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2018 Pheasant Fest Kicks Off Friday

Pheasant enthusiasts from all over flood Sioux Falls this weekend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – One of the biggest tourist attractions for South Dakota, ‘Pheasant Fest’, starts tomorrow. The fest is chalk-lined full of events, that will once again be kicked off by the Bird Dog Parade at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Presented by the Federal Premium Ammunition  ,The National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic…

Someone You Should Know: Longtime Businessman Runs for Mayor

Entenman Says Experience Has Prepared Him to Lead

As we head in to election season in Sioux Falls, we are profiling each of the seven candidates aiming for the mayor’s seat. This week’s “Someone You Should Know” is a man who says he has the experience in business and local government to help shape the future of Sioux Falls. 45 years ago Jim Entenman and his brother Lonny…

House Bill Addressing Street Gangs Draws Opposition from Motorcycle Groups

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A state bill hitting the house floor is raising concerns among those in the motorcycle community. House Bill 1111 is a bill that revises certain definitions regarding criminal street gang activity in South Dakota, but some motorcycle groups say, they feel it targets them. “Communities across South Dakota are experiencing an increasing amount of gang activity…

Captain Gearman Announces Candidacy For Lincoln County Sheriff

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The race for Lincoln County’s next Sheriff has a third candidate. Captain Jason Gearman with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office has announced his plans to run for the position. Gearman is a 25-year-old veteran with the Sheriff’s office. A press release says he has held every position from security specialist and correctional officer to captain. Gearman…

Gustaf’s Greenery: Valentine’s Day Rush Is “Controlled Chaos”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – They say there’s really no “down time” the flower business. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, the behind-the-scenes rush is comparable to a pizza restaurant on Super Bowl Sunday. Gustaf’s Greenery on Minnesota Avenue has been preparing for Valentine’s Day, since January. With 40 years in the business, owner Pat Gustaf says he has this day down…

South Dakota Senate Panel Rejects Bathroom Sign Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Senate lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have mandated public restroom doors be posted notifying bathroom users that a person of the opposite sex may be inside. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Wednesday against the bill. Republican Sen. Phil Jensen, the sponsor says, the measure was a “child protection bill.” The…

South Dakota, Marsy’s Law Campaign Reach Amendment Deal

PIERRE,S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have advanced changes to a constitutional bill of rights for crime victims under an agreement with the group that campaigned to pass the measure. South Dakota would be the first state to change “Marsy’s Law” of the six that have enacted it. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to approve the proposal. It…

Authorities: Tips Helped Locate Person Of Interest In Area Burglaries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities say public tips helped them locate a person of interest connected to multiple burglaries in the area. Capt. Jason Gearman with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said within in minutes of releasing the photo of the vehicle belonging to the person of interest, they were receiving tips. Authorities arrested 32-year-old Shaun Ruegge in Canton. Authorities say…

18-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty To 2 Sioux City Slayings

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An 18-year-old in northwestern Iowa has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend and another young man. Court records say written pleas were filed Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court for Tran Walker, who’s charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The records don’t show that a trial date has…

70 Years In Prison For Rapid City Stabbing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing a woman he grew up with at a motel last spring. Twenty-four-year-old Vincent Mousseaux had earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the killing of 30-year-old Deziree Martinez at the Price Motel on March 8. Authorities say he and the victim…

Woman Turns 104 Years Old, Shares Secret to a Long and Healthy Life

SIBLEY, I.A. – A great-great grandmother is celebrating her 104th birthday in Sibley. “What’s the best part about being 104?” said Thiele. “ I don’t know I have to say I’ve never been there before.”> As Zita Thiele grows another year older, her world keeps getting bigger. She has 48 great-grand children and six great-great grandchildren, with two more on…

Congress Restores Two More Years Of Funding For Community Health Centers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials at Falls Community Health are applauding recent action by congress that has restored their federal funding. Community health centers across the country were facing a “fiscal cliff” as federal funding ran out last September. This past week, congress restored that funding for the next two years. The move means community health centers, like the four…

Iowa Governor Releases Plan To Cut $1.7B In State Taxes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has released a tax plan that her staff says would reduce individual income taxes in the state by $1.7 billion by 2023. The Republican governor released a 107-page bill Tuesday. It’s unclear when it will move through the GOP-controlled Legislature, though House GOP lawmakers offered initial support. The plan would lower…

New TSA Baggage Screening Procedures Going Into Effect

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – People flying out of Sioux Falls Airport may notice some changes when it comes to the screening of their carry-on luggage. New TSA procedures go into effect today, that require passengers to take all of their electronics out of their bags. Previously, just laptops and larger electronic devices needed to be removed from luggage for x-ray…