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Local News Archives for 2021-08

Sobriety checkpoints announced for September

September’s list of sobriety checkpoints has been released by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

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.

 

There are 19 checkpoints planned for the month in 14 counties.

  

September checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Codington, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyman, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Stanley, 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.


$2 million powerball ticket sold in Yankton

A winning ticket from Saturday’s Powerball drawing will soon make a South Dakota Lottery player’s dreams come true. 

 

The South Dakota Lottery’s weekend drawings were highlighted by a $2 million Powerball winner. The winning ticket was purchased at Hy-Vee Food Store, located on 2100 Broadway Ave. in Yankton.

 

The ticket matched five winning numbers for the game’s second prize. The player also elected to add the Power Play feature, which doubled the prize to $2 million.

 

The winning numbers were 12, 22, 26, 46 and 59, while the Powerball was 26. Saturday’s win marks the first Powerball million-dollar prize sold in South Dakota since June 5, 2013.

 

If you are Saturday’s winner, please sign the back of your ticket immediately. The Lottery suggests visiting with a financial advisor before visiting a validation center to claim the prize. The Sioux Falls validation center is located at 3605 S. Western Ave., Suite B.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m today Tuesday August 31st, water will be shut off in the vicinity of: South Lincoln Street from 1st Avenue Southeast to 2nd Avenue southeast.  The public Works Department suggests residents in the affected area collect and store water for person and restroom use. 

 

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday August 31st, the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for road work: South 12th Street and 7th Avenue Southwest.  Work is expected to be completed by the end of the day.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m today Tuesday August 31st, water will be shut off in the vicinity of: South Lincoln Street from 1st Avenue Southeast to 2nd Avenue southeast.  The public Works Department suggests residents in the affected area collect and store water for person and restroom use. 

 

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday August 31st, the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for road work: South 12th Street and 7th Avenue Southwest.  Work is expected to be completed by the end of the day.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.  


Mitchell school board implements mask mandate

 

 

 

Those were the sounds at the conclusion of Monday’s emotional Mitchell School Board meeting after the board reinstated a mask mandate for the Mitchell School District.  The mandate will begin tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be revisited on November 8th.  Masks will be required in all school district buildings from 7 AM until 4:30 PM and will be required on all school buses when children are present.  The meeting was moved from the MCTEA building to the Performing Arts Center due to the attendance of several hundred people.  The issue was discussed for an hour.  District 20 State Senator Josh Klumb pleaded to those on both sides of the issue.

 

 

 

 

Board member Shawn Ruml explained why he voted for the mandate.

 

 

 

 

The vote was 5-0 in favor of the mask mandate.


ACLU of South Dakota calls on lawmakers to conduct redistricting in an open manner

Release from the ACLU of South Dakota...

 

Hello members of the South Dakota House & Senate Legislative Redistricting Committee,

 

We write to you today on behalf of the ACLU of South Dakota to discuss the importance of ensuring your compliance with the US and South Dakota Constitutions, as well as the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and South Dakota law during the map making portion of the state's 2021 Redistricting Process.

As you know, redistricting is a once-a-decade process that has a unique and substantial impact on the political make-up and ultimately the day-to-day lives of all South Dakotans. Not only does redistricting play a role in the design of the district boundaries for South Dakota state legislative offices, but also how financial resources are allocated for schools, hospitals, roads and more.

 

As legislators on this committee, you have the power to make decisions in this process that will greatly impact the futures of all members of the diverse communities that you have been elected to represent. With that power comes the responsibility to fulfill your constitutional obligation of ensuring fair and equal representation for all people, upholding the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection and complying with the requirements of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. All of these constitutional provisions and laws forbid redistricting being used to dilute the voting power of people who belong to racial, ethnic, and language minority groups--whether this dilution was done intentionally or not.

 

You can ensure that you are meeting these requirements by drawing districts that:

  • • Have substantial equality of population
  • • Preserve communities of interest by being compact and contiguous
  • • Respect existing political subdivisions and natural boundaries

 

Another essential part of this process is hearing directly from your constituents and incorporating their feedback. We want to thank this committee for developing a public hearing process that will provide many South Dakotans the opportunity to advocate for their communities to stay together. However, considering there are no current plans for public meetings on reservations we are concerned that this opportunity is not being extended equally to Indigenous people living on reservations around South Dakota.

