Author: Jenna LeMair

Tornado Leaves Trail of Damage Through Burke

BURKE, S.D. – Folks in Burke felt the brunt of Tuesday night’s storm. Strong winds damaged homes, buildings and even the middle and high school. Although the damage is significant, there have only been two non-life threatening injuries. “Oh my Goodness. Yeah, it’s hard to even describe your emotions it was tough,” says Janiene Wilson, a Burke resident. The amount…

Brookings Couple Pleads Not Guilty in Death of 3-Year-Old Niece

BROOKINGS, S.D. – 25-year-old Renae Fayant and 27-year-old Robert Price Jr. made their first court appearance today after their 3-year-old niece was found dead in their home last week. Both pleaded “not guilty” to the charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and felony child abuse. In court, after pleading not guilty, Price requested the judge to lower his bond. He…

Local Communities Increase Law Enforcement for Sturgis Rally

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is underway in the Black Hills of western South Dakota and local communities have beefed-up law enforcement. The Rapid City Journal reports law enforcement agencies in Meade and Pennington counties are hiring more officers, temporarily opening a second jail and keeping a courthouse open seven days a week. The rally started…

3-Year-Old Brookings Girl Dies From Malnourishment, Dehydration

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A man and woman are behind bars today for the death of a three-year-old child. On Wednesday, July 31st police received a call from Renae Fayant saying her three-year-old niece was unresponsive. Shortly after police and paramedics arrived, authorities pronounced the child dead at the scene. “This is such a heart-wrenching case because it involves such an…

Sioux Falls Millennials Show Higher Rates of Depression Compared to the National Average

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield released a study over the weekend showing South Dakota’s millennials – those born between 1981 and 1996 – are experiencing an increase in health conditions that reduce their quality of life and life expectancy. The new data shows South Dakota’s millennial…

Why the “FaceApp” Trend is Raising Concerns Over Privacy

The “FaceApp” takes your photo and within seconds ages you by decades. You’ve probably seen the altered pictures on social media from celebrities like Drake and the Jonas Brothers. Even KDLT’s Brandon Green tried it out. But the app’s russian developers — and privacy policy — are raising a red flag for some. Tech expert, Will Bushee, says one thing…

A New Out of This World Experience Now Available at Siouxland Libraries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Celebrations for Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary are taking place a little closer to home. Soiuxland Libraries are excited to announce an “out of this world” experience. Two “NASA backpacks” are now available for checkout. They’re full of opportunities to learn more about the science of space. Some items include a moon map, a “funscope” telescope, and books…

An Invasive Species Has Found Its Way Into One Of South Dakota’s Most Popular Lakes

Lake Sharpe, S.D.- They latch, clog, eat and clump. According to game fish and parks, since 2015 zebra mussels have also been found in Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Yankton and McCook Lake. Aquatic invasive species biologist BJ Schall, says, “as adults they cling to a hard surface, they can be transported from a boat or a dock or a…

Former Sears Location Temporarily Occupied by FEMA at The Empire Mall

Sioux Falls S.D.- The federal emergency management agency has found an unconventional space to occupy while assisting South Dakota’s storm and flooding disasters. What was once the sears store in The Empire Mall is now FEMA’s new office space. Unlike the other stores in the mall, this space is not open for the public to visit. Instead, it’s used as…

“Rocket Girls” Blast Off to NASA Summer Camp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An exciting opportunity is underway for a group of girls in the area who love science. Fifteen girls were selected from high schools in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa to attend the “Rocket Girls Camp” at NASA’S Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The camp is sponsored by Dakota State University’s “CybHer” program and AT&T. Forty girls from…