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Farmers Dealing with Flooded Fields and Impact on Harvest Season

CENTERVILLE, S.D. — Mother Nature is bringing challenges to farmers who hope to harvest their crops over the next few weeks. Flooded field after flooded field is the sight for area farmers. “Well it’s frustration it’s been quite a year for us,” says Craig Anderson. This scene isn’t new for Centerville farmer Craig Andersen but that doesn’t stop his concern for…

Tea Woman Shares Story of Mental Health Struggles

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – To the outside world, Caitlin Olson was an everyday kid living in Tea, a smiling student and athlete with a loving family. However, that’s when Caitlin began experiencing depression, something she hid from others. “It was about seventh grade I realized I was becoming very angry with a lot of people around me,” said Caitlin. “I…

Xcel Energy Giving Rebates to South Dakota Customers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota energy companies have leftover money that needs to go back to their customers. This comes after the tax cuts and jobs act of 2017 passed by congress last year. Xcel Energy customers have already received their share. Due to tax cuts, Xcel had $11,500,000 that needed to go back to their customers. Over 88,000…

Sheriff: Wetterling Case “Went Off the Rails”

ST. CLOUD, M.N. – A Minnesota Sheriff says opportunities were missed early on to catch the man who kidnapped and killed 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in 1989. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson spoke today before releasing investigative documents that Jacob’s parents fought to keep private. The Sheriff said that the investigation “went off the rails,” decades before the suspect was finally caught….

Envoy: US, Canada working 24/7 on revamped NAFTA deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working around the clock on a deal to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc ahead of a Sept. 30 U.S. deadline. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told reporters that negotiators from the two sides are “in pretty much constant contact.” She met with her counterpart, U.S. Trade Rep….

Legionnaires’ disease cases jump in Sioux Falls

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota health officials are investigating a jump in the number of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Sioux Falls. The South Dakota Department of Health said Thursday there are 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who live in or have traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 people were hospitalized and one died. The patients range…

US sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons. U.S. government officials say China’s Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu violated a 2017 law meant to punish Russia for interfering in U.S. elections and other activities. Administration officials say that the agency under Li’s direction made large purchases…

Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will discuss the global drug trade and stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction during two speeches next week at the United Nations General Assembly. The White House says Thursday that Trump will address the “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” event Monday. He will address the U.N. General Assembly…

Relatives of Iowa man charged in golfer’s death ‘devastated’

Celia Barquin ArozamenaAMES, Iowa (AP) – Relatives of the 22-year-old Iowa man charged in the stabbing death of a top amateur golfer from Spain say they’re “devastated by the tragedy.” Collin Richards’ family released a statement Thursday saying their “thoughts and prayers” are with the family and friends of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena, whose body was found…

Campaigns, parties seek to mobilize supporters to vote early

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Election Day is still a month-and-a-half away, but South Dakota campaigns are mobilizing their supporters to turn out early as absentee voting begins this week. Absentee voting starts Friday in South Dakota, where high-profile races include governor, U.S. House and attorney general, not to mention contests for other statewide offices, legislative seats and five ballot…

Authorities Charge SF Woman with Manslaughter in Connection with Body Found in Renner

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities say a 23-year-old Sioux Falls woman is facing manslaughter charges in connection with a body found near Renner on Tuesday. Authorities say a passerby was on their way to work when they noticed the body of 40-year-old LaKendrick Thornton on Ditch Road, just North of 258th Street at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. They say…

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is “ridiculous” because funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump has promised is not included. Trump tweeted Thursday that he wants to know “where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from…

South Dakota sends officials to aid with hurricane aftermath

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management is sending two staff members to help with the response to Hurricane Florence. The officials will be stationed in the state emergency operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ll help coordinate requests to other states for help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement among U.S. states…

Overdose, Suicide Continue to Fuel Decline in Life Expectancy

A new government report on the health of the nation reveals some troubling trends. The average life expectancy continues to decrease, largely due to drugs and suicide. Overdose deaths increased by a whopping 72 percent between 2000 and 2016, and the suicide rate grew by 23 percent. Deaths from injury, Alzheimer’s disease, liver failure and blood infections are also on…

Thursday’s Sanford International Pro-Am Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Officials with Sanford International cancelled Thursday’s EMC Championship Pro-Am tournament shortly after 7:00 a.m. due to the incessant round of storms passing through the Sioux Falls region. Per the event’s website, tournament officials are encouraging players to come to the golf course and receive their gift. There will be food and beverages served with a Ryder Cup round table in…