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    1. WFR Respond to Structure Fire

      watertown-fire-rescue-logo-2015 watertown-fire-rescue-truckWatertown Fire Rescue was called out to the 400 block vicinity of South Lake Drive at about 3:15 a.m. this morning for a house fire.  The homeowners have not been identified yet.  There is some indication there may have been an explosion. First arriving crews found the house fully involved in fire. A second house adjacent to the home also caught fire. WFR command staff is reporting that fire was contained. The roads leading to the two homes damaged in the fire have been shut down at this hour and will be for the better part of the day. The location is described as between the two Watertown golf courses on South Lake Drive. Fire Chief Doug Kranz say the natural gas line has now been secured. He talked with us earlier.

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       The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Kranz says it may be a couple of days before a final determination on the cause of the fire is known. WFR is being assisted on scene today by the WPD and Codington County Search, Dive and Rescue. We have more with Chief Kranz at mykxlg.com on the black local news tab.


    2. Snow Removal Underway In Watertown!

      weather-friday-11-18 weather-friday-11-18-2Yuk…Winter has arrived, although short lived today.  Strong winds will continue through the afternoon hours, however additional accumulations of snow will be minimal.  Enough snow fell today that street crews are out working to clear highways.  Mayor Steve Thorson is giving everyone who lives or works in the Watertown Downtown area a heads up today that snow removal will begin in that area Saturday morning at 3 a.m. He’s asking that you please remove your cars so the street crews can accomplish their snow removal tasks.

       

      HERE IS THE REST OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE WATERTOWN STREET DEPARTMENT:

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      Snow Removal Plan for November 18th and 19th, 2016

      The City of Watertown received more than 2 inches of snow accumulation on November 18th, 2016. As a result, the Watertown Street Department will be plowing today.

      This morning the Watertown Street Department is sanding. At 1 pm today, Highways 212, 81 and 20 will be plowed. On Highway 81, snow will be wind rowed to the middle of the street. After highways are plowed, Emergency Snow Routes will be plowed.

      At 11 am today, contractors will be plowing at the Lake and also the South Bypass to include Willow Creek Drive.

      PLOWING SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th

      On Saturday, November 19th beginning at 3 am, the Watertown Street Department will be plowing the Uptown Business District followed by Avenues.

      Streets are plowed on: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

      Avenues are plowed on: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

      Parking on streets, avenues or snow routes during the days they are scheduled to be plowed will result in a $40 fine (fine doubles to $80 if not paid in 3 days).

      Please assist us by not parking on the roadways during the time that roadway is scheduled to be plowed.

      Officers will do same day ticketing of vehicles blocking the snow plows from clearing the city’s streets and avenues. If the obstructing vehicles remain on the street longer than 24 hours after being plowed around, it will be towed at the expense of the owner.

      There is also a fine for blowing snow into the street from a driveway or sidewalk.

      The Watertown Street and Police Department appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents in removing cars to provide for effective snow removal on City Streets.


    3. Brown Clinic Is Another Locally Owned Business

      brown-clinic-logoToday KXLG Radio is featuring another locally owned business.   Our guest is Jim Vachal who is the CAO of the Brown Clinic in Watertown.

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    4. Veteran SD Teacher Goes “Back to School,” Across the State

       

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      The theme for this year’s observation is “Great Public Schools – A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” American Education Week has been celebrated since 1921, and it’s always the week before Thanksgiving.

      McCorkle, herself a veteran teacher, said the classroom teacher’s role has changed considerably over the years.

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      She noted the teaching profession is moving forward rapidly.

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      McCorkle said today’s teachers face a number of challenges, including technology and achievement testing, along with some that haven’t changed, such as students with family issues they’re wrestling with at home.


    5. BLIZZARD WARNING!

      weather-1Blizzard conditions are expected to continue throughout the day today on Friday with winds gusting to more than 50 mph and heavy snow still a possibility. Most schools have closed for the day as the storm system works its way through Eastern South Dakota and Western Minnesota. Troy Klefman with the National Weather Service office says a total of 6 to 9 inches of snow could fall in selected areas of the state today.  Roads are reported slippery this morning everywhere.

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      Blizzard Warning

      URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
      307 AM CST FRI NOV 18 2016
      
      ...VERY STRONG WINDS AND SNOW DIMINISHING WEST TO EAST TODAY...
      
