Anndrea Anderson

Officials Open Sections of Interstate 90, Interstate 29

PIERRE, S.D. (From SDDOT:) – Officials have opened Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain and say Interstate 29 from Summit to Watertown will open at 3 p.m. CDT. I-90 is closed from Chamberlain to the Minnesota border. I-29 remains closed from Summit Watertown to Sioux Falls. Officials do not anticipate opening the full length of I-90 and I-29 today, some…

Ellsworth B-1 Bombers involved in Syria Strike Mission

(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck) (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck) ELLSWORTH AFB – Planes stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota were deployed late Friday by President Donald Trump in response to chemical attacks in Syria. Two B-1 Bombers deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base to Al Udeid Air Base…

Interstate 90 Re-Opened from Vivian to Wall, Still Closed from Sioux Falls to MN Border

I-90 Closed from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota Border

PIERRE, S.D. – Officials are opening Interstate 90 from Wall to Vivian at 11 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. MDT). Officials have also closed I-90 from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota border. I-29 remains closed from Summit to Sioux Falls. There are numerous No Travel Advisories and impassable highways throughout the south central and eastern parts of the state. State transportation…

Someone You Should Know: 911 Dispatchers

Sioux Falls, S.D. – They’re often the first people we contact when there’s an emergency, but often the last to receive a “Thank you.” 911 call takers and dispatchers work behind the scenes, but deserve just as much as the recognition as the first responders on the scene. That’s why they’re this weeks “Someone You Should Know:” “Public safety couldn’t…

“Backpage.com” Seized by Federal Authorities

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In summer 2016, former Garretson Public School Business Manager Rodney Fischer was arrested for soliciting a minor. Authorities say he used “backpage.com” to reach out to a 13-year-old girl for sex. The ad he responded to was part of a sting operation set up by an undercover agent. “Certainly we’ve seen a number of different prostitution…

85 Pounds of Marijuana Recovered During Interstate 90 Traffic Stop

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Two Minnesota residents remain jailed after authorities discovered 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says 50-year-old Lao Songying, of Minneapolis, and 41-year-old Yia Yang, of St. Paul, were eastbound on I-90 east of Rapid City when they were stopped for speeding…

Marshall County Pipeline Spill Twice as Big as Initially Thought

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A crude oil spill from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November has turned out to be nearly twice as big as first reported. A spokeswoman for pipeline owner TransCanada says around 407,000 gallons (338,900 imperial gallons) spilled onto farmland when the pipeline broke near Amherst in Marshall County on Nov. 16. TransCanada had originally…

Brandon Ice Rink Top Finalist in “Kraft Hockeyville” National Competition

BRANDON, S.D. – The community of Brandon has a chance to make it big time in the hockey world. Brandon’s ice rink has been selected as a final four in the “Kraft Hockeyville” nationwide competition. The competition looks for rinks with not only a great story, but also strong community spirit. The ultimate prize is $150,000 for rink upgrades as…

Aberdeen Police Ask Residents to Check Homes, Vehicles for Bullet Holes

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen Police Department is asking residents to check their homes, vehicles property for bullet holes. Police say just before 2 a.m. Friday, several rounds were reportedly fired outside of The Zoo Bar in Aberdeen. Multiple buildings in the area were struck but no injuries have been reported. Police believe that at least 7 rounds were fired,…

48-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hill City Crash

HILL CITY, S.D. – A 48-year-old female died early Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover near Hill City. The name of the deceased is not being released by state officials pending notification of family members. She was the only person involved. A 2006 Toyota Tundra was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when the driver lost control of the vehicle. It went…

With No Comprehensive Falls Park “Safety Audit,” Councilors Call for Action

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In the week-and-a-half since a 5-year-old girl drowned at Falls Park, discussions have risen around a supposed safety “audit” of the park and what can be done to prevent accidents in the future. The group responsible for insuring Falls Park, the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance, released documents Wednesday from a “risk review” done in…

Someone You Should Know: Helping Strangers, One Facebook Post at a Time

SIOUX FALLS – “It was all during that same time. I mean, just everything that could be falling apart was falling apart.” When Sheila Ritter and her family moved to Sioux Falls nearly three years ago, they found themselves falling on hard times. Homeless and needing a lot of help, Sheila turned to an unexpected place. “It wasn’t a place…

JoDean’s: A Unique Place to Cast a Vote

Yankton restaurant doubles as polling place

YANKTON, S.D. – On Election Day, libraries, city buildings, or community centers are often converted into temporary polling places where people can cast their vote. But there’s a special place in Yankton that voters can go to not only fulfill their civic duty, but grab some grub as well. “A lot of customers say its like a museum, with different…

Does Ballot Order Matter?

Studies show voters could use "shortcuts"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There are 18 candidates running in city and school board races in Sioux Falls. The order they are listed on the ballot was selected at random. But does that order matter? Could it affect a candidates chances of winning an election? “This race, since it’s non-partisan and has multiple candidates, this is like the worst case…

Lucky Dog Bar and Grill Employees Win $50,000 Powerball Prize

Lucky Dog Bar and Grill Facebook PageVOLGA, S.D. – A last-minute decision proved worthwhile for many employees of the Lucky Dog Bar and Grill in Volga. A group dubbed the “Lucky Dog 19” split Saturday’s $50,000 Powerball prize as several employees and their significant others collaborated to earn the game’s second prize. The group purchased their tickets at Casey’s General…

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (From South Dakota Highway Patrol) – A 19-year-old Sioux Falls woman has been identified as the person who died in a three-vehicle crash Thursday night west of Sioux Falls, A 2004 Honda CR-V was westbound on South Dakota Highway 42 and was preparing to make a left-hand turn onto 454th Avenue. The vehicle was struck from behind…