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Local News Archives for 2021-04

Gov. Noem to sue Biden administration over Mt. Rushmore fireworks display

Today, Governor Kristi Noem filed a lawsuit against officials in the Biden administration over their cancellation of the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division.

“Mount Rushmore is the very best place to celebrate America’s birthday and all that makes our country special,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “After telling us they’d ‘circle back,’ the Biden administration has not responded to our request to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between the State of South Dakota and the National Parks Service (NPS) to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show.

 

“Unfortunately, the new administration departed from precedent and reneged on this agreement without any meaningful explanation,” continued Noem. “We are asking the court to enjoin the Department of Interior’s (DOI) denial of the fireworks permit and order it to issue a permit for the event expeditiously.” 

 

Previously, Governor Noem asked President Biden to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between NPS and the State of South Dakota regarding the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. Governor Noem responded to NPS’s reasons for cancelling the fireworks celebration. She also outlined the due diligence that the State of South Dakota and other entities undertook to ensure that last year’s celebration could be conducted safely and responsibly. You can read Governor Noem’s letter to President Biden here.

 

America’s Founding Fathers knew that Independence Day should be celebrated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one [e]nd of this Continent to the other,” as stated by John Adams on July 3, 1776. And President Calvin Coolidge declared that Mount Rushmore was designed to be “a national shrine to which future generations will repair to declare their continuing allegiance to independence [and] self-government.”

 

Last year’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration was held safely and responsibly and had a huge positive impact on the South Dakota economy. You can find materials such as photographs and video of the 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration here.

 

You can read the filed complaint here.


State moving to demand allocation of COVID-19 vaccine

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Fifty four percent of South Dakota’s eligible population has now had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

 

State Health Department Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says they are now moving to a demand system for vaccines...

 

 

 

 

Malsam-Rysdon says that means vaccines won’t be delivered unless there is demand to use them...

 

 

 

 

Despite a public relations campaign for the vaccines, Malsam-Rysdon says she expects a majority of people will get the shots...

 

 

 

Over three hundred twenty six thousand people have been vaccinated so far.

 

 


Mike Lindell to launch social media platform at event hosted by Mitchell Corn Palace

MyPillow magnate Mike Lindell has announced he will be in Mitchell in May at the Corn Palace to launch his new social media platform.  He made the announcement on a podcast hosted by former President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon.  The event is booked for Monday May 10th at 6:00 p.m.  The new website is called “Frank” and according to Lindell will function like that of Facebook and Twitter.  Lindell also said he chose South Dakota as a host site for his social media launch because he is a fan of Governor Kristi Noem. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Friday, April 30, 2021, water will be off due to a valve replacement in the vicinity of:

 

          13th Ave SE from S Wells to S Roosevelt to include Bobbie Drive

          S Roosevelt Street from 13th Avenue SE to 14th 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 all day on Friday.


Summer registration kick off scheduled for May 4

The Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has scheduled Summer Registration Kickoff Day for summer activities for Tuesday, May 4, beginning at 7:00 a.m. There are 3 ways to register:

  • Online at https://webtracaberdeensd.us
  • By phone with a debit or credit card:  626-7015 from 7am – 5pm
  • Walk-in at The ARCC, 225 3rd Avenue SE 7am-5pm

People planning to register for the first time online, need to set up their household prior to May 4. If you already have a household setup; it will be helpful to review your information again prior to May 4.

 

A 20% discount will be offered to those individuals registering this day for Tee-Ball, Youth Softball, Baseball and Youth Tennis Lessons.  Registration will also be taken for adult tennis lessons, the Discovery program, dance camps, swim lessons and some other summer programs.  Passes to the Aquatic Center will also be on sale.

 

Registration for summer programs will continue online, by phone or walk in on May 5 during office hours from 8am to 5 pm.

 

For further information concerning registration or to get a summer brochure with all the program details, contact the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department office at 626-7015 or go online at www.aberdeen.sd.us/parksandrec.


Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90

Astronaut Michael Collins, who was part of the famous Apollo 11 mission, died Wednesday at the age of 90.  Collins orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended down to the lunar surface.  The three man crew effectively ended the space race between the United States and Soviet Union and fulfilled president John F. Kennedy’s goal of going to the moon before the end of the 1960s.  Collins died of Cancer in Naples Florida. 


