Author: Carleen Wild

Heavy Rains Inundate Region Closing Roads, Schools

SOUTH DAKOTA – With close to a foot of rain reported in some areas over the past 48 hours, major roads are closed and evacuations are once again underway as rivers rise, fields and waterways flood, and sewer systems are overwhelmed. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is updating via social media its most up-to-date road closures. As of early Thursday…

City, Avera Officials to Provide Storm Updates in Combined Briefing This Morning

Mayor Paul Ten Haken told reporters, viewers and listeners during a live press conference early Wednesday, that the city and its partners would provide another storm recovery update at 10:30 a.m. Police briefing usually takes place at 10:30 a.m. at the downtown precinct. KDLT News will have a crew there and bring you the latest both on-air and online about…

Political Insiders Spar on Investigation of State Democratic Party, Redistricting

National politics are grabbing most of the headlines right now. Things are seemingly quiet in Pierre and state legislators, for the most part, are home in their respective districts and back to the full-time job of career and family. But there are still a lot of moving parts, especially ahead of the 2020 election year. Finance Director for the South…

Best Way to Borrow Wisely, College Students

If you've got to take out a loan, some sage advice for doing so, including - finish your degree!

If you’ve got to borrow money for college, be smart about it, Christina Lynn says. The financial advisor outlines just how much school debt we have as a nation, the average payment per month, what it’s doing to our kids, and her best advice to stay out of deep debt. Money tips for student loans: Take out the least amount…

Avera Health Recognized as Top 15 Health Care System in U.S.

Staff with Avera Health this week learned they have been recognized as one of the top healthcare systems in the nation. Representatives with IBM Watson Health attended Avera’s Quality Congress, a day-long event that recognizes the exceptional initiatives and quality care among staff, to make the surprise announcement. Avera Health is now considered among the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems. …

South Dakota Magazine Celebrates Special Trees in Our Lives

Most of us have a tree or two that has somehow shaped our lives, that we remember climbing on, or that hold special meaning. The latest issue of South Dakota Magazine pays tribute to some very special trees in the region. Publisher Katie Hunhoff joined us back in the studio with the inspiration for the September/October issue’s cover story and…

Loan Programs Available for Small Businesses in South Dakota

If you are looking to start a new business or expand an existing one but aren’t sure where to start, the Small Business Administration might have a program for you. Bill Manger, Associate Administrator, SBA HQ’s Office of Capital Access, was in South Dakota this week to talk about the funding opportunities that are available. Categories: KDLT News Today –…

Wired Wednesday: Online Safety for Your College Student

Watch where you're getting your wifi, and who you're allowing to see your location - two recommendations

We teach our kids to be wary of strangers when in person, but what about when they are online? As our kids get set to head off to college, cyber security expert Katie Shuck offers these reminders to students and their families to keep them safe – both in person and online.   Categories: Community, Community Top Story, KDLT News…

Violent Crime in Sioux Falls Becoming a Bigger Problem?

As the population climbs, Officer Sam Clemens says some overall growth is expected

Officer Sam Clemens, with the Sioux Falls Police Department spoke Thursday with KDLT News Today, in light of a recent spate of gun violence within the city. While recent reports would have many believing crime is on the rise locally, especially violent crimes, Clemens said overall crime numbers are actually down, and he and his fellow officers want to reassure…

Making the Grade: Back-to-School Tech for Your College Student

Will Bushee offers a few last-minute suggestions for kids of all ages

Stuck on a gift for your college-bound kid as they embark on a new phase of their tech-laden life and school career? One of our Wired Wednesday experts, Will Bushee joined us in the studio this week with a few of his favorite and user-friendly options. Categories: Health, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, Local News, News…

Deadline Today to Apply for FEMA Assistance

Pamela Saulsby reminds South Dakotas there is still time to get the help you need to recover

Pamela Saulsby doesn’t make it to the great state of South Dakota very often, but when she does, she’s more than willing to help roll up her sleeves and get any job done. There are a lot of our families, friends and neighbors hurting yet from this springs’ storms. If they or you haven’t yet registered for FEMA Assistance, the…

Political Pundits Offer Local Perspective on Recent Shootings

There are a lot of accusations being made about who may be to blame for recent mass shootings, or what – if anything – can be done about them. Especially, on Capitol Hill. Dave Roetman, State Finance Director for the South Dakota GOP and Reynold Nesiba, District 15’s Democratic Senator  DE weighed in Tuesday morning with their thoughts on current…

Singer-Songwriter Mark Mackay Makes the Most of a Stop in Sioux Falls with Lanco

The up-and-coming Nashville recording artist offers live venue with Local TV

Mark Mackay is going places, literally, with his music. Not only is the up-and-comer making quite a name for himself as a singer and songwriter, the Nashville-based musician is traveling the nation and world and having a ball, as he fights for a spot on the charts. Mackay stopped by the KDLT News Studio the morning after opening for Lanco…

Sioux Falls Again Tops Best Cities for Young Professionals

Smart Assets survey looks at nine different factors, what they are and who we beat out

Sioux Falls continues to be ranked at the top of a nationwide list of best cities for young professionals. This is the third year the annual ranking, done by SmartAsset, has put Sioux Falls at the top. Three-peat for Sioux Falls! ???? Get the details at https://t.co/Grw9WEdvzC pic.twitter.com/dfsZListGg — Paul TenHaken (@paultenhaken) August 1, 2019 Among the reasons for the…

Why You Shouldn’t Buy New If You’re on a Budget

New vehicles not only cost a pretty penny these days, their value also depreciates quickly once you leave the lot

You may feel like you can stretch that brand new car payment into your monthly bills, but oftentimes that’s when we really get ourselves into trouble. If it’s a stretch at all, don’t buy new, says financial expert, Christina Lynn of Lynn Financial. Instead, buy something cheaper, used and that will last. And then, she adds, put your money where…