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Posted on: March 21, 2017

City of Watertown Permits Required

In Watertown, we value our property, our neighbors, and our environment.  We know we are lucky to live in a community with attractive and enriching bodies of water, but are also aware of the challenges they can pose from time to time.  A...Read on...


Fire Department

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to smoke coming from garage wall.

Watertown Fire Rescue was called for smoke coming from a garage wall. Upon arrival found homeowner standing outside of garage in area of where smoke was coming from. No visible smoke seen. Homeowner stated that they smelled smoke around 1600 but could not...Read on...

Posted on: June 22, 2017

WFR responds to vehicle roll over

Watertown Fire Rescue responded at 1316 to 173rd St near the intersection of 458th Ave for a one vehicle roll over.  The driver of the vehicle was heading West on 458th Ave when the driver lost control on the wet gravel and spun into the ditch, r...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2017

WFR responds to possible car fire

WFR was called to 420 20th Ave SE at 7:30 am for a vehicle that may be on fire. Upon arrival they found a pickup truck with old carpet and construction debris that was smoldering in the pickup bed. Bystanders used a extinguisher to knock down flames prior...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2017

WFR extinguishes small back yard fire

WFR was called  to 11 5 Ave NW this morning just before 10 am for smoke coming from the back yard. Upon arrival crews found a fire pit that was placed to close to a wooden fence and started the fence on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire a...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2017

WFR responds to possible structure fire.

WFR responded to 110 8th Ave SE for report of smoke in the building. Upon arrival found one of the businesses in a multi-use building to have smoke inside. Because there was no knox box on the building WFR was not able to search the entire building initia...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2017

WFR Responds to Vehicle Fire

At 0330 Thursday morning WFR crews responded to the area of 167th St. and SD Hwy 20 for a vehicle fire.  Upon arrival crews found a 1999 Buick fully engulfed on the shoulder of the road.  Crews quickly extinguished the flames in the vehi...Read on...

Posted on: June 14, 2017

WFR promotes Firefighter Matt Schell to Lieutenant

Watertown Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Firefighter Matt Schell as he has been promoted to Fire Lieutenant. Matt has been with WFR since December 2003. Matt is married to his wife Ann and has 5 children: Tyler, Ryann, Braylon, Ryder, and Logan. M...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2017

WFR responds to multiple calls during morning thunderstorm

WFR received multiple calls for service after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area. At around 0530 on 6/11/2017 WFR responded to Benet Place Assisted Living for a fire alarm activation, due to a power failure in the area. Also at the same time WFR...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2017

E3 responded to 3 E. Kemp for a person trapped in an elevator

E3 responded to 3 E. Kemp for a person trapped in an elevator. WFR was able to safely access the elevator compartment and remove person. 

Posted on: June 8, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to MVA

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of 21st St and 4th Ave SW for a 2 car MVA on Thursday at 4:23 pm.  WFR personnel arrived on scene of a collision between a 2015 Toyota 4-Runner and a 2004 Buick LeSabre.  WFR personnel ...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue Responds to Grass Fire

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a grass fire early this evening.  WFR was dispatched just before 1900 hours to a grass fire in a ditch 2 miles south of Hwy 212 on 458th Ave.  When fire crews arrived there were bystanders with extingui...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2017

WFR responds to a shelter belt on fire

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a burn pit the became out of control after jumping its banks, in the area of 166th st and 450th ave. Wednesday at 3:50 PM.  On scene with a brush truck and water tender, the fire was contained to the shelter bel...Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2017

Two Car Collision Sends One to the Hospital

At 1:43 pm on June 7, 2017,  Watertown Fire Rescue was dispatched to the intersection of 6th Street and 2nd Ave SE for a two vehicle collision.  Two vans collided at the intersection causing one person to be transported...Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2017

Rescue 51 responds to rollover accident at 447th Ave and 168th St.

