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    1. Watertown Gets Waiver From South Dakota Department Of Transportation To Extend EAS Contract Two Years

      adi-jet-airplaneWatertown received word today from the Federal Department of Transportation that a waiver has been granted that will allow the community to continue operating airline service Utilizing Great Lakes Jet Express ADI. Mayor Steve Thorson says the waiver means the city will have two years to show the federal government that it can operate under the EAS guidelines.

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      Thorson says the news comes as air passenger service continues strong  at Watertown and Pierre.  Thorson said he met with ADI officials earlier today, although that meeting was unrelated to the announcement.

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      The Watertown mayor said ADI is still looking at adding flights to the Twin Cities but that may be more than a year and half off.  In the meantime Thorson calls the flight service to Denver, “incredible.”


    2. CODINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF TOBY WISHARD RESIGNING!

      breaking-newstoby-wishardHere’s some breaking news today. Codington County Sheriff Toby Wishard is resigning his position effective the end of the year to work at his family’s insurance business. County Auditor Cindy Brugman says the announcement comes following his letter of resignation to the Codington County CommissionersThursday morning. The commissioners will decide on a replacement next week. His term doesn’t expire until 2017.  County Auditor Cindy Brugman released this statement this morning regarding Wishard’s announcement.

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    3. Hockey For Free Day Coming To Watertown Ice Arena Saturday

      watertown-laker-hockey-logoWatertown —  The Watertown Hockey Association is inviting boys and girls to the George E Mass Ice Arena Saturday, November 12th for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Come Play Hockey Month.  Starting at 5 p.m. local youth ages 4 to 9 are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.  Listen below to hear Adam Sullivan talk more about the event.

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    4. From The Desk Of Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson

      mayor-thorson-for-headline-page-2015Listen below to hear Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson on KXLG’s From The Desk Of The Mayor

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    5. South Dakota Burger Kings Are Sold!

      burger-kind-logotom-walshSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The family of a man who opened Sioux Falls’ first Burger King more than 40 years ago is selling that restaurant and 25 others in South Dakota and Minnesota.

      Tom Walsh Sr. and his family are expected to sell the 26 restaurants next week to Chicago-based Cave Enterprises, the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2eLwCMu ) reported. Sioux Falls is home to 11 of the restaurants.

      Walsh said he told managers the news Monday, calling it “the hardest business thing I’ve ever done.” He said the timing and buyer felt right.

      “Their culture, values, priorities, were the best and most in line with what our values and culture was,” he said.

      The Dakota King businesses employ about 1,200 people. Dakota King president Tom Walsh Jr. said the existing team will stay in place.

      “We’ve had four record years in row and we’ve been franchisee of the year for operators of 20 stores or more for four years in a row,” Walsh Sr. said.

      Cave Enterprises plans to continue the Dakota King charitable programs, including one that helps financially support employees during emergencies.

      At one time, Walsh’s Dakota King organization operated 60 restaurants from Wisconsin to Nebraska. In 2015, he sold his five Burger King locations in North Dakota. Earlier this year, he sold five locations in Duluth, Minnesota, to Cave Enterprises.

      Walsh opened the city’s first Burger King in 1975.


    6. Watertown Hall Of Fame Inductees Honored

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      Watertown businessman Lew Raderschadt, who passed away this year is among three individuals who will be inducted in the Watertown Hall Of Fame later today. Raderschadt will be joined by longtime school administrator and National Guard veteran Ernie Edwards  and Realtor and philanthropist Joy Nelson in the fourth class of inductees. The Hall of Fame was started in 2013 with four members that included Ken Way,  Burdette Solum, Clark Redlinger and Dean Gackstetter. In 2014, the hall added Irv Hinderaker, Terry Redlin and John Calvin. Last year’s sole inductee was Thomas E. Roby. The Hall of Fame was formed to honor Watertown people who have made a significant, positive impact on the community since 1960. The Hall of Fame’s selection committee is made up of 16 Watertown business and professional leaders.  You can listen below to hear all of the program.

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    7. Republicans Dominate South Dakota Legislature With New Record Number Of Legislators

      republicans“Pretty incredible” is how the executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party Ryan Budmayr, describes the even stronger lock Republicans now have in the State Legislature.

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      Republicans, on Tuesday, picked up 89 state legislative seats out of a total 105.  There will be only 16 Democrats in the 2017 State Legislature, their smallest delegation since 1954.

