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Local News Archives for 2020-09

Senator Thune says voters can have confidence in upcoming election

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) President Trump continues to criticize the use of mail in ballots, suggesting that if he loses, the election is “rigged.”


South Dakota Senator John Thune says the President could turn off some of his own voters...

 

 

 

 

Thune says people have to have confidence in the election process...

 

 

 

 

Thune says ballot issues have been rare and isolated...

 

 

 

 

The US Postal Service is expecting up to one hundred million ballots in the mail by election day.

 


Aberdeen police investigating the death of a 43-year-old woman

The Aberdeen Police Department is investigating the death of a 43-year-old woman. According to police the person was found dead Monday evening in a home on fourth avenue southwest around 8:00 p.m. The initial call was about an unconcious person, but upon further investigation the person was ruled dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.


82-year-old pedestrian killed after hit by car

 An 82-year-old male died in a pedestrian-vehicle crash Monday afternoon near Maverick Junction.

 

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

 

A 2018 Chevy Impala was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 traveling on a crest in the highway when the driver saw the pedestrian walking across the roadway. The driver attempted to avoid the pedestrian, but struck him with the front passenger side of the vehicle.

 

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The 72-year-old female driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

 

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 Medicare enrollment begins Oct. 15

Open enrollment for the 2021 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

 

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

 

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

 

·         Eastern Region: 1-800-536-8197

·         Central Region: 1-877-331-4834

·         Western Region: 1-877-286-9072

 

All appointments will be held virtually.

 

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

 

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


Former KSFY morning host Cami Roesler arrested on assault charges

Former KSFY morning anchor 28-year-old Kamie Roesler has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hittin ga man with a beer bottle over a quote “political argument.” The incident occurred in Sioux Falls Sunday afternoon in the1100 block of North Prairie Avenue. The victim is 32-years-old and according to police, Roesler and the victim knew one another. Roesler is now is the morning anchor with WIS-TV in Columbia South Carolina.

 


SD Democratic Party Chair Randy Seiler calls Gov. Noem COVID hunting video "tasteless"

The Chair of the Democratic Party for the state of South Dakota Randy Seiler has released a statement on the hunting video Governor Kristi Noem posted, some critics saying downplays the severity of COVID-19. In the video governor Noem is pheasant hunting, goes onto say “This is how we social distance in South Dakota,” then goes on to say “less COVID more hunting.” Seiler said in a statement the governor is mocking social distancing and called the video tasteless and offensvie. To date over 20,000 South Dakota residents have tested positve for the virus while over 200 residents have died.

 

You can read the full statement by following this link.

 

https://sddp.org/noem-video-tweet-covid-tasteless-offensive/


Northern to host one-off mass testing event for students and employees only

Northern State University, in partnering with Avera has announced a mass COVID-19 testing event on campus for students and staff Wednesday. Testing will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis with no need to make an appointment. According to the Department of Health Northern State currently has eight active cases between students and faculty. Testing will not be available to anyone outside the Universty's student body or staff.


Flags to fly at half staff Tuesday for burial of former Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags to fly at half staff statewide to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  Flags flew at half staff following her death, but are to be flown at half staff again as she will be buried Tuesday.  


President Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme court nominee

President Donald Trump Saturday named his nominee to the Supreme court in Amy Coney Barrett. Coney Barrett was one of the finalists the last time President Trump had the opportunity to nominate someone to the nations highest court. Barrett, if approved by the senate, would fill the supreme court seat vacated with the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg two weeks ago. Barrett is a former clerk of the late supreme court justice Antonin Scalia. She is 48 years old and known as a devout catholic with a strong right wing pattern in her court decisions. Senate Judiciary chair Lindsey Grahm says her committee hearing could take place as early as Thursday this week.


Former SD senator and rep. Larry Pressler endorses Joe Biden

Former South Dakota Representative and more recently South Dakota Senator Larry Pressler has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for Presiden. Pressler is a Republican and is crossing party lines to make this endorsement. He served two terms in the US House and three in the US Senate and calls Biden a “close friend” with his endorsement. The two worked with each other for 22 years in Washington, 18 of those years in the Senate. Pressler has supported a number of Democratic candidates for president including Barack Obama in 2008 and 2014 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.


Presentation College announces 7 percent enrollment increase

Presentatin College has announced a seven percent increase in enrollment. According a release from the school, there are currently 625 students enrolled in undergraduate, gradute and online programs. This reverses three straight years of declining enrollment. Presentation College also saw an increase of 7.65 percent in full-time equivalent students. There are 222 new students attending school this year. Presentation College presidnet said in the press release the school had no idea how COVID-19 would affect enrollment, but is excited, as a college to be there for students in need during this time.


First of three presidential debates takes place Tuesday

The 2020 Presidential debate schedule will begin this week with the first of three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. This week's debate will pit incumbent president Republican Donald Trump against challenger former Democratic vice president Joe Biden. The debate will take place in Cleveland and start at 8:00 p.m. Central time and run 90 minutes without commercial interuptions. The debate will be televised on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-Span. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the first debate Tuesday.

 


After COVID shutdown, Pierre changes mask policy for some district schools

(Dakota Radio Goup News - Pierre, SD) The Pierre School District has changed its policy on face mask requirements for middle and high school students, effective at the end of the school day today (Sept. 25, 2020).

 

T.F. Riggs High School principal Kevin Mutchelknaus says Riggs and Georgia Morse Middle School students have to wear face masks whenever social distancing cannot be achieved.

 

 

 

Mask wear will remain “strongly encouraged” at the district’s three elementary schools.

 

Pierre’s high school students began a hybrid class schedule this week (Sept. 21) because many of the students were required to quarantine because they’re considered close contacts of the 20 or so students at the school who tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Mutchelknaus says they are making some progress reducing the impact of the virus at Riggs.

 

 

 

In the midst of a pandemic, he says it’s challenging trying to have several hundred students in one building.

 

 

 

Class schedules for Pierre’s middle and grade schools remain normal, so far.

 


Rapid City man charged with trying to shoot the president

A Rapid City man has been charged in federal court for thretening to shoot President Donald Trump. 29-year-old Lucian Celestine allegedly threatened to climb to the top of Mt. Rushmore and shoot the president over his fourth of July holiday visit. He faces charges of threats against the President and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The charges he faces could put him in prison up to 10 years. Court documents show Celestine obtained a bolt action rifle, scope and ammunition in late June. He is not allowed to own a fire arm after being committed to the South Dakota Human Services center for mental illness In October of 2019.


Watertown to remain distance learning for another week

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) Due to a continued high number of positive COVID cases and close contacts, Watertown High School will remain in online learning for the week of September 28 – October 2.  
 
All 7-12 activities will be postponed or canceled for the week.  In a release, Watertown Superintendent Jeff Danielsen says this will help contain the spread and clear up for those who are already positive or have been exposed and carry the potential for a positive test.
 