Supreme court hears arguments for and against Amendment A

Parties for and against Amendment A argued in front of the state’s highest court Wednesday for about an hour.  Now South Dakotan’s await the decision from the five justices, who now hold the fate of recreational marijuana with their decision. 

 

The defense argued it is the will of the voters to make marijuana legal for adults.  Brendan Johnson, who represented South Dakotan's for better marijuana laws, cited South Dakota's motto of "under God, the people rule"...

 

 

 

 

The plaintiffs argued 15 subjects and 55 sub-sections in Amendment A violated the state’s “single issue” clause when it comes to amendments.  Lisa Prostrello represented one of the two plantiffs in this case and made her argument to the court...

 

 

 

 

Justices did question whether or not it ws appropriate to decide this type of case after the election and not before.  It is not clear when the Supreme Court will render its decision on Amendment A.


Avera foundation working to provide for cancer patients

The Avera foundation in Aberdeen is working on multiple events behind the scenes. Dakota Broadcasting had the chance to sit down with Amy Blackstone to discuss some of the work that the foundation does.

 

The foundation is a philanthropy group based out of Avera that works from everything from cancer research to just those in need. Recently they have stepped up and taken a big role when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic and now with making sure everyone is safe with it. Here is what Amy had to say.

 

First, she told us what the foundation just does as a whole….

 

 

 

 

An upcoming event for cancer funding has a unique twist to….

 

 

 

Then, the question of COVID-19 is on everyone's mind, and the foundation is setting up a big way to help….

 


Water to be turned off in parts of Aberdeen today

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. today Wednesday April 28th, water will be shut off in parts of Aberdeen for a fire hydrant installation.  Water will be off in the vicinity of North Main Street from Ninth Avenue to 10th Avenue and on Ninth Avenue from North Lincoln Street to North First Street.  Water is expected to be off all day.  Those living in the affected areas are encouraged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use. 


Aberdeen police seeking help in locating missing teen

The Aberdeen Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.  14-year-old Rylee Martin was last seen walking west of Central high School.  She is 5’8 medium build and brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a pink sweatshirt, black leggings and a gray backpack.  If you have seen Rylee you are encouraged to call police dispatch at 626-7911. 


South Dakota Supreme Court to hear Amendment A arguments Wednesday

The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case regarding Amendment A tomorrow.  The case will begin at 10:00 a.m. central time and be heard in the Supreme Court courtroom at the state capital.  The Supreme Court also announced the hearing will be televised to the public.  Amendment A was passed by 54 percent of voters in November and legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older.  The amendment was struck down by a circuit court judge on the grounds it violated South Dakota’s “Single Issue” clause when it comes to voter approved measures. 


Aberdeen police respond to shots fired Friday April 23rd

The Aberdeen Police Department has released information regarding an incident which occurred Friday near midnight.  According to police, officers responded to an apartment complex in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival police were told by the victim the individual had fired a handgun at them.  The Aberdeen police department brought in the special response team and crisis negotiator to locate the suspect.  It was discovered the person in question had fled Aberdeen, but was ultimately apprehended someone in southwestern North Dakota or eastern Montana.  The name of the suspect as not released. 


State Dept. of Health to begin administering Johnson&Johnson vaccine again

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) announced health systems and federal retail pharmacies across the state will resume the use and administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine starting today. This decision was made following the announcement last Friday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it has satisfactorily studied and approved the use of the vaccine for those 18 years of age and older, lifting the pause it had implemented on April 13, 2021.

 

“The pause and restart of this vaccine should be one more example of our commitment in ensuring vaccine safety and prove that transparent and rigorous established safety standards work,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “We know all available vaccines have been proven effective against hospitalization and death from COVID-19, further highlighting the importance of getting your shot scheduled today.”

 

The pause, announced by the CDC on April 13, came after six reports of U.S. cases among women of rare and severe type of blood clots after receiving the vaccine. To date, 16,295 South Dakotans have received the one-dose series vaccine, and over 6.8 million J&J shots have been administered nationwide and no serious adverse reactions to the vaccine have been reported in South Dakota.

 

The SD-DOH would like to remind the public that while the side effects of concern are extremely rare, the FDA and CDC have recommended those who develop the following symptoms: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of receiving to J&J vaccine, to immediately contact their healthcare provider.