      .EXPECT MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW...WITH SIGNIFICANT BLOWING SNOW
      AND DRAMATICALLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES THIS MORNING. HAZARDOUS
      TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED...ESPECIALLY ACROSS EASTERN SOUTH
      DAKOTA...AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL
      SLOWLY END WEST TO EAST DURING THE DAY TODAY.
      
      MNZ039-046-SDZ007-008-011-019>023-181900-
      /O.CON.KABR.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-161119T0000Z/
      TRAVERSE-BIG STONE-MARSHALL-ROBERTS-DAY-CLARK-CODINGTON-GRANT-
      HAMLIN-DEUEL-
      INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WHEATON...ORTONVILLE...BRITTON...
      SISSETON...WEBSTER...CLARK...WATERTOWN...MILBANK...HAYTI...
      CLEAR LAKE
      307 AM CST FRI NOV 18 2016
      
      ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS
      EVENING...
      
      * EXPECT BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE...BEFORE DIMINISHING THIS
        AFTERNOON...AND ENDING AROUND 6 PM.
      
      * WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 50 MPH WILL CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
        IN BLOWING SNOW. SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING OF THE SNOW IS LIKELY.
      
      * ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.
      
      * TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE...INCLUDING DURING
        THE MORNING COMMUTE.
      
      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
      
      A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
      EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
      AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
      CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
      YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
      STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR
      THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1.
      
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      Hazardous Weather Outlook

      HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
      329 AM CST FRI NOV 18 2016
      
      MNZ039-046-SDZ006>008-011-018>023-191100-
      TRAVERSE-BIG STONE-BROWN-MARSHALL-ROBERTS-DAY-SPINK-CLARK-
      CODINGTON-GRANT-HAMLIN-DEUEL-
      329 AM CST FRI NOV 18 2016
      
      THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL
      MINNESOTA AND NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA.
      
      .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
      
      STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY
      TODAY...GUSTING TO 40 TO 50 MPH. ADDITIONAL SNOW TODAY OF 1 TO 5
      INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED...WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS OVER FAR EASTERN
      SOUTH DAKOTA...AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. SEE THE LATEST
      FORECAST...AND WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
      
      .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
      
      NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
      
      .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
      

    6. Amendment R Supporters Recognized

      Lake Area Tech held a brief conference Thursday to thank a few people for their leadership in the recent passage of Amendment R, which recognizes Tech Schools as separate entities in the state constitution. 

      The following people received personalized plaques, manufactured by students at Lake Area Tech


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      L to R:  Dr. Lesli Jutting, Supt. Watertown School District; Tony Venhuizen, Pierre, Chief of Staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard; Bob Faehn, Watertown, past president of the SD Skilled Workforce Advocacy Council; Mike Jameson, Sioux Falls, current president of the SWAC; Rep. Mark Mickelson, Sioux Falls, Speaker Pro Tempore of the SD House of Representatives; Mike Cartney, President, Lake Area Tech


    7. Recount Requested In District 4 County Commission Race

      elmer-brinkmantroy-vandusen-commissionerDistrict 4 Codington County Commissioner Elmer Brinkman, who lost by a close margin of 20 votes in the November 8th election to Troy VanDusen, has requested a recount.  County Auditor Cindy Brugman explains.

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    8. Blue Ribbon Education Package Lifts Average Salary By 11.9 Percent

      dennis-daugaard-2016PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Dennis Daugaard says a Preliminary data indicates that South Dakota’s teacher salaries are on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted earlier this year as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package.  According to a survey of school districts, the projected average salary of public school teachers for Fiscal Year 2017 is $46,924, which represents an 11.9 percent increase statewide.

