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One dead, four injured in Gregory County crash

One person died and four others were injured early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of St. Charles. Names of the five people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members. Preliminary crash information indicates that both vehicles were westbound on U.S. Highway 18 just before...
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1 person killed in Gregory County crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that left one person dead and four others injured Sunday morning east of St. Charles. The Highway Patrol says two vehicles were traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 18. The 55-year-old driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado did a u-turn and collided with a 2008 Chevy Silverado.
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Finalists for 2022 Dakotafest Woman Farmer/Rancher of the Year Award announced

The 5 finalists for the Dakotafest Woman Farmer/Rancher of the Year Award have been selected. The finalists are VeaBea Thomas of Herrold, Ginger Post of Volga, Bonnie Krogman of Wood, Donna Thompson of Estelline and Evelyn Powell of Chamberlain. Award judges selected the top five women, from all the applications...

1 killed, 4 hurt in Gregory County crash

ST. CHARLES, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Authorities say one person is dead and several others are hurt after a crash in south central South Dakota. The crash took place early Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 14 three miles east of St. Charles, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Virginia Arlene Kuipers, 89, Platte

Virginia Arlene Kuipers, 89, of Platte, SD passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 7:00 PM Monday, June 27, 2022 at the Platte Christian Reformed Church. A Committal Service will take place at 12:00 PM Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the Platte City Cemetery. Visitation will continue from 1:30 – 2:30 PM at the church on Tuesday with a 2:30 PM Memorial Service. Memorials in Virginia’s memory may be directed to: Dougherty House Hospice Foundation, Platte Health Center Avera – Go Pink Fund, Platte Christian Reformed Church, or Dakota Christian School. Mount Funeral Home of Platte is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through The service will be live-streamed under “Photos and Videos” on the funeral home website (Webcasting), through “Mount Funeral Homes” Facebook page and at
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The South Dakota grassland nerd

There’s a wildfire spreading across the rough Missouri River breaks on the Smikle Ranch north of Herrick, South Dakota. No smoke, no flashing lights. Not the kind of wildfire you’d expect from an out-of-control burn or even a forest fire. It’s a wildfire-like spread of knowledge, and Jon Smikle is fanning the flames of it. So far, it’s caught on with his wife Abby, his two sons, and his hired man.

Margaret Leone Konechne, 105, Kimball

Margaret Leone Konechne, 105, of Kimball, SD passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Aurora-Brule Care & Rehab Center in White Lake, SD. Funeral Mass is 1:00 PM Monday, June 27, 2022 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. A Committal Service will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 6:00 – 7:00 PM Sunday, June 26, 2022 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service and Rosary. Mount Funeral Home of Kimball is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through

Alvin Dykstra, 93

Platte – Alvin Dykstra, 93, went to his heavenly home Monday, June 20 at the Platte Care Center in Platte. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 23 at 11:00 am, with visitation beginning at 10:00, at Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Stickney.