Local News Updates

​Roberts County Fatal

An 87 year old Milbank man died in a two vehicle crash yesterday (Wednesday) three miles east of Wilmot.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Stanley Pew was driving a Buick LeSabre west on Highway 15 when 40 year old Timothy Renelt of Wilmot, who was driving a Peterbilt 385 semi-truck with trailer, failed to stop at a stop sign on 470th Ave and collided with the driver’s side of

Daugaard, Wismer split on final campaign strategy

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The two leading candidates for South Dakota governor are taking very different approaches to campaigning in the final days before the midterm elections.
     With a comfortable lead in the polls, Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard's team says he plans to campaign lightly but mostly focus on his day job. Daugaard told the Associated

Romney stumps for US Senate hopeful Rounds in SD

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has started a trio of campaign stops in South Dakota with U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds.
     Romney during a Thursday rally at a Sioux Falls hotel called on South Dakota voters to help Republicans take back control of the U.S. Senate. The GOP needs to net six seats on

Suspect being sought in officer-involved shooting

     DANTE, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a suspect after an incident in Charles Mix County that involved shots fired by a sheriff's deputy.
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says the deputy was responding to a disturbance call near Dante early Thursday when he approached a pickup truck with two people inside. Jackley says the incident

Day care provider pleads not guilty to hurting boy

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Brandon day care provider accused of causing a traumatic injury to a 15-month-old child in her care has pleaded not guilty.
     30-year-old Sara Watters appeared in court Thursday on felony charges of aggravated battery of an infant and abuse or cruelty to a child.
     Authorities say medical

Government takes on Rapid City man's laser devices

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The federal Justice Department is seeking an injunction to stop a retired Rapid City dentist from selling low-level laser devices for home medical use.
     Robert Lytle says the government doesn't have the right to stop anyone from choosing to use his laser devices.
     A Monday hearing is scheduled

Farm Rescue nonprofit helping 300th Midwest family

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the Midwest is helping its 300th family this week, just eight years after former North Dakota farm boy and UPS pilot Bill Gross launched the unique organization.
       A handful of volunteers are helping harvest corn for western Minnesota farmer John Dubbels (DUH'-buhls), who's being treated for

Retiring US Sen. Tim Johnson thanks hometown

    VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson returned to his hometown of Vermillion to thank people who have supported him during his 36 years in elected office.
     Johnson announced last year that he wouldn't seek re-election. He was first elected to the Senate in November 1996. 
     Johnson beat prostate cancer

Sioux Falls day care worked accused of sex crime

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 26-year-old man is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl at the Sioux Falls day care where he worked.
     Edward Moss is charged with having sexual contact with a minor. A telephone listing for him is disconnected, and it isn't clear if he has obtained an attorney.
     Police say the girl

Man faces murder charge in Williston beating death

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A man accused in the beating death of another man outside a Williston strip club in August now faces a murder charge.
     Twenty-nine-year-old Kyle Siler initially faced an aggravated assault charge in the death of Dean Niederklopfer, who died about four days after the alleged beating. Prosecutors on Wednesday upgraded the charge

Police: Man found dead in Brookings grain bin

     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a missing man who was last seen nearly a week ago has been found dead in a grain bin full of corn at a Brookings elevator.
     Police Chief Jeff Miller said Brookings Fire and Rescue found the body of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger (HY'-sihng-ur) on Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m. He says grain removal continued

SD Army National Guard fielding new helicopters

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Army National Guard is fielding new Black Hawk helicopters meant to be used in medical evacuations.
     Officials say the Guard has received its first two of six helicopters that will replace aircraft in the agency's existing inventory. The Guard is receiving the new helicopters as part of the U.S.

Sanford gets grant to study native infant deaths

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sanford Health in Sioux Falls will use a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study ways of reducing infant deaths in American Indian communities.
     The project led by researchers Amy Elliott and Jyoti Angal received a five-year award under the agency's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute

Noem tells students election ads got too negative

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says the TV ads this election cycle have turned too negative and don't show where candidates stand on issues that matter to voters.
     Noem on Wednesday spoke on a wide range of topics before a group of students at Sioux Falls Christian High School. Noem is up for re-election as South Dakota's

SD poll: 60 percent support for Keystone pipeline

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A scientific poll done by two media organizations found wide support among South Dakotans for the Keystone XL pipeline.
     The statewide survey commissioned by the Argus Leader and KELO-TV shows 60 percent backing for the project, with 30 percent opposed and 10 percent undecided.
     The TransCanada Corp.

City must modifiy center to meet ADA standards

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Federal officials have given Rapid City 30 months to make changes to the city's events center to meet ADA standards.
     The changes to Rushmore Plaza Civic Center must be done regardless of whether the city decides to build a new arena.
     The city's attorney has presented to the center's

Planned Parenthood clinic closing in Rapid City

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Planned Parenthood is closing its clinic in Rapid City.
     When the doors shut on Dec. 5, Sioux Falls will be the only South Dakota city with a Planned Parenthood clinic.
     Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota CEO Sarah Stoesz says a study indicated there are other clinics capable

Twin Cities EMS companies preparing for Ebola

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Some first responders in the Twin Cities are tweaking and reinforcing protocols to be ready for Ebola. 
     Moves include 911 dispatchers now asking callers about fever and international travel and passing the information to paramedics, firefighters and police officers. Health officials say the new procedures, which began this

Gov to spend $4M on honey bee aid in 5 states

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The federal government this fiscal year is providing $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help Midwestern farmers and ranchers improve the health of honeybees.
     Bees pollinate a number of crops and play an important role in food production. Their numbers have been declining at a sharp rate due to colony

Body of Jacob Heisinger recovered from grain elevator

The body of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger has been recovered at the Ag First
Farmer's Co-op in Brookings.

Police Chief Jeff Miller tells Brookings Radio News that the body was found at
about 1:30 yesterday afternoon but it took considerable time after that to remove
it from the elevator. He says the grain had to be lowered to a level that was safe 
for firefighters to remove the