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Local News Archives for 2020-06

Changes to WIC program coming this week

Those who use the WIC program or Women, Infants and Children will see some changes in South Dakota beginning July 1st.  WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children under the age of five.  New guidelines say families who do not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty level could qualify for WIC.  Those levels vary depending on the size of the family.

 

(Family size), income

(1) $23,606
(2) $31,894
(3) $40,182
(4) $48,470
(5) $56,758
(6) $65,046
(7) $73,334
(8) $81,622
(9) $89,910
(10) $98,198


Rep. Dusty Johnson wants more narrow help in next COVID-19 bailout

It appears likely that Congress will consider another economic rescue plan in the next few weeks.

 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says the Senate is taking the lead on the next package...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says he doesn’t think the Senate will go as big as the House attempted...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says he would support a more targeted bill...

 

 

 

Senators could look at spending another one to two trillion dollars to patch up the economy.


Northern uses CARES act funds to create student relief fund

Northern State University is helping students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic any way it can including finding ways to provide financial assistance.

 

One method of financial help was provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Northern received $329,889 in CARES Act funding to be awarded to students, said NSU Director of Financial Aid Sharon Kienow. Nearly all of the funds have been disbursed to 274 students, Kienow said.

 

The NSU Foundation has also created a Student Emergency Relief Fund to assist students impacted by COVID-19 or other emergencies. This fund is made possible thanks to gifts from the university’s generous donors. To make a contribution, contact the NSU Foundation at 605-626-2550 or nsualumni@northern.edu

 

For both funds, grant money can be used by eligible students for college-related expenses including tuition and fees, course materials, housing, meals, technology, health care and child care.

 

“Our main goal is for our students to have the best educational experience possible, and we know it’s difficult for students to do that when they have financial concerns,” said NSU President Dr. Tim Downs. “We’re thrilled that we’re able to help our students this way, so they can continue to focus on their studies and stay on track with their college experience.”

 

To learn more about funding available for Northern students, contact NSU Financial Aid at 605-626-2640 or finaid@northern.edu.


Mississippi removing confederate symbol from state flag

The State of Mississippi is moving forward changing its state flag which carries the Confederate Stars and Bars in the upper left corner.  The state has used that version of its flag for the past 126 years.  That will change after the state senate voted 31-14 to change the flag, after the state house had already voted 91-23 to do the same.  Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said in a tweet he would sign the bill into law if the legislature approved it.  Moving forward, Mississippi will create a nine-member commission which will be tasked with creating a new flag that does not include the confederate battle design. 


Rounds talks police reform in the Senate

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The US House approved a democratic backed police reform bill which stands little chance of being debated in the Senate.

 

A Senate reform bill, introduced by Senator Tim Scott was blocked by democrats.

 

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says the Senate bill was expansive...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says the Senate bill was focused on reform at the local level...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says the sponsor was willing to let democrats amend the bill...

 

 

 

 

A spokesman for the President said he would veto the House bill if it made it through the Senate.

 


July 4th holiday to change city garbage pickup schedule

Due to the July 4th Holiday observance on Friday, July 3, 2020, City garbage pick-up will change.  Residents who normally have their garbage picked up on Friday are reminded to have their garbage out for pick up by 8:00 A.M., Thursday.  Both Thursday and Friday’s garbage will be picked up Thursday. Recycling remaining on the normal five day schedule.


New texting while driving laws take affect Wednesday

Starting July 1, drivers in South Dakota will no longer be able to use mobile electronic devices, including cell phones, for texting or other purposes while they drive.

 

House Bill 1169, which was passed during the 2020 legislative session, prohibits drivers from using a phone for social media uses. The new law allows drivers to hold the phone to their ear to talk, but any data entry other than putting the contact number into the device must be done under a hands-free mode.  

 

Violation of the new law is a primary offense and is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

 

Exceptions to the law are:

  • Emergency responders and public utility workers in performance of their official duties;
  • Use of the device to report emergencies to emergency response agencies;
  • GPS or mapping programs can be used, but information cannot be entered into the device while driving;
  • Drivers can select a contact out of the device list to then use in a hands free mode or activate or disengage hands free mode.
  • To activate and deactivate hands free mode.

 

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


Commissioner Rachel Kippley gives update to upcoming "Brown County Summer Fest"

Brown County Commissioner Rachel Kippley posted on her commission facebook page an update to the event planned on being held instead of the Brown County Fair this summer.  According to Kippley the event will be called Brown County Summer Fest and as of Thursday June 25th will include a carnival, some vendors, Centennial Village will be open and camping is still an option.  A youth livestock show will take place and there is a possibility of free tent entertainment along with rodeos and or concerts. 


Aberdeen Chamber to resume Business After Hours mixer in July

The Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce will be resuming its monthly Business After Hours mixers in July. The July 9 event, sponsored by Danger von Dempsey’s Pizza & Brewhaus will take place outside in the 10 block of 11th Avenue Southeast, just south of Dempsey’s. Food and beverages will be provided by Dempsey’s. Guests are asked to park in the Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home parking lot by entering via the Main Street entrance.

 

Attendees will be encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members if registered by July 8th. Prices increase the day of the event. To register, call 605-225-2860, email info@aberdeen-chamber.com or go online to aberdeen-chamber.com. Pre-registration and pre-payment are requested to limit personal contact.

 

Future events include: August 20 at Revo; September 10 at CashWa Distributing; October 8 at Aberdeen Civic Arena; November 12 at Pierson Ford and December 10 (Christmas with the Chamber) at Dakota Event Center.

 


Capital Theater reopens Friday

The Capital Theater in downtown Aberdeen will resume regular operations today, screening the film “1917”.  There will be changes for movie goers to try and mitigate any spread of COVID-19, including only allowing audience members at half capacity, about 30 people.  Tickets will also be sold online.  Tickets can be purchased in advanced at capitolcinema.net.  Masks will not be required, but strongly encouraged and patrons are encouraged to adhere to social distancing.  1917 is a British war film set during World War I directed by Sam Mendes. 


Senator John Thune calls on President Trump to use more "empathetic tone"

South Dakota Senator John Thune spoke with CNN Wednesday and called on president Donald Trump to use a different tone as the country approaches the 2020 presidential election.  The comments came amidst a new New York Times/Siena College poll showing at this time Democrat challenger Joe Biden has a 14 point lead nationally on Trump.  According to Thune, president Trump is good with the base, but people in the middle will decide the 2020 election.  Thune went on to say Trump would benefit from using a more empathetic tone. 


Montgomery's Furniture buys Malchow's Home Furnishing

Montgomery’s Furniture has announced it has purchased Malchow’s Home Furnishing in Aberdeen.  According to a press release, the move combines over 200 years of experience in fine home furnishing.  Montgomery's is a South Dakota company.

 

Montgomery’s will be building its fourth location in Aberdeen later this year and Mark Malchow, former owner of Malchow’s Home Furnishings will serve as a managing partner beginning in 2021.  The decision to sell the business came after Malchow’s location in downtown Aberdeen burned to the ground in October of 2019. 

 

The new Montgomery’s showroom will be built in the former OfficeMax location on Highway 12 between Target and Walmart. 


