigate the crash. 


Plans to help benefit injured Trevor Zuehlke of Britton/Hecla and his family scheduled across NE SD

Britton/Hecla starting quarterback Trevor Zuehlke is currently in a hospital in Sioux Falls in stable condition after suffering an injury Friday night against Warner.  According to Zuehlke’s Cairing Bridge page, the quarterback was first taken by ambulance to an Aberdeen hospital then later flown to Sioux Falls.  CT scans at the hospital showed bleeding on his brain.  Doctors performed emergency surgery to relieve pressure from the injury and place him in a medically induced coma to heal.  The CT scan showed no injury to his head or neck.

 

Since his injury, several communities across northeast South Dakota have stepped up to help raise money for Zuehlke’s recovery. 

A list of fundraisers include:

Monday night a free will offering was taken at the Sisseton vs. Aberdeen Roncalli volleyball game.

A free will offering planned for the Watertown vs. Aberdeen Central football game.

A free will offering planned for Webster vs. Groton Thursday in the first round of the 11B playoffs.

HH Design in Britton plans to sell commemorative t-shirts with the proceeds going to Zuehlke.

Braclets will also be sold during the Ipswich/Edmunds Central vs. Britton/Hecla game with the proceeds going to Zuehlke.


Police arrest three in relation to storage unit thefts

The Aberdeen Police Department has announced the arrest of three suspects involved in several thefts from storage units around town. 

 

According to a release from the police department 30-year-old DeWayne Detanuski Ross, 28-year-old Ashley Alexandra Wright and 23-year-old Alicia Yvonne Stevens all of Aberdeen were taken into custody on several charges relating to the theft. 

 

Ross faces parole violation, ingesting a controlled substance, possession of stolen property and six counts 3rd degree burglary.

 

Wright faces ingesting of a controlled substance and six counts of 3rd degree burglary. 

 

Finally, Stevens faces six counts of 3rd degree burglary.  

 

Additional charges are expected. 


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and liberals hold onto power in Canadian election

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his liberal party managed to remain in power after Monday’s Canadian elections, but will govern with a minority government.  Since Canada is a parliamentary system, Trudeau and his party won enough seats to remain in power, but only control a plurality of seats rather than an outright majority.  This means the liberals in Canada will need to form a coalition with a smaller party in order to govern with a majority. 


Wreckage of single engine plane which went missing Oct. 10th believed to have been found north of Aberdeen

The wreckage of a single engine plane which believed to have went missing weeks ago after taking off from Aberdeen has been found.  According to the Brown County sheirff’s department, the plane was found about 3 miles north of Aberdeen.  Crews from South Dakota and North Dakota have been searching for the plane since Oct. 10th when it took off from Aberdeen to Oakes North Dakota and never made it to Oakes.  Federal Aviation records show the owner of the plane to be Gerald Seliski of Hecla, but officials have not released the identity of who was actually piloting the plane the night it went missing. 


SD Senator John Thune pushes for USMCA trade deal on Senate floor

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Republicans in Congress are pushing hard to get a vote on the USMCA trade treaty. The three-country agreement would replace NAFTA, which has been in place since the early 90s.

 

South Dakota Senator John Thune made a speech on the Senate floor, pointing out the deal is for more than ag products...

 

 

 

Thune blamed House democrats for the delay in moving the agreement...

 

 

 

 

Thune says the trade deal is one more advance in the Trump Administrations economic policies...

 

 

 

A possible vote date keeps slipping, with hopes now set on possible approval before the end of the year.


Canadian federal elections take place today

Today marks the 2019 Canadian federal election. Unlike in the United State’s the Canadian election cycle only lasts 40 days as voters in the Great White North will select their representatives in the House of Commons to serve in the 43rd Canadian Parliament.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and liberal party seeks to win reelection and will go against the Conservative Party, New Democratic Party, Green Party and People’s Party.  In Canada, voters select their members of parliament or MP and those are the ones who actually select the prime minister. 


Britton/Hecla QB Trevor Zuehlke injured in Friday night's game against Warner

Britton/Hecla starting quarterback Trevor Zuehlke is currently in a hospital in Sioux Falls in stable condition after suffering an injury Friday night against Warner. 

