Author: Kelsie Passolt

Huron Police Searching For Suspect In Gas Station Theft

Masked suspect allegedly steals money from cash register

Huron police are looking for a suspect who allegedly stole money from a gas station cash register. COURTESY: Huron Police Department It happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Freedom Valu Center.  Police say a male wearing a white coat with a black facemask came into the store.  A witness told police they saw the suspect lean over the cash…

Survey: Paid Interns More Likely To Land Jobs

Sioux Falls ad agency hosts "Meet, Greet & Repeat" to hire interns

Now more than ever, college students should sign up for paid internships.  Experts say making money while learning job skills can pay off a lot in the future. Friday afternoon, one Sioux Falls business started searching for its next batch of interns in a way applicants will never forget. A group of people meet in one place, looking to make…

Snow Alert Issued In Sioux Falls

No parking on emergency snow routes

Snow is covering much of the Sioux Empire after Tuesday’s snowstorm.  Many cities are tackling the weather by issuing snow alerts.  That includes Sioux Falls. Crews are plowing busy streets and highways in the area.  In Sioux Falls, plows will clean up neighborhood streets once the snow stops falling and emergency routes are clear.  Drivers cannot park on emergency routes. …

Gov. Dayton Collapses During State of the State Address

Son says he is now doing fine

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapsed while delivering his state of the state address Monday night. At the podium, Dayton had just taken a drink of water and appeared to be trying to compose himself.  He then began collapsing and those around him rushed to break his fall.  The 69-year-old Democratic governor came to a short time…

Elderly Woman Dies In Crash Outside of Platte

Police say driver lost control of vehicle, striking another car

CHARLES MIX COUNTY, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating after an elderly woman died in a car crash Monday morning near Platte. Police say a car was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 44, two miles east of Platte, around 11 a.m.  The driver, an 87-year-old woman, lost control of the car, crossed the center line and hit…

One Dead After Two Pickups Collide Near Canistota

A 26-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene

McCOOK COUNTY, S.D. – One man is dead and another is seriously hurt after two pickup trucks collide Monday morning. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. along South Dakota Highway 42, near mile marker 334, just southwest of Canistota in McCook County.  A Chevy pickup was driving west on Highway 42 when the…

ONLY ON KDLT: Firefighters Donate Van to Veteran In Need

SFFR donates van with "Step Up For Heroes" proceeds

Sioux Falls firefighters recently went above and beyond to help a veteran in need. Friday afternoon, the Sioux Falls Firefighters Association donated a van to a U.S. Army medic who served overseas.  The woman, who lives in Sioux Falls, but wished to remain anonymous, has health issues stemming from an infection she got during a medical procedure.  Her car was…

LGBT Rights Activist Reacts To Transgender Woman’s Death

The Center For Equality wants justice for Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow

After hearing the news this weekend of the investigation into a transgender woman’s death, many are left feeling shocked and sad, including LGBT rights advocates in Sioux Falls. The Center for Equality says in a statement, “Our thoughts and love go out to Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow and her family.”  The center’s president, Danielle Wilcox, was shocked to hear the…

New Sunday Hours At Empire Mall

Mall opening later, closing earlier

The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls is changing its Sunday hours. Starting this weekend, the mall will now open an hour later, at noon, and close an hour earlier, at 6 p.m.  Mall officials say they made the change to align with other shopping centers in the area.  The mall will remain open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday…

Dangerous Ice Impacts Senior Services in Aberdeen

Aberdeen senior center, Meals on Wheels not available Tuesday

Icy conditions are impacting a couple services for senior citizens in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Area Senior Center says it will be closed Tuesday due to the dangerous ice that is forming after this Christmas weekend’s winter storm. Meals on Wheels is also canceling its Tuesday deliveries in Aberdeen because of the icy roads. Categories: Local News Tags: Aberdeen, aberdeen area…

Northeastern South Dakota Facing Mass Power Outages

More than 10,000 customers experiencing outages statewide

According to the state’s rural electric association, more than 10,000 customers throughout South Dakota are experiencing power outages. The South Dakota Rural Electric Association says the Christmas Day winter storms knocked out power for about half of the state’s electric cooperatives. Crews spent most of the holiday trying to restore power amid ice, snow and strong winds, which hampered their work….

