South Dakota

The Big Picture: Drought Conditions In South Dakota Not As Severe As In 2012

According to the the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe conditions, and just under 5 percent is in the extreme category. While the dry, hot weather has taken its toll on crops, the state actually hasn’t seen record-setting conditions. With some recent rains, portions of South Dakota are finally starting to see some drought…

Reconstruction Of East Arrowhead Parkway In Sioux Falls To Begin On Monday

Sioux Falls, S.D. – The city will be reconstructing another major road in Sioux Falls. The $9.4 million project is set to begin on Monday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on East Arrowhead Parkway. The street will be widened to six lanes including a median with left turn lanes, underground utility work, and new traffic…

Authorities Warn Of Phone Scam Targeting Minnehaha County Residents

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Authorities are warning Minnehaha County residents about phone scams circulating the area, in which callers impersonate county and law enforcement officials, and demand payments. Police say a 29-year-old Sioux Falls woman is one victim in the area, scammed out of $500. Police say she received a call from two people claiming that she owed $800 in…

Alzheimer’s Association Reacts To Country Music Legend’s Death Following Diagnosis

The country music scene is mourning the loss of a legend. Singer Glen Campbell passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. The news isn’t just hitting his fans hard, but an organization aimed at fighting the disease that killed him. The Alzheimer’s Association says Glen Campbell shined a spotlight on the disease. Campbell first announced his diagnosis to…

Someone You Should Know: SD Native Has Long History Of Calling History At Sioux Empire Fair

The Sioux Empire Fair turned 78-years-old this year, and there’s one man who has only missed 20 of them. Not only has the Huron native attended the fair every year, he has a rich history of calling history at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds. KDLT’s Jill Johnson shows us why Denny Oviatt is ‘Someone You Should Know’. “You always have to…

Sioux Falls School District Hiring: Needs Hundreds Of Substitute Teachers For Upcoming Year

The Sioux Falls School District is hiring. The district says each year they need around 600 substitute teachers, and so far, they have around half that number for the upcoming school year. “It seems like we always need more,” said Sioux Falls School District Human Resources Director Becky Dorman. During the school year, the Sioux Falls School District says they…

2 Robberies In 2 Days: SF Police Give Advice On What To Do In Scary Situations

"Do what you're asked," said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens.

In less than a week, two people have become victims of alarming robberies on the streets of northeast Sioux Falls. They happened less than two miles and a day apart. The most recent took place on Friday just before 8:30 p.m. Police say the victim was walking near East 4th Street and North Sherman Avenue when two men got out…

LGBTQ Community Reacts After Film Showcasing Same-Gender Crush Goes Viral

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-What started as a class project for two Florida students has become a social media sensation. A short animated film about a same-gender crush has gone viral. With nearly 20 million views on YouTube, the film is also getting attention from viewers in the Sioux empire. “The video was very heart warming, I think it’s a feeling that…

Back-To-School: Choosing A Pack That Won’t Break Your Back

With school starting up in less than a month, it’s time to think about back-to-school shopping. Backpacks are probably the most expensive items on the list, but one Sioux Falls Chiropractor says you typically get what you pay for. KDLT’s Jill Johnson has tips on how to find one that fits properly, and how to wear it correctly. High School…

FULL STORY: After Recent Complaints, Police Remind Haulers To Secure Their Loads

Police are reminding residents and hauling companies to secure their loads while driving after receiving recent complaints in Sioux Falls. They say if they catch you improperly hauling trash, you could drive away with a $120 citation. There may be another fine if you’re in violation at the landfill. Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill Superintendent Dustin Hansen said, “From tires…

Ex-State’s Attorney Accused Again Of Failing To Pay Taxes

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a former Bennett County state’s attorney convicted of tax evasion has once again failed to pay taxes. Forty-eight-year-old Kenneth Orrock, of Rapid City, is facing sentencing later this month after failing to pay $17,000 in federal taxes he had collected from his employees at the Black Hills Patrol security agency in 2015. Orrock…

FULL STORY: Lloyd Companies To Help City Build $43.5 Million Project In Uptown Sioux Falls

The Uptown area in downtown Sioux Falls will soon be getting a facelift. With the help of Lloyd Companies, the city plans to redevelop even more land near the entrance to Falls Park. It comes with a $43.5 million price tag. It’s been more than a decade since the area near 2nd Street and Phillips Avenue served as a salvage…

UPDATE: Three Victims Of Rapid City Mobile Home Fire Died From Smoke

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – UPDATE: Preliminary autopsy results indicate that three people who were killed in a mobile home fire in Rapid City died of smoke inhalation. The blaze occurred Friday. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Rapid City Police Department are still working to positively identify the three victims. Officials said earlier that at least two of…

One Of Two Stolen Centuries Old Artifacts Returned To Watertown Zoo

The Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown says one of two stolen artifacts has been returned. The artifacts, which are on loan from the South Dakota Archaeological Society, were discovered missing last week. They’re estimated to be hundreds of years old. Bramble Park Zoo Director Dan Miller said pointing to a display case, “We had it on like this.” Miller says…

FULL STORY: Sioux Falls Woman Shares ‘Bad Feeling’ About Suspicious Man At Empire Mall

Facebook Posts About Several Encounters Going Viral

Several people are sharing the same warning to others on Facebook. The posts describe encounters with what appears to the be the same man hanging out in and around the Empire Mall. Both strange and scary, the posts are now going viral. “I had a really, really bad feeling about it.” Taelyn Phillips says she was at the Empire Mall…

Midco Aquatic Center Hosting Division I Championships In 2018

IUPUI's Departure From Summit League Brings Event To Sioux Falls

The Midco Aquatic Center announced Thursday that it will be hosting its first Division I event as early as next year. The men and women’s Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships will take place in Sioux Falls on Feb. 14-18. Before the Midco Aquatic Center was even built, city officials dreamed of hosting a Division I event there. “You spend…

SF School District Recruits Adorable Kids To Tackle Attendance Issues In PSA Campaign

The Sioux Falls School District is getting creative to get kids to go to school. Using advertisements featuring children, the district has created a campaign called ‘Attendance Matters. Every Student. Every Day.’ Their goal is to increase student attendance by five percent by 20-20. Dressed as teachers, complete with either a blouse or a sweater vest and glasses, the Sioux…