Someone You Should Know

Someone You Should Know: 911 Dispatchers

CANTON, S.D. – The police officers and firefighters are always thanked for their dedication and service whenever there is an emergency.  But now this week is all about the 911 dispatchers. “It’s neat that we’re recognized. You know, usually, we’re (kind of) the forgotten ones and that’s fine. Nobody here does it for recognition, but it’s nice to be recognized and…

Someone You Should Know: High School Soccer Coach Goal for Inclusion

Harrisburg High School Desiree Parmenter

HARRISBURG, SD— Superman may have his cape and batman his belt. But, Harrisburg High School Head Girls Soccer Coach Desiree Parmenter has her own kind of superpower and it’s called player of the game. “Player of the Game is where our team recognizes a player, each home game specifically and what we do is provided students with a jersey and a…

Someone You Should Know: Jej Vinson

FLANDREAU, SD- It was a voice that reached all parts of the world and the reaction from “The Voice” Coaches speaks for itself.  In fact, former Flandreau resident Jej Vinson didn’t realize all four chairs turned until the end of his song. I said to Jej, “Blake Shelton was the first one to turn his chair.” Voice Contestant Jej Vinson adds…

Someone You Should Know: Chad Pickard’s Passion for Bicycling Extends into Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man with a passion for biking is hoping to pass on his love for two wheels to the next generation. Chad Pickard’s life revolves around two wheels. He’s made his passion his life’s work, as the owner of “Spoke-N-Sport” bicycle shop. “Everybody here, we truly believe the bike is an amazing tool that…

Someone You Should Know: 2019 Teacher of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Teaching can be a rewarding job, but those who do it aren’t always acknowledged for their hard work. One Lincoln High School teacher finally got the recognition her students say she deserves. Lynn Thomason has taught Latin at Lincoln High School for 12 years. “Teaching and being able to look out at such a wonderful sea of…

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…