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The Season to Sign Up for Swim Lessons

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-During the summer time kids are more likely to be around water like pools or lakes. It’s often around this time of year many reports of child drownings come in. Experts say the best way to keep a child safe around water is to teach them how to swim. 15-month-old Arlow loves to be in the water. His…

‘Arc of Dreams’ Pieces Arrive in Downtown Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The skyline of Downtown Sioux Falls will soon change as a massive addition to the Sculpture Walk arrives from western South Dakota. Using three semi-trucks, pieces of the ‘Arc of Dreams’ were hauled from Sturgis Friday and then to the Raven Industries parking lot in downtown Sioux Falls Saturday morning. The final product will be two steel sculptures…

South Dakota Political Insiders Weigh In on Tariffs, State Tribal Relations

With Sam Parkinson, the former Executive Director of the State Democratic Party off to Washington, D.C. for a new role there, the Dems current Communications Director, Aaron Matson joined his Republican counterpart, Dave Roetman on KDLT News Today to weigh in on current events dominating the political landscape. The two discussed briefly, local party reaction to the escalating trade war with…

Park Service Names Acting Superintendent for Mount Rushmore

Courtesy: South Dakota Dept. of TourismKEYSTONE, S.D. – The National Park Service has named an acting superintendent for Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Denice Swanke is currently deputy superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. She assumes her new role on June 2. Current Mount Rushmore Superintendent Cheryl Schreier is retiring at the end of May….

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…

Letter Carriers Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-May 11th was a busy day for letter carriers across the nation and in South Dakota. They were not only delivering mail, but trying to help the hungry. Postal workers and other volunteers participated in the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In Sioux Falls, letter carriers like Jamie Buckley picked up non-perishable food donations while out…

2 South Dakota Men Sentenced for Fentanyl Conspiracy

PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota men have been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for trafficking fentanyl from Minnesota. The U.S. attorney’s office says 28-year-old Stuart Siecke, of Worthing, and 37-year-old Dean Bourn, of Vermillion, obtained the narcotic from co-conspirators in Minneapolis for distribution in South Dakota. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug much more powerful…

Juniper Apothecary DIY Shower Steamer

Go for it. That’s the advice a budding small business entrepreneur in Sioux Falls has for others, dreaming of starting their own business. Brittany Sopko started her business out of her home. Now she’s got a new family-oriented location in downtown Sioux Falls at the 8th & Railroad Center. And there is a lot of buzz about her business! Brittany…

Best Resources for Small Businesses in Sioux Empire

With more than 86,000 small businesses in the state, we know South Dakota has to be doing something right when it comes to supporting small businesses. But Jaime Wood, the newly appointed South Dakota District Office Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration, said there may be so much more for small business owners to know to both start or grow…

Spring Planting Season Delayed

VIBORG, S.D.- Local farmers are eager to get out in the fields, but conditions still aren’t ideal for planting. In Viborg, some farmland is still underwater. Farmers say it’s going to be another tough planting season. “It’s still plenty mucky underneath. There’s still a lot of low spots that, you know aren’t going to get planted and things like that….

South Dakota Celebrates National Small Business Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99 percent of South Dakota businesses. They help create jobs in the state and are active in their communities by helping with service projects and supporting non-profits. May 5th-11th is National Small Business Week. People are encouraged to stop by local small businesses to support, and thank…

Ask-A-Lawyer: Free Legal Advice Through Thursday

SOUTH DAKOTA, U.S.- The Ask-A-Lawyer program has been going on for more than 30 years. April 30th was the beginning for the 2019 program. South Dakota residents can call and receive legal advise, and have questions answered by a lawyer, for free. The program runs three nights from 7-10pm with the last night being May 2nd. Folks can call about…

Cyber Conference for Girls Launches Again in 2019

The unique camp, Rocket Girls, takes South Dakota youth to the heart of the Kennedy Space Center

If your daughter dreams of a career in the tech industry, fighting cyber crime or being at the forefront of development in the digital world, she’s got to check out Rocket Girls. The CybHER Conference out of Dakota State University, now in its second year, offers South Dakota teens one of the most incredible opportunities to learn from some of…

2018 Farm Numbers in the Dakotas Drop From Previous Year

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farms continue to disappear off the Dakotas landscape, especially smaller ones. The federal Agriculture Department reports that total farm numbers in 2018 dropped by 300 in North Dakota and by 400 in South Dakota. North Dakota had 26,100 farms and South Dakota 29,600. That mirrored the national trend. The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from 2017,…

Upcoming Conference Aims to Connect, Inspire Rural South Dakota

For those looking to have an impact on their rural communities, an upcoming two-day conference may give you some serious inspiration. In 2018, community leaders from 14 different states were part of Dakota Resources ruralX Conference. This year, June 19-20, the non-profit will once again bring motivated community members from throughout the midwest the Mitchell forum. RuralX, according to organizers, is…