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The Empire Mall Hosts ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Empire Mall is honoring law enforcement throughout this holiday season. The mall hosted the ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’ event Tuesday night. The annual event recognizes fallen law enforcement officers across the country. Throughout the holidays, a blue light display and a tree decorated with blue lights will be placed at the main north entrance of…

High School Football Team Takes Field With American Flags

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – Tuesday night, NBC Sports is reporting the NFL “may consider” a rule change requiring players to stand during the national anthem. For some players kneeling is a way to protest police brutality and inequality for people of color. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners saying the league respects the right of its players…

Mitchell Girl Scouts Honor Fallen Veterans

MITCHELL, S.D. – Girl Scouts in Mitchell are helping honor fallen U.S. Veterans laid to rest. The Girl Scout troop raised more than $5,500 to purchase headstone foundations for three veterans. The project was a partnership between the troop and the Davison County Veteran Services office. The headstones will honor Veterans of the Spanish American war, Korean war and World…

Tea Man Receives Taco Trophy From Taco John’s

He is only one of two people to ever receive it

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- He’s the most loyal customer on Taco Tuesday and today a Tea man was honored by Taco John’s on 5100 South Louise Street for his dedication– eating at the fast food restaurant nearly every week for the last year. “I thought only Chad would get a trophy for eating tacos,” says Chad’s mother with a laugh, Verlene…

Details Scarce About Complaint To New Government Watchdog

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new government watchdog board that has the power to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees has received its first complaint. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that the complaint was filed July 26. But Attorney General spokeswoman Sara Rabern says details including the person who filed the complaint, whom it…

Police: 14-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teens Led Authorities On Interstate Chase In Stolen Vehicle

Teens Also Charged With String Of Car Vandalisms

Two Sioux Falls teens are facing more charges after police say they led authorities on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle. Police believe the 14-year-old boys are responsible for vandalizing nearly 40 vehicles in central Sioux Falls. On Sunday night into early Monday, police say they received nearly 40 reports of car vandalisms. They say car windows had…

Thune Supports Trump Administration’s Withdraw Of Clean Power Plan

Plan Curbs Carbon Emission Rates For Coal Plants

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune showed support today for the administration’s withdraw of former President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. In a statement today, Thune called the policy change a “step in the right direction”. Thune said the regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency would have raised energy costs for consumers. The rule mandated that existing coal…

Activist Weighing Appeal After Pipeline Protest Conviction

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An environmental activist from Seattle convicted of targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota hasn’t decided whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court. But Michael Foster’s attorney says he wouldn’t challenge the judge’s refusal to allow Foster to justify his crime with a global warming defense. Foster was among 11 activists arrested when they targeted…

Iowa Police Find Feces-Covered Toddler, 2 Others Home Alone

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a Des Moines mother has been arrested after officers found her three young children alone outside their home, including one covered in feces and another with a full diaper. A 4-year-old boy was left in charge Monday of his 2-year-old and 1-year-old siblings. He’d taken them outside after their stove made a frightening…

Former British Prime Minister Draws A Crowd In Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Former British Prime Minister David Cameron drew a crowd when he visited the Black Hills. Cameron indulged a 51st birthday wish by horseback riding through the Black Hills on Monday. He later spoke to about 1,800 people at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, touching on topics including Russian President Vladimir Putin and…

No Insanity Defense For Suspect In 2015 Roslyn Slaying

WEBSTER, S.D. (AP) – Testimony is beginning this week in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in his Roslyn home two years ago. A jury was selected last week to hear the case of 46-year-old Jason Lewandowski, who faces murder and other charges in the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Hendrickson in late 2015. Defense attorney…

Inmate Serving Life For Murder Conspiracy Dies After Illness

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A state prison inmate serving a life sentence for a Lawrence County murder conspiracy has died following an illness. State corrections officials say 82-year-old Donald Wiegers died Saturday at a Sioux Falls hospital. An autopsy will be conducted. Wiegers was sentenced to life in 1983 for conspiracy to commit murder in the 1981 contract killing…

Funeral Scheduled For Iowa Woman Slain In Las Vegas

SUTHERLAND, Iowa (AP) – A funeral has been scheduled for a northwest Iowa woman who was killed in the Las Vegas country music concert shooting. Carly Kreibaum was among the 58 people fatally shot Oct. 1 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Sutherland woman was 33 years old. An obituary says her funeral will begin at…

Stolen Van Chase Leads To Car Vandalism Arrests

Two juveniles charged for smashing windows; additional charges pending

SIOUX FALLS – A police pursuit on a busy South Dakota interstate led to the arrest of two juveniles who were wanted for smashing car windows overnight.  The car chase started on I-29 just north of the Canton exit just before 12:30 p.m. Monday. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy first spotted a silver…

Fatal Northwest Iowa Shooting Victim Identified

AKRON, I.A. – Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot to death in Northwest Iowa. Plymouth County officials identified the man as 40-year-old Jeremy Hebert. The county Sheriff’s Office says he was shot early Friday morning at a residence near Akron. Arriving deputies found him suffering from the gunshot wound, and he was taken to a…

38 School Districts In Violation Of Teacher Pay Requirements

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some South Dakota school districts face penalties for not following state requirements for using a portion of sales tax revenue to boost teacher pay. 38 districts violated either one or both of the requirements set by the state Legislature. South Dakota ranks lowest in the nation in average teacher salary. The accountability requirements are meant to…