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No Weapons Found In Hours Long Standoff, Rapid City Parolee In Custody

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It took police a little more than 2 hours to get a Rapid City man who violated his parole in custody. When confronted 43-year-old Jeremy Hoeft told police officers he was armed with a weapon and an explosive device. That triggered heavy law enforcement presence in downtown Sioux Falls. But the end result is exactly what…

Two Horses Killed In Pickup Vs. Trailer Crash

MINNEHAHA Co. – A pickup traveling south on 478th Avenue east of Sioux Falls landed on Interstate 90, hitting a horse trailer Sunday afternoon. The accident happened around 12:15. South Dakota Highway Patrol says the pickup was approaching I-90 when it crossed the center line, traveled in the wrong lane of traffic, through grass and launched onto the westbound lanes…

Bass Up 28: Communities Rally Behind Injured Football Player

HILLS, M.N.- It’s something every football player, coach and parent fears– a hit on the field that results in a serious injury. For a 17-year-old Hills Beaver Creek running back, that’s his reality. Two weeks ago, the athlete suffered a neck injury that’s left him partially paralyzed. Now his team, and surrounding communities, is coming to his side. This field…

Golf Course Recruits High School Football Players For Help With Storm Damage

LAKE COUNTY, S.D. – Strong winds pummeled parts of the Sioux Empire Tuesday night. At a golf course in Lake County, trees were knocked down leaving branches and debris scattered. But in true small-town South Dakota fashion, an army of volunteers is helping clean up the mess, many of which, are used to working as a team. “About 11:15 p.m….

Six-Acre Lot Zoning Change Reignites Controversy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Changes to a six-acre lot in northeastern Sioux Falls are once again being met with backlash. Last month, city council members voted to rezone the property near 6th and Bahnson from agriculture to what’s called “live and work.” Nearby residents tried to fight that change Tuesday night. A petition was filed before the council meeting for…

Updated Ordinance Makes It Easier To Euthanize ‘Vicious Animals’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that makes it easier for the city to euthanize pets that attack people, Tuesday night. Animal Control has said they’ve been worried about some of the animals they’re sending back home. So now, it all comes down to the definition of ‘vicious’. If a pet is deemed vicious,…

Tea Family Giving Bikes To Foster Families Through Triathlon Wins

TEA, S.D. – In a triathlon athletes are tasked with swimming, bicycling and running a variety of distances back to back. It can be grueling for adults, let alone kids. But one Tea family took on 7 youth triathlons this summer. While the sport is individual based, the siblings weren’t competing for themselves. They were competing for others in need….

Tri-Valley School District Walks Back Offer

The superintendent sent a letter to home-school parents offering a free laptop

COLTON, S.D. – A letter sent out by the Tri-Valley School District is creating some backlash. The district invited home-school students to attend school in the district for one day, Sept. 29. In the letter, Superintendent Mike Lomdel said school districts in South Dakota receive funding based on the number of students enrolled in the district on that date. The…

State Fishing License Numbers Are Down

GFP says conflict over public water and private landowners is playing a part

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been nearly 6 months since a controversial issue between fishermen and private land owners came to a head. The state closed off people’s access to public waters on private land. Then, in June, Governor Dennis Daugaard held a special legislative session, and a decision was made to open the lakes back up. But the flip…

Group Looks To Build City’s First Concrete Skate Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Right now, there are two skate parks within the city of Sioux Falls; Drake Springs Park and Kuehn Park. But a group of skate boarders are looking to build a third, saying the two aren’t meeting the demands of those traveling on wheels. “The existing parks in Sioux Falls were maybe afterthoughts,” says Jeff Zueger. Growing…

Florida Musician Stranded In Sioux Falls

Lead singer of 'The Grassroots' is having trouble finding a flight back home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly 5.6 million people were ordered to evacuate Florida. With the storm hitting hard Sunday, many of those people are left wondering when they’ll be able to return. That includes a Florida musician, who is forced to ride out the storm right here in Sioux Falls. For the next 6 days, grabbing a cup of coffee…

New Program Benefits Elementary Students With Special Needs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the first week back to school, a Sioux Falls elementary is implementing a new program to benefit those with special needs. “Trends are that children are less active, they aren’t rolling down hills, and they are not making mud pies,” says Physical Therapist at Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Jolene Gordon. Gordon says technology is changing…