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    1. International traveling Statue Of Our Lady Of Fatima Coming To Watertown Sunday June 4th

      On Sunday June 4th the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Watertown will be hosting the International Traveling Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  Organizer Kevin VanWell says the day begins with a procession into the church at 8:30 a.m. with a mass and Fatima talk at 9 and 11 a.m.  The procession will also proceed around city hall and the court house at 1 p.m. praying for community, state and country.  The public is welcome to attend any and all of the event.  VanWell  says, “this is for everyone and that we need to put our total faith and trust back to God our Father.”  He added, “this is what Mary is asking us to do.”

      Listen below to the Fatima story with Kevin.




    2. “Go Blue Week” Ends Today With Big 4 PM Parade In Downtown Watertown

      Watertown, SD —  Today concludes the National Police Week observance, better known locally as “Go Blue Week.”  Here at KXLG we’d like to thank all who serve within the law enforcement and emergency response community.   We don’t take those men and women for granted and want to again thank all of them for their service to community.  Today’s observance on KXLG ends with a three way interview at 9 a.m. with Watertown Police Chief Lee McPeek, Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell and Watertown Fire Rescue Chief Doug Kranz. The observance ends this afternoon with a law enforcement parade on Kemp Ave. at 4 p.m.  Day County Deputy Sheriff Jerred Schreur puts the week into perspective for us today.


    3. Minnesota Lawmakers Down To The Wire On Budget Negotiations

      Veronica Carter

      ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a budget deadline looming, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislative leaders are still working on the framework of an agreement.

      Sticking points include how much of Minnesota’s budget surplus will go to tax cuts, and which specific tax cuts will be included in the final package.

      One group hoping to be included in a final agreement is retirees, who pay state income taxes on their Social Security benefits.

      Tom Counters is retired and moved to Minnesota a few years ago from Iowa. He says the difference in Minnesota’s tax rate hit home the first year he filed his income taxes.

      “Our tax burden in Iowa for those seven months was zero dollars, while our tax burden for Minnesota was $1,500 – so yeah, that was quite a shock,” he says.

      Minnesota is one of 13 states that taxes the income of Social Security beneficiaries, and Minnesotans pay the maximum amount allowable by federal law.

      Counters says some seniors are exempt from this tax, but the income guidelines were put in place more than 30 years ago and have never been adjusted for inflation. He says that means many more seniors are being taxed today than when the tax on Social Security income was first established.

      Counters points out that many retired people worked hard all their lives, are now on fixed incomes and struggle to make ends meet. He says since Minnesota has a big budget surplus, he’d like to see some of it go to help those who need it the most.

      “Obviously there is no free lunch, so we need to pay for the services that are there, but they did have a huge balance,” he adds.

      The state budget must be finalized soon. The Minnesota Legislature adjourns at midnight on Monday.

    4. Watertown Police Department And Codington Count Sheriff’s Office Announce Participation In Stand Up Project

      The Watertown Police Department and Codington Count Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce participation in the Stand Up Project. Below is a media release from the Office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. This will be a great tool in the fight against illegal drugs in our community. The program went live today across South Dakota.

      Attorney General Marty Jackley, Sanford Health, South Dakota Sheriff’s Association, South Dakota Police Chiefs’ Association and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety announce the roll out of Project Stand Up – a statewide anonymous texting program that allows citizens to stand up to drug crimes in their communities.

      “As our nation faces a growing drug epidemic, it is important that South Dakotans use innovation and technology to better protect our communities,” Jackley said. “Anonymous texting allows citizens to be proactive and take part in keeping their communities safe. Please join me, law enforcement, healthcare providers and our communities to Stand Up to illegal drug use.”

      “Sanford Health is proud to join with South Dakota law enforcement on this important program to help keep our South Dakota communities safe,” said Mike Begeman of Sanford Health.

      Project Stand Up is a coordinated effort among law enforcement officials and healthcare providers statewide to stand up to illegal drug use in South Dakota. Texting a tip is simple – just text ‘drugs’ to 82257. The tipster will be asked a series of questions for additional information. The level of involvement lies with the citizen, while always remaining anonymous. An educational component will be added in the fall to address the legal consequences of drug use.

      Attached is an informational power point presentation. Please contact Assistant Chief Tim Toomey for more information.

    5. Redlin Art Center Celebrates 20 Years With Return Of Four Terry Redlin Originals!

      This is South Dakota Travel and Tourism month and Julie Ranum with the Redlin Art Center says it’s a great time to say thanks to the many tourists who come to our area of the state.

       Ranum says the most important thing everyone can do is to just be aware of the many visitors that come to the community.

