Jill Johnson

Survey: Keepers Experience Lowest Winter Honeybee Losses In More Than A Decade

More Work To Do According To Adee Honey Farms: 'We're still losing six-fold higher that what was our baseline for decades."

For nearly two decades, the Honeybee population across the nation has been on the decline. However, there is some positive buzz among beekeepers as they experienced their lowest losses this past winter in more than a decade. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, they’re not exactly celebrating. “Some people don’t like Dandelions, but I think they’re the coolest plant. The…

Police On National Missing Children’s Day: ‘We’re… going to do what we can to find the kids’

South Dakota is recognizing National Missing Children’s Day. State officials are asking parents to look at ways to keep their children safe. Sioux Falls Police say they get hundreds of reports each year. While most of them are runaways, they take plenty of calls regarding children who want and need to be found. “If it’s a runaway or a missing…

SF Business Will Concede To City In Mural Dispute With ‘Painting Party’

A Sioux Falls business will be holding a ‘painting party’ after the city says the mural on the side of their building is against city code. The owner of Elegant Mommy says she tried to resolve the problem, but has no choice but to concede to the city. ‘Elegant Mommy’ has been operating out of the location on West 37th…

‘See Something, Say Something’: Superintendent’s Message Following Threat At WHS

Sioux Falls Police Deem Threat Made By Student Not Credible

There was extra police presence at Washington High School in Sioux Falls Monday morning following a possible threat made by a student last week. Police say other students became worried after they overheard the teen talking about shooting up the school. As kids were arriving at school on Monday, Sioux Falls Police had extra officers at Washington High School. They…

Police: Man Arrested For Pulling Up Beside Cars, Masturbating While Talking To Passengers

A Minnesota man was arrested in Sioux Falls after police say he pulled up to at least two cars in business parking lots and masturbated while talking to the passengers. Thirty-year-old Cody Scholten of Steen, Minnesota is charged with three counts of indecent exposure, one of them involving a child. Police say both incidents took place on Saturday. They say…

Minnehaha Co. Sheriff’s Office Sees ‘Cases And Cases’ Of Sexting In Schools: ‘It’s almost becoming problematic.’

Following the arrest of an 18-year-old Baltic man this week, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office is warning teenagers about the dangers of social media. The Sheriff’s Office says it’s not unusual for them to deal with extortion cases involving nude photos and teens. “Be aware that it can be very harmful if you send pictures of yourself to somebody and…

SD Law Enforcement Officials Asking For Public’s Help To Fight Drugs

Public Can Provide Them Drug Related Crime Tips By Texting 'Drugs' To '82257'

South Dakota law enforcement officials hope texting will help them in the fight against illegal drugs. A program called ‘Project Stand Up’ was rolled out Thursday, which will allow citizens to send them text messages about drug crimes taking place across the state. Sheriff Mike Milstead says meth-related arrests are up 60 percent in the first four months of 2017…

How much is too much caffeine? Avera Doctor Says There’s No Magic Number For Adolescents

How much is too much caffeine? Many are asking the question after health officials in South Carolina are blaming a teen’s death on a caffeine induced cardiac event. But one local doctor says the answer isn’t so clear-cut. Officials say a 16-year-old collapsed in his classroom last month and died in an emergency room. The coroner says the teen had…

FULL STORY: Mother Arrested For Child Abuse After Woman Rescues Child From Car

Shelby Hammitt: 'She wasn't strapped in. She was very soaking wet, very scared.'

A Sioux Falls woman is behind bars after police say she left her toddler unattended in a running car. Police say the child was in the vehicle for at least an hour before a concerned citizen stepped in to help. Shelby Hammitt was making dinner at her home in northwest Sioux Falls at around 9:30 p.m. when a woman came…

Special Delivery: South Dakota Mom Gives Birth On The Interstate

'I'm pushing. There's no stopping this anymore.'

As the parents of two boys, one Volga couple thought nothing could surprise them anymore. Turns out, they were wrong. They got the surprise of a lifetime when the birth of their third child didn’t quite go as planned. Their baby was born Sunday; not at home or in the hospital, but along the interstate. Ann said, “It was all…

SF Police: Men Arrested After Targeting Homeless To Cash Fake Checks

Officer Clemens: 'What they were getting out of it was a small amount of cash and then some lunch.'

Two Georgia men have been arrested in Sioux Falls for allegedly trying to use homeless people to cash fake checks. Police have seen cases like this pop up across the country, and it’s not unheard of in Sioux Falls, however, they don’t know how long this scam has been going on. Twenty-two-year-old Davon Holmes and 23-year-old Beshir Geidi, both from…

$40M Facility Planned For Foundation Park In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A $40 million project is planned at an industrial park just northwest of Sioux Falls. Wind Chill, LLC purchased 54 of the 800-acres available at Foundation Park for $5.7 million. The 205,000 square-foot facility will be the first project built at the site. The facility will serve as a food warehouse and distribution center with complete…

Man Charged With Attempted Murder Appears In Lake Co. Court

Judge Sets Bond At $150,000 Cash Only

A man charged with attempted murder appeared in a Lake Co. courtroom for the first time. Authorities say Matthew Rumbolz led them on a pursuit and shot a deputy early Wednesday morning. Rumbolz has been in jail on a $150,000 cash bond and that’s where the judge kept it at Friday. Along with attempted murder, the 37-year-old man who was…

Drones Used In Search For Lake Co. Shooting Suspect

Drone Experts Explain How They Can Be Utilized In Similar Scenarios

McCook and Lake Counties utilized several resources to help search for a shooting suspect on Wednesday, including two drones. There’s a company in Sioux Falls that helps out county officials by responding to situations similar to what happened near Madison. They even teach the officials how to use them. Mike Klarenbeek with Aerial Horizons Commercial Drone Systems said, “This gives…

SF Man Arrested, Accused Of Following Jogger With His Vehicle

Police arrested a Sioux Falls man accused of following a jogger with his vehicle. Twenty-five-year-old Cesar Merida Molina is charged with disorderly conduct. Police say a woman was jogging in the area of Amadon Street and Cliff Avenue Tuesday afternoon just before 4 o’clock. The woman told police that Merida Molina was driving alongside and gesturing to her to get…

Police: Man Involved In Murder Suicide Left Note Before Turning Gun On Himself

Police released more details Wednesday on the investigation of a murder suicide. They found the bodies of two men Tuesday at an apartment in northwest Sioux Falls. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains this story began days earlier when police say the men got into a physical altercation. The investigation into what took place at 45-year-old Ronald Cook’s apartment on…

City Officials Eye Sioux Falls Intersections Prone To Flooding During Severe Weather Season

49th Street & Louise Avenue To Get Water Detection Sensors That Alert Motorists

When the rain falls, several intersections in Sioux Falls are hard to ignore. During severe weather season, they’re often worse; many of them covered with inches of water. KDLT’s Jill Johnson tells us which streets to watch out for, and what the city is doing to improve one of the biggest problem areas. In the last decade, the city has…