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More teens in South Dakota text and drive

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A newly published study finds South Dakota has the highest rate of teen texting and driving in the 35 states analyzed. The survey published in the Journal of Adolescent Health says 64 percent of teens in South Dakota acknowledged texting and driving at least once in the month prior to completing a survey. North Dakota…

Minnesota spends $10M a year to battle invasive species

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is spending millions annually to fight invasive species in its lakes and waterways, but the damaging plants and animals are continuing to spread. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the state Legislature since 2014 has set aside $10 million each year for counties to fight invasive species like zebra mussels and starry stonewort. Counties…

Landowners sue South Dakota utility, phone company over fire

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A group of landowners is suing a South Dakota utility and a Minnesota-based telephone company for alleged negligence in the third-largest wildfire in the Black Hills region’s history. The Rapid City Journal reports that the lawsuit was filed Friday in Custer County against Black Hills Power and Hanson Communications. Landowners allege the companies failed to…

Body believed to be missing Iowa student found in rural area

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police say a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts has been discovered in a rural area near where she went missing last month. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the body was found Tuesday morning in rural Poweshiek County, which includes Tibbetts’ hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. The agency called…

Upcoming Rodeo Helps Provide Home, Resources for Troubled Youth

Hundreds of rodeo participants and their fans from throughout Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska are expected in Sioux Falls this weekend for the annual McCrossan Xtreme Event Challenge. Saturday’s events begin with about 100 barrel racers aiming to qualify for the top 25 spots. Tickets are still available. Proceeds go to support the private non-profit organization that reaches…

Authorities ID Wagner man killed in Douglas County crash

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a Wagner man who died after a sport utility vehicle crash in Douglas County. The Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Quaid Montgomery lost control of his SUV on U.S. Highway 18 and it rolled several times Friday night south of Delmont. He died of his injuries at an Armour hospital. He was traveling alone.

Pet of The Week: Vinnie

For this week’s edition of the ‘KDLT Pet of The Week,’ we introduce you to ‘Vinnie.’ Vinnie is a fun loving cat who enjoys both playing and just hanging out. He’s one year and seven months old and came to the shelter because his owner had allergies. While shy at first, Vinnie will become more outgoing with patience and time….

Keystone to condemn private land

Keystone XL company moves to condemn South Dakota land

The company planning the Keystone XL oil pipeline is moving to condemn private land in northwestern South Dakota’s Harding County. The Rapid City Journal reports TransCanada Corp. has filed eminent domain condemnation petitions in state court against parcels of land owned by two families. At least one of them plans to fight. Jeffrey Jensen says he’ll take the matter to…

Trump plan rolls back Obama’s coal emissions standards

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is preparing a plan to give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The Environmental Protect Agency says states will be given guidelines for setting performance standards for existing coal-fired power plants. A summary of the plan and people familiar with…

UK says EU should weigh tougher Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) – Britain wants the European Union to ensure its sanctions on Russia are sufficiently comprehensive in response to accusations Moscow poisoned a former Russian spy in Britain, using a nerve agent. In advance excerpts from his first speech in the U.S. as the U.K.’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt says Russia’s foreign policy under President Vladimir Putin “has made…

Broadband Access Expands In Rural South Dakota

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota has a low population density. Actually, three quarters of South Dakota is rural.  Sometimes rural communities miss out on the latest tech, but according to a new report, it turns out South Dakota is doing well. Welcome to Jennifer Reecy’s office. There’s always work to be done online. “I’m able to utilize the cloud technology,…

Canton Volunteer Fire Dept. Prepares for Answering the Call

CANTON, S.D. — For many people the workday ends at 5 o’clock. However, for some they also work in extreme cases outside of their full time jobs, and are called upon at a second’s notice. KDLT goes to Canton where the volunteer fire department prepares for those moments. For the 28 members of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department monthly training is…

Broadband Access Expanding in Rural South Dakota

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Sometimes rural communities miss out on the latest tech. It turns out, rural South Dakota is keeping up with the times. South Dakota has a low population density, in fact, three quarters of South Dakota is rural. However, a new report says broadband is becoming more accessible. According to the report, South Dakota has more broadband internet…

Brandon Mayor Larry Beesley to Resign, Cites Health Concerns

BRANDON, S.D. – The Brandon City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. tonight. On their agenda, is to accept the resignation of Mayor Larry Beesley. The mayor announced his resignation in a letter last week, calling it quote, “a very difficult decision.” He cited “health concerns.” Mayor Beesley was supposed to serve until May. If the council accepts…

Hitting The Books And Hitting The Road

  SIOUX FALLS, SD-  24,000 students in Sioux Falls start school on Thursday and it’s crucial that drivers follow school zone rules. “Safety is the number one priority in the Sioux Falls School District. While we take many precautions in protecting our students, one of the simplest things we can do this week as a community is just slow down,”…

Sanford Health, Good Samaritan Merger Gets Regulatory Approval

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The merger between a major health organization and a senior care provider will happen sooner than expected. Sanford Health officials say they have received regulatory approval to combine with the Good Samaritan Society. The merger was expected to be finalized by the end of January 2019. However, Sanford officials say the two non-profits will now join…