James River FloodingAnyone familiar with the course of the James River in eastern South Dakota has seen the countless trees that have dropped into the river over the years. That has the attention of the James River Water Development District.  Manager Dave Bartel  says there is some discussion about that problem…

Bartel says those trees and other debris in the river are a long term, potential threat…

Bartel says they have been looking for partners in any tree removal project…

There was a multi-million dollar tree removal program about fifteen years ago, but that was focused on areas near major bridges.

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David OwenThe South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry will oppose IM-23 that is on the ballot this fall. The initiated measure would allow corporations or non-profits the right to charge a fee for services.  State Chamber President Dave Owen says the simple language covers the real intent…..

Owen says it could force workers to pay fees to unions they don’t belong to…

Owen says workers may not get the protection they really need…

Owen says the measure could threaten the states “Right to Work” status.

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Jail DoorBond has been set for a Huron man charged with having methamphetamine and having it near a drug free zone. Beadle County States Attorney Mike Moore says bond was set for 26 year-old Jordan Bachmann Thursday morning…

Moore says Huron police and Division of Criminal Investigation agents discovered 42 grams of meth as they executed a search warrant Monday….

Bachmann is also facing charges of possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession, keeping a place for use or sale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a drug free zone for having the meth within 1000 feet of a city park. The street value of the narcotics is estimated at over four-thousand dollars.

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20160728_092659A number of fish are turning up, upside down in Ravine Lake in Huron. Parks and Recreation Director LaRon Klock says the city has been in contact with regional fisheries biologists from the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks. They told Klock, they believe the die-off is at least partially the responsibility of atmospheric conditions. A combination that includes low oxygen levels in the water of Ravine Lake, high water temperatures, no run off into the lake and a lack of wind action to agitate the water. Klock says regular testing of the water in Ravine Lake is revealing no water quality issues. Park and Rec staff has been removing the dead fish daily. Swimming at the beach near Putters and Scoops has been deemed “Unsafe for Swimming” until further notice by the City.  Fish still living can be seen crowding near the shoreline to try and get air. The dead fish in the water may be an issue for this weekend’s Ravine Lake Triathlon. The event traditionally begins with a swim in the lake, out to and around a buoy, then back to shore. A decision was made by race organizers to abandon the swim portion of the event and replace it with an opening run. That first run will be followed by the bike ride, then a second run to end the event.

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dumptruck vs poleSome residents of Huron spent part of Wednesday night in the dark after a vehicle did substantial damage to Northwestern Energy electrical infrastructure….

Northwestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer said approximately 350 customers were without power during the outage that affected parts of downtown Huron including traffic control devices. Many businesses were without electricity including the Huron Plainsman newspaper, which was unable to print a Thursday addition. Power was restored before midnight to the affected area.

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Huron DQIndividuals can treat themselves to some ice cream while contributing to a worthy cause today. The 11th Annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day will take place at locations throughout the state, including at Dairy Queens in Huron, Redfield, and Miller. Locations will donate $1 or more of the proceeds from that day’s Blizzard sales and Blizzard coupon sales to Children’s Miracle Network benefiting Sanford Children’s Hospital…


Bethany Olson is with the Children’s Miracle Network in Sioux Falls. She says people can also buy coupons for Blizzards that never expire and the proceeds will also benefit the Children’s Hospital.


The Dairy Queen in Madison has traditionally sold more Blizzards and raised more money than any of the other locations. In recent years Madison DQ owner DeLon Mork has jumped out of a plane after reaching goals of total blizzards sold. In 2013 he was joined in the skydiving venture by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.


Last year Miracle Treat Day raised close to $300,000 for Sanford Children’s Hospitals in Sioux Falls and Fargo, N.D. Olson said the amount raised has increased each year.

Olson called Thursday the “Sweetest Day of the Year,” and encouraged everyone to participate.

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Rachel GPR SearchState and local officials continue the search for a missing Woonsocket woman. That search took investigators to southwestern Beadle County Wednesday. Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley the search for 30 year-old Rachel Cyriacks is along way from being over…

Fridley says a team from Nebraska assisted in the search of a 150 foot long strip by 25 foot wide strip of land near an irrigation ditch. The area had been excavated originally around the time Cyriacks was last seen, in November of 2013….

The radar operators made repeated slow passes over the ground. The team did pay close attention to an area on the east end of the strip of land that was scanned, but Fridley says the information obtained from the G-P-R needs to be analyzed….

Officials intend to review the data Thursday to determine if the site should be investigated further. Fridley continued to urge anyone with information about Cyriacks disappearance to contact law enforcement…

Officials from the Beadle County States Attorney’s Office, Beadle County Emergency Management and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation observed the scanning operation. Previous searches for Cyriacks have involved searches by boat in the James River, state helicopters and cadaver dogs from Codington County.

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HPD CarOn the heels of news of a massive Black Tar Heroin and Methamphetamine arrest in Brookings, Huron Police have also made a small dent in the widely proclaimed meth epidemic in South Dakota. Officer Sam Freng with the Huron Police Department says a Huron man was arrested Monday because of meth…

Freng says 26 year-old Jordan Bachmann is facing multiple charges….

Freng says Bachmann was within 1000 feet of a park which is a violation of a drug free zone. The amount of methamphetamine discovered was not released. The case is not connected to an illegal narcotics arrest in Brookings where two pounds of heroin and five pounds of meth was recovered with an estimated street value of 500-thousand dollars.

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City of HuronThe Huron City Commission praised the effort put in by the Community Improvement Committee in putting on the Downtown Street Fest last weekend. Commissioner Mark Robish says they were pleased with the results despite the conditions….

Commissioner Doug Kludt also spent some time downtown last Saturday….

The event was held in conjunction with the Ravine Lake Summer Festival. A shuttle was available to take people between the downtown area and Ravine Lake.

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City CommissionThe Huron City Commission approved a home occupation permit for a car detailing business in Huron. Russ Forrest says he would like to wash and detail just a few cars per week as a hobby…

Forrest told Commissioners he has just a few pieces of equipment he would use to conduct his business and most of the auto washing would take place in a garage. The request brought opposition from neighbor Paul Christian….

Christian brought up concerns about parking but admitted the parking issue was across the street from his home and had nothing to do with Forrest’s proposed business. Commissioner Doug Kludt voted to approve the request, but explained his reasoning…

The vote to approve the home occupation permit was four to one with Mayor Paul Aylward voting against.

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