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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…

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…

Illinois Youth Group Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A youth group from Naperville, Illinois made the nine-hour drive to Sioux Falls to spend the week helping Habitat for Humanity. More than 70 volunteers from Grace United Methodist split into four groups to help build new houses or work on small home repairs through the Neighboorhood Revitalization Project. Habitat staff members are thrilled to receive…

Sioux Falls School District Clarifies Upcoming Elementary Schedule

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Heather DeWit is one of several parents voicing their concerns about changes to the upcoming elementary school schedule in Sioux Falls.  Her daughters, Addi and Mickila, are finished with elementary school.  But their concerns are the reason why Heather is speaking out. “For them art, music, P.E., band, and orchestra we’re a huge part of that experience…

Knights Bring the Past to Life at Renaissance Festival

SIOUX FALLS, SD- The Siouxland Renaissance Festival is bringing 15th century England to Sioux Falls, and there’s one event that gives people a taste of what life was like as a knight. These knights represent the Great Plains Region of the “International Medieval Combat Federation.”  The group is part of a world-wide effort to keep the medieval combat sport alive.  From…

Citibank, American Red Cross Partner to Make Essential Kits for Veterans in Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Citibank is partnering with the American Red Cross in support of veterans. The organizations have teamed up to bring essential resources to homeless veterans and veterans that just need a little extra help. Citi purchased a number of different hygiene items and an employee volunteer group known as City Salutes assembled around 100 essential needs kits….

Mark O Tees Off for Junior Achievement’s 21st Annual 100 Holes of Golf

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Dozens are on the green to raise some green for area organizations today, including KDLT Sports Director Mark Ovenden. Mark is one of 30 golfers teeing off for Junior Achievement’s 21st annual 100 Holes of Golf. It’s the organization’s 2nd largest fundraiser of the year. This year, they’re expecting to raise around $90,000. Mark is the…

Summer Food Service Program Starts at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to “No Hungry Kid.org,” 18% of kids under 18 are food insecure in the state.  This means some might not have access to nutritious meals, especially during the summer. “When kids are in school, they have access. Easier access to foods or at least a hot meal. So this just expanding those opportunities to the kids…

I-90 Speedway Voices Frustration with Delayed Opening

The Hartford raceway has had to reschedule it's opening three times

HARTFORD, S.D. – After a three-year non-compete agreement with Badlands Speedway owner Chuck Brennan ended, I-90 Speedway was excited to re-open their track this spring. But, Mother Nature had other plans. “May 11 we’re excited for the season opener, rain. May 18th, rain, and unfortunately we’re not really optimistic about this coming Saturday either,” said Rod Pattison, I-90 Speedway General…

New College Level Computer Science Courses Coming to Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “For the Sioux Falls school district students I bet you thought the big announcement is ‘We’re going to let school out early,’” said Brian Maher, superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District. No, far from it. According to the South Dakota Board of Regions, each year in the US 200,000 employers struggle to fill cybersecurity roles. The…

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….

George McGovern Students Present “Code To Future” Projects

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  Throughout the school year, students at George McGovern Middle School have been working on the basics of coding and web page design. On Friday, they presented their final products to their classmates. The inaugural “Code To Future” science program had students pick a topic to research and create a web page during their first semester. The last part…

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…

Local Students Treat Each Other the “Wildcat Way”

INWOOD, IOWA- It’s been 20 years since the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. It’s an event that had a lasting effect on communities around the country, including on one Iowa high school. It only takes one small act of kindness to start a big chain reaction. “Sometimes people feel like they are alone, but you’re not. You have so…

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…