Anndrea Anderson

Expanding East: “The I-229 of the East Side”

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s being called the largest project in South Dakota Department of Transportation’s history. A bid has been approved for the expansion of Veterans Parkway up to Interstate 90. The nearly $55-million dollar project has been decades in the making, and will allow for Sioux Falls to expand further eastward. Access to interstate 90 on the…

Bison Rescued From Overturned Tractor Trailer

FT. PIERRE, S.D. – A number of bison were rescued from an overturned tractor trailer near Ft. Pierre Sunday. The Pierre Fire Department posted a video to their Twitter page showing bison running from the trailer of a truck that had flipped. Pierre Rescue assisted the Fort Pierre Fire Department with extracting the bison. The trailer overturned on Highway 1806…

“Grandparent’s Scam” Circulating South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota attorney general is warning people about the so-called grandparents scam that has resurfaced throughout the state. Attorney General Marty Jackley says his office has received eight reports in two days. He says three people have given away cash ranging from $17,000 to $145,000. The scam begins with a telephone call from someone claiming…

USD to Offer In-State Tuition to Nebraska Residents

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The University of South Dakota has announced it will offer in-state tuition to first-year students and transfer students from Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the school in Vermillion, South Dakota, made the announcement Thursday, describing the change as a pilot program that has been formally approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The university…

City Councilor Walks Out Mid Meeting: “For The Voices Not Being Heard”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – More than a dozen people approached the Sioux Falls City Council Tuesday night to offer their input on the proposed downtown parking ramp project. About an hour in the Mayor decided to end the public comment period so councilors could discuss the project and vote. That decision struck a chord with at least one city council…

Sioux Falls Man Treated For Gunshot Wound

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A 35-year-old male was transported to a local hospital early Sunday morning to receive treatment for a gunshot wound. Sioux Falls Police were dispatched to the 1500 Block of E. 10th Street just before 5:00 am Sunday for a reported gunshot victim. The man was found with a gunshot wound to the leg. Sioux Falls Police say the…

State Prison Inmate Who Failed to Return From Work Release Back in Custody

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a South Dakota state prison inmate who failed to report to his work release jobsite is back in custody. The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmate Benjamin Johnson returned to the Yankton Community Work Center just before 7 p-.m. Saturday. Authorities say Johnson left the Community Work Center earlier Saturday to go to…

Northern State University Aims to Raise $45 Million for Campus Projects

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Northern State University hopes to raise $45 million for campus projects including a new sports complex, practice fields and a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Aberdeen News reports that the capital campaign had $25 million in pledges before it began. The Educational Impact Campaign Committee is overseeing the fundraising efforts….

Two Bemidji Burger Kings Shut Down After Salmonella Outbreak

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say two Burger Kings in Bemidji have temporarily shut their doors following a salmonella outbreak that infected more than two dozen customers. The Star Tribune reports that since September, the Minnesota Department of Health has identified 27 confirmed cases and another four probable cases of salmonella with links to the two fast-food restaurants….

Sens. Thune, Rounds Issue Statement on Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON—  U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “For too long, Americans have struggled to make ends meet in a weak economy. Today the Senate has taken an important step forward in providing them with relief. By cutting…

Minnesota State University Moorhead Men’s Basketball Team Bus Involved in I-94 Crash

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – No players were hurt after a bus carrying the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball team rear-ended a mini-van on Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota. KFGO radio reports that the accident happened Friday afternoon west of Jamestown as the team was heading to a game at the University of Mary in Bismarck. The state patrol…

Escaped State Prison Inmate Apprehended at Yankton Residence

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a state prison inmate who failed to return from his work-release job is back in custody. Thirty-four-year-old Lalo Montoya was supposed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center Friday following an appointment with his employer. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return on time. Montoya was apprehended at a Yankton residence…

The Aftermath of Cyber Monday Hits Busy Sioux Empire Distributor

TEA, S.D. – On any given day, Weisser Distributing ships out around 2,000 to 3,000 packages a day from their warehouse in Tea. “We’re a multi-channel automotive retailer. We sell online on Amazon, Walmart, Jett, Sears, Rackuten, anywhere there’s a marketplace, you’re going to find out products,” said Vice President Eric Weisser. Managing a warehouse that does everything from picking,…

Police Recommend Vigilance, Shipment Tracking for Packages Following Cyber Monday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – More than 174 million Americans did some shopping this holiday weekend, with a large percentage of those sales being made online. A record-setting $6.6 billion dollars were spent this Cyber Monday, making for a busy week ahead for distributors and shippers. With a number of those Cyber Monday packages making their way to porches and doorsteps…