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Tom Steyer Launches 2020 Campaign After Saying He Wouldn’t

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer arrives to speak during a news conference on Jan. 8, 2018, in Washington.Carolyn Kaster / AP WASHINGTON – Billionaire activist Tom Steyer is joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he’d forgo a run. Steyer made the announcement Tuesday, casting himself as an outsider who will…

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota’s First Presidential Leadership Scholar

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – She’s been a television reporter, advertising company owner, candidate for mayor and mom to a two-year-old. Now, she’s a Presidential Leadership Scholar. No one would ever accuse Jolene Loetscher of sitting still. The last six months have been a blur for Loetscher and husband, Nate Burdine, who has been holding down the fort, so to…

Presidents Day: The Past Six Presidents Have All Visited SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – President Trump’s visit to Sioux Falls last September was the talk of the town. However, he isn’t the first president to visit.  23 presidents have visited South Dakota since it became a state, 16 of which visited South Dakota during their presidency. President William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, sat in this chair…

University of South Dakota’s 18th President Sworn In

VERMILLION S.D.-After 21 years, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion has a new president. “Ladies and gentlemen please rise in joining me in welcoming the University of South Dakota’s 18th President, Sheila K. Gestring,” said Former President Jim Abbott during the school’s 2019 President Inauguration. Sheila Gestring is leading the school she’s known for 13 years. During her speech,…

Behind The Scenes of President Trump’s Visit To Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was a historic day for South Dakota. President Trump touched down in Washington, D.C. after spending Friday afternoon in Sioux Falls. KDLT’s Allison Royal was there when Trump stepped onto South Dakota soil for the first time in his presidency. “I’ve never met a president before,” said Miles Duncan, age 12. It’s an experience few…

President Trump’s Visit Prompts Cancellation of Hot Air Balloon Event

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’ll be a first.  President Trump is coming to Sioux Falls this Friday. The White House confirms its his first trip to the Mount Rushmore state since taking office. He’s hosting an event with Republican gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem. Trump’s visit postponed one event, then inspired another. It’s a family-friendly Friday. Hot air balloons decorating the…

Pipestone, Minnesota Goes Back In Time for 27th Annual Civil War Days

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-August 11th and 12th was the 27th annual Pipestone Civil War Days in Pipestone, Minnesota. Thousands visited the town to be transported back to the 1800’s. There was everything from soldiers to settlers as people set up camp at Hiawatha Pageant Park. Organizers say people’s curiosity of the civil war era is what draws thousands to the event….

Excitement Builds Over Year-round E15

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-People are usually not able to fill up their tanks with E15 over the summer. Soon they might be able to as well as year-round. President Trump announced Tuesday that this change is coming. E15 is a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol. “Opens up the market. It really addresses outdated regulation that has been in place…

Augustana University Introduces First Woman President In 157-Year History

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will assume office this summer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – She was the first woman in South Dakota to serve as a U.S. House Representative. Now she’ll be the first woman to lead one Sioux Falls University. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been named as Augustana University’s 24th president. College officials spread the word about the former congresswoman in an email Wednesday. “I looked at it and…

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With the New President Sworn In, What Would You Say To Him?

If Donald Trump was standing in front of you and you could say anything, what would you say? Would you give him advice for the next four years or would you give him a piece of your mind? For some the answer may come easy… for others, not so much. KDLT News asked people in downtown Sioux Falls what they’d…

Trump Wins Electoral College Vote, Presidency

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump has cruised to victory in the Electoral College despite thousands of anti-Trump protesters who converged on state capitols across the country. Monday’s vote ensures that the billionaire will become America’s 45th president. Texas put the Republican president-elect over the 270-vote threshold. Electors had been deluged with emails, phone calls and letters urging them not to support…