Author: Tom Hanson

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota Purple Heart Recipient Honored

Purple Heart recipients from all over the country met in new Windsor, New York for a special gathering. It’s called the Purple Heart Patriot Mission #1. It’s a lot like the honor flights, only this one focuses on those who were wounded in battle and received a Purple Heart Medal. A South Dakota man is among those in New York…

Lennox Parade Draws Big Crowd

KDLT News Teams with Alzheimer's Association of S.D.

LENNOX, S.D.- Its one of the largest Independence Day parades in small town South Dakota. We’re talking about the Lennox 4th of July parade. The KDLT News crew teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota once again this year. Volunteers donned purple and handed out candy and stickers promoting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 14th at…

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota’s First Presidential Leadership Scholar

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – She’s been a television reporter, advertising company owner, candidate for mayor and mom to a two-year-old. Now, she’s a Presidential Leadership Scholar. No one would ever accuse Jolene Loetscher of sitting still. The last six months have been a blur for Loetscher and husband, Nate Burdine, who has been holding down the fort, so to…

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota’s Miss Amazing Teen 2019

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, around 150 girls and women with disabilities and their families come together for Miss Amazing’s national summit. Each year, families bond over shared experiences and establish lasting friendships. This year, six of those girls will be from South Dakota. Taylor Putnam is South Dakota’s Miss Amazing Teen 2019 and we think she’s Someone…

Someone You Should Know: New Colman Veterans Memorial Park Organizer

Colman Community Support

COLMAN, S.D. – In Colman, a small town of fewer than 600 people, there is something new going on. Leaders have organized the construction of a veteran’s memorial park. The monument stones and statues are in place, but it’s not quite finished. The man spearheading the project is no stranger to being in charge. “We’ve had a lot of people…

Lightning Strikes Mitchell Church

First Lutheran Church Damaged

Photo Courtesy KORN Radio MITCHELL, SD- An apparent lightning strike damaged the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Neighbors say they heard a loud boom Friday night during a storm as it rolled through the Mitchell area. Saturday morning neighbors discovered chunks of concrete and rock on the church grounds and in the street. Authorities’ surrounded part of the church with…

James River Crash Victim Identified

Body & Van Found Near Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D.- Authorities have identified a man who died after his van left a road and wound up in the James River near Mitchell. The Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Abraham Ramos-Ramirez, of Huron, died after the vehicle entered the ditch, went through a barbed wire fence and into the river. His body was discovered Wednesday along the river’s west shore,…

South Dakota Officials Warn Tournament Travelers

Storm Will Impact Roads

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is reaching out to people who will be traveling for the state basketball tournaments in Rapid City, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. They encourage the people who are headed west towards the Rapid City area to be at their destination by Tuesday night. The heavy snow will begin Wednesday morning and will…

Johnson Votes to Overturn Emergency Declaration

South Dakota's Representative Says Emergency is Wrong Approach

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The U.S. House voted to block President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall. The measure rejects Trump’s declaration that there is a national emergency at the southwest border. South Dakota’s lone U.S. Representative, Dusty Johnson was one of 13 Republicans who voted for the blocking action. Johnson says an emergency…

Honoring Coach Rich Greeno

Group Raises Money for Bronze Sculpture

SIOUX FALLS, SD- The creation of a bronze sculpture of a legendary South Dakota track and cross-country coach is underway. Rich Greeno passed away in March of 2017 at the age of 88. He coached at both Lincoln High School and the University of Sioux Falls. A group called “The Friends of Rich Greeno” raised $125,000 for the memorial It…

Sioux Falls Man Connected to Russian Agent Indicted

Paul Erickson Accused of Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A Sioux Falls man connected to a Russian woman convicted of acting as a Russian agent is facing charges of his own. Paul Erickson is charged with 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Erickson was often seen in and around Sioux Falls and Washington, D.C. with his girlfriend Maria Butina, a Russian citizen. According…

Top Stories of 2018: A Historic Election, Massive House Demolition, and an Execution

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  A historic election includes a visit from the president, the demolition of a massive house captivates onlookers, and a family takes a step toward closure, years after a heinous act. We take a look back at some of the top stories of 2018. History was made in South Dakota politics this year, voters elected their first female…

Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Martin

Twin Engine Plane From Aberdeen

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption The pilot of twin-engine plane made an emergency landing this morning near Martin, in Southwestern South Dakota. The Martin Volunteer Fire Department says 4 people were on board. They all walked away with minor injuries including a few cuts and bruises. At this point it not clear why the pilot had…

Someone You Should Know: Mayor Huether Prepares to Leave Office

No Lack of Passion For Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will soon end eight years as the City’s leader. Term limits prevent him from running in the April 10th election. The mayor shared his thoughts on leaving office in typical “My Man Mike” fashion, reflecting on his two terms ran us through a seesaw of emotions. “And he said I love…

Someone You Should Know: Longtime Businessman Runs for Mayor

Entenman Says Experience Has Prepared Him to Lead

As we head in to election season in Sioux Falls, we are profiling each of the seven candidates aiming for the mayor’s seat. This week’s “Someone You Should Know” is a man who says he has the experience in business and local government to help shape the future of Sioux Falls. 45 years ago Jim Entenman and his brother Lonny…

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Falls Man Creates Nationwide Cancer Survivor Network

SURVIVEiT

Matt Ellefson was diagnosed with lung cancer and given 8 months to live. Eight years later, Matt is still here. He used those years to change the way patients all over the country fight cancer. He’s given people diagnosed with the disease two precious gifts. The gift of time and the gift of hope and it all started with a…