Sydney Kern

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…

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…