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Inmate dies of undisclosed illness at Springfield prison

SPRINGFIELD, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Corrections says a 63-year-old inmate has died at the Springfield prison. Officials say the prisoner, Robbie Thennis, died Monday of an undisclosed illness at the Mike Durfee State Prison. Thennis was sentenced in Bon Homme County in 1992 to serve 25 years for a sexual assault conviction.

More Ideas Coming to Change Public Input

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Last week– Sioux Falls City Council members discussed moving public input to the end of meetings. Many believe a change needs to be made– after recent instances of vulgar outbursts and profanity. But moving it was met with community backlash, and it’s not getting full support from the council, so now there are two new proposals. Sioux…

New Inductees Honored by the South Dakota Hall of Fame

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  For the past 44 years, the South Dakota Hall of Fame inducts ten “extraordinary people” in the hall from South Dakota.  The candidates chosen for this prestigious honor is based on their achievements in their respected careers.  On Tuesday afternoon, four of the nominees were honored in downtown Sioux Falls at the Holiday Inn. Including the…

Sioux Falls Man Loses $10K in Facebook Messenger Scam

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 58-year-old Sioux Falls man was scammed out of $10,000 after he thought he won nearly a million dollars through Facebook Messenger. Police say the man received a Facebook message from a friend. The message said he won an $800,0o0 prize. The man was instructed to purchase thousands of dollars worth of iTunes and Walmart gift…

Aberdeen Post Office Cleaning Up After Water Line Break

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Aberdeen’s post office is drying out after a water line break flooded much of the building last week. The water line break happened on Friday evening, The US Postal Service says no mail was damaged, but the lobby is still filled with mud and debris. No delays are expected when it comes to mail delivery. However, 700…

City to pay $2M to family of Iowa woman killed by officer

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – The city of Burlington will pay $2 million to the family of a woman who was mistakenly killed by a police officer. An attorney for the estate of Autumn Steele announced the dollar figure Monday. A settlement was reached earlier this month. The disclosure of police video of the incident wasn’t part of the settlement. The…

Yankton Working to Address Growing Food Insecurity

YANKTON, S.D. – A South Dakota collective is addressing food insecurity in a southeastern county by collecting kitchenware, food storage containers and other cooking supplies. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that the Yankton Hunger Collaborative launched the special collection drive this month to direct donations toward an often missed facet of food insecurity. The collective is comprised of…

Out and About With Addie: Week of 6/18

Music, food, kites and more ...

Check out the list of events Addie Graham-Kramer and her team have come up with to enjoy throughout the Sioux Empire this week! Thursday, June 21, 2018 – Brews and Bouquets Friday, June 22, 2018 – Sunset Zoofari: A Taste of Cultures Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23 – 605 Summer Classic Beer & Wine Music Festival Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Yoachella…

Supreme Court rejects appeal from gay inmate in South Dakota

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a gay death row inmate in South Dakota who says jurors were biased against him because of his sexual orientation. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place the death sentence for Charles Rhines. He was convicted in the stabbing death of a doughnut shop employee in…

Minnesota PUC opens hearings on Enbridge Line 3 replacement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A crowd of people lining up for a key hearing on a Minnesota pipeline project appears about evenly divided between supporters and opponents. Minnesota regulators have two days of hearings on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3. The pipeline carries crude oil from Canada across North Dakota and Minnesota to a terminal in Wisconsin….

New Iowa license plates catching on with some vehicle owners

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A new state license plate is catching on with some Iowa vehicle owners. The Sioux City Journal reports that the new standard plate options will get phased in over 10 years, but people who want them now can pay $5 extra upon reviewing their registrations at county treasurer offices. The new plates were first issued…

Delta Creates Special Flight for Belgian Tourists to Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Delta Air Lines recently created a special flight to help a group of Belgian tourists reach their South Dakota vacation after experiencing travel delays. The tourists left Amsterdam on May 31 as part of a reward trip by the Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina. Inclement weather delayed the initial flight’s takeoff. Travelers met further delays due…

Carrie Wintle Crowned Miss South Dakota 2018

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — Carrie Wintle from Iroquois was crowned Miss South Dakota 2018 Saturday night. In addition to her scholarship award of $9,600 for winning the pageant, Wintle was a preliminary talent winner Thursday evening ($500), won the Miracle Maker award for raising the most money for Children’s Miracle Network, the Children’s Miracle Network Legacy Scholarship of $300, the…

South Dakota Agency Finds 66% of Deer Fawns Survive

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department is studying the survival rates of white-tailed deer fawns for its third year. Department officials attempt to place radio collars onto 150 fawns each spring to track survival rates. It requires the agency’s staff to capture fawns that are only days old, otherwise they can easily outrun humans. The…

Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition Held in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Several organizations are hoping to bring wheelchair tennis to Sioux Falls. The sport is still fairly new, getting its start in the U.S. in 1977. Now it’s making its way across communities nationally and internationally. A wheelchair exhibition was held at the Huether Family Match Pointe. Organizers say this is one of the first wheelchair tennis practices in…