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City Announces First Agreement in Downtown Railyard Redevelopment

Rendering Courtesy: City of Sioux FallsSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The City of Sioux Falls has announced a development agreement with Black Iron Railyard for the southern parcel of the downtown railyard. This is the first development agreement since the city purchased the land from BNSF Railway in 2015. The Black Iron Railyard development will include four acres of land south…

A Reminder to Boaters About Zebra Mussels

GREENLAND TOWNSHIP, S.D.- Vermillion Lake is a place for boaters to enjoy being on the water. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department wants to keep it that way, but to do so they need everyone’s help. “The best way to prevent them from spreading is making sure people are aware of what’s going on and doing the right…

Woman, 29, Killed in Crash Near Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. – A 29-year-old woman has died in a one-vehicle fatal crash that happened sometime early Sunday east of Mitchell. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. She was the driver of the vehicle and the only occupant. A 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was northbound on 413th Avenue when it drifted across the roadway…

Sturgis Police Officers, 10-year-old Boy Honored for Bravery During House Fire

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – A western South Dakota city has formally honored two police officers and a 10-year-old boy for their bravery during a house fire in May. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the city of Sturgis awarded Sgt. Chris Schmoker, Patrol Officer Dylan Goetsch, and Ethan Baker with Life Saving Awards this month. Schmoker and Goetsch also received…

Rider Killed in Motorcycle Crash Near Box Elder

BOX ELDER, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a trike motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday in Box Elder. The names of the two people are not being released by state officials pending notification of family members. They were the only persons involved in the crash. A 2009 Suzuki VL800 was northbound on Liberty Boulevard in Box…

Missing Lennox Woman Found Safe

7:00 p.m. Update: Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says Sherry Willey has been located and is safe. He extended a “Thank you” to the public for their help. — CANTON, S.D. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a rural Lennox woman. Sherry Nashtock Willey, 46, was last seen on foot leaving a…

Deputies: South Dakota Woman Found Dead in Iowa Camper

EVERLY, Iowa (AP) – Law enforcement officials in northwestern Iowa are investigating the death of a South Dakota woman whose body was found in a camper. The Sioux City Journal reports that Clay County sheriff’s deputies were called to a rural area near Everly late Thursday night for reports of an unresponsive woman. Arriving deputies found 30-year-old Casey Blaine Eleeson,…

Doon Oil Clean Up Expected To Take Up To 18 Months

DOON, I.A. – It’s been nearly a month since a train carrying oil derailed in Doon, Iowa. Initially, Lyon County Emergency Management thought the clean up would take a full weekend. However, they spoke too soon. Now, the process could take up to 18 months. When you look around at Doon, you see two things that normally don’t go together:…

Badlands Motor Speedway Back Up For Auction

BRANDON – It appears Badlands Motor Speedway is back up for sale. According to the speedway’s website, the Minnehaha County Planning & Zoning Office has rescinded a zoning ordinance decision that put the auction on hold. As a result, the speedway is scheduled to go to auction on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. in Brandon. The website says the minimum…

Flash Flood Warning Issued For Already Flooded Communities in Southern Minnesota

SLAYTON, M.N. – Heavy rains continue to hit Southern Minnesota hard. In fact, some spots have seen up to eight more inches of rain than normal over the past two weeks. Many businesses and homes are still dealing with initial flooding. However, more rain is already underway. “This has been the worst flooding we’ve seen,” said Randy Martin, the General…

Someone You Should Know: K-BACK FM’s ‘Crash’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – His is a voice you should know, ‘Crash’ from K-BACK FM has been on the air for decades but if you haven’t seen him in a while you might not recognize him. ‘Crash’ has recently placed an importance on his health after two years ago, he nearly lost his life. “I was on the air June…

Quitting Facebook: Will It Hurt Business?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In this digital age, it seems like everyone and everything has a Facebook page. The social media platform can also be a valuable tool for companies to market themselves to potential customers. However, one downtown Sioux Falls business made the announcement Wednesday that they are leaving Facebook, as well as its subsidiary Instagram. “Attention friends, followers,…

Meet Author of Book in Tom Hanks’ South Dakota Tweet

Highlights Sioux Falls' economy & culture in newly-released book

A tweet Tuesday morning from actor Tom Hanks is creating excitement among South Dakotans. The most optimistic stories, about America! Non-fiction, personal May move to Sioux Falls, at least visit. Rapid City, too. Others! Hanx pic.twitter.com/TgHS18UwK2 — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 10, 2018 On Twitter, Hanks recommended the book Our Towns.  His tweet says “The most optimistic stories about America…”…

Iowa Train Derailment Spilled Less Oil Than Previously Thought

DOON, Iowa (AP) – BNSF Railway says less oil spilled from derailed tanker cars in northwest Iowa last month than originally believed. BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says officials now believe 160,000 gallons (605,648 liters) of tar sand oil spilled from 10 of 32 tanker cars that derailed on June 22 into floodwaters of the Little Rock River near Doon. Officials…

South Dakota Supreme Court Gains a New Member

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s highest court has a new member. Justice Mark Salter was sworn in Monday at the Washington pavilion. It’s a unique job. One of 5 seats on the bench for a supreme court that has only seen 51 different justices since it formed in 1889. From judge to justice, it’s an accomplishment that he’s deeply honored…