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FEMA Opening Disaster Recovery Centers In 6 South Dakota Counties

SIOUX FALLS – The State of South Dakota and FEMA are opening Disaster Recovery Centers in six counties across the state. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from Sept. 9 – 26, 2019. Each center will be open for five days. Visitors to the centers can learn…

Minnehaha County Metro Communications Looking for New Facility

SIOUX FALLS The facility that takes 9-1-1 calls for all of Minnehaha County is looking for a new home. It comes with a price tag between $8-10 million. Metro Communications is currently housed in the public safety building downtown. The staff of 53 only has about four-thousand square-feet to operate in. Metro Communications Director Scott McMahon brought forth a proposal…

FEMA Disaster Teams Going Door-to-Door in Madison

MADISON FEMA representatives are in Madison to help with recovery from September flooding. Members of FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance team are going door to door in areas where local officials have reported damage from the flood events. Every home is looked at no matter how much damage they received. Their job isn’t to get homeowners back to normal but to…

JazzFest Going on “Hiatus” in 2020

SIOUX FALLS Organizers with JazzFest confirm that the event is going on a hiatus starting next year. Organizers say the cancellation is based on a number of factors and that the move will allow them to focus on educational programming. The annual event brings in more than 100,000 people to Yankton Trail Park each year. In 2019, the event saw…

Noem Responds to Critics Following Budget Proposal with No Teacher Pay Increase

SIOUX FALLS Governor Kristi Noem is answering critics about a budget proposal that would deny teachers a salary increase. Earlier this week, Governor Noem said money is tight and state agencies need to reduce spending. A statement from the South Dakota Superintendents Association called out lawmakers for failing to live up to a set of bills passed in 2016 aimed…

South Dakota Farmers Union “Concerned” About SNAP Ruling

SIOUX FALLS The South Dakota Farmers Union says it’s “concerned” by the recent USDA rule change that impacts food stamp recipients. The new regulation announced on Wednesday strengthens eligibility requirements for those who can receive SNAP benefits. An estimated 688,000 Americans could lose their food stamps under the new rule, including almost 93,000 South Dakotans. In a statement, the South…

USD Law Student Sues State Senator for Blocking Him on Facebook

SIOUX FALLS South Dakota State Senator Stace Nelson is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly blocking a constituent on Facebook. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by USD law student Jeff Church. Church argues Senator Nelson violated his constitutional rights after the lawmaker blocked him from commenting on his public Facebook page. Church is asking for an injunction to prevent Senator…

Mayor TenHaken Advocates Sioux Falls’ 5G Growth on Capitol Hill

SIOUX FALLS Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken testified on Capitol Hill Thursday, advocating for 5G and internet connectivity at the municipal level. Mayor TenHaken told senators that nearly every sector of the Sioux Falls economy relies on fast and reliable internet connection. He says 5G is vital to continuing the city’s forward progress. 5G rolled out in Sioux Falls on…

Jean Rounds Hospitalized for “Unexpected Hurdle” in Cancer Treatment

Courtesy: Senator Mike Rounds’ TwitterSIOUX FALLS Senator Mike Rounds says his wife is recovering after an “unexpected hurdle” in her cancer treatment. Senator Rounds’ office says Jean Rounds has surgery on Wednesday to remove a hematoma from her right leg. Doctor say the hematoma was likely caused by blood thinners. Jean was prescribed the blood thinners following her surgery last…

Police Identify Sioux Falls Woman Killed in Tuesday House Fire

SIOUX FALLS Authorities have released the identity of the Sioux Falls woman that was killed in a house fire on Tuesday. 50-year-old Lisa Marie Duin was killed in a house fire that broke out at around 11:50 p.m. on W. 15th Street. When firefighters arrived, bystanders reported someone was trapped upstairs along with a family pet. Crews were able to…

Where You Can Square Dance For Free This Weekend

Have you ever wanted to go to a ‘good-old-fashioned-hoedown?’ Maybe learn how to square dance? This weekend, you have the opportunity to do both! Shirley Burgers, with the ‘Pairs and Squares Dance Club’ joined us this morning with more. For more information on the event, click here. Categories: Community, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News Tags: Active…

Willie Nelson Says He’s Done Smoking Marijuana

Country music icon, Willie Nelson, says he has decided to hang up his joint. America’s proudest pothead, whose name is practically synonymous with lighting up, says he has stopped smoking marijuana. Nelson says he decided to quit due to ongoing health and breathing issues. The 86-year-old postponed part of his August concert tour due to breathing issues. He resumed the…

Governor Noem Reduces State Spending in 2021 Budget Proposal

PIERRE Governor Kristi Noem had one strong message in her budget address on Tuesday, money is tight. Governor Noem told lawmakers to brace for slower economic growth during the next fiscal year. It comes as the state continues with disaster recovery from storms and lower farm spending during the trade war with China. Governor Noem did propose spending on upgrading…

Mitchell Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Killing Wife

SIOUX FALLS A Mitchell man who admitted to killing his wife will spend nearly two decades behind bars. A judge sentenced 41-year-old James Brinker to 18 years in prison on Tuesday. That sentence is part of a plea agreement for first-degree manslaughter in the 2017 death of Marie Brinker. Authorities say Brinker wrapped his wife in a blanket, put a…

Committee Recommends Audit of Downtown Parking Ramp Project

SIOUX FALLS The parking ramp project in downtown Sioux Falls could be getting its own audit. The decision was made in a 3-2 vote at the Sioux Falls Audit Committee meeting Monday night. City Councilor Theresa Stehly proposed the audit in addition to the 2020 city audit. Stehly says the parking ramp project and the ‘Parking Ramp Enterprise Fund’ each…

Sioux Falls Woman, Family Dog Killed in Overnight House Fire

SIOUX FALLS Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says a woman and the family dog were killed in a house fire overnight. Fire crews responded to the two-story home at 5717 W. 15th Street around 11:50 p.m. When firefighters arrived, bystanders reported someone was trapped upstairs along with a family pet. Crews were able to make entry through the front door and…

‘Eat Fit Go’ to Close its Doors After 3 Years in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS A grab-and-go food business offering healthier food options will be closing its doors in Sioux Falls. ‘Eat Fit Go’ opened near 57th Street and Louise Avenue in 2016. The store offers ready-to-eat meals with a health-forward focus. In a Facebook post, the store announced they will be closing for good once their current inventory sells out. Categories: Business,…