Sydney Kern

2016 Saw An Increase In Drug-Related Crime

Sioux Falls Police is asking for the publics help to combat the illegal behavior

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Results from a 2016 crime analysis are alarming Sioux Falls Police. So much so, they say it’s time for others to start helping them combat drug-related crime. And this is why: the analysis shows the amount of meth seized in 2016 is 4x the amount seized in 2015. “The price has never been lower and the…

GM Stresses Employee Safety After Clerk Stabbing

"The best fight is one that you never got into”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Early this morning a Rapid City woman was “brutally stabbed and left to die” while working at a convenience store. Police say the two suspects, who are now in custody, were trying to walk out of a Loaf ‘N Jug with stolen beer. The clerk followed the pair outside and was killed. One local general manager…

Pilot Program Successfully Decreases Emergency Response Times

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When getting to an emergency, every second can be crucial to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. That’s why they’re proud to say they’ve cut down response times by 11 seconds in the last few months. They say it’s all thanks to better communication between dispatchers and first responders. It’s the staff at Metro Communications who answer the…

SF Stampede Launches Sled Hockey Team

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There are no skates involved, but The Sioux Falls Stampede have added a new team to their roster. One that allows those with disabilities to get out on the ice. There’s a new hockey team in Sioux Falls. Where the players are strapping in, instead of lacing up. “It looked easy so I was like let…

Minnehaha Co. Criminal Cases On The Rise

State's Attorney says drugs, specifally meth is to blame

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In 2016, Minnehaha County started investigations on 14,500 new criminal cases. To this day 10,000 of those are still open. According to the State’s Attorney, many of these crimes have one thing in common. “The vast majority of our adult criminal cases, the more serious ones are chemically propelled with either alcohol or drugs,” says Minnehaha…

Meth, Ethics Legislation, Sales Tax Highlighted In State Of The State Address

PIERRE, S.D. – A big change for thousands of online shoppers in South Dakota; starting next month, they’ll be paying South Dakota state sales tax. This was just one of the plans unveiled by Governor Dennis Daugaard during his state of the state address in Pierre Tuesday. Governor Daugaard was met with applause from lawmakers this afternoon, before diving into…

Tea Woman Hides In Bathroom During Airport Shooting

Sheila Amrhien was traveling to Florida for a work related cruise

Last week, a Tea woman was on her way to Florida for a cruise she was going on for work. But before getting on the boat, Sheila Amrhien  found herself just yards away from the deadly shooting. “I heard more of pop, pop, pop; I mean it just didn’t seem to end.” Sheila Amrhien is on a cruise to Haiti…

Autism-Friendly Gym Opens Up In SF

Special Strengths Fitness is located near 69th and Western Avenue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a New Year’s resolution for many: hitting the gym to get in shape. But fitness centers can be busy and loud, making it a difficult environment for people with autism. One woman noticed this issue, and decided to do something about it. “Nice! Let’s go a little bit heavier,” says Sharon Bethke as she’s training…

Suspect Arrested In Connection To Homicide Investigation

25-year-old Sioux Falls man in custody

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police have arrested a man in connection to a homicide investigation that began Friday night. 25-year-old Joshua Rayvon LeClaire of Sioux Falls was taken into custody Sunday morning. LeClaire is currently being held as a parole absconder and for narcotics charges. In a press release, Lt. Michael Colwill said additional charges are pending and…

Worthington Still Waiting For Lewis And Clark Water

"I am confident we are going to see water in 2018"

WORTHINGTON, MN. – Even though the 2017 Minnesota legislative session only began a couple of days ago, one small town is intensely watching what way it is going. On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton released his bonding recommendations putting the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System on the top of the list, which is really good news for residents in Worthington….

Globe University Discontinues Operations

Enrolled students can finish classes on-campus under Broadview University

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In less than a year, two colleges have closed their doors in Sioux Falls. Kilian Community College was first, and now Globe University is following suit, leaving current students scrambling and future students looking for different options. With the winter quarter in its first week, Globe University students are figuring out what’s next. “The students are…

Minnesota Town To Fight Brookings Co. Cow Feedlot For The Second Time

HENDRICKS, MN. – A small town on the border of Minnesota is preparing for a big fight. For the second time, they’re going up against a proposed 4,000-cow feedlot in Brookings County. Two years ago the South Dakota Supreme Court denied a permit to build the confined animal feeding operation in Oaklake Township. “The judge decided we did not do…

New App Offers Uber-Like Services

'Sioux Falls Cabs' launched in November

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the past year, Sioux Falls has been waiting for Uber to come to the city. To the frustration of many, the ride share company has been dragging its feet. But now there is another option. The owner of Pick-A-Cab says he’s created an app similar to Uber. It allows you to hail a cab without…

Two Families Celebrate Their New Year’s Day Babies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – While many of us were ringing in the New Year with a glass of champagne and confetti, four people were celebrating a new member of their families’ birthday. “I was pushing at it was like Happy New Year!” Tahnee, 31,  and Drew Geyen, 29, welcomed more than the New Year this morning. At 12:30 a.m., after…

New Year’s Day Bike Ride Raises Money For Center Of Hope

A New Year’s Day tradition in Sioux Falls continues in 2017. Hundreds ride in Spoke-n-Sport’s 30th annual bike ride this afternoon. The group took off on Minnesota Avenue around 1 p.m. The crew biked through downtown to Falls Park and back, biking ten miles total. The ride is free, but the bike shop accepts donations for the Center of Hope,…

Badlands Pawn Shuts Down

Gun range, radio station remain open

Payday loan millionaire Chuck Brennan is shutting down another piece of his South Dakota empire. Badlands Pawn is now closed. According to an announcement on the shop’s website, all pawn operations have shut down. The 60,000 sq. ft. building on Russell Street in northern Sioux Falls is going up for sale along with all of the pawn shop’s inventory. The…

SFFR Looking To Add On More Chaplains

One new member is already seeing how much his services are needed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When emergencies like fires happen, many fire departments have chaplains on hand to talk with affected families about what’s going on. They even help firefighters who’ve been through traumatic experiences on the job. But Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says it doesn’t have enough people in this volunteer position. One man just joined the squad, and is…

Frederick McAbee Agrees To 50 Years In Prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls has agreed to serve at least 50 years in state prison. 42-year-old Frederick McAbee pled guilty to second degree rape and commission of a felony rape with a firearm in Minnehaha County court this afternoon. McAbee was originally charged with 16 counts including attempted murder…

Businesses Aid With Last Minute Shopping

Unglued and Best Buy are two of many stores extending their business hours

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This Sunday is the December 25th, which means people only have a couple days left to buy gifts before Christmas. The bitter cold last weekend may have scared some from hitting the stores, but today was a different story. And the stores are helping make the task a little easier. It happens every year. “You wrap…

Helping Keep The Homeless Warm

The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House had some help over the bitter cold weekend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When the weather was as cold as it was this weekend, we would assume it makes for a busy weekend at local homeless shelters. But the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House in Sioux Falls says that wasn’t necessarily the case, and that’s a good thing. “We about 65 men and 13 women, that’s about where we’ve been…