Author: KDLT Newsroom

Sioux Falls Fire Teams Up With Santa On Christmas Eve

Deliver Presents To Several Medical Care Facilities In Sioux Falls

On Christmas Eve, a fire truck pulled up to Sanford Children’s Hospital. On Saturday, however, it was acting as a reindeer-less sleigh. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue delivered Santa and presents to Sanford, Avera Health, and Lifescape among other facilities on Christmas Eve. They planned a surprise to patients who had to spend their holiday in a hospital. One such patient…

Fire Rescue Offers Tips For Holiday Cooking Safety

SFFR: One-Third Of Yearly Structure Fires Come From Cooking Accidents

Last night, a fire destroyed a home near Harrisburg, displacing a family. Officials say a propane hose broke from a grill, starting the fire. Sioux Falls Fire Inspector John Wagner said concerns with a propane connection can be solved with soapy water. “If you see bubbles coming up from the connection, that means there is a loose fitting and it…

SFFR Looking To Add On More Chaplains

One new member is already seeing how much his services are needed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When emergencies like fires happen, many fire departments have chaplains on hand to talk with affected families about what’s going on. They even help firefighters who’ve been through traumatic experiences on the job. But Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says it doesn’t have enough people in this volunteer position. One man just joined the squad, and is…

Sioux Falls Police, City Remain At Pay Wage Increase Impasse

Judge Rules Wednesday Mediation A Failure; Negotiations Go To Pierre In January

A judge ruled this week that mediation between the City of Sioux Falls and the police department regarding differences in pay wage increases a “failure.” Now, the negotiations head to Pierre on January 12th, 2017, for a “fact-finding” hearing. There, both parties will be able to present their sides on the issue to the Department of Labor. The result of…

Sioux Falls Regional Airport Surprises Millionth Passenger In 2016

FSD Hits Milestone For The First Time Ever

For the sixth consecutive year, the Sioux Falls Regional Airport has seen a record number of passengers. But this year is special. For the first time ever, the airport welcomed their millionth passenger. And he got quite the surprise when he got off the airplane. For months, the airport has been searching for one special passenger. “We looked at where…

Two Men Arrested For Using Counterfeit Bills At SF Business

Two men were arrested after trying to use counterfeit bills at a Sioux Falls business. Thirty-seven-year-old Senthong Noy Phiengsai and 29-year-old Brendan Xaysee Kue are charged with possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony. Police say the men were playing video lottery at a business on North Potsdam Avenue, near East Benson Road and East 39th Street North…

As Real As It Gets: Organization Uses Media To Demonstrate Impacts Of Impaired Driving

Prairie View Prevention Director: 'It's a long-term impact on your life'

Last year, there were 283 alcohol-related crashes in Sioux Falls. As a result, 137 people were injured. With increased drinking around the holidays, Prairie View Prevention Services wanted to use the media to show others just how much impaired driving can impact your life. KDLT’s Jill Johnson was our test subject. Today, I’m no longer Jill Johnson the reporter, but…

Governor Daugaard Helps Give Downtown Sioux Falls A Boost

Governor Visits Sioux Falls Businesses Following Structure Collapse Earlier This Month

On December 3rd, the Copper Lounge collapsed, killing a 24-year old construction worker, Ethan McMahon. Road closures and shut downs closed downtown Sioux Falls for about two week. As the dust settled, bitter, subzero cold kept shoppers inside. The difficulties brought by December have left businesses with an up and down holiday shopping season. Downtown Sioux Falls Executive Director Joe…

Frederick McAbee Agrees To 50 Years In Prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls has agreed to serve at least 50 years in state prison. 42-year-old Frederick McAbee pled guilty to second degree rape and commission of a felony rape with a firearm in Minnehaha County court this afternoon. McAbee was originally charged with 16 counts including attempted murder…

Businesses Aid With Last Minute Shopping

Unglued and Best Buy are two of many stores extending their business hours

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This Sunday is the December 25th, which means people only have a couple days left to buy gifts before Christmas. The bitter cold last weekend may have scared some from hitting the stores, but today was a different story. And the stores are helping make the task a little easier. It happens every year. “You wrap…

75 Animals Rescued Near Black Hills

Criminal charges are currently pending against the owner of the residence

BLACK HILLS, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Black Hills Humane Society rescued 75 animals while executing an animal seizure warrant Monday night. Authorities say many of the animals found were in poor condition. 75 animals, including 45 dogs, 15 rabbits, 14 cats and one bird were removed from the residence and placed in the care of the…

Iowa Man Accused of Striking South Dakota Officer Arrested

An Iowa man accused of intentionally injuring a South Dakota police officer in a hit-and-run incident has been arrested after more than four months on the run. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that 35-year-old Travis McPeek, of Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested Thursday in Mesa, Arizona, by federal marshals. McPeek had been wanted on a warrant for felony…

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Behind On Fundraising Goals

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign has set a goal of $350,000. The fundraiser ends the afternoon of Christmas Eve, which is this Saturday, but the Salvation Army is far behind its goal. Major Tom Riggs says they’re over $100,000 behind, and he attributes the shortage to poor weather conditions and a “shorter” December. He says because Christmas Day falls…

Helping Keep The Homeless Warm

The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House had some help over the bitter cold weekend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When the weather was as cold as it was this weekend, we would assume it makes for a busy weekend at local homeless shelters. But the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House in Sioux Falls says that wasn’t necessarily the case, and that’s a good thing. “We about 65 men and 13 women, that’s about where we’ve been…

Sioux Falls Police Respond To Record 100K Calls For Service In 2016

Chief Of Police: 'That's certainly a milestone'

The City of Sioux Falls hit a big milestone over the weekend. Sioux Falls Police took their 100,000th call for service; the most they’ve ever seen. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talks with the Chief of Police about how much the calls and the department have grown with the city. “That’s certain ly a milestone for us,” said Sioux Falls Police Chief…

Moe’s To Donate 75 Percent Of Sales To Construction Worker’s Family

Tuesday Night From 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  – A Sioux Falls restaurant will donate 75 percent of sales Tuesday evening to the family of a construction worker who was killed when the former Copper Lounge building collapsed on Dec. 2. Ethan McMahon, 24, died from the collapse of the building. The fundraiser at Moe’s Southwest Grill will take place from 5 p.m. – 8…

South Dakota’s Electors Cast Their Votes

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s electors officially cast their votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pam Roberts made the selections at the Capitol in Pierre Monday morning. The Governor and Attorney General appointed Roberts to take the place of Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, who was selected as an elector and could…