Monica Albers

Med-Star Pushes Back Against Claims Made By Badlands Motor Speedway

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.: Following the announcement of a suspended racing season by Badlands Motor Speedway, Med-Star is distancing themselves from accusations made by the speedway’s owners. In a web post on Thursday, Badlands Motor Speedway stated that the racing season would be suspended until the speedway came under new ownership, and cited issues with the Med-Star Dirt Track Rescue Team’s performance….

Surveillance Footage Released In Sioux Falls Bank Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls Police released surveillance video Friday from a robbery at Voyage Federal Credit Union that took place late Thursday morning. Police say the robbery happened just after 11:30 a.m. at the bank on 10th Street and Kiwanis Avenue in Sioux Falls. Footage shows the suspect entering the bank, where police say he told the clerk…

Assault, Rape Victim Appears In Court, Asks Judge To Keep Suspect Behind Bars

Judge Sets DeMarcus Bethany's Bond At $2,500

A Sioux Falls victim appeared in a Minnehaha County Courtroom Monday asking a judge not to release the man she says assaulted and raped her. While in court, the victim told the judge that she’s ‘been living in hell’ since the incident occurred. She asked the court to not release her boyfriend 26-year-old DeMarcus Bethany from jail, fearing for her…

Three Dead In Murder-Suicide At San Bernardino School

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a man was estranged from his wife before he shot and killed her in a special-needs classroom in San Bernardino in a murder-suicide that also left a student dead. Authorities say 53-year-old Cedric Anderson told the school he’d come by to drop something off for his teacher-wife before the incident. Police Chief Jarrod…

Sioux City School District Budget Director Placed On Leave

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City school district’s budget director has been placed on leave after raising concerns about the superintendent’s management style. Documents say the district placed John Chalstrom on paid administrative leave Feb. 13. The move wasn’t announced publicly. Chalstrom had accused superintendent Paul Gausman of creating a hostile workplace and threatening his job if he…

Former Boss Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Moorhead Man

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – An acquaintance of a man fatally shot in Moorhead is now charged with second-degree murder. Twenty-five-year-old Neil Johnson made his first appearance in Clay County Court on Monday. Bail was set at $750,000 with no conditions. Prosecutors allege Johnson shot 28-year-old Jacob Glover, a father of three from West Fargo, North Dakota. The complaint says Glover…

Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding Could Lose Iowa Millions In Federal Funding

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republicans may order the state to foot the bill for a new family planning program that excludes funding for Planned Parenthood. Key GOP lawmakers confirmed Monday they plan to use state money to fund the estimated $3 million program, which requires Iowa to forfeit millions in federal Medicaid dollars. Such a move would tap…

DAPL Protestor’s Body Found In Cannonball River

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say the death of a Southern California man who was known to be at camps protesting the Dakota Access pipeline does not appear suspicious. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office says a fisherman found the body of 35-year-old Damjan Nedelkovski of Glendale, California, floating near the shoreline of the Cannonball River in North Dakota on Sunday….

Krebs Congressional Campaign Raises $140,000 In First 18 Days

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Shantel Krebs’ congressional campaign says that she has raised roughly $140,000 during her first 18 days in the race. Krebs’ campaign on Monday announced fundraising numbers in her 2018 bid to succeed U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. Krebs’ fundraising exceeded fellow Republican Dusty Johnson, whose campaign says he took in more than $127,000 in the first…

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias To Take Stage At Sioux Empire Fair

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias, also known as “Fluffy”, will be performing at the 2017 Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls. Iglesias will be taking the Campbell’s Main Stage on Tuesday, August 8. Iglesias is considered one of the most-watched comedians on YouTube with over 300 million views. Wrapping up his current #FluffyBreaksEven World Tour, Iglesias has…

GFP Closes Boat Launches on Non-meandering Waters

PIERRE, S.D. – According to a press release posted on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) website, GFP is closing department-managed boat launches on non-meandered bodies of water, in compliance with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Duerre v. Hepler. “Recreational access to non-meandered waters is a complex issue that has impacted our state for decades,” said Kelly Hepler, GFP…

Five Child Victims Identified in Fatal Spearfish House Fire

SPEARFISH, S.D. — UPDATE: Authorities have released the names of five children killed in a house fire in Spearfish early Saturday morning. They’ve been identified as: Phibie Joyce Moyer, age 6 Clinton James Johnson, age 7 Rhylin Zane Gee, age 8 Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9 Tanlynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11 Spearfish Police say they’ve identified these victims…

S.F. Man Urinates in Police Interview Room After Arrest On Gun, Drug Charges

Expired license plate tags led to the arrest of three Sioux Falls men Tuesday evening. Police pulled over a vehicle in the 1300 block of East 6th Street in Sioux Falls around 4 p.m. when they noticed its license plate tags were expired. During the traffic stop, officers discovered a sawed-off rifle, a BB gun, meth and marijuana in the car….

S.D. Governor Plans To Sign Religious Adoption Agency Protections Into Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he expects to sign a bill that would give new legal protections to adoption agencies and foster groups that cite religious reasons for denying services. The Republican governor said Friday that he fears a child-placement agency may make a decision that’s in the best interest of the child, but be subject to…

Governor Signs New Laws To Replace Initiated Measure 22

Courtesy: South Dakota Governor’s Office PIERRE, S.D. — Friday morning, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed five measures created to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22, a measure approved by South Dakota voters on the 2016 November ballot but repealed by legislators during the spring session. “State officials of all stripes undertook the difficult work of replacing Initiated Measure 22 with constitutional,…

Court Rules Not To Reinstate President Trump’s Travel Ban

  (AP) SAN FRANCISCO, California — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn’t block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S….

O’Gorman Principal Named New President Of Sioux Falls Catholic Schools

Courtesy: Sioux Falls Catholic Schools SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — O’Gorman Principal Kyle Groos has been named president of Sioux Falls Catholic Schools. He’ll be filling the post when President Robert Wehde retires later this spring. Groos has worked at O’Gorman since 2003. He’ll begin working with Wehde throughout the spring to ensure a smooth transition, and will officially take over…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Suspect reportedly locked a 17-year-old in his house before arrest

A Sioux Falls man is behind bars after a 17-year-old girl reported seeing child porn on his electronics when she was locked inside his house. Police say a 17-year-old victim went to Steven Christopher Clancey’s home in the 1100 block of West 8th Street to charge her phone on Tuesday. Police say Clancey, 32, an acquaintance to the victim, locked…