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Local News Archives for 2021-07

Rep. Johnson responds to Jan. 6th attack committee investigation

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The January 6th Investigation Committee of the US House is under heavy partisan criticism. The committee was created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take testimony on the riot at the US Capitol and held their first hearing this week.

 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says there are some questions about that day that need answers...

 

 

 

Johnson says the stories told by the four Capitol Police officers at the hearing were stunning...

 

 

 

Johnson, a republican, says this committee will be seen as having a political agenda...

 

 

 

Another hearing has not yet been scheduled.

 


Rep. Johnson responds to Jan. 6th attack committee investigation

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) The January 6th Investigation Committee of the US House is under heavy partisan criticism. The committee was created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take testimony on the riot at the US Capitol and held their first hearing this week.

 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says there are some questions about that day that need answers...

 

 

 

Johnson says the stories told by the four Capitol Police officers at the hearing were stunning...

 

 

 

Johnson, a republican, says this committee will be seen as having a political agenda...

 

 

 

Another hearing has not yet been scheduled.

 


Sobriety checkpoints announced for August

Ten sobriety checkpoints in eight counties are planned throughout South Dakota during August.

 

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.

  

August checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of: Beadle, Brown, Codington, Davison, Lake, Lincoln, Minnehaha 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.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Monday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Monday August 2nd water will be on and off periodically in the following area to install a water main:  Wiley Park Campground and Storybook Land, 20th Avenue NW and 24th Avenue Northwest.  Water is expected to be on and off throughout the day Monday.  Residents in the affected area are urged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  The work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


Gov. Noem signs executive order barring Dept. of Education from applying for history and civic grants

Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-11, which directs the South Dakota Department of Education to refrain from applying for any federal grants tied to critical race theory.

 

 “Critical race theory has no place in South Dakota schools. These ideas are un-American. We are ‘one nation, under God, indivisible,’ yet critical race theory seeks to divide us based on inaccurate revisions to our nation’s history,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Our students should learn America’s true history by studying both our triumphs and our mistakes. Only then will students learn that America remains the shining example of exceptionalism throughout the history of the world.”

 

At the urging of South Dakota Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson, South Dakota State Historian Ben Jones, and others, the US Department of Education removed all references to the 1619 Project and Ibram Kendi from their American History and Civics-National Activities Grants. However, the grants’ priorities continue to allude to this divisive revisionist history.

 

“The revised proposals from the US Department of Education still advocate critical race theory in all but name,” continued Governor Noem. “We are the Mount Rushmore State, home to our nation’s greatest monument to our history. And we take the study of American history seriously. Our classrooms are meant for education, not indoctrination, and that is how we will continue to operate in South Dakota.”

 

Under the Executive Order, the South Dakota Department of Education is barred from applying for any federal grants in history or civics. The Board of Education Standards continues to work on revisions to South Dakota state history and civics standards. These revisions will be consistent with the civics initiative proposed by Governor Noem and passed by the legislature this past legislative session.  Governor Noem had also earlier requested a review of policies by the South Dakota Board of Regents to ensure the state’s higher education system remains focused on honest, patriotic education.


Hazy sky caused by Canadian wildfires

Residents may be experiencing hazy skies and the smell of something burning while outside today.  Steve Fleegle with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen explained where that is coming from...

 

 

 

Pierre Volunteer Fire Chief Ian Paul says its not ucommon for the smoke to travel this far, but it is unusual for the haze to be so thick...

 


Body of missing Dell Rapids woman found

The body of a missing Dell Rapids woman was located Wednesday according to authorities.  55-year-old Kenyon Brown had been missing since July 22nd when her family told Dakota News Now, she left home without a phone or her ID.  A search crew located the body around 7:15 p.m.  The location or condition of the body was not immediately released. 


DOH announces 269 new COVID-19 cases

The South Dakota Department of Health announced 269 new COVID-19 cases across the state from July 21st to July 29th.  The Department now gives one update a week on Wednesday.  Active cases in the state are now up to 434.  There are currently 33 people in the state hospitalized with COVID-19.  Brown County reported three new cases of COVID-19 over the past week.  Active cases in the county now sit at four.  Brown county has now been upgraded to “moderate” community spread, the highest tier level of community transmission reported in the CDC tracker, after spending months rated “minimal”.  Brown county is one of five counties across the state with upgraded community transmission. 