 

South Dakotans can find vaccine access points near them by clicking here. For the most up-to-date state vaccine information, including vaccination numbers across the state, visit the SD-DOH Dashboard.

 

For latest news and COVID-19 available resources in South Dakota, visit DOH.SD.GOV


SDSU professor: Bison population threatened by climate change

Accelerating climate change throughout the Great Plains may present the next major challenge to bison sustainability. 

 

That is the main point the director of research for the Center of Excellence for Bison Studies at South Dakota State University, Dr. Jeff Martin, made in his article recently published in the People and Nature journal, titled “Vulnerability assessment of the multi-sector North American bison (Bison bison) management system to climate change.” 

 

The article was a collaboration with researchers from Texas A&M University and Colorado State University. It can be found at: https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pan3.10209.

 

“Climate change directly affects bison by increasing thermal stress and decreasing forage and water availability, issues that also challenge range beef cattle,” Martin says. “Indirect consequences of climate change include increasing distribution and intensity of parasites and several diseases that are known to reduce reproductive success. These stresses have been estimated to collectively reduce bison body size by 50% if global temperature warms by 4°C near the end of the 21st century.”

 

Furthermore, warming and drought may also result in declining productivity of the remaining grasslands of the Great Plains, which are the preferred habitat for both bison and cattle. 

 

“Currently, 90% of grasslands and 85% of bison are privately owned, which justifies the need for robust private land conservation strategies to maintain this iconic species and its grassland habitats,” Martin says. 

 

The current bison population of North America is approximately 400,000 animals and is maintained by a self-assembled bison management system (BMS). Martin and his team coined the term ‘bison management system’ as a way to describe the whole system of bison managers that represent a multi-sector interest in the conservation and production of bison across private, public, Tribal and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors. It is a unique animal management system in the world.

 

Martin conducted a vulnerability assessment of the bison management system to increasing climate variability and change to further clarify the challenges that bison conservation and production may face in future climates. He surveyed 132 bison managers within the private, public and NGO sectors located in North America, who mostly reside in the northern and central mixed-grass prairies and manage bison herds averaging 51-100 animals. He collected data on the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of the managers to climate change. 

 

“Results from the survey revealed that the bison management system is vulnerable to climate change and is susceptible to losing sustainability without preparing adaptation strategies for impending climate change issues such as warming, increasing drought and a resulting decline in productivity of grasslands,” Martin says. 

 

The study showed that access to grazing leases, varied external income, use of management plans and information exchange are variables that present stumbling blocks for bison managers across the private, public and NGO sectors to advance their adaptation to climate change and sustainability.

 

“The experiences and shared environmental values and attitudes of bison managers across the bison management system are foundational to enhanced collaboration across sectors,” Martin says. “We believe it would be beneficial for the bison management system to form a bison coalition to instigate enhanced coordination of knowledge sharing.”  

 


Full list of Oscar winners 2021

Best Picture
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actor
?Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
?Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
?Anthony Hopkins, The Father
?Gary Oldman, Mank
?Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress
?Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
?Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
?Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
?Frances McDormand, Nomadland
?Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Director
?Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
?Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
?David Fincher, Mank
?Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
?Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Supporting Actress
?Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
?Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
?Olivia Colman, The Father
?Amanda Seyfried, Mank
?Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Supporting Actor
?Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
?Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami
?Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
?Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best International Feature
?Another Round
?Better Days
?Collective 
?The Man Who Sold His Skin
?Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Animated Feature
?Onward
?Over the Moon
?Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon 
?Soul
?Wolfwalkers

Best Documentary Feature
?Collective
?Crip Camp
?The Mole Agent
?My Octopus Teacher
?Time

Best Original Score
?Da 5 Bloods
?Mank
?Minari
?News of the World
?Soul

Best Original Song
?“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
?“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
?“Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest
?“Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead
?“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami

Best Original Screenplay
?Judas and the Black Messiah
?Minari
?Promising Young Woman
?Sound of Metal
?The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay
?Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
?The Father
?Nomadland
?One Night in Miami
?The White Tiger

Best Cinematography
?Judas and the Black Messiah
?Mank
?News of the World
?Nomadland
?The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
?Emma
?Hillbilly Elegy
?Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
?Mank
?Pinocchio

Best Costume Design
?Emma
?Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
?Mank
?Mulan
?Pinocchio

