Allison Royal

Broadband Access Expands In Rural South Dakota

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota has a low population density. Actually, three quarters of South Dakota is rural.  Sometimes rural communities miss out on the latest tech, but according to a new report, it turns out South Dakota is doing well. Welcome to Jennifer Reecy’s office. There’s always work to be done online. “I’m able to utilize the cloud technology,…

Beyond Backpacks: 6,000 Backpacks Going To Children In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s almost back to school, and with it comes a list of school supplies that just seems to get longer every year. However, not every family can afford the price tag that comes with brand new backpacks. Now, student-athletes, retirees, and friendly neighbors are lining up to help. It’s a busy Friday here at the Banquet….

“It does start adding up quite a bit” – Teachers Sell and Swap School Supplies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to a Federal Department of Education survey, 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies without reimbursement. This means many teachers are spread thin. Tonight, teachers in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska are teaming up to cut costs. “You gotta keep up with the times,” said one teacher. Teachers are meeting…

Agriculture and Drones: The Future of Family Farming

BEAVER CREEK, M.N. – The sky is no longer the limit for family farmers. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture at more than $32 billion, but how helpful are these drones? Peter Bakken of Beaver Creek, Minnesota fondly remembers when he got a not-so-typical phone call from the farmer next door. ” had a neighbor that was…

Minnesota’s Sunday Alcohol Sales One Year Later

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – It’s been one year since Minnesota legalized Sunday liquor sales. Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill in March of last year repealing the century-old ban of Sunday sales, and some cities got on board. This time last year, you’d be hard pressed to find liquor for sale in Worthington, Minnesota. “We come in just about every Sunday,”…

Emergency Flooding in Southern Minnesota Impacts Fourth Of July Traditions

CURRIE, M.N. – Parts of Southern Minnesota are experiencing emergency flooding after receiving nine to 11 inches of rain on Tuesday morning. Now, the high tides are putting a damper on some highly anticipated Fourth of July traditions. “I knew we were going to be in trouble,” said Janet Timmerman, the Murray County Museums Coordinator. This isn’t a typical Fourth…

Jury Finds Stephanie Hubers Not Guilty in Gear-Up Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A jury has found Stephanie Hubers not guilty on all counts. Hubers was facing multiple charges for her alleged involvement in the “Gear Up” scandal. Both sides presented closing arguments Friday morning. The prosecution says Hubers was salaried for her work and did not deserve extra compensation. “She was not going to get a raise,” said…

“No Wake” Zones Doubled in Dickinson County

OKOBOJI, I.A. – With 4th of July celebrations kicking off this weekend, it’ll be a wild weekend for Okoboji, Iowa. Plenty of families are packing up their boats and ready to take sail. However, recent flooding means watergoers will have to abide by a new rule. For the Foss family, the water is where all their stresses wash away. “It’s…

Rock Valley Gears Up For More Flooding

ROCK VALLEY, I.A. – A travel ban has been lifted for Rock Valley, Iowa after experiencing back-to-back floods in just one weekend. However, residents may not be out of the woods yet. With a rainy forecast glooming over the town, flooding is still a mayor problem. As the relentless rain pounds the pavement, floods are taking over the town. It…

Aberdeen Post Office Works Around Flooding

ABERDEEN, S.D. – People in Aberdeen are experiencing some challenges with snail mail. For the first time, the Aberdeen Post Office flooded over the weekend. KDLT’s Allison Royal explains why employees aren’t not letting water dampen the mood. The post office is a familar staple of any town. It’s a place where you can pay your bills or send a…

New Safety Features Possibly Coming to Falls Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been three months since a five-year-old Iowa girl drowned at Falls Park.  However, this wasn’t the first time. That little girl is the ninth person to drown at Falls Park since 1982. Now, the city is proposing some big changes to its number one tourist attraction. KDLT’s Allison Royal introduces us to the possible changes and…

Could Your Loved One Be Suicidal? Here Are The Warning Signs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the wake of multiple celebrity suicides this week, mental health is again taking center stage. Officials with The Helpline Center in Sioux Falls say the news shows that mental health issues can affect anyone. ”Everybody has pain in their and even though there’s somebody famous and it looks on the surface that everything’s going great, I…