 

This is especially concerning given that the South Dakota legislature has neglected to include Indigenous people in the redistricting process in the past and ended up drawing maps that attempted to dilute Indigenous voting rights. For example, in 2001, South Dakota legislators drew a map that lumped Native American voters living in the counties where Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations are located into a single district, effectively diluting Native American voting power. If the state had drawn districts more fairly, Native Americans would have been a majority in two districts instead of a supermajority in only one. The ACLU sued on behalf of the Native American voters and federal judges blocked the legislators’ plan. See Bone Shirt v. Hazeltine, 461 F.3d 1011 (8th Cir. 2006). P.O. Box 1170 Sioux Falls, SD 57101 aclusd.org

In Bone Shirt, both the district court held and the Eighth Circuit affirmed that the failure to obtain adequate testimony and input from Indigenous people at public hearings was a factor in holding that a violation of the Voting Rights Act occurred through discriminatory redistricting. Because the current hearing locations do not include reservations, public testimony from Indigenous people could be even more limited than what occurred in Bone Shirt. Another factor that could limit Indigenous participation in public meetings that are not held on reservations is the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected Indigenous South Dakotans, and may increase hesitancy to travel far distances.

 

By failing to include public comment locations on reservations, this will unduly create an added burden on Indigenous people to travel further during a pandemic. There is a real concern that public testimony in the locations selected, which are exclusively outside reservations, will result in even fewer Indigenous people providing public testimony and input if not eliminating it entirely in some regions. The concerns the courts had in Bone Shirt will be repeated in this regard or amplified further.

 

Thankfully, that was 20 years ago and we now have the opportunity to prove that South Dakota can be a champion for equal voting rights for all, including Indigenous South Dakotans. We echo the testimony that has previously been submitted by the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and Four Directions. We urge you to adequately involve Indigenous communities in the 2021 redistricting process by (1) holding public meetings on reservations, (2) providing adequate time for the public hearings on reservations, (3) providing sufficient advance notice of the public meetings to tribal members on reservations and (4) engaging in meaningful consultation with tribal leaders to obtain input regarding their preferences in the redistricting process.

 

This is an exciting time in our state’s history and we thank you for your leadership on this committee. We look forward to following this process and hope to see the Constitutional principle of “one person, one vote” be realized for all South Dakotans.

 

Sincerely,

Jett Jonelis

Advocacy Manager

ACLU of South Dakota

 

Candi Brings Plenty

Indigenous Justice Organizer

ACLU of South Dakota

 

Stephanie Amiotte

Legal Director

ACLU of South Dakota


Rapid City teen killed in shooting

(KBHB - Sturgis, SD) Rapid City Police report schools in the north part of Rapid City were placed on secure status following the shooting of a juvenile in the area.

 

According to RCPD Support Services Captain Scott Sitts, around 9:30 a.m. Friday Morning, police were called to a residence near the intersection of North Maple Avenue and Surfwood Drive in response to a report that a juvenile female had been shot.

 

Upon arrival, police located the juvenile.

 

The juvenile was transported to Monument Hospital with serious and life-threatening injuries.

 

Authorities have identified the suspect in the case as 19year-old Nathaniel Grey Eagle of Rapid City. Police consider him armed and dangerous and the public should not approach him. 

 

Sitts emphasized that the area has seen a high number of shootings and gun-related incidents…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sitts says they are in the early stages of the investigation and they are not sure what led to the shooting.


One person killed in Grant county fatal crash

One person died and another person was injured early Sunday morning in an UTV crash east of Milbank.

 

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

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2021 Polaris Rzr XP 4 Turbo UTV was eastbound on 148th Street when the driver lost control while making a left-hand turn onto 483rd Avenue. The vehicle rolled into the east ditch and both occupants were thrown from the UTV.

 

One occupant, a 43-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupant, a 36-year-old male, suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Milbank hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.

 

The identification of the driver is under investigation.

 

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

 

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


Gov. Noem releases statement on AG Ravnsborg's conviction

Today, following South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s plea of “no contest” to charges against him regarding the death of Joseph Boever, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement: 

 

“With today’s plea, Jason Ravnsborg’s legal proceedings have concluded.  Like many South Dakotans, I am not only disappointed in how this process was handled by prosecutors, but outraged at the result of today’s plea hearing and sentencing.  Ravnsborg has not accepted responsibility for the death of Joseph Boever and did not even appear in court today to face the charges or the Boever family. ”

 

Speaker of the House Spencer Gosch said in March that the House would wait until after “the judicial system is able to do its job” to proceed with articles of impeachment against Ravnsborg. The South Dakota Sheriff’s Association, the South Dakota Police Chiefs Association, and the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police previously called on him to resign.