Best Film Editing
?The Father
?Nomadland
?Promising Young Woman
?Sound of Metal
?The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Sound
?Greyhound
?Mank
?News of the World
?Soul
?Sound of Metal

Best Live-Action Short
?Feeling Through
?The Letter Room
?The Present
Two Distant Strangers
?White Eye

Best Animated Short
?Burrow
?Genius Loci
?If Anything Happens I Love You
?Opera
?Yes-People

Best Documentary Short
?Colette
?A Concerto is a Conversation
?Do Not Split
?Hunger Ward
?A Love Song for Latasha

Best Visual Effects
?Love and Monsters
?The Midnight Sky
?Mulan
?The One and Only Ivan
?Tenet

Best Production Design
?The Father 
?Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
?Mank
?News of the World
?Tenet


Avera hosting another walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Avera St. Luke’s has again announced a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic this week.  Walk ins will be welcome Thursday April 29th between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.   Walk ins will be welcome at that time along with scheduled appointments.  You can schedule your vaccine appointment by visiting avera.org/covid-vaccine.  The vaccination clinic is located at 815 First Avenue Southeast.  Masks are required inside the clinic.  The South Dakota Department of Health and governor Kristi Noem recommend everyone eligible to get their covid-19 vaccination. 


Lawmakers talk redistricting

(KCCR - Pierre, SD) South Dakota lawmakers have the task in 2021 of retooling the state’s Legislative districts.  Redistricting comes about every 10 years using the newest population numbers collected by the U-S Census Bureau for the state.  District 24 Senator Mary Duvall chairs the Committee and says they may get Census figures sooner than expected…

 

 

 

 

Duvall says new technology is being set up to aid lawmakers in rebuilding the state’s legislative districts…

 

 

 

 

Duvall is planning on scheduling the next meeting of the Redistricting Committee for early June…

 

 

 

 

Getting Census numbers to state legislatures has been significantly delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Gov. Noem joins lawsuit against Biden administration over "social cost of carbon"

Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem joined Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 8 other state attorneys general in suing to prevent the Biden Administration from establishing a damages value to the “social cost of greenhouse gases,” which would kill thousands of American jobs and impose more burdens and harms to the American people.

“After a year of misguided lockdowns in response to the COVID pandemic, the last thing that America needs is more burdensome regulation that will cripple our economy,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “President Biden’s attempt to implement a ‘social cost of greenhouse gases’ value will result in government sticking their hands into virtually every aspect of our day-to-day lives. With this lawsuit, we are committed to fighting off such unconstitutional overreach.” 

 

In a recent Executive Order, President Biden established a “working group” to establish a damages value based upon global environmental damages from climate changes. This value would be called the “social cost of carbon,” as well as methane and nitrous oxide. Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide are by-products of everyday activities in America, because they are among the most common and prevalent by-products of human economic activity. The President further required federal agencies to immediately begin applying such value in regulatory actions and other decision-making.

 

The Biden executive fiat has wide-ranging impacts on decisions made by virtually every federal agency, including the Departments of Interior, Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Environmental Protection, Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury. These values have the ability to fundamentally transform the entire regulatory structure of the federal government, which would have devastating impacts on the lives of everyday Americans.

 

In addition to Louisiana and South Dakota – the following states joined in the lawsuit filed this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


One person killed in Moody county fatal crash

One person died Saturday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash near Colman.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2011 GMC Yukon was southbound in the driving lane of Interstate 29 when it struck a 34-year-old female who was walking in the driving lane. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Both male occupants of the car, the 29-year-old driver and the one-year-old passenger, were not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

 

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 closures planned for parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM, weather permitting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, there will be interruptions to the traveling public at the intersection of North 2nd Street and 5th Avenue NW due to work being done on the traffic signals. Traffic will be controlled with an all-way stop sign. Please use an alternate route or use caution when approaching the intersection.


Dept. of Labor sees decrease in unemployment claims

In a release from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, the week of April 11-17 a total of 268 weekly claims of unemployment benefits was processed by the department.

 

This is a decrease of 22 claims from the week before which was 290. The overall claims for the week ending April 10th were 3064, a decrease of 74 from the prior week's total of 3,138. For the week ending April 17, a total of $723,000 was paid out in state benefits, in addition to $1.1 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, $137,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and $300,000 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits.

