Local News Updates

Man arrested for interfering with efforts to fight Granite Falls house fire


7-31-15                            Granite Falls house fire          Mike Tanner
 

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (KWAT)—The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office says a man has been arrested after interfering with efforts to fight a house fire.
 
The fire at 1096

SD lawmakers reject call for special session on education



     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An attempt by Black Hills lawmakers to call a special session of the South Dakota Legislature to address education funding has failed.
 
     The group sent letters asking all 105 state lawmakers if they favored a special session. The Only 13 voted yes. The group would have needed a two-thirds majority to call a special

Potato Days Tractor Drive is this weekend


7-31-15                               Tractor Drive                           Mike Tanner
 
 
WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)--This is Potato Days weekend in Clark, and that means it’s also time for the 12rth annual Potato Days Tractor Drive,

Arrest made in Wagner shooting


WAGNER, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man accused of shooting another man in Wagner earlier this month.
 
     The Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office says a SWAT team acting on a tip arrested 33-year-old Joseph Bruguier in Sioux Falls on Thursday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if he had attorney representation.
 
     Authorities

Yankton man given 50 year sentence for manslaughter


 YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of murdering his uncle in Yankton last year has been sentenced to serve 50 years in prison.
 
     Joshua Hudson was accused of using a hammer to kill 46-year-old Todd Hudson in March 2014. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors.
 
     Hudson on Thursday was sentenced to

Murder-suicide kills western Minnesota couple


     MADISON, Minn. (AP) - Authorities are treating the shooting deaths of a husband and wife at a home in Lac qui Parle County as a murder-suicide. 
 
     Sheriff's officials say the bodies of 78-year-old William Walley and his 69-year-old wife, Shelley Walley, were found by deputies doing a welfare check at the rural Madison residence

USDA expanding crop insurance for winter wheat


  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Producers across the state will now be able to insure their winter wheat crop for 2016.
 
     State Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently decided to expand crop insurance coverage for winter wheat in all South Dakota counties for the next year's crop.
 
     Lentsch says

Daugaard: Disaster declaration approved by Obama


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Thursday that 12 South Dakota counties and three tribes will receive funding assistance to help recover from June storms that did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property
 
The public assistance is made available through a Presidential Disaster Declaration signed Thursday by President Obama.
 
Counties included

Sobriety checkpoints planned in 17 SD counties in August


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during the month of August.
 
 
The monthly checkpoints are done as a way to discourage people from drinking and driving.
 
 
August checkpoints will be done in the counties of Brown, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Custer, Davison, Fall River, Hughes, Jackson, Kingsbury,

High School All Star games in Aberdeen ending



     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota High School All-Star Games will no longer be part of the Aberdeen summertime landscape.
 
     The board that organizes the games has decided not to go forward with them.
 
     The summer all-star games for football, basketball and volleyball involve high school graduates from the past

Former SD prosecutor pleads guilty to child rape


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A former South Dakota county prosecutor who authorities accuse of child rape has pleaded guilty to two counts.
 
     South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen entered guilty pleas Wednesday to two counts of first-degree rape.
 
     The

CDC says USD building can be occupied


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A crew from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a University of South Dakota building that's been the source of health complaints from employees can be occupied.
 
     The team evaluated the 70-year-old Noteboom Hall at the school's request this week after some employees filed injury reports with the

Health system asks for patience during Sturgis Rally



     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A health care system in western South Dakota is asking for its patients' cooperation during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that begins Monday.
 
     Regional Health is asking patients to visit their primary care providers or urgent care clinics if their condition is not considered an emergency.
 
     The

Gov. Daugaard not support of decriminalizing marijuana



     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he needs to review proposed ballot measures that would decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medicinal cannabis, but the governor says he generally hasn't supported such proposals.
 
     Daugaard told The Associated Press on Wednesday he believes marijuana decriminalization would make the drug

Bodies found in Lac qui Parle County


7-30-15                Lac qui Parle bodies found                        Mike Tanner
 

MADISON, Minn. (KWAT)—The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office in Madison, Minnesota is investigating after two deceased bodies were discovered

Pre-trial dates set in water lawsuit against city of Watertown


7-29-15                          Water lawsuit                      Mike Tanner
 

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KWAT)--A federal judge in Aberdeen has approved some pre-trial dates in a lawsuit filed against the city of Watertown and Watertown Municipal Utilities, and based on those

USD starting QB will miss season with back injury


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota coach Joe Glenn says two-year starting quarterback Kevin Earl will miss what would have been his senior season because of a lingering back injury.
 
     The Coyotes are turning the offense over to junior backup Ryan Saeger. The 6-foot-4 native of Heartland, Wisconsin, started four games last season after Earl suffered

USDA tallies losses to bird flu



     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu.
 
     U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that's in addition to the nearly $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. The government also is paying to research and

West Nile virus cases in South Dakota at four



     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota health officials have confirmed four human cases of West Nile virus disease so far this year.
 
     The state Department of Health says the cases have been reported in Brown, Butte and Spink counties. The ages of the ill individuals range from 20 to 59.
 
     The virus is transmitted to humans and

Fourty gay couples married in South Dakota



     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Forty gay couples have applied to be married in South Dakota during the first month following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing such unions across the country.
 
     The state Department of Health provided The Associated Press with data detailing marriage licenses issued across the state from June 26 to July 27.