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The Big Picture: Drought Conditions In South Dakota Not As Severe As In 2012

According to the the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe conditions, and just under 5 percent is in the extreme category. While the dry, hot weather has taken its toll on crops, the state actually hasn’t seen record-setting conditions. With some recent rains, portions of South Dakota are finally starting to see some drought…

Iowa Superintendent Charged With Drunk Driving

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa school superintendent has been accused of drunken driving. Court records say 57-year-old Rod Earleywine is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 7 on a charge of operating while under the influence, first offense. He’s superintendent of the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Community School District. Earleywine didn’t immediately return messages left for him Monday. His attorney’s…

Officer On Fatal Charlottesville Crash: ‘Hahahaha Love This’

Photo Courtesy of Stringer/ReutersSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts police department is investigating a Facebook comment by an officer who wrote “Hahahaha love this” in response to a story about a car crashing into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others. Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri says he received…

SF Group Holds Vigil After Charlottesville Violence

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A group met outside of the Federal Court House in Sioux Falls standing in solidarity with Charlottesville Sunday. South Dakotans Against Racism organized the event. People shared messages of love, lit candles and sang songs. The vigil is honoring the death of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who died Saturday, when a car rammed into a…

Gaming Machine Operator Brings Lawsuit Against The State

Fowler's Concessions' game was shut down at the Sioux Empire Fair Tuesday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Georgia based gaming machine operator is bringing a lawsuit in federal court against the South Dakota Department of Revenue. According to court documents, Fowler’s Concessions has been setting up ‘coin pusher machines’ at both the Sioux Empire Fair and the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen since 2015. But this year, on Tuesday morning, the Department…

Latest: Chopper Crash Linked To White Nationalist Rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Officials say the deaths of two people in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia, have been linked to a violent white nationalist rally earlier in the day. According to the Associated Press, it was not immediately clear how the crash was connected to the rally. Corinne Geller, a Virignia State Police spokeswoman, says the pilot and a…

Reaction Piles In After Sioux Falls Little League Advances

Squad Becomes First Sioux Falls Team To Go To Little League World Series

Sioux Falls Little League Watch PartySIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In their inaugural season, the Sioux Falls Little League team is entering the baseball world. With their 6-0 win over Webb City (MO) in the Midwest Regional Tournament, they head to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series They are the first team from Sioux Falls to go to the…

Sioux Falls Advances To Little League World Series

Defeat Webb City Missouri 6-0 In Midwest Region Title Game

WESTFIELD, IND  —  The greatest summer vacation members of the Sioux Falls Little League team have ever had will last a little longer. And include a trip to Williamsport, Pennyslvania for the Little League World Series! Sioux Falls defeated Webb City Missouri 6-0 in the Midwest Region Championship game on Saturday morning to punch their ticket to the Little League…

Opioids: A “National Epidemic” Also Affecting the Sioux Empire

A national emergency has been declared by President Trump for a crisis in the US that's also affecting the Sioux Empire.

A national emergency has been declared by President Trump for a crisis in the US that’s also affecting the Sioux Empire. The President said this week that his administration plans to take action on what he calls America’s “opioid epidemic.” It’s something that has grown significantly in the last few years. “It is a serious problem, the likes of which,…

Recent Rain Provides Drought Relief

Statewide Drought Conditions Decreased Six Percent In The Last Week

MITCHELL, S.D. — South Dakota is feeling some relief thanks to some recent rain. The drought across the state is starting to improve. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor reports that there was a six percent decrease in dry conditions. 91.8 percent of the state in under some form of drought condition, as opposed to 97.2 percent last week. Farmer…

Reconstruction Of East Arrowhead Parkway In Sioux Falls To Begin On Monday

Sioux Falls, S.D. – The city will be reconstructing another major road in Sioux Falls. The $9.4 million project is set to begin on Monday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on East Arrowhead Parkway. The street will be widened to six lanes including a median with left turn lanes, underground utility work, and new traffic…

Authorities Warn Of Phone Scam Targeting Minnehaha County Residents

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Authorities are warning Minnehaha County residents about phone scams circulating the area, in which callers impersonate county and law enforcement officials, and demand payments. Police say a 29-year-old Sioux Falls woman is one victim in the area, scammed out of $500. Police say she received a call from two people claiming that she owed $800 in…

‘You And Me Make Glee’ Gives Performers Confidence

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- An interpretive dance performance by a local non-profit is giving people of all abilities a creative outlet and the opportunity to build confidence. LifeScape’s mission is to empower people living with disabilities. Their “You and Me Make Glee” dance performance will feature 30 performers who benefit from LifeScape’s programs and services. The show will begin at 7 p.m….

Fatal Crashes At Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Rise To 5

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The number of fatal crashes at this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills has risen to five. The state Department of Public Safety says the crashes have killed people from South Dakota, Texas, Maryland, Utah and Indiana. There were two fatal accidents in the same time period at last year’s rally. The 10-day rally…

Event Set To Memorialize Woman Killed By Minneapolis Police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – An Australian woman shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call will be remembered at a public memorial at a lake near her home. The life of 40-year-old Justine Damond will be celebrated Friday night at Lake Harriet Band Shell in southwest Minneapolis. Damond was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor on…

Strong, But Deep Earthquake Shakes Northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A deep earthquake of 6.3 magnitude has shaken off Luzon island in the northern Philippines, and was felt in metropolitan Manila. Office workers in the capital left their buildings but no damage was apparent after the quake struck about midday Friday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake’s epicenter was 5 kilometers (3…

“I Hope He Gets Help:” Mental Health Treatment in the Court System

The sentence handed down to an 18-year-old man in Lincoln County Wednesday is spotlighting the issue of mental health in the justice system

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The sentence handed down to an 18-year-old man in Lincoln County Wednesday is spotlighting the issue of mental health in the justice system. Mason Buhl was ordered to commit to a “mental health program” as part of his sentence after he pled guilty to attempted murder in the 2015 shooting of Harrisburg High School’s former principal Dr….

Sioux Falls Little League Stirring Support

A Win On Saturday Sends Squad To Little League World Series

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In Indianapolis, one group of little leaguers is swinging the loudest stick. After two consecutive walk-off winners, Sioux Falls Little League is one step away from Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the Little League World Series. With one game in their way, it may seem like the glass is half full. However, manager Jeff Riley said it’s already…