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Local News Archives for 2020-08

Toby Keith's show in Sioux Falls postponed to 2021

Toby Keith’s Country Comes to Town Tour has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 20, 2021. Tickets purchased for the original date on September 19, 2020 will be honored at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and special guests Colt Ford & Chancey Williams will support the date in 2021.

Please contact the point of purchase if you have any questions or to request a refund on your purchase. 


Northern announces Hall of Fame banquet postponed

The Northern State University Hall of Fame Banquet, planned for the 105th annual Gypsy Day weekend is postponed until 2021, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus. The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees include Jacob Hamik; Carlton Hupke; Adam Kampsen; Amanda (Madden) Mahlke; Kevin Ratzsch; and Brenda and Jim Fuller, former NSU track and field coaches.

 

The decision was made after careful consideration, involving discussions with state and local health care officials. In addition, NSU athletics factored in the recent suspension of competition through 2020 due to COVID-19.

 

On-campus homecoming activities will still be held the week of Sept. 21, following SDBOR and CDC guidelines. The Northern State baseball golf outing scheduled for Friday, September 25 will continue as scheduled. For more information, visit the homecoming webpage or contact the NSU Student Affairs office at 605-626-3007.

 


Road closures planned for Monday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting, beginning at approximately 5:30pm on Monday, August 31st, 2020 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road surfacing work:

 

State Street from Railroad Avenue SE to 1st Avenue NE

 

Crews will be working through the week.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes while work is being completed.  Please call the Public Works office at 605-626-7010 for more information. 


Aberdeen Chamber and League of Women Voters announces candidate forums

The Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Aberdeen Area, is hosting four candidate forums September 14-16. All will be held via Zoom.

 

Dates, times and races include the following:

  • Monday, September 14 from 9-10 am – District 1 State House; candidates are Steven McCleerey (D-I), Jennifer Healy Keintz (D) and Tamara St. John (R-I)
  • Monday, September 14 from 10:30-11:30 am – District 1 State Senate; candidates are Susan Wismer (D-I) and Michael Rohl (R)
  • Tuesday, September 15 from 9-10 am – District 3 State House; candidates are Leslie McLaughlin (D), Justin Roemmick (D), Drew Dennert (R-I) and Carl Perry (R-I)
  • Wednesday, September 16 from 9-10 am – Brown County Commission; candidates are Duane Sutton (R-I), Rachel Kippley (R-I) and Michael Nehls (D)

 

All races are part of the general election Tuesday, November 3. Absentee voting begins Friday, September 18.


One person killed in two vehicle accident near Hartford

One person died Saturday night in a motorcycle-pickup crash west of Hartford.

 

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

 

A 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup was stationery in the eastbound lane on South Dakota Highway 38 waiting to make a left-hand turn into a business. An eastbound Harley Davidson FXDWGI motorcycle failed to slow down in time and struck the rear of the pickup.

 

The 43-year-old male motorcycle driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

 

Both occupants of the pickup, the 37-year-old male driver and the 44-year-old female passenger, were not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

 

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

 

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


Northern cancels 2020 "Gypsy Day" parade

Northern State has announced its annual Gypsy Day parade has been canceled as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.  It is the second year in a row the parade has been canceled, last year due to weather.  Northern State President Tim Downs in a statement released by the school says the parade will be back in 2021 stronger than ever.  The school also announced any on-campus homecoming activities will be held under SDBOR and CDC guidelines. 


Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman declares Friday August 28th "Police Officer Appreciation" day

Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman has signed a proclamation declaring August 28th as Aberdeen Police Officer Appreciation Day.  The proclamation reads officers of the Aberdeen police department play a vital role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all Aberdeen citizens and visitors.  According to the proclamation, mayor Schaunaman encourages all citizens on this day to take time to say thank you to the local police force. 

 

Read the full proclomation here.


Mike Rounds talks next economic relief bill

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Members of Congress are not due back in Washington until after Labor Day, so debate of the next economic stimulus bill is on hold.

 

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says talks are continuing...

 

 

 

 

 

Rounds says they have focused on a number of needs...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says democrats have not been serious about negotiating...

 

 

 

 

The President has said he wants to include another round of individual payments and rolling back the payroll tax.

 


Aberdeen Community Concerts cancels 2020 season

The Aberdeen Community Concert Association (ACCA) is announcing it has cancelled concerts scheduled for this Fall (September thru December) due to the unusual circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.   The decision was made in coordination with the Live On Stage National Organization, in Nashville, Tennessee; the organization ACCA uses to provide these concerts.

In addition, ACCA has suspended their 2020-2021 Concert Season Membership Campaign for this Fall.  Decisions about the remaining 2020-2021 Concert Season scheduled January through April 2021 will be made in late 2020.  For further information refer to the ACCA website at www.aberdeencommunityconcerts.org.

 


Aberdeen Police Department arrests man in stabbing incident

The Aberdeen police Department reports a man has been arrested following an investigation into a stabbing incident Wednesday.  According to police officers responded to a call of a stabbing around 2:35 a.m. Wednesday August 26th in the 300 block of North Lincoln Street.  Upon arrival officers found a victim unresponsive and bleeding.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Further investigation led to the arrest of 24-year-old Jacob Lane Lee Bad Wound of Aberdeen.  He is currently on parole and now faces 2nd degree murder charges. 


Aberdeen police report further car burglaries

The Aberdeen Police Department has released more incidents of car burglaries this week.  According to the Department, officers took five reports of vehicles being entered and personal items stolen Tuesday morning. 

The five reports came from:

  • 600 block of North Washington Street 
  • 1300 block of North Washington Street
  • 1000 block of North 1st Street
  • 1000 block of North Lincoln Street
  • 500 block of 20th Avenue NE  


The department is offering a 300 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.  The department also recommends residents remove valuable items from their vehicles. 


Name released in Roberts County fatal crash

A Rice Lake, WI man has been identified as the person who died late Friday night in a pedestrian-vehicle crash north of Sisseton.

