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Concerned Parents & School District Gather After Student Safety Threat

  Colman, S.D. — With all the focus on school safety after the Florida shooting, an incident at a South Dakota school had parents on edge. Thursday night Colman-Egan school district officials apologized to those parents. The crowd gathered at the school gym for a meeting we weren’t allowed to film. Parents are angry about a recent threat made to students’…

Fifth Graders Team Up to Revamp Community Park

MITCHELL, S.D. – Today is Veronica’s birthday, and it’s also Joclyn’s birthday. However, everyday is a celebrating when you walk into Mrs. Becker’s classroom at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary in Mitchell. It’s Molly Becker’s first year teaching, and she wanted to do something special so that she would remember her first class forever. “It makes me excited to see someday you…

Kristi Noem Shares Her Thoughts on Gun Laws and Her NRA Invitation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota representative Kristi Noem (R- South Dakota) is elaborating after inviting the National Rifle Association to host its convention in South Dakota. Her welcome comes less than a week after last week’s deadly shooting at a high school in Florida. 17 people died after a suspect allegedly shot them with a legally purchased assault rifle. Noem…

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Explores Expanding Response for Specialty Incidents

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is looking to expand their medical response training to give on-the-spot lifesaving support to victims. Right now, all Fire Rescue EMT’S are trained in “Basic Life Support” to treat patients. There are currently 34 SFFR paramedics; however they cannot currently practice within the city of Sioux Falls. The new plan would allow…

South Dakota’s Olympic Hockey Connection Through Father-Son Duo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Winter Olympics are in full force in PyeongChang, and there’s a special connection to the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team right here in the Sioux Empire. Head Coach Robb Stauber is leading the U.S. Women’s team after being an assistant during the 2014 Olympics. His son Jaxson Stauber is suiting up at goalie for the Sioux Falls…

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man charged with rape, aggravated incest, and sexual exploitation of a minor appeared in court today. 26-year-old Jon Winterholler pled not guilty to the seven charges this morning. He was arrested late January after he told police he had physical contact with two young victims. Winterholler is considered a “habitual offender” with prior…

City of Sioux Falls Issues Snow Alert

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  The Public Works Street Division has declared a snow alert beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Plowing of emergency snow routes began Tuesday, February 20, 2018, and will continue until routes are clear. All vehicles parked on emergency snow routes are subject to ticketing and towing. Zone 3:     Plowing in Zone 3 will…

Sioux Falls Woman Uses Unique Therapy To Help Others Reduce Stress

Sioux Falls Woman Uses Holistic Practice To Help Others Relax

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls woman left the competitive corporate world to put an end to the stress she was feeling from work. Now, her new mission is to help others relax. “There will be many people who scoff at it and question it, and that’s okay too,” says Namken. Heidi Namken, owner of Relax, Release, Renew, is talking…

Winter Storm Causes Whiteout Conditions West River

Photo submitted by Tennille FredericksonWestern South Dakota is being slammed by a winter storm causing whiteout conditions on the roads. The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports strong winds mixed with snow are making visibility very difficult. The Department of Transportation has issued a no travel advisory from Wyoming to Wall, South Dakota. Conditions are very hazardous and anticipated to worsen….

Dangers of Illegal Fentanyl: Opioid Epidemic Growing Statewide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The opioid epidemic continues to spread nationally, and it’s even growing right here in South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley has presented a bill that’ll strengthen drug laws after four overdose deaths, three of them fentanyl related, are being investigated as manslaughter.  Earlier this month, two inmates at the Minnehaha County Jail nearly died from an opioid…

The Revolving Door: Meth Addiction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, many meth users leave incarceration only to circle back.  Some spend a few months locked up, but it takes their body much longer to recover from the drug.  That means when people get out of jail their addiction is often stronger than they are.  So, how can South Dakota stop this revolving door? If you…