Author: Grace Finerman

Flooding Affects Farmers Across The Sioux Empire

COLTON, S.D. – It’s no secret that the Sioux Empire is struggling with flooding, but the water has repercussions that won’t go away quickly. “Pretty much every farmer you talk to, let’s just get this year over with,” says President of the South Dakota Soybean Association Jeff Thompson. To say that the amount of flooding this year has been extreme…

Annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s A Success Swing Despite Flooding

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – The Sioux Empire isn’t letting this week’s storm get in the way of helping others. Today, they continued to be there for people who need help at the Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota holds the walk every September. Usually, the walk is around falls park. Due to flooding the route was…

Government Officials Assess Tornado Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – As we are bracing for more flooding, the community is still picking up from three EF-2 tornadoes that touched down in Sioux Falls earlier this week. Senators Thune and Rounds, Representative Johnson, and Mayor TenHaken assessed storm damage this morning. They toured the city, stopping at locations hit hardest by the storm. The city is bouncing…

Sioux Falls Restaurants Help Storm First Responders

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – The past day in Sioux Falls has been filled with chaos. One thing that sticks out during a time of need, however, is a sense of community. Today’s “Someone You Should Know” includes a group of people looking to extend a helping hand. Papa Woody’s owner Lisa Esser knows her business wouldn’t be able to thrive…

Sioux Falls Marathon Raises Money For Children’s Miracle Network

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – It’s no secret that today was marathon day in the Sioux Empire. Whether it was the full marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k, runners broke a sweat. Exercise is always great, but there was something special about race day. 25% of proceeds went to the Children’s Miracle Network. This is a non-profit that raises money for…

USS SD Battleship Memorial Turns 50

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Today was a proud day for veterans in the Sioux Empire. The USS SD Battleship Memorial celebrated its 50th anniversary. Those stationed on the ship couldn’t wait to celebrate. The battleship located on Kiwanis and 12th Street has an impressive history. It was in action during World War II, a time shaping American identity. Veterans and…

Is Meatless Meat Actually More Healthy for You?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Meatless meat seems to be trending in the food industry, but is this alternative actually better for you? A burger without the meat. Seems like an impossible task… until recently. Burger King released its “Impossible Wopper” made of plants, and they are paving the way for restaurants in all communities. MacKenzie River Pizza is the local…

Brandon Named Safest City In South Dakota

BRANDON, S.D – National news outlets like The New York Times and ABC News use the resources from a certain database, and this database has something big to say about Brandon, South Dakota. Backgroundchecks.org released its “Safest Cities in America”, and Brandon topped the South Dakota list. They say it wasn’t only law enforcement, but the community that played a…

Sioux Falls Hosts The 2019 USA Powerlifting Bench Press Nationals

SIOUX FALLS, S.D –  If you needed some gym motivation this weekend, Sioux Falls was the place to be. For the Thompson’s, lifting weights is a family affair. “Whenever we lift, we all lift together,” says powerlifting athlete Tucker Thompson. “I’ve been waiting for these kids to grow up so I can power lift them for 12 years now,” says…

Good Earth State Park Celebrates South Dakota’s Pollinators

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Good Earth State Park celebrated the pollinators of South Dakota this afternoon. The event included special presentations, a monarch maze, seed bombs, activities, and more. The event aimed to teach people how they can help pollinators in the area. Currently bees are losing habitats and the monarch butterfly is close to becoming an endangered species. “What…

Terry Redlin’s Last Painting Displays A Difficult Yet Important Message

WATERTOWN, S.D – Terry Redlin is arguably South Dakota’s most famous artist. His paintings are sold all over the world. But, one of his pieces temporarily on display shares a difficult message. “The painting progressively was getting worse and worse,” says Terry Redlin’s son Charles Redlin. You either like a painting or you don’t, and Redlin’s family actually don’t like…