 

A 2007 GMC Yukon was northbound in the driving lane when it hit 46-year-old Cornelius Kirk, Jr., who was walking partially on the roadway and the shoulder of the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The six occupants of the Yukon were not injured. No charges are pending against the 19-year-old female driver, Micah Reis of Sioux Falls.

 

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.

 


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Tuesday

The city of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes Tuesday night.  According to the Mosquito control program, the spray will be conducted between 8:15 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.  Spraying equipment is noisy and travels at about 10 miles per hour.  Trucks can be identified by flashing yellow lights.  If there is inclement weather or winds are above 15 miles per hour the spray will be rescheduled.  If you have questions you can contact the mosquito control program at 626-7015. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday August 25th, water will be shut off in the following area to replace a water valve:  South Lloyd Street from 15th avenue SE to 17th avenue SE.  The public Works Department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  Water is estimated to remain off until noon Tuesday.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


Aberdeen police investigating rash of car burglaries

The Aberdeen Police Department is investigating a number of vehicle burglaries recently between the 600 blocks and 1200 blocks of South 2nd, 3rd and 4th street.  The department is asking for any residents with video surveillance to come forward with possible tips.  The Department also encourages people to lock your vehicles and remove valuable items. 


Road closures planned for Monday in parts of Aberdeen

Beginning at 7:00am on Monday, August 24th, 2020 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for work on storm sewers:

 

10th Ave. SE from Riverside Dr. to S. Cochrane St.

 

Work is expected to last all day.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until work is completed. 


One person killed in Roberts county fatal crash

One man died late Friday night in a pedestrian-vehicle crash north of Sisseton.

 

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

 

A 2007 GMC Yukon was northbound in the driving lane when it hit the male pedestrian who was walking partially on the roadway and the shoulder of the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The six occupants of the Yukon were not injured. No charges are pending against the 19-year-old female 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.


State health officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at Sturgis

State Health officials announced Thursday, August 20th, that an employee of Asylum Tattoo Sturgis at 1304 Main St. in Sturgis, SD has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual worked at the business while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:

• August 13th, from 10:00 a.m. through 2 a.m. August 14th

• August 14th, from 10:00 a.m. through 2 a.m. August 15th

• August 15th, from 10:00 a.m. through 2 a.m., August 16th

• August 16th, from 10:00 a.m. through 2 a.m. August 17th

• August 17th, from 10:00 a.m. through 2 a.m. August 18th

 

Due to the risk of exposure, individuals that visited the business during the specified dates and times 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.

 

For more information and updates related to COVID-19 visit COVID.SD.GOV or CDC.gov or call 1-800-997-2880.


Road closures planed for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8am on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for work on a water main:

 

4th Avenue SE from S. Jackson St. to S. Congress St.

 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes while work is being completed.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Name released in Deuel county fatal crash

A Revillo, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Revillo.

 

A 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup was traveling east on U.S. Highway 212 and made a left turn onto 482nd Avenue. The pickup collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup that was traveling west on U.S. Highway 212.

 

William Johnson, the 62-year old driver of the Chevrolet S-10 pickup, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

        

The two female occupants of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado both received serious non-life threatening injuries. Morgan Johnson, the 20-year old driver, and Kathryn Johnson, the 51-year old passenger, both were wearing seat belts and were transported to a Watertown Hospital. Both are from Boyd, MN.

 

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

 

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


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Wednesday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Wednesday, August 18th between the hours of 8:15 pm and 1:00 am. 

 

West Nile Virus has been identified in Aberdeen and city officials urge citizens to take reasonable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  

 

 You can reduce the risk of getting West Nile virus by eliminating mosquito habitat around your property, applying insect repellents and wearing proper clothing when outdoors. 

 

The Adulticiding equipment is noisy and travels at 10 to 15 mph.   The mosquito control trucks are identified and travel with a flashing yellow lights.  

 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


State health department announces potential COVID-19 exposure event at Sturgis

State Health officials announced Tuesday, August 18, that a patron of the One-Eyed Jack’s Saloon at 1304 Main St. in Sturgis, SD has tested positive for COVID-19.

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

  • August 11, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Due to the risk of exposure, individuals that visited the business during the specified dates and times 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.


Two vehicle accident leaves two dead between Groton and Aberdeen

The South Dakota department of public safety confirmed two people were killed in a two vehicle accident between Aberdeen and Groton Tuesday. 

 

Little more information was released othe than the state highway patrol is heading up the investigation. 

 

This is a developing story.


Sisseton woman sentenced for slitting another's throat with a bottle

A Sisseton woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, four suspended after admitting to slashing the throat of another person with a broken bottle.  According to court documents, 42-year-old Jeannie F. White pleaded guilty in Roberts county to aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.  The incident occurred in August of 2019.  She was given 330 days served and also ordered to pay 107 dollars in fines. 


Two teens arrested in stabbing

(KCCR - Pierre, SD) Two 18 year-old Pierre residents were arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Underage Consumption of Alcohol, following a stabbing incident early Sunday morning.  Officers responded to the 500 block of South Jackson Avenue around 3:50 am after dispatchers took a call from the male victim indicating he’d been stabbed.  The victim indicated to police he’d been stabbed by Kyanne Redwater.  After being stabbed, Redwater’s boyfriend, Taylor Cook, found a knife and chased the victim away.  The victim stated Cook was intent on stabbing him as well.  Officers eventually found Redwater and Cook and took both into custody. In addition to the Aggravated Assault and underage drinking charges Cook is also facing a charge for possession of drug paraphernalia after a marijuana pipe was located with Cook.  Both were transported to the Hughes County Jail on the charges.  The victim was treated for serious non-life threatening injuries at Avera St. Mary’s hospital.


One person killed in Grant county fatal crash

One person died and two other people were injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Revillo.

 

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

 

A 2007 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup was eastbound on U.S. Highway 212 when, as it turned left, collided in front of a westbound Chevrolet S-10 pickup.

 

The 62-year-old male driver of the Chevrolet S-10 pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

Both female occupants of the Chevrolet Silverado – the 20-year-old driver and 51-year-old passenger – both sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a Watertown hospital. Both were wearing seatbelts. 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.