Crews Respond to Hog Barns On Fire

Flames engulf hog buildings in Crooks

Fire crews responded to two hog barns on fire Sunday night. Just before 9 p.m., fire crews got to the scene at 255th Street and 470th Avenue in Crooks.  Multiple emergency crews were on scene, including Crooks Fire and Minnehaha County.  According to Metro Communications, firefighters found two buildings on fire.  We’re told that the structures are hog buildings.  Details…

Strong Winds, Blowing Snow Close Major Section of I-90

All lanes closing from Wyoming border to Chamberlain

A major portion of Interstate 90 is closing Sunday night because of dangerous weather making for treacherous travel conditions. Starting at 7 p.m. CST, east and westbound lanes of I-90 will close from Vivian to Chamberlain.  State officials already closed the highway from the Wyoming border to Vivian before 5 p.m. Sunday. Officials say this long, roughly 250-mile segment of I-90…

West Central Students Learn With High-Tech Gadgets

School district receives tech award from Apple

The West Central School District has received a major award from tech giant Apple. The school district has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its use of technology in classrooms.  Kids in kindergarten through 12th grade have access to iPads and laptops.  The technology helps students learn problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork.  As part of the award, West Central…

Section of Busy Street Closes After Water Main Break

Crews working to repair water main break

A water main break closes lanes on a busy road in eastern Sioux Falls. City officials say northbound and southbound lanes of Cliff Avenue closed Saturday from 17th Street to 20th Street.  Drivers have been detoured to 7th Avenue.  A water main broke, and city crews are repairing the main.  Traffic will be restored to at least one lane of…

Family Displaced After Apparent Grilling Accident Starts Fire

Garage burns, flames spread to home near Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, S.D. – A family  is displaced Thursday after their home caught on fire. Crews were called out to West Willow Street, near the Harrisburg exit on I-29 around 6:30 p.m. Fire officials say they found a garage burning. The fire spread to the house, but, for the most part, there was only smoke and water damage to the home….

Outdoor Skating Rinks To Open In Sioux Falls

Limited hours during holiday weekend

If you’re looking to get outdoors with the kids this holiday weekend, Sioux Falls’ outdoor ice skating rinks open Friday. The city is home to six outdoor ice-skating rinks.  They open Friday at 1 p.m., weather permitting.  You can skate for a few hours on Christmas Eve as well, from 1-4 p.m.  The rinks are closed Christmas Day.  But, they…

Matt VandeBerg Gets Early Christmas Present!


Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg will return in 2017 after being granted an extra year of eligibility through a medical hardship waiver. VandeBerg, who injured his right foot after just four games, had his waiver approved by the Big Ten. The return of VandeBerg should be a big boost to a receiving corps that struggled without him. VandeBerg caught 19…

Sioux Falls Issues Snow Alert

Plowing & parking information released for winter storm

The City of Sioux Falls declared a Snow Alert Friday evening. Emergency snow routes were plowed starting Friday and will continue until routes are clear. All vehicles parked on emergency snow routes could be ticketed or towed. The city has released the following information to residents: Zone 3: Plowing in Zone 3 will begin tomorrow morning, Saturday, December 17, 2016,…

Expert Tips To Deal With Deep Freeze

Power outage information & protect your home during cold weather

Xcel Energy is preparing for the heavy snow, ice and brutally cold temperatures set to hit the region this weekend.  The company says it has crews and equipment ready to respond to power outages. People are asked to check the outage map on Xcel’s website for the latest on the number of customers affected and when their power will come…