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Panic Button Invented To Make College Students Safer

Handheld device alerts emergency contacts, 911

Experts say one in ten college students will experience sexual assault and many are at higher risk in their first few months at school.  So, what happens when a student is in danger of any kind, but they can’t call friends, family or even the police for help? A gadget invented right here in the Sioux Empire could soon come…

Spring Snowstorm May Leave Some Without Power Overnight

Nearly 200 electric poles in southeastern South Dakota were downed in the spring snowstorm that hit Sunday night and Monday morning. As of Monday afternoon, Bon Homme Yankton Electric Association in Tabor, Sioux Valley Energy in Colman and Southeastern Electric Cooperative in Marion reported about 2,000 people without power.  The South Dakota Rural Electric Association says storm damage includes 180…

More Citations For Construction Company In Connection With Building Collapse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls business has received a second set of citations from OSHA in connection with the Copper Lounge building collapse that killed one person in December 2016. The U.S. Department of Labor says in the citations that Hultgren Construction LLC committed two willful citations with proposed penalties of $101,400. The citations state that at times…

Pioneer Girl Project Announces More Laura Ingalls Wilder Books

The latest Pioneer Girl Project publication, “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder,” was unveiled

Courtesy SD State Historical SocietyPIERRE, S.D. — The latest Pioneer Girl Project publication, “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder,” was unveiled at the April 28-29 history conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Sioux Falls. The book is a stand-alone sourcebook on Wilder’s successful career and work with Rose Wilder Lane. “Perspectives” will be available to the…

Sioux Falls Tattoo Shop Looking for Temporary Location After Overnight Fire

Officials Investigating Cause Of Saturday Business Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Saturday around midnight, Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at Prophecy Tattoo at 1406 S. Minnesota Avenue. People could see smoke and flames coming from the back of the business. Upon arrival, fire crews were able put out the fire in 15 minutes. The business suffered moderate smoke and fire damage throughout…

Police Searching for Vehicle Involved in Multiple Hit and Runs

The hit and runs happened sometime around 7 p.m. Saturday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sioux Falls Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a vehicle they say was involved in several hit and runs bear the downtown area Saturday evening. The crashes happened on Fairfax Avenue between 6th Street and 8th Street. At least two vehicles sustained significant cosmetic damage and broken tail lights. Police say the suspect vehicle…

Minnesota Residents Now Able to Purchase Guns Without Background Checks

Minnesota's requirements for getting a permit to carry satisfy the background check requirements

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota residents who have permits to carry handguns may now be able to purchase guns from licensed dealers without the normally required background checks. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Friday that it has determined that Minnesota’s requirements for getting a permit to carry satisfy the background check requirements under federal law…

Federal Prosecutors to Hold Office Hours on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The goal is to give citizens better access and ease communication

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota is going to hold weekly office hours on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The federal prosecutors say they’ll be on the reservation each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The goal is to give citizens better access and ease communication. Residents will be able to talk about…

Minnehaha Co. Sheriff Investigating Bizarre Case of Stolen Horse Tails

Investigators say the hair is valued at nearly $1,500 dollars

MINNEHAHA CO., S.D.- The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in a bizarre case, one they’ve never dealt with before. Someone cut all the hair off of two horses’ tails near Garretson. Investigators say the hair is valued at nearly $1,500 dollars. “I think it’s a pretty random act, like I said I’ve been doing this for…

Surveillance Footage Released In Sioux Falls Bank Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls Police released surveillance video Friday from a robbery at Voyage Federal Credit Union that took place late Thursday morning. Police say the robbery happened just after 11:30 a.m. at the bank on 10th Street and Kiwanis Avenue in Sioux Falls. Footage shows the suspect entering the bank, where police say he told the clerk…

Deadly End To Rapid City Standoff

RAPID CITY, S.D.- A four-hour standoff between a man and police in Rapid City came to a deadly end on Thursday afternoon. The Rapid City-Pennington County Special Response Team used lethal force on the man they say threatened an officer with a pistol at the Harmony Heights Apartment Complex. Police were called for a welfare check around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday…

Ehab Jaber Back in Custody After Failing Drug Test

Ehab Jaber's 19-year-old son Taran says since his father was taken into custody last Friday, his life has turned upside down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (UPDATE) Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirm today that 45-year-old Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, of Sioux Falls, who was arrested on April 21, 2017 on one count of terrorist threat and possession of methamphetamine, is back in custody. “The nature and severity of these charges, in addition to further allegations and developments,…

Standing Room Only at Carnegie Hall for Second City Annexation Task Force Meeting

A handful of neighborhoods and townships in the area are facing the possibility of annexation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- There were many upset people Wednesday night at a city organized meeting in Sioux Falls. A handful of neighborhoods and townships in the area are facing the possibility of annexation, and to make the process of incorporating these areas into the city easier, an “Annexation Task Force” has been formed. Carnegie Hall was packed to the brim…

Terry Redlin Unfinished Art Displayed For First Time Ever

Fans and collectors of Terry Redlin now have the chance to see the artist's process.

WATERTOWN, S.D. – It’s been a year since famed artist and Watertown native Terry Redlin passed away. Never before has one of his paintings been showcased unfinished, until now. Redlin retired from painting in 2007 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His family found three unfinished pieces of art in his studio. “There were three paintings in particular we knew…

Sanford Could Pioneer Malaria Vaccine; World Health Organization Starting Trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford may be one of the only clinics in the world to administer the first-ever vaccine for malaria. The World Health Organization is starting a new trial of the vaccine. Sanford has 20 clinics in Ghana, where they often treat patients suffering from malaria, many of them children. Doctor Scott Boyens runs Sanford’s International Clinics. If…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornadoes

When Is The Peak Time of Year for These Twisters?

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic. Earlier this week I broke down the difference between a Watch and a Warning, while yesterday Blaise discussed severe thunderstorms. Click the links to learn more about those stories. Photo Courtesy:…

SDHSAA Moving Toward Statewide “Sweet 16”

Playoff System Would Determine State Qualifers In All Three Classes

A “Sweet 16” playoff format may soon be the only way to qualify for state tournaments in South Dakota. The South Dakota High School Activities Board passed a first reading of the proposal last week for Class AA and B. This would make a Sweet 16 format for all classes in both basketball and volleyball. Winners of the Sweet 16…

Drowning Victim’s Friends To Honor Memory With Memorial Service

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Friends of an international student who drowned at Palisades State Park on Saturday are holding a memorial service in his honor. The service for 19-year-old Abeen Thapa will be held Thursday night at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Thapa’s classmate, Nischal Shrestha says he loved singing and songwriting, so they will be playing some of…