Local News Updates

Mount Rushmore to be featured on Rose Parade float

5-21-15                 Rose Parade           Mike Tanner
PIERRE, S.D. (KWAT)—The South Dakota Department of Tourism announced today that Mount Rushmore will be featured on one of the floats in the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
The theme of the 2016 Rose Parade is

Minnesota man buried in corn rescued from grain bin

     ELLENDALE, Minn. (AP) - An Owatonna man is rescued from a grain bin after he was buried up to his neck in corn. 
     Freeborn County sheriff's officials say 65-year-old Christopher Johnson was clearing a crust layer of corn that was plugging the bin Wednesday when that layer gave way and he sank into the corn at the rural Ellendale farm.

Fort Thompson man sentenced for arson fire

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Fort Thompson man who admitted setting fire to an apartment duplex has been sentenced to 3  1/2 years in federal prison.
     Twenty-one-year-old Lewis Brown was accused of setting fire to an apartment adjacent to one that housed members of a family with whom he had been arguing.
     The incident happened in Fort

Man gets 10 years in prison for setting Mitchell fire

     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A Mitchell man who set fire to a Main Street apartment building has been given the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for reckless burning.
     Thirty year-old Stephen Seltz also will serve 30 days for each of two counts of simple assault on his girlfriend. He also will be responsible for at least $326,000 in restitution

Bird flu virus confirmed at Flandreau farm

  FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - Federal agriculture officials have confirmed that a strain of bird flu that affected an egg-laying operation of 1.3 million chickens in Flandreau was the same one that's wiped out millions of birds across the Midwest.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed the

Fishing accident injures man in Brookings County

     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - An Idaho man who was fishing in an eastern South Dakota lake had to be rescued after a float tube accident.
     The Brookings County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Mark Locke, of Hagerman, Idaho, was fishing with two friends in Lake Sinai on Tuesday afternoon when current pulled his float tube away from shore and tipped it

Texas shooting elevates security concerns for Sturgis Rally

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A motorcycle gang shootout in Texas that left nine dead has elevated security concerns for the upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
     The rally draws hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts each year, and organizers are expecting up to a million people for the 75th anniversary event in early August.

Montevideo man sentenced in mortgage fraud case

PHOENIX (AP) - Men from Minnesota and Texas have been sentenced to federal prison terms in a mortgage fraud case in Arizona.
     A judge in Phoenix on Monday sentenced 44-year-old Paxton Jeffrey Anderson of Montevideo, Minnesota to eight years in prison and Joseph John Plany of Hutto, Texas, to four years.
     Anderson and Plany were convicted of

Mitchell officials seek assurance on new Corn Palace domes

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - City officials in Mitchell want assurance that new domes for the Corn Palace tourist attraction can withstand South Dakota's weather.
     The domes are part of a $7.2 million makeover of the building that's billed as the world's only palace dedicated to the grain. About 200,000 tourists visit each year.

FEMA damage assessment begins in Delmont

     DELMONT, S.D. (AP) - State and federal officials on Tuesday were assessing tornado damage to homes and businesses in Charles Mix and Douglas counties, including the town of Delmont.
     Officials say the preliminary assessment is the first step to determining whether aid will be made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the

Church burglars say they were ghost hunters

     LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say four people have been arrested after breaking into a central Minnesota church to look for ghosts.
     Meeker County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a burglary alarm at Ness Church in rural Litchfield that went off shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. The sheriff's office says the four people got

Timberwolves win NBA Draft Lottery

NEW YORK (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have won the NBA draft lottery, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick.
     After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out Tuesday night for the Wolves, who will have the top pick to put next to Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins.
     The Los Angeles

Jury chosen for Bosworth trial in Pierre

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A jury has been chosen for the trial of former South Dakota political candidate Annette Bosworth.
     Nine women and five men will hear the case of Bosworth, a Sioux Falls physician who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the 2014 U.S. Senate race. The jury seated on Monday includes two alternates.

Watertown City Council approves new airport hangar, storm sirens

5-19-15          Airport hangar          Mike Tanner
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Watertown area pilots will soon have more hangar space at Watertown Regional Airport.
Last night, the Watertown City Council approved a bid of $344,000 from Ortmeier Construction to build a new eight-unit

Missing South Dakotan inmate captured

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say an inmate who had walked away from a South Dakota prison has been captured after leading police on separate chases in three states.
     Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Terry Anderson says 36-year-old David Holloway was taken into custody Monday night south of Sioux Falls. He says  Holloway was not armed and there

Watertown Fire Rescue called to basement fire

5-19-15               Basement fire      Mike Tanner
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Watertown Fire Rescue was called out to a basement fire just after seven o’clock Monday night.
Smoke was coming from the structure at 107 18th Street Southeast when fire units arrived.
Fire crews made an interior attack in

Cool, wet conditions slow South Dakota fieldwork

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Cool and wet conditions across most of South Dakota slowed down fieldwork in the last week, but producers welcomed the moisture.
     The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that the wet weather improved topsoil moisture to 71 percent adequate or surplus. The ratings were 29 percent short or very

One dead, five injured in collision west of Bowdle

   BOWDLE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person was killed and five others seriously injured in a head-on collision about 12 miles west of Bowdle.
     The victim was identified as 57-year-old David Hoffman, of Colton, who was driving a 2004 Buick Century east on U.S. Highway 12 Sunday afternoon. Three passengers in his vehicle were

Rush named SD Board of Regents CEO

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Regents has chosen Idaho education official Michael Rush to replace outgoing board Executive Director and CEO Jack Warner.
     The board announced Monday that Rush will start June 29.
     Rush has served since 2007 as the executive director of the Idaho State Board of

Minnesota launching seat belt enforcement campaign

 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are beginning an effort to ticket motorists who don't wear a seat belt. 
     The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the extra enforcement begins Monday and runs through the end of the month. The coordinated effort coincides with the beginning of the traditionally busy