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KDLT News Today Live Updates Throughout Morning

Station remains off-air due to flooding

While KDLT remains off the air due to flooding around the station, our crews are working this morning to bring you the latest updates online. Morning co-anchor and reporter Simon Floss is out in the city with producer Karl Letsche this Friday for the latest on local flooding and what you need to know as you head out the door…

Flandreau Monitoring Downtown Partial Building Collapse

Surrounding businesses close while decision is made on how to proceed

Thursday’s driving rain exacerbated the deterioration of a downtown historic building in Flandreau. Residents were evacuated from their apartments and neighboring businesses closed as stones fell off of the back of the building on 2nd Avenue. Firefighters and local police spent the day monitoring the situation while city officials met with the building’s owner, out of Sioux Falls. Residents throughout…

Update: DOT Fully Reopens I90 in South Dakota

Interstate from Wall to Chamberlain cleared for travel

UPDATE After two days of closures due to this latest winter storm, the Department of Transportation has finally been able to clear and reopen I90 between Rapid City and Chamberlain. Officials say Interstate 90 is now completely open, with the last stretch from Wall to Chamberlain opened at 10 a.m. CDT, both east and westbound lanes. #sdwx #ulmer — SDDOT…

Mayor Asks Residents Limit Water Usage, Do Not Drive Around Barriers

Mayor Paul TenHaken takes to social media this morning to ask residents to cooperate best as possible while both the city itself and a growing number of residents deal with floodwaters. Storm update from our incident command center. Please share to get the word out. #OneSiouxFalls Posted by Paul TenHaken on Thursday, March 14, 2019 Categories: KDLT News Today, Local…

Partial Dam, Bridge Wash Out in Northern Nebraska

The State Patrol, County officials and Game & Parks are working to rescue residents stranded in flooding

The Nebraska State Patrol is advising emergency travel only in a north central section of the state after a partial dam collapse and bridge washout. Part of the Spencer Dam, which is about 100 miles southwest of Yankton, washed out earlier today after being compromised by high waters along the Niobrara River. Highway 281 is now closed until further notice…

The Latest: South Dakota State Offices Closed Amid Blizzard

Blowing snow reduces visibility at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. A window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)PIERRE, S.D. – The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and…

What Facebook’s New Privacy Efforts Mean for You

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he is rethinking the company’s approach to social media, and is promising better protections for consumer privacy. “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” includes a plan that will rely largely on encrypting conversations, merging the conversation platforms between Facebook, Instagram and What’s App, and reducing the permanency of those conversations where desired. While these…

“It’s the Funniest Show to Make You Cry”

Steel Magnolias gets ready for March run at Sioux Empire Community Theatre

Director Robin Byrne tells KDLT News Today that one of the reasons he is so excited about the production of Steel Magnolias, is his own personal connection to the storyline. One of the main characters lives with Type 1 diabetes. But actors Emily Wilson and Terry Zerfas add, there is so much more to the production – everyone, they say,…

“We Have the Potential to Improve Patient Care for Each Veteran We Test.”

More targeted treatments the goal of a $25 million gift from Denny Sanford to Veterans Affairs

Determining the most effective medications for U.S. veterans in need of treatment, is the goal of a new partnership between Sanford Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft announced Tuesday morning, a $25 million gift from philanthropist Denny Sanford to fund a precision medicine initiative for U.S. veterans. The program, which launches this year…

What to Expect During the Last Days of the 2019 Legislative Session

GOP and Democratic strategists outline the biggest opportunities to come out of the 2019 Legislative Session, and the biggest disappointments. Dave Roetman and Sam Parkinson touch on hemp, the budget, and what to watch for in the coming weeks as South Dakota legislators get set to wrap up their work for another year. Categories: KDLT News Today, Local News, News…

The Best Way to Handle Those Unfinished Taxes

If you hate doing taxes and put it off until the last minute, you’re not doing it right, says personal finance expert, Christina Lynn, of Lynn Financial. The biggest mistakes she says people make include people not understanding the fees involved when they sign up for a tax refund advance, fearing the IRS, and not educating themselves on the tax system….

Out and About with Kali: Week of March 11

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations help kick off and end this week, can you believe it’s already here? Bundle up for this weekend’s parade! And enjoy all of the festivities throughout the region between now and then. Kali Trautman with The Event Company gives us some options to get out this week! St. Patrick’s Day Party for Kids Wednesday, March 13…

Trump 2020 Budget Seeks $8.6B for Wall

Office of Management and Budget staff delivers President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget outline to the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 11, 2019. Trump’s new budget calls for billions more for his border wall, with steep cuts in domestic programs but increases for military spending. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget chief confirms that…

“There’s Something About the American Frontier You Can’t Find Anywhere Else”

Filmmaker with South Dakota roots explains why he came home to film Tater Tot & Patton

Film writer and director Andrew Kightlinger talks with KDLT News Today about his upcoming film, Tater Tot & Patton.The landscape and energy of South Dakota is what writer and director Andrew Kightlinger says brought him back home to produce his most recent film, Tater Tot & Patton. “It’s a love letter to South Dakota. I’m not originally from here, per…

3 Areas to Watch for Future Growth in Sioux Falls

City Planning Director Mike Cooper details regions to the east, west and north where development is planned

Dawley Farms region is one that is slated for significant residential and commercial growth along with a new bypass to help traffic move from I90 south through the city.There are few places you go right now in and around the Sioux Falls region where development isn’t underway on either commercial or residential development. Longtime Sioux Falls City Planner, Mike Cooper,…

3 Takeaways for Parents from “Momo Challenge”

Some call it a concerning “Challenge” targeting our children. Others say the only ones falling for it are overprotective adults and there’s really nothing to it. Regardless, the Momo Challenge continues to appear on countless social media feeds worldwide, and it has a lot of our little ones very scared. If there are any sincere takeaways from the viral hoax,…

Sioux Falls School Leaders Apologize for KKK Attire in Play

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District is apologizing for allowing a high school play performance that included student actors dressed in Ku Klux Klan clothing. District administrators say the production of “The Foreigner” at Roosevelt High School last weekend was not properly vetted. A local social advocacy group Establishing Sustainable Connections raised concerns about the racist attire….

Nominations Being Accepted for Local Volunteer Awards

There are an incredible number of people throughout the Sioux Empire who volunteer their time and expertise to help wherever they can. It’s rare these people are recognized for their work, most actually don’t want attention brought to what they do. But others who notice, and who are grateful for their work have the chance to show local volunteers just…