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      Final school district salary data will not be available until Fall of 2017, after Fiscal Year 2017 has ended. The Department of Education conducted a survey based on preliminary data to gauge the first-year impact of the Blue Ribbon education package.  A comparison of actual FY16 teacher salaries and projected FY17 salaries, by school district, is available below or on the Department of Education’s website

      Comparison Actual FY16 vs Projected FY17 Average Teacher Salary
      School District Actual Average Salary FY16 Projected Average Salary FY17 Dollar Increase Percentage Increase
      ABERDEEN $43,438 $48,786 $5,348 12.31%
      AGAR – BLUNT – ONIDA $38,548 $42,736 $4,188 10.86%
      ALCESTER-HUDSON $35,744 $41,262 $5,518 15.44%
      ANDES CENTRAL $40,818 $45,326 $4,508 11.04%
      ARLINGTON $39,618 $43,172 $3,554 8.97%
      ARMOUR $36,224 $40,621 $4,397 12.14%
      AVON $38,213 $41,533 $3,320 8.69%
      BALTIC $38,489 $46,863 $8,374 21.76%
      BELLE FOURCHE $38,687 $43,722 $5,035 13.01%
      BENNETT COUNTY $39,689 $43,466 $3,777 9.52%
      BERESFORD $39,750 $46,165 $6,415 16.14%
      BIG STONE CITY $36,657 $40,572 $3,915 10.68%
      BISON $40,874 $46,722 $5,848 14.31%
      BON HOMME $35,877 $38,779 $2,902 8.09%
      BOWDLE $34,492 $39,670 $5,178 15.01%
      BRANDON VALLEY $42,987 $51,268 $8,281 19.26%
      BRIDGEWATER-EMERY $36,264 $39,936 $3,672 10.13%
      BRITTON – HECLA $42,055 $44,512 $2,457 5.84%
      BROOKINGS $41,560 $46,318 $4,758 11.45%
      BURKE $40,278 $47,864 $7,586 18.83%
      CANISTOTA $38,979 $44,471 $5,492 14.09%
      CANTON $38,985 $44,145 $5,160 13.24%
      CASTLEWOOD $38,601 $44,809 $6,208 16.08%
      CENTERVILLE $36,262 $42,284 $6,022 16.61%
      CHAMBERLAIN $39,505 $44,427 $4,922 12.46%
      CHESTER AREA $40,211 $46,661 $6,450 16.04%
      CLARK $39,773 $44,157 $4,384 11.02%
      COLMAN-EGAN $34,192 $40,083 $5,891 17.23%
      COLOME CONSOLIDATED $34,788 $40,477 $5,689 16.35%
      CORSICA-STICKNEY $39,159 $44,704 $5,545 14.16%
      CUSTER $41,335 $43,153 $1,818 4.40%
      DAKOTA VALLEY $43,891 $49,425 $5,534 12.61%
      DE SMET $38,144 $46,706 $8,562 22.45%
      DELL RAPIDS $38,659 $44,796 $6,137 15.87%
      DEUBROOK AREA $38,223 $44,608 $6,385 16.70%
      DEUEL $38,514 $44,738 $6,224 16.16%
      DOLAND $38,346 $43,341 $4,995 13.03%
      DOUGLAS $49,535 $54,532 $4,997 10.09%
      DUPREE $42,904 $48,673 $5,769 13.45%
      EAGLE BUTTE $45,205 $53,205 $8,000 17.70%
      EDGEMONT $38,463 $42,577 $4,114 10.70%
      EDMUNDS CENTRAL $36,444 $38,333 $1,889 5.18%
      ELK MOUNTAIN $32,762 $39,000 $6,238 19.04%
      ELK POINT-JEFFERSON $39,771 $43,355 $3,584 9.01%
      ELKTON $36,620 $41,474 $4,854 13.26%
      ESTELLINE $39,177 $46,293 $7,116 18.16%
      ETHAN $35,904 $42,971 $7,067 19.68%
      EUREKA $36,080 $39,895 $3,815 10.57%
      FAITH $32,261 $38,151 $5,890 18.26%
      FAULKTON AREA $35,647 $39,828 $4,181 11.73%
      FLANDREAU $35,055 $40,082 $5,027 14.34%
      FLORENCE $37,662 $45,026 $7,364 19.55%
      FREDERICK AREA $36,639 $42,146 $5,507 15.03%
      FREEMAN $37,133 $43,004 $5,871 15.81%
      GARRETSON $39,009 $42,315 $3,306 8.47%
      GAYVILLE-VOLIN $33,243 $40,360 $7,117 21.41%
      GETTYSBURG $36,560 $41,762 $5,202 14.23%
      GRANT-DEUEL $35,192 $43,192 $8,000 22.73%
      GREGORY $36,084 $41,967 $5,883 16.30%
      GROTON AREA $43,314 $45,670 $2,356 5.44%
      HAAKON $39,074 $43,948 $4,874 12.47%
      HAMLIN $39,073 $44,234 $5,161 13.21%
      HANSON $35,540 $40,689 $5,149 14.49%
      HARDING COUNTY $39,984 $44,045 $4,061 10.16%
      HARRISBURG $39,405 $44,121 $4,716 11.97%
      HENRY $41,055 $46,700 $5,645 13.75%
      HERREID $37,550 $44,053 $6,503 17.32%
      HIGHMORE-HARROLD $38,270 $42,646 $4,376 11.43%