 

According to Zuehlke’s Cairing Bridge page, the quarterback was first taken by ambulance to an Aberdeen hospital then later flown to Sioux Falls.  CT scans at the hospital showed bleeding on his brain.  Doctors performed emergency surgery to relieve pressure from the injury and place him in a medically induced coma to heal.

 

The CT scan showed no injury to his head or neck.  The Caring Bridge page also pointed out Zuehlke is currently breathing on his own for the most part. 


One person killed in Sturgis shooting

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) Sturgis police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Sunday morning.

 

According to a release from Sturgis Police Chief Geody Vandewater, at 4:19 a.m. police responded to a 911 call reporting a homeowner shot someone who entered their residence. Officers arrived on scene and found a male with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

 

First aid was administered until he was transported by ambulance to Sturgis Regional where he died as a result of his injuries.

 

Vandewater says this is an active investigation being led by the Sturgis Police Department, Meade County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  He says this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.  

 

Names of the involved parties are not being released at this time due to the on-going investigation.


Crews still putting out Malchow's on Main late Sunday

Fire crews were still dousing smoking piles of rubble Sunday evening as a business staple in downtown Aberdeen was torn down by fire Saturday.  Malchow’s on Main which had apartments above and a furniture store below was first reported on fire to fire crews around 6:17 p.m. Saturday.  No one was injured in the incident and fire crews have called a structural engineer in from Fargo, ND to help investigate the cause of the flame.  Bud Malchow opened Malchow’s on Main in 1945 and according to the Aberdeen American News, it is one of the city’s oldest local businesses. 


Sturgis teen pleads insanity in death of 16-year-old Wyoming girl

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The 17-year-old arrested in connection with the death of 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment hearing.

 

Michael Gavin Campbell, whose name was released because he is being charged as an adult, plead not guilty by reason of insanity to a first degree murder charge with an alternative of second degree murder.

 

Campbell can be convicted of either charge, but not both.

 

In court, Campbell calmly answered Judge Kevin Krull’s questions as to whether or not he understood the charges against him with a ‘yes, your honor.’

 

Judge Krull set December 20 for the next status hearing and set that date as the deadline to turn in any documents related to the case.

 

Among those documents is a request to transfer the case from adult court to juvenile court.

Campbell’s Attorney, Steven Titus, spoke with the media after this morning’s hearing…

 

 

 

 

Campbell, if convicted, can face prison time, but cannot be sentenced to life in prison because he is juvenile.

 

Prosecutors allege Campbell shot and killed Shayna Ritthaler in his Blucksberg home earlier this month after an alleged argument between the two.

 

Ritthaler, from Upton, Wyoming, was the subject of a missing person’s case in the days ahead of the shooting. She was going to school in Moorcroft, Wyoming and was reported missing October 3 after surveillance video showed her getting into a vehicle at Moorcroft Coffee Cup store. Her body was found October 7.

 

Authorities are investigating how the two knew each other and what happened in the time before her death.


Gov. Noem orders flags at half staff in honor of late Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings

Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem today ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on October 18, 2019, in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings.

 

Cummings was a current member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th congressional district. He served in that capacity since 1996.


Roads to be closed in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at 8am on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for street repairs: South Illinois Street from 5th Ave SE to 6th Ave SE

 

Work is expected to last through end of day Friday, October 18th.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Civil air patrol gives update into missing plane search

Civil Air Patrol missions were flown Sunday and Monday in both South Dakota and North Dakota. Ground crews from Brown County, SD, Dickey County, ND, Ransom County, ND, and the Civil Air Patrol have also been working in the area.

 

Weather grounded air missions today but are expected to resume Wednesday. Officials are asking the public to report anything they find or may have heard related to the missing pilot and plane. With the South Dakota state pheasant season opener coming this weekend, authorities are also asking for hunters to please be on the lookout for anything of interest.

 

Information can be reported to the Brown County Dispatch Center at 605-626-7911. As appropriate, updates will be posted on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP) and Twitter (@SDWingCAP). To learn more about CAP in South Dakota, please visit https://sdwg.cap.gov. To learn more about CAP in North Dakota, go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthDakotaCAP/.


