Author: Jenna LeMair

‘We expect it to continue to grow’: Grand Falls Sports Betting a Month After Going Live

LARCHWOOD, IA- Since sports betting officially went live in August, casinos across Iowa have become an attraction to many sports fans. “Casinos around the state are seeing folks from all over come in to bet.” Sports betters from Minnesota and South Dakota are flocking to Iowa casinos with their new sports betting feature.   Grand falls casino’s Elite Sports Book…

Surprise Assembly for 2020 Teacher of The Year

HARRISBURG, S.D.- Harrisburg teacher received quite the surprise today. Amanda Harris is a fourth grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary. Last week, she was named the 2020 South Dakota teacher of the year. Today, the school surprised her with an assembly dedicated just for her. Hundreds of students sang her a song and gave her hand-made cards. A statewide panel selected…

National “School Lunch Week” Honors Foodservice Professionals

BRANDON, S.D. – This week marks national “School Lunch Week,” honoring foodservice professionals. To celebrate, officials from the regional USDA Food and Nutrition office and South Dakota’s secretary of education visited Brandon Intermediate School. They spent time serving lunch to students. After, they sat down to eat with a few fifth and sixth graders. They said they do this to…

‘It feels like we’re bringing back our culture’: 2nd Annual Native American Day Parade

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Native American day has been a tradition for almost 30 years, but there’s a fairly new celebration for it in downtown Sioux Falls. More than 30 organizations registered to be in the 2nd annual Native American Day parade. Tribes from all over the region came to dance, sing and advocate with hundreds of people coming out to…

Local “Moms Demand Action” Chapter Work To Make Sioux Falls Safer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense is the largest gun violence prevention-advocacy organization in the country. With local chapters in every state, the Sioux Falls chapter is actively working to see change. Today a volunteer from the group presented the “Be SMART” campaign to the Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls. “I’d had enough. I felt like…

Gayville-Volin School Lockdown Leaves Student, Parent Scared and Confused

GAYVILLE, S.D.- Authorities say a threat was made targeting the Gayville-Volin school. The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office says they received a threat around 8 A.M. at the Gayville-Volin School and proceeded to shut the school down. According to a press release sent out by the Yankton County Chief Deputy, the threat involved a juvenile who was going to shoot up…

3D Tour of New Minnehaha County Jail Editions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Minnehaha County jail took a unique approach to show off upcoming new additions. A 3D tour allowed employees to virtually see the newest additions coming to the jail. Some of the new editions include a new sally port, intake area, and housing area. There will also be a new courtroom, making it safer and easier by…

Law Enforcement Showing Support for Victims of Domestic Violence

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and local law enforcement agencies are showing their support by placing purple ribbons on their vehicles. In 2018, Sioux Falls Police and the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office responded to more than 1,900 calls related to domestic violence. Kelli Petterson, the Minnehaha County Family Violence Council Chair hopes these ribbons…

Yankton Sioux Tribe Fights the Flooding Battle

LAKE ANDES, S.D.- Continued flooding in Lake Andes has the Yankton Sioux Tribe is fighting the flooding battle, too. They’ve been experiencing flooding since March. Within the last two weeks, the water has risen to even higher levels. “Sometimes it feels like the end I suppose,” says Business and Claims committee member, Greg Zephier. Flood waters have been consuming the…

Flooding Continues to Devastate Lake Andes

LAKE ANDES, S.D.- The flooding fallout continues in the South Central portion of the state. For folks in Lake Andes, they’ve been dealing with it since March. The town of Lake Andes has been dealing with flooding since March. “It’s out of this world. I’ve never seen this,” says one resident. The recent flooding over the last two weeks has…

Dakota State University Gives Back in Day of Service

MADISON, S.D.- Every year Dakota State University has a day of service to give back and help out around their community. With Madison being one of the cities hit hardest by flooding, this day of service couldn’t have come at a better time. “Humbled,” that’s the feeling from Mandy Parpart, the director of student engagement and leadership at DSU on…

Sioux Falls Tornado Damages Avera Health Complex

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A number of Avera Health’s facilities fell victim to last night’s severe weather. Avera’s Behavioral Health Center, heart hospital, sports dome, and the corporate office all suffered heavy damage and because the storm was moving so fast, staff members had limited time to safely relocate all of their patients. Last night’s chaos has turned into a…

South Dakota’s First State Veterans Cemetery Breaks Ground

MAPLETON TOWNSHIP, S.D.- It was a rainy morning but that wasn’t going to stop a vision that started over 25 years ago. Now, South Dakota’s first State Veterans Cemetery has become a reality. Governor Kristi Noem says building this cemetery will show that we honor the sacrifices they’ve made, “No matter what the weather looks like, no matter what’s going…

Former Mayor Announces New Book Release

Sioux Falls, S.D.- The former two-term mayor of Sioux Falls is announcing his first self-published book titled, “Serve. Lead. Win.” Mike Huether says the book incorporates his life, business and public service experiences along with the memories he made and lessons he learned. Huether says this is a book for anyone that wants to “make the most of the days…

Citizen Taco: Hungry for Change

Sioux Falls S.D.- There are always ways to improve your city or town, but often times the hard part is taking the first steps. Two Sioux Falls men are aiming to help. Clinton and Jordan saw a need for citizen engagement. So they started “Citizen Taco”, a place where people with ideas to better the community can meet and brainstorm…