State Department of Health warns of potential COVID-19 exposure in two locations

State Health officials announced Friday, August 14, that an employee of the Bumpin’ Buffalo Bar and Grill at 245 Main Street in Hill City has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual worked at the business while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:

  • August 9- from 11 am – 6:30 pm
  • August 10- from 11 am – 6:30 pm
  • August 11- from 11 am – 6:30 pm

 

Due to the risk of exposure, individuals that visited the business during the specified dates and times should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after they visited.

 

State Health officials announced Friday, August 14, that an individual who attended the Big and Rich Concert at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The individual attended the event while able to transmit the virus to others from 8:30 pm, August 3rd through 12 am, August 4th.

 

Due to the risk of exposure, individuals that attended the event during the specified dates and times should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after they attended.


SD Highway patrol releases final rally tally

 

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 08, 2020 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 16, 2020

 

FINAL NUMBERS

 

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

115

30

145

171

Misd Drug Arrests

173

68

241

213

Felony Drug Arrests

82

44

126

131

Total Citations

917

417

1334

1336

Total Warnings

2530

1046

3576

4094

Cash Seized

$7178.00

$11585.00

$18763.00

$4,044.00

Vehicles Seized

7

0

7

6

  For Drug Poss.

7

0

7

6

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

18

32

50

41

Injury Accidents

31

25

56

52

Fatal Accidents

1

3

4

2

# of Fatalities

2

3

5

2

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 7:23 p.m., Saturday, Interstate 90, mile marker 10, Spearfish: A 1999 Harley Davidson Electra Glide was westbound on Interstate 90 when the vehicle left the roadway to the north. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 66-year-old male driver was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. No charges are pending.


South Dakota Senator John Thune announces passing of his father Harold

South Dakota Senator John Thune posted on his twitter account Saturday the announcement his father, Harold Thune has passed away.  He was 100 years old.  In the tweet Senator Thune says his father “fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith.”  Harold Thune was a world war II veteran, worked as a teacher and a lifelong South Dakota resident.  He was proceeded in death by his wife and Senator Thune’s mother Pat. 

 

“My dad was the embodiment of the American Dream,” said Thune. “He was a small-town South Dakota kid who worked hard and valued God, family, and country. He lived a life of purpose that imparted a set of values on me and my siblings that I’ve always tried to embody and pass on to my kids and grandkids. And as a kid himself, he answered our nation’s call to defend freedom and help free the world from tyranny and oppression during World War II. He was my hero.

 

“One of the greatest treasures my dad gave me was the appreciation for being part of a team, no matter what station in life I’ve found myself – in sports, in politics, in governing, and, most importantly, in being part of a family. He’d always talk about making the pass, finding your teammate, making the team better. Whether we were on the basketball court, sitting around the kitchen table, or in the halls of Congress, his advice always made sense – now more than ever.

 

“This hurts, and I’m going to miss him, but I can’t help but smile knowing he’s been reunited with my mom, the love of his life. I’ll miss you, dad, but thank you for making me a better person, a better father, and a better citizen of this country you helped defend.”

 

Harold Thune, 100, was a World War II veteran, educator, and lifelong South Dakota resident. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pat.

 


Rally tally released for Thursday August 13th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 8, 2020 to 6 a.m. Thursday August 13, 2020

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

80

20

100

115

Misd Drug Arrests

120

42

162

150

Felony Drug Arrests

61

35

96

81

Total Citations

616

260

876

875

Total Warnings

1553

656

2209

2594

Cash Seized

$2520.00

$776.00

$3296.00

$0.00

Vehicles Seized

6

0

6

3

  For Drug Poss.

6

0

6

3

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

13

24

37

27

Injury Accidents

20

19

39

35

Fatal Accidents

1

0

1

1

# of Fatalities

2

0

2

1

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Interstate 90, mile marker 164, one mile east of Belvidere: A 2002 Harley Davidson V-rod motorcycle was eastbound on Interstate 90 when a gust of wind caused the driver to lose control. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 62-year-old male driver, who was wearing a helmet, suffered serious non-life threatening injures. No charges are pending.

 

At 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 75, 15 miles southeast of Hill City: A 2006 Harley Davidson FLHT was southbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the driver failed to negotiate a turn. The motorcycle tipped over. The 60-year-old male driver and 64-year-old female passenger both suffered minor injuries. Both were wearing helmets. No charges are pending.

 

At 3:17 p.m., Wednesday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 64, two miles northwest of Keystone: A 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide was northbound on U.S. Highway 16A when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The 29-year-old male driver, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered minor injuries. Charges are pending against him. The 10-year-old female passenger, who was wearing a helmet, sustained minor injuries.

 

At 7:01 p.m., Wednesday, U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 44, 20 miles east of Custer: A 2006 Suzuki GSX-R000K6 was stopped in the lane of traffic waiting for a herd of buffalo to cross the road. As the driver started to proceed west, a buffalo re-entered the roadway. The driver lost control as he swerved to miss the buffalo and was thrown from his vehicle. The 36-year-old male driver, who was wearing a helmet, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. No charges are pending.

 

At 7:17 p.m., Wednesday, Crooked Oaks Road, four miles north of St. Onge: A 2020 Harley Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited was southbound when the driver lost control on a patch of gravel. The 61-year-old male driver, who was not wearing a helmet, received serious non-life threatening injuries. Charges are not pending.

 

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 47, seven miles east of Hill City: A 2019 Harley Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited was westbound when it struck a calf standing in the driving lane. The motorcycle tipped over and both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The 55-year-old male driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The 55-year-old female passenger sustained life-threatening injuries. Neither were wearing a helmet. Charges are not pending.


Senator Thune meets with medical professionals in Mitchell

(KORN - Mitchell, SD) Senator John Thune met with Avera Queen of Peace and other Avera hospital administrators Thursday for an update on the COVID-19 response and other areas such as tele-health…

 

 

 

 

He also talked about preparations underway to safely return students to classrooms…

 

 

 

 

Thune says it’s important the federal government support the state and its healthcare providers by making sure there’s enough supplies to conduct the necessary number of COVID-19 tests.


