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Convenience Store Owner Trying To Offer Video Lottery, Neighbors Resisting

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In every direction you look in Sioux Falls, you will likely see a restaurant, bar or business offering video lottery. But one business owner looking to expand and offer these services, is receiving some resistance. Neighbors fear the new games will bring more criminal activity to the area. A sign outside of the Hilltop BP…

SFFR Looking To Protect Members From Cancer

The International Association of Firefighters says cancer is the leading cause of death for firefighters

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A firefighter’s job is dangerous. There’s no doubt about that. Crews face the potential of getting badly burned, or not being able to escape the flames. But the International Association of Firefighters says these are not the most dangerous risks. Cancer is claiming more of their lives than anything else. When a fire breaks out, speediness…

Salem Fire Department Remembers Fallen Brother

Tracy Morehead, 39, died in a two-vehicle car accident on I-90 east of Mitchell

SALEM, S.D. – A fire department west of Sioux Falls says this week has been rough, after finding out early Sunday morning one of their members died in a two-vehicle car accident. Thirty-nine-year-old Tracy Morehead struck the back of an SUV east of Mitchell on I-90. The SUV he hit crashed into some cattle on the road. When working at…

Cab Companies React To Lyft Launch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Aside from the new ride sharing service, there are more than 30 traditional cabs providing rides in Sioux Falls. And extra drivers on the road mean extra competition. The news didn’t come as a surprise. “They’ve been talking about it a long time, big cities have it,” says owner of Taxi By Mike, LLC, Mike Oldfield….

False Post About Guns Being Sold At Airport Goes Viral

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It is officially opening weekend for pheasant hunting season. To welcome hunters, the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and several local businesses rolled out the red carpet at the airport, setting up several hunting related booths. But one travelers tweet about this event caused some controversy. “I love the hunters coming to South Dakota…

Higher Risk For Sex Trafficking During Big Events Like Hunting Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people are coming into the state for pheasant hunting season. But with that, may come some unwanted activity. The Executive Director at Call To Freedom, a nonprofit geared toward helping sex trafficking victims, says with as big of an event as hunting is, more sex trafficking can happen in the area. However, it’s hard…

ACS ‘Pink Party’ Raises $30,000 For Breast Cancer Research

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Cancer Society held a special event Friday night geared toward helping people battle breast cancer. But it wasn’t an ordinary event; those who participated in the ‘Pink Party’ were put to the test. To help raise money, nearly 50 women worked together in groups to pull a 26,000 lb. concrete mixer. Including a KDLT…

Tom Brokaw Returns To USD For Presentation

Brokaw: "It's very moving coming back to this University"

VERMILLION, S.D. – A University of South Dakota legend returned to Vermillion Wednesday night. The Yankton native with experience reporting on the Watergate scandal, and who’s interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a presentation to an excited crowd. Welcomed with a standing ovation, Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw spoke at his Alma Mater. “It’s not just gratifying, but…

The Empire Mall Hosts ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Empire Mall is honoring law enforcement throughout this holiday season. The mall hosted the ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’ event Tuesday night. The annual event recognizes fallen law enforcement officers across the country. Throughout the holidays, a blue light display and a tree decorated with blue lights will be placed at the main north entrance of…

High School Football Team Takes Field With American Flags

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – Tuesday night, NBC Sports is reporting the NFL “may consider” a rule change requiring players to stand during the national anthem. For some players kneeling is a way to protest police brutality and inequality for people of color. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners saying the league respects the right of its players…

From Food Truck To Restaurant, Swamp Daddy’s Is Looking To Expand

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After moving from Louisiana to South Dakota 13 years ago, a business owner is looking to make a permanent stamp on the city, turning her food truck into a restaurant. And it’s the community’s support that is making the expansion possible. “I love our customers; they have supported us so much,” says Inkka Beaudion. Wherever…

Codington County Deputy Injured During Arrest

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Codington County Deputy Sheriff was dragged by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop Saturday night. The Codington County Sherriff’s Office says just before 9 p.m., a deputy stopped Jacob Engelhart, 19, for a minor traffic violation near the 1400 block of Highway 20. During the traffic stop, the deputy began a narcotics investigation. Engelhart attempted…

Newspapers Across The State Make Big Statement With Blank Front Pages

FREEMAN, S.D. – It’s a phrase we’ve all likely heard: “fake news.” It’s gained popularity since President Donald Trump took office. His administration suggests many national news outlets like The New York Times, CNN and NBC aren’t reporting the facts. But others see it as an insult that’s giving local media a bad rap. Some South Dakota newspapers came up…

10-Year Anniversary of Billie Sutton’s Rodeo Accident

The State Senate Minority Leader is now paralyzed from the waist down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One decade ago, a 23-year-old man from Burke was one of the top saddle bronc riders in the world, until a rodeo accident changed everything. Life looks a lot different these days for Billie Sutton. He’s now running for South Dakota governor. Straight out of the shoot, Billie Sutton was roped into the world of riding….

City Officials Address Council Questions On Premier Center Settlement

"I believe the public trust has been violated"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After years of staying quiet, Mayor Mike Huether’s administration is opening up about the Denny Sanford Premier Center settlement. Back in 2015, the city signed a $1 million settlement with multiple construction agencies, for the warped outdoor paneling on the west side of the building. Council members had the chance Tuesday to get some answers, but…

SF Woman Thankful To Be Home, Police Prepared After Las Vegas Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The mass shooting in Las Vegas has shaken the nation, including people right here in the Sioux Empire. With the entertainment destination being a short plane trip away, many locals were visiting and are now thankful they’re back home. “I jumped on Facebook and saw what had happened and was in utter shock,” says Bridget Hartung….