Watertown Public Opinion
WATERTOWN, S.D. — A Milbank man convicted of second-degree murder in September 2017 will get a new trial. In an opinion released Friday, March 15, the South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously agreed with Watertown defense attorney Scott Bratland’s contention that the trial court abused its discretion in failing to properly instruct a Grant County jury on what charge Bratland’s client, Michael Swan, should have faced.
WATERTOWN, S.D. — A rural Watertown man identified as 46-year-old Joseph Pesall died Thursday evening, Feb. 7, following exposure to extremely cold conditions. A Codington County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to 172nd Street and 445th Avenue at approximately 6 p.m. for a male who was having difficulty breathing and was extremely cold after walking from a stuck vehicle. The outside temperature at the time was 9 degrees below zero with wind chills reaching 40 below. Blowing snow made visibility near zero.
WATERTOWN, S.D. - Four companies have submitted proposals to provide air service to Watertown, according to documents released in an email from Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron. The proposals were submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will make the final decision after viewing recommendations from Watertown officials. All the proposals are made under the Essential Air Service program, which is overseen by the DOT.
LAKE PRESTON, S.D. — One person drowned following an ice fishing accident that occurred Friday morning, Dec. 21, at Lake Whitewood near Lake Preston. The Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office said two men were ice fishing at approximately 9:30 a.m. when they both fell into the water. One of the victims drowned and the other was ultimately rescued. Donald Lockwood, 89, of Brookings, has been identified as the victim.
WATERTOWN — With two young, inexperienced teams each in desperate need of a win doing battle, it was only fitting for it to come down to one late mistake and a buzzer-beating attempt to decide it. Leading by three with 2.3 seconds left, the Mitchell Kernels threw away the inbound pass, setting up Watertown for a final shot. Mateya Walder's 3-pointer hit off the rim as time expired, giving the Kernels a 40-37 Eastern South Dakota Conference road victory over the Arrows on Friday in the Civic Arena.
South Dakota has always been something of a stepchild when it comes to railroads. When they initially pushed into the region, the main lines went through North Dakota and Nebraska. Feeder lines from those main lines were extended into South Dakota to provide rail transportation here. When it came to repairs and improvements, however, the railroads first priorities were the main lines because that’s where the heaviest traffic was. South Dakota railroads today operate just 1,800 miles of a network that once featured more than 4,200 miles.