       Tuesday June 6th is the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Redlin Center.

       Julie says the four originals are being returned to the Redlin Art Center.


    6. Republican US House Candidate Dusty Johnson Of Mitchell Holds Official Campaign Kickoff Events

      Republican US House candidate Dusty Johnson of Mitchell held a series of official campaign kickoff events on Wednesday.  Johnson started his day at the Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City.  He then held an event at the Corn Palace in Mitchell before finishing his day with an event in Sioux Falls.  The former chief of staff for Governor Daugaard and Public Utilities Commissioner says he is in the US House race to make a positive difference.

      He says work on a new farm bill is critical.

      Johnson says he is looking forward to talking to voters about the issues during his campaign stops across the state.

      Johnson will face Secretary of State Shantel Krebs in the Republican primary.


    7. Skimmer Meets Bond But Is Now In The Custody of ICE

      We have some new information today regarding the arrest of Romanian Gabriel Miclescu on charges of unlawful use of a coputer system and scanning device on a payment card at three Watertown banks last Saturday afternoon.  Sergeant Chad Stahl with the Watertown Police Department shares below on the audio tab.

    8. Mayor Car Flap Lands In Lap Of City Council Monday Night

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      During an open portion of the Watertown City Council meeting Monday evening Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson said that he made an honest mistake using a police department vehicle for city business.

      The Mayor recommends the council enact some policy regulating the use of city vehicles. Thorson said he didn’t give it, “two thoughts” that what he was doing was wrong.

      Alderman Don Roby said the issue came to him from a constituent who questioned how the car was being used. He said he relayed those concerns to the mayor and received an incomplete answer. Roby said he then began his own research.

      City Attorney Justin Goetz said that no policy was violated by the mayor, but  neither was there any policy in place for the mayor to obtain a city vehicle for city business. It also makes no reference for city personnel who use city vehicles on city business. Goetz says both are important. .  He says those two provisions are important.  They don’t prevent the Mayor from obtaining a vehicle from another department, nor do they prohibit the mayor from using a city vehicle.

      The city personnel manual does lay out 250 dollars annually for car expenses for the mayor, which will be up for policy review this year. Alderman Don Roby disagreed with Goetz saying that policy directs decision making.

      When Alderman Mike Danforth said when he was first told the Mayor was using a city vehicle some time back that it seemed logical to him and that his using the vehicle served the city well because of his involvement. He asked Alderman Roby what they were really asking for.

      Alderman Bruce Buhler says he doesn’t condone what took place with the car and that as President of the City Council he should have recognized the issue sooner.

      Alderman Glen Vilhauer said he didn’t like the way this has gone down and that he wished the mayor would had taken more ownership of the issue. But he also added there is more perception involved here than reality.

      Alderman Randy Tupper commended the mayor for stepping up and taking responsibility and that the topic has become political witch hunt. Danforth said you can only beat a dead horse so long and that he would like to know what it is that will put this issue to bed.  He says the entire thing has become ridiculous with the wrong information getting out.  Danforth said that most of the people he has talked with are supportive of the mayor having a city vehicle.  Alderman Roby responded saying his was not a witch hunt.


    9. LATI Chef Night At Joy Ranch


      f you missed the final chef night at Joy Ranch you missed out on a fantastic meal served up the Lake Area Tech Staff. Along with great food and a fitting tribute to America’s number one community college Russ Meyer with CU Mortgage awarded a cash prize to one of the attendees at the event.  That winner was Mary Hall of Watertown.  Congrats to her and to LATI for a wonderful evening.

    10. Codington County Commissioners Tweak Language In Bond Election Ballot Question

      The Codington County Commissioners have tweaked the wording on the ballot for the upcoming bond election dealing with the new justice facility. Commissioner Lee Gabel explains.

      The motion to amend the resolution was approved. On a related topic Codington County Auditor Cindy Brugman explained the voting logistics for  the June 20th city-school-county election.


    11. Final Year For Grant Deuel School At Revillo

      This is the last year for Grant Deuel School at Revillo and the students, staff and alumni are going out in fashion. We have the story below with KXLG’s Jim Aesoph.


    12. Ringneck Energy ethanol officials hoping to complete fund raising

      Ringneck Energy officials are hoping to complete fund raising in the next few weeks for their $150 million ethanol plant to be built near Onida, South Dakota.  CEO Walt Wendlund says this is a critical time for bringing on needed investors so they can begin construction this summer.

      He says they have one or two larger investors willing to contribute the final equity to get construction rolling.

      Wendlund says once the facility is up and operating in 2018, it will help improve corn prices for farmers in the region.

