ONLY ON KDLT: Firefighters Donate Van to Veteran In Need

SFFR donates van with "Step Up For Heroes" proceeds

Sioux Falls firefighters recently went above and beyond to help a veteran in need. Friday afternoon, the Sioux Falls Firefighters Association donated a van to a U.S. Army medic who served overseas.  The woman, who lives in Sioux Falls, but wished to remain anonymous, has health issues stemming from an infection she got during a medical procedure.  Her car was…

2016 Saw An Increase In Drug-Related Crime

Sioux Falls Police is asking for the publics help to combat the illegal behavior

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Results from a 2016 crime analysis are alarming Sioux Falls Police. So much so, they say it’s time for others to start helping them combat drug-related crime. And this is why: the analysis shows the amount of meth seized in 2016 is 4x the amount seized in 2015. “The price has never been lower and the…

GM Stresses Employee Safety After Clerk Stabbing

"The best fight is one that you never got into”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Early this morning a Rapid City woman was “brutally stabbed and left to die” while working at a convenience store. Police say the two suspects, who are now in custody, were trying to walk out of a Loaf ‘N Jug with stolen beer. The clerk followed the pair outside and was killed. One local general manager…

Pilot Program Successfully Decreases Emergency Response Times

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When getting to an emergency, every second can be crucial to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. That’s why they’re proud to say they’ve cut down response times by 11 seconds in the last few months. They say it’s all thanks to better communication between dispatchers and first responders. It’s the staff at Metro Communications who answer the…

SF Stampede Launches Sled Hockey Team

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There are no skates involved, but The Sioux Falls Stampede have added a new team to their roster. One that allows those with disabilities to get out on the ice. There’s a new hockey team in Sioux Falls. Where the players are strapping in, instead of lacing up. “It looked easy so I was like let…

Minnehaha Co. Criminal Cases On The Rise

State's Attorney says drugs, specifally meth is to blame

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In 2016, Minnehaha County started investigations on 14,500 new criminal cases. To this day 10,000 of those are still open. According to the State’s Attorney, many of these crimes have one thing in common. “The vast majority of our adult criminal cases, the more serious ones are chemically propelled with either alcohol or drugs,” says Minnehaha…

Meth, Ethics Legislation, Sales Tax Highlighted In State Of The State Address

PIERRE, S.D. – A big change for thousands of online shoppers in South Dakota; starting next month, they’ll be paying South Dakota state sales tax. This was just one of the plans unveiled by Governor Dennis Daugaard during his state of the state address in Pierre Tuesday. Governor Daugaard was met with applause from lawmakers this afternoon, before diving into…

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…

LGBT Rights Activist Reacts To Transgender Woman’s Death

The Center For Equality wants justice for Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow

After hearing the news this weekend of the investigation into a transgender woman’s death, many are left feeling shocked and sad, including LGBT rights advocates in Sioux Falls. The Center for Equality says in a statement, “Our thoughts and love go out to Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow and her family.”  The center’s president, Danielle Wilcox, was shocked to hear the…

Autism-Friendly Gym Opens Up In SF

Special Strengths Fitness is located near 69th and Western Avenue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a New Year’s resolution for many: hitting the gym to get in shape. But fitness centers can be busy and loud, making it a difficult environment for people with autism. One woman noticed this issue, and decided to do something about it. “Nice! Let’s go a little bit heavier,” says Sharon Bethke as she’s training…

Worthington Still Waiting For Lewis And Clark Water

"I am confident we are going to see water in 2018"

WORTHINGTON, MN. – Even though the 2017 Minnesota legislative session only began a couple of days ago, one small town is intensely watching what way it is going. On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton released his bonding recommendations putting the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System on the top of the list, which is really good news for residents in Worthington….

Globe University Discontinues Operations

Enrolled students can finish classes on-campus under Broadview University

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In less than a year, two colleges have closed their doors in Sioux Falls. Kilian Community College was first, and now Globe University is following suit, leaving current students scrambling and future students looking for different options. With the winter quarter in its first week, Globe University students are figuring out what’s next. “The students are…

New App Offers Uber-Like Services

'Sioux Falls Cabs' launched in November

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the past year, Sioux Falls has been waiting for Uber to come to the city. To the frustration of many, the ride share company has been dragging its feet. But now there is another option. The owner of Pick-A-Cab says he’s created an app similar to Uber. It allows you to hail a cab without…

Northeastern South Dakota Facing Mass Power Outages

More than 10,000 customers experiencing outages statewide

According to the state’s rural electric association, more than 10,000 customers throughout South Dakota are experiencing power outages. The South Dakota Rural Electric Association says the Christmas Day winter storms knocked out power for about half of the state’s electric cooperatives. Crews spent most of the holiday trying to restore power amid ice, snow and strong winds, which hampered their work….

Crews Respond to Hog Barns On Fire

Flames engulf hog buildings in Crooks

Fire crews responded to two hog barns on fire Sunday night. Just before 9 p.m., fire crews got to the scene at 255th Street and 470th Avenue in Crooks.  Multiple emergency crews were on scene, including Crooks Fire and Minnehaha County.  According to Metro Communications, firefighters found two buildings on fire.  We’re told that the structures are hog buildings.  Details…

Strong Winds, Blowing Snow Close Major Section of I-90

All lanes closing from Wyoming border to Chamberlain

A major portion of Interstate 90 is closing Sunday night because of dangerous weather making for treacherous travel conditions. Starting at 7 p.m. CST, east and westbound lanes of I-90 will close from Vivian to Chamberlain.  State officials already closed the highway from the Wyoming border to Vivian before 5 p.m. Sunday. Officials say this long, roughly 250-mile segment of I-90…

West Central Students Learn With High-Tech Gadgets

School district receives tech award from Apple

The West Central School District has received a major award from tech giant Apple. The school district has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its use of technology in classrooms.  Kids in kindergarten through 12th grade have access to iPads and laptops.  The technology helps students learn problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork.  As part of the award, West Central…

SFFR Looking To Add On More Chaplains

One new member is already seeing how much his services are needed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When emergencies like fires happen, many fire departments have chaplains on hand to talk with affected families about what’s going on. They even help firefighters who’ve been through traumatic experiences on the job. But Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says it doesn’t have enough people in this volunteer position. One man just joined the squad, and is…

Family Displaced After Apparent Grilling Accident Starts Fire

Garage burns, flames spread to home near Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, S.D. – A family  is displaced Thursday after their home caught on fire. Crews were called out to West Willow Street, near the Harrisburg exit on I-29 around 6:30 p.m. Fire officials say they found a garage burning. The fire spread to the house, but, for the most part, there was only smoke and water damage to the home….