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Breakfast with Santa Brings Hundreds to Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Christmas might be a little ways away, but it’s never too early to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. That’s what children and their families did today at the Great Plains Zoo. The annual “Breakfast with Santa” first started out with the kids writing their Christmas wish list. After sharing with Santa whether they were nice…

Two Bemidji Burger Kings Shut Down After Salmonella Outbreak

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say two Burger Kings in Bemidji have temporarily shut their doors following a salmonella outbreak that infected more than two dozen customers. The Star Tribune reports that since September, the Minnesota Department of Health has identified 27 confirmed cases and another four probable cases of salmonella with links to the two fast-food restaurants….

National Guard Members Return From Puerto Rico

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Four South Dakota National Guard soldiers are back in town after helping with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. It’s been about two and a half months since Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory and many Puerto Ricans are still struggling to live without electricity or clean running water. “Every tree is down, people are still struggling, people…

Sens. Thune, Rounds Issue Statement on Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON—  U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “For too long, Americans have struggled to make ends meet in a weak economy. Today the Senate has taken an important step forward in providing them with relief. By cutting…

Minnesota State University Moorhead Men’s Basketball Team Bus Involved in I-94 Crash

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – No players were hurt after a bus carrying the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball team rear-ended a mini-van on Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota. KFGO radio reports that the accident happened Friday afternoon west of Jamestown as the team was heading to a game at the University of Mary in Bismarck. The state patrol…

Escaped State Prison Inmate Apprehended at Yankton Residence

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a state prison inmate who failed to return from his work-release job is back in custody. Thirty-four-year-old Lalo Montoya was supposed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center Friday following an appointment with his employer. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return on time. Montoya was apprehended at a Yankton residence…

A Cop or Criminal May Have Owned Your Gun Before You Did

LENNOX, S.D. – Some guns are getting a second life this weekend, but you might be surprised to learn who their previous owner is. This Saturday’s auction at Goeman Auction Services in Lennox is a little different. More than 100 of these weapons are surplus and confiscated firearms from South Dakota law enforcement agencies. The state of South Dakota contacted…

No Injuries In Sioux Falls House Fire

SIOUX FALLS – A house fire caused a stir Friday night in a Sioux Falls neighborhood. Fire Rescue received several calls from neighbors in the 400 block of North Covell Avenue around 5:15 p.m. When crews arrived, smoke and flames were coming out of the back of the home. Four crews had the fire out in about 20 minutes. No…

Community Reflects on Copper Lounge Collapse

Tomorrow Marks One Year Since Collapse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Tomorrow marks one year since downtown Sioux Falls was shaken to its core by the Copper Lounge collapse. Although the rubble has been cleaned up and plans to rebuild a new business there have started, the community is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy. “Quite a traumatic event for a lot of people. I mean…

Jackley Joins Support For Concealed Carry Bills Recognizing Concealed Carry Nationwide

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 24 attorneys general in support of recognizing concealed carry nationwide. The concealed carry reciprocity act of 2017 would require each state to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state. The bill was co-sponsored by South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds. The group of attorneys general is also supporting a…

Sioux Falls Man Leads Police On Pursuit In Multiple Stolen Vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Law enforcement officials have arrested a 37-year-old man leads law enforcement on a pursuit in multiple stolen vehicles. Capt. Mike Walsh says the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department received a call that a stolen truck was being tracked by OnStar. OnStar disabled the vehicle before deputies arrived. Officials say they saw the suspect walking in a field…

Super Bowl Live Concert Series Will Include Prince Tribute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A series of free, outdoor concerts during the 10-days leading up to the Super Bowl will include a Prince tribute and plenty of Minnesota flavor. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis announced their concert lineup for Super Bowl Live on Friday. The festival will include a “Prince night,” during which Sheila E., the Revolution and Morris Day…

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting May Pick Up In Late Season

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Officials say it’s been a slow pheasant season in South Dakota, but late-season hunting is often the best option when bird numbers are below average. The state’s 78-day pheasant season began Oct. 21 and ends Jan. 7. With half the season ahead, pheasant hunters can take advantage of temperatures dropping. Travis Runia is the senior upland…

First Jailed Dakota Access Protesters Appeal To High Court

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have appealed to the state’s Supreme Court. Sixty-four-year-old Mary Redway of Providence, Rhode Island, and 27-year-old Alexander Simon of Lamy, New Mexico, were convicted Oct. 19 of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Redway served four days in jail and Simon…

3 People Face Charges After Large Drug Bust In North Dakota

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) – Three people from Minnesota are facing charges after a drug bust in Wahpeton. Members of the Southeast Multi County Agency Drug Task Force who searched a home Tuesday say they seized about 2 pounds of marijuana, along with methamphetamine and heroin. The drugs are worth an estimated $17,000 on the street. Authorities also seized $7,200 in…