      HILL CITY $44,428 $47,331 $2,903 6.53%
      HITCHCOCK-TULARE $37,887 $42,832 $4,945 13.05%
      HOT SPRINGS $38,952 $43,160 $4,208 10.80%
      HOVEN $34,174 $36,219 $2,045 5.98%
      HOWARD $38,136 $43,072 $4,936 12.94%
      HURON $42,971 $48,552 $5,581 12.99%
      IPSWICH $38,235 $42,729 $4,494 11.75%
      IRENE – WAKONDA $35,326 $41,145 $5,819 16.47%
      IROQUOIS $36,362 $44,826 $8,464 23.28%
      JONES COUNTY $33,644 $41,183 $7,539 22.41%
      KADOKA AREA $38,429 $42,046 $3,617 9.41%
      KIMBALL $38,671 $44,176 $5,505 14.24%
      LAKE PRESTON $36,899 $41,561 $4,662 12.63%
      LANGFORD $38,856 $44,423 $5,567 14.33%
      LEAD-DEADWOOD $43,922 $45,898 $1,976 4.50%
      LEMMON $42,981 $48,408 $5,427 12.63%
      LENNOX $37,682 $42,583 $4,901 13.01%
      LEOLA $31,981 $39,139 $7,158 22.38%
      LYMAN $43,860 $45,907 $2,047 4.67%
      MADISON   CENTRAL $43,035 $47,495 $4,460 10.36%
      MARION $34,709 $40,150 $5,441 15.68%
      MCCOOK CENTRAL $39,059 $44,317 $5,258 13.46%
      MCINTOSH $42,812 $47,431 $4,619 10.79%
      MCLAUGHLIN $37,497 $42,899 $5,402 14.41%
      MEADE $40,919 $46,919 $6,000 14.66%
      MENNO $36,854 $41,990 $5,136 13.94%
      MILBANK $41,415 $47,982 $6,567 15.86%
      MILLER AREA $36,560 $39,346 $2,786 7.62%
      MITCHELL $45,837 $51,802 $5,965 13.01%
      MOBRIDGE – POLLOCK $37,907 $47,373 $9,466 24.97%
      MONTROSE $38,040 $45,135 $7,095 18.65%
      MOUNT VERNON $37,592 $44,151 $6,559 17.45%
      NEW UNDERWOOD $38,581 $42,176 $3,595 9.32%
      NEWELL $36,342 $39,258 $2,916 8.02%
      NORTHWESTERN AREA $41,701 $43,441 $1,740 4.17%
      OELRICHS $41,289 $49,761 $8,472 20.52%
      OGLALA LAKOTA $47,963 $54,389 $6,426 13.40%
      OLDHAM-RAMONA $34,198 $39,232 $5,034 14.72%
      PARKER $35,967 $42,168 $6,201 17.24%
      PARKSTON $40,015 $44,692 $4,677 11.69%
      PIERRE $42,310 $47,300 $4,990 11.79%
      PLANKINTON $37,954 $42,261 $4,307 11.35%
      PLATTE-GEDDES $40,261 $46,983 $6,722 16.70%
      RAPID CITY $45,508 $50,932 $5,424 11.92%
      REDFIELD $41,842 $43,870 $2,028 4.85%
      ROSHOLT $38,379 $44,507 $6,128 15.97%
      RUTLAND $31,298 $34,945 $3,647 11.65%
      SANBORN CENTRAL $36,887 $41,028 $4,141 11.23%
      SCOTLAND $35,537 $40,521 $4,984 14.02%
      SELBY AREA $37,038 $42,531 $5,493 14.83%
      SIOUX FALLS $46,663 $50,500 $3,837 8.22%
      SIOUX VALLEY $39,832 $46,664 $6,832 17.15%
      SISSETON PUBLIC $40,215 $45,122 $4,907 12.20%
      SMEE $38,014 $45,930 $7,916 20.82%
      SOUTH CENTRAL $37,136 $42,951 $5,815 15.66%
      SPEARFISH $41,944 $47,210 $5,266 12.55%
      STANLEY COUNTY $37,964 $41,242 $3,278 8.64%
      SUMMIT $32,905 $37,688 $4,783 14.54%
      TEA AREA $38,871 $43,793 $4,922 12.66%
      TIMBER LAKE $40,380 $45,355 $4,975 12.32%
      TODD COUNTY $38,956 $43,863 $4,907 12.60%
      TRIPP-DELMONT $35,542 $37,244 $1,702 4.79%
      TRI-VALLEY $41,335 $48,569 $7,234 17.50%
      VERMILLION $38,618 $43,137 $4,519 11.70%
      VIBORG-HURLEY $34,612 $42,451 $7,839 22.65%
      WAGNER COMMUNITY $41,924 $46,204 $4,280 10.21%
      WALL $39,781 $47,013 $7,232 18.18%
      WARNER $38,022 $44,603 $6,581 17.31%
      WATERTOWN $45,300 $50,330 $5,030 11.10%
      WAUBAY $33,318 $42,068 $8,750 26.26%
      WAVERLY $38,059 $44,588 $6,529 17.15%
      WEBSTER $40,583 $44,635 $4,052 9.98%
      WESSINGTON SPRINGS $36,437 $41,755 $5,318 14.59%
      WEST CENTRAL $41,126 $46,586 $5,460 13.28%
      WHITE LAKE $39,703 $42,610 $2,907 7.32%
      WHITE RIVER $36,781 $40,795 $4,014 10.91%
      WILLOW LAKE $39,770 $43,026 $3,256 8.19%
      WILMOT $35,064 $40,026 $4,962 14.15%
      WINNER $39,548 $43,679 $4,131 10.44%
      WOLSEY-WESSINGTON $35,425 $41,272 $5,847 16.50%
      WOONSOCKET $36,087 $40,619 $4,532 12.56%
      YANKTON $45,758 $50,137 $4,379 9.57%
      State Average $41,940 $46,924 $4,984 11.88%

