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Hundreds Of Local Women Unite To Fund Mental Health Programs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Sioux Empire United Way is using their annual WomenUnite Event to fund mental health programs for children in public schools. For 12 years, this event has been connecting women with causes in their communities. This year, the event will address mental health needs for local students. The WomenUnite luncheon will be on Wednesday, August 16 from 11:30 a.m….

Reaction Piles In After Sioux Falls Little League Advances

Squad Becomes First Sioux Falls Team To Go To Little League World Series

Sioux Falls Little League Watch PartySIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In their inaugural season, the Sioux Falls Little League team is entering the baseball world. With their 6-0 win over Webb City (MO) in the Midwest Regional Tournament, they head to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series They are the first team from Sioux Falls to go to the…

Recent Rain Provides Drought Relief

Statewide Drought Conditions Decreased Six Percent In The Last Week

MITCHELL, S.D. — South Dakota is feeling some relief thanks to some recent rain. The drought across the state is starting to improve. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor reports that there was a six percent decrease in dry conditions. 91.8 percent of the state in under some form of drought condition, as opposed to 97.2 percent last week. Farmer…

‘You And Me Make Glee’ Gives Performers Confidence

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An interpretive dance performance by a local non-profit is giving people of all abilities a creative outlet and the opportunity to build confidence. LifeScape’s mission is to empower people living with disabilities. Their “You and Me Make Glee” dance performance will feature 30 performers who benefit from LifeScape’s programs and services. The show will begin at 7 p.m….

Sioux Falls Little League Stirring Support

A Win On Saturday Sends Squad To Little League World Series

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In Indianapolis, one group of little leaguers is swinging the loudest stick. After two consecutive walk-off winners, Sioux Falls Little League is one step away from Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the Little League World Series. With one game in their way, it may seem like the glass is half full. However, manager Jeff Riley said it’s already…

5 Years Of 7 Percent Tuition Hikes Proposed For Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) – The interim president of Iowa State University is proposing resident undergraduate tuition increases of 7 percent in each of the next five years. President Ben Allen told an Iowa Board of Regents task force Wednesday that the university’s enrollment has risen by 37 percent since 2009, but state appropriations for operations have declined by 30 percent….

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…