Rebecca David

Paramedics Plus Working on First Responder Shortage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- More than 100 students are expected to graduate this year from the Sioux Falls School of Emergency Medical Services. Officials say they hope this new fleet of paramedics and EMT’s can help with shortages in the industry locally and nationwide. “Liked being out there, helping people, just being there for others, making a difference,” says Avera Paramedic Intern…

Sanford Children’s Hospital Holds Free Summer Camp For Children Battling Cancer/Survivors

WATERTOWN, S.D.- From tubing to shooting paintball guns, 55 children are having the time of their lives in Watertown. They’re at a free summer camp that’s unlike many others. It’s for kids battling cancer and those who’ve survived the disease. Katie Henry can’t seem to hold back her smile. She’s been waiting quite some time to go to summer camp…

Friends Remember Jayden Harley

WATERTOWN, S.D.- In Watertown, a 17-year-old is dead after a noise dispute turned violent over the weekend. Police say 30-year-old Alexis Velazquez shot Jayden Harley following an argument out in the street on Saturday night. Today Harley’s friends and a co-worker reflected on his life and the moments they wish they could’ve changed before his death. “It couldn’t have been him,”…

Siouxland Renaissance Festival Wraps Up

SIOUX FALL, S.D.- Sioux Empire residents were taken back in time to 1575 and the reign of Queen Elizabeth this weekend. For 16 years now, Siouxland Renaissance Association has been putting on the renaissance festival and bringing history back to life. The two-day event held at the fairgrounds had both adult and children activities. Organizers of the event say they never…

Sioux Falls Residents Join National Equality March

Equality. One word that brought many together, to speak up and demand a change.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Around 600 people marched Sunday afternoon in Sioux Falls along with others across the U.S. for equality. Participants said they marched for the equality of the LGBTQ community and to also make their voices heard by those in office. “What do we want, equality, when do we want it, now,” chanted marchers as they marched towards Falls Park….

Teenage Victim Identified in Watertown Shooting

Man arrested in Watertown teen's death

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a Watertown teenager was shot and killed in an apparent neighborhood dispute. Police say a 30-year-old man shot 17-year-old Jayden Harley in the midsection with a handgun during an argument Saturday night. Harley died at a local hospital. Authorities say he was unarmed. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Codington County Detention…

Police Locate Missing 11-year-old Boy

UPDATE: Storm Joseph Bordeaux has been located. — SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 11-year-old boy. Storm Joseph Bordeaux was last heard from at Terrace Park around 7 p.m. on Saturday. He said he was going to an unknown friend’s house. Storm was wearing a black shirt and carrying…

Over 300 People Walked To Bring Awareness to Kidney Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Around 30 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and most don’t know it. That’s according to the South Dakota National Kidney Foundation. Over 300 people walked around Seroma Park, on Saturday in honor of family members or on behalf of themselves to bring awareness and raise funds for kidney disease. The walk which is put on by Avera…

Crews Battle Fire Near East Willow Ridge Place

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls family was able to escape a fire safely that started on their back deck due to grilling. Fire Crews responded to the 8400 block of East Willow Ridge Place on Saturday night around 7 p.m. The fire spread from the back deck to the rest of the home, causing extensive damage, however, the family can stay…

Brandon Family Celebrates Dairy Month By Opening Family Farm to the Community

For the Ode family, you definitely cannot take the farm out of them

BRANDON, S.D.- A Brandon family is celebrating Dairy Month, by opening their family farm to the community. For ten years, the Ode family has put on the annual breakfast on the farm at their Royalwood Dairy Farm, which continues to draw a huge crowd. “You can take the kid off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of…

How To Beat The Heat While Staying Cool

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- With the temperatures reaching into the 80’s and 90’s, doctors are reminding parents to keep their children hydrated with water, and avoid high sugar and caffeine drinks. 4-year-old Zella Kortleever loves the summertime because it gives her a chance to do all her fun activities. “Going kayaking, going swimming, and having parties,” says Four-year- old Zella Kortleever. And…

Highway 11 Still Closed As Cracked Sealant Gets Repaired

CANTON, S.D.- Drivers on Highway 11 ran into a dangerous situation between Sioux Falls and Canton. A sticky tar substance coated their tires and caused their cars to shake. The South Dakota Department of Transportation says they started receiving calls about it Monday evening. The highway is still closed as state workers try to fix the problem. “We definitely have seen…

Blue Mounds State Park Contaminated Water Being Worked On

LUVERNE, MN.- Drinking water and fresh showers will soon be a reality for campers at Blue Mounds State Park. Three years ago the staff had to close the parks well after it was contaminated with E.coli. “We have seen it, it started about three years ago,” says Luverne Area Aquatics and Fitness Center Supervisor Samantha Honerman. It’s no surprise to the…

Sioux Falls Teen Gives Lowell 2nd Graders “SMART” Bags

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls teenager is hoping to keep kids active and learning this summer with what she’s calling “SMART” bags.  They’re meant to promote subjects like science, math, and reading.  Wednesday morning, she dropped the bags off to excited second graders at Lowell Elementary. “I want to be a chef, or a teacher, or a veterinarian, or a farmer,…

Families Remember Loved Ones At Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Veterans and families came to pay tribute to their loved ones today at the annual Wreath Laying ceremony at Hills of Rest Cemetery. Families recalled loved ones who gave their lives in service to our country. As taps played and the flag blew in the air, a moment of silence followed, as families remembered their loved ones, who…

Remembering Those Who Have Served

That extra day off does have some meaning behind it

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For many, Memorial Day means an extra-long weekend usually filled with cookouts and time spent outdoors. But that extra day off does have some meaning behind it. Each year on Memorial Day, we remember and honor the men and women, who died in service to protect and serve our country and for some, it’s a day they, remember…

Trooper Dragged, Assaulted During Traffic Stop; Patrol Vehicle Stolen

The trooper was taken to the hospital, treated and released

UPDATE PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D.- A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper was assaulted and dragged as his patrol vehicle was stolen. Two possible suspects were taken into custody on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. About 7:30 pm Saturday, the trooper initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at South Highway 79 and Spring Creek Road. During the stop, one suspect was…

Nyberg’s Ace Honors Veterans With Free Roses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Nyberg’s customer’s at all four Sioux Falls locations were sent home with free roses. The flowers are part of the store’s special for Memorial Day to honor the fallen veterans. “Are you a veteran? No ma’am, are you going to see any veteran this weekend? Ahh, yes,” says one of the customers talking to the cashier. It was…

USD Law School Weighing Move to Sioux Falls

VERMILLION, S.D.- It’s been the talk of the town in vermillion–the University of South Dakota possibly moving the state’s only law school to Sioux Falls. USD’s president last Friday announced the formation of a taskforce to review the potential move. He says law schools all over the nation have seen a decrease in enrollment and USD is no exception. Eric Ronke…