Wildfire currently burning at Custer State Park

A wildfire is currently burning at Custer State Park in the Black Hills.  First reported at 11:19 a.m. on Wednesday,  according to South Dakota governor Kristi Noem’s office as of 8:00 p.m. the fire is estimated to cover 150 acres.  South Dakota Wildand Fire is leading a multi-state, multi-agency effort to battle the flames.  The fire is believed to have started near the park shop near Highway 16 and was moving towards the northwest.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


Mitchell woman arrested on first degree manslaughter charges

(KORN - Mitchell, SD) Mitchell Police have arrested a 21 year old woman for first-degree manslaughter and abuse or cruelty to a minor. In a news release from the Mitchell Police Department, dispatch received a 911 call around 8 am Monday from a female who said she was taking a five-year old boy who wasn’t breathing to the Avera Queen of Peace emergency room. Advanced life-saving measures were initiated at the E-R. The child was declared deceased at the hospital.

 

An autopsy performed on Tuesday indicated the child died as a result of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and the death ruled a homicide.

 

21 year old Julia Lee Carter of Mitchell apparently told police she kicked the five year old approximately five times in the stomach and stomped on his abdomen. She also apparently told police she knew she injured the child. Carter and the child lived at the same residence.

 

Carter was arrested for first-degree manslaughter, a class one felony, and abuse or cruelty to a minor, a class four felony.

 

Police say the investigation is ongoing.


Gov. Noem speaks about new COVID-19 fund in Aberdeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem visited Aberdeen Wednesday and spoke to the public about a new fund set up to help cities and county governments offset costs associated with COVID-19.  The money comes from the federal government and is part of the CARES act passed by congress in March.

 

Governor Noem announced the city of Aberdeen can receive up to $6.4 million while Brown County can receive $2.6 million.  Noem talked about what this money can be spent on…

 

 

 

Governor Noem has been working with the treasury department at the federal level who is handling this money.  Her desire is to allow local governments to use this money to help offset tax revenue losses due to COVID-19.  So far, treasury has not allowed that to happen.  She talked more about the situation…

 

 

 

Aberdeen mayor Travis Schaunaman spoke briefly at the event as well and talked about where the money is likely to go first in the city of Aberdeen…

 


Eureka school district votes for opt out

Residents in the Eureka school district have voted to approve an opt out Tuesday.  This means the school district will be allowed to collect and extra $400,000 a year in property tax revenue to help better fund the school.  The vote was 290 yes to 145 no. 


Senator Thune talks police reform bill in the senate

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The Senate is in a standoff over police reform legislation. Democrats are ready to block a republican proposal they say is inadequate.

 

South Dakota Senator John Thune says republicans are ready to act...

 

 

 

Thune says democrats should help move the reform bill...

 

 

 

Thune says House democrats are ready to move to a compromise...

 

 

 

The democratic and republican proposals differ greatly on issues like choke holds and no knock warrants.


Aberdeen fire and rescue responds to house fire Wednesday

Press Release: On June 24,2020 at 0600 hours, Aberdeen Fire Rescue responded to a fire inside a paint oven at 515 North Commerce.  On arrival crews found the building evacuated. Employees at the facility stated that the fire was contained to the inside of the large oven.  Crews entered the building with a pre-connect and extinguished the flames.  Fire crews remained on scene for 90 minutes ventilating the building.  No one was injured.


Aberdeen Parks and Rec announces first Melgaard fun run

Aberdeen parks and rec has announced the first Melgaard fun run of the summer.  That fun run will be Wednesday July 1st.  Registration will start at 7:00 p.m. and the race begins at 7:30 p.m. The fee is $3 per runner or $5 per family.  Drawings for door prizes to participants will follow the race.  The race is sponsored by the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and forestry department with support from Lust Chevrolet and US Bank.  This is a two mile fun run encouraging both avid and recreations runners as well as families to participate.  Registration will occur at the Southeast Shelter of Melgaard Park. 


Gov. Noem to visit Aberdeen Wednesday

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will visit Aberdeen today to give an update on the local government COVID-19 recovery fund.  The governor announced the creation of this fund earlier this week, which will take money from the federal government through the CARES act and try to help offset costs related to the virus.  She will be at Aberdeen City Hall at 12:00 p.m. Before that she will be speaking in Huron. 


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Wednesday, June 24th between the hours of 9:00 pm and 1:30 am.

 

The adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph.  The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light. To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 15 mph or less and no inclement weather present.  Winds higher than 15 mph or inclement weather will result in the spray being suspended until conditions improve. 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Corson county authorities intercept drugs bound for Aberdeen

(Dakota Radio Group News - Pierre, SD) A traffic stop in Corson County late last week (June 18) netted over 15 pounds of marijuana.

 

Information from the Corson County Sheriff’s office says Deputy Mark Bilben made the traffic stop, intercepting 17 pounds of marijuana on its way from the west coast to Aberdeen.  Officers estimate the combined value of cash and drugs is $51,000.

 

Mobridge Police Department officer Nate Pepin and K9 officer Zane assisted in the stop. No further details have yet been released.


Road closures planned for Tuesday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work: South Second Street from 9th avenue Southwest to Melgaard road.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible, motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Roads will also be closed at South 10th Street from 5th avenue Southwest to 6th avenue southwest. 


Name released in Potter County fatal crash

A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg.

 

A 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the driver lost control as the vehicle entered a right-turning curve. The vehicle cross the centerline and collided with an eastbound 2013 Ford F350 pickup.

 

Joseph Skye, the 35-year-old passenger in the Monte Carlo, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver, 24-year-old Mariah LeBeau of Aberdeen, S.D., sustained life-threatening injuries. She was transported via ambulance to the Gettysburg hospital and airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.

 

Calen Decker of Gettysburg was the 19-year-old male driver of the pickup. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

Charges are pending against both drivers.

 

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

 

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


South Dakota maintains AAA credit rating through COVID-19

Moody’s Investors Service announced they have reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating, the highest rating available, with a stable outlook.

 

“Forcing state government to live within its means is a fundamental tenet of my administration,” said Governor Kristi Noem.  “Between our high credit rating, low taxes, and reasonable regulations, I’m pleased to see Moody’s acknowledge ‘South Dakota’s very healthy financial position.”

 

In their report, Moody’s highlighted that “the state has experienced far less of an impact from the coronavirus outbreak than other states. There have been far fewer job losses in South Dakota, relative to the employment base, than across the nation at large, and state revenue is still trending above the prior year despite indications that the effects of the virus have manifested in collections.”


One person killed in Potter county fatal crash

One person died and another person was seriously injured late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg.

 

Names of the three persons involved are not being released pending notification of family members.

 

A 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the driver lost control as the vehicle entered a right-turning curve. The vehicle cross the centerline and collided with an eastbound 2013 Ford F350 pickup.

 

The 35-year-old male passenger in the Monte Carlo was pronounced dead at the scene. The 24-year-old female driver sustained life-threatening injuries. She was transported via ambulance to the Gettysburg hospital and airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.

 

Uninjured was the 19-year-old male driver of the pickup. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

Charges are pending against both drivers.

 

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

 

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


Gov. Noem appoints Casey Crabtree to state senate seat

Governor Kristi Noem announced today that she will appoint Casey Crabtree of Madison to the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 8. 

 

Crabtree serves as director of economic development and governmental affairs at Heartland Consumers Power District in Madison. He is currently the Republican nominee for the State Senate in the general election and is unopposed. 

 

“I thank Casey for accepting this appointment,” said Governor Noem. “Casey has already shown his willingness to serve the people of his district and our state, and this appointment ensures that District 8 is fully represented over the coming months.

