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Local News Archives for 2021-06

Sobriety checkpoints announced for July

South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety says 21 sobriety checkpoints will held throughout South Dakota during July.

 

The monthly checkpoints, held at various times and locations, are designed to discourage people 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.

  

July checkpoints are scheduled for 16 different counties. They are: Beadle, Bennett, Brookings, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Hughes, Jackson, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Spink, Union, Walworth and Yankton.

 

Officials remind drivers not to drink and drive regardless of whether there is a checkpoint planned in their county. People who have been drinking are urged to designate a sober driver or take an alternate form of commercial or public transportation.

 

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


"Delta" COVID-19 variant found in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) can confirm that the B.1.617.2 variant (the ‘Delta variant”) of COVID-19 has been detected in South Dakota. The findings were verified by an out-of-state laboratory, and while only one case of the variant has been identified in Edmunds County, it is safe to assume other cases across the state may exist.

 

“We are closely following this development and would like to reiterate, to all South Dakotans, the importance of getting tested and vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “With easier access to the vaccine and testing, it has never been easier to protect yourself, your family and our communities.”

 

Concerns of the ‘Delta’ variant appearing in the Great Plains region are that it is more easily spread from person-to-person, reduces the effectiveness of existing treatments, and reduces the protection of the COVID-19 vaccine.  It’s important to highlight that currently available vaccines have so far proven 100% effective against hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

 

“While COVID-19 case counts remain at an all-time low since the beginning of the pandemic, virus variants remain a threat diminished by increased vaccinations,” added Malsam-Rysdon.

 

The ‘Delta’ variant was first detected in India in late 2020 and was first detected in the United States in March 2021. 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


Noem welcomes first granchild in baby girl

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem welcomed her first grandchild Tuesday.  According to on social media Governor Noem’s daughter Kassidy welcomed a baby girl named Adeline at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.  She weighted 7’14 ounces and was 20 inches long.


Name released in Walworth County fatal crash

An Amery, WI man has been identified as the person who died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Hoven.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu was southbound on South Dakota Highway 47 when the driver lost control. The vehicle entered a gravel field approach and rolled.

 

Joshua McCloud, 23, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Larissa Pelzl, 23, of Clear Lake, WI, was the other occupant. She suffered minor injuries, but was not transported. Her seat belt use is under investigation.

 

Which of the occupants was driving has not yet been determined.

 

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.


Approximately 2,000 acres of industrial hemp planted in South Dakota

South Dakota Industrial Hemp Association Executive Director Katie Sieverding says approximately 2,000 acres of the crop has been planted by about 20 farmers in the state.  This is the first planting season industrial hemp is legal to cultivate in South Dakota after it has made its way through two legislative sessions.  The majority of the acres that are being planted are for grain and fiber varieties with about 35 acres being dedicated to CBD variety. 


Water scheduled to be off tomorrow in parts of Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8am on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:

 

From Railroad Avenue South to City Limits

Between

South Dakota St. & South Roosevelt St.

 

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


Gov. Noem sending troops to the US/Mexico border

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that up to fifty South Dakota National Guard troops are being deployed to Texas to help the secure the border between the United States and Mexico. This is in response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s request for help to respond to ongoing violations of state and federal law by illegal aliens crossing the unsecured border.

 

“The Biden Administration has failed in the most basic duty of the federal government: keeping the American people safe,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide.  We should not be making our own communities less safe by sending our police or Highway Patrol to fix a long-term problem President Biden’s Administration seems unable or unwilling to solve.  My message to Texas is this: help is on the way.” 

 

The initial deployment to the border will last for between 30 and 60 days. South Dakota Adjutant General Jeff Marlette and the South Dakota Department of the Military are working with their counterparts in Texas to finalize the details of this mission. The deployment will be paid for by a private donation.

 

For operational security reasons, specific names of units, number of members, and mission specifics will not be released.


Road closures planned for Tuesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 the following road will be closed for utility work:

 

South 2nd Street from 6th Ave SW to 5th Ave SW

 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes while the work is being completed.  Work is expected to last through Friday, July 2nd, 2021.


Name released in fatal accident west of Hoven

An Amery, WI man has been identified as the person who died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Hoven.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu was southbound on South Dakota Highway 47 when the driver lost control. The vehicle entered a gravel field approach and rolled.

 

Joshua McCloud, 23, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Larissa Pelzl, 23, of Clear Lake, WI, was the other occupant. She suffered minor injuries, but was not transported. Her seat belt use is under investigation.

 

Which of the occupants was driving has not yet been determined.

 

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.


Rep. Johnson talks bipartisan meat industry proposal

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson, along with Virginia Representative Abigail Spanberger, have introduced the Butcher Block Act legislation. The measure aims to rebalance the cattle market by easing regulatory barriers and offering USDA meat processing grants for small processors looking to expand or add shackle space. Johnson says this will add competition in the meat processing industry that is presently controlled by four large packers who have 80 percent of the market.


 

 

 

He says this legislation will help in adding processing capacity.