       


    9. Blizzard Warnings Out For KXLG Listening Area!

      weather-map-updated-usse-this…BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST
      FRIDAY…

      TRAVERSE-BIG STONE-MARSHALL-ROBERTS-DAY-CLARK-CODINGTON-GRANT-
      HAMLIN-DEUEL-
      INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WHEATON…ORTONVILLE…BRITTON…
      SISSETON…WEBSTER…CLARK…WATERTOWN…MILBANK…HAYTI…
      CLEAR LAKE

      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ABERDEEN HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
      WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST
      FRIDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

      * EXPECT BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO DEVELOP AROUND MIDNIGHT AND THEN
      DIMINISH AROUND 6 PM FRIDAY…AS PRECIPITATION ENDS WEST TO
      EAST SAYS FORECASTER AMY PARKIN

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      * WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 55 MPH WILL CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
      IN BLOWING SNOW. SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING OF THE SNOW IS LIKELY.

      * TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.

      * TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE…INCLUDING DURING
      THE MORNING COMMUTE ON FRIDAY.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

      A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
      EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
      AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
      CONDITIONS…MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
      YOU MUST TRAVEL…HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
      STRANDED…STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR
      THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5


    10. Snow Removal Procedures And Policies For The City Of Watertown.

      snow-plowIt’s that time of year again when Watertown Street Superintendent Rob Beynon is reminding residents of the snow removal procedures and policies for the City of Watertown.

      When a snowfall of 2” or more occurs in our community, the Street Superintendent will issue a snow alert. Thus, plowing will begin with Highways 81, 212, 20, emergency snow routes, and schools. It will continue with streets being plowed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Avenues will be plowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (or until said street/avenue has been completed). Deviation from these procedures may occur due to storm severity and allocation of resources.

      The Police Department may remove or cause to be removed any vehicle found in violation to the provisions of Section 18.0101 & 18.0102 within the City Ordinance. Such Ordinance states that any parking on streets, avenues, or snow routes during their scheduled plowing will result in a fine of $40. If remaining after 72 hours, the fine will be doubled to $80.

