Kelsie Passolt

Downtown Holiday Kickoff Shatters Attendance Record

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Dazzling lights and holiday music could be seen and heard throughout downtown Sioux Falls Friday night.  Plus, an estimated 40,000 people, according to organizers, who lined the main stretch for a yearly tradition: the Parade of Lights. Holiday floats took over a nearly mile-long section of Phillips Avenue.  It’s the 26th annual event and the official…

Christmas Light Show Back By Popular Demand

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Now that the Thanksgiving plates have been cleared, for many, it’s time to focus on Christmas.  A well-known light show in Sioux Falls is back by popular demand to get you in the holiday spirit. “Christmas at the Western Mall” held its first show of the season Thursday evening.  A snowy, castle-themed show complete with flashing lights…

Fiery Crash Near Montrose Claims One Life

Seatbelt usage unknown

A woman is dead in a fiery car crash north of Montrose. Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, a Dodge Caravan was headed east on 248th Street nearly Valley Road six miles north of Montrose in McCook County.  The driver, a 41-year-old woman, was approaching a curve when she lost control.  The van went into the ditch, rolled and started on fire. …

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Empire’s Golf Guru

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s a cold November afternoon.  But, the temperature outside doesn’t matter at the Todd Kolb Golf Academy.  Inside a heated facility at Willow Run, golfers can keep their game hot in South Dakota’s colder months. “This is the time of year, like in January and February, where we can actually make some changes in the kids’…

SD Author Details Lesser-Known Stories Of Amazing Female Athletes

Mitchell author Jean Patrick is teaching young readers about the history of women in sports in her latest book, “Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics.” Watch above to hear her inspiration to write the book, what drew her to the book’s central figure, track & field standout Ludy Godbold, Jean’s unique research style and what she’s up to these…

Driver Dead In Rural Rollover Crash

CEDAR COUNTY, NE – A Nebraska man is dead after he drove off a rural road in Cedar County. The sheriff’s office was called to the scene around 4:15 p.m. Friday on Highway 15 about a mile south of Laurel.  There, they found a Toyota pickup truck flipped over.  Investigators say the driver of the truck, 66-year-old Dennis Brodersen of…

Auto Parts Store Needs Public’s Help Identifying Donation Thief

GARRETSON, S.D. – Caught on camera this week: a thief in Garretson swiping a donation jar meant for hurricane victims. The theft happened Wednesday afternoon at Ewe-Pullet Self Service Used Auto Parts.”  Surveillance video shows the suspect walk up to the counter, quickly take the jar and leave.  Nordstrom’s Automotive Inc. owns Ewe-Pullet.  Vice President & General Manager Shannon Nordstrom…

Back End of Car Crushed In Wreck Near Ethan

DAVISON COUNTY, SD – Amazingly, two drivers are not seriously hurt after a car is almost completely crushed when a truck rear-ended it Wednesday morning. South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers responded to the wreck on Highway 37 just south of Ethan.  Investigators say a Pontiac Grand Prix driver was waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn when…

Lyft Submits Permit To Operate In Sioux Falls

­­­­The ride-hailing service Lyft has taken the next step to launch in Sioux Falls. Lyft confirms it submitted a permit Thursday to the city to operate in Sioux Falls.  In a statement, a Lyft spokesperson tells KDLT News that they look forward to launching “soon.”  Three days ago, city officials announced that Lyft received its state sales tax license.

Two Drivers Killed In Head-On Crash Near Sisseton

ROBERTS COUNTY, SD – Two women were killed in a head-on crash Thursday morning in northeastern South Dakota. Highway Patrol says a GMC Sierra pickup was heading east on Highway 10 a few miles east of Sisseton when it crossed the center line and hit a Dodge Caravan going the other way.  Both drivers died at the scene.  The driver…

Wagner Teen Raises Thousands For Cancer Patients

WAGNER, S.D. – What started as a dare between friends turned into thousands of dollars raised for people battling cancer. Wagner High School sophomore Grant Namminga and several others shaved their heads Friday at the school’s homecoming pep rally.  A week ago, Grant was dared by his friend to shave his head.  His mom allowed it, but only if he…

Food Truck “Trunk Or Treat” To Raise Money For Hurricane Relief

A fun and delicious event is taking place this weekend.  It’s also a chance to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Del’Inkka Beaudion, one of the owners of Swamp Daddy’s Cajun Kitchen, has organized a food truck “Trunk Or Treat” for Saturday at 8th and Railroad in Sioux Falls.  The event will feature “trunk or treaters,” a bouncy house, a…

Stolen Van Chase Leads To Car Vandalism Arrests

Two juveniles charged for smashing windows; additional charges pending

SIOUX FALLS – A police pursuit on a busy South Dakota interstate led to the arrest of two juveniles who were wanted for smashing car windows overnight.  The car chase started on I-29 just north of the Canton exit just before 12:30 p.m. Monday. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy first spotted a silver…