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Veteran Displays Sign To Help Those With PTSD

"Please be courteous with fireworks"

BRANDON, S.D. – Tuesday is the first day South Dakotans can buy fireworks in the state beyond novelty items like sparklers and poppers. For area fireworks shops and their customers, it’s an exciting and busy time. But for some military veterans, it can be the opposite. Kenny Kuhnert earned the title veteran in 1969, after serving in the army during…

Fireworks Sales Open Up For South Dakotans Tuesday

TEA, S.D. – In a little over a week, many will be hitting the lakes, grilling burgers and of course, lighting off fireworks, celebrating the Fourth of July. That means many seasonal shops are getting ready for the booming sales. ‘Black Cat’ flags lining the streets, and big, bulky items being checked out, means one thing — fireworks season has…

SF Man Competing On American Ninja Warrior

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Competition has been part of Jason Steinberg’s life for as long as he can remember. “I ran track all through high school and then I also went to USD and competed as a decathlete, which is someone who competes in 10 different events from running and jumping and throwing events,” says Jason. After graduation, Jason switched…

Proposed Harsher Consequences For Vicious Dogs

In 2016 there were 305 dog bites in Sioux Falls and 197 dogs were deemed vicious.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls City Council could soon update its rules about vicious dogs. A proposal would make it easier for the city to euthanize pets that attack people. “Frankly there are some dogs that we’ve had concerns about sending back home,” says City of Sioux Falls Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong. DeJong, along with the city assistant…

SFFR Creates Special Evening For Little Boy Battling Cancer

On May 30, Edison Carroll was diagnosed with rare bone cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every member of the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue team takes on multiple responsibilities every day. Aside from putting out area fires, the crew also responds to car crashes and medical emergencies. Tonight, those firefighters are taking on yet another role: cheering up a five-year-old who is going through a tough time. Edison Carroll, like many young…

Bait Shop Business Picks Back Up

For Sportmans Cove Owner, Doug Johnson, business is back to normal in Webster

WEBSTER, S.D. – It’s the first weekend after South Dakota legislators passed a bill allowing the public to access 30 lakes and non-meandered waters that were temporarily closed off, due to a Supreme Court decision that sided with land-owners back in April. And a local bait shop owner says he can tell a big difference between then and now. For…

Mosquito Control Begins In The Sioux Empire

First West Nile case comes earlier than usual

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With the heavy storms at the beginning of the week, the Sioux Empire is now the perfect place for mosquitoes. Wednesday, South Dakota confirmed the first human case of the West Nile virus in Davison County. In Sioux Falls, the City Health Program Coordinator says it’s a bit early for the West Nile season, but they’re…

Tensions Run High During Discussion Over SF Ambulance Service

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In recent weeks the Sioux Falls ambulance service, Paramedics Plus, has been in the hot seat. Some city council members have questioned how efficient their service is. So Tuesday night, during an informational meeting, the City Health Department addressed those concerns to council members. And some of the discussion got a little heated. “For us to…

Non-Meandered Waters Bill Passes After Long Special Session

Gov. Daugaards signs H.B. 1001 into law

PIERRE, S.D. – What happens when public water covers private land? That’s what state lawmakers in Pierre decided during a special session Monday. Just before 9 p.m., state senators approved the final version of the H.B. 1001, which sunsets in 2018 instead of the earlier approved 2021, sending it to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s desk. The Governor signed the bill, which…

Full Story: “There’s No Reason A Shot Should Have Been Fired”

Police are calling the shooting death of a 17-year-old Watertown boy a "senseless" act of violence

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 17-year-old Watertown boy is dead and a 30-year-old man is now behind bars, in what police are calling a “senseless” act of violence. It happened just before 9 Saturday night, in the 200 block of 4th Avenue SW. “The communication officer was actually on the phone with a witness during the verbal altercation and that’s when…

Electric Crews Working to Restore Power in Watertown Following Early Morning Storm

The electric superintendent says 5 poles have been knocked down in total

WATERTOWN, S.D.- Electric crews have been working hard Sunday trying to restore power for multiple businesses and residents on the east side of town after an early-morning storm. A storm with straight line winds and rain took down three power line poles just on 6th Avenue alone. The electric superintendent says 5 poles have been knocked down in total, causing…

Storage Building A Total Loss In Wednesday Fire

TEA, S.D. – Several crews worked for 5 hours Wednesday battling a business fire just off I-29 at the Tea exit. No one was inside the building and no one was hurt. But a firefighter did have to be rushed to the hospital for heat exhaustion. He has since been released and doing fine. Crews had to knock down the…

SF Fire Rescue’s New Chief: Brad Goodroad

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – City council members made it official Tuesday night; Brad Goodroad is the new Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief. The vote came two weeks after Mayor Mike Huether recommended Goodroad for the job, and he’s ready to take it on. “I’ve looked back at some of the things I’ve accomplished, and I’ve set myself on a track…

Highway 11 Closed Overnight South Of Sioux Falls

CANTON, S.D. – A nine mile stretch of Highway 11, from U.S. 18 up to 273rd Avenue, will be closed overnight. The South Dakota Department of Transportation began getting calls about cracked sealant material coming off of the road around 5 p.m. Monday. Several cars have been damaged. DOT says the sealant material is sticking to car tires, transferring it…

Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day

Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For many of us, hearing the word cancer is scary, unless it’s followed by the word survivor. Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer; and today is their day. It’s National Cancer Survivors Day. You don’t have to look far in the Sioux Empire to find someone affected by cancer….

Equality March To Kick Off Pride Week In SF

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In exactly one week, Sioux Falls Pride will be hosting their first equality march in the Sioux Empire. The march will start at Carnegie Hall at 1 p.m., wrap around the court house and end at Falls Park west. Co-chair of Sioux Falls Pride, Thomas Christiansen, says they started planning this event after it was announced…

Fighting The Heavy Tick Season

MITCHELL, S.D. – It’s the year of ticks. Experts at the National Pest Management Association say nation-wide, this tick season is looking to be the worst in years. And the Sioux Empire is no different. Olson’s Pest Technicians say they’ve already received a ton of calls about the insects. But there are ways to prevent the ticking time bomb. “We’ll…

Senate Minority Leader Joins Governor’s Race

BURKE, S.D. – One Democrat is taking on four Republican candidates in South Dakota’s race for governor in 2018. At his family ranch in Burke, Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton announced he’ll be spending the next year and a half vying for the seat.  But, there was a small hiccup.  Right before an introductory band began singing, a member casually…