 

 

 

 

Johnson says the Butcher Block Act will also assist those processors who want to get into the business and have been facing barriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides helping new and expanding meat processors, the legislation also will allocate grants to entities to increase hiring and processing capacity.

 


Gov. Noem calls for flags at half staff in honor of former state representative Roger Moore

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on Tuesday, June 29 in honor of former State Representative Roger Moore. Roger served as a state representative from 1963 to 1966 and again from


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Monday

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Monday, June 28th, 2021 water will be off in the following areas to install water main:

North Lancelot Drive & Arthurs Court

 

Residents in the area are advised to collect & store water for personal use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


One person killed in one vehicle accident west of Hoven Thursday

One person died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Hoven.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu was southbound on South Dakota Highway 47 when the driver lost control. The vehicle entered a gravel field approach and rolled.

 

A 23-year-old male occupant, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupant, a 23-year-old female, suffered minor injuries, but was not transported. Her seat belt use is under investigation.

 

Which of the occupants was driving has not yet been determined.

 

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 Monday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Monday, June 28th, 2021 the following road will be reduced to one lane for utility work:

 

South 2nd Street from 6th Ave SW to 5th Ave SW

 

Motorists should expect traffic delays and are advised to take alternate routes while the work is being completed.  Oversized vehicles will not be able to turn North onto 2nd Street. Work is expected to last through Friday, July 2nd, 2021.


"Suspicious" item found at Wiley Park Friday morning

At approximately 8:00 a.m. Friday morning Wiley Park staff reported a suspicious object located within the park boundaries.  

 

Aberdeen City Manager Joe Gaa described what happened in some detail...

 

The Aberdeen Police Department closed the park out of an abundance of caution.  Following that a more detailed search of the park began...

 

 

 

 

Authorities reopened Wiley Park at 1:00 p.m. but Storybook Land is to stay closed until at least 3:00 p.m. as crews continue to search the area for anything else suspicious...

 

 

 

 

Several sources said the suspicious item was a pipe bomb or some sort of explosive.  Gaa would not confirm that but said they are treating the situation as such...

 


Aberdeen Police seeking the public's help in locating missing teen.

The Aberdeen Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl.  According to a post from the Police Department’s Facebook page, Casaundra Butler Imberi, was last seen in the early morning hours of June 22nd.  If you have any information as to here whereabouts you are urged to contact police at 626-7911. 


SD DOH releases medical marijuana rules for citizens to review

The South Dakota Department of Health has released a draft of rules which will govern medical marijuana within the state for the public to review.  The release comes one week before the implementation of IM-26 is set to happen.  Under the proposed rules patients wishing to use medical marijuana, would need to apply for a registry identification card, from a form filled out by both the doctor and patient.  There is a $100 annual fee with the permit and doctors looking to prescribe marijuana must undergo a state background check. 

 

To review the guidelines follow this link.


No decision on Amendment A from the Supreme Court before July

The South Dakota Supreme Court has released a statement on the matter of Amendment A as the state awaits its decision.  Amendment A was passed by the voters last November and legalized recreational marijuana for adults in South Dakota.  The law was supposed to take effect July 1st. 

 

Since then the law has been challenged by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who is providing support for Penning County Sheriff David Thom and SD Highway Patrol Col. Rick Miller.  The bill was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court before the appeal to the state supreme court.

 

In the statement from State Court Administrator Greg Sattizah, a decision will not be issued before July 1st and therefore, until a ruling is sent down from the Supreme Court, the decision of the lower court calling Amendment A unconstitutional will stand.  


Board of Regents announce updates to marijuana policy

The South Dakota Board of Regents has adjusted some policies to prepare for the implementation of medical marijuana within the state come July 1st.  The board will continue to prohibit the use or possession of marijuana, including medical, on property owned or controlled by the board or at events hosted or sponsored by the board of any of its institutions.  The new policy will allow those with a medical marijuana permit to ingest their medicine on property not owned or controlled by the board. 


Petition to recall ND Gov. Burgum allowed to circulate

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Wednesday his office has approved for circulation a petition to recall North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and lieutenant governor Brent Sanford.  The petition was filed by Michael Coachman, a perennial political candidate and ardent former President Donald Trump Supporter.  He received 10 percent of the vote in the GOP primary for governor last election.  The group will need to collect more than 89,000 signatures or 25 percent of those who voted last general election. 


Ravnsborg requests no audio or cameras during his trial for three misdemeanors

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, through his representation has requested cameras not be allowed in his trial as he faces three misdemeanors from the night he killed 55-year-old Joe Beover of Highmore.   Court documents filed on behalf of Ravnsborg objects to cameras or audio recordings during his trial, scheduled to start August 26th.  He faces careless driving, operating a vehicle while on an electronic device and driving outside his lane. 


Aberdeen City Council reminds residents about water restrictions between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Aberdeen City council is reminding residents they are not suppose to water their lawns or gardens between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  A first violation is punishably by up to a $50 fine with subsequent violations punishable by up to $100.  Aberdeen City Manager Joe Gaa spoke at Monday’s city council meeting and did not propose any further restrictions, but did say the city’s water treatment plant is reaching capacity.  The city’s water supply is fine, but the treatment plant’s ability to store water is where the problem lies.  That is due to the high demand with the overly hot month of June. 


