Rebecca David

Transgender Activists Speak Out Against Military Ban

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Members of the transgender community are speaking out against the military ban President Trump announced Wednesday. They’re calling the move an ‘insult’ to those who’ve served. “Just because we are transgendered does not mean we are not fit to serve in the military,” says TransAction South Dakota President Marty Epstein. TransAction South Dakota is firing back at President…

Tea Man Credits AED and CPR for Saving His Life

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Over 325,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and a man from Tea credits his coworkers for saving his life two months ago. He went into a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at work and fortunately his coworkers had the knowledge and necessary tools to help him. Now he’s on a mission to save others. May 18 is a day…

Nursing Home Resident Speaks Out About Alcester Crash

ALCESTER, S.D.- Two people have died and six others are injured after a car ran into a group of people and struck a nursing home building in Alcester this morning. “I thought, omg what happened,” says Alcester Care and Rehab Center resident Jack Felcher. That was the reaction of resident Jack Felcher when he saw staff running towards him this morning,…

Area Humane Society Holds First Dog Days Carnival

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- These are often called the ‘dog days of summer’ and the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society is taking that saying literally. The shelter hosted its first ‘Dog Days Carnival’ this Sunday afternoon complete with ice cream, face paintings and tours of the facility. The humane society says opening their doors to the public gives people the opportunity…

Brookings Mother & Daughter Raise Money for Wells in Africa

BROOKINGS, S.D.- A Brookings mother and daughter are using their musical talents to help raise money to what will bring water to villages in South Sudan and Cameroon. The Duo says the inspiration came from an international foundation. “Music for me is such an amazing outlet,” says Tina Davis Playing the piano has become an outlet for Tina Davis and she’s…

Local Resident With Felon Status Speaks About Growing Need for Felon Housing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- By next summer, Glory House is hoping to start construction on a 72 unit housing facility in Sioux Falls. The non-profit says the building will fill a need in the community for felon-friendly housing and one local woman agrees as she continues to face difficulties finding housing with a felon status. “The children are the ones that are…

Organization Holds Book Drive As They Wait For Venue to Open

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An organization hoping to provide a bookstore type atmosphere with entertainment, classes, and events is looking for a downtown location. The Full Circle Book Co-op is currently hosting a book drive as they look for a venue. The organization has been collecting a variety of books from the community and plans to continue to do so until they…

‘Crazy Days’ Returns to Empire Mall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-If you are looking for a little reality therapy this weekend, the empire mall is hoping to help with that After taking away ‘Crazy Days’ for five years, the three-day event is back with more than 50 retailers offering price slashing deals. Retailers will offer end of the season deals up to 90 percent off. The mall says…

No Injuries in Early Morning Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home early Saturday morning. At around 2:30 Saturday morning crews responded to a report of a fire at 1116 East 6th Street. Crews found the front of the home engulfed in heavy fire.  They were able to put the fire out within 15 minutes….

Residents in Brandon Banned from Watering Lawn

BRANDON, S.D.- A lawn watering ban went into effect Monday night, as the Brandon city council came to the decision due to the city’s high water demand.  The city says they have gone from using 650,000 gallons of water in the winter to using up to 2 million gallons of water as of now. “All rain is good at this point…

Resident Speaks Up About Problem Property In Her Area

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls resident says she’s tired of calling the city about her neighbor’s home falling apart and it turns out, she’s not the only one who’s complained. “You don’t really see how bad this is until you are in this back yard,” says homeowner Pat Oren. Oren says from her backyard, she can see the problem– a…

South Dakota Native Uses Tiny House Tour to Promote Sustainability

SIOUX FALL, S.D.- A South Dakota native and her partner are hoping their message of living sustainably and protecting the environment will leave an impact on the people that walk through their tiny home tour. The couple has been taking their tiny-home-on-wheels to around 50 cities and one of their stops today was at the Sioux Falls Butterfly House and Aquarium….

Hot Weather Brings for a Busy Day at Wild Water West Waterpark

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The heat and the humidity played as an advantage for some businesses Saturday, as more than 250 people lined up at the gates of Wild Water West Waterpark, on the southwest side of Sioux Falls. The water park opened at 11 on Saturday morning and many have been diving into the water to stay cool. Managers say…

Affordable Housing Solutions Looking to Expand Greenway Apartments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Residents of an east side Sioux Falls apartment building could have to temporarily relocate; if a new affordable housing project gets the green light. A grant could expand the Greenway Apartment complex from 17 units to 40. Memories of politicians. “George McGovern,” says Greenway resident Jeff Wilka, as he points out the politicians on his wall. That Jeff…

Someone You Should Know: Jake Wampler Continuing to Beat the Odds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- He’s a familiar face to the residents and staff at Good Samaritan Society’s Luther Manor nursing home. Every Tuesday, Jake Wampler helps the clients with bingo. However, before he started volunteering, he had to overcome some challenges. “From that day, our lives changed forever and Jake’s,” says Jake’s mother Jeanine Perez, as she recalls a memory. April 2005…

Big Paws Helps Disabled Veterans and First Responders

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A local non-profit organization is hoping to help disabled veterans and first responders, who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by providing and training a service dog to help them. The Big Paws Canine organization, which is run by volunteers, meets six days a week with dog owners and their dogs to work on training the dog to…

Health Department: Paramedics Plus Exceeding Contract Requirements

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Despite citizen concerns regarding ambulance response times, the Sioux Falls Health Department says Paramedics Plus is exceeding contract requirements. However, not everyone agrees with the report. Sioux Falls City Councilman Pat Starr says he has concerns with the performance report. “Is all those performance measures, are they a true indication of the service the residents of Sioux…

Welsh Corgi Cleans Family’s Windows

HARRISBURG, S.D.- Here’s a story that will hopefully bring a smile to your face, a Harrisburg family has to do a little less window cleaning thanks to their dog. Around Fourth of July, the Jendersee’s found their one-year-old welsh corgi Foxy, cleaning their windows. They say they first noticed Foxy would it as a signal that she wanted to go outside,…