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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,…

Trump’s Iowa Visit To Include Stop At College, Officials Say

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Officials say President Donald Trump also will visit Kirkwood Community College during his visit to Cedar Rapids Wednesday. Trump already had been scheduled to address a 7 p.m. rally at the U.S. Cellular Center. White House officials have confirmed that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will join Trump on a tour…

Kids K Fun Run Kicks Off Family Fest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in South Dakota raise money and awareness for places like Sanford Children’s Hospital and the CenturyLink Kids K Fun Run is coming to Sioux Falls on July 8 to raise money for the cause and celebrate families. The run kicks off Family Fest, an event for parents and future parents to discover resources to enrich,…

Bringing Awareness: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

A Sioux Falls woman is sharing her mother's story to bring awareness to the diagnosis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and one Sioux Falls woman is sharing her mother’s story to bring awareness to the diagnosis and how the Alzheimer’s Association has helped her family. Dianne Horsley is the type of mother who is always there for her children, never missing an important day, or forgetting anything. “She always believed in…

How Lyle Jeffs Got Caught: Pawned Pliers Leads to Fugitive’s Capture

The people who last interacted with Jeffs say it was his unusual behavior that ultimately tipped them off

YANKTON, S.D.- On Wednesday, one of the FBI’S Most Wanted criminals was captured right here in South Dakota. Lyle Jeffs, the polygamist sect leader from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was arrested in Yankton after nearly a year on the run. “He was acting erratically,” said Kevin Haug, owner of River City Tools & Pawn…

Fentanyl: Severe Pain Drug Turned Abused Substance

Two Large Busts In Three Months Show National Epidemic Reach Into South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — On Wednesday, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and DCI agents arrested Trevor Harden, 19, in Chamberlain. They allege Harden had an estimated 20,000 fentanyl pills with a street value of $500,000. It’s the second large fentanyl bust in the state in three months. In April, a man was arrested with 1,000 fentanyl pills in Mitchell….

Adventures With Ahtra: Color Vibe 5K

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Color Vibe 5K is coming to Sioux Falls on Saturday, June 24 to raise money for LifeScape, a local non-profit dedicated to empowering people of all ages living with disabilities. The Color Vibe 5K is no ordinary race, it covers runners with neon paint during the course. They’re held across the country to raise money for local…

Fugitive Polygamist Sect Leader Arrested In South Dakota

Lyle Jeffs Was Arrested Wednesday Night At A Marina Near Yankton

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lyle Jeffs, an FBI Most Wanted polygamous sect leader, was arrested in Yankton Wednesday night. Jeffs escaped home confinement in 2016 while awaiting a trial on an alleged food stamp fraud scheme in Utah. Eric Barnhart, FBI Secret Agent in Charge in Salt Lake City, UT, said assistance from the public helped them dial in their…

Judge’s Ruling Surprises But Doesn’t Concern Oil Industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge’s ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a “game changer” for North Dakota oil. But North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says shippers aren’t concerned that there will be any long-term disruption to the…

State Parks, Recreation Areas To Hold Cooking Classes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State parks and recreation areas around South Dakota are set to hold cooking classes. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says the Saturday classes will teach the basic skills and safety precautions of making meals outdoors and give a hands-on cooking experience. Key lessons will include campfire, grilling and Dutch oven safety. Lynn Spomer, state park…

Jackley Issues Caution About Tobacco Settlement Money Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is cautioning South Dakota residents about what he says are deceptive advertisements regarding a nearly 20-year-old settlement with tobacco companies. In 1998, the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement was signed by the four largest U.S. tobacco companies, 46 states, five territories and the District of Columbia. It resolved several lawsuits against the tobacco…

Medstar Reacts To City Council’s Ambulance Service Discussion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After city councilors exchanged heated debate yesterday about a contracted ambulance service in Sioux Falls, an outside service is weighing in today. Brandon-based Medstar Paramedic Ambulance is fighting back on claims that the Sioux Falls City Health Department made about the service on Tuesday night’s storm. When councilors asked why Paramedics Plus doesn’t have a mutual…

Rapper Chief Keef Free After South Dakota Marijuana Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Chicago rapper Chief Keef has been released from a jail in South Dakota where he was charged with marijuana possession. The rapper, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, was arrested Monday at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport where officials say marijuana was found in his carry-on bag. Cozart is facing a felony charge for possessing…

The Latest: Fire Crews Still Searching Blazing London Block

Photo courtesy of Toby Melville/ReutersLONDON (AP) – The Latest on the London fire (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The London Fire Commissioner says several firefighters have sustained minor injuries in the fire at a west London apartment building, as fire crews continue searching the tower block for victims. Dany Cotton told reporters Wednesday at midday that firefighters were still in…

Sportsmen Skeptical Of Waters Compromise

Anglers Question Future Of Non-Meandered Waters Following New Bill

ESTELLINE, S.D. — A nearly twelve hour debate Monday led to the “Open Waters Compromise.” Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a new bill meant to calm the issue of access to non-meandered waters in the state. Public waters that overtake private property are considered non-meandering water. They’re special to South Dakota Guided Fishing owner Jarrod Fredericks. He said he made a…

Sun Tan City And Filly Flair Celebrate Anniversaries With Block Party

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Two Sioux Falls business are celebrating their time in Sioux Falls with a block party featuring a pop-up shop, food truck and music. Sun Tan City West is celebrating 15 years in Sioux Falls and Filly Flair is celebrating one year at their location at the Beacon Center. Filly Flair’s Director of Business Development and Sales Courtney VanderPol…

School District Set To Raise Property Taxes In 2018

Levy scheduled to increase next summer

The Sioux Falls School Board has opted out of a property tax freeze and that could increase your bill next year. Monday night, the school board voted unanimously to set the district’s 2018-2019 property tax rate.  The rate is scheduled to decrease for the 2017-2018 budget to $8.14 per $1,000 in property valuation.  But, this vote will then return the…

Friends Remember Jayden Harley

WATERTOWN, S.D.- In Watertown, a 17-year-old is dead after a noise dispute turned violent over the weekend. Police say 30-year-old Alexis Velazquez shot Jayden Harley following an argument out in the street on Saturday night. Today Harley’s friends and a co-worker reflected on his life and the moments they wish they could’ve changed before his death. “It couldn’t have been him,”…