Road closures planned for Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. today Thursday July 29th, the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  10th Avenue SE and South Lloyd Street.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Work is expected to last all day.


Gov. Noem orders flags at half staff Saturday at the capital in honor of the late state lawmaker David Lust

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on Saturday, July 31 in honor of former State Representative David Lust. Lust served as state representative at various times from 2007 to 2018, including as Majority Leader from 2011 to 2014 and as Majority Whip from 2009 to 2010.

 

“I was heartbroken to learn of David Lust’s passing,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “He was a wonderful thoughtful man. He focused on the legal implications of every bill, not the politics of it. We’ll miss him dearly. Bryon and I are praying for his family.”

 

A memorial service for Lust will be held on Saturday, July 31, 1:30 pm MT at The Fine Arts Theatre at The Monument in Rapid City.

 


Water planned to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Friday, July 30th, 2021 the below areas will be periodically out of water throughout the day to install water main:

 

Wylie Park & Campground

Storybook Land

20th Avenue NW

And

24th Avenue NW

 

Water is expected to be on & off throughout the day on Friday, 7/30/2021.  Residents in the area are advised to collect & store water for personal use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 

 


CDC now recommends masks be worn in public due to spiking cases

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Tuesday recommending all people, even those fully vaccinated return to wearing masks while indoors in parts of the US where the delta variant of the coronavrius is powering an infection and hospitalization spike.  The new guidelines are recommended for parts of the US with at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week.  That includes 60 percent of US counties according to officials.  The CDC is still encouraging anyone eligible to get the vaccine to do so. 


Authorities in Mitchell investigating dead body found within the city

Authorities in Mitchell are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man after his body was found within the city Monday.  Police responded to reports of people breaking into vehicles around 3:15 a.m. Monday at the Mitchell Soccer Complex.  After searching the complex, officers found a teenager’s body who had been reported as missing.  The body was found in the ditch off the road.  Investigators believe the victim had visible wounds consistent with being thrown from the back of a moving pickup.   


Water to be turned off in parts of Aberdeen Friday

Beginning at approximately 8:00am on Friday, July 30th, 2021 the below areas will be periodically out of water throughout the day to install water main:

 

Wylie Park & Campground

Storybook Land

20th Avenue NW

And

24th Avenue NW

 

Water is expected to be on & off throughout the day on Friday, 7/30/2021.  Residents in the area are advised to collect & store water for personal use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


Change of plea court hearing scheduled in the "Baby Andrew" case

A woman facing charges in the death of her newborn son in 1981 plans to change her plea.  58-year-old Theresa Bentaas will be in court on Oct. 8th about the plea change and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 2nd. She faces three alternative counts including first-degree murder. Investigators say Bentaas left her newborn son to die on the outskirts of Sioux Falls back in 1982.  The case became known as the “baby Andrew” case and it went cold until DNA evidence linked Bentaas to the infant in 2019. 


Gov. Noem visits South Dakota national guard troops on US/Mexico border

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem visited the United States/Mexico border Monday and spoke with some of the 48 South Dakota National Guard Troops she sent down there in early July.  Governor Noem sent the troops south at the request of Texas Governor Greg Abbot.  The deployment of these troops is being paid for by a $1 million private donation from a Tennessee billionaire.  Noem said in a statement about the trip she is grateful for the soldiers who volunteered for this mission and that the deployment is working to strengthen border security.


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 28th the following road will be closed to thru traffic for utility work.  South 10th Street from 6th avenue SW to 7th Ave SW.  The road is expected to be closed all day on Wednesday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Aberdeen Police believe they found the body of missing area woman Nancee Bitz

Aberdeen Police believe the have located the body of Nancee Bitz, a local woman who went missing back in April.  According to a release from Aberdeen Police, authorities were called to investigate a suspicious object near the west bridge area of Richmond Lake.  Dive teams were called to investigate further and confirmed there was a vehicle in the water.  The car matched the description of the vehicle drive by 72-year-old Nancee Bitz.  Police later recovered a body inside.  An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. 

 


Fire destroys rural Clinton, MN elevator

Fire departments from a dozen communities were called out Sunday morning to a massive grain elevator fire in Clinton, Minnesota.

