Local News Updates

Pre-trial dates set in water lawsuit against city of Watertown

7-29-15                          Water lawsuit                      Mike Tanner

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KWAT)--A federal judge in Aberdeen has approved some pre-trial dates in a lawsuit filed against the city of Watertown and Watertown Municipal Utilities, and based on those

USD starting QB will miss season with back injury

     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota coach Joe Glenn says two-year starting quarterback Kevin Earl will miss what would have been his senior season because of a lingering back injury.
     The Coyotes are turning the offense over to junior backup Ryan Saeger. The 6-foot-4 native of Heartland, Wisconsin, started four games last season after Earl suffered

USDA tallies losses to bird flu

     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu.
     U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that's in addition to the nearly $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. The government also is paying to research and

West Nile virus cases in South Dakota at four

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota health officials have confirmed four human cases of West Nile virus disease so far this year.
     The state Department of Health says the cases have been reported in Brown, Butte and Spink counties. The ages of the ill individuals range from 20 to 59.
     The virus is transmitted to humans and

Fourty gay couples married in South Dakota

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Forty gay couples have applied to be married in South Dakota during the first month following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing such unions across the country.
     The state Department of Health provided The Associated Press with data detailing marriage licenses issued across the state from June 26 to July 27.

Fire prompts evacuation of Sioux Falls motel

   SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Fire prompted evacuation of a motel in Sioux Falls, but no one was hurt.
     Firefighters responded to the Cloud 9 Motel about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a motel employee noticed smoke coming from a room. Fire crews put out the blaze in about 15 minutes.
     Officials say the room suffered moderate fire and smoke

No decision yet on criminal charges in Highway 212 crash

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)— The Minnesota State Patrol says an accident on Highway 212 last week that killed a Watertown doctor remains under investigation—and that no decision has been made yet on whether any criminal charges will be filed.
Fifty eight year-old Jeff Kowitz was eastbound in a pickup when a southbound semi went through a stop sign and hit Kowitz. It happened

Watertown mayor wants new severe weather sirens

7-29-15                                 Warning sirens            Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson says some of the city’s severe weather warning sirens aren’t working properly, and he wants to put

Codington County Commission approves jail security improvements

7-28-15          Codington County Commission       Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)— Codington County commissioners today approved a bid for nearly $17,000 worth of security improvements to the Codington County Detention Center.
The bid was awarded to Roethler Construction of Watertown. Sheriff Toby Wishard told the

Milbank men arrested following stolen gun investigation

7-28-15           Milbank gun arrests        Mike Tanner

MILBANK, S.D. (KWAT)— Two men have been arrested in the Milbank area after police executed a search warrant turned up drugs and stolen guns.
Grant County Sheriff Kevin Owen says the search warrant resulted in the arrest of 28

Watertown Municipal Utilities appoints new leaders

7-28-15           WMU Board reorganizes            Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—The Watertown Municipal Utilities Board of Directors has new leadership.
At their monthly meeting yesterday (Monday), the board voted Ernie Wight to the position of president. He

Spring wheat harvest underway in South Dakota

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The spring wheat harvest is underway in South Dakota, while the winter wheat harvest is nearing the halfway point.
     The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 2 percent of the spring wheat is in the bin, well behind the long-term average of 18 percent.
     The winter wheat harvest is 43 percent

Jacks picked fifth in pre-season football poll

  FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Four-time defending Football Championship Subdivision winner North Dakota State is favored to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
     A poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors released Monday shows that NDSU earned 32 of a possible 40 first-place votes for 389 points. Illinois State, the team the Bison edged in

Ground broken for new Spanish immersion school

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Public school leaders in Sioux Falls have broken ground for a $10.9 million school for Spanish immersion students.
     The district's growing Spanish immersion program serves more than 400 elementary school-age students. It currently operates out of two elementary schools.
     The new school is being built on

Minnesota's minimum wage goes up this week

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour. 
     The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect Saturday for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a three-stage increase adopted in 2014. Next

CDC in Vermillion this week to investigate USD building

     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A crew from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is at the University of South Dakota this week to evaluate a building that has been the source of health complaints from employees.
     USD believes the building is safe, but officials asked the CDC to conduct a "scientific appraisal" of Noteboom Hall after

Lake Madison drowning victim identified

 MADISON, S.D. (AP) - Law enforcement authorities in eastern South Dakota have identified the 25-year-old woman who drowned in Lake Madison over the weekend.
     The Lake County sheriff's office says friends of Briauna Moulton reported that she fell out of a boat and into the lake about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The body of the Sioux Falls woman was found around 8:30

Watertown Community Foundation announces grant recipients

7-28-15            Grant recipients           Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—The Women and Giving Advisory Committee of the Watertown Community Foundation has announced they’ve raised over $29,000 this year, and have awarded more than $16,000 in grants.

Madison chosen to be Capital For A Day

7-27-15          Capital For A Day      Mike Tanner

PIERRE, S.D. (KWAT)—Madison is the latest city to be chosen to serve as South Dakota’s Capital For A Day.
Governor Dennis Daugaard says Madison will host Capital For A Day activities on August 19th.
There will be a Main Street walk,

Speed limit reductions during Sturgis Bike Rally

7-27-15          Speed reductions        Mike Tanner

PIERRE, S.D. (KWAT)—Bikers headed to the Black Hills for next week’s 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will need to be aware of speed limit reductions on three highways.
South Dakota DOT spokeswoman Kristi Sandal says the affected