 

The Governor’s appointment of Crabtree is effective immediately and will continue through the end of 2020. He will succeed Senator Jordan Youngberg, who announced his resignation earlier this week.?

 

“I am honored by Governor Noem’s appointment and look forward to putting my experience to work for the people of District 8 and the great state of South Dakota,” said Crabtree. “I am grateful to Sen. Youngberg for his service to District 8 and the many positive things he was able to accomplish during his time in the legislature. I am eager to hit the ground running and serve to the best of my ability.”

 

Crabtree and his wife Ashley reside in Madison with their two children. In addition to his work at Heartland, Crabtree volunteers his time with the Dakota State University Trojan Athletic Club, various outdoor organizations, and the Lake County Republican Party, and he coaches his sons in youth baseball and football. He is also a graduate of Leadership South Dakota. 

 

District 8 includes Lake, Miner, Moody, and Sanborn counties.?


State health officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure in Fort Pierre

State Health officials announced Saturday, June 20, that an individual who visited businesses in Pierre and Fort Pierre has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The individual visited the following businesses while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:

  • The Fieldhouse at 2013 Eastgate Avenue in Pierre
    • June 12 from 9 pm-11pm
  • The Chuckwagon at 112 N. Deadwood Street in Fort Pierre
    • June 13 from 1 am-3 am
    • June 14 from 1 am-3 am

 

Due to the risk of exposure, customers who visited these locations during the specified dates and time should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after they visited.

 

A CDC screening tool is available at COVID.SD.GOV, which can help recommend when to call your medical provider if you develop symptoms.

 

State Health officials remind all South Dakotans to:

·        Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

·        Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

·        Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·        Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

·        Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

·        Individuals at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease, should take actions to reduce their risk of exposure.

 

If you develop symptoms:

·        Call your health care provider immediately.

·        Individuals who are concerned they have COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider via phone before going to a clinic or hospital to prevent spread in healthcare facilities.

·        Avoid contact with other people.

·        Follow the directions of your provider and public health officials.

 


Road closures planned for Friday in Aberdeen

The following road will be closed to thru traffic for work on sewer lines:

 

South Roosevelt Street from 6th Avenue SE to Goodrich Avenue

 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


Brown County Fair releases statement on fair postponement

Press Release: 

 

Friends of the Fair and Brown County Fair Fans;

 

The Fair Board, Staff, and countless key people, both from the community and those that make Brown County their home for fair week, have been have been working, planning and evaluating the 2020 Brown County Fair situation since it began in March and April. We have run through the who, what, where, when, why and hows that any event would ask itself under a normal year, but we have had to add a few more to that list this year. There are good reasons to try and push forward to have the event, but unfortunately there are more reasons that have led us to the challenging decision to postpone the Brown County Fair until 2021.

 

There have been many conversations with dozens and dozens of partners, too many to list them all. A rollercoaster of information has been received. There have been many emotions felt as these difficult decisions were being made. Do we cut? What do we cut? Can we run without X or Y or Z? The Brown County Fair has a very large number of moving parts that all need to move smoothly behind the scenes, in the same direction to make The Brown County Fair the memory maker we all love. If all of the moving parts don’t move smoothly in the same direction, it’s a big problem.

 

There are many organizations and partners depending on each other to move full steam ahead to carry out the Brown County Fair. It takes exhibitors, entertainers, contestants, carnival providers, sound and light companies, equipment providers, vendors, concessionaires, sanitation crews, staff, board members, key volunteers, an army of shift volunteers, and many organizations to carry out the major aspects of the fair. We can’t forget about you the fan, we can’t do it without all of you.

 

It doesn’t take a drop to zero participants to impact severely the success for the Brown County Fair. Our greatest assets, free parking, no gate admission, and a small army of volunteers, is also a very big reason for the unknown. The other major hurdle is the health and safety of many of our volunteers and fair participants, especially those in the vulnerable population groups. Most of the volunteers that help this amazing event are in those very same groups.

Another aspect that weighed heavily is the financial responsibility to the taxpayer. The Brown County Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars. The fair has been fortunate over the last number of years and has not cost the taxpayers any money including the salary and benefits for paid staff.

 

This was a decision that will have a big impact, but was not taken lightly. Some will grieve the decision and others will celebrate it. This isn’t a time to further the divide the community about how some were right or some were wrong. The Brown County Fair is a community event and celebration. It has to work for all of Brown County; not just certain groups, age ranges, affiliations or the loudest voices in the room.

 

We know from those in the public field that this will be with us for the foreseeable future, what we don’t know is how long that foreseeable future is. If we had a crystal ball and could see the future, we would be able to absolutely make the right decision no matter which way was right. Unfortunately we don’t. We have to make the best educated decision with the information we have at the time and to think about the future and the ability for Brown County to fund future Brown County Fairs.

 

We appreciate everyone’s support over the years and it’s because of that support the Fair Board and Staff are working to make future fairs bigger and better, after all the Brown County Fair … It’s Kind of a Big Deal!  

 

 

1.) Will I be able to get a refund? We want to make it as easy as we can while giving you options.

·         You can request a refund

·         You may hold your tickets for next year’s events. They will still be valid.

2.) What if I lose my tickets between now and next year? Don’t worry.

·         Your tickets are stored in the ticketing system and can be resent to you next year.

3.) How will camping work? Again more flexibility.

·         You can request a refund

·         You can ask that your camping fees be rolled over to the 2021 Brown County Fair

·         You can camp as you intended. We will be working with the Fairground’s staff to help make the transition easier.

4.) Will there be Vendors?

·         At this time because we are postponing the Brown County Fair, the vendors will be given the same flexibility as the campers and are entitled to a refund. We can’t state at this time if there will be any food vendors that will choose to be on site.

5.) Will there be a carnival?

·         While there will not be a carnival due to the postponement of the Brown County Fair, there are discussions for other events that are not the Brown County Fair. Check back for future details.

6.) Are there any volunteer opportunities?

·         There may be some projects that we may be able to work on. We will have to look at those at a later date. There are always projects from April to October. You can always call the Brown County Fair office to inquire about current projects 605-626-7116

7.) Can I donate my tickets or fees to the Brown County Fair to help?

·         You may choose to donate the price for tickets, camping or vendor space to the Brown County Treasurer’s General Fund which funds the Brown County Fair. We will send you a form.

8.) Can I join the Board?

·         We always look for passionate people to give their time and talents to help, serve and work on the Brown County Fair Board. You can inquire on the website www.thebcfair.com or call the office at 605-626-716

9.) Can I Volunteer for next years Brown County Fair?

·         We are always looking for ones that want to volunteer. It can be one day, one shift or couple of hours. There are many ways to help, even community service hours for students & non-students.

·         Inquire by calling the office and coming soon online at www.thebcfair.com


SD Department of Tourism releases number related to fireworks event at Mt. Rushmore

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has released the numbers related to the upcoming 4th of July fireworks celebration at Mt. Rushmore.  According to the department’s figures, 25,179 applications were entered representing 125,787 people.  Of those applicants, 7,500 were selected via a lottery system.  30.8 percent of those who applied live in South Dakota, while 42.3 percent came from 11 other states.  Behind South Dakota, California had the second most applicants followed by Colorado, Minnesota and Texas rounding off the top five. 

