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Sioux Falls Residents Show Support for LGBT Community

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- June is pride month and a colorful celebration kicked off today at Terrace Park. Sioux Falls Pride in the park festival is the biggest pride event of the month. The park was transformed into a crowd of rainbow colors as thousands of people showed their support for the lgbt community. There were around 100 vendors including ACLU…

Deadwood to Utilize Wildfire Planning Recommendations

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Deadwood officials are hoping a planning document will better prepare them for when the next wildfire nears the city. Deadwood officials received recommendations last month from Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire, a grant program helping communities prepare for wildfires. The report says the Black Hills ecosystem is mostly a fire-dependent landscape with frequent and significant fire…

Democrats Feeling Confident at South Dakota State Convention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Candidates and political enthusiasts from across the state gathered in Sioux Falls for the South Dakota Democratic Convention. Party leaders say they are confident about this year’s races in what is generally a red state. Democratic leaders are making bold predictions this election season. “2018 will be historic for South Dakota Democrats and we are going to…

Avera Health Campus Construction on Schedule

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials gave an update on Friday on what’s being called the largest construction project in the history of Sioux Falls. Avera’s new $174 million campus at 69th Street and Louise Avenue is on schedule. Crews broke ground on the project last August. The campus includes primary care clinics and a surgical hospital. The campus is being…

“The Spirit Ride” Touring to Promote the Move Over Laws

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “The Spirit Ride” is an organization touring nationwide to promote the “Move Over Laws” for Construction Workers and First Responders.  On Friday morning, the organization made their appearance in Sioux Falls behind the Sanford Field House. By the end of the tour, “Spirit Ride” will have stopped in over 300 cities processing with over 10,000 towing,…

Three New Statues Added to Trail of Governors in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – Three new statues were revealed Friday as part of the Trail of Governors in Pierre. The statues honor former South Dakota Governors William McMaster, Merrell Sharpe, and Ralph Herseth. Governor Dennis Daugaard and the families of the three former governor’s were there for a special ceremony Friday morning. These three statues will be added to the trail…

Democrats name Seiler attorney general nominee

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats have chosen former U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler as their candidate for state attorney general in November. The attorney general contest Friday was the main event for delegates at the Democrats’ state party convention. Seiler triumphed over Tatewin Means, a former Oglala Sioux Tribe attorney general. Seiler emphasized his experience and dominated in fundraising….

Democrats name School and Public Lands candidate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats have nominated a Beresford real estate agent to be the commissioner of School and Public Lands. Delegates at the party’s state convention on Friday chose Woody Houser to be the party’s candidate for the post. Houser says he would lead the office with “transparency and honesty.” The current commissioner is Ryan Brunner,…

Trump asked to declare disaster for 3 South Dakota counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking President Donald Trump to declare a disaster for three northern South Dakota counties to help with recovery from spring flooding. Daugaard says the flooding May 17-18 caused more than $3.1 million in damage to public property in Campbell, McPherson and Walworth counties, including a dam at Hiddenwood State Park in Walworth…

Democrats to choose attorney general candidate at convention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats are gathering for their state party convention to choose candidates for attorney general and other offices. The attorney general contest set to be decided Friday is the main event for delegates at the Sioux Falls convention. Former Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General Tatewin Means is campaigning against past South Dakota U.S. Attorney…

Deputy fired after winning election offered temporary job

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota sheriff’s deputy who was fired by his boss after defeating him in a primary race has been offered another county job until he assumes the sheriff’s role. Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired Deputy Mark Maggs after Maggs beat him in Tuesday’s election. With no other candidates filing for November’s general election,…

Accused county worker sentenced to jail on drug charge

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – An Edmunds County Highway Department worker caught dumping drug paraphernalia at a county gravel pit has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The American News reports that 33-year-old David Becker, of Northville, received credit Thursday for 17 days he’s already served behind bars. He was placed on probation for two years and fined $864. Authorities…

Pollock man gets 5 years for crash that killed passenger

MOUNT CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Pollock man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a vehicle crash that killed a passenger in his pickup truck. The American News reports that 24-year-old Davis Hanson pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter in the November 2016 crash that killed 29-year-old Bain Weisbeck, of Herreid. Authorities say Hanson failed to negotiate a…

Edmunds County resident sues over turkey facility permit

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – A turkey dispute in Edmunds County is now in the courts. The American News reports that resident Mary Curtis has sued the county, asking a judge whether the approval of a building permit for a pod of seven turkey barns followed the proper procedures. The judge is expected to rule next month. Curtis lives within a…

168 people become US citizens in Mount Rushmore ceremony

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) – Nearly 170 people from other countries gathered at Mount Rushmore National Memorial to swear an oath of allegiance to the U.S. The U.S. District Court of South Dakota held a naturalization ceremony Thursday at the national landmark symbolizing American freedom and the nation’s history. Thursday was Flag Day, in honor of June 14, 1777, when the…

Arrest Made in Keystone Fatal Shooting

KEYSTONE, S.D. – Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal shooting in Keystone and identified the person who died. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Ty Scott of Keystone died from a single gunshot wound Wednesday. The incident happened at a residence. An 18-year-old Rapid City man was arrested on a manslaughter charge. It wasn’t clear if he…

New Prairie and Bison Tour at Blue Mounds State Park

LUVERNE, Minn.-  Minnesota used to be covered in prairie land, but state officials say there’s only one percent of native prairie left. A new tour at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne is embracing Minnesota’s roots and highlighting the park’s bison herd. “We really want to let people experience and enjoy that experience and to also kind of explain why…

Sidewalk Construction Causing Traffic Backups on Sioux Falls’ Busiest Streets

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Unfortunately, our long winters can do a lot of damage to our roadways, but sometimes it isn’t just the roadways that need repairing. You may have noticed the traffic backups at 41st and Kiwanis Avenue, but those lane closures are actually for the sidewalks. Making them more wheelchair friendly according to ADA compliance regulations. “They’re replacing…