Health

Sanford Health Offers “Food Is Good Medicine” Cooking Classes

Food is such a big part of our lives. It’s essential to eat healthy, balanced meals because it gives fuel to our bodies, but it’s not always easy to come up with those meal ideas and make sure you aren’t missing any key nutrients. Thankfully, Sanford Health is here to help with a few cooking classes! Executive Chef John Gilbertson…

Pilot Program Successfully Decreases Emergency Response Times

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When getting to an emergency, every second can be crucial to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. That’s why they’re proud to say they’ve cut down response times by 11 seconds in the last few months. They say it’s all thanks to better communication between dispatchers and first responders. It’s the staff at Metro Communications who answer the…

Serving Up More Food Choices, Less Empty Stomachs

  Good news for some parents in Mitchell, more kids are eating and enjoying school lunch. It wasn’t always that way… and the positive change is thanks to one woman’s idea. These days… when the bell rings for lunch at Mitchell Middle School more and more kids are filling up their trays… As well as their stomachs. “She wants to…

New Report: Abortions In US Drop To Lowest Level Since 1974

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights….

Majority Of Superior Shipyard Workers Test Positive For Lead

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – Health officials say more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers at Fraser Shipyards were exposed to lead while retrofitting the Herbert C. Jackson originally built in 1959. Wisconsin Public Radio…

Daugaard Discusses Meth Epidemic, IM 22 In Sioux Falls

  Following his State of the State address in Pierre earlier in January, Governor Dennis Daugaard was in Sioux Falls Monday afternoon discussing the address with members of the Sioux Falls Rotary Club. Amazon collecting sales tax within the state and agriculture were discussed along with more in depth discussions about how the state is going to combat the meth…

Donate Items For Women In The Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

The fifth annual Feminine Hygiene Product Drive takes place Monday in downtown Sioux Falls. Lucy Albers of the Sioux Empire Rock-a-Bettys and Carmen Toft from Prairie Berry East Bank are two of the organizers. Toft says it began after another one of the organizers was visiting The Banquet and heard about a woman there who was using her baby’s last…

Congress Takes First Step Toward Dismantling The Affordable Care Act

The dome of the US Capitol is pictured in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2011. Republican US House Speaker John Boehner told US President Barack Obama he was “hopeful” that talks on sweeping spending cuts would reach a deal to avert a partial government shutdown at week’s end. Boehner reiterated that the House’s goal is to prevent a government shutdown…

South Dakota’s Chief Justice Pitches Mental Health Recommendations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Supreme Court’s chief justice has pitched to lawmakers recommendations meant to improve public safety and the treatment of mentally ill people in the criminal justice system. Chief Justice David Gilbertson gave his State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday to the Legislature. He convened a task force after the Argus Leader newspaper reported that a…

Flu Season Peak Approaches South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  It’s flu season and we all dread to hear the doctor say, it’s time for your flu shot. “It’s important for us to take it seriously because it is a very serious virus. This is really a family of killers in many ways” says Doctor Wendell Hoffman with Sanford Infectious Disease. Right now in South Dakota, there…

Let’s Talk Safe Sex At USD

According to the most recent data from the South Dakota Department of Health, in 2016, they saw the most chlamydia cases ever in one year as well as the most gonorrhea cases since the 1980s. Because of that information, in a partnership with Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota is taking steps to make sure that their students are…

SD Residents Still On Upswing With Less Cases Of Flu

SOUTH DAKOTA – The flu season has been in effect since October but luckily for South Dakota residents we are sitting at local activity, which means we are still on the upswing and lesser cases have been detected. However, doctors say they anticipate that soon we will go to regional activity where the virus will spread throughout our population. We…

Branstad Pushes New Plan To Defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says his priorities for the new Iowa Legislature include removing state funding for Planned Parenthood and prohibiting public workers from bargaining for their health insurance. Branstad highlighted his plans Tuesday during his annual Condition of the State address. It’s expected to be his last address before he becomes ambassador to China. Branstad…

Man’s Best Friend Saved, Thanks To Blood Transfusions

Like any pet owner would, one Sioux Falls family noticed their dog was sick and rushed him to the vet. There, veterinarians determined the dog needed a life-saving procedure… one that isn’t given to pets too often. “Maleako is a very laid back dog… you can’t really get a lot of emotion out of him at all. He’s very ‘go…

Sanford Health To Break Ground On New Western Sioux Falls Clinic

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health will break ground on a new clinic in western Sioux Falls in the spring of 2017. The clinic with more than 42,000 square feet will be located southeast of the Sanford Wellness Center Tea/Ellis location, which is near the intersection of W. 32nd Street and S. Ellis Road. It will offer family medicine, pediatrics,…

Autism-Friendly Gym Opens Up In SF

Special Strengths Fitness is located near 69th and Western Avenue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a New Year’s resolution for many: hitting the gym to get in shape. But fitness centers can be busy and loud, making it a difficult environment for people with autism. One woman noticed this issue, and decided to do something about it. “Nice! Let’s go a little bit heavier,” says Sharon Bethke as she’s training…

Boy Dances Through Cancer Battle

Nine Year Old Performs In "Coppelia" Despite Going Through Chemotherapy Treatments

Samuel Miller Denton, 9, has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since he was twenty-two month old. Dancing, particularly ballet is what Sammy yearns to do. His mother, Kelly, said it’s also his inspiration. “That’s his motivation. That’s what keeps him going,” said Denton. Since Christmas Eve, he has had his eyes set on a performance in Sioux Falls this weekend. “Coppelia,”…

2016 Traffic Fatalities Down, Not Wearing Seat Belts Lead Cause

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says fewer people are dying on South Dakota roadways. Even though the number of traffic fatalities reached one hundred and fifteen last year, it’s down compared to 2015 and the highway patrol says… it can be even lower by doing just one thing. “Even though 2016 was a better a better year, we can call…