One person killed in Clark county fatal crash

One woman died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Clark.

 

Another person received minor injuries. Names of the two people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members.

 

A 2017 Ford Explorer was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when it crossed the centerline and collided head on with an eastbound 2019 Ford F350 pickup.

 

The 29-year-old female driver of the Explorer was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup, a 47-year-old male, sustained minor injuries. He was transported to the Watertown hospital.

 

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. They were the only people involved.

 

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

 

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

 


Road brought down to one lane in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Weather permitting beginning Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m. the following road will be reduced to one lane for utility work.  North Dakota Street from 24th avenue NE to 28th avenue NE.  Work is expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes while the work is being completed. 


Enderson announces resignation as Brown County treasurer

Brown County treasurer Sheila Enderson announced at the Brown County Commission meeting Tuesday she will resign from her position next month.  Enderson announced her resignation will take effect Nov. 15th.  She has served as county treasurer for 43 years.  


Huron superintendent apologizing after student denied breakfast

(KOKK - Huron, SD) Huron Superintendent Terry Nebelsick (Nebil-Seck) says protocol was broken earlier this week at Huron Middle School when students were denied breakfast over conduct issues.

 

A video of a conversation between a teacher and the parent of one of the students was posted online. The teacher states the students were talking in the hallway and not following directions on the way to and from breakfast and were told they were denied breakfast for the rest of the week.

 

Nebelsick says he was made aware of the situation yesterday (Thursday).

 

 

 

 

Nebelsick says a complaint was filed with the South Dakota Dept. of Education.

 

 

 

 

 

Nebelsick says staff have been in contact with the parents involved and have apologized. He says the district will review protocol with all staff and put in safeguards to avoid a situation like this in the future.


Name released in Stanley County fatal crash

A 50-year-old woman died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Hayes.

 

Name of the deceased has not yet been released pending notification of family members. She was the only person involved.

 

A 2004 Buick LaSabre was eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the north ditch and rolled.

 

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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

 

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


Gov. Noem says she's frustrated by impeachment inquiry

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is among those frustrated by the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump in the U.S. House….

 

 

 

 

The governor says those, “important things” include taking a vote on the USMCA trade agreement….

 

 

 

 

Reading those documents is something Governor Noem says she’s done….

 

 

 

 

At issue are President Trump’s requests of Ukrainian officials to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son.


Northern 50-yard club luncheon canceled

Northern 50-yard club luncheon has been cancled.  The college has also postponed the groundbreaking scheduled for today.


Dental problems common across South Dakota due to poverty and lack of access

From small towns to reservations to urban centers, progress in improving poor dental health — now connected to serious illnesses including heart disease — has stalled in S.D. despite years of education, intervention and charity.

 

Tooth decay, gum disease other oral-health illnesses are considered to be 100% preventable, yet many children and adults across South Dakota continue to suffer severe dental problems.

A lack of access to proper dental care in South Dakota is driven both by geography and income. With a relatively small population spread out across a large area, many South Dakota residents do not have ready access to a dentist. Meanwhile, a high level of poverty in rural, urban and reservation communities also inhibits the ability of both adults and children to obtain proper dental care.

 

The look of rotting or missing teeth and deep red gums can lead to isolation and a lack of employment and educational opportunities. But increasingly, poor dental health is known to cause or be connected to numerous other serious health issues, including heart disease, diabetes and strokes.


Harrisburg teacher Amanda Harris named SD teacher of the year

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) Amanda Harris, a fourth-grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary in the Harrisburg School District, has been named the 2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Ben Jones made the announcement at a banquet in Oacoma.

 

Harris has taught in the Harrisburg School District since 2013. She has served on curriculum committees in her district and regularly presents at educator conferences. She has started several afterschool clubs at her school.

 

Harris will now represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.


Day county man suffers burns in furnace accident

A Day County man has been transferred to a Minnesota burn center after he suffered injuries trying to light his furnace Thursday morning.  According to Day county sheriff Ryan Rucktaeschel, the man was the only one home when the accident happened.  He was first taken to a Webster hospital then transferred to Minnesota.  His identity was not released and his wounds are not believed to be life-threatening. 


