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Someone You Should Know: Brookings to the Big Leagues

Brookings native Kelli Quist is Twins' first full-time massage therapist

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – It’s 162 games in 181 days. That’s how a regular season stacks up for the Minnesota Twins. And now, it’s the same for Brookings native Kelli Quist. “It’s crazy. It’s the first real full-time job I’ve had in a long time,” said Quist, the organization’s first full-time massage therapist. “This has been a lot of years in…

SD Native Reunited With Class Ring Thanks To International Inquirer

Stolen ring makes its way back to rightful owner

An antique collector and two old friends from Gregory High School now have an incredible, international connection thanks to a class ring and Facebook.  If rings could talk, the one in this story would have a lot to say about its journey back home. “It fits!” exclaims Melissa Belfer. Melissa’s class ring She’s wearing her class ring with pride in…

Victim of Alcester Accident Remembered as Loving Mother

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – We’re learning more about one of the victims in Monday’s accident at a nursing home in Alcester. Jenna Benzel was a mom to three young children and had recently moved to Vermilion. Family and friends say she just started working at the nursing home. A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday night at 8:00 at 805…

Garth Brooks Announces Additional Show On Twitter

"We might owe them two, but I didn't say that."

The Garth Brooks madness in Sioux Falls appeared to be dying down after six shows sold out Friday morning. Then, around 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brooks’ Twitter page posted a video with the text reading “We owe Sioux Falls another show!!! It doesn’t matter if it’s one or 10,000, we’ll be there! Thank you!! love, g” Brooks goes on to say in…

Salute To Veterans Event Kicks Off

Proceeds Go To Veteran Causes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The first annual “Salute To Veterans” event kicked off today at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.  The event continues through tomorrow. Veterans have helped out one another by organizing an event that’s not the typical fundraiser you would usually see for veterans.  Organizers said that’s because they wanted to do something different; so that way everyone could…

Yankton Sioux Official: Marijuana Meeting Postponed

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) – A Yankton Sioux Tribe official says a general council meeting to discuss legalizing marijuana for recreational and other uses has been postponed. Councilwoman Roseanne Wade says she isn’t aware of a new date for the tribal-members only meeting that had been scheduled for Friday at the Fort Randall Casino Bingo Hall. Wade referred a request for…

SF Man Questions Meaning Behind Oil Company Sign

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A sign on the northeast side of Sioux Falls is turning people’s heads. At first glance, some might think it reads ‘fuse’. But one man is taking a closer look, questioning whether there might be an inappropriate meaning behind the letters, instead. Everyday hundreds of people drive along I-90 heading east, but few have noticed what…

Lincoln County Votes On Wind Turbine Restriction

Restriction Would Put Turbines A Half Mile From Habitable Structures

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D. – Today marked a major vote on wind turbine restrictions in Lincoln County.  Residents voted on policies that could make establishing wind farms in the area more challenging for energy companies. “This helps an awful lot amount of people that need money and it’s not tax dollars.  It would help the economy,” said the Mayor of Beresford,…

How To Transition Summer Style Into Fall With Chelsea’s Boutique

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall doesn’t have to break your bank, so Chelsea’s Boutique is showing off stylish ways to double dip your favorite pieces between seasons. Owner Chelsea Tracy says a lot of people struggle with their wardrobe between seasons because they think they have to spend a lot of money on new stuff, which…

George Hendrickson Enters U.S. House Race

"I'm the only one who is not a politician"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, who doesn’t consider himself a politician, is the newest candidate to announce his bid for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat. George Hendrickson is the only candidate running as an independent, so far. He knows it won’t be easy, but says he and his family are already overcoming great odds. “If he…

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…