Anndrea Anderson

Mural Debate Overshadowed By Growing Corn Palace Deficit

“We're at $800,000 right now as far as a deficit," said Mayor Toomey

Mitchell, S.D.- The fate of the murals on the side of the “World’s Only Corn Palace” in Mitchell is up in the air. City leaders are debating whether the corn-art should be changed every year, or stay in place for two years. “I’m definitely in favor of redecorating every single year,” said Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt. “Why do we…

“Your Account Will Be Closed!” Sioux Falls Businesses Targeted in Facebook Scam

The page is called “Add Help Support” and is targetting small businesses

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Several Sioux Falls businesses have been targeted by a new online Facebook scam. It’s going after smaller companies nationwide; warning them their Facebook pages will be unpublished or deleted if they don’t pay up. The page is called “Add Help Support.” Even at first glance, there are a few things that seem a little off. “It’s…

Homicides on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Nearly Double in 2016

Data from the FBI says there were 17 homicides in 2016, compared with nine in 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The number of homicides on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation nearly doubled in 2016. Data from the FBI says there were 17 homicides in 2016, compared with nine in 2015. In addition, five of the homicides in 2016 involved firearms, while none involved firearms a year earlier. An increase in illegal drug use, particularly methamphetamine,…

Rapid City Regional Hospital Referring Mentally Ill Patients to Sheriff’s Office

This is the second major policy change recently made by the hospital that limits on the type of mental health care the hospital will provide

http://www.regionalhealth.com/location/rapid-city-regional-hospitalRAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Regional Hospital has announced that is no longer taking in certain types of mentally ill patients and will instead contact the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office to take those individuals in to custody. This is the second major policy change recently made by the hospital that limits on the type of mental health care…

Former State Sen. Dan Lederman New SD Republican Party Chair

Former state Sen. Dan Lederman unseated incumbent Chairwoman Pam Roberts

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Republican Party has a new chair. Former state Sen. Dan Lederman unseated incumbent Chairwoman Pam Roberts on Saturday. The announced vote at the State Central Committee meeting in Pierre was 73-53 for Lederman. Roberts was chairwoman for the past two years. She had the endorsement of Gov. Dennis Daugaard for another term. U.S. Sens. John…

Garretson Says “Thank You” to Past, Present, Future Military

Special "Military Appreciation Night" t-shirts were sold for Friday's game

Garretson’s double header against Howard Friday night started as most basketball games usually do. That is, until the National Anthem ended. It was at that time, most in the audience sat. Except for a select few: those who have served. Applause rang out for the few who were standing, as Garretson’s way of saying “Thank You” to members of the…

Grapes on the Go: First Year of Wine Shipping in South Dakota

A new law enacted last year is expanding South Dakotan’s palates

For many years, wine drinkers in South Dakota were limited to drinking whatever wines they could buy from liquor stores or wineries in their area. But a new law enacted last year, is expanding South Dakotan’s palates by allowing wine shipments in the state. When the state legislature passed House Bill 1001 in 2015, it changed the wine game in…

PAve to Reopen February 24

In a video posted to Facebook, PAve General Manager John Geiken has announced they will reopen February 24th. The doors have been closed since December 2, 2016, when the Copper Lounge Building collapsed next door. Repairs have been made to the bar’s walls and ceilings. Geiken says four separate structural engineers have examined the building, and cleared it for occupancy….

Police, Fire Investigating “Suspicious” Vehicle Fire Near Bakker Park Drive

The Sioux Falls Police Department and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue are investigating what they call a “suspicious” vehicle fire early Sunday morning. Crews were called to the area of W. Bakker Park Dr. and South Holbrook just before 3 a.m. to find a vehicle engulfed. Police have not released a description of the vehicle. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers…

Legislators to Consider Abortion, Lobbying, Concealed Carry This Week

PIERRE, S.D.- South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to consider measures on abortion, lobbying restrictions and allowing concealed pistols in the Capitol. A Senate panel is set to consider a bill Monday that would bar some officials from private lobbying for two years after leaving government. A bill that would allow people to carry concealed pistols in the state Capitol…

