Sioux Falls

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…

City of Sioux Falls Responds to Tornado Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Folks around the Sioux Falls area woke up this morning to debris and destruction left behind by last night’s storm. According to the National Weather Service, three tornadoes hit the city’s south side around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. One of them crossed over 41st street, which is lined with businesses. All around Sioux Falls there’s damage to trees, property…

“He is Always with Us” Avera Shares Tree Chunk with Cross Following Storm Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Avera Heart Hospital is staying strong after receiving severe damage in Tuesday night’s storm. The Avera Heart Hospital Facebook page shared early Wednesday morning a photo of a piece of a tree that went through its lobby window. It appears to have a cross. The post states that although their building is damaged, “God shows…

City of Sioux Falls Launches New Visual Identity Initiative

SIOUX FALLS, SD- As the city of Sioux Falls grows, officials say it’s time to create more unity among all the organizations who call it home. So the city is rebranding its image. A new project is in the works, focused on creating a new “visual identity” that will represent the entire city. “To actually give Sioux Falls a singular identity…

Neighborhood Watch Group Creates a Sense of Safety

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Many residents across Sioux Falls are working to improve their neighborhoods and make them feel safer. One way they’re doing this is by starting a neighborhood watch group. When you move into the Cathedral Historic District in Sioux Falls, you’ll receive a welcome kit. “Gives them information about who their neighbors are, so that right away they can…

Someone You Should Know: Marathon Man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-In life there are hurdles we come across, but sometimes they can lead to something good. One Sioux Falls runner went through a tough time in his life, but chose not to let it hold him back. Now he’s about to reach his biggest milestone yet.  Pat Schwebach is always running. It’s not only one of his favorite…

Sioux Falls Organizations Activate Incident Command Center to Help Floridians

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Hurricane Dorian appears to be changing course, moving up along the eastern seaboard meaning Florida could be out of the crosshairs. However, two medical care providers in Sioux Falls are pulling their resources together just in case. Friday the Good Samaritan Society activated their incident command center at their national campus in Sioux Falls. The main goal is…