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      Despite their legislative lock, Budmayr says he doesn’t think that South Dakotans believe that the Republicans are “jamming” legislation down anyone’s throat in Pierre. 

       


    8. What Does A Trump Presidency Mean For Agriculture?

      mike-jaspersWhat will a Trump presidency mean for South Dakota agriculture?  It’s too early to tell says State Agriculture Secretary Mike Jaspers.

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      Jaspers said a big thing for him is how President-elect Trump will handle trade policy since South Dakota producers depend upon trade agreements.  Newly re-elected Kristi Noem is optimistic that a Trump presidency will be good for agriculture.

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      Trump has spoken out repeatedly against NAFTA and TPP, two key international trade agreements, saying they are bad for America, However Noem says that doesn’t mean Trump is anti-trade.

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    9. PLHS Recognizes Certified Graston Technique® Therapist

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      WATERTOWN, S.D. – November 9 , 2016 – Prairie Lakes Healthcare System recognizes the accomplishment of Katie Chida, physical therapist, for recently becoming certified in the Graston Technique® this fall.

      Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and facial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. 

      “The Graston Technique® is a great way to treat injuries like tennis and golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, and IT Band Syndrome, a condition common among runners,” said Chida.  “Graston Technique® allows me to target these conditions with a high degree of specificity and return patients to their lives pain free.” 

      Patients can make appointments by calling Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services at 605-882-7700. Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services are located in the lower level of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System’s Medical Office Building on the main campus.


    10. Steadfast Republican Support Continues in Mount Rushmore State

      thune1kristi-noem-2015Steadfast Republican Support Continues in Mount Rushmore State
      South Dakota voters continued the trend of overwhelming support for Republicans in statewide races. They did their best to work towards a Republican sweep of the Congress, Senate and Presidency.
      At the top of the ticket Donald Trump captured about twice as many votes as Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile John Thune bested Jay Williams in the U. S. Senate race and was thankful for a strong push from South Dakotans to elect him to a third term.

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      Meanwhile Kristi Noem earned her fourth term in the U. S. House of Representatives by a sizable margin over Paula Hawks. The Congresswoman elect says her faith is her guide while serving South Dakota.

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      The strongest showing of the night came from Chris Nelson who captured the most votes of any candidate on a South Dakota ballot in his win over Henry Red Cloud in the PUC race.
      Libertarians had one of their best showings with the Johnson/Weld ticket flirting with six percent of the vote for President.

      Most initiatives fail, but public campaign finance passes

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      SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota voters rejected most of the 10 measures on the ballot Tuesday, but they did come out in favor of publicly funding political candidates, capping short-term loan interest rates and incorporating victims’ rights provisions into the state constitution.Voters defeated at least six initiatives, while another faced an uncertain fate.GOP candidates easily swept statewide races and kept control of the state Legislature in heavily Republican South Dakota.___

      TAXING CAMPAIGNS

      A ballot measure approved Tuesday will allow voters to tap a state fund to send two $50 credits to participating political candidates. It also will tighten campaign finance and lobbying laws and create an ethics commission. Don Frankenfeld, a former GOP state senator who co-chairs the main group backing the plan, said in a statement that the measure will help take control of government back from special interests. Opponents said they would work to overturn the measure and protect taxpayers from the new law.

      Two other proposals that would also have reshaped South Dakota politics failed at the polls. One rejected measure would have dropped party labels from ballots, setting up nonpartisan primaries that would have sent the top vote-getters to the general election. The other would have taken control of legislative redistricting from lawmakers and given it to an independent commission.

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      LENDERS THWARTED

      South Dakotans voted to cap interest rates charged by businesses such as payday, auto title and installment lenders licensed in South Dakota to 36 percent annually. They also shot down a measure funded by a Georgia-based lender that would have amended the state constitution to let lenders charge any interest rate that a borrower agreed to in writing.

      Steve Hildebrand, a sponsor of the interest rate cap, said it will give low-income people a better chance of getting out of poverty.

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      VICTIMS’ RIGHTS

      Voters approved a measure to establish rights in the state constitution for victims including privacy, protection from harassment or abuse, and timely notice of trial, sentencing and post-judgment proceedings.

      The law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Marsy’s Law for South Dakota Chairman Jason Glodt said “the scales of justice were weighted in favor of the accused” before the measure was approved.