Big Stone County Sheriff Mark Brown says the fire call to the Wheaton-Dumont cooperative elevator came in at 10:45.

The elevator's office area and grain towers were fully engulfed by the time the first units arrived.
Authorities ordered everyone living within three blocks of the elevator to evacuate their homes as a precaution. That evacuation order was later lifted.

U.S. Highway 75 thru Clinton was closed to traffic, and detour signs remained in place overnight.

Residents of Clinton were being asked to conserve water as fire operations continued.

Fire departments from Clinton, Graceville, Beardsley, Ortonville, Odessa, Big Stone City, Wheaton, Herman, Browns Valley, Chokio, Morris and Dumont all responded to the fire.

There was no early indication of how the fire started. 


Three people killed Thursday in car accident near Sioux Falls

Three people died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash in Sioux Falls.

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

Preliminary information indicates that a 2010 Mazda3 was northbound on Interstate 229 when it left the roadway to the right, hit a tree and caught on fire. The male driver and the two female passengers were both pronounced dead at the scene. Seat belt use is under investigation.

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.


Pierre man arrested for indecent exposure

A 79 year old Pierre man is charged with Indecent Exposure after an incident yesterday morning (July 22, 2021) in Pierre.

 

Information from the Pierre Police Department says shortly before 8am (7:53am) Central South Dakota Communications dispatch center received a report of a naked man masturbating in the front yard of a residence in the 500 block of N. Evans Street. Several people witnessed the behavior and were able to give investigating officers a description of the suspect.

 

Officers spoke with Kenneth Williams, who was subsequently arrested for Indecent Exposure and taken to the Hughes County Jail. 


Dept. of Health announces first human West Nile transmission of the season

Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed that a Walworth County resident, a male in his 60’s, is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the 2021 season.

 

“Protecting yourself from mosquito bites, especially during evening hours, remains vitally important to avoid becoming infected with West Nile Virus,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist.

 

Historically, South Dakota has seen a disproportionately high number of WNV cases that involve inflammation of the brain or spinal cord compared to other regional states. Residents can reduce their risk by taking the following actions:

 

  • Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, param-menthane-diol, or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin. Limit exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves in the evening;
  • Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when mosquitoes are most active. Culex tarsalis are the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota;
  • Remove standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. Regularly change the water in birdbaths, outside pet dishes, and drain water from other flowerpots and garden containers and stay away from areas near standing water; and
  • Support local mosquito control efforts.

 

These precautions are especially important for people at high risk for WNV, including individuals over 50, pregnant women, organ transplant patients, individuals with cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.

 

Since the first human WNV case was reported in 2002, the state has reported 2,634 human cases, including 850 hospitalizations and 46 deaths. Every county has previously reported cases.

 
 


Flags to fly at half staff Friday at the capital in honor of the late state senator Wendell Hanson

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on Friday, July 30 in honor of former State Senator Wendell Hanson. Wendell served as state senator from 1977 to 1978 and from 1981 to 1982

 

Funeral services for Wendell will be held on Friday, July 30, 11:00 am at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, 4100 S. Bahnson in Sioux Falls. A 2pm interment will follow at the South Dakota State Veterans’ Cemetery.  


DOH updates COVID-19 numbers Wed. July 21st

The South Dakota Department of Health announced 82 new cases of COVID-19 across the state Wednesday.  The Department of Health now updates the COVID-19 numbers once a week on Wednesdays.  One new death was reported pushing the death toll up to 2,041 since the start of the pandemic.  Current hospitalizations are now at 38, up from 20 last week.  Brown county has three new cases of COVID-19.  Active cases in the county are now at six. 


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Thursday July 22nd, water will be shut off in the following area to replace a fire hydrant:  South 3rd street from 15th avenue SW to 17th avenue SW.  Water is expected to be off most of the day Thursday.  Residents in the affected area are encouraged to collect and store water for personal and restroom use.  The work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Tribal police fire weapons in altercation with suspect

Oglala Sioux police officers discharged their weapons, wounding a suspect in response to a domestic disturbance on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Monday.  Police responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. Monday and found a man deceased and another brandishing a weapon.  The person with the weapon was taken into custody after being shot by police.  No further information was released and the FBI has taken over the investigation.   


