Author: Jenna LeMair

Holiday Waste: What You Can and Can’t Recycle

SIOUX FALLS While the holiday season celebrates a time of giving, it also creates a lot more waste. Knowing what can be recycled and what can’t is especially important this time of year. Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period, that’s according to Stanford University.   Andy Berg, Sioux Falls Environmental and Storm…

Gov. Noem Hosts South Dakota LEADS for Teacher and Students

SIOUX FALLS Governor Kristi Noem spent the day in Sioux Falls today hosting the first ever “South Dakota LEADS” conference. Teachers, students and women were welcome to attend free conferences at the Premier Center. Noem says this is an opportunity for those attending to learn how to be leaders in their communities and find ways to work together, “to talk…

NWS: Rising Concerns for Spring Flooding

SIOUX FALLS Although we’re only heading into the winter season, some are already thinking about the flooding possibilities for the spring of 2020. Though it’s too soon to tell exactly how severe it could be, National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Gillispie talked about what they can predict so far. “I’ve never seen any of these gages in the 25 years freeze…

Local Owners Encourage People to Shop Local for “Small Business Saturday”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the weekend after Thanksgiving is known for being the busiest shopping time of the year. That includes “Small Business Saturday” on November 30th this year. Sioux Falls city leaders and store owners are reinforcing just how important the day is. “Small business is the heartbeat of any strong economy,” says Mayor…

Rep. Dusty Johnson Delivers Lunches with Meals on Wheels

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Earlier in November, the House passed the Dignity in Aging Act, with the support of State Representative Dusty Johnson. This Act helps programs continue to aid older Americans. Dusty took to the streets of Sioux Falls Tuesday to deliver lunches with Meals on Wheels. The Dignity in Aging Act creates accountability measures for important social and nutrition…

U.S. Small Business Administration Opening Sioux Falls Disaster Assistance Office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The wheels are in motion to help South Dakotans recover from storm damage after President Trump announced a Disaster Declaration for areas affected by September’s tornadoes and flooding. This assistance applies to not only businesses and non-profits but also homeowners and renters. If you’re located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for financial assistance…

8th Street Bridge to Get Upgrades in Spring 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- More than 100 years later, the 8th Street Bridge is still essential to commuters in downtown Sioux Falls. “You don’t get much for $40,000 these days,” says Knutson. That’s how much it cost to build the 8th Street Bridge across the Big Sioux River in 1912. “And now we’re looking at way more than that… About $5…

Missouri River Water Pipeline to Rapid City Pegged at $1.87B

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A university researcher says it might someday be necessary to pipe Missouri River water to Rapid City. The Rapid City Journal reports Kurt Katzenstein presented his findings to the West Dakota Water Development District last week. Katzenstein is an associate professor of geology and geological engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology….

Someone You Should Know: Thanksgiving Dinner for All

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s the season of giving, so that means Feeding South Dakota’s annual Thanksgiving meal drive is underway. This year, they’ve set a pretty ambitious goal, and one Sioux Falls business owner has found a big way to give back and help them reach it. Greg Sands, owner, and CEO of Sands Drywall has been a long-time supporter…

“Just Bring Him Home”: Wife Searching for Answers in Husband’s Disappearance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman is looking for her husband after not hearing from him since Saturday evening. After Walter “Wall-e” Avery’s truck was found at his workplace with a number of his belongings, his wife and co-workers began to worry. “We don’t know anything. It’s like he vanished.” Dawn Avery said goodbye to Wall-e Avery on…

The Empire Mall Evolves with New Stores

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As thousands of stores are closing, many malls throughout the country are fighting to stay open. With two of their anchor stores going bankrupt, many questioned what future holds for the Empire Mall. The Empire Mall is a fixture for shoppers in Eastern South Dakota and surrounding areas. But, after Sears and Yonkers, two of their five…

Someone You Should Know: Protect, Serve, and Connect

HARRISBURG, S.D. – At Harrisburg High School, there’s a fixture in the hallways who’s there to protect and serve. But, this school resource officer isn’t afraid to have a little fun while on duty. When Officer Johns walks down the halls of Harrisburg High School, it doesn’t take long for him to attract a herd of excited students. “Always has…

Brookings Businesses Already Feeling the GameDay Rush

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Football fans aren’t the only ones who are excited about the highly anticipated game this weekend. A Brookings business is already feeling the “GameDay” rush. With the Dakota Marker game only days away and ESPN’s College GameDay coming to town, businesses in Brookings like Outlaw Graphics have been keeping pretty busy. “Snowballing as the days go on,”…

‘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…