Allison Royal

Friday Marks 25 Years Since Washington Pavilion Approval Vote

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 25 years ago, Sioux Falls made an old decision that still stands today. Well, not quite as old as dinosaurs, but at the times, a space dedicated just to art and sciences seemed equally crazy. On October 19, 1993, voters approved a $33 million bond for the construction of the Washington Pavilion. The building was formerly…

“God is Great. That’s All I Have To Say” – Jury Finds Stacy Phelps Not Guilty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – At long last, the “Gear Up” trial is over for Stacy Phelps. A jury says the former CEO of AIII is not guilty on all counts. Phelps was acquitted of charges of falsifying evidence by backdating contracts. Phelps admitted to backdating contracts, but the defense says it was for legitimate reasons. The prosecution tried to prove that…

Tea Woman Shares Story of Mental Health Struggles

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – To the outside world, Caitlin Olson was an everyday kid living in Tea, a smiling student and athlete with a loving family. However, that’s when Caitlin began experiencing depression, something she hid from others. “It was about seventh grade I realized I was becoming very angry with a lot of people around me,” said Caitlin. “I…

South Dakota Education Association Endorses Billie Sutton

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Last week South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s campaign for governor got a shot in the arm from a presidential visit This week, her democratic opponent, Billie Sutton, is picking up the support of some big-name organizations. It’s a big endorsement for Billie Sutton. “Public education can not find a better advocate than Billie Sutton,” said Mary…

Officers Respond to Report of Gunshots

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officers are on the scene of a hotel near South Lyons Boulevard and 12th Street in Sioux Falls. A 911 caller said someone had a gun and opened fire just before 8 p.m. on Saturday. Police are searching the area for what they call a “suspicious subject.” Police say they haven’t found evidence of gunshots so…

Man Dies in Hunting Accident in Worthington

WORTHINGTON, M.N. –  The Worthington community is grieving after a man died in a hunting accident early Saturday morning. The Nobles County Sheriff responded to the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area early this morning. It’s located just off of Sunberg Avenue and 130th Street in Graham Lakes Township.   When responders arrived, they found the body of 39-year-old Jeffrey Dean…

Driver Not Injured In Semi Truck Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nobody is hurt after a semi went up in flames. Around Midnight on Saturday morning, officers responded to a car fire on I-29 south. A semi truck had burst into flames. The driver was not hurt and nobody else was involved. It’s unclear what the start was or what was being hauled. Multiple agencies responded, such…

Behind The Scenes of President Trump’s Visit To Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was a historic day for South Dakota. President Trump touched down in Washington, D.C. after spending Friday afternoon in Sioux Falls. KDLT’s Allison Royal was there when Trump stepped onto South Dakota soil for the first time in his presidency. “I’ve never met a president before,” said Miles Duncan, age 12. It’s an experience few…

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…