 

“If Ravnsborg does not resign, as I believe he should, the Legislature can and should consider the articles of impeachment already brought in the House,” continued Noem. “I have therefore instructed the state Department of Public Safety to provide Speaker Gosch a complete copy of the investigation file in the coming days to assist the House in its important work.”


Ravnsborg to change plea to no contest

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, through his representation, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges Thursday as part of a plea deal.  He pleaded no contest to making an illegal lane change and using his phone while driving, the reckless driving charges were dropped. 

 

The judge in this case did not give Ravnsborg jail time, but did order him to pay $500 for each offense and about $3,000 for costs to secure the scene of the crash.  Ravnsborg was also ordered to take part in public service events about the dangers of distracted driving on or near the anniversary of the accident where he killed 55-year-old Joe Boever of Highmore for the next five years.  

The family was allowed to speak during the proceedings.  Boever's sister Jane said this was not the outcome the family wanted...

 

 

 

Boever's widow Jenny talked about her life without her husband Joe...

 

 

 

Ravnsborg's attorney Timothy Rensch of Rapid City reminded the judge and those listening in, this case was bout two misdemeanors and though his actions did in fact kill Boever, he was not charged in his death...

 

 

 

The judge did not allow Ravnsborg to have a suspended imposition of sentence in this case.  A suspension of imposition in South Dakota would seal the record of an offense if found guilty or convicted.  The judge did however dismiss requests from the victim's family to have Ravnsborg pay the funeral costs for the late Joe Boever.   

 

 


Gov. Noem says she does not have the authority to ban employers from requiring vaccinations

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem took to Twitter Tuesday, posting a four minute video explaining her stance on busnisses requiring vaccinations to work or visit.

 

First, Governor Noem said she is vaccinated and encourages all South Dakotan's to do the same...

 

 

 

According to Governor Noem, she does not personally believe employers should be requiring workers or customers to get vaccinated, but does not have the authority to prevent them from doing so...

 

 

 

Governor Noem went on to call out two Republican lawmakers by name, Jon Hanson of District 25 and Scott Odenbach of District 31.  According to Governor Noem, these two lawmakers have a proposal that is not conservative as it is government telling business what to do...

 

 

 

You can see the video in its entirity here...

 


Road closures planned for Tuesday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for utility work:

 

North 2nd Street from 7th Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW

 

Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.


Water to be shut off in parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Tuesday August 24th, water will be shut off periodically throughout the day to install a water main:  Wiley Park Campground, storybook land 20th avenue northwest and 24th avenue northwest.  Water is expected to be on and off throughout the day Tuesday.  Residents in the affected area are urged to collect and store water for person and restroom use.  Work will be completed as quickly as possible. 


Property damaged when car driven down wrong way on Main Street in Aberdeen

An individual drove their vehicle south, the wrong way, down Main Street in Aberdeen Monday morning, damaging property in the process.

According to eye witness accounts, the driver drove the vehcile up onto a curb, taking out a light and fence then continued south of sixth avenue.

The vehcile side swipped the Jency Agency building and collided with another car in the process.

From there the vehicle came to a stop when it collided with a building at 615 South Main street.  

 

 

 

 


Rep. Johnson talks politics at the Brown County Fair

 South Dakota representative Dusty Johnson visited with constituents in Aberdeen at the Brown County Fair this past week. 

Johnson talked about a whole host of issues including the unfolding events in Afghanistan, the bipartisan infrastructure bill currently making its way through congress and things he’s working on including fair trade practices when it comes to American agriculture.

According to Johnson he has a bill that would force the four large ocean carriers, which ships about 80 percent of products around the world, to be fairer to American products…

 

 

 

Representative Johnson then called the events unfolding in Afghanistan a tragedy.  According to him, the Biden Administration should’ve held off for a conditions based withdraw…

 

 

 

When it comes to domestic issues, Representative Johnson feels the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill awaiting a vote in the House will be a tough sell for Republicans.  According to Johnson, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to marry this bill to another $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill may doom both…

 


Gov. Noem says she plans to appeal abortion court defeat in Planned Parenthood vs. Noem

Today, following the District Court ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Noem, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the State of South Dakota will appeal the ruling to the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.


