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Lake Alvin Reopen for Swimming, Water Regains Healthy Bacteria Levels

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Beaches at Lake Alvin near Harrisburg are once again open to visitors. Officials closed the beach to swimmers on Friday, June 29, after testing turned up unhealthy levels of bacteria. Park samples taken on Thursday, indicate those levels are now back to normal. The park supervisors say higher levels of contaminants are usually registered in the water…

Economic development group seeks $2M from Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – An economic development group is asking Rapid City for $2 million over the next five years to create nearly 5,000 jobs and draw $300 million in business investment. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Elevate Rapid City group pitched the plan to city officials Monday. Elevate aims to create high-paying jobs by helping local…

Minnehaha, Pennington counties make tweaks after Marsy’s fix

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead says his office can be more open with crime information after South Dakota voters approved changes to the “Marsy’s Law” victims’ bill of rights. The measure aimed at fixing bureaucratic problems Marsy’s Law created for authorities took effect this week. Some law enforcement agencies are still reviewing their responses, while…

One Rule to Follow If You’re Attending Your First Powwow

If you’ve never been to a powwow, this weekend you’ve got an incredible opportunity to attend the 151st Annual Wacipi in Agency Village, South Dakota. Community Planner for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Crystal Owen, hopes you’ll stop by booth 11 for some conversation, camaraderie and a free lemonade. And in the interview above, she also explains the one thing (among others)…

Oldest Powwow in South Dakota Kicks Off Friday

Friday marks the beginning of the 151st Annual Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Wacipi in Agency Village, South Dakota. It is the longest running powwow in the state and 2nd longest in the nation. Tribal Chairman Dave Flute, among others, spoke with KDLT News Today ahead of ceremonial events to explain the significance of the events and what he hopes others understand about…

Governor Dayton to Visit Southwestern Minnesota Communities to Assess Recent Storm and Flood Damage

Governor Dayton, Senator Smith, and Congressman Peterson will visit Lyon, Murray, and Redwood counties to assess storm damage and meet with local community members

ST. PAUL, MN – On Friday, July 6, 2018, Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson will visit communities in southwestern Minnesota to assess flood damage caused by recent severe weather. Visits will include the City of Slayton, the City of Walnut Grove, the City of Balaton, and surrounding communities. Governor Dayton, Senator Smith, and…

How To Ditch Swimmer’s Itch

HARTFORD, S.D. – With the warmer weather on the way, it’s a great time to go for a swim. However, you may want to be careful. The Department of Natural Resources says swimmer’s itch is in parts of the Midwest, like Northwestern Iowa. It’s a beautiful day at Wall Lake – the perfect, sunny day to take your grandchildren out…

NTSB: Damage during installation led to oil pipeline crack

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board says a fatigue crack caused last year’s rupture of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota. The NTSB said in a report released Thursday that the crack likely originated from mechanical damage to the pipe exterior caused by a metal-tracked vehicle during installation. Investigators say the crack grew to a “critical…

Xcel Energy buys Hale Wind Project in Texas Panhandle

PLAINVIEW, Texas (AP) – The Texas Panhandle is getting another wind farm to generate electricity for the state and for New Mexico. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said Thursday that the 478-megawatt Hale Wind Project will cost about $735 million build. The company on Tuesday announced the completed purchase from Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources. Terms weren’t released. New Mexico regulators…

Iowa surrogacy contracts case appealed to US Supreme Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider striking down surrogacy contracts as a violation of the constitutional rights of surrogate mothers and their babies. In an appeal of a February Iowa Supreme Court ruling, the woman asks the nation’s highest court to hear her case and consider whether surrogacy contracts affirmed…

Police: Slow Fourth of July for Fireworks Calls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police say they had a quiet fourth of July in regards to fireworks calls. Police say they received 323 fireworks calls from the 3rd to the 5th. In the same amount of time last year, police received 414 calls. Police say the weather may have played a roll in the decrease of fireworks calls…

Where You Can Literally Help Dig Up Incredible South Dakota History

It’s not every day you get offered the chance to unearth new pieces of history. But that is exactly the opportunity you have at the Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell, the only archaeological site in South Dakota that is open to the public. Simon Floss offers this series of reports to help explain the historical significance of the Village, which…

Coolest Treats for the Hottest of Summer Days

Some of the healthiest ways to give the kids (and yourselves) a break from the heat!

Often this time of year, families are looking for something easy, healthy and fun to grab while on the go. Tiffany Krogstad, a registered dietitian with Sanford Cardiovascular Institute, offers up some fun and healthy options to keep your little ones cool during the hot summer months.

Minnehaha County Sheriff Escapee

Walked away from custody at Avera McKennan Hospital

Update: Goodsell has been located. (Sioux Falls) At approximately 12:45A.M. on July 5th, 2018, Leighlonnie Marie Goodsell escaped from the custody of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, while she was at Avera McKennan Hospital. Goodsell was in custody on several warrants relating to possession of a controlled substance. She was last seen without clothing and travelling westbound from Avera McKennan…

Someone You Should Know: Silver Anniversary on Skis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s a special day for a long-time water ski show in Sioux Falls. The team is celebrating independence day and their 25th anniversary with the biggest and best show they’ve ever put on. Our reporter Miranda Paige spoke to the man who’s kept it all going since day one. He’s someone you should know. Jim Bruns, Founder…

Rain Cancels, Moves Multiple Fireworks Shows

Several fireworks shows were canceled or postponed because of the weather. Organizers posted on social media to spread the word.  The Sioux Falls Jaycees announced on its Facebook page Wednesday evening that the event was canceled, citing safety reasons because of the weather.  They tell KDLT News the fireworks show won’t be rescheduled due to a lack of volunteers.  They…