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New Insurance Rates Requested for 2018

Local health providers propose adjusted numbers for 2018 as Congress tries to work out a plan on subsidies

Local health care providers met a 6pm deadline on Tuesday for proposed new health insurance premium rates for 2018. Consumers still on Obamacare continue to be concerned about not only the cost of care but also access to care moving forward, according to Debra Muller, CEO of Avera Health Plans. This comes despite a bipartisan agreement reached this week that…

Caring for Those with Cancer

Local foundation helps with the every day financial challenges that often accompany a diagnosis

Providing relief to patients and families going through active cancer treatment is the goal of the Guiding Hand Foundation – a locally born, grassroots nonprofit, founded on the commitment that all funds raised stay within our local community. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and donated hours, all proceeds raised through events throughout the year, including this weekend’s Angels of Light…

Willing and Able to Work

Forum aims to encourage South Dakota employers to consider those with special needs for job vacancies

At a time many South Dakota employers are struggling to find help, or the right help, a reminder there may be a group of locals out there just waiting for the right opportunity. A special forum is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, featuring nationally renowned speaker, Chris Koch, to educate employers on the benefits…

Spoke-N-Sport Opens New Brookings Location

After 30 years of one location in Sioux Falls, an indication the biking market is heating up in South Dakota

Chad Pickard of the Sioux Falls based Spoke-N-Sport is excited to be a part of a growing community of outdoor enthusiasts in the Brookings area. Spoke-n-Sport is opening a second location in the Brookings on Friday as biking becomes a focus of the city’s long-term overall growth plan.

Rain Slows Fall Harvest

Corn harvest in South Dakota is typically around 19 percent by now

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Rain and thunderstorms have slowed the harvest across much of eastern South Dakota. According to the weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an inch or more of rain fell across most of the eastern part of the state. Producers were completing late-season haying in other parts of the state. Topsoil moisture is still…

Showcase Of Remodeled Homes Features Latest Designs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire is hosting its 16th annual Showcase of Remodeled Homes this Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8 from noon to 5 p.m. You can take a tour of beautiful homes around the city, check out the latest design trends, and maybe even get some good ideas for your own home. Free guides…

More Than 50 Confirmed Dead in Vegas Shooting

Hundreds more are injured as concert-goers at a country music festival are gunned down

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas sheriff says more than 50 people are dead and more than 200 others are injured after an attack at an outdoor concert venue. Officers have reportedly killed the gunman, who was said to be on the 32nd floor of a hotel across from the venue. The gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean’s performance at the…

Free Children’s Dental Clinic

Oral health issues are among the leading causes of missed school days

More than 150 children are expected at Saturday’s free dental clinic in Sioux Falls where dentists, hygienists and others are scheduled to volunteer their time. Oral health issues are often an overlooked need for children. Whatever work those who are uninsured or under-insured might need is the goal for the crew at Children’s Dental Center and it will be done…

Adventures With Ahtra: Rodeo Clowning

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The 88 best rodeo competitors are headed to The Denny Sanford Premiere Center this weekend to compete for over a quarter of a million dollars in the Sioux Falls Premiere Rodeo. What’s a rodeo without a rodeo clown? Watch the video above to see KDLT News Today’s Ahtra Elnashar get a lesson in whipping from one of…

State Hand Corn Picking Contest Set for Saturday

Farm just northeast of Flandreau home to South Dakota annual event on Oct. 1

This annual tradition takes visitors and contestants back to the roots of farming. It is also a celebration of the work it takes to bring in the annual fall harvest – then and now. The state hand corn picking competition is hosted by the Jim Redder Farm each fall just northeast of Flandreau, South Dakota each fall. This family-friendly event…

A Nutritionist’s Tips For Ordering Off The Kids Menu

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Many restaurants and fast food chains with kids menus claim to implement nutrition into their food choices, but does that make them healthy? Nutritionist Jenna Klepatz with Profile by Sanford has some advice for parents when navigating a kids menu. Watch the video above for some of her tips.

Setting Boundaries in a 24/7 Job

Rural journalist details the steps she's taken to create best life-work balance

In town for the Women & Media Conference in Sioux Falls, the editor of the News-Monitor in southeastern North Dakota stopped by KDLT studios for a candid conversation about what it means to work in a 24/7 job where the opportunities are seemingly never-ending to report the news. She also emphasized the role communities can play in shaping their own…

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Avera Health Systems takes additional measures to prevent and address addiction

The opioid epidemic has been relatively little talked about in South Dakota, until recently. Health care providers are seeing an uptick in the number of addicts presenting for care, and communities are feeling the impact. Avera has an upcoming continuing education conference in October on the epidemic, the details of which are outlined in the interview above.  Dr. Tad Jacobs…

Girl Scouts’ Day Of Play Encourages Kids To Get Active

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Girl Scouts are encouraging all kids to put down their devices this Saturday and join them for their annual Day of Play. Day of Play will go from 1-3 p.m. at the Sanford Field House in Sioux Falls on Saturday, September 23. The event is free and all kids are welcome, regardless of gender or age….

Family Health & Safety Event Planned

Many resources available for families at weekend event in Sioux Falls

Making health and fitness fun is the goal for an upcoming event in Sioux Falls. Health Connect of South Dakota is again hosting its fall Health & Safety Festival this Saturday, September 23. There will be opportunities to check your child’s oral health and physical health, get them a haircut, get them fingerprinted so that you have that record, you…