Aberdeen police investigating car break ins around town

The Aberdeen Police Department has announced it is investigating a number of recent break ins to vehicles across town.  According to a release from the department one incident occurred the morning of August 11th in the 10th block of North State Street and involved breaking a window to steal power tools.  Another incident occurred in the 600 block of north congress street on the same day between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  A purse and personal items were stolen.  Police remind residents to lock vehicle doors and remove valuable items.  They also ask anyone with information about these break ins to please contact the Aberdeen Police via phone or through the MyPD app. 


Rep. Dusty Johnson stands up for the post office

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The US Postal Service has become a flash point in the mail in voting debate. Mail is piling up as the agency is under attack from the President.

 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says the timing is not good...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says Congress had a hand in causing the financial issues for the Postal Service...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says he would support some short term financial help...

 

 

 

 

The Postal Service is expected to handle a record number of ballots between now and the November election.

 


Pierre man arrested for shooting

(KCCR - Pierre, SD) An arrest has been made in connection to a July shooting incident that sent a Pierre man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says a Hughes County grand jury has indicted 24 year-old Derek At The Straight with Attempted First Degree Murder, Commission of a Felony While Armed and four counts of Aggravated Assault.  On July 9th police were called to the 400 block of West Prospect Avenue around nine pm, after a caller reported that a shooting had taken place.  The caller told police a 30 year-old male had been shot and was driven to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital.  The victim was eventually transported to Sioux Falls for further treatment of his wounds.  Investigators determined the victim was outside of the residence when the shooting happened.  The condition of the victim has not been released.  At the Straight is being held on a 50-thousand dollar bond at the Hughes County Jail.


Parks and Rec accepting volleyball rosters

Aberdeen Parks and Rec is reminding residents 2020 adult fall/winter volleyball rosters are being accepted now and are due Thursday August 20th at the organizational meeting.  The meeting will be at the Aberdeen recreation and Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m.  Leagues begin mid September.  Fees are $125 for men’s women’s and co-ed league teams.  For more information contact Aberdeen Parks and Rec at 626-7015. 


$400,000 fence project around governor's mansion back on track

Advisor to Governor Kristi Neom Maggie Seidel announced a project planned in 2019 to put a fence around the South Dakota Governor’s mansion will be revived with a new RFP.  The project proposed last year would’ve cost the state $400,000 and it looks like that plan will continue to be used.  According to Seidel, the fence was suggested by Governor Noem’s security team during this highly tense time across the country.  Seidel also claims many volunteers have offered their services free of charge to help construct this fence, which she says will help lower the overall cost. 


Rally Tally for Wednesday August 12th

 

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 8, 2020 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 12, 2020

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

65

17

82

97

Misd Drug Arrests

96

32

128

128

Felony Drug Arrests

45

26

71

73

Total Citations

504

230

734

707

Total Warnings

1232

542

1774

2069

Cash Seized

$2520.00

$776.00

$3296.00

$0.00

Vehicles Seized

4

0

4

2

  For Drug Poss.

4

0

4

2

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

9

22

31

23

Injury Accidents

19

14

33

28

Fatal Accidents

1

0

1

1

# of Fatalities

2

0

2

1

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None

 

Injury Crashes:

 

At 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, near the intersection of Whitewood Valley Road and Crackerjack Road, two miles north of Whitewood: A 2020 Indian Challenger motorcycle was northbound on Whitewood Valley Road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went into the east ditch and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 70-year-old male, who was wearing a helmet, received minor injuries. Charges are pending.

 

At 2:50 p.m., Tuesday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 14, three miles east of Spearfish: A 2008 Harley Davidson FLHX motorcycle was eastbound on U.S. Highway 14A when the driver lost control while negotiating a curve. The 48-year-male driver, who was wearing a helmet, suffered minor injuries. No charges are pending.

 

At 4:02 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 42, within the city of Deadwood: A 2020 Harley Davidson FLHX was turning left at the controlled intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and U.S. Highway 85 in Deadwood. The motorcycle did not yield to a westbound 2000 Harley Davidson FLHX. The two motorcycles collided. The 48-year-old male driver of the 2020 Harley Davidson was wearing a helmet and sustained minor injuries. The 36-year-old female driver of the 2000 Harley Davidson was not wearing a helmet and suffered life threatening injuries. Charges are pending against both drivers.

                                                                                   

At 4:10 p.m., Tuesday, Wildlife Loop Road, mile marker nine, 10 miles west of U.S. Highway 16: A 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle was southbound on Wildlife Loop Road when the driver lost control after the motorcycle hit a bump in the road. Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The 58-year-old driver, who was not wearing a helmet, received serious non-life threatening injuries. The 14-year-old female passenger, who was wearing a helmet, was not injured.

 

At 6:52 p.m., Tuesday, Interstate 90, mile marker 164, one mile east of Belvidere: A 2000 Dodge Durango was westbound on Interstate 90 when the driver failed to negotiate a lane change at the end of a construction zone. The vehicle came to rest in the median. The 50-year-old male driver, who was wearing a seat belt, received minor injuries. Charges are pending against him. A 34-year-old male passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained minor injuries. A second male passenger, age unknown, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

 


Sanborn authorities searching for missing teen

The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office has asked for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.  According to authorities 15-year-old Michaela Hensler of Woonsocket ran away from home earlier this week and is believed to be in the Sioux Falls area.  She is 5’7 weighs 200 pounds and known to be driving a 2006 beige Pontiac G6 with South Dakota plates reading 56F026.  If you know of her whereabouts you are urged to contact the Sanborn County Sheriff’s office at 796-4511. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8:30 AM on Wednesday, August 11, 2020, water will be off in the following areas for work on water lines: 

 

          South Lawson Street from 15th Avenue SE to 17th Avenue SE 

and 

1500 block of South High Street

 

The Public Works Department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.   Water is estimated to remain off most of the day on Wednesday.