Activities affected for next week include:
September 28
Boys & Girls Soccer at Huron
JV Football at Harrisburg

September 29
Girls Tennis at ESD Meet
8th Grade Football at Hamlin
Volleyball vs Mitchell
 
Oct 1
Cross Country Meet at Cattail Golf Course
Boys & Girls Soccer at Pierre
Middle School Volleyball at Brookings
Freshman Football at Harrisburg
Volleyball vs Brookings
 
Oct 2
Football vs Harrisburg


FEMA announces grants to the city of Waubay to move frequently flooded houses

FEMA has awarded a $1.66 million grant to the City of Waubay, South Dakota for home acquisitions. The grant will fund the purchase of ten properties that have been impacted by repetitive flooding caused by closed-basin lakes in Day County. This project will allow property owners to relocate away from the flood hazard and prevent future damage.

 

The project will include the purchase of each structure, demolition and returning the property to green space in perpetuity. These lots will be owned by the City of Waubay. The $1.66 million from FEMA represents a 75 percent cost-share of the project, which totals roughly $2.21 million. The State of South Dakota will contribute $$221,865.80 with the local community responsible for the remaining costs.

 

“Acquisition projects like this allow property owners in high-risk areas a chance to relocate, permanently eliminating future flood losses.” Said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Jon Huss.

 

Funding for this grant is provided through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), which is designed to assist states, U.S. territories, federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in increasing their understanding and taking proactive action to help people reduce their losses from natural hazards. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on federal funding in future disasters.

 

The HMGP program is funded through a percentage of overall federal disaster response and recovery costs, ranging from 15 to 20 percent. South Dakota recently had an enhanced statewide hazard mitigation plan approved. This makes the state eligible for the maximum of 20 percent toward the program.

 

“Completing our enhanced mitigation plan demonstrated the commitment South Dakota has to minimizing the impact of future disasters,” said Tina Titze, State Coordinating Officer and the director of the state Office of Emergency Management. “The additional federal funding is helping to complete projects like this in Waubay and others around the state.”

 

Additional information about HMGP can be found at


Rapid City man arrested for threatening to shoot the president in July

A Rapid City man ha been charged in federal court for thretening to shoot President Donald Trump. 29-year-old Lucian Celestine allegedly threatened to climb to the top of Mt. Rushmore and shoot the president over his fourth of July holiday visit. He faces charges of threats against the President and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The charges he faces could put him in prison up to 10 years. Court documents show Celestine obtained a bolt action rifle, scope and ammunition in late June. He is not allowed to own a fire arm after being committed to the South Dakota Human Services center for mental illness In October of 2019.

 


All three of South Dakota's delegation to Washington calls for peaceful transition of powers

All three of South Dakota's delegation to Washington, Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds and Representative Dusty Johnson have all spoken up about the importance of the peacful transition of power following an American election. The three spoke up, along with a long list of bi-partisan representatives following comments made by President Donald Trump earlier this week he would not committ to a peacful transition of power, which has been the tradition dating back to our first president George Washington.

 

 

 


Governor Noem gets into Twitter spat with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has taken to social medai to defend a post she made some say makes light of the COVID-19 situation in the state. The post is a video of her saying her social distancing is hunting and after shooting a rooster calls for “less COVID more hunting.” MSNBC's Rachel Maddow responded to the tweet that South Dakota just set a record for number of people hospitalzed, new cases and overall active cases. Governor Noem responded telling her to stop spreading fear and that only 8 percent of South Dakota's hospital beds are occupied.


Rapid City man arrested for threatening to shoot the

A Rapid City man ha been charged in federal court for thretening to shoot President Donald Trump. 29-year-old Lucian Celestine allegedly threatened to climb to the top of Mt. Rushmore and shoot the president over his fourth of July holiday visit. He faces charges of threats against the President and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The charges he faces could put him in prison up to 10 years. Court documents show Celestine obtained a bolt action rifle, scope and ammunition in late June. He is not allowed to own a fire arm after being committed to the South Dakota Human Services center for mental illness In October of 2019.

 


Natural Abundance food coop to require masks

Natural Abundance food cooperative in Aberdeen announced via its Facebook page beginning Wednesday Sept. 23rd, masks will now be required in the store. Masks will be made available to customers and members who forgot to bring one. The change is aimed at helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 


Gayville-Volin latest school district to go online

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The Gayville-Volin School District will move to online learning for at least the next week.

 

Superintendent Jason Selchert says they have a growing number of positive coronavirus cases among staff and students...

 

 

 

 

Selchert says they are also watching the close contacts to those that have tested positive...

 

 

 

 

Selchert says they appreciate the cooperation from their parents...

 

 

 

 

The school website reports three high school staff and six students with active cases and one staff member in the elementary school. Selchert says they plan to return to the classrooms on October 7th.


Brandon teen killed in car accident in northern Sioux Falls

Brandon teenager was killed Tuesday night in a car accident in northeast South Dakota. Authorities have identified the teenager as 14-year-old Noah Kimball. Kimball was driving a pickup near Veterans Parkway and East Madison Street when the vehicle experience somekind of mechanic issue. Kimball overcorrected, crashed in the ditch and rolled. First responders were able to get Kimball out from under the pickup where he was pinned, but ultimately died from his injuries at a Sioux Falls hospitals. A 30-year-old passanger received non-life-threatening injures in the accident.


Northern only one of SD's public universities not to see down enrollment

Enrollment at South Dakota's public universities is down this year. According to the South Dakota Board of Regents, enrollment is down 2.8 percent in headcount and full-time equivalent students for the fall semester. In total, schools are down 718 students for a total enrollment of 24,586. Total headcount enrollment at state universities is at its lowest point since 2008. Board of regents executive director and CEO Brian Maher says the decrease in enrollment was expected. The University of South Dakota saw its biggest drop in headcount down 461 while Northern is the only school that did not see a decline in enrollment.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:30 AM on Thursday, September 24, 2020, water will be off in the following area to replace a water valve: South Prospect Avenue from Wells to Grand

 

The Public Works Department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.   Water is expected to remain off all day, work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Board of Regent's Maher talks decrease in college enrollment

Enrollment at the six state universities is down from a year ago, but more students came back to their campuses this fall.

 

South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director Brian Maher broke down the numbers...

 

 

 

 

 

Maher says the percentage of students coming back to continue their education went up...

 

 

 

 

Maher says all of the school have focused on getting their students to return...

 

 

 

 

USD saw a four-point six percent decline while SDSU student numbers were down about one percent.


Rep. Johnson says journalism important for functioning democracy

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson spoke on the floor of the House Wednesday talking about the importance of quality journalism in a functioning democracy. Johnson quoted one of our founders to begin his speech...

