Author: Miranda Paige

Employers Getting Ghosted: Trend Frustrates Local Business Owners

GARRETSON, S.D.- At ‘O So Good’ in Garretson, Owner Chef Omar Thornton says turnover in the restaurant industry is common. So he’s often looking for new employees. However, a new and frustrating issue he’s come across is ghosting.  “I might get maybe about ten applicants in to choose from and I’d say that from that a good 70 percent of…

DWU Opens International Recruitment Office in Nigeria

MITCHELL, S.D.- Dakota Wesleyan University is hot on the recruitment trail for new students. They’re latest venture has them looking globally. Last week, the university opened its first international recruitment office in Abuja, Nigeria. The school was able to do this by partnering with Dr. John Ifediora, an alum and former board of trustee member living in Nigeria. The goal…

Traveling Exhibit at DWU Honors Native Veterans

MITCHELL, S.D.-   Even with all of the celebrations and acknowledgment of veterans on Veteran’s Day, there’s one group of people who are often forgotten about. So a traveling exhibition has been set up on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus in Mitchell to keep people informed about their service. More Native Americans per capita have served in the U.S.military than…

Veteran Suicide Awareness March

      MADISON, S.D.- Veterans day is Monday. It’s a time to honor those who have served.  However, one South Dakota veteran also uses this time of year to bring awareness to an important issue facing some veterans: suicide. Jacob Schaefers is a Marine Corps veteran. He served for five years.  “One of the best things I ever did. I absolutely…

Community Attends Vigil for Two Teens Involved in I-229 Crash

Thursday a vigil was held at the South Dakota Junior Football Field for two Lincoln High School students. They were involved in a tragic I-229 rollover. One teen has died and the other is in critical condition. While many are still trying to process what has happened, the organizer of the vigil says now is the time for everyone to…

Sioux Falls Police: Don’t Use Social Media as 911

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Social media has made it easier to communicate, but Sioux Falls Police want to remind folks that it doesn’t work for everything. When it comes to reporting tips and crimes, the “old fashioned” way works best.  Like many organizations, the Sioux Falls Police Department has a Facebook and Twitter account.   “Just trying to I guess kind of…

Family of Donnivan Schaeffer Finds Peace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The past couple weeks we’ve focused a lot of our coverage on Charles Rhines and his execution. However, now we want to focus on someone else: Donnivan Schaeffer. Ed and Peggy Schaeffer waited 27 years to see justice for their son’s murder. Now they just want to focus on remembering him. They shared memories of their son at…

South Dakota Inmate Executed for 1992 Murder

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-South Dakota has executed 63-year-old death row inmate Charles Rhines. In 1992, he fatally stabbed 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer, a doughnut shop employee in Rapid City.  Rhines was supposed to be executed by lethal injection Monday at 1:30 p.m. However, due to three appeals that time was pushed back. He was executed 6 hours later after the U.S. Supreme…

Parents Struggle to Find Infant Day Care

TEA, S.D.-The child care shortage is a nationwide problem, but it’s also happening in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities. Some parents are finding out that they have to sign their child up for day care before they’re even born. When Rochelle Goetsch started looking for day care for her infant Rosalyn, she never realized how difficult it would be. She…

Rock Valley Police to Start New K9 Program

Rock Valley, IA-The town of Rock Valley, Iowa is getting excited about a new program coming to the police department. This program will require a strong sense of smell. So the department is bringing on a new officer specially trained for the job.  Officer Jordan Kerr is preparing to be a handler for the Rock Valley Police Department’s first ever…

New Projects Underway at Mitchell Corn Palace

MITCHELL, S.D.- The Corn Palace in Mitchell is often a busy place with around half a million visitors a year. The venue is getting a pretty good makeover right now, but crews are also facing similar issues hitting farmers.  One of the main reasons that people visit the corn palace is to see the murals. So crews are currently working…

Halloween Safety Tip: Check Sex Offender Registry Before Trick-or-Treating

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Halloween is just around the corner and you’ve probably talked to your kids about being safe. However, you might want to include an important resource in preparing for trick-or-treating. In some states there are laws like the “no candy law” that prohibits sex offenders from passing out candy on Halloween. However, according to the Sioux Falls Police…

Busy Time of Year for Pheasant Hunting Lodges and Preserves

FLANDREAU, S.D.- As you might expect, pheasant hunting lodges and preserves are about to see an uptick in customers. KDLT’s Miranda Paige visited a preserve in Flandreau to see how they’re feeling about this pheasant season.  There are a lot of smiles and laughter at al’s dream hunting in Flandreau. Hunters come for the birds, but stay for the friendship….

Facing Addiction Together: Local Organization Provides Support for Those Struggling

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Fighting addiction is a hard journey and something you shouldn’t have to do alone. So one Sioux Falls organization provides a supporter for those currently struggling. They’re people who know what it’s like because they’ve been through addiction too. Joe Tlustos and Parker Stewart have become pretty good friends. The common factor that brought these two together is…

Lakota Music Project Heads to Washington D.C.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A group of musicians is bridging the gap between cultures. They are a part of the Lakota Music Project, which is made up of members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra along with Lakota and Dakota Musicians. They combine the sounds of Lakota and European-based classical music. Emmanuel Blackbear is a singer with the group. “The main…

Sanford, Avera to Offer 2020 ABA Coverage Aimed at Helping SD Families with Autism

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-A gap in autism therapy insurance coverage has left some parents concerned in South Dakota, but now there may be new hope for these families. Governor Kristi Noem announced that Avera and Sanford plan to offer ABA coverage in 2020. ABA therapy is for kids with autism. It focuses on improving specific skills like communication. Each week, three-year-old…

Simulator Helps Nursing Students Learn at Southeast Tech

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  In the past 50 years, Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls has significantly grown its programs and changed the way they prepare students for careers. A big focus now-a-days is using technology to train students. “I think the old vo-tech days and the stereotypes that some people still have of technical education is so far from where…