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Working With Da Vinci To Be Better Surgeons

  With three to four arms, small pincers and a high definition camera, this machine looks like something out of a science fiction movie. But it’s actually helping doctors save patients lives and Thursday afternoon, students at O’Gorman High School got a hands on experience, using this machine. “The way you move it, it’s so smooth that it’s like easy…

Identity Theft Causing Concern For Tax Season

Authorities See Increase In Scams, Fraud During This Time Of Year

For tax experts, the primary concern of the 2017 season is identity theft. Timothy Ness, Owner of Ness Tax and Bookkeeping Service in Sioux Falls, said being an early bird can protect your finances. “The IRS is encouraging people to come in early so they can get those social security numbers through their system so nobody else files a return…

Career Corner: Setting Workplace Resolutions

The New Year is all about setting goals, but sometimes in the midst of our fitness goals, volunteering goals, and others, we tend to forget about setting goals for the place in which we spend the most time– the workplace. Russ Hovendick, president of Client Staffing Solutions, Inc., says he first and foremost recommends everyone review their résumé whether they’re…

Sioux Falls Police Searching For Missing Teen

Sioux Falls Police are looking for your help in locating a missing juvenile. Jade Johnson, 13, was last seen in the area of E. 11th St. and S. Sherman Ave wearing black pants, black jacket and blue boots. Jade is five feet tall, 90 pounds, and has burgundy hair and green eyes. If you have any information regarding Jade, please…

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…

Rapid City Gas Station Clerk Stabbed To Death In Robbery

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– A gas station clerk has been stabbed to death during a robbery in Rapid City. Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says in a video posted on his department’s Facebook page that a suspect or suspects are now in custody, but he didn’t specify how many. The incident happened around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday. Rapid City police…

Drone Registration Exemption Flies Through Senate Committee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– South Dakota drone enthusiasts may be able to skip some expense and paperwork under a bill that flew through its first legislative test. The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send to the full chamber a bill that would exempt some unmanned aircraft from state registration requirements. The measure introduced at the request of the state…

2 BNSF Railway Workers Killed On Tracks Near Edgemont

EDGEMONT, S.D.– Two BNSF Railway employees have been struck and killed by a train near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota. A company statement says the accident happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. The scene is just north of where the tracks cross under U.S. Highway 18 near Edgemont. BNSF operates a rail yard on the east side of Edgemont. The railroad’s…

Serving Up More Food Choices, Less Empty Stomachs

  Good news for some parents in Mitchell, more kids are eating and enjoying school lunch. It wasn’t always that way… and the positive change is thanks to one woman’s idea. These days… when the bell rings for lunch at Mitchell Middle School more and more kids are filling up their trays… As well as their stomachs. “She wants to…

LifeScape Presents “Space School Musical” With Actors Of All Abilities

It’s a story we’re all familiar with: being a student trying to finish their science project before the deadline. A new musical presented by LifeScape is taking that story to the final frontier in the “Space School Musical.” It premiers on Augustana’s campus on January 27. Jamie Richardson, with LifeScape’s Center for the Arts, says this is the fifth year…

Daugaard Discusses Meth Epidemic, IM 22 In Sioux Falls

  Following his State of the State address in Pierre earlier in January, Governor Dennis Daugaard was in Sioux Falls Monday afternoon discussing the address with members of the Sioux Falls Rotary Club. Amazon collecting sales tax within the state and agriculture were discussed along with more in depth discussions about how the state is going to combat the meth…

Donate Items For Women In The Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

The fifth annual Feminine Hygiene Product Drive takes place Monday in downtown Sioux Falls. Lucy Albers of the Sioux Empire Rock-a-Bettys and Carmen Toft from Prairie Berry East Bank are two of the organizers. Toft says it began after another one of the organizers was visiting The Banquet and heard about a woman there who was using her baby’s last…

South Dakota Corn And Soybean Crops Set Records In 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)– South Dakota farmers last year produced record and soybean crops. The Agriculture Department says in its crop production summary that South Dakota’s corn crop totaled 826 million bushels, up 3 percent from 2015. The state’s soybean crop totaled 256 million bushels, up 9 percent. The state’s alfalfa, sorghum, oil sunflower, proso millet and flaxseed crops all…

Girl Scouts Parents Meetings Held In Pierre, Aberdeen This Weekend

Girl Scout Cookie season is just a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to get your daughters signed up in a troop. Nancy Tapken with Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons says this time of year, she usually sees an influx of registrants who were maybe a little hesitant or too busy to sign up in the fall….

Officials: Bridge Damaged In Pipeline Protests Is Sound

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)– North Dakota transportation officials say tests of a bridge damaged during protests of the Dakota Access pipeline show the span is structurally sound. The Backwater Bridge north of Cannon Ball has been the site of several clashes between protesters and police. It has been closed since October, when protesters blocked it with burning vehicles. In December, core…

Yankton Sioux Tribe Chairman Encourages Mutual Understanding

PIERRE– The Yankton Sioux tribal chairman says Native American people and non-tribal members would benefit from mutual understanding. Chairman Robert Flying Hawk gave the second State of the Tribes address Thursday to the Legislature. The address is similar to the governor’s State of the State. Flying Hawk says also that the state’s reservations are facing challenges including methamphetamine use. He…

Hy-Vee Issues Voluntary Recall Of Candy Trays

WEST DES MOINES– Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling several candy trays because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee’s attention when Palmer Candy Company announced a limited recall of certain chocolate products after it was informed by its supplier, Valley Milk Products LLC, that…

Senate Committee Approves Bill To Make Mug Shots Public

PIERRE– A state Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow authorities to release criminal booking photos to the public. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-1 Thursday to pass the bill, which heads to the full Senate. Attorney General Marty Jackley, who proposed the measure, says it would improve transparency. It would make mug shots a public record under…

Noem Helps Introduce New Provisions To Support Survivors Of Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Kristi Noem today joined Rep. Ann Wagner and more than a dozen colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Trafficking Survivors Relief Act.  If enacted, the legislation would establish a process in which trafficking survivors with non-violent federal offenses could petition a court to vacate the arrests and/or convictions that were a direct result of being trafficked. According…