      To receive text or e-mail alerts regarding snow removal, please go to http://www.watertownsd.us/index.aspx, click on Notify Me, sign in, proceed to News Flash, and select Snow Removal and Ice Management.  If you have any questions, please contact the Street Department at 882-6207.


    11. Milbank’s Lighted Parade December 3rd Beginning At 5 P.M.

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      Milbank’s Lighted Parade is December 3rd starting at 5:00pm and the Lineup starting at 4:30pm.  The parade will start at the Courthouse parking lot and go north on Main Street.  There are also some Awesome prizes to be won!

      Teen Category: Gift basket (geared towards teens)
      Public Category: Gift basket
      Business Category: Free 1 year Base Membership

      ($200 value) to the Chamber of Commerce

      People’s Choice Award is the Grand Prize winner and they will receive $500 in Ol’ Mill Bucks!!! Voted on at Speedway following the parade.

      Anyone can enter!  No limitations to what “vehicle” you use as a float.

      Register at the Chamber Office or email eventdirector@milbanksd.com 

      We can’t wait to see you all there!


    12. Republican Dusty Johnson First To Make Plans To Run For South Dakota’s Lone House Seat

      PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Dusty Johnson, a former South Dakota public utilities commissioner, said Wednesday that he’s planning to run for Congress in 2018.

      Johnson, a former chief of staff to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, said he’ll seek GOP Rep. Kristi Noem’s seat after her upcoming two-year term ends.

      Noem said this week that she intends to run for governor to succeed Daugaard, who can’t run again due to a term limit.

      Johnson, 40, said in a statement that he isn’t good at dropping political hints or being coy, so he’s being open about his interest in running. There’s currently no campaign plan or schedule, he said.

      “I’ve always cared about helping people,” he told The Associated Press.

      Johnson was elected to the Public Utilities Commission in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. He later served as Daugaard’s chief of staff until 2014, when he joined an engineering and consulting company.

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      Johnson adds that he wants to be straight forward with South Dakotan’s…

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      Johnson adds that he does not know any other confirmed candidates at this point, but adds that he would not be surprised if other announce soon.   dusty-johnsonJohnson, who served six years on the Public Utilities Commission before resigning to join Daugaard’s administration, went to work for Vantage Point Solutions, an engineering and consulting company in Mitchell, where Johnson lives.

      Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is another possible candidate for the seat. Krebs said she intends to give a House bid “serious consideration,” but that it’s too soon after the 2016 election to make that decision.

      “We just made the votes official yesterday,” said Krebs, who was elected to the secretary of state’s office in 2014.

       


    13. ADI Great Lakes Jet Express Lowers Airfare For Holiday Travelers

      adi-jet-airplaneNovember 16, 2016, Kennesaw, GA.  Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI) today announced a fare sale specifically for Thanksgiving Day, November 24th and the day after, Friday, November 25th.  Special fares of only $49.00 one way (exclusive of additional airport charges) are being made available for those days on ADI flights to and from Denver from the cities of Pierre and Watertown, SD. 

      ADI’s Chief Operating Officer, Mickey Bowman, remarked, “Thanksgiving is a time when folks want to be home for the holidays and we are delighted to help with that.  In response to the terrific support we have received from both the Pierre and Watertown communities, ADI is happy to launch this two day fare sale.  These special $49 fares are now available on our www.flygreatlakes.com website.”   Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson says some tweaks may be made to future flights and he explains.

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      Aerodynamics Incorporated, based in Kennesaw, GA., is a certified FAA 121 Air Carrier (Cert# BUEA634C) offering large aircraft flight operations. Long recognized for its core value of operational excellence, ADI has served the industry for 57 years without incident or accident. ADI operates a fleet of 50 seat regional jets throughout the U.S.   For more information please visit www.flyadi.com.  For reservations please visit www.flygreatlakes.com or contact our reservation center at 1-800-554-5111.


    14. From The Desk Of Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson

      Listen below to hear Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson on KXLG’s From The Desk Of The Mayor for Wednesday November 16th 2016

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    15. Minnesota Officer Charged With Manslaughter In Castile Death

       

      yanez-police-officerAP PHOTO SHOWS OFFICER JERONIMO YANEZ

      ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Philando Castile, a black man whose girlfriend streamed the gruesome aftermath of the fatal shooting live on Facebook, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

      St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot the 32-year-old during a July 6 traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the car along with her young daughter at the time. The woman said Castile was shot several times while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

      Yanez’s attorney, Tom Kelly, has said Yanez, who is Latino, was reacting to the presence of a gun, and that one reason Yanez pulled Castile over was because he thought he looked like a possible match for an armed robbery suspect.