Board of regents name Neal Schnoor next Northern president

The South Dakota  Board of Regents has announced Neal Schnoor will be the next president at Northern State University.  Schnoor comes to Northern after most recently serving as the Chief of Staff to the president at California State University Long Beach.  Before that Schnoor has spent time in the Midwest, serving as senior advisor to the chancellor for executive affairs at the University of Nebraska Kearney.  He also spent time as the Dean of School of education and counseling at Wayne State College.  He will replace Tim Downs who resigned in April. 


Aberdeen officially opens new downtown hub in Malchow Plaza

The Aberdeen Downtown Association officially welcomed the newest space for shopping, eating and meating with the Malchow Plaza last week.  The day included the ribbon cutting on the new Dakota Broadcasting space, the Chamber of Commerce hosting "Business After Hours" and the first of three Down Town Association Summer Concerts.

 

Downtown Association director Shelly Westra-Heier says a project like the Malchow Plaza was in the works for years and very much needed in the quest to revitalize downtown Aberdeen...

 

 

 

 

 

Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce president Gail Oaks says the future looks bright for downtown Aberdeen...

 

 

 

 

 

Brodie Mueller is one of the co-owners of the "Market on the Plaza" one of the main attractions for downtown Aberdeen.  Mueller says he sees people daily using the space...

 

 


Senate ag committee to hold hearing Thursday on cattle market manipulation

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The Senate Ag Committee will be holding a hearing on Thursday to look at the issue of cattle market manipulation and anti-competitive practices by the meat packers.  South Dakota Senator and Committee Member John Thune says this isn’t a new issue, but they are turning up the heat on the subject and hope to get assistance from the Department of Justice...

 

      

 

 

 

He says cattle producers have expressed frustration about the huge disparity between boxed beef prices and cash cattle prices...

 

        

 

 

 

Thune says the cattle market is clearly broken and the fix may take a multi-pronged approach...

 

        

 

 

 

He says politically the time is right to get legislative action in Congress, the key is that cattle organizations have to be unified on the solution to get passage. 


US Supreme court rules against NCAA in compensation case

The United States Supreme Court sided with student-athletes Monday in a ruling against the NCAA.  The organization sought to maintain limits on education-related compensation as the idea of paying college athletes becomes more popular.  The 9-0 ruling says the NCAA’s regulation on non-cash payments to athletes related to education, including benefits such as computers, science equipment and musical instruments, are anticompetitive under federal law.  The decision could further weaken the argument the NCAA makes in defending the existing system regarding student athlete compensation. 


SD healthcare providers seek changes to medical marijuana proposal by lawmakers

South Dakota’s largest healthcare providers are asking lawmakers drop a proposed requirement to receive medical cannabis within the state.  Under the current proposal doctors have to specifically recommend marijuana be used to treat the condition afflicting the patient.  Healthcare providers said Monday, they would prefer doctors still need to certify patients have conditions such as severe pain, seizures, multiple sclerosis or other diseases that can be treated with cannabis, but do not have to specifically recommend marijuana treat said illness.  Medical marijuana advocates argue the need for a specific recommendation may make receiving medical cannabis more difficult for patients in need. 


SD Department of Health to hold marijuana related town hall

The South Dakota Department of Health is inviting all those interested in the state to take part in a tele-conference town hall regarding medicla marijuana.  There will be two telephone town hall events June 28th.  One will be at 5:00 p.m. and the second at 6:30.  The purpose of these events are to receive public input on the implementation and rule-making proocess for medical cannabis within the state.  The public will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide theri feedback and listen to the latest implementation updates for IM-26.  


Rep. Johnson talks veterans issues in Yankton

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson addressed delegates to the state VFW Convention Friday in Yankton.

 

He says vets have some strong opinions...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says Congress continues to work on and pass bills important for veterans...

 

 

 

Johnson says native Americans have a strong sense of service...

 

 

 

Senator John Thune also spoke to the convention.

 


Minnesota man sentenced to 11 years in prison after admitting to trying to have sex with a 13-year-old South Dakota girl

A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges he tried to solicit sex from a 13-year-old South Dakota girl.  According to the South Dakota US Attorney’s office, 25-year-old Nathan Paul Grondahl of St. Cloud was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison after he admitted to traveling to Hartford South Dakota with the intent to engage in sexual contact with a 13-year-old.  The Minnehaha county sheriff’s office received a tip from the Hartford School Resource Officer about his plans.  The two had been corresponding on the internet and Grondahl had requested the child send her nude pictures of herself. 


Name released of teen killed in Grant county fatal crash

A Gary, S.D., male has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Milbank.

 

Preliminary information indicates that a 2008 Buick Lucerne was southbound on 482nd Avenue when it crossed the center line into the northbound lane and collided with a northbound 2014 Kenworth T800 semi-truck and trailer.

 

Taden Kruse, the 16-year-old driver of the Buick, was pronounced dead at the scene. His seat belt use is unknown.

