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Raid Across South Dakota Honors Doolittle Raid

MITCHELL, S.D. – It’s not every day people have an opportunity to see a combat aircraft, especially from WWII.  But for one week, people saw a piece of history. “People of South Dakota truly (I think) appreciate the history of the aircraft and people who have served our country. Especially our WWII Vets that we’re trying to commemorate on the 77th…

Feds Seek 180 Years for Iowa Coach Who Exploited 400 Boys

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Federal prosecutors are seeking the equivalent of a life sentence for a former elite Iowa youth basketball coach who sexually abused and exploited 400 boys over a decade. In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, prosecutors asked a judge to sentence former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen to 180 years in prison. They said that sentence…

State Defends South Dakota Pipeline Protest Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it’s built. The law allows officials to pursue money from demonstrators who engage in “riot boosting,” which is defined in part as encouraging violence…

2018 Farm Numbers in the Dakotas Drop From Previous Year

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farms continue to disappear off the Dakotas landscape, especially smaller ones. The federal Agriculture Department reports that total farm numbers in 2018 dropped by 300 in North Dakota and by 400 in South Dakota. North Dakota had 26,100 farms and South Dakota 29,600. That mirrored the national trend. The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from 2017,…

Sioux Area Metro to Provide Free Bus Rides for Earth Day

Offer good on fixed routes 1 through 19 only

Reducing the number of vehicles on area roads is not just a one day, Earth Day event for Sioux Falls Sustainability Coordinator, Jessica Sexe. It’s something she’s hoping will become a long-term goal for those increasingly calling Sioux Falls, home. Sexe announced in a press release on Friday that the City of Sioux Falls would help celebrate Earth Day 2019…

North Dakota Company Where 4 Were Slain Seeks Normalcy

Courtesy: KVRRMANDAN, N.D. (AP) – A small property management company in North Dakota where four people were slain in the early morning hours of April 1 is slowly returning to normal thanks to tight bonds among workers and community support. Memories of the “coffee club” help too. RJR Maintenance and Management co-owner Jackie Fakler says the four victims at the…

City of Madison Officials Grappling with Sewer Sanitary Emergency

MADISON, S.D.-The city of Madison is urging residents to take the city’s current Sanitary Sewer Emergency seriously. If folks don’t, there could be some negative consequences for homeowners and even the city. Officials in Madison are relying on residents to limit water usage and make sure sump pump lines are routed to the streets and not into their floor drains….

Weather Display Boards Installed at Siouxland Library

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you walk into Siouxland Library in downtown Sioux Falls you might notice something a little different about the lobby. “Weathering the Storm” is a group of display boards showcasing weather in South Dakota. Whether the board showed tornadoes, blizzards, floods, or hail, each one has some history in it. The boards have been up through…

Iowa Senate Passes Sports Betting Bill, Sends to House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill that would legalize betting on sporting events and fantasy sports in Iowa has passed the Senate and is expected to be considered as soon as Monday in the House. The bill authorizes the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which regulates the state casinos, to establish rules for betting on professional, collegiate and international…

Sioux Falls Babysitter, Teens Hospitalized in Suspected Overdose

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three teens have been hospitalized after police found them unconscious in a Sioux Falls home with children last night. A 19-year-old babysitting five children in a home near East Holiday Drive and North Ronning Avenue. A 12-year-old in the home called police around 9 p.m. Wednesday to report that the babysitter and two others were unconscious….

Iowa Officials Report 2nd Confirmed Measles Case Since 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State health officials say Iowa has confirmed its second case of measles since 2011. Iowa Public Health Department said Thursday that the unvaccinated person is a household contact with the person in the first case, who also unvaccinated. The department says the first person contracted measles while on a trip to Israel, where outbreaks have…

Iowa Population Up in Largest Cities, Down in 69 Counties

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Census estimates show strong growth in the Des Moines metro area as well as the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas, but more than two-thirds of Iowa’s counties have lost population since 2010. Polk County remained the most populous, growing by 56,572 residents since 2010 to 487,204 people as of July 1, 2018. That’s an…

Dishing Up Easy, Quick and Healthy Easter Sides

Chef Scott Teal from Hy-Vee shares a few of his faves for the holiday

We look forward to celebrating family traditions during the holidays, and for many of us, that includes the food that graces our tables. There are always dishes you remember your mom or maybe your grandfather making growing up, alongside the ones you’ve come to love of your own as an adult. But if you’re looking this year for something a…

Upcoming Conference Aims to Connect, Inspire Rural South Dakota

For those looking to have an impact on their rural communities, an upcoming two-day conference may give you some serious inspiration. In 2018, community leaders from 14 different states were part of Dakota Resources ruralX Conference. This year, June 19-20, the non-profit will once again bring motivated community members from throughout the midwest the Mitchell forum. RuralX, according to organizers, is…

Saturday Search Organized for Missing Girl

Serenity Dennard courtesy PCSOROCKERVILLE, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says it will conduct another search this weekend for a 9-year-old girl who went missing in the Black Hills area more two months ago. The sheriff’s office has organized numerous searches for Serenity Dennard since she ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home on Feb. 3. Some of…