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Pumpkin Festival Brings Big Crowd To Canton

CANTON, S.D. – Now that it’s fall many are flocking to area pumpkin patches. One in Canton has already seen more than 2,000 people walk through their farm. This weekend is kicking off the second annual Riverview Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Festival. The farm is known for growing evergreens but has been taking on another crop. Those who attend can…

Golf Tournament Expected To Raise More Than $20,000 For Cancer

Willow Run Golf Course is hosting the third annual 'Birdies and Bogeys for Val' tournament

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  It’s an illness many can unfortunately relate to these days; cancer. And the Executive Director of the South Dakota Golf Association is no exception. Wade Merry lost someone very close to him two years ago. While that battle may be over, he’s not done fighting. “We really don’t want anybody else to go through what we…

Eliminating Disability Fraud

The State is partnering with the U.S. Social Security Administration

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced a partnership Wednesday with the U.S. Social Security Administration, to help eliminate disability fraud. The program, called the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, or CDI, is already implemented in 30 other states. Through four criminal investigators and one intelligence agent, the program will go after those who claim to be…

Lennox Community Coping With Tuesday Murder-Suicide

LENNOX, S.D. – Police have released the name of the suspect involved in Tuesday’s murder-suicide. Strong evidence is showing that 35-year-old Stephanie Hoover shot herself, along with a male and an 8-year-old boy. There are two things that happen in a small town when tragedy strikes. “We all are there for each other, and we can almost just look at…

Full Story: Two Adults, One Child Dead In Murder-Suicide

LENNOX, S.D. – The Lennox community is in shock Tuesday night after a tragic discovery. Three people, all family members, were found dead in their home in the small town. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says strong evidence indicates it was a murder-suicide. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the names of the victims Tuesday, but they say it was…

No Weapons Found In Hours Long Standoff, Rapid City Parolee In Custody

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It took police a little more than 2 hours to get a Rapid City man who violated his parole in custody. When confronted 43-year-old Jeremy Hoeft told police officers he was armed with a weapon and an explosive device. That triggered heavy law enforcement presence in downtown Sioux Falls. But the end result is exactly what…

Two Horses Killed In Pickup Vs. Trailer Crash

MINNEHAHA Co. – A pickup traveling south on 478th Avenue east of Sioux Falls landed on Interstate 90, hitting a horse trailer Sunday afternoon. The accident happened around 12:15. South Dakota Highway Patrol says the pickup was approaching I-90 when it crossed the center line, traveled in the wrong lane of traffic, through grass and launched onto the westbound lanes…

Bass Up 28: Communities Rally Behind Injured Football Player

HILLS, M.N.- It’s something every football player, coach and parent fears– a hit on the field that results in a serious injury. For a 17-year-old Hills Beaver Creek running back, that’s his reality. Two weeks ago, the athlete suffered a neck injury that’s left him partially paralyzed. Now his team, and surrounding communities, is coming to his side. This field…

Golf Course Recruits High School Football Players For Help With Storm Damage

LAKE COUNTY, S.D. – Strong winds pummeled parts of the Sioux Empire Tuesday night. At a golf course in Lake County, trees were knocked down leaving branches and debris scattered. But in true small-town South Dakota fashion, an army of volunteers is helping clean up the mess, many of which, are used to working as a team. “About 11:15 p.m….

Six-Acre Lot Zoning Change Reignites Controversy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Changes to a six-acre lot in northeastern Sioux Falls are once again being met with backlash. Last month, city council members voted to rezone the property near 6th and Bahnson from agriculture to what’s called “live and work.” Nearby residents tried to fight that change Tuesday night. A petition was filed before the council meeting for…

Updated Ordinance Makes It Easier To Euthanize ‘Vicious Animals’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that makes it easier for the city to euthanize pets that attack people, Tuesday night. Animal Control has said they’ve been worried about some of the animals they’re sending back home. So now, it all comes down to the definition of ‘vicious’. If a pet is deemed vicious,…

Tea Family Giving Bikes To Foster Families Through Triathlon Wins

TEA, S.D. – In a triathlon athletes are tasked with swimming, bicycling and running a variety of distances back to back. It can be grueling for adults, let alone kids. But one Tea family took on 7 youth triathlons this summer. While the sport is individual based, the siblings weren’t competing for themselves. They were competing for others in need….

Tri-Valley School District Walks Back Offer

The superintendent sent a letter to home-school parents offering a free laptop

COLTON, S.D. – A letter sent out by the Tri-Valley School District is creating some backlash. The district invited home-school students to attend school in the district for one day, Sept. 29. In the letter, Superintendent Mike Lomdel said school districts in South Dakota receive funding based on the number of students enrolled in the district on that date. The…

State Fishing License Numbers Are Down

GFP says conflict over public water and private landowners is playing a part

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been nearly 6 months since a controversial issue between fishermen and private land owners came to a head. The state closed off people’s access to public waters on private land. Then, in June, Governor Dennis Daugaard held a special legislative session, and a decision was made to open the lakes back up. But the flip…