Author: Miranda Paige

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…

City of Sioux Falls Considers Changing Beekeeping Regulations

For Sioux Falls residents who have been thinking about taking up beekeeping as a hobby in the backyard, it may soon be allowed. Right now there’s a ban on raising bee colonies in the city. However, two city council members are taking the first steps to change that.  Not only are bee populations diminishing, but Sioux Falls City Councilor Theresa…

Town Hall Meeting: Parents and Students Discuss Vaping

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- With the rise of vaping related illnesses and deaths across the U.S., the Sioux Falls School District hosted a town hall meeting. It was an open discussion with parents and students about vaping and the dangers. Around 80 people, parents and students attended the event. Avera Pulmonologist Dr. Anthony Hericks specializes in the respiratory system. He spoke…

Low Numbers and High Waters for 2019 Pheasant Hunting Season

ARMOUR, S.D.-Pheasant season is just around the corner in South Dakota. However, hunters around the state may run into a few challenges this season because of an unusually wet year. At South Dakota Pheasant Acres in Armour they’re eager for the weekend because it’s the first time they’ll be out in the private fields this year. “All of us look…

Avera Behavioral Health Center Recovering From Storm Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Avera Health is starting to recover and slowly get everything back to normal after three tornadoes hit the city two weeks ago. A number of Avera’s facilities fell victim to the storm, including the Behavioral Health Center, which officials say sustained the most damage.  “There was debris literally everywhere within a half mile of here. There was…

What is an Impeachment Inquiry? Political Science Professor Explains

VERMILLION, S.D.- This is the fourth time in American history that the U.S. House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry into a president, but what exactly does that mean?        Dr. Michael Card, a USD Political Science Professor says it’s a rare time in U.S. history. “Doesn’t happen very often. There are only two presidents have been impeached so far…

Dell Rapids School District Installing Vape Sensors

DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- According to the South Dakota Department of Health, nearly 20 percent of high school students are using e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are banned on school grounds, but one high school is taking things a step further to catch kids vaping in secret. In the Dell Rapids School District, officials are fighting back against the vaping epidemic. Over the past…

Storm Causes Handy Man Home Remodeling Center to Temporarily Relocate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Handy Man Home Remodeling Center in Sioux Falls usually helps customers with their own remodeling projects. However, after the mess left behind by straight line winds last week, they have some huge remodeling projects of their own. “The wind got under the roof and blew the decking and the insulation and rubber roof right off the…

Local School Moves Towards Modern Classroom Layout

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  More schools are moving away from the traditional classroom look and taking on a more modern layout. In the high school classrooms at Sioux Falls Christian Schools, they’ve created what they call a “21st Century Learning Area.” In each class, students can choose from different types of seating. There’s hi-top coffee shop seating and rolly chairs.  “There…

Hy-Vee Offering Free Heart Health Screenings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of men and women in the US. In Sioux Falls, Hy-Vee is offering a way for people to check their heart health for free without having to go to the doctor’s.  “It’s estimated that every one American, every 40 seconds has a myocardial infarction or heart attack. So as…

Inmates Help with Storm Cleanup

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The three tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls Tuesday night left quite a mess, so the city is using all the help they can get. Inmates from the South Dakota Penitentiary are pitching in at the debris drop off sites around town. According to Mayor Paul TenHaken, there are around 10 inmates helping out at each site. They’re directing…

Taking a Break From Storm Cleanup

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been a busy week of cleaning up for people in the Sioux Falls area. So one organization invited people to take a break and have some fun. On Sept. 14th, GreatLIFE held their block party for the grand re-opening of their bowling center Suburban Lanes. At the free event everyone got to bowl while enjoying hot dogs…

Extensive Flooding Causes Damage in Madison

MADISON, S.D- Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding across eastern South Dakota. In Madison they received almost 12 inches of rain over the past couple days. Neighbors off North Prairie Avenue in Madison are all pretty close. They get together for the fun times, but are also there for one another on the tough days. Water is flowing through the…

City of Sioux Falls Responds to Tornado Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Folks around the Sioux Falls area woke up this morning to debris and destruction left behind by last night’s storm. According to the National Weather Service, three tornadoes hit the city’s south side around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. One of them crossed over 41st street, which is lined with businesses. All around Sioux Falls there’s damage to trees, property…

City of Sioux Falls Launches New Visual Identity Initiative

SIOUX FALLS, SD- As the city of Sioux Falls grows, officials say it’s time to create more unity among all the organizations who call it home. So the city is rebranding its image. A new project is in the works, focused on creating a new “visual identity” that will represent the entire city. “To actually give Sioux Falls a singular identity…

Neighborhood Watch Group Creates a Sense of Safety

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Many residents across Sioux Falls are working to improve their neighborhoods and make them feel safer. One way they’re doing this is by starting a neighborhood watch group. When you move into the Cathedral Historic District in Sioux Falls, you’ll receive a welcome kit. “Gives them information about who their neighbors are, so that right away they can…

Someone You Should Know: Marathon Man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-In life there are hurdles we come across, but sometimes they can lead to something good. One Sioux Falls runner went through a tough time in his life, but chose not to let it hold him back. Now he’s about to reach his biggest milestone yet.  Pat Schwebach is always running. It’s not only one of his favorite…

Sioux Falls Organizations Activate Incident Command Center to Help Floridians

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Hurricane Dorian appears to be changing course, moving up along the eastern seaboard meaning Florida could be out of the crosshairs. However, two medical care providers in Sioux Falls are pulling their resources together just in case. Friday the Good Samaritan Society activated their incident command center at their national campus in Sioux Falls. The main goal is…