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Local Children’s Book Author Says Ranchers Need This Voice

Tired of seeing farmers and ranchers often made out to be the villain, Amanda Radke took matters into her own hands.

There is no shortage of stories about farms, especially when it comes to children’s books. But Amanda Radke noticed a few years ago, as she was raising her own family, that there was rarely a fair depiction of the farming and ranching life they so enjoy when it came to stories she might read to her own kids. So she…

South Dakota Farmers Brace for Further Impact of Floods

While many in the east may suffer losses, they understand it's nothing compared to some of their neighbors

The hits just keep coming for many in agriculture right now. Between the ongoing trade war, lower prices for commodities, livestock losses through a tough winter and now in many areas, historic levels of spring flooding, there is grave speculation there are a lot of family farms that may not survive this latest disaster. North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa…

School Zone: Student Filmmakers Gear Up For Theatrical Release

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s not usual to hear of high school students creating a full-length film. However, Jack Unruh, Cole Anderson, and Eddie Unruh have broken the mold. Jack and Cole co-directed ‘Slick Trigger’ for Jack’s senior project at Tea High School. “This is something that everyone has to do for a career they want to go into and…

Forecasters Say Spring Could Bring Unprecedented US Flooding

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. weather experts say the stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation. In Thursday’s spring forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says more than 200 million Americans are at risk for some kind of flooding, with 13 million of them at risk of major inundation. National Weather Service deputy…

2nd South Dakota Diocese Publishes List of Accused Priests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A second South Dakota diocese has released the names of clergy members with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. The Sioux Falls Diocese posted the names of 11 clergy members on its website Wednesday. The website says the allegations were substantiated by law enforcement or the diocese, or in some cases by both….

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Killing Bald Eagle in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Prosecutors say a South Dakota man has been sentenced for his role in killing a bald eagle. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nebraska said Thursday that 27-year-old Abel Hernandez, of Yankton, South Dakota, was given three years of probation and fined $1,250. He also was ordered to perform 300 hours of community…

Why a Local Entrepreneur is Embracing Failure

While it’s important to share secrets of success when talking about life and business, one local entrepreneur is hoping a conversation about failure will be equally, if not more insightful. Chelsea Tracey, owner of Chelsea’s Boutique in downtown Sioux Falls is hosting a three-time over sold-out event this next week. How you can still listen in, in the interview below….

Social Media Platforms Weigh Live Streaming In Wake of Horrific Events

Last week’s massacre in New Zealand where dozens were killed while the gunman live streamed his actions, has critics of the service once again calling for change. The gunman was able to stream the first 17 minutes of his rampage before it was taken offline. Despite all attempts to disable the feed since, it continues to be uploaded by those…

Rapid City Diocese Publishes List of Accused Priests

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Diocese has published a list of 21 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. The list includes priests who were credibly accused while in schools, churches, hospitals and on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations from 1951 to 2018. Bishop Robert Gruss wrote in a letter posted on the diocese’s website that publishing the…

Environmental Protection Chief: Unsafe Water Biggest Threat

FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2019 file photo, Andrew Wheeler is shown at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wheeler is telling CBS News in an interview airing Wednesday morning that climate change is “an important issue,” but that most of the threats…

2019 Legislative Wins and Losses for South Dakota

GOP and Dem pundits weigh in on what lawmakers got done

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up early this past week, due in part, to a massive winter storm bearing down on the state. With the weather dominating the headlines since, we’ve heard little about the biggest and perhaps most interesting legislation to come out of this year’s assembly. Dave Roetman with the South Dakota Republican Party and Sam Parkinson with…

City Officials Announce Daily Press Conference as Floodwaters Rise

With potentially historic floodwaters expected through the Big Sioux River basin in the coming days and weeks, Sioux Falls city officials announce they will be holding daily press conferences to offer residents the most up-to-date information about what is happening. City officials, in a press release Tuesday morning, stated they will be providing revised flood forecasts and operational updates each day…

State and Public Water Access Areas Close Along Big Sioux River

The following parks are closed effective immediately

State officials Tuesday morning announced the immediate closure of the following state park and public water access areas along the Big Sioux River due to flooding. Beaver Creek Nature Area near Valley Springs Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon Palisades State Park near Garretson Lake Alvin near Harrisburg The following Public Water Access areas are closed effective immediately: 9 Mile near…

Iowa AG Seeks to Shut Down Alleged ‘Puppy Laundering’ Ring

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is suing to shut down an alleged “puppy laundering” ring in the state that masquerades puppy mill puppies as rescue animals and sells them for as much as $3,600 each. The office filed a lawsuit Wednesday against for-profit breeder J.A.K.’s Puppies and nonprofits Hobo K9 Rescue and Rescue Pets Iowa Corp….

The Latest: Pence to Survey Nebraska Flood Damage Tuesday

Fargo's mayor declares an emergency and asks residents to fill sandbags, Illinois and others brace for worst flooding in half-century

Gabe Schmidt, owner of Liquid Trucking, back right, travels by air boat with Glenn Wyles, top left, Mitch Snyder, bottom right, and Juan Jacobo, bottom left, as they survey damage from the flood waters of the Platte River, in Plattsmouth, Neb., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Hundreds of people remained out of their homes in Nebraska, but rivers there were starting…