 

 


Johnson talks what's going on in DC

South Dakota congressman Dusty Johnson spoke about a handful of issues with the media Tuesday from Washington D.C.

 

First, Johnson spoke about a tribal relations bill he helped author and sheppard through the house. The bill called the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, considered tribal grant schools eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefit program. According to Johnson, this will deliever millionsof dollars to tribal student's education...

 

 

 

 

 

The bill passed the house and now moves to the senate where all the attention is currenlty on Republicans trying to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away last Friday. Johnson says he understands the mangnitude of the situation, but also says there are other things that need attention in the Senate before the end of the legislative calendar...

 

 

 

 

Back in the House, a continuing resolution or CR is currently being negotitated to fund government for the near future. Johnson says there is a lot of chaos surrounding that situation...

 


Nebraska man dies form injuries in northeast South Dakota

A 67-year-old male has died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday, Aug. 31, north of Watertown.

 

A 2007 Peterbilt semi-truck was southbound on 455th Avenue with an oversized load. It was hauling a flatbed trailer which carried a four-wheel tractor with a silage blade. The blade struck the driver’s side of a northbound 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup.

 

The pickup driver, Leon Pies, and a passenger, 65-year-old Patsy Pies, both suffered life threatening injuries. They were airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Leon Pies died as a result of his injuries on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Sioux Falls. They are both from Hubbard, NE.

 

Two other passengers in the pickup – Dianne Nielsen and Roy Nielsen – were not injured. Both are 72 years old and from Marvin, S.D.

 

Gerald Bury, 52, of Milbank, S.D., was the driver of the semi-truck. He was not injured.

 

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.


Several State's attorneys to be involved in potential charges for SD AG Ravnsborg

The Minnehaha County State's Attorney along with four other state attorney's will be part of a group designated to decide if charges should be filed against South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for killing a man near Highmore in a vehicle pedestrian accident. Ravnsborg hit and killed 55-year-old Jason Boever back on September 12th while returning to Pierre from a fundraising event in Redfield. The other states attorneys involved come from Beadle, Pennington and Hyde County.


Senator Rounds says he is prepared to vote for potential supreme court nominee

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds has joined most of his fellow Republican senators in voicing their support to confirm a new Supreme Court judge to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, despite precedent set by the same Republican Senate that you do not fill a seat this close to an election. In a statement released by Rounds he says he is prepared to vote for the nominee, whoever that may be, based on the merits of said nominee. President Donald Trump hopes to have a nominee soon and has committed to nominating a woman to the seat.


Chris Young concert in Sioux Falls canceled

A concert planned for Sioux Falls headlined by country music star Chris Young has been canceled. Young was scheduled to take part in the Denny Sanford Premier Center on October 24th and was supposed to be part of governor Kristi Noem's sportmen's showcase. The announcement was made on a Facebook post from the PREMIER Center but did not give a reason for the cancelation. It is likely due to potential spread of COVID-19. Any tickets purchased will automatically be refunded.


Citywide ground mosquito spray scheduled for Tuesday night

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Tuesday, September 22nd between the hours of 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm.    


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
 


Hoven calls off school due to COVID-19

The Hoven school district is the latest to announce plans going away from traditional learning for distance learning due to COVID-19. According to a post on social media from the district the Hoven school district called off school Monday and Tuesday due to four cases of COVID-10 among its students. Plans are for the school to undergo a deep cleaning and have the elementary and pre-kindergarten kids back to class Wednesday, but grades 7 through 12 are online classes only until further notice. Pierre, Stanley County, Watertown and now Hoven have all gone to a form of distance learning due to COVID-19 over the last week.


State health officials give update on outbreak in Pierre correctional facility

(Dakota Radio Group News - Pierre, SD) Today’s (Sept. 21) update from the South Dakota Department of Health shows there are currently 154 active cases of COVID-19 in Hughes County-- 116 of them being inmates or staff at the State Women’s Prison in Pierre.

 

About one-fourth of the inmates have tested positive, but state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says “herd immunity” isn’t likely to happen at the facility.

 

 

 

 

According to the Mayo Clinic website, herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of it from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected, not just those who are immune.


State Health Secretary Kim Malsom-Rysdon says establishment of herd immunity is typically associated with mass vaccinations.

 

 

 

 

Clayton says herd immunity isn’t easily achieved in large populations.

 

 

 

 

But, Clayton says, there are still a lot of unknowns with COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

A statement from the Department of Corrections last week (Sept. 17) said infected individuals were put into isolation and close contacts are quarantined. Inmates in Pierre are not allowed to go out for work release or community service projects and itation and programming and contact with volunteers is suspended.

 

Inmates do have access to their tablets for phone calls and messaging and each
has been given two additional free phone calls per week. Video visitation is also
continuing.

 

A Department of Corrections spokesman also says all inmates are required to wear masks and DOC staff is placing an extra emphasis on proper hygiene, cleaning and hand washing. DOC is continuing to follow recommendations from the Department of Health and the Centers of Disease Control guidelines.

 

Since April, the number of DOC inmates and staff being tested have been posted

each weekday on the DOC website. The link to the page is on the homepage of the DOC website at https://doc.sd.gov/. The South Dakota Department of Health provides COVID-19 case data broken down by age, sex, race/ethnicity and county of residence at covid.sd.gov.

 

A statement from the Department of Corrections last week (Sept. 17) said inmates who have tested positive were moved to the Pierre Community Work Center, which is located east of the Women’s Prison. Inmates at PCWC who did not test positive were moved to the Women’s Prison. Inmates identified as close contacts are in quarantine at the Women’s Prison. 


Watertown city council votes to get rid of snow gates on snowplows

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) It should be a few months before the snow flies across our region, but snow removal was on the minds of Watertown’s Public Works, Finance and Safety Committee Monday.

 

They discussed the merits of using snowgates this winter.

 

They’re re designed to prevent a big ridge of snow from forming across the width of the end of driveways when snowplows come by.

 

Watertown has three of them, and used them in parts of the city last winter.

 

But because of equipment costs associated with using them, and the rate at which they slow down the snow removal process, the committee was nearly unanimous in support of doing away with them completely this winter.

 

Councilman Don Roby (roh-bee)….

 

 

 

 

 

The committee voted 8-1 to eliminate the use of snowgates in Watertown this upcoming winter.

 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 22nd, water will be off in the following ares to replace a water valve: 3rd Avenue SE between South Kline Street and South Arch Street and South Arch Street betweeen 3rd avenue and Fourth avenue SE and 4th avenue SE between South Arch Street and South State Street and South State Street between 3rd and 4th ave 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 most of the day. Work will be completed as soon as possbile.

 

 


Gov. Noem calls for special session of the legislature to discuss spending COVID-19 relief

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has called a special session of the state legislature to discuss spending federal COVID-19 relief funding. The legislature will meet Monday Oct. 5th and discuss how to spend the $1.25 billion in relief funds. The state has until December 30th to spend the money. $200 million has already been spent on city and county government operations. In broad terms Governor Noem has proposed offering $400 million in small business grants.


