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Woman charged with felony DUI after driving pickup into lake

Michelle Sawatzky, age 34 of Watertown, was charged with felony driving under influence following an incident Friday where she drove her pickup into Pelican Lake.

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-17 16:41:00

Driver drives into lake near Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. -- Police responded to the Pelican Lake Access south of Evolution Sports about 4:40 a.m. this morning to a report of a white Ford F-150 pickup truck that was partially submerged in the water.The driver of the vehicle was identified as 34 year old Michelle Sawatzky of Watertown.A DUI

KELO.COM - 2018-08-17 18:16:00

South Watertown to be sprayed Friday

Friday’s target is southern Watertown, which includes everything south of Third Avenue North and both east and west of Broadway. Spraying will start at 9 p.m., weather permitting.

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-17 12:15:00

I-STATE Truck Center opens in Watertown

I-STATE Truck Center has opened in Watertown, conveniently along the 20th Avenue bypass.Truck sales and servicing is key for area manufacturers, which means I-STATE will be a natural fit for the Watertown community, Chris Schilken, executive director for the Watertown Development Co., said in a news


City Council makes tough decisions

Meeting for the second consecutive night, the council, which had a quorum of six members, voted to add $250,800 in capital items — which are the primary source of cuts in Mayor Sarah Caron’s proposed budget — to the projected $19,163,618 in expenditures in the general fund. The additional expenditur

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-16 15:45:00

Watertown Police Drug arrests for Aug. 5-11

On Sunday August 5, at approximately 2 a.m., the Watertown Police Department dispatched officers to a report of a 19-year-old male with possible alcohol poisoning. During the investigation a plastic bag with marijuana was observed falling out of his pocket. The male was taken to the hospital for eva


Twelve teams to play in State Men's E East Slowpitch Tournament

Twelve teams, including two from Watertown, are set to play this weekend in the USA Softball of South Dakota State Men’s E East Slowpitch Tournament at PREMIER Fields.

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-17 02:57:00

State of the Arts: 'Isn't education wonderful?'

Families with school-aged children are on the verge of celebrating the much-anticipated return of school (already) next week! In the words of my grandmother who reared six children, “Isn’t education wonderful?” In the meantime, we’ve also discovered some pretty wonderful arts opportunities for kids

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-17 14:00:00

Access to be limited at Watertown schools

In a presentation to the Watertown Board of Education Monday night, Supt. Dr. Jeff Danielsen detailed a district plan to have all five elementary schools as well as Watertown Intermediate School to adopt a vestibule concept that will see every door locked except the main entrances from 8:30 a.m. to


Paint the Northern Prairie to host around 30 artists Aug. 16-18

Thursday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17— 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Artists may register for Paint the Northern Prairie and have canvases and paper stamped at the Signature Studios in the eastern end of the Watertown Mall.

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-16 13:25:00

2018 Feuerstein Series to feature Taya Kyle

The Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation and the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation will be jointly hosting the 2018 Feuerstein Series event once again. This year’s featured speaker will be the inspiring speaker and author, commentator and widow of the late U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Tay


North Watertown to be sprayed Thursday night

The City of Watertown’s mosquito control program will turn its attention to the north half of the city Thursday with spraying set to begin at 9 p.m., weather permitting.The targeted area is north of Third Avenue North both east and west of Broadway.These measures should be followed when mosquito spr

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-15 21:20:00

CCJAC talks courthouse remodel, potential new jail

During an approximately one-hour meeting, the only action the CCJAC took was to recommend to the County Commission that funds be allocated to hire a consultant for pre-design services on a potential new jail. If approved by the commission, the pre-design work tentatively scheduled for next year woul

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-08-16 15:40:00

South Watertown to be sprayed Wednesday

Wednesday’s target is southern Watertown, which includes everything south of Third Avenue North and both east and west of Broadway. Spraying will start at 9 p.m., weather permitting.


City's budget to see cuts across board

Mayor Sarah Caron warned of the prospect Tuesday night when she unveiled the projected $51,538,596 budget in front of the Watertown City Council, which lacked a quorum with only five members in attendance and meant no formal actions could be taken. Council President Glen Vilhauer, Vice President Bru


City Council questions funding of external organizations

With 16 organizations on the books to receive a total of $540,500 from the city, none of the organizations located throughout the city who were previous beneficiaries will likely receive increased contributions.


Schools to emphasize counseling options for students

Presented by Supt. Dr. Jeff Danielsen along with changes to school facility access to the Board of Education Monday night, the planned emphasis on counseling to provide emotional support and advice to students, falling under a category Danielsen described as “socio-emotional” needs for students, is


New full-service truck center opens in Watertown

I-State Truck Center, a dealer for Freightliner, Fuso, Detroit Diesel, Mercedes, Cummins, CAT, Meritor, and Eaton, and related parts and accessories, has opened a location in Watertown.


Watertown fourth in preseason volleyball poll

Here is the 2018 South Dakota Media preseason prep volleyball poll. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parenthesis, final 2017 record, points and final 2017 ranking.


Man ID'd in Tuesday fatal crash near Watertown

Authorities have identified the 39-year-old man killed in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday evening in Codington County, according to a news release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.Officers were called to the wreck at 6:31 p.m. on mile marker 193 of Interstate 29. That's about 13 miles n