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Chief: Adults Attempted to Rescue Children From Burning Spearfish Home

The adults were taken to Spearfish Regional Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say five children died Saturday in a house fire in Spearfish. Spearfish Fire Chief Mark Sachara says some adults tried to rescue the children and were taken to Spearfish Regional Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Their conditions were not known. “The firefighters tried to make entry when the neighbors and family members told them…

“I Want to Give the Citizens A Voice:” Kenny Anderson Jr. Officially Announces Mayoral Run

“This is a big step,” said Kenny Anderson Jr.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In just over a year from now the people of Sioux Falls will elect their new mayor. Three candidates have already thrown their hat into the ring for the city’s top seat. On Friday night, a former city council member announced he too is stepping up to the plate too. “This is a big step,” said Kenny…

Survey: More High Schoolers Try Meth in South Dakota than Across the Nation

"Three Legged Stool" appraoch needed to tackle meth: Enforcement, Education, Treatment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Experts say the prevalence of meth is a growing problem in our community, straining the resources of law enforcement, prevention services, and treatment centers. On Thursday night, those three pillars came together in Sioux Falls to shed more light on the issue and discuss solutions. “I want to clear up some confusion: you can never dabble in…

Patty Wetterling: “I’m Trying to Figure Out What’s Next”

After 27 years of searching for Jacob, the Wetterlings now have answers. But what's next?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. In the fall of last year, news out of Minnesota rocked the Midwest. A man had confessed to abducting, molesting, and killing then 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in 1989. That man, Danny Heinrich, was sentenced last fall to 20 years for his crimes. The sentencing was the last time Jacob Wetterling’s mother, Patty, spoke to the media, until…

Land Under Bob’s Carryout and Delivery Up for Sale

The fate of the restaurant will be determined by who buys the land

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Drivers along 12th Street in Sioux Falls may nave noticed a new “For Sale” sign pop up next to one of the city’s oldest restaurants this weekend. The land under Bob’s Carryout and Delivery is now for sale. Ben Weiland, the operator of the restaurant, says Bob Lyons, the owner, is nearing 95 years old and the…

FOUND: Statue Stolen from Downtown SculptureWalk Located by USF Students

More details on the theft are expected from Sioux Falls Police on Monday

UPDATE: The missing sculpture has been found! Officials at SculptureWalk confirm the artwork was located by a few University of Sioux Falls students on Sunday. SculptureWalk officials say they are “relieved” the piece has been found, and can now focus on the large undertaking that is the swapping of the sculptures. The current pieces on display will be removed on…

Surprise! Eight Button Quails Unexpectedly Hatch at Sertoma Butterfly House

The babies came as a surprise, but staff couldn't be happier with the new additions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sertoma Butterfly House and Aquarium has a new addition to their family On Tuesday, eight adorable button quails hatched. The babies are currently in a crate with their mom and dad until they get older and are able to safely venture off on their own in the butterfly house. The staff says the quails are an…

Repairs Underway on Delmont’s “Onion House”

The Onion House was donated to the Historical Society of Delmont

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) – Repairs are underway on the onion-shaped dome of a historic Delmont building that was damaged in a tornado almost two years ago. The dome of the Onion House has been wrapped in plastic since the May 2015 tornado while plans were made for its repair. The tornado destroyed a third of Delmont’s homes. The Onion House…

South Dakota Drug Arrests at a 10-Year High

Drug arrests last year increased 13 percent from the previous year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The number of drug arrests in South Dakota has reached a 10-year high. The state attorney general’s office’s annual Crime in South Dakota report shows that drug arrests last year increased 13 percent from the previous year. It also says homicides, sexual assaults and robbery arrests declined in 2016. Drug arrests in the state have been…

Skimmed? Couple’s Bank Account Drained by Credit Card Thieves

"We opened our app and checked our bank account and it was zeroed out to the penny," said Adam Griese.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Credit cards are often the most convenient way to make a purchase. But with that convenience, comes risk. A Sioux Falls couple says they’re out more than $500 this week after someone got a hold of their credit card information without physically touching their actual cards. “We opened our app and checked our bank account and it…

