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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…

New Owners Make Changes to Elegant Mommy Store

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In October new owners took over Elegant Mommy, a parenting boutique in Sioux Falls. Since then, they’ve made some changes to make it their own. The goal of Elegant Mommy has always been to create a space for moms to come together. Owners Lindsey Auch and Kelcey Smith have expanded on that idea. They tore down some…

Historic Sioux Falls House Won’t be Demolished

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As the city of Sioux Falls works on a buy-out plan to tear down some of the homes in a floodplain near Minnesota Avenue, it’s been decided that one house will be spared. Supporters say it’s rich with Sioux Falls history. 138 years of history live in the house at 208 West Lotta Street, known as the…

New Local Brewery Brings Belgian Influences

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- This year’s government shutdown is still having an effect on some area businesses. KDLT News first introduced you to the Sioux Falls Brewery Covert Artisan Ales in January. The government shutdown kept the new business from starting their bottle distribution. While they’re still waiting to get labels approved to start selling bottles around town, the public is…

Flooding Concerns Rising for Homeowners Near Lake Poinsett

HAMLIN COUNTY, S.D.- Flooding has hit many South Dakota communities hard this season. Folks near Lake Poinsett are already dealing with water pouring onto their property. With more rain expected this week, comes more concern. Houses and cabins on the edge of the Lake Poinsett are starting to flood. Many of these are summer cabins, so they are empty right…