Listen Below To Hear District 5 Independent Candidate Chuck Haan Who Is Running For The State House From Watertown
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Listen below to hear incumbent Republican District 4 Commissioner Candidate Elmer Brinkman and his challenger Democrat Troy VanDusen. Their comments were made at a Watertown Chamber sponsored forum held at LATI last evening.
WATERTOWN, S.D. – Prairie Lakes Healthcare System broke ground today on a $40 million expansion project on the hospital campus. The project will include a new 65,000 square foot , two-story clinic building, state-of-the-art patient care technology, a new east entrance canopy, and helipad relocation. The Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic is anticipated to open early fall of 2018.
In its thirty year history, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has grown with Watertown and their service area in Northeast South Dakota. More than a decade ago, the Board of Directors committed to build specialty medical and surgical services. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System grew from one employed specialty physician in 2003 to 21 in 2016. This growth improved regional access to specialty services. Today physicians employed by Prairie Lakes Healthcare System operate 17 outreach clinics in surrounding communities. October 25th they built on this commitment by breaking ground on a new Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic to support continued growth.
“Prairie Lakes Healthcare System believes not only keeping up with the constant changes in healthcare, but keeping ahead of them,” said Jim Redlinger, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We offer a wide variety of services and programs that align with what the community needs. Many of our services, like dermatology and interventional cardiology, are rare to find in our type of service area. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System now needs additional space to accommodate service growth. The Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic building will be a great addition to our campus.”
The helipad will relocate to the roof of the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic, which will attach adjacent to the emergency department and radiology services. Over 12,000 emergency room visits enter the east entrance annually. The canopy will be a welcome addition for those patients.
Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic will be home to services already offered by Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and will allow room for future growth. Specialty services moving to the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic include cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. The new building will include a lab, adding convenience for many patients needing those services in conjunction with their appointment.
Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics will make the move to the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic to be on the same floor for patient convenience. The new rehabilitation therapy department will include a state-of-the-art therapy pool. A notable feature of the future therapy pool is a lift that will lower patients slowly into the water without having to use steps.
“In addition to supporting our growth, this project will improve the patient experience,” said Jill Fuller, President and CEO. “The addition of exterior canopies will protect patients and their visitors from South Dakota elements. Patients will truly have a one stop appointment at the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic with specialty and lab services located under one roof.”
Beginning November 8th traffic to the main entrance and Sanford Clinic will be rerouted. Patients may utilize Skyline Drive and follow the signs to access the main entry. Access to the east entrance, used primarily for emergency room and surgical services visits, will be minimally affected during construction.
The average jail census for the month of September at the Codington County Detention center was just over 66 prisoners per day says Sheriff Toby Wishard. The low prisoner count was 62 and the high 75 with a total of 235 individuals incarcerated last month. One statistic that stands out in September in Codington County is the 118 individuals who were required by the courts to wear a SCRAM monitoring device that’s provided by the state and county to track accountability and alcohol compliance. Sheriff Toby Wishard says the program that tracks unsupervised offenders is cheaper than jailing an individual, but added there are substantial costs with that system as well. He says the number of individuals who were required to come to the jail to be checked in September is a higher than normal and that ensuring every person is checked is a time consuming task for the jailers who are also responsible for the well being of the other inmates in the jail. It’s an employee expense that Commissioner Myron Johnson says the public may not be aware of. He raised the issue alongside County Auditor Cindy Brugman at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
Johnson also directed these remarks to Sheriff Wishard.
Commissioner Johnson is reminding the public these programs just don’t happen saying they cost money and have to be administrated. He also added that just paroling these offenders isn’t the answer either. In fact, Sheriff Wishard referred to an individual who was just recently paroled and on the same day he was released committed new crimes and is now facing serious charges again.
WATERTOWN, SD On October 27 from 10:30 am – 8:30 pm, Lake Area Tech will host TEDWomen2016: It’s About Time via live stream. As a TEDxLATI site, Lake Area Tech was one of few selected and granted a license to host this inspiring event. This free event is open to the public.
