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From Munition Storage To Doomsday Shelter

A California-based company is creating the largest survival shelter in South Dakota

EDGEMONT, S.D. – They’re known as ‘doomsday preppers’; people who are getting ready for the end of the world, and many are starting to flock to South Dakota. West River, a California-based company is creating the largest shelter community ever made. Tucked away on hilly grass fields south of Edgemont, South Dakota, you’ll find sphere shaped bunkers covered in dirt…

Driver Frustrated With Latest Badlands Motor Speedway Decision

BRANDON, S.D. – A local hobby stock race car driver is still frustrated with a decision the owner of Badlands Motor Speedway made. Last week, Chuck Brennan announced he will be discontinuing all services at the track, including five scheduled races. The race schedule was already significantly shortened when Brennan put the track up for sale last November. Now drivers…

Hartford City Government Continues Moving Forward

Today, Mayor Jeremy Menning says the council is on a completely different path

HARTFORD, S.D. – A little over two years ago, turmoil in Hartford’s city government started to surface. It began with talks of doing away with the economic developer position, then spurred a movement for a mayoral recall. That was followed up by an email scandal. But now, things are steadier and the recently re-elected Mayor says it’s time to focus…

Author Looks To Help Readers Learn About Adulthood

"All the life secrets nobody bothered to tell you"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An author who grew up in South Sioux City, Nebraska is helping those who just graduated, or have been in the working world for a bit, learn how to perfect adulthood. Andy Boyle just released his book ‘Adulthood *for Beginners’ this May. “The idea was, I wish I had a bunch of this advice when I…

Councilor Rick Kiley Appointed To Council Chair

Sioux Falls City Councilors have chosen a new leader among them, for council chair. “Councilor Kiley has done a great job in recent months communicating, discussing our concerns with our administration and has been a wonderful liaison,” says councilor Greg Neitzert. “He’s proved that he’s an effective leader so I’m proud to make the nomination.” The council unanimously approved councilor…

‘Food Truck Tuesday’ Has Returned

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The weather held out tonight to mark a new season. Not summer, but food truck season. Golf Addiction on West 57th Street held the first ‘Food Truck Tuesday’ of the year. There are some new vendors for the event’s third year, including a kettle corn and ice shaving truck. In total, seven local food trucks parked…

Protecting Yourself From Cyberattacks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A cyberattack that is said to be the biggest ever, continues to freeze networks in 150 countries including the U.S. The malware virus first hit last Friday, affecting hospitals, transport systems and universities around the globe. The number of victims is in the hundreds of thousands, but one local communications company says preventing something like this…

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Looking Into Weekend Vandalism

HARRISBURG, S.D. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the person responsible for vandalizing a baseball field concession stand. The department believes the vandalism happened overnight or in the early morning hours of Sunday. Multiple messages were spray painted on the concession stand including the words ‘you suck’, ‘yolo’ and ‘f*** off’. The Sheriff’s Department says the Harrisburg…

Two Arrested In Early Morning Stabbing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two men have been arrested for their reported involvement in a stabbing early Sunday morning. Sioux Falls Police were dispatched to the 700 block of South Charlotte Avenue just before 3 a.m. for a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers saw a vehicle leaving the area at a high speed. An officer stopped that vehicle and located a…

Full Story: “We Don’t Want Any Of This To Be True” – SF Mayor

Mayor Mike Huether adresses Jim Sideras investigation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been a little over a week since authorities searched the home of former Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras. The investigation was initially met with silence by city officials as to why the search was carried out. But we now know that Sideras is facing 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Wednesday Mayor Mike…

Mayor Mike Huether Addresses Jim Sideras Investigation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – During a press conference Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says the investigation surrounding former fire chief Jim Sideras hurts him. “We are mad, we are sad, we’re confused, we’re hurt,” says Huether. “We don’t want any of this to be true.” Law enforcement searched Jim Sideras’ home on May 2nd. Mayor Huether said Sioux Falls Police…

Sen. Thune Begins Work On Health Care Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was one of the biggest promises President Trump made during his election campaign. He was going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Last week, House Republicans took the first step in doing this, passing Trump’s American Health Care Act. But the Senate still needs to vote on the bill. One organization hopes some big changes are…

Full Story: Neighbors React To Jim Sideras Arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After a week, the Sioux Empire finally has answers to questions surrounding former Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office confirms Monday that Sideras has been arrested on 10 counts of child pornography. This new development stems from an investigation that began in Massachusetts. That’s where authorities began to connect email and…