An “Artrageous” Night at Brandon Elementary School

Fine Arts Night encourages and inspires kids to experiment with art

BRANDON, S.D.- It was an “art-rage” at Brandon Elementary Thursday evening for the third annual “Fine Arts Night.” The night, officially called “Artrageous” is dedicated to getting students engaged and experimenting with different types of art. From screen printing to mini paintings and clay creations, they got to try it all. Brandon graduate turned artist Chuck Bennis says especially in…

Head Lice Policy Concerning Sioux Falls Parents, New Business to Get Rid of Nits

Nit Nannies is the only company of its kind in this area

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Head lice is often hard to avoid in places such as schools and daycares, where children are in close contact with each other. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children 3 to 11 years old. Some parents say the Sioux Falls School District’s…

Louise Avenue Reconstruction Project to Begin Monday, March 20th

Lane closures on Louise Avenue will begin on Monday, March 20, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- South Louise Avenue will be reconstructed from West 41st Street to West 49th Street, including the intersection of 49th Street and Louise Avenue. The current five-lane street will be widened to six lanes and include a median with left-turn lanes at select intersections throughout the corridor. The project also will include adaptive traffic signals, new LED streetlights,…

W-I-N-N-E-R! New Scripps State Spelling Bee Winner Crowned in Vermillion

Addo's winning word was 'noggin.'

VERMILLION, S.D. – The state’s top spellers met at the University of South Dakota Saturday for the Scripps Spelling Bee state final, crowning Nana Addo of Dakota Dunes with the top prize. Addo’s winning word was ‘noggin.’ After advancing through school and regional competitions, 15 spellers competed for a chance to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee hosted in Washington,…

Speed Likely A Factor in Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Accident that Closed 41st Street

The motorcycle operator was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The Sioux Falls Police Department responded to the area of W. 41st St. and S. Shirley Ave Saturday evening for a report of a car/motorcycle accident. The motorcycle operator was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No one else was injured in the accident. The initial investigation reflects that speed may have been a factor,…

Motorcyclist Killed on Dark Canyon Road in Rapid City

The name of the 51-year-old mle victim has not been released yet

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A 51-year-old Rapid City man is dead after a motorcycle crash. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the crash on Dark Canyon Road in the Rapid City area on Sunday morning. Authorities found the man’s body. His name has not been released yet.

Remains of Whitney Stevens Brought Home from Peru

A ceremony was held at the National Cemetery in Sturgis Friday for 24-year-old Whitney Stevens

RAPID CITY, S.D.- The family of a South Dakota woman who fell to her death while hiking in Peru has received her remains. A ceremony was held at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis Friday for 24-year-old Whitney Stevens. Stevens lost her life when a trail she was hiking on to Machu Picchu with a friend fell through. Stevens…

Volunteer Fire Departments Struggle to Retain, Recruit as Calls Increase

The number of fire department calls has tripled over the past three decades

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Volunteer fire departments across South Dakota are facing difficulty in attracting and retaining volunteers at a time when call volumes are dramatically increasing. Only five of the 337 fire departments in the state are not fully or partially staffed by volunteers. But as the age of volunteers continues to rise as well as the number…

Body of Missing Duck Hunter Pulled From Brush Lake Three Months After Accident

Thomas Hill went missing early December a boating accident during a duck hunting trip with his brother

BRUSH LAKE, S.D.- Brookings County Emergency Management officials confirm they have pulled the body of 28-year-old Thomas Hill from Brush Lake. Hill went missing early December a boating accident during a duck hunting trip with his brother. Authorities say the two men’s boat capsized while they were hunting. The body of hill’s younger brother, Matthew, was recovered shortly after the…

Prank then Proposal: Garretson Fireman Makes Girlfriend Think Home is on Fire, Proposes

Luckily for him, she wasn’t too upset about the prank and said yes

GARRETSON, S.D.- Firefighter Cody Linneweber used his St. Patrick’s Day luck to his advantage on Friday. A 5 year member with the Garretson Fire Department, Linneweber and a few friends from the department pulled a prank on his girlfriend M’Lynn. Using a water vapor machine and smoke detectors, Linneweber gave M’Lynn a scare thinking their home was on fire, and…