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University Of Sioux Falls Announces Tuition Initiative

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of Sioux Falls announced today that it’s resetting its undergraduate tuition price by $10,000 to $17,980. The change, which will take effect in the fall of 2018 for all new and returning students, will bring tuition back to levels last seen in 2007-08. Under the tuition reset, new freshman enrolling in the fall of 2018…

Rapid City Man Sentenced In Death Of 6-Month-Old Girl

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man accused in the death of a 6-month-old girl he was babysitting more than two years ago has been sentenced to serve four years in prison. Twenty-eight-year-old Kristopher Houchin was charged with second-degree murder in the June 2015 death of L’Naya White. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter in a deal…

South Dakota Woman Charged With DUI, Homicide In Fatal Crash

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) – A South Dakota woman accused of being drunk and causing a fatal northwest Nebraska crash has been charged with vehicular homicide. Court records also say 32-year-old Kimberly Eagle Bull is charged with drunken driving, felony intentional child abuse and other crimes. Her attorney has declined to comment. Eagle Bull’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct….

Alliant Energy Says Wind Farm Going Up In Northwest Iowa

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) – Alliant Energy has announced plans to build a 300-megawatt wind farm in northwest Iowa. The project will cover about 30,000 acres in neighboring Clay and Dickinson counties. Officials say the 121 turbines planned for the project should produce enough power for 130,000 homes. Alliant estimates the project will provide more than $40 million in local tax…

Deer-Vehicle Collisions More Likely In The Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Motorists are more likely to crash into a deer in the Dakotas than in most other states. State Farm has released its annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. The insurer uses claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration. South Dakota ranks sixth in the…

10-Year Anniversary of Billie Sutton’s Rodeo Accident

The State Senate Minority Leader is now paralyzed from the waist down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One decade ago, a 23-year-old man from Burke was one of the top saddle bronc riders in the world, until a rodeo accident changed everything. Life looks a lot different these days for Billie Sutton. He’s now running for South Dakota governor. Straight out of the shoot, Billie Sutton was roped into the world of riding….

South Dakota Inmates Helping Build Wheelchairs for Children and Adults Overseas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A non-profit ministry organization has become a hope haven for South Dakota prison inmates by giving them a chance to make a difference overseas, while they serve their time. Inside of the men’s state prison sits Hope Haven wheelchair shop. The inside of the walls are rarely quiet from sewing to cleaning parts, these men work. “I clean…

Someone You Should Know: SD Barrel Racer Headed To Vegas For 11th National Finals Rodeo

She just finished competing at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo. For many, the event was their last chance to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or the Superbowl of their sport. But one South Dakota resident had nothing to lose. For the 11th consecutive year, the Professional Barrel Racer had already earned her…

Employee: I Got A Text That I No Longer Had A Job; Moe’s Southwest Grill Unexpectedly Closes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Moe’s Southwest Grill in Sioux Falls has reportedly, unexpectedly closed. The city’s sole location on South Western Avenue shut down sometime yesterday. A sign on the front door reads “Moe’s Southwest Grill Permanently Closed.” The website also indicated the location has shut down. The closure of the restaurant came as a surprise to many customers, as…

GOP Urges Voters To Study Measures Before Signing Petitions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party is urging state residents to research ballot measures first before signing petitions to put initiatives on the 2018 ballot. Chairman Dan Lederman said Wednesday that the party wants voters to understand what they’re signing. Ballot measure supporters are out collecting thousands of signatures ahead of the Nov. 6 deadline for…

Pine Ridge Man Sentenced To 18 Years For Reservation Slaying

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Pine Ridge man who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of another man on the reservation has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison. 27-year-old Thomas Brewer said he made a “bad choice” while under the influence of drugs and alcohol and didn’t intend to kill Shawn Stevens. Brewer’s lawyer, John Dorsey, asked…

Ex-SD Police Chief Asking Court To Vacate Murder Conviction

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – A former South Dakota police chief found guilty in the 2009 death of his pregnant fiancee is asking the state Supreme Court to vacate his first-degree murder conviction. Arguments in Russell Bertram’s case are set for Wednesday. The one-time Harrisburg police chief was sentenced last year to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting 26-year-old…

Children Playing With Phone Lead To Drug Bust In Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Children playing with a phone led Pierre police officers to a drug bust. Officers who responded to several 911 hang-up calls on Sunday morning smelled marijuana and initiated a welfare check on the children. Officers say they found marijuana and paraphernalia inside the residence, and a 25-year-old man became combative with officers. He was arrested on…

Trial Delayed For Yankton Man Shot By State Trooper

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Trial has been delayed for a Yankton man who was shot by a state trooper last December. Curt Adams Sr. is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault of a police officer and aggravated eluding in the incident that involved a police chase. He also faces drug counts. Adams’ trial was to begin Oct. 16. It’s been…

Police Searching For Armed Suspect After Overnight Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Officers responded to the area of East 6th Street and North Cleveland Ave. regarding a possible larceny. Upon arrival, officers determined that a male subject entered the business and shoplifted an 8-pack of Budweiser. The suspect exited the store and was followed by the clerk who confronted the suspect, at which time the suspect produced a silver…

City Officials Address Council Questions On Premier Center Settlement

"I believe the public trust has been violated"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After years of staying quiet, Mayor Mike Huether’s administration is opening up about the Denny Sanford Premier Center settlement. Back in 2015, the city signed a $1 million settlement with multiple construction agencies, for the warped outdoor paneling on the west side of the building. Council members had the chance Tuesday to get some answers, but…