Anndrea Anderson

Hartford Man Facing Felony Child Pornography Charges

Fred Albert Finch Jr., 38, is being held in Minnehaha County Jail on a $20,000 cash surety bond

HARTFORD, S.D. – A Hartford man is behind bars, facing two counts of possession of child pornography . Fred Albert Finch Jr., 38, is being held in Minnehaha County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Finch was taken into custody over the weekend. According to court documents, Finch’s wife notified officers about computer files containing child pornography videos. The papers say…

Monday Classes Canceled at The University of South Dakota-Vermillion Campus

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota-Vermillion has canceled classes and events for Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, due to the snow storm. The USD Vermillion campus remains open. Non-instructional personnel should use their own best judgment on whether to report for work. All employees should submit their time sheets by 10 a.m. Monday. At this time the university expects…

Federal Government Shutdown Prompts Furloughs at Ellsworth Air Force Base

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The federal government shutdown means furloughs for hundreds of civilian employees at Ellsworth Air Force Base in western South Dakota. The U.S. Air Force says the shutdown requires a furlough for about 500 civilians at Ellsworth, starting Saturday. A news release says civilians will report to work Monday following their normal duty hours and receive…

Hutchinson County Courthouse Dilemma Bring Lawsuit

OLIVET, S.D. (AP) – County commissioners in southeast South Dakota may face a lawsuit over a proposed courthouse. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that Hutchinson County commissioners passed a construction resolution Tuesday for a $4.5 million courthouse in Olivet. The current courthouse was built in 1881, making it the oldest still in use in South Dakota. But Menno…

23-Year-Old Woman Killed in Crash Near Sisseton

SISSETON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Sisseton. Names of the two people involved are not being released pending notification of families. A 2007 Ford Crew Cab was southbound on Interstate 29 when the vehicle left the road and eventually rolled. The 23-year-old female passenger was ejected…

Sioux Falls Police Investigate Armed Robbery

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: At approximately 11:55 p.m. on Friday January 19th, 2018 officers of the Sioux Falls Police Department responded to an armed robbery that occurred at a local business in the area of W 46th St and S. Western Ave. When the officers arrived on scene an employee told them that an individual entered the establishment with his…

Hartford Facing Daycare Shortage, Current Facilities at Maximum Capacity

HARTFORD, S.D.- The city of Sioux Falls and its surrounding communities are expanding at a rapid pace. Along with expansion, often comes growing pains. The community of Hartford is currently experiencing a side effect of their rapid growth in the form of a shortage of day care facilities. “Right now, I’m full though may of 2019,” said Ashli O’Kane, director…

Kids Get New Kicks in Memory of Ashley Engel

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Dozens of All City Elementary School students are going home with new kicks today, thanks to an area non-profit. The shoes came from “Ashley’s Kicks for Kids.” The non-profit was founded in 2011 in memory of Ashley Engel, who died in a boating accident when she was 20 years old. Ashley was a big fan of…

Agriculture Producers to Expect Tight Budgets for About Two More Years

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota State University expert says increasingly tight financial times are imminent for the region’s farmers, who are already managing depressed markets. Jack Davis is a field specialist at the university’s extension service. Davis presented on crop production and income trends for farmers early this month. The Aberdeen American News reports that Davis has cautioned…

Gov. Daugaard Pursuing Craft Brewery Overhaul

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Craft brewers would be able to produce thousands more barrels of beer each year and sell their suds directly to bars under an overhaul Gov. Dennis Daugaard is pursuing. Daugaard recently had to ask what an IPA is and doesn’t have a favorite home state microbrew, but the Republican governor says state regulations are stifling the…

25-Year-Old Man Killed in Crash Near Beresford

BERESFORD, S.D. – One person died early Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash three miles north and one mile east of Beresford. The name of the 25-year-old male driver is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2008 Pontiac G6 was westbound on 294th Street when the vehicle left the roadway at…

Man, 34, Killed in Brown County Crash

GROTON, S.D.  – One person died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton. The name of the male, 34, is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2011 Nissan Rogue was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when the vehicle veered off the roadway and into the west ditch. The…

Shots Fired Near Larch Avenue, Investigation Ongoing

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Just after 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the Sioux Falls Police Department responded to a report of gunshots near the 3500 block of S Larch Avenue. When officers responded to the area they found evidence of gunshots near this location. Several witnesses have been interviewed and no arrests have been made at this time. The investigation in…

Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford Makes Largest Single Donation Ever to San Diego Zoo

SAN DIEGO, CA (From The San Diego Zoo:) – Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford announced that he is making a $30 million donation—the largest single gift the San Diego Zoo has ever received. This generous gift will go toward the estimated $69 million cost of constructing a brand-new, completely reimagined children’s zoo, to be named The Sanford Children’s Zoo. “This project…

South Dakota Historic Church Needs Roof Repair

GROTON, S.D. (AP) – A historic church in northern South Dakota is seeking help for a roof replacement project in order to preserve its more than a century-old structure. The Aberdeen American News reports that Trinity Episcopal Church in Groton is the last remaining of the 153 churches built off architect Richard Upjohn’s designs across the state. Upjohn provided free…

Semi Driver Suspected of Purposely Dumping Contaminated Soil

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – State officials say a semi-trailer driver hauling hazardous material to and from the Keystone oil pipeline leak site purposely dumped soil contaminated with crude oil on the side of a northeastern South Dakota road. Brian Walsh, environmental scientist manager for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, tells the Aberdeen American News that the…

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…