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South Dakota losing fight against resurgent STDs

Once believed to be mostly under control, sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV/AIDS are all on the rise in South Dakota and across the nation, reaching near-historic infection rates.

ABERDEEN NEWS - 2018-06-16 21:00:00

Plan for downtown Watertown unveiled

Designed by Confluence, a regional architecture firm, the Downtown Streetscape plan puts the ideas brainstormed at the downtown Charrette in 2015 to paper.


Pool proves to be big hit

The Watertown Family Aquatic Center proved to be a big hit in one of its first week's open of the summer.With temperatures consistently in the 80s for the week, many children and parents flocked to the pool to get some relief from the heat.Open swim is held from 1 to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-06-16 07:05:00

City looking at reducing speed limits

Currently, the speed zones range between 25 to 45 mph, save for a small 15 mph zone going through Cattail Crossing Golf Course. Even if the proposed limits were adopted, the portion of South Dakota Highway 20 paralleling the lake’s northeast side would remain 45 mph as oversight with that road lies


Questions still remain on ice rink

The proposed facility would better accommodate the various needs and wants for the many clubs who utilize the ice. Currently, the single rink forces some of the clubs to hold practices at unusual times, including early in the morning.


Watertown Police Dept. drug arrests

On May 14, at about 12:45 p.m., a Watertown Police officer stopped a car in the 300 block of 18th Street SW for a traffic violation. The driver, a 58-year-old male of Watertown, was found to be in possession of marijuana, and marijuana paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken to the Codington County


Driver’s ed class takes to the streets

Instructor Jon Iverson, who teaches the class along with five other instructors, said the Watertown program is unique compared to most others.


State parks are always a good place to spend Father’s Day weekend

This coming weekend is Father’s Day. If you are looking for something fun to do, why not take an adventure out to one of our beautiful state parks? There are a number of activities and opportunities around the area that could be great fun for dad and the family.


Spraying for mosquitos continues tonight

The City of Watertown’s attempt to control the local mosquito population will begin Thursday in the northeast area of the city.The specific zone to be sprayed is north of Third Avenue N. and east of Broadway. Spraying will begin at 9 p.m., weather permitting.Although the mosquito adulticide is fairl


Slow start hampers Post 17 in 5-1 loss at Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — A slow start contributed to another loss, but Watertown Post 17 continued to hold its own Friday against some tough competition in the Creighton Prep College World Series Classic.

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-06-16 05:04:00

Watertown sees slight tax collections decrease in May

Watertown took in just over $1.22 million in May, nearly $9,000 less than the previous May.


WDC asks county for more money

Chris Schilken, WDC executive director, on Tuesday approached the county commissioners about the increase. During the period from 2014-2018 the county gave $165,000. Schilken is seeking $225,000-$45,000 per year — for the period 2019 through 2023.


Watertown current on national poetry reading trend

“We know that for all the interest and engagement we now have thanks to technology, people still crave human experiences,” the organization recently said.


Arlington man ordered to pay $350,000 for Postal Service embezzlement

Craig Christeson, who was a postmaster in Madison and De Smet from 2010 to 2015, had falsely certified receipts of spoiled postage meter strips and printed and cashed money orders to keep the money, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.


Delta Dental Truck coming to Watertown, Watertown Intermediate School June 18-22

The Watertown Area United Way will host the truck to care for children who can’t afford or access a dentist due to cost, lack of insurance, transportation or other reasons.


South Dakota losing fight against resurgent sex diseases

Once believed to be mostly under control, sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV/AIDS are all on the rise in South Dakota and across the nation, reaching near-historic infection rates.


WHS’s new activities director up for board position

Boyens and Brookings School District Activities Director Randy Soma are the two candidates vying to fulfill the remainder of Moore’s term as the Division II representative, which ends June 30, 2022.


Letter - A view from the trolley

I was privileged to provide “back-up” parking shuttle for the State B Boys Golf Tournament this week. As it turned out, the trolley wasn’t needed. But, it was good to be prepared for those possibilities. While I was waiting to see if the trolley was needed, I had time to “observe.” I also had time t


50 years later, RFK’s visit remains vivid

Buy NowDuring his run for president, Robert F. Kennedy visited Watertown in May 1968 prior to the South Dakota primary. He was assassinated the following month, 50 years ago this week. (Public Opinion file photo)Public Opinion files


Mom releases dashcam, bodycam video of daughter's arrest by SDSU officer

Melissa Mentele, the mother of two of the girls involved, released the video to KSFY after a court appearance on Monday.