 


Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen announces church staff exposed to COVID-19

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Aberdeen has announced all members of the church staff has been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.  In a video message released by the Parish Tuesday, Father Mark Lichter encouraged the congregation to remain calm and insisted the church was following all CDC and state guidelines to mitigate the spread.  Daily mass and weekend mass will continue during this time, but things will look different when it comes to distributing communion. 

 

 


Aberdeen police to patrol parks and bike paths more

The Aberdeen Police Department says it will be patrolling city parks and along bike paths.  Police officials say the increase in presence is due to several recent complaints of sexually based suspicious activity in these areas.  According to a post on social media, Aberdeen police say the incidents have not risen to assault thus far and encourages anyone who has experience suspicious activity to immediately to Brown County Dispatch. 

 

 


Hyrdant flow testing to begin Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:

 

From Railroad Avenue North to City Limits

Between

North 5th Street & North Dakota Street 

 

The fire department will be opening hydrants and residents will experience some water pressure changes, and in some instances the water will be disturbed to the point of discoloring or appearing rusty.  The project will continue until completed in these areas of the city until all hydrants have been tested.  Any questions or concerns can be reported to the Public Works Department at 626-7010.


Brown County commission votes to postpone 2020 Brown County Fair, hopes to have something same date

The Brown County Commission voted Tuesday to postpone the 2020 Brown County Fair.  The fair board voted weeks ago 23-0 to postpone the fair in its entirity.  

After much debate the commission ultimately chose to postpone, but followed up the postponement with a formal request for interested parties to come forward with ideas on doing something on the fairgounds the week of the fair. 

 

Commissioner Doug Fjeldheim summed up the situation...

 

 

 

 

Fair board president Tom Paepke was in attendance and spoke on behalf of the fair board.  He talked about how the volunteer group of 23 came to their unanimous conclusion to postpone...

 

 

 

 

The commissioners want to see an event that week of the fair.  How long that event will last, what will all be available, what kind of carnival will be there if any, and many more questions need to be answered and likely will be in the coming weeks.  The commission will be doing with without the support of the fair board and only a handful of fair board members have pledge to help on a volunteer basis.

 

Commissioner Mike Weise says moving forward with this new event, no matter how it looks is a one time thing and will be done respecting the fair board decision...

 


Senator Rounds in favor of changing military bases named after Confederate officers if done the right way

As the nation continues to grip with the fall out of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, long brewing issues of racial equality are being addressed once again.

 

One area American’s are split on is the civil war, the legacy of the confederacy and how the country should view it today.  Almost every mainstream historian notes the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery.  The institution of slavery was enshrined by the founders of the confederacy in its founding documents.  Today, some try to argue the issue was about state’s rights.

 

Despite the Confederacy fighting to keep slavery, state’s trying to leave the union, and ultimately losing the war, Confederate statues and monuments remain up across the country today.  That includes military bases with Confederate general’s names.

 

10 bases use the name of a Confederate officer and some are calling on the US Military to make changes.  South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds agrees with this call, if it is done the right way according to him…

 

 

 

 

President Donald Trump has said he will veto any legislation that would seek to rename bases named after the Confederacy.  Senator Rounds thinks there is room to convince those not persuaded by history…

 


Sturgis to move forward with smaller rally

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The uncertainty of COVID-19 will mean a toned down 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally come August.

 

The Sturgis City Council on Monday night chose an option to welcome in bikers for this year’s event – but, other than the usual motorcycle parking on Main Street, there will be few events.

 

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says in an effort to try and avoid large crowds on Main Street, the city will have no photo towers, no opening ceremony, no entertainment or events at Rally Point and no B-1 flyover…

 

 

 

 

 

Ainslie says vendors will also a set of guidelines and protocols they will have to follow to protect their employees and customers. 

 

Ainslie says this has been a tough decision for the council, and because they couldn’t close down the city, they felt this was their best option…

 


 

 

Ainslie says if a health advisory comes down from the state department of health, governor’s office or health care providers, the mayor could declare an emergency…

 

 

 

 

 

Ainslie says they will keep their good deeds program going during the rally so those with underlying health issues or the elderly will not have to leave their homes. He says the city is also working on setting up mass testing for residents after the rally. Ainslie says the city has been working closely with Monument Health – who own hospitals in Rapid City, Sturgis and Spearfish on the rally issue.

 


Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's farther dies due to COVID-19

Minnesota Democrat Congresswoman Illhan Omar has announced her father has passed away due to complications with COVID-19.  In a statement released on Twitter, the congresswoman announced her father Nur Omar Mohamed died Monday.  No additional information was given.  Mohamed came to the United States with his family in 1995 as a refugee from Somalia, finally settling in Minneapolis where he worked as a taxi cab driver and for the US post office. 

 

 


Brown County Fair Board remains consistent with desire to postpone 2020 fair

The Brown County Fair Board held a special meeting Monday and reiterated its unanimous vote to cancel the 2020 Brown County Fair.  Brown County Commissioner Rachel Kippley attended the meeting and seemed to seek a compromise between the fair board’s desire to postpone due to COVID-19 and the Commission’s desire to have some sort of smaller event at the fairgrounds this summer.

 

No fair board members in attendance were willing to change their vote, call for a new vote and seemed reluctant to want to help put on a smaller event.  Board member Schumacher summed up her feelings…

 

 

 

 

At the Brown County Commission meeting last Tuesday, it was announced the “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” has canceled its performance scheduled for the week of the fair.  The fair also never publicly announced a rock night act.  On top of that, the fair has lost its carnival, but there is a possibility it can salvage something on that end according to Fair Board Manager Derrick Ricci.

 

At Monday’s meeting it was also announced there has been a positive case of COVID-19 in the fair board office and at least one board member, Kody Schochenmaier has already resigned over the situation. 

 

Commissioner Kippley admitted doing any event of any size is going to require the fair board’s involvement…

 

 

 

 

The Commission has plans to address the issue again at its Tuesday morning meeting, but it still could push back the decision a few more weeks.


Senator Thune talks November election

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) A Des Moines Register poll released over the weekend shows democrat challenger Theresa Greenfield with a forty-six to forty three percent lead over incumbent republican Senator Joni Ernst. That could set the stage for a democratic takeover of the Senate in November.

 

South Dakota Senator John Thune, the number two republican in the Senate, says they know it will be competitive...

 

 

 

Thune says a lot can change by November...

 

 

 

Thune says the re-election campaign of President Trump will play into control of the Senate...

 

 

 

Democrats have to flip four of the Senate seats to take control.


BCF to hold special meeting Monday at 1:00 p.m.

The Brown County Fairboard will hold a special meeting Monday at 1:00 p.m. This is the first meeting the fairboard has had since it announced it has voted 23-0 to postpone the 2020 Brown County Fair.

 

The fair board's decision was announced at the Brown County Commission meeting and echoed the feelings of Brown County Emergency Management and Brown County 4H.

 

Commissioners chose not to decide on the fair's status, wanting to respect the fair board but also try and hold a smaller event the week of the fair. Who would put on that event and what it would be is not known.


Road closures planned for Tuesday in Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Public Works Department has announced some roads will be closed in Aberdeen beginning Tuesday for road work. Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. And will affect the following areas: Dakota Street from First Avenue Northeast to Raildroad Avenue Southeast. Work is expected to last a couple days, motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. If you have any questions contact public works at 626-7010.


