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Keystone Pipeline Restarts 2 Weeks After North Dakota Leak

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Keystone pipeline has been restarted nearly two weeks after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in North Dakota. TC Energy says the pipeline “returned to service” Sunday after approval of a repair and restart plan by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The agency ordered the company last…

Woman Who Called for Help Before Assault Files Lawsuit

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted just hours after calling the sheriff’s office for help is suing Custer County and others because deputies never responded. In her federal lawsuit, the woman is seeking $2 million, saying deputies could have prevented the crime. The woman told a Custer County dispatcher Sept. 5, 2017 that she…

Thousands Face Life-Threatening Floods from Aging Dams

This photo provided by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources shows the Spencer Dam near Spencer, Neb., in March 2019, after the dam failed during a flood. (Nebraska Department of Natural Resources via AP)America’s dams, most of which were built more than half a century ago, are in a state of decay that is endangering thousands of people who live…

Authorities: South Dakota Man Died in Nebraska Collision

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a South Dakota man died after collision on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska. The crash occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday near the U.S. Highway 281 junction at Grand Island. The Hall County Sheriff’s Department says a semitrailer and two passenger vehicles were involved. The name of the victim and other details about the…

Accident in Dewey County Leaves One Dead and Another Injured

RIDGEVIEW, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a 61-year-old man has died in a collision between a pickup and a semi-truck in north-central South Dakota. The crash happened Saturday night west of Ridgeview, in Dewey County. Authorities say a semi pulling an empty grain trailer was westbound on U.S. 12 and preparing to turn left when it collided with the pickup….

Downtown Sioux Falls Library Kicks Off Native American Heritage Month With Lakota Language Classes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – November is Native American heritage month and the Downtown Sioux Falls Library is celebrating. This afternoon they taught a Lakota language class, hoping to spread the indigenous language. “My grandmother was Lakota, so ever since I’ve always been interested in learning about it,” says South Dakota is home to many Native American populations, yet not many…

11th Annual “Ice Institute” Gears The Sioux Empire Up For Winter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – It’s chilly in the Sioux Empire, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of activities. This weekend the Premier Center held the 11th annual “Ice Institute”, and those involved say it was a hit. The “Ice Institute” aims to provide people with the latest and greatest of the ice fishing industry. You could shop and speak…

South Dakota to Provide Education Opportunities World Wide?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – This week an Egyptian delegation traveled around the Sioux Empire with the goal of buying products. Deals were agreed upon, but something else was accomplished as well. “Egyptian group came, they saw, and they conquered, I believe, in the sense of actually signing deal,” says South Dakota state representative Michael Saba. This week, South Dakota proved…

Veteran Suicide Awareness March

      MADISON, S.D.- Veterans day is Monday. It’s a time to honor those who have served.  However, one South Dakota veteran also uses this time of year to bring awareness to an important issue facing some veterans: suicide. Jacob Schaefers is a Marine Corps veteran. He served for five years.  “One of the best things I ever did. I absolutely…

Renberg Elementary Honors Veterans During Lunch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This upcoming Monday is Veterans Day and some elementary students in Renner showed their appreciation with a special lunch. Late this morning, Renberg Elementary School invited veterans to their school for lunch. The students’ family and friends who’ve served in the military filed into the cafeteria with students to enjoy a meal. One veteran, Eldin Rand,…

South Dakota Hunting Licenses Sales Drop by 26,000

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Officials say South Dakota has sold nearly 26,000 fewer hunting licenses this year, which has cost the state more than $1 million in lost revenue. State Department of Game, Fish and Parks official Heather Villa told the Rapid City Journal that the long winter, flooding and a decline in the pheasant population could be to…

Monster Jam Takes Over Denny Sanford Premier Center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you’re a fan of big loud trucks, you may want to head down to the Denny Sanford Premier Center this weekend. Monster Jam has once again come to Sioux Falls! Drivers will jump trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds, all to wow the crowd. Randy Brown, the driver of Gravedigger, has been driving for over 2o…

Nebraska Patrol Arrests Minnesota Man in Huge Drug Bust

SARGENT, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a 30-year-old Minnesota man was arrested after Nebraska state troopers found hundreds of packages of THC products in his car. Custer County Court records say Anthony Kolbe, of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale and with related drug crimes. The records don’t list the name of an…

Big, Fast, and Loud: Monster Jam Comes to the Denny

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – They’re big. They’re fast. They’re loud. ‘Monster Jam’ once again has come to Sioux Falls! Drivers will jump the biggest and best trucks, weighing over ten thousand pounds, all to wow the crowd. Randy Brown has been driving for over twenty years. He says the fans reaction, and energy, has kept him going through the two…