Watertown high school calls of school due to COVID-19

Watertown high school has announced it has suspended all in-person classes and activities for the remainder of the week due to COVID-19. This news comes after the Pierre School District and Stanely County have announced plans to move to distance learning for the time being. According to a post on social media from Watertwon Superintendent Jeff Danielsen, Watertown will be going online and activities canceled or postponed due to the number of COVID-19 positive cases. The school goes on to say it will release details on a possible return to in-person classes and activities alter this week.


Webster Drivers exam station announces extended hours

An additional day of service has been added at the Webster exam station to accommodate the needs of northeast South Dakota area residents who need to renew a driver’s license or identification card.

 

The exam station, located in the basement of the Day County Courthouse,  is currently open every Friday. From Sept. 22 through Oct. 27, the station will also be open every Tuesday. Hours of service will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by appointment only on those days. To make appointments at all exam stations call 605-773-6883.  

 

If you are eligible, the South Dakota Driver License program strongly encourages online renewal at https://dps.sd.gov in lieu of scheduling an appointment at exam stations. Renewing online allows eligible citizens to renew their driver’s license or identification card and skip the trip to a driver license exam station.   

 

The Driver Licensing Program is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. 


Emmy award list

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie

Jeremy Irons ("Watchmen")

Hugh Jackman ("Bad Education")

Paul Mescal ("Normal People")

Jeremy Pope ("Hollywood")

Mark Ruffalo ("I Know This Much Is True") *WINNER

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie


Cate Blanchett ("Mrs. America")

Shira Haas ("Unorthodox")

Regina King ("Watchmen") *WINNER

Octavia Spencer ("Self Made")

Kerry Washington ("Little Fires Everywhere")

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie


Dylan McDermott ("Hollywood")

Jim Parsons ("Hollywood")

Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend")

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ("Watchmen") *WINNER

Jovan Adepo ("Watchmen")

Louis Gossett Jr. ("Watchmen")

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie


Holland Taylor ("Hollywood")

Uzo Aduba ("Mrs. America") *WINNER

Margo Martindale ("Mrs. America")

Tracey Ullman ("Mrs. America")

Toni Collette ("Unbelievable")

Jean Smart ("Watchmen")

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series


Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish")

Don Cheadle ("Black Monday")

Ted Danson ("The Good Place")

Michael Douglas ("The Kominsky Method")

Eugene Levy ("Schitt's Creek") *WINNER

Ramy Youssef ("Ramy")

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series


Christina Applegate ("Dead to Me")

Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

Linda Cardellini ("Dead to Me")

Catherine O'Hara ("Schitt's Creek") *WINNER

Issa Rae ("Insecure")

Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish")

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine")

William Jackson Harper ("The Good Place")

Alan Arkin ("The Kominsky Method")

Sterling K. Brown ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

Tony Shalhoub ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

Mahershala Ali ("Ramy")

Kenan Thompson ("Saturday Night Live")

Dan Levy ("Schitt's Creek") *WINNER

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Betty Gilpin ("GLOW")

D'Arcy Carden ("The Good Place")

Yvonne Orji ("Insecure")

Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

Marin Hinkle ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live")

Cecily Strong ("Saturday Night Live")

Annie Murphy ("Schitt's Creek") *WINNER

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series


Jason Bateman ("Ozark")

Sterling K. Brown ("This Is Us")

Steve Carell ("The Morning Show")

Brian Cox ("Succession")

Billy Porter ("Pose")

Jeremy Strong ("Succession") *WINNER

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Jennifer Aniston ("The Morning Show")

Olivia Colman ("The Crown")

Jodie Comer ("Killing Eve")

Laura Linney ("Ozark")

Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve")

Zendaya ("Euphoria") *WINNER

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul")

Bradley Whitford ("The Handmaid's Tale")

Billy Crudup ("The Morning Show") *WINNER

Mark Duplass ("The Morning Show")

Nicholas Braun ("Succession")

Kieran Culkin ("Succession")

Matthew Macfadyen ("Succession")

Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld")

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Laura Dern ("Big Little Lies")

Meryl Streep ("Big Little Lies")

Helena Bonham Carter ("The Crown")

Samira Wiley ("The Handmaid's Tale")

Fiona Shaw ("Killing Eve")

Julia Garner ("Ozark") *WINNER

Sarah Snook ("Succession")

Thandie Newton ("Westworld")

Outstanding reality/competition series


"The Masked Singer"

"Nailed It"

"RuPaul's Drag Race" *WINNER

"Top Chef"

"The Voice"

Outstanding variety talk series


"Daily Show with Trevor Noah"

"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"

"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" *WINNER

"Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Outstanding limited Series


"Little Fires Everywhere"

"Mrs. America"

"Unbelievable"

"Unorthodox"

"Watchmen" *WINNER

Outstanding comedy series


"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Dead to Me"

"The Good Place"

"Insecure"

"The Kominsky Method"

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

"Schitt's Creek" *WINNER

"What We Do in the Shadows"

Outstanding drama series


"Better Call Saul"

"The Crown"

"The Handmaid's Tale"

"Killing Eve"

"The Mandalorian"

"Ozark"

"Stranger Things"

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Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:30am on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 water will be off in the following areas to replace a water valve: South Grand Street from Goodrich to Prospect  And  South Prospect Avenue from Wells to Grand.

 

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.


 


Name released of Mobridge teen killed in accident last weekend

A Mobridge juvenile has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night in Mobridge.

 

A 1997 Ford F50 pickup was southbound on 10th Avenue West when the female driver, 16, lost control of the pickup. The vehicle flipped.

 

Emily Holzer, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 15-year-old male passenger suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to the Mobridge hospital and then airlifted to a Fargo, N.D., hospital. A 16-year-old female passenger sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Mobridge hospital.

 

Both the driver and the male passenger were thrown from the vehicle. None of the three occupants were wearing seat belts. The two other occupants also were from Mobridge.

 

South Dakota’s 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.

 


Suspect in Watertown killing enters no guilty plea

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) A Watertown man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of Second Degree Murder. Forty year-old Jeremiah Peacemaker is accused of killing 28 year-old Kendra Owen at her Watertown residence.

 

Owen’s body was found the evening of September 2 nd . Police said it appeared she had been dead for several days. Peacemaker was arrested the following morning. At a press briefing announcing Peacemaker’s arrest, Watertown Police Detective Sergeant Chad Stahl said there were numerous signs of trauma on Owen’s body. An autopsy was conducted, but a cause of death has not been announced.


Defense attorney Scott Bratland says Peacemaker entered his not guilty plea during a court hearing Wednesday. His jury trial is scheduled to begin on January 28, 2021.

