Author: Miranda Paige

Someone You Should Know: Planning with a Purpose

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls man is working behind the scenes to help others in the community. Throughout the year, there are ways for thousands of people to give the gift of life and they’re made possible in part by his hard work. For the past three years, Scheels Event Coordinator Alex Koob has helped make an impact in…

Strong Winds Create Flooding Concerns at Lake Poinsett

LAKE POINSETT, S.D.-It’s been a tough couple weeks for folks at Lake Poinsett. They’ve dealt with rain and flooding and now they’re being hit again by mother nature. Strong winds are creating big waves on the lake. Some of the waves are crashing hard against shorelines. A big concern right now for residence is protecting homes and businesses. A local excavating…

What Happens to Blood Once it’s Donated?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Many of us have donated blood before and it can be a good feeling to help others, but what exactly happens to your blood? There’s a whole process blood must go through before it can be used for transfusions to help people. Each person can donate a liter of blood, which can help up to three patients….

The Season to Sign Up for Swim Lessons

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-During the summer time kids are more likely to be around water like pools or lakes. It’s often around this time of year many reports of child drownings come in. Experts say the best way to keep a child safe around water is to teach them how to swim. 15-month-old Arlow loves to be in the water. His…

Planet Fitness Offering Teens Free Gym Access This Summer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls gym franchise is working to promote fitness at a younger age, so they’re offering free gym access to teens. This summer at Planet Fitness in Sioux Falls, high schoolers ages 15 to 18 can workout for free. This is a part of the organization’s nationwide ‘Teen Summer Challenge’ initiative. According to a 2017 survey…

‘Arc of Dreams’ Pieces Arrive in Downtown Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The skyline of Downtown Sioux Falls will soon change as a massive addition to the Sculpture Walk arrives from western South Dakota. Using three semi-trucks, pieces of the ‘Arc of Dreams’ were hauled from Sturgis Friday and then to the Raven Industries parking lot in downtown Sioux Falls Saturday morning. The final product will be two steel sculptures…

Hundreds Walk at Sertoma Park for Mental Health Awareness

SIOUX FALLS, S.D-Experts say in a given year, one in five adults will be affected by mental illness. So on Saturday folks hit the trail to show their support. More than 400 people walked a 5K at Sertoma Park for the National Alliance of Mental Illness or NAMI. Each May, the NAMI Walks is held for National Mental Health Awareness…

Local Ministry Supplies Bikes for People in Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Many of us don’t have to worry about how we’re going to get around town, but for some it’s a big concern. So one local ministry is helping out those in need. Michael Schmitz doesn’t have a car, so he uses his bike to get around town. “Everytime I leave my house I’m usually on my bike for…

The Power of Rebranding: Organizations Revamping Image

If it feels like we’ve had a lot of rebranding stories lately,  you’re right. University Center, Sioux Falls Catholic Schools and Dakota State University all made changes this month. Now, another organization is looking to revamp its image. The City of Sioux Falls, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation are working together to…

Former South Dakota Governor Supports Palisades Expansion Project

GARRETSON, S.D.- Palisades State Park in Garretson is expanding and former Governor Dennis Daugaard is putting vocal and monetary support towards the project. While in office, Daugaard focused on enlarging South Dakota’s park system. Even though he’s now retired, he wants to continue to help out as state parks are one of his passions. “Palisades State Park being one of…

City of Brandon to Add Crosswalk Safety Upgrades

BRANDON, S.D.- The city of Brandon is making changes to some crosswalks thanks to the hard work of an 11-year-old boy. Back in October, Ryley Mckeown was hit by a truck at a crosswalk while riding his bike. He was okay and ever since he’s advocated for safer crosswalks in Brandon, including speaking to city councilors. This week, they rearranged…

Letter Carriers Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-May 11th was a busy day for letter carriers across the nation and in South Dakota. They were not only delivering mail, but trying to help the hungry. Postal workers and other volunteers participated in the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In Sioux Falls, letter carriers like Jamie Buckley picked up non-perishable food donations while out…

Someone You Should Know: Roosevelt Teacher Awarded for Music Education

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A local music teacher is getting national attention from the country music world all while inspiring her students. Choir class at Roosevelt High School is Robyn Starks Holcomb’s stage. She expresses her passion for music and the arts through teaching.      “The arts were just so much a part of my upbringing and shaping who I was….

Small Businesses Embracing Online Presence

Dell Rapids, S.D.-Experts say small businesses make up 99 percent of the businesses in South Dakota.  Some of those stores and companies are finding new ways to thrive thanks to the internet. However one Dell Rapids shop started out ahead of the curve. At the Mason Jar Boutique in Dell Rapids, staff are working on packaging orders that’ll be sent…

Spring Planting Season Delayed

VIBORG, S.D.- Local farmers are eager to get out in the fields, but conditions still aren’t ideal for planting. In Viborg, some farmland is still underwater. Farmers say it’s going to be another tough planting season. “It’s still plenty mucky underneath. There’s still a lot of low spots that, you know aren’t going to get planted and things like that….

New Hope For Families Who Lost Autism Therapy Coverage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Back in January, some South Dakotans lost autism therapy coverage for their kids because it was no longer covered by insurance. Now, there may be new hope for those families with a new insurance proposal. Every week, two-and-a-half-year-old R.J. goes to ABA or applied behavioral analysis therapy. It’s for kids with autism and focuses on improving specific…

South Dakota Celebrates National Small Business Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99 percent of South Dakota businesses. They help create jobs in the state and are active in their communities by helping with service projects and supporting non-profits. May 5th-11th is National Small Business Week. People are encouraged to stop by local small businesses to support, and thank…

Sioux Falls Making Sidewalks ADA Compliant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Some folks have a hard time getting around town in Sioux Falls. That’s because not all sidewalks are ADA compliant. By law they have to be, so the city is working on the problem. Even though construction can be a pain, Vicki Kerkvliet welcomes it. When sidewalks are cracked it makes it tough for her to get…