Gypsy Day parade canceled for first time ever

The Gypsy Day Parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled.  Northern State made the announcement Thursday evening as rain, sleet, snow and cold are expected to remain through Saturday.  The Aberdeen American News reports this is the first time the parade has been canceled in its 103 year history.  Floats wishing to be judged are encouraged to bring their floats to the tailgate area of Swisher Field to be judged during the wolves football game.  Entrants can line up between 8 and 9 a.m.  The football game is still scheduled to go on against Minnesota State Mankato at 2:30 p.m.


Walk to remember event postponed

The Walk to Remember event pu on by Mothers of Angels has been postponed to October 26th in  the Primrise gym. 


Mark Hoven confirmed as next Parks and Rec Director

The Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hoven as the Director of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. Mr. Hoven will begin his new role on Monday, November 25. Mr. Hoven has served as Park Superintendent for the department since 1982 and prior to that served as Manager of Riverside Cemetery for three years. Mark brings a wealth of Management experience and knowledge to the position and has done an outstanding job in his role as Park Superintendent. Mark graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Since degree in Park Management. Doug Johnson is currently serving as the Director and will be retiring on November 22.


Teen to be tried as an adult in death of Wyoming teen

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The 17-year-old boy arrested in connection with the death of a young girl made his initial court appearance before Judge Kevin Krull this morning.

 

The state is charging Michael Gavin Campbell with murder in the second degree. His name is being released because he is being charged as an adult.

 

Judge Krull granted a motion today to seal the probable cause affidavit in the case. That means details of how the two knew each other and what happened leading up to the crime will not be known for now.

 

However, acting Meade County State’s Attorney Michelle Bordewyk asked for Campbell to be held with no bond, stating in court “the nature of the offense shows the defendant was with the victim and an argument led to him shooting her.”

 

Judge Krull ordered Campbell be held in lieu of $1 million dollars cash or surety bond.

The victim’s body was found Monday after deputies, working with Moorcroft police, and state investigators searched the home in the Blucksberg subdivision near Sturgis. Authorities believe the victim is 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler. Ritthaler was reported missing out of Moorcroft, Wyoming on October 3rd. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday.

 

If Campbell is released on bond, he was ordered to have no contact with the victim’s family.

Family members for both the victim and defendant were in court today.

 

Campbell, who will be arraigned next Thursday, faces life in prison if convicted.


Gov. Noem releases report on investigation into Minnehaha County State's Attorney McGowan

Governor Kristi Noem today released the summary of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s investigation into Minnehaha State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan.

 

“Recent events involving Minnehaha State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan necessitated an investigation by our Attorney General,” said Noem. “That investigation is now complete, and I am making the summary provided to me available to the public for the sake of transparency. The facts that were uncovered are unsettling. The Attorney General concludes that there isn’t the evidence to pursue charges against McGowan. I will not be pursuing any further action at this time. I am thankful for the Attorney General and his team’s swift work on this matter.”

 

Read the whole report here.


SD Game Fish and Parks to raise fees

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has approved an increase in state park entrance fees for the first time since 2014. The Commission also took action to raise select camping fees, many of which had also been unchanged for several years.

 

Pending approval from the Interim Rules Committee, fee increases will go into effect January 1, 2020.

This year, several parks have faced significant damage from flooding, with repair costs upwards of $9 million. Additionally, revenue has been impacted by decreased visitation because of weather and weather-related damage. Some campgrounds had to be closed as a result of flooding.

 

Annual passes to state parks will be $36 with a daily fee of $8.

 

At campgrounds, prime campsites increase to $26, preferred sites to $23 and modern to $20.

The increase is in line with the rate of inflation and with fees in surrounding states.


Minimum wage to increase Jan. 1st

The state minimum wage will increase from $9.10/hour to $9.30/hour effective Jan. 1, 2020.

 

The minimum wage is annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This year’s increase was 1.7 percent and is rounded up to the nearest 5 cents.

 

The hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.65/hour effective Jan. 1, 2020, half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees. Wages and tips combined must equal at least the minimum wage.

