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PAve General Manager Shares Excitement For Reopening Date

"Its been a roller coaster of emotions"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A building collapse in downtown Sioux Falls in December left the community shaken up. A life was lost, and many businesses closed their doors for weeks because of the damage. The one closest to the collapse has been shut down for over two months. But soon, that’s changing. Even though bricks, sandbags and orange cones surround…

Delmont Steakhouse And Lounge Up For Grabs

The owner is giving away the business for the sake of the community

DELMONT, S.D. – It’s not uncommon for a business owner to decide to sell their shop, whether it be because of retirement or travel reasons, but it is uncommon for someone to give their business away. That’s what one Delmont man is doing with his steakhouse, and it’s all for the good of his community. For the past two years,…

Muslim Community Center Works To Keep Peace Among Members

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Muslim Community Center of South Dakota board member Mohammad Qamar says Sioux Falls has a sizeable Muslim community. With a controversial immigration ban in effect, the focus is making sure local families go about their normal, everyday lives. “The last thing that we want to cause is chaos and more alarm,” says Qamar. Qamar says he…

Notorious Minnesota Axe Murders Subject Of New Book

The setting is a farm near the small town of Clements, Minnesota

CLEMENTS, MN. – It’s coined one of the most notorious axe murders in American History. It happened just two hours away from Sioux Falls near a small town in northwest Minnesota in the early 1900’s. Now, nearly 100 years later, the story is being told through a historical fiction book. “It’s about a man who takes an axe kills his…

Landlord Dealing With Aftermath Of Trashed Home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man who rented out his home is now going through a nightmare. He worked hard to fix up a house, but he says it was trashed by renters. And now he’s left picking up the pieces. “Every spot here needs to be cleaned,” says Andy Gibson as he walks around his home on…

Taxi Driver Helps Police Locate Trapped Woman

Brandon Liesinger, 27, was arrested on assault and kidnapping charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man is in custody for kidnapping and assault charges, after police say he locked his ex-girlfriend in a bedroom for hours early Sunday morning. Police say the woman could have been trapped in the room for a lot longer if it wasn’t for a taxi driver being in the right place at the…

Women’s March SF Organizers Overwhelmed With Turnout

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people marched in downtown Sioux Falls Saturday in the name of women. It was an amount that even shocked the organizers. When the idea came to join those in Washington D.C., organizer Kadyn Wittman says she expected about 250 people to join. Instead 3.327 people from all walks of life marched down Philips Avenue…

Brandon Woman Seeks Help For New Spay/Neuter Animal Shelter

BRANDON, S.D. – In the last year, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society has reached capacity multiple times. They’ve had to put up signs saying they are no longer accepting owner surrendered animals. While the shelter does have room right now, one Brandon woman knows they could reach capacity again. So she’s doing her part to help. For as long…

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…

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…