 

The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance was $151.0 million on April 18. The amount of benefits paid since March 16th, 2020 is $111.5 for regular state unemployment, $230.7 Million for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, $20.1 million for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and $8.4 million for Padenmic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.


Herseth Sadlin says she will not seek federal post

Houghton South Dakota native and Groton High school alum Stephanie Herseth Sandlin announced via a statement she will not be seeking any federal positions from the Biden administration.  Speculation rose after she was sworn into the federal bar in South Dakota in February.  In the statement Herseth Sandlin says her place is at Augustana where she currently serves as the University’s president.  Herseth Sandlin has long been rumored when it comes to South Dakota politics as she served as South Dakota’s seat in congress from 2004 to 2011. 


Speaker Gosch says special session unlikely

The South Dakota legislature’s Executive Board wrapped up its regular meeting Thursday in Pierre.  Following the business of the meeting Speaker of the House Spencer Gosch to reporters it is unlikely lawmakers will be returning sometime in June for a special session.  This despite the request from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem who wanted another chance to further regulate medical marijuana before the July 1st implementation date and try to address the trans student athlete legislation she vetoed at the end of the regular session. 


Burn ban in Brown county allowed to expire

The Brown county commission at its regular meeting Tuesday lifted its current burn ban.  The ban was scheduled to expire Tuesday and the commission chose not to renew it.  The ban was put in place to prevent controlled burns from getting out of hand and spreading during a dry period in early spring.  However, due to precipitation including rain and snow dangers of wild fire has reduced.  However, if you are burning something officials urge caution and safety. 


Gov. Noem orders flags at half staff in honor of the late Walter Mondale

Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of former Vice President Walter Mondale, effectively immediately, until sundown on the day of interment.

This is in response to a proclamation by President Joseph R. Biden, which can be found here.


Rep. Johnson sponsors bill to limit Supreme court to nine seats

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is co-sponsoring a Constitutional Amendment that would set the number of Justices on the US Supreme Court at nine.

Republicans fear a possible move by President Biden and democrats to add more Justices.

 

Johnson says while Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the expansion proposal wouldn’t come to the floor now, she didn’t shut the door completely...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says the Biden study proposal of the issue could be a first step in expanding the court...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says he believes his idea has bi-partisan support...

 

 

 

 

No schedule has been set for any debate on Johnson’s amendment.

 


Brazilian COVID-19 variant detected in SD

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) can confirm that the P.1 variant (the ‘Brazil variant”) of COVID-19 has been detected in South Dakota. The findings were verified by an out-of-state commercial laboratory, and while only one case of the variant has been identified in Pennington County, it is safe to assume other cases may exist.

 

“We are closely monitoring this development and would like to use this opportunity to encourage state residents to get vaccinated as it’s the best way to be protected—and have proven nearly 100% effective against hospitalization and death,” said Daniel Bucheli, SD-DOH Communications Director. “With more access points than ever, its critical to protect yourself, your family and our communities.”

 

Existing concerns of the variant appearing in the Great Plains region is that the P.1 variant may impact the effectiveness of currently available COVID-19 vaccines, and negatively impact the effectiveness of monoclonal antibody therapy, which are used in treating COVID patients in hospitals. South Dakota joins Minnesota which has identified 5 cases and Nebraska with 2 cases.

 

The P.1 variant was first detected in the U.S. in January 2021 and was identified in travelers from Brazil. For additional information on all the variants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.

 

For latest news and COVID-19 available resources in South Dakota, visit DOH.SD.GOV


Aberdeen fire and rescue responds to apartment fire on Melgaard road

On April 20, 2021, at 7:05 PM, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire in an apartment at 25 West Melgaard Road. Upon arrival, they found smoke coming out of a garden-level apartment and people evacuating the building. Crews at the scene quickly extinguished the flames and contained most of the fire damage on the building. The fire had originated from the kitchen and was the only apartment that sustained major damage. No one was hurt in the fire.


Cause of the Schroeder west river wildfire released by officials

State officials Tuesday announced they have found the origin of the Schroeder Fire that burned 2,224 acres west of Rapid City in late March.  This concludes a near month long investigation into the incident.

 

A debris pile is believed to be the origin of the fire according to state officials. Further inspection by South Dakota Wildfire and Pennington County Sheriff's office indicates that an escape of flame from the debris cannot be eliminated, as well further investigation eliminated lightning, cigarette, glass and light reflection, and arson as causes of the fire.

