Rebecca David

Task Force Recommends USD Law School Stay, President to Review Recommendation Next

VERMILLION, S.D.- The University of South Dakota Law School task force has recommended the state’s only law school remain in Vermillion but have the university offer classes and programs in Sioux Falls as well. That decision was made today after months of work to determine whether relocating the law school to Sioux Falls would help with enrollment and bar passage rates….

SAB Biotherapeutics Expanding Facility to Canton

CANTON, S.D.- A Sioux Falls biopharmaceutical company is expanding on an 80-acre property near Canton. It’ll be home to cattle, but it’s not your typical farm. The animals could help people fight off diseases. Earlier Thursday morning, SAB Biotherapeutics broke ground in Canton, where a building is going up that will house the company’s transgenic cattle. SAB says the animals produce…

South Dakota Inmates Helping Build Wheelchairs for Children and Adults Overseas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A non-profit ministry organization has become a hope haven for South Dakota prison inmates by giving them a chance to make a difference overseas, while they serve their time. Inside of the men’s state prison sits Hope Haven wheelchair shop. The inside of the walls are rarely quiet from sewing to cleaning parts, these men work. “I clean…

Sioux Falls/Puerto Rican Native Urging President Trump to Help the People of Puerto Rico

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls man and a native of Puerto Rico could soon be reunited with his family from Puerto Rico, after losing communication with them, when Hurricane Maria hit the island on September 20th. The impact of Hurricane Maria knocked out power lines, leaving thousands on the island without electricity, or communication with loved ones. “We were talking…

Stockyards Ag Experience Celebrating 100 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A staple in the community is marking a milestone this weekend. The Stockyards Ag Experience is celebrating 100 years in Sioux Falls and they are welcoming the public to join in on the celebration. Since Friday the non-profit has been putting on activities and events to celebrate the founding of the Sioux Falls stockyards and all the impact…

Veteran Honors Fellow Vets with Free Flags and Flagpoles

HARTFORD, S.D.-An Alabama non-profit organization honored two Hartford Vietnam veterans Saturday for their service to the country by giving them a patriotic gift. The gift is part of the organization’s mission to thank service men and women for their sacrifice. It’s a sight you can’t miss at the backyard of Mike Fitzmaurice. The American flag standing tall and waving proudly….

O’Gorman High School Welcomes Exchange Students From Germany

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An exchange program is creating long-lasting friendships between students in Sioux Falls and Germany. The seven-year partnership is bringing new faces to the Sioux Empire this week. “I still have long ways to go, but I’m slowly getting there,” says O’Gorman Catholic High School Student, Molly Lacasse of her German speaking skills. O’Gorman High School student Molly Lacasse…

American Red Cross Only Deploying Highly Skilled Volunteers To Help With Hurricane Maria

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- More than 5-thousand American Red Cross staff and volunteers are in Puerto Rico, helping after Hurricane Maria hit the island last week. Red Cross chapters in the Dakotas are trying to assist with relief efforts, but they say it’s been very difficult to send volunteers and other aid. Homes and bridges flooded out, in what was once an…

Dealership Warns of Signs to See in Cars Damaged by Hurricane

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey and Irma left hundreds of cars submerged in water. The fear is those cars could someday make their way to used car lots in the Sioux Empire.  However, a Sioux Falls dealership says there are ways to tell if a car has been underwater. “Those vehicles should not be resold, they all should…

Rain Putting Damper on Harvesting Season For Farmers

SALEM, S.D.- Harvest season is approaching for farmers in the Sioux Empire, but recent rainfall is forcing some farmers to have delays in collecting their crops. September is usually the time of year when Kurt Stiefvater starts to get ready to harvest his corn and soybeans, but the heavy rain over the weekend is slowing him down by a few days….

Viborg Fire Department Holds Fire School Training on Rescue Operations

VIBORG, S.D.- A group of firefighters spent their day inside a grain bin training for rescue operations. For almost 100 years now, the Southeast Fire Association has been holding fire school training for volunteer firefighters. Around 50 volunteer firefighters from the southeast district went through search and rescue courses today. In the grain bin, the firefighters were given a scenario on…

Avera Behavioral Health Center Turning to Students To Fill Shortage in Mental Health Industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- One in five Americans in the United States will experience some form of a mental illness, but health experts say the shortage of psychiatrist’s and workers in the mental health industry is becoming a growing problem and a Sioux Falls mental health center is feeling the effects. Dr. Matt Stanley has been a psychiatrist at Avera Health…

Golfers Tee it Up Despite Heat Wave

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It was the first day of fall, but it certainly did not feel like it out there today, but not even the humidity and strong winds stopped golfers at Prairie Green Golf Course from teeing it up. Avid golfers said they didn’t mind the weather because it only gives them more opportunity to play and stay on the…

Pharmacist Weighs in On CVS Decision

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As the country tries to deal with a deadly opioid epidemic, the pharmacy giant CVS, said it’ll place new limits on prescriptions of painkillers by February. Doctors wrote more than 225 million prescriptions for pain medications in 2015, that’s 71 scripts per 100 patients. CVS’ plan is to limit those prescriptions to seven days, which mirrors Center for…

Community Gathers for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  The sidewalk of 8th and railroad and throughout Falls Park was lit up in purple as community members and loved ones walked in honor of those battling Alzheimer’s disease. KDLT’s Tom Hanson emceed the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ this Saturday morning with around a thousand people in attendance. This year the organization held the walk at 8th and…

Climbing for Lives Lost on 9/11

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For the third year in a row first responders and the community came together to honor the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Many gathered at Howard Wood Field this Saturday morning and climbed 110 flights of stairs to remember those who lost their lives. There was also a challenge course, KDLT’s Kelsie…

Garth Brooks Hosts Free Football Camp For Kids

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Garth Brooks has nine sold-out shows at the Denny Sanford Premier Center over the next two weekends and even with that packed schedule, he’s still finding time to hang out with some area kids. Saturday was a once in a lifetime opportunity for 8th-grade student Marcus Jackson. “I had a good time and I met a professional football…

SFFR Firefighter Speaks About Battling Montana Lolo Peak Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A few Sioux Falls firefighters are in Montana offering extra help to fight a massive wildfire. The Lolo Peak Fire broke out in July, so far around 54 thousand acres have burned. Crews don’t even have half of the fire contained yet, but luckily a little rain brought some relief Friday. “I didn’t get a wink of sleep…