Rescue 51 and Medic 3 responded to a rollover accident at 447th Ave and 168th St. The vehicle lost control after contacting the gravel windrow on the side of the road and rolled. All occupants were treated on scene and refused transport to the hospital. W...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2017

Watertown Fire Responds to Gas Leak

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a residential neighborhood for a natural gas leak.  Watertown Municipal Utilities was also on scene.  Watertown Fire Rescue remained on scene until the leak was stopped and repaired. There were no injur...Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2017

Train believed to start grass fire

WFR were called to the area of 10th Ave NW and 6th St NW for a grass fire that bystanders report had started after a train had gone by on the tracks. Arriving units found small area of grass approx 5' x 50' that had been partially extinguished by the byst...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2017

Rescue 51 responds to pickup vs deer

Rescue 51 responded to a pickup versus deer near the intersection of 460th Ave and 171st Street today at approximately noon. Pickup sustained moderate damage and fluid was lost from the radiator of the pickup after the collision. Rescue 51 crew used floor...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2017

43rd Annual EMS Week; May 21-27

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Week to celebrate EMS practitioners (EMTs) and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners h...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to motorcycle accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 10th St and 4th Ave NW on Sunday at 9:30 pm for a single motorcycle accident.  The driver of the motorcycle was southbound on 10th St NW when he apparently lost control and ended up on the shoulder of the street...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2017

Truck vs Pole

WFR was dispatched to 825 10th St. NW (Stockman's Cafe) for a truck that struck a Utility pole. Upon arrival - found the truck up in the cafe parking lot and the utility pole lying in the roadway with WPD blocking / directing traffic around wires and pole...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Smoke detectors save a house from total loss on South Lake Dr

Watertown Fire Rescue (WFR) responded to a house on South Lake Dr. A neighbor heard smoke alarms going off and noticed light smoke coming from fireplace chimney in the unoccupied house .  Upon arrival ...Read on...
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Lt Greg Hall promoted to Battalion Chief of B shift

Chief  Doug Kranz would like to announce that Lt Greg Hall has been promoted to Battalion Chief of B shift effective June 1st. We would like to congratulate Greg on his promotion!!! Please help us in celebrating his promotion. Thank you....Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to a garage fire.

Watertown Fire Rescue (WFR) responds to a garage fire in south east part of town. Upon arrival fire crews found a resident attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. After firefighters finished extinguishing ...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to fire alarm from ruptured line.

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 20th Ave SE Saturday at 7:59 pm for a fire alarm and water flow alarm.  On scene WFR personnel found a probe in a line had failed causing high pressure liquid to strike a sprinkler head causing it to activate. &...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2017

WFR responds to 2 vehicle crash

WFR responded at 11:15 pm Friday night, to the intersection of 10th Ave. NE and Maple St. N. for a two vehicle crash.  The intersection is a 4 way stop, with one vehicle failing to stop.  Both vehicles received front end damage. One vehi...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to strong propane smell

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to Stone's Truck Stop on Wednesday at 8:47 pm for a strong odor of propane in the NE corner of the lot.  WFR arrived on scene with WPD to investigate and found the odor coming from a semi hauling 29 empty propane t...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2017

Tire Fire Extinguished

WFR received call via private line for a person burning tires in the area of the new bus barn. WFR upon arrival found the fire to be at 2309 26th Ave NE. The occupant had been cleaning up the farm area and had started a fire that included many tires. Beca...Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue Responds to Vehicle versus Building

Watertown Fire Rescue responded just before noon today for a vehicle that had struck a building in the 1600 block of 9th Ave. A full sized Chevy pickup struck the building causing one person to go to the hospital by ambulance and left the building with sl...Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue Responds to 2 Vehicle MVC with Injuries

Shortly after noon today, Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a 2 vehicle MVC with at least 1 known injury.  Both a Rescue Truck and an Ambulance were requested to respond.  The accident involved a pickup and a midsize SUV, both with heav...Read on...

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Two vehicle collision sends one person to the hospital

At 22:43 - WFR  received 911 tone for a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles at the intersection of  9th Avenue East (Hwy 212) and 29th Street SE with reported injuries. Eng 3 and Medic 3 were dispatched. Upon arrival find vehi...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2017

2 vehicle collision

WFR received 911 tone for a non-injury MVC with fluid leaking. Engine 3 dispatched with 2 crew members. Upon arrival find two vehicles involved. First vehicle has left rear end damage / no injuries noted. Vehicle able to be driven to owners occupancy appr...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2017

Vehicle Collision on Willow Creek Drive

01/13/17 -- 0815 - Wtn Fire Rescue received a fire tone for a two vehicle collision on Willow Creek Drive and 29th St. SE (curve area). Inital report was no injures but fluids leaking. Eng 3 responded with two crew members. Approx. 1/2 mile from scene, an...Read on...

Posted on: January 12, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to 3 seperate accidents on I-29

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 3 seperate accidents on I-29 on Thursday.  The first accident occured at 9:07 AM when the driver of a Lincoln Navigator lost control and rolled coming to rest on its top in the median.  The driver was r...Read on...

