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South Dakota tourism official: Take your vacation days

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s top tourism official is encouraging residents to take their vacation days as the summer visitor season gets underway. Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen said Tuesday that officials are optimistic about the summer, citing “sky-high” consumer confidence and increased interest in the department’s website and newsletter. Tourism is one of South Dakota’s top industries. A…

Sioux Falls Man Pleads No Contest to Child Porn Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  A Sioux Falls man has pleaded no contest to seven child pornography charges. 48-year-old Mark Ullrich was originally charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography in March of 2017. Authorities say Ullrich was using his neighbor’s unsecured WiFi connection to download images of children as young as three months old. Prosecutors say many of…

Trump announces US withdrawal from Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says “great things” can happen for the Iranian people following his announcement that the U.S. was withdrawing from a global nuclear agreement. Trump predicted Tuesday that Iranians would someday “want to make a new and lasting deal” and that “when they do, I am ready, willing and able.” He added that a new deal…

Crews letting ammunition business fire burn out

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – Firefighters are letting flames burn out at a South Dakota ammunition company where more than 2 million rounds of ammunition were stored. The fire continued to burn Tuesday afternoon at the Ultramax Ammunition company in Box Elder, a city just east of Rapid City. Rapid City Fire Department spokesman Lt. Jim Bussell says firefighters are…

Crews battle fire at South Dakota ammunition company

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – Crews are battling a fire at the Ultramax Ammunition company in Box Elder, and authorities are evacuating people around the business. Firefighters are worried that ammunition exploding inside the building could strike someone. The Rapid City Journal reports that part of Interstate 90 also has been closed. Categories: Local News, News

SFPD Investigating Second Armed Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred early Tuesday morning. Police say they were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of North Sycamore Avenue at around 4 a.m. for a robbery. Police describe the suspect as an African American male who is about 5’8″ wearing dark clothing and a mask. Police…

Rapid City police to wear body cameras by June

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Rapid City police officers will soon be equipped with body cameras after city officials approved a more than $666,000 contract. The Rapid City Journal reports that the City Council authorized Monday for the Rapid City Police Department to enter into a five-year contract with Arizona-based Axon for about 100 cameras. The deal follows a three-month…

Horse disease confirmed in second South Dakota animal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A debilitating disease commonly known as EHV-1 has been confirmed in a second horse in South Dakota. The equine herpes virus is common among horses and can cause respiratory problems, abortions and neurological issues. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven tells the Capital Journal that EHV-1 is not dangerous to people or to other livestock. The first case…

1 person dies in northern Iowa train-tractor crash

PLYMOUTH, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a person died when a train struck a tractor at a rural crossing in northern Iowa’s Worth County. Mason City station KIMT says the crash was reported about 8 a.m. Tuesday at a spot northeast of Plymouth. The name of the person killed and other information about the crash haven’t been released. Categories: Local…

Companies plan merger to form new uranium development firm

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A company seeking to mine for uranium in South Dakota is merging with another uranium exploration and development company with properties in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The Rapid City Journal reports Azarga Uranium Corp., through a subsidiary, is working for regulatory approval to mine at the southwest edge of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The merger…

Carcasses, malnourished dogs found at western Iowa kennel

HANCOCK, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say they’re found three dog carcasses and more than 40 malnourished dogs and puppies at a kennel in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County. The dogs were discovered Sunday at Young Gunz Kennel, which sits about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southeast of Hancock. The kennel website says it specializes in breeding and training Labrador retrievers. Court records…

Pierre reviewing ordinance to address ride-hailing service

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre officials are reviewing the city’s taxicab ordinance with the entry of the ride-sharing service Lyft in town. Finance officer Twila Hight tells the Capital Journal that Lyft drivers are operating without a license. But the city’s taxi ordinance doesn’t have a penalty for someone who operates a taxi service without a license. A license costs…

Iowa baby hit by softball has fractured skull, brain bleeds

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – A 7-week-old baby is being treated for skull fractures and brain bleeds after she was hit in the head by a softball while watching her father play in northeastern Iowa. Authorities say the overthrown softball struck McKenna Hovenga and her mom, Kassy, as they watched the game Wednesday in Shell Rock, some 95 miles (150 kilometers)…

Small plane makes successful emergency landing in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – No injuries were reported when a small plane made an emergency landing at the airport in the northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen. The American News reports that the pilot of the fixed wing, single-engine plane landed safely Monday after experiencing a drop in engine power. A mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 near the airport…

Fire Crews Respond to Deck Fire at Sioux Falls Home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire report Monday night. Crews responded to a structure at 5802 West Thrush Place at around 9:30 p.m. Arriving crews found a deck on the side of the house on fire. Although the fire spread spread to the house, crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly. The…

Housing Demand Soars in Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you’re looking to sell your home, real estate agents say there’s never been a better time to cash in. There’s a strong demand for homes in the Sioux Empire and houses are sometimes selling before there’s even a chance to list them. You may have seen this plane flying around over the weekend. Amy Stockberger,…

Sioux Empire’s Spring Parade of Homes Kicking Off

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An event returns this month to feature some of the latest and greatest trends happening in home design right now. More than 75 homes across the Sioux Empire are on display in this spring’s Parade of Homes. Parade Chair Jordan Hefner joins us in the studio. Categories: Community