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Sen. Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is resigning amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Once a rising star in the Democratic Party, Franken made the announcement in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor. The two-term lawmaker has repeatedly apologized as several women stepped forward to accuse him of sexually inappropriate behavior, from groping to forcibly trying to kiss them….

Franken To Say Whether He Will Step Down

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Al Franken will say whether he is resigning in a speech on the Senate floor at 11:45 a.m. Franken is under intense pressure to step down as allegations of sexual misconduct have mounted, with at least eight women accusing him of acting inappropriately. The Minnesota senator’s support among fellow Democrats crumbled on Wednesday after a woman…

Keillor Says MPR Wrong To Dismiss Him Without Investigation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio shouldn’t have dismissed him last week without fully investigating what the radio station has called “multiple allegations.” Jon McTaggart, CEO of MPR’s parent company APMG, told employees Wednesday that the allegations against the 75-year-old former “A Prairie Home Companion” host covered an extended period of time. He provided no…

Regents OK 2 Large Projects At Northern State University

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Board of Regents has approved two large projects at Northern State University in Aberdeen. The regents gave unanimous support to a $6.3 million football practice and women’s soccer fields, complete with pavilion, and a $25.2 million regional science center. The fields project needs legislative approval during the 2018 session. Lawmakers approved the science building…

Sioux Falls Native Shares SoCal Wildfire Experience

“You step outside, and everything around you is cooking,”

LOS ANGELES CO., Calif. – Multiple wildfires continue to rage in Southern California, chewing up thousands of acres along the way. And a Sioux Falls native in the path of the flames says she might be joining the thousands who have already had to evacuate. Erin Radke lives in Brentwood, just a couple miles from where a viral video of flames…

Local Organization and Business Team up to Deliver Gifts to Families in Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Around 30 volunteers from the Sioux Falls organization Step Up for Heroes and Billion Automotive brought some smiles to families tonight by delivering some gifts. The gifts for the families were collected by the non-profit organization Sioux Falls Cares. The organization has been providing food, clothing, and necessities to more than 500 families in need every Christmas…

New Fareway Store Located In Harrisburg Opens For Business

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Harrisburg residents no longer have to travel out of town for their groceries. Fareway Stores held a ribbon cutting and grand opening this morning at their new location on Willow Street West in Harrisburg. The 19,000 square foot store includes fresh produce and a full service meat department. City officials say the supermarket will help serve the…

City Councilor Walks Out Mid Meeting: “For The Voices Not Being Heard”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – More than a dozen people approached the Sioux Falls City Council Tuesday night to offer their input on the proposed downtown parking ramp project. About an hour in the Mayor decided to end the public comment period so councilors could discuss the project and vote. That decision struck a chord with at least one city council…

State House Republicans Nominate New Speaker Pro Tempore

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota House Republicans have nominated a Sioux Falls state representative to serve as speaker pro tempore. The Legislative Research Council said this week that GOP lawmakers met in caucus to nominate Rep. Steven Haugaard for the position. Republicans control both chambers of South Dakota’s Legislature. The full House will vote on Haugaard’s nomination in January….

SDSU To Offer In-State Undergraduate Tuition To Incoming Nebraska Students

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents has made it easier for Nebraska student to choose a University in South Dakota. Action by the South Dakota Board Regents on Wednesday allows students from Nebraska who are new first-time freshmen or new transfer students to qualify for undergraduate resident tuition at South Dakota State University beginning in summer 2018….

Lawyer Of Injured Hunter Says Gun Maker Long Knew About Explosion-Prone Rifle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A lawyer for a hunter injured in a rifle explosion says newly disclosed records show the manufacturer knew for years about extensive problems with that model’s barrel. Attorney Steve Crowley told a federal magistrate Wednesday that Savage Arms has produced a list of nearly 300 customers who returned stainless steel 10 ML-II muzzleloaders due to…

Someone You Should Know: The Brendtro’s as They Fight to Cure a Rare Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls family is up against the clock raising money to find a cure for a rare genetic disease. “We’ll I’m feeling a lot of things,” says Raena. That’s Raena Brendtro. She was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at 12 years-old. FA for short is a protein deficiency that attacks nerve and heart cells with no…

Governor Seeking Nominations For Vacant State House Seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking people to suggest candidates to fill the western South Dakota state House seat vacant after former Rep. Craig Tieszen’s death. Daugaard’s office said Wednesday that the governor’s appointee will serve for the current term running through the end of 2018. Daugaard says Tieszen was a dedicated public servant, calling his death…

Franken To Make Announcement Thursday Amid Calls To Resign

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing growing demands for him to resign, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will make an announcement on Thursday. That’s the word from the Democrat’s office on Wednesday. Franken’s support among his fellow Democrats is collapsing as a host of female Democratic senators called upon him to quit. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Mazie…

Man Charged With Killing Hunter In South-Central Iowa

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested a 27-year-old man suspected of killing a hunter in south-central Iowa. The Iowa Public Safety Department said Wednesday that Ethan Davis, of Promise City, is charged with first-degree murder. The department says Davis killed 31-year-old Curtis Ross, of Cedar Falls, whose body was found in a remote area of Appanoose County on Saturday….

Franken Denies Allegation He Forcibly Tried To Kiss Woman

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Al Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006. The Minnesota Democrat says in a statement that the allegation – reported by Politico – is “categorically not true.” The woman, who’s not identified by name, says Franken…

Minneapolis Requests National Guard For Super Bowl Security

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis city officials are asking the governor to mobilize the Minnesota National Guard to help with security during the upcoming Super Bowl. Mayor Betsy Hodges and Mayor-elect Jacob Frey, in a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, say the city police can’t meet all of the safety and security needs during the 10 days of Super Bowl activities…