Sydney Kern

Following A Guilty Verdict, Family Of Shooting Victim Speaks Out

"It'll never bring my son back"

WAGNER, S.D. – A South Dakota family is relieved to have found some closure in the death of their 28-year-old son and brother. Wednesday night, a jury found Jared Stone guilty of second degree murder for shooting Baptiste White Eyes in April of last year. While it’s the verdict White Eyes’ family wanted, they say it doesn’t take away any…

Adolescents Starting To Use Drugs At Younger Age

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For months now, drugs have been a major topic in the Sioux Empire. Police say they’re dealing with more drug-related crimes than ever before, and a drug treatment facility in Sioux Falls says they’ve seen an increase in patients. But what’s more alarming is those patients are becoming younger and younger. “The youngest I’ve met with…

Deputies Find Hole Burned Into Oil Pipeline

CANTON, S.D. – The Dakota Access Pipeline has created controversy nationwide. A section of it still needs to be installed in North Dakota. There’s already pipe in the ground in areas like Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties. It’s been that way for months. But authorities say just this past weekend, part of that pipe was vandalized. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office…

Drowning Victim’s Family Return To Falls Park

On the fourth anniversary, the Wallace's are honoring their daughter's loving legacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been four years since a tragic accident shook Sioux Falls. A 6-year-old boy fell into the Big Sioux River at Falls Park, and his older sister, 16-year-old Madison Wallace and a bystander, 28-year-old Lyle Eagle Tail died trying to save him. They drowned after jumping into the rushing water. Today, the Wallace’s returned to Falls…

Bringing Whitney Stevens Home

A SD family is working to bring their daughter's body back after she died in South America

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota family is longing for closure. Their 24-year-old daughter tragically lost her life in a hiking accident in South America. Now they’re fighting to bring her remains back home. But they’re not in this fight alone. “We didn’t expect anything close to the ou tpouring of help,” says Wayne Stevens. From business fundraisers…

Large Turnout For SDSU Tournament Selection Watch Party

  BROOKINGS, S.D. – Earlier this week we found out the SDSU Jackrabbits men’s team would be dancing for the second year in a row in the NCAA Division I tournament. Sunday night, we found out who they will be facing — No. 1 seed Gonzaga. While this may be a challenge, players and fans say “bring it on”. It…

Sioux Empire Paddlers Looking To Build White Water Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Their sport may not be basketball, but the Sioux Empire Paddlers is participating in their version of March Madness. The nonprofit kayaking group is offering a special deal during the whole month for those who want to become members; all of the membership fees, which costs 45 dollars per family, will go toward their white water…

Southern Sioux Falls On Track For Big-Time Development

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Earlier this week a proposed controversial apartment complex in southern Sioux Falls got the go-ahead from city council. But that’s not the only housing being built in that area, and the city says it certainly won’t be the last. “Eight-fifth and Louise has been very vibrant for people, they want to be down there,” says Chief…

Yankton Officials Trying To Cash In On Multi-Million Dollar Casino

YANKTON, S.D. – Business leaders on the southeast side of the state are betting on a big entertainment facility they believe could produce millions of dollars in revenue. Yankton Area Progressive Growth is looking to build a 500 machine, 10 table casino in the heart of downtown. But they say they’re going to need more than just a ‘lucky hand’…

Affordable Housing Complex Approved

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A controversial housing complex is moving forward in southern Sioux Falls. The project dominated the discussion Tuesday night at city council, with over an hour of debate between councilors, builders and neighbors. The affordable housing complex is getting plenty of mixed reviews, and it hasn’t even been built yet. The project will likely break ground in…

Record Breaking Crowd For USD, SDSU Showdown

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s not often that two teams playing each other both have home court advantage. But that was the case for USD and SDSU men’s basketball in the Summit League semi-finals hosted right here in South Dakota. Fans of the two rivals showed up in droves at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. There were two seas of…

Company Gifts Heat To Harrisburg Woman

HARRISBURG, S.D. – One woman has received the gift of heat from a plumbing and heating company. Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling installed a free, brand new furnace into Sandy Boelhower’s home. Boelhower has been battling different forms of cancer for nearly 9 years. She started with a brain tumor, then doctors found lung cancer and a year later…

Warm Weather Takes Summit League Celebration Outside

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota’s two biggest universities both had teams battling in the Summit League quarterfinals Sunday, which means the fan base was huge. More than 9,400 people attended the two mid-afternoon games. That’s the second-largest women’s quarterfinal session crowd in League history. The League is used to big numbers inside the Premier Center but on Sunday, those…

New Name, New Location, Same Music

SF woman to open up new rock academy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Kids will once again have the opportunity to rock to the beat in the Sioux Empire. After finding out millionaire Chuck Brennan closed Brennan Rock & Roll Academy one woman decided to open up a similar music academy. It will have a different name and new location, but the rhythm behind the lessons will stay the…

Student Stabbed In SDSU Dorm Room

The suspect told authorities he was acting in self-defense

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State University officials say a student was stabbed on campus over the weekend and had to be airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. The suspect is a former student who told authorities he was acting in self-defense. This comes as a shock to many in Brookings. “This is pretty significant as far as assaults go…

Debate Over Proposed Affordable Housing In Southern SF

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This week the Sioux Falls City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a zone change on the south side of town. The change would allow Costello Companies to build an affordable housing apartment complex on the lot. The construction company says since the area is expected to grow in the next couple of years, it’s…

Volunteers Needed To Provide Transportation To Those In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An organization that recruits volunteers to provide transportation to seniors and persons with disabilities, is in need themselves. Melissa Gibson with Drive to Help says they don’t have enough volunteers for their two programs “Wow” and “Project Car”. She says the winter time is especially difficult to find drivers. A lot of the current volunteers are…

Augustana University Introduces First Woman President In 157-Year History

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will assume office this summer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – She was the first woman in South Dakota to serve as a U.S. House Representative. Now she’ll be the first woman to lead one Sioux Falls University. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been named as Augustana University’s 24th president. College officials spread the word about the former congresswoman in an email Wednesday. “I looked at it and…