State has $86 million budget surplus

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has announced the state has finished its fiscal year with an $86 million dollar surplus.  According to Governor Noem, tax revenue hit a 30-year high and finished $62 million over what was estimated, despite the pandemic.  The state also spent approximately $24 million less than was budgeted.  Governor Noem was quick to give credit to the state’s quote “respect for freedom and continued emphasis on fiscal responsibility” for the surplus.  The state also received billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief dollars.    


West Nile detected in parts of South Dakota

Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pools of the season have been detected in Brookings and Codington Counties. State officials urge the public to take simple steps to protect themselves and their families against WNV which can cause fever, headaches, rash, swollen lymph nodes and muscle and joint aches.


“Given the rural nature of our state and increased outdoor activities during the summer, protecting yourself against mosquito bites remains an important factor against West Nile infection,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist for the Department of Health. “Something as simple as using bug spray or limiting activities between dusk-to-dawn hours can reduce your infection risk significantly.”  
 
Prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of WNV with the following precautions: 

 

  • Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus 2-undecanone, param-menthane-diol, or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin. Limit exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves in the evening;
  • Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when mosquitoes are most active. Culex tarsalis are the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota;
  • Remove standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. Regularly change water in bird baths, outside pet dishes, and drain water from other flowerpots and garden containers and stay away from areas near standing water; and
  • Support local mosquito control efforts.
     

Personal precautions are especially important for those at high risk for WNV – people over 50, pregnant women, transplant patients, individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.


Since its first human WNV case in 2002, the state has reported 2,634 human cases, including 850 hospitalizations and 46 deaths. Every county has reported cases.


Gov. Noem signs executive order to address energy shortage

Governor Kristi Noem has signed Executive Order 2021-10 granting extended hours of service for the commercial delivery of petroleum products in South Dakota.

 

The order declares a state of emergency and exempts delivery of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and ethyl alcohol from federal motor carrier regulations on drivers’ hours of service. Residents and businesses in western South Dakota are faced with an unexpected shortage of supply.

 

“We are at the height of our tourism season, as well as a busy time for our agriculture industry. Maintaining the supply of fuel is crucial to preventing a disruption of service to two of our state’s major industries,” said Noem. “This 30-day order is meant to ensure a steady supply of fuel is available to our visitors, businesses, farmers, and ranchers in the western part of the state.’’

 

The governor noted that this is not just an issue within South Dakota, but a regional emergency that is being met with swift action.

 

Although hours of service have been temporarily suspended for commercial deliveries, companies may not require or allow fatigued drivers to make deliveries.

 

The executive order was signed July 17 and expires at midnight on August 16, 2021. All other road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.


Watertown child dies at daycare

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) A Watertown woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 16 month-old child in her care.

Watertown Police Sergeant Steve Rehorst tells KWAT News the investigation began when officers were called to an in-home daycare on Wednesday afternoon....

 

 

 

The child was later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, and died.

 

Police arrested 30 year-old Amanda Walder on a charge of Abuse or Cruelty to a Minor. She's being held at the Codington County Jail on $25,000 cash bond.

 

The child's name has not been released.

 

Rehorst says it's an ongoing investigation, and explains where it goes from here...

 

 

 

Rehorst says it's possible the charges against Walder could be upgraded to more serious charges--depending on the findings of the investigation. 


Gov. Noem fires State Pen Warden Darin Young and Deputy Warden Jennifer Dreiske

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced additional personnel decisions regarding the South Dakota Department of Corrections. State Penitentiary Warden Darin Young and Deputy Warden Jennifer Dreiske have been terminated following continued investigation by the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources.

 

As was announced on Tuesday, July 13, Deputy Secretary Doug Clark has stepped in as acting warden until a longer-term interim can be named. Additionally, Director of Pheasantland Industries Stefany Bawek has been placed on administrative leave.

 

Interim Secretary of Corrections Tim Reisch, Bureau of Human Resources Commissioner Darin Seeley, and Secretary of Social Services Laurie Gill are continuing their work to support this ongoing investigation.

 

No further comment will be made at this time.


Death by suicide on record pace in 2021 for South Dakota

New numbers released by South Dakota New watch shows suicides within the state are on the rise in 2021.  According to the numbers, 59 deaths were ruled as suicides from January through March, putting the state on record pace for suicides in 2021.  Also on the rise, is calls for help among potentially suicidal residents.  Prevention experts believe sadness over the COVID-19 pandemic along with untreated mental health issues are likely responsible for the rising suicide death rates. 


