Author: Kelsie Passolt

Suspicious Fire Burns Construction Materials at Sioux Falls Park

COURTESY: Sioux Falls Police Dept.Sioux falls firefighters responded to a suspicious fire Monday evening at a park on the city’s northeast side. Fire Rescue crews were called to Kenny Anderson Park on E. 6th Street around 8:15 p.m.  Authorities say four construction pallets were on fire.  The materials were being used for a roofing project at Anne Sullivan Elementary School…

Federal Judge Orders New Environmental Review Of DAPL

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Opponents of a major oil pipeline that stretches from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing through South Dakota, are celebrating after a federal judge rules a new environmental review must be done on the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the Associated Press, Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did…

Sioux Falls Multi-Family Home Damaged In Fire

Cause of fire under investigation

Three people and a cat were rescued from a burning multi-family home in Sioux Falls Wednesday evening. Around 6 p.m., a fire was reported on the first floor of the home at 913 South 1st Avenue.   When Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews got to the scene, they saw heavy smoke coming from the second floor and roof of the structure. …

8-Month-Old Baby Killed In Car Crash Near Langford

Charges pending against one driver involved

Charges are pending against a 27-year-old woman after a baby girl dies in a two-car crash. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, a Pontiac Grand Am was eastbound on 122nd Street when the car did not yield at an uncontrolled intersection at 418th Avenue northwest of Langford.  The Grand Am collided with a Cadillac…

Hundreds Without Power During Severe Weather

Eastern South Dakota hit with mass power outages

According to Xcel Energy and electric cooperatives, more than 1,000 customers are without power in eastern South Dakota as severe weather rolls through the Sioux Empire Tuesday evening. Xcel is reporting more than 1,500 customers are without power in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas.  You can follow Xcel Energy’s website for the latest information on outages.  The South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s…

Much Of Sioux Empire Under Tornado Watch

Several counties facing severe weather threat

UPDATE: Around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, a tornado watch was issued for parts of southeastern South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, plus parts of southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa until 2 a.m. A tornado watch is also in effect until 10 p.m. for central areas of South Dakota.  Follow KDLT Weather on Facebook and Twitter for the latest on these storms….

School District Set To Raise Property Taxes In 2018

Levy scheduled to increase next summer

The Sioux Falls School Board has opted out of a property tax freeze and that could increase your bill next year. Monday night, the school board voted unanimously to set the district’s 2018-2019 property tax rate.  The rate is scheduled to decrease for the 2017-2018 budget to $8.14 per $1,000 in property valuation.  But, this vote will then return the…

Committee Approves Bill Restoring Access to 30 Lakes

Lawmakers met to craft solution in response to battle between landowners and sportsmen

A South Dakota legislative panel endorses a set of rules allowing outdoor enthusiasts to use private land for recreation. The committee voted 13 to 2 Friday to pass a bill that would restore access to nearly 30 lakes for public recreation.  Game, Fish & Parks was initially forced to cut off access after a state Supreme Court decision.  The bill…

World of Outlaws Adds Race In Huron

Following event cancellation at Badlands Motor Speedway

HURON, S.D. – World of Outlaws racers will put the pedal to the metal in the Sioux Empire this summer after all.  After Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon suspended its racing season, a new World of Outlaws race was put on the schedule in Huron. SLS Promotions, the group promoting the race, has announced that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint…

The Latest: Social Media Joins In Manchester’s Victim Hunt

Authorities treating the explosion as a terrorist incident

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local): 9:00 a.m. Social media users are helping the desperate hunt for people missing in the Manchester concert bombing by circulating names and photos with the MissingInManchester hashtag. The city’s regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham, were among scores of…

Impacts Of Addiction Inspire Student-Made Art

High schoolers paint an important picture about addiction recovery

Several dozen paintings on display in Sioux Falls Friday evening depict the struggle of overcoming addiction.  Amazingly, the artists behind them are only teenagers. Around 45 high schoolers from Roosevelt and Axtell Park created artwork for the “Art of Healing” art show downtown.  Many students in the show have either battled addiction, or have had a loved one go through…

Someone You Should Know: Mom, Business Owner & ‘Professional Encourager’

Meet a super mom in Sioux Falls

One Sioux Falls mom has a way of doing it all.  She runs businesses, raises kids and relishes the chance to help others.  She’s a bonafide super-mom who’s always taking on new adventures. “I just want to leave this world a better place than when I got here,” says Melissa Johnson. Melissa Johnson does just that in a lot of ways. …

Gunfire Rings Out Near USF & Sanford Health

Police investigating disturbance where shots were fired

Sioux Falls police are investigating a report of gunshots fired near the University of Sioux Falls and Sanford Health campuses. Sunday afternoon, just after 2:30 p.m., police were called to the area of 24th Street and Menlo Avenue for a report of multiple gunshots fired in the area.  Officers did not find any victims with injuries.  Investigators say a firearm…

Nurse Navigators: Guiding Patients Through Breast Cancer

Meet Sanford Health's two-person team who help breast cancer patients

This week, we’ve partnered with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for the early detection of breast cancer.  Sometimes getting through a cancer diagnosis is a little easier with help from a nurse navigator. Gloria Top (left) & Donna Dwire (right) “I feel very privileged to be able to be here, to be…

Making Breast Health A Mission: Edith Sanford Breast Center

Center aims to care for patients from prevention to diagnosis & treatment

“Edith Sanford was Denny Sanford’s mother.  She died of breast cancer when Denny was only four years old,” says Sanford Health Cancer Services Executive Director Sharon Hunt, standing next to a picture of Edith Sanford inside their 18th Street facility. That tragic loss became a mission: that no other child should lose a parent to breast cancer.  So, Denny Sanford…

Understanding Breast Cancer: An Ever-Changing Journey

Sanford Health's treatments & research to beat the disease

This week, we’re partnering with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for early detection of breast cancer.  One woman took it upon herself to be proactive in her fight. “I don’t know if you want to call it women’s intuition but I knew something was going on wrong with my body.  And when…

Panic Button Invented To Make College Students Safer

Handheld device alerts emergency contacts, 911

Experts say one in ten college students will experience sexual assault and many are at higher risk in their first few months at school.  So, what happens when a student is in danger of any kind, but they can’t call friends, family or even the police for help? A gadget invented right here in the Sioux Empire could soon come…

Spring Snowstorm May Leave Some Without Power Overnight

Nearly 200 electric poles in southeastern South Dakota were downed in the spring snowstorm that hit Sunday night and Monday morning. As of Monday afternoon, Bon Homme Yankton Electric Association in Tabor, Sioux Valley Energy in Colman and Southeastern Electric Cooperative in Marion reported about 2,000 people without power.  The South Dakota Rural Electric Association says storm damage includes 180…

Apartment Garage Unit Goes Up In Flames

Cause of the fire is still under investigation

An apartment complex garage unit caught fire Monday afternoon. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says just before 3:45 p.m. a passerby called 911 to report the fire.  Crews responded to the Redwood Estates apartment complex at 3610 E. 6th Street.  Heavy smoke could be seen from blocks away.  Fire crews say one unit in a detached garage was fully engulfed in…

Origin of Spearfish Deadly House Fire Located

Five children found dead in upstairs bedroom April 1

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Spearfish investigators say they know where a house fire started that killed five children earlier this month, but can’t pinpoint the exact cause. In an update released Thursday, the Spearfish Police Department says that investigators have examined the fire scene, evidence and listened to witness observations.  Police say the fire started in the southeast corner of the multi-family…