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‘Laundry with Love’ Receives $14K Donation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-A Sioux Falls ministry called Laundry with Love helps people in need have clean clothes. Now another organization is showing them some love. The Sioux Falls Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care supports local organizations. On Tuesday, over 140 of the members donated $100 each to Laundry With Love resulting in $14,200. “I told a story about a 15-year-old boy…

DWU Opens International Recruitment Office in Nigeria

MITCHELL, S.D.- Dakota Wesleyan University is hot on the recruitment trail for new students. They’re latest venture has them looking globally. Last week, the university opened its first international recruitment office in Abuja, Nigeria. The school was able to do this by partnering with Dr. John Ifediora, an alum and former board of trustee member living in Nigeria. The goal…

Veteran Suicide Awareness March

      MADISON, S.D.- Veterans day is Monday. It’s a time to honor those who have served.  However, one South Dakota veteran also uses this time of year to bring awareness to an important issue facing some veterans: suicide. Jacob Schaefers is a Marine Corps veteran. He served for five years.  “One of the best things I ever did. I absolutely…

Extensive Flooding Causes Damage in Madison

MADISON, S.D- Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding across eastern South Dakota. In Madison they received almost 12 inches of rain over the past couple days. Neighbors off North Prairie Avenue in Madison are all pretty close. They get together for the fun times, but are also there for one another on the tough days. Water is flowing through the…

Iconic Bob’s Cafe Sign Removed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Back in the day, neon signs used to light up the stores on 12th street in Sioux Falls. Now very few are left. One local man is working to preserve these signs, including an iconic one that was removed Thursday morning.  The Bob’s Cafe sign was a staple in Sioux Falls. As people drove down 12th street, they’d…

Citizens Voice Shooting Concerns at Town Hall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sioux Falls Police have responded to 10 reports of gunshots on the city’s east side in the past two weeks. Two of those are believed to be gang related. This uptick has left residents feeling unsafe. Tuesday there was at a town hall meeting where police addressed concerns about all the recent gun crime. Hundreds of concerned neighbors showed up…

Christmas in July Jail and Bail for a Good Cause

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Liberty Tax in Sioux Falls has found a unique way to raise money for a cause they are passionate about. People in the community turned themselves in at this makeshift jail at Liberty Tax off of west 26th street. It’s the second annual Christmas in July Jail and Bail. To get out of jail people had to…

Community Comes Together to Help Local World War II Veteran

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls man has done a lot to help his country. Now he has found help in his neighbors as he’s experiencing new struggles in life. Recently Claude Hone has had a lot more visitors to his house.  “It’s most exciting, I tell you, there’s so much going on all the time,” said Claude. He welcomes…

Construction Project at Falls Park Near Completion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The nice weather has many folks getting outside more. That includes going to places like Falls Park. Those familiar with the area know it can get dangerous when visitors try to get closer to the falls. A new project aims to improve safety at the park. Paul Davidson has been visiting the falls for years. He enjoys…

Sioux Falls Celebrates with First-ever Pride Parade

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Saturday, June 15 was an important day for people in the LGBT community in Sioux Falls. The first-ever Sioux Falls Pride Parade was held downtown. People dressed in rainbow colors to show their support as more than 40 floats made their way down Phillips Avenue. Organizers say the Sioux Falls Pride event has grown over the past…

Community Reaches Out to Local Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Between the wet weather and a trade war, it’s been a stressful year for farmers. To show some support, the Agri-business Division of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce held a farmer outreach event. Around 20 volunteers brought snacks and water to Sioux Falls area farmers. They wanted to brighten farmers days and bring some words of…

Small Businesses Embracing Online Presence

Dell Rapids, S.D.-Experts say small businesses make up 99 percent of the businesses in South Dakota.  Some of those stores and companies are finding new ways to thrive thanks to the internet. However one Dell Rapids shop started out ahead of the curve. At the Mason Jar Boutique in Dell Rapids, staff are working on packaging orders that’ll be sent…

New Hope For Families Who Lost Autism Therapy Coverage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Back in January, some South Dakotans lost autism therapy coverage for their kids because it was no longer covered by insurance. Now, there may be new hope for those families with a new insurance proposal. Every week, two-and-a-half-year-old R.J. goes to ABA or applied behavioral analysis therapy. It’s for kids with autism and focuses on improving specific…

Sioux Falls Making Sidewalks ADA Compliant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Some folks have a hard time getting around town in Sioux Falls. That’s because not all sidewalks are ADA compliant. By law they have to be, so the city is working on the problem. Even though construction can be a pain, Vicki Kerkvliet welcomes it. When sidewalks are cracked it makes it tough for her to get…

School Zone: Crosswalks, Robots, and Agriculture

VIBORG, S.D. – A small district with big opportunities. That’s what the Viborg-Hurley School District prides itself on. The district is home to roughly 300 students, but what they lack in size, they make up for in academic variety. The district has placed an emphasis on robotics in each school. The program starts in elementary, and continues through high school….

‘Lunch is Served’ Helps Feed Workers in Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Even people who work full time jobs can find it hard to make ends meet. It’s not uncommon for a mom or dad to skip lunch to save money. The organization Lunch is Served is looking to help people struggling. Since 2006, the non-profit has helped support the “working-poor” in Sioux Falls by serving them lunch.     “I…

LifeScape to Open New Autism & Child Development Center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As Sioux Falls grows so does the need for more autism services. Now, LifeScape is making resources more accessible with a new location. Five-year-old Owen Styles was diagnosed with autism at two years old. He’s non verbal and has a hard time coping with his emotions. The autism services offered through LifeScape have made a big impact…