Author: Miranda Paige

Drivers Advised To Stay Off Lincoln County Township Roads

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D.- People in Lincoln County and around the Sioux Empire are being told to avoid driving on township roads. Almost every road in Lincoln County has been affected by last week’s rain and fast snow melt as many had water going over the roads. The water has since gone down, but now frost in the ground is melting,…

The Pothole Problem in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Anyone driving around Sioux Falls will tell you it’s a bumpy ride right now. Because of the weather, potholes are big and abundant. They are giving drivers problems as hundreds of people report damage to their cars.      For staff at Tires, Tires, Tires off Minnesota Avenue, it’s already been a busy spring. They’ve been working around the…

Inmates Help with Flood Preparations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-With more possible flooding on the way, some inmates from the South Dakota State Penitentiary are pitching in to help out around Sioux Falls. Since 1996, the state’s department of corrections has had a system in place for inmates to help out with different disasters and projects. On Tuesday 24 minimum security inmates helped fill sandbags for the…

Cliff Avenue Greenhouse, Leif Ericson Day Camp Recovering After Flood

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The staff at Cliff Avenue Greenhouse off 26th St. had already been working hard preparing for their busy season when the flood hit. Two of their growing greenhouses experienced flooding. One with the water thigh high. “It was terribly, terribly heartbreaking, you know just all that hard work and everything that was happening. It was terribly hard to…

Taco Bar Fundraises For Lifescape

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- One Sioux Falls Mexican restaurant is celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day by stirring up some luck for others in the community. Rudy M. Navarrete’s Tex-Mexican Restaurant is holding a fundraiser Sunday for Lifescape, a local organization that serves kids and adults with disabilities. Customers can pay $12 for adults and $5 for kids for an all-you-can-eat taco bar…

Someone You Should Know: 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Saturday, March 16th is the 40th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Sioux Falls. The grand marshal this year is a man who has been participating in the parades since the start and loves to share his heritage with others. KDLT’s Miranda Paige introduces us to this week’s “Someone You Should Know.” In the Grogan household they…

Local First Responders Help 911 Dispatcher Who is Battling Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls 911 dispatcher is used to helping others, but now he’s the one getting help as he goes through a tough time. It’s been a tough couple months for the Hutchisson family. Adam Hutchisson is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma. It has left him unable to work. “I love what I…

Bo the Beagle Helps Find Bedbugs in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Bedbugs are a pest you never want to cross paths with, but unfortunately they are in Sioux Falls and sometimes they can be hard to find. So the business Dakota Bedbug Detection has a unique way of sniffing out the pests. Over the years, nine-year-old Bo the Beagle has gotten pretty good at his job. He has…

Palisades State Park to More Than Double in Size

GARRETSON, S.D.- A popular state park near Garretson is going to more than double in size. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has agreed to acquire donated land to expand the 157-acre Palisades State Park.   Over the years the park has become a popular tourist destination. “Very beautiful around here. You’ve got the eroded Sioux Quartzite Rock that…

Closing the Gap: DigiGirlz Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Omnitech, a South Dakota software engineering firm partnered with Microsoft to hold their second annual DigiGirlz day at the University Center in Sioux Falls on March 7th. Around 100 middle school and high school girls from across South Dakota had an opportunity to learn about potential careers in technology. They were exposed to things they wouldn’t typically see in…

Someone You Should Know: 2019 Teacher of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Teaching can be a rewarding job, but those who do it aren’t always acknowledged for their hard work. One Lincoln High School teacher finally got the recognition her students say she deserves. Lynn Thomason has taught Latin at Lincoln High School for 12 years. “Teaching and being able to look out at such a wonderful sea of…

What Could Happen to Big Retail Stores for Sale in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Several big retail stores are closing around Sioux Falls and that means plenty of commercial space is up for sale. Because of this, the layout of these spaces could be changing. Kmart and ShopKo are two big retailers closing stores in Sioux Falls. A local commercial real estate broker says trying to fill the empty space with…

Brookings Man Indicted on Rape, Child Porn Charges

BROOKINGS, SD- A Brookings man is facing several charges of rape, sexual contact with a minor, and child pornography charges. Dalton D. Lenger, 23,  was indicted by a Grand Jury on 15 charges on March 1st. Court documents say between July of 2017 and February 2019, Lenger allegedly raped two children under the age of 13 in Brookings County. He…

“Marie Kondo Effect” Hits Local Thrift Stores

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” is inspiring folks across the nation to get rid of items in their homes that no longer “spark joy.” Thrift stores around town are feeling the effects. At Savers in Sioux Falls one person’s trash is another’s treasure. The business runs off donations. “We try to put out over…

Sioux Falls Police Cracking Down on “Johns”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Prostitution may be a bigger problem in Sioux Falls than most people realize. Police were surprised at the number of inquiries they got to an undercover ad, indicating that the demand for prostitution is high in this area. Because of this, police are changing the targets of their undercover investigations. “We know that there are people…