Author: Anndrea Anderson

Lawmakers to Take Up Bills on Presumptive Probation, Transgender High School Athletes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers plan to take up bills this week to end presumptive probation, promote “intellectual diversity” on college campuses and target an activities association policy for transgender student athletes. Lawmakers return Tuesday to the Capitol. A bill to reverse South Dakota’s presumptive probation policy for some lower-level felonies is set for debate Tuesday in a…

Snow Alert for the City of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: (From the City of Sioux Falls) The Public Works Street Division has declared a snow alert beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Plowing of emergency snow routes began Sunday, February 17, 2019, and will continue until routes are clear. All vehicles parked on emergency snow routes are subject to ticketing and towing. Zone…

Sioux Falls Shopko on 41st Street to Close May 12th

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Once again, the Sioux Falls Shopko store on 41st Street is slated for closure. It was announced last month the store would remain open, however Shopko officials say things have changed. The 41st store will begin liquidation next week and close on May 12. “Through our conversations with the potential buyers, it has become clear that…

Historic Watertown Building Catches Fire

Photo Courtesy Lori KayeWATERTOWN, S.D. – A historic building in Watertown has caught fire. Crews were called the former “Harbor Bar” around 5:30 Thursday morning. When they arrived, pressurized smoke was coming out of the windows and doors. Within a half-hour on scene, the floors had collapsed making it unsafe for fire crews to go inside. Assistant Fire Chief Donovan…

911 Service Disrupted in Parts of Baltic, Crooks and Garretson

Update 11:30 a.m. from Alliance Communications: Phone and Internet services have been restored. If your services haven’t resumed automatically, unplug your wireless router and your phone from the electrical outlet and plug them back in. If you continue to have issues, contact us by dialing 611 from any Alliance phone or call (605) 582-6311 from your cell phone. Or send…

Authorities Searching for Missing Pennington County Girl

Serenity Dennard courtesy PCSOPennington County, S.D. (From PCSO) – Additional resources are now searching for a missing nine year old girl last seen at 11:20 am, Sunday, February 3, 2019, leaving the Children’s Home Society on South Rockerville Road. The Civil Air Patrol joined the rescue effort by air and ground Monday morning. Serenity Dennard is described as a Caucasian…

USPS Suspends Mail Service in South Dakota Wednesday

FROM USPS – Due to projected deteriorating weather conditions related to Polar Vortex Jayden, postal delivery operations will be suspended for all of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. Retail operations at local offices will be available, but may be limited. There will be no collection mail pick up from businesses or collection boxes.  Additionally, there will be no…

South Dakota State University Campus Closed Due to Weather

BROOKINGS, S.D. – (From SDSU) South Dakota State University will close its Brookings campus due to the predicted weather conditions that include extreme cold temperatures and a severe wind chill warning. The closing impacts SDSU’s main campus and all supporting research farms and offices in Brookings County. For example, SDSU’s Office of Admissions will be closed. The closure goes into…

Sioux Falls Shopko on 41st Street to Remain Open

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – As many Shopko locations around the region are slated for closure, at least one more store will remain open. Shopko officials say the Sioux Falls Shopko on 41st Street will not close as originally planned. Company officials say there were conversations with “community stakeholders” that prompted the decision. “Store closings are never an easy decision, but…

Case of Whooping Cough Confirmed in Harrisburg School District

HARRISBURG, S.D. – A case of whooping cough has been confirmed in the Harrisburg School District. The district nursing supervisor is advising parents to be watchful of their children, especially if a cough develops in the next three weeks. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is contagious and spreads through the air. The illness begins with cold symptoms and worsens within a…

Haley’s Haircut: Twin Supports Sister Battling Childhood Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The word “cancer” takes on a new meaning when it happens to someone you know. It recently hit home here at KDLT. Our chief photographer Adam Huntimer’s life was turned on its head last month when his 5-year-old daughter, Holly, was diagnosed. It’s been a life changing experience for the entire family, especially for Holly’s twin…

A Closer Look at Senate Bill 49: Transgender Student Athletes

PIERRE, S.D. – Under the current South Dakota High School Activities Association policy, transgender student athletes are able to request to play on a sports team that matches their gender identity, which is not always the gender listed on their birth certificates. One state lawmaker wants to change that. “Because I think fair competition is extremely important,” said Republican State…

Pilot in Fatal Plane Crash Identified as Sioux Falls Man

McCook County, S.D – McCook County Emergency Manager Brad Stiefvater has identified the pilot killed in a Sunday afternoon plane crash as Comet Henry Haraldson, 69, of Sioux Falls. Authorities say Haraldson suffered an unknown medical emergency mid-flight. His single-engine 1976 PIPER PA-28-181 went down in a field near Salem around 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Radio transmission from air traffic controllers…

Original Pancake House Offers Free Breakfast to Federal Employees During Shutdown

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls business is doing its part to help federal workers who are currently without a paycheck due to the government shutdown. In a Facebook post Sunday evening, The Original Pancake House in Sioux Falls says they will be offering free eggs, pancakes and hash browns to all federal employees Monday through Friday. People only…

2018 Christmas at the Western Mall Raises Over $20,000 for Make-A-Wish SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a wrap for the 2018 display of “Christmas at the Western Mall.” This year’s show brought in $20,695.62 through freewill donations. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish South Dakota to help grant wishes for sick children. This year’s totals brings the grand total raised to $268,092.72 since the show started in 2006. More info: http://www.westernmallchristmas.com/ As the…

City Council Votes to Approve 5G in City Limits

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls will be one of the first in cities the state – and possibly among the first in the nation – to roll out the newest generation of broadband technology. A unanimous vote by the Sioux Falls city council Tuesday night gives Verizon Wireless the authority to install framework in city limits that will eventually…