Someone You Should Know

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota Purple Heart Recipient Honored

Purple Heart recipients from all over the country met in new Windsor, New York for a special gathering. It’s called the Purple Heart Patriot Mission #1. It’s a lot like the honor flights, only this one focuses on those who were wounded in battle and received a Purple Heart Medal. A South Dakota man is among those in New York…

Someone You Should Know: Wrestling From the Heart

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When you think about professional wrestling, Sioux Falls might not be the first place that comes to mind but a former fan favorite now calls the city home. Nick Dinsmore made a career playing his sentimental character. “I first saw professional wrestling when I was eight or nine-years-old and I told my mother ‘that’s what I’m…

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota’s First Presidential Leadership Scholar

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – She’s been a television reporter, advertising company owner, candidate for mayor and mom to a two-year-old. Now, she’s a Presidential Leadership Scholar. No one would ever accuse Jolene Loetscher of sitting still. The last six months have been a blur for Loetscher and husband, Nate Burdine, who has been holding down the fort, so to…

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota’s Miss Amazing Teen 2019

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, around 150 girls and women with disabilities and their families come together for Miss Amazing’s national summit. Each year, families bond over shared experiences and establish lasting friendships. This year, six of those girls will be from South Dakota. Taylor Putnam is South Dakota’s Miss Amazing Teen 2019 and we think she’s Someone…

Someone You Should Know: New Colman Veterans Memorial Park Organizer

Colman Community Support

COLMAN, S.D. – In Colman, a small town of fewer than 600 people, there is something new going on. Leaders have organized the construction of a veteran’s memorial park. The monument stones and statues are in place, but it’s not quite finished. The man spearheading the project is no stranger to being in charge. “We’ve had a lot of people…

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…

Someone You Should Know: Jordan Stone

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Mental illness is not often discussed because it is a difficult subject. Most people choose to ignore it. This week’s someone you should know, however, is working to make it a conversation. Jordan Stone has a lot of smiles to share. You could see it in the interview today. You also see it in her pictures. Behind…

Someone You Should Know: Roosevelt Teacher Awarded for Music Education

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A local music teacher is getting national attention from the country music world all while inspiring her students. Choir class at Roosevelt High School is Robyn Starks Holcomb’s stage. She expresses her passion for music and the arts through teaching.      “The arts were just so much a part of my upbringing and shaping who I was….

Someone You Should Know: Tyler Goldade

NSU junior Goldade made his own organization Mobility Matters

ABERDEEN, SD— Northern State University’s Dakoh Hall for me and you may seem accessible, but for Tyler Goldade, he has to walk all the way around the building where it more accessible. “Yeah, I wish they had an elevator on both ends of this building and I wish they didn’t have so many steps,” said Goldade. This inspired Goldade to create…

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: 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…