Local News Updates

Watertown Fire Rescue stays busy


Fire calls have not slowed down for Watertown Fire Rescue.  The department was kept busy over the weekend with two house fires and several grass fires.  Yesterday (Monday) they responded to a mobile home fire in the 700 block of 14th Ave SE around 6pm.  The fire spread to another vacant mobile home next door.  Both homes were heavily damaged.
 
Fire crews were called

Beacon Center Presents Awards


The Beacon Center, formally known as the Resource Center, is bringing awareness to domestic abuse and sexual assault prevention during the month of October.  A candle light vigil at the center recognized individuals and business that make a positive impact on the work the organization does.  The Beacon Awards were received by Watertown Radio, Dr. Louis of Westside Animal Clinic, and

Possible Sturgis school land sale opposed by some


     STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The Meade County School Board plans to negotiate with the city of Sturgis to sell 400 acres of land adjacent to Sturgis Brown High School, but some board members and students aren't happy about the move.
 
     City officials want to develop the land into a multipurpose recreational area that would include a new rodeo grounds, a

Dangerous Sioux Falls intersection being studied


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Traffic engineers and police are studying a Sioux Falls intersection just west of Interstate 29 where two people died in a crash last week.
 
     The study actually began a week before Friday's fatal crash. The area around the intersection has been the site of more than 100 vehicle crashes over the past decade, including

3 regional airlines want to serve SD capital city


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Three regional airlines have submitted proposals to provide federally subsidized service to South Dakota's capital city.
 
     Proposals to the Essential Air Service program are from Aerodynamics Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio; Boutique Air of San Francisco; and Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
 
   

Sioux Falls convenience store robbed at knifepoint


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police are investigating the robbery of a convenience store at knifepoint.
 
     Authorities say a male walked into a SuperAmerica store about 1 a.m. Tuesday, displayed the weapon and demanded money from the clerk. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
     The clerk was not hurt.

Man takes deal in Mankato officer ear-poking case


     MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge.
 
     24-year-old Riley Swearingen pleaded guilty to disruptive intoxication Monday. A police officer says Swearingen assaulted him with the move known as a "wet

Report says South Dakota corn harvest lagging


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Recent warm, dry weather helped South Dakota crops mature, but the corn harvest is a bit behind normal. 
 
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service says 19 percent of the corn is out of the field, which is below the 45 percent average for this time of year.
 
   

HUD secretary to visit South Dakota on Tuesday


     PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be in South Dakota Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the housing challenges in Indian Country.
 
     U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson and Castro will meet with leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation. They will also tour the Thunder Valley Community

Ellsworth base subject of ad in US Senate race


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Ellsworth Air Force Base is the subject of a full-page advertisement published in a South Dakota newspaper by U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds.
 
     The Republican candidate published the ad announcing that his Democratic challenger Rick Wieland is endorsed by a "radical" group that wants to "wipe out the B-1Bs at

Former SD pastor pleads not guilty to sex charges


     CANTON, S.D. (AP) - A former South Dakota pastor accused by authorities of having sex with a 15-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to multiple sex charges.
 
     49-year-old Anthony Haglund entered his plea Monday in Lincoln County. His bond has been lowered to $50,000 cash only.
 
     Haglund has been indicted on three

SD man sentenced in fatal New Year's Day crash


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man will serve 13 years in prison for a New Year's Day crash in Sioux Falls that killed a woman.
 
     Twenty-one-year-old Oscar Madrigal was sentenced Monday. Madrigal earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter and second-offense DUI in the death of 38-year-old Tanya Sanchez.  
 
   

Wildfire burns 150 acres in central South Dakota


     FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire has burned 150 acres of grass and brush near the Oahe Dam's emergency spillway.
 
     Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says hunters may have caused the weekend blaze. But he adds that can't be determined.
 
     Cronin says high winds, warm temperatures and hilly terrain made fighting

Judge upholds conviction of SD man who shot wife


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A circuit judge has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a South Dakota man who shot his wife in five years ago while she scrubbed the kitchen floor.
 
     Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Trandahl on Monday upheld the conviction of Herman P. Kleinsasser, of Onida. He is serving an 80-year sentence at the state penitentiary in Sioux

Attorneys general letter targets human trafficking


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging passage of three bills that target human trafficking.  
 
     Jackley and more than 50 other state and territorial attorneys general signed the letter sent to the committee Monday. Jackley says strengthening federal law will

School of Mines getting $1.25M research contract


    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is getting a $1.25 million contract to design more advanced underground ventilation systems for block caving mines.
 
     Block caving is an underground hard rock mining method that involves undermining an ore body and allowing it to progressively collapse under its own

Pink Ladies Dart Leagues grow beyond South Dakota


     YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A dart league organization that raises money to fight cancer is expanding beyond its South Dakota roots.
 
     The Pink Ladies Dart League began in Yankton during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month four years ago. President Pam Cunningham says the sister of one of the league members was battling breast cancer, and league

Bat proposal worries Black Hills timber industry


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A nonprofit trade group says the Black Hills timber industry could suffer irreparable damage if the northern long-eared bat is added to the list of endangered species.
 
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to add the bat to the endangered species list because of a fungus called white-nose syndrome that is

Former Olympic champion launching grant program


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Olympic champion runner Billy Mills is marking the 50th anniversary of his 1964 gold medal by launching a grant program to help young people.
 
     Mills' organization called Running Strong for American Indian Youth will award 50 "Dreamstarter" grants of $10,000 each to youth-oriented community groups and

Sioux Falls police investigate store robbery


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police are investigating a weekend robbery at a Sioux Falls convenience store.
 
     Authorities say a man wearing a mask walked into a Kum & Go store about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
     The robber did not display a weapon, and the