City COVID-19 emergency ordinance allowed to expire, new ordinance fails to pass

The Aberdeen City Council Thursday at a special meeting allowed the current COVID-19 emergency ordinance to expire and chose not to pass a new ordinance regulating businesses during the pandemic.  As of Friday June 12th there are no city regulations on businesses when it relates to COVID-19.

 

Five members of the council voted in favor of a less restrictive new ordinance, but four voted against it.  According to city attorney Ron Wager, 60 percent approval is needed for an emergency ordinance to pass.

 

Councilman Clint Rux was one of the swing votes on this and says there is no good outcome in this situation…

 

 

 

Voting against the ordinance included Rux, councilmen Josh Rife, Alan Johnson and mayor Travis Schaunaman.  The new ordinance that failed called for social distancing and spacing of tables only. 

 

According to Mayor Schaunaman, the hard work of flattening the curve has already been done…

 

 

 

Councilman Dave Busness wanted to give voice to other on his stance on the ordinance…

 


Annual Storybook Land festival canceled due to COVID-19

The planning committee for the Storybook Land Festival has cancelled this year’s event.  With many of the activities that make up the Festival hands on and involve close interaction, presenting the Festival this year is not feasible.  You can make plans to attend next year on July 16-17, 2021.     

 

Storybook Land remains open following the guidelines they have been operating under:  maintain social distancing while in the park and if not wearing a mask is recommended, practice proper hygiene, the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department does NOT sanitize the displays or equipment and restrooms are cleaned periodically as per the posted schedule.   


Marijuana legalization efforts roll out list of endorsements

New Approach South Dakota and South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, two grassroots organizations seeking to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, kicked off their campaigns Wednesday to support IM 26 and Constitutional Amendment A. 

 

IM 26 would legalize medical marijuana while Constitutional Amendment A would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults, tax the substance and force the legislature to create an industrial hemp program.  

 

On Wednesday, the two groups rolled out 50 endorsements for the changes including former US Attorney for South Dakota Brendan Johnson and former Ronald Reagan staffer Chuck Parkinson among others.  Those endorsing marijuana legalization tout the tax revenue it would bring into the state as well as tax dollar savings in regards to a smaller prison population. You can read the full list here.

 

Director of New Approach South Dakota, Melissa Mentele talked about what the initiated measure on the ballot actually does...

 

 

 

 

Matt Schweich with the Marijuana Policy Project, a group who helped South Dakotan's for Better Marijuana Laws get Constitutional Amendment A on the ballot, says this is what the people of South Dakota want...

 


Aberdeen Arts in the park doing a digital event

The Aberdeen Area Arts council months ago announced months ago the annual "Arts in the Park" event has been canceled due to COVID-19.  Despite this, the council is trying to do something to still honor the event.

 

Stacy Braun, arts council director, talked about the event...

 

 

 

 

Braun gave the schedule for the event...

 

 

 

 

According Braun almost 100 vendors signed up at the time of cancelation...

 


Aberdeen city council to discuss new COVID-19 business ordinance at special meeting tonight

The Aberdeen City Council will hold a special meeting tonight discussing a new city ordinance to replace the current COVID-19 ordinance.   Per state statue, an emergency ordinance can last no longer than 60 days.  The original ordinance is set to expire June 14th.  This new ordinance would eliminate many of the regulations put in place by the city all call on businesses to adhere to CDC guidelines as well as limit capacity.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, June 11th between the hours of 8:00 pm and 12:30 am.

 

The adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 mph.  The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow light. To ensure spray effectiveness during the spraying operations, the wind must be 15 mph or less and no inclement weather present.  Winds higher than 15 mph or inclement weather will result in the spray being suspended until conditions improve. 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Name released of teenager killed in Lincoln county fatal crash

A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a one-vehicle rollover south of Tea.

 

A 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was traveling westbound on 273rd Street when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the south ditch and rolled.

 

Brendan Hofer, a 19-year-old passenger, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the pickup. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Corey Hofer of Tea, who was the 19-year-old driver, and Ryan Wipf, an 18-year-old passenger from Sioux Falls, both received minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Sioux Falls hospitals. Seat belt use for both occupants is under investigation.

 

Charges are pending against the driver.

 

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

 

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


Fire hydrant flow testing to take place Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Thursday, June 11th, 2020, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:

 

From 6th Avenue SE North to 8th Ave NE

between

Washington St & Dakota St

 

The fire department will be opening hydrants and residents will experience some water pressure changes, and in some instances the water will be disturbed to the point of discoloring or appearing rusty.  The project will continue until completed in these areas of the city until all hydrants have been tested.  Any questions or concerns can be reported to the Public Works Department at 626-7010.


Legislative executive board talks about COVID-19 checkpoints at reservation

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Members of the Executive Board of the South Dakota legislature this week talked about the tribal checkpoints being maintained on some highways into state reservations.

 

Senator Troy Heinert of Mission says the legislature has not been involved in the dispute between Governor Kristi Noem and the tribes...

 

 

 

The checkpoints were supposed to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus to reservation residents.

 

Representative Spencer Gosch of Mobridge says the check points seem to be selective...

 

 

 

Gosch says the checkpoints should work the other way too...

 

 

 

Heinert says the focus should be on cooperation not confrontation...

 

 

 

Noem has sent letters to federal government officials asking for help in resolving the situation.


Prairie Village Threshing Jamboree canceled

The annual Prairie Village Threshing Jamboree held in Madison has announced it has canceled the upcoming 2020 show due to COVID-19.  The announcement was made on the organization’s facebook page.  The event was scheduled for August 27th through the 30th.  According to the post, had organizers went through with the event, it would have been scaled back so far it would not justify having it and keeping staff, volunteers and visitors safe is not possible.  The decision was made following a board meeting last weekend. 


Driving exam stations to reopen June 15th

South Dakota’s 20 remaining driver license exam stations will open by appointment only starting June 15.

 

The exam stations are located in: Armour, Belle Fourche, Chamberlain, Custer, Elk Point, Hot Springs, Madison, Martin, Milbank, North Sioux City, Parker, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Sisseton, Spearfish, Sturgis, Vermillion, Wagner, Webster and  Winner.

 

Starting today (Monday, June 8), appointments for new driver or commercial driver licenses and ID cards can be made online for those exam stations. The website address is https://dps.sd.gov. Due to heavy website traffic, please be patient.

 

Similar appointments are still being made at the same website for exam stations already open in Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown and Yankton.

 

Individuals needing to renew certain South Dakota driver licenses are asked not to schedule renewal appointments at exam stations at this time. Gov. Kristi Noem has extended the temporary extension of the expiration date for those licenses until March 30, 2021. The extension covers driver licenses, motorcycle operator licenses, restricted minor’s permits, motorcycle restricted minor’s permits, non-driver identification cards or commercial driver’s licenses.

 

Driver licenses also can be renewed online at https://dps.sd.gov or by calling 605-773-6883.

 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 water will be off in the following areas for work on water main:

 

On S 3rd St between 7th Ave SW & 8th Ave SW

And

On 7th Ave SW between S 3rd St & S 4th St.

 

The Public Works department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  Water is estimated to remain off most of the day.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


No decision made in regards to the Brown County Fair

The Brown County Commission discussed the status of the 2020 Brown County fair for over two hours Tuesday.  Attending the meeting included fair board manager Derrick Ricci, fair board members, 4H officials, Brown County Emergency Management, and members of the public.