“All life is precious. Mothers should have the opportunity to hear all relevant information before they are faced with the ‘choice’ of whether to end their unborn child’s life,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “I look forward to the day when all life – born and unborn – is protected by law. Given that the US Supreme Court will soon decide on the constitutionality of prohibiting abortion before ‘viability,’ we are asking the 8th Circuit to recognize that the people’s legislators should have the ability to pass pro-life laws.”

 

The District Court had previously enjoined the provision in South Dakota state law requiring that a pregnant woman consult with a pregnancy help center, ensuring that she had all facts available, before deciding whether to abort her unborn child.

 

Today’s decision by the District Court refused to dissolve the injunction, so the law passed by the people’s representatives is suspended until a final court decision is rendered. In doing so, the Court rejected the will of the people when it comes to protecting unborn life.

 

The State of South Dakota will appeal to ensure that women considering an abortion have all of the facts regarding their unborn child and the potential risks of an abortion procedure.


Mitchell man pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter charges

(KMIT - Mitchell, SD) A Mitchell man charged in the stabbing death of another Mitchell man last year has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.  In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to a 25-year prison sentence for 60-year old Robert Ladenburger (LAY-den-burger).  Ladenburger had been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and aggravated assault.  Those charges are now dismissed.  In August of 2020, Mitchell police were called to an apartment building on West 2nd Avenue where they found a large amount of blood and a trail of blood that led them to the Mitchell Public Safety Building.  They found 56-year old Rodney Bahm (bame), who had been stabbed several times.  Bahm died the next day at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.  Sentencing was set for October 5th.


Severe weather rolls through the listening area Sunday evening

Severe weather rolled through the listening area Sunday evening.  The event included strong winds, large hail and even a reported tornado touchdown.  Mike Connelly with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen has more...

 

Wind caused damange in parts of Aberdeen.  The photo below provided by Dave Swain's facebook page shows power lines downed by gusting winds on Roosevelt Street in Aberdeen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connelly says some parts of northeast South Dakota saw a good amount of rain with the event as well...

 


SD Dept. of Health says COVID vaccine boosters will be available to immunocompromised residents

Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced that a third shot of both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available for immunocompromised individuals following approval by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization amendment.

 

“We are inviting all immunocompromised residents to further protect themselves from COVID-19 and obtain a third COVID-19 shot after speaking with their doctors,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. Residents can access vaccines the same way they did their first shots, and there is no cost to them.”

 

Immunocompromised individuals are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, given they are more at risk of serious and/or prolonged illness. Currently, the CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals receive an additional dose, especially those who:

 

  • Have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
  • Transplant patients, including those who received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years;
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Have HIV and/or are on active treatments with high-dose corticosteroids; and
  • Are taking drugs that suppress their immune system/response.

 

Patients should always talk to their healthcare providers about their medical conditions and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. To find vaccine providers across South Dakota, click here.

 

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


Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Weather permitting beginning at approximately 8:00 AM on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 the following road will be closed to thru traffic for road work:

 

North 2nd Street from 5th Avenue NW to 6th Avenue NW

 

Work will be completed as quickly as possible.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed.


Three men arrested on sex trafficking charges at the Sturgis motorcycle rally

Three men have been arrested on sex trafficking charges at the Sturgis motorcycle rally.  According to authorities, a man named Christopher Dahl was caught by undercover agents online, arranging to pay $250 to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.  Two other men face attempting to entice a minor using the internet charges.  55-year-old James Kemp also got caught in an undercover sting after corresponding with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.  The other suspect, Stephen Gregory Fontenot Jr. started talking with an undercover agent pretending to be a 12-year-old girl.  The stings were conducted by the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce.   


Watertown woman indicted by federal grand jury after shooting husband in the face

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) A Watertown woman arrested last week for shooting her husband in the face with a .22 caliber pistol has been indicted by a Grand Jury on more serious charges.

Codington County State's Attorney Becky Morlock-Reeves says a four count indictment handed down Monday charges 65 year-old Sherri Tormanen with Attempted First Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possessing a Loaded Firearm While Intoxicated and Committing a Felony While Armed.

Tormanen was initially arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.

