Anndrea Anderson

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…

Weeks-Long Search for Escaped Inmate Ends in Turner County

The Minnehaha County Sheriff Office confirmed Saturday Hanson was apprehended in Turner County

TURNER COUNTY, S.D. — The weeks-long search for an escaped Minnehaha County inmate is now over. Kai Hansen ran away from the Minnehaha County Corrections Center on September 15. Since that time, agencies from multiple counties have been searching or Hanson, who was originally jailed in July for several burglaries and grand theft in Minnehaha County. Early Saturday morning, the…

Surprising Jake Wieneke: SDSU Football Player Receives Prestigious Award

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State University’s Jake Wieneke is a notable force on the football field. The wide-receiver holds the SDSU career record in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards. However on Wednesday, the star athlete was honored for his work off the football field. And it all came as a surprise to him. “They told me to do whatever…