Carleen Wild

Former Iowa Teacher To Change Plea in Sexual Exploitation Case

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – A former northwest Iowa fifth-grade teacher charged with multiple acts of sex abuse is expected to change his plea in a federal case filed against him. Court records say a plea hearing is scheduled June 11 in U.S. District Court in Sioux City for 36-year-old Curtis Van Dam. He’s already pleaded not guilty to a count…

Growing a New Class of Students From the Ground Up

How classrooms look has really changed in recent years, and few in our area look like the one Groundworks offers for area students. Check out why some local educators are hoping to get kids out and into the garden as often as possible and an event to support the program. Categories: Local News, News

Full Day of Activities Planned for June First Friday

Brienne Maner with Downtown SiouxFalls talks about the comeback of the downtown trolley, gratitude for the donors that are making the ride possible, and the whole slew of events, talent and food lined up for the party downtown this June 1st. Categories: Local News, News Tags: brienne maner, Downtown Sioux Falls, First Friday, Sioux Falls

Sears Closing Another 72 Stores

NEW YORK -Sears is closing another 72 stores after reporting a first-quarter losses and plunging sales. The struggling retailer says it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning profits, and 72 of those locations will be shuttered soon. Sears Holdings Corp., based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, lost $424 million, or $3.93 per share, in its first quarter….

Young Women Entering Cyber Security Field in Numbers Hard to Believe

“It’s unprecedented across the country,” said Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, an Associate Professor of Information Assurance and Forensics with Dakota State University. She, along with her colleague, Dr. Pam Rowland and student Kelley Criddle spoke with KDLT News in this week’s Wired Wednesday segment about the rapid rise in young women enrolling in majors including computer science, cyber operations, and network security and administration at DSU….

Why Home Prices Are Climbing Across the U.S.

WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices climbed in March with buyers paying a premium for ownership as the number of homes up for sale declines while mortgage rates rise. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released Tuesday increased 6.8 percent in March from a year earlier. The sharpest gains were in Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco. The home…

Nationwide “Spam Classic” Recall Announced

AUSTIN, Minn. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned chicken and pork in question was produced in February at the company’s plant in Fremont, Nebraska. The…

McCook Central Sophomore Earns National Title in Land Judging Competition

MITCHELL, S.D. – A high school student in eastern South Dakota has become a national champion after winning the National Land and Range Judging Contest. The Daily Republic reports that McCook Central High School sophomore Katelyn Winberg was awarded first place in homesite evaluation at the national competition held in Oklahoma City earlier this month. Land judging gives students the…

Pine Ridge Mother Sentenced After Toddlers Found Emaciated

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The mother of two toddlers found emaciated on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2016 has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after violating probation. Thirty-five-year-old Darcel Featherman recently admitted to possessing methamphetamine in March. In addition to having her federal probation revoked, Featherman also faces drug charges in state court. Her daughters live…

Watertown Woman Given Jail Time, Fine for Elder Abuse

PIERRE, S.D. – A Watertown woman has been ordered to serve about two months in jail and pay nearly $26,000 in restitution in an elder financial abuse case. The attorney general’s office says 60-year-old Barbara Lingenfelter used her mother’s assets for personal gain and failed to provide for her mother’s nursing care while having power of attorney. Lingenfelter pleaded guilty…

Unique Programming at New Tech High Helps Students Excel

It is a network of schools that aim to transform the way teachers teach and students learn. And if you’ve never heard of New Tech High School in Sioux Falls, the hands-on based academic approach to all of their programming is worth checking out. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News, School Zone Tags: hands on…

“It’s One of the Best Ways I’ve Had to Learn”

One of the student ambassadors for New Tech High explains why project-based learning works, how it’s changed her life and why other students at this alternative school in Sioux Falls can’t wait to get back into the classroom next fall. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News, School Zone Tags: alternative school, High School, New Tech…

5 Steps to Take at Work Toward a Healthier Life

One of the places we tend to spend the most time is also where we do the least to help our overall physical and mental well-being. Trisha Dohn of Well365, a Sioux Falls based corporate wellness consulting company, explains five ways you can improve your overall health even on the job. Categories: Local News, News Tags: corporate wellness, Mental Health,…

Open House Set for New Medical Complex, Cancer Center in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – Avera St. Mary’s in Pierre has scheduled a Sept. 30 public open house for its new $30 million medical facility. The building will house a $12 million cancer center funded in large part by the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The charitable trust was established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley. Construction began last summer and…

Federally Funded Clinics May Get Mandate on Abortion Referrals

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers. The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to…

Aberdeen to Remove Ash Trees to Prevent Ash Borer Infestation

ABERDEEN, S.D. – With an infestation of emerald ash borer insects almost a certainty at some point, Aberdeen is implementing a plan to remove ash trees from public rights of way. South Dakota’s Agriculture Department earlier this month confirmed the presence of the destructive insect in the state for the first time, in Sioux Falls. Officials in Pierre and Yankton…