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Project: SOS Distribution Day Gives Away 5,000 Backpacks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Back to school is just around the corner and the Sioux Empire is getting prepared. Many are also helping those in need get the supplies necessary for a successful school year. The Banquet’s 30th annual Project: SOS Distribution Day took place at Whittier Middle School. The event gives backpacks and school supplies to families who cannot…

Samaritan’s Feet Gives Shoes To Kids In Need Before Back To School

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Marissa Corado’s kids love shoes… especially shoes with different colors. But for Corado, a new pair of shoes is a price that’s too much to bear. That’s where Samaritan’s Feet comes in. Their annual back to school shoe distributions give out new shoes, socks, backpacks… and even snacks. Samaritan’s Feet volunteer Tracy Johnson says having new…

Citizen Hero Awards Given to Leif Ericson Employees for Saving Co-Worker’s Life

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Last Friday, seven staff members at Camp Leif Ericson saved a co-workers life and today, they received quite the recognition. Staff members were saying goodbye during their last day of summer when Chris Dieters suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Her co-workers sprung into action-performing CPR and using AED. Their quick thinking saved Dieters’ life. For their…

Minnehaha Co. Emergency Management Taking Police Reserve Applications

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Minnehaha County Emergency Management is taking applications for reserve police officers. The volunteer position helps with Sioux Falls Police, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, and South Dakota Highway Patrol. That can include going on patrols or working large events like JazzFest and the Sioux Empire Fair. Applicants must 21 years old by next May, have a…

Authorities: 2 Arrested, 2 Wanted for Kidnapping, Assault

Ronald Lee WebbSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are searching for two people in connection with a kidnapping and assault. 38-year-old Ronald Lee Webb and 35-year-old Christopher Allen Yahola both have arrest warrants out. Police say the incident happened in the area of South West Avenue and West Sioux Street and involved a 38-year-old man. 56-year-old James Hanna and…

Board of Ethics Meet to Discuss “Triple Check The Charter” Petition

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls city council member Theresa Stehly spoke to the city’s board of ethics this morning. She asked for an advisory opinion on her right to participate in the “Triple Check the Charter” petition. “Triple Check the Charter” wants to remove the mayor from city council, do away with the mayor’s tie-breaking vote, and require a…

Security Change May Mean Longer Lines at Minneapolis Airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A security change at the main terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could mean longer lines for passengers. Starting Monday, travelers who haven’t qualified for TSA PreCheck or CLEAR PreCheck will be limited to using the north security checkpoint. The south checkpoint will be reserved for passengers who have PreCheck and airport employees. Those are the main…

All Lake Nokomis Beaches Close After Illnesses Jump to 49

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Health officials have closed all beaches at a popular Minneapolis lake after number of illnesses identified in people who swam there rose to 49. All of the diarrhea cases involve people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis since mid-July. The Minnesota Department of Health reported the jump in cases Friday. The 49 cases include the…

Grassley Says EPA ‘Screwed’ Farmers with Biofuels Exemptions

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – Sen. Charles Grassley says farmers were “screwed” by the Trump administration’s decision to allow some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. During a taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program Friday, Grassley was asked his thoughts on 31 refinery exemptions the Environmental Protection Agency issued for 2018 and approved…

DTSF Winds Down Summer With 7th Annual ‘Riverfest’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Summer may be winding down, but the parties aren’t. For the 7th year, Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. is hosting ‘Riverfest.’ The late-summer staple celebrates not only local food, music, and businesses, but the Big Sioux River as well. This year, 11 food vendors and 11 display vendors will line the banks of the Big Sioux, according…

Midwest Farmers to Be Sentenced in Largest US Organic Fraud Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Four Midwestern farmers who cheated organic food customers are scheduled to be sentenced for the largest fraud scheme of its kind in U.S. history. Federal prosecutors say the farmers are responsible for a seven-year scheme that tricked thousands of customers into paying premium prices for products that were marketed as organic but were not. Prosecutors…

Authorities: Money Lab for Making Counterfeit Cash Found in Iowa

CLERMONT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say they’ve found a home lab being used to make counterfeit cash in northeast Iowa. Fayette County deputies serving a search warrant at a Clermont residence say they found computers, printers, special paper and thousands of counterfeit bills in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50. They say they also found drug paraphernalia and prepaid…

Students Returning to Minneapolis School Damaged By Explosion in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Students will return to Minnehaha Academy next week, two years after a natural gas explosion leveled part of the Minneapolis campus, killing two staffers and injuring nine other people. Brick salvaged from the rubble as well as stone stair treads have been incorporated into the new construction. Two wooden benches in the lobby have plaques that memorialize…

Thunderbirds in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Air Force Thunderbirds flew into the South Dakota Air National Guard base Thursday afternoon. The crew is here for the Sioux Falls Airshow. They will be performing here for the first time since 2003. The Thunderbirds fly F-16’s just like the ones used by the South Dakota Air National Guard. They travel all over the country…