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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…

Medical Assistant Careers On The Rise

From 2014-2020 the profession is expected to grow 23 percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – They don’t prescribe medicine or stitch you up. They’re not doctors or nurses, but they’re in one of the fastest growing medical fields, and they’re in high demand. “I do a lot scheduling for patients and answering those phone calls,” says Sandi Hoogendoorn. “But we’re crossed trained in the office, so I also do rooming for…

Former Rookies Employees Still Waiting For Paychecks

The owner says he will cover all unpaid checks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some Sioux Falls restaurant employees are looking for their paychecks. The business closed its doors nearly one month ago. Some workers say they haven’t received their paycheck since the closing. Others say they’ve gotten a check, but it bounced back. Heaven Cain currently works at the Philips Avenue Dinner in downtown Sioux Falls. But she says…

Sno Jam Comedy Festival Raises $2,000 For Special Olympics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls got an extra round of laughs this weekend during the first ever Sno Jam Comedy Festival. The festival started on Thursday and went through Saturday with two shows each night. It was held at both Wacko’s Comedy Club and Fernson brewery in downtown Sioux Falls. Thirty comics from L.A. To New York were featured…

Skywriting Pilots Give Firsthand Look At Heart Display

TEA, S.D. – A couple small planes put on a big show in honor of Valentine’s Day. Two skywriting pilots drew hearts in the sky and it caught everyone’s attention. “We started around lunchtime which I guess is really convenient because everyone was out traveling around,” says Gary Middlebrooks one of the pilots behind the creation. “Dustin and I were…

Women Receive Valentine’s Gift That Keeps On Singing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – At work it’s nice to have Valentine’s Day gifts to show off, like teddy bears, flowers or chocolates. But one present Tuesday was just as much fun for coworkers. A barbershop quartet surprised a few people around town, with a song, right in the middle of the work day. Dressed to the nines wearing red bow-ties…