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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…

UPS Offers Tuition Assistance For Part-Time Employees In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 12 of the company’s locations in the state are now offering tuition assistance to part-time employees. The company’s ‘Earn and Learn’ program can offer more than $5,000 a year with a lifetime maximum of $25,000. The program requires an employee to attend an accredited college. Previously, tuition assistance was only available in select locations and for…

8th Grade Girl Uses Her Summer To Help Others

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For many kids, summer is a time to sleep in and play outside; for 12-year-old Camilla Portz, it’s a time to serve her community. Portz got the idea for Embe’s Camp ChangeMaker after participating in Embe’s Camp CEO, a four-day camp for girls in sixth to eighth grade to learn about leadership. Portz says volunteering was her…

Dry Conditions Keeping Sprinkler Systems Busy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With much of the Sioux empire facing drought conditions, sprinkler systems are working overtime, but that means more repairs are needed.  One lawn care company said they’ve seen an uptick in business because of the dry weather.  It comes at an already busy time for the company. Sprinkler Systems can definitely be a time saver for…

Philando Castile Family Reaches $3M Settlement In Death

Photo courtesy of Ben Garvin, KARE 11MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death. The settlement was announced Monday by attorneys for Valerie Castile and the city of St. Anthony. The settlement avoids the drawn-out process of…

Reaction Continues After GOP Health Care Bill Revealed

Sen. Thune, South Dakota Democrats Discuss Debate Of Obamacare Replacement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The reveal was quiet but the reaction was loud. The GOP-controlled Senate released their version of the Obamacare replacement Thursday. Senator John Thune said the response to the bill was “predictably partisan.” “Even if Hillary Clinton had been elected president, we’d still be having this conversation because this is a failed system that has to be…

Residents Begin Clean-Up After Severe Storms

Strong Winds And Hail Hit Communities In Northeast South Dakota

CASTLEWOOD, S.D. — Around 3:30 Thursday morning, a severe thunderstorm charged through the Northeast part of South Dakota. Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and half dollar sized hail barreled through Castlewood. Once the storms passed, crews immediately began assessing the damage. Several building sustained major damage from the winds and hail. One of those buildings was the…

4 Iowa Cities Targeted Because Of Fireworks Restrictions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska company wants a federal court to stop four Iowa cities from restricting fireworks sales. The Des Moines Register reports that Bellino Fireworks Inc., which is based in Papillion, Nebraska, filed a complaint against Ankeny, Boone, Johnston and Pleasant Hill. Bellino wants a permanent injunction barring the cities from enforcing restrictions and seeks unspecified…

Tea Approves $15M Bond To Build New Elementary School

TEA, S.D. – The Tea School District is relieved today after the community voted 70 percent in favor of a $15M bond last night. The bond will pay for a new 28-room elementary school on the south side of town. Superintendent Jennifer Lowery says the district is bottom heavy, meaning there are more elementary kids enrolling, and not enough classroom…

Proposed Harsher Consequences For Vicious Dogs

In 2016 there were 305 dog bites in Sioux Falls and 197 dogs were deemed vicious.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls City Council could soon update its rules about vicious dogs. A proposal would make it easier for the city to euthanize pets that attack people. “Frankly there are some dogs that we’ve had concerns about sending back home,” says City of Sioux Falls Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong. DeJong, along with the city assistant…

South Dakotans, Minnesota Super Bowl Committee Wants You

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There are 229 days left until Super Bowl 52 and the Minnesota Super Bowl host committee is inviting South Dakotans to come be part of the experience The committee says although the big day is still far from now, that planning ahead to book hotels and make arrangements for the big day is a good idea….

Dashcam Video, Other Evidence In Castile Case Released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Video that shows a Minnesota police officer firing seven rapid shots at Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July is now public, days after the officer was acquitted in the case. The video came from a camera in the squad car of Officer Jeronimo Yanez. He was found not guilty of manslaughter and other charges in…

Delta Adds Facial Recognition Kiosks At Twin Cities Airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Delta Airlines says it is the first U.S. airline to use facial recognition technology to speed the process of checking baggage. Delta on Monday debuted four self-serve kiosks for checking bags at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, including one that uses facial recognition technology to match travelers with their passport photos. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan says the new…

South Dakota Democrats Name New Executive Director

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Democratic Party says it has hired an executive director. The party said Monday that interim Executive Director Sam Parkinson has accepted the job permanently since taking over in April. Before that, Parkinson had served as the party’s finance director since August 2015. His new role came after the party’s former executive director,…