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Sioux Falls Police Investigating Monday Night Burglary

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are investigating a burglary in Sioux Falls that has left a business without tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment. Police say the burglary happened at around 11:3o p.m. on Monday night at a business in the 3600 block of North Potsdam Avenue. They say surveillance video shows someone breaking…

Former postmaster ordered to pay more than $353,000

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has been ordered to pay a civil judgment of more than $353,000 for defrauding his employer – the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Craig Christeson, while he was employed as a postmaster, falsely certified receipt of spoiled postage meter strips, printed and cashed money orders, and kept the money….

South Dakota landowners sue county for tax refund

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakota property owners who have been overtaxed recently are suing a northern county to claim a larger refund than offered by commissioners. Aberdeen American News reports that a group of agriculture landowners filed a lawsuit against Brown County seeking refunds for the 18 percent they were overtaxed for their 2017 property taxes. The move…

Unseen Future for Badlands Motor Speedway

  BRANDON, SD  The fate of racing in Brandon is once again up in the air.  This time after Badlands Motor Speedway suspended its auction scheduled for next week.  The Speedway’s future took center stage during Tuesday’s Minnehaha County Commission Meeting. The speedway, formerly known as Huset’s Speedway, closed last year after entertaining race fans and tourists for over 60…

Authorities ID Iona man killed in ATV-semitrailer crash

GREGORY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified an Iona man who was killed when the ATV he was driving collided with a semitrailer in Lyman County. The Highway Patrol says 81-year-old Vincent Svoboda turned in front of the semi on state Highway 47 north of Gregory on Saturday evening, and was struck. Svoboda was thrown from the ATV and died…

Man Accused Of Killing Child Pleads Not Guilty

Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Chase faces murder, child abuse and child neglect charges in federal court

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A McLaughlin man accused of abusing and killing a child on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Chase faces murder, child abuse and child neglect charges in federal court. He waived his right to a detention hearing and remains in custody. His trial is scheduled to…

Nebraska man rescued from western Iowa lake

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Nebraska man is expected to recover from his near drowning on a western Iowa lake. The Iowa Natural Resources Department said in a news release Wednesday that the man fell into the water Saturday evening at Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs from a personal watercraft driven by his wife. Conservation officer Adam…

Brown County Standoff Ends Peacefully

53 year old man refused to leave barn after alleged domestic assault

CLAREMONT, S.D. (AP) – A standoff involving law officers and an armed man holed up in a barn in Brown County ended peacefully after nearly 20 hours. The incident involved a 53-year-old man who refused to leave the barn southwest of Claremont after an alleged domestic assault. It started Monday night and ended with his arrest Tuesday afternoon. No injuries…

Why LetMeBe83 is Recipient of 2018 Charity of Choice Golf Tourney

Dr. Joe Moen of Vitality Chiropractic and the Sioux Empire Chiropractic Society Board of Directors talks about the Charity of Choice Golf Tournament held each year in Sioux Falls and why he’s so passionate about supporting this year’s recipient organization, LetMeBe83. The tournament is this June 21. Click the links above for further details and to register!

3 Smart Technologies to Help Your Lawn and Garden

From a better watering system to being able to finally identify the plants around your place, Chris Prendergast, Chief Strategy Officer with Click Rain and colleague, Kristina Johnson, join us for this week’s Wired Wednesday. The two outline the benefits of garden technologies and why even die-hard traditional gardeners might consider giving them a try.

2 Best Ways to Care For Your Potted Plants

And if vegetables are more your thing, these are the easiest to get in the ground yet this summer!

Chris Iott from Iott’s Greenhouse and Gardens in Ward, South Dakota explains the two best things you can do for any potted plant, and even if you’ve been gardening for years, his suggestions may surprise you. Check out the quick interview above for advice on your potted plants and the video below for the most popular and perhaps some of…

Nebraska woman gets new trial date for Iowa murder trial

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A trial has been rescheduled for a Nebraska resident accused of stabbing to death a woman in northwest Iowa. Court records show the attorney for 20-year-old Melissa Camargo-Flores, of Dakota City, Nebraska, wanted more time to prepare her defense. The new trial starting date set Tuesday is Sept. 18 in Woodbury County District Court. The…

Public Weighs in on Input Proposal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The proposal of moving public input from the beginning of Sioux Falls City Council meetings to the end passed a tight first round of voting 4-3 Tuesday night. However it didn’t come without stirring up a lot of debate. Nearly 40 people voiced their opinions on whether the general public input session should be moved. Many were…

Police Warn Against Peddling Scams in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police are warning Sioux Falls residents about door to door peddling scams. Police say two men sold a debit card to pay for oil changes to a 62-year-old victim in the 700 block of East 73rd Street. The victim says he never received the card the salesman claimed would be sent to him. Police say door-to-door…

Trial Begins for Sioux Falls Man Accused in 2016 Stabbing Death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Trail begins today for a man facing second-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in Sioux Falls. On January 25, 2016, Mark Lovejoy was involved in a fight that turned deadly for Rodney Iron Hawk outside of the Arena Motel. Lovejoy originally pleaded not guilty in February 2016 but today, added onto the plea, not guilty by…

Man gets 50 years for fatal hammer beating of another man

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – A Burlington man who used a claw hammer to beat another man to death has been given 50 years in prison. Des Moines County District Court records say Layton Tapscott was sentenced Friday. He’d pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder after prosecutors lowered the charge from first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he killed 32-year-old Julian Menke…