Sarah Blakely

Tribal Council Favors Asking Pipeline Protesters To Leave

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP)– The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council is supporting the district of Cannon Ball’s wish that all Dakota Access pipeline protesters leave the area. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the resolution was passed by the full council Friday. It applies to all three protest camps in North Dakota. Cody Two Bears is the Cannon Ball district representative…

Rapid City Postal Worker Convicted Of Embezzlement, Theft

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– A federal jury in South Dakota has convicted a postal worker from Rapid City of mail embezzlement and theft. Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Newman was found guilty on seven counts. Authorities say he stole mail that contained U.S. currency, gift cards and other items of value. The thefts allegedly occurred between January and March of 2015. Newman faces…

Rapid City Sees Record Year For Value Of Building Permits

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– Rapid City issued building permits worth a record value during 2016 and further growth this year probably will depend on commercial developers. Dale Tech, interim director for the city’s Community Planning and Development Services office, tells the Rapid City Journal the city has potential to have another strong year in development. In 2016, the city issued…

Monster Jam Takes Over The Premier Center This Weekend

It’s billed as the biggest show on four wheels. Monster Jam takes over the Denny Sanford Premier Center this weekend. Catch a fleet of monster trucks rip around the arena in an energizing performance! There will be three performance, Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, January 21 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. A special Pit Party will…

Career Corner: Setting Workplace Resolutions

The New Year is all about setting goals, but sometimes in the midst of our fitness goals, volunteering goals, and others, we tend to forget about setting goals for the place in which we spend the most time– the workplace. Russ Hovendick, president of Client Staffing Solutions, Inc., says he first and foremost recommends everyone review their résumé whether they’re…

Drone Registration Exemption Flies Through Senate Committee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– South Dakota drone enthusiasts may be able to skip some expense and paperwork under a bill that flew through its first legislative test. The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send to the full chamber a bill that would exempt some unmanned aircraft from state registration requirements. The measure introduced at the request of the state…

Sanford Health Offers “Food Is Good Medicine” Cooking Classes

Food is such a big part of our lives. It’s essential to eat healthy, balanced meals because it gives fuel to our bodies, but it’s not always easy to come up with those meal ideas and make sure you aren’t missing any key nutrients. Thankfully, Sanford Health is here to help with a few cooking classes! Executive Chef John Gilbertson…

Company Gives $50K Donation Under New School Choice Law

PIERRE (AP)– A Sioux Falls company has given a $50,000 contribution to help South Dakota students attend private schools under a state-backed scholarship program. Michael VanErdewyk, CEO and chairman at ReliaMax, said Tuesday that helping students and their families with options to get the best education possible has always been the company’s top priority. Former Sen. Phyllis Heineman, who sponsored…

LifeScape Presents “Space School Musical” With Actors Of All Abilities

It’s a story we’re all familiar with: being a student trying to finish their science project before the deadline. A new musical presented by LifeScape is taking that story to the final frontier in the “Space School Musical.” It premiers on Augustana’s campus on January 27. Jamie Richardson, with LifeScape’s Center for the Arts, says this is the fifth year…

Donate Items For Women In The Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

The fifth annual Feminine Hygiene Product Drive takes place Monday in downtown Sioux Falls. Lucy Albers of the Sioux Empire Rock-a-Bettys and Carmen Toft from Prairie Berry East Bank are two of the organizers. Toft says it began after another one of the organizers was visiting The Banquet and heard about a woman there who was using her baby’s last…

South Dakota Corn And Soybean Crops Set Records In 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)– South Dakota farmers last year produced record and soybean crops. The Agriculture Department says in its crop production summary that South Dakota’s corn crop totaled 826 million bushels, up 3 percent from 2015. The state’s soybean crop totaled 256 million bushels, up 9 percent. The state’s alfalfa, sorghum, oil sunflower, proso millet and flaxseed crops all…

Girl Scouts Parents Meetings Held In Pierre, Aberdeen This Weekend

Girl Scout Cookie season is just a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to get your daughters signed up in a troop. Nancy Tapken with Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons says this time of year, she usually sees an influx of registrants who were maybe a little hesitant or too busy to sign up in the fall….

Officials: Bridge Damaged In Pipeline Protests Is Sound

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)– North Dakota transportation officials say tests of a bridge damaged during protests of the Dakota Access pipeline show the span is structurally sound. The Backwater Bridge north of Cannon Ball has been the site of several clashes between protesters and police. It has been closed since October, when protesters blocked it with burning vehicles. In December, core…

Yankton Sioux Tribe Chairman Encourages Mutual Understanding

PIERRE– The Yankton Sioux tribal chairman says Native American people and non-tribal members would benefit from mutual understanding. Chairman Robert Flying Hawk gave the second State of the Tribes address Thursday to the Legislature. The address is similar to the governor’s State of the State. Flying Hawk says also that the state’s reservations are facing challenges including methamphetamine use. He…

Hy-Vee Issues Voluntary Recall Of Candy Trays

WEST DES MOINES– Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling several candy trays because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee’s attention when Palmer Candy Company announced a limited recall of certain chocolate products after it was informed by its supplier, Valley Milk Products LLC, that…