California Senator Kamala Harris chosen as Joe Biden's running mate

Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden announced his long awaited pick to join him on the ticket to try and beat President Donald Trump this November.  Biden announced he has chosen California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.  Harris was a one time opponent of Biden who ran for president herself at the end of 2019.  The decision is historic in that it is the first time a major political party in the United States has had a woman of color on the ticket as vice president.  Biden committed to picking a female running mate during the final debate of the Democratic primary in early 2020. 


Brown county Highway 14 to be closed beginning today for railroad work

Parts of county road 14 will be closed starting today to allow for the installation of a new railroad crossing.  According to Brown County Highway Superintendent Dirk Rogers, the road will be closed at noon about one mile north of eighth avenue northeast.  The Highway is expected to remain closed until at least Saturday morning. 


Despite controversy, Mitchell school board keeps mask mandate

(KORN - Mitchell, SD) Despite strong opposition from a number of parents, the Mitchell School Board voted unanimously to approve the district’s return to school plan which includes mandatory facemask use for students and staff.

 

Parent Wendy Axtell opposed mandatory masks…

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Jessica Sydow (SY-doh) told the board it could cause friction among family members….

 

 

 

 

Several others questioned the effectiveness of masks, parental choice and one going as far as threatening to have the board voted out.

 

The board also voted to approve the activities plan and how it applies to the music program.

The Mitchell School District is set to start the new school year on August 19th.


Bristol man dies Wednesday, car found in slough

A Bristol man died last Wednesday evening when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident.  According to the Department of Public Safety 43-year-old Shane Sigdestad was the lone victim and the accident remains under investigation.  Tribal police first reported a vehicle in a slough and brought in more law enforcement for further investigation.  Sigdestad’s body was later recovered.  It is not known if he died before the accident or due to injuries as a result of the accident. 


Voices for Peace receives $500,000 COVID-19 relief donation

A COVID-19 relief fund mean to help immigrants in South Dakota displaced or impacted by the virus has received a sizable donation.  According to the group “Voices for Peace”, the organization received a $500,000 donation to its emergency relief fund for immigrants from an ananomys doner.  This money will go towards immigrants, refugees and undocumented communities impacted by COVID-19 in the form of rent relief, mortgage payments, utilities, foods and other basic necessities. 


Rally tally for Monday August 11th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 8, 2020 to 6 a.m. Monday August 10, 2020

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

30

11

41

51

Misd Drug Arrests

60

19

79

64

Felony Drug Arrests

29

10

39

45

Total Citations

286

143

429

400

Total Warnings

693

316

1009

1115

Cash Seized

$0.00

$776.00

$776.00

$0.00

Vehicles Seized

3

0

3

1

  For Drug Poss.

3

0

3

1

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

5

5

10

13

Injury Accidents

13

7

20

12

Fatal Accidents

0

0

0

0

# of Fatalities

0

0

0

0

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None.

 


Police arrest man on stabbing charges in Rapid City

(KKLS - Rapid City, SD) Rapid City Police officials say today that 29-yr-old Barry Allman of Box Elder was arrested on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and returned to Rapid City on murder charges in a stabbing death this week. 

 

Allman was taken into custody by officers of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety early today in the Georgetown Housing area near Wanblee. Oglala Tribal Police officers were sent on a suspicious person call, and they say Allman allegedly broke into a house to hide in.  Allman was arrested on the felony warrants and a charge of breaking & entering.  

 

He was named as the main suspect in the stabbing incident that killed a man early Thursday on the 1700 block of north 7th Street.  

 

Police say 41-year-old Thalia Rice has also been placed under arrest for Accessory to First Degree Murder after driving Allman away from the scene of the homicide.

 


National company offering anti-body tests at Sturgis rally

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) A national vendor is offering COVID-19 antibody tests at the Sturgis Rally and they're offering them to anyone who wants one.

 

The company says they are working with another Black Hills area company to offer 27,000 of the antibody tests.

 

Tests cost $45 and involve taking a blood sample, usually from the finger of the person being tested. It takes approximately 2-3 minutes for the test to show either I.G.M. or I.G.G. antibodies. The company says someone with only so-called I.G.G. antibodies would no longer have the virus or be contagious.

 

An antibody test is different than a COVID-19 test. The Mayo Clinic says antibody testing, also known as serology testing, is done after a full recovery from COVID-19. The test is to determine whether you've developed antibodies against the virus. The immune system produces these antibodies - proteins that are critical for fighting and clearning out the virus.

 

If test results show that you have antibodies, it indicates that you were likely infected with COVID-19 at some time in the past. It may also mean that you have some immunity. But, the World Health Organization cautions that there's a lack of evidence on whether having antibodies means you're protected against reinfection with COVID-19.

 

As for an actual COVID-19 test, Mayo Clinic says there are two types - a Molecular Test or an Antigen Test. Both tests rely on a nasal or throat swab to get a fluid sample.

 

The company offering the antibody testing in Sturgis is located in the Liberty Motors parking lot. The company is planning a second location across from the carnival set up on Lazelle Street.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says they will provide COVID-19 testing for city employees, local business employees, members of the Meade 46-1 School District and Sturgis residents after the Rally. Tests will be conducted by Monument Health.

 

Ainslie says 550 tests are available for asymptomatic Sturgis residents and applications for them are currently being taken. Those who are symptomatic, or showing signs of COVID-19, can already get tested.

 

At Saturday's press conference, Ainslie says they have received less than 100 applications so far.


SD Dept. of Safety "Rally Tally" as of Sunday August 9th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 8, 2020 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 9, 2020

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

19

7

26

22

Misd Drug Arrests

30

11

41

31

Felony Drug Arrests

16

1

17

23

Total Citations

155

71

226

189

Total Warnings

332

161

493

553

Cash Seized

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Vehicles Seized

3

0

3

2

  For Drug Poss.