 

The fair board presented its recommendation to the commission, calling for the 2020 fair to be postponed until 2021.  The vote from the fair board was unanimous and echoed feelings from emergency management and 4H. 

 

The commission ultimately did not make a decision on the matter, instead opted to table the discussion until next week and continue to let the COVID-19 situation develop.  However, the consensus of the commission seemed to be, postpone the fair as requested and have a smaller event in its place.

 

Representing the fair board was Tom Paepke and said three main concerns led to the board’s recommendation to postpone, public health, finances and a lack of volunteers.  It is also not clear if the fair board and fairgrounds managers can actually get the cleaning supplies necessary to keep up with necessary cleanliness.

 

Another problem is the status of the carnival and midway.  Ricci says it is possible to still salvage some rides, despite the company the BCF usually works with losing their routing…

 

 

 

 

Grandstand entertainment was discussed as well.  Representatives from Romeo entertainment, the company the BCF contracts with to book music acts, were on the call and confirmed the “Nitty Gritty Dirty Band” has canceled all tour dates.  The other acts are willing to perform, but would likely need new requirements to try to ensure public safety. These artists could cancel at anytime however.

 

 If they do not perform this year, these acts and contracts can be rolled over into next year’s fair. 

Though conflicted about the decision, each Commissioner expressed their own desire to see some kind of scaled back event happen this year.  Commissioner Mike Weise explained…

 

 

 

Members of the public who were there to speak all spoke in favor of having a fair.

 

Though a decision was not made, before moving on from this topic, Ricci implored the commission to respect the decision made by the fair board...

 


Senator Mike Rounds says Heros Act COVID-19 relief package dead in the senate

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The so called “Heroes Act” passed by the US House last month won’t get far in the Senate. It was a three trillion-dollar economic rescue package seen as the next step in the pandemic recovery.

 

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says the Senate is still committed to stabilizing the economy...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says the House bill was a political statement...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says the Senate will write their own bill...

 

 

 

The Senate may take up the next recovery bill next month.


17-year-old wanted by Sioux Falls police for murder

A 17-year-old Sioux Falls teenager has been charged with attempted murder in the violence which took place following a peaceful protest May 31st.  Decimas Jesus Laurelez has been accused by police of first throwing rocks at officers then producing a handgun from his waistband, pointing in officers direction and firing several shots.  Police say they have video evidence against Laurelez.  An arrest warrant was issued June 6th on attempted murder, aggravated assault on law enforcement and riot.  The warrant includes a $100,000 cash bond.   


17-year-old wanted by Sioux Falls police for murder

A 17-year-old Sioux Falls teenager has been charged with attempted murder in the violence which took place following a peaceful protest May 31st.  Decimas Jesus Laurelez has been accused by police of first throwing rocks at officers then producing a handgun from his waistband, pointing in officers direction and firing several shots.  Police say they have video evidence against Laurelez.  An arrest warrant was issued June 6th on attempted murder, aggravated assault on law enforcement and riot.  The warrant includes a $100,000 cash bond.   


Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin makes first court appearance

A judge has announced a $1 million bond in the case of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer at the center of the death of George Floyd in late May.  This was Chauvin’s first court appearance since being arrested and charged for second degree manslaughter and third degree murder.  Chauvin appeared via closed circuit television from the state’s maximum security prison in Oak Heights Minnesota.  Chauvin’s next appearance will be Jun2 29th at 1:30 p.m.


Majority of Sturgis residents surveyed want rally postponed

The Sturgis city council has released the results of a survey it asked local residents to fill out about putting on the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  The results show 60 percent of respondents want to see the 80th annual event suspended.   The city council mailed out 3,290 surveys to resident addresses to conduct this survey. The rally is scheduled to take place August 7th through the 16th


PC President Dr. Langteau addresses fall campus opening

(Press Release) With Summer Session well underway, Presentation College is looking forward to resuming classes on campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Our distance learning was successful this Spring (as our PCV students experience every semester), but we also miss the activities, relationships, and traditions connected to our coming together on campus as a diverse community of learners. We are eager to welcome back all of our students this Fall, in Aberdeen and Online.

 

As we prepare to reopen our campus, we are continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Following the guidelines of the CDC and the South Dakota Department of Health, as well as the NAIA (for athletics), here’s a preview of our planning:

 

  • We are adjusting our academic calendar. The Fall Semester start date is being moved up one day to Monday, August 24. In lieu of Fall break, classes will continue on campus through November 25,  after which all classes will move online through December 2. Final Exams will take place online December 3, 4, 7 & 8. These changes to the Fall schedule will allow resident students to return home for Thanksgiving through the end of the semester, providing for a longer, single break and less frequent travel.

 

  • We are analyzing space use within our buildings: academic, administrative, residential and recreational. To maintain social distancing, we are developing specific rules to govern activities, limit occupancy, manage traffic patterns, and ensure rigorous cleaning protocols. Classes will be organized to balance interaction within safe distances.

 

  • We are preparing for life together on campus that will include health screening, wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, testing (if/when it becomes available), and contact tracing. Adjustments to large-scale gatherings like meals, Masses, and athletic events are also in process.

 

Even as we prepare for an on-campus Fall semester, we are also planning for contingencies outside our control. PC, a leader in health care education, is fortunate to have a dedicated nursing staff, as well as two outstanding hospitals in Aberdeen and several highly regarded medical facilities close at hand and in the region. We are also fortunate to have years of expertise in online learning development and delivery, as our PCV students have long enjoyed.

 

Look for a PC Fall 2020 Newsletter, to be coming out soon, with all the details for Fall. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, and enjoy some relaxing time after the intensity of a most unusual Spring semester. On behalf of everyone at Presentation College, we look forward to welcoming back all students (on campus and online) in August.

 

Wings up!


Over 100 people turnout for protest against police violence Saturday in Aberdeen

Approximately 110 to 120 people showed up to central park in Aberdeen Saturday to stand against racism and call to an end to police violence against communities of color in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

 

The protest lasted about four hours, featured several community speakers and remained peaceful. 

 

One of the event’s organizers, Aberdeen native Simone Ochotorena talked about what it was like pulling this off…

 

 

 

The Presentation Sisters did not speak at the event, but sent a message read to the crowd saying they stand in solidarity with the Floyd family and all those victims of racism accross our country.

 

The Aberdeen Crusaders, a motorcycle club, showed up to help ensure everyone's first amendment rights to speak were protected, though no counter protest could be seen during the event.  Organizers thanked the Crusaders for their attendance.

 

The focus of the event was not just the plight of African Americans in this country, but all people of color.  Lauren, an attendee of  the event, held a sign saying "Native Lives Matter" and says its important not to forget their struggles as well...

 

 

 

Local resident Corey McIntosh helped organized the event and was  the final speaker for the day.  He talked specifically about the fear people of color have when dealing with police.  That fear is in every community of color, whether it be a large city or even Aberdeen...

 

 

 

 


Mitchell Dakotafest 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

The Mitchell Convention and visitors bureau has announced the 25th annual Dakotafest has been postponed due to COVID-19.  Despite the cancelation, plans are in place to put on some virtual events that can be accessed on Dakotafest’s website.  Dakotafest is an event dedicated to farmers and ranchers and helping them learn and grow their farming and livestock operations. 


Listening area experiences several hours of severe weather Sunday night

The listening area faced several hours of severe thunderstorms Sunday night, including confirmed tornado touchdowns in both South Dakota and North Dakota. 

