Ahtra Elnashar

Extreme Fundraiser For Big Brothers Big Sisters Takes Donors To New Heights

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An extreme fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire is taking donors to new heights. Over the Edge is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire to allow participants to rappel down the six-story Raven Building in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls. Participants must raise $1,000 or more to take…

Patient Data Errantly Posted Online, Iowa System Says

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics accidentally posted online for two years the names, admission dates and medical records numbers of around 5,300 current and former patients. A University of Iowa Health Care news release said Tuesday that “a limited set of data” was inadvertently saved in unencrypted files posted online through…

Interim Director Named For State Human Services Center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Department of Social Services has named an interim director for the state-run mental health hospital in Yankton. Independent health care consultant Marcene Dickes is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in health services administration. She has 35 years of administrative experience at Sanford and Avera, as well as at hospitals in Chicago…

Heritage Music Festival Offering Performances For All Ages

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The organizers of the 13th Annual Heritage Music Festival are inviting families to spend a day filled with musical performances to benefit local children. The festival will feature live country, gospel and variety music by performers from across South Dakota on Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Elk Point Jefferson School Gym….

Meet Miss South Dakota, Miranda Mack

Mack will compete in the Miss America pageant on September 10

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It only took Miranda Mack one try to win the crown of Miss South Dakota in the Miss America pageant circuit. Winning the Miss South Dakota crown is something Mack says she never expected. Three months before Mack won the state title, she was crowned Miss SDSU, a title she also never thought she’d win. “I thought, you…

Museum To Mark 10th Anniversary Of I-35W Bridge Collapse

Courtesy of KARE11MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Historical Society will commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse with a new display. Thirteen people died and 145 were injured when the bridge fell into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during the evening rush Aug. 1, 2007. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the probable cause was…

Man Killed, 2 Children Injured In Pickup Crash

LAMONI, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man has been killed and two children injured in the crash of a pickup truck in south-central Iowa. The crash occurred around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, about 7 miles (12 kilometers) northeast of Lamoni. The Iowa State Patrol says 69-year-old James Young lost control of his pickup while going around a curve on a…

Victims Of Fatal Crashes In Kingsbury, Meade Counties ID’d

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Highway Patrol has identified the victims of fatal crashes last week in Kingsbury and Meade counties. Authorities say 52-year-old Crystal Morell, of Lake Preston, died Wednesday after she lost control of her car and it rolled in the ditch off a rural road north of the town. The same day, 71-year-old Kathleen Moulton, of Piedmont,…

Adventures With Ahtra: BMX

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Before claiming titles in X Games around the world and having his own video game, Reuel Erickson was practicing the basics that made him a BMX legend. “There was a group of us that went out and started travelling, and then we went through this whole explosion period of holy cow, we’re not just riding in the back…

Governor Names Members Of New Government Watchdog Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has named the members of a new government watchdog board that can investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees. The Republican governor on Wednesday appointed four members to the State Government Accountability Board. The board is made up of four retired justices or judges. Daugaard has named to the board retired South Dakota…

South Dakota Swimmers Rescue Diver Who Lost Consciousness

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a teenager was rescued by other swimmers when he lost consciousness after diving off a popular waterfall in the Black Hills. The incident happened Thursday afternoon at Hippy Hole. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Department says the teen was attempting a backflip off the rocks when he hit the water face-first and lost consciousness….

Sanford’s Profile Perform Products Aim To Manage Weight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Eating well and exercising is always a good idea but sometimes you need an extra boost, which is why Profile by Sanford launched their line of Profile Perform products for before and after workouts. Profile by Sanford is a program that helps clients live a healthy lifestyle with fitness, meal plans and individualized coaching. Alyssa Koens, a dietitian with…

Local Artists Headline July Downtown Block Party

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Downtown Sioux Falls is treating the public to a free block party on the Eastbank on Friday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. The local and regional artists scheduled to perform are Taylor Riley, Erik Koskinen and Rich Show and the Working Poor. Performances will start at 5:30 p.m. and play until 11 p.m. For more on the…

Woman Hospitalized After Being Shot By Police In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A woman is hospitalized after being shot by a Des Moines police officer. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says the woman was wounded during an incident shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday. Few details were released initially about what happened. No officers were hurt during the confrontation. The incident will be investigated by the Iowa Division of…

The Rib Shack Serving One-Of-A-Kind Barbecue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It started as something for their four kids to do over the summer and 10 years later, Cedrick and Annie Donaway are still running The Rib Shack as a catering business and food truck. Everything on the menu is made from scratch. The Donaways guarantee their customers won’t find barbecue like theirs anywhere else. Cedrick grew up in…