Author: Joe Farrell

Snowfall Totals March 9th, 2019

The list is put together! This storm packed quite the punch across the viewing area. Here is a list of the snowfall totals cities received, these will go in order from highest, to lowest. Notice how big of difference all snow, was from rain to snow! Let’s kick it off: Mahto    12″ Promise  11″ Ortonville  11″ Webster  10″ Artichoke  10″…

52nd Sportsmen’s Show Expecting Good Crowds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  The 52nd annual Sioux Empire Sportsmen’s show is being held this weekend at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center. It is South Dakota’s largest, and this year looks to be no different. About 100 boats, 40 campers, and over 200 exhibits will give folks a lot to look at. Anywhere from 18,000 to 21,000 people attend…

Spread The Word Program Adds “Inclusion” Avenue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Special Olympics have put on a program called, “Spread the word to end the word”. This program has focused it’s efforts on ending derogatory use of the “R” word as it pertains to people with disabilities. Today, they were at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in Sioux Falls. Efforts with that continue, but they have added a…

Mail Carriers Dealing With Winter’s Punch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Most days, for the mail carrier, it is just as simple as putting mail into your box, and moving onto the next house. During the winter, though, that can bring carriers some challenges. That includes a couple of spills. “The ice got me, I was going down a set of stairs that were granite. And ice builds…

Avera Mckennan Adds New ICU Unit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The intensive care unit at Avera McKennan has gotten a little bit bigger. The ICU has expanded to add six additional patient beds, now with 28 patient rooms. The new unit takes over what used to be the inpatient rehab center. Avera officials say the new space includes innovative technological enhancements that keep both patients and employees…

A Free Book For Every Student

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Today, at Cleveland Elementary in Sioux Falls, the students there got a nice surprise. They received a free book that was handed out to each of them courtesy of the Sioux Falls Rotary Club South. Each student chose a book out of the catalog of choices, and the books were paid for in full by the Rotary…

Extreme Cold Keeps Killing Emerald Ash Borer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Today, February 27th, a class at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls cut a little deeper into some ash branches. Professor of Forestry at SDSU, John Ball, was there to help the class learn how to find the emerald ash borers. This was not only a learning experience for the students, but also a way for Ball…

Keeping Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- When we get a lot of snow across the area, that just means we have some chores to do. Is the mailbox clear? Is my driveway shoveled? Another question we should be asking is; are the fire hydrants clear? When they’re not, that can be a huge pain for fire fighters when they arrive on the scene…

How Salt Affects Your Vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Rust is never something you want to see on your vehicle. What causes this corrosion and how long can it take to start to the process? “If that calcium chloride and that salt and that corrosive material is already on the fender or wherever, we’re already seeing rust, it’s already turning orange almost immediately”, said co-owner of…

The Process Behind Closing The Interstate

SOUTH DAKOTA- Closing an interstate is a big decision. Some folks require the main highway to get to work or to run errands. The process behind closing one, takes a team effort. Interstate 29 closed north of Sioux Falls at 6pm on the evening of February 7th, and didn’t open again until 7am the morning of the 8th. Understandably, the…

Recent Temperature Swings Hurting Road Conditions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was dangerously could for the first half of this week with many folks hearing the word “polar vortex.” The polar vortex. It’s a word you’ve probably heard a lot over the last three or four days. And that is what gave us our extremely cold temperatures. Now here’s a little explainer on what that is….

Measles Cases on the Rise

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Measles have not broken out in South Dakota since 2015. Where they are breaking out right now is in Washington and Oregon, with the number of cases now past 40. At one point, measles was thought to be almost eliminated in the United States. Almost every year though, some location experiences an outbreak. So what could be…

Benefits to the Extreme Cold

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Even for South Dakota, let’s face it, it has been downright cold over the last couple of days. Through the “lose your breathe” moments and numb fingers, there are still some positives out of it. One, for example, pertains to the emerald ash borer. “This is a plus, it won’t kill every one of them. In fact,…