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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…

Police: Brother Charged With Manslaughter After Saturday’s Fatal Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KDLT)  –  Police have charged 27-year-old Jeremy Eischens with first and second degree manslaughter in connection with Saturday morning’s fatal shooting. Police say they were dispatched to Avera West Hospital on South Marion Road around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning for someone with gunshot wounds. The victim, Brandon Eischens died as a result of his injuries sustained in…

Trump Swears In New Chief Of Staff Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) –  President Donald Trump is swearing in Marine retired Gen. John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff. In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicts Kelly will do a “spectacular job.” The president denies there is “chaos” in the White House, despite a particularly tumultuous stretch. And he says things are going “very well.” Trump is…

Department of Transportation Announces Speed Limit Changes During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

STURGIS, S.D. – Due to the increased traffic volumes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the anticipated reduced operating speeds, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will reduce the speed limits on the following highways from Thursday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Interstate 90 speed limit will be reduced from 75 mph to 65 mph from west of…

Victims Identified in Fatal Wessington Springs Crash

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. – Three Wessington Springs men have been identified as those involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed two people and seriously injured the other Thursday morning west of Wessington Springs. They were the only people involved. A 2006 Ford F-350 pickup was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it crossed the center line and collided with…

1 in 4 South Dakotans Owed Unclaimed Property, Money

(Pierre) – South Dakota State Treasurer Rich Sattgast announced a record $27.5 million in Unclaimed Property was returned last year. “Our purpose is to reunite South Dakotans with their lost property,” said Sattgast. Even with a banner year, 1 in 4 South Dakotans still has Unclaimed Property. The Treasurer strongly encourages all residents to check the state’s database to see…

Man Shot and Killed Early Saturday Morning In Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls Police: One Suspect In Custody On Manslaughter Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A 24-year old Sioux Falls man is dead following a shooting early Saturday morning. Sioux Falls Police say they were dispatched to Avera Hospital on S Marion Road for someone with a gunshot wound. The victim died as a result of the injury and his identity has not been released. Authorities say their investigation led them…

Mitchell Says “No” to Pet Food Canning Plant Due to Odor Concerns

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – City planners in the southeast region of South Dakota have rejected a proposal by a Minnesota company to build a $17 million pet food canning operation due to potential odor concerns. The Mitchell Planning Commission unanimously rejected a conditional use permit request Monday from Farmers Union Industries to build a 70,000-square-foot pet food canning facility in…

Former United Dairy Workers Union President Sentenced for Embezzling Nearly $100k

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former union president in northwest Iowa has been sentenced to a year in prison for embezzling more than $95,000 from the organization. 53-year-old Curtis Lang was sentenced in federal court in Sioux City on Friday. Lang pleaded guilty to the single count in May. Prosecutors say Lang took the money from 2005 through 2015…

Rivers Bend Shootout: Snow Mobiles Race Across the Water in Rock Valley, IA

ROCK VALLEY, IOWA- Snow mobiles on water is not a common combination. But in Rock Valley, Iowa, it’s become something of a tradition to blend the two together. This weekend is the third annual River’s Bend Shootout. Racers from all over the Midwest are hitting the water with their machines that are usually equipped for the snow. KDLT Photojournalist Josh…

Man Surrenders Following Hours-Long Standoff at Dakotah Lodge Hotel

Troy Chase, 34, is charged with intentional damage to property, grand theft and kidnapping

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A 34-year-old Sioux Falls man is behind bars Friday after damaging property, stealing a car, and setting off an hours-long hostage situation at a Sioux Falls Hotel. Police say Troy Chase surrendered after a four and-a-half hour standoff at the Dakotah Lodge motel. Police say it started around 2:45 Friday afternoon with a report of a man…

Ehab Jaber Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

The maximum penalty for the offense is 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, age 46, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Veronica L. Duffy on July 25, 2017, and pled guilty to an Indictment that charged him with Possession of Firearms by a Prohibited Person. The maximum penalty for the offense is 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000…

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…

No Serious Injuries in Lake County House Explosion

Propane explosion rocks Winfred home off foundation, blows out windows

WINFRED, SD – The Madison fire chief says a family of four was “very fortunate” to make it out of a house explosion practically unharmed Thursday night. Fire Chief Randy Minnaert says around 7:45 p.m., crews were called to the 600 block of Main Street in the small community of Winfred for a gas explosion.  He says every window in…

Two Killed in Crash Near Wessington Springs

The male driver, 75, and the male passenger, 30, both were pronounced dead at the scene

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. – Two people died and another was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning west of Wessington Springs. Names of the three are not being released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved. A 2006 Ford F-350 pickup was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it crossed the center line and…

Miracle Treat Day: The Faces Behind the Miracles

For every Dairy Queen Blizzard sold, a dollar or more is donated to CMN hospitals, funding life-saving treatments for kids

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For more than a decade, the Children’s Miracle Network and Dairy Queen have teamed up for “Miracle Treat Day.” For every Dairy Queen Blizzard sold, a dollar or more is donated to CMN hospitals, funding life-saving treatments for kids. The Children’s Miracle Network hospital in our area is the Sanford castle. “This is Leola, and we found…

SF Man Creates Group For Stay-At-Home Dads

"This is not me just babysitting"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When thinking about a parent staying home and taking care of the kids, you might picture a mom in this role. But these days, more men are taking a hands-on approach to parenting, becoming stay-at-home dads. And one Sioux Falls father is making sure those who choose this path, aren’t doing it alone. During the hours…