Melissa Meidinger with LATI organized the event. She says the TEDWomen2016: It’s About Time will highlight a common theme most wish they had more of –time. Even though we all have 24 hours a day most feel it’s never enough. Come explore time zones, time travel, time outs and times together. Internationally recognized authors, scientists, business owners, movie stars and much more will discuss ideas on how time influences climate change, poverty, immigration, violence, race, gender and economic inequities. You can hear more below on the audio tab.
The live streamed sessions will cover four main topics: It’s About My Time (10:30 am-12:00 noon), It’s About Our Time (1:00 -2:30 pm) , It’s About Equal Time (3:45-5:15pm), and It’s About Story Time (6:15-8:30 pm). Each session will include 8-12 speakers presenting approximately 12 minute expositions. One hour breaks will be provided between each session. There is no cost to attend this event nor tickets to be distributed. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please and refreshments will be served. All live stream will take place on Level 4 of the Lake Area Tech Student Center.
To view a complete list of speakers go to https://tedwomen2016.ted.com/. The on-site, live TEDWomen2016 will be held in San Francisco October 26-28.
For more information contact Lake Area Tech at 605.882.5284 ext. 241 or go to www.lakeareatech.edu
The South Dakota State Employee Health Plan has come to terms with Sanford Health to maintain in-network access for its members utilizing all of the current Doctors and services. Sanford had announced earlier they were withdrawing from the DAKOTACARE network effective January 1st, 2017. Bureau of Human Resources commissioner Laurie Gill, whose office operates the state health plan, says this is good news for the 26,000 health plan members who will now continue to have in-network access after January 1st.
Gill says the terms will be seamless for their members.
She says the state health plan is self-funded with DAKOTACARE the third party administrator.
Only members on the state health plan are affected. She says current health plan ID cards will remain valid during the three-year contract that was signed Monday.
PIERRE, S.D. – Ashley Klatt, Watertown, and Summer Gillaspie, Rapid City, have been named 2016 distinguished disease intervention specialists (DIS) by the South Dakota Department of Health. The awards were given in conjunction with the annual National Disease Intervention Specialist Recognition Day, an annual observance recognizing the important role disease intervention specialists play in preventing and controlling public health threats.
Gillaspie has been with the department’s office of disease prevention for seven years, the last three as a DIS. She is a leader in childhood immunization efforts and is skilled at creating informational materials and forms. A DIS for six years, Klatt also serves as the tuberculosis (TB) nurse consultant for the office, working closely with the TB program on grant writing, policies and case consultations. The two were selected for the honor by their colleagues in the office.
They are just two of the 23 disease intervention specialists working out of department field offices in Aberdeen, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown. Each one is trained to investigate over 60 reportable diseases including sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, influenza, E. coli, tuberculosis and pertussis. Disease intervention specialists work to educate patients on how to prevent disease and also help respond to public health outbreaks.
“Disease intervention specialists do the legwork of interviewing people infected with communicable diseases, identifying contacts and informing them of their exposure so they can be tested and treated,” said Colleen Winter, director of family and community health for the Department of Health. “This critical work breaks the chain of disease transmission and protects the public.”
Preventing and controlling infectious disease is one objective of the Department of Health’s 2015-2020 strategic plan, http://doh.sd.gov/strategicplan.
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Photo caption: Ashley Klatt (far left) and Summer Gillaspie (far right) accept their Distinguished DIS Awards from East Regional Supervisor Katelyn Strasser (2nd from left) and West Regional Supervisor Amy Fink (2nd from right).
Rock legend Bobby Vee has passed away. This is sad news for those who grew up in the early 60’s through the Buddy Holly era. Over the years Bobby played Watertown and area venues on a number of occasions with one of his last concerts at the Goss Opera House in June of 2010. KXLG worked with the Goss to promote that show that sold out for two concerts. What a gentleman and what a singer. We have more on Bobby’s life below from the Associated Press.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, has died. He was 73.
Vee, whose hits included the chart-topping “Take Good Care of My Baby” and who helped a young Bob Dylan get his start, died Monday of advanced Alzheimer’s disease, said his son, Jeff Velline. Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, and performed his last show that year.