      But family members claimed Castile, an elementary school cafeteria worker, was racially profiled.

      Ramsey County Attorney John Choi got the case from investigators in late September and began reviewing the evidence for possible charges. Choi resisted pressure immediately after the shooting to turn the case over to a special prosecutor, but added one to his team to get an outside perspective. He also enlisted the help of national use-of-force consultants.

      Choi’s office has said a key question in his review was determining whether Yanez was justified in believing deadly force was necessary.

      In Minnesota, second-degree manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter, carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

      The shooting prompted numerous protests, including a weekslong demonstration outside the governor’s mansion and one protest that shut down Interstate 94 in St. Paul for hours. The interstate protest resulted in about 50 arrests and injuries to more than 20 officers, after police said they were hit with cement chunks, bottles, rocks and other objects.

      The shooting also exposed a disproportionate number of arrests of African-Americans in St. Anthony, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights, which are all patrolled by the St. Anthony Police Department. The Associated Press reported in July that an analysis of police data showed black people made up nearly half of all arrests made by St. Anthony officers in 2016. Census data shows that just 7 percent of residents in the three cities are black.

      The fatal shootings of black men and boys by police officers have come under heightened scrutiny since the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and led to calls nationwide for officers to be held criminally responsible.

      No charges were filed in the death of 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed, after a grand jury found officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense. The white officer had said Brown tried to grab his gun during a struggle through the window of the police vehicle and then came toward him threateningly after briefly running away.

      Other police shooting deaths also did not result in charges, including the killings of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 in Cleveland and 24-year-old Jamar Clark last year in Minneapolis. A grand jury determined the white officer who shot Tamir had no way of knowing whether the boy, who was drawing a pellet gun from his waistband, was trying to hand it over or show them it wasn’t real.

      In the Clark case, prosecutors said the two white officers involved in the shooting feared for their lives when Clark tried to grab an officer’s weapon during a struggle.

      Officers have been charged in other cases, though. Michael Slager, a white officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, who has since been fired, is currently on trial for murder in the 2015 death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was shot while running from a traffic stop. More recently, Betty Jo Shelby, a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old unarmed black man whose car was stopped in the middle of the road.

      When looking at whether to file charges, authorities must determine if the officer believed he or she, or fellow officers, were in danger in the moment the decision is made to shoot. If the fear of danger is deemed reasonable, charges are typically not filed. To prove a serious charge such as murder, prosecutors must also show that the officer was not just reckless, but had ill intentions


    16. Minnesota Vikings Cut Struggling Kicker Blair Walsh

       

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      MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Blair Walsh’s five seasons in Minnesota were filled with big-time makes and big-time misses.
      With the skidding Vikings desperate to save their season, they simply couldn’t wait for Walsh to pull himself out of another rut. Minnesota cut Walsh on Tuesday, two days after he missed his league-leading fourth extra point in a 26-20 loss to Washington.Walsh was 12 of 16 on field goals and 15 of 19 on extra points in nine games this season. For a team that started 5-0 but has gone 0-4 since and is constructed to play close games, Walsh’s inconsistency could no longer be tolerated.

      After he missed an extra point, had a field goal blocked and misplaced a kickoff in a loss to Detroit two weeks ago, the Vikings brought in six kickers for a tryout. They ultimately decided to give Walsh one more chance, but his miss just before halftime against the Redskins sealed his fate. Walsh was in the first year of a four-year, $13 million extension he signed last season , undoubtedly one reason why the Vikings stayed as patient as they could with him.

      The Vikings reached agreement on a contract with Kai Forbath to take Walsh’s place, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. USA Today first reported the move to Forbath, who made 34 of 35 extra points and 10 of 15 field goals last season while kicking for Washington and New Orleans.

      With Forbath, punter/holder Jeff Locke and long snapper Kevin McDermott, all three of Minnesota’s specialists will be UCLA products. The 29-year-old Forbath is 69 for 82 for 84.1 percent in his NFL career on field goals and 124 for 127 for 97.6 percent on extra points.

