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Rock Valley Man to Argue Diminished Capacity in Murder, Arson Case

ROCK VALLEY, I.A. – A northwest Iowa man accused of stabbing his 84-year-old grandfather to death plans to use a defense of diminished capacity. The attorney for 20-year-old Santos Rodriguez Jr. filed the notice Tuesday in a Sioux County district court. Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and arson. He’s accused of stabbing Luis Luevanos in…

Get the Skinny on Health Fats From Avera and Hy-Vee

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Healthy fats and whole good are an important part of any diet, but it can be challenging to navigate the grocery aisles with these in mind. Dr. Edith Liu, with Avera Internal Medicine joins us in the KDLT Kitchen to tell us about upcoming classes Avera is offering. Categories: KDLT Kitchen

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Aiming to Prevent Future Drug Abuse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Law enforcement agencies across South Dakota are offering a place to drop off unneeded prescriptions this weekend. It’s part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, residents can bring any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to local law enforcement. The service is free and anonymous. Experts…

Several Townships, Roads, Culverts Flooded in Deuel County

DEUEL COUNTY, S.D. – Melting snow and the recent rain has made travel treacherous in some parts of northeastern South Dakota. Deuel County has extensive flood damage in several townships and on some county roads. The highway superintendent estimates at least two to three dozen township roads are closed because of culverts being washed out. Several blacktop roads are also…

Authorities Searching for Mitchell Gas Station Robbery Suspect

MITCHELL, S.D. – Authorities are searching for a teenage suspect in a Mitchell gas station robbery. 18-year-old Montez McLain is wanted on 2nd degree robbery charges. The incident happened around 9:15 p.m. on April 12th, at the Easy Come Easy Go gas station. Police say McLain threatened the clerk with a gun, though he never revealed a weapon. They say…

Prairie AquaTech To Expand To Volga

Brookings based company makes fish food ingredient

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – A Brookings company that makes an ingredient used in fish food is expanding with a $60 million production facility in nearby Volga. Prairie AquaTech’s new plant will be built along U.S. Highway 14 on land near the South Dakota Soybean Processors plant. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled May 1, with completion expected in about a year….

Body Of Missing Woman Found Near Yankton

YANKTON – Authorities have identified the body of a woman found Sunday in the Missouri River near Yankton. The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office says 66-year-old Diane Bartling of Irene was found six miles east of Yankton near the South Dakota shore. No foul play is suspected. Bartling had been reported missing for three weeks. She was last seen April 1…

MN Lawmaker Proposes Change To Sexual Harassment Laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A powerful House Republican is proposing a drastic change to state law that would make it easier to prosecute sexual harassment. Lawmakers have singled out a phrase in how courts handle sexual harassment cases statewide: “severe and pervasive.” They say that legal standard is far too high and has resulted in clear cases of sexual…

Four Finalists Announced For Next USD President

VERMILLION – The South Dakota Board of Regents announced Friday the four candidates who are finalists to become the next president at the University of South Dakota. James Abbott is retiring in June after 21 years the as university’s president. The finalists, by alphabetical order, are: • Kelli R. McCormack Brown, Milledgeville, Ga., provost and senior vice president for academic…

Officials: Legion Lake Fire Fueled By Waste Piles

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota fire meteorologist says waste piles from logging operations fueled a fire near a lake in the southwest part of the state that grew to be the third largest wildfire in the history of the Black Hills region. State Fire Meteorologist Darren Clabo tells the Rapid City Journal that the Legion Fire’s originated…

Day Of Remembrance For Mickelson Plane Crash Victims

South Dakota governor, 7 others killed 25 years ago

Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of a plane crash that killed South Dakota Gov. George Mickelson and seven others. The eight men were returning from an economic development trip in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 19, 1993 when it crashed in Dubuque, Iowa. The crash also claimed the lives of Roland Dolly of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Roger Hainje…

JazzFest Announces 2018 2nd Stage Performers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials with the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society have announced the second stage line-up for this year’s JazzFest. This year’s second stage line-up is: FRIDAY, July 20th Granola Friday 6 pm Tuff Roots Friday 7:30 pm Ultra Violet Fever Friday 9 pm SATURDAY, July 21ST JazzFest Jazz Camp Band Saturday 12 pm Sock Puppet Menagerie Saturday…

Great Plains Zoo’s $5M Campaign Adding Lion Exhibit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There’s been an increase in attendance at the Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo so they are ready to get roarin’ on some new projects including a new exhibit. A $5 million campaign will include an exhibit to house ten lions. There will be trainer demonstrations and viewing windows to get face to face with the animals….

SFPD Announce New Option to File a Police Report on Mobile Phones

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Police Department announced a new service allowing residents to make a police report on their smartphones. Police say there are two ways to access the new feature. Calling 605-367-7000 allows you to speak to a dispatcher who can transfer you to a different number. You can also call 833-827-5041 which will send you…

Profile by Sanford Announces Plan to Expand Nationwide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford is taking its personal health coaching service coast to coast. Officials announced on Tuesday that Profile by Sanford will expand to 275 locations in 35 states, from California to Florida. Profile currently has 45 stores in 18 states. The company aims to eventually have 1,000 locations across the US and expand worldwide. Profile pairs customers…