 

The fire was started on 8875 Schroeder Road according to Pennington County Sheriffs' office. The property owner did not have a valid burn permit as well. More than 150 personnel responded to the fire that eventually expanded from Schroeder Road to Nemo Road and Westberry Trails.

 

 The scale of the fire was massive, with one home being destroyed and two outbuildings and a porch being destroyed. 400-500 were also evacuated temporarily due to the fire.  Based on the information to date, and in consultation with the Pennington County State’s Attorney, no criminal charges are being filed at this time.


Gov. Kristi Noem issues an executive order banning "vaccination passports"

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order Wednesday banning the use of so called “Vaccine Passports” in South Dakota.  The Biden administration has explored the idea of a vaccine passport as a way to prove one is protected from the COVID-19 virus and that could allow for travel or other activities.  According to the order, no state agency, department, board commission or other entity under the direct control of the government will be allowed to require the use of a vaccine passport.  This goes for local governments or subdivisions as well.  The order does say nursing homes and assisted living facilities will not be limited in what they may require for visitation.   


Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges in death of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts Tuesday afternoon in the death of George Floyd.  The jury deliberated for less than 10 hours before coming back with its verdict.  The verdict included guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.  Chauvin’s bail was revoked following the verdict and he was led away in handcuffs. 


Avera St. Luke's plans "Walk in" COVID-19 vaccination event next Wednesday

Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen will be offering a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination event today between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. Walk ins will be welcome along with scheduled appointments.  You can schedule your appointment at avera.org/covid-vaccine.  The vaccination clinic is located at the Avera Human Performance Center at 815 first avenue southeast.  Masks are required in the Avera clinic. 


Aberdeen man faces child pornography charges

An Aberdeen man has been charged with child pornography charges.  According to a release from the US attorney for South Daktoa’s office 36-year-old Charles Chambers has pleaded not guilty to distribution of child pornography charges.  He has also requested a jury trial, no date for said trial has been set.  Chambers is accused of distributing child pornography on February 23 by any means.  The maximum penalty if convicted is 40 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. 


Former United State's VP Walter Mondale passes away at 93

Former vice president of the United States and long time politician Walter Mondale passed away Monday at the age of 93.  Mondale was born in 1928 in Ceylon Minnesota, a town of just 369 people in 2010 near the Minnesota/Iowa border.  From there he carved out a lifelong career in Democratic politics.  After military service he became the 23rd Minnesota Attorney General, a Minnesota Senator, succeeding South Dakota native Hubert Humphry, and finally became the 42nd vice president of the United States under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.  He was also the Democratic nominee for president in 1980, losing in a landslide to Ronald Regan.  Following his career in elected politics Mondale served as the 24th ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996. 


Brown county road closed during the day

The Brown County highway department has announced Brown County Road 13, also known as Prairiewood road, will be closed today and tomorrow three miles east of US Highway 281.  It will be open during nighttime hours.


Gov. Noem names Tim Rave to serve on board of regents

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tim Rave of Baltic and Jeff Partridge of Rapid City to the South Dakota Board of Regents. 

 

“Tim Rave and Jeff Partridge are two seasoned, thoughtful public servants who care deeply about higher education in our state,” said Gov. Noem. “I know they will be excellent regents, and I thank them for their willingness to serve.” 

 

Partridge is the president of Partridge Financial Services in Rapid City. He served on the Rapid City Council from 2003 to 2005, including as vice president of the council. Partridge served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2015-17 and in the State Senate from 2017-21, spending all six years on the Joint Appropriations Committee. He is a graduate of Augustana University. 

 

"I am thankful and honored Governor Noem has appointed me to the Board of Regents,” said Partridge. “One of our largest state expenditures is for education, and I look forward to using my experience in helping set the state budget to ensure our education deliverable is cost effective for the State and the student." 

 

Rave is the president and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He served in the State House of Representatives from 2003-11, including two years as speaker of the house, and in the State Senate from 2011-15, where he was majority leader from 2013-15. Rave attended South Dakota State University and is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls. 

 

“I thank Governor Noem for asking me to serve as a regent,” said Rave. “I know from my own experience how important higher education can be, and during my years in the legislature I was an advocate for our state universities. I will be honored to helping guide our higher education system for the next generation.” 

