Anndrea Anderson

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…

Corn Palace Lights Up Blue for Unique Gender Reveal

MITCHELL, S.D. – A Mitchell family used a popular landmark to announce the gender of their newest family member. Stan Sherwood and his wife Jenifer used the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell Saturday night to let their friends and family know they are expecting another boy to the family! This is the third boy for the Sherwoods. They say…

Sioux Falls Home Invasion: One Arrested, Two At Large

Two of the suspects were reportedly armed with handguns and the suspects took several items of property from the residence

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. A 19-year-old Sioux Falls man was arrested for First Degree Robbery and Grand Theft Saturday, after police say he and two other men entered a home in Southwest Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls Police were dispatched just before 5:00 p.m. to a residential robbery near S. Cathy Avenue and S. Downing Avenue. The victim in this case reported…

Juvenile Female Evades Highway Patrol, Crashes on Off-Ramp, Car Bursts into Flames

On 11/26/17 at approximately 4:45pm SFPD and SFFR were dispatched to a vehicle on fire on the 10th Street overpass of I-229, the lone occupant had been removed from the vehicle. Investigation revealed that SDHP had attempted to stop that vehicle on NB I-229 for speeding however the vehicle accelerated and was passing other traffic on the right shoulder failing…

Rapid City Schools Address Suicide-Prevention Policies After Loss of Three Students

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Officials in a western South Dakota school district are addressing their suicide-prevention policies after three students killed themselves between July and September. The Rapid City Area School District is looking to improve training, raise awareness of warning signs, institute a culture of reporting and define a better path to recovery. The Rapid City Journal reports…

O’Gorman Students, Staff Raise $20k to Shave Heads for Teacher With Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — For the last two weeks, students and staff at O’Gorman High School have been raising money in a unique way to support a chemistry teacher battling cancer. Each was willing to sacrifice their locks if their donation bucket collected more than $774. “Me getting my head shaved compared to the sacrifice and everything that Mrs. Benson…

Horse Rescue’s Hay Supply Suffering After Severe Summer Drought

HUMBOLDT, S.D.- The drought felt across the Dakotas this past summer had a severe impact on ranchers and farmers but it also affected other ag-industries, including one horse rescue in Humboldt. The Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue and Sanctuary is now dealing with the after-effects of the drought that left them with dried up pastures and a limited hay supply. “As…