Watertown police were called to the 10-block of Third Street Southwest the evening of August 4th on a report of a gunshot wound.

They arrived to find Randy Tormanen with gunshot wounds to his face. He was taken to Prairie Lakes Hospital and later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls for advanced medical care. 

Sherri Tormanen is being held in the Codington County Jail on  $100,000 cash only bond. She's scheduled for arraignment Wednesday morning before Judge Carmen Means. 


Deceased person found in Rapid City

(KBHB - Rapid City, SD) The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says Jessica Story, missing since June 18, 2021, was found deceased Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

The body of the 33 year old Rapid City woman was found in a wooded area off White Buffalo Road. Family had been searching the area and alerted law enforcement to an area of interest. Once law enforcement arrived, they located Jessica’s remains.

An autopsy was completed Thursday, August 12, 2021.

In a release, the Sheriff’s Office says they are awaiting toxicology results before determining a cause and manner of death.

No trauma to the body was detected.


Gov. Noem says she does not support federal vaccine mandates for interstate travel

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she will not support a federal vaccine mandate for interstate travel.  Governor Noem commented on the situation via twitter, as the Biden Administration explores stricter vaccine mandates in order to try and curve the current spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the nation.  There are currently 1,270 active COVID-19 cases across the state and 76 people hospitalized.  Brown county currently has 33 active cases and is considered to have “high” risk of community spread.

 

 


Brown county fair returns after a year hiatus

The Brown County Fair returns this week after a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grandstand entertainment will begin tonight with night one of the Dacotah Stampede Rodeo.  The rodeo begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes a second night of action Tuesday.  Wednesday will feature the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band opening for country music star Sara Evans.  Thursday will feature the Eli Young Band and Randy Houser.  Friday is rock night and will feature the band Black Stone Cherry opening up for Chris Daughtry.  Finally on Saturday Michael Ray and Jo Dee Messina will perform before rapper Nelly.  Tickets are available for all events or can be purchased individually. 


"Rally Tally" released for August 15th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 07, 2021 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 15, 2021

FINAL RALLY TALLY NUMBERS

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

100

22

122

145

Misd Drug Arrests

116

35

151

241

Felony Drug Arrests

73

39

112

126

Total Citations

1006

566

1572

1334

Total Warnings

2857

1462

4319

3576

Cash Seized

$1862.00

$1796.00

$3658.00

$18763.00

Vehicles Seized

0

0

0

7

  For Drug Poss.

0

0

0

7

  For Serial No.

0

0

0

0

Non-Injury Accidents

18

32

50

50

Injury Accidents

26

34

60

56

Fatal Accidents

2

2

4

4

# of Fatalities

2

2

4

5


SD Dept. of Health to again update COVID-19 dashboard daily

The South Dakota Department of Health announced Thursday it will again begin updating its COVID dashboard daily.  Months ago as it appeared the pandemic was slowing due to the rollout of coronavirus vaccines, the department moved to updating the numbers once a week.  According to the department the state has seen an uptick in new COVID-19 cases by 73 percent, from 50 new cases a day up to over 90.  This by in large is due to the Delta variant of COVID-19 and vaccination rates slowing to a crawl.  The State Department of Health continues to insist the best way to end the pandemic is to make the choice to get vaccinated.  You can look up the most updated numbers at covid.sd.gov. 


Rural America almost across the board lost population according to new census data

The United States Census released a map reporting changes in population county by county as lawmakers ready to begin the redistricting process.  According to map, vast swaths of rural America, and an outright majority of all rural counties lost population or stayed the same.  Cities on the other hand have grown handily over the past 10 years, with most major urban areas experiencing a 20 percent or more increase in population.  According to the map Brown county saw a 0 to 5 percent increase in population over the past 10 years, while all bordering counties experience no growth to a loss in population. 


Arrest made in intentional accident which lead to death in Watertown

(Gowatertown.net - Watertown, SD) Nearly two years after a Watertown woman was intentionally killed in a head-on crash on Highway 212 in the city, KWAT News has confirmed an arrest has been made in the case. 

 

Eighteen year-old Gage Thatcher Stevenson (pictured) of Moorhead, Minnesota is being held on a charge of First Degree Premeditated Murder.

 

Clay County, Minnesota Sheriff Mark Empting confirms Stevenson was arrested by Moorhead police Tuesday, and was booked into the Clay County Jail.

