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Christmas Light Show Back By Popular Demand

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Now that the Thanksgiving plates have been cleared, for many, it’s time to focus on Christmas.  A well-known light show in Sioux Falls is back by popular demand to get you in the holiday spirit. “Christmas at the Western Mall” held its first show of the season Thursday evening.  A snowy, castle-themed show complete with flashing lights…

Someone You Should Know: Bowdle Couple Raising Santa’s Backup Reindeer

BOWDLE. S.D. – With the holidays nearing, many are out doing last minute preparations. That may include buying presents or cooking up a big meal. For one couple in Bowdle, this means making sure their reindeer are ready, just in case they’re needed on Christmas Eve. “What we have now are mostly the girls that were born here, and they…

$300M For Great Lakes Cleanup Moves Forward In Congress

DETROIT (AP) – A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region’s most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff,…

Mount Rushmore Float To Appear Again In Turkey Day Parade

2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: South Dakota Department of Tourism.PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – This year’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature legendary rhythm and blues singer Smokey Robinson. This will be the eighth year the South Dakota Department of Tourism float will appear in the New York City parade. The float features…

Horse Rescue’s Hay Supply Suffering After Severe Summer Drought

HUMBOLDT, S.D.- The drought felt across the Dakotas this past summer had a severe impact on ranchers and farmers but it also affected other ag-industries, including one horse rescue in Humboldt. The Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue and Sanctuary is now dealing with the after-effects of the drought that left them with dried up pastures and a limited hay supply. “As…

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…

Holiday Fashion Trends with J. Ella Boutique

Midwest fashion is often understated but this season is all about adding a little sparkle

From velvet leggings to fur lined accessories, accent jewelry, and glamorous sequined crop tops, you can’t go wrong with some fun combination of them this holiday season. Jael Thorpe of J.Ella Boutique in both Sioux Falls and Brookings shares what she sees as the overall fashion trends for the 2017 holiday season.

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Empire’s Golf Guru

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s a cold November afternoon.  But, the temperature outside doesn’t matter at the Todd Kolb Golf Academy.  Inside a heated facility at Willow Run, golfers can keep their game hot in South Dakota’s colder months. “This is the time of year, like in January and February, where we can actually make some changes in the kids’…

Former School Bus Inc. Employee Sentenced in Embezzlement Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A former employee of a school bus company serving the Sioux Falls school district has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than half a million dollars from her employer. U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler says Crystal Neuman started working for School Bus, Inc. in 1998 and started embezzling $537,000 from the company in 2006…

Warmer Weather Gives One Sport a Longer Season

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -The Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls closed its doors last week to hibernate for winter, but the sunshine makes for one last hoorah before spring. “Once you kinda say you’re closed and then you reopen, it does tend to have a little bit different reaction with people,” said Tom Jansa of Dakota Golf Management….

SD Author Details Lesser-Known Stories Of Amazing Female Athletes

Mitchell author Jean Patrick is teaching young readers about the history of women in sports in her latest book, “Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics.” Watch above to hear her inspiration to write the book, what drew her to the book’s central figure, track & field standout Ludy Godbold, Jean’s unique research style and what she’s up to these…

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…

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…

Two USD Football Players Arrested On Rape Charges

Dale Williamson Jr., Danny Rambo Jr.VERMILLION, S.D. – The names of two University of South Dakota football players involved in a sexual assault investigation have been released. According to The Vermillion Police Department, junior Danny Rambo Jr., 20, has been arrested for second degree rape. Sophomore Dale Williamson Jr., 21, has been arrested for attempted second degree rape. The two…