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      OTHER BALLOT QUESTIONS

      Voters defeated a labor-backed initiative that would have let unions charge fees to non-members, something opponents said was designed to get around the state’s right-to-work law.

      They also rejected two other measures. One would have established a youth minimum wage of $7.50 an hour for workers under 18. The other was a bundle of election law changes that included different filing deadlines and signature gathering requirements.

      A constitutional amendment that would make it clear that South Dakota’s four technical institutes are independent from the Board of Regents had an uncertain fate.

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      GOP WINS TOP-TIER RACES

      Donald Trump followed Republican presidential candidates’ winning record in South Dakota, which hasn’t supported a Democrat for president since 1964. He won without holding any rallies in South Dakota during the campaign.

      Voters sent Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem back to Washington. The Republican lawmakers benefited from the South Dakota GOP’s enormous voter registration advantage over Democrats in triumphing over Senate candidate Jay Williams and House hopeful Paula Hawks.

      GOP Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson beat Oglala Sioux green energy entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud to rejoin the panel.

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      REPUBLICANS KEEP STATEHOUSE

      The GOP held on to control of the state House and Senate, which means Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard will work with lawmakers from his party on budgeting and policymaking for the final two years of his second term.

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      VOTER VOICES

      Sioux Falls resident Judy Harig on Tuesday said she voted in favor of the measure to cap payday loan rates because she believes borrowers can be “manipulated” in a time of need.

      “If you are desperate to buy groceries, they can really take advantage of somebody,” Harig, a 69-year-old retiree, said after voting at a Sioux Falls elementary school.

      Lynetta McEachern voted for Donald Trump Tuesday at an elementary school in Sioux Falls. McEachern, 48, said she supported Trump from the beginning of his campaign because she believed he was “the most qualified” candidate.

      “Our country needs to go in a different direction; we need to try something new,” said McEachern, who couldn’t attend any of Trump’s rallies but said she teared up when watching them on TV. “I think he can work with people. He knows how to negotiate. I know he can work with other countries.”


    11. Weir Repairs Approved For Sioux River At Lake Kampeska

      kampeska-water-gate-2A new weir will be constructed along the sioux river north of highway 20 in the very near future. The announcement follows approval of a bid last night that was approved by the Watertown City Council.  City engineer Shane Waterman said they had projected costs of 141,000 dollars with the actual bid coming in at 138,000 dollars.

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      The highest bid was 361,000 dollars. The weir will utilize steel beams that are extended from 8 to 10 feet in the ground with a metal cap on top to protect it in high water years.  The steel will also be surrounded by rock and other fill to shore up the strength of the more than 360 foot long project.  It’s expected the weir will help hold water levels more stable in Lake Kampeska.  The Lake Kampeska Water District is also contributing 25,000 dollars of the overall costs of the project to cover the expense of the steel cap.   The council is hopeful the Upper Big Sioux River Water Project will monitor the weir in coming years to ensure there are no further breaches.


    12. Voting Brisk Today!

      shantel-krebsWatertown, S.D.  — The Secretary of State’s office says voting is busy today all over the state and within the first 20 minutes upwards of two to three hundred people showed up at the extension center in Watertown.  Secretary of State Shantel Krebs talked with KXLG news late morning.

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    13. Case Continued To December 20th For Watertown Eye Doctor Dr. Melanie Weiss

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      Watertown, SD —  Watertown optometrist Dr. Melanie Weiss was granted a continuance in circuit court today at Watertown.  Weiss was arrested September 30th on 6 counts, including the use and possession of drugs.   Five of the charges are felonies says Codington County States Attorney Patrick McCann.  the felonies include second degree burglary for unlawfully entering a home, possession of a controlled substance schedule 1 or 2 identified as hydrocodone, possession of a controlled substance schedule 3 or 4 identified as Tylenol with codeine, obtaining controlled substances by theft and ingesting a controlled substance.  A sixth count of criminal entry into a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor.  Weiss’s attorney, Scott Bratland of Watertown, asked for the case to be continued to December 20th at 9 a.m.   The request was granted.  McCann says that it’s expected Weiss will enter a not guilty plea.  If that happens a jury trial would be set for early next year, possibly in January. Weiss originally had bond set at 10,000 dollars, however it was reduced to personal recognizance because of a medical issue involved.  She was arrested in September after she burglarized a home in the northeast part of town.   Assistant Watertown Police Chief Tim Toomey said on the day of the arrest that a prescription medication and a garage door opener, both belonging to a Watertown homeowner, were found in her possession. 

