Anndrea Anderson

South Dakota’s “Largest Wind Farm” Coming to Codington County

Xcel Energy announced plans Friday to add 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the Upper Midwest

CODINGTON COUNTY, S.D.- Xcel Energy has launched its largest-ever Upper Midwest wind investment, with a plan to grow its Upper Midwest wind energy fleet by 60 percent. Xcel Energy announced plans Friday to add 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the Upper Midwest. The proposal is Xcel Energy’s largest to date with a total of seven wind farms to…

Rapid City Inmate Placed on Escape Status

Inmate Russell Sitton left the Rapid City Community Work Center Saturday Morning

RAPID CITY, S.D.- A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status. Inmate Russell Sitton left the Rapid City Community Work Center earlier this morning to go to his work release job, but failed to report to the jobsite at the appointed time. The employer notified Department of Corrections staff members and escape procedures were enacted. Sitton, age 36,…

Weak Yankton Workforce is a Growing Concern for City Leaders

The Yankton region has a 3 percent unemployment rate

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Yankton Area Progressive Growth officials say the city doesn’t have enough workers. Organization President John Kramer said in a meeting last week that the workforce problem isn’t new. But he says the problem will worsen in the next few months. He says the city needs more than 250 additional workers over the next two to three…

Receipts, Contracts, Microsoft Grant among Evidence in Gear UP Embezzlement Case

The state believes multiple people played a role in embezzling $5 million from the Gear Up program

LAKE ANDES, S.D.- Questionable receipts, contracts and a Microsoft grant dominated the discussion in a “Gear Up” investigation court hearing Thursday. The state believes multiple people played a role in embezzling $5 million from the Gear Up program. The hearing started with evidence and testimony against defendant Stacy Phelps, who was the CEO of AIII, a non-profit under Mid-Central Educational…

Four Witnesses Testify on First Day of Lucky Lady Murder Trial

The murder trial of Jared Jerome Stone began in Minnehaha County Court Thursday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The murder trial of Jared Jerome Stone began in Minnehaha County Court Thursday. Stone is accused of shooting and killing Baptiste White Eyes outside of the Lucky Lady casino last April. Four witnesses took the stand to testify, including an eye witness to the shooting, an employee of the casino, and the first responding Sioux Falls police…

GearUP Embezzlement Defendants Appear in Court for Motion Hearing

The three people facing charges in the investigation: Stephanie Hubers, Stacy Phelps and Dan Guericke

LAKE ANDES, S.D.- An embezzlement case involving the Gear Up educational program continued Wednesday. A judge is determining what evidence will be used in future trials, after $5 million disappeared from the program that was run by Mid-Central Educational Cooperative. The three people facing charges in the investigation: Stephanie Hubers, Stacy Phelps and Dan Guericke. The majority of Wednesday’s nine-hour-long…

Shave It for St. Baldrick’s: Annual Pizza Ranch Fundraiser for Cancer Research

David Buchholz and his father both got the buzz in honor of Cassie

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For the last eleven years, people have gone to the 41st Street Sioux Falls Pizza Ranch on a special night to get their heads shaved. Wednesday night was the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. The smiles were plentiful as head after head was shaven clean of hair….

SNOW ALERT Issued in Sioux Falls Starting Sunday at 6:00 P.M.

Plowing of emergency snow routes is underway, parking restrictions are in effect across the city

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The City of Sioux Falls Public Works Street Division has declared a SNOW ALERT beginning at March 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. http://siouxfalls.org/snowalert Plowing of emergency snow routes is underway, and plows will enter neighborhoods after the snow has stopped falling and emergency routes are clear. Parking restrictions are in effect across the city, and vehicles parked…

Driver Flees After Hitting Brandon Home, Leaves License Plate Behind

The driver, identified as Brandon resident Brett Hoffmann, struck the side of the garage and then drove off

BRANDON, S.D.- A home in Brandon received some unwanted renovations Saturday night as a car drove through the garage. Brandon Police say a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Sioux Boulevard was not able to complete a turn at the intersection in front of the home and careened into the garage. The driver, identified as Brandon resident Brett Hoffmann, drove…

Minnesota Liquor Store Gets Head Start on Sunday Sales

Owner Jim Surdyk says he decided to staff on Sundays as soon as he saw Gov. Mark Dayton sign the bill into law last week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minneapolis liquor store has gotten a head start on opening for business on Sundays. Surdyk’s, a longtime liquor and cheese store in northeast Minneapolis, opened for business Sunday, despite Minnesota’s new Sunday liquor sales law not taking effect until July. Owner Jim Surdyk says he decided to staff on Sundays as soon as he saw Gov….

