Someone You Should Know

Someone You Should Know: The Only Woman Firefighter in Town

CANTON, S.D. – Canton, South Dakota is a one-stop light town. “The one and only,” said Solem. The only town 25-year-old Andrea Solem has ever called “home.” ”You know everybody and if something were to happen, everybody comes together.” By night, Andrea is a firefighter. In fact, she’s the only woman firefighter in the whole department. “I took it as a…

Someone You Should Know: Main Street Living

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you’re ever flipping through the channels on Sunday mornings, you may catch Main Street Living. Every Sunday, there’s a new pastor preaching a religious Lutheran service. “Always our joy and delight is proclaiming God’s love for the world and saying ‘hey here is God’s love and salvation and it is for you! Here you go,’”…

Someone You Should Know: A Home Away From Home

Family goes above and beyond for junior hockey players

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, from Labor Day to Mother’s Day, a Sioux Falls family gets a little bigger.  They take in teenage boys who are pursuing their dreams of playing professional hockey.  What they give the boys goes beyond room and board. If it’s Tuesday, it’s taco night in the Severson household.  The weekly tradition is anything but…

Someone You Should Know: Road to the Rose Parade

BALTIC, S.D. – Darren Hefty is no stranger to television. You may recognize this media man from Ag PhD, a radio and television company broadcasting from small-town Baltic, South Dakota for the past 20 years. Now, this Baltic company is taking center-stage for the biggest audience they’ve ever had: the Rose Parade. ”It’s a pretty cool opportunity for people all…

Someone You Should Know: Teen Using Community Service and Show Performance to Empower Others

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An educational organization has sparked a change in a Sioux Falls teenager thanks to a trip he recently took around the world. The experience not only impacted his life but even ignited a career interest he’s long had. From singing for Pope Francis to teaching dance lessons to children in Mexico. July 2017 will be a…

Someone You Should Know: A Woman With Wings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Meet Mary. You’ll always find her as part of a team. ”An immediate team program,” said Donley. “I mean you just became part of a team.” She’s not just a team player, she’s a leader. She is the first woman wing commander in the Civil Air Patrol of South Dakota. 50 years ago, at just 15-years-old,…

Someone You Should Know: The Brendtro’s as They Fight to Cure a Rare Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls family is up against the clock raising money to find a cure for a rare genetic disease. “We’ll I’m feeling a lot of things,” says Raena. That’s Raena Brendtro. She was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at 12 years-old. FA for short is a protein deficiency that attacks nerve and heart cells with no…

Someone You Should Know: Bowdle Couple Raising Santa’s Backup Reindeer

BOWDLE. S.D. – With the holidays nearing, many are out doing last minute preparations. That may include buying presents or cooking up a big meal. For one couple in Bowdle, this means making sure their reindeer are ready, just in case they’re needed on Christmas Eve. “What we have now are mostly the girls that were born here, and they…

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Empire’s Golf Guru

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s a cold November afternoon.  But, the temperature outside doesn’t matter at the Todd Kolb Golf Academy.  Inside a heated facility at Willow Run, golfers can keep their game hot in South Dakota’s colder months. “This is the time of year, like in January and February, where we can actually make some changes in the kids’…

Someone You Should Know: The Voice Behind La Voz Radio Show

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Around 145 languages are spoken in Sioux Falls alone, with English and Spanish being the most widely spoken. With this rich diversity, a Sioux Falls man wants to bring different cultures together despite the language barrier. “I’m trying to think, Hola,” says Sheila Anderson, as she tries her best to say something in Spanish. Sheila Anderson is…

Someone You Should Know: Surviving and Thriving with Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; time that has always been a busy one for breast cancer advocate, Colleen Schurrer. She’s been involved with Susan G. Komen events  for years. “It was so easy because it was never anything for us,” said Schurrer. “It was always something for someone else.” Colleen’s other passion is teaching yoga at Revolution Yoga and…

Someone You Should Know: The Main Man of Badger, South Dakota

BADGER, S.D. – Badger, South Dakota is a small town just north of Arlington. It’s not much bigger than a square mile– with a population of just 130. And for everyone who lives there, Myron Andersen is a name they know quite well. “Well, it’s my birthday today, 80 years old,” said Andersen, South Dakota’s longest-serving mayor. “Young, I guess…

The “Pumpkin Man” of Tea: Someone You Should Know

TEA, S.D. — This time each year, the number of places to pick out a fall pumpkin are nearly endless — grocery stores, street-side stands, and of course, family farms. However, one unique produce stand in Tea draws hundreds of pumpkin connoisseurs each year. Not only for their wide variety of pumpkins, but also in part because of the interesting…

Someone You Should Know: SD Barrel Racer Headed To Vegas For 11th National Finals Rodeo

She just finished competing at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo. For many, the event was their last chance to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or the Superbowl of their sport. But one South Dakota resident had nothing to lose. For the 11th consecutive year, the Professional Barrel Racer had already earned her…

Someone You Should Know: A Day In The Life Of Sen. John Thune

WASHINGTON, D.C. – South Dakota senator John Thune is no stranger to the national spotlight. The Murdo native can be seen on the frontlines of major legislation coming down from Capitol Hill. An office in the Dirksen Senate building in our nation’s capitol is the central hub for the third-ranking Republican. But for Thune, it’s still missing something. “This is…

Someone You Should Know: The Veterinarian Who Never Sleeps, Or Stops Treating Patients

SIOUX FALLS – For many of us, 40 hours a week is long enough. But not for one local Veterinarian who works 80 to 100 hours a week. When he’s not at the clinic or taking care of his cattle, he’s traveling, sometimes treating animals overseas. “I get bored sleeping. I like being up. I like doing things,” said McIntyre….

Someone You Should Know: Local ‘Professor Of Country Music Radio’ Signs Off After 50+ Years

Hank Williams Sr. made him fall in love with country music, and not long after he began introducing his songs on country music radio. After more than five decades on the air, a local legend signed off for the last time Thursday. KDLT’s Jill Johnson gives us a taste of why Joe Morrison is ‘Someone You Should Know’. At just…

Someone You Should Know: SD Native Has Long History Of Calling History At Sioux Empire Fair

The Sioux Empire Fair turned 78-years-old this year, and there’s one man who has only missed 20 of them. Not only has the Huron native attended the fair every year, he has a rich history of calling history at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds. KDLT’s Jill Johnson shows us why Denny Oviatt is ‘Someone You Should Know’. “You always have to…

Someone You Should Know: Eyes In The Sky

20-Year Old Brandon Valley Grad Is Youngest Mission Pilot In SD Civil Air Patrol

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol is made up solely of volunteers who give up their time to keep an eye on others. One of their pilots, Brandon West, 20, is a Brandon Valley High School graduate who is the youngest mission pilot in their fleet. Despite his age, flying has already become a huge part…