safety

Staying Safe During Winter Weather Travel

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-There were multiple car accidents throughout South Dakota Friday due to slick and icy roads. So KDLT’s Miranda Paige spoke to South Dakota Highway Patrol about safe driving reminders as you hit the road.  “People forget that we do have winter every year and then we kind of have to go through that learning curb the first few…

Violent Crime in Sioux Falls Becoming a Bigger Problem?

As the population climbs, Officer Sam Clemens says some overall growth is expected

Officer Sam Clemens, with the Sioux Falls Police Department spoke Thursday with KDLT News Today, in light of a recent spate of gun violence within the city. While recent reports would have many believing crime is on the rise locally, especially violent crimes, Clemens said overall crime numbers are actually down, and he and his fellow officers want to reassure…

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…

Construction Project at Falls Park Near Completion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The nice weather has many folks getting outside more. That includes going to places like Falls Park. Those familiar with the area know it can get dangerous when visitors try to get closer to the falls. A new project aims to improve safety at the park. Paul Davidson has been visiting the falls for years. He enjoys…

City of Brandon to Add Crosswalk Safety Upgrades

BRANDON, S.D.- The city of Brandon is making changes to some crosswalks thanks to the hard work of an 11-year-old boy. Back in October, Ryley Mckeown was hit by a truck at a crosswalk while riding his bike. He was okay and ever since he’s advocated for safer crosswalks in Brandon, including speaking to city councilors. This week, they rearranged…

Special Training Exercise Shows Seriousness of Grain Bin Dangers

Mitchell, S.D.-An 80-year-old man from northern Iowa, a 16-year-old boy from Winner and a 22-year-old man from Irene all suffocated to death in the past few years in grain bin accidents. Thursday safety officials educated farmers on the dangers associated with grain bins. A special training exercise was held at Mitchell Technical Institute as part of Stand Up For Grain…

Drivers Advised To Stay Off Lincoln County Township Roads

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D.- People in Lincoln County and around the Sioux Empire are being told to avoid driving on township roads. Almost every road in Lincoln County has been affected by last week’s rain and fast snow melt as many had water going over the roads. The water has since gone down, but now frost in the ground is melting,…

Falls Park Safety Report Released

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-For nearly a year there have been discussions about adding new safety features to Falls Park after a five year old drowned last March. An independent safety review was completed for Falls Park. The study found three main areas of concern: It suggests making the path along the east bank less accessible by adding a gate and signage,…

Keeping Pets Safe in Extreme Weather

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- When it gets colder out, it affects everyone including pets. Although dogs have fur, they’re still vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite if left outside. This is why in South Dakota leaving a pet outside in the cold without proper shelter is considered neglect and is against the law. KDLT’s Miranda Paige found out what owners should do…

DSU Debuts “Campus Watch” Program

       MADISON, S.D.- On college campuses across the country a big concern is safety, especially when students are out and about late in the evening. Staff at Dakota State University in Madison are taking a proactive approach to keep people safe. Juniors Nathan Kramer and Ezra Chona have always made it a top priority to look out for their friends…

Ice Fishing is Safe Amid Warmer Temperatures

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Warm days are few and far between during the winter months, so we cherish them when we can. But what effect is the warmer weather having on a popular winter sport? In the thick of winter the ice on area bodies of water might not be as thick. “Generally this time of year the sun doesn’t have…

Consultant Recommends Restricting Access To Falls Park Dangers

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The City of Sioux Falls says a third party consultant has finished its safety review of Falls Park. Alliant Insurance Services was hired to review the drowning risk at the park.  Overall, a consultant reported that the city has implemented adequate measures to prevent injury or death.  The consultant says one of the biggest problems is…

Thanksgiving Leftovers Food Safety

After Thanksgiving many of us have leftovers like turkey, stuffing and pie. However, if you want to enjoy the food after the holiday  there are some common food mistakes you want to avoid. It can be nice to take advantage of all the holiday leftovers and not have to cook for awhile, but Personal Chef Ellen Doerr says you have…

Snow Expected For Holiday Travel Weekend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Across the nation, 54 million people are travelling this Thanksgiving weekend. In our area, snow is expected to impact busy interstates that many college students will drive to head back to campus. As loved ones say goodbye after a long holiday weekend, it’s time to hit the road. However, experts say be careful. The National Weather…

Halloween Safety Reminders From Law Enforcement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Wednesday is Halloween. It’s important to not just have a spooky holiday, but also a safe one. Fortunately, Sioux Falls Police have some helpful safety tips before the big night. Officer Sam Clemens is reminding folks to dress for the weather. Additionally, trick-or-treaters should cross at the corners of streets, but drivers should still drive slower…

Sioux Falls Residents Raise Awareness of White Cane Law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Around 100 people marched down 41st Street in Sioux Falls on Saturday with white canes. They were doing it to raise awareness of an important law. The White Cane Law requires people to stop and give the right of way to anyone carrying a white cane with a red tip. The law is meant to protect those…

Former Columbine Principal Speaks in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been almost 20 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Since then a lot has changed when it comes to school safety and preparedness. The principal during the time of the shooting was in Sioux Falls on Sept. 13th talking to local first responders. Active shooter preparedness has become a common…