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Harrisburg Businesses Collect Food For Kids In Need

HARRISBURG, S.D-Several businesses in harrisburg teamed up today to help kids in their community before the start of the new school year. Their mission was to fill a large school bus full of food. Stores in the Schoeneman’s Strip Mall off Cliff Avenue organized the Back to School Bash. People donated food items in exchange for activities like the bouncy…

Better Together: People Form Friendships with Seniors

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-One program at Lutheran Social Services is matching people together to create lifelong friendships. People find their match with the “Better Together” program. Better Together pairs volunteers with senior citizens who are 65-years or older. The program started in 2015 to offer socialization opportunities for seniors. Pairs spend at least four hours a month together. However, many…

Project: SOS Giving Back One Backpack At A Time

    SIOUX FALLS, SD-   “We started out with maybe 80 backpacks and now we’re up to 6,000.” The Banquet’s “Project S.O.S”  has been a part of the Sioux Falls community for over 30 years.  This event helps provide school supplies for families. “We have a lot of families in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.  By…

Monkey See, Monkey Do At Zoo Enrichment Day

SIOUX FALLS, SD-   As summer starts to wind down, The Great Plains Zoo wants to thank their animals for putting their best paws forward. “Enrichment Day” provides visitors with different animal experiences they would not have outside the zoo.  This day is meant for the animals to playfully interact with each other and encourage their natural instincts. Guests can see…

Beyond Backpacks: 6,000 Backpacks Going To Children In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s almost back to school, and with it comes a list of school supplies that just seems to get longer every year. However, not every family can afford the price tag that comes with brand new backpacks. Now, student-athletes, retirees, and friendly neighbors are lining up to help. It’s a busy Friday here at the Banquet….

NBA Star Kyrie Irving to Visit Standing Rock Next Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced today that NBA star Kyrie Irving will be coming to the reservation next week. According to a release from the tribe, Irving’s mother Elizabeth Larson, was adopted out fo the tribe as a child. She was a member of the White Mountain family which lived on the South Dakota side…

ACLU Sues Minnesota Sheriff Over Federal Immigration Enforcement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Nobles County Sheriff in Minnesota for holding immigrants for immigration and customs enforcement. They say he is exceeding his authority by holding people who have posted bond, completed their sentence, or otherwise resolved their criminal case. Minnesota Sheriffs have no legal authority to enforce federal immigration law. Nevertheless,…

Minneapolis police department implements cameras on guns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A police force in a Minneapolis suburb is outfitting its officers with cameras mounted on their handguns amid calls for more transparency in police shootings. The West Hennepin County Safety Department says the $7,200 cameras are significantly less expensive than body cameras. The Star Tribune reports that the department tested the weapon-mounted cameras over the past year…

Authorities ID woman killed in I-90 crash near Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a Howard woman who died in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 90. The Highway Patrol says the car driven by 76-year-old Joan Spader was rear-ended late Monday morning when she slowed because of a crash ahead of her. Her vehicle was then pushed into a third vehicle. She died at the scene, about…

Minnehaha Co. Authorities Investigating 7 Explosions Over Weekend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Deputies and surrounding law enforcement agencies are investigating a string of explosions, mostly damaging mailboxes. Last Friday night, a Deputy saw and heard a loud explosion at River Park in Baltic. Authorities determined a sign had been blown up, but the Deputy didn’t see anyone suspicious. Since then, law enforcement is Sioux Falls,…

Sessions: Judges costing taxpayers with immigration rulings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is criticizing federal judges who’ve thwarted some of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Sessions spoke during a judicial conference Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. He told the crowd that the judges’ “erroneous rulings” have been costly to taxpayers. He also said judges “aren’t sent from Olympus.” Trump has panned judges…

Heart Walk to Support Research, Treatment, Education

2018 Eastern South Dakota Heart Walk is Saturday at Fawick Park

The goal for any of us is typically, to live a long and healthy life. So why does heart disease, a largely preventable disease, remain the leading killer of both men and women in the United States? Check out (in the video above) what the American Heart Association, and a local advocate and heart disease survivor feel is important you…

Governor appoints Sioux Falls attorney to judgeship

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing Sioux Falls attorney James Power to a judgeship in the Second Circuit. Power has been with the Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith firm since 2006. Before that, the Alabama native practiced law in Atlanta and clerked for a law firm in Dallas. He holds a law degree from George Washington Law…

Putt Fore Pups Event to Support Almost Home

There are countless animals in the region in need of a good home. Some have been abandoned, others turned over because there just aren’t enough resources to continue to care for them. Whatever the reason, Almost Home Canine Rescue does what it can to foster the animals along with a network of volunteers, until a good forever home for the…

2 State Penitentiary inmates sentenced for prison attacks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary have been sentenced for separate assaults on corrections employees. The attorney general’s office says 26-year-old Kevin Tripp was sentenced to serve an additional 10 years behind bars, and 25-year-old James Dornbusch had six years added to his time. Authorities say Tripp attacked a Department of Social Services…

Yankton man faces numerous charges in Box Elder incident

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – A Yankton man accused of shooting at a police officer and briefly taking hostages at gunpoint in Box Elder is facing several charges including attempted murder. The Rapid City Journal reports 31-year-old Justin Littrell also is charged with aggravated assault of an officer, burglary, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and making threats. He also faces drug and…