 

Partridge will succeed Randy Schaefer of Madison and Rave will succeed Jim Morgan of Brookings, and they will join Tony Venhuizen of Sioux Falls as newly-appointed members of the Board.  All three will serve six-year terms that continue through March 31, 2027. 

 

The nine-member South Dakota Board of Regents is the constitutional governing board for the state’s six public universities: Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota. The Board also oversees the state's two special schools: the South Dakota School for the Deaf and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 


Daughtry announced to headline Friday of Brown County Fair

The Brown county fair announced Monday the final act to round out the acts at the 2021 grandstands.  Alternative rock star Daughtry will take the stage Friday August 20th.  An opener for that date has not yet been announced.  Daughtry is known for hits “It’s Not Over”, “Over You”, “Home” and more.  Daughtry is also known for placing fourth in the fifth season of the hit tv show “American Idol.”  Other acts at the upcoming fair include Wednesday August 18th Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sara Evans, Thursday August 19th, Eli Young Band and Randy Houser and finally Saturday August 21st Jo Dee Messina, Michael Ray and Nelly. 


Northern president Tim Downs resigns

Northern State President Tim Downs announced his resignation from his position at the University Friday.  According to a release from the state board of regents Downs is leaving to pursue other opportunities in higher education.  Downs has been at Northern for five years, during that time helped oversee major upgrades to University facilities including the building of the NSU Jewett Regional Science Center and the Dacotah Bank Stadium which is still currently under construction.  Downs himself said in the release he feels he accomplished his mission.  Veronica Paulson, vice president for finance and administration has been named acting president. 


Mound city man identified in McPherson county fatal crash

A Mound City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a one-vehicle crash in McPherson County.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2010 Kenworth T600 semi-truck and trailer was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 10 when the vehicle went off the roadway and rolled.

 

Mark Kellar, the 38-year-old driver, later died as a result of his injuries at an Aberdeen hospital. He was wearing a seat belt and was the only person involved in the crash.

 

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.


Central's Becky Guffin named Superintendent of the year

Aberdeen Public School Superintendent Becky Guffin has been named the South Dakota Superintendent of the year.  She earned the honor after being named by the South Dakota School Superintendent’s Association.  According to a release about the award Guffin was honored for her leadership and knowledge of educational practices.  She has been with the Aberdeen Public School district since 1991 and an administrator for the past 17 years, previously serving as the assistant superintendent until 2014. 


Voters in McLaughlin shoot down ordinance to ban alcohol within city limits

Voters in McLaughlin have rejected an initiated measure that would have banned alcohol sales within the city limits.

 

The unofficial vote for the measure was 47 votes for and 80 votes against.

 

The initiated measure would have prevented the City of McLaughlin from selling alcohol at the city owned liquor store and also would’ve prohibited the city from issuing any alcohol licenses to anyone.

 

McLaughlin is located on the Standing Rock Reservation about ten miles from the North Dakota border in the central part of South Dakota.


141 fatalities on the road in South Dakota in 2020

South Dakota recorded 141 motor vehicle fatalities in 132 fatal crashes in 2020, according to yearly numbers released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Safety.

 

The number of fatalities in 2020 was 38 percent higher than the 102 fatalities recorded in 2019. The 2019 total is the lowest in state history since records have been kept starting in 1947. The number of fatal crashes in 2019 was 88, also a record low.

 

DPS Secretary Craig Price said while South Dakota has been one of the nation’s leaders in the states with the lowest five-year average for motor vehicle fatalities, the 2020 total is the state’s highest since 2007. He said the department plans to increase its safety and enforcement efforts.

 

“Our efforts have worked in past years and we will continue our safety messages through the Office of Highway Safety and enforcement efforts between the Highway Patrol and local law enforcement,” he said. “Even one motor vehicle death is one too many and we plan to encourage driver safety.”

 

The three main factors associated with motor vehicle fatalities in 2020 were speed, alcohol use and not wearing a seat belt. So far in 2021, fatality numbers are up compared to the same time in 2020 and those three factors are involved in most fatal crashes again this year.

 

“As the number of vehicle miles continues to increase in South Dakota, it is even more important that we work to change driver behavior,” Secretary Price said. “We plan to work with all of our partners to stress our basic safety message: ‘Slow down, pay attention, drive sober and always wear a seat belt.’

