Local News Updates

Camp Chance Winners


The Camp Chance raffle was held last night. The winner of the boat was Jerry Jellesma of Watertown.  2nd prize, a Terry Redlin print, went to Jon Hurkes of Watertown and 3rd prize, a 51 inch TV, was awarded to Bruce Hestad of Watertown who then donated the TV to live auction and sold for an additional $500.
 
Live auction proceeds were $3,575 and boat raffle proceeds were

Grant County Fatal Crash


 A 42 year old Revillo man has died from injuries he received in a one-vehicle crash south of Milbank on March 29. Authorities say Shawn Kathman died Wednesday (April 16) in a Sioux Falls hospital.  Kathman was driving a pickup on Highway 15 about four miles south of Milbank when the vehicle left the roadway. When he attempted to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway, the SD Highway

Lake Pelican Fish Kill


Yesterdays winds were in the right direction to push the waves up on the west end of Lake Pelican. The waves left hundreds of fish lying on the shoreline this morning. The pictures speak for themselves, it is unknown how extensive the fish kill was. It is my theory that due to the extreme ice conditions, some shallow areas of the lake froze completely or blocked access to the deeper water. Oxygen

Police identify suspect, victim in SD slaying


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police in southeast South Dakota have identified the suspect and the victim in a homicide investigation.
 
     Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel on Thursday said 53-year-old Brenda Hansen was stabbed to death by 41-year-old John Senn.
 
     Barthel says Senn is facing alternate counts of first-degree

Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery


     ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) - Back in 1971, two South Dakota teens vanished on their way to a party. Now the 43-year-old mystery of their disappearance has been solved by the ebb and flow of a dirty creek and the contents of a well-preserved purse.
 
     When Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson didn't show up at the roadside gathering, classmates just assumed

Suspect in Pierre standoff being arraigned


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An Eagle Butte man is scheduled to enter a plea to a state attempted murder charge stemming from a standoff with law officers last October.
 
     Twenty-seven-year-old Jason Garreau was due in court Thursday afternoon. Court documents indicate Garreau has agreed to plead guilty to one state count in exchange for a 20-year sentence. He

Homicide shakes quiet Sioux Falls neighborhood


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Residents of a Sioux Falls neighborhood where a woman was found dead say their sense of security has been shattered.
 
     Police have arrested a man in the death, but neighbors stay they're still shaken. Heather Elg says there's never been serious trouble in the neighborhood before - and she's going to be keeping a

More Wagner residents indicted on meth charges


     WAGNER, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are continuing efforts to crack down on the methamphetamine trade on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in southeastern South Dakota.
 
     U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says a federal grand jury has indicted a group of seven people on drug charges including conspiracy to distribute meth. A group of five people was indicted

SD jailer set for September trial on rape charge


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota jailer accused of raping a female inmate is scheduled to stand trial in early September.
 
     Judge Robert Mandel reserved September 2-4 for the trial of 30-year-old Anthony Peet, of Oral.
 
     Peet was arrested Feb. 16 in Bryan, Ohio, after authorities in Fall River County issued a warrant

Poodle puppies pilfered from Mitchell pet store


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Police in Mitchell say someone pilfered two poodle puppies from a local pet store.
 
     Authorities say someone broke into Ed's Pet World early Tuesday and took the poodles worth nearly $600 each. Business owner Ed Anderson says the masked thief also took cash from the store. The thefts were captured by the store's

ND town reacts after sex offender moves in from SD


     HANKINSON, N.D. (AP) - The City Council in the southeastern North Dakota community of Hankinson has given initial approval to a sex offender ordinance after an offender moved to town from South Dakota.
 
     The proposal would prohibit a registered sex offender from living within 800 feet of a school, child care facility, park, playground or other place

Pine Ridge man honored for solar energy projects


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The man behind a renewable energy company on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will be one of ten White House honorees this week.
 
     Ten people on Thursday will be honored at a White House Solar Summit for their efforts to expand the production and use of solar energy.
 
     Henry Red Cloud is the

Man sentenced in Eagle Butte stabbing death


      PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison in the stabbing death of an in Eagle Butte man.
 
     U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Jared Slader has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison and three years of supervised release.
 
     A federal grand jury indicted

SDSU to host purebread Hampshire sheep sale


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University will host its fourth annual purebred Hampshire sheep sale on Saturday, May 3.
 
     The SDSU Hampshire sheep flock was established in 1898.
 
     Twenty-five purebred Hampshire lambs consisting of five rams and 20 ewe lambs will be sold at the SDSU Sheep Unit facilities in

Son admits hosting party that led to teen's death


    MADISON, Minn. (AP) - A 19-year-old man has admitted that he and his father hosted an underage drinking party attended by a high school athlete from Dawson who was later found dead of hypothermia.  
 
     Erik Hastad pleaded guilty in La qui Parle (lak kwih PAR'-uhl) County Court to violating the county's social host ordinance and contributing to

2 national parks in SD to increase tour fees


     CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - Visitors will have to pay more to tour the two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills starting April 30.
 
     The service on Wednesday announced fee increases for tours at Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park.
 
     Rates for Jewel Cave's scenic and historic lantern tours will

Rhoden raises just under $16K during quarter


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Larry Rhoden raised just shy of $16,000 during the first three months of 2014.
 
     Rhoden's latest Federal Election Commission filing shows a little more than $78,000 in his campaign coffers at the end of the quarter, offset by slightly less than $7,000 in debt.
 
 

State help for Northern Beef was about $4.4M


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers have been tossing out figures of taxpayer losses ranging from zero dollars to $80 million.
 
     State figures show that the actual number is closer to $4.4 million.
 
     Former Gov. Mike Rounds said during

Jury picked to hear Little Falls murder case


     LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Court officials say a jury has been picked to hear the case of a Little Falls homeowner who claims he was defending himself when he shot and killed two teens who entered his home. 
       Byron Smith is on trial on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2012 killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old

2 puppies stolen from pet store in southeast SD


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Two 8-week-old puppies have been stolen from a pet store in southeast South Dakota.
 
     The owner of Ed's Pet World in Mitchell says the animals were taken during a break-in shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday.
 
     Ed Anderson says surveillance video shows a man broke into the store, took $50 in cash