Rebecca David

Sioux Empire Fair: The Impact On The Local Economy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Organizers say their numbers all depend on the weather and which performers they book for the event. They also say the number of the events going on over the two weekends can create friendly competition, but regardless, the fair continues to bring in revenue to the city. “We want to be the hot spot in town for these…

LGBTQ Community Reacts After Film Showcasing Same-Gender Crush Goes Viral

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-What started as a class project for two Florida students has become a social media sensation. A short animated film about a same-gender crush has gone viral. With nearly 20 million views on YouTube, the film is also getting attention from viewers in the Sioux empire. “The video was very heart warming, I think it’s a feeling that…

National Air Guard Selects First Female Wing Command Chief

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The South Dakota National Air Guard celebrated a new milestone today, as they sworn in their first 114th Fighter Wing’s first female Wing Command Chief to ever hold the title in the guard’s history. Her accomplishments are not only making her family proud, but they’re also inspiring other women. “The 114th Wing Command Chief,” says Zona Hornstra, as…

Annual Great Cardboard Boat Race Showcases Creativity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  Imagine having to use a corrugated cardboard and duct tape to make a boat, well that’s what more than 25 participants did today at Kuehn pool. The annual Great Cardboard Boat Race took place earlier today and many sailors had their boats decked out with plenty of duct tape. The race had 5 age divisions from 7 years…

Operation Addy Holds Giveaway Despite Uncertain Future

LENNOX, S.D.- A Lennox-based nonprofit is still giving back to the community, despite it being in need of donors to help the organization stay open. Earlier this morning the organization held a giveaway in Lennox, which helped around 110 people. The giveaway had household items such as clothes, hygiene products, diapers along with other necessities. The organization says despite things being…

Outdoor City Pools Closed Today Due to Cool Temperatures

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- All Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation outdoor aquatic centers and pool facilities will be closed Today, because of cool temperatures. 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 49th Street McKennan Wading Pool—1500 South Third Avenue Pioneer Spray Park—East Pine…

More Job Applicants Failing Drug Tests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls manufacturing company says they have plenty of job openings, but not enough applicants passing required drug tests. Even agencies that match candidates with businesses are doing drug screenings of their own. However, the drug epidemic isn’t going down. “Focusing on quality and not as much on quantity,” says Owner of Express Employment Professionals Rich…

Shoppers Support Dress For Success

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Community members filled their shopping bags this weekend to support women in the working world. Dress for Success held it’s ‘Summer Closet Sale.’ Shoppers purchased items for ten dollars or less– including gently-used designer clothing, jewelry, and shoes. All the money from the sale goes to ‘Dress for Success’ to help empower women in the community. The organization…

Athletes Shooting for a National Archery Title

YANKTON, S.D. – Athletes from 44 states and 5 foreign countries are in Yankton this weekend for the chance to be crowned an archery champion. This major outdoor tournament brings in a lot of competitors, their families, and their spending money. It’s a sport that requires precision and focus. However, for Steve Anderson, archery sort of fell into his lap,…

Play Brings Youth and Seniors Together

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An assisted living facility in Sioux Falls is helping residents and youth form a relationship through theatre. For three years now the Inn on Westport has partnered with the Missoula Children’s Theatre to put on a free stage show for the community. Since this past Monday, the cast and crew have been rehearsing their version of ‘Treasure island.’…

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…