Allison Royal

Prosecution Says Alcohol Was a Factor In Fatal Hit-And-Run

CANTON, S.D. – A mourning family is beginning to get answers. Authorities arrested Christian Dixon, a 21-year-old Sioux Falls man, after a 34-year-old Tessa Jacobs was killed in a hit-and-run Wednesday night near Worthing. Dixon appeared in court for the first time to face first degree manslaughter charges.  KDLT’s Allison Royal was in the Lincoln County courtroom on Friday afternoon. Dixon…

Say Goodbye to “Classrooms” – Harrisburg To Expand Personalized Learning

HARRISBURG, S.D. – It’s a challenge parents and teachers sometimes face. Imagine your child is in the fourth grade. However, they may read at a third grade level but do fifth grade-level math. What do you do when a one-size-fits-all classroom doesn’t work for your child? An elementary school in Harrisburg thinks they’ve crafted a solution that’s remixing learning. KDLT’s…

Students Remember Retired Brandon Valley Teacher Killed in Triple Murder-Suicide

BRANDON, S.D. – The Brandon, South Dakota community is remembering 70-year-old Dan Murphy. Police in Maryland say he was the victim of a triple murder-suicide on Monday. Murphy was an employee in the Brandon Valley School District from 1969 to 2004. This news comes on Teacher Appreciation Week. KDLT’s Allison Royal takes us to Brandon where students are remembering one…

Police Searching for Three Teen Vandalism Suspects

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are asking for your help to identify three vandalism suspects. Police say the suspects are teenagers, but they caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to a popular Sioux Falls business in just a matter of minutes. Todd Heath is the Corporate Operations Department manager at Cars for Sale. Heath says employees don’t…

Construction Worker Dies After Trench Collapses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A family is mourning the loss of a 34-year-old construction worker that died on Thursday. Officials say he was working in a trench when one of the walls collapsed onto him. KDLT’S Allison Royal was on the scene Thursday just after 11AM on Bahnson Avenue and Brewster Street. “We just had two individuals that were working…

Social Media’s Role in the Mayoral Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Just a few years ago, social media and city elections were strangers. Now, never-before-seen tools like Facebook Live and sponsored posts have forever changed the campaign game. Sometimes, a few clicks can do the trick. Director of Digital at Epicosity, Christropher Kappen, says this city election was unique in that social media was a key player….

Pair To Wear Duct Tape Outfits to Prom

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Saturday night, many Sioux Falls students will put on their best dancing shoes and head to Roosevelt High School’s senior prom. However, one perfect pair may have figured out a way to possibly get paid for attending prom. There’s just one twist.   It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, these two teenagers…

What To Do With Medications You Don’t Need Anymore

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day. However, that’s everyday for the Sioux Falls Police Department. So far in 2018, the department has collected nearly 1,000 pounds of pills. If seemingly harmless drugs end up in the wrong hands, they can hurt the community and the environment. It’s a good question: what do you do…

Ice on Lake Madison Delays Boating Season

LAKE MADISON, S.D. – It’s almost May, but the National Weather Service says some lakes in Northern South Dakota still have 20 inches of ice on them as of earlier this week. Winter just won’t quit here at Lake Madison. Jeff Heinemeyer and his best pal, Guinness, go for a walk everyday, searching for the sun. “I’ve been here for…

School Boards Votes For 2019-2020 School Year To Start In August

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District has been trying out different schedules for the past few years. Now, the district has decided that the 2019-2020 school year will start on August 22nd, 2019. However, the decision to start before Labor Day has brought forward mixed reviews. Some say it works better for teachers and high school sports and…

No Romaine Lettuce In School Lunches Amid Nationwide E. coli Concerns

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There have been 50 cases of E. coli reported across the country. Experts say romaine lettuce from Arizona is the source of the problem. As nationwide concerns spread, the Sioux Falls School District is now saying “no” to romaine lettuce. 23,000 students step foot onto Sioux Falls public schools everyday. With E. coli on their radar, school…

Man To Walk 72 Miles in a Day For Charity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There’s been a lot of popular challenges recently – some with backlash. These include eating Tide pods and snorting condoms. However, some challenges have a positive message. A Sioux Falls man and his brother are taking on a daunting challenge that will push them to their physical limits.   If you need Lance Smith, you can probably…