 

Jared Krakow, 32, of Strandburg, S.D., was the driver of the semi-truck. He was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. All information is preliminary at this time.

 

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


Fire hydrant flow testing to take place in Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Thursday June 17th weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:  From North 8th avenue north to city limits between north fifth street and north Roosevelt street.  The fire department will be opening hydrants and residents will experience some water pressure changes, and in some instances the water will be disturbed to the point of discoloring or appearing rusty.  The project will continue until all hydrants in this area have been tested.  Any questions or concerns can be reported to the Public Works Department.


Road closures planned for work on water line Friday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday June 18th the following road will be closed to thru traffic to install water lines: Mel Ros Drive from South Wells Street to 16th avenue South east.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  The roads are expected to reopen Friday evening, June 18th


Avera to offer the Johnson&Johnson vaccine at Arts in the Park

Avera St. Luke’s will offer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Arts in the Park this weekend.
The vaccination area will be west of the food court in the south end of Melgaard Park. It will be staffed for the duration of the event: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 19 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 20.


The first 30 people vaccinated on each day will receive a $10 gift card to Ken’s SuperFair Foods and become eligible for an additional door prize.


Those being vaccinated will complete a form that is also available here. Because of changes with state funding, staff may also ask for insurance cards. Vaccines remain free, and insurance is not needed in order to get vaccinated.


Everyone getting vaccinated at this pop-up clinic will take part in a 15-minute observation period. Those that have risk factors will be required to be observed for 30 minutes.


Because the pop-up clinic will be administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only one dose is needed. Those 18 and older are eligible to receive this vaccine. Anyone 12-17 years old may schedule an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine on-site as well.


Vaccine appointments for additional clinics may be made by calling 605-622-5273. Avera St. Luke’s hosts vaccine clinics on a regular basis inside State Street Medical Square. While those clinics are smaller than earlier clinics, they have been filling up and there remains interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, said Alvin Haugen, Director of Pharmacy.


Anyone who wants to ensure a vaccine is available for them at Arts in the Park may also schedule by calling 605-622-5273 or online through vaccinefinder.gov.


Anyone that shows proof of vaccination may also enter for the door prize, which will be given at the end of a possible additional events this summer. Those events are dependent on the success of vaccinations at Arts in the Park and the continued availability of the vaccine.


Since the end of December 2020, Avera St. Luke’s Hospital has completed approximately 75 first and second dose clinics, administering nearly 19,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.


You can learn more about Avera’s vaccination efforts, including informat


One person killed in Grant county fatal crash

One person died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Milbank.

 

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

 

Preliminary information indicates that a 2008 Buick Lucerne was southbound on 482nd Avenue when it crossed the center line into the northbound lane and collided with a northbound 2014 Kenworth T800 semi-truck and trailer.

 

The 16-year-old male driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene. His seat belt use is unknown. The 32-year-old male driver of the semi-truck, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. All information is preliminary at this time.

 

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


Ried Holien wins Watertown mayoral race

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) Ried Holien won Watertown's mayoral race Tuesday, and it was not close.

 

The former State Senator and current councilman defeated incumbent Mayor Sarah Caron.

 

Holien finished with 3,010 votes. Caron got 1,237.

 

Holien was asked about the margin of victory...

 

 

 

 

He says keeping a positive campaign was crucial to success....

 

 

 

 

Holien has celebrated previous election night victories, but this one the most special one yet...

 

 

 

 

For Caron, her one term as mayor comes to an end in a couple of weeks...

 

 

 

 

What's next for Caron???

 

 

 

 

Mayor-elect Holien will be sworn into office at the first council meeting in July. 


SD state Democrats name Berk Ehrmantraut as next executive director

The South Dakota Democratic Party has announced the hiring of Berk Ehrmantraut to serve as the party’s next executive director.  He will take over his duties on June 28th.  Ehrmantraut most recently served as a senior digital communication manager at Friends of the Global Fight Against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  He is a Beresford native who replaces Pam Cole who resigned from the position earlier this year to work with the group trying to expand Medicaid in South Dakota.  Ehrmantraut also served as a campaign staffer for Billie Sutton’s gubernatorial campaign. 


SD Board of Regents announce three finalists for president job

The South Dakota Board of regents announced Tuesday the three finalists to take over as the next president of Northern State University.  The three finalists include David Jones, vice president of student affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Alan LaFave, Valley City State University president and Neal Schnoor, chief of staff to the president at California Long State University Long Beach.  One of these three men will replace Tim Downs who announced his resignation in April. 


Burn ban implemented in Brown County

Effective immediately the Brown County Commission has enacted a resolution on an emergency basis and imposes a ban to prohibit or restrict open burning with the political boundaries of Brown County. This said ban is for all open burning with the exceptions of campfires in campfire rings or pits, burning barrels 55 gallons or less that are equipped with a screen, or barbeque grills, in order to protect the public health and safety This was put in place under Brown County Ordinance 18.02 and shall be in place further notice.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday June 15th, water will be shut off intermittently in the following areas to replace a water main:  10th avenue SE between south Aldrich Street and South Lawson Street.  Water will be off throughout the day as the water main is replaced in this area.  Residents in the area are advised to collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday June 16th, the following roads will be closed to thru traffic for road repairs: 9th Avenue North 1st Street to North Lincoln Street and North Main Street from 8th Avenue to 10th avenue.  Both north, south and east, west traffic will be impacted.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Roads are expected to reopen Friday evening. 


