Someone You Should Know

Someone You Should Know: The Baby Rocker

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It’s critical that babies who are born prematurely receive a lot of attention while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, but parents can’t always be there. At the Sanford NICU, volunteers give the babies some much needed TLC. KDLT’s Miranda Paige introduces us to this week’s “Someone You Should Know.” Judy Burk is known as the “baby whisperer.”…

Someone You Should Know: Garretson Chef Gives Back

GARRETSON, S.D.- Free coffee and soup on an extremely cold day. Although Garretson Chef, Omar Thornton closed his restaurant Wednesday, his doors were open to anyone who needed a place to warm up. This is just one of many things he’s done for his community. KDLT’S Miranda Paige introduces you to this week’s “Someone You Should Know.” Omar Thornton has…

Someone You Should Know: Madison Native Competing In The Titan Games

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – You may remember this Madison gymnastics star. All eyes were on Jenessa Goeman at gymnastics competitions growing up. Now, the USF grad is taking on an even bigger stage. Whether it’s at the gym or in life, Goeman isn’t afraid to push herself. That’s what inspired the South Dakota native to move to Florida in 2012….

Someone You Should Know: Rosie’s Cafe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  There is nothing like the smell of bacon in the morning and for the past 35 years, Rosie’s Cafe has been starting people’s day sunny side up. “We always say no one is more surprised than us that we’ve been here this long,” says Rosie’s daughter and Current Owner Beckie Mettler. Rosie Warner is the original owner…

Someone You Should Know: Flandreau Dispatcher Retiring After 41 Years

FLANDREAU, S.D.-It’s rare to stay at any job for over forty years, but especially in a job as stressful as being an emergency dispatcher. However, one Flandreau women has accomplished just that. “Everybody knows Leetha’s voice when they call,” said Moody County Sheriff, Troy Wellman. “It can be a comforting sound when somebody calls in in distress.” Leetha Petersen is…

Someone You Should Know: Baby Bella Follow-Up

CROOKS, S.D. – One year ago, we brought you the story of Isabella Mares. The baby girl was born weighing two pounds. She spent last Christmas fighting for her life in the NICU at Sanford, her future uncertain. KDLT’s Allison Royal caught up with baby Bella this holiday season to see how’s she doing. Last year, Santa visited baby Bella…

Someone You Should Know: Turner Co. Deputy Helps Deliver Baby

PARKER, S.D. – Law enforcement officers are trained to be prepared for any kind of situation, but it’s not often they’re asked to deliver a baby. “I never anticipated it, but I’m happy to have the experience,” said Deputy Colter Hendirx. Saturday morning started out like any other for the Turner County Deputy. “I was patrolling in Parker and about…

Someone You Should Know: Watertown Couple Celebrates 90th Birthdays

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Verlyn and Bud Drayer have 11 great-grand children and plenty of stories to tell, and now they have something more to smile about. The couple is celebrating their 90th birthdays. It’s hard to believe there was a time when these two weren’t one. Verlyn and Bud were freshmen classmates in high school, but they didn’t become anything…

Someone You Should Know: Never Far from the Big Screen

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – “I just love movies, I can’t say that enough.” There’s plenty of movie fanatics out there, but Brian Anderson might just top the list. “Riding our bikes around town going to the video store, renting movies, and that’s kind of where I got my affinity or love for movies. Just always renting movies, always going to…

Someone You Should Know: Homegrown Help at World Series

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Major League Baseball World Series was played in Boston and Los Angeles, but a student who goes to school in Sioux Falls played an important role at the historic Fenway Park. KDLT’s Nicole Griffith introduces us to this week’s Someone You Should Know. “It was great. Such a great experience, and once in a lifetime…

Someone You Should Know: Brandon 11-Year-Old Turns Bicycle Accident into Activism

Ryley McKeown was hit by a car in a crosswalk earlier this month. He's now working to make them safer for everyone else.

BRANDON, S.D. – An 11-year-old Brandon boy is turning a scary bicycle accident into a chance to promote change. “I’ve been riding without training wheels since I was four years old. Three years old actually.” McKeown has been riding the streets of Brandon for some time now. He’s pretty well versed in all aspects of bicycle safety. “The brakes, the…

Someone You Should Know: Former WHS Coach Facing His Toughest Opponent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When someone is sick or hurt, their family usually rallies around them for support. And when your family includes more than 1,800 high school students, you’re sure to feel a lot of that support. One former Washington High School coach can attest to that as he’s facing one of his biggest opponents yet. Nate Malchow’s approach…

Someone You Should Know: Miss South Dakota USA

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An SDSU student is taking home a big win. Over the weekend, Abby Merschman was crowned Miss South Dakota USA. The 22-year-old conquered the swimsuit, evening wear, and interview portions of the fierce competition. However, she’s had to tackle much bigger hurdles on her way to the competition. When you ask Abby what makes her happy,…