Jill Johnson

Iowans Can Now Buy And Sell Fireworks For First Time In Decades

'It's Lit Fireworks' Near Spirit Lake Officially Open For Business

For the first time in decades, Iowans will be able to purchase fireworks in the state. Some fireworks stands were allowed to start selling them on June 1. But for those hoping to cash in on the new law, it has proved to be easier said than done. The State Fire Marshal has been overwhelmed with applications for permits. The…

FULL STORY: 49th Street Re-Opens Wednesday, Traffic Switches To West Side Of Louise Avenue

The first of three phases in one of the largest construction projects taking place in Sioux Falls is complete. The good news: West 49th Street, just south of Louise Avenue, will soon be open to traffic. The bad news: the businesses on the east side of Louise will see more of an impact. Before your evening commute, West 49th Street…

With Community’s Help, Business Owner Tracks Down Stolen Bike Suspect

Sioux Falls Police Encourage Residents To Register Their Bikes

Sioux Falls Police receive a lot of stolen bike reports this time of year, but this time it was from a Sioux Falls business. And the owner is not only getting his stolen bike back, but justice after the community helped him track down the suspect. “I knew when the bike left I was getting it back,” said Two Wheeler…

Despite Security Guards And Cameras, Vandals Strike Outdoor Campus Again

Outdoor Campus Director After Vandalism: 'We don't let it slow us down.'

The Outdoor Campus in southwest Sioux Falls has been vandalized again. Officials say it happened sometime overnight. Neither their security guards or their cameras were able to catch the vandals in action. The Outdoor Campus is no stranger to vandalism. Back in July of 2015, their boat shed was set on fire. They lost more than $25,000 in canoes, kayaks,…

Sioux Falls School District Out For The Summer, But Meals Don’t Stop

The Sioux Falls School District serves around 15,000 meals to students every day throughout the school year. But what happens Monday when kids are out of class for the summer? For decades, the district has been providing summer meals to students when they may not otherwise have one. It’s the last day of school at Hayward Elementary in Sioux Falls….

Empire Mall Taking Advantage Of Construction Traffic, Leasing Parking Lot To Food Trucks

The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls has some new tenants for the summer. As part of a pilot project, the mall is leasing some spots in their parking lot to food trucks. If all goes well they hope to make this an annual thing. “It’s about attracting a new crowd, a different crowd, a bigger crowd,” said The Empire Mall…

FULL STORY: Employee Finds Card Skimmer Inside Pump At Sioux Falls Gas Station

Police are asking people to check their credit card statements for fraudulent charges after a skimmer was found on a Sioux Falls gas pump. A vigilant employee discovered the skimmer at a gas station on the northeast side of the city. But would you as a customer know what to look for? KDLT’s Jill Johnson took us to the streets…

Organization Helping Others Through Unique Type Of Giving

$160,000 Raised For Children In Ethiopia By Harvesting Donated Land

A nonprofit organization in Sioux Falls is coming up with unique ways to raise money to help others. Kingdom Capital Fund specializes in growing and multiplying assets for the benefit of ministry work.  Their latest endeavor helped raise $160,000 for children overseas. “It was a shock. Children were living without proper food, certainly no good water.” It was ten years…

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…