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Community Makes Blankets For Those in Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- What started out as around 20 people making 100 blankets has skyrocketed into a full out community event. Hundreds of people gathered at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary to take part in a yearly tradition. If you ask someone to describe Sioux Falls this is the answer they might give. “It is a very big and small town. People…

‘Share a Spare’ Campaign

ALEXANDRIA, S.D.-More than 300 people are in need of a kidney transplant just in South Dakota. One of them lives in Alexandria and her friends are starting a campaign to find her a donor. They are hoping a catch phrase will help not only their friend, but others as well. Molly Pearson has had to give her hands a break….

Veteran Receives Long-awaited Purple Heart

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Nine years ago a Sioux Falls soldier was wounded while serving in Iraq. A paperwork problem robbed him of the recognition he deserved. Now the Military has set things right. It was a day Jonathan Tilk had been waiting a long time for. “Almost nine years later I’m finally being recognized,” said Tilk. He comes from a…

Salvation Army Seeking Bell Ringers in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s that time of year again where you see red kettles and bell ringers out at local stores collecting donations for the Salvation Army. This year marks the non-profit’s biggest monetary goal yet: $350,000. To reach this goal, they not only need people to donate money, but also their time through volunteering. They’re looking for about 15…

Mayor TenHaken Proclaims This Saturday as “Small Business Saturday”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s official. Once again, Sioux Falls tops Forbes list of great places for small businesses. Forbes says the city’s GDP is $18-billion; not bad for a relatively small population. Now, Mayor Paul TenHaken has made a proclamation to keep those dollars circulating in the community. Del’Inkka Beaudion brought a piece of Louisiana with her when she…

Swimmers Help Victims of Hurricane Michael

SIOUX FALLS, S.D-It’s been more than a month since Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the East Coast, and people are still cleaning up from the massive storm. One Sioux Falls group is doing their part to help out one of their own. The Sioux Falls Surge Swim Team dedicated their past meet to helping the town of Port St. Joe,…

Project Blue Light Honors Fallen Officers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In 1989, a woman placed a blue light in her window during the holiday season to honor her son-in-law. He was a Philadelphia police officer, who was killed in the line of duty. Now-a-days, every holiday season nationwide, fallen members of law enforcement are remembered through “Project Blue Light.” On Wednesday night, South Dakotans paid tribute to…

Students Celebrate Giving Back With “Socktober”

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Students in Harrisburg have a big reason to celebrate with happy feet. “Welcome to Socktober!” You don’t need dancing shoes to boogie to the beat here at Horizon Elementary School. In fact, you don’t need shoes at all. It’s the “sock top.” However,  it’s more than just fall fun. It’s also for a good cause. “So people can have…

Sioux Falls Jams Against Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Cancer not only takes an emotional toll on families and patients, but a financial toll as well. People in Sioux Falls are banning together to help. The non-profit, Jam Against Cancer, held their fourth annual fundraising event at the American Legion Post 15 on Sunday. People enjoyed listening live to music, while participating in raffles and auctions. All…

Tre Lounge Becomes Tre Ministries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-A former Sioux Falls restaurant and bar is being revamped into a new place for teens and young adults. Tre Lounge has been closed for around a year. It will soon open back up as Tre Ministries. A local youth minister felt there needed to be a place for teens and young adults to hangout in Sioux Falls….

Sex Trafficking Awareness During Hunting Season

S.D.-As pheasant season brings thousands of hunters to South Dakota, advocates want to remind people that these types of big events also bring some unwanted activity. According to Call to Freedom sex trafficking becomes more common during the big weekend.They’re an organization that helps victims of sexual trafficking. They want to remind people that if something doesn’t feel right, report…

100 Years of Deaf Ministry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- When Pastor Matthew Nix gives a sermon, the message is conveyed all through his hands. His church services are in sign language. “Because there are still deaf people around here that need to hear the gospel. There are people that through other means probably wouldn’t hear it or receive it,” said Pastor Nix. He’s been signing at…

Sioux Empire Dentists Offer Free Dental Work to Kids

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Several Sioux Empire dentists came together Saturday to provide free dental work to low income families. This is the fourth year the program Sioux Empire Smiles has offered this clinic to kids 18 or younger. It’s ran entirely by volunteers. Around 45 dentists, hygienists and helpers donated their time. The program director says this event is important…

Sioux Falls Community Welcomes in New Season with Harvest Iron Pour

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sept. 22nd was the first day of fall and one business found a special way to welcome in the new season. Bronze Age Art Casting held their Harvest Iron Pour in the afternoon. It’s ran by sculptor Jordan Eaton and is meant to introduce people to the art of iron pouring. Last week the workshop focused on sand…

Walk to Shed Light on Suicide Awareness

This Saturday At Terrace Park in Sioux Falls

In 2017, according to the South Dakota Department of Health, suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults across the state. Overall, it was the 9th leading cause of death for all age groups that year as well. The number rose by nearly 40% from 2016 with nearly 200 people losing their battle to suicide…