Insufficient Sleep: A Public Health Epidemic

Forgoing a quality night's sleep can have serious impacts on our health

It’s usually near the turn of the year we make resolutions to better our health, and maybe exercise a little more. But one of the keys to a healthier lifestyle starts before you even start your day. Getting a restful, quality night’s sleep is just as important to our health as routine exercise, and a balanced diet. “There’s been a…

Ringing the Bell: Crystal Kicks Cancer

Crystal was diagnosed with Stage 2 Grade 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in July

We first introduced you to Crystal Erickson last fall. She’s the wife of hot 104.7 radio host Andy Erickson. Crystal was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer. Earlier this week, she finished seven months of treatment. For the Erickson’s, their journey has been just as significant as the destination. “I was told the type of breast cancer I got…

Deputy, Dispatcher Help Deliver Baby

Pippon's mom, Janna, went into labor in the bathtub of her rural Baltic home

Law enforcement officers are often credited for saving lives, it’s not often they have a hand in helping to bring a life into this world. But one Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Deputy can now say she’s done both. Two-week-old Pippon Schneiderman is here today thanks to Deputy Chansey Ford. Earlier this month, Pippon’s mom, Janna, went into labor in the bathtub…

Bowling Benefit Held for Ethan McMahon’s Family

McMahon was killed when he was working in the basement of the Copper Lounge building as it collapsed

Almost two months after the former Copper Lounge building collapsed, killing a man and trapping a woman inside, hundreds packed East Way bowl in Sioux Falls Saturday to support the family of Ethan McMahon. Guests paid for unlimited bowling with all proceeds going toward the McMahon family. McMahon was killed when he was working in the basement of the Copper…

Allergic to food: Sioux Falls Toddler Living with Rare Food Allergy

18-month old Zach Vander Grift can eat about 5 foods

It’s a “medical mystery” of sorts: a Sioux Falls boy allergic to almost every type of food. The number of things 18-month old Zach Vander Grift can eat can be counted on one hand. “He is a crazy, happy, active little boy,” says mom Libby. Watching Zach bounce around in his living room, you wouldn’t know he’s living with the…

The Last Day of a 20 Year Career: Donna King Retires from The Inn on Westport

Donna King Retires as Executive Director from The Inn on Westport

Since the day the doors to The Inn on Westport opened in 1996, Donna King has been there. As Executive Director, her first priority has always been the residents. “She leaves you with an impression that she really cares, and she does,” said Sylvia Henkin. “And she has a way of expressing herself that’s always up beat and I don’t…

Start School Before or After Labor Day? Community Input Needed

Two Community Input Meetings Scheduled This Week

Two years ago, Sioux Falls voters decided to push back the school start date to after Labor Day. The district is now working to finalize its school calendar for the next school year, and recent survey results show many would like to move the start date to back up, to before the holiday. As they assemble the next school year’s…

Yankton’s First Co-Working Space “The Sandbox” Offically Opens

It's a place like no other in the heart of downtown Yankton

It’s a place like no other in the heart of downtown Yankton. “A co-working space is a shared working space for people to work out of. But I try to tell people it’s much more than that,” said Mollie Grey, Owner/Operator of The Sandbox. “I think we’ve taken the best elements of a coffee shop as well as your office…

On the Wrestling Mat or Off, In Lennox, “No One Battles Alone”

Wrestling Team Hosts Benefit for Teacher with Cancer

The community of Lennox is made up of only about 2,200 people. When one of them is going through hardship, they’ve got the support of the nearly 2,000 others. That point was evident tonight, in the gymnasium of Lennox High School Thursday night as the usually orange-and-black covered Orioles were sporting a different color on the wrestling mat. The entire…

Tea Family of 6 Displaced After Early Morning House Fire

American Red Cross is providing assistance with emergency lodging

A Tea family is without a home Sunday after a fire broke out overnight. The family of six was able to evacuate safely, though the home is likely a total loss. The American Red Cross is providing assistance with emergency lodging for three the adults and three children affected. Neighbors have also set up a GoFundMe page to help the…