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Grab a Tag: Giving Trees Spread Cheer at Dairy Queen in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There are over 600 holiday wishes waiting to be granted in Sioux Falls, such as clothing, bus passes, bedding, and kitchen utensils.  Many of these wishes. are hanging on “giving trees” throughout the city. The Christmas wishes are from  both children and adults with special needs that need a helping hand this holiday season.  A number…

Motorcyclists Deliver Toys To Children In Need

Sioux Falls, S.D. – About 70 children with special needs have a new toy tonight, thanks to some motorcyclists looking to make a difference this holiday season. Throughout the year, motorcycle rights organization “a brotherhood of awareness training & education” or ABATE, has been fundraising to buy holiday presents for children in need.     On Saturday, 21 motorcyclists personally delivered…

Someone You Should Know: The Brendtro’s as They Fight to Cure a Rare Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls family is up against the clock raising money to find a cure for a rare genetic disease. “We’ll I’m feeling a lot of things,” says Raena. That’s Raena Brendtro. She was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at 12 years-old. FA for short is a protein deficiency that attacks nerve and heart cells with no…

The Barrel House Donates $92,000 To Kids In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District received a big donation during their school board meeting Monday night. Through their Hungry Hearts Campaign, The Barrel House donated $92,000 to the district. The majority, $82,000 worth, will go toward students who have negative lunch accounts.  The remaining $10,000 will be used for winter weather gear for needy children, according…

Sioux Falls Man Receives Car Through New Rides For Success Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – a Sioux Falls man received a free car as part of a new program that helps struggling individuals. Rides for Success is a new program created by Sioux Falls Ford and the community outreach. The program provides donated vehicles to families and individuals working to better their lives. Rides for Success presented its first car to…

Small Business Spotlight: Statues And Their Stories

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Meet Stephanie Wollman. She grew up painting statues. Many community members flock to her business on Russell and Louise for bird bathes, religious symbols, angels, flower pots, and military statues. Stephanie says she gets the production materials and rose quartz right here in sioux falls. “Every dollar that I generate in revenue here, I am in…

SDSU vs. USD Game To Bring Big Bucks To Mom And Pop Shops In Vermillion

Vermillion, SD – SDSU  and USD football are getting ready to go head-to-head for the big game Saturday afternoon. 10,000 fans will fill the Dakota Dome in Vermillion for the sold-out rivalry game, but even more will empty their wallets into the town’s economy. “So we’re really excited about just seeing the streets full, the tailgate areas full, and right…

Sioux Falls Banquet Receives 52 Thanksgiving Turkeys From National Wild Turkey Federation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls food bank is ready for Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the help of area hunters. The East Dakota chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation donated 52 turkeys to the Banquet this morning. They have been partnering with the food bank for the last five years to help make Thanksgiving special for those in…

Harrisburg School Board Gets Input From Parents On Possible New School

HARRISBURG, S.D. – For years, the number of people living in Harrisburg has been substantially growing; and for years, the school district has been trying to keep up. In less than two decades Harrisburg High School has moved three different times. The latest location even expanded fewer than two years ago to hold an extra 600 students. Still, enrollment is…

Augustana University Holds Forum To Discuss NFL Controversy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Controversy within the NFL started more than a year ago, when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem instead of standing. The move has sparked some to follow suit, and others to lash out. A discussion Thursday night at Augustana University aimed to bring people on both sides of this argument together. “You hear…

City Council Denies Gas Station To Expand Into A Casino

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls City Council took up a disagreement between a neighborhood and gas station owner Tuesday night. The owner of Hilltop BP on the corner of 18th and Cleveland says he’s trying to grow his business – by offering video lottery. But, those who live near the gas station fear gaming will drive up crime in…

Hurricane Damage In Puerto Rico Affecting Health Care Industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Health care providers nationwide are concerned about a shortage of IV bag solution. One of the major manufacturers of the saline solution, Baxter, is located in Puerto Rico where Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc more than one month ago. The company suffered minimal damage, but did lose multiple production days, disrupting their shipments. That includes shipments that…

7th Annual Feeding South Dakota Turkey Drive Kicks Off

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Feeding South Dakota is kicking off their 7th annual statewide turkey drive today. Feeding South Dakota says the holiday season can be particularity stressful for food insecure families. Their goal this year is to provide 2,500 turkeys through their 400 charitable organizations, supporting over 555 partner agency programs across the state. In Sioux Falls they are…

South Dakota Wing of Civil Air Patrol Trains at Sioux Falls Airport

The South Dakota wing of the Civil Air Patrol is resting after a long day of training at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. There’s 300 Civil Air Patrol team members in South Dakota, just like David Small. “We’re kind of a big family,” said Small, a wing commander. The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol trains about six or seven times…

Family Donates Assault Victim’s Organs To Those In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Watertown family is dealing with an unexpected loss. Forty-year-old Jeremy Buol lost his life Wednesday in a result of an assault late Saturday night. Buol was taken to a hospital in Watertown, and then transported to Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. Like many families in this situation, Jeremy’s mom, brother and aunt followed him hoping…