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Group Looks To Build City’s First Concrete Skate Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Right now, there are two skate parks within the city of Sioux Falls; Drake Springs Park and Kuehn Park. But a group of skate boarders are looking to build a third, saying the two aren’t meeting the demands of those traveling on wheels. “The existing parks in Sioux Falls were maybe afterthoughts,” says Jeff Zueger. Growing…

Florida Musician Stranded In Sioux Falls

Lead singer of 'The Grassroots' is having trouble finding a flight back home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly 5.6 million people were ordered to evacuate Florida. With the storm hitting hard Sunday, many of those people are left wondering when they’ll be able to return. That includes a Florida musician, who is forced to ride out the storm right here in Sioux Falls. For the next 6 days, grabbing a cup of coffee…

New Program Benefits Elementary Students With Special Needs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the first week back to school, a Sioux Falls elementary is implementing a new program to benefit those with special needs. “Trends are that children are less active, they aren’t rolling down hills, and they are not making mud pies,” says Physical Therapist at Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Jolene Gordon. Gordon says technology is changing…

What ‘Dreamers’ Need To Know About DACA Ending

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Concern is building for those affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. In South Dakota, according to the USCIS, there are 500 people currently enrolled in the program, also known as DACA. Many of them are wondering what they should do now. “People are just really scared,”…

Two Candidates Announce Their Run For SF City Council

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  Four Sioux Falls city council seats are up for grabs next April. Two candidates announced their bids to fill those seats Wednesday at the downtown library. Thor Bardon is running for the central district seat. Bardon is a financial crimes specialist, who says his humble upbringing will help him connect with those struggling in the city….

Solidarity For Dreamers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he is phasing out President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. It protected immigrants who were brought here as children and grew up as Americans. The President’s action prompted protests in many parts of the country, including Sioux Falls. Hundreds of people gathered at Meldrum Park in…

Real Life ‘Message In A Bottle’

Letter travels down the James River to the Missouri River

IRENE, S.D. – Now-a-days, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with people — phone calls, texts and social media — so writing a letter seems a bit ‘old fashioned.’ But a simple piece of paper filled with kindness, was exactly what a Nebraska woman needed, and unexpectedly found while on vacation with her family. Over Labor Day…

Signature Gatherers Take Advantage Of State Fair

It’s Huron’s busiest weekend. The South Dakota State Fair is in full swing through Labor Day. Each year, the events bring in 200,000 people to the area. And many petition circulators are taking advantage of the crowd. “It’s great exposure, it’s a great place to educate and tell people what we’re doing,” says Melissa Mentele, the director of New Approach…

SF Group Holds Vigil For Fargo Murder Victim

A Sioux Falls group gathered tonight to remember a 22-year-old Fargo woman who police say was violently killed. Authorities found Savanna Greywind’s body, wrapped in plastic, Sunday night in the Red River. A newborn, believed to be Greywind’s, was found with two people who have been charged with conspiracy of murder. These disturbing details are driving community members to stand…

At Least One Confirmed Calf Shot In Moody County

Five calves believed to be shot in Grant County in the last two weeks

FLANDREAU, S.D. – The Moody County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging farmers and ranchers to pay close attention to their cattle, after a series of calves appear to have been attacked. Sheriff Troy Wellman says they received a call Tuesday that a calf on a farm in the eastern side of the county had been shot in the back left hip,…

Neighbors Shocked, Police Frustrated After Monday Homicide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An 18-year-old man from Sioux Falls is facing murder charges in Lincoln County, after police say an argument over drugs turned deadly. Dylan Holler is accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old at a park on the city’s southwest side. While residents in the area are shocked something like this would happen in their quiet neighborhood, police…

South Korean Trade Team Visits South Dakota

BRIDGEWATER, S.D. – Free trade is a hot topic across the nation, with President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership. He’s also considering re-negotiating other trade deals. But that’s not stopping some major international buyers from coming to check out American crops, including ones right here in South Dakota. From fresh off the stalks, to leaving…

SF Wheelchair Lacrosse Athlete Turns National Tournament Champion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -A Sioux Falls wheelchair lacrosse athlete is returning home as a national tournament champion this weekend. Tony LeBoutillier was asked to compete with a California team in the Wheelchair Lacrosse USA National Championship in New York. The tournament wrapped this weekend, and Tony and the San Diego San Diego Rip Tide claimed the championship trophy. The team…

South Dakota Ambulance Services Struggle To Hire Staff

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Ambulance services in some South Dakota towns are struggling to recruit emergency medical technicians despite a new state law reducing the number of EMTs required to respond to calls. Ambulance services in Gregory, Burke and Bonesteel/Fairfax may have to shut down in the next two years if the recruiting issue isn’t resolved. State law used to…