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Someone You Should Know: Bowdle Couple Raising Santa’s Backup Reindeer

BOWDLE. S.D. – With the holidays nearing, many are out doing last minute preparations. That may include buying presents or cooking up a big meal. For one couple in Bowdle, this means making sure their reindeer are ready, just in case they’re needed on Christmas Eve. “What we have now are mostly the girls that were born here, and they…

Self-Harm Climbs Among Young Girls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have substantially increased nationwide among girls. That’s according to a new study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Experts in Sioux Falls aren’t surprised by these findings. They say the number of teenagers in counseling continues to rise, and cell phones may be the…

Holiday Sales Arrive Early In Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, S.D. – We are a week away from one the biggest shopping days of the year; Black Friday. But according to industry experts, most shoppers are actually hitting up stores before Thanksgiving. That includes the community of Harrisburg, which is already taking advantage of early sales. Christmas came early this year, for those buying the gifts. “I did the…

Harrisburg School Board Gets Input From Parents On Possible New School

HARRISBURG, S.D. – For years, the number of people living in Harrisburg has been substantially growing; and for years, the school district has been trying to keep up. In less than two decades Harrisburg High School has moved three different times. The latest location even expanded fewer than two years ago to hold an extra 600 students. Still, enrollment is…

Augustana University Holds Forum To Discuss NFL Controversy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Controversy within the NFL started more than a year ago, when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem instead of standing. The move has sparked some to follow suit, and others to lash out. A discussion Thursday night at Augustana University aimed to bring people on both sides of this argument together. “You hear…

Full Story: Iowa Teacher Facing 140 Counts Of Inappropriate Conduct

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – An Iowa elementary teacher is facing 140 counts of inappropriate conduct with students. Police first arrested 35-year-old Curtis Van Dam at the end of October on two counts; lascivious conduct with minor and lascivious acts with a child. Now, Sioux Center Police are discovering similar incidents may have happened before. With allegations dating back to August…

City Council Denies Gas Station To Expand Into A Casino

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls City Council took up a disagreement between a neighborhood and gas station owner Tuesday night. The owner of Hilltop BP on the corner of 18th and Cleveland says he’s trying to grow his business – by offering video lottery. But, those who live near the gas station fear gaming will drive up crime in…

Hurricane Damage In Puerto Rico Affecting Health Care Industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Health care providers nationwide are concerned about a shortage of IV bag solution. One of the major manufacturers of the saline solution, Baxter, is located in Puerto Rico where Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc more than one month ago. The company suffered minimal damage, but did lose multiple production days, disrupting their shipments. That includes shipments that…

Family Donates Assault Victim’s Organs To Those In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Watertown family is dealing with an unexpected loss. Forty-year-old Jeremy Buol lost his life Wednesday in a result of an assault late Saturday night. Buol was taken to a hospital in Watertown, and then transported to Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. Like many families in this situation, Jeremy’s mom, brother and aunt followed him hoping…

Trick Or Treating For Charity

SF kids ask for non-perishable items instead of candy to donate them to Feeding SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – While most kids were asking for candy this Halloween, another group took a different spin on this tradition, asking their neighbors for non-perishable food items. And it wasn’t to spare them from cavities. In Jack Hilgenberg’s trick or treat bag, or wagon, you won’t find Snickers, Nerds or Twizzlers, instead, cereal and canned food. “I love…

Update: Western Dakota Tech On Lock Down While Rapid City Police Search For Fugitive

Courtesy:Rapid City Police RAPID CITY, S.D. – Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City has canceled classes for the rest of the day after the nearby search for a Pennington County fugitive led to a lockdown at the school Tuesday afternoon. According to their Facebook page, classes are scheduled to resume as normal on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Rapid City Police…

Two USD Football Players Arrested On Rape Charges

Dale Williamson Jr., Danny Rambo Jr.VERMILLION, S.D. – The names of two University of South Dakota football players involved in a sexual assault investigation have been released. According to The Vermillion Police Department, junior Danny Rambo Jr., 20, has been arrested for second degree rape. Sophomore Dale Williamson Jr., 21, has been arrested for attempted second degree rape. The two…