 

He remains in jail on $1 million cash-only bond. Police have not described in detail the relationship between the suspect and victim, only saying that they appeared to be, “recent acquaintances.”


Pierre T.F. Riggs school board meets to discuss COVID-19 outbreak

(Dakota Radio Group News - Pierre, SD) The Pierre School Board has approved a plan to move T.F. Riggs High School to a
hybrid schedule starting Monday (Sept. 21), but schedules for the middle and grade
schools will remain normal.


Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus outlined the details in a special board meeting today.

 

 

 

 

 

As of today (Sept. 18), 18 high school students have active cases of COVID-19 and five
others have recovered. Supt. Dr. Kelly Glodt says many more students are in quarantine
because they were close contacts of the positive cases. He says so far, no staff
members have tested positive.


Mutchelknaus says accommodations will be made for Pierre High School students who
don’t have internet access at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Mutchelknaus says school having been in session for several weeks already should be
an advantage because staff and students have had time to make a connection.

 

 

 

 

 

Each of the school board members also expressed extreme disappointment in the low
number of high school students who wear a mask at school. The Pierre School District’s
current policy is that masks are “strongly recommended.” Board members said they
didn’t want to mandate masks because that puts another task on teachers, but they will
consider a mandate if necessary.


Earlier this week, the school announced all Riggs High School activities through Monday
have been either postponed or canceled. Next week’s Homecoming festivities have been
postponed until the week of Oct. 12.


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passes away

United State Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away at the age of 87.  Ginsberg passed away due to complications with metastic pancreas cancer.  Ginsburg was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and has been the most senior member on the court for several years.  

 

Ginsburg had suffered from five bouts of cancer during her life, most recently recurring in early 2020.  


Former state lawmaker Lynne DiSanto in court on false accusation charges

Former South Dakota state Senator, Lynn DiSanto of Rapid City is in court for allegedly falsely reporting domestic abuse in her personal life. DiSanto appeared before the seventh circuit court this week for fals reporting to alw enforcement, a series of physical and verbal altercations between her and ex-husband Mark DiSanto.


Absentee voting begins in South Dakota today

Absentee voting will begin today across the state of South Dakota. Brown County Auditor Cathy McNickle tells the Aberden America News approximately 4,400 ballots will be put in the mail. Absentee voters can request a ballot by mail or stop by their local auditor office to vote in person. Be sure to bring your photo ID if you plan to cast a ballot.


Pierre T.F. Riggs high school cancels classes due to COVID-19

Not only are extra curricular activities canceled in Pierre, but all classes have now been canceled after an outbreak of COVID-19 has shook the school. Pierre T.F. Riggs announced Thursday there would be no classes in session Friday Sept. 18th. In a statement issued by Rigg's principal Kevin Mutchelknaus, the rate of indivudals who have tested positive has greatly increased over the past few days. The number of students how are having to quarantine due to bein gidentified as a close contact is in the hundreds. All elementary and middle schools in Pierre are scheduled to operate normally.


Dan Ahlers wants to take his business knowledge to Washington as a US Senator

Dan Ahlers is running to serve as one of South Dakota's two US Senators, looking to defeat Republican incumbent Mike Rounds. Ahlers is a businessman from Dell Rapids who has also served six years in the South Daktoa legislature, under governor Rounds and governor Daugaard.

 

Ahlers says he is running to work with Republicans and Democrats to get things done...

 

 

 

 

 

Ahlers is running as a Democrat, but says his business background gives him a lot of qualities people often escribe to Republicans. Qualities like fiscal responsibility and business acumen. He says those things set him apart from Senator Rounds...

 

 

 

 

Ahlers admitted when he chose to run for the United States Senate, COVID-19 was not part of the decision. Since the pandemic hit, he has had to adjust his campaign strategy. He considers himself a retail politicians, acutally getting out and talking to people, so its been a hard adjustment...

 

 

 

 

 

Constituents can learn more about Dan Ahlers by visiting danahlers.com or following him on social media.

 

 

 

 


Brown county Democrats to host meet and greet with candidates Today

Brown County Democrats will hold a meet and greet with its local candidates for office and US Senate Candidate Dan Ahlers.  The event will be Thursday September 17th at Wiley Park Shelter A  from  5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Walking tacos will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m. and a free will donation will be taken.  Masks are encouraged at the event. 

 

Scheduled Speakers:
Dan Ahlers, US Senate Candidate
Susan Wismer, D1 State Senate Incumbent Candidate
Steven McCleerey, D1 State House Incumbent Candidate
Jennifer Keintz, D1 State House Candidate
Justin Roemmick, D3 State House Candidate
Leslie McLaughlin, D3 State House Candidate
Mike Nehls, Brown County Commissioner Candidate

 


Rogue garter snake causes power outage for over 3,000 people in Aberdeen

Over 3,300 Northestern Energy customers in Aberdeen went without power for approximately an hour Wednesday. According to a post on the companies Facebook page, a bird dropping a 3-foot-long garter snake into a substation caused the outage. Crews responded and were able to restore service. According to the post the snake survived the ordeal, but was injured.

 


Eureka cancels classes due to COVID-19

The Eureka School District canceled school Wednesday for deep cleaning after the school experienced its first case of COVID-19. According to Eureka Superintendent Nick Weismantel, the school district handles each COVID-19 diagnosis on a case-by-case basis, but because of the timing in this case, the district had no choice but to cancel classes.

 


Teen killed in single-vehicle Mobridge accident

One person was killed Tuesday night in a Walworth county fatal crash. According to the Department of Public Safety, the incident involved one vehicle and killed a teenager who was driving the vehilce. The other teen passanger was injured in the incident. The vehicle was southbound on 10th avenue west in Mobridge when the driver, a 16-year-old girl lost control flipping the vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the 15-year-old male passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and was ultimately air lifted to Fargo. The driver and male passenger were flung from the vehicle, neither was wearing a seatbelt.


Dinosaur discovered in South Dakota up for auction in London

One of the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons is set to be auctioned off in early October at the famous British Auction house “Christie's.” The dinosaur has become known by the name “Stan” and was discovered in South Dakota in 1987 by amateur palentologist Stan Sacrison. After Sacrison brought the fossils to the Black Hills Institute of Geological research, an official expedition was launched to find the rest of the bones. In all 188 of an estimated 300 total bones were recovered in the dig.

 


SD DOT reminding election signs not allowed on state highway right of ways

The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights of way.
 
“With election season upon us, election signs are showing up along the state’s roadways,” says Kristi Sandal, public information officer. “Illegal signs create a safety hazard and may distract motorists from seeing important regulatory or directional signing.” 
 
The use of right of way is reserved for official highway signage. All signs in the right of way that are not required for traffic control, as authorized by law (SDCL 31-28-14), are prohibited and will be removed by SDDOT crews as they see them or as they are reported. Attempts to contact the owner of the signs to pick them up will be made.