 

These increases will apply to all South Dakota employers, with some limited exceptions. For more information, visit http://dlr.sd.gov/employment_laws/minimum_wage.aspx


Brown County assistant Gary Vetter resigns

Brown County Commission Assistant Gary Vetter has resigned his position to accept a new job in Yankton County.  According to the Aberdeen American News, Vetter has accepted the development services director job in Yankton County.  His last day in Brown County will be Oct. 18th.  Vetter has served as commission assistant since 2007, starting in planning and zoning and then becoming commission assistant in 2013. 


Bodies of two missing Huron men found in lagoon

(KOKK - Huron, SD) The bodies of two missing Huron men have been recovered from a waste lagoon east of town.

 

The men are identified as 29-year-old Mauricio Lopez-Morales and 23-year-old Francisco Artemio Lopez-Ramos.


Yesterday, October 7th, the Huron Police Department received a call of what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident with damage to a fence at the lagoons.


Upon further investigation, a body was located in the lagoon.


The Beadle County Dive Team located a 2009 Toyota Corolla that was submerged in the water. During the removal of the car, a second body was recovered.


It appears as though the car left 4th St SE at the intersection of Custer Ave SE, going through the ditch and the fence and then into the lagoon. It appears to be a one-vehicle accident. Authorities believe speed and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.


Both males were listed as missing on Sunday, Oct. 6th, and were last seen on Saturday, Oct. 5th, at 9:30 pm.

 

Assisting with the investigation were the Huron Fire Department, Beadle County Dive Team, Beadle County Sheriff’s Office, Beadle County Coroner, and the Huron Police Department.

 

The investigation is ongoing at this time.


President Trump approves third disaster relief request

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a third Presidential Disaster Declaration, covering the damage done by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred June 30-July 21.

 

The declaration will allow federal money to be used to help local government entities recover from infrastructure damage in Butte, Gregory, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Meade, and Tripp counties, as well as the Cheyenne River and the Lower Brule Indian Reservations.  A preliminary assessment of the damage was estimated to be $2.5 million.

 

“Many counties have been plagued by heavy rainfall and flooding time and time again this year,” said Noem. “I appreciate that the President and FEMA continue to understand the impact these storms and heavy rains have had on South Dakota and are willing to help us recover.”

 

In her request for a disaster declaration, Noem told the President that many areas had experienced record rainfall which resulted in flooding of roads and other infrastructure. Confirmed tornadoes and high winds caused property damage in other areas. She said two of the state’s major industries, agricultural and tourism, have been impacted.

 

“As you can see, South Dakota has been battered by storm after storm that continue to further erode our valuable public infrastructure,” wrote the Governor.

 

This is the third federal disaster declaration for South Dakota this year. South Dakota received a federal disaster declaration in June for severe winter storms and flooding that occurred March 13-April 26 and that affected 58 counties and three reservations. A second disaster declaration for the period of May 26-June 7 was approved in September for flooding and storms that occurred in 25 counties and two reservations.

 

FEMA officials are now in South Dakota working on the first two federal disaster declarations and will continue to work on the third. More details on the process for the third disaster declaration will be announced at a later date.


Body of missing Wyoming teen found near Sturgis

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) Authorities in Meade County say a body discovered in a home today is believed to be that of a missing Wyoming girl.

 

Sergeant Calen Deyo with the Meade County Sheriff’s Office says they, along with agents from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, served a search warrant at a residence located in Blucksberg on Monday.

 

The search was done based on information received from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office who had been working with the Deadwood Police Department and the Moorcroft Police Department in Wyoming.

 

The body of a young female was discovered in the basement bedroom of the home and is believe to be that of Shayna Ritthaler. The 16-year-old was reported missing from Moorcroft on October 3.

Deyo says a juvenile suspect has been taken into custody in relation to the death and is being housed at the Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City. Criminal charges are pending.

An autopsy on the young female to determine cause of death is pending for later in the week.


"Hemp Days" held in Pierre

(Dakota Radio News Group - Pierre, SD) Industrial Hemp Advocates Take Part in South Dakota Hemp Day

 

Information about industrial hemp will be shared by a variety of organizations today (Mon.) in Pierre.

 

South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke says supporters of legalizing industrial hemp in the state are holding “South Dakota Hemp Day” from 3:30–6:30pm at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

 

 

 

He says industrial hemp is a natural fit into the crop rotation in the state.

