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Palisades Drowning Victim Identified

1/5Abeen Thapa was 19 years old. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Abeen Thapa was an international student from Nepal at SMSU. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Abeen Thapa has been identified as the young man who drowned at Palisades State Park on Saturday. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Friends of Thapa say he loved to sing. Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Abeen Thapa has…

Former Search & Rescue Team Reacts To New Dive Team

Roughly Six Months After Disbanding, Lake County Looks For New Team

MADISON, S.D.—Last October, the Lake County Commissioners unanimously voted to disband the search and rescue team. Former Vice President and Training Officer Darrell McConaghy said it was hard to deal with early on. “I’ve never been fired from a job in my whole life and it felt like we were fired,” said McConaghy. The reason for the decision was due…

City of Sioux Falls Budget Could End Up in the Red

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – City revenue has already failed to match projections made during the budgeting process.  The Finance Department says they budgeted for 4% growth in sales tax revenue this year, but they’ve only seen a little more than half of that at 2.5%.  If the trend continues, the city could be in a $1.2 million budget hole. So,…

Adventures With Ahtra: El Riad Shrine Circus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The circus is in town! El Riad Shrine Circus is celebrating its 76th year at the Sioux Falls Area from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23. The El Riad Shriners bring the circus to Sioux Falls every year to help raise money for their group, which “promotes the community,” according to Shriner Ried Jensen. He says…

Harrisburg School District Stays Proactive With Technology

Harrisburg Schools now adding Apple Classroom to monitor what students are viewing

HARRISBURG, S.D. – The Harrisburg School District is evolving with ever-changing technology. Five years ago, the district started using iPads and personal computers in the classroom. Three years ago, the district allowed students to bring and use their own devices from home for use in school. In the very near future, all students will be using the very same technology…

Sioux Falls Wins 3 NCAA Tournament Bids

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Will Host Division One Ice Hockey Regional In 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Sioux Falls will get to host three more NCAA tournaments over the next few years. The NCAA announced the winners of host city bids Tuesday. Chris Semrau, Assistant General Manager with the Denny Sanford Premier Center, said they’re excited to host a first time ever event in the state. “This is huge. This is the first time Division…

Lit Fireplace Causes House Fire In Central Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A lit fireplace that spilled over caused a house fire in central Sioux Falls on Tuesday morning. A man and woman were inside their home on Summit Avenue and 2nd Street when they saw smoke and called 911, according to Battalion Chief Mark Bukovich. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue arrived at the house five minutes later with 22 firefighters…

Army Veteran Receives Volunteer Award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  We’d all like to be able to give a little bit of our time to a better cause, but a Sioux Falls man has nearly made volunteering into a job and one he loves.  Today, an Army veteran was honored for his more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service. Steve Friman wanted to retire from the…

Golf Bags Left Unattended Stolen At Two Sioux Falls Courses

Theft took place last week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s a situation many golfers say they’ve never heard of before in Sioux Falls: golf bags containing clubs and other belongings stolen at two different golf courses. On Saturday, a golfer at Willow Run had $3,900 worth of equipment taken while their bag was left unattended for just a couple minutes.  Earlier last week, two similar crimes happened at…

UPDATE: Driver Airlifted To Hospital In Early Morning Rollover

DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- A driver was airlifted to a local hospital after a rollover crash in Dell Rapids early Monday morning. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene at Jasper Street and 482nd Avenue around 12:25 a.m. on Monday for a single-car rollover accident. Authorities say the driver was ejected after the car rolled over through a ditch…

Sioux Falls Meets Rock Opera In “Jesus Christ Superstar”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is taking on the challenge of a rock opera with their latest production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The musical is based on the life of Jesus Christ and his journey to Jerusalem. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Jesus Christ Superstar” has become a global phenomenon over the last 40 years. Director…

Preparing for Easter Sunday at Hy-Vee

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  The street construction of South Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls hasn’t stopped customers from getting their last minute groceries for Easter Sunday.  Today we stopped by Hy-Vee to find out the best way to prepare for the holiday weekend. With Easter just around the corner, for a lot of customers, Hy-Vee is the place to go…

Safety A Focus With Lawn Care Season Approaching

Avera Health Says Serious Lawn Care Accidents "Aren't Rare"

One person was sent to a Sioux Falls hospital Friday morning after losing several toes in a lawn mower accident. Dr. Katie Dejong with Avera Health said these kinds of accidents aren’t rare. She said this time of year, when the weather it warming up, is when they see more people in the emergency room. “I can definitely recall very…

Adventures With Ahtra: Buns-N-Guns Challenge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Swimsuit season is quickly approaching, so CPM Fitness is issuing a “Buns-N-Guns Challenge” to get people ready for the beach. The owners of CPM, Chris and Annie Mello say from April 17 to May 14, whoever attends the most workout classes will win either a month of free membership or $100 cash. To see how Ahtra did with…

Powerball Lottery Ticket Sold In Pierre Worth $50,000

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Powerball ticket sold in Pierre is worth $50,000. South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the game’s third prize in Wednesday’s drawing. The winning numbers are 8, 14, 61, 63 and 68, with the Powerball 24 and Power Play 2. The odds of…

Government: 36 Islamic State Fighters Killed By Massive Bomb

KABUL, Afghanistan. (AP) – Afghanistan officials say the U.S. attack on a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military has left 36 Islamic State group fighters dead. There were no civilian casualties, according to the Ministry of Defense statement, which also said that several IS caves and ammunition caches…