Sydney Kern

Contract Negotiations End In City’s Favor

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – Sioux Falls city council has made the final call on how much money police officers will make this year. The decision comes after a months-long contract battle between the city and police union. It was standing room only Tuesday night, and the majority of the people who attended did not like the council’s decision. Many…

Restaurant Prepares For Valentine’s Day Crowd

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Next to New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for the restaurant industry. Many restaurants have to schedule extra staff and prepare more food to handle the crowds. The tables are set and the candles are lit. All that’s missing is the flood of couples that will make their…

App Geared Toward Making Friends Raises Some Concerns

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An app that was made to help people make new friends in their area is raising some red flags. Users can be as young as 12-years-old. Some are concerned the app is too similar to the well-known dating service “Tinder”. The app is called “Yellow”. Users browse through people’s profiles. If they want to talk to…

SF Driver Disappointed With Badlands Motor Speedway Short Schedule

BRANDON, S.D. – It was Chuck Brennan’s first business to go up for sale. But now he’s announcing the gates at Badlands Motor Speedway won’t stay shut after all. The track will host six races this summer. Some of these are high-stakes events, like the World of Outlaws and the Folken Brothers Silver Shootout, with the chance to win thousands…

Parents Find Comfort In Baby Rockers

"That's what made it easy for me to go home to the rest of the kids at night"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Having a baby is one of the happiest times in a parent’s life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Especially if a newborn is sick and has to stay in the NICU. But at one local hospital there are volunteers to help during the difficult times. Six weeks ago Jennifer and Brett…

LifeLight Cancelled, New Festival To Take Its Place

SIOUX FALL, S.D. – After 19 years, LifeLight has announced they will no longer be holding their widely popular outdoor musical festival. For the past seven years the festival was held on a farm near Worthing, attracting close to 100,000 people. But the director of LifeLight says it’s time to live out a new vision. The evangelic ministry will instead…

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…