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KORN News Radio recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism

Sunday, April 15, 2018

For the nineteenth consecutive year the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association honored KORN News Radio 1490 with its Eric Sevareid Awards.

KORN News Radio earned 1st Place honors for Newscast and Documentary Special, plus three Awards of Merit for Talk/Public Affairs, Soft Feature and Best Use of Audio in Small Market Radio.

Numerous radio and television stations from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin compete for the annual awards recognizing excellence in broadcast journalism.

News Director J.P. Skelly accepted the awards at the annual MBJA banquet April 14th during the Midwest Journalism Conference at Bloomington, Minnesota. Skelly also served as a panelist during one of the numerous professional development sessions during the MJC.

J.P. Skelly


Wingapalooza a big winner

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mitchell’s Wingapalooza found a new home at the Corn Palace this year and wings fans followed with more than 500 people wolfing down the best chicken wings in town.

Mitchell Main Street and Beyond’s Jen Johnston says this is the organization’s largest fund-raiser.

Eleven teams competed for the title of Mitchell’s best wings.

The Moose Lodge’s Spicy Honey Garlic wings took first-place in the regular category, followed by Overtime Steak House and Sports Bar’s Hul’s Gold and MTI’s Smoked Peach Barbeque.

First-place in Hot Wings went to MTI’s Fighting Ballerina Wings followed by the Moose Lodge’s Moose Sweat and Coborn’s Tropical Habanero.

Overtime Steak House and Sports Bar’s Hul’s Gold Wings won the people’s choice award, followed by Any Time Fitness Huffle-Puff and MTI’s Smoked Peach Barbeque.

J.P. Skelly


Authorities investigating posible threat to Parkston Schools

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Authorities are investigating a possible threat to Parkston Schools. Police Chief Corrinna Wagner says the district received a threat late Saturday night. She says Parkston Police, the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are involved in the investigation.

A subsequent Facebook post by Parkston Police says: "The information we received was a potential gun violence toward the school. We consider all threats of this nature to be very serious and as a result we have been in contact with the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office, SD DCI, and SD FBI. We are still in an active investigation. No credible threat has been found repeat no credible threat. If you have any concerns please contact either the Police Department or the School District."

Wagner says school will start at its regular time Monday morning. She says she’ll be at the school as part of the investigation.

Parent Ann Jacobsen says she received a call from the school district shortly after 4pm Sunday. It acknowledged a threat of violence was made, yet did not appear to be credible.

J.P. Skelly


Three people die in a Saturday morning crash near Parkston

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Three people died just before seven o’clock Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash four miles south of Parkston.

 The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says a car was northbound on Highway 37 when the driver lost control on the ice-covered road. The vehicle went across the center line and collided with a southbound semi truck.

All three of the car’s occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. They include the 16-year-old male driver and two passengers, a 49-year-old male and 48-year-old female. All three were wearing seatbelts.

The semi-truck driver, identified as a 77 year old man, was not hurt. He was wearing a seatbelt. 

Names of the people involved are not being released by state officials pending notification of family members.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.




Davison County Jail looking for escaped prisoner

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Davison County Sheriff’s office is looking for an escaped prisoner. 40 year old Jeremy James Moore failed to return to the Davison County Jail after his court ordered furlough, outside of the jail. He was released at 10:30 AM on Friday and failed to return at the required time later that day as ordered.

Name: Moore, Jeremy James

DOB: 04/29/1977 AGE: 40 SEX: Male RACE: Caucasian

HGT: 6”02 WGT: 225 HAIR: Brown EYES: Brown

UPDATED: Tattoo/Scars: 1) Has a scar over right eye; 2) Right side of neck "broken"; 3) Tribal sign on right side of neck

CHARGES: 1) Unauthorized Ingestion of Controlled Drug/Substance – Schd I or II; 2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;


Moore was granted a furlough before his next court appearance.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Moore contact the Davison County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.


Fire damages home near Lake Mitchell

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mitchell firefighters remain on the scene of a house fire on South Harmon Drive near Lake Mitchell. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris says firefighters arrived shortly before 11 am and encountered fire in the basement of the split level home. “And also a little bit of fire in the upstairs corner of the kitchen area,” said Morris. Nobody was home at the time. “Firefighters got things knocked down pretty quickly,” Morris added.

Firefighters remain at the scene as of mid-afternoon looking for potential hot spots.

Morris says the home is uninhabitable and the investigation into the cause is still going on.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell Police investigating a woman's death

Friday, February 23, 2018

On Friday, 02-23-2018, at approx. 10:27 a.m.  The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of an unresponsive woman who was outside of a residence located on the 1000 block of N. Langdon St.   Responding Officers found a deceased 49-year-old female who was outside, within feet of her residence.    There appears to be no sign of foul play.    It appears that alcohol was a factor in the death. 

Lt. Don Everson, MPD


Mount Vernon C-store victim of short change scam

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Davison County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in finding a scam artist. The Sheriff’s Office Facebook page reports that on Tuesday, a person entered Westy’s One-Stop in Mount Vernon and began talking with the clerk. At the end of the conversation the suspect left the store and it was discovered the business was short money, the victim of a short-change scam.

The suspect is described as a black male, late 20's to early 30's in age, between five-foot-eight and six feet tall and about 200 pounds.

The suspect accompanied by another black male but no description is available.

The two may be driving a dark colored, early 2000 vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord.

If you have information on this person please contact the Davison Co. Sheriff's Office at 605-995-8630.

Davison County Sheriff's Office


Mitchell man faces rape charges

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A convicted sex offender is in custody after admitting to a court services officer he had consensual sex with a fifteen year old boy on several occasions. According to court documents, Police identified and interviewed the victim who said he had consensual sex with 24 year old Sterling Keizer four times at Keizer’s Mitchell residence. The victim told Police the last time was approximately three weeks ago.

The South Dakota Sex Offender Registry indicates Keizer was previously convicted in 2013 of sexual exploitation of a minor in Aurora County.

Keizer is in the Davison County Jail. Bond is set at $4,000 cash and that Keizer have no contact with the victim.

Fourth Degree Rape is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and or a $30,000 fine on each count.

J.P. Skelly


Sioux Falls woman wanted for kidnapping in Mitchell

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Sioux Falls woman is wanted in Davison County for second-degree kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Court documents say on February 6th 38 year old Aphelia Rose Whiting picked up two female juveniles from the Mitchell Public Library and took them to Iowa without permission. The two were in placement at the Abbott House at the time.

Davison County States Attorney Jim Miskimins says it’s likely that Whiting is currently out of state.

Second degree kidnapping is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and or a $30,000 fine. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a punishable by up to a year in jail and or a $2,000 fine.

J.P. Skelly

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