Rebecca David

Wessington Springs Teen Draws Patriotic Paintings To Honor Country

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D.- A Wessington Springs teen is hoping her patriotic murals will leave a positive impact on people this holiday season. It’s a mural that’s hard to miss driving driving into Wessington Springs. The 9 foot tall and 53 foot long American eagle painting sits right by the town’s American Legion building. The artist behind the work is 14-year-old…

Families celebrate the Nations Birthday at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Many people are celebrating the Fourth of July with their families; either traveling or hosting relatives for the weekend, but around 500 campers are enjoying our nation’s birthday at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Sioux Falls. The family-owned camp is putting on a holiday celebration with the theme ‘Happy Birthday America’. Kids and grown-ups can swim, climb giant…

Law Enforcement Warn Against New Snapchat Update: Snap Map

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The social media app Snapchat is popular among teenagers and young adults, but law enforcement officials say the app’s latest update is raising some safety concerns. It allows users to see your location, even if you’re not using the app. “It’s definitely a safety concern,” says Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Detective Derek Kuchenreuther. Kuchenreuther works on the internet crimes…

SD Rural Roads and Bridges Ranked Among Most Deteriorated in U.S.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Some not so good news for South Dakota drivers; according to a transportation research group, rural roads, and bridges in the state rank among the worst in the U.S.  One engineering company says they work to find the problems as much as they can. However, when it comes to fixing infrastructure, there are some factors beyond their…

FULL STORY: UPS Offers Tuition Assistance to Part-Time Employees

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- If you are a college student or looking to go back to school, UPS can help pay for your education, while you earn a paycheck. 12 of the company’s locations in the state are now offering tuition assistance to part-time employees. The only ‘job’ that Austin Hamm, had while at South Dakota State University, was being a student-athlete….

Local Teenager Publishes Children’s Book

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A classroom assignment to create a children’s book for students at Ann Sullivan Elementary School in the spring has helped a local Sioux Falls teen publish his first children’s book. Eighteen-year-old Mark Ladu is always on his computer writing or sketching. He says it’s how he gets his creative juices flowing. “I always had a passion for writing;…

Outdoor City Pools Closed Due to Cool Temperatures

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  Due to cool temperatures, the city says all Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation outdoor aquatic centers and pool facilities will be closed Sunday. The locations of the six public pools are: Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center—301 South Fairfax Avenue Frank Olson Pool—4101 East 16th Street Kuehn Park Pool—2309 Kuehn Park Road Laurel Oak Family Aquatic Center—3401 East…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested for Threatening His Children with A Firearm

A Sioux Falls man is behind bars for threatening his children with a gun Saturday night. Chad Allen Johnson was arrested for simple and aggravated assault as well as possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Police say they were called to a neighborhood in the northeast part of town just before 9 o’clock. When they arrived at the home, police…

Police Looking For Suspects After Pedestrians Injured In Hit And Run Crash

Two people are injured and police are searching for suspects following a hit and run crash in Sioux Falls Saturday night. Police say they were called to 9th street and cliff avenue just before 11 p.m. for a hit and run accident involving two pedestrians. Police say they found a man and a woman lying in the street. The man…

Aspen Dental Provides Free Dental Care to Veterans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Aspen Dental opened its doors across the nation to veterans for free Saturday, including in Sioux Falls. The annual “Day of Service” is part of Aspen Dental’s ‘Healthy Mouth Movement’, targeted to help veterans. Veterans were required to schedule an appointment ahead of time in order to receive the service. Aspen Dental says they host the event because…

Sioux Falls Businesses Hoping Soccer Will Provide Weekend Boost in Sales

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Traffic congestion on Louise Avenue isn’t anything new for Sioux Falls motorists. The road between 41st and 49th Streets has been under construction for months. Not only are there delays, but it has killed sales for businesses in the area. However, one business is hoping soccer players and fans will give them the boost they need this…

Mutual Aid Agreement Still in Question Between MED-Star & Paramedics Plus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Tensions continue between two ambulance services, Paramedics Plus and Brandon-based MED-Star. The topic of discussion: a mutual aid agreement. Both services say they are willing to help each other in times of emergency, but as of right now, there is no written agreement. MED-Star says every time paramedics plus has called them, they respond, but at times their…

Touchmark at All Saints Expands Memory Care Unit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s never easy placing a loved one in a retirement or a nursing home especially if they have Alzheimer’s or Dementia. However, one local facility is hoping to ease the minds of loved ones with a new memory care unit that focuses on having the facility feel like home. You wouldn’t know from the paintings hanging on the…

Businesses Moving Into Lake Lorraine Development

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Marshalls, Home Goods, and DSW are just a few of the businesses expected to open on the west side of Sioux Falls at Lake Lorraine later this year. Developers say the stores are part of their vision to help the area grow.  The property may be empty at the moment, but developers say the final product will be…

Sioux Falls Church Celebrates Fathers with Father’s Day Car Show

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A classic car show here in Sioux Falls is a big draw for area dads this Father’s Day. The annual Father’s Day Car Show is hosted by Asbury United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. Organizers of the event said they started the Father’s Day event as a way for families to spend time together, and enjoy something dad…

Bringing Awareness: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

A Sioux Falls woman is sharing her mother's story to bring awareness to the diagnosis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and one Sioux Falls woman is sharing her mother’s story to bring awareness to the diagnosis and how the Alzheimer’s Association has helped her family. Dianne Horsley is the type of mother who is always there for her children, never missing an important day, or forgetting anything. “She always believed in…

Police: Man Shot in the Foot Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sioux Falls Police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured Saturday night. Police responded to the area of 49th Street and Terry Avenue around midnight for reports of shots fired. When police arrived, everyone including the victim fled the scene at the time. Police say at a later time, a man arrived at a local hospital…

Festival of Cultures: Celebrating Diversity in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Empire community got a taste of all the different culture and new faces living in the community at the Festival of Cultures. The free annual event put on by the Multi-Cultural Center took place at the Coliseum on North Main Avenue. The event had food, entertainment, arts and crafts for kids, as well as information…

Community Walks to Bring Awareness to Suicide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adults in South Dakota and earlier today the community walked to bring awareness and remember their loved ones. “Coming to a walk like this; helps us know that we are not alone,” says Dave Vanderlinde, who lost his daughter. It’s not been an easy journey for Dave and his…