 

 

 

Sombke see the cautious approach to accepting industrial hemp as much the same as the approach taken to two agriculture industries that are now widely accepted in South Dakota.


 

 

 

 

Currently, South Dakota is only one of three states where growing and processing industrial hemp is not legal.

 

Incidentally, the South Dakota Legislature’s Industrial Hemp Interim Study Committee meets today (Mon.) at noon at in Room 362 of the State Capitol in Pierre. Among the people on the agenda are the Hemp Program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Chief-of-Staff for the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Public testimony will be taken at 4pm. The meeting is open to the public and can be listened to online on the SD Legislative Research Council’s website.


Road construction planned for parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Road construction is planned for parts of Aberdeen Tuesday.  Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, weather permitting road work will begin in the following areas: Sixth Avenue Southeast to seventh avenue southeast.  The Public Works Department is urging motorists to find an alternate route until the work is completed.


First snowstorm heading for northeast SD

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) The first snowstorm of the season will arrive in South Dakota this week.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from late Wednesday night through Friday morning for western and central parts of South Dakota.

 

The watch extends as far east as Ipswich, and includes places like Mobridge, Gettysburg and Pierre.

 

Northeast South Dakota won’t be impacted by the storm until the tail end of the week…

 

 

 

Forecaster Troy Kleffman says in central and western South Dakota, snow amounts could get pretty impressive….

 

 

 

Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility as winds could gust to 40 miles per hour.

 

 


Name released in Lawrence County fatal crash

A Lead, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday afternoon  in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Spearfish.

 

A 1988 Chevrolet K1500 pickup truck was southbound on U.S. Highway 14A when the driver failed to negotiate a left-hand turn. The vehicle went off the roadway and hit several trees.

 

Robin Stensgard, 57, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. She died as a result of her injuries. She was the only person in the vehicle.

 

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.


Rep. Dusty Johnson responds to Ukraine scandal

As news continues to tumble out of Washington over whistleblowers and witch hunts, South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is advising patience.

He says people need to watch and wait...

 

 

 

Johnson says he has read the reports connected to the whistleblower...

 

 

 

Johnson says he is surprised that the whistleblower report has set the course toward a possible impeachment inquiry...

 

 

 

New reports surfaced over the weekend of another whistleblower with firsthand knowledge of the Presidents conversation with the President of Ukraine.


SD Fire Marshal raising awareness of fire safety

South Dakota’s Fire Marshal encourages families to celebrate this year’s Fire Prevention Week by making and practicing an escape plan.

 

Fire Prevention Week nationally and in South Dakota starts Sunday, Oct. 6, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12.  This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.”

 

“Knowing how to escape a burning home is one of the most important things a family can talk about; the same goes for businesses,” said State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman.  “Not only should you have a plan, you need to practice it as well.”

 

Merriman says individuals and families should make sure they have two ways out of their home in case of fire. He says people need to remember that fires can start anywhere in the home due to an electrical problem or another issue.

 

“Families should hold fire drills in their homes at least twice a year; once during the day and another time at night,” Merriman says. “It is important that everyone, especially children, know how to get out of a burning structure using more than one exit and once they are out of the house, there should be a planned meeting place where everyone from the home can gather.”

 

Another emphasis during the week will be the use of smoke alarms. Merriman says the importance of smoke alarms can’t be stressed enough.

 

“We have seen too many house fires where there were no smoke alarms present or the alarms in the homes were not properly working,” he says. “Smoke alarms can save lives. But they do no good when not properly maintained.”

 

Smoke alarm messages for this week include:

 

***  Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

***  Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

***  Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

***  If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.

***  Call the fire department from outside the home.


SD Fire Marshal raising awareness of fire safety

South Dakota’s Fire Marshal encourages families to celebrate this year’s Fire Prevention Week by making and practicing an escape plan.

 

Fire Prevention Week nationally and in South Dakota starts Sunday, Oct. 6, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12.  This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.”

 

“Knowing how to escape a burning home is one of the most important things a family can talk about; the same goes for businesses,” said State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman.  “Not only should you have a plan, you need to practice it as well.”

