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Local News Archives for 2021-04

Gov. Noem names Pierre Attorney Aaron Scheibe as next chief of staff

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will name Aaron Scheibe as her chief of staff.  

 

“Aaron Scheibe is a dedicated public servant with years of experience in state government,” said Governor Noem. “Aaron has a deep love for our state, and I appreciate his willingness to serve in this important role.”

 

Scheibe, an attorney, will leave his private legal practice to join the Governor’s Office. He previously served in Noem’s administration in 2019 as a senior policy advisor, working in policy areas including public safety, transportation, tribal relations, and energy. Prior to that, Scheibe served from 2014-19 as deputy commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and from 2002-13 as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.  

 

“I am honored the Governor has asked me to rejoin her administration at this crucial time,” said Scheibe.  “I look forward to working with the Governor’s team, her cabinet secretaries and their dedicated staff, and the Legislature to ensure South Dakota is an example of responsible, and responsive, government for years to come.” 

 

A Pierre native, Scheibe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Washington University School of Law. He and his wife, Laura, live in Pierre with their two sons.  

 

Scheibe will assume his new role on May 1.  


Senator Thune questions re-election in 2022

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Some national political publications have speculated that South Dakota Senator John Thune may not run for reelection next year.

 

Thune says he is doing the necessary preparation for another run...

 

 

 

 

Thune says he doesn’t want to get into campaign mode too quickly...

 

 

 

 

Thune says it may be difficult for republicans to regain control of the Senate next year...

 

 

 

Thune was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

 


SD supreme court to hear Amendment A case April 28th

The South Dakota Supreme court Wednesday announced it would hear the case regarding Amendment A.  Amendment A was passed by 54 percent of the voters last November and would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older.  Governor Kristi Noem, through highway Patrol Colonel Rick Miller and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom took the amendment to court calling it unconstitutional and a circuit court judge sided with them.  The case will go before the supreme court April 28th at 10:00 a.m.

 


Country music star Eric Church to perform in Sioux Falls

Country music star Eric Church is coming to Sioux Falls to perform at the Denny Sandford PREMIER Center, on January 8th, 2022 as part of his 53 cities North American tour.

 

This show is part of his “Gather Again Tour” which kicks off this fall with Church touring 53 cities.

 

Church stated the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously through vaccinations with him stating the only way to get back to normal is through taking vaccines.

 

He stated that he just wants to play shows and does not care about your politics, “I just want to play shows,” Church Said. “Politics’ job is to divide – that’s how you win elections. Those things that unite us are music and sports. The times when, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or whatever, you throw your arm around the person next to you. We need that. I need that.”

 

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 7th a.m. local time at www.EricChurch.com.  


Road closures planned for Thursday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Thursday April 8th the following road will be closed to thru traffic for utility work: 19th street north from Spruce Drive to 16th avenue Northwest.  Work is expected to last all day Thursday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Name released in fatal accident near Goodwin, SD

A Melrose, MN man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Goodwin.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 1992 GMC Conventional fertilizer truck was northbound on 467th Avenue at the intersection of 166th Street when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled.

 

Aaron Kroshus, who was the 33-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

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

 

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


Gov. Noem chief of staff Tony Venhuizen named to state board of regents

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tony Venhuizen to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Venhuizen will succeed Kevin Schieffer of Sioux Falls, whose tenure on the Board ended in March. He will depart his role as Noem's chief of staff in late April, and his appointment will be effective at that time.

 

“Tony has been an incredible asset to our team, and he will be missed. I am so grateful for his leadership and service to the people of our state," said Governor Noem. "His institutional knowledge and experience will be an asset to the Board of Regents, and I look forward to working with him in this new role.“ 

 

Venhuizen is a graduate of Armour High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and his law degree from the University of South Dakota. Venhuizen has served as Noem's chief of staff since April 2020, after having served in her office as a senior advisor. Prior to that, he served for eight years in the administration of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, including more than four years as chief of staff. 

 

"It has been an honor to serve with Gov. Noem and her team over the past year, especially as our state confronted the COVID pandemic," said Venhuizen. "I always intended for my return to the Governor's Office to be for the short-term, and I am particularly honored that Gov. Noem has asked me to return to the Board of Regents."

 

Venhuizen served previously on the Board of Regents from 2003-08, having been appointed three times by Gov. Mike Rounds as the board's student member. He has served on the Board's academic and finance committees and on three presidential search committees. While in the Governor's Office, Venhuizen spent more than eight years as education policy advisor. He chaired the Council on Higher Education Policy Goals, Performance and Accountability and the Open Government Task Force. Venhuizen also served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the DakotaCorps Scholarship Board.

 

Venhuizen lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Sara, and their three children. 


Fire destroys home on Cottonwood Lake

A house fire on Cottonwood Lake led to the complete loss of the structure on Saturday.  According to Spink County emergency manager Larry Tebben the garage of the home started on fire first and ultimately took the whole house. 

 

Fire crews on scene were able to save other homes close to the fire.  Four fire departments were involved in the fight including Tulare, Redfield city, Redfield rural and Wessington. 

 

No injuries were reported in the incident.  Scanner reports indicated ammunition stored in garage was going off due to the fire keeping crews away for a time, though that was not confirmed by authorities. 


Gov. Noem talks potential for a special session

(Dakota Radio Group News - Pierre, SD) South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has said she will call state lawmakers back to Pierre in late May or early June for a special legislative session.

 

She says they need to determine how to divvy up money from the most recent federal economic stimulus plan.

 

 

 

 

Noem also wants legislators to work out regulations for medical marijuana ahead of the July 1, 2021, legalization date in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

The Governor is also hoping legislators will pass a law prohibiting transgender women and girls from participating in female sports activities in South Dakota.