 

Stevenson was at the wheel of a car that was westbound on Highway 212 on September 17, 2019, when investigators say he intentionally crossed over the center line near the 19th Street intersection, and smashed head-on into an eastbound car driven by 43 year-old Dawn Meyer, killing her.

 

A crash reconstruction investigation showed Stevenson was estimated to be traveling at more than 100 miles per hour at the time. and was attempting to take his own life.

 

Stevenson was 16 years old at the time. He was seriously injured in the crash.

 

He's being held in Moorhead, pending extradition to Codington County.


Alcohol and tobacco sales up big in South Dakota during the COVID-19 pandemic

According to a report from South Dakota News Watch, South Dakotan’s bought far more alcohol and tobacco than normal during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In South Dakota, gross sales  in liquor stores increased by about 21 percent from 2019 to 2020, that’s up from $96 million in sale to about $117 million.  Gross sales in tobacco store and stands rose by 42 percent from about $17 million to $24 million. 

 

Dr. Matt Stanley, vice president of Avera Behavioral Health thinks substances became a replacement for social interaction…

 


Mosquito spray scheduled for Thursday night in Aberdeen

A citywide mosquito spray has been scheduled for Thursday August 12th between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.  The West Nile Virus has been identified in Aberdeen and city officials urge citizens to take reasonable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  You can reduce the risk of infection by eliminating mosquito habitat around your property, applying insect repellents and wearing proper clothing when outdoors. 


"Rally Tally" released for Wednesday August 11th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 7, 2021 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 11, 2021

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

64

 

10

 

74

 

82

 

Misd Drug Arrests

77

 

16

 

93

 

128

 

Felony Drug Arrests

44

 

17

 

61

 

71

 

Total Citations

588

 

277

 

865

 

734

 

Total Warnings

1620

 

720

 

2340

 

1774

 

Cash Seized

$1862.00

 

$0.00

 

$1862.00

 

$3296.00

 

Vehicles Seized

0

 

0

 

0

 

4

 

  For Drug Poss.

0

 

0

 

0

 

4

 

  For Serial No.

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

Non-Injury Accidents

11

 

14

 

25

 

31

 

Injury Accidents

17

 

19

 

36

 

33

 

Fatal Accidents

0

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

# of Fatalities

0

 

1

 

1

 

2

 

Road closures planned for Wednesday in Aberdeen

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Wednesday August 11th the following intersection will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  8th Avenue Southwest and South 10th street.  Work is expected to last all day Wednesday.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Students at all Aberdeen schools to return to normal this fall

The Aberdeen Public School District will have a full return to normal this upcoming school year.  After having classes cut short and distance learning mandatory in 2019, along with offering online learning in 2020, none of that will be available at least to start the school year. 

 

Public school superintendent Becky Guffin says the kids are excited for a return to normalcy…

 

 

 

The Aberdeen public school district will have its first day of school Tuesday August 18. 

For the Aberdeen Catholic School system it too will be returning to normal this upcoming school year.   Roncalli’s firs t day of the school year will be August 23rd

 

Aberdeen Catholic School System President Tim Weisz says the kids want to be in school…

 


Rally Tally for Monday August 10th

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information

Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 7, 2021 to 6 a.m. Monday August 9, 2021

 

Item

Sturgis

Rapid City District

District Total

Last Year to Date

DUI Arrests

27

6

33

41

Misd Drug Arrests

28

3

31

79

Felony Drug Arrests

16

3

19

39

Total Citations

290

141

431

429

Total Warnings

823

356

1179

1009

Cash Seized

$1862.00

$0.00

$1862.00

$776.00

Vehicles Seized

0

0

0

3

  For Drug Poss.

0

0

0

3

  For Serial No.

0

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Road closures planned for parts of Aberdeen Tuesday

Beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. Today Tuesday August 10th, the following road/alley will be closed to thru traffic for road work:  8th Ave NW from north 2nd street to north 3rd street.  Also, alley between north 2nd street and north 3rd street between 7th avenue and 8th avenue northwest.  The work is expected to last until Wednesday.  Motorist are advised to take alternate routes until the work is completed. 


Gov. Noem appoints Jennifer Mammenga to circuit court

Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Jennifer Mammenga to serve on the South Dakota 2nd Circuit Court.

