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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…

Tea Firefighters Fill The Boot at Teapot Days Parade

TEA, S.D.-  The past few days residents of Tea have celebrated Teapots Days, which is a community celebration held June 13th-June 16th. June 16th was the big parade. Many businesses rode in the parade including the Tea Fire Department.  For several years they’ve been showing support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by holding a boot drive. During the parade cadets…

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….