Brookings woman pleads guilty to first degree manslaughter in death of her niece

A Brookings woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter as part of a plea deal.  According to KJJQ radio in Brookings, 27-year-old Renae Fayant pleaded guilty in the death of her niece, stemming from an incident in 2019.  According to court documents the 3-year-old girl died in a Brookings home.  An autopsy would reveal she died from malnourishment and dehydration.  Fayant and a man at the home 29-year-old Robert Price Jr. were both charged in the victim’s death.  In exchange for her guilty plea prosecutors have dismissed the second-degree murder charges and abuse or cruelty to a minor.  She faces a maximum of 75 years in prison when she is sentenced. 


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, July 15th between the hours of 9:00 pm and 1:00 am.  

 

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

 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Gov. Noem places Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt and State Penitentiary Warden Darin Young on administrative leave

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced late Tuesday night she has placed Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt and State Penitentiary Warden Darin Young on administrative leave. 

 

The decision comes following an investigation conducted by the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources, following an anonymous complaint.  The author of the complaint dealt mainly with the State penitentiary in Sioux Falls and included issues such as lack of proper safety equipment, emphasis on the look of the property rather than safety, and lack of listening leading to low morale. 

 

The full anonymous complaint can be found here.

 

Governor Noem has appointed Tim Reisch, retired Adjutant General of the South Dakota National Guard to serve as interim secretary of corrections and deputy secretary of corrections Doug Clark will step up as acting warden. 


Name released of Clark county man in boating accident

(KXLG - Watertown, SD) The Clark County Sheriff has released the name of the man killed in a boating accident last Thursday morning in Clark County.  The accident happened about 10 a.m. during a storm that produced heavy rain and hail with low visibility.  Killed in the accident was 49 year old Christopher Michael Kayl of Worthing, South Dakota. Kayl was thrown from the boat he was in after it was T-boned by another watercraft on Indian Springs Lake Southeast of Clark, South Dakota.  There were three men onboard each watercraft.  Two sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transferred to Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown.   No other details have been released yet by the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department.  The Clark County Sheriff’s office was also called to another incident last Wednesday when a man, identified as Todd Thesenvitz of Jasper, Minnesota, was injured after a bottom bouncer he was using let loose from a fish, soared into the boat, and pierced the man’s heart.  In a Facebook post Saturday his wife Marie Thesenvitz said she hadn’t said much about the incident earlier because she wasn’t able to process the freak accident.  In her post she said it happened about 11:15 a.m. when she, her daughter and husband were fishing with spinners connected to bottom bouncers.  They were nearing their limit of fish when her husband Todd grabbed onto a monster northern.  As he was bringing the fish to the surface the northern broke the hook.  She says the incident all happened fast.  As she was about to net the fish the bottom bouncer gave way.   His daughter Keanna, who Sheriff McGraw said was an RN, convinced her father not to pull it out and to remain calm on the floor of the boat for the 13 minute trip back to shore where they were met by the ambulance. Thesenvitz was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital where the thin wire was surgically removed from his chest.  Marie described the procedure as complicated, but successful.  In concluding her post Marie Thesenvitz commented saying,  “The surgeon was very blunt stating there was no reason Todd should still be alive and that a lesser man would be dead.” She added, “If anything had gone any different from the second it happened until he was on the operating room table they would not have been able to save him.” She ended saying,“Today, I thank you all for your prayers and your positive energies! My husband is alive and healing. We are possibly looking at going home in a day or two!! If any of my friends know a Clark county volunteer or officer etc... or anyone who was present on the 7th of July please tag them in this so we can thank them properly!”


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Wednesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Wednesday, July14, 2021, water will be off  in the following areas to install water main:

          9th Avenue SE from S. State St to S. Lloyd St

and

South Lloyd Street from 9th Ave SE to 10th Ave SE

Water is expected to be off most of the day.  Residents in the area are advised to collect & store water for personal use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Thursday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Thursday, July 15th, 2021, water will be off in the following areas to install water lines:

North Kettering Drive & 5th Avenue NE

 

Water is expected to be off most of the morning.  Residents in the area are advised to collect and store water for personal use.   Work will be completed as quickly as possible.


Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in case against Peacemaker

Prosecutors in Codington county will not seek the death penalty against suspect Jeremiah Peacemaker.  Peacemaker is facing first degree murder charges in the death of 28-year-old Kendra Owen of Watertown last fall.  Owen’s body was found in her home September 2nd of 2019.  Peacemaker was arrested the following day.  Despite not seeking the death penalty, should Peacemaker be found guilty he will face life in prison.  His trial is scheduled to start October 18th


Trial for Mitchell man who went viral defying School Board mask mandate set to begin

(KMIT - Mitchell, SD) A Mitchell man who made national and international news for refusing to leave a Mitchell School Board meeting last September after not complying with the school district’s mask mandate is set to go to trial next month.  A motions hearing for Reed Bender was held last week at the Davison County Courthouse.  Bender’s attorney, R. Shawn Tornow (tore-know), questioned whether officers responding to the incident were acting in lawful authority and requested a copy of the Mitchell School Board policy that Bender is accused of violating.  He added that officers needed a basis to invade Bender’s personal space and remove him from the meeting.  Another issue discussed at the hearing was to what extent the criminal records of officers and witnesses will be shared.  Bender faces an obstruction charge, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. 


South Dakota joins on to a lawsuit against Google

The State of South Dakota has joined a major lawsuit against Google in California.  Late last week, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg joined on with 37 other attorneys general to file a lawsuit against the tech giant.  The lawsuit alleges the company has been taking part in exclusionary practices relating to its “Google Play Store” where users of the Android phone get games and apps.  The lawsuit is co-led by the Attorneys general from Utah, New York, Tennessee and North Carolina.  This is just the latest suit against Google for anticompetitive or unfair business practices. 


Three people in Watertown arrested for writing bad checks

(Gowatertown.net, Watertown, SD) Watertown police arrested three people this week following a report of fraudulent checks being cashed at a local casino.

 

Police were called to a casino in the 1300 block of 5th Avenue Southeast Wednesday on a report of the checks being cashed.

 

About four hours later, a traffic stop by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in the 3300 block of 9th Avenue Southeast netted the suspects.

 

Authorities arrested 54 year-old Roy French and 33 year-old Shawn Albrecht of Watertown, and 36 year-old Aida Mahmutovic of Sioux Falls.

 

A search of the vehicle they were in uncovered additional fraudulent checks, check blanks, a printer and a computer used to produce the fraudulent checks.

 

All three suspects were booked into the Codington County Jail on bond ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. 


Gov. Noem sends more national guard troops to the border this time at the request of the federal government

Today, Governor Kristi Noem approved the deployment of approximately 125 members of the South Dakota National Guard to the southern border between the United States and Mexico. The deployment will take place later this year at the request of the federal government.

 

“Our South Dakota National Guard is the very best in the country, and they are prepared for the sustained response the national security crisis at our southern border requires,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “I am hopeful that this mission indicates the Biden Administration is waking up to the devastating situation at the border.”

           

The soldiers are members of the South Dakota National Guard's 1742nd Transportation Company, stationed in Sioux Falls and Flandreau. These soldiers will be deployed for up to nine to twelve months and will be in a federal pay status. This deployment is in addition to the state active duty deployment that Governor Noem announced last week.

 

The guard members will provide non-law enforcement support to U.S. customs agents as part of the government's Southwest Border mission. The Southwest Border mission involves security along the Mexican border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The request for South Dakota guard members came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Guard Bureau. About 3,000 Guard members from several states are involved in this federal mission. For security reasons, additional information about the guard members' duties will not be provided.


Aberdeen Fire and Rescue offering EMT training later this year

Aberdeen Fire and Rescue will be offering an emergency medical technicians course later this year.  Classes will start in September and go through December.  Cost is $800 to participate and credits through Presentation College will be made available.  Classes will run Monday and Wednesday’s from six to 10 p.m.  There are also three Saturday classes from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exam.  A background check must be completed by the city paid for by the participate. 


Rep. Johnson against too large of infrastructure package

(WNAX - Yankton, SD) Congressional republicans are pushing back against trillions of dollars in proposed spending by the Biden Administration.

