Local News Updates

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week

10-2-15                  Fire Prevention Week              Mike Tanner

PIERRE, S.D. (KWAT)--State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is reminding South Dakotans that the week of October 4th thru the 10th is Fire Prevention Week.

Traverse County Highway Dept worker run over

10-2-15                Highway Dept. accident             Mike Tanner

WHEATON, Minn. (KWAT)--A Traverse County Highway Department employee was injured in a work-related accident this week that left him hospitalized.
Sheriff Trevor Wright says

North Dakota school bus driver dies of injuries sustained in foggy crash

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The driver of a school bus involved in a crash with three semitrailers in dense fog at an intersection near Kindred a week ago has died.

Fargo's Boulger Funeral Home confirmed to The Associated Press that Cathy Jostad died early Friday and said funeral arrangements were pending.

Jostad had both of her legs amputated after the crash Sept. 25.

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Hoeven and Thune place friendly wager on Jacks-Bison game

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today placed a friendly wager on this weekend’s matchup between the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Jackrabbits and the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football teams. The Division I rivalry game has become known as the Dakota Marker game, and the winning team is presented with a replica model

Madison man charged in death of three year-old boy

  MADISON, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have charged a Madison man in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy.
     Police say 21-year-old Jacob Meinders faces two counts of aggravated assault on a child, along with alternate child abuse counts. He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

    Police on Sept. 29 responded to a report of an

Governors place friendly wager on outcome of SDSU-NDSU game

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard have made a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend's football matchup between North Dakota State University and South Dakota State.
     If SDSU wins, Dalrymple will make a $100 charitable donation to the Children's Home Society of South Dakota.

Twins gain in AL Wildcard race

CLEVELAND (AP) - Pinch-runner Eduard Nunez scored from third base on a wild pitch and Torii Hunter hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to give Minnesota a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, moving the Twins a little closer to an AL wild-card spot.
     Facing a crushing loss, the Twins scored a run in the eighth to tie it and then two unearned

Body found on I-90 in Minnehaha County

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The discovery of a body on Interstate 90 in Minnehaha County prompted a brief shutdown of the highway.
     The sheriff's office says the body was found about 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say it appears the person had been struck by a semitrailer that left the scene.
     The sheriff's

Former SD police chief pleads not guilty to murder of fiance

  BURKE, S.D. (AP) - A former police chief in South Dakota has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his fiance.
     Defense attorney Clint Sargent says a trial date for 63-year-old Russell Ray Bertram hasn't been set.
     Bertram served as Harrisburg police chief until 2004.

Harrisburg school shooter pleads not guilty to attempted murder

CANTON, S.D. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge in the shooting and wounding of a South Dakota high school principal.
     Mason Buhl didn't speak in court except to give short, polite answers to the judge hearing his case. No bond was set.
     Buhl was charged Thursday in an attack a day earlier at

Arrest warrant issued in Brookings stabbing

10-2-15                     Brookings stabbing 

BROOKINGS, S.D.---An arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted in connection with last week's stabbing in Brookings.
Police Lt. Derrick Powers says 26-year-old Dario Villa-Rodriguez is wanted on an aggravated assault charge.
Powers says he has likely

Madison, Minn. man pleads guilty to felony charge

10-2-15                      Madison man              Mike Tanner

MADISON, Minn. (KWAT)—A Madison, Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with a crime spree in that city earlier this

BREAKING: Harrisburg HS shooter charged with attempted murder

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 16-year-old student has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a South Dakota high school principal, who was lightly wounded in the arm.
     Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman says charges were filed today against Mason Buhl as an adult. They are one count each of first-degree attempted murder and commission of

Yankton police officer cleared in deadly shooting

 YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has cleared a Yankton police officer who shot and wounded a suspect last month.
    Jackley says a Division of Criminal Investigation probe concluded Officer Jason Foote was justified in shooting 19-year-old Trae Angel on Sept. 1.
     Angel has since pleaded not guilty to attempted

Highway Patrol announces October sobriety checkpoints

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it is targeting 16 counties with sobriety checkpoints in October.
     The monthly checkpoints are conducted to discourage people from drinking and driving.
     The counties scheduled for sobriety checkpoints in October are: Bennett, Brown, Butte, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Edmunds,

No charges expected in Aberdeen forklift fatality

     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who died in a forklift accident in Aberdeen.
     Police say 43-year-old Jason Alden, of Mellette, died Tuesday when he was pinned under a storage shed that was being moved with the help of the forklift.
     Police Capt. Eric Duven says Alden was standing by as another

Harrisburg principal who was shot is resting at home

HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) - The wife of Harrisburg's high school principal says Kevin Lein isn't likely to miss much time from school after being shot in the arm by a student.
     Amy Lein says her husband was discharged from the hospital after a short stay Wednesday and returned home to rest. She says he wasn't immediately ready to talk publically about the

Harrisburg activities director was prepared for emergency

 HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) - A friend of one of the men credited with subduing a student authorities say shot the high school principal in Harrisburg says Activities Director Joey Struwe was prepared for such an incident.
     Jim Dorman is Struwe's friend and also a colleague - he is activities director at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. He says Struwe once

Man killed in Aberdeen forklift accident identified

9-30-15                    Forklift fatal                Mike Tanner

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KWAT)--Aberdeen police have released the name of a man killed in a forklift accident.
Captain Eric Duven says 43 year-old

Minor injury in school shooting in Harrisburg

   HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) - The principal of a South Dakota high school has been wounded in a shooting, but the suspected shooter is in custody and students are reported safe.
     The superintendent of Harrisburg High School, about 10 miles south of Sioux Falls, says the principal suffered a flesh wound.
     Superintendent James Holbeck