       


    14. It’s Election Day!

      ballot-boxIf you haven’t taken advantage of absentee balloting, but want your voice heard today, you will be joining thousands of other South Dakotans in carving out to vote in person at a polling place near you.  Much has been discussed this year about the size of the ballot. 17 inches long and double sided.  10 ballot measures, U-S House and Senate races, State House and Senate, some local races and of course, the President.  It’s a lot to get through and Beadle County States Attorney Mike Moore says, if your pokey at the polls, you could get a ticket.

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      Moore says he’s not aware of why the law was passed.  Moore says it’s highly unlikely the law will need to be enforced.

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      Taking longer than 10 minutes to vote is a Class 2 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of a 500-dollar fine and/or 30 days in jail, or both.  32 percent of Codington County residents cast their votes absentee this year.


    15. Chamber Releases Uptown Street Survey

      watertown-chamber-logo-2015The Watertown Chamber of Commerce released the numbers from a recent Downtown Survey that was taken to determine support or opposition to changing Kemp Avenue and First Avenue south to two-way driving. Chamber Head Megan Gruman says  those surveyed were along Kemp or First Ave. South.

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      She says the survey didn’t reveal any real surprises with 57 individuals surveyed with the large majority business and building owners. Surprising was the large number of those surveyed who said they had not attended the recent Charette at the Goss that was conducted earlier to help vet out the needs of the downtown area.

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      With regards to the question about turning the one-ways- into two ways?

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      Gruman says they began taking the survey back in August and that after some had time to reflect attitudes changed somewhat.

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      The survey also addressed the lights.

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      She also touched on the comments that accompanied the survey answers.

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      This from Alderman Mike Danforth.

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       No decisions were made last evening since the comments were made during a work session

       


    16. Habitat For Humanity Greater Watertown Dedicates Two Homes This Week

      habitat-for-humanity-logo-2016Habitat For Humanity Greater Watertown is Celebrating two home dedications this week and Barb Pierson who is the Treasurer for the local group who says the first home is located at 210 15th street northwest Watertown.

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      The second home at 309 3rd Street Northwest will be dedicated today says Mary Goldade board president.

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      The public is invited again today to the second open house that will run from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

       


    17. Longtime South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Charged

      highway-patrolPIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Platte man is accused of stealing seized property while employed as an officer with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

      Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County State’s Attorney David Natvig announced Monday that 47-year-old Brian Biehl has been arrested and charged with felony grand theft for allegedly taking money while working for the patrol.

      Biehl faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. He did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

      Biehl was a trooper for about 15 years, working in the Chamberlain area. The agency said he’s no longer employed but wouldn’t say if he quit or was fired.

      Patrol Superintendent Col. Craig Price issued a statement saying the agency is reviewing its policies and procedures due to the arrest.


    18. Time to Check Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

       

      medicare-11-07-16Now is the time for senior citizens to review and make changes to their Medicare Part “D” coverage. Part “D” offers benefits to those that need prescription drugs. Erik Gaikowski, director of A-A-R-P South Dakota, says this open-enrollment period is a good time to double check your plans.

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      Open enrollment continues through December.   Gaikowski says there are a number of good resources people can check for more information.

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      Gaikowski says the costs and what is covered under prescription plans change every year, so people should take the time and take a look.

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      Gaikowski says information also is available at Medicare.gov, and from the SD SHIINE program at shiine.net.


    19. Wind Power’s Ups And Downs

      wind-powerSupporters of wind power in South Dakota are working on public education. Several projects have been slowed down in recent weeks in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Lincoln Counties due to local opposition. Angela Landeen, Executive Director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association, says they feel they have a good story.

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      Landeen says those opposed to wind power have become very well organized.

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      Landeen says wind power expansion in the state would also be helped by changes in tax policy.

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      South Dakota is now number three in the country with just over twenty six percent of power now produced by the wind.


    20. State Legislature Will Be Asked To Make Changes To Employee Retirement System

      michelsThe Trustees of the South Dakota Retirement System will ask the 2017 legislature to make changes to benefit payments. South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels, one of the trustees, says they need to cut back on the automatic increases.

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      Michels says no one that is receiving benefits will get less than they are now.

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      Michels says future benefit increases will depend on several factors.

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      Michels says investment forecasts have been too optimistic, and were also scaled back. The state retirement system is one of a handful in the country which is fully funded.


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