South Dakota

Hit And Run Crash In Sioux Falls Causes Thousands In Damage

Police Looking For Known Woman Suspect

Police say the driver involved in a hit and run crash in south Sioux Falls caused thousands of dollars in damage. According to police, the accident happened Sunday at around 9 p.m. Police say a woman driving a Yukon was traveling east in the westbound lane on Ralph Rogers Road, and then drove out onto Minnesota Avenue. The SUV then…

South Dakota County Plans Program To Keep Youth Out Of Jail

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A judge has approved a program that Davison County’s lead prosecutor hopes will keep more juveniles out of the court system. State’s Attorney Jim Miskimins says he’ll base the program off a model in New Jersey that directs youth away from the justice system while still holding them accountable for their actions. Judge Steven R. Jensen’s…

2 LSU Researchers Get Nearly $1M To Study Honeybees In South Dakota

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Two Louisiana State University researchers are getting nearly $1 million for a two-year study of how stress affects honeybee health. The LSU AgCenter says in a news release that Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale are working with U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee researchers in Baton Rouge and the nation’s largest beekeeper . They’ll be studying…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested for Threatening His Children with A Firearm

A Sioux Falls man is behind bars for threatening his children with a gun Saturday night. Chad Allen Johnson was arrested for simple and aggravated assault as well as possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Police say they were called to a neighborhood in the northeast part of town just before 9 o’clock. When they arrived at the home, police…

Police Looking For Suspects After Pedestrians Injured In Hit And Run Crash

Two people are injured and police are searching for suspects following a hit and run crash in Sioux Falls Saturday night. Police say they were called to 9th street and cliff avenue just before 11 p.m. for a hit and run accident involving two pedestrians. Police say they found a man and a woman lying in the street. The man…

Storyland Children’s Theatre Underway At McKennan Park In Sioux Falls

KDLT's Josh Bixler Takes You Front Row And Center

For more than 25 years, Storyland Children’s Theatre has been a staple in Sioux Falls. Produced free of charge by the city Parks and Recreation Department, the shows drew around 21,000 visitors last year. Storyland Children’s Theatre was started in 1989 through a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council. The shows take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during…

Defenders Seek $350,000 For South Dakota Death Penalty Case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Public Defender’s Office is asking the county for about $350,000 to help defend a man facing the death penalty for the alleged murder of his ex-girlfriend. The extra costs in Jonathon Klinetobe’s case involve expert evaluations, travel expenses and witness fees. The 27-year-old Klinetobe, of Sturgis, is charged with first-degree murder for…

More Than 90 Conservation Officers With GFP Now Equipped With Body Cameras

Conservation Officers and Park Rangers with South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks have a new tool. More than 90 officers are now using body cameras statewide; the same cameras used by the LAPD. South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Law Enforcement Training Supervisor Brandon Gust explained, “We’re towards the back portion of Lake Herman State Park.” Gust says their officers…

Safety Tips For Paddlers From An Instructor: ‘Everyone will swim at one point or another’

We first told you about a water rescue at Wall Lake Tuesday. A camp counselor was kayaking, when authorities say the kayak took on water. The group she was with called 911 when they couldn’t see her. She was found in the water a short time later uninjured. Authorities say the life jacket she was wearing possibly prevented a tragedy…

SF Animal Control Asks Residents To Vaccinate Pets: ‘The chances of recovering from rabies are slim’

Sioux Falls Animal Control wants to remind residents to go to the vet and vaccinate their pets for rabies. They say they’ve had concerns recently about whether pets that have been bitten by wild animals were protected against the disease. Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong said, “As the weather warms up, people are outside more with their pets, they’re taking…

Church Sign Changed After Members Show Support For LGBT Community

Church Minister: 'Loving Someone Is Not Wrong'

As thousands of people marched for pride across the country on Sunday, a Sioux Falls church says someone used the sign outside of their building to spread a different message. After showing their support for the LGBT Community, their sign was changed. ‘Love Everyone’. These are the words that decorate the sign in front of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church…

Inclement Weather Closes Outdoor Pools In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.: The City of Sioux Falls has announced that all Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation outdoor aquatic facilities will be closed Monday, June 12, due to inclement weather. Those facilities are located at: Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center—301 South Fairfax Avenue Frank Olson Pool—4101 East 16th Street Kuehn Park Pool—2309 Kuehn Park Road Laurel Oak Family Aquatic Center—3401 East…

Owner: It’s Business As Usual Following Fire At Thornton Flooring Storage Building

One day after a fire destroyed one of their storage buildings, Thornton Flooring in Tea says it’s business as usual. The owner says thankfully their customers haven’t been affected at all. “It looks like a bomb went off,” said Tea Fire Dept. Asst. Chief Steve Oberle. “You know there’s piles of metal there’s piles of debris.” Along with several others,…

Iowans Can Now Buy And Sell Fireworks For First Time In Decades

'It's Lit Fireworks' Near Spirit Lake Officially Open For Business

For the first time in decades, Iowans will be able to purchase fireworks in the state. Some fireworks stands were allowed to start selling them on June 1. But for those hoping to cash in on the new law, it has proved to be easier said than done. The State Fire Marshal has been overwhelmed with applications for permits. The…

FULL STORY: 49th Street Re-Opens Wednesday, Traffic Switches To West Side Of Louise Avenue

The first of three phases in one of the largest construction projects taking place in Sioux Falls is complete. The good news: West 49th Street, just south of Louise Avenue, will soon be open to traffic. The bad news: the businesses on the east side of Louise will see more of an impact. Before your evening commute, West 49th Street…

With Community’s Help, Business Owner Tracks Down Stolen Bike Suspect

Sioux Falls Police Encourage Residents To Register Their Bikes

Sioux Falls Police receive a lot of stolen bike reports this time of year, but this time it was from a Sioux Falls business. And the owner is not only getting his stolen bike back, but justice after the community helped him track down the suspect. “I knew when the bike left I was getting it back,” said Two Wheeler…