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DWU Opens International Recruitment Office in Nigeria

MITCHELL, S.D.- Dakota Wesleyan University is hot on the recruitment trail for new students. They’re latest venture has them looking globally. Last week, the university opened its first international recruitment office in Abuja, Nigeria. The school was able to do this by partnering with Dr. John Ifediora, an alum and former board of trustee member living in Nigeria. The goal…

Announced Merger Between Sanford Health, UnityPoint Ends

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sanford Health, UnityPoint Health merger announced earlier this year has been called off. In a statement by Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, he says the conversation around the potential merger have ended. The two organizations announced the merger in June. In the announcement, they said they intended to “become the destination for personalized primary care in…

Rep. Johnson Returns From Israel, Says Peace in the Middle East is Attainable

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson is back home after his visit to Israel. Rep. Johnson met with military and government leaders during the trip. He says one of the biggest takeaways is that the majority of Israel wants peace. He says there are simple solutions to the “Israel-Palestinian” conflict but that eliminating Palestinian terrorist factions would…

Clara Hart to Announce Senate Candidacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The race for Mike Rounds’ Senate seat is heating up as another challenger has come forward. Clara Hart of Sioux Falls plans to announce her bid for the Democratic nomination. Hart has spent more than 31 years participating in community service in South Dakota. Hart ran for State Senate in 2008, Sioux Falls City Council in…

Daughter Listed as Witness in Murder Case Against Iowa Man

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The adult daughter of an Iowa City man charged with killing his wife is included on a long list of potential prosecution witnesses. A court document released Tuesday formally charges 67-year-old Roy Browning Jr. with first-degree murder in the April 5 stabbing death of his wife, University of Iowa employee JoEllen Browning. Witnesses listed on…

Sioux Falls Police Add New Mental Health Community Resource Officer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Police have announced the addition of a Mental Health Community Resource Officer. The Sioux Falls Police Department says the position will work in the community with different mental health and addiction resources focusing on mental health and substance abuse/addiction issues. The officer will work with people and their families that are experiencing addiction and/or a…

Top Democrat Assails Trump’s $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A top Democrat says President Donald Trump’s $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, is the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says Trump’s trade agenda has irreparably…

Record-Breaking Cold Freezing Minnesota Lakes Early

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Record-breaking cold temperatures are freezing Minnesota lakes weeks earlier than normal. Monday was the coldest high temperature in three decades in the Twin Cities. The temperature reached 18 degrees at midnight, tying the coldest high record set in 1986. The National Weather Service said Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the…

Disney Plus Suffers Some Technical Difficulties at Launch

FILE – In this April 3, 2019, file photo characters from Disney and Fox movies are displayed behind Cathleen Taff, president of distribution, franchise management, business and audience insight for Walt Disney Studios during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace in Las…

Safety Violations Found After Attacks at Iowa Psych Hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Regulators have found serious safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Iowa where several combative patients have assaulted employees. An inspection found that employees at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent outbursts due to inadequate emergency plans, low staffing, poor communication and ineffective safety shields that staffers haven’t been trained to…

As Snow Moves Toward East Coast, Bitter Cold Hits Midwest

PexelsCHICAGO (AP) – Much of the snow that was supposed to fall in the Midwest has come down and now it’s time for the main event: Record-breaking cold. The National Weather Service says Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and beyond, thanks to what it calls an…

Traveling Exhibit at DWU Honors Native Veterans

MITCHELL, S.D.-   Even with all of the celebrations and acknowledgment of veterans on Veteran’s Day, there’s one group of people who are often forgotten about. So a traveling exhibition has been set up on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus in Mitchell to keep people informed about their service. More Native Americans per capita have served in the U.S.military than…

Big Paws Canine Foundation Provides Service Dogs for Veterans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When Veterans come home from deployment, sometimes there are lingering effects. Every job comes with challenges. When it comes to serving your country, those challenges don’t stop when you come home. Service members sometimes return with PTSD and anxiety. But, the Big Paws Canine Foundation in Sioux Falls aims to help by training service dogs for…

“Just Bring Him Home”: Wife Searching for Answers in Husband’s Disappearance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman is looking for her husband after not hearing from him since Saturday evening. After Walter “Wall-e” Avery’s truck was found at his workplace with a number of his belongings, his wife and co-workers began to worry. “We don’t know anything. It’s like he vanished.” Dawn Avery said goodbye to Wall-e Avery on…

Washington Pavilion Breaks Attendance Record, Hits 100k Visitors in 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls has passed a major milestone. More than 100,000 visitors have passed through the Pavilion’s doors this year. That’s 4,000 more than the previous record which was set in 2000. This year, the Pavilion is reporting an increase in membership, along with guests traveling from farther away to see their exhibits….

Hy-Vee Says Thank You with Free Breakfast for Veterans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Hy-Vee’s across the country showed their support to veterans this morning, including here in Sioux Falls. The 49th Street and Louise Avenue location once again offered a free breakfast for veterans. Store Director Matt Heldenbrand says they have been offering the free meal for well over a decade. Veterans say even small thank yous, like the…

Clara Hart to Announce U.S. Senate Candidacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The race for Mike Rounds’ Senate seat appears to be picking up another challenger. Clara Hart of Sioux Falls plans to announce her bid for the Democratic nomination on Thursday. Dan Ahlers of Dell Rapids is currently the only Democratic candidate. Senator Rounds has not announced his plans for re-election. Hart ran for State Senate in…