Homepage – Something To Talk About

Staying Ahead Of The Drought

How One Local Business And The Sioux Falls Parks And Recreation Department Are Keeping Up

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, over 355,000 people are affected by the drought conditions across South Dakota.  So we checked in with a small business and the city of Sioux Falls to see how they’re dealing with the dryness. It’s been a tough summer for many of us across the Sioux Empire due to…

Meet A JazzFest Headliner: Denham

Aberdeen Native and Sioux Falls Resident Makes Headline Debut

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It isn’t Aberdeen native and Sioux falls resident Denham McDermott’s first time at JazzFest. “I sang back-up vocals for a band last year,” said McDermott. Saturday night, he gets the chance to be in the forefront. “They gave me the call this year for my group so it’s kind of nice as a local band to…

Cattle Costs Suffering Due To Drought

11 Percent Of South Dakota Is Considered Under "Extreme" Conditions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The drought in South Dakota continues to get worse. Ninety-three percent of the state is currently in “abnormally dry” conditions, with eleven percent falling under the “extreme” category. With the harshest dry conditions in West River, Sioux Falls Regional Livestock owner David Minor said it’s having a residual effect on their auctions. “We’re getting extra numbers…

How This Year’s Drought Compares

One of the Driest Periods We've Seen in some Time

We all know this year has been very dry so far.  In fact, the newest Drought Monitor map shows the drought has increased in coverage once again.  Here’s the updated Precip Report from earlier this morning. Over 350,000 people are affected by the drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  The question is, how does this year’s drought stack up…

JazzFest 2017: What to Expect, Who to See

The festival officially kicks off at Yankton Trail Park on Thursday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society is once again bringing large acts to the JazzFest stage this weekend. The festival officially kicks off at Yankton Trail Park on Thursday. “March Fourth,” “The Robert Cray Band,” and “Jonny Lang” will hit each the Main Stage, along with a handful of other musicians. Organizers spend the better…

Mitchell Asking Residents For Help With Water Supply

City Issued Voluntary Water Usage Restrictions For Residents Tuesday

MITCHELL, S.D. — Public Works Director Tim McGannon said the city can’t buy any rain. “Every time a storm goes north or south or east of us, seems like it misses us,” said McGannon. Mitchell is currently facing abnormally dry conditions but the drought in South Dakota continues to get worse. McGannon said it’s taking a toll on their water…

Stiegelmeiers Matching Feeding South Dakota’s Donations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Feeding South Dakota says more than 5,000 kids in South Dakota deal with food insecurity. That’s why South Dakota State’s Football coach and his wife have teamed up with the nonprofit to fight child hunger. John and Laurie Stiegelmeier are matching people’s donations until the end of the month. The couple says they already give on…

Seized Herd Of Cattle In Spink County To Be Sold By State

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – A herd of 75 neglected and starving cattle seized from an Ashton man’s property will be sold by the state. Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the American News that livestock owner Rex Spear didn’t appear for a court hearing Monday to contest the move. Authorities seized the animals late last month and charged Spear with…

Sisseton Family Discovers Dead Body At Walmart

"We will never get that sight out of our minds"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The family that discovered a dead body Friday night and called police was passing through Sioux Falls, driving from Sisseton to eastern Iowa for a family reunion. “We were driving two vehicles and my mom and grandma and cousin were in the other one,” says Nick Heinecke. What started off as a much anticipated trip, took…

Boys & Girls Club, Plum’s Cooking Co. Teach Kids How To Handle And Cook Food

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Boys & Girl’s Club of the Sioux Empire is partnering up with Plum’s Cooking Company in Sioux Falls. Today kicked off the first day of their Power Chef Cooking Camps. The 2 week cooking classes aim at helping kids learn the benefits of gardening and how to prepare that food to provide a full-circle learning…

Meet Miss South Dakota, Miranda Mack

Mack will compete in the Miss America pageant on September 10

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It only took Miranda Mack one try to win the crown of Miss South Dakota in the Miss America pageant circuit. Winning the Miss South Dakota crown is something Mack says she never expected. Three months before Mack won the state title, she was crowned Miss SDSU, a title she also never thought she’d win. “I thought, you…

Museum To Mark 10th Anniversary Of I-35W Bridge Collapse

Courtesy of KARE11MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Historical Society will commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse with a new display. Thirteen people died and 145 were injured when the bridge fell into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during the evening rush Aug. 1, 2007. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the probable cause was…

Welsh Corgi Cleans Family’s Windows

HARRISBURG, S.D.- Here’s a story that will hopefully bring a smile to your face, a Harrisburg family has to do a little less window cleaning thanks to their dog. Around Fourth of July, the Jendersee’s found their one-year-old welsh corgi Foxy, cleaning their windows. They say they first noticed Foxy would it as a signal that she wanted to go outside,…

Busy Weekend For SF Area Humane Society

In the span of 48 hours, the shelter had 70 owner surrenders and a handful of strays walk in

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been a busy weekend for workers at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. In a two day span, from Friday to Saturday, 85 animals walked in through their doors. Seventy of which were surrendered by their owner, leaving workers scrambling for space. “We’ve had to move our small animals out of our small animals room…

Why Most Weather Apps Are So Inaccurate

Opinion: Meteorologists Still Have Great Value Even With Today's Technology

Do you find yourself relying on your favorite weather app that you can easily access from your phone?  Do you check your weather app everyday but don’t rely on a Meteorologist’s actual forecast.  It’s okay because many of us do, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!  I’m sure you have already found out how inaccurate weather apps can be,…

Eyes On Water As Drought Worsens

A Little More Than Ninety Percent Of South Dakota Under Dry Conditions

KIMBALL, S.D. — More than half of South Dakota is suffering from a moderate drought. A third is in severe conditions while four percent are facing extreme dryness. As conditions continue to worsen, water becomes more essential. Aurora-Brule Rural Water is the source for several communities livelihood: Pukwana, Kimball, White Lake, Stickney, Plankinton, Gann Valley and Aurora Center. Manager Wade…