 

According to the National weather service in Aberdeen a tornado touchdown near Kennebeck and there were reports of a tornado by Burkmere...

 

 

 

 

In North Dakota, the national weather service in Bismarck says a tornado touchdown west of Ashley and another one three miles south west of Kulm North Dakota...

 

 

 

 

A video of the Ashley tornado can be seen below:
 

https://www.facebook.com/melissa.bertsch.92/videos/10222556896541027/

 

Investigations into the storms is still ongoing, but as of this morning no injuries or property damage has been reported. 

 

High winds were recorded which led to property damage and down trees accross the area as well...


Steven Jensen named next South Dakota Supreme Court Justice

The South Dakota Supreme Court is pleased to announce the Justices have selected Justice Steven R. Jensen to serve as the next Chief Justice of South Dakota’s highest court. 

 

Justice Jensen, a resident of Union County, became a circuit judge in 2003 and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2017.  Justice Jensen grew up on a farm near Wakonda, South Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1985 and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1988. He clerked for Justice Richard W. Sabers on the South Dakota Supreme Court before entering private practice in 1989.  Justice Jensen and his wife, Sue, have three children.

 

In response to his election, Justice Jensen stated “We need no reminder today that we continue to face challenges ahead, but I am truly looking forward to serving the people of South Dakota as Chief Justice.  I am grateful to Chief Justice David Gilbertson who leaves the court system in a strong position.  I can only hope to carry on his legacy of innovation and dedication to a strong and independent judiciary that provides invaluable services to our citizens.”

 

The Chief Justice is the administrative head of the South Dakota court system which has 586 employees and an annual operating budget of $58 million dollars.  The Chief Justice also works very closely with the Governor and the Legislature on matters related to the court system in South Dakota.

 

Justice Jensen will assume the office of Chief Justice immediately upon the retirement of Chief Justice Gilbertson in January, 2021.


Day county deputy involved in officer-involved shooting

(KXLG - Watertown, SD) The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation has is currently investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Day County on Tuesday.  Tim Bormann is the Chief of Staff at the South Dakota Attorney General’s office in Pierre.

 

 

 

Bormann confirmed it was a Day County Deputy that was involved…..

 

 

 

Bormann says a report will be filed the Attorney General within 30 days to determine the validity of the shooting.  It is standard practice in all officer involved shooting to have the DCI conduct the investigation.   No information regarding the suspect or the officer has been released by the Attorney General’s office. 

 


Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announces harsher charges in Floyd case

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has announced he has increased the charges facing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and charged the three other former officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

 

Ellison made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday in Minneapolis.  He thanked the public for their patients in this matter as it has been 10 days since Floyd's murder...

 

 

 

 

An attorney for Floyd’s family, Ben Crump has confirmed to media outlets the three other officers involved have been arrested. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng all face aiding and abetting second-degree murder.  Chauvin now faces second degree murder charges, up from third degree manslaughter and third degree murder. 

 

Ellison says the evidence justifies the harsher charges.  Originally the three other former officers were not charged and Chauvin was facing third degree murder and third degree manslaughter...

 

 

 

Ellison closed his remarks asking for more patients from the public.  According to him, the investigation into Floyd's death remains ongoing...

 

 

 

 


Road work scheduled for parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at 7:00am on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for culvert repair and road work:

 

South Dakota Street from Melgaard Rd. to 135th St SE.

 

Work is expected to last all day on Thursday with the road re-opening in the evening.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


SD State Fair to continue planning despite COVID-19

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces the South Dakota State Fair, scheduled for September 3-7, 2020, will continue.
 
This year the South Dakota State Fair celebrates its 135th fair, themed ‘Perfect Vision of Fun’ and will showcase youth, tradition, agriculture, and South Dakota heritage. Planning for the Fair will look different as we navigate challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even through the most difficult times, the state fair has been known to be an event where youth can celebrate achievement and showcase their hard work throughout the summer. The state fair may look different than it has in previous years, but the SDDA is dedicated to creating a welcoming event where people can enjoy time with family and friends.
 
“We are very excited to continue our planning for the 2020 South Dakota State Fair,” says Peggy Besch, South Dakota State Fair Director. “We know that this will look a lot different than previous years, but our highest priority is to ensure we are implementing measures so guests, participants, and the community can take the precautions necessary to stay healthy.”
 
As COVID-19 continues to offer its challenges, the SDDA and the South Dakota State Fair will work diligently to implement the necessary changes to promote hygiene and health while in attendance. Components of the fair may be scaled to ensure Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines are being implemented. Currently, options are being researched and explored to increase additional health measures throughout the state fairgrounds.
 
“The State Fair is a celebration that many look forward to every year, and South Dakota continues to set the example of getting ‘Back to Normal’ and continuing opportunities for youth in our state,” says South Dakota Lieutenant Governor and Interim Secretary of Agriculture Larry Rhoden. “The Fair is an event that lifts our spirits, no matter how difficult the times or circumstances. This year’s Fair will look different, but let’s embrace that challenge, adapt as necessary, and put on the best State Fair possible.”
 
The South Dakota State Fair appreciates all the support they have received while navigating this decision. The ‘Perfect Vision of Fun’ will take on a new meaning as the fair approaches. Moving forward and planning an event that continues to be fun and exciting while implementing CDC guidelines will remain a top priority for the South Dakota State Fair.
 
Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Five protesters arrested in Rapid City

(Rapidcity.fm - Rapid City, SD) Police arrested five protesters who were blocking traffic and laying in the street in downtown Rapid City on Tuesday night; it started out as a peaceful protest, but was later declared an unlawful assembly.  

 

In a social media post on Facebook last night, Rapid City Chief of Police Karl Jegeris said the traffic blockage attempts happened near the area of 6th and St Joseph.  

 

After the five arrests were made, Jegeris said the event was declared to be an unlawful assembly, in order to prevent crime, violence and possible damage to property.  

 

Around 9PM last night, police cruisers were seen around 6th and St Joseph; down the street at the Pennington County Administration Building, sheriffs deputies in body armor were on watch at the street corners as vote-counting continued at the auditors' office.  


Area election results

The South Dakota primary took place Tuesday and area results are in.  

 

In Marshall county, voters rejected plans to pass a new bond to build a new courthouse including a law enforcement center and jail.  The price tag would have been about $8,624,300.  765 voted against the bond or 65 percent of the vote while 412 people voted in favor or 35 percent of the vote.  

 

In Spink County there was one county commission primary, representing district 2.  Brian Johnson defeated Robert J. Roeber for the Republican nomination.  he recieved 148 votes or 74 percent while Roeber recieved 51 or 26 percent of the vote.  Johnson will go on to face Democrat Douglas Tipton of Tulare in November.  

 

In Roberts County Tyler Appel defeated Barry Hillestad for Sheriff.  Appel received 634 votes or 59 percent while Hillestad received 441 or 41 percent of the vote.  

 

In Edmunds County, a county commission race representting district 4 Chad Preszler defeated Dennis Hoyle with 82 votes or 76 percent to Hoyl's 26 votes or 24 percent.  

 

In McPherson County, a county commission race representing district 2 Rick Beilke defeated Derek Merkel with 52 votes or 54 percent to Merkel's 45 or 46 percent of the vote.  