Fire hydrant flow testing to take place Monday

Beginning at approximately 8am on Monday, June 14, 2021, weather permitting the Aberdeen Fire Department will begin flow-testing fire hydrants in the following area:

 

From South Washington St. to South Dakota St.

Between

6th Avenue SE & 12th Avenue SE

 

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


Road closures planned for Monday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Monday, June 14th, 2021 the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for reconstruction:

 

15th Avenue NE & North Dakota Street

 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Work is expected to last 3-4 weeks and will be completed as quickly as possible. 


One person died Sunday in Beadle county fatal crash

One person died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Wolsey.

 

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

 

Preliminary information indicates that a 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited was southbound on U.S. Highway 281. It collided with a northbound 1993 Chevrolet CK 109 pickup that was initially in the wrong lane.

 

The 77-year-old male driver of the pickup, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Huron Hospital where he died. The 66-year-old male driver of the Buick was wearing a seat belt. He suffered minor injuries and also was transported to the Huron hospital.

 

That area of U.S. Highway 281 was closed to traffic for about five hours following the crash.

 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. All information is preliminary at this time.

 

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


Website Wallethub.com says South Dakota top in the nation for jobs

A new study released by the web site “WalletHub” says South Dakota is the best state in the nation for jobs. According to the results, South Dakota is 5th in the nation for job oportunities, 1st in employment growth, fifth in unemployment rate, 29th in median annual income, 1st in average commute times, 16th in job satisfaction and 4th in COVID-19 positive tests in the past week per capita. According to the Department of Labor and regulation, South Dakota has over 20,000 available jobs across the state, with less than 3,000 people claiming unemployment.


Keystone XL Pipeline project officially canceled

After years of starts and stops the sponors of the Keystone XL pipeline has announced it is pulling the plug on the project. Calgary based TC Energy released a statement on the decision to end the project Wednesday, saying it "will work with government agenices to ensure a safe termination of and exit from the partially built line." The project would have transported tar sans crude oil from Alberta to the gulf of Mexico, crossing a large part of South Dakota in the process. Construction was slow under President Obama, began again under President Donald Trump and was again stalled with the election of President Joe Biden.


Former Beresford teacher charged with providing alochol to minors

A former Beresford teacher faces criminal charges two months after resigning from her job. According to a letter sent out to parents in the Beresford school district, Emily Ayres is accused of allowing two underage males to drink alcohol in her home in August of 2019. She served as Beresford's vocal music teacher before resigning.


Voters in Clay county reject $41 million bond

Voters in Clay County soundly defeated a forty-one million dollar bond issue that would have funded a new courthouse, jail and law enforcement center.

 

The bond was defeated by a vote of 1544 to 766.

 

Turnout was just under twenty nine percent.

 

The current courthouse was built in 1912 and the law enforcement center was added in 1989.

 


Molded Fiber Glass in Aberdeen announces planned closure in August, hundreds to be laid off

Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) announced today the closure of MFG South Dakota, the company's wind blade manufacturing plant located in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  The plant broke ground in 2007 and has been dedicated to the production of wind turbine blades.

 

The closure comes as a result of changes in market conditions, foreign competition and proposed revisions to tax policies impacting the wind energy industry in the United States.

The company will remain open to fulfill existing wind blade orders through August 6, 2021.

Teammates at the plant have been informed of the closure and will be privately informed of their individual separation dates.  The company is working in conjunction with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to assist teammates with reemployment benefits and to help with job search and placement.

 

At the time of the announcement, the company employed 300 teammates at the 315,000-sf facility.

 

MFG has been active in the wind energy industry since 1980.  In addition to blades the company manufactures wind turbine nacelles and spare parts at facilities in Texas and Alabama.  It also provides field and factory maintenance and repair services for wind blades.  These businesses will not be negatively impacted by the South Dakota facility closure.


Groton man identified in Brown county fatal crash

A Groton, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died late Friday night in a motorcycle-pickup crash north of Aberdeen.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2020 Harley Davidson FLHTCSE2 motorcycle was southbound on 387th Avenue. A 2013 Dodge Ram pickup, going north on 387th Avenue, crossed into the southbound lane where two vehicles collided.

 

Casey Kulm, 27, was the motorcycle driver. He was later pronounced dead at an Aberdeen hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

The driver of the pickup, 19-year-old Carson Maunu of Aberdeen, was not injured. Charges are pending against him.

 

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 police appear to be involved in active situation

The Aberdeen Police Department appears to be involved in an active situation just off sixth avenue in Aberdeen.

 

Dakota Broadcasting first recevied reports of police activity and blockades being set up around noon.  Several allyway and streets heading south around Wells street, near the Boston Fern and Wendey's were blocked off.