      Wendlund says once fully operational, the plant will produce 80 million gallons of ethanol annually.  However, they’re permitted for 100 million gallons, which would allow for future growth

    13. Codington County Commissioners Tweak Ballot

      The Codington County Commissioners have tweaked the wording on the ballot for the upcoming bond election dealing with the new justice facility. Commissioner Lee Gabel explains.

      The motion to amend the resolution was approved. On a related topic Codington County Auditor Cindy Brugman explained the logistics for voters June 20th for the joint city-school-county election.

      The city is drawing for positions on the ballot today to see which candidate is listed first. The plan is to begin offering early voting June 5th.   All early voting will take place at city hall in Downtown Watertown.  The motion to combine the precincts was approved unanimously.


    14. Council Denies Liquor License Request

      The Watertown City Council spent a good portion of their formal meeting last night debating the merits of allowing an application for a new package off sale malt beverage license to the Target Corporation in Watertown. Among the presenters who opposed the application was Randy Gruenwald with the Dakota Butcher Shop Watertown.

      Speaking in support of the measure was a Walmart Representative.

      Following a lengthy debate the council then took the vote. Mayor Thorson.

    15. Special chartering vent for the Northeast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America last evening in Watertown

      A special chartering vent for the Northeast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America was held last evening at the Elks Club in Watertown. Among those attending was guest speaker Lt. General Dana Atkins United States Air Force Retired who is the President and CEO of the 400,000 member group. He says their biggest goal is advocacy on behalf of veterans.  With the budget pressures in Washington Atkins says many of the earned benefits and entitlements that service members have gained over a career in the military are being threatened. There biggest priority is ending sequestration.

      About 64,000 widows across the nation are encumbered by it. He said they’re biggest success story happened in 2014.

      He says the new calculation has translated to a much larger benefit for military retirees.

    16. Law Enforcement Torch Run Underway In South Dakota

      SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Law Enforcement Torch Run across South Dakota to benefit Special Olympics is off and running. The Torch Run stepped off Monday morning in Sioux Falls with many miles to go.  says Todd Bradwitch with South Dakota Special Olympics.

      Law officers and Special Olympians help carry the torch together to raise money and awareness in each of the cities they visit. The torch will be carried into the opening ceremonies of the South Dakota Special Olympics Summer Games in Spearfish, Thursday, May 18.  Its a special run for some special kids. 

      Sgt. Steve Reehorst with the Watertown Police Department talked about the Watertown leg of the run Monday.

      Reehorst was selected this year to be the South Dakota Representative at the World Special Olympics in Austria.  The first Law Enforcement Torch Run in South Dakota in 1991 raised over $5,000. Last year the Torch Run helped raised well over $500,000.

      Follow the schedule of Torch Run cities here:



    17. Minnesota Has A New State Record Short Nosed Gar, And The Record Was Broken By A 12 Year Old Boy…AND THAT’S NOT ALL!

      Minnesota has a new state record short nosed gar, and the record was broken by a 12 year old boy from Ottertail, Minnesota, Cayden Hutmacher.  Cayden broke the old state record on April 17 th this year, and this was no accident, his father Chad explains.

      Not only does Cayden hold a new state record, but he is making a huge “SPLASH” in the fishing world. He also is a grand master angler, and if you aren’t sure what that all entails.

      Here’s Cayden to share his state record story.

      As far as what his goals are for the next few years.

      To hear the full interview with Cayden and Chad Hutmacher (HOOT-MAW-KER) you may go online to mykxlg.com under the fishing tips tab.

    18. A Go Blue Week Conversation With Day County Officers!

      Dylan Collins left and Jerred Schreur right

      This is GO BLUE week and each day KXLG will be featuring different interviews with our police and emergency response community.  We set off first today with this special duty prayer with author Day County Sheriff Barry Hillestad.  Take a listen below to “Lord Give Me Strength”.

      Our guests today included Dylan Collins with the Webster Police Department and Jerred Schreur with the Day County Sheriff’s office.  Listen to their story below.

    19. It’s “GO BLUE” Week

      Watertown, SD —  This is “Go Blue” week and at 8:30 this morning it gets started at the Watertown Police Department with a special program to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to their communities and the Law Enforcement profession.  The Mayor will read a proclamation and the Watertown Police Department Honor Guard will perform a flag raising ceremony.  We’ll be honoring all of the men and women in blue and our emergency responders all this week on KXLG beginning this morning on the news.  Our guests today at 9 a.m. are Day County Deputy Sheriff Jerred Schreur and Webster Police Officer Dylan Collins.  Join us all week long on KXLG as we “GO BLUE”!


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