Posted on: January 6, 2017

WFR responds to vehicle fire

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the 1700 block of 7th St NE for a vehicle fire in the middle of the street. On scene fire crews found a 2000 Ford Focus that had caught fire in the garage of the residence. The homeowner had pushed the car into the str...Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2016

Engine 3 responds to vehicle accident at Hwy 81 / 175th St S at 0503.

Engine 3 responded to a vehicle accident at Hwy 81 / 175th St S at 0503, no patients found.

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Serenity Drive Fire Alarm

Wtn Fire Department responded to 2412 Serenity Drive South for a report of smoke in the basement. All occupants were reported out of the home. WFD units from both Station 1 and 2 were dispatched - upon arrival fire crews entered the home to find light smo...Read on...

Posted on: November 10, 2016

WFR responds to 2 vehicle accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 19th Ave and 5th St SE for a 2 vehicle accident Thursday evening at 6:01 PM.  On scene personnel found a 2014 Ford Escape had struck a deer and was then struck in the left rear quarter by a 2013 Cadillac SRX. &a...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Engine 3 called to a two vehicle crash

Engine 3, Medic 4 and Medic 2 were called to a two vehicle crash at 730 AM with a report of multiple injuries. The crash occurred on west hwy 212 and 28th St. south. Both vehicles obtained major damage and were towed. Jaws were used to extricate ...Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2016

Engine 3 responds to vehicle accident at 1535.

Engine 3 and Medic 3, responded to a two vehicle accident at B Ave and 17th St NE. One vehicle ended up on it's side, with the driver unable to get out by herself. Ultimately, the patient was able to be removed through the sun roof of the vehicle. Nobody ...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to motor vehicle accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of 19th St and 7th Ave NE Monday at approximately 2015 for a pickup vs motorcycle accident. On scene WFR personnel found a Ford Ranger had been attempting to turn west on 7th Ave when it struck a Honda ...Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2016

Vehicle Fire

Sept. 6th, 2016 - 17:02 ------ Watertown Fire Rescue received a 911 tone for a Vehicle fire in the vicinity of the playground in the North ridge Addition. Engine 3 responded with a crew of three. While en route WPD advised that the vehicle was in the str...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2016

SUV Rolls Near Watertown High School

Watertown Fire Rescue was called out at 08:11 am on Friday, August 26, 2016 to the west parking lot of the Watertown High School for a vehicle that had rolled. A SUV was found lying on it's passenger side near the north end of the parking. There was on...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

WFR responds to a deck on fire

At 3:15 on August 24, WFR responded to a deck on fire at 6 5th Ave NW. When WFR arrived on scene there was a 4' by 4' deck that was fully engulfed. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it was able to spread up the exterior of the structure...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to Highway 212 accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to Highway 212 and 54th St SW Monday morning, 8/15/16 at 8:39 AM for a 2 vehicle traffic accident. WFR personnel arrived on scene to find a 2016 GMC Acadia had struck the right side of a tool freight truck. The Acadia sus...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to 2 vehicle MVA

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 20th Ave and 5th St SE Sunday at 5:19 PM for a 2 vehicle MVA. Fire and EMS units arrived on scene to find a Ford F150 had struck a Chrysler Town and Country minivan on the passenger side with the pickup coming to rest o...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2016

WFR Responds to Two Vehicle Collision

Watertown Fire Rescue was dispatched to the intersection of Maple St and 6th Ave NE for a two vehicle collision. The alarm came in at approximately 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 30, 2016. A black Dodge Durango collided with a silver Buick Le Sabre. The dri...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to two seperate car accidents.

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to two separate car accidents. The first occurred at 0926 at the intersection of 9th Ave and 19th St SE. A 2006 Jeep Compass struck the front left corner of a semi tractor causing extensive damage to the Jeep. WFR person...Read on...


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Posted on: June 22, 2017

WFR Responds to a Vehicle Roll Over

Watertown Fire Rescue responded at 1316 to 173rd St near the intersection of 458th Ave for a one vehicle roll over.

The driver of the vehicle was heading West on 458th Ave when the driver lost control on the wet gravel and spun into the ditch, rolling the vehicle onto its side.  The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.  Watertown Fire Rescue was assis...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2017

2017 Street Asphalt Mill & Overlay Phase I

The Watertown Street Department will begin phase I of street milling and asphalt overlay on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017.

