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Lawmakers to Weigh Asking Voters to Extend Legislative Terms

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers are set to debate asking voters to double their current two-year terms in office. Senators and representatives would be able to serve two consecutive four-year terms under the measure introduced Wednesday. The plan would go on the 2020 ballot; if approved, the changes would take effect in January 2023. Categories: News, Politics Tags: Lawmakers,…

Legislative Debate: The Bills to Watch For in Pierre

Our Democratic and Republican insiders weigh in on the issues before state lawmakers

There are still a lot of bills this legislative session yet to drop – meaning, we don’t know all that is coming yet when it comes to the issues before state lawmakers this spring. But as our legislators get back to work in Pierre, here are a few of the things our political insiders say to watch for – both…

South Dakota Joining Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is joining a movement that gives adults and communities the information and skills to prevent child sexual abuse. South Dakota on Tuesday is becoming the eighth state to join the national Enough Abuse Campaign. The announcement comes as part of Children’s Day at the Capitol. The campaign offers educational information to youth, parents and other…

2nd Annual Hockey Day in South Dakota

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-   Hockey games are in full force across South Dakota and Saturday, January 12th was a special day for players and fans. It’s the second annual Hockey Day. “It’s a sport that’s growing and growing, but especially I think in the state of South Dakota,” said Jim Olander with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Over the past few…

Cop on a Rooftop, Raising Money For Special Olympics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s something you don’t see everyday. Law enforcement in Sioux Falls spent their day hanging out on the rooftops of some Hy-Vee stores. They were not out scouting bad guys, instead they were looking for donations from shoppers. It’s the 2nd annual “Cop On A Rooftop” held by South Dakota Law Enforcement Torch Run. All the money…

Local Travel Experts 2019 Travel Recommendations

While destinations are her specialty, her best advice is this...

Lorie Buss with All About Travel has helped direct countless people to some fun destinations over the years. Check out below, where she says you might want to head in 2019. Also, why she hope to impress more than anything, that you book early if you really want to go anywhere. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local…

Bills to Watch as Legislators Return to Pierre

Legislators are back in Pierre for the 2019 Legislative Session and Tuesday’s State of the State is the first of several big speeches to come. Wednesday is the State of the Judiciary and Thursday, the State of the Tribes. Lawmakers will just begin to look at some of the bills before them – including presumptive probation, nursing home funding, a…

Pierre Woman Identified as Teen Killed in I-90 Crash

WALL, S.D. – Authorities say a 19-year-old woman from Pierre was the teenager who died in an interstate crash near Wall last week. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety on Sunday identified the victim as Katie Kloos. Authorities say Kloos was a passenger in a car that was trying to pass an SUV on icy I-90 on Tuesday. The…

Kristi Noem Sworn in as South Dakota’s 33rd Governor

PIERRE, S.D.- Saturday, March 5th marked the 2019 South Dakota Inauguration at the state capitol in Pierre. South Dakota lawmakers and leaders were sworn into office but the main event was to welcome in the new governor. Thousands of people gathered at the state capitol to witness history. Kristi Noem was sworn in as the 33rd governor of the State…

SD Political Pundits Preview 2019 National, State Legislative Sessions

Two of the communities we may see really start to struggle as the government shut down drags on

“Until it really bites or hurts (the general public), things aren’t going to change,” Dave Roetman, a spokesperson for the South Dakota Republican Party, told KDLT News Today Friday morning. Roetman, the County Chair and State Finance Director for the SDRP, was referring to the partial government shutdown, now in its 14th day. Despite a measure passed overnight by the…

Legislative Breakfasts Better Connect Voters with Elected Officials, Issues

There are hundreds of bills that will be taken up by state legislators during the 2019 session, which is set to begin next week in Pierre. Because so many of the issues being debated have a first-hand impact on South Dakota families and Sioux Falls voters, in particular, the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Thursday held its annual Legislative breakfast…

State Ag Officials Concerned With Invasive Insect Found on Holiday Decorations

What you need to know if you purchased evergreen decor from a chain store

If you purchased evergreen decorations over the holidays from any regional chain stores, state ag officials are encouraging you to bag the items and dispose of them at a landfill to stop the spread of the invasive insect elongate hemlock scale (EHS). EHS was found on wreaths and other evergreen decorations sold at chain stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin this December, according…

Sports Betting Will Be No Home Run for State Budgets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that capitalized immediately after the court’s…

4 South Dakota Snowmobilers Found in Southern Wyoming

Photos from Snowy Range Snowmobile ClubLARAMIE, Wyo. – Four missing snowmobile riders have been found safe in southern Wyoming. The Albany County Sheriff’s Department says a search helicopter spotted the four men from South Dakota Tuesday afternoon and they all appeared to be in good condition. The helicopter wasn’t able to land in the rugged area of neighboring Carbon County…

Someone You Should Know: Flandreau Dispatcher Retiring After 41 Years

FLANDREAU, S.D.-It’s rare to stay at any job for over forty years, but especially in a job as stressful as being an emergency dispatcher. However, one Flandreau women has accomplished just that. “Everybody knows Leetha’s voice when they call,” said Moody County Sheriff, Troy Wellman. “It can be a comforting sound when somebody calls in in distress.” Leetha Petersen is…

South Dakota Farmers Feeling Optimistic After Congress Passes Farm Bill

S.D.-Many area farmers are feeling optimistic about an $867 billion federal farm bill. It was passed by Congress on Dec. 12th. “It’s not perfect, but we’re certainly happy with it,” said Lisa Richardson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. Farmers got hit hard this year by tariffs due to the trade war with China. This bill will…