 

Police also used a drone at one point to gather further information.  Also on scene was paramedics and the state highway patrol.  This is a developing situation...

 

Update: Police scanner reports seem to indicate a suspect making threats against themselves. 

 

Update: According to Aberdeen Police Captain Tanner Jondahl, the suspect was found dead by Police from what appears to be an apparent suicide.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pine wilt disease found in northeast South Dakota

Pine Wilt disease is a threat to Austrian and Scotch pines and until last week, it had not been identified in the northern half of South Dakota. The disease is caused by a nematode that is carried by a sawyer beetle from dead, infected trees to healthy ones. The feeding by the nematode causes the water-conducting pores in the tree to collapse resulting in the tree wilting very quickly. Symptoms are yellowing needles that turn brown; the tree normally dies quickly over a few weeks.

 

The management of this disease centers on promptly removing and destroying any infected pine tree. The infected wood should be either burned, buried or chipped to prevent the spread of infection. There is a pesticide that can be commercially injected into a healthy tree to prevent infection, however due to the expense and need to inject every 2-3 years, it is best limited to high-value pines.

 

Pine Wilt is a serious disease to our Scotch and Austrian pines. It is imperative that prompt management of infected trees is considered to slow the spread.


New CDC study shows 91 percent risk reduction of COVID-19 infection if vaccinated

A new CDC study finds the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent for fully vaccinated people. This adds to the growing body of real-world evidence of their effectiveness. Importantly, this study also is among the first to show that mRNA vaccination benefits people who get COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated (14 or more days after dose 2) or partially vaccinated (14 or more days after dose 1 to 13 days after dose 2).

 

“COVID-19 vaccines are a critical tool in overcoming this pandemic,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Findings from the extended timeframe of this study add to accumulating evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are effective and should prevent most infections — but that fully vaccinated people who still get COVID-19 are likely to have milder, shorter illness and appear to be less likely to spread the virus to others. These benefits are another important reason to get vaccinated.”

 

The findings come from four weeks of additional data collected in CDC’s HEROES-RECOVER study of health care workers, first responders, frontline workers, and other essential workers. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 because of their occupations. Preliminary results from this study were first announced in March 2021.

 

In the new analysis, 3,975 participants completed weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing for 17 consecutive weeks (from December 13, 2020, to April 10, 2021) in eight U.S. locations. Participants self-collected nasal swabs that were laboratory tested for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. If the tests came back positive, the specimens were further tested to determine the amount of detectable virus in the nose (i.e., viral load) and the number of days that participants tested positive (i.e., viral shedding). Participants were followed over time and the data were analyzed according to vaccination status. To evaluate vaccine benefits, the study investigators accounted for the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 viruses in the area and how consistently participants used personal protective equipment (PPE) at work and in the community. Once fully vaccinated, participants’ risk of infection was reduced by 91 percent. After partial vaccination, participants’ risk of infection was reduced by 81 percent. These estimates included symptomatic and asymptomatic infections.

 

To determine whether COVID-19 illness was milder, study participants who became infected with SARS-CoV-2 were combined into a single group and compared to unvaccinated, infected participants. Several findings indicated that those who became infected after being fully or partially vaccinated were more likely to have a milder and shorter illness compared to those who were unvaccinated. For example, fully or partially vaccinated people who developed COVID-19 spent on average six fewer total days sick and two fewer days sick in bed. They also had about a 60 percent lower risk of developing symptoms, like fever or chills, compared to those who were unvaccinated. Some study participants infected with SARS-CoV-2 did not develop symptoms.

 

Other study findings suggest that fully or partially vaccinated people who got COVID-19 might be less likely to spread the virus to others. For example, fully or partially vaccinated study participants had 40 percent less detectable virus in their nose (i.e., a lower viral load), and the virus was detected for six fewer days (i.e., viral shedding) compared to those who were unvaccinated when infected. In addition, people who were partially or fully vaccinated were 66 percent less likely to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection for more than one week compared to those who were unvaccinated. While these indicators are not a direct measure of a person’s ability to spread the virus, they have been correlated with the reduced spread of other viruses, such as varicella and influenza.

 

Overall, the study findings support CDC’s recommendation to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you can. Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination in the United States. CDC has several surveillance networks that will continue to assess how FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are working in real-world conditions in different settings and in different groups of people, such as different age groups and people with different health statuses.


Aberdeen man pleads not guilty to multiple felony charges

An Aberdeen man has plead not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and commission of a felony while armed with a gun. According to the Aberdeen American News, 44-year-old Charles Stewart allegedly was part of an incident where shots were fired the night of April 23rd at an apartment building on South Lincoln Street. Stewart was arrested with 21-year-old Austin Carroll of Aberdeen and 16-year-old Ariona L. Collins of Northville after fleeing to Montana.


CDC continues push to get young people vaccinated

The Center for Disease control and Prevention is rewnewing calls for younger children to get vaccinated for COIVD-19. Cases in the United States continue to go down through the vaccination effort. However, a new weekly report released by the CDC shows an increase in the number of youths hospitalized with COVID-19 this spring. The youth affected specifically are those children 12 to 17 years old. A recent gallop poll conducted shows two thirds of US adults who have responded said their lives are at leaset somewhat back to normal after they got vaccinated.


