Health

7 Companies Interested In Testing Medical Marijuana

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Seven companies with experience in other states have expressed interest in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota. The response pleases state officials who were concerned about how much interest there would be among in-state labs that focus mainly on agricultural and environmental testing. North Dakota voters approved medical marijuana last year, and the state Health Department…

South Dakota Ambulance Services Struggle To Hire Staff

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Ambulance services in some South Dakota towns are struggling to recruit emergency medical technicians despite a new state law reducing the number of EMTs required to respond to calls. Ambulance services in Gregory, Burke and Bonesteel/Fairfax may have to shut down in the next two years if the recruiting issue isn’t resolved. State law used to…

Minnesota Officials: Measles Outbreak Is Over; 79 Sickened

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say a measles outbreak that sickened 79 people is over. The outbreak that began April 11 was the largest measles outbreak in Minnesota since 1990. It affected mostly unvaccinated children in Minnesota’s Somali-American community, where many parents avoided the vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism. Twenty-two of those who…

Avera Health Breaks Ground On New Sioux Falls Campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Earlier this year, Avera Health announced plans to build a 262,000 square foot campus at the intersection of 69th Street and Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls. Today, they celebrate the groundbreaking with construction on the $174M project beginning this fall. The campus is expected to be complete in 2020. The first phase includes a surgical hospital…

5 Simple And Healthy School Lunch Ideas To Try This Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As parents prepare for crammed school nights and busy mornings, Chef Scott Teal from Hy-Vee is offering a few creative ways to make preparing lunches quick and easy. Keeping lunches healthy and colorful is key. As a dad, Chef Teal knows green is a big no-no for kids! He suggests avoiding green vegetables and packing colorful bell peppers. When…

Alzheimer’s Association Reacts To Country Music Legend’s Death Following Diagnosis

The country music scene is mourning the loss of a legend. Singer Glen Campbell passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. The news isn’t just hitting his fans hard, but an organization aimed at fighting the disease that killed him. The Alzheimer’s Association says Glen Campbell shined a spotlight on the disease. Campbell first announced his diagnosis to…

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…

Back-To-School: Choosing A Pack That Won’t Break Your Back

With school starting up in less than a month, it’s time to think about back-to-school shopping. Backpacks are probably the most expensive items on the list, but one Sioux Falls Chiropractor says you typically get what you pay for. KDLT’s Jill Johnson has tips on how to find one that fits properly, and how to wear it correctly. High School…

Group Protests Circumcision In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Protestors along 41st Street caught the attention of many in Sioux Falls Tuesday afternoon. Half a dozen people wearing white suits with red blood stains on them, were holding up signs that read ‘vote no on circumcision’. The group is called ‘Bloodstained Men and their friends’. They are currently on a northern heartland tour protesting American…

PTSD Patients Can Now Buy Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can start buying medical marijuana. Tuesday brought the latest expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program that launched in July 2015. Patients suffering chronic pain that couldn’t be treated with other means were allowed to use the drug starting last summer, a move that added thousands of customers…

IHS: Sioux San Emergency, Inpatient Departments To Close

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Indian Health Service says it will permanently close the emergency and inpatient departments at the Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City. The agency said Friday that it has submitted a report informing Congress about the closures. IHS says the emergency department will be shuttered in July 2018. IHS says it began focusing on outpatient…

Sanford Medical Center Open In Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – One of the largest private construction projects in the Dakotas is open for business. Sanford Health has opened a $494 million hospital in Fargo. Sanford Medical Center in North Dakota’s largest city has 284 beds, 28 operating rooms and 51 emergency bays. The new 1 million-square-foot hospital is North Dakota’s largest medical center and includes an…

Future First Responders Learn Resilience Training

"I wish I would have been taught this"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – We first introduced you to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue apparatus operator Kirk Rangel back in May, when he talked about the stress of the job taking a toll on him, and his coworkers. Thursday, he’s highlighting this to the next wave of EMS workers, in hopes to decrease the number of first responders taking their lives….

Sioux Falls Pediatrician Says Trampoline Related Injuries Common At Clinic

FL Mother Speaks Out On Social Media After Toddler Injured At Trampoline Park

A mother in Florida is warning other parents after her child was injured while jumping at a trampoline park. She says the child fell and broke his femur bone, forcing him to be in a cast from the waist down. “As hard as it is to relive the past 12 days, we feel compelled to make other parents aware of…