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Watertown Development Company Names New Executive Director

A new leader has been selected to head economic development efforts in Watertown. Chris Schilken, who takes the helm at the Watertown Development Company (WDC) February 1st, has roots in both the public and private sectors—from working in economic development to senior positions in finance. Schilken replaces Craig Atkins who passed away in June of  [ more ]

Taking shape: City’s new skatepark coming along nicely

Work is progressing on the city’s new skatepark located in southwest Watertown. Workers from Evergreen Skateparks of Portland, Ore., have been on the project for about a month. They are shown blowing and smoothing concrete, called shotcrete, to create the curved walls of the half-pipe structure. The areas at the bottom of the pipes will  [ more ]

Lake Area Tech Featured In Time Magazine Article

Lake Area Tech was featured in an article that was published by TIME Magazine, called “The Case For Community College: Why It’s More Vital Than Ever”. You can read the article TIME Magazine called “The Case For Community College: Why It’s More Vital Than Ever”  here. Josh Sandburn, a writer for TIME magazine, wanted to do a  [ more ]


  Press Contact Mike Peterson/VP Business Development 605.882.2244 Watertown, SD, June 1, 2017 — Persona Inc. announced today a growth of 43% in 2016. With more growth expected in 2017, Persona has physically expanded. The company, with assistance from the Watertown Development Company, recently opened an additional office in Watertown, SD at 705 Oakwood  [ more ]

2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Awarded to South Dakota’s Lake Area Technical Institute

MARCH 14, 2017 One Million Dollar Prize Recognizes Excellence in: Learning, Degree Completion, Minority and Low-Income Student Success, and Employment and Earnings Follow us on Twitter: @AspenHigherEd, #AspenPrize Contacts: Tiffany Yoon, 202-736-2531 | Bridget DeSimone, 301-280-5735 | Washington, DC, March 14, 2017 – The Aspen Institute announced today that Lake Area Technical Institute  [ more ]

Glacial Lakes Energy Is Ready To Roll

Have you noticed the line up of rail cars at Glacial Lakes Energy? Glacial Lakes Energy Director of Commodities and Risk Management Brad Schultz said today that their first 96 car unit train is ready to leave Watertown with ethanol and distiller grain product, headed to Houston, Texas later this weekend. On February 20th, another  [ more ]

All-Day Kindergarten To Begin Next Fall

By Dan Crisler, Public Opinion Staff Writer |   Jan 10, 2017  Beginning next school year, many of Watertown’s youngest students will attend kindergarten all day and every day. The unanimous decision made by the Watertown Board of Education Monday night culminated a process that gained serious momentum near the beginning of the school year last  [ more ]

Remarkable story, and not done yet

By Watertown Public Opinion guest columnist Jill Fuller Prairie Lakes Healthcare System recently announced a $40 million building project to expand services for our community. The project includes a new specialty clinic building, east entrance canopy, and helipad relocation. Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic will be home to specialty services, including cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, nephrology,  [ more ]

Aviation Students Earn First Place Honors at Competition

November 22, 2016 WATERTOWN, SD – Two students from Lake Area Technical Institute’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AVM) program earned first place awards at the recent 2016 Midwest Aviation Invitational held in Ottumwa, Iowa, hosted by Indian Hills Community College at its campus adjacent to the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Kyle Riegel, a second-year student from Fairmont,  [ more ]

Watertown Development Company Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

WASHINGTON, DC Sept. 28, 2016 – The Watertown Development Company (WDC) of Watertown, SD, received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2016 project in the category of General Purpose Website from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the IEDC  [ more ]