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Some Children Receiving Two Flu Shots

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Your doctor may have recommended you get a flu shot this year. but have you ever heard of getting two flu shots in one season? It’s been a particularly concerning year for the flu in the United States. It has doctors in Sioux Falls on high alert as well, like doctor Aaron Zylstra from Sanford. “There have…

South Dakota House To Investigate GOP Lawmaker’s Conduct

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House will investigate a first-term Republican representative for conduct the lawmaker described as “unfair statements” to a colleague. Members voted 45-13 Friday to establish a special committee on discipline and expulsion to investigate Rep. David Johnson. Johnson apologized publicly to GOP Rep. Lynne DiSanto before the vote, saying his emotions got the better…

Sioux Falls Community Theatre Asking For Public’s Help

Sioux Falls, S.D.-  A Sioux Falls community theatre is turning to the public for help with donations. The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is celebrating 15 years of entertaining Sioux Falls audiences. But with rising costs of licensing and show production, staff say tickets sales alone cannot make up for those costs. Another addition to the problem is the growing community…

Sioux Falls Preparing For Biggest Snow Event This Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The city is predicting the biggest snow fall and the biggest snow alert of the entire season. It’s expected to snow from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Street Manager Galynn Huber says crews are scheduled to hit the streets tomorrow at 4 a.m. First, they will concentrate on emergency routes, then they will work…

Lyft Suspends Mitchell Man’s Account

MITCHELL, S.D.-Lyft ride-hailing service says they’ve revoked the driver account they’d previously granted to a Mitchell Man convicted of attempted murder 26 years ago.   On Tuesday Mitchell City Council approved Joseph Novak for a taxi cab license, the last step needed for him to drive for Lyft. He passed lyfts background check because under South Dakota law they only…

Supreme Court Arguments Set In South Dakota’s Sales Tax Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for April in South Dakota’s case seeking to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. Attorney General Marty Jackley says arguments are calendared for April 17. South Dakota is asking the high court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they…

Passenger Plane Slides Off Icy Runway At Wisconsin Airport

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A passenger plane slid off an icy runway at an airport in eastern Wisconsin after it was diverted from Minnesota because of heavy snow. Officials say no injuries were reported among the 180 passengers and seven crew members on United Airlines flight 878. Investigators say it slid about 250 feet off a runway around 3…

Iowa Appeals Court Rules Against 3 Wind Turbines

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) – The state appeals court has ruled that a company built three wind turbines in violation of a county zoning ordinance in northeast Iowa. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables now faces a court ruling to remove the three 445-foot wind towers east of Fairbank. The company had challenged a 2016 Fayette…

House Passes One-Subject Mandate For Constitutional Changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would ask voters to mandate that constitutional amendments encompass only one subject is headed to the South Dakota Senate. House lawmakers voted 56-11 Thursday to advance the resolution, which would put the constitutional change on the November ballot. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, has said it’s intended to make sure that people…

Mission Couple Plead Not Guilty To Wire Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman from Mission have pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud charges. Mark Edward O’Leary and Sharli Colombe, both 35, were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month. KOTA-TV reports the indictment alleges that from February 2011 and June 2017 the two passed at least 544 checks drawn on a…

Concerned Parents & School District Gather After Student Safety Threat

Colman, S.D. — With all the focus on school safety after the Florida shooting, an incident at a South Dakota school had parents on edge. Thursday night Colman-Egan school district officials apologized to those parents. The crowd gathered at the school gym for a meeting we weren’t allowed to film. Parents are angry about a recent threat made to students’ safety,…

School Safety Policies Sioux Falls School District Wants Parents to Know

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Falls School District realizes there’s an expectation from parents to keep kids safe and they don’t take that job lightly. To ease parents minds they include safety and security information online, but Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher says they can’t tell parents everything. “If you had our safety plan you would know immediately where we were vulnerable, I…

NSIC Championships Expecting To Draw Big Crowds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Preparations for the NSIC tournament at the Sanford Pentagon are pretty much wrapping up. Although the Sanford Pentagon hosts multiple basketball tournaments, Jesse Smith, director of operations at the Pentagon, says, “These tournaments are always interesting each one’s a little bit different and so the preparation for each one of them is unique and a very…

Fifth Graders Team Up to Revamp Community Park

MITCHELL, S.D. – Today is Veronica’s birthday, and it’s also Joclyn’s birthday. However, everyday is a celebrating when you walk into Mrs. Becker’s classroom at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary in Mitchell. It’s Molly Becker’s first year teaching, and she wanted to do something special so that she would remember her first class forever. “It makes me excited to see someday you…