Anndrea Anderson

USD President James Abbott Hospitalized After Heart Attack

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota president James W. Abbott was hospitalized Saturday after suffering a heart attack. Abbott, 69, has been president at USD for 21 years and plans to retire in June. Abbott drove himself to the emergency room in Vermillion Saturday morning and then was airlifted to Sioux Falls where he underwent surgery. Abbott was resting…

Minnesota Couple to be Involved in Winter Olympics

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) – A central Minnesota couple will be involved in speed skating at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this month. The St. Cloud Times reports that orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joel Shobe, will serve as medical adviser for short track speed skating, while Susan Shobe will be a referee for speed skating. Joel Shobe has spent…

Body recovered From Andover Apartment Complex Following Fire

ANDOVER, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have recovered a body from the rubble of an apartment fire in northeastern South Dakota. The South Dakota attorney general’s office said Saturday that local police confirmed that a body was found in the apartment complex. The fire broke out early Friday at the complex in Andover. The attorney general’s office says the investigative is…

George Firefighters Dealing With Loss in Fatal Fire, Central Lyon School Fundraises for Funeral

GEORGE, IA – An early morning house fire in George claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl this weekend. The fire started just after midnight Sunday. The State Fire Marshal has not released information as to what caused the fire, but the home is a total loss. “They lost everything. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose…

Body of Missing Lake Andes Woman Found

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (From Sheriff Randy L. Thaler:) The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office and the SD Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the unattended death of a 22 year old female identified as Tessa Joseph of Lake Andes, SD. Miss Joseph was last seen the early morning hours of 2/2/18 in Lake Andes, SD. Her body was discovered during…

South Dakota Lawmakers to Debate Legislative Pay Panel

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers may establish a commission to give salary recommendations for the state’s 105 legislators. The 10-member Legislative Compensation Commission would consider salaries of other similar state legislators in developing recommendations. The citizen panel would look to maintain a citizen Legislature while compensating members such that all people would have an opportunity to serve. State…

Judge Rules Rodney Berget Not Intellectually Disabled, Execution Sentence Upheld

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Minnehaha County judge has ruled convicted murderer Rodney Berget is not intellectually disabled. The ruling means Berget is now legally able to be executed for his role in the death of Correctional Officer Ronald “RJ” Johnson. “It’s just an emotional torturous roller coaster that you have, and we just try to get through it the…

Lawmakers Set to Debate Bills on Concealed Handguns, Paid Sick Leave

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this week are set to debate bills on concealed handguns, paid sick leave for workers – and drug-testing themselves. Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday. Permitless concealed carry is back, but unlikely to become law. It’s scheduled to be debated Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Some businesses would be required to…

WWII Veteran Receives Purple Heart 73 Years After Battle

Sylvan Vigness, 94, was awarded his purple heart in Flandreau

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds FLANDREAU, S.D-. -A South Dakota man and world war two veteran received his Purple Heart Saturday, 73 years after he was injured in battle. Sylvan Vigness, 94, was awarded his purple heart in Flandreau. Vigness suffered an eye injury during a kamikaze attack onboard the U.S.S. Hinsdale on April 1, 1945. His…

Crews Battle Fire at Bear Butte State Park

http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/ http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/ STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – Crews are battling a grass fire on the north side of Bear Butte State Park in southwestern South Dakota. The blaze was reported about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The fire is estimated to be 100 acres in size and is approximately 30% contained, but authorities expect it to grow because of strong winds. Active structure…

Teacher’s Union Pans Bill Targeting University Faculty Union

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota teacher’s union says a bill to end collective bargaining at state public universities is an attempt to silence the voice of educators. South Dakota Education Association President Mary McCorkle says the measure would make it harder for South Dakota’s public universities to recruit and keep world-class faculty. McCorkle says it would hurt the…

Super Bowl Brings Massive Security Resources to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The downtown location of the Super Bowl presents formidable security challenges for Minneapolis. U.S. Bank Stadium is in the heart of the city, meaning authorities must be creative in carving out a security perimeter around businesses and a major hospital. Visitors to the Super Bowl and related events will see an increased police presence during the 10…

New Management Company Hopes to Optimize Golfer Experience at City Courses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three city-owned golf courses are now under new management. As of Monday, Landscapes Unlimited has officially taken over operations from Dakota Golf Management. “We’re excited to be a part of the Sioux Falls company and the Sioux Falls city here,” said Dustin Newman, Transitional Manager for Landscapes Management Company. Landscapes is now managing Kuehn, Elmwood, and…

Red Cross Blood Supply at Critical Levels

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,600 hospitals across the U.S. The organization works to keep blood on the shelves for trauma and emergency situations. But this winter, their blood supply is critically low. Recent wintry weather – and the spreading flu virus – have cancelled a number of blood drives and…

Hartford Man Facing Felony Child Pornography Charges

Fred Albert Finch Jr., 38, is being held in Minnehaha County Jail on a $20,000 cash surety bond

HARTFORD, S.D. – A Hartford man is behind bars, facing two counts of possession of child pornography . Fred Albert Finch Jr., 38, is being held in Minnehaha County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Finch was taken into custody over the weekend. According to court documents, Finch’s wife notified officers about computer files containing child pornography videos. The papers say…

Monday Classes Canceled at The University of South Dakota-Vermillion Campus

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota-Vermillion has canceled classes and events for Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, due to the snow storm. The USD Vermillion campus remains open. Non-instructional personnel should use their own best judgment on whether to report for work. All employees should submit their time sheets by 10 a.m. Monday. At this time the university expects…