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2018 Farm Numbers in the Dakotas Drop From Previous Year

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farms continue to disappear off the Dakotas landscape, especially smaller ones. The federal Agriculture Department reports that total farm numbers in 2018 dropped by 300 in North Dakota and by 400 in South Dakota. North Dakota had 26,100 farms and South Dakota 29,600. That mirrored the national trend. The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from 2017,…

AG Barr to Release a Redacted Version of the Mueller Report

Attorney General William Barr leaves his home in McLean, Va., on Thursday morning, April 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)Attorney General William Barr says he will give Congress a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative report at 11 a.m. He told reporters at the Justice Department that he would transmit to Congress copies of the public version of…

Someone You Should Know: 911 Dispatchers

CANTON, S.D. – The police officers and firefighters are always thanked for their dedication and service whenever there is an emergency.  But now this week is all about the 911 dispatchers. “It’s neat that we’re recognized. You know, usually, we’re (kind of) the forgotten ones and that’s fine. Nobody here does it for recognition, but it’s nice to be recognized and…

Hearing to Focus on Preventing More Missouri River Flooding

OMAHA, Neb. – This spring’s massive flooding along the Missouri River unearthed bitter criticism of the federal agency that manages the river while devastating communities and causing more than $3 billion in damage. The flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ actions will be the focus of a U.S. Senate hearing in western Iowa on Wednesday and critics will…

USF Gives Students a Real Life Low-Income Experience

USF hosts the Community Action Poverty Simulation

SIOUX FALLS, SD— In the Stewart Center over 70 University of Sioux falls students are participated in a unique poverty simulation, where they experienced what it was like for more than 7 million low income families in the United States. “My family name is the Boling,” said Malley Moore, USF Freshman. “Barbara is pregnant, we have a low-income, our dad just…

Sioux Falls Man Found Guilty of Murder, Manslaughter in 2018 Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 29-year-old Henry Francis Little Long was found guilty in the 2018 shooting death of 40-year-old LaKendrick Thorton. Long was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter after a Minnehaha County jury deliberated for two hours on Tuesday. Authorities say Long and 23-year-old Kelsey Roubideaux gave a ride to 40-year-old LaKendrick Thornton and a friend on…

Postal Service Dog Bites Goes Up in South Dakota

US Postal Service dogs bites goes up by two bites in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, SD— The US Postal Service released their 2018 statistics this morning, it said that South Dakota dog bites against postal carrier went up from nine bites to 11 bites this year. “There are times I just put mail in, and it will just get snatched out of nowhere,” said City Mailcarrier Tommy Heuer. “I look-in and it is just…

South Dakota Woman Killed in Fall From Arkansas Cliff

JASPER, Ark. (AP) – Authorities say a 20-year-old South Dakota woman has died after falling off a cliff in northwestern Arkansas. Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says Andrea Norton was fatally injured on Saturday when she accidentally fell from a rock formation near Jasper, about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock. Wheeler says Norton was with a group of college…

Two Inmates Placed On Escape Status

Travis Mann (left) & Matthew Weddell (right)YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Corrections authorities are looking for inmates Travis Mann and Matthew Weddell. The two inmates did not show up to their community service jobsite in Yankton on Saturday.  According to the state DOC, both men are minimum security inmates at the Yankton Community Work Center. Mann is white and…

Colman Family Was Ready for Winter Storm Wesley

The Hoyer family was well prepared for winter storm

COLMAN, SD— Many South Dakotans are living in the dark. “There are still about 8,500 people without power,” said South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. “Our crews are working to restore that as soon as possible.” Many lost power Wednesday night but for the Hoyer family who lives in Colman, they were at least ready for storm. “Early Wednesday morning, we heard…

Police Applications See a Serious Decline

Sioux Falls Police applications have dropped by 41 percent since 2010

SIOUX FALLS, SD— Police stations nationwide are experiencing a shortage in applicants. In Sioux Falls applications have dropped by 41 percent since 2010. “Certainly the profession has changed,” Sioux Falls Police Chief Loren McManus. “I think that might be keeping some people from being police officers or in law enforcement in general.” Sioux Falls Police have recently gone to a system…

No Horse Racing on South Dakota Tracks in 2019

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – There will be no horse racing this year at South Dakota tracks for the first time in decades. Northeast Area Horse Racing announced Tuesday that the Aberdeen track will not host races in 2019. The move comes two weeks after the state’s only other race track suspended activities this year in Fort Pierre. It also follows…

Tourism Spending Continues to Increase in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – A recent study released by the Department of Tourism shows that 73% of counties in South Dakota saw increased visitor spending over 2017. This growth correlated with the South Dakota tourism industry’s ninth straight year of record growth in 2018. The detailed analysis from Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, indicates a majority of visitor activity took…

Someone You Should Know: High School Soccer Coach Goal for Inclusion

Harrisburg High School Desiree Parmenter

HARRISBURG, SD— Superman may have his cape and batman his belt. But, Harrisburg High School Head Girls Soccer Coach Desiree Parmenter has her own kind of superpower and it’s called player of the game. “Player of the Game is where our team recognizes a player, each home game specifically and what we do is provided students with a jersey and a…

I-90 Closing Rapid City to Mitchell, I-29 Closing Sioux Falls to Brookings

PIERRE, S.D. – Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are closing Interstate 90 from Rapid City to Mitchell at 5:30 p.m. CDT. I-90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls and I-29 from Sioux Falls to Brookings will both close at 7 p.m. I-29 was closed from Brookings to the North Dakota border earlier this afternoon. Conditions…

I-29 Closing Brookings to North Dakota Border, No Travel Advised On Many Highways

PIERRE, S.D. – Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are closing Interstate 29 from Brookings to the North Dakota border at 1 p.m. CDT today (April 10) and I-29 from Sioux Falls to Brookings will likely be closed later this afternoon, depending how quickly weather and road conditions deteriorate. Drivers should also be aware that conditions on Interstate…

Swine Fever Concerns Force Cancellation of Iowa’s World Pork Expo

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Concerns about the spread of Africa swine fever to the U.S. have led organizers to cancel the World Pork Expo scheduled for June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The National Pork Producers Council’s board of directors announced its decision Wednesday. The annual June event brings about 20,000 visitors to Des Moines, including…