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Britton-Hecla Football Rallies Behind #ForTrevor

BROOKINGS, SD— Britton-Hecla quarterback Trevor Zuehlke may have not been in the stadium for the Braves state Championship game against Canistota/Freeman, but his courageous spirit was felt throughout. “When you think of Trevor there’s not enough good words I can say. He’s just a great kid. I’m in my 40’s and I look up to the kid, that’s how great…

California Woman Thanks Sioux Falls Firefighters Following Wildfires

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A California woman stopped by to thank three Sioux Falls firefighters who helped fight wildfires earlier this year. Janise Powers, of Santa Rosa, California, came tot he downtown fire station on Thursday to show her appreciation. She says firefighters saved her home. Powers evacuated to Sioux Falls when the Kincade Fire forced her out of her…

Lutheran High School to “Dissolve”, Unify with Sioux Falls Lutheran

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Parents of students at Lutheran High School in Sioux Falls have been notified that the school will be “dissolved” next year. The Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls Association and Sioux Falls Lutheran Association have announced plans to unify into one Sioux Falls campus. The unification could happen as early as the 2020 school year. Parents…

Crews Responding to Structure Collapse in Central Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Crews are responding to a structure collapse in central Sioux Falls. Authorities received a report at 2:50 p.m. that a structure near East 6th Street and Cliff Avenue collapsed. Division Chief Steve Fessler gave an update on the scene and confirmed that they have evacuated some of the area. Fessler says it is unknown whether or…

Officials to Reduce Gavins Point Dam Water Release

YANKTON, S.D. – Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri river, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam will start to gradually be reduced next weekend. The dam was releasing 80,000 thousand cubic feet…

Lawsuit: Sanford Neurosurgeon Made Millions Defrauding the Government

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new federal lawsuit alleges that a now-former Sanford Neurosurgeon and his wife made millions of dollars in a kickback scheme that defrauded the federal government. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Justice Department says Dr.Wilson Asfora performed “medically unnecessary” procedures while using devices Sanford bought from a company he owns. That company is Medical…

Trump Campaign Raises $3M Amid Impeachment Probe

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign raised more than $3 million on the day of the first public House impeachment hearing. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced the haul on Twitter Thursday. He says the campaign raised $3,144,257 Wednesday and now hopes…

China Lifts Ban on US Poultry After 5 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – China is reopening its market to U.S. poultry, ending a five-year ban. China had blocked U.S. poultry imports after an outbreak of avian influenza in December 2014, closing off a market that bought more than $500 million worth of American chicken, turkey and other poultry products in 2013. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday that the…

Sioux Falls Police Investigating Overnight Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police are investigating after an overnight shooting in Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls Police say officers were attending to a different call in the area of West 16th Place when they heard gunfire. Police found several shell casings and a trailer home that was struck by a bullet. The trailer home’s occupant was not injured. Police have…

Authorities Charge Central Iowa Man with Killing Wife

ZEARING, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested and charged a central Iowa man with killing his wife. Story County court records say 70-year-old Gary Pillman is charged with second-degree murder and is being held on $500,000 bail. The records don’t list an attorney for him. He’s accused in the slaying of 62-year-old Betty Pillman. Her body was found outside their…

Judge Rejects Written Testimony From Iowa Murder Suspect

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – A judge won’t consider written testimony from a man who claims he was unaware of his legal rights when he allegedly confessed to killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Judge Joel Yates ruled Thursday that he will not allow lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera to submit a written affidavit from their client unless he agrees…

Charges Against GOP Operative Roger Stone Now Before Jury

Roger Stone, with his wife, Nydia Stone, right, arrive at the federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, goes on trial over charges related to his alleged efforts to exploit the Russian-hacked Hillary Clinton emails for political gain. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) – Jurors have begun…

Police Probing Social Media Threat to Iowa State Students

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating what officials say is a threat posted on social media to three Iowa State students. Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton said Wednesday that the university is trying to identify who posted it on Reddit. The university says the threat targeted three students who participated in a Land Acknowledgement statement made at a…

More Than 11 Rescued From Upper Red Lake Ice Floe

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in northern Minnesota say more than 11 people have been rescued from an ice floe on Upper Red Lake prompting a warning for anglers to stay off the ice this early in the season. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office contacted Red Lake area resort owners this week asking for help in keeping people off…

The Buzz About Beekeeping

While many of us fear getting stung and get upset when bees are around, right now others are looking to help raise and keep around as many as possible as their existence is critical to our own. With us this morning was queen bee and third-generation beekeeper Hannah Sjostrom, national spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation. She’s on tour and…