 

In Potter County, a county commission race representing district 5 Patrick W. Everson defeated Karen S. Doerr for the seat.  He received 70 votes or 55 percent of the vote while Doerr received 58 or 45 percent of the vote.  

 

There were two Republican primaries took place in District 23.  For Senate Bryan J. Breitling defeated Larry Nielson.  Breitling recieved 2,215 votes or 56 percent while Nielson recieved 1,769 or 44 percent.  Breitling will face Libertarian candidate CJ Abernathey for a seat in the legislature.  A Republican House race saw Spencer Gosch and Charlie Hoffman win the nominations.  They defeated James Wangsness and Kevin Watts.  Gosch received 3,107  (41 percent) Hoffman received 2,709 (35 percent), Wangsness recevied 1,072 (14 percent) and Watts recieved 755 (10 percent). 


South Dakota primary results

The South Dakota primary election took place Tuesday and the results are in. 
 

Locally, Tiffany Langer defeated two other opponents including incumbent Dennis “Mike” Olson and Dave Welling to win a seat on the city council representing the southeast district.  Langer got 422 votes while Olson got 384 and Welling received 345.  

 

Justin Reinbold won a seat on the council as well, representing the southwest district, but did so running unnaposed.  He will replace councilman Dave Bunsness who did not seek reelection.  

 

Three open seats were available on the Aberdeen Public School Board and all the incumbents won their seats back.  Kevin J. Burckhard received 3,236 votes, Brian Sharp received 2,998 and Aaron Schultz received 2,850.  

 

There were three statewide races underway as well.  Joe Biden handily defeated Bernie Sanders to with the Democratic presidential primary.  Sanders had suspended his campaign months ago.  Biden recieved 28,343 or 78 percent of the vote while Sanders received 7,945 or 22 percent.  

 

Incumbent Senator Mike Rounds defeated challenger Scyller Borglum for the republicnation nomination.  He recieved 54,862 or 75 percent of the vote while Borglum recieved 18,433 or 25 percent.  Rounds will go on to the general to face Dan Ahlers, Demcorat from Dell Rapids.

 

Finally The Republican race for US house saw Representative Dusty Johnson defeat challenger Liz Marty May.  Johnson received 55,832 or 76 percent of the vote while May recieved 17,247 or 24 percent of the vote.  


Roads to be closed in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work:

 

Melgaard Road going East & then North to 6th Ave.

 

Work is expected to last all day on Wednesday with the road re-opening in the evening.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 



South Dakota primary takes place today, Tuesday June 2nd

Today is the primary election in South Dakota. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m. Poling locations include in Aberdeen the Aberdeen Mall, Best Western Ramkota and Brown County Community Courthouse.  Rural polling locations include the Columbia Legion, Wesport Town Hall, Warner Community Center, Stratford Community Center, Groton Community Center, Claremont City Hall, Hecla Community Center and Frederick Community Center.

 

Brown County Auditor Cathy McNickle asks for those voting in person to adhere to social distancing...

 

 

 

 

On the ballot this election includes a city council spot representing the SE district between Dennis Mike Olson, Tiffany Langer and Dave Welling, a spot on the Aberdeen public school board and primaries on the republican side for congress between Dusty Johnson and Liz Marty May and senator Mike Rounds and Scyller Borglum.

 

Vote by mail and absentee voting has been encouraged this election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to McNickle a good portion of people have already voted because of that…

 

 

 

 

 

If you have requested and filled out an absentee ballot, but failed to get it in the mail on time McNickle says you can still vote…

 

 

 

 

South Dakota is one of eight contests today across the country.  Those other states holding their primaries today include Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.  If Joe Biden can win 89 percent of the delegates allocated today in the Democratic primary he will have enough delegates to clinch the nomination.  His only remaining opponent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not actively campaigning after suspending his campaign months ago following the Super Tuesday contests. 

 


60 to 80 people protest police brutality in downtown Aberdeen Monday

Approximately 60 to 80 people or more showed up to the corner of sixth and main street in Aberdeen to protest police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, the man killed while being detained by police in Minneapolis on May 25th.  It was the third straight day of demonstration and easily the largest so far. 

 

One protestor, a Northern student named Isiah described the demonstrations…

 

 

 

 

The event was peaceful and those demonstrating repeatedly said they had no intentions of turning to violence or vandalism.

 

Another protester Cory, said he attended the protest in Sioux Falls Sunday and returned home to continue demonstrating...

 

 

 

 

Another protester Jenna, has been at the demonstration from the beginning and says it continues to organically grow and support has been great...

 

 

 

 

Aberdeen Police Chief Dave McNeil spoke at the Aberdeen City Council Monday about the protests in town and across the country.  According to him, the department took several calls about potential riots during this time.  McNeil said there were no truth to the rumors, though police did have a presence at the demonstration. 


Aberdeen Fire and Rescue responds to structure fire Saturday

Press release: On May 30, 2020 at 1737 hours, Aberdeen Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire involving a single family home at 1111 S. Cochrane Street. A neighbor noticed smoke coming from this home and alerted the owners who were outside at the time. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke coming from this residence. Fire crews made entry to extinguish any fire and search for occupants. There were no occupants inside the home and fire crews did not find active fire, but encountered heavy smoke, high heat, and zero visibility. The majority of the damage was located in the basement, but smoke and heat damage did extend to the main floor. Fire crews ventilated the smoke and completed overhaul to ensure no additional fire spread. Personnel were on scene for about 3 hours. There were no injuries. The fire is currently under investigation with more details as it becomes available.


Majority of South Dakota COVID-19 cases are younger people

The South Dakota Department of Health announced 33 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, pushing the total number of cases to 4,993 quickly approaching 5,000 since the start of the pandemic.

 

No new deaths were reported Sunday, but three deaths were confirmed on Saturday bringing the total as of Sunday to 62.

 

One of those deaths was confirmed to be a 23-year-old mother from Huron. Blanca Ramirez Gonzalez contracted the virus working at the Alpena beef jerky plant. She leaves behind a husband and three children.

 

According to the state department of health, the majority of cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota are people between the ages of 20-29 and 30-39.


Peaceful protest turns to clash with police in Sioux Falls

Protests against police brutality in the wake of the death of a black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have reached South Dakota.

 

As protesters clashed with police in major cities across the country, on Sunday thousands of South Dakota citizens peacefully demonstrated in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. In Rapid City a cousin of George Floyd helped lead a walk through memorial park in memory of his fallen cousin while in Sioux Falls over 1,000 people gathered on the corner of 41st street and Minnesota.

 

Here in Aberdeen a smaller protest took place on the corner of 6th avenue and Main Street. Demonstrators held up signs including Floyd's name and Black Lives Matter. 

 

The Sioux Falls protest did turn to violence Sunday night at about 9:30 p.m. when scanner reports protestors began to clash with police.  Some area businesses were damage and Mayor Paul TenHaken confirmed some looting in the area.  Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to try and disperse the crowed and mayor TenHaken issued a state of emergency and 10 p.m. curfew. 

 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem activated the National Guard to assist with the situation in Sioux Falls and released a statement on the matter: “We take the protection of people’s rights very seriously, as we’ve demonstrated over the last several months, including the right to peacefully protest,” said Governor Noem. “Make no mistake, mob rule and violence do nothing to honor the memory of victims. If asked, the state stands ready to assist local authorities to ensure everyone’s rights are protected. Rioting and looting, like we’ve seen in other cities and states, will not be tolerated in South Dakota.”


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