From the Desk of the Mayor for January 20, 2021

From the Desk of the Mayor for January 20th, 2021. 

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The South Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the man killed in a traffic crash last Friday on Highway 20 Northwest of Watertown.   Authorities say Casey Hundstad, 21, of Watertown sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene after his 2009 Ford Focus collided with a 2020 Casca…

South Dakota Legislators will return to Pierre today to begin the second week of session after taking Monday off for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.   Legislators have until January 28th to introduce unlimited bills.  District 4 Representative Fred Deutsch is the prime sponsor on seven b…

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No people were injured and no surrounding structures were damaged in a fire at one of the Edgewater apartment buildings in Pierre that started around 5:30pm yesterday (Jan. 14).

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Commissioner Tom Douple in conjunction with the Sioux Falls Sports Authority announced Thursday that the 2021 Men’s and Women’s Summit League Basketball Tournaments will be held without fans and the games will be moved to the Sanford Pentagon and played during the originally scheduled dates …

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For more than 30 years, second-year students in Lake Area Technical College’s Financial Services Advanced Tax class have participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that offers free basic income tax filing services to the public who meet program guidelines.

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The National Weather Service Office in Aberdeen has issued a blizzard warning for our area for tonight going into Friday morning.  Mike Connolly is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.  He says conditions change will be changing throughout the day today……

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To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Watertown Area COVID-19 Task Force is making cloth masks available to the public free of charge at several city buildings.  These masks were some of the homemade masks collected early on in the pandemic. The masks will be available on a first-come, fi…

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The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Diversity Program is accepting proposals for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program. This program provides funding for researchers, educators and naturalists to carry out projects focused on native wildlife. Funding for the 20…

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Codington County Highway Superintendent Rick Hartley says county road load limits go into effect in Codington County February 15th and will still in effect until May 1st. The Codington County Commissioners approved the resolution as such, but asked Hartley to keep an eye on the winter condit…

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Officers with the Minnehaha County Fugitive Task Force located a homicide suspect shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The suspect was driving a vehicle near 12th Street and Lyons Avenue when deputies tried to perform a traffic stop. The suspect fled. During the pursuit which lasted for s…

Mitchell Police have arrested 27-year-old Jose Morales Acevedo and 28-year-old Luis Perez-Melendez for 2nd Degree murder in the shooting death of a 38-year-old male victim in Mitchell late Saturday night.

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One of South Korea’s largest food companies is building a 700,000 Square foot production facility in Sioux Falls. The project will represent an overall investment of several hundred million dollars over the course of construction and will be funded through operating cash flow, according to a…

The Watertown Police Department has created a new position within their agency.  Thanks to a federal COPS grant, the department has been able to create a Mental Health Officer position.  According to the department, the goal of the position is to reduce violent crime, reduce arrests of peopl…

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The Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office, along with Codington County Search and Rescue responded to Lake Poinsett shortly after 6pm Saturday night when two men went through the ice.  Information on the incident is still sketchy, however Hamlin County Sheriff Chad Schlotterbeck confirmed to KXLG N…

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Crestone Development, a division of Crestone Companies, has announced that they are making a major investment in downtown Watertown.  Crestone has purchased five downtown properties, book-ending on the East and West ends of Kemp Avenue. 

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