Local News Updates

Head on crash near Florence injures two


7-3-15                        Head on crash          Mike Tanner
 
FLORENCE, S.D. (KWAT)--Watertown Fire Rescue and the Florence Fire Department responded to a head-on collision near Florence last night.
 
It happened just

SD teachers recognized by Obama


 WASHINGTON (AP) - Two South Dakota teachers are among 108 nationwide to be recognized by the Obama administration for their efforts in teaching math and sciences. 
 
     Lindsey Brewer, a math teacher at Huron High School, and Janet Wagner, a science teacher at Bon Homme School, have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

No injuries in helicopter crash


GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) - No one was hurt when a helicopter that was trying to take off from Bob's Resort in Gettysburg ended up in a ditch.
 
     Potter County Sheriff Curt Hamburger says the helicopter clipped a power line, landed and skidded on a highway and came to a stop in the ditch. It happened about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
 
     Hamburger says

Watertown's June weather statistics released


7-2-15      June weather stats       Mike Tanner
 

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—The National Weather Service has released weather statistics for Watertown for the month of June.
 
The average high temperature for the month was 78.2 degrees—which is 1.5 degrees warmer than normal.
 
The warmest temperature in June

Man injured in accident near Twin Brooks


7-2-15                        Grant County accident                     Mike Tanner
 
 
TWIN BROOKS, S.D. (KWAT)—An Appleton, Minnesota man has been injured in an accident near Twin Brooks.
 
Grant County Sheriff Kevin Owen says 33 year-old Stacy Dukes had pulled

Watertown's Snap Fitness plans move to new location


7-1-15                       Snap Fitness moving                    Mike Tanner
 

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—The owner of Snap Fitness in Watertown says he’s moving his business to a new location this fall.
 
Jim Wheeldon has signed a lease agreement to rent 14,000

Watertown prepared to end agreement with Great Lakes Airlines


7-1-15                                Great Lakes Airlines         Mike Tanner
 

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)--It looks like Watertown city officials are prepared to end their relationship with Great Lakes Airlines.
 
The city council voted to send a termination letter

All American Blood Drive in Watertown begins today


7-1-15                   All American Blood Drive                  Mike Tanner
 


WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—The annual Watertown Community Blood Drive begins today at the Watertown Mall.
 
Donors can give blood from 10 am to 6 pm today, and from 7 am to 1 pm Thursday.
 
Everyone

July sobriety checkpoints announced


PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in 17 counties during July.

The monthly checkpoints are done as a way to discourage people from drinking and driving.

July checkpoints will be done in the counties of Beadle, Brookings, Butte, Clay, Codington, Day, Davison, Gregory, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha,

Boat collision kills woman near Yankton


     HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) - A 68-year-old Nebraska woman has died after a collision of two boats below Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River.
 
     The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the accident occurred about 9:55 a.m. Monday in the tail waters east of the dam. The dam sits on the Missouri River between South Dakota and Nebraska, about 3 1/2

Smoky skies blanket the Midwest



     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A haze is blanketing much of the Midwest as strong winds carry smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south.
 
     National Weather Service forecasters say Tuesday that smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan is blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North

Fire claims in South Dakota being denied


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's congressional delegation says all residents in South Dakota and North Dakota seeking damages from the federal government for a 2013 wildfire will be denied.
 
     The delegation says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to find that U.S. Forest Service employees were negligent when they started a

More details on accidental fall death in Watertown


6-30-15                        Accidental fall death              Mike Tanner
 


WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Watertown Police Chief Lee McPeek says a 22 year-old man who died from an accidental fall earlier this month fell about 70 feet to his death.
 
A sanitation worker spotted the

Watertown Middle School construction in the homestretch


6-30-15                  School Construction             Mike Tanner
 
 
 
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—The Watertown School District hopes to take over possession of the new Watertown Middle School from general contractor Gray

Missouri River drowning victim identified


   GLENHAM, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified an 8-year-old girl who drowned while swimming in the Missouri River in northern South Dakota.
 
     The Walworth County sheriff's office says Mikayla Gruenstein of Columbia, South Dakota, was with family members Sunday morning near New Evarts Resort south of Glenham.
 
     The

Rapid City man charged in infant's death



     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a 26-year-old Rapid City man who was arrested last week after an infant died of injuries at a local hospital is now facing a murder charge.
 
     The Rapid City Police Department says Kristopher Houchin on Monday was charged with second-degree murder. That charge is in addition to the first-degree rape and child

Board reverses itself on Harney Peak name change


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota board has reversed itself and recommended that Harney Peak not be renamed even though some American Indians may find it offensive.
 
     The Board on Geographic Names earlier recommended that Harney Peak, in the Black Hills National Forest, have its name changed to "Hinhan Kaga (Making of

Sioux Falls bishop addresses gay marriage


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls says followers should not "disown God's law" following the Supreme Court's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
 
     Bishop Paul Swain directly addressed the Supreme Court's Friday decision at a Monday prayer service at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux

Safety urged ahead of July 4th holiday



     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Fire officials in South Dakota are urging safety ahead of the July 4 holiday.  
 
     Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says fire officials see a few injuries and unintentional fires every year from fireworks.  
 
     Legal sale of fireworks in South Dakota started on Saturday. People can discharge

Two dead in crash in western Minnesota


   MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) - Two women in their 80s have died after their car collided with a recreational vehicle at a rural intersection in western Minnesota.
 
     The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened about 9:20 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Highways 40 and 29, about 25 miles west of Willmar.
 
     The 87-year-old