Groton native Kaitlin O'Neil named Miss South Dakota

Groton South Dakota native Kaitlin O'Neil has been named 2021 Miss South Dakota. O'Neil won the award Saturday night. She beat out 14 other contestants to earn the crown of Miss South Dakota. Along with the prestige of being crowned Miss South Dakota, O'Neil will get an $8,000 scholarship. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato and will now go on to compete in the Miss America pageant at the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut in December of 2021.


Johnson calls on changes to labeling on non-dairy plant based foods

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson has announced he has cosponsored the "Dairy Pride Act."

 

The Dairy Pride Act would require manufacturers of plant-based foods and beverages to stop labeling such items as diary products. Items such as almond milk, soy milk, yogurt, butter and more.

 

According to an op ed Johnson wrote in the Black Hills Pioneer on the matter, this legislation would benefit dairy producers and confused consumers across the United States. Johnson also wrote dairy farmers in South Dakota deserve more support now due to the pandemic.


Gov. Noem defends pushing further in lawsuit over fireworks and Mt. Rushmore

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says the state will challenge a federal judges ruling that lets the National Park Service ban July Fourth fireworks at Mt Rushmore.

 

She says its important to hold the celebration...

 

 

 


Noem says the fireworks highlights state tourism...

 

 

 

 

Noem says they didn’t get a good explanation for the cancellation...

 

 

 

 

Noem says the state could spend up to one hundred fifty thousand dollars on the legal challenge.

 


Nominations being sought for the annual "Abby Awards"

Nominations are being sought for the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual ABBY Awards. The awards banquet will be held on Thursday, September 16 at the Dakota Event Center.

 

Anyone may nominate a business or organization in the following categories by calling the Chamber at 605-225-2860 or emailing info@aberdeen-chamber.com:

 

  • The Agribusiness Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance in the development and advancement of the agriculture industry in South Dakota through farming, ranching, services, resources and related programs.

  • The Bridge Builder Award is presented to a business or organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance in collaborating with community educational institutions and agencies to expand their workforce to include under-served segments such as students, individuals with special needs, veterans and minority groups.

  • The Community Involvement - Business Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance in its support of the community through its involvement and support of programs, events or voluntary groups that serve to enhance the community.

  • The Community Involvement - Non Profit Award is presented to a non-profit organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance in its mission to serve the community through programs and resources such as arts & culture, sports, education, volunteerism, financial assistance, etc.

  • The Customer Service - Retail Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance and service in the retail sector.

  • The Customer Service - Service Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated exceptional performance and service in the service sector.

  • The Health & Wellness Award is presented to a business or organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance in providing and promoting health and wellness and related programs and services within their company and/or community.

  • The Manufacturing Award is presented to a business who has demonstrated exceptional performance and innovation producing and distributing manufactured goods.

  • The Professional Services Award is presented to a business or organization that has demonstrated exceptional performance providing support services to businesses in our community.

 

Once a nomination is made, the Chamber will contact the nominee and ask them to complete an official award application by August 19, 2021. All ABBY award winners are selected by a panel of judges from throughout the United States, with the exception of the People’s Choice, which is voted on locally from nominees in all nine categories.

 


National Weather Service reminds South Dakotans to not leave pets or children in hot cars

The National Weather Service is reminding South Dakotan's during the summer heat, do not leave children or pets in hot cars while shopping or runnig errands. Aberdeen hit 100 degrees farenheit this past weekend, the first time since 2018. Those hot temperatures are going to continue, with highs predicted to be in the 90s and possible triple digits for the next 10 days. Cracking a window does not do enough for children or pets in vehilces and pets could die in at as little as 15 minutes from heat stroke. According to Sotuh Dakota law, resonable force may be used to remove an animal that appears endgangered by any peace officer or agent or officer of any humane socieyt.


One person killed north of Aberdeen in motorcycle/pickup accident Friday

One person died late Friday night in a motorcycle-pickup crash north of Aberdeen.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2020 Harley Davidson FLHTCSE2 motorcycle was southbound on 387th Avenue. A 2013 Dodge Ram pickup, going north on 387th Avenue, attempted to make a left turn onto 129th Street in front of the motorcycle. The two vehicles collided.

 

The 27-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was later pronounced dead at an Aberdeen hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

 

Charges are pending against the 19-year-old male driver of the pickup.

 

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.


Federal judge blocks Gov. Noem's request to have fireworks display at Mt. Rushmore on 4th of July

A federal judge has ruled against South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in her battle to have a fireworks display over Mt. Rushmore this upcoming 4th of July.  Fireworks returned to the monument last year for the first time in over a decade, as in years past it was deemed to unsafe due to regularly dry conditions.  The Biden Administration and Department of Interior, who oversees the park, informed the state fireworks would not be allowed this year citing health and safety concerns.  According to the judge in this case, ruling against the park service would be litigating from the bench as it followed precedent in its decision to cancel the event.  Governor Noem says she will appeal the decision. 


