Aberdeen

Meteorologists In Aberdeen Helping Irma Forecast

All eyes have been on Hurricane Irma as she continues to move closer and closer to the United States. Having already brought destructive and deadly winds as well as storm surge to portions of the Caribbean, in places like the Island of Barbuda. With nearly 100% of the island of Barbuda suffering destructive damage and 60% of the islands population now…

South Dakota Hutterite Colonies Submit Feedlot Applications

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Two Hutterite colonies in northeastern South Dakota have submitted multi-animal feedlot applications that are pending approval by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Camrose Colony is pursuing a new turkey and swine feeding operation by Doland that was first put forward over a decade ago. The new application is a revised version of the…

2 Agriculture Groups In Dakotas To Vote On Merger

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging. A narrow majority of members from North Central Farmers Elevator voted in 2015 against merging with the Wheat Growers. Discussions resurfaced a couple weeks ago when leaders of both groups wanted to gather member feedback…

Aberdeen Man Charged With Armed Robbery

PD recovered a handgun and stolen cash

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A 38-year-old Aberdeen man was arrested and charged with armed robbery Sunday afternoon. According to the Aberdeen Police Department’s Facebook page, around noon police were called to the 500 block of S Dakota Street for an armed robbery. It was reported that the suspect fled eastbound on foot with a handgun and a large amount of cash….

Woman Pleads Guilty To Killing Her Child On Reservation

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A McLaughlin-area woman accused of beating her 5-year-old daughter to death last year has pleaded guilty to murder. The American News reports that 26-year-old Desarae Makes Him First appeared in federal court in Aberdeen on Thursday. She could face life in prison when sentenced on Oct. 30. Makes Him First and Matthew St. Pierre were charged…

Aberdeen Apartment Fire Prompts Evacuation Of 7 Residents

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Fire in a three-unit apartment building in Aberdeen prompted the evacuation of seven residents. The American News reports that the blaze broke out about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Fire and Rescue Battalion Commander Joel Weig says a bathroom ceiling fan overheated, and flames spread to nearby insulation and attic trusses. No injuries were reported. The evacuated residents…

Meet A JazzFest Headliner: Denham

Aberdeen Native and Sioux Falls Resident Makes Headline Debut

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It isn’t Aberdeen native and Sioux falls resident Denham McDermott’s first time at JazzFest. “I sang back-up vocals for a band last year,” said McDermott. Saturday night, he gets the chance to be in the forefront. “They gave me the call this year for my group so it’s kind of nice as a local band to…

4-Year-Old Hospitalized After 3-Story Fall In Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A 4-year-old child was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after falling from a third-story apartment window in Aberdeen. The American News reports that police responded to the scene shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing and few details have been released, including who else was in the apartment at the time. Police Capt….

Woman Pleads Guilty In South Dakota Tribal Embezzlement Case

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A fifth defendant charged in a tribal embezzlement case in South Dakota has pleaded guilty in federal court in Aberdeen. The American News reports that 59-year-old Ann German pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft from a tribal organization. She was among six people charged in 2015 in a case involving the unlawful spending of more…

Aberdeen Man Appealing Conviction In Killing Of Friend

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – An Aberdeen man convicted of fatally beating a friend over a $400 debt is appealing his conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court. A jury in April convicted 56-year-old Bradley Quist of killing 61-year-old Ron Witchey in May 2015, and Quist was sentenced to life in prison. Quist had unsuccessfully claimed self-defense. The American News reports…

Aberdeen Gas Leak Prompts Business, Apartment Evacuations

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A natural gas leak on Aberdeen’s Main Street prompted several businesses and two apartment buildings to evacuate. NorthWestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer tells the American News that the Wednesday afternoon leak was caused by construction work in the area. The evacuations lasted about two hours. Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Joel Weig says no one was…

4 Plead Guilty In South Dakota Tribal Embezzlement Case

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Four of six people charged in a tribal embezzlement case in South Dakota have pleaded guilty in federal court in Aberdeen. Court documents show the case involves unlawful spending of over $81,000 from Big Coulee District, a political subdivision of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe. The Aberdeen News reports that Carrie Godfrey, Gerald Heminger Jr. and Colette…

South Dakota City Begins Big Soybean Plant Project

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A northeastern South Dakota city is building a soybean processing plant expected to handle 20 percent of the region’s beans. The Aberdeen News reports that the city of Aberdeen held a groundbreaking Wednesday for the Ag Processing Inc. plant. It’s expected to employ about 50 people and will buy soybeans within a 100-mile radius of the…

Panic Button Invented To Make College Students Safer

Handheld device alerts emergency contacts, 911

Experts say one in ten college students will experience sexual assault and many are at higher risk in their first few months at school.  So, what happens when a student is in danger of any kind, but they can’t call friends, family or even the police for help? A gadget invented right here in the Sioux Empire could soon come…

Aberdeen Man Convicted Of Murder In Friend’s Beating Death

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A jury has convicted an Aberdeen man of murder for fatally beating a friend in what prosecutors say was a dispute over a $400 debt. Fifty-six-year-old Bradley Quist was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after the jury found him guilty in the death of 61-year-old Ron Witchey. In closing arguments Thursday, Brown County prosecutor Chris…

Aberdeen Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Killing Infant Son

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – An Aberdeen man accused of killing his infant son more than a year ago has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Twenty-seven-year-old Myron Touche Jr. pleaded guilty in February to manslaughter in the December 2015 death of 3-week-old Elias Touche, who authorities said suffered head trauma when Touche shook the child because he was crying….

EB-5 Director Pleads Guilty To Misusing State Funds; Sentenced To Probation

It was in March of last year that Bollen was charged with five felony counts related to financial misconduct involving the EB-5 program. Nearly a year after his arrest, as part of a plea agreement, Bollen pleaded guilty to one of those charges. “Mr. Bollen came into court. He admitted wrongdoing. He accepted responsibility,” said South Dakota Attorney General Marty…

Plea Agreement Reached In South Dakota’s EB-5 Visa Case

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The man who once ran South Dakota’s scandal-ridden investment-for-visa program has reached a deal with prosecutors in a high-profile financial misconduct case. The Aberdeen American News reports that 53-year-old Joop Bollen pleaded guilty Wednesday to one of five felony counts he was facing. Bollen, of Aberdeen, had previously pleaded innocent. He was accused of diverting more…