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4th Largest Ice Fishing Show Coming To Sioux Falls Arena

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – While we are still enjoying that late-summer heat, tourism officials have their eyes set on an entirely different season and the activities that go along with it. It was announced today the 9th annual Dakota Angler’s Ice institute will take over the Sioux Falls arena this year. The institute features the latest and greatest in the…

Sioux Empire United Way Aims To Raise $10M For Mental Health Initiative

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly 80 percent of local children in need of mental health services won’t receive them. That’s why the Sioux Empire United Way is dedicating their yearly initiative to providing local kids with access to mental health care. This morning the United Way announced their goal to raise over $10 million to fund their program called “Path,”…

“That Was the Worst Day of My Life”

KDLT's Rebecca David and her father share their unique perspective on 9/11

Born in a refugee camp in Uganda, Rebecca David, a reporter with KDLT, never knew her father. He had left the family three months before her birth to try and find a way out of the camp, and their civil war-torn home country of South Sudan. His dream for them all was refuge in the United States. But the week…

Group Looks To Build City’s First Concrete Skate Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Right now, there are two skate parks within the city of Sioux Falls; Drake Springs Park and Kuehn Park. But a group of skate boarders are looking to build a third, saying the two aren’t meeting the demands of those traveling on wheels. “The existing parks in Sioux Falls were maybe afterthoughts,” says Jeff Zueger. Growing…

Saturday: Third Annual Step Up For Heroes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A special event returns to the Sioux Empire to honor the bravery and sacrifice of first responders on 9/11. The third annual “Step Up for Heroes” stair climb takes place this weekend. Firefighters Jon Sanders and Kirk Rangel joins us today to tell us more.

South Dakota Takes Part In Race For The Cure

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As South Dakota ranks second among states with the highest number of breast cancer diagnoses, a local race is raising money to find a cure. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series will be making a stop in South Dakota on Sunday, September 24. Registration begins at 7 a.m at Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Runners…

Girl Scout Troop 46706 Doing Benefit For Harvey Victims

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Dakota Horizons Girl Scout troop 46706 is hosting a bake sale to raise money for children affected by Hurricane Harvey. With a few donations from Hy-Vee and the Apple Orchard, the girls baked up a number of cookies, brownies and other treats to raise money. The troop is also collecting items such as underwear, socks, books, and toys….

Florida Musician Stranded In Sioux Falls

Lead singer of 'The Grassroots' is having trouble finding a flight back home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly 5.6 million people were ordered to evacuate Florida. With the storm hitting hard Sunday, many of those people are left wondering when they’ll be able to return. That includes a Florida musician, who is forced to ride out the storm right here in Sioux Falls. For the next 6 days, grabbing a cup of coffee…

Sanaa’s Holds Dinner Benefit For Harvey Victims

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls Mediterranean restaurant is helping families affected by Hurricane Harvey by holding a buffet dinner to raise money. Sanaa’s in downtown, Sioux Falls held a dinner buffet with a $10 minimum donation. However, the owner says even before she opened Saturday, people have been donating. So far they’ve raised a total of $950 all of which…

Xcel Energy Gives Back by Painting Resident’s Home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The rain didn’t stop a group of volunteers from helping a Sioux Falls family get their home back in shape. Around 20 volunteers from Xcel Energy and Habitat for Humanity came together to repaint a home owners house. The project was part of Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project and Xcel Energy’s annual ‘Day of Service’. The annual…

Egan Family Uses Son’s Story to Bring Awareness to Childhood Cancer

SHERMAN, S.D.- September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and an Egan South Dakota family is using their son’s story to highlight the importance of the month and help other families going through similar situations. Five-year-old Tayden Grohs had a smile that could light up the whole room and even after he was diagnosed with brain cancer his smile never went away…

Adventures With Ahtra: Golfing With Kelsie Passolt

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- When KDLT’s Kelsie Passolt isn’t in the newsroom or on your television screen, you can probably find her at Bakker Crossing, working on the swing that took her through division one golf in college. Passolt recently had the opportunity to play in the Symetra Tour, an experience she says she’ll never forget. “To play alongside the amateurs and…

New Program Benefits Elementary Students With Special Needs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the first week back to school, a Sioux Falls elementary is implementing a new program to benefit those with special needs. “Trends are that children are less active, they aren’t rolling down hills, and they are not making mud pies,” says Physical Therapist at Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Jolene Gordon. Gordon says technology is changing…

SculptureWalk Officials Unveil Plan For Metli Plaza

SIOUX FALLS – SculptureWalk officials are honoring a Sioux Falls man whose fingerprints were all over the city. Officials unveiled plans for Metli Plaza in honor of former city planner Steve Metli, who passed away earlier this year. The prairie garden will overlook the riverfront on the west side of the Arc of Dreams. Metli is credited for adopting the…