Municipal ordinances regulating placement and removal of campaign signs within towns and cities do not have precedence over state jurisdiction and supervision of state highway rights of way within municipalities.
 


Smoke from west coast fires seen in the Black Hills

(KOTA - Rapid City, SD) The Black Hills have started to feel the burn from the Western Wildfires, as a blanket of smoke has dropped a haze over Rapid City.

 

Lt. Jim Bussell said the smoke in the air is directly connected to the fires on the west coast, and that it won’t go away any time soon.

 

 

 

 

Firefighters like Lt. Tim Weaver have highlighted fire mitigation and defense to residents living in at-risk areas.

 

 

 

 

The loss of life and cost of property damaged by the western wildfires continues to rise day over day, particularly in hard hit Oregon and California.
 


49-year-old man killed near Ipswich in farm equipment accident

Authorities say one person is dead after an accident involving farm equpiment in northeast South Dakota. According to the Department of Public Safety, a 49-year-old man died when the tractor/sprayer he was driving collided with a deer and lost control. The man was west bound on a gravel road northwest of Ipswich. The name of the victim has not officially been released by officials. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.


Mina woman identified in Brown County fatal crash

Officials have released the name of a Mina woman killed in a two-vehicle accident in northern Brown county Friday. 57-year-old Paula Kleinsasser was killed Friday morning when she was driving a minivan near Columbia and failed to stop at a stop sign. She was then struck by a sem-truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the semi was hospitalized with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and no one else was involved in the crash.


Governor and Sec. of Public Safety tight lipped on Ravnsborg case

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and state Pubilc Safety Secretary Craig Price spoke to the media Tuesday about the situation involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg hitting a man with his truck, killing him Saturday. Gov. Noem and Secretary Price did not divulge much new information, saying they could not do so because the incident remains under investigaiton. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is leading the investigation along with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The victim's body 55-year-old Joseph Boever of Highmore has been taken to Ramey County Minnesota where an autopsy will be conducted because the South Dakota state corernor is currently unavailable. There is no timeline for a release of the investigations findings.


EPA denies request to forgo ethanol requirements in gasoline

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a group of petroleum refiners requests in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make.  The move is considered a victory for farmers who have been lobbying the Trump administration not to allow these waivers.  The waivers were originally created to help small refineries, but were taken advantage of by larger companies in an attempt to cut costs. 


Obituaries identify victims killed in small plane accident near Groton Sunday

Obituaries from Furness Funeral Home in Clark confirm the two victims killed in a plane crash near Groton Sunday.  According to the home’s website Doug and Tina Hansen of Clark were killed when the small plane they were in crashed near the Groton Airport Sunday around 11:00 a.m.


Man removed by police from Mitchell School Board meeting for refusing to wear a mask

(KORN - Mitchell, SD) Police escorted a Mitchell man from Monday’s school board meeting for refusing to wear a face mask required by the district. Reed Bender refused board president Deb Olson’s request several times. Superintendent Joe Graves called Mitchell Police. Bender refused the officers request and became combative when they attempted to remove him….

 

 

 

 

He was taken outside the building. No arrest was made. No one was hurt.

 

A group of parents attending the meeting argued the board should rescind its mask requirement for a variety of reasons. The board took no action on their request.


Ravnsborg releases his account of an accident he was involved in that left one person dead

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has released a statement giving his account of the accident he was involved in that left one person dead. 

 

According to Ravnsborg, he had not been drinking at the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield and was returning home when he struck something with his vehicle outside Highmore.  He believed he hit something and contacted Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek. 

 

The two searched the ditch but found no evidence of the something hit.  Ravnsborg left the scene with a car provided by Sheriff Volek and returned to the scene the following morning, discovering the body of the victim 55-year-old Joseph Boever.  Ravnsborg then contacted the sheriff about the body.

 

The family of  the victim is seeking answers about the investigation.  Boever's cousin, former state lawmaker Victor Nemec who identified the body to authorities, says the state is being "tight-lipped" about the investigation.   

 


One person killed in grain bin accident near Estelline

One person died Friday in a grain bin accident in Northeast South Dakota.  According to the Hamlin county sheriff’s office, officers responded to reports of a man trapped in a grain bin, sinking in the grain.  The incident occurred near Estelline.  Upon arrival first responders found the man dead.  It took approximately an hour to recover the body from the grain.  The name of the victim as not released, but he was identified as a 21-year-old Estelline man. 


Road closures planned for Monday and Tuesday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. today the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  8th Avenue NE from North Roosevelt Street to BC 19.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 

 

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 16th the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  North Roosevelt Street from Milwaukee Avenue to 8th avenue NE.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Chamber announces "lighting contest" to be held Dec. 2nd

The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce’s Enhance Aberdeen Committee invites all Aberdeen businesses to participate in their annual holiday lighting & decorating contest.  Both inside and outside decorations will be considered, as long as the display is visible from the street. Now is the time to plan for decorating in October or November. Judging will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd – in a drive-by format – and the winner will be announced at the Chamber’s Community Christmas Celebration on December 10th.

 

The committee believes a project like this is especially important this year and encourages businesses to rally around creating a festive atmosphere in our community to give everyone some much-needed light at the end of this year.

 

This is the 6th year of the contest. Past winners include Northern Valley Cooperative, Malchow’s Home Furnishings, Calvary Chapel Community Church, Anthony Jewelers and Aberdeen Housing Authority. To submit a business for consideration, call the Chamber at 605-225-2860 or email info@aberdeen-chamber.com.

 


One person killed, another injured in Brown county fatal crash

One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning west of Columbia.

 

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

 

A 2013 Dodge Journey was northbound on 391st Avenue when it failed to stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection with 123rd Street. The vehicle was struck in the intersection by a 2005 Peterbilt Conventional 379 semi-truck and trailer, which was westbound on 123rd Steet.

 

The 57-year-old female driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene. The 41-year-old male driver of the semi-truck received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was airlifted to an Aberdeen hospital.

 

Both drivers 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.

 


Aberdeen man to serve suspended prison sentence on statutory rape charges

An Aberdeen man has been sentenced on charges of solicitation and statutory rape. According to the Aberdeen American News, 20-year-old Thomas Sederquist pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of a minor and felony statutory rape in Brown County. He has been sentenced to five years suspended prison sentence and eight year suspended sentence on the statutory rape charges. He originally faced three charges of statutory rape, admitted to one count as part of a plea agreement.


Plan crash near Groton kills one Sunday

Authorities have confirmed two people involved in a plane crash accident near Groton Sunday. According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department the plane went down near the Groton Airport around 11:00 a.m. One person on board was airlifted to an Aberdeen hospital while the other was pronounced dead. The incident remains under investigation; no further details were immediately released.


