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South Dakota Schools Experiencing School Bus Driver Shortage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some are calling it a “crisis.” School starts this week, yet many area districts are experiencing a school bus driver shortage. In Sioux Falls, school starts on Thursday and the district is still 20 drivers short. Smaller school districts are feeling the effects also, since it’s so challenging to get bus drivers on board. Many school…

Investigating Missing Persons Cases in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota authorities investigate anywhere from 35 to 55 active missing persons cases at any given time. Rarely do the reports turn into full blown investigations like the Mollie Tibbetts case. “Sometimes people just need time by themselves. Usually it’s those cases and it’s once we get a hold of the people they say, ‘Yeah, we’re…

PAve to Open New Rooftop Bar Next Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly two years have passed since the Copper Lounge building collapsed.   Now, the local bar, PAve is trying to create new memories at the site of that tragic accident. Next Tuesday, PAve is opening a new rooftop bar.  The 6,700 square foot bar will include both indoor and outdoor areas. Almost half the new addition will…

Mollie Tibbetts’ death suspect has immigration detainer

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – Police say a man in the country illegally has been charged with murder in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts. A charge of 1st degree murder has been filed against 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera. If convicted, the charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Investigators say they used surveillance video in tracking…

More teens in South Dakota text and drive

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A newly published study finds South Dakota has the highest rate of teen texting and driving in the 35 states analyzed. The survey published in the Journal of Adolescent Health says 64 percent of teens in South Dakota acknowledged texting and driving at least once in the month prior to completing a survey. North Dakota…

Minnesota spends $10M a year to battle invasive species

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is spending millions annually to fight invasive species in its lakes and waterways, but the damaging plants and animals are continuing to spread. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the state Legislature since 2014 has set aside $10 million each year for counties to fight invasive species like zebra mussels and starry stonewort. Counties…

Landowners sue South Dakota utility, phone company over fire

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A group of landowners is suing a South Dakota utility and a Minnesota-based telephone company for alleged negligence in the third-largest wildfire in the Black Hills region’s history. The Rapid City Journal reports that the lawsuit was filed Friday in Custer County against Black Hills Power and Hanson Communications. Landowners allege the companies failed to…

Body believed to be missing Iowa student found in rural area

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police say a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts has been discovered in a rural area near where she went missing last month. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the body was found Tuesday morning in rural Poweshiek County, which includes Tibbetts’ hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. The agency called…

Upcoming Rodeo Helps Provide Home, Resources for Troubled Youth

Hundreds of rodeo participants and their fans from throughout Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska are expected in Sioux Falls this weekend for the annual McCrossan Xtreme Event Challenge. Saturday’s events begin with about 100 barrel racers aiming to qualify for the top 25 spots. Tickets are still available. Proceeds go to support the private non-profit organization that reaches…

Authorities ID Wagner man killed in Douglas County crash

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a Wagner man who died after a sport utility vehicle crash in Douglas County. The Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Quaid Montgomery lost control of his SUV on U.S. Highway 18 and it rolled several times Friday night south of Delmont. He died of his injuries at an Armour hospital. He was traveling alone.

Pet of The Week: Vinnie

For this week’s edition of the ‘KDLT Pet of The Week,’ we introduce you to ‘Vinnie.’ Vinnie is a fun loving cat who enjoys both playing and just hanging out. He’s one year and seven months old and came to the shelter because his owner had allergies. While shy at first, Vinnie will become more outgoing with patience and time….

Keystone to condemn private land

Keystone XL company moves to condemn South Dakota land

The company planning the Keystone XL oil pipeline is moving to condemn private land in northwestern South Dakota’s Harding County. The Rapid City Journal reports TransCanada Corp. has filed eminent domain condemnation petitions in state court against parcels of land owned by two families. At least one of them plans to fight. Jeffrey Jensen says he’ll take the matter to…

Broadband Access Expands In Rural South Dakota

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota has a low population density. Actually, three quarters of South Dakota is rural.  Sometimes rural communities miss out on the latest tech, but according to a new report, it turns out South Dakota is doing well. Welcome to Jennifer Reecy’s office. There’s always work to be done online. “I’m able to utilize the cloud technology,…

Canton Volunteer Fire Dept. Prepares for Answering the Call

CANTON, S.D. — For many people the workday ends at 5 o’clock. However, for some they also work in extreme cases outside of their full time jobs, and are called upon at a second’s notice. KDLT goes to Canton where the volunteer fire department prepares for those moments. For the 28 members of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department monthly training is…