Dell Rapids

Flood Waters Finally Receding

RENNER, DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- There were noticeable changes today driving through the Renner, and Dell Rapids areas. Water levels have been dropping over the last week along the Big Sioux River and other creeks. It is just about time for cities like these to start coming up with a cleanup plan. The stretch of 258th street through Renner was still…

Dells Boy Returns Home After Brain Tumor Treatment

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. — A brain tumor turned a Dell Rapids family’s life upside down a couple months ago. After weeks of treatment, the Gerlach’s are back home. “It was seven weeks,” says Derek Gerlach. That’s how long 10-year-old Derek Gerlach has been away from home. “To be home it brings me a new strength,” says Derek Gerlach. This week the…

Dells Supports Derek: Towns Rally for Boy with Brain Cancer

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. — The Dell Rapids community is coming together after a tumor diagnosis changed a 10-year-old and his family’s life. There’s a sea of shirts boldly saying ‘Fight Derek Fight’ in Dell Rapids. The town of 3,600 people is rallying to show its support for the Gerlach family. “It’s important to show help because we’re a small community, and…

Motorcyclist In Critical Condition After Truck Runs Stop Sign

  The adult male driver of a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle is said to be in critical condition after being hit by a truck in rural Dell Rapids. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened Sunday, June 3rd at 6:02 pm at 248th Street and 470th Ave. The motorcyclist and a passenger were heading north on 470th when…

Beloved Sioux Falls Teacher Retires After 50 Years

St. Mary’s beloved “Miss Mac” (aka Jan McEntee) will spend her last day in the classroom on Thursday, May 17th, after teaching at the school for the past 50 years. Just out of college, she had a job interview at the school. “I made God a deal – if He got me this job, I told him I would give Him…

Flood Warning Issued on Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Flooding continues to be a possibility on the Big Sioux River. Water levels have been high for the past week and now a warning has been issued from Dell Rapids to the Iowa Border. So far, flooding from the Big Sioux River has been minor, and hasn’t affected much. However, some farmers need to be aware of…

Jury Deliberating Murder Case

On Tuesday, both the prosecution and defense presented their closing arguments to the jury at the Minnehaha Courthouse. Alex Wittenberg is facing one count of second degree murder and three counts of manslaughter for the fatal November 2016 Dell Rapids shooting of Jon Puttmann. KDLT has been following the trial closely in the courtroom. The closing arguments cleared up some…

Murder Suspect Takes The Stand

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Alex Wittenberg took the stand on Monday. The then-23-year-old Dell Rapids man is on trial for second degree murder and manslaughter for a November 2016 shooting, but his lawyers are claiming self-defense. KDLT was in the courtroom and has been following the trial at the Minnehaha Courthouse. Wittenberg remembers when he moved from Tennessee to Dell Rapids…

Prosecution Rests in Alex Wittenberg Trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The prosecution rested on Thursday in the Alex Wittenberg trial. KDLT has been following the trial of the Dell Rapids man that’s accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband, Jon Puttmann in November 2016. You can read more about the trial’s happenings from Wednesday here and from Tuesday here. The defense called witness Derek Kuchenreuther, a Minnehaha County…

Jurors Watch Wittenberg’s Original Police Interview As Manslaughter Trial Continues

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Jurors at the Minnehaha County Courthouse watched two-and-a half hour condensed tape in court for the first time on Wednesday that revealed details about a fatal love triangle. Alex Wittenberg, a then 23-year-old, is facing manslaughter charges in the death of his girlfriend’s estranged husband. His lawyers are claiming self defense.  You can read more about the…

Dell Rapids Man On Trial For Killing Girlfriend’s Estranged Husband

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Dell Rapids man is on trial in Sioux Falls for a 2016 manslaughter. Prosecutors say Alex Wittenberg shot and killed Jon Puttmann, but Wittenberg’s defense attorneys say it was self defense. All eyes were on Jamie Puttmann when she took the stand on Monday. She was Alex Wittenberg’s on-and-off girlfriend and Jon Puttmann’s estranged wife….

Jury Selection To Begin In Dell Rapids Man’s Manslaughter Trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Dell Rapids man facing manslaughter charges from 2016 will soon know his fate. The jury selection process is slated to begin tomorrow morning in Alex Wittenberg’s trial. Wittenberg is accused of shooting and killing 39-year-old Jonathan Puttnam. Authorities say back in November 2016, Wittenberg and his girlfriend, who was Putman’s estranged wife, were waiting to…

Interstate 29 Bridge at Dell Rapids Set to Reopen

The Department of Transportation sets a preliminary deadline for the week of November 27

As one major road construction project near Dell Rapids wraps up, two more that will have a significant impact on travel and access to the city’s downtown get set to start. We talked with the City Administrator for Dell Rapids, Justin Weiland, about the opportunities for residents and visitors with the new bridge reopening. We also got details on what…

Mason Jar Boutique Storefront Key to Growth

Owner Katie Luttmann shares how her small town small business took off once she had a brick and mortar location

Katie Luttmann says her online clothing boutique was doing okay when she started her business in 2014. But the Mason Jar Boutique just wasn’t catching on like she thought it would. So she found a cozy little storefront in her new hometown of Dell Rapids and opened an actual brick and mortar location. Luttmann hasn’t looked back since. Why she…

STATE B-Cole Anderson & Vermillion Steal Home & Win From Dell Rapids

Steal Of Home Gives Vermillion 3-2 Win

WINNER, S.D.  —  For the second straight day, Vermillion’s Cole Anderson stole home. It was a tad more dramatic today. Anderson stole home in the 9th inning to give Vermillion a 3-2 walkoff win over Dell Rapids in the State B Legion Baseball Tournament in Winner on Saturday evening.  Anderson stole home during the team’s 13-2 win over Groton on…

STATE B-Dell Rapids Downs Platte-Geddes In Extras

Survive Rally To Win 6-4

WINNER, S.D.  —  Despite losing a 4-0 lead, Dell Rapids scored twice in the 10th inning and hung to beat Platte-Geddes 6-4 to begin the State B Legion Baseball Tournament in Winner on Friday night.  Click on the video viewer for highlights! Dell Rapids will face Vermillion, who defeated Groton earlier in the day 13-2, tomorrow at 5 PM.  Platte-Geddes…

Witnesses Testify In Dell Rapids Manslaughter Motions Hearing

A Dell Rapids man accused of shooting and killing another man in November, told investigators he meant to shoot the victim in the shoulder, not the head. Alex Wittenberg is facing manslaughter charges in the death of 39-year-old Johnathan Puttman. Authorities say last November, Wittenberg and his girlfriend, who was Puttman’s estranged wife, were waiting to drop off her kids…