Rebecca David

National Guard Members Return From Puerto Rico

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Four South Dakota National Guard soldiers are back in town after helping with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. It’s been about two and a half months since Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory and many Puerto Ricans are still struggling to live without electricity or clean running water. “Every tree is down, people are still struggling, people…

Community Reflects on Copper Lounge Collapse

Tomorrow Marks One Year Since Collapse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Tomorrow marks one year since downtown Sioux Falls was shaken to its core by the Copper Lounge collapse. Although the rubble has been cleaned up and plans to rebuild a new business there have started, the community is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy. “Quite a traumatic event for a lot of people. I mean…

Program Designed To Help Students With Special Needs a Success So Far

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s the first of its kind in the Sioux Falls School District, a program designed to help kids with special needs enhance their learning through movement. Teachers at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School say it’s making a difference in students’ lives. Marrina Kaun loves to encourage her students. As a teacher, she knows the importance reinforcement can…

LifeScape in Need of Help After Losing 250,000 in Adult Food Assistance Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux empire organization is in desperate need of the community’s help after a huge loss in funding from a federal food assistance program. On this worldwide “Day of giving” they hope to meet the needs of those, who count on them the most. Ardellla Kjergaard loves to bake. “Make cookies,” says LifeScape Resident, Kjergaard She also…

Shoppers Fill Businesses for Small Business Saturday

LUVERNE, MN- Thanksgiving Day might be over, but the array of sales isn’t done quite yet. While Black Friday may have been the talk of the town a few days ago, things have now shifted over and small businesses are causing some chatter. On any given Saturday, you can find Stacy Riphagen helping her customers at Dragonfly and it’s very…

Annual Jingle Bell Run Brings in Crowd At Fawick Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Experts say more than three million people in the United States are affected by arthritis. Today, members of the Arthritis Foundation invited people to pull out their funkiest and best holiday gear and go for a run around Fawick Park. The foundation’s “Jingle Bell Run” raises money to find a cure for arthritis. This year’s honorary youth, Taylor…

Mattel Launching Hijab Barbie

It’s modeled after a U.S. Olympic athlete Ibtihaji Muhammad

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It won’t hit stores this holiday season, but soon parents can buy a gift for their kids that breaks barriers. Mattel has released plans for its newest Barbie that will wear a hijab. It’s modeled after a U.S. Olympic athlete. One South Dakota mom is thrilled with this meaningful addition to the popular doll line. “I even called…

SF Woman Starts Project To Help Homeless Women

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Experts say the average age of a homeless person in Sioux Falls is eight years old. These are children who typically have parents in need. A Sioux Falls woman is hoping to ease some of their burdens specifically moms by giving them basic necessities they often lack. “You can help a person retain their dignity by them having…

Police: Construction site thefts on the rise

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Empire construction company is warning other businesses, after their trailer and almost all the tools inside of it were stolen. The incident happened last week, police say as the area grows, that means more construction projects and more of these crimes. Jill Young left the jobsite last Tuesday for the day with her company’s trailer…

Arrowhead Parkway Construction Wraps up Wednesday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- With the holiday season upon us, the roads are only going to get busier. That includes Arrowhead Parkway on the east side of Sioux Falls, where construction is wrapping up. The major road which brings in more than 18,000 drivers a day was under work since August. Now drivers and businesses are looking forward to a smoother…

Salvation Army Gives Families Free Thanksgiving Food

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  With thanksgiving just a few days away, the Salvation Army is making sure families have just the right ingredients they need to enjoy the day with their families. Since Friday, the organization has been handing out “Harvest of Hope” thanksgiving basket giveaways. The free giveaway is a collaboration with Avera Hospital. All of the food and baskets…

E.coli Found in Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek Pose Public Health Risk

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Environmentalists are warning Sioux Empire residents of a harmful bacteria that was recently found in the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek, but the city of Sioux Falls say this news shouldn’t stress people out. The water may look clean and fresh, but it’s definitely something that isn’t drinkable. Just recently, new research came out saying the…

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Popping Up in Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A highly contagious and common children’s disease is starting to appear around the Sioux Empire, but doctors say there is a way for parents to reduce the risk of their child getting hand, foot, and mouth disease. It’s not pretty and it’s not fun. Sores and rashes around kids’ mouths and feet. Hand, foot and mouth disease…

Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Work Place

SIOUX FALLS,S.D.-Allegations of sexual harassment have become a hot button issue across the nation affecting many in Hollywood, and the political arena. In light of the issue, we spoke with an expert to clear up confusion on behavior and language that crosses the line. Nichole Mohning has been a partner with Cutler Law Firm for 10 years and knows that…

Organizations Help Veteran Settle in New Home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A former homeless veteran was honored today by two Sioux Falls organizations that helped him settle into his new apartment. Step Up for Hero’s members and the U.S. Military Vets motorcycle club gathered at the Furniture Mission and helped load furniture for the veteran. All of the furniture was gifted to him for free by the Furniture…

From Vietnam Aircraft Pilot To Crop Sprayer Pilot

SCOTLAND, S.D.- It wasn’t until a gag order was lifted in 1999, that a former aircraft pilot and Vietnam veteran says he was allowed to talk about the Vietnam War. On this Veteran’s day, he’s sharing his experience and what it meant for him to serve at the time and his message to former and current men and women serving….

Sioux Falls Company Launches Customized Screen Protectors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Imagine customizing your phone screen protector to have a picture of your pet, your favorite sport, or even food? Thanks to a Sioux Falls business man and his company, now you can. It’s the first of its kind screen protector that’s unbreakable, reusable, and comes in different customized designs. “It’s brand new, it’s never been done before. Every…