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From Mitchell To Uganda

DWU Students Work With Villages In Community Development

  For a handful of students at Dakota Wesleyan, their winter break was spent thousands of miles away… not on a vacation but on a special mission trip to Uganda.  For some, it was their first time leaving the country, for others it was not… but for all, it was an experience that they’ll cherish forever. “I… cried a little…

First Of Its Kind, One Stop Shop Child Advocacy Center Planned For Northeast South Dakota

It’s estimated that around 4,000 children are victims of sexual abuse in South Dakota each year. When a case is reported, many counties don’t have the resources necessary to deal with them. But that could soon change for the northeast portion of the state. In 2015, there were 188 reported cases of child sexual abuse in northeast South Dakota; 49…

Tea Fire Rescue Reflects On Training Following Scary Incident

Volunteer Fire Fighter Fell Through Floor Battling Blaze On Sunday Morning

A Tea family of six is now homeless after a devastating fire Sunday morning. Fortunately, they still have each other as no one was seriously hurt in the blaze. However, Tea Volunteer Fire First Assistant Chief Steven Oberle said there was a scary moment after a firefighter fell through the floor of the burning home. “He went around the corner…

El Riad Shrine Circus Still Coming to Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  From animals to clowns, and even acrobats the El Riad Shrine circus has brought entertainment to the Sioux Falls community for decades. Despite Ringling Brothers closing, this circus that comes to our area isn’t going anywhere. “El Riad has been a proud member of the Sioux Falls community for 129 years. 2017 actually represents the 76th annual…

Funeral Home Expansion Underway In Sioux Falls, Current Building To Come Down

Construction has now started on what will be the new George Boom Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Sioux Falls. While the death rate has stayed generally the same, the funeral home says the growing community has caused them to outgrow their facility.  KDLT’s Jill Johnson takes a look back at its rich history in the city, and what the…

One Dead Following Early Sunday Morning Crash

  Around 4:20am, a 2017 International truck tractor went off the roadway, hit the guard rail and fell onto Minnesota Avenue hitting another car while traveling northbound on Interstate 229. The driver of the truck, a 43 year old male, was pronounced dead at the scene while the 23 year old female in a 2015 Chrysler 300, sustained only minor…

Families Enjoy Annual “Christmas with the Animals” at Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It was a beautiful sunny day, nothing really like Christmas unless you were at the Great Plains Zoo. The zoo welcomed families for their annual “Christmas with the Animals” were zoo-goers were able to watch zookeepers give different kinds of enrichment to animals such as Rhinos, Snow Monkeys, and Bison. Zoo keepers say enrichment is important for the animals because it…

School Board Members Deciding to Hand Count Summer Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Registered voters will be seeing something a little different in this year’s school board election. Instead of having their vote be counted by the Minnehaha County’s ballot counting machine. volunteers appointed by school board members will hand count the votes instead. “We have not done this for as long; I mean I don’t ever remember doing it,”…

Proposal Has Residents Paying For On-Street Parking Permits Due To Congestion Near SDSU’s Campus

The Brookings City Council has proposed a way to fix parking concerns near SDSU’s campus. Residents would have to buy permits to park on the street in some areas near campus. “It’s a guessing game. Every single day, you really just kind of have to watch. If you can’t find a spot you just kind of have to drive around…

Feeding South Dakota Receives Larger Than Usual Donation

SOUTH DAKOTA – Feeding South Dakota, an organization working to fight hunger got a larger than usual donation today. Hy-Vee partnered up with Pipestone to donate six pounds of pork for every ham sold at Hy-Vee during the week before Christmas.  That ended up being about 35,000 pounds of pork to donate to Feeding South Dakota. The pork will be…

Let’s Talk Safe Sex At USD

According to the most recent data from the South Dakota Department of Health, in 2016, they saw the most chlamydia cases ever in one year as well as the most gonorrhea cases since the 1980s. Because of that information, in a partnership with Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota is taking steps to make sure that their students are…

Autism-Friendly Gym Opens Up In SF

Special Strengths Fitness is located near 69th and Western Avenue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a New Year’s resolution for many: hitting the gym to get in shape. But fitness centers can be busy and loud, making it a difficult environment for people with autism. One woman noticed this issue, and decided to do something about it. “Nice! Let’s go a little bit heavier,” says Sharon Bethke as she’s training…