Yard of the Month Nominations

It’s time again to nominate your house or business, or your neighbor’s, for the H20-20 Keeping Watertown Beautiful Yard of the Month.

To be considered for the award, a committee made up of volunteer master gardeners and citizens will look to see if the property is well tended and attractive.  The property must have “passerby” appeal that shows the business/homeowner has pride in their home/business and town shared through their landscape and property decorations.

To nominate a yard for the Yard of the Month, you simply need to grab a piece of paper,  or use a form provided at each of the nomination drop boxes.  The information needed to nominate a yard is: Name of the person(s) who owns the property, address of the property, Ward property is in, the nominee’s phone number, and e-mail (if known).  Citizens can nominate their own yard as well. Then simply drop the form into one of the conveniently located Yard of the Month drop boxes.  The drop boxes are located at County Fair Foods, HyVee, and the Watertown Regional Library. Nominations can also be submitted on line by going to the website www.watertown2020.com . The deadline for submitting your nomination for Yard of the Month is Monday, July 28th.

Winners of the Yard of the Month will receive a specially designed “Yard of the Month” sign placed in their front yard for one month, a certificate of recognition signed by the Mayor, acknowledgement on the City of Watertown website, H2O-20 Website and Facebook page and recognition in the local newspaper and radio stations.

Watertown School District to offer Parent University

Watertown School District Parent University

~Empowering Parents Through Education~


October 25th 2014 8:30am-1:00pm

In the Lake Area Technical Institute Student Center


Daycare will be provided at the LATI Daycare Center



8:30-9:20 Orientation/Key Speaker

9:30-10:20 Workshop Session 1

10:30-11:20 Workshop Session 2

11:30-12:20 Workshop Session 3

12:30-1 Q & A and Prize drawings


Workshop Sessions Offered

-  Common Core, New Math Curriculum, Learning techniques and How to help your student achieve success with this new curriculum.


-  Middle College Arrow Academy (MCAA), what is it? How does it work? How does it benefit our kids?


- Everything you need to know to plan for college starting in 8th Grade (Details of how to plan for college, pay for college, get in to college, etc.)


-  How to deal with grief as a family when tragedies happen


- Impacts of making destructive decisions including drugs and alcohol (informational meeting training parents what to look for, what kids are using, and the consequences of these decisions)


- The Affects of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression on our kids, how to recognize the signs, and how to deal with them.


- Community support and services for families with students diagnosed with disabilities (including Special Education Services) and strategies to help with intervention.


- Raising a teenager: including discipline techniques, parent boundaries, fads/ trends, and statistics


- Social Media trends/cyber-bullying and strategies to manage this with your son/daughter.


The H20-20 Keeping Watertown Beautiful Committee announces the first 2014 yard of the month awards

July winners were chosen by Keeping Watertown Beautiful.  Congratulations to each of the following Ward Winners.



Dwight and Nan McGee at 164 17th St. NE.Dwight & Nan Magee @ 164 - 17th St NE


Gert Jipp at 524 2nd St. SE.Gert Jipp @ 524 - 2nd St SE


Larry and Diane Niemann at 503 N. BroadwayLarry & Dianne Niemann @ 503 N Broadway


Lavern and Mabel Brownell at 1500 South Lake Dr.LaVerne & Mabel Brownell @ 1500 S Lake Dr


Lorna Heyn at 1337 E. KempLorna Heyn @ 1337 E Kemp


Each winner receives a sign in their yard for the remainder of the month, a certificate of recognition, and recognition in the newspaper, radio and H20-20 website.
New yard of the months will be recognized for the months of August and September.

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit – REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON!

Workforce Summit

You are invited to attend a Workforce Summit hosted by Governor Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Workforce Initiatives (SDWINS) Cabinet.

As a local business, community, or education leader, we hope you can join us as we examine the challenges and possibilities ahead of us.

The Watertown Summit will be held at Lake Area Technical Institute (1201 Arrow Ave.) on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

More information is available at http://www.southdakotawins.com/workforcesummits/.

Flat Iron Park Cleanup

J Johnson and C Hestad C Roby R Roby

Members of Keeping Watertown Beautiful-Adopt A Park Team gathered to clean-up Flat Iron Park. The group has adopted FIP and it will serve as a location to help showcase this H2O initiative. The appearance and aesthetics of a community really matters. The Adopt A Park team is dedicated and determined to make a difference in Watertown.  Future clean-up and spruce-up FIP events are in the planning stages. Anyone wanting to join the team’s efforts can contact Kim Bellum, Beth Mantey, Colleen Hestad or LuAnn Strait.

Stay informed-Get Involved-Make a Difference in Watertown!

Litter Pick-Up Work Day May 3, With Coffee

We are nearing the end of the Spring Litter Blitz!  We only have 6 zones out of 50 unclaimed.  Can you spare a couple hours to put “Keeping Watertown Beautiful” into action?  Even if you’ve already been a part of a team, can you help a second time?  Please show up at the Police Dept. Community Room on Sat. May 3 between 8 and 9 am; coffee, donuts, and fruit will be served, and volunteers can then go to any zones that are left to pick up, or other problem areas that have been reported.  (The forecast is Sunny, highs in the upper 50’s and not so windy!) Bags and safety vests will be available.  Any service group or students in need of community service are also welcome to participate; spread the word.  If you can’t make it Saturday morning, but are willing to get a few friends together and help on another nicer day next week, call 605-868-6180 or emailabj@wat.midco.net .  Or if you want to come for coffee, but work another time, that’s OK too!

Spring Litter Blitz: Sat. April 26 – Sat. May 3, 2014


The 2nd annual litter pick-up will take place in Watertown Sat. April 26 to Sat. May 3.  This is a project of Clean & Green, a subcommittee of Safe and Attractive Neighborhoods and Business Districts, one of the five spokes in the H2O-20 wheel.  Any group or business is encouraged to select a zone for litter pick-up in 2014.  A group can be a civic organization, church group, boy or girl scouts, club, volunteer organization, or group of neighbors.  Sign-up Online at http://www.watertownsd.us/ 

Under the Community tab, click on Clean & Green Spring Litter Blitz.  At this site, you can view the map, print the instructions, sign-up for one of 50 identified zones, and fill out the feedback form after the clean-up. Over 30 zones have already been selected.  Pick up safety vests, black bags for trash, and gray bags for recycling at the Commerce Center, 1 E. Kemp Ave., Thursday April 24 – Friday May 2, 8:30 – 5:00, OR at the Police Dept. Community Room Sat. April 26, 8-10 am, or Sat. May 3, 8-10 am.  Coffee and light breakfast provided on Saturdays. Thank you to these partners:

  • City of Watertown: Sanitation, Street, Park & Rec, Police, Mayor’s Office
  • Chamber of Commerce – pick-up location for bags and vests
  • County Fair, Hy-Vee – Sat. am coffee and light breakfast
  • First District – provided map of litter zones
  • Thrivent Financial – safety vests and publicity items
  • Walmart – provided bags
  • Public Opinion
  • Watertown Radio
  • KXLG

Last year these McKinley students did a great job of picking up garbage and recycling. Join them and get your group together to clean up Watertown!