Christine Manika

Downtown of Yankton Adds Some Color

YANKTON, S.D.-   They say “ask and you shall receive,” which is why “Design South Dakota: Community Conversions” in Yankton is giving the people what they want: art. “We had three projects come out of that. One was lighting in the downtown, one was archways, and the other one was art in the allies,” says Events and Promotions Coordinator Brittany LaCroix….

The South Dakota Senior Games Come To Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, SD-   Have you ever heard of the saying, “your grandma can play better than you.” Well in this case she just might. The South Dakota Senior Games are in Sioux Falls this weekend.  The 35th Annual games consists of softball, bowling and even pickle ball.  Over 700 people between the ages of fifty and above come from all…

Community Coming Together After Tragic Crash

VIBORG, SD – We’re learning more about the victims of a double fatal two-car crash Friday night and community members are rallying support for their families. According to the Viborg-Hurley High School principal, of the two teens who died, the 17-year-old boy was a student at the high school and the 19-year-old man was a graduate.  The driver who survived…

The Controversy Of A Possible Tobacco Tax Increase In South Dakota

The upcoming November 6 ballot includes a controversial item regarding tobacco taxes and schools. Initiated Measure 25 would raise the price of cigarettes and other tobacco items to lower tuition at the state’s four tech schools.  For example, if passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would go up by $1. A group called “South Dakotans Against Higher Taxes”…

New Residents Of Brookings Learn More About Their City By Playing A Children’s Game

BROOKINGS, SD-  Moving to a new area can be scary at times, but officials in the Brookings are helping get new residents better acquainted with their new city. The “Beyond Connections” program helps welcome new residents to Brookings with a city-wide scavenger hunt.  Throughout the afternoon, around 20 participants went searching for a bank, the agricultural museum, and even a…

The Journey Of Hope

  SIOUX FALLS, SD-  “At first when children are born they don’t look normal per say. They don’t come out looking clean, so we didn’t really think much of it. The lady that delivered Drake E. said, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’ ” Inspired by his young son, Robb Freed is riding his bike across the country.  He’s trying to…

Man Verses Mutt “Bark In The Park”

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  For the last ten years, dogs and people have taken over a Sioux Falls park for an early morning run.  On Saturday morning, that tradition continues. The Sioux Falls Humane Society held their annual “Bark in the Park” run and walk in Palsey Park.   Owners and their furry friends line up their paws at the park to support…

PAve to Open New Rooftop Bar Next Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly two years have passed since the Copper Lounge building collapsed.   Now, the local bar, PAve is trying to create new memories at the site of that tragic accident. Next Tuesday, PAve is opening a new rooftop bar.  The 6,700 square foot bar will include both indoor and outdoor areas. Almost half the new addition will…

It’s Corny, But It’s A Unique Maze

HARRISBURG, SD-  Corn as high as an elephant’s eye is perfect for harvest season, but around six to eight inches is enough to start a maze The Heartland Country Corn Maze has been creating unique corn mazes for the last 18 years. The idea came after a family vacation to the Black Hills.   The owners decided to bring a corn…

Monkey See, Monkey Do At Zoo Enrichment Day

SIOUX FALLS, SD-   As summer starts to wind down, The Great Plains Zoo wants to thank their animals for putting their best paws forward. “Enrichment Day” provides visitors with different animal experiences they would not have outside the zoo.  This day is meant for the animals to playfully interact with each other and encourage their natural instincts. Guests can see…

A Colombia Native Is Setting The Bar High

MITCHELL, SD-   Typically when you want to study law, you earn your undergrad degree before law school.  Lorena Tamayo  took an unconventional route. “It’s different how it works in my country than here in the states. You know, here you have to get an undergrad degree first, you have to go to college,” said Attorney Lorena Tamayo. She is originally…

Pools Are Closing For The Summer

SIOUX FALLS, SD-   While the heat continues to stick around, the number of places to cool off is shrinking. On Sunday, Kuehn Pool is officially closed for the season.  Laurel Oak  Family Aquatic Center closed on Friday, and Frank Olson Pool closed last weekend. Drake Srpings, Terrace Park, The McKennan Wading Pool and Pioneer Spray Park are still open. Sioux…

300 Backpacks Given Away by Wireless World-Verizon

SIOUX FALLS, SD- It’s that time of year many parents are rushing to get pens, notebooks, and backpacks.  Unfortunately for some people, it’s not that simple. Wireless World-Verizon decided to make that easier for families by giving 3,200 backpacks in their Midwest locations.  The organization split up 300 backpacks around their three Verizon locations in Sioux Falls. “Backpack to School”…

Severe Storms Couldn’t Stop The Sioux Empire Fair

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  Severe weather made its way to the Sioux Empire during the opening weekend of the fair.  However, that didn’t stop people from enjoying the festivities. Organizers with The Sioux Empire Fair closed things down early on Friday due to severe weather.  Storms also led to the fair opening late on Saturday and closing early again Sunday night. …

Pinning Down Gardens One Plant At A Time

AURORA, SD-  Jan Sanderson has been the owner and founder of “Sanderson Gardens” since 1977. “I started out like most gardeners start like trying to grow everything. I supplied some stores and farmers markets and people came,” said Sanderson. Jan grew up on the property in Aurora where his garden sits.  In fact, his father turned the home into an…

Run For The Pack

SIOUX FALLS, SD-   The harsh overnight storm left many parts of the Sioux Falls bike path in disarray.  That didn’t stop almost 100 people from getting up early this morning to hit the pavement for a good cause. The Sioux Empire Pit Rescue’s 4th annual “Run for the Pack” race was on Sunday morning in Paisley Park.  70 people joined…