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Woman Wanted for Drug Charges Captured in Watertown

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office reports that Sonni Marie Heminger, 34, has been taken into custody in Watertown. Heminger was wanted on warrants for possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, maintaining an area where drugs are kept, and violation of a drug-free zone. Sioux Falls Police say Heminger owned the home where…

Icy Conditions Lead To Several Accidents In Sioux Falls, Including One Fatal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says icy roads contributed to a fatal accident on an interstate bridge in Sioux Falls. The patrol says a 15-year-old male died and a 16-year-old was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries in a rollover crash on Interstate 229 about 9 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the interstate was closed for several…

AG Releases Summary of Officer-Involved Shooting in Early October

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Division of Criminal Investigation released the findings of an investigation into an officer-involved shooting that took place on October 6. The report finds that the Sioux Falls Police officer was justified in the shooting. On October 6, officers were dispatched for a weapons violation report at a residence…

Noem: “My Position on Hemp Has Not Changed”

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new regulatory guidelines for industrial hemp: “USDA’s guidelines are out, but my position on legalizing industrial hemp has not changed. I remain opposed to industrial hemp in South Dakota because of the impact it will have on public safety and law enforcement’s…

South Dakota Executes Inmate Charles Rhines for Fatal 1992 Stabbing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota has executed 63-year-old death row inmate Charles Rhines. In 1992, he fatally stabbed 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer, a doughnut shop employee in Rapid City.  Rhines was supposed to be executed by lethal injection Monday at 1:30 p.m. However, due to three appeals that time was pushed back. He was executed 6 hours later after the…

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Rhines’ Three Appeals

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied all three of South Dakota Death Row Inmate Charles Rhines’ appeals. Rhines asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block his execution. He argued that the jury that sentenced him to death had an anti-gay bias. He also argued that the state hasn’t allowed him to be examined for cognitive and…

Egyptian Delegation Sees Opportunity In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – South Dakota farmers might soon have another trade partner. One state representative is hosting delegates from around the world, showcasing what the AG industry does best. State representative Michael Saba’s goal is simple. “Bring new dollars into South Dakota and to preserve South Dakota’s agricultural heritage,” he says. He’s looking to sell South Dakota AG products…

South Dakota Supreme Court Denies Rhines’ Appeal

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Supreme Court has denied the appeal of death row inmate Charles Rhines. The state’s Second Circuit denied the preliminary injunction request last week. Rhines’ defense appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court but the justices denied that Monday morning, according to Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Rhines has now appealed to the U.S. Supreme…

Out and About with Kali Trautman: Week of November 4, 2019

Career inspiration and hot cocoa for a good cause – what more can you ask for on a cold, dreary start to the week here in South Dakota? Well, you can ask for a lot more and probably find it in this week’s list of events throughout the region. Kali Trautman with The Event Company offers details on what’s happening!…

Sioux Falls Home To Only Jewish Preschool In The State Of South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Imagine moving somewhere where there is not a local school teaching important ideas about your religion. That was the case for one Sioux Falls family, but they took matters into their own hands. “The way Judaism looks at early childhood education is especially unique,” says Mussie Alperowitz. She’s the director of the only Jewish preschool in…

Sioux Falls Food Tours Exposes People to Businesses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “We like to feature small businesses and local grown products,” said Sioux Falls Food Tours Owner Dana Wohlwend. When Sioux Falls Food Tours does their Downtown Tour they take their customers to four to six businesses. Whether that be a brewery, a coffee shop, or just a regular downtown restaurant, they give their customers a full…