Author: Miranda Paige

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…

Governor Noem Releases AG Report on Minnehaha County’s Top Prosecutor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota’s Attorney General has completed his investigation into the extended absence of Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan. The investigation came at the request of Governor Kristi Noem. In a report released today by Noem, the attorney general lays out what led up to McGowan’s absence from work from July 13th to mid-September. According to…

Returning Home: Our Lady of Guadalupe Recovers From Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In December, a fire broke out at Our Lady Of Guadalupe destroying the church. Church leaders believe it was started accidentally by a tipped over candle. It tested everyone’s faith. Services were temporarily held in the gymnasium next door, but now the church has been remodeled.  ” After waiting through an uncomfortable situation, we’re happy with the…

Wet Year Affecting Construction Industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The wet year is causing trouble for the construction industry. According to Amdahl Construction, many companies are behind on projects like excavation, sewer and water, and landscaping. March flooding made it difficult for crews to make progress early on in the season and any projects they try to start now get interrupted by the rain.   “It’s been…

Support and Reflection After Tornadoes Hit Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Weeks after the tornadoes hit Sioux Falls, support is still rolling in. City officials were surprised this week by a special pick-me-up from far away. 1,300 miles away in West Virginia, second graders at Skyview Elementary heard about the tornadoes. So they sent the city some hand drawn art. “Just wanted to send pictures and notes of support and…

Too Much Rain at the Wrong Time For Local Church

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been a wet year. Between the flooding in March and more rain this week, some Sioux Falls organizations say they can’t catch a break, including Hilltop United Methodist Church off Bahnson Avenue. While there’s no flooding in town, it’s a matter of too much rain at the wrong time.  Staff members are looking forward to dryer…