Anndrea Anderson

Mitchell to Construct Wall Honoring Veterans Killed in Action

The hope is to complete the $360,000 veterans park by mid-August

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A city in southeastern south Dakota will add a wall honoring veterans who were killed in action to its veterans park. The 6- by 5-foot wall will be located in the center of the park in Mitchell and is expected to cost $11,000. Organizers have discovered more than 30 veterans who were killed in action from…

Iowa Board of Regents Considers Tuition Hikes

The proposal would increase in-state base tuition for undergraduates by $216

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents is considering tuition hikes at the state’s three public universities next school year to help offset millions in budget cuts. The proposal would increase in-state base tuition for undergraduates by $216 for the 2017-18 academic year at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa….

Plankinton Man Convicted on Sex Abuse Charges, Faces 315 Years in Prison

Christian Thomas faces up to 315 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for July 5

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Plankinton man has been convicted on sex abuse charges involving two minor victims. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says an Aurora County jury found 43-year-old Christian Thomas guilty on 26 counts, including fourth degree rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. Thomas faces up to 315 years in prison. Sentencing…

Exploring Creative Boundaries: Sioux Falls Artist Aiming for Alaska

Jordan Thornton has the artistic opportunity of a lifetime, with a chance at a residency in Alaska

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- From the downtown SculptureWalk, to the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls is known for embracing the arts. Friday night was no exception as the May First Friday Art and Wine Walk downtown showcased some of the area’s most creative work. One of the artists has an incredible opportunity to further her passion. “It may not be the biggest…

Lincoln County Wind Farm Could Face Public Vote

Signature gathering efforts could start as early as next week

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D.- For the last four years, wind energy has been a whirlwind of a discussion in Lincoln County. The area is being eyed for a large wind-farm, but the project has been stalled by opponents and left in limbo by County Commissioners. However a new vote this week could put the fate of the project in the hands…

Little Kid, Big Heart: 10-year-old Inspires New Handicapped Door at Ronald McDonald House

Whether it be superheroes, or beating cancer, Jack has a deep passion for everything that's important to him

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For the last 34 years, the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls has been providing out-of-town families a place to call home while they get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. But even with all the amenities, one ten-yea-old cancer fighter noticed one of the houses was missing just one thing. “Jack is a ball…

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…

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…

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…

Pennington County Hunter Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself in the Face

The man’s identify is being withheld pending further investigation and notification of family.

Pennington County, S.D.- – A missing hunter was found dead from an apparent accidental shooting Sunday morning, April 23, 2017, on Forest Service land off West Highway 44 near Highway 385. The family reported the 63 year old man did not return from turkey hunting Saturday. He was hunting alone. Investigators say it appears he accidentally shot himself while crossing…

One Hospitalized After Fire in Multifamily Home

The fire is still currently under investigation

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 321 N. Spring Ave. at 12:35 p.m. April 23, 2017. While en route we were informed there was smoke coming from the structure and possibly residents still inside. On our arrival, there was moderate smoke visible from the first floor of a two…

Box Elder Considers Building $20 Million Event Center Near Waterpark

City officials are discussing a public-private partnership for the facility

http://www.boxelder.us/city-government/city-councilBOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – A Black Hills city is looking to build a $20 million event center. The city of Box Elder and Liv Hospitality are discussing a public-private partnership for the facility in the fast-growing commercial area east of Rapid City. It would be built near an indoor waterpark resort. The proposal comes at a time when Rapid…

South Dakota Farmers Report 68% Decrease in Net Income in 2016

This follows a 77 percent decrease between 2014 and 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Farms enrolled with the South Dakota Center for Farm and Ranch Management reported a 68 percent decrease in their net income. More than 100 farms, mostly located in eastern South Dakota, are part of the program run by Mitchell Technical Institute. Statistics from the center show the average net income decreased to $13,308 last year, down…

Body of Drowning Victim Recovered from Palisades State Park

After an hour and a half of searching, crews switched the mission from "rescue" to "recovery."

Courtesy @MinnehahaEM GARRETSON, S.D- Minnehaha County Emergency Management Officials confirm the body of a 19-year-old male has been recovered from the waters of Palisades State Park on Sunday. Authorities say the man jumped into the water just after 5:00p.m. Saturday, and did not resurface. After an hour and a half of searching, crews switched the mission from “rescue” to “recovery.”…

The Resurgence of Vinyl Records: 10th Anniversary of “Record Store Day”

The annual event honors to the neighborhood music store

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- They may seem like a thing of the past, but vinyl records are still very much thriving in the world of music. Saturday is the 10th anniversary of “Record Store Day.” The annual event pays tribute to the neighborhood music store, where people have long gathered to thumb through vinyl records. The owners of total drag in…

Search Underway For Body of 19-Year-Old Drowning Victim at Palisades State Park

A water search and rescue is underway at Palisades State Park in Garretson, SD

UPDATE 7:30 P.M. GARRETSON, S.D- Just after 5:00 Saturday evening, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office and emergency responders were called to the lower picnic area of Palisades State Park in Garretson for a possible drowning. Authorities say a 19-year-old male jumped into the water near the rocky area, and did not reemerge. A group of friends called authorities when they…