Author: Jenna LeMair

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…

Restaurant Gives Back to Local First Responders for Labor Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This labor day, Sioux Falls firefighters received a special lunch delivery in honor of their hard work. Most people get Labor Day off, but that doesn’t mean accidents and emergencies take a break. First responders have to work this holiday just like any other regular day. One restaurant notices this sacrifice, “So Olive Garden for the…

“Burke Strong” in Full Swing as Town Recovers From Severe Storm Damage

BURKE, S.D. – It’s been nearly three weeks since high winds ripped through the town of Burke. The storm knocked down power lines and destroyed houses, city buildings, and even the school. The residents of Burke wasted no time getting back on their feet. Within days, the town started working on rebuilding key structures, including the school. Burke Superintendent, Eric…

Study Shows Dog Owners Are Healthier

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Every year on August 26th, dog owners flood social media feeds with posts of their beloved dog for National Dog Day. But a recent study by Mayo Clinic Doctor, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, actually proves dog owners are healthier from a cardiovascular standpoint. Misten Long is the Vice President of  B-Squad–a volunteer based dog rescue in Brandon–and she says…

Report: South Dakota 4th Safest State for Kids Online

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Whether it’s posting pictures on Instagram or checking what’s trending on Twitter, it seems like kids are becoming more and more glued to their smart devices. With that comes a growing concern from parents, how safe is it for their kids to be online? A recent report by century link reveals the safest and most dangerous states…

Lyon County Deputy Fatally Injured in Crash Laid to Rest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy, Stephanie Schreurs, was laid to rest Monday. A funeral was held at the Sanford Pentagon where officials from surrounding counties came to give their respects. A procession of family, friends, and officers traveled through Sioux Falls to St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Alvord, Iowa for the burial. According to Anderson Funeral Home,…

Storage Units Catch Fire in Brandon During Severe Weather

BRANDON, S.D. – Just after 11 P.M. during Saturday night’s severe weather, the Brandon Fire Department received two separate calls reporting storage units on fire. The Sioux Falls Fire Department was requested for assistance shortly after the calls came in. According to Sioux Falls Fire Department, four storage units were fully engulfed in flames. The fire continued to spread to…

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…