Anndrea Anderson

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…

Broken Rail Likely Cause of 2015 Lesterville Train Derailment

LESTERVILLE, S.D. (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board has determined a broken rail probably caused the derailment of a train carrying ethanol two years ago in southern South Dakota. The NTSB report says BNSF Railway’s decision to defer track maintenance and operate trains carrying flammable cargo likely caused the derailment and fire that cause more than $1 million damage….

Black Hills State University-Rapid City to Offer 18-Day Block Courses

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A university in western South Dakota is introducing an unconventional schedule for students interested in completing a college course in 18 days. The Rapid City Journal reports that Black Hills State University-Rapid City will offer block courses. The college says the offering will be the first of its kind in South Dakota. Courses are traditionally…

TransCanada Corp. Sends Additional Crew to Keystone Pipeline Leak in Marshall County

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – TransCanada Corp. says the company has sent additional crews and equipment to the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill in South Dakota from its Keystone pipeline. TransCanada said Saturday it is making progress in its investigation into the spill cause on farmland in Marshall County, near the North Dakota border, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) west…

Gunshot Signs Cost South Dakota County $1,500 a Year

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Officials of a western South Dakota county say hunters who use road signs to site their rifles are costing the county about $1,500 annually to replace the damaged signs. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Lawrence County replaces the bullet-ridden signs once they’re no longer legible. County officials say between 20 and 30 signs need replacing…

Woman Arrested for Stealing Packages From Several Porches

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Police say this time of year it’s important to keep track of package deliveries coming to your home. 28-year-old Courtney Raelynn Mezacapa was arrested this weekend after police say she was caught stealing packages from porches. Police says someone saw Mezacapa taking packages from homes on west lakeside drive Saturday night. She was also…

Prairie Green Golf Course Reopens This Week Due to Pleasant Forecast

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls will re-open Sunday, November 12. Based on the current forecast, the course plans to stay open through Thursday, November 16. The dates could be extended if the forecast improves. The course opens 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. on Monday-Thursday. Tee times can be set online at www.dakotagolf.com or…

Presho, Salem, Plankinton and Alpena Fire Departments Grieving Over Fallen Firefighters

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Four fire departments in South Dakota have recently suffered unexpected losses, leaving voids in their front lines that members say are tough to fill. The Mitchell Daily Republic reports the Presho, Salem, Plankinton and Alpena fire departments each reported the death of one member in the past month. South Dakota Firefighters Association President Charlie Kludt says…