 

 

 

 

But, Noem says, what does or doesn’t get talked about at the special session isn’t up to her.

 

 


Brookings man identified as fatality in accident last week near Volga

A Brookings, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Volga.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2016 Honda Civic LX was southbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and rolled.

 

Donald Adams, 57, was the driver and only occupant. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Both the time of the crash and seat belt use are under investigation.

 

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

 

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


Aberdeen man faces charges after Friday evening accident

An Aberdeen man has been charged with grand theft auto, hit and run resulting in an injury, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and having an open container after an incident Friday night.  According to the Aberdeen Police Department 24-year-old Braden Wilkinson was northbound on Norht Kline Street when he failed to stop at the intersection with eighth avenue northeast and struck another vehicle driven by 18-year-old Paige Larson of Aberdeen.  She would later check herself into a hospital due to injuries suffered.  Larson’s vehicle came to a stop in the intersection while Wilkinson’s pickup stopped in a yard on Kline Street. 


Judge allows defense motion in potential death penalty case against Watertown man

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) A judge has granted a defense motion in the death penalty-eligible case of a Watertown man.

 

A motions hearing was held recently for 41 year-old Jeremiah Martin Peacemaker, who was indicted by a Grand Jury on First Degree Murder charges in the killing of 28 year-old Kendra Owen in Watertown last fall.

 

The state now has until April 30th to inform the judge and Defense Attorney Scott Bratland on whether they'll seek the death penalty if Peacemaker is convicted.

 

The only other sentencing option upon conviction would be life in prison.

Owen was found dead in her Watertown residence on September 2nd.

Peacemaker is set to go on trial October 18th. 


Fire crews respond to house fire in north Aberdeen Sunday

Fire crews in Aberdeen responded to a large house fire Sunday night just after 10:00 p.m. The fire started at 1211 24th ave NE near Holgate Middle School and affected the house at 1207.  

 

The buildings affected by the fire are a total loss due to smoke, water and flame damage.  The fire started in a detached garage and shed with flames six to ten feet high according  to Lt. fire Chief Mike Roemmich. 

 

Scanner reports had some people suffering burns but that could not be confirmed.  


COVID-19 vaccine now available to all South Dakotan's 16 and older

The South Dakota Department of Health is reminding residents the state is entering “Phase 2” of its vaccination program.  Starting today, the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to all residents 16 years or older.  Since the vaccine received emergency approval from the US FDA, the rollout in South Dakota has been targeted at the elderly, essential workers and people with underlying conditions.  Now due to vaccination numbers and the necessary allocation from the federal government, state officials can open up the vaccine to a majority of the state’s population.  As of Monday morning 442,380 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state.  That means 46 percent of the state’s population has already received at least one dose. 


One person killed in Grant county fatal crash

One man died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Goodwin

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 1992 GMC Conventional fertilizer truck was northbound on 467th Avenue at the intersection of 166th Street when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled.

 

The 33-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

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

 

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


One person killed in Brookings county fatal crash

One man died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Volga.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2016 Honda Civic LX was southbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and rolled.

 

The 57-year-old male driver, who was the only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the time of the crash and seat belt use are under investigation.

 

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

 

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

 


Road work to begin Wednesday April 6th in Aberdeen

Beginning at 8:00am on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for utility work:

 

19th Street North from Spruce Drive to 16th Avenue NW

 

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


Schroeder wildfire remains 47 percent contained

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) Fire crews on the lines of the Schroeder Fire burning west of Rapid City will continue protecting structures throughout the fire area as Red Flag Warning conditions persist across Western South Dakota.

 

Crews will also work on constructing and improving firelines on the northern and southern edges of the fire perimeter.

 

The fire remains at 47-percent containment and at 2,195 acres.

Smoke and flames may be visible as the fire consumes unburned fuels within the fire’s interior, which is normal and expected.

 

Operations Section Chief Chris Zoller says most evacuations have been lifted for the fire area, with the exception of Nameless Cave Road and Cleghorn Canyon…

 

 

 

 

Zoller says Cleghorn Canyon and Nameless Cave Road have been areas of concern, but firefighters have done great work in making sure no structures have been lost…

 

 

 

 

Effective immediately, West Highway 44 will be re-opened to through traffic. Law enforcement will be present to ensure resident traffic only. Reduced speed limits will be posted and enforced. For firefighter safety, it will be prohibited to pull off the road or park along the highway.

 

Zoller says Red Flag warnings are in effect again today due to warm, dry, windy conditions, with the weather forecast calling for highs around 70 today and southwest winds of 10 - 20 mph gusting from 25 to 30 mph this afternoon. He says crews will be watchful for changing fire conditions as the wind shifts direction.

 

Fuels are historically dry, creating ideal conditions for rapid fire growth.

 

Under these conditions, it is essential for people to take extra care in order to prevent igniting a wildfire when recreating outdoors.


Decorations at Riverside cemetery must be removed by April 4th

Staff at Riverside Memorial Cemetery would like to remind families to remove all decorations that are not in approved vases by 9 pm on April 4th as cemetery staff will begin removal of decorations beginning at 8 am on April 5th.  Decorations will be kept for a period of ten days after removal, and can be picked up at the Cemetery office Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm.

 

Cemetery policies allow decorations in approved permanent vases to remain year round, but decorations placed on the gravesites are only allowed between May 8 and June 24 and between November 1 and April 1.  This excludes glass vases which are prohibited and will be removed by cemetery staff immediately.

 

Please contact the Cemetery office at 605-626-7096 for further information.


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