Montessori school and Calvary Baptist Church to hold food give away event Thursday in Aberdeen

The Montessori School of Aberdeen along with the Calvary Baptist Church are hosting a free food box giveaway today starting at 4:00 p.m.  the giveaway will be held at the Baptist Church at 515 Eighth Ave NW.  Food is available to anyone and will be distributed via a drive-thru event.  More than 1,200 boxes of food will be given away and the event will run while supplies last. 


Rep. Dusty Johnson to visit north central and northeast South Dakota today

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson will visit north central and northeast South Dakota today.  First, Representative Johnson will tour South Dakota Arms in Miller at 11:00 a.m.  He will then travel to Aberdeen where he will tour the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 3:15 p.m.


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for water main work:

 

South 1st Street from 1st Avenue SW to Railroad Avenue SW

 

The work is expected to last through the week.  The road will reopen nightly and close again the following day while the work continues.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Name released in Brown county fatal crash

A Conway, Arkansas man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Groton.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when it left the roadway, went into a ditch and hit a pole.

 

Mitchell Domokos, the 39-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

 

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.


SD Dept. of Public Safety releases further information on "Amber Alert" issued Saturday

The South Dakota Highway Patrol was the lead agency on Saturday night’s amber alert through parts of South Dakota. Here are additional details on the event:

 

At 12:48 p.m. Saturday, there was a report of a possible kidnapping in Custer County. Katrina Seay, 37, Rapid City, was reported to have taken her two children, a girl age nine and a boy age five, from their legal guardian’s home in Custer. Seay was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedan.

 

An amber alert was issued for the two children. The vehicle was located on South Dakota Highway 44 headed towards Interstate 90. The Highway Patrol and other law enforcement followed the vehicle eastbound on Interstate 90. The Highway Patrol airplane also was used to monitor the vehicle’s direction of travel.

 

No stop was initiated for safety reasons.

 

The vehicle took the Mitchell exit and short pursuit took place within the city before the pursuit was ended. The suspect drove northbound on South Dakota Highway 37, turned off a dirt road and drove to a residence located on 245th Street.

 

Officers arrived and Highway Patrol troopers and Davidson County Deputies arrested two adults: Seay and passenger, Matthew Cabaniss, 40, Rapid City.

 

Both children were found safe and later transported back to their guardian’s residence in Custer.

 

Charges are pending with the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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

 


Senator Thune to visit Aberdeen Wednesday

South Dakota Senator John Thune will visit Aberdeen today and take part in several events.  First, Senator Thune will speak at the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce community affairs luncheon at 11:30 a.m.  at the Best Western Ramkota.  Thune will then address attendees at Northern State University at 1:00 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center.  At 2:30 p.m. he will hold a meeting at WEB Water.  At 3:15 p.m. he will tour Allevity Family Entertainment and close out the day with a meeting with the airport board at 4:00 p.m. at the Aberdeen Regional Airport. 


Poll shows South Dakotan's approve of the state's initiated measure process

According to a poll of 500 South Dakotans from across the state, a wide majority of residents are highly supportive of their right ot put measures on the statewide ballot and make law directly from the voting booth.

 

Almost 75 percent of poll respondents said the citizen-led ballot-initiative process is an important part of a democracy in South Dakota, and 63 percent said they don’t want the state legislature to make the process more difficult. 

 

The poll was conducted in late April through a partnership between South Dakota News Watch and the Chiesman Center for Democracy at the University of South Dakota. 

 

The timing of the poll may have influenced the results.  The survey was done six months after the November 2020 election in which South Dakotans voted for legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. 


One person died Wednesday in one-vehicle accident north of Groton

One person died early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Groton.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when it left the roadway, went into a ditch and hit a telephone pole.

 

The 39-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.


Aberdeen fire and rescue responds to apartment fire

On May 29 at 1339 hours, Aberdeen Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire involving a multi-unit senior living complex in the 2200 block of 3rd Ave SE. Upon arrival, crews encountered smoke and fire originating from a single apartment unit. This unit was unoccupied and the fire was quickly extinguished. The affected apartment did receive extensive fire, smoke and water damage. Searches were conducted to ensure all tenants in the immediate area were evacuated. Fire personnel ventilated smoke and checked for additional fire concerns and none were noted. There were no injuries and the fire remains under investigation. All tenants were allowed back into their apartments once deemed safe.


Aberdeen fire and rescue responds to apartment fire

On May 29 at 1339 hours, Aberdeen Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire involving a multi-unit senior living complex in the 2200 block of 3rd Ave SE. Upon arrival, crews encountered smoke and fire originating from a single apartment unit. This unit was unoccupied and the fire was quickly extinguished. The affected apartment did receive extensive fire, smoke and water damage. Searches were conducted to ensure all tenants in the immediate area were evacuated. Fire personnel ventilated smoke and checked for additional fire concerns and none were noted. There were no injuries and the fire remains under investigation. All tenants were allowed back into their apartments once deemed safe.


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