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Little Girl Wants Picture Of Tooth Fairy

A Canton girl is proud of her offerings to the tooth fairy, but now she wants more out of the deal than just the money. 7-year-old Kambree just lost a tooth Monday at school.  The note she wrote to the tooth fairy reads, in her own spelling of course, “Dear tooth fairy, I like when I lose teeth.  This is…

Drier Start To Spring Not Dampening Farmers’ Spirits

BRIDGEWATER, S.D. – We’ve seen a mix of rain and snow today but the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls said recent months have been below normal for precipitation.  Planting season for farmers is just around the corner and some areas have seen a shortage of more than 2″ of precipitation for the year. Weather experts said the reason we haven’t…

A Taste Of Ode To Food And Drinks’ Restaurant Week Menu

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Some of the most popular restaurants in Downtown Sioux Falls are showing off their top food selections for Restaurant Week. Each participating restaurant will feature a menu offering three courses for $30 per person, before tip. Ode to Food and Drinks stopped by the KDLT Kitchen to show off their special menu. Chef Bob says when he…

Embe’s “Tribute To Women” Honors Local Leadership

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It all started as a luncheon back in 1974 to honor female leaders and now, 44 years later, Embe’s annual Tribute to Women is one of the biggest celebrations of local leadership in Sioux Falls. Their event on Thursday, April 13 will recognize 64 nominees and announce the winners of awards in business, philanthropy and public service….

Shining A Light On The Sexual Abuse Problem

FBI: South Dakota Ranks Second In U.S. In Reported Rapes Per Capita

Advocates for victims of rape work year-round to shed light on the abuse. This month, however, there’s an even bigger focus. April is dedicated to sexual abuse awareness. On Thursday, Sioux Falls Police arrested Mark Diede, 39, for allegedly molesting two young girls. Michelle Markgraf, Executive Director with The Compass Center, an abuse counseling resource, said the state has a…

Adventures With Ahtra: Lifting With USD Football

VERMILLION, S.D.- Few people take weight lifting more seriously than the strength and conditioning coaches for the USD football team. Even during the off-season, they keep their players working hard. The Coyotes starting quarterback, Chris Streveler says he’s never seen a team work as hard as they do during the off-season, or “spring ball.” Streveler says he’s thrilled with the…

Downtown Sioux Falls Kicks Off Restaurant Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Downtown Sioux Falls will be filled with excitement all day Friday as April’s “First Friday” kicks off Restaurant Week. Businesses and restaurants throughout downtown are holding sales and special events for a night of shopping, art and entertainment. Downtown Sioux Falls Restaurant Week will run April 7-15, with 10 different restaurants participating. Each restaurant will offer a special three-course…

Snakes on a Leash? Pet Owner Confused After Being Cited for Pet Snakes “Running At Large”

Kimball says the ordinance leaves him a bit confused

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- When we’re out and about with our pets, most owners know they need to have their furry friends wear a leash. But what about animals you wouldn’t think to put a leash on? A Sioux Falls man says he’s now fighting the city after receiving nearly $200 in fines this weekend for his pet snakes. Jerry Kimball…

Senate Chooses “Nuclear Option” For Gorsuch Appointment

Instead Of Traditional 60 Vote Requirement, Simple Majority Appoints Gorsuch

Despite heated debate in the United States senate, the Supreme Court appointment process took a historic turn. The Republican majority voted to take the “nuclear option,” which paves the way for a vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch. Now, a simple majority of 51 votes confirms Gorsuch rather than the traditional 60 votes, or three-fifth majority. South Dakota State Political Science…

Limited Run Of “The Amish Project” Explores Virtues In Tragedy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Every three years, Patrick Pope chooses one show to direct for the Sioux Empire Community Theater. When he came across “The Amish Project,” he knew it would be his next play. Based on the 2006 shooting at an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, which killed 10 girls, the play emphasizes the virtues of compassion and forgiveness….

Sugar’s Closing Starts New Chapter For Owners

A Sioux Falls bakery has been serving up desserts at their west-side location for almost three years.  But soon, they’ll roll out their final batches of cupcakes, cookies and pastries.  Sugar’s at 26th Street and Marion Road is closing, though it might not be the end of this sweet story. Kari Popham has made countless treats at her bakery, Sugar’s. …

“Our Growth Project” Discovering Greatness in Youth

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Many Millennials across the the Sioux Empire say there isn’t enough for them to do.  That’s why “Our Growth Project” was created last October by a Sioux Falls resident.    It’s a project designed to discover greatness in a younger generation across the community through what they call “edutainment,” a collaboration of education, art, and entertainment. The…

Get Up And Move In April

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The American Heart Association is encouraging people to grab their friends, family or coworkers and “Move More” this month to improve their heart health. The AHA suggests kicking off April by taking part in National Walking Day, which is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5. By committing to a month of doing something physical every day, the AHA hopes people…

Big Squeeze Blood Pressure Awareness Kicks Off

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Experts say one in three people have high blood pressure which can be life threatening if left untreated.  That’s why “Live Well Sioux Falls” is teaming up with “The Big Squeeze” for blood pressure awareness.  During this month-long initiative, several area businesses and organizations will offer blood pressure screenings to customers starting today at Augustana University. …

Russian Subway Explosion Kills 10, 50 Injured

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – The Latest on the explosion on a train in the Russian city of St. Petersburg (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee has announced that security will be tightened at all critical transport facilities following St. Petersburg blast. ___ 3:55 p.m. Andrei Kibitov, spokesman for the St. Petersburg governor, has told Russian television…

Highway Patrol Target Specific Spots For Checkpoints

Agency Hopes For Results Similar To 2016 With New Enforcement Plan Policy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The South Dakota Highway Patrol is planning DUI checkpoints in 19 counties in April. While they appear to be in random locations, that’s not the case. Captain Jason Husby said last year was the first year the agency starting tackling specific areas in the state. “We want to work a specific area so we can gauge our success….

Over One Thousand Stolen Snow Goose Decoys Recovered

Authorities Say Social Media Helped Track Down The Suspects

A couple weeks ago, sheriff’s deputies learned hunting equipment was stolen in northwestern Minnehaha County. It wasn’t a report to “gaggle” about. 1200 snow goose decoys, with blinds and electronic devices included, were stolen in the night from a field on private property. Captain Jason Gearman with Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said a grand total of $10,000 of equipment belonging…

Pig Saves His Own Life After Falling Onto Highway

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Imagine driving on the highway and seeing a 250lb pig fall off of a truck.  Last week that’s exactly what happened on I-90 just miles from the John Morrell and Company meat processing facility.  The pig named Wally received a little bit of road rash from the life saving event but other than that he was…

Adventures With Ahtra: Professional Bull Riding

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It started as a group of 20 bull riders and now, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) is a sporting phenomenon and will be taking over the Denny Sanford Premiere Center this weekend on their “Built Ford Tough” tour. Stetson Lawrence is one of the 35 bull riders that will take to the arena in front of over 10,000 fans….