KDLT News Today – Top Stories

Avera Health Recognized as Top 15 Health Care System in U.S.

Staff with Avera Health this week learned they have been recognized as one of the top healthcare systems in the nation. Representatives with IBM Watson Health attended Avera’s Quality Congress, a day-long event that recognizes the exceptional initiatives and quality care among staff, to make the surprise announcement. Avera Health is now considered among the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems. …

South Dakota Magazine Celebrates Special Trees in Our Lives

Most of us have a tree or two that has somehow shaped our lives, that we remember climbing on, or that hold special meaning. The latest issue of South Dakota Magazine pays tribute to some very special trees in the region. Publisher Katie Hunhoff joined us back in the studio with the inspiration for the September/October issue’s cover story and…

Loan Programs Available for Small Businesses in South Dakota

If you are looking to start a new business or expand an existing one but aren’t sure where to start, the Small Business Administration might have a program for you. Bill Manger, Associate Administrator, SBA HQ’s Office of Capital Access, was in South Dakota this week to talk about the funding opportunities that are available. Categories: KDLT News Today –…

Back-to-School Mental Health Awareness

Mental Illness Signs in Returning Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Many students might be excited about heading back to school but others could really be struggling. Especially those heading into high school. “There’s always going to be that natural anxiety when starting up, especially if you’re starting high school or middle school,” said Mallory Kloucek with NAMI SD. Health experts say symptoms of mental illness often…

Making the Grade: Back-to-School Tech for Your College Student

Will Bushee offers a few last-minute suggestions for kids of all ages

Stuck on a gift for your college-bound kid as they embark on a new phase of their tech-laden life and school career? One of our Wired Wednesday experts, Will Bushee joined us in the studio this week with a few of his favorite and user-friendly options. Categories: Health, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, Local News, News…

Singer-Songwriter Mark Mackay Makes the Most of a Stop in Sioux Falls with Lanco

The up-and-coming Nashville recording artist offers live venue with Local TV

Mark Mackay is going places, literally, with his music. Not only is the up-and-comer making quite a name for himself as a singer and songwriter, the Nashville-based musician is traveling the nation and world and having a ball, as he fights for a spot on the charts. Mackay stopped by the KDLT News Studio the morning after opening for Lanco…

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Involving an SUV

JOHNSON SIDING, S.D. (AP) – A motorcyclist is dead after a head-on crash with an SUV in western South Dakota. Authorities say the 58-year-old man was westbound on state Highway 44 near Johnson Siding on Friday afternoon when the eastbound sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and collided with the motorcycle. The motorcyclist died at the scene. He was…

Seven People Injured in Two Vehicle Crash

Sioux Falls S.D. (From Sioux Falls Police Dept.)- At around 5:41 AM on 07/28/2019 Sioux Falls Police, Paramedics Plus and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to an injury two vehicle crash at East 8th Sreet and it’s intersection with North Cliff Avenue. Seven total citizens were involved and injured, and transported to area hospitals for treatment. Injuries ranged from minor to…

Miracle Treat Day: Helping Families in Need One Blizzard at a Time

MADISON, S.D. – Miracle Treat Day. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Children’s Miracle Network. The organization helps families through the difficulties that arise from medical procedures. You have the opportunity to help children and families in need, and satisfy a sweet tooth in the process. Dairy Queen’s across the nation are participating in the big day….

Police Search for Missing 21-Year-Old Believed to Be With Alleged Abuser

Ester Wolfe is believed to be endangered and possibly be in the company of 33-year-old Jesse Myron Sierra with whom she has a past history of reported domestic assault.Police are asking for your help locating a woman they believe may be in the custody of an alleged abuser. Ester Marie Wolfe, who is just 21-years-old, was reported missing on Sunday,…

Political Pundits Discuss Epstein Arrest, Borglum Announcement

Thoughts from the SD GOP and Dems on recent events this July 9

Dave Roetman, the State Finance Director for the South Dakota GOP and Aaron Matson, the Communications Director for the state Democratic Party,  discuss some of the bigger political issues before voters both on the state and national level. This week, they look at the national Fourth of July celebration and the fallout, the arrest of Jeff Epstein and political implications,…

2 Minnesota Students Fight for Prescription Drug Repository

MINNEAPOLIS – Two University of Minnesota students are launching a prescription drug repository program to redistribute unused medications to people who are struggling to pay for their medicine. Pharmacy students Rowan Mahon and Hannah Van Ochten were behind the bill to set up the repository, which will begin next year. Gov. Tim Walz approved a state health budget that included…

Forever 21 Latest National Chain in Financial Trouble

Another well-known retailer may be in trouble. CNBC is reporting that Forever 21 has hired advisers to help it avoid a bankruptcy filing. The once-hot chain is struggling with falling sales and rising debt, the company has more than 700 stores in dozens of countries. As more people skip the mall to shop online, several teen clothing chains have had…

Where Do South Dakotans Fall on Trade War, Mueller Report?

Political pundits weigh in on global issues and how they're impacting residents here at home

There are a lot of big conversations swirling in the nation’s capital that have a very direct impact on residents here at home in the Midwest. Data Director for the state Republican Party, Catherine Barranco, and Communications Director for the South Dakota Democratic Party, Aaron Matson, joined us in the studio Thursday morning to talk about how South Dakotans are…

Avera Health Named Among Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems

Avera Health has been named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson HealthTM . The study uses publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data to reach its conclusions. This year, Avera Health was among 337 health systems evaluated, and 2,961 member hospitals. This is the first time Avera Health has been recognized with this…

League Settles Suit, Allows Boys to Dance Competitively

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota State High School League has agreed to a legal settlement that will allow boys to compete on high school dance teams beginning next school year. The Star Tribune says the settlement comes after a ruling last month by a federal appeals court that it must allow two high school boys in Roseville and Hopkins to be…

KDLT News Today Live Updates Throughout Morning

Station remains off-air due to flooding

While KDLT remains off the air due to flooding around the station, our crews are working this morning to bring you the latest updates online. Morning co-anchor and reporter Simon Floss is out in the city with producer Karl Letsche this Friday for the latest on local flooding and what you need to know as you head out the door…