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School District Officials Hold Thomas Jefferson High Groundbreaking Ceremony

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A big day for the Sioux Falls School District as they held a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s fourth public high school. Thomas Jefferson High School is being built in northwest Sioux Falls. Architects say it will have a different look than the other high schools. It will be a two-story structure with “learning suites” and…

Growing Community: DakotAbilities Building Friendships Through Garden

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Community gardens are pretty popular around these summer months but one in Sioux Falls is especially unique. “Our big goal here is to build relationships with the neighborhood and the volunteers and become friends,” said Recreation Coordinator Donna Menzia. DakotAbilities was started in 2016 to help those with disabilities in the Sioux Empire find community and…

Sioux Falls Police Credit Pride Organizers for Keeping Peace During Protests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police are crediting Sioux Falls Pride organizers for keeping the peace during the weekend’s celebrations. Police say a group of “anti-gay” and “anti-abortion” protesters from Mississippi showed up near the end of Saturday’s inaugural pride parade. After the parade, the group moved to the pride festival at Terrace Park. Officers positioned themselves between the groups but…

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened a disaster recovery center for those in need in Minnehaha County. The center offers in-person support to people and businesses that have been impacted by severe weather from mid-March to late April. FEMA opened other recovery centers in Yankton County and on the Pine Ridge Reservation…

Iowa Unveils Social Media, Ad Campaign to Attract Workers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says a new social media and advertising campaign is designed to draw attention to Iowa’s quality of life in hopes of attracting new workers. At the announcement Monday of a newly branded “This is Iowa” campaign, Reynolds unveiled a state-produced video that shows New York City residents being shown photos of…

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open in South Dakota

YANKTON, S.D. – Folks in southeastern South Dakota can now meet with state and federal officials about recovery, following winter and spring severe weather. Officials opened the first disaster recovery centers in the state this week, including one in Yankton. Services aren’t just limited to property recovery. Representatives are also on hand for things like disaster unemployment and crisis counseling….

Hartford Residents Helping Complete Community Mural

HARTFORD, S.D. – After months of planning and design, Hartford’s community mural is becoming a reality. Harford Area Optimist Club invited residents to help paint Hartford’s community mural on Friday. City officials say this is an opportunity to bring people together as well as leave a lasting mark on the city of Hartford. The large mural, totaling 19×19 feet, is…

Daugaard Among Trail of Governors Additions in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – He just left office, but former South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard now has a permanent home in Pierre. The bronze statue of Daugaard was one of three unveiled Friday by the Trail of Governors Foundation. Officials also revealed sculptures of former governors Samuel Elrod and Archie Gubbrud. Elrod was South Dakota 5th governor, serving from 1905 to…

June Marks Alzheimer & Brain Awareness Month

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 17,000 people in South Dakota are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and that means thousands of friends and families are also impacted. The Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota says they are a free resource for people with questions and concerns. June is Alzheimer & Brain Awareness Month, we wanted to remind people of the signs that someone…

Someone You Should Know: The Roller Derby Family

SoDak Attack has built a culture that values family over winning

SIOUX FALLS, SD—  This week’s Someone You Should Know is a team, a roller derby team that has built a team-oriented culture. Jayme Nelson aka “Pain Maker” started SoDak Attack in 2012 as a way to give kids something she did not have growing up. “Playing roller derby for so many years myself, all I knew is I wanted the kids…

Camp Kids Challenge Mayor TenHaken to Dizzy Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Earlier this week, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken took on an unusual challenge. Girls from a summer broadcasting camp challenged the Mayor to a “dizzy race” in City Hall. The race starts out with contestants placing their heads on a bat or stick, running around it for a set number of times, and then running to…

Wednesday Marks 40th Anniversary for Vet Centers Nationwide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An important was reached milestone for veterans today. It’s the 40th anniversary of Vet Centers around the country. Congress established Vet Centers in 1979 after they realized that many Vietnam veterans weren’t engaged in services at their local VA. Vet Centers, like the one in Sioux Falls, offer outreach, counseling and referral services for veterans and…

Strength of Community On Display During ‘Czech Days’

TABOR, S.D. – Folks in Tabor are ready to celebrate their biggest weekend of the year. The town of just over 400 will host more than 10,000 people during the three day festival of ‘Czech Days.’ The seventy one year old festival celebrates Czech culture with Beseda dances, food, and music. ‘Czech Days’ has been voted one of the top…

Wired Wednesday: Robo-Call Blockers Worth Trying

A new FCC ruling limiting robo calls will help quiet your phone, but this helps ensure you won't be bothered

If you’re among the millions of Americans at the end of your rope with automated and unsolicited calls coming into your cell phone or landline each day, help may be on the way. The Federal Communications Commission last week voted to allow cell phone carriers to start automatically blocking many robo-calls by default. But with the problem only expected to…