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South Dakota Swimmers Rescue Diver Who Lost Consciousness

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a teenager was rescued by other swimmers when he lost consciousness after diving off a popular waterfall in the Black Hills. The incident happened Thursday afternoon at Hippy Hole. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Department says the teen was attempting a backflip off the rocks when he hit the water face-first and lost consciousness….

Governor Names Members Of New Government Watchdog Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has named the members of a new government watchdog board that can investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees. The Republican governor on Wednesday appointed four members to the State Government Accountability Board. The board is made up of four retired justices or judges. Daugaard has named to the board retired South Dakota…

Sioux Falls Man Honored For June Water Rescue

Michael Voigt Receives Highest Civilian Honor From Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — On June 10, Andy Morris, 25, and Brayden Nielsen, 17, were training a lab for water fowl hunting. A windy day at Scotts Slough near Hartford created tough conditions. One throw took a dummy too far out. “Me, being like every other guy in the nation, thought I could go out and swim it and save…

Local Artists Headline July Downtown Block Party

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Downtown Sioux Falls is treating the public to a free block party on the Eastbank on Friday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. The local and regional artists scheduled to perform are Taylor Riley, Erik Koskinen and Rich Show and the Working Poor. Performances will start at 5:30 p.m. and play until 11 p.m. For more on the…

Woman Hospitalized After Being Shot By Police In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A woman is hospitalized after being shot by a Des Moines police officer. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says the woman was wounded during an incident shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday. Few details were released initially about what happened. No officers were hurt during the confrontation. The incident will be investigated by the Iowa Division of…

Firework Sales Wrap Up As Clean-Up Begins

While Merchants Close Out Sales, One Business Is Already Faced With A Mess

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Fourth of July celebration started about day early. Fireworks could be seen and heard bursting around the Sioux Empire on July 3. Paula Kontz, manager of Pyro-Holics Fireworks in Tea, calls this year a “good year” for fireworks. While it may not feel like it, Kontz said the rain that came through the area recently…

Before The Boom, Crews Prep For Fireworks Show

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The fireworks industry, like many others, is changing thanks to advanced technology. That means those behind the scenes of fireworks shows, like the one in Sioux Falls Tuesday night, have to put in a lot more prep work. It may seem a bit scattered. Different sized wooden racks holding different colored mortars– the round containers where…

Minnesota Ends Century Old Ban, Starts Selling Liquor On Sundays

Local Businesses Say The First Sunday Of Liquor Sales Was A Success

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Minnesota residents now have the option to buy liquor on Sundays.  Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill in March repealing the century old ban of Sunday sales in the state.  Slayton is one of many cities that has chosen to start selling.  Yesterday, they started opening their doors on Sundays. Minnesota residents for the first time…

Cows On the Loose in Southwest Minnesota

Drivers asked to be alert

ROCK COUNTY, MN – Drivers in southwest Minnesota should be on the lookout for a few dozen cows on the loose. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, nearly 40 black 600-pound heifers are missing.  Some of them, it’s unclear how many, were found around 9 p.m. Sunday north of Magnolia.  That’s near where they broke out of their pen…

Two People Dead Following Saturday Morning Crash

Two Other Passengers Injured In Two Car Crash

BRANDON, S.D. — Two people are dead following a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning. Two other people were injured in the accident. The South Dakota Highway Patrol are not releasing the names of the four people pending notification of family members. Around 2 a.m., a 2002 Chevrolet CWSI pickup truck and a 1998 Subaru Forester collided on Interstate 90, near…

Law Enforcement Warns Against Tampering Fireworks

Sioux Falls Bomb Squad Most Commonly Finds Fireworks Bundled Together

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Fireworks fill the sky every Fourth of July. Retail tents provide exploding excitement for any interested buyer. While it provides legal fun, Sgt. Robert Forster with the Sioux Falls Regional Bomb Squad said it comes with a short fuse. “If you take any kind of firework and alter that original state from what the manufacturer makes…

Flandreau Comes Together After Meat Locker Fire

FLANDREAU, S.D. -The Flandreau community is rallying around one of its own tonight after the loss of a longtime business.  The Flandreau Meat Locker has been rendered a total loss after yesterday’s fire.  Today, the community is coming together to pick up the pieces. “It was a blow to the community big time,” said the Flandreau Fire Chief, Justin Krull….

Adventures With Ahtra: 3 Degrees Infrared Saunas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Inside the doors of 3 Degrees is a calming, spa-like atmosphere, but it’s not a spa; 3 degrees is a wellness concept consisting of infrared sauna rooms where guests sweat, sometimes as a substitute for going to the gym. “When we designed it, we wanted people to be comfortable, we wanted them to feel like they could come…

Beloved Flandreau Meat Locker Destroyed In Fire

Officials: Too Early To Determine Cause Of The Fire

FLANDREAU, S.D. — A building that’s been in the community since the late 1930’s is changed forever. A little before noon Thursday, first responders received a 911 call reporting a fire at the Flandreau Meat Locker. Moody County Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorock said it’s too early to say what caused the fire. All of this happening on locker lunch Thursday….

Some South Dakota Counties Ban Fireworks Due To Drought

SOUTH DAKOTA – Severe and extreme drought conditions have led some counties to implement a ban on fireworks this year. Potter, Campbell and Walworth counties in North central South Dakota put the bans in place this week. Neighboring Edmunds county doesn’t have a ban specifically for fireworks, but the county has had a permanent burn ban in place since 2004….

Fireworks Season Kicks Off in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Fireworks season officially kicked off today in South Dakota.  Fireworks can be bought and fired off in the state for about the next week-and-a-half.  It’s a short but busy time for retailers like Pyro City Fireworks. A lot of us turn into kids when it comes to fireworks.  To see the sky light up with bright…