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Dollar Loan Center Signals Expansion Plan

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Less than a month after Dollar Loan Center once again began offering short term loans in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, documents show the company may have plans to expand. According to the Associated Press, last month Dollar Loan Center, which is owned by Chuck Brennan, filed for new money lending licenses at three more locations….

Future First Responders Learn Resilience Training

"I wish I would have been taught this"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – We first introduced you to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue apparatus operator Kirk Rangel back in May, when he talked about the stress of the job taking a toll on him, and his coworkers. Thursday, he’s highlighting this to the next wave of EMS workers, in hopes to decrease the number of first responders taking their lives….

Strengthening Patrol

SF Mayor recommends adding 4 new officers in 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – During his last budget address Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether stressed the importance of public safety, suggesting $62 million worth of the operating budget goes to just that. The chief of police isn’t complaining. He says the department needs more staff. “Our city grew by about 5,000 people in 2016,” says SFPD Chief Matt Burns. “We…

SF Man Questions Meaning Behind Oil Company Sign

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A sign on the northeast side of Sioux Falls is turning people’s heads. At first glance, some might think it reads ‘fuse’. But one man is taking a closer look, questioning whether there might be an inappropriate meaning behind the letters, instead. Everyday hundreds of people drive along I-90 heading east, but few have noticed what…

George Hendrickson Enters U.S. House Race

"I'm the only one who is not a politician"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, who doesn’t consider himself a politician, is the newest candidate to announce his bid for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat. George Hendrickson is the only candidate running as an independent, so far. He knows it won’t be easy, but says he and his family are already overcoming great odds. “If he…

Large Hail Damages Cars, Homes In Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. – It was a loud one last night as a line of severe thunderstorms moved across the eastern side of the state. For those in Watertown, hail bigger than golf balls fell from the sky, leaving some major dents on homes and cars. “Every hood is hit, one side is usually hit pretty hard,” says manager at Krantz…

Water Restrictions Aren’t Working In Brandon

The city is forced to open third water well

BRANDON, S.D. – For the past month and a half the City of Brandon has had water restrictions in place during dry conditions, but the city administrator says that’s not enough to solve the problem. Now, the city has to tap into one of its old wells to increase water supply. But that comes with a noticeable change. The color…

Sisseton Family Discovers Dead Body At Walmart

"We will never get that sight out of our minds"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The family that discovered a dead body Friday night and called police was passing through Sioux Falls, driving from Sisseton to eastern Iowa for a family reunion. “We were driving two vehicles and my mom and grandma and cousin were in the other one,” says Nick Heinecke. What started off as a much anticipated trip, took…

Busy Weekend For SF Area Humane Society

In the span of 48 hours, the shelter had 70 owner surrenders and a handful of strays walk in

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been a busy weekend for workers at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. In a two day span, from Friday to Saturday, 85 animals walked in through their doors. Seventy of which were surrendered by their owner, leaving workers scrambling for space. “We’ve had to move our small animals out of our small animals room…

‘Smoother Roads Ahead, Greg Jamison 2018’

Greg Jamison alludes to mayoral run

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people lined the streets for the annual Sioux Falls Fourth of July parade Tuesday morning, and one float caught the attention of many. State representative and former Sioux Falls city councilman Greg Jamison drove a tractor grader down Philips Avenue, with a sign that read ‘smoother roads ahead, Greg Jamison 2018’. The banner implied…

Containing The Species

SD Game, Fish and Parks is concerned about spread of zebra mussels

YANKTON, S.D. – The first one was spotted back in 2015, and they’ve been causing problems near Yankton ever since. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks say the zebra mussel population continues to rise at Lewis and Clark Reservoir. The invasive species is actually hard to spot right now. But conservation officers say that’s why they’re so concerned about the…

Dealing With Fourth Of July Crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An increase in crime and long holiday weekends typically go hand in hand. The day following the Fourth of July can be tiresome for those who have to deal with an overflow of jail inmates. But the Minnehaha County State Attorney’s Office and the Jail had two different experiences this year. Minnehaha County booked 300 new…

Enforcing Fireworks Laws

SFPD assigned four officers to combat illegal booms

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Law enforcement is cracking down on fireworks Tuesday night. After receiving close to 300 fireworks-related calls on the Fourth of July last year, officers are focusing on holding people accountable. “We’ll have to search the area, look around to see if we can spot anyone lighting off fireworks,” says Officer Mark Toland. When it comes to…

Before The Boom, Crews Prep For Fireworks Show

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The fireworks industry, like many others, is changing thanks to advanced technology. That means those behind the scenes of fireworks shows, like the one in Sioux Falls Tuesday night, have to put in a lot more prep work. It may seem a bit scattered. Different sized wooden racks holding different colored mortars– the round containers where…

Keeping The Water ‘Dry’

Game, Fish and Parks officers are combating boating under the influence

WALL LAKE, S.D. – Drinking alcohol while boating continues to be a dangerous issue statewide. In the last two years, two people have drowned in South Dakota on the 4th of July weekend in incidents involving alcohol. So this year, conservation officers are taking a preventative approach. Even though Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year, many still…

SF Mayor Presents Conservative 5-Year Plan

"Back to the basics"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Going back to the basics. That’s what Mayor Mike Huether is suggesting to Sioux Falls City Council members when it comes to city-wide projects. Huether presented his last-ever five-year capital improvement plan Tuesday afternoon, and it’s much more conservative than years past. “Some of the fun stuff is going to have to be delayed or canceled…