      Walsh was an erratic kicker at Georgia when Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer started to scout him. The coach said Walsh had the best performance at the combine he had ever seen from a kicker leading up to the draft in 2012, and the Vikings selected him in the sixth round before releasing reliable veteran Ryan Longwell. After working on some tweaks to his approach with Priefer, Walsh set a Vikings rookie record with 141 points and established an all-time NFL mark by going 10 for 10 from 50 yards or longer.

      Walsh bounced back to make an NFL-high 34 field goals last season, but he missed four extra points and shanked a 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds of Minnesota’s 10-9 loss in the playoffs to Seattle. Despite Walsh’s public expressions of confidence in his ability since then, even after his rough game against the Lions, he clearly hasn’t recovered yet mentally from the crushing miss against the Seahawks that left him sobbing in front of his cubicle in the locker room afterward.

      One of the few roles in sports without any gray area between success and failure, where sending the ball through the uprights is the only responsibility and the only outcome worth judging, being a kicker in the NFL can be a pressure cooker. At least in his interaction with reporters, Walsh has been more guarded and on edge than any other season with the Vikings.

      For the Vikings, the setbacks to a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations haven’t stopped. Neither have their aggressive attempts to stay on track, even if the move away from Walsh might’ve come a little late. Walsh will still count more than $1 million against the team’s salary cap in each of the next two years.

      They parted with two high draft picks, including their first-rounder in 2017, to bring in Sam Bradford after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was lost to a massive injury. They took a flier on injury-waylaid former No. 1 overall draft pick Jake Long, who lasted four games before tearing an Achilles tendon and needing season-ending surgery. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned two weeks ago amid philosophical differences about the scheme with Zimmer, even expressing belief in subsequent interviews that his removal from the strategical process could help the team get going.

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    17. South Dakota Medicaid Expansion Plans Changing

      dennis-daugaard-2016South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard had been working on a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. Those plans have now changed.

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      Daugaard says the state was working out some compromises with federal officials to cover health care costs, especially for native Americans. 

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      Daugaard says they will continue working to help those that need health care coverage.

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      Medicaid expansion in South Dakota would have added about fifty thousand people to health care coverage.

       


    18. Memorial Park Bike Trail Finished

      memorial-parkWatertown, SD —  The bike trail is ready to go at Memorial Park says Codington County Facilities Director Milo Ford.

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      The new walking and biking path is part of an overall trail system that has been moving around Lake Kampeska.   The pathway within the Memorial Park Campground runs along the inside boundaries of the park and completes a large section of bike path around North Lake Drive.  We have more at mykxlg.com.


    19. Brad Howell Picked To Be Codington County Sheriff

      Codington County will have a new sheriff to begin the new year when Chief Deputy Brad Howell takes over in the position.  The decision to hire Howell as the sheriff was made unanimously Tuesday morning by the Codington County Commissioners.  Howell will take over for Sheriff Toby Wishard who is resigning at the end of the year to work in his family’s insurance business.  Here is how the vote went this morning.

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      Wishard says that Howell has considerable law enforcement supervisory experience and will serve Codington County well.

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      Howell says he’s looking forward to serving as the Codington County Sheriff.

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      Howell began working in law enforcement as a reserve officer in 2001 and was hired full time in 2003 for the Milbank Police Department.  After working for the City of Milbank he bgan working for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff in 2005.  In 2008 when Sheriff Wishard became Sheriff he hired Howell as a Deputy Sheriff.  Two years later he was promoted to Sergeant and held the position for five years.  Approximately 1 year ago he was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy and has continued in that capacity since.


    20. Kristi Noem A Candidate For Governor

      kristi-noem-2015South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem, who was just reelected to a fourth term in the US House last Tuesday, announced yesterday that she would not run for another term.

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      In a posted video, Noem says she will be a candidate for Governor in 2018.

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      Noem says she thinks she can bring new ideas and energy to Pierre.

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      Part of the incentive for Noem’s announcement was the state’s new campaign finance law, which once effective, would have prevented Noem from converting her Congressional campaign funds to a state fund.

      Noem says she wants to help people solve problems…..(NEWS3)(together)(:20)

      Noem says she will focus on her Congressional work, and not actively campaign for Governor until late next year.


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