Author: Miranda Paige

Local Mom Warns Against Skin Cancer Risks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It’s that time of year where more people are outside soaking in the sun. However, as the summer heat is ramping up one local woman is warning others about the dangers of the sun.  Deserae Honkamp is very careful when it comes to the sun. That’s because she was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma back in 2017.  “It’s…

USS South Dakota Honorary Motorcycle Ride

SOUTH DAKOTA- This week, motorcyclists and navy sailors will ride across South Dakota together. Ten sailors from the USS South Dakota Submarine are here to take their motorcycle to Sturgis. The bike was donated by J&L Harley during the commissioning of the USS South Dakota Submarine. It represents the Battleship South Dakota on one side and the submarine on the…

Minnehaha Dive Team Takes Training to New Levels at Covell Lake

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- About a month ago Minnehaha County Emergency Management Dive Operations responded to Covell Lake for a water rescue. Two kayakers had overturned. One was rescued; the other drowned. Saturday the dive team was back at Covell Lake, this time for training.  Training is an important part of the Minnehaha County Emergency Management Dive Operations Team. When on…

South Dakotans Deploying For Hurricane Barry

SOUTH DAKOTA- The tropical storm named Barry has made landfall in Louisiana. People there are now receiving some help from the heartland. The American Red Cross is sending three South Dakotans to help with hurricane relief efforts. Volunteers like Vicki Johns will help with support in evacuation centers for those displaced by the storm. Johns has been volunteering with the…

State Lawmaker Criticizes Congressman Johnson’s Peace Corps Vote

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-A recent vote by South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is causing quite a “dust up” here at home. It concerns cutting funding for the Peace Corps. Now a state lawmaker and former Peace Corps volunteer is speaking out. “This is in Morocco, a few years ago, when I was setting up training and I was visiting the site…

Concerns Over Plastic Bags in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Millennium Recycling in Sioux Falls is no longer accepting plastic bags. Now one environmental group is pushing back against the use of plastic bags altogether.  Travis Entenman enjoys walking the trails and looking out at the Big Sioux River, but recently something caught his attention that has him concerned.   “Trees had plastic hanging from it. There was…

Community Comes Together to Help Local World War II Veteran

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls man has done a lot to help his country. Now he has found help in his neighbors as he’s experiencing new struggles in life. Recently Claude Hone has had a lot more visitors to his house.  “It’s most exciting, I tell you, there’s so much going on all the time,” said Claude. He welcomes…

Local Organization Promotes Skating

SIOUX FALLS, S.D- A group of skaters and enthusiasts are working to bring a competition level community skatepark to central Sioux Falls. To do that, the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association is working to raise money to build it. They’re also working to build better relations with the community. Members of the group say there’s often a negative stigma associated with…

Local Program Helps the Homeless Run Half Marathon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Running a half marathon is a big feat. So a new Sioux Falls program called Up and Running Again aims to help people reach that 13.1 mile mark. However, this program isn’t just about finishing a race, many are running for a bigger purpose.  It’s 6:30 in the morning and several runners are ready to hit the…

Pop-up Park in Downtown Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- July is National Park and Recreation Month, so the Sioux Falls Parks and Rec. Department is celebrating with a pop-up park. For the entire month, you can find the temporary park at Phillips Avenue Plaza downtown. Pop-up parks take an open cement area and add park-like features such as flowers and green space. Each week, there will…

Holiday Patrols on the Water

LAKE POINSETT, S.D.-The water is a popular place this holiday week. That means more patrols will be out on several lakes around South Dakota, including Lake Poinsett. If you’re thinking of going boating for the holidays, you may run into Conservation Officer Dan Sternhagen. “We’re basically the policemen of the water,” said Sternhagen. His job is to patrol and make…

Family Speaks Out About Sanford Surgeon Under Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The daughter of one of Dr. Wilson Asfora’s patients is speaking out. This comes after Sanford Health and Neurosurgeon Dr. Asfora are being sued over allegations of fraud and unnecessary surgeries. The lawsuit alleges that Asfora sold devices to Sanford through his company, then convinced patients to undergo unnecessary spinal surgeries using those devices, some of which…

What to Know About New Constitutional Carry Law

DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- Several new laws are going into effect July 1st in South Dakota, including the Constitutional Carry Law. It allows people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota. KDLT’s Miranda Paige has more on what you need to know before you carry. There’s no place Matt Schlueter would rather be than the gun range. He…

Local Program Aims to Combat the “Summer Slide”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Just because schools out for the summer doesn’t mean the learning is finished for students at Hayward, Hawthorne and Laura B. Anderson Elementary Schools in Sioux Falls. That’s because some kids are participating in the Summer Climb program. “I’ve been learning to read more and learning more of math,” said Braylin Meidinger, who will be going into…

Bikers Ride for Survivors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-You may have seen a group of motorcyclists riding through town Sunday. They were driving on a tri-state trip all for an important cause. The non-profit Survivors Joining For Hope held their second annual Ride for Survivors Poker Run. Over 140 bikers rode in support of families who have been affected by suicide. They started in Sioux Falls…

Stepping Out for Diabetes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Some folks are at risk of developing diabetes and they don’t even know it. The South Dakota Diabetes Coalition held its first-ever Stepping Out For Diabetes event Saturday. Organizers focused on raising awareness and offered education about the disease and what can lead up to it. Some people have prediabetes without knowing it, which is when their blood…

9th Annual Battle of the Badges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-There was some friendly competition between South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Saturday. The ninth annual Battle of the Badges fundraiser brought officers from departments statewide to Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls. The softball tournament gives everyone a chance to bond, but there’s an even deeper meaning. The purpose of the event is to remember officers who died in…

What to Know Before Fireworks Go on Sale Tomorrow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For many families setting off fireworks is a fun Fourth of July tradition. Starting June 27th, South Dakotans can shop for fireworks. “I recommend shopping at a reputable place and ask questions. Make sure you’re getting what’s appropriate for you and appropriate for where you’re using your fireworks,” said Kevin Lorenzen, Owner of Pyro City Fireworks of…