Anndrea Anderson

Someone You Should Know: The Main Man of Badger, South Dakota

BADGER, S.D. – Badger, South Dakota is a small town just north of Arlington. It’s not much bigger than a square mile– with a population of just 130. And for everyone who lives there, Myron Andersen is a name they know quite well. “Well, it’s my birthday today, 80 years old,” said Andersen, South Dakota’s longest-serving mayor. “Young, I guess…

Saving Nathaniel’s Barber Shop

Fundraising started to help barber shop owner purchase building

SIOUX FALLS, S.D — They say, “When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” Well, one Sioux Falls man says he gets to live that motto every single day. Nathaniel Anderson, the owner of Nathaniel’s Barber Shop in Sioux Falls says he’s found his calling cutting hair and giving straight razor shaves. “I had…

State Lawmaker Looks to Make Changes to Marsy’s Law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — This past November, 60 percent of South Dakota voters approved “Marsys Law.” The constitutional amendment expanded the rights of crime victims in the state. However, less than a year after its implementation, State House Speaker Mark Mickelson says the new law has several “unintended consequences.” So he’s presenting *new legislation to address those concerns. “I think…

Fire Departments Offer Condolences To Family of Fallen Presho Fire Chief

PRESHO, S.D. — Several South Dakota fire departments are sending their condolences this evening after the loss of a South Dakota fire chief. Yankton Fire writes their thoughts and prayers are with the family of Presho Fire Chief Don Manger. They say manger passed away over the weekend while battling a structure fire. The Blunt Rural Fire Department also offered…

Minnesota’s Pheasant Season Opener Proves For a Difficult Hunt

MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) – The seventh annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunt proved to be difficult for hunters in the Marshall area. Department of Natural Resources officials say 153 hunters harvested 28 roosters during the Saturday morning event. The hunting parties of Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith did not take any pheasants. Marshall was selected for the opener…

State Legislator Working to Strengthen Financial Reporting Requirements For Ballot Campaigns

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakota officials are open to considering more financial reporting requirements for ballot measure campaigns while supporters are shopping initiatives to voters for signatures. Ballot question campaigns pursuing causes from government ethics to looser marijuana laws are now collecting signatures before next month’s submission deadline to get on the 2018 ballot. But campaign finance rules…

Two Opposing Teams, One Display of Unity

Beresford watchdogs hosted the Mt. Vernon/Plankinton Titans

BERESFORD, S.D. – Two opposing football teams met on-field before their game Friday night in a display of unity. The Beresford watchdogs hosted the Mt. Vernon/Plankinton Titans. Before kickoff, the two teams along with senior parents from Beresford High School, took to the field for the National Anthem carrying a large American flag and holding it up during the anthem….

State Prison Inmate Found Dead from Accidental Asphyxiation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A state prison inmate has died. Inmate Wade Aikins, age 54, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, this morning. A preliminary investigation indicates the death is due to accidental asphyxiation. The Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the death. Aikins was sentenced to life…

Man Killed in Meade County Fatal Crash

NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say one person was killed in a one-vehicle rollover north of New Underwood. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 50-year-old woman was driving a Ford Explorer about 10:30 p.m. Friday when she swerved to miss a deer. She lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times. A 54-year-old man died from…

The “Pumpkin Man” of Tea: Someone You Should Know

TEA, S.D. — This time each year, the number of places to pick out a fall pumpkin are nearly endless — grocery stores, street-side stands, and of course, family farms. However, one unique produce stand in Tea draws hundreds of pumpkin connoisseurs each year. Not only for their wide variety of pumpkins, but also in part because of the interesting…

$1.2 Million Dakota Wesleyan University Theater Dedicated

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Dakota Wesleyan University has recently dedicated a $1.2 million theater. The Daily Republic reports that the university’s director of theater addressed a crowd outside the newly built theater last month during an official dedication. Director Dan Miller says the facility was “desperately needed” for production and performances in the theater department. The Ron and Sheila Gates…

Columbus Day Quarrel: Movement to Abolish Columbus Day Gaining Momentum

NEW YORK (AP) – A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day is gaining momentum. Los Angeles recently became the biggest city yet to stop honoring the Italian explorer. Austin, Texas, followed suit last week. But the gesture to recognize victims of European colonialism has also outraged Italian-Americans. They say eliminating their festival of ethnic…

SD National Guard Members Activated To Help With Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts

http://news.sd.govPIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated four members of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Company A, 139th Brigade Support Battalion at the request of Puerto Rico government authorities to help with recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The soldiers from the Watertown-based unit will provide water distribution capabilities to those in need. They will deploy…

Supreme Court Hears McKennan House Dispute Case

VERMILLION, S.D. -A dispute among Sioux Falls neighbors has ended up before the South Dakota Supreme Court. Tuesday, the state’s highest court heard arguments in the McDowell vs Sapienza case regarding the construction of a home in the city’s historic McKennan Park neighborhood. Joseph and Sarah Sapienza were brought to civil court shortly after they began construction on their McKennan…