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Autism Friendly Gym To Open In Sioux Falls

Doors will open in January 2017

It’s known that exercise improves peoples sleeping behavior and helps people maintain a healthy body weight.But for those with special needs, one expert says the benefits of working out are even greater.Sharon Bethke, a physical therapist, says those with autism or similar development disorders will be able to regulate their mood and calm down more when they work out.

‘A Night Of Hope For The Homeless’

A dozen people are sleeping outside to raise awareness and funds for those homeless

While many of us will be sleeping cozy in our beds tonight, a dozen people will be voluntarily sleeping on the ground, with temperatures nearing the low 40’s.It’s all to raise awareness to the issue of homelessness in the Sioux Empire.”Homelessness is an invisible issue and we don’t like to bring attention to it because it’s not something that is very pretty to talk about,” Bishop Dudley Hospitality House Executive Director Chad Campbell.But it does exist.

SD Politicians Speak Out On Trump’s 2005 Comments

Rep. Kristi Noem "I plan to vote for Donald Trump”

The backlash has sent shockwaves throughout the country.A 2005 tape of presidential nominee Donald Trump making controversial comments about women.Within hours, Governor Dennis Daugaard, Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem, all republicans, took to twitter, posting against him.But during a U.S. House debate today, Noem continued to show support for Trump.

Holiday Inn & Suites Breaks Ground

A hotel that will help accommodate visitors coming into town for events at the PREMIER Center, Convention Center and Elmwood Golf Course broke ground Thursday morning.The City of Sioux Falls is partnering with quest development of Aberdeen to develop a four acre hotel at the intersection of Russell St. and Western Ave.

Sanford: “We Do Not Charge For Skin To Skin”

A Utah man posted his hopital receipt showing a $40 charge for holding his baby

A Utah couple’s hospital bill is getting a lot of attention because of a bizarre charge.The new father was asked if he wanted to hold his child right after his wife gave birth.He said yes, but later found that it cost him $40.A local OBGYN says that fee doesn’t exist here in the Sioux Empire, but the concept of having a parent hold the baby right after birth, definitely does.

Preparing For Chelsea Clinton Rally

The event will be held at Augustana University

Earlier this year, Bill Clinton came to the Sioux Empire to rally for his wife, Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, now it’s their daughter’s turn.Chelsea Clinton will visit Augustana University Wednesday evening campaigning on behalf of her mother.For one Augie college group, that means a busy few days preparing.

Shopping With Heart

Local organization puts on fundraiser for kids with congenital heart defects

Area shoppers got the chance to buy from local vendors while giving back Sunday afternoon.Mended Little Hearts of the Sioux Empire held the 2nd annual Shopping with Heart Vendor Fair, where 20 vendors were selling a variety of items.The event raised money for children with congenital heart defects.

Church Needs Help Restoring 130-Year-Old Building

Bats are causing problems at The Little Stone Church

It’s the place where Teddy Roosevelt once worshiped before he was president.To this day, it still has the bell that was used to let firefighters know there was a fire on the east side of town back in the 1880’s.And it was where the first back to school program began in Sioux Falls.But all the history has created some wear and tear.

Eighty-Five-Year-Old Man Grows 1,000 Pound Pumpkin

"It's kind of a fun sport and hobby"

We’re used to going to a pumpkin patch and seeing pumpkins this size, not a pumpkin bigger than some children.”It’s kind of a fun sport and hobby, you try and beat yourself every year,” says Sioux Falls farmer George Witter.A pumpkin Witter grew this year weighs 1,132 lbs.His friend’s Judy Benson’s pumpkin weighs 1,293 lbs.

‘Hope For Heather Tott’

The sister of a Sioux City woman with MS organized a fundraiser to help with treatment

The Boiling Point in Brandon is hosting a bean bag tournament, raffle and drink special right now, all for a good cause.All the proceeds are going to Heather Tott, a 25-year-old Sioux City mom who has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for 8 years now.

City Admin. Building Battle Petition Has Its Day In Court

Judge expected to decide if signatures are valid Thursday

It is the ‘Stop the Funding’ organizers against the Sioux Falls city clerk.A civil lawsuit looking to reverse the invalid ruling of more than 6,000 petition signatures took place this morning.The signatures were collected to halt the City from selling bonds for an administration building.But those involved will have to wait one more day for the ruling.

Changes To Homecoming Celebration Receives Opposition

A petition was created against the name change of KiYi to Sagitta

Homecoming is all about celebrating school pride.But changes to a 76 year-old- tradition have diminished that pride for some students at Watertown High School.And they want to go back.”This year’s homecoming wasn’t as motivational,” says Watertown High School Sophomore Spencer Marotz.

Pumpkin Festival To Return In Canton

Riverview Christmas Tree Farm will be opening up shop early this year

After a five year hiatus, a popular pumpkin festival is returning to the Sioux Empire.Riverview Christmas Tree Farm in Canton will be opening up shop early this year.During the first weekends of October, the seasonal business will be selling pumpkins.But that’s just the start of it.