Aberdeen American News
ASHLEY, N.D. - A Tuesday morning fire has closed a portion of the Ashley Medical Center in North Dakota. According to a Feb. 12 post on the McIntosh County Sheriff's Department Facebook Page, everybody at the hospital was safe. "Ashley Medical Center will be on diversion till further notice. No (emergency room) patients will be brought to Ashley. They will be diverted to Wishek," the post read. According to KQDJ radio in Valley City, the damage was not extensive, but an evacuation was needed because of smoke damage.
MOBRIDGE, S.D. - Authorities are investigating the death of a woman after her body was found at a mobile home park in Mobridge Tuesday morning, Jan 8, according to a news release from Walworth County State's Attorney Jamie Hare. Hare said the cause of the woman's death has been determined to be hypothermia. The woman, who Hare said is believed to be about 58, was lying on the ground near her mobile home. She was found by a neighbor. The neighbor reported the woman to law enforcement, who then discovered that the woman was dead, Hare said.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The utility pipe leading to an Aberdeen home that caught fire almost a year ago had damage resulting from the settling of the home, according to a federal report. Aberdeen Fire & Rescue and law enforcement were called to the 500 block of North Second Street Feb. 6 around 10 a.m. Initial reports of the fire classified it as a gas explosion. Investigators did not immediately determine a cause for the fire. A public safety text alert to residents sent by the city called the incident a gas explosion.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - One yet-anonymous person who bought a Lucky for Life lottery ticket at an Aberdeen supermarket will have a big decision to make — take the equivalent of $1,000 each day, or take a lump-sum payment of $5.7 million. There are a couple of advantages to each choice, said Norm Lingle, executive director of South Dakota Lottery.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A small bathroom fire at an Aberdeen elementary school on Thursday, Dec. 20, appears to have been intentional, according to authorities. Aberdeen Police Department Capt. Jay Tobin said the fire in the boys bathroom at Lincoln Elementary was contained to a toilet paper dispenser. Tobin said the fire appears to have been intentionally set. It remains under investigation as to how the fire was started and who is responsible, he said.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Deputy Brian Bard will be appointed and serve as temporary, interim sheriff in Marshall County as soon as Dale Elsen's law enforcement certification is formally revoked. That's according to Marshall County Auditor Megan Biel, who said a resolution was passed during the commission's meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Britton.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A 25-year-old man died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, in a single-vehicle wreck just southeast of Aberdeen. The South Dakota Highway Patrol has not yet released the identify the man, who was the only person involved in the crash, according to a news release. Tyler Fischer, 25, of Aberdeen died in a traffic accident Tuesday near town, according to a death notice from Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The man charged in a series of events on June 25 that caused Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield to be locked down pleaded guilty today to burglary and aggravated assault. Matthew J. Mathern, 31, of Redfield will be sentenced at a later date, after a presentence investigation. In exchange for his guilty pleas, other charges were dismissed, said Vic Fischbach, Spink County state's attorney. Fischbach said that Mathern also admitted to a bond violation — contacting a victim — in a case that was unrelated to the June incident.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Shopko is closing 39 stores in 14 states, including several in the four-state region. Liquidation sales are set to begin Friday, and the stores will close at the end of February, according to a variety of media reports. All of the closures are Shopko Hometown stores except the one in Nebraska, according to a list that has been published online.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A Frankfort man is accused of selling cattle and alfalfa that he wasn't authorized to sell. Tyler Remily, 33, was arrested Nov. 7 and is charged with embezzlement of property received in trust, grand theft and disposal of personal property subject to security interest, according to court documents. The charges are felonies. According to court documents, Remily was charged with a count of embezzlement because he illegally sold 50 head of cattle belonging to Francis Heer of Doland on Nov. 4, 2015, then kept the money with the intent of defrauding Heer.