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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Explores Expanding Response for Specialty Incidents

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is looking to expand their medical response training to give on-the-spot lifesaving support to victims. Right now, all Fire Rescue EMT’S are trained in “Basic Life Support” to treat patients. There are currently 34 SFFR paramedics; however they cannot currently practice within the city of Sioux Falls. The new plan would allow…

Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Sioux Falls Draws in Nearly 30,000 Attendees

Sioux Falls, S.D. (From Pheasants Forever)– Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Sioux Falls was a spectacular affair, drawing 28,868 attendees to the Denny Sanford Premier Center over three days, making it one of the largest events in the organization’s history. For 2019, the Schaumburg Convention Center in the greater Chicagoland area will…

Winter Storm Causes Whiteout Conditions West River

Photo submitted by Tennille FredericksonWestern South Dakota is being slammed by a winter storm causing whiteout conditions on the roads. The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports strong winds mixed with snow are making visibility very difficult. The Department of Transportation has issued a no travel advisory from Wyoming to Wall, South Dakota. Conditions are very hazardous and anticipated to worsen….

House Bill Addressing Street Gangs Draws Opposition from Motorcycle Groups

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A state bill hitting the house floor is raising concerns among those in the motorcycle community. House Bill 1111 is a bill that revises certain definitions regarding criminal street gang activity in South Dakota, but some motorcycle groups say, they feel it targets them. “Communities across South Dakota are experiencing an increasing amount of gang activity…

USD President James Abbott Hospitalized After Heart Attack

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota president James W. Abbott was hospitalized Saturday after suffering a heart attack. Abbott, 69, has been president at USD for 21 years and plans to retire in June. Abbott drove himself to the emergency room in Vermillion Saturday morning and then was airlifted to Sioux Falls where he underwent surgery. Abbott was resting…

Body recovered From Andover Apartment Complex Following Fire

ANDOVER, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have recovered a body from the rubble of an apartment fire in northeastern South Dakota. The South Dakota attorney general’s office said Saturday that local police confirmed that a body was found in the apartment complex. The fire broke out early Friday at the complex in Andover. The attorney general’s office says the investigative is…

George Firefighters Dealing With Loss in Fatal Fire, Central Lyon School Fundraises for Funeral

GEORGE, IA – An early morning house fire in George claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl this weekend. The fire started just after midnight Sunday. The State Fire Marshal has not released information as to what caused the fire, but the home is a total loss. “They lost everything. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose…

Body of Missing Lake Andes Woman Found

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (From Sheriff Randy L. Thaler:) The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office and the SD Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the unattended death of a 22 year old female identified as Tessa Joseph of Lake Andes, SD. Miss Joseph was last seen the early morning hours of 2/2/18 in Lake Andes, SD. Her body was discovered during…

South Dakota Lawmakers to Debate Legislative Pay Panel

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers may establish a commission to give salary recommendations for the state’s 105 legislators. The 10-member Legislative Compensation Commission would consider salaries of other similar state legislators in developing recommendations. The citizen panel would look to maintain a citizen Legislature while compensating members such that all people would have an opportunity to serve. State…

Judge Rules Rodney Berget Not Intellectually Disabled, Execution Sentence Upheld

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Minnehaha County judge has ruled convicted murderer Rodney Berget is not intellectually disabled. The ruling means Berget is now legally able to be executed for his role in the death of Correctional Officer Ronald “RJ” Johnson. “It’s just an emotional torturous roller coaster that you have, and we just try to get through it the…

Lawmakers Set to Debate Bills on Concealed Handguns, Paid Sick Leave

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this week are set to debate bills on concealed handguns, paid sick leave for workers – and drug-testing themselves. Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday. Permitless concealed carry is back, but unlikely to become law. It’s scheduled to be debated Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Some businesses would be required to…

WWII Veteran Receives Purple Heart 73 Years After Battle

Sylvan Vigness, 94, was awarded his purple heart in Flandreau

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds FLANDREAU, S.D-. -A South Dakota man and world war two veteran received his Purple Heart Saturday, 73 years after he was injured in battle. Sylvan Vigness, 94, was awarded his purple heart in Flandreau. Vigness suffered an eye injury during a kamikaze attack onboard the U.S.S. Hinsdale on April 1, 1945. His…