911 Down in Grant County and Statewide
**UPDATE: 911 SERVICE HAS BEEN RESTORED ** Emergency 911 Service is down across the state of South Dakota. If you need emergency services in Grant County, Texting 911 Option is still working, or call 605-882-6210. Or call the Grant County Dispatch at 605-432-5853 – Extension #2.   Do not call... Read more
MHS HOSA Students Qualify for Int’l Conference in Houston
Eleven MHS HOSA members qualified for the 2024 HOSA International Leadership Conference to be held June 26-29 in Houston. The students punched their tickets at the 10th Annual South Dakota HOSA-Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference held April 11-12 in Sioux Falls. Kaia Tillotson was also elected as  South Dakota’s... Read more
High Winds Cause Two-Vehicle Crash
High winds gusting in excess of 50 mph caused a two-vehicle accident on Highway 20 at 447th Avenue on Saturday, April 6. At approximately 5:50 p.m., Brenden Schwenn of Stockholm, along with his two children, were traveling in their Chevy Equinox, when the wind pulled the vehicle and it... Read more
High Winds Knock Down Power Pole and Cause Oil Spill
Almost on cue, Mother Nature brought high winds to the Milbank area on Saturday, April 6, as if to usher in Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 8-12). The wind on Saturday afternoon was estimated to be 25-40 mph with gusts reaching 50 mph or more. It was more than... Read more
Highway 15 South From Clear Lake to Close April 15
On Monday, April 15, grading work is scheduled to begin on S.D. Highway 15 from Clear Lake to S.D. Highway 28, and the road will be closed to through traffic. The closure is part of the project that includes grading, structure work, and interim surfacing to redo 12 miles... Read more
Milbank Receives $1,096,200 for Tornado Safe Room at Farley
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a federal grant for the State of South Dakota.The grant will fund the construction of a tornado safe room at Lake Farley Park in Milbank.This project falls under the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2022, and it requires no... Read more
Aubrey Fraasch Named South Dakota Gymnastics Champion
Aubrey Fraasch was named the South Dakota USA Gymnastics Level 8 Beam Champion during the state competition in Box Elder on March 22. She also received runner-up honors for her floor exercise routine. Aubrey advances to the Region 4 meet in Bettendorf, Iowa, on April 13. In Bettendorf, she... Read more
Wally Hamman Wins $500 at WVEC Annual Membership Meeting
The 82nd Annual Membership Meeting of the Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative (WVEC) was held at Wilmot High School on Thursday, March 21. Wallace Hamman of Milbank was the winner of the $500 cash drawing. Brooklyn Remund was the winner of the $100 drawing held for those 14 to 18... Read more
22 MMS Students Perform at Festival of Young Voices
Milbank Middle School was represented by 22 seventh and eighth-grade choir students at the 2024 Festival for Young Voices in Brookings, on Thursday, March 21. Milbank’s vocalists were selected in January and prepared prior to the event. On Thursday, they joined other area schools for rehearsals under the direction... Read more
Ortonville Hosptial Achieves 5-Star Rating
The National Rural Rating System (NRRS) announced it has promoted Ortonville Area Health Services (OAHS) from a 4-star to a 5-star rating. The advancement is confirmation of OAHS’s ongoing commitment to providing quality healthcare in rural communities. OAHS joins just eight other healthcare organizations in achieving 5-star status in... Read more