3

0

3

1

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

1

Non-Injury Crashes

2

4

6

11

Injury Crashes

7

5

12

9

Fatal Crashes

0

0

0

0

# of Fatalities

0

0

0

0

 

Fatal Crashes:

 

None.


Two arrested in Sioux Falls for kidnapping/threatening tenant subletting apartment

Two people in Sioux Falls have been arrested after authorities allege they kidnapped and threatened a man subletting their apartment.  Police responded to a call at an apartment complex in the area of 6th street and Sycamore Avenue for a reported kidnapping.  Upon arrival officers found the victim who had texted his girlfriend he was being held captive.  Police say the victim was able to escape before officers arrived.  The two suspects 25-year-old Joshua Butcher and 33-year-old Adria Ellsworth threatened the victim with a wrench and handgun, seeking rent money.  Both face abuse or cruelty to a minor, aggravated assault, second degree kidnapping, second degree robbery and multiple drug charges.    


Senator Rounds gives updates on COVID-19 relief negotiations

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Marathon meetings at the US Capitol have made little progress in writing the next economic stimulus plan.

 

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said there were twenty or more republican Senators that would not support another stimulus.

 

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says there are growing worries about the debt and deficit...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says the six hundred dollar per week unemployment payment continues to be a hot button for republicans...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says he is hearing from businesses about the difficulty they are having getting their workers back...

 

 

 

 

President Trump has said he would consider using executive orders to address looming evictions and unemployment insurance.

 


Potential bankruptcy problem looming in SD

The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic hardships it is causing will likely result in a wave of personal, farm and small-business bankruptcies in South Dakota and beyond in the coming months that will be both a result and a cause of a wider economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus.

 

So far, federal aid and unemployment programs, and several months of restricted access to the court system, have delayed a rise in bankruptcies from showing up in court filings.

 

But increased rates of unemployment, reduced incomes of people at all levels of the economy and a coming debt crisis will all play a role in the anticipated bankruptcy storm that could affect a wide range of individuals and businesses, including people who long saw themselves as financially stable, said Breck Miller, community relations director for Lutheran Social Services Center for Financial Resources in Sioux Falls.

 

“It would not surprise me at all if we do see an increase in the number of bankruptcy filings,” Miller said. The pandemic “really put a lot of people in a financial bind, and I think it’s going to strike across the demographics. It’s not just a low-income thing.”

 

Federally backed financial assistance programs have helped keep food on many family’s tables during the pandemic and have so far helped many of the hardest-hit South Dakotans stave off bankruptcy.

 

Mortgage forbearance, which allows for a delay or reduction in house payments, was granted as part of the federal CARES Act, and helped some homeowners manage debt. Temporary aid was also provided through new payment options from credit-card companies, and some borrowers were granted a pause in student loan payments.

 

But as federal assistance programs expire, and private lenders start seeking back payments on home and car loans, experts say many people in financially vulnerable positions will soon find that the debt they took on during the worst of the pandemic has become too much to handle.

 

“The scariest thing for us in our office was that payment options weren’t necessarily laid out, or at least not understood clearly when people took the forbearances,” said Miller.

 

Mortgage payments delayed through forbearance still must be paid, sometimes as soon as the forbearance period ends. A homeowner could be on the hook for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in back payments that must be made and carry the risk of defaulting on loans.

 

Back payments alone will drive more people to seek bankruptcy protections in the coming months, said Clair Gerry, a bankruptcy attorney from Sioux Falls.

 

“For that reason alone I would expect to see a big uptick in Chapter 13s,” Gerry said of the personal bankruptcy filings.

 

As of late July, 16,000 South Dakota residents were unemployed, and many were forced to turn to credit cards or drawing down savings to survive, Miller said. As of August, those unemployed workers lost the $600 weekly enhanced unemployment benefit created by Congress as part of its pandemic relief efforts.

 

A rising wave of bankruptcies could lengthen the pandemic’s economic recession as small businesses and consumers struggle to restructure their debts or sell off what they own or write off debts they can’t pay. The burden has already been immense for many families at all income levels in South Dakota, many of whom have said they couldn’t withstand an unexpected $400 expense without taking on more debt even before COVID-19 hit.

 

Consumer spending, meanwhile, is sure to fall and the economy overall will suffer, said Joe Mahon, an economist and outreach director at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank.

 

“Think of all those people who lost their jobs and lost their incomes,” Mahon said. “Even with the unemployment benefits that they might have been receiving, they’re probably thinking more about hanging on to their discretionary money rather than going out and spending on appliances and clothing and things like that.”

 

If consumers are stuck paying off debts, they can’t spend their money at local businesses, many of which also took on additional debt to survive the pandemic and which will be less able to expand. That will result in fewer job openings for people trying to return to work as their unemployment runs out and the economy continues to open up.

 

“We know that that large of a shock to employment is going to have a long and persistent feedback effect on the economy,” Mahon said.

 

Exactly when the bankruptcy bomb will go off is anybody’s guess at this point, economists and bankruptcy experts say, but they worry it is only a matter of time before filings rise rapidly.

 

“My phone calls right now, a substantial part of them, are asking about what happens when this is over,  with people asking, ‘Should I come see you?,” Gerry said. “Based on those calls, I just know there’s a storm looming … everybody is predicting that there’s going to be a lot of bankruptcies filed by fall or winter.”

 

Relief efforts stemming bankruptcy flood, for now

 

So far, 2020 has been a relatively slow year for bankruptcy courts. Nationwide, total bankruptcy filings were down about 23% compared to the first six months of 2019. In South Dakota, by the end of July, bankruptcy filings were down about 16% compared to the first seven months of 2019, said South Dakota Bankruptcy Court clerk Frederick Entwistle.

 

Much of the decline is due to a near total shutdown in bankruptcy activity at courts that went dark during the last half of March and all of April, Entwistle said. But by the end of May, bankruptcy filings had returned to near-normal levels in South Dakota. By the end of June, 416 personal bankruptcies had been filed in South Dakota during the calendar year, according to data from the American Bankruptcy Institute.