Fire Scare at New Colton CHS Plant Wont Affect Tuesday’s Open House

A fire scare at a Colton fertilizer plant had emergency crews on high alert

COLTON, S.D.- A fire scare at a Colton fertilizer plant had emergency crews on high alert. The call came in late Saturday afternoon at the new CHS plant near Colton. Crews say they received reports of smoke coming out of one of the towers, and upon investigation, found the center of a bin smoldering. “It looks like they were doing…

State Penitentiary Inmate Dies, Autopsy Conducted

Richard Kingston, age 71, passed away March 11

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A state prison inmate has died. Richard Kingston, age 71, passed away March 11 at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Kingston was sentenced in 1968 to life in prison out of Pennington County for kidnapping. An autopsy will be conducted. Categories: News

State Lawmakers Close 2017 Legislative Session, Veto Override Day March 27

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers navigated lower-than-anticipated tax collections to pass a lean state budget, capping a difficult legislative session dominated by the repeal and patchwork replacement of government-ethics regulations that voters imposed in November. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard spent part of Friday signing a raft of ethics bills into law before lawmakers closed out the main part…

Hero Status Confirmed: Ryan Rollinger Receives Carnegie Medal in Harrisburg Shooting

Ryan Rollinger says he's not a hero for bringing down the gunman

HARRISBURG, S.D.- Almost a year and a half ago, a single gunshot rang out at Harrisburg High School. Investigators say a 16-year old student brought a gun on campus and shot the principal in the arm before he was tackled to the ground. Ryan Rollinger says he’s not a hero for bringing down the gunman. But a ceremony Friday, and…

Falls Park Goes Orange for World Kidney Day

Orange is the color for the National Kidney Foundation, an advocacy group for kidney health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- They went purple for Alzheimer’s, they turned blue to support the police department, and on Thursday night, the falls of Falls Park turned orange to raise awareness of a serious health concern. Orange is the color for the National Kidney Foundation, an advocacy group for kidney health. According to the Foundation, currently 26 million – or 1…

Remembering Rebekah: Foundation Formed to Carry on Spader’s Legacy

A little girl's legacy is continuing to live on past her 10 short years of life

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A little girl’s legacy is continuing to live on past her 10 short years of life. Known for her generous “Wish Gift Concerts,” Rebekah Spader passed away last August after battling severe medical conditions her entire life. Now, her family is using Rebekah’s spirit to keep her memory alive. “It’s been very quiet around the house. I…

State lawmakers Weigh New Campaign Finance Regulations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State lawmakers are weighing new campaign finance regulations that would remove South Dakota from the short list of states that allow politicians to pocket the money in their campaign accounts. Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton said he’s pushing to restrict candidates’ ability to tap political contributions for personal use because political office shouldn’t be used for…

Yankton to Phase Out City Pound, Enters Agreement with Heartland Humane Society

The city commission has voted to enter into an agreement with the Heartland Humane Society

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Yankton’s city pound will be phased out in favor of an agreement with a better facility to house the city’s impounded animals. The city commission has voted to enter into an agreement with the Heartland Humane Society. City Manager Amy Nelson says the agreement has been a long time in the making. She adds that that…

5,000 Acre Fire Burning Near Wall, SD Now 70% Contained

Officials think the fire was human-caused

WALL, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a large wildfire that blackened about 5,000 acres near Wall in western South Dakota is mostly contained and is no longer threatening the town of Quinn. Officials say the fast-moving grass fire, dubbed the Wolf Fire, was 70 percent contained as of Saturday night. It was spotted around 12:30 p.m. Saturday just east of…