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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.”…

Daktronics Lights Up The Super Bowl

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Rams and Patriots were in the spotlight Sunday night. Well, a South Dakota company lit up the Super Bowl. Daktronics says they powered all the displays at the Super Bowl. Every single department played a part in the Super Bowl’s success, from engineering to accounting. “What our entire organization does was on showcase last night,” said…

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…

Farming Crisis Hits Home in Moody County

FLANDREAU, S.D. – He was a farmer himself during the farming crisis of the 1980’s and knows the toll it took on families then. It’s why Pastor Alan Blankenfeld of Flandreau isn’t taking his neighbor’s mental health and well-being for granted. He’s helping inspire a movement in Moody County, that may not only save some farms, but also some lives….

College Theater Competition Takes Over Downtown Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — You might have noticed that downtown Sioux Falls has gotten busier this week. The town is hosting hundreds of students who have dreams of making it big. From singing to dancing and endless artwork nearly 1600 college students are taking over downtown Sioux Falls this week. “We broke an attendance record. Year fifty one of doing this…

A Taste of SD African American History at the Pavilion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in America. It’s a time to remember the civil rights struggles and the accomplishments of black Americans. From the first African American fireman to the first city commissioner a taste of history is on display in Sioux Falls.  Organizers are trying to educate people on African American history not just…

New African American History Exhibit to Feature Dr. Martin Luther King Junior

MITCHELL, S.D. – Monday is Martin Luther King Junior Day, a day where we honor the late Dr. King. His civil rights legacy lives on, including right here in South Dakota. From wall-to-wall, the Discovery Museum at Dakota Wesleyan University is full of color, stories, and rich history. “I’ve listened to people over the years say things like ‘history is…

Dells Boy Returns Home After Brain Tumor Treatment

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. — A brain tumor turned a Dell Rapids family’s life upside down a couple months ago. After weeks of treatment, the Gerlach’s are back home. “It was seven weeks,” says Derek Gerlach. That’s how long 10-year-old Derek Gerlach has been away from home. “To be home it brings me a new strength,” says Derek Gerlach. This week the…

Haley’s Haircut: Twin Supports Sister Battling Childhood Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The word “cancer” takes on a new meaning when it happens to someone you know. It recently hit home here at KDLT. Our chief photographer Adam Huntimer’s life was turned on its head last month when his 5-year-old daughter, Holly, was diagnosed. It’s been a life changing experience for the entire family, especially for Holly’s twin…

SDSU Head Coach Gets Burger Named After Him for the Kids

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State Men’s basketball team is gearing up for March Madness. The man leading the team is also leading another initiative which impacts people’s lives through food. SDSU Head Coach TJ Otzelberger is entering his 3rd season with the Jackrabbits. He’s made the big dance the last two years and was named the Summit League Coach…

The 3rd Annual “Battle Of The Badges”

YANKTON, SD-  Bragging rights are up for grabs among first responders in Yankton.  It’s the 3rd Annual “Battle of the Badges” charity basketball game.  The battle brings the police and fire departments together for some friendly competition. “We work with these guys from time to time on some serious calls. It’s always nice to be able to interact with them just…