Sioux Falls

Lakota Music Project Heads to Washington D.C.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A group of musicians is bridging the gap between cultures. They are a part of the Lakota Music Project, which is made up of members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra along with Lakota and Dakota Musicians. They combine the sounds of Lakota and European-based classical music. Emmanuel Blackbear is a singer with the group. “The main…

Sanford, Avera to Offer 2020 ABA Coverage Aimed at Helping SD Families with Autism

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-A gap in autism therapy insurance coverage has left some parents concerned in South Dakota, but now there may be new hope for these families. Governor Kristi Noem announced that Avera and Sanford plan to offer ABA coverage in 2020. ABA therapy is for kids with autism. It focuses on improving specific skills like communication. Each week, three-year-old…

Entrepreneurial Resources in Sioux Falls to Merge

Startup Sioux Falls and Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship are merging into one by the end of the year, executives from both organizations announced. Zeal’s Executive Director, Brienne Maner, joined KDLT News Today to talk about why, what it means for those aspiring to build successful businesses in the Sioux Empire and where you can find more information.   Categories: KDLT…

Simulator Helps Nursing Students Learn at Southeast Tech

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  In the past 50 years, Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls has significantly grown its programs and changed the way they prepare students for careers. A big focus now-a-days is using technology to train students. “I think the old vo-tech days and the stereotypes that some people still have of technical education is so far from where…

Returning Home: Our Lady of Guadalupe Recovers From Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In December, a fire broke out at Our Lady Of Guadalupe destroying the church. Church leaders believe it was started accidentally by a tipped over candle. It tested everyone’s faith. Services were temporarily held in the gymnasium next door, but now the church has been remodeled.  ” After waiting through an uncomfortable situation, we’re happy with the…

Wet Year Affecting Construction Industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The wet year is causing trouble for the construction industry. According to Amdahl Construction, many companies are behind on projects like excavation, sewer and water, and landscaping. March flooding made it difficult for crews to make progress early on in the season and any projects they try to start now get interrupted by the rain.   “It’s been…

Support and Reflection After Tornadoes Hit Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Weeks after the tornadoes hit Sioux Falls, support is still rolling in. City officials were surprised this week by a special pick-me-up from far away. 1,300 miles away in West Virginia, second graders at Skyview Elementary heard about the tornadoes. So they sent the city some hand drawn art. “Just wanted to send pictures and notes of support and…

Too Much Rain at the Wrong Time For Local Church

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been a wet year. Between the flooding in March and more rain this week, some Sioux Falls organizations say they can’t catch a break, including Hilltop United Methodist Church off Bahnson Avenue. While there’s no flooding in town, it’s a matter of too much rain at the wrong time.  Staff members are looking forward to dryer…

City of Sioux Falls Considers Changing Beekeeping Regulations

For Sioux Falls residents who have been thinking about taking up beekeeping as a hobby in the backyard, it may soon be allowed. Right now there’s a ban on raising bee colonies in the city. However, two city council members are taking the first steps to change that.  Not only are bee populations diminishing, but Sioux Falls City Councilor Theresa…

Local Artist Hopes You’ll Help Her Grow This One Thing

Jillian Gunlicks is inspired by so much of what she sees in the people and places around her, she thrives on being able to not only work as an artist, but volunteer her time and thoughts to numerous projects throughout the community as well. Which is why she is so excited about one of her latest initiatives, #SiouxFallsSpreadsTheLove. Learn more…

Town Hall Meeting: Parents and Students Discuss Vaping

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- With the rise of vaping related illnesses and deaths across the U.S., the Sioux Falls School District hosted a town hall meeting. It was an open discussion with parents and students about vaping and the dangers. Around 80 people, parents and students attended the event. Avera Pulmonologist Dr. Anthony Hericks specializes in the respiratory system. He spoke…

Avera Behavioral Health Center Recovering From Storm Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Avera Health is starting to recover and slowly get everything back to normal after three tornadoes hit the city two weeks ago. A number of Avera’s facilities fell victim to the storm, including the Behavioral Health Center, which officials say sustained the most damage.  “There was debris literally everywhere within a half mile of here. There was…

Storm Causes Handy Man Home Remodeling Center to Temporarily Relocate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Handy Man Home Remodeling Center in Sioux Falls usually helps customers with their own remodeling projects. However, after the mess left behind by straight line winds last week, they have some huge remodeling projects of their own. “The wind got under the roof and blew the decking and the insulation and rubber roof right off the…

Local School Moves Towards Modern Classroom Layout

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  More schools are moving away from the traditional classroom look and taking on a more modern layout. In the high school classrooms at Sioux Falls Christian Schools, they’ve created what they call a “21st Century Learning Area.” In each class, students can choose from different types of seating. There’s hi-top coffee shop seating and rolly chairs.  “There…

Inmates Help with Storm Cleanup

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The three tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls Tuesday night left quite a mess, so the city is using all the help they can get. Inmates from the South Dakota Penitentiary are pitching in at the debris drop off sites around town. According to Mayor Paul TenHaken, there are around 10 inmates helping out at each site. They’re directing…

Taking a Break From Storm Cleanup

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been a busy week of cleaning up for people in the Sioux Falls area. So one organization invited people to take a break and have some fun. On Sept. 14th, GreatLIFE held their block party for the grand re-opening of their bowling center Suburban Lanes. At the free event everyone got to bowl while enjoying hot dogs…

Prison Inmate in Sioux Falls Placed on Escape Status

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A prison inmate at the Sioux Falls Community Work Center has been placed on escape status. State corrections officials say Randy High Horse left the center Saturday morning without permission. The 46-year-old High Horse is serving a 5-year sentence for unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance from Hughes County. Categories: Local News, News Tags: Community…