Senator Rounds comments on Trump admitting to downplaying COVID-19 severity

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) President Trump told journalist Bob Woodward in March he publicly downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus as it spread around the world to avoid a panic.

 

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says those comments are now being viewed with the benefit of hindsight...

 

 

 

 

Rounds says the President’s actions didn’t slow down the federal response to the pandemic...

 

 

 

Rounds says the President has been very responsive when he has asked for assistance for the state...

 

 

 

Rounds says the President took action early on when he limited travel from China and Europe in February and March in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.


Pierre man identified in fatal Hughes county crash

A Pierre man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash in Pierre.

 

A 2004 Honda Odyssey was northbound when the vehicle went over the curb and hit a tree.

 

The driver, 42-year-old Aaron Clark, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

 

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.


Rep. Johnson talks about the post office in recent trip to Aberdeen

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson visited Aberdeen this week to honor a number of northeast South Dakota veterans.  During his visit Johnson spoke on a host of issues the nation currently faces.

 

The post office, which is constitutionally obligated to serve all Americans, has become a partisan issue ahead of the 2020 general election.  Johnson says he supports the post office and wants to work in good faith with Democrats in congress to sure up its service…

 

 

 

 

The Post Office Accountability act passed in 2006 has recently come under scrutiny as the post office struggles to deal with massive amounts of debt.  Johnson says he supports adjusting rules and regulations put on the post office by congress in an effort to “right-size” them…

 

 

 

 

Johnson says he supports mail in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  He says voters should have confidence in the post office’s abilities to process an abundance of ballots this November…

 


Gov. Noem orders flags at half staff in honor of Sept. 11th anniversary

Governor Kristi Noem today ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sundown on Friday, September 11, 2020 in honor of Patriot Day.

 

President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed that September 11 is to be recognized as Patriot Day and that flags be lowered to half-staff nationwide. He has also asked for the observance of a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 am ET (7:46 am CT/6:46 am MT) in honor of the brave victims who perished during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.


Smithfield Foods fined by OSHA

Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls has been fined by OSHA, the federal oversight workers safety board for failing to protect its employees from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fine was for $13,494.  1,294 Smithfield employees contracted COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 and four employees died as a result of contracting the virus.  The pork processing plant was the largest COVID hotbed in the country before it finally closed its doors April 12th to try and get the virus under control.  Smithfield Foods has released a statement calling the fine without merit. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. today water will be off intermittently in the following area:  Dick Drive from 15th avenue SE to 17th Avenue SE and 15th Avenue SE from Dick Drive to South Dakota Street.  Water will be on and off during the day while works is completed.  The public works department suggests residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use. 


Congress to vote on legalizing marijuana this month

Congress has announced plans to vote on a bill this month which would federally decriminalize marijuana.  The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the controlled substance act and eliminate criminal penalties for anyone who manufactures, distributes or possesses marijuana.  It also calls for a five percent tax on marijuana products and give people with marijuana related convictions a chance to expunge those records. 


Groton updates indoor mask policy

The Groton School board voted Monday to change its mask policy for indoor school activities.  Originally, the board voted to mandate mask usage for indoor school activities.  Now mask  usage is no longer mandatory but strongly recommended.  The goal of the policy is to help deter the spread of COVID-19.  Groton superintendent John Schwan tells the Aberdeen American News, difficulty enforcing compliance with the mandate, along with public concern brought the school board around to reviewing the policy. 


Groton updates indoor mask policy

The Groton School board voted Monday to change its mask policy for indoor school activities.  Originally, the board voted to mandate mask usage for indoor school activities.  Now mask  usage is no longer mandatory but strongly recommended.  The goal of the policy is to help deter the spread of COVID-19.  Groton superintendent John Schwan tells the Aberdeen American News, difficulty enforcing compliance with the mandate, along with public concern brought the school board around to reviewing the policy. 


Gov. Noem outlines $400 million in COVID-19 relief for small business

Today, Governor Kristi Noem laid out a framework for up to $400 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist South Dakota’s small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“South Dakota is in a good spot as we rebound from COVID-19, but some of our small businesses were still hurt by this pandemic,” said Governor Noem. “These folks are the lifeblood of our communities and economy. When I asked folks to adjust their way of life to help us flatten the curve, South Dakotans exercised their personal responsibility and responded. That adjustment significantly impacted the day-to-day operations, customer traffic, and supply chains of a number of small business owners across our state. It’s my hope that this proposal will help folks stay open and overcome the unprecedented times we’ve faced these last several months. I’m looking forward to discussing it with the legislature.”

 

Under Governor Noem’s proposal, businesses would qualify for this grant if they are located in South Dakota, have at least $50,000 in gross revenue in 2019, and have had a reduction in business of at least 25% between March and May as a result of COVID-19. The calculation for “reduction in business” can be found here.

 

The proposed application period for the program would open on October 12 and close on October 23. Grants would be rewarded once all applications are received. Following the initial reward period, a second allocation of funds would be considered if additional funds are still available. Under current federal law, all funds must be distributed by December 30, 2020.  Grants would be awarded up to $100,000 per qualifying business.


State health officials deny report showing Sturgis served as "super spreader event."

South Dakota health officials are dismissing a report from the IZA Institute which claims the Sturgis  motorcycle rally served as a covid-19 “Super spreader event.  IZa is an economic research institute and think tank located in Bonn Germany, which produced a 63 page paper on the matter and claims over 250,000 reported COVID cases between August 2nd and September 2nd are due to Sturgis.  That is 19 percent of the nation’s cases during that time.  State Epidemologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says the study is a white paper and is not peer reviewed and that the impacts from the rally do not align with what the authors found.  

 

You can read the paper's findings by following this link. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday September 9th, water will be off sporadically in the following area:  Royal Road from 15th avenue SE to 17th Avenue SE.  Water will be on and off during the day while work is being completed.  The Public Works Department suggests that residents in the affected area collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  According to the Public Works Department, B&B construction had to push the project from Tuesday to today. 


Daktronics announces 100 employees cut due to COVID-19

Daktronics, a major Brookings-based technology company has announced it will be cutting more than 100 employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daktronics is known both regionally and nationally for its scoreboards seen in gymnasiums small and large. The cuts went into effect last week and according to a statement from Daktronics, represent less than four percent of the company’s workforce. The cuts are not concentrated in Brookings, but rather will occur across the United States and Canada. This is the second major reduction in workforce Daktronics has announced in 2020, with 100 more employees being cut in May.


Rep. Dusty Johnson to be in Aberdeen Tuesday

South Dakota congressman Dusty Johnson will be in Aberdeen today to honor several Vietnam Veterans. Johnson will be honoring seven veterans, six from Aberdeen and one from Conde with a commemorative lapel pin ceremony. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Aberdeen Regional airport War Memorial at 123 South Lincoln Street.


Name released in Union County fatal crash

A Sioux Falls, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Beresford.