Vee had been in memory care at The Wellstead of Rogers & Diamondcrest in Rogers, about 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis, for the past 13 months and in hospice care in recent weeks, his son said.
Vee died peacefully surrounded by family, Velline said, calling it “the end of a long hard road.”
He said his father was “a person who brought joy all over the world. That was his job.”
Born Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee was only 15 when he took the stage in Moorhead, Minnesota, after the Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash in Iowa that killed Holly, Valens and Richardson on their way to the concert. That dark day in rock history was commemorated by singer-songwriter Don McLean in his 1972 pop song “American Pie” as “The Day The Music Died.”
The call went out for local acts to replace Holly at his scheduled show at the Moorhead National Guard Armory. Vee and his 2-week-old band volunteered, along with three or four other bands. The show’s emcee, Charlie Boone, then a disc jockey at KFGO Radio, turned to Vee and asked him the name of his band. Vee looked at the shadows of his bandmates on the floor and answered: The Shadows.
“I didn’t have any fear right then,” Vee recalled in a 1999 interview with The Associated Press. “The fear didn’t hit me until the spotlight came on, and then I was just shattered by it. I didn’t think that I’d be able to sing. If I opened my mouth, I wasn’t sure anything would come out.”
Vee called his debut a milestone in his life, and “the start of a wonderful career.”
Within months the young singer and The Shadows, which included his older brother Bill on lead guitar, recorded Vee’s “Suzie Baby” for Soma Records in Minneapolis. It was a regional hit, and Vee soon signed with Liberty Records.
He went on to record 38 Top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970, hitting the top of the charts in 1961 with the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song “Take Good Care of My Baby,” and reaching No. 2 with the follow-up, “Run to Him.” Other Vee hits include “Rubber Ball,” ”The Night Has A Thousand Eyes,” ”Devil or Angel,” ”Come Back When You Grow Up,” ”Please Don’t Ask About Barbara” and “Punish Her.”
Besides his clear, ringing voice, Vee also was a skilled rhythm guitarist and occasional songwriter. He racked up six gold singles, but saw his hits diminish with the British Invasion of The Beatles and other English groups in the mid-1960s.
Vee kept recording into the 2000s, and maintained a steady touring schedule. But he began having trouble remembering lyrics during performances, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. He performed his last show that year, billed only as his retirement, during an annual community fundraiser that his family holds near their home in St. Joseph, Minnesota, about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis. But he didn’t announce his diagnosis until a year later on his website.
In a 2013 interview with The Associated Press, Vee said he knew his abilities were diminishing and he didn’t want to put his family through a public decline.
“It’s not getting any better, I can tell you that,” Vee said. “But I’m doing the best I can.”
Vee still released a new album, “The Adobe Sessions,” a loose jam session recorded with family members in Vee’s adobe garage north of Tucson, Arizona. The 2014 album featured some of Vee’s favorite songs from Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot and Ricky Nelson. It was released on the 55th anniversary of the Holly plane crash.
The album also included Vee’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me,” a nod to the folk-rock legend who got his start in Vee’s band in Fargo.
Dylan grew up in Hibbing, a town on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range, and briefly played with Vee’s band. Although their time playing together was short, Dylan had a lasting effect on Vee’s career: It was Dylan, himself going by the name Elston Gunn when he hammered on the piano at a couple of The Shadows’ gigs, who suggested Vee change his last name from Velline to Vee.
In his “Chronicles: Volume One” memoir, Dylan recalled that Vee “had a metallic, edgy tone to his voice and it was as musical as a silver bell.” When Dylan performed in St. Paul in 2013, he saluted Vee in the audience and performed “Suzie Baby.”
Vee and his wife, Karen, were married for more than 50 years. She died of kidney failure in 2015 at age 71. The couple had four children, including sons who performed with Vee.
Family members said Vee’s memory wasn’t affected so much by Alzheimer’s as his speech. During the AP interview in 2013, he answered questions but would become tongue-tied searching for the right word. Vee tried unconventional methods to alleviate his Alzheimer’s symptoms, from chiropractor visits to acupuncture, and also renewed his passion for painting.