 

“Jennifer has worked hard to build an impactful career, both as an Assistant US Attorney in the federal courts and in the state Attorney General’s office,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “She understands that the role of a judge is to interpret the law as written, and I know she will make an excellent addition to the bench.”

 

Jennifer has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota United States Attorney’s Office since 2016, where she serves as the district’s Opioid Coordinator.  Prior to that role, she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and Assistant Attorney General for the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

 

“I am honored to accept Governor Noem’s appointment and I look forward to serving the people of South Dakota in this role,” said Jennifer Mammenga.

 

Jennifer is a native of Sioux Falls. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism. She received her law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2010.

 


Rosters due for fall/winter volleyball season

Rosters for the 2021 adult fall/winter volleyball season are being accepted and are due on Tuesday, August 24 at the organizational meeting being held at 7:00 p.m. at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center (225 3rd Ave SE).  Leagues begin in mid-September.

 

Fees are $130.00 for men's, women's and co-ed league teams.

 

For more information or for a roster form, contact the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 626-7015.


Rounds and Thune introduce US Beef act

(DRG News - Pierre, SD) South Dakota Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune are members of a bipartisan group introducing the Product of the USA Beef Act.

 

Rounds says the bill limits the use of the “Product of the USA” label only to beef products that are born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.

 

 

 

Rounds says it’s taken far too long to establish the “Product of the USA” label.

 

 

 

 

Thune says South Dakota cattle ranchers work hard to produce some of the highest quality beef in the world, and they deserve to proudly showcase their products with accurate labeling.

 

The legislation is endorsed by the US Cattlemen’s Association, R-CALF, South Dakota Farmers Union and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

 

Along with Rounds and Thune, the bill is cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (Wyo.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.) and Steve Daines (Mont.). Representative Matt Rosendale (Mont.) is introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives.


Yankton man to be resentenced according to SD Supreme Court

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a Yankton man to be re-sentenced on manslaughter charges.  According to the court, Jameson Mitchell pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Lucas Smith outside a Yankton bar in 2019 after the two got into a fight inside the bar and were thrown out by security.  A circuit court judge sentenced Mitchell to 124 years in prison, more than twice the amount of time the prosecutors recommended.  The court announced the circuit judge’s decision treated Mitchell as the sole person responsible for the ordeal and did not take into account Smith’s criminal conduct. 


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

South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson will visit Eureka and Mobridge Friday.  Johnson will tour Dakota Woodworking in Eureka at 11:00 a.m. then visit the Mobridge Regional Hospital.  In the afternoon he will host a Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Pinning ceremony and an “Inside Scoop town Hall. 


South Dakota National Guard members to serve a tour at Guantanamo Cuba

The South Dakota National Guard’s 235th Military Police Company has received a mobilization order for a 12-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, beginning in January 2022.

 

About 115 Soldiers with the Rapid City and Sioux Falls-based unit will provide detention operations support to Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

 

The unit will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, to complete several weeks of training prior to deployment overseas.


Watertown woman arrested for shooting husband in the face

A Watertown woman has been arrested for shooting her husband in the face Wednesday evening.  65-year-old Sherri Tormanen was taken into custody by police.  Watertown police captain Kirk Ellis described the situation further…

 

 


Senator Thune seeks more time to amend bipartisan infastructure deal

South Dakota Senator John Thune spoke recently about the bipartisan infrastructure bill currently making its way through the US Senate.  According to Thune the bill is a good start, but his colleague’s should begin to slow down the process…

 

 

 

Senator Thune says his colleagues need more times to understand and amend the bill...

 

 

 

Senator Thune did reiterate this bill provides needed infastructure...

 


South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds calls on everyone eligible to get vaccinated

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds is encouraging everyone eligible in the state and across the country to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Senator Rounds spoke with NPR Monday and said the vaccines are safe and effective…

 

 


Avera to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics at upcoming high traffic areas and events

Avera St. Luke’s has announced plans to offer pop-up vaccination clinics at upcoming high traffic areas and events. 

Avera will offer vaccines at the Brown County Fair at locations including: First Aid Station at the Brown County Fair on Thursday August 19th from 2 to 6:00 p.m.  The Avear mobile unit will be located between the Home Arts Building and Expo building.  The Groton Township Building in Centennial Village on Saturday August 21st from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Presentation College will host two vaccine clinics for students, faculty and staff only August 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and August 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Finally, Northern will host a vaccine clinic open to the public 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on August 27th


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