This project will start on 1st Ave S. from Hwy 81 to 4th St W.  The second location to be milled/overlaid is a portion of 19th St E from 1st Ave N to the intersection of Westminster Ave. The final location to be completed during phase I will be...Read on...
Posted on: June 21, 2017

WFR Responds to Possible Car Fire

WFR was called to 420 20th Ave SE at 7:30 am for a vehicle that may be on fire. Upon arrival they found a pickup truck with old carpet and construction debris that was smoldering in the pickup bed.

Bystanders used a extinguisher to knock down flames prior to the arrival of the fire truck. WFR removed all debris and used water to insure the fire was out. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

Posted on: June 14, 2017

WFR promotes Firefighter Matt Schell to Lieutenant

Watertown Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Firefighter Matt Schell as he has been promoted to Fire Lieutenant.

Matt has been with WFR since December 2003. Matt is married to his wife Ann and has 5 children: Tyler, Ryann, Braylon, Ryder, and Logan. Matt will assume responsibilities at Lieutenant on C-Shift July 1st, 2017.

Posted on: June 11, 2017

WFR Responds to Multiple Calls During Morning Thunderstorm

WFR received multiple calls for service after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area.

At around 0530 on 6/11/2017 WFR responded to Benet Place Assisted Living for a fire alarm activation, due to a power failure in the area. Also at the same time WFR was called to a fire alarm activation at Stone Bridge apartments. On arrival firefighters d...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2017

Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs for all ages are coming soon! Sign up for the library's online reading programs here. All of the summer reading programs begins June 1st.

Posted on: April 15, 2017

Temporary Sump Pump Variance - Ended

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th.

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th. Sump pump water must be directed to your yard or another acceptable location and not to the sanitary sewer. Removing sump pump water from the ...Read on...
Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Asphalt Mill & Overlay Project

The Watertown Street Department will be resurfacing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached maps below.

The Watertown Street Department will be resurfacing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached maps below.

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Chip Seal Project

The Watertown Street Department will be chip sealing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached map below.

The Watertown Street Department will be chip sealing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached map below.

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Posted on: March 21, 2017

City of Watertown Permits Required

The Engineering Department regulates land disturbing activities by requiring permits for Excavation, Floodplain, Grading, Sidewalk-Approach-Curb/Gutter & Street Cut. They also require a "Permit to Place Building Materials on Streets".

In Watertown, we value our property, our neighbors, and our environment.  We know we are lucky to live in a community with attractive and enriching bodies of water, but are also aware of the challenges they can pose from time to time.  A...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Project Stand Up

Project Stand Up

The Watertown Police Department and Codington Count Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce participation in the Stand Up Project.

The Watertown Police Department and Codington Count Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce participation in the Stand Up Project. Below is a media release from the Office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. This will be a great too...Read on...


Police Department

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Project Stand Up

Project Stand Up

The Watertown Police Department and Codington Count Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce participation in the Stand Up Project. Below is a media release from the Office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. This will be a great too...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2017

Watertown PD Traffic Safety Team Announces Texting And Driving Mobilization

Stop Texting The Watertown Police Department is partnering with area law enforcement agencies to bring increased awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. The WPD is currently running campaigns to educate the public of the dangers and consequences of texting an...Read on...

Regional Landfill (Solid Waste)

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Posted on: June 24, 2017

Residential Collection Customers May Sign Up To Receive Holiday Collection Electronic Notification

Watertown Regional Landfill Holiday Collection Electronic Notification Residential collection customers may sign up to receive holiday garbage collection date notifications by email or text message on you phone. To sign up for the holiday garbage colle...Read on...

Street Department

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

2017 Street Asphalt Mill & Overlay Phase I

The Watertown Street Department will begin phase I of street milling and asphalt overlay on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017. This project will start on 1st Ave S. from Hwy. 81 to 4th St. W. The second location to be milled/overlaid is a portion of 19th St. E. f...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Chip Seal Project

The Watertown Street Department will be chip sealing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached map below.

Read on...
Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Asphalt Mill & Overlay Project

The Watertown Street Department will be resurfacing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached maps below.

Read on...

Wastewater

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Posted on: April 15, 2017

Temporary Sump Pump Variance - Ended

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th. Sump pump water must be directed to your yard or another acceptable location and not to the sanitary sewer. Removing sump pump water from the sa...Read on...

Watertown Regional Library

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Posted on: May 1, 2017

Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs for all ages are coming soon! Sign up for the library's online reading programs here. All of the summer reading programs begins June 1st.