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Minnehaha Dive Team Takes Training to New Levels at Covell Lake

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- About a month ago Minnehaha County Emergency Management Dive Operations responded to Covell Lake for a water rescue. Two kayakers had overturned. One was rescued; the other drowned. Saturday the dive team was back at Covell Lake, this time for training.  Training is an important part of the Minnehaha County Emergency Management Dive Operations Team. When on…

Strong Winds Create Flooding Concerns at Lake Poinsett

LAKE POINSETT, S.D.-It’s been a tough couple weeks for folks at Lake Poinsett. They’ve dealt with rain and flooding and now they’re being hit again by mother nature. Strong winds are creating big waves on the lake. Some of the waves are crashing hard against shorelines. A big concern right now for residence is protecting homes and businesses. A local excavating…

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…

A Reminder to Boaters About Zebra Mussels

GREENLAND TOWNSHIP, S.D.- Vermillion Lake is a place for boaters to enjoy being on the water. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department wants to keep it that way, but to do so they need everyone’s help. “The best way to prevent them from spreading is making sure people are aware of what’s going on and doing the right…

How To Ditch Swimmer’s Itch

HARTFORD, S.D. – With the warmer weather on the way, it’s a great time to go for a swim. However, you may want to be careful. The Department of Natural Resources says swimmer’s itch is in parts of the Midwest, like Northwestern Iowa. It’s a beautiful day at Wall Lake – the perfect, sunny day to take your grandchildren out…

“No Wake” Zones Doubled in Dickinson County

OKOBOJI, I.A. – With 4th of July celebrations kicking off this weekend, it’ll be a wild weekend for Okoboji, Iowa. Plenty of families are packing up their boats and ready to take sail. However, recent flooding means watergoers will have to abide by a new rule. For the Foss family, the water is where all their stresses wash away. “It’s…

Long Snow Season Causes Late Start to Mosquito Preparation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Due to the longer snow season, the City of Sioux Falls Environmental Health is in rush mode to prepare for mosquitoes. “You know we’re just around the corner from seeing everything change really fast, said Denise Patton, Health Program Coordinator. Usually by now they’d have spent several weeks setting up around 20 traps all around town, but…

Melting Snow Creates Flood Conditions

WATERTOWN, S.D.- Now that it’s starting to warm up, that means all the snow and ice from this long winter is melting. This is causing some flooding in South Dakota, especially in Watertown at Lake Kampeska. The lake is 32 inches above full right now. While this is only minor flooding, it’s causing headaches for some residents. Dennis Stolberg has…

GFP Proposes Petition Process For Non-meandered Lakes Restrictions

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission during the July Commission meeting adopted a proposal to establish a process where landowners can request the restriction of recreational use of nonmeandered waters for public use. GFP Department Secretary Kelly Hepler says the process being considered by the Commission will give landowners the ability to formally make those…

Keeping The Water ‘Dry’

Game, Fish and Parks officers are combating boating under the influence

WALL LAKE, S.D. – Drinking alcohol while boating continues to be a dangerous issue statewide. In the last two years, two people have drowned in South Dakota on the 4th of July weekend in incidents involving alcohol. So this year, conservation officers are taking a preventative approach. Even though Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year, many still…

Safety Tips For Paddlers From An Instructor: ‘Everyone will swim at one point or another’

We first told you about a water rescue at Wall Lake Tuesday. A camp counselor was kayaking, when authorities say the kayak took on water. The group she was with called 911 when they couldn’t see her. She was found in the water a short time later uninjured. Authorities say the life jacket she was wearing possibly prevented a tragedy…

Iowans Can Now Buy And Sell Fireworks For First Time In Decades

'It's Lit Fireworks' Near Spirit Lake Officially Open For Business

For the first time in decades, Iowans will be able to purchase fireworks in the state. Some fireworks stands were allowed to start selling them on June 1. But for those hoping to cash in on the new law, it has proved to be easier said than done. The State Fire Marshal has been overwhelmed with applications for permits. The…

Committee Approves Bill Restoring Access to 30 Lakes

Lawmakers met to craft solution in response to battle between landowners and sportsmen

A South Dakota legislative panel endorses a set of rules allowing outdoor enthusiasts to use private land for recreation. The committee voted 13 to 2 Friday to pass a bill that would restore access to nearly 30 lakes for public recreation.  Game, Fish & Parks was initially forced to cut off access after a state Supreme Court decision.  The bill…

Man Charged With Attempted Murder Appears In Lake Co. Court

Judge Sets Bond At $150,000 Cash Only

A man charged with attempted murder appeared in a Lake Co. courtroom for the first time. Authorities say Matthew Rumbolz led them on a pursuit and shot a deputy early Wednesday morning. Rumbolz has been in jail on a $150,000 cash bond and that’s where the judge kept it at Friday. Along with attempted murder, the 37-year-old man who was…

Drones Used In Search For Lake Co. Shooting Suspect

Drone Experts Explain How They Can Be Utilized In Similar Scenarios

McCook and Lake Counties utilized several resources to help search for a shooting suspect on Wednesday, including two drones. There’s a company in Sioux Falls that helps out county officials by responding to situations similar to what happened near Madison. They even teach the officials how to use them. Mike Klarenbeek with Aerial Horizons Commercial Drone Systems said, “This gives…

Lake County Looking To Revive Dive Team

The Lake County Commission narrowly passed a measure this week to bring back their dive team that the county disbanded just six months ago. Last fall, the commission said the team failed to comply with necessary paperwork regarding standard operating guidelines. For 28 years, Lake County has had a volunteer Search and Rescue Team for land and water emergencies. But…

South Dakota’s Largest Lifestyle Centre: Plans For Live, Work, Play Booming At Lake Lorraine

Mike Van Buskirk: "The attention it's getting is just amazing."

A commercial development on the west side of Sioux Falls is booming with plans for future businesses. The developers say the 85-acre site near 26th Street and Marion Road will not only feature national and local retailers, but lofts, restaurants, and hotels. “The attention it’s getting is just amazing,” said Van Buskirk Companies Director of Land Development Mike Van Buskirk….