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Man dies in motorcycle crash in Lac qui Parle County


MADISON, Minn. (KWAT)—A Madison, Minnesota man is dead following a motorcycle crash 11 miles east of that city.
 
The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office says 46 year-old Timothy Hansen was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle on a county road when he crashed in the ditch. He was found by a passerby at 9:20 pm. Thursday.
 
Hansen was alone on the motorcycle. He was

Meeting scheduled to discuss Obama visit to Watertown


WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)--Three weeks from today President Barack Obama will be in Watertown to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute’s graduation.
 
Planning for that visit started immediately after the Monday announcement that the president is coming, and those preparations will be discussed this coming Monday.
 
Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson has

Tentative settlement reached in beef plant dispute



     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A preliminary agreement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by more than 250 former employees of Aberdeen's idled beef plant who claim they weren't properly notified before they were laid off.
 
     Federal bankruptcy Judge Charles Nail approved the tentative settlement that would pay less than $400 on average to

Wind Cave fire to be fully contained today


WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire in Wind Cave National Park is expected to be fully contained by noon on Friday.
 
     Authorities say the Cold Brook Fire remains at 10 square miles and is still 90 percent contained.
 
     Park Chief Interpreter Tom Farrell says the fire has scorched 6,500 acres in the southwestern South Dakota park.

Aberdeen, Brown County to use drug-sniffing dog


    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The Aberdeen Police Department and Brown County Sheriff's Office have been awarded funding to cover the costs of implementing a drug-sniffing canine unit.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says the $17,000 comes from the Drug Control Fund, which uses money seized from drug arrests to fund local law enforcement programs aimed at

Sen. Thune making stops in Webster and Groton


WASHINGTON, D.C.--Republican U.S. Senator John Thune makes a pair of stops in northeastern South Dakota today (Friday).
 
Thune will hold a community roundtable in Webster at 1 p.m. before touring Mereen-Johnson Machine Company, Dakota Foundry and Webster Scale.
 
Thune will hold a second roundtable today in Groton. That’s being held at the American Legion at 4 p.m. 

Two arrested on meth charges in Big Stone County


ORTONVILLE, Minn. (KWAT)—The Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office says two people have been arrested on drug charges after a search warrant was executed at a Graceville home Wednesday.
 
Sheriff John Haukos says the search warrant was in relation to an ongoing investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the Big Stone County area. Officers seized methamphetamine, drug

Man injured in fall at DakotaDome


 VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A construction worker was listed in critical but stable condition after falling about 30 feet at a University of South Dakota work site.
 
     Vermillion Fire Chief Shannon Draper says the man was working on a steel girder Wednesday on a DakotaDome addition when the incident occurred. Draper says the man was harnessed, but the safety equipment

Wildfires blamed for Interstate 29 pileup



BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Smoke from wildfires is being blamed for a multiple-vehicle pileup on Interstate 29 in northeastern North Dakota that sent eight people to the hospital.

The crash involved at least seven vehicles. Two semitrailers also collided near the scene. It happened Wednesday near Manvel while hundreds of firefighters were working to contain multiple grass fires along a

Missing inmate arrested in Pierre


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An inmate missing from a minimum-security prison in Yankton has been arrested in Pierre.
 
     KCCR radio reports that 28-year-old Jonathan Archambeau turned himself in to police on Wednesday.
 
     Archambeau had been placed on escape status Sunday night when he failed to return from his work-release

Flags to be flown at half-staff for fallen firefighter



     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Sunday to honor a fallen volunteer firefighter.
 
     Valley Springs firefighter Steven Ackerman died in a weekend house fire in the southeast South Dakota city of Brandon.
 
     Ackerman's funeral service is scheduled for 2

New presiding circuit judge named in eastern South Dakota


  BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - A new presiding judge has been appointed to the Third Judicial Circuit in South Dakota.
 
     South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson on Wednesday announced the appointment of Judge Gregory Stoltenburg. A presiding judge is an administrative leader in his or her respective circuit.
 
     The Third

Wind Cave fire now 80 percent contained


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire in Wind Cave National Park remains at 10 square miles but is now 80 percent contained.
 
     Authorities say the Cold Brook Fire has scorched 6,500 acres in the southwestern South Dakota park. That's about 20 percent of the park's surface area.
 
     About 80 people have been working on

SDHP rolling out new cycles for DUI enforcement


PIERRE, S.D. (KWAT)--South Dakota Highway Patrol officials tomorrow (Friday) will roll out three new motorcycles that primarily will be used for DUI enforcement.
 
 
While the motorcycles will be stationed in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, they will be used throughout the state. 
 
 
Six Highway Patrol troopers have taken a two-week training course in the

LATI's Cartney says Obama visit is source of pride


  WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - Lake Area Technical Institute President Mike Cartney says he was "overwhelmed and speechless" when told that President Barack Obama will speak at the Watertown school's commencement ceremony next month.  
     Cartney says the "once-in-a-lifetime phone call" also filled him with pride for the school, its business partners

Semi hauling groceries catches fire near Yankton


YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A semitrailer fire near the South Dakota-Nebraska border destroyed the rig and more than 20 tons of groceries it was hauling.
 
     The truck caught fire on U.S. Highway 81 south of Yankton early Tuesday morning. Yankton Assistant Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the blaze began in the engine compartment, and the driver was unable to put it out with a fire

Ballot measures decided in South Dakota


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Several communities around South Dakota decided ballot measures on Tuesday.
 
     Sioux Falls residents voted to begin the school year after Labor Day. It was a close decision, with 52 percent of voters in favor of changing the school calendar.
 
     There also was a close vote in Delmont, where an ordinance tightening rules

Wind Cave fire grows to more than nine square miles


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire in Wind Cave National Park has grown to nearly 9  1/2 square miles but is now 30 percent contained.
 
     Authorities say the Cold Brook Fire has scorched 6,000 acres in the southwestern South Dakota park. About 80 people are on scene working to contain it, and they expect to have it fully contained Friday.
 
   

Solum files for re-election to Watertown City Council


4-15-15   Jon Solum runs for re-election        Mike Tanner
 
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)--An incumbent member of the Watertown City Council has filed to run for another term in office.
 
Jon Solum turned in the required number of petition signatures from voters in his ward Tuesday, which allows his name to be put on the June 16th election

Two people injured in motorcycle crash near Estelline


ESTELLINE, S.D. (KWAT)--Two people were taken to the hospital Tuesday night following a motorcycle accident in Hamlin County.
 
Chief sheriff’s deputy Tayt Alexander says the motorcycle was northbound on 466th Avenue two miles south of Estelline when the driver lost control due to a strong gust of wind.
 
The names and conditions of those involved in the crash have not been