 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says he could support what he calls “a reasonable plan”...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says he can support a targeted infrastructure plan...

 

 

 

 

Johnson says he is willing to compromise when necessary...

 

 

 

 

The US House is scheduled to be in session for nine days between now and Labor Day, while the Senate will work eleven days.

 


Charges pending against 19-year-old driver of fatal accident

Two people died and another person was seriously injured early Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Plankinton.

 

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

 

Preliminary information indicates that a 2002 Toyota Camry was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control of the car. The vehicle went into the south ditch and rolled.

 

Both male passengers, ages 26 and 60, were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The 19-year-old female driver, whose seat belt use is under investigation, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. She was transported by ambulance to a Mitchell hospital and later airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Charges are pending against her.

 

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 Marshal Nilsen encourages common sense when it comes to fireworks this weekend

Aberdeen Fire Marshal Chris Nilsen is encouraging all those choosing to use fireworks this weekend to do so carefully.

 

According to Nilsen, the dry conditions make chances for fire even greater...

 

 

 

 

Within city limits you can light of fireworks, but only a certain select type.  Nilsen explains...

 

 

 

 

Nilsen gave some other safety measures while discharging fireworks this weekend...

 

 

 


City garbage pickup schedule to change due to 4th of July holiday

Due to the 4th of July Holiday observance on Monday, July 5th, city garbage pick-up will change.  Residents who normally have their garbage picked up on Monday are reminded to have their garbage out for pickup by 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.  Both Monday and Tuesday’s garbarge will be picked up Tuesday.  Recycling remains on a normal five day schedule. 


State lawmakers call on Gov. Noem to apologize for

A group of South Dakota lawmakers are calling on South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem to apologize to the South Dakota National Guard following deploying 50 members to the southern border.  In a letter sent by the lawmakers, all democrats including District 2’s Jennifer Keintz, the lawmakers call the deploying of the national guard to the southern border a “misuse”.  The letter also says the Governor accepting private donations from a Tennessee billionaire to fund the deployment raising ethical questions and sets a dangerous precedent moving forward. 


Citywide mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday

The City of Aberdeen has scheduled a city-wide ground spray for mosquitoes on Thursday, July 1st between the hours of 9:00 pm and 1:00 am.   

 

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

 

For more information, contact Aberdeen Mosquito Control Program at 626.7015


Police release more information about suspicious person arrested at Wiley Park

UPDATE: The Aberdeen Police Department has released further information about the suspect arrested at Wiley Park Wednesday.  Below is the statement police released.

Original story:

The Aberdeen Police Department says Wiley Park has been shut down due to a "suspicious subject" located at the park.  This "subject" as it is called in the Police's Facebook post, was stating intenitons to cause harm to others.  The suspec thas been taken into custody by the Aberdeen Police Department.
 

However, the park has been placed on lockdown pending a further investigaiton.  Police did not say if there was any connection to the potential explosive device found at Wiley last week.  

 

The park was partially reopened at 4:00 p.m. and fully reopened at 7:00 p.m. 


State patrol releases policy regarding interacting with people using medical marijuana

With it being July 1st and IM-26 now makes medical marijuana legal, the South Dakota Highway has released policies it says it will follow when interacting with medical marijuana users. 

 

According to the framework released by the patrol, troopers will not arrest or incarcerate someone at the scene of a stop who is unable to present an up to date medical cannabis card as long as, the individual possesses no more than three ounces of natural and unaltered marijuana , individual claims a the time that they are suffering from a debilitating medical condition as defined by the department of health, or the individual produces printed or electronic documentation relative to their condition. 

 

Troopers will not arrest out of state medical marijuana users of they too have an out of state unexpired card or possess no more than three ounces. 

 

Governor Noem's administration has released a statment on the decision by the Highway Patrol, saying she supports the policies put in place by state troopers. 


Medical marijuana now legal in South Dakota

It is July 1st 2021, which marks the beginning of legal medical marijuana in South Dakota.  IM 26 was passed overwhelmingly by voters in November of 2020, making South Dakota the 36th state to legalize medical marijuana. 

 

The South Dakota Department of Health has released preliminary conditions covered by the state’s medical marijuana program.  Some of those conditions include:

  • AIDS or positive HIV
  • ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • MS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • epilepsy and seizures
  • glaucoma
  • PTSD

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