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Court Documents: State Prison Inmate Admits to Attempting to Kill Staff Member

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 25-year-old state penitentiary inmate was booked on first degree attempted murder charges Thursday morning, after admitting to trying to kill a staff member at the prison. Kevin Tripp is charged with one count of attempted first degree murder and one count of aggravated assault. Both charges carry a sentence of up to 25 years each…

Salem Fire Department Remembers Fallen Brother

Tracy Morehead, 39, died in a two-vehicle car accident on I-90 east of Mitchell

SALEM, S.D. – A fire department west of Sioux Falls says this week has been rough, after finding out early Sunday morning one of their members died in a two-vehicle car accident. Thirty-nine-year-old Tracy Morehead struck the back of an SUV east of Mitchell on I-90. The SUV he hit crashed into some cattle on the road. When working at…

Back End of Car Crushed In Wreck Near Ethan

DAVISON COUNTY, SD – Amazingly, two drivers are not seriously hurt after a car is almost completely crushed when a truck rear-ended it Wednesday morning. South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers responded to the wreck on Highway 37 just south of Ethan.  Investigators say a Pontiac Grand Prix driver was waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn when…

Cab Companies React To Lyft Launch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Aside from the new ride sharing service, there are more than 30 traditional cabs providing rides in Sioux Falls. And extra drivers on the road mean extra competition. The news didn’t come as a surprise. “They’ve been talking about it a long time, big cities have it,” says owner of Taxi By Mike, LLC, Mike Oldfield….

Sioux Center Police Arrest Teacher Accused Of Lascivious Act With Child

SIOUX CENTER, I.A. – Police have arrested and charged a Sioux Center teacher for committing a lascivious act with a minor. 35-year-old Curtis Van Dam arrested on October 21st on a lascivious act with a child and a lascivious conduct with a minor charge. Police say complaint was filed alleging inappropriate conduct between Van Dam and student at the Sioux…

Conner Hanson Charged With Drug Use in Jail, Warden Weighs in on Contraband

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls man recently acquitted of murder and currently jailed for domestic assault and stalking is now facing new charges. 20-year-old Conner Hanson appeared in court Monday morning for having and using drugs in his jail cell. Court documents say Hanson and another inmate – identified as Gerson Alfredo Mejiacampos – are facing charges of possession…

Justin Timberlake to Perform at Superbowl Halftime on NBC

Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson cause a national controversy. The NFL announced Sunday night that Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 in Minnesota. This will be the third time for Timberlake to perform at halftime, the most for any…

False Post About Guns Being Sold At Airport Goes Viral

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It is officially opening weekend for pheasant hunting season. To welcome hunters, the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and several local businesses rolled out the red carpet at the airport, setting up several hunting related booths. But one travelers tweet about this event caused some controversy. “I love the hunters coming to South Dakota…

Higher Risk For Sex Trafficking During Big Events Like Hunting Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people are coming into the state for pheasant hunting season. But with that, may come some unwanted activity. The Executive Director at Call To Freedom, a nonprofit geared toward helping sex trafficking victims, says with as big of an event as hunting is, more sex trafficking can happen in the area. However, it’s hard…

Davison County Fatal Crash Involved Two Vehicles And 6 Cattle

MITCHELL, S.D. – One male died and several others were injured Saturday night in a fatal crash east of Mitchell. The accident involved both vehicles and livestock. Names of the those involved have not yet been released pending notification of families. According to South Dakota Highway Patrol, a Dodge Durango was westbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 333 when…

Game, Fish and Parks Releases Early Pheasant Opener Numbers

South Dakota’s traditional statewide pheasant hunting season began today and runs through Jan. 7, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – Communities across South Dakota rolled out the orange carpet for pheasant hunters today, the third Saturday in October, for the 2017 pheasant hunting season opener. “The pheasant hunting opportunities in South Dakota continue to be the best in the country,” said South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler. “Traditions around the South Dakota pheasant opener…

United Way Reading Festival Promotes Child Literacy

United Way Reading Festival Promotes Child Literacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Children begin to develop their language skills in the first three years of their life, so the Sioux Empire United Way hopes to stress the importance of child literacy. Hundreds of families gathered for United Ways 17th Annual Reading Festival. A variety of organizations showed their support with children’s activities plus entertainment from Phil Baker. United Way’s…

Low Pheasant Outlook Not Deterring Out of State Hunters

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Reports that that South Dakota’s pheasant population is down are not deterring hunters from out of state. Many of the state’s airports were hopping in advance of Saturday’s non-resident pheasant opener, which is expected to be challenging after the state’s annual survey showed a 45 percent decrease in birds from the year before. Hunters flying into…

ACS ‘Pink Party’ Raises $30,000 For Breast Cancer Research

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Cancer Society held a special event Friday night geared toward helping people battle breast cancer. But it wasn’t an ordinary event; those who participated in the ‘Pink Party’ were put to the test. To help raise money, nearly 50 women worked together in groups to pull a 26,000 lb. concrete mixer. Including a KDLT…