 

Merriman says individuals and families should make sure they have two ways out of their home in case of fire. He says people need to remember that fires can start anywhere in the home due to an electrical problem or another issue.

 

“Families should hold fire drills in their homes at least twice a year; once during the day and another time at night,” Merriman says. “It is important that everyone, especially children, know how to get out of a burning structure using more than one exit and once they are out of the house, there should be a planned meeting place where everyone from the home can gather.”

 

Another emphasis during the week will be the use of smoke alarms. Merriman says the importance of smoke alarms can’t be stressed enough.

 

“We have seen too many house fires where there were no smoke alarms present or the alarms in the homes were not properly working,” he says. “Smoke alarms can save lives. But they do no good when not properly maintained.”

 

Smoke alarm messages for this week include:

 

***  Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

***  Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

***  Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

***  If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.

***  Call the fire department from outside the home.


South Dakota Farmers Union to take part in "Industrial Hemp Day"

To show support for industrial hemp, South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) will join other supporters in Pierre for South Dakota Hemp Day, held October 7 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel ( 920 W Sioux Ave).

 

 “South Dakota farmers and our rural economy could benefit from this new crop and the in-state processing opportunities it provides,” said Doug Sombke, SDFU President and a fourth-generation farmer from Conde.

 

Support for industrial hemp is among many issues SDFU members voted to include in SDFU policy. As one of the state’s largest agriculture organizations, its members were disappointed in Noem’s decision to veto the opportunity to grow industrial hemp during the 2018 Legislative Session.

 

During Industrial Hemp Day, attendees can expect to learn about the opportunity to grow hemp in South Dakota; gain a better understanding of how the markets for hemp byproducts like fiber, grain and oilseed are expanding and what industries are engaged. They will also have the opportunity to learn about potential for hemp meal for livestock and poultry and ways to get involved as advocates for industrial hemp in South Dakota. 


Senator Thune talks military spending

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Congress was only able to pass a continuing resolution just before the end of the fiscal year last week. An earlier budget agreement fell apart when democrats objected to President Trump moving over four billion dollars from defense spending to construction of the southern border wall.

 

South Dakota Senator John Thune says the President can move some of those funds around...

 

 

 

Thune says he has been a defender of military spending...

 

 

 

 

Thune says its another case of Congress delegating away its authority...

 

 

 

 

The Defense Authorization Bill was set at over seven hundred billion dollars earlier this year.


Mitchell man pleads no contest in bar fight death

(KMIT - Mitchell, SD) A Mitchell man who was involved in an altercation outside a Mitchell bar in January that left another man dead pleaded no contest to 2nd degree manslaughter on Tuesday.  In exchange for the no contest plea, other charges against 27-year old Dylan Thompson were dropped.  The state will recommend a ten-year prison sentence for Thompson.  On the night of January 3rd, Thompson engaged in a fight outside of Thirsty’s with 59-year old Rick Sanders, punching him and knocking him down.  Sanders got up, and Thompson punched him again with Sanders’ head hitting the pavement, which knocked him unconscious.  He was pronounced dead several days later.  Sentencing was set for January 2nd.

 


Noem announces chief of staff change

Governor Kristi Noem today announced the departure of Herb Jones as Chief of Staff to the Governor’s Office and the appointment of Joshua Shields to serve as Chief of Staff and Beth Hollatz to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff. Jones served on the campaign for governor last year, participated in the transition team, and served as Chief of Staff since January.

 

“Herb is a special gift to this state. Time after time, he’s stepped up and answered the call to public service, to advance South Dakota, and I am thankful for his leadership on my team,” said Noem. “It takes a special set of skills to help get a governor’s office up and running, and I will be forever grateful to Herb for putting in the hours to help get our office going so we can accomplish some big things for South Dakota.

 

“It’s been a great honor to help lead Governor Noem’s team,” said Jones. “I won’t miss the 4-hour commute from my house in Yankton, but I will miss all of the great people on the governor’s team. It was always my intention to get things set up and then get back to being a grandpa. We had some big wins in the first year like improving broadband, expanding pheasant habitat, and ramping up efforts to address the meth crisis. Governor Noem cares deeply about the next generation of South Dakotans, and the team is set up to continue delivering on the agenda she’s outlined.”

