Author: Carleen Wild

Free Children’s Dental Clinic

Oral health issues are among the leading causes of missed school days

More than 150 children are expected at Saturday’s free dental clinic in Sioux Falls where dentists, hygienists and others are scheduled to volunteer their time. Oral health issues are often an overlooked need for children. Whatever work those who are uninsured or under-insured might need is the goal for the crew at Children’s Dental Center and it will be done…

Benefit to Help Local Families with Disabilities

One Autumn Night helps fund programs made available through Lifescape

“One Autumn Night” is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a night out on the town, learn about an incredibly important program that serves the region in the meantime and help support these life-changing initiatives. Categories: KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News Today Interviews Tags: disabilities, lifescape, Sioux Falls

State Hand Corn Picking Contest Set for Saturday

Farm just northeast of Flandreau home to South Dakota annual event on Oct. 1

This annual tradition takes visitors and contestants back to the roots of farming. It is also a celebration of the work it takes to bring in the annual fall harvest – then and now. The state hand corn picking competition is hosted by the Jim Redder Farm each fall just northeast of Flandreau, South Dakota each fall. This family-friendly event…

Fall Fashion Finds for Weddings or a Night Out

As the blooms outside fade with the summer sun, florals stay in season

Chelsea Tracy from Chelsea’s Boutique in Downtown Sioux Falls gives us a look at some fun fashion trends as we go through the change of seasons, especially for those with wedding invites on their calendar. Categories: KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News Today Interviews Tags: Chelsea’s Boutique, cool weather, Downtown Sioux Falls, fall, fall fashion, Sioux Falls, weddings

Unique New DIY Workshop Opens in Sioux Falls

If learning how to use power tools has been on your bucket list, here's a great opportunity

  When Tracy Hinkkanen saw a really cool rustic wood sign that a friend had made in a picture on Facebook, she asked her friend where she had bought it. After learning it was something that her friend had made at a small new business in her hometown called AR Workshop, Hinkkanen knew it was something she needed to bring…

Sioux Falls Design Week

This 4th annual event is designed to engage, inspire

Celebrate design, challenge yourself to live outside the box, learn about history in the area, or try something new and fun with your home, life, community, or place of business. These are the opportunities ahead as Design Week 2017 gets set to kick off in Sioux Falls. The week-long event runs September 29th to October 7th, 2017. All programs are…

Setting Boundaries in a 24/7 Job

Rural journalist details the steps she's taken to create best life-work balance

In town for the Women & Media Conference in Sioux Falls, the editor of the News-Monitor in southeastern North Dakota stopped by KDLT studios for a candid conversation about what it means to work in a 24/7 job where the opportunities are seemingly never-ending to report the news. She also emphasized the role communities can play in shaping their own…

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Avera Health Systems takes additional measures to prevent and address addiction

The opioid epidemic has been relatively little talked about in South Dakota, until recently. Health care providers are seeing an uptick in the number of addicts presenting for care, and communities are feeling the impact. Avera has an upcoming continuing education conference in October on the epidemic, the details of which are outlined in the interview above.  Dr. Tad Jacobs…

Family Health & Safety Event Planned

Many resources available for families at weekend event in Sioux Falls

Making health and fitness fun is the goal for an upcoming event in Sioux Falls. Health Connect of South Dakota is again hosting its fall Health & Safety Festival this Saturday, September 23. There will be opportunities to check your child’s oral health and physical health, get them a haircut, get them fingerprinted so that you have that record, you…

Athleta Coming to Sioux Falls’ Empire Mall

Premier women's clothing brand set to open by end of October

Athleta, the premier performance apparel brand exclusively for women and girls, will soon be open at the Empire Mall. Empire officials announced early Tuesday that the opening will be complete by the end of October inside the mall’s main entrance off of 41st Street, adjacent to LOFT. It will be the retailer’s first location in South Dakota. “We are thrilled…

Mayors Big Sioux Water Summit

New partnerships are forming in an effort to clean up a South Dakota lifeline

Sediment and e-coli bacteria are two of the biggest challenges facing the Big Sioux River in South Dakota, according to Barry Berg, the Watershed Coordinator for the East Dakota Water Development District. Berg joined KDLT Monday morning in advance of the Big Sioux Water Summit Wednesday in Watertown. He discussed the partnerships forming to improve water quality and outlined why…

Most Common Back-to-School Illnesses

This time of year, the kids are bound to get sick and here's why ...

