Christine Manika

Fire In Ellsworth, Minnesota Destroys City Hall

ELLSWORTH, MN- “I’ve been on for 23 years and this is (probably) the worst fire I’ve seen in town.” The town of Ellsworth, Minnesota is now missing a piece of their identity after a fire broke out early Tuesday morning in City Hall. “Your part of history is going. Your part of everybody’s well-being is going. You’re knocking people out of…

Importance of Having a Savings Account

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Over the weekend, the U.S. Government surpassed a new record for the longest  Government Shutdown in its history.  Now almost a million workers are scrambling to live without a paycheck. Financial experts say this is a prime example of why families should have an emergency savings account. Sometimes things happen, like your car breaks down or you…

The 3rd Annual “Battle Of The Badges”

YANKTON, SD-  Bragging rights are up for grabs among first responders in Yankton.  It’s the 3rd Annual “Battle of the Badges” charity basketball game.  The battle brings the police and fire departments together for some friendly competition. “We work with these guys from time to time on some serious calls. It’s always nice to be able to interact with them just…

The Mitten Tree

SIOUX FALLS, SD- Although the Christmas season is over, the spirit of giving continues on.  This is especially true for one Sioux Falls church. Holy Cross Church hung a “Mitten Tree” for the first time this year.  It works through a partnership with “Church on the Street.”  Until the end of the month, people can bring donated items and place…

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Is Expanding

SIOUX FALL, SD-   In any emergency situation, you can always count on the First Responders to answer any cry for help.  Now that call is expanding. “We’ve been working over the last couple of years to find a new location and new training campus. Where we’re at, we’re (kind of) done there and looking at a new place,” says Chief…

A Wishful Race At Great Bear

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  There’s nothing like hitting the slopes on a chilly afternoon, especially when you could be making someone’s wish come true. “These are fun races. All ages. All abilities. We have one category for kids 9 and under, so anybody can come out and enjoy the racing,” says General Manager of Great Bear Dan Grider. “Angels With A…

Live Camels At Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  Attending Sunday Service is a weekly tradition for some families. For one Sioux Falls church, there was something a little out of the ordinary at church today. Cosmo, Catalina, and Camille greeted church goers throughout the morning.  The camels are from Sinai, a town outside of Brookings to celebrate the 3 Wisemen seeing Jesus, otherwise known as the…

New Prescription Policy At All Hy-Vee Locations

  SIOUX FALLS, SD-   According to recent studies, opioids claim 100 lives a day in the U.S.  With this in mind, all Hy-Vee stores throughout the Midwest are now formally taking a stand. “Just in our own community how it has been affected with deaths and unfortunately it’s that younger generation too. Anything that Hy-Vee can do, as a corporation,…

Someone You Should Know: Rosie’s Cafe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  There is nothing like the smell of bacon in the morning and for the past 35 years, Rosie’s Cafe has been starting people’s day sunny side up. “We always say no one is more surprised than us that we’ve been here this long,” says Rosie’s daughter and Current Owner Beckie Mettler. Rosie Warner is the original owner…

Surprise Visits From Santa!

  SIOUX FALLS, SD- It’s not every day Santa makes house calls.  In fact, Troy Wellman surprised his wife dressed as Santa and asked her to marry him.  The rest is history. “She made this suit for me. I became busier and busier stopping at people’s houses and making appearances throughout the month,” says “Santa’s Helper” Troy Wellman. For the…

The 10th Annual Mitchell Hunger Tree

  MITCHELL, SD-  We’ve been told that eating our vegetables and fruits every day will help us maintain a healthy lifestyle.   However, sometimes these healthier options can be expensive and cause some to eat cheaper, less nutritious foods, or even go hungry. “Food insecurity isn’t something that is not happening. It is something that happens, especially amongst our senior citizens,” says…

The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Giving Tree

SIOUX FALLS, SD-   There’s another unique Christmas tree in Sioux Falls.  This one helps to make sure animals and staff  at the humane society have everything they need to operate. The tree is at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.  It has paw prints on it, each with a list of needs printed on the back.   This is the 5th…

Leaders of the Month at Garfield Elementary Are Building a Delicious Future

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Doing well in the classroom and performing random acts of kindness can go a long way at Garfield Elementary. “What we do each month is go around to different places in our community to show our students what their future might hold for them,” says the Principal of Garfield Elementary Kristin Skogstad The “Leader In Me”  program…

The 10th Annual Holiday Jam

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  A two hour Christmas show at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls is helping raise money for Lifescape.   the Hegg Brothers have been performing across South Dakota and Iowa for the past 10 years  They’re apart of the annual “Holiday Jam” that also features a multi-piece band playing the classic Christmas hits. All proceeds from the show will…

The A.C.L. Regional 1 Cornhole Tournament

  SIOUX FALLS, SD- No matter if you call it cornhole or bags, this game has turned into one of the fastest growing sports in the country, especially in South Dakota “It’s actually being featured on ESPN. They have a national tournament every year. There’s several national tournaments, and then they kind of do the ‘big grand-daddy’ of them all,”…

The 28th Annual Goodwill Shoe and Mitten Party

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  More than 750 children in the Sioux Falls area received a free pair shoes or mittens, thanks to Goodwill stores. The annual Goodwill Shoe and Mitten Party helps provide shoes for kids between the ages of 5-12.  Donations were collected from October to the start of December.   More than 900 pairs of shoes were collected.  Organizers say…

Meet the Newest Member of Dakota State University: Dewey

MADISON, S.D. – Sometimes when professors can’t be in the classroom they will cancel class.  The D.S.U. professors of the College of Education have a new, innovative way of being in the classroom no matter the circumstance. After applying for a grant, Dewey arrived on campus in October. Dewey is a telepresence robot that professors and students can control off…