 

A 2001 Ford Explorer was northbound on Interstate 29 when it left the road, entered the median and rolled.

 

John Diremiggio, the 38-year-old driver, was thrown from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

That area of Interstate 29 was closed two hours for the crash investigation.

 

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.


Suspect arrested in Watertown homicide case

Police in Watertown have arrested a man suspected to be involved in a dead body found in a Watertown home Wednesday.  Police have identified the deceased as 28-year-old Kendra Owens.  40-year-old Jeremiah Peacemaker has been arrested in connection to the death and face second-degree murder charges.  Police say Peacemaker and Owen knew each other, but not for very long prior to her death.  Police say Owen’s body was likely in the home for several days before police discovered it during a welfare check.  An autopsy will be conducted to rule cause of death. 


Aberdeen Chamber cancels Business After Hours in September and October

The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce has announced it has canceled its next two “Business After Hour” mixers scheduled for September 10th and October 8th.  The November mixer scheduled for Nov. 12th is still scheduled to go on as planned.  The events have been canceled as COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the state and in Brown County.  As of Friday morning active cases in Brown County are at 144. 


Gov. Noem announces $75 million in CARES act money for schools

Kristi Noem today announced that public and private schools in South Dakota will receive an additional $75 million, or $500 per student, in new funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).

 

“I appreciate the great work our schools are doing to ensure kids are back in the classroom this fall,” said Governor Noem. “We expect this additional funding will help schools continue to tackle challenges related to COVID-19. It’s crucial that our students are in the classroom this year, and we are grateful to the Trump administration for giving us the flexibility to help make that happen.”

 

The new funding is pursuant to yesterday’s updated guidance from the United States Department of Treasury. The CRF was created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The new guidance also means that tribal governments can choose to make a similar payment to tribal and BIE schools.

 

The CARES Act provided $1.25 billion in funding to the state of South Dakota, and the new funding will come out of that allotment. South Dakota’s K-12 schools also received $41 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary & Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Funds. An additional $5.7 million will be awarded from the Governor’s Emergency Relief Funds at a future date.


Senator Mike Rounds wife Jean to undergo surgery on tumor

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and his wife, Jean, today provided the following update on Jean’s cancer treatment:

 

This week, Mike and Jean traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a scheduled 90-day checkup. After several days of testing, a malignancy was found in the same spot that Jean’s sarcoma was located. As a result, Friday morning she will undergo a surgical procedure, known as an ablation, to remove the malignancy.

 

“As any family who has gone through a cancer diagnosis knows, post-treatment checkups are critical,” said Mike and Jean. “While this is not the news we had hoped for, we are thankful the doctors discovered the malignancy at an early stage. Jean’s doctors are confident tomorrow’s procedure will be a success.”

 

“We continue to be grateful for the support and prayers of so many throughout this difficult time. Please keep the prayers coming!”

 

In May of 2019, Jean was diagnosed with a malignant, high-grade, aggressive tumor near her sciatic nerve—a sarcoma. She underwent six rounds of chemo, surgery to remove the remaining portion of her tumor, and radiation treatment, which was completed in February. 


Sobriety checkpoints announced for September

South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has released the September sobriety checkpoint list which calls for 19 checkpoints to be done in 15 counties statewide.

 

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

 

September checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Codington, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jackson, Kingsbury, Lincoln, Lyman, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington and Walworth.

 

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

 


Police in Watertown investigating dead body found in home

(KXLG - Watertown, SD) The Watertown Police Department and Special Agents of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are continuing their investigation into a suspicious death of a female that occurred inside a residence in the 300 block of North Broadway Street Wednesday night.

 

Captain Steve Rehorst of the Watertown Police Department says the call came in at 6:15PM Wednesday for officers to perform a welfare check at a residence….

 

 

 

 

Police have remained on-scene throughout the evening conducting their investigation.  The 300 block of Broadway Street was blocked off by numerous police vehicles.   

 

Rehorst says police are looking for anyone that has any information concerning the death of the female to come forward and notify them….

 

 

 

 

Rehorst said the manner of death will be determined, however that is still under investigation as they try and determine if foul play was involved.  He said the South Dakota DCI has been called into to assist with additional resources to aid in the investigation.  Rehorst said, “at this time” there is no reason to believe the public is in danger….

 

 

 

Rehorst says more information will be released as it becomes available.


Man identified killed in torandic storm Sunday

The lone victim killed in a tornadic storm Sunday has been identified.  According to the Luce Funeral home obituary, 73-year-old Paul D. Nelson of Gettysburg died Sunday when he was driving his RV through Hand County and was intercepted by the tornado.  He was southbound on State highway 45 about 13 miles north of Miller.  The Tornado has been graded an EF-2 according to the National Weather Service in Aberdeen with peak winds of 120 miles per hour.  Nelson was born in Aberdeen in 1947 according to the Obituary. 


Dept. of Revenue reports $1.3 million in tax revenue brought in during Sturgis

The State Department of Revenue has released numbers from the Sturgis Motorcycle rally showing how much money in taxes was collected in the 10 day period.  According to the Department, South Dakota took in more than $1.3 million, a six percent increase compared to 2019.  The report also shows more than half of the taxes collected were state sales taxes.  Approximately 250,000 people were expected to attend the rally despite COVID-19, and visitors actually outperformed those numbers.  An estimated 250 infections of COVID-19 in 12 states have been linked to Sturgis. 


Road Closures planned for Aberdeen Tuesday

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday Sept. 1st, the following roads will be closed to thru traffic for storm sewer replacement:  Railroad Avenue SW from S. 1st Street to S. 3rd Street and S. 3rd Street from 1st Avenue SW to Railroad Ave SW.  Crews will be working through the week – roads will be closed during the day while work is ongoing and reopened in the evenings.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes while work is being completed.  If you have questions you can contact the Public works Department at 626-7010. 


Former state lawmaker Alfred Waltman passes away

Former state legislator Alfred “Al” Waltman of rural Aberdeen passed away Sunday at the age of 89.  Waltman served in the South Dakota House of representatives from 1987 to 2000, serving as a Democrat.  Waltman also served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and was a farmer and rancher by trade.  Waltman and his wife Sally had 10 children.  He passed away in his home near Wetonka. 


Gov. Noem calls for extension to spend CARES act $900 million

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is calling on the federal government to extend the deadline to spend the $900 million left unspent by the state of South Dakota from the initial passing of the CARES act to help relief the state of COVID-19 costs.  According to the law passed by congress, states are required to spend the money on COVID-19 related costs by December 31st.  Governor Noem is asking for more time so the state legislature can convene in January during its regularly scheduled session to help decide where the money should go.  In all, the state was given $1.25 billion to offset COVID costs.  So far $200 million has been allocated to cities and counties and $100 million has gone to support the state’s unemployment fun d. 


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