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Watertown Man Arrested and Charged After Firing Shots at His Vehicle

WATERTOWN (Watertown Police Department) On 12/15/2019 at approximately 3:23 am, the Watertown Police Department, Codington County Sheriff’s Office, and Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the 100 block of Maple Street South for a report of a discharge of a firearrm. Police arrived on scene and determined Matthew Wolf had fired two shots at his own vehicle in the 100 block…

SantaCon Mixes in a Good Time for a Good Cause

SIOUX FALLS  Downtown Sioux Falls was filled with Santa’s and elves Saturday night for the 8th annual SantaCon. The event started at PAve where people dressed in their favorite Christmas clothes. SantaCon stopped at three downtown clubs before ending at the Icon Lounge for a concert. There, the band Sleigher performed and had a $10 cover charge with proceeds going…

South Dakota Prison Inmates Learning Job Skills

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- We’re used to seeing traffic signs while we’re out on the road, but you probably don’t think about where they came from. In South Dakota, they’re made by prisoners. Same with license plates. It’s all put together at their prison work facility.  Each week, South Dakota state prison inmates are hard at work. Next to the South…

South Dakota Farmers Union Voices Opposition to USMCA

The president of the South Dakota Farmers Union is pushing back on the U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement announced earlier this week. Doug Dombke believes the agreement if passed, won’t improve market conditions for South Dakota farmers and ranchers. He also says health care costs for family farmers and ranchers weren’t accounted for. Meanwhile, Congressman Dusty Johnson continues to tout…

Report: Flu Season in Minnesota Kicking Off with Influenza B

MINNEAPOLIS Flu season in Minnesota is off to an unusual start, with the B strain of influenza causing most of the lab-confirmed cases instead of the usual A strain. The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Department of Health released data Thursday showing that B strains made up about 80% of the positive flu specimens obtained in clinics and hospitals…

Wells Fargo to Get Millions for U. of Iowa Utility Deal

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) One of the world’s largest banks will reap a windfall from the University of Iowa’s multi-billion-dollar plan to outsource its utility operations before students or faculty see any benefit from the deal. Wells Fargo is expected to get 1% of the nearly $1.2 billion payment that the university has negotiated for leasing its utility system to…

Oglala Sioux Consider Appeal On Survey Decision For Mine

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Oglala Sioux Tribe is considering whether to appeal a decision by a panel of judges that a proposed uranium mine site in southwest South Dakota doesn’t have to be surveyed for Native American burials or artifacts. The three judges with the U.S. Atomic Safety and Licensing Board said the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission tried diligently…

3 Steps to Keep Hackers Out of Your Home Security System

As a growing number of Americans come forward and say they too, have had someone hack into their home security system, cyber experts Will Bushee and Katie Shuck talk about the three most important things you can do to protect yourself. And, a consumer warning: from what either of them they can tell, the systems themselves aren’t what the hackers…

Recording Devices Found in Minneapolis Hotel Rooms; LHS Parent Says Students Recently Stayed

Authorities are investigating the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis after recording devices were found in guest rooms. Authorities say it’s not immediately known if the devices recorded any guests. A Lincoln High School parent tells us that students from the school, including his own, stayed at the hotel while participating in a DECA event last weekend. You can read the…

‘Hemp. We’re On It’: State Libertarian Party Launches Parody Website

There’s a new campaign for legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota and it has a familiar slogan. The South Dakota Libertarian Party launched this website called ‘Hemp. We’re on it.’ It’s a parody of Governor Noem’s anti-meth campaign, ‘Meth. We’re on it.’ The website also mirrors the one for the anti-meth campaign with links to resources like contacting state lawmakers….

Veteran Non-Profit Purchases Former Badlands Pawn Building

SIOUX FALLS The South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, a veteran, military and civilian non-profit, has purchased the former Badlands Pawn building in Sioux Falls. Non-profit officials say the building will host multiple veteran and military-themed organizations under one roof. It will also provide a location for entertainment, events, and meetings, as well as an eventual military museum. “The Alliance is…

South Dakota Governor to Push Private Youth Facility Reform

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will push for a state oversight of privately-run treatment facilities for youth after a long-standing patter of abuse was discovered at one facility. The governor plans to change how private treatment facilities for youth are licensed and inspected by the state. Her recommendations come after an investigative report from South Dakota…