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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…

Delivering Packages In The Bitter Cold

USPS letter carrier Tim Durham has worked 13 holiday seasons, the key -- layers

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Temperatures dipped below zero this weekend, making it a little more difficult for the real life Santa’s to deliver everyone’s presents before the 25th. But one 13 year veteran says as long as he is layering up, he can get the job done. With a winter hat, thick gloves and snow boots…

SF Church Opens Up Temporary Shelter

Due to the harsh temperatures over the weekend, a church in Sioux Falls has set up a temporary shelter, opening up their doors to anyone who needs a little warmth. Dozens of cots, food and winter clothing are available at the Celebrate Community Church’s Meadow building off of South Shirley Avenue. Everything in this room has been donated. One volunteer…

Tree Farm And Church Team Up To Spread Holiday Cheer

Riverview Christmas Tree Farm is donating 70 trees to those in need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In just 10 short days, Santa Claus will be visiting all of our homes with a bag full of presents. But before he comes, a Christmas tree farm owner is making sure families in the Sioux Empire have a place for Saint Nick to put those presents. And he has many elves helping with the task….

Welcome Home Soldiers

Thirty eight men and women return after 10 month deployment in Kuwait

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was a special day for dozens of families as moms, grandmas, and sons held their loved one in their arms for the first time in 10 months. Thirty eight South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers returned home from their deployment in Kuwait. It was a moment that brought many to tears. Including Charity Small as…

Tobacco Free Policy Will Go Into Effect Despite Lack Of SF Mayor Signature

The Mayor chose not to sign the ordinance because it wasn't strict enough

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether has decided to go against what city council approved last week. “I hate smoking, because it killed my dad,” says Huether during a press conference, where he made it clear how he feels about tobacco use. “It’s going to kill your dad; it’s going to kill your brother and your grandma.”…

Stolen Puppy Finds Its Way Home

Three days after the dog was taken, she was anonymously dropped off at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Christmas came early for an animal rescue in southwest Minnesota. A 9-week-old puppy that was taken during a meet and greet, found its way back home. “I drove right away to the Humane Society and was able to get her back,” says Tracy Area Animal Rescue volunteer Emily Penning. “She was very happy to see her siblings and they were…

Augustana University Weighs In On OSU Attack

The Director of Safety mimics the message: run, hide, fight

When events like the attack at Ohio State University happen, those in charge of security on school campuses across the nation reflect, thinking ‘what would we have done if this incident happened to us’.At Augustana University, they say their response would be very similar to those in Columbus — with the first action being inform the students on what is happening.

FULL STORY: Double Homicide Suspect’s Bond Set At $5 Million

Minnehaha Co. State's Attorney: Suspect Strangled The Victims Unconscious

A Sioux Falls man is facing two first degree murder charges following the death of his mother and a 7-year-old child. Authorities say the two were found dead inside the suspect’s trailer home early Sunday afternoon.