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Koalas Now On Exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo

Two male Koalas, Moki and Burra, are a part of the Zoo’s “Koala Wilds” exhibit

Courtesy: The Great Plains ZooSIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Visitors can now add cute Koalas to the list of more than 1,000 animals that they can enjoy this summer at the Great Plains Zoo. Two male Koalas, Moki and Burra, are a part of the Zoo’s “Koala Wilds” exhibit, now open through Labor Day. The Koalas can be viewed daily, free with…

29th Annual Avera Race Against Breast Cancer Raises Over $350,000

A total of 4,560 participants registered in the event

Courtesy The Avera Race Against Breast Cancer FacebookSIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The 29th annual Avera Race Against Breast Cancer in Sioux Falls brought in over $350,000 Saturday. A total of 4,560 participants registered in the event to run, walk and support along the sidelines. More than 500 people signed up to volunteer. Proceeds from the Avera Race directly supports cancer survivors…

Box Elder Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

The name of the man involved is not being released pending notification of family

BOX ELDER, S.D. – A 76-year-old man died late Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash that occurred within the Box Elder city limits. The name of the man involved is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved. A Harley Davidson FLD motorcycle was northbound on Elk Vale Road and turned east on the Interstate…

Bison Hunt Costs Could Increase in Custer State Park

The commissioners proposed increasing the cost to hunt a trophy buffalo by $1,500, making the new fee $6,500

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Members of the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Commission have proposed increasing the amount hunters pay to hunt bison in Custer State Park. The commissioners proposed increasing the cost to hunt a trophy buffalo by $1,500, making the new fee $6,500. The cost to hunt a non-trophy bison bull would increase $1,000 to $3,250. Mark…

10-Year-Old Uses 3D Printer to Start Fidget Making Business

"Brady's Fidgets" has already taken in nearly 100 orders

BRANDON, S.D.- A new toy trend is quickly spiraling into popularity as “fidget spinners” are making their way into classrooms, and even between the fingers of many adults. One ten-year-old Brandon boy is looking to take a spin on the toy’s growing popularity by creating the toys himself. “Fidget spinners” are quickly becoming the hot toy of a new generation….

Recovery In Delmont Starts To Take Shape

Iconic Structures Come Closer To Completion As Town Grows Around Them

DELMONT, S.D.–It’s been two years since a tornado destroyed a third of the town. Now in the second year of recovery, iconic structures are starting to take shape. President of the Delmont Board of Trustees Earla Strid said the town is getting used to their new normal. “We haven’t quit, yet. We’re still going,” said Strid. In the midst of…

Renner Mom of 10 Surprised with “Mother’s Day Makeover”

Ramona Leibel was taken by surprise as staff from Visiting Angels pampered her for Mother's Day

RENNER, S.D.- Mother’s day is right around the corner, and it’s a holiday that can be difficult for moms who live alone. On Thursday, one special area mom was treated to an early mother’s day surprise 87-year-old Ramona Leibel was the winner of a “Mother’s Day Makeover” by Visiting Angels Senior Care. Ramona was pampered with a tiara, flowers, chocolates…

Rep. Noem Visits With Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office

Takes Ride Along & Jail Tour, Announces New Law Enforcement Legislation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Doors to the Minnehaha County Jail opened for U.S. Representative Kristi Noem on Thursday. A visit most don’t want to have, Noem came to see what life for law enforcement in the county is like with a ride along and a tour. In one case, the job came to her. “I had the opportunity to ride along…

Fire Destroys Two Garretson Homes, Crews Salvage Wedding Ring From Burned Home

Crews pull wedding ring from home after fire

GARRETSON, S.D.- Two Garretson homes have been declared a total loss after a fire broke out in one of them. Crews from multiple agencies responded just before 4:00 p.m. Thursday to reports of a structure fire on the 600 block of Center Avenue. When they arrived, one home was fully engulfed. The fire quickly spread to the home next door….

Hot Car, Hot Pet: Call Animal Control Rather Than Breaking Windows

Animal Control officers are reminding pet owners to be mindful of the heat when leaving pets in vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As the weather heats up, most pet owners like to take their furry friends out and about with them. Sometimes, leaving them in the car while running a quick errand. But an instance this weekend has Animal Control officers reminding pet owners to be cautious of the heat when animals are in the car. “We got out…

Nurse Navigators: Guiding Patients Through Breast Cancer

Meet Sanford Health's two-person team who help breast cancer patients

This week, we’ve partnered with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for the early detection of breast cancer.  Sometimes getting through a cancer diagnosis is a little easier with help from a nurse navigator. Gloria Top (left) & Donna Dwire (right) “I feel very privileged to be able to be here, to be…

Thune: Special Prosecutor On Russia ‘Not Going To Happen’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Members of South Dakota’s all-Republican congressional delegation aren’t joining calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s interference in the presidential election after the firing of FBI Director James Comey. U.S. Sen. John Thune said on Fox News that it’s “not going to happen.” But Thune says the timing of President Donald Trump’s termination of…

The Latest: Trump Assails Sen. Schumer For Remarks On Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the firing of FBI Director James Comey (all times local): 12:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is criticizing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for comments the New York Democrat made in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Schumer said Tuesday evening that he told Trump in a phone conversation that “you are…

Authorities Describe Complex Nature Of Child Porn Investigations

Former Fire Chief Jim Sideras Faces 10 Counts Of Child Pornography Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Minnehaha County Sheriff’s deputies go through several hurdles when it comes to child porn investigations. Capt. Jason Gearman said they take their time to make sure they come to the right conclusion. “They’re not a quick investigation where you get the information then, automatically, the next day, you’re going to get an arrest,” said Capt. Gearman. It…

Making Breast Health A Mission: Edith Sanford Breast Center

Center aims to care for patients from prevention to diagnosis & treatment

“Edith Sanford was Denny Sanford’s mother.  She died of breast cancer when Denny was only four years old,” says Sanford Health Cancer Services Executive Director Sharon Hunt, standing next to a picture of Edith Sanford inside their 18th Street facility. That tragic loss became a mission: that no other child should lose a parent to breast cancer.  So, Denny Sanford…

Man Killed in Single Vehicle Crash North of Madison

The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of family

MADISON, S.D. – An 85-year-old man died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Madison. The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of family. He was the vehicle’s only occupant. A 1997 Ford F150 pickup was eastbound on 225th Street, which is a gravel road. The driver lost control, the vehicle went into the ditch…

Two State Prison Inmates Escape Rapid City Community Work Center

Anyone who sees or knows of their whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately

RAPID CITY, S.D.- Two state prison inmates have been placed on escape status after leaving a minimum-security facility without authorization. Inmates Calvin McCloskey and Dylan Fast Horse left the Rapid City Community Work Center during the evening of May 7. McCloskey, age 20, is Native American. He is 6 feet 1 inches tall. He has black hair and brown eyes….

Understanding Breast Cancer: An Ever-Changing Journey

Sanford Health's treatments & research to beat the disease

This week, we’re partnering with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for early detection of breast cancer.  One woman took it upon herself to be proactive in her fight. “I don’t know if you want to call it women’s intuition but I knew something was going on wrong with my body.  And when…