South Dakota

UPDATE: Three Victims Of Rapid City Mobile Home Fire Died From Smoke

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – UPDATE: Preliminary autopsy results indicate that three people who were killed in a mobile home fire in Rapid City died of smoke inhalation. The blaze occurred Friday. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Rapid City Police Department are still working to positively identify the three victims. Officials said earlier that at least two of…

One Of Two Stolen Centuries Old Artifacts Returned To Watertown Zoo

The Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown says one of two stolen artifacts has been returned. The artifacts, which are on loan from the South Dakota Archaeological Society, were discovered missing last week. They’re estimated to be hundreds of years old. Bramble Park Zoo Director Dan Miller said pointing to a display case, “We had it on like this.” Miller says…

FULL STORY: Sioux Falls Woman Shares ‘Bad Feeling’ About Suspicious Man At Empire Mall

Facebook Posts About Several Encounters Going Viral

Several people are sharing the same warning to others on Facebook. The posts describe encounters with what appears to the be the same man hanging out in and around the Empire Mall. Both strange and scary, the posts are now going viral. “I had a really, really bad feeling about it.” Taelyn Phillips says she was at the Empire Mall…

Midco Aquatic Center Hosting Division I Championships In 2018

IUPUI's Departure From Summit League Brings Event To Sioux Falls

The Midco Aquatic Center announced Thursday that it will be hosting its first Division I event as early as next year. The men and women’s Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships will take place in Sioux Falls on Feb. 14-18. Before the Midco Aquatic Center was even built, city officials dreamed of hosting a Division I event there. “You spend…

SF School District Recruits Adorable Kids To Tackle Attendance Issues In PSA Campaign

The Sioux Falls School District is getting creative to get kids to go to school. Using advertisements featuring children, the district has created a campaign called ‘Attendance Matters. Every Student. Every Day.’ Their goal is to increase student attendance by five percent by 20-20. Dressed as teachers, complete with either a blouse or a sweater vest and glasses, the Sioux…

Life Of A Wild Water West Lifeguard: Not A Walk In The Park

Lifeguard Go Through Hours Of Training, Audits Once A Month

With up to 250,000 visitors every season, Wild Water West trains 60 to 70  lifeguards each summer. While the perception is that lifeguards have a relaxing job, it’s anything but. They go through hours of training, and are audited once a month. On Monday, they received their first one of the season. Sadie Swier grew up going to Wild Water…

Don’t Worry Just Yet Garth Fans: Tickets, Hotel Rooms Still Available

Garth Brooks has added one more show in Sioux Falls for his ‘World Tour’ with Trisha Yearwood. This is the seventh show announced at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, since the first tickets went on sale on Friday morning. More shows means more money and people coming into the city, but is there enough room? “We started to see some…

Teen Scammed Out Of $400 Over Craigslist Ad Offering Dogs For Sale

Police are warning residents to do their homework after a Sioux Falls teen was scammed on Craigslist. Police say a 17-year-old answered an advertisement from a person in Maryland selling two purebred Siberian Huskies for $200 each. The teen wired the $400 to the seller, and became suspicious when the seller asked for more money. Police say the teen reported…

SF Police Arrest Man After Pulling Him From Big Sioux River

Sioux Falls Police say they had to rescue a man, who they believe was on drugs, from the Big Sioux River on Saturday. Thirty-seven-year-old Marlin Siers was arrested for disorderly conduct and ingesting. Police say they were called to 14th Street and 1st Avenue just before 8-30 for a man yelling at people and walking in the streets. They say…

SF Police: Alcohol, Drugs Don’t Appear To Be Factor In Car Vs. Apartment Crash

Police say no one was injured after a car crashed into a Sioux Falls apartment building late Sunday night causing around $15,000 in damage. According to police, the crash happened at around 11 p.m. Police say a 41-year-old man was driving north on West Avenue when he failed to make a left hand turn onto 44th Street. They say the…

Two Dead, Six Injured In Alcester Crash

Driver unintentionally stepped on gas instead of brake

Photo Courtesy: Shaleen AllenUPDATE (5:13 p.m.) ALCESTER – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials say the investigation into Monday’s fatal crash in Alcester continues to indicate that the incident was unintentional. Two people were killed and six others were injured when a vehicle ran into Alcester Care and Rehab Center, hitting seven people who were coming out of the building. The…

No Injuries Reported In Late Night House Fire

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a fire at 330 North Spring Avenue shortly after 10:30 Sunday night. First-arriving crews found a dumpster fire located close to the building causing an exterior corner of the building to catch fire. All residents of the building were evacuated. The fire was quickly extinguished and crews searched…

SD Weights & Measures Have Skimmers On Radar

Locating Devices Also Falls On Retailer & Customer

If a business uses any type of weighing or measuring device, the State of South Dakota likely keeps an eye on it. When it comes to gas station pumps, Weights & Measures inspects more than just the fuel. They also look for devices that can steal your credit card information. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your own inspection…

Brookings Man Sentenced In Large Illegal Drug Case

PIERRE, S.D.- A Brookings man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiring to distribute large amounts of illegal drugs. Authorities began investigating 20-year-old Luis Cabrera last year when they intercepted packages linked to him that contained more than 2 pounds of heroin and about 5 pounds of meth. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Cabrera pleaded…

Crooks Gun Club Searching For Youth As Members Age

The Crooks Gun Club says there was a time when thousands of people would participate in local trap shooting tournaments. But, throughout the years, those numbers have dwindled. The club is now looking to gain interest by recruiting more youth to the sport. Chris Erickson says a friend got him into trap shooting years ago. “He says ‘you like to…

A Crowded Market: How Grocery Stores Are Trying To Stay Relevant

There are a lot of options in Sioux Falls when it comes to buying groceries, sometimes it seems like too many. Among many others, Hy-Vee, Aldi, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Target are trying to thrive in a very crowded market. They’re all competing against the ecommerce giant Amazon. But that’s good news for shoppers as retailers are lowering prices…

GFP Proposes Petition Process For Non-meandered Lakes Restrictions

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission during the July Commission meeting adopted a proposal to establish a process where landowners can request the restriction of recreational use of nonmeandered waters for public use. GFP Department Secretary Kelly Hepler says the process being considered by the Commission will give landowners the ability to formally make those…

USGS Helps Create New Drought Monitor, Looks At Faster Moving Conditions

South Dakota and much of the Northern Great Plains are going through a drought; conditions that developed strong and fast. While federal and state agencies rely on the U.S. Drought Monitor to manage those conditions, the US. Geological Survey’s Center is developing a new system to help them see and respond to changes faster. “We see dryer conditions later in…

Man Arrested For Vandalizing Sculpture In DTSF

A Sioux Falls man has been arrested on felony charges for vandalizing a sculpture downtown. Twenty-four-year-old Casey Schmidt is charged with intentional damage to property. Police say an off-duty officer witnessed Schmidt climb the statue at the corner of 11th Street and Phillips Avenue early Saturday at around 2 a.m.  A fish on the side of the SculptureWalk statue ‘Salmon…

FULL STORY: Police: Man Charged After Attempting To Rape Woman In SF Garage

A man is behind bars after police say he attempted to rape a woman inside a garage in central Sioux Falls. They say the woman was rescued after someone heard her screaming. Fifty-year-old Sergio Marroquin is facing up to 16-and-a-half years in prison; charged with 2nd degree attempted rape and 4 counts of simple assault. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam…