Local News Updates

Watertown Police Search for Handgun


The Watertown Police Department is requesting the publics assistance in locating a missing firearm that was reported stolen Tuesday (10/28/2014).  Police say a suspect disposed of a .380 caliber handgun in a motor vehicle somewhere in Southeast Watertown.
 
Authorities believe the gun is east of Hwy 81 and south of 1st Ave NE. Residents are asked to check vehicles and property for the

Man selected to lead Corn Palace changes mind


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The man tabbed to be the next director of Mitchell's Corn Palace tourist attraction has withdrawn from consideration.
 
     Mayor Ken Tracy says Steve Koch with Agile Manufacturing informed him Friday that he had changed his mind about taking the job. Tracy says he'll honor the request.
 
     Tracy

Attorney fees denied in dismissed EB-5 lawsuit


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Regents says a California arbitrator has denied its attempt to recover attorney fees and costs in a lawsuit related to the state's EB-5 investment-for-green card program.
 
     The board says the ruling brings the case to a close.
 
     The arbitrator in early October dismissed the

Airlines to meet with Pierre officials next week


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Representatives of three regional airlines that want to serve Pierre will be in the capital city next week to meet with city officials.
 
     Aerodynamics Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio; Boutique Air of San Francisco; and Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyoming, all have submitted proposals to serve Pierre under the Essential Air Service federal

Deadline nearing to enter Sioux Falls farm show


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Organizers are reminding ranchers that the deadline to enter purebred cattle into the 2015 Sioux Empire Farm Show is coming up.
 
     The 62nd Annual showcase in Sioux Falls will be held the week of Jan. 26 at arenas around the city, including the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The deadline to enter purebreds is Nov.

Snowplows to show disclaimer after artwork dispute


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls officials will add a disclaimer to city-owned snowplows following a controversy over religious messages that were painted by some students on the blades of two plows.
 
     Officials say the disclaimer is meant to show the city isn't endorsing any particular message.
 
     Students at two

SD, ND governors bet over SDSU-NDSU football game


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The governors of South Dakota and North Dakota are betting $125 in a charitable contribution over this weekend's Dakota Marker game.
 
     The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits are taking on the North Dakota State University Bison at the Fargodome in Fargo at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  
 
   

SD reports $65M in unclaimed property receipts


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's treasurer says the state has so far received $65 million in unclaimed property this year.
 
     Treasurer Rich Sattgast says the amount is consistent with the $62 million to $65 million estimates he reported to the state Legislature last year.
 
     The sum includes account

SD suspect in officer-involved shooting arrested


     DANTE, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a suspect in an incident in Charles Mix County that involved shots fired by a sheriff's deputy.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says 40-year-old Russell Turner Jr. was arrested at his home in Wagner. Jackley says Turner was arrested on three outstanding warrants, with additional charges

Board shuts down for good South Dakota nail salon


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota officials have shut down for good a nail salon after inspectors found unlicensed workers and safety and sanitary violations.
 
     The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission has permanently revoked the license of  #1 Nails Salon in Sioux Falls. The salon was owned and operated by Ngoc Lan Thi

​Roberts County Fatal


An 87 year old Milbank man died in a two vehicle crash yesterday (Wednesday) three miles east of Wilmot.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Stanley Pew was driving a Buick LeSabre west on Highway 15 when 40 year old Timothy Renelt of Wilmot, who was driving a Peterbilt 385 semi-truck with trailer, failed to stop at a stop sign on 470th Ave and collided with the driver’s side of

Daugaard, Wismer split on final campaign strategy


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The two leading candidates for South Dakota governor are taking very different approaches to campaigning in the final days before the midterm elections.
 
     With a comfortable lead in the polls, Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard's team says he plans to campaign lightly but mostly focus on his day job. Daugaard told the Associated

Romney stumps for US Senate hopeful Rounds in SD


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has started a trio of campaign stops in South Dakota with U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds.
 
     Romney during a Thursday rally at a Sioux Falls hotel called on South Dakota voters to help Republicans take back control of the U.S. Senate. The GOP needs to net six seats on

Suspect being sought in officer-involved shooting


     DANTE, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a suspect after an incident in Charles Mix County that involved shots fired by a sheriff's deputy.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says the deputy was responding to a disturbance call near Dante early Thursday when he approached a pickup truck with two people inside. Jackley says the incident

Day care provider pleads not guilty to hurting boy


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Brandon day care provider accused of causing a traumatic injury to a 15-month-old child in her care has pleaded not guilty.
 
     30-year-old Sara Watters appeared in court Thursday on felony charges of aggravated battery of an infant and abuse or cruelty to a child.
 
     Authorities say medical

Government takes on Rapid City man's laser devices


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The federal Justice Department is seeking an injunction to stop a retired Rapid City dentist from selling low-level laser devices for home medical use.
 
     Robert Lytle says the government doesn't have the right to stop anyone from choosing to use his laser devices.
 
     A Monday hearing is scheduled

Farm Rescue nonprofit helping 300th Midwest family


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the Midwest is helping its 300th family this week, just eight years after former North Dakota farm boy and UPS pilot Bill Gross launched the unique organization.
       A handful of volunteers are helping harvest corn for western Minnesota farmer John Dubbels (DUH'-buhls), who's being treated for

Retiring US Sen. Tim Johnson thanks hometown


    VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson returned to his hometown of Vermillion to thank people who have supported him during his 36 years in elected office.
 
     Johnson announced last year that he wouldn't seek re-election. He was first elected to the Senate in November 1996. 
 
     Johnson beat prostate cancer

Sioux Falls day care worked accused of sex crime


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 26-year-old man is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl at the Sioux Falls day care where he worked.
 
     Edward Moss is charged with having sexual contact with a minor. A telephone listing for him is disconnected, and it isn't clear if he has obtained an attorney.
 
     Police say the girl

Man faces murder charge in Williston beating death


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A man accused in the beating death of another man outside a Williston strip club in August now faces a murder charge.
 
     Twenty-nine-year-old Kyle Siler initially faced an aggravated assault charge in the death of Dean Niederklopfer, who died about four days after the alleged beating. Prosecutors on Wednesday upgraded the charge