Kelsie Passolt

Felony Drug Busts Skyrocket Along I-29 Corridor

While South Dakota remains one of the least populated states in the nation, people are moving here in record numbers. The state has seen nearly 80,000 new residents over the past ten years. A good share of them are located somewhere along the I-29 corridor. They are coming to the state because there is a quality of life here that…

No Foul Play Suspected In Death At Lake Alvin

An entrance to Lake Alvin near Harrisburg was closed off Wednesday afternoon into the evening hours after a body was discovered. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the body of a man was found by a fisherman who was at the boat dock on the west end of the lake.  Details are limited.  The man’s body was spotted near…

Someone You Should Know: The Face of Hope For Rare Diseases

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A young family in Sioux Falls is fighting for those with incurable, often untreatable diseases.  Their motivation centers around their son, who’s in a battle of his own.  He’s proof that a diagnosis doesn’t have to define you. Isaac Haberman loves Legos and all things “boy.”  His older sister, Jordan, is happy to play with him. …

Loestcher’s Campaign Releases Full Voicemail Left by TenHaken

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Tension continues between the two candidates running for Sioux Falls mayor. Paul TenHaken accused Jolene Loetscher of negative campaigning and Loetscher says TenHaken is using scare tactics. It all came to light this week when Loetscher announced she had been the target of several hacking attempts on her campaign and personal email, bank accounts and social…

Interstate Closures Expand To Sioux Falls

PIERRE, S.D. – Officials have closed I-90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls and Interstate 29 from Brookings to Sioux Falls. Starting at 9 p.m., I-90 is now closed from Rapid City to Sioux Falls at the Marion Road exit and I-29 is closed from the North Dakota border to Sioux Falls at the I-90 interchange. Officials says conditions are quickly…

Many State Gov’t Offices Closed Friday For Blizzard

PIERRE, SD – Governor Dennis Daugaard is closing state government offices in 32 counties Friday because of the approaching blizzard. According to the Department of Public Safety, the counties covered by the governor’s order are Bennett, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Campbell, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Faulk, Gregory, Haakon, Hand, Harding, Hughes, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Oglala Lakota,…

Runoff Election: What You Need To Know

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The runoff election for mayor and a city council spot in Sioux Falls is Tuesday, May 1. Paul Tenhaken’s name will appear first on the ballot in the mayor’s race, followed by Jolene Loetscher.  In the runoff for the Central District seat on City Council, Zach DeBoer will be first on the ballot, followed by Curt…

No Discoveries Made In River Search For Missing Woman

Search picks back up Thursday morning

YANKTON, S.D. – The search will continue Thursday in the Yankton area for a missing Sioux Falls woman.  Another agency is joining the effort. Nebraska Game Fish and Parks will team up with South Dakota and Yankton search crews to try to find Diane Bartling.  Wednesday, a dive & rescue team looked in the Missouri River by the Meridian Bridge.  Bartling’s…

Interstate Traffic Slows After Reported Rollover Crash

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A car crash slowed down drivers on a busy Sioux Falls interstate Wednesday night. Details are limited.  According to South Dakota Highway Patrol, authorities responded to a reported rollover crash around 7:15 p.m. on I-229 South near Western Avenue.  At least one car was involved.  Sioux Falls police and fire were also on the scene.  There’s…

Movie Theater Applies to Sell Beer & Wine

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Soon, a Sioux Falls theater may allow you to drink alcohol while watching a movie. West Mall 7 has applied to the city for a beer and wine license.  They’d set up a counter near the concession stand and only offer it after 4 p.m.  Movie-goers who are 21 and older and want to buy a…

SDSU Women Reflect on Past Post-Season Hardships

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – Being in the NCAA Tournament is not strange territory for the SDSU women.  They’ve been in 8 of the last 10 years.  However, missing last year was tough and leading up to Friday’s game, they were really inspired to get back as a result of that. “It was tough not making it last year, especially sitting…

SDSU Women Proud of NCAA Tournament Seeding

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – There’s no doubt the SDSU women’s basketball program has gained plenty of respect over the years on a national level.  It’s something they are very proud of. When the Jackrabbits take the floor Friday for their game against Villanova they will be the 8 seed.  That’s the highest they have been since 2009 when they were…

A Chance to Be Bold: Going Bald For Children With Cancer

International charity funds research to cure childhood cancer

Getting a haircut is often something we do to change our look or feel better about ourselves.  But, for some, it’s a sign of a life-or-death journey: cancer.  This week, there’s a way to make a bold decision about your hair for those who don’t have a choice. 11-year-old Harrisburg resident Ady Hauert loves her long locks.  Her mom and…

1 Killed, 3 Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash

Cause of car wreck is under investigation

South Dakota Highway Patrol is on the scene of a deadly car crash about 20 miles west of Sioux Falls. It happened around 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Highway 42 near Humboldt.  Details are limited.  Three vehicles were involved.  One person was killed in the crash.  Another has serious, life-threatening injuries.  Two people have minor injuries.  Ages of the crash victims…

Sections of Interstates in Sioux Falls Area Still Open

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s a dangerous night to be on the roads.  No travel is advised in most of the Sioux Empire. The South Dakota Department of Transportation closed down portions of both interstates.  I-90 is closed from Murdo to the Marion Road exit in Sioux Falls.  I-29 is closed, for the most part, from the North Dakota border…

Pierre Woman Still Dancing at 92

PIERRE, SD – A woman in Pierre is proving that you’re never too old to try something new. She started going to a fitness center to improve her strength and balance. One day, her trainer decided to spice things up and the result was pure joy. Meet Helene Miller, a women who lights up a room with her laughter and…

Water Emergency In Webster

WEBSTER, SD – A small town in northeastern South Dakota is trying to fix a water emergency and the mayor’s office is asking residents to limit their usage. People in the City of Webster should not use water unless it’s an emergency.  Details on what happened aren’t being released, but a city official says crews are working to resolve the…