The common cold, strep throat, gastrointestinal issues – there are some common back-to-school bugs pediatricians see this time every year. Dr. Laura Whittington of Sanford Health sits down with KDLT between appointments to talk about what she’s seeing already this fall, what’s worth a trip into the doctor to get checked out, and her best piece of advice to keep…

“That Was the Worst Day of My Life”

KDLT's Rebecca David and her father share their unique perspective on 9/11

Born in a refugee camp in Uganda, Rebecca David, a reporter with KDLT, never knew her father. He had left the family three months before her birth to try and find a way out of the camp, and their civil war-torn home country of South Sudan. His dream for them all was refuge in the United States. But the week…

C-Span Cities Tour Finds Great Local Stops

Production crew makes its way through South Dakota

“We have been blown away, not just by the stories we’re covering and the people that we’ve met, but also your beautiful landscape,” Ashley Hill, a producer from the C-Span Cities Tour, told KDLT when we caught up with them between interviews this past week. The crew was in South Dakota to film a series of interviews for an upcoming…

More Students Taking, Scoring Well on ACT

South Dakota Department of Education releases latest numbers

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota saw a significant increase in the percentage of graduating seniors who took the ACT in 2017, while the state’s average composite score remained above the national average and down slightly from 2016. South Dakota’s average ACT score for 2017 was 21.8, compared to the national average of 21.0 and last year’s statewide average of 21.9….

Sanford Health Creates Veterans’ Department

Goal is to help streamline care and services for those who have served.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health has announced the launch of a new department to help streamline care for veterans, military personnel and their families across the health system’s region. Paul Weckman, a veteran who held several leadership positions during his more than 26 years of distinguished active duty service in the U.S. Navy, will lead the department.    “The support…

Sioux Falls Marathon Preview

The race will see its largest number of runners yet - what that means for traffic, and the local economic impact.

Runners from all over the world will be in the Sioux Empire this weekend for the Sioux Falls Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Miracle Race. We get a preview of those who will be in town, insight on the growing number of runners here locally, and the impact the race will have on the local economy from Bryan Miller, with the…

New Goal for United Way Annual Campaign

This year's hope is to top $10 million to help fill the gap for much needed services in and around the Sioux Empire.

Olivia Essig from the United Way previews the September 12 announcement of this year’s fundraising goal for the organization. Last year, the Sioux Empire community helped the United Way fund more than $10 million in grants to dozens of organizations. Volunteers this year have gone through applications and determined where the funds are needed most, with a specific focus looking…

KDLT Partners With Red Cross Dakota Region

Volunteer training, deployment, and other relief efforts to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are underway.

KDLT, along with our partners at Red River Broadcasting, are teaming up to help raise funds and resources for the Red Cross Dakota Region, as they work to assist in the recovery efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Jennifer Ross, Executive Director of the Red Cross in Eastern South Dakota, and Abbie Peterson VanConant, Chief Development Officer, joined us Friday morning on…

September’s 1st Friday Event

Downtown Sioux Falls is brimming with activity for the whole family at the start of the holiday weekend.

The revitalization of downtown Sioux Falls is fully on display to anyone who ventures into the heart of the city right now. New buildings are going up in nearly every direction, old buildings are being restored, store fronts once vacant are full again, and there are inviting aromas everywhere wafting out onto the sidewalk, giving passers-by just a small sample…