 

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


Beginning in 2022 dialing 605 before every number will be required

Beginning in 2022 dialing any number in South Dakota will require the “605” area code before the phone number.  The change is part of a nationwide campaign to turn the number “988” into a suicide prevention line.  While this change won’t take effect until 2022, state officials are encouraging residents to begin doing this now.  


FBI offering reward for information on the death of Tammy Haas

The FBI has announced an award for information regarding the death of a Yankton woman in 1992.  The FBI is offering $15,000 to help further the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Tammy Haas.  Haas was reported missing after attending a homecoming party in September of that year.  Her body was discovered in a ravine a few days later.  Her then boyfriend Erick Stuckel was charged in her death, but ultimately found not guilty.  April 13th would’ve been Tammy’s 48th birthday.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the FBI office in Sioux Falls at 334-6881. 


Gov. Noem pens letter to President Biden asking for approval for 4th of July fireworks at Mt. Rushmore

Today, on President Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, Governor Kristi Noem sent this letter to President Joseph R. Biden advocating for South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration.

 

“This year, as we mark our independence from [COVID-19], Mount Rushmore would be the perfect place for a national celebration and fireworks show,” wrote Governor Noem, referring to President Biden’s message that held up Independence Day as a target for Americans to begin returning to normal.

 

“We are committed to hosting a Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration that is safe and responsible and working closely with the National Parks Service (NPS) to do so. I respectfully ask that you continue the hopeful message you shared earlier this year and uphold our Agreement to host the event this year,” continued Governor Noem.

 

In the letter, Governor Noem asked President Biden to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between NPS and the State of South Dakota regarding the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. Governor Noem responded to NPS’s reasons for cancelling the fireworks celebration. She also outlined the due diligence that the State of South Dakota and other entities undertook to ensure that last year’s celebration could be conducted safely and responsibly.

 

You can read Governor Noem’s letter to President Biden here.


One man killed in McPherson county fatal crash

One man died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Leola.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2010 Kenworth T600 semi-truck and trailer was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 10 when the vehicle went off the roadway and rolled.

 

The 38-year-old driver later died as a result of his injuries at an Aberdeen hospital. 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.

 


State to follow FDA recommendation to pull Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the time being

Today, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon, released the following statement following the joint statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommending a temporary pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. This comes after six reported U.S. cases among women of rare and severe type of blood clots after receiving the vaccine:

 

“The safety and well-being of all South Dakotans is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, and until we know more on the reported cases, all vaccinators across our state will follow the CDC’s and FDA’s recommendations, and pause all administration of the J&J vaccine until further notice,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “We remain confident all those who’ve already received the J&J shot have no reason for immediate concern but encourage residents to speak with their medical providers should concerns arise.”

 

As of today, 15,743 South Dakotans have received the J&J vaccine and no adverse cases of concern have been identified in the state. According to the statement by the CDC and FDA, any adverse events ‘appear to be rare’ and those affected would experience ‘severe headache(s), abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination’.  

 

“Our Department remains in contact with healthcare providers across the state, who are all closely monitoring this development within their patient community,” added Malsam-Rysdon. 

 

To get the latest state COVID-19 data, visit the Department of Health dashboard.


Aberdeen police seeking help in locating missing woman

Aberdeen Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman.  72-year-old Nancee Bitz has been missing since April 4th.  She was last seen at her residents in Aberdeen according to authorities.  It is believed she could be driving a white Mitsubishi Outlander with license plate 3F3912.  Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 626-7911. 


SD Dept. of Health announces 50 percent vaccination milestone

The South Dakota Department of Health announced that 50% of the state has gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

South Dakota has become one of the leaders in national vaccination rates, with 208,485 having completed the vaccination series, having 25% of the state being fully vaccinated.

 

This milestone would not have been possible without the help of our healthcare professionals and all responsible South Dakotans who’ve chosen to be vaccinated,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. To get the most up-to-date COVID-19 data, updated daily, please visit the Department of Health at https://doh.sd.gov/COVID.


One person killed in Pennington County fatal crash

One person died and three others were injured Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Box Elder.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2005 Jeep Cherokee was eastbound on Country Road when the vehicle overturned.

 

A 27-year-old male died as result of injuries sustained in the crash. The 26-year-old female driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The two other male passengers, ages 21 and 25, received minor injuries.

 

Charges are pending against the driver. Seat belt use for all of the occupants is 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


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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