Local News Updates

Daugaard requests disaster declaration


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a presidential disaster declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by the severe storm and tornado May 10 in Douglas and Charles Mix counties.
 
     The tornado damaged or destroyed 84 structures in and around Delmont and injured nine people. The National Weather Service rated it as an

Watertown police investigate reported residential burglary


5-28-15                         Residential burglary                           Mike Tanner
 

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Watertown police are investigating a report of a residential burglary.
 
Police Detective Nic Ahmann says officers were called to a home

Nebraska abolishes death penalty


     LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska has abolished the death penalty in a landmark veto-override vote backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment.
 
     Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 on Wednesday to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the first

Groundbreaking held for new Nordby 4-H Exhibit Hall in Huron



     HURON, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's 4-H participants will soon have a brand new home at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.
 
     State and local officials gathered Wednesday for a groundbreaking event for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.
 
     The 48,000-square-foot hall will feature multiple

North Carolina murder suspect arrested in Watertown


5-28-15                          Murder suspect arrested         Mike Tanner
 
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—A murder suspect in North Carolina was arrested in Watertown Wednesday afternoon.
 
Police Sergeant Troy Van Dusen says local police were notified by the South Dakota

Jury convicts Bosworth in election fraud trial


 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota jury has convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.
 
     Jurors issued their verdict against the 43-year-old physician Wednesday. Bosworth was charged with six counts each of perjury and filing false documents stemming from the mishandling of her candidate petitions.
 
   

Nebraska gives Doland native Miles contract extension


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska men's basketball coach and Doland native Tim Miles has had his contract extended one year through the 2019-20 season.
 
     Athletic department spokesman Shamus McKnight confirmed the extension Tuesday. McKnight did not have information on if any financial terms changed.
 
     The Cornhuskers finished fourth in the

Thieves tunnel through garage walls to steal


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police in Sioux Falls say thieves in the past few months have dug holes in the drywall separating apartment garages and have burglarized over 10 of them.
 
     Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the most recent incident in which police believe a suspect moved from one garage to another through holes in the walls happened Monday. 
 
 

Mobridge sets monthly precipitation record


  MOBRIDGE, S.D. (AP) - The northern South Dakota city of Mobridge has broken a century-old precipitation record.
 
     Meteorologist Ken Gillespie with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says the community of 3,500 residents is having its wettest month on record with 9.16 inches of precipitation so far in May. 
 
     The city's

Bryant boy killed in Hamlin County crash


5-26-15              Hamlin County fatal         Mike Tanner
 
LAKE NORDEN, S.D. (KWAT)—A 10 year-old Bryant boy was killed Tuesday morning in a single vehicle crash four-and-a-half miles west of Lake Norden.
 
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 10 year-old Colton Beld

Window replacement project at Codington County courthouse approved


5-26-16     Courthouse windows       Mike Tanner
 
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Windows on three sides of the Codington County courthouse will soon be replaced.
 
Codington County Commissioners approved the work at their meeting today.
 
County Facilities Manager Milo Ford told the commission the windows being replaced on the

Vacant house in Veblen burns down


5-26-15   Veblen house fire         Mike Tanner
 
VEBLEN, S.D. (KWAT)—Fire destroyed a vacant home in Veblen over the weekend.
 
Veblen Fire Chief Leo Greseth says the fire was in a home along South Dakota Highway 25, and was reported at 11:15 p.m. Sunday.
 
Greseth says when fire crews got there, “the house was

Two dead, others injured in shooting at Grand Forks Wal-Mart


GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Police say two people have died in a shooting at a Wal-Mart store in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Officers responded to reports of gunshots shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Deputy Police Chief Mike Ferguson says officers discovered "multiple victims" inside the store, and that several of them were taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified

Senator Thune spending his day in Sisseton


5-26-15           Thune in Sisseton     Mike Tanner
 
SISSETON, S.D. (KWAT)--South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune will spend much of his day in Sisseton today.
 
The senator will tour the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Jail in Agency Village at 10:30 this morning. Then he’ll meet with tribal program directors at 11

Randy Moss keeps promise to Minnesota teenager


PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss has kept his promise to a Minnesota teenager.
 
     Moss went to Pelican Rapids to hand Kassi Spier her high school diploma Friday night.
 
     Spier met Moss at Vikings training camp in his rookie year in 1998, when she was just a toddler and yelled out his name. He kept in contact

Wagner police officer assaulted during traffic stop


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Wagner police officer knocked unconscious during a traffic stop on Friday says he hopes to return to duty within a week.
 
     Officer Brian McGuire on Monday was being released from the Sioux Falls hospital where he was treated for bleeding on the brain. He issued a statement thanking well-wishers and fellow law

Claremont man dies in Marshall County rollover


     AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a 21-year-old man from Claremont has died after being ejected from his vehicle when it rolled over in Marshall County.
 
     The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Darren Stahl died at the scene Sunday night outside Amherst. According to the Highway Patrol, Stahl lost control of the SUV he was driving when the road

Trav's Outfitter announces move and expansion


5-22-15      Trav’s Outfitter          Mike Tanner
 
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—A Watertown retailer announced a major expansion plan today.
 
Trav’s Outfitter has purchased land along Highway 212 and will begin construction soon on a new 24,000 square foot store—or six times the size of their

Owens named new head coach of Stampede


 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Sioux Falls Stampede has named former longtime Colorado College head coach Scott Owens as coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League franchise.
 
     The 59-year-old Owens succeeds Cary Eades, who left after three seasons to become head coach and general manager of the USHL's Fargo Force.
 
   

Sen. Franken headed to Cuba this weekend



     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken will travel to Cuba this weekend. 
 
     He'll be part of a congressional delegation that will explore ways the U.S. and Cuba can expand trade opportunities. 
 
     The Democratic senator plans to meet with Cuban and U.S. State Department officials and business