And while he sometimes wished he could do the things that once came easily, Vee said he was “not going to cry about it.”
“God brought me home,” he said. “And that’s the deal.”
South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is reassuring South Dakota voters that no voter fraud has or is occurring. She says the process begins each day in her office when voter registration applications are received.
Krebs says there are additional measures in place to ensure all voting is secure the day of the elections.
She says there’s also an election day tabulating paper process in place that protects voter integrity by using only paper ballots with no internet connections. That paper ballot is then entered into a locked ballot box until it’s taken to the county auditor’s office at the end of the day to be counted in full public view.
Krebs says it looks like an all-time high in South Dakota this year with more than 541,000 residents registered to vote. That number compares to 508,000 in 2008. There have also been over 56,000 absentee ballot requests so far. The Secretary says the state is normally ranked in the top ten for voter participation and that a 60 to 70 percent turnout is expected this year.
Matt Rosdahl is a teacher and coach at the Deuel School in Clear Lake and a Democratic Candidate for the State House in District Four. You can hear Matt’s interview on KXLG Radio below.
Jason Kettwig is a Republican Legislative Candidate from District 4 who resides at Milbank. Listen below to hear his interview on KXLG Radio.
As for the nation’s middle belt, the winter should be typical, but one or two nasty storms or cold snaps could appear.
The forecast reflects the arrival of the global weather pattern known as La Nina.
California probably won’t get relief from its drought. National Weather Service drought expert David Miskus said California’s winter will likely stay dry and it will probably be “many, many years” before the drought is busted.
Private weather forecasters agreed the California wet season will come up short. But they see a harsher winter for the nation overall, including a return of the dreaded polar vortex, which funnels cold Arctic air into the U.S.
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South Dakota researchers propose intelligent autonomous NASA robot navigation system
Designing a robot that can learn from its environment and thereby explore a new planet—that’s what a South Dakota State University assistant professor wants to do. Zhen Ni of the electrical engineering and computer science department is working with colleagues at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on a grant titled ”Development of Intelligent Control System for Autonomous Robot Navigation for NASA Space Applications.”
South Dakota State University assistant professor Zhen Ni examines a planetary exploration vehicle at NASA Ames Research Center with director of the intelligent robotics group Terry Fong. Ni is the lead on a joint proposal with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to design an intelligent control system for autonomous robot navigation.
Through a Research Initialization Grant from the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program, Ni presented a design concept to scientists and engineers at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, in August. The Ames center is home to the Rover Test Facility.
Based on the preliminary results, Ni is leading the team to develop a NASA EPSCoR major grant proposal, which also involves collaboration with NASA Glen Research Center as well as the Ames Center.
“We are proposing a new computational intelligence algorithm to enable the robot to learn as it explores and gathers data from the planetary environment,” Ni explained. The robot can gather information before human astronauts arrive or can do tedious, repetitive work in the harsh environment, saving astronauts’ time.
Using learning-based techniques, the robot will learn from its environment and then pass that information in nearly real time to a site or station where human beings are, Ni explained. Such autonomous capabilities, which would be useful for Mars or moon exploration, have been a longstanding challenge for NASA.
Algorithms will also manage solar cell power generation and battery energy storage. A small-scale model will also be tested at the NASA Ames Research Center.
Hugh Bartels is a Republican Candidate for the State House in District 5 at Watertown who has served ont he Watertown School Board and who has been involved in other civic and government entities. Listen below to hear his interview on KXLG Radio.
She adds that absentee voting numbers are high compared to past years.
She adds that her office is predicting between 30 and 35 percent of the ballots this year cast by absentee. Krebs urges residents to spend some time doing research before casting your ballot…
To register to vote, fill-out the voter registration form, sign it and then submit it to your County Auditor. Your Voter Registration form must be received by the County Auditor 15 days before any election if you wish to vote in that election. Registered South Dakota voters can download the Vote 605 Mobile App to view their sample ballot and find their polling place from their smart phone.