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LifeScape And Dairy Queen To Host ‘Livin’ It Up For LifeScape’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- LifeScape is inviting the public to their Livin’ It Up for LifeScape event on August 17 to help fund their mission to empower people living with disabilities. The carnival event will be at Dairy Queen on Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17. Jill Willard with Dairy Queen says they’re always happy to…

Amid Tensions, Ellsworth Bombers Fly Near North Korea

Previously-deployed airmen conduct joint-exercise with ROK, Japanese forces

South Dakota airmen, recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force base, took part in a mission flying over the Korean Peninsula this week.  This comes as tensions appear to be rising between North Korea and the U.S. Two U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers from Ellsworth took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, according to the Andersen Air Force base…

Minnehaha County Commission Approves New Feedlot Ordinance

Trims Distance Requirements Between CAFOs and Residential Buildings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Larger CAFO’s, or concentrated animal feeding operations, may get closer to home in Minnehaha County. The Minnehaha County Commission voted unanimously to update their two decades-old zoning ordinance. It trims the minimum setback requirement between feeding lots and residential buildings. For example, the old ordinance required Class A feeding lots, meaning lots with 2000 or more…

Coast 2 Coast Fitness Crew Gears Up For Cancer Run

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In accordance with their industrial workout philosophy, the crew at Coast 2 Coast is gearing up for their Coastin’ for Cancer event on August 20 that will give runners more of a workout than the typical 5k. This event will be a spin on a traditional race. Coast 2 Coast will be adding check points throughout the run…

One of The Worst Years Yet For Lake Mitchell’s Algae Contamination

MITCHELL, S.D. – It’s been a problem for years, but city officials and residents said the algae in Lake Mitchell is worse this Summer than ever.  Officials said contamination is more severe this year partly because the algae blooms arrived earlier this year. “Signs like this one here can be found posted all across Lake Mitchell – warning of a…

Concerns Arise With Possible Regulation Changes To CAFO’s

MINNEHAHA, Co. – Policies may change for farmers who build indoor livestock operations in Minnehaha County. Tuesday, commissioners are expected to vote on the distance between these operations and other buildings, like where you work, or worship. The proposal is concerning a grassroots conservation group that claims these livestock farms are harmful to people’s health. It’s a lengthy name: concentrated…

Suspect In Sioux Falls Manhunt Arrested In Lake County

Resident Reported Suspicious Vehicle Thursday Morning In Chester

LAKE COUNTY, S.D. — A Tea man was arrested Thursday morning after authorities say he was connected to a manhunt in Sioux Falls Wednesday afternoon. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says Chaz VanOrman, 35, faces second degree burglary charges as well as possession of stolen property charges. On Wednesday, several South Dakota law enforcement departments searched for VanOrman for three…

Drivers Urged to use Caution as Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets Underway

Sturgis, S.D. – The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is underway in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. State transportation officials are expecting up to 600,000 bikers, and public safety officials are reminding bikers and other motorists to stay alert. Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl says drivers should use seat belts and common sense, and follow the rules of the…

Happy Ending: Rapid City Boy Receives Kidney Transplant

Sioux Falls, S.D. – A happy ending to a story we brought you earlier this summer. A Rapid City boy who was living in Sioux Falls waiting for a kidney transplant has finally found his match. Last week, 10-year-old Gabriel Broghammer underwent transplant surgery for his new kidney. His family says he’s recovering and doing well. Gabriel had spent several months…

How Long Will The Cool Temperatures Last?

Much Of The Sioux Empire In An 80% Chance Of Seeing Cool Temperatures

This week has already been cooler than average – yesterday we had a high of only 71° in Sioux Falls.  The cooler weather looks to stick around as the 7-day forecast doesn’t even have a single day at or above average.  The high temperatures haven’t been the only temperatures affected as low temperatures have been below normal too.  Sioux Falls…

Someone You Should Know: Eyes In The Sky

20-Year Old Brandon Valley Grad Is Youngest Mission Pilot In SD Civil Air Patrol

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol is made up solely of volunteers who give up their time to keep an eye on others. One of their pilots, Brandon West, 20, is a Brandon Valley High School graduate who is the youngest mission pilot in their fleet. Despite his age, flying has already become a huge part…

Daugaard: Buffer Strip Property Tax Incentives Available

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office says South Dakota residents have until October to apply for tax incentives meant to encourage people to install buffer strips between agricultural land and waterways. The new law offers property tax breaks for land turned into buffer strips of vegetation to help trap fertilizer, pesticides and sediment before they reach water. Supporters…

Trump Signs Bill Imposing Sanctions On Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House officials say President Donald Trump has signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia. Two White House officials said that the president signed the bill Wednesday morning. The package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia passed Congress with overwhelming support. Moscow responded to the sanctions by ordering a reduction in the number of U.S….