 

There are several reasons bankruptcy filings have yet to rise. One of the biggest reasons may actually be the relatively high unemployment rate. At the end of June, 7.2% of the South Dakota workforce was unemployed, which is more than double the pre-pandemic unemployment rate of 3.1% recorded in March.

 

Bankruptcy attorneys and financial counselors have recommended to clients that they hold off on filing for bankruptcy until the worst of their financial losses have ended. Often, that meant waiting until finding a job and figuring out what their new monthly income would be. If an individual files for bankruptcy but has to keep living off of credit cards or other forms of debt, any debt incurred after the initial filing won’t be discharged or reorganized as part of the bankruptcy proceeding.

 

There are other good reasons to hold off on filing for bankruptcy right now, Gerry said. Sometimes waiting until after a tax return has been received and spent is a good idea, for example. Spending down one-time payments such as stimulus checks or other state or federal financial assistance is also a good idea to do before filing for bankruptcy.

 

“When COVID hit, everyone was kind of holding their breath. That’s why we’re waiting for the storm to break, until people get back to work and we find out what the new norm is,” Gerry said. “When they don’t have a paycheck coming in, they’re not being garnished. And right now, there’s a lot less collection-type action because collectors know there’s not much they can do at this point.”

 

South Dakotans, in general, also tend to avoid bankruptcy. The state currently ranks 45th lowest in the per-capita rate of bankruptcy filings out of the 50 states and has had one of the lowest per-capita bankruptcy filing rates for more than a decade. Over the past five years, there have been fewer than 1,100 personal bankruptcies filed in the state each year. In 2019, just 964 people or married couples filed for either chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy.

 

Recessions, though, tend to push people beyond their financial limits faster and farther than they can cope with. In 2010, when the effects of the Great Recession of 2008 peaked in South Dakota, 2,000 people filed for bankruptcy protection, nearly double the number from before the Great Recession began.

 

Only a matter of time before a crash

 

Experts cannot predict just how bad the COVID-19 economic fallout will be, but the picture is not likely to be pretty. Unlike the Great Recession, which took years to play out and left agriculture relatively unscathed, the COVID-19 economic crisis has hit every state at roughly the same time and in much the same way.

 

South Dakota, despite its lack of state government mandated business closures or other mandated social distancing measures, fell off the same economic cliff as its more restrictive neighbors, Mahon said. Traffic at businesses of all types, but most especially bars, hotels and restaurants, cratered in April and didn’t return to pre-pandemic levels until July.

 

“You still had people losing their jobs. We know employment has fallen in the state. So you would expect that to have that feed-through effect on household finances, that will ultimately show up in bankruptcies,” Mahon said.

 

COVID-19 also came at a time when farmers and ranchers, South Dakota’s economic bedrock, were struggling against a trade war and low prices for grain, soybeans and cattle. In fact,  January and February of 2020 saw overall bankruptcy filings in South Dakota increase over the same period in 2019 due to a jump in farm bankruptcies, said Gerry.

 

“We were doing a lot of restructuring or mediation for farms near the first part of the year to get ready for spring planting,” he said.

 

The news isn’t all bad, though. More South Dakota small businesses have reopened and have started hiring again when compared to other states. South Dakota also boasts slightly more new job postings than in its neighbors, according to data from the Minneapolis reserve bank.

 

Much of what happens over the next few months will depend on what Congress comes up with as far as economic stimulus, and how long it takes those currently unemployed to get back to work. Avoiding a surge in bankruptcies, though, will take a lot more stimulus and far faster employment and wage growth than is likely to occur.

 

“It would take more than the stimulus that was talked about last time,” Gerry said. “That just kept people fed, basically … doing that again and taking care of emergencies is not going to cure the future.”


DOT finds no safety issues with Blackhawk sink holes

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) The State Department of Transportation says an engineering study of I-90 near where sinkholes have developed in a Black Hawk neighborhood has found no safety issues.

 

The D.O.T. hired F.M.G. Engineering to do the study, which was conducted in May.

 

The sinkholes were due to an old gypsum mine located underneath the development. State officials wanted to make sure the old mine wasn't going to be a factor with I-90 running nearby.

 

The engineering group studied the ground leading from the sinkholes to the Interstate to see if the highway would be affected.

 

State officials say the study found no voids underneath the Interstate.

 

The examination was conducted within understood limitations of accessibility to the site along with the depth of exploration, budget and schedule.

 

Meanwhile, the displaced residents of Hideaway Hills have sued the state, Meade County and the developers for more than 75-million dollars in damages.


One person killed near Freeman in one-vehicle accident

One woman died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Freeman.

 

The name of the person involved is not yet being released pending notification of family members.

 

A 2011 Subaru Legacy was southbound on U.S. Highway 81 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle eventually went into the west ditch.

 

The 21-year-old female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Exact time of the crash is not known. The crash was reported at 6:09 a.m.

 

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.


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, August 6th between the hours of 8:30 pm and 1:30 am. 

 

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

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Golden Ticket Cinemas to take over AMC theater in Aberdeen

The AMC movie theater at Uptown Aberdeen, formally the Aberdeen Mall, is set to reopen under new ownership as Golden Ticket Cinemas Aberdeen 9.  In a release from Golden Ticket Cinemas, plans are in place to upgrade the theater including reclining seats with more remodeling and upgrades planed for 2021.  RockStep capital who owns Uptown Aberdeen says Golden Ticket Cinemas is based out of North Carolina and owns theaters in two of the company’s properties. 


Groton city pool confirms employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Groton city pool announced Wednesday one of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  The city of Groton made the announcement on the Groton community facebook page.  The person who tested positive worked Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoons last week.  All those in close contact with the employee are following state health regulations.  The pool will be closed for the next couple days for cleaning with plans to reopen Friday at 1:00 p.m.   


State senate majority leader Kris Langer no longer seeking reelection

South Dakota state senate majority leader and District 25 Senator Kris Langer has announced she is dropping her re-election bid.  Langer, along with district 2 senator Brock Greenfield admitted to being drunk on the floor of the senate the final day of this past legislative session in March.  The two had received a formal rebuke from fellow senators following an investigation into the matter.  Langer says she looks forward to spending more time with family now that she will not be returning to Pierre.  Two independents are currently vying for her seat. 