 

Shields has served as the Chief of Policy & Communications in the Governor’s Office since January. Previously, Shields worked in politics, policy, and communications in varying capacities including roles with U.S. Senator John Thune, then-Congresswoman Noem, and in the private sector. Shields also served as Noem's campaign manager for her first congressional run in 2010, and for Thune's re-election bid in 2016.

 

“It’s an honor to serve Governor Noem and our state in this capacity,” said Shields. “Whether it’s economic development, putting families first, or increasing transparency and connectivity, Governor Noem is focused on delivering results for South Dakotans. It’s my job to help her make that happen.”

 

Hollatz has served as Senior Advisor to Governor Kristi Noem since January. Prior to her current role, Hollatz spent eight years with then-Congresswoman Noem, first as Northeast director and then as state director. Hollatz also worked on all four Kristi for Congress campaigns.

 

“When I first met the governor years ago, I knew she was going to do big things. It’s been a huge privilege and, at times an adventure, to help her along the way,” said Hollatz. “Governor Noem wakes up every day thinking about how to make South Dakota better, I’m excited to be a part of that work.”

 

“I’ve known Josh and Beth for years. They know how I work and what I want to accomplish. I’m excited to have them leading my office as we lead the state,” concluded Noem


Jimmy Carter celebrate 95th birthday

Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter celebrates his 95th birthday today.  Carter is one of four current living presidents and served one term from 1977 to 9181.  Carter, who served as the 39th president, was born in 1924 and raised during the great depression.  He has survived a dire cancer diagnosis in 2015 and still builds homes for habitat for humanity to this day.  Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter have been married for 73 years as well.   


Day county sheriff seeking info on thefts near Bristol

The Day County sheriff’s office is asking the public for information on recent thefts in the Bristol area.  According to a post from its Facebook page items such as a dirt bike, lawn mower bag and rocking chair have all gone missing.  If you have any information to share you are encouraged to contact 342-3222. 


Brown County fair brings in over $1.2 million for first time ever

Brown County fair board manager Derek Ricci spoke in front of the Brown County Commission Tuesday and gave a rundown of the numbers following the Brown County fair.
 

In total the fair brought in $1,259,512.34.  According to Ricci this is the first time in fair history it has brought in more than $1.2 million.  Ricci credited community support to the success, but also gave a special salute to bringing back the rock ‘n roll alternative act on Friday night…

 

 

 

 

After factoring in expenses the county is looking to net $74,691.  According to Ricci that number will fluctuate, but he is happy to see the fair can be put on and not be a burden to the taxpayer…

 

 

 

 

Individual numbers include:

Ticket sales: $491,344.87
                1. Friday concert - $179,555.29
                2. Rodeo - $47,279.08
                3. Total grandstand - $718,279.24
Booth Rent – Expo/Outside: $49,995.00
                1. Hockey - $34,900
                2. Food - $43,100.00
                3. Total Vendor - $127,995.00


Ricci hopes these numbers will help comfort any Brown County resident who has questions in regards to the fair’s worth…

 


Sobriety checkpoints planned for the month of October

Nineteen sobriety checkpoints in 13 different counties are planned for October, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

Checkpoints are done monthly in different counties as a way to discourage drivers from drinking and then driving.  The checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol with the help of local law enforcement.

  

October checkpoints are planned for the counties of: Brookings, Brown, Brule, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Jerauld, Lake, Lawrence, Meade, Minnehaha and Pennington.

 

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


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at 8:30am on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic to replace storm sewer:

 

South State Street & 15th Avenue SE

 

Work is expected to last for approximately 2 weeks but 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. 


House impeachment inquiry subpoenas Rudy Giuliani

As the House impeachment inquiry continues to move at a brisk pace, Democrats are now seeking information from the President’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.  Giuliani is at the center of the Ukraine scandal, which in a phone call, saw the president seek help from a foreign government to investigate his political rivals.  Democrats issued a subpoena Monday for the former New York City mayor for text messages, pone records and other communications.  Impeachment has become more popular with the American people, according to a CNN poll 47 percent of those surveyed support impeachment, up from 41 percent in May.  According to the numbers most of the movement comes from Independents and Republicans. 


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