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City of Sioux Falls Considers Changing Beekeeping Regulations

For Sioux Falls residents who have been thinking about taking up beekeeping as a hobby in the backyard, it may soon be allowed. Right now there’s a ban on raising bee colonies in the city. However, two city council members are taking the first steps to change that.  Not only are bee populations diminishing, but Sioux Falls City Councilor Theresa…

Who’s Paying for the Parking Ramp? City Councilors Voice Concerns

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Mayor’s Paul Tenhaken’s proposed 2020 budget is the largest in Sioux Falls History. Tuesday, city department leaders shared their proposals with the city council. A main concern for some councilors is paying for the $21-million dollar parking ramp downtown. The controversial Village On the River Project was slated to be a 15-story building with two hotels, restaurants,…

New Gun Law Leads to Ordinance Change in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  A Sioux Falls ordinance falls a little more in line with a new state law tonight. Earlier this year, Governor Kristi Noem signed a law that said local governments could not prohibit the sale or purchase of firearms. In Sioux Falls,  the ordinance required all pawn shops and gun dealers to cross check any merchandise with a…

State of the City Address: Mayor Tenhaken Reviews His First Year

Sioux Falls Mayor TenHaken evaluates his first year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-With the population growing in Sioux Falls, so is the drug problem. Sioux Falls police have already made 366 meth-related arrests this year through the month of April. But for Mayor Paul TenHaken, the focus is not only on arresting drug dealers. He also wants drug abusers to get the help they need. “During the past year we…

E-Bikes Approved to be on Sioux Falls Bike Path

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Sioux Falls City Council voted to allow electric bikes or e-bikes on the bike path. The vote was unanimous Tuesday. E-Bikes look similar to regular bicycles, but in addition to pedals, they have a battery, a motor and can go up to 20 miles per hour. They were only legal on city streets. The new…

E-Bikes Could Soon Hit the Sioux Falls Bike Path

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Bikers, runners, walkers and their dogs frequent the Sioux Falls bike path. Soon you might see another mode of transportation as well. E-Bikes could soon be hitting the trails. Allowing the electric bikes passed a first round of voting at this week’s city council meeting. “It’ll allow more people to use our trails here in Sioux Falls….

Development Agreement For Downtown Railyard Withdrawn

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  The redevelopment of the downtown Railyard in Sioux Falls has been put on hold, and the future of the project is unclear. City Council unanimously voted to allow the development agreement for Black Iron Railyard L.L.C., owned by David and Erika Billion, to be withdrawn. According to the city, the couple needs more time to review costs…

City Donates Land for State Veterans Cemetery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  The city has officially donated more than 60 acres of land in northeast Sioux Falls to be used for a state veterans cemetery. The vote was unanimous at tonight’s meeting to give the land to the state. Supporters say the cemetery is a much-needed burial site in eastern South Dakota for 40,000 veterans and their families….

City Council Votes Unanimously on Falls Park Viewing Platform

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A near drowning just last weekend keeps safety at Falls Park a hot topic. The Sioux Falls City Council discussed what to do with a $1.7 million surplus in the city’s capital fund Tuesday night. A resolution on the table would allocate $300,000 of the surplus to build a viewing platform at Falls Park. The council voted…

Sioux Falls Council Reaches Agreement on Public Input Final Vote

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — When and how people give general public input at city council meetings have been hot topics for weeks. Tuesday night the council reached a final agreement. After several proposals and hours of public input on the matter, the council passed the ‘Councilors Compromise’ 7-0. Councilor Theresa Stehly had an amendment that allows the public to use photos…

Council Reaches Compromise on Public Input

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Changing the way people express their concerns and ideas at Sioux Falls city council meetings has been a hot topic the past couple of weeks. Tuesday the council discussed a new idea for public input with hopes of moving it forward. It was another full house at council chambers tonight. There were about 40 people gathered with…

Public Weighs in on Input Proposal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The proposal of moving public input from the beginning of Sioux Falls City Council meetings to the end passed a tight first round of voting 4-3 Tuesday night. However it didn’t come without stirring up a lot of debate. Nearly 40 people voiced their opinions on whether the general public input session should be moved. Many were…

Lyft Leads to More Ordinance Changes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  The introduction of Lyft to Sioux Falls has created new competition for driving companies. Not everyone thinks it’s a level playing field. Those concerns have led city council to re-evaluate some transportation laws. The council unanimously passed two proposals last night. Both brought forward by council member Greg Neitzert. The first change will allow  luxury pick up…

City Council Candidate Voices Concerns Over Government Transparency and Recordkeeping

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A city council candidate and former city attorney is speaking out. Janet Brekke is no stranger to city council meetings. After attending these meetings, her curiosity led her to explore the the city’s recordkeeping process. “This current situation as it currently exists is an unhealthy environment in city government that is ripe for document altering or…

Lyft Suspends Mitchell Man’s Account

MITCHELL, S.D.-Lyft ride-hailing service says they’ve revoked the driver account they’d previously granted to a Mitchell Man convicted of attempted murder 26 years ago.   On Tuesday Mitchell City Council approved Joseph Novak for a taxi cab license, the last step needed for him to drive for Lyft. He passed lyfts background check because under South Dakota law they only…