Aberdeen City Council adopts new "Community Flag"

The Aberdeen City Council at its Monday meeting adopted a new community flag, voted on by residents on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.  The new flag is part of a new marketing campaign for the city and is now open for organizations to use in branding material.  The colors on the flag include, yellow, white, green, navy blue and teal.  Each color represents a different aspect of Aberdeen including growth, opportunity, the state at large, heritage and open spaces.  The cities current flag adopted in 1988 will not be replaced however as this new flag is considered a “community flag.”


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday North Dakota Street will be closed to through traffic from Railroad Avenue SE to first Avenue NE for street surfacing repair.  This portion of Dakota Street is expected to be closed until Monday August 10th.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Authorities identify body found in ditch west of Sioux Falls

Authorities in Sioux Falls have identified the victim of what is believed to be a homicide after a body was found just west of Siuox Falls.  According to the Minnehaha county sheriff’s office 30-year-old Cody Allen Schmidt of Sioux Falls was found dead in a ditch near 266th street and 464th around 11:15 a.m. Monday.  The body was found with gunshot wounds officials do not believe were self inflicted.  Investigators are asking the public for any potential leads in the case.  No other details have been released at this time. 


USD announces Law school name change

The University of South Dakota has announced its law school will undergo a rename after receiving a $12.5 million gift.  The law school will now go by the University of South Dakota Knudson School of law, to honor the legacy of Sioux Falls lawyer, businessman and public servant David Knudson.  The gift comes from Knudson’s friend and colleague Denny T. Sanford.  The gift will double the size of the law school’s current endowment and fund up to 10 full-tuition student scholarships. 


Two Aberdeen nursing homes and YMCA announce COVID-19 staff infection

Two nursing homes and the Aberdeen family YMCA have announced they have had a staff member test positive for COVID-19.  The YMCA made the announcement via a release while Avera Mother Joseph Manor Retirement Community and Prairie Heights Healthcare made the announcement via their Facebook pages.  The staff member from the YMCA  who tested positive worked with the Youth Development center’s child care program.  The affected class at the YMCA has been closed for 14 days and anyone exposed is asked to self-monitor for symptoms over the next 14 days.  The nursing homes have suspended outdoor visits for the time being, but will continue with window visits for family members.    


Northern to offer students free COVID-19 testing on campus this fall

On-campus COVID-19 testing will be one of the tools available at Northern State University this fall to help slow the spread of the virus.

 

The testing will be available on an as-needed basis, at no cost to NSU students, through Student Health Services (Student Center 240) in partnership with Avera Health. Testing will be done via Abbott ID-Now machines, thanks to a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health.

 

Other precautionary measures Northern is implementing this fall include hand sanitizer dispensers at every building entrance and sanitizing wipes in every classroom. Masks will be required in all public indoor spaces, as mandated by the South Dakota Board of Regents’ Face Covering Protocol, which applies to all students, staff, faculty and visitors.

 

For more information on steps Northern is taking to combat the spread of COVID-19, please visit northern.edu/coronavirus.


Waterflow testing to take place in Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday August 4th, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:  From Roosevelt Street East to City Limits between north and south city limits.  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 all hydrants have been tested. 


Aberdeen police arrest man in double stabbing

The Aberdeen Police Department have arrested a man in connection to a stabbing Friday.  According to a release from the department, officers responded to a call about a stabbing around 10:00 a.m. Friday.  Upon further investigation, two victims had been stabbed in the head with a butcher knife during a domestic altercation that occurred in the 500 block of 8th avenue SE.  20-year-old Garrion Jason Dahme of Aberdeen was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count simple assault.  Both victims were treated and released. 


Actor Wilford Brimley dies at 85

Actor Wilfred Brimley, best known for roles in hit films such as “Cocoon” and “The Thing” passed away at the age of 85 Saturday.  Brimley died after being hospitalized in St. George Utah according to his manager.  He had been in the ICU and was receiving dialysis treatments.  Brimley’s career included hit movies, but also several television shows including NBC’s “Our House.”  He was also an advocate for diabedic causes, including one time being the face of the American Diabetes Association. 


State celebrates breastfeeding awareness month

August is breastfeeding awareness month in South Dakota.  Breastfeeding is reccomended for at least one year and exclusively for the first six months.  Breastfeeding success requires a strong support system.  South Dakota WIC is committed to supporting mothers through peer and professional breastfeeding support.  WIC employs over 35 location experts accross the state and provides peer support 24 hours a day through phone, email and text.  Visit sdwic.org.  


Sturgis to start this weekend, city expecting 250,000 guests

The annual Sturgis motorcycle rally will begin this weekend in Sturgis with the city expecting 250,000 people to attend between August 7th to the 16th.  With those numbers, this could be the largest event the world has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.  Months ago, the Sturgis city council voted in favor of keeping the rally on as scheduled, but scaling back many of the usual activities and planning for any potential post-rally possible COVID-19 outbreaks.  The council also felt rally antendees would be coming if it were on officially or not, and by keeping on as scheduled the city has more control over what happens during the rally. 


Capitol Cinema to shutdown again due to low attendance

The Capital Cinema in downtown Aberdeen has announced it will no longer be showing weekly films beginning today Monday August 3rd.  The Capitol had been running contemporary blockbusters at this time due to COVID-19 including films like “Jurassic Park” and “Back to the Future.”  According to a post on the Capitol’s Facebook page, the theater is looking into the possibility of renting the theater for events, birthday parties, business functions or other options.   


Sisseton woman charged with theft against Oyate tribe

A Sisseton woman has been indicted on theft charges according to a release from the US attorney for South Dakota’s office.  25-year-old Jordyn Juanita Kirk is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court.  She made her first court appearance in Aberdeen and pleaded not guilty of the charges she stole the money between August 2018 and October 2018.  She faces five years in prison and $25,000 in fines. 


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