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Project: SOS Distribution Day Gives Away 5,000 Backpacks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Back to school is just around the corner and the Sioux Empire is getting prepared. Many are also helping those in need get the supplies necessary for a successful school year. The Banquet’s 30th annual Project: SOS Distribution Day took place at Whittier Middle School. The event gives backpacks and school supplies to families who cannot…

Citizen Hero Awards Given to Leif Ericson Employees for Saving Co-Worker’s Life

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Last Friday, seven staff members at Camp Leif Ericson saved a co-workers life and today, they received quite the recognition. Staff members were saying goodbye during their last day of summer when Chris Dieters suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Her co-workers sprung into action-performing CPR and using AED. Their quick thinking saved Dieters’ life. For their…

Authorities: 2 Arrested, 2 Wanted for Kidnapping, Assault

Ronald Lee WebbSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are searching for two people in connection with a kidnapping and assault. 38-year-old Ronald Lee Webb and 35-year-old Christopher Allen Yahola both have arrest warrants out. Police say the incident happened in the area of South West Avenue and West Sioux Street and involved a 38-year-old man. 56-year-old James Hanna and…

Security Change May Mean Longer Lines at Minneapolis Airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A security change at the main terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could mean longer lines for passengers. Starting Monday, travelers who haven’t qualified for TSA PreCheck or CLEAR PreCheck will be limited to using the north security checkpoint. The south checkpoint will be reserved for passengers who have PreCheck and airport employees. Those are the main…

All Lake Nokomis Beaches Close After Illnesses Jump to 49

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Health officials have closed all beaches at a popular Minneapolis lake after number of illnesses identified in people who swam there rose to 49. All of the diarrhea cases involve people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis since mid-July. The Minnesota Department of Health reported the jump in cases Friday. The 49 cases include the…

Grassley Says EPA ‘Screwed’ Farmers with Biofuels Exemptions

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – Sen. Charles Grassley says farmers were “screwed” by the Trump administration’s decision to allow some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. During a taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program Friday, Grassley was asked his thoughts on 31 refinery exemptions the Environmental Protection Agency issued for 2018 and approved…

Medical Examiner’s Epstein Ruling Expected Soon

(New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)NEW YORK (AP) – Federal officials have been told to expect that a medical examiner’s findings on Jeffrey Epstein’s death will be released Friday. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on…

GOP Twitter Block Will Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers $200,000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin taxpayers will pay a liberal group’s attorneys $200,000 because Republican lawmakers blocked them on Twitter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports state officials agreed Thursday to pay the legal bills for One Wisconsin Now’s attorneys. A federal judge ruled in January that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. John Nygren, both Republicans, had infringed on the…

Midwest Farmers to Be Sentenced in Largest US Organic Fraud Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Four Midwestern farmers who cheated organic food customers are scheduled to be sentenced for the largest fraud scheme of its kind in U.S. history. Federal prosecutors say the farmers are responsible for a seven-year scheme that tricked thousands of customers into paying premium prices for products that were marketed as organic but were not. Prosecutors…

Students Returning to Minneapolis School Damaged By Explosion in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Students will return to Minnehaha Academy next week, two years after a natural gas explosion leveled part of the Minneapolis campus, killing two staffers and injuring nine other people. Brick salvaged from the rubble as well as stone stair treads have been incorporated into the new construction. Two wooden benches in the lobby have plaques that memorialize…

Thunderbirds in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Air Force Thunderbirds flew into the South Dakota Air National Guard base Thursday afternoon. The crew is here for the Sioux Falls Airshow. They will be performing here for the first time since 2003. The Thunderbirds fly F-16’s just like the ones used by the South Dakota Air National Guard. They travel all over the country…