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First Cases of Flu Seen in South Dakota

Public health officials encourage everyone possible to get vaccinated

Health officials, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s deadly flu season, are encouraging everyone over the age of six months, to get vaccinated for the flu. The request comes on the heels of news the state of Florida is marking the first pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season. The age and gender of the child remain unknown,…

After Michael’s Rampage on Florida Panhandle: ‘Nothing Left’

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) – Hurricane Michael’s pounding waves and winds obliterated row after row of beachfront homes at ground zero on the Florida Panhandle when the epic Category 4 hurricane slammed ashore at midweek. Now recovery is just barely beginning from the catastrophic destruction even as a downgraded Michael spreads high winds, rains and flash flooding misery as far…

Florida Man Wanted to Place Pipe Bombs on Target Shelves

OCALA, Fla. – A Florida man has been convicted of planning to place bombs on the shelves of Target stores in an attempt to drive the company’s stock price down. Federal prosecutors said Monday that a jury found Mark Barnett guilty of attempted arson and other charges. The Ocala man faces up to 40 years in prison at his scheduled…

Schools and Police Learn Lessons from Tragedy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- After a tragedy like the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, It can cause anxiety among parents and students. The Sioux Falls Police Department and school district are speaking out to remind folks they do all they can to keep the community safe. They want to remind people to pay attention and that if you…

Local Red Cross Volunteer Helps In Houston, Shares Stories of Heartache And Hope

Organization Has Sent More Than 100 Volunteers From The Dakotas To Areas Hit By Hurricane Harvey, Irma

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Since Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit, the American Red Cross has provided nearly 1 million overnight stays to victims. They have opened shelters in 8 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 100 North and South Dakotans have answered the call for help as well. “It’s just natural for me to…

Irma Knocks Out Power To 7M Homes, Businesses

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Nearly 7.2 million homes and businesses are without power in multiple states as Tropical Storm Irma moves through the Southeast. The vast majority were in Florida. The state’s emergency management officials said the storm cut power to more than 6.5 million account holders across the state as of Monday afternoon. Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida…

Florida Musician Stranded In Sioux Falls

Lead singer of 'The Grassroots' is having trouble finding a flight back home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly 5.6 million people were ordered to evacuate Florida. With the storm hitting hard Sunday, many of those people are left wondering when they’ll be able to return. That includes a Florida musician, who is forced to ride out the storm right here in Sioux Falls. For the next 6 days, grabbing a cup of coffee…

Florida Family Sends Children To South Dakota Ahead Of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in the United States over the weekend and wreak havoc in Florida. Many residents are desperately trying to evacuate the state, but one couple, with a South Dakota connection, is being forced to make tough decisions for their family. “It’s hard to prepare for doom when it looks like this out.” Kyle and…

South Florida Residents Told To Flee By Midnight

MIAMI (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning that residents in South Florida only have hours left to evacuate. Scott on Friday told residents from seven counties that they should leave by midnight or should not get on the road. “If you are planning to leave and do not leave tonight, you will have to ride out this extremely…

LGBTQ Community Reacts After Film Showcasing Same-Gender Crush Goes Viral

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-What started as a class project for two Florida students has become a social media sensation. A short animated film about a same-gender crush has gone viral. With nearly 20 million views on YouTube, the film is also getting attention from viewers in the Sioux empire. “The video was very heart warming, I think it’s a feeling that…

Tea Woman Hides In Bathroom During Airport Shooting

Sheila Amrhien was traveling to Florida for a work related cruise

Last week, a Tea woman was on her way to Florida for a cruise she was going on for work. But before getting on the boat, Sheila Amrhien  found herself just yards away from the deadly shooting. “I heard more of pop, pop, pop; I mean it just didn’t seem to end.” Sheila Amrhien is on a cruise to Haiti…

Officer Killed In Orlando, Suspect At Large

ORLANOD, Fla. (AP) – An Orlando police officer who was gunned down while on duty has died. Orlando police announced the officer’s death on its official Twitter account Monday morning. The shooting happened near a Walmart store in Orlando earlier Monday morning. The tweet said, “One of our own was taken in the line of duty. There are no words.”…