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Group Protests Circumcision In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Protestors along 41st Street caught the attention of many in Sioux Falls Tuesday afternoon. Half a dozen people wearing white suits with red blood stains on them, were holding up signs that read ‘vote no on circumcision’. The group is called ‘Bloodstained Men and their friends’. They are currently on a northern heartland tour protesting American…

‘Operation Addy’ In Need Of Donors, Could Face Closure In September

UPDATE: A GoFundMe page has been created. Find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/save-operation-addy-sd-nonprofit LENNOX, S.D. – A string of unfortunate events has left a local nonprofit scrambling. For eight years Operation Addy has provided everyday items, like diapers and clothing, to those in need. But now, a major donor has pulled out from the group, and the head of the organization doesn’t…

Vote Coming On Swimming Pool Bond In Lennox

LENNOX, S.D. – Since the end of May the Lennox pool has been closed due to safety issues. But the small town may not have to be pool-less forever. Residents will be voting on a bond issuance to build a new pool in less than a month. The new pool would cost $2.8 million, and include a bath house and…

Small Towns Sticking Together

'The Canton Barn' held a fundraiser for the community of Alcester after a deadly car crash

CANTON, S.D. – Owners of an event venue in the Sioux Empire say when one small town is suffering, others should be there to support them. That’s why the venue is giving back to the community of Alcester, a town of just 800 people that has been shaken by a tragic accident. It doesn’t matter that the towns are 25…

Aberdeen Man Charged With Armed Robbery

PD recovered a handgun and stolen cash

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A 38-year-old Aberdeen man was arrested and charged with armed robbery Sunday afternoon. According to the Aberdeen Police Department’s Facebook page, around noon police were called to the 500 block of S Dakota Street for an armed robbery. It was reported that the suspect fled eastbound on foot with a handgun and a large amount of cash….

SF Man Creates Group For Stay-At-Home Dads

"This is not me just babysitting"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When thinking about a parent staying home and taking care of the kids, you might picture a mom in this role. But these days, more men are taking a hands-on approach to parenting, becoming stay-at-home dads. And one Sioux Falls father is making sure those who choose this path, aren’t doing it alone. During the hours…

Neighbors In Shock After Fatal Alcester Crash

"It's something that you just never would think would happen, that's the sad part”

ALCESTER, S.D. – Monday morning’s fatal crash is still sinking in for those who live 45 minutes south of Sioux Falls. With a population of only 800, many never expected something like this to happen in their small town. In Alcester, the sound of birds chirping and the occasional thump of construction, are what neighbors are used to. “It’s pretty…

Orange City Kicks Off 2017 RAGBRAI

ORANGE CITY, Ia. – For the first year, Orange City, Iowa is kicking off the oldest and biggest bike ride in the world. It’s drawing in more bicyclists than the town’s residential population. As bikers wiz by shouting “morning, morning, good morning,” it’s easy to tell the group got an early start. It’s not a small group; 25,000 bicyclists are…

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…