Anndrea Anderson

Search is on For Volunteers for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Organizers say they’ll need as many as 500 volunteers for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships held in southeastern South Dakota next month. Nancy Wenande serves as the public relations director for the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex, where the world championship event will be held this February. She tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan…

SMG Will No Longer Produce RibFest in Sioux Falls

(Sioux Falls, SD)— SMG Sioux Falls, managers of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Orpheum Theater Center, and Sioux Falls Stadium, announces that it will no longer produce the annual RibFest event in Sioux Falls. “RibFest enjoyed many successes over the past 20 years thanks to the thousands of patrons who attended, the incredible rib vendors from across the country, strong…

How Governor’s Proposals Could Spark Growth of South Dakota Breweries

YANKTON, S.D. – Less than two minutes of the Governor’s State of the State address Tuesday addressed micro-breweries in South Dakota. The Governor says he plans to “peel back red tape” in the industry to allow home-grown breweries to expand. Now some area beer makers say those two minutes could dramatically change their businesses for years to come. “Our most…

Medicaid, Workforce Development, Non-Meandering Waters Among Governor’s 2018 Issues

PIERRE, S.D. – Lawmakers convened in Pierre Tuesday to kick off the 2018 Legislative Session. Governor Dennis Daugaard addressed lawmakers in the house and senate for his final State of the State speech. “Before us comes so many issues. Deferred maintenance, highways, criminal justice, teacher pay that can’t be solved in one year, but a start must be made,” said…

Governor Daugaard to Give Final State of the State Address

Lawmakers return Tuesday for the opening of the 2018 session and Daugaard's State of the State address

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s final legislative session as governor won’t be full of new state spending, but South Dakota lawmakers will keep busy debating issues including legislator pay and the state’s ballot question system. Lawmakers return Tuesday for the opening of the 2018 session and Daugaard’s State of the State address. Their agenda also includes looking at…

Warrants Issued for “Persons of Interest” in Double Fatal Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Warrants have been issued for Manuel Jesus Frias, 34 years old, and Maria Shantel LeClaire, 27 years old. Frias and LeClaire were initially names persons of interest in Friday’s double fatal shooting. Frias’ warrant is $1 million cash for 1st degree Murder. LeClaire’s warrant is $500,000 cash for accessory to 1st degree Robbery. Police ask if…

South Dakota Man Convicted on Child Abuse, Assault and Child Pornography Charges

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A judge says a South Dakota man convicted on child abuse, assault and child pornography charges on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation must serve nearly 13 years in prison. Chavez Spotted Horse, of Little Eagle, was sentenced to 76 months in prison on charges of child abuse and assault with a dangerous weapon. Authorities say the…

South Dakota’s Population Grows Ahead of National Rate

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s population growth last year was slightly ahead of the national rate, and better than the rates of neighboring states. The Daily Republic reports that statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show the state’s population grew by 0.9 percent between July 2016 and July 2017. Nebraska’s population grew by 0.7 percent and Iowa’s increased by…

Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Gun

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a Charles Mix County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for allegedly stealing a gun. The Daily Republic reports that Deputy Jesse McLaughlin is facing grand theft charges. No other details on the incident have been released. Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler said in a statement that his office will not tolerate any of…

Mayor Mike Huether to Announce Future Plans on Monday

Huether was elected to the office of mayor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. His term will expire this may.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether is expected to announce Monday his future plans. Huether will hold a press conference at the City Hall Commission Room at 11 a.m. Monday to announce what’s next for his career. Huether was elected to the office of mayor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. His term will expire this may….

Arsenal of Weapons, Tactical Gear Found in Brandon Woman’s Home

BRANDON, S.D. – Authorities found a fortified “bunker” in the basement in a Brandon woman’s home late December. They say it was complete with stockpiled food, water, and an arsenal of weapons. “During the search warrant, we found multiple weapons, up to 50 caliber rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, tactical vests. Tactical vests that were probably better than some…

Police: “There Could Be More Victims” in Daycare Molestation Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A 75-year-old Sioux Falls man was arrested two weeks ago, after a 13-year-old girl told police he molested her several years ago. Another report of abuse was brought to police over the weekend. Police say David Hirsch and his wife operated an in-home daycare for more than two decades and they worry there could be additional victims….

Lola’s Recovery Inspires Search for Additional Lost Pets

Lola Meets Volunteers Who Searched for Her at "Kiss-and-Greet"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “Lola” is a dog many people in Sioux Falls are now familiar with. She spent seven days wandering in sub-zero temperatures, before she was eventually found this weekend, thanks to the help of thousands in the area. Now her rescue is inspiring others to help find other pets that are still missing. Today, little miss Lola…

McLaughlin Man Killed in One-Vehicle Crash

McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – A McLaughlin man has been identified as the person who was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of McLaughlin. Joseph Summers, 37, was driving a 1999 Chevy Suburban westbound on U.S. Highway 12 when the vehicle swerved into the eastbound lane. The vehicle eventually slid back across both lanes, entered the north ditch and rolled…

Lost Boxer “Lola” Found Alive

Lola, a female boxer missing since Christmas Eve has been found alive

https://www.facebook.com/groups/346663262466900/ SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Lola, a female boxer missing since Christmas Eve has been found alive. Lola belonged to a family visiting from Omaha, and was unfamiliar with southeastern Sioux Falls, where she escaped. Lola was reportedly found by another dog Sunday afternoon. This was posted on the “Loving Lola” Facebook page, previously named “Looking for Lola:”   “Here…