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SD Supreme Court: City Should Release Settlement Documents Involving PREMIER Center Siding

SD Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Argus Leader

The South Dakota Supreme Court has handed down a ruling requiring the city of Sioux Falls to release once confidential documents involving the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to the public. This comes after the Argus Leader newspaper took civil action against the city two years ago when officials refused to release the documents. While the PREMIER Center has proved beneficial…

SF Police Chief, Mayor Say Change Starts With Curfew: ‘The youth of our city are being taken from us’

City officials in Sioux Falls are pleading with parents to show their kids some tough love. It comes after the city has seen three homicides involving teens in the last 18 months. They say changes need to be made… starting with curfew. Police Chief Matt Burns said, “We need to change the narrative in our city. We need change the…

Local Red Cross Volunteer Helps In Houston, Shares Stories of Heartache And Hope

Organization Has Sent More Than 100 Volunteers From The Dakotas To Areas Hit By Hurricane Harvey, Irma

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Since Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit, the American Red Cross has provided nearly 1 million overnight stays to victims. They have opened shelters in 8 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 100 North and South Dakotans have answered the call for help as well. “It’s just natural for me to…

Old Battleship Will Live On Through New USS South Dakota

During its time at sea, it was one of the most decorated ships in the United States Navy. The USS South Dakota served just under five years, and was decommissioned in 1947. Now 75 years later, the former battleship will live on. “It was there for the major battles and the bombardments, and supporting the air craft carriers,” said Former…

Guide To Everything Garth: PREMIER Center Wants Fans To Be Prepared

One of the most well known country singers of all time is about to make history at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The first of nine Garth Brooks concerts kicks off Friday night. There are a lot of activities happening in Sioux Falls to welcome him and Trisha Yearwood. In the next two weeks, the PREMIER Center will see more…

Court Documents: Casino Robbery Suspects Planned To Use Money To Buy Meth To Sell In SD

Second Suspect Arrested Tuesday In Connection To 3 Sioux Falls Casino Robberies

Police have arrested a second person in connection to a string of robberies at Sioux Falls Casinos last week. Along with 27-year-old Angel Provincial, 39-year-old Eddy Freddy Lopez of Luverne, Minn. has also been charged with three counts of 1st degree robbery. Police say they first ran into Lopez on Sept. 6, minutes after the Crown Casino was robbed. “As…

Longest Running Specialty School In SFSD Has Long Waiting List

School Requires Parent Involvement, Results In Greater Academic Achievement

Among the 23 elementary schools in the Sioux Falls School District, five are specialty schools. Established more than four decades ago, All-City Elementary at Jane Addams is the longest running and so is the waiting list. Around 90 students are vying for a spot at the school on the 2500 block of West Brookings Street, which is more than half…

Miss North Dakota Crowned Miss America 2018: Former Contestant Says It Gives SD Hope

Miss North Dakota has been crowned Miss America 2018, the first ever titleholder from the state. Even though a Miss South Dakota has yet to earn the same honor, a past contestant says it gives others hope. “Your new Miss America is… Miss North Dakota.” Competing against 50 other women on national television, 23-year-old Cara Mund took the title of…

Florida Family Sends Children To South Dakota Ahead Of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in the United States over the weekend and wreak havoc in Florida. Many residents are desperately trying to evacuate the state, but one couple, with a South Dakota connection, is being forced to make tough decisions for their family. “It’s hard to prepare for doom when it looks like this out.” Kyle and…

Help vs. Hinder: When SF Police Decide To Release Suspect Information

Authorities Release Robbery Suspects Name, Picture Following 3 Casino Robberies In 4 Days

Authorities continue to search for the suspect involved in at least one casino robbery in Sioux Falls. They’re looking for 27-year-old Angel Emilo Provincial. Police released his name to the public Wednesday after a $50,000 warrant was put out for his arrest. They hope it will help rather than hinder efforts to find him. Police say tips from the public…

Police: Man Broke Into Sioux Falls Home, Found In Utility Room Eating Cheese

An Elk Point man is behind bars after police say he broke into a Sioux Falls home, and was found in a utility room eating shredded cheese. Twenty-year-old Derick Neuman is charged with burglary, resisting arrest, and underage consumption. Police say a teenager was sleeping in the living room at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. They say the 15-year-old heard Neuman…

Someone You Should Know: The Veterinarian Who Never Sleeps, Or Stops Treating Patients

SIOUX FALLS – For many of us, 40 hours a week is long enough. But not for one local Veterinarian who works 80 to 100 hours a week. When he’s not at the clinic or taking care of his cattle, he’s traveling, sometimes treating animals overseas. “I get bored sleeping. I like being up. I like doing things,” said McIntyre….

Sioux Falls Police Saturate School Zones On First Day

With the new school year kicking off in Sioux Falls, police are saturating school zones. It’s not just School Resource Officers doing this, the department is also pulling in traffic officers from different shifts. “Good morning,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Craig Boetel as he waves to a kid. “That’s one of the nice things about working in the grade…

Police Searching For Suspects After 2 Casinos Robbed Over Weekend

Police say they’re searching for the suspects after two Sioux Falls casinos were robbed over the weekend. The first robbery occurred Saturday morning at Deuces Casino on North West Avenue. Police say a man walked into the casino with dark colored clothing, a black hat, and a bandana over his face. They say he pointed a gun at a couple…

Authorities Arrest Two From Cuba In Baltic Credit Card Skimmer Case

Authorities have arrested two people who they believe are behind the credit card skimmers placed on the pumps at two gas stations in Baltic. Thirty-year-old’s Dairon Rodriguez and Darcy Quintero, both from Cuba, are charged with forgery, ID theft, and using fraudulent credit cards. After releasing surveillance footage of the two at a local Walmart last week, the Minnehaha County…

SF Police: Person Selling Gun Accidentally Shoots Potential Buyer

A man is behind bars after police say he accidentally shot the man to whom he was trying to sell a gun. Fifty-nine-year-old Agustin Perez of Sioux Falls is charged with possession of a firearm while intoxicated and reckless discharge of a firearm. Police say they were called to a home on the 500 block of North Indiana Avenue early…

Sioux Falls Business Donating Portion Of Sales To Family Of Homicide Victim

A Sioux Falls restaurant is reaching out after a teenager was gunned down last week. The Barrel House is donating to the family of Riley Stonehouse. A portion of its sales will help pay for funeral expenses. The Barrel House Manager Alicia Severson said, “Every Monday, we take 10 percent of our gross sales and we donate to local charities…

Nurse Arrested Then Released In Utah After Refusing To Give Blood Draw To Police

Local Attorney, Officer Talk Legal Rights In SD

Some disturbing video released this week is taking over social media. The video shows a Utah Nurse being placed in handcuffs after she refused to allow a police officer to draw blood from an unconscious patient. The nurse says the officer didn’t have a warrant or meet the criteria needed for taking blood. She was released shortly after and never…