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Child Injured After Car Window Shot with BB Gun, Police Ask for Assistance in Investigation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (from Sioux Falls Police Dept.) – On September 15th at approximately 6:57 pm officers from the Sioux Falls Police Department were dispatched to the area of W. 10th Street and S. Duluth Avenue for a weapons violation. A citizen called 911 to report that her vehicle window had been shattered and she believed it was the result…

Brennan: Statement to Come Monday on Future of Badlands Motor Speedway

BRANDON, S.D. – An auction was held this Saturday for the Badlands Motor Speedway near Brandon. The starting bid was set at $3,150,000. Interested buyers had to put $500,000 down to participate in the auction. Owner Chuck Brennan tells KDLT News the auction happened as planned. He says more information will be made available on Monday at http://www.badlandsmotorspeedway.com/ The auction…

SF Councilor Not Supporting Mayor’s Most Recent Appointment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As Mayor Paul TenHaken works on finalizing his team, one Sioux Falls City Council member is not happy with his most recent appointment. This councilor is making sure her voice is heard before next week’s vote. Councilor Theresa Stehly is voicing her concerns about, Jason Reisdorfer, who TenHaken appointed as the Director of Innovation and Technology earlier…

‘Stop the Bleed’ Training Coming to Schools Statewide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — New medical kits could help save lives during active shooter situations or other serious injuries sustained at school. Medical personnel are making sure students and teachers are equipped when emergencies happen. Stop the Bleed is a program that’s trying to provide medical kits to all 877 elementary, middle and high schools in South Dakota. “Hopefully we will…

South Dakota Education Association Endorses Billie Sutton

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Last week South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s campaign for governor got a shot in the arm from a presidential visit This week, her democratic opponent, Billie Sutton, is picking up the support of some big-name organizations. It’s a big endorsement for Billie Sutton. “Public education can not find a better advocate than Billie Sutton,” said Mary…

Chuck Brennan Confident Badlands Motor Speedway Will Sell at Saturday Auction

BRANDON, S.D. – The Badlands Motor Speedway has been sitting vacant for more than a year now just outside of Brandon. But racecars may be returning to the track soon. An auction is scheduled this weekend to sell the speedway. Since the time Chuck Brennan purchased Huset’s Speedway in 2015, he says he’s invested millions into the facility. It features…

Girlfriend Charged with Manslaughter After Argument Leads to Man’s Death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police say the States Attorney’s Office has amended the charges against a Sioux Falls woman after her boyfriend died from injuries sustained during an argument. Police say 43-year-old Jayme Knudson is now being charged with three alternate counts of first-degree manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. The victim, 46-year-old Erik Ray Lunstra, suffered a brain bleed on Saturday,…

Preventing Suicide One Step at a Time

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The suicide rate is on the rise in South Dakota. There was nearly a 20% increase from 2016 to last year. More than one hundred people gathered to remember their loved ones including a woman who’s on a mission to bring hope to those suffering Monday night. The sights of candle lights consume Downtown Sioux Falls. It’s…

New CEO and President Looks Toward Future of Avera Health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Avera healthcare system covers more than 100 communities and employs more than 18,000 people in five different states. Earlier this year, Avera Health got a new leader in Bob Sutton. Sutton is only Avera’s second CEO and President, tasked with leading the healthcare system into the future. “In the past, we’ve often talked about ‘It’s…

University of Sioux Falls Welcomes Record Number of Undergraduates

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – You may notice some new faces on the University of Sioux Falls campus – more than 300 of them. Brett Bradfield, the president of the University of Sioux Falls, remembers when he got the news. “There were some very humorous emails going around of our admissions staff holding signs that said 300 and a celebration of sorts,”…

Sioux Falls Man Dies from Injuries After Argument with Girlfriend

Jayme KnudsonSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police announced on Monday that a Sioux Falls man died from his injuries sustained during an argument with his girlfriend on Saturday. Police say the 46-year-old victim suffered a brain bleed when he fell off the hood of his girlfriend’s car during an argument. They say the argument began at around 9 p.m., Saturday.  Police…

Fire, First Responders, Military Members Stand Guard Over Casket of Fallen Sturgis Firefighter

  STURGIS, S.D. – Funeral services are scheduled next weekend for David Fischer, the firefighter who was killed on Friday while responding to a house fire in Tilford. More on that story here: https://www.kdlt.com/2018/09/09/fallen-sturgis-firefighter-was-also-south-dakota-national-guard-soldier/. Visitation will be Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center in Sturgis with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Funeral…

Hunters Concerned about New GF&P Deer Hunting License Proposal

HURON, S.D. (AP) – Some hunters are concerned about a new deer hunting license proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. The proposal would require deer hunters to pick one preferred season for their choice of first license draw, instead of applying for numerous preferred seasons at once. Officials say the new proposal is meant to increase…

Fallen Sturgis Firefighter Was Also South Dakota National Guard Soldier

South Dakota National GuardTILFORD, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota National Guard says a firefighter killed while battling a house fire in Tilford was a longtime Guard soldier. Forty-three-year-old Staff Sgt. David Fischer of Sturgis was killed Friday when he was hit by a piece of propane tank that exploded. The homeowner, 82-year-old Raymond Bachmeier of Tilford, also died. Fischer…

Officers Respond to Report of Gunshots

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officers are on the scene of a hotel near South Lyons Boulevard and 12th Street in Sioux Falls. A 911 caller said someone had a gun and opened fire just before 8 p.m. on Saturday. Police are searching the area for what they call a “suspicious subject.” Police say they haven’t found evidence of gunshots so…

Behind The Scenes of President Trump’s Visit To Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was a historic day for South Dakota. President Trump touched down in Washington, D.C. after spending Friday afternoon in Sioux Falls. KDLT’s Allison Royal was there when Trump stepped onto South Dakota soil for the first time in his presidency. “I’ve never met a president before,” said Miles Duncan, age 12. It’s an experience few…

Two Veterans, Two Differing Opinions on President Trump’s Visit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two South Dakota veterans awaited President Donald Trump’s inaugural visit with two differing opinions on the man who leads the country. “He’s a coward. He’s a plain outright coward.” With a sign expressing his views, Dennis Quigley of Sioux Falls says his message is simple. “I don’t tolerate something like this coming to Sioux Falls.” James…