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The Revolving Door: Meth Addiction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, many meth users leave incarceration only to circle back.  Some spend a few months locked up, but it takes their body much longer to recover from the drug.  That means when people get out of jail their addiction is often stronger than they are.  So, how can South Dakota stop this revolving door? If you…

Wife Charged With Killing Oglala Sioux Police Officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The wife of an Oglala Sioux police officer is charged with killing him last weekend. Tiffany Janis is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 52-year-old Officer Brian Garrett of Kyle. The Rapid City Journal reports Janis made her first appearance in federal court Wednesday. The FBI says Garrett was killed early Saturday…

Lawmakers Encourage Sentinel Programs After Florida Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders are encouraging school districts to allow approved employees to carry guns after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd said Thursday the state’s “school sentinel” program is a resource schools should use. It allows for the arming of school employees, hired…

Smashing Pumpkins Coming To PREMIER Center In August

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center has announced that GRAMMY Award-winning alternative rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins will be performing at the venue on August 21. The Smashing Pumpkins will be embarking on their first tour in nearly 20 years and will be making a stop in Sioux Falls. The “Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour” will…

Hawthorne’s Helping Chihuahua

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Since the beginning of this school year at one Sioux Falls elementary school you may find a dog hanging out and walking the halls. That’s Harley the Chihuahua.  No it’s not “bring your pet to school” day. Harley is a regular at Hawthorne Elementary. “It’s actually Harley Davidson, but we call him Harley,” said his owner Chris Burke. He’s…

Fareway Chicken Salad Public Health Alert Issued In 5 States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores in five Midwest states has been pulled from stores and consumers are advised to throw it away after it made people sick in Iowa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on Wednesday issued a public health alert about the Fareway Chicken Salad sold in…

Jury Trials Delayed For 3 People In GEAR UP Scandal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Jury trials have been rescheduled for three people who allegedly aided in an embezzlement scheme that helped spark South Dakota’s GEAR UP scandal. Attorney General Marty Jackley says trial for former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Assistant Business Manager Stephanie Hubers has been moved from Charles Mix County to Sioux Falls, with the date moving from March 1…

Fired Veterans Service Officer Appeals To Labor Department

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Davison County’s former veterans service officer is appealing her firing to South Dakota’s Labor Department. Jessica Davidson alleges her November termination was in response to her “whistleblowing” on the state Department of Veterans Affairs. She had raised concerns about errors in veterans’ files and what she felt was improper use of military insignia on souvenir coins….

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…