South Dakota news briefs published 02-07-24


Wessington Springs girl dies in accident

WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A 12-year-old Wessington Springs girl died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a Jan. 26 accident.

Preliminary information indicates Kindra Lea Wolter, the driver of a 2016 Ford Fusion was traveling westbound on state Highway 34 about 10 miles west of Wessington Springs in heavy fog. An eastbound school bus was stopped in the opposite lane to pick up a student. As Wolter approached, the flashing lights on the bus became more visible and she hit the brakes, sliding on the icy road. At the same time, a 12-year-old student was crossing the street to board the bus and was struck by the Ford Fusion.

She was taken to a nearby hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries and later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Name released in crash near Platte

PLATTE — A 97-year-old Corsica man died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Charles Mix County.

Preliminary crash information indicates Willard H. Barton, the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, was traveling eastbound on state Highway 44 about 2 miles east of Platte. For unknown reasons, Barton crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming 1994 Peterbilt tractor/trailer driven by Blake H. Veurink of Harrison.

The semi entered the north ditch, where it overturned onto its side and came to rest. The Chevrolet Avalanche came to rest in the middle of the highway facing a northerly direction. Barton was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. Veurink was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

Open house planned for Sioux Falls road project

SIOUX FALLS — The public is invited to attend an in-person informational open house on March 4 to learn more about the South Veterans Parkway project.

The informational meeting, which will include 2024 construction timelines and traffic impacts, is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Commons Area of Harrisburg North Middle School, located at 2201 W. 95th St. in Sioux Falls.

The section of new road from Western Avenue to Cliff Avenue has been under construction since June.

As construction continues on the new South Veterans Parkway, traffic impacts will occur on Western Avenue and Minnesota Avenue. Design of the remaining three segments is underway.

Members of the project team will be available at the informational open house to discuss the project and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation. Visit for additional project information.

For further information regarding South Veterans Parkway, contact Shannon Ausen with the city of Sioux Falls at 605-367-8607 or Steve Hoff, project manager with HDR Engineering Inc., at 605-977-7740.