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National Family Caregivers Month: Honoring Caregivers This November

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-November is National Family Caregivers Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota, there are 38,000 family members and friends caring for someone who lives with Alzheimer’s. However, there’s more that we all can do to help. At the Bentz household, they are focused on making memories. Two years ago, Sue and Jay Bentz went to Hawaii with…

Employers Getting Ghosted: Trend Frustrates Local Business Owners

GARRETSON, S.D.- At ‘O So Good’ in Garretson, Owner Chef Omar Thornton says turnover in the restaurant industry is common. So he’s often looking for new employees. However, a new and frustrating issue he’s come across is ghosting.  “I might get maybe about ten applicants in to choose from and I’d say that from that a good 70 percent of…

South Dakota Tribe Wants 1863 Removal Law Changed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota tribe is asking for the state’s help to change an 1863 federal law that technically keeps them from owning land in Minnesota. The law removed Dakota people from Minnesota and relocated them to several states in the Midwest. It was signed by President Abraham Lincoln after conflicts between white settlers and Dakota people…

South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Body to Meet

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s State-Tribal Relations body is meeting in Pierre to discuss ways the state can work with Native American groups. Tuesday’s meeting is the first since tension between Gov. Kristi Noem and some tribes over laws passed aimed at potential protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. Noem pushed for the laws, and the Oglala Sioux…

Veteran Suicide Awareness March

      MADISON, S.D.- Veterans day is Monday. It’s a time to honor those who have served.  However, one South Dakota veteran also uses this time of year to bring awareness to an important issue facing some veterans: suicide. Jacob Schaefers is a Marine Corps veteran. He served for five years.  “One of the best things I ever did. I absolutely…

Family of Donnivan Schaeffer Finds Peace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The past couple weeks we’ve focused a lot of our coverage on Charles Rhines and his execution. However, now we want to focus on someone else: Donnivan Schaeffer. Ed and Peggy Schaeffer waited 27 years to see justice for their son’s murder. Now they just want to focus on remembering him. They shared memories of their son at…

Parents Struggle to Find Infant Day Care

TEA, S.D.-The child care shortage is a nationwide problem, but it’s also happening in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities. Some parents are finding out that they have to sign their child up for day care before they’re even born. When Rochelle Goetsch started looking for day care for her infant Rosalyn, she never realized how difficult it would be. She…

New Projects Underway at Mitchell Corn Palace

MITCHELL, S.D.- The Corn Palace in Mitchell is often a busy place with around half a million visitors a year. The venue is getting a pretty good makeover right now, but crews are also facing similar issues hitting farmers.  One of the main reasons that people visit the corn palace is to see the murals. So crews are currently working…

Report: SD Democratic Party Struggling with Finances

PIERRE, S.D. – A Federal Election Commission report shows South Dakota’s Democratic Party continues to have financial problems. The report says the party’s federal campaign committee owes nearly $47,000 in debts and obligations and has a negative balance of about $8,600. The party owes nearly $12,000 to The Sutton Group, a computer consulting company in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Rapid…

Busy Time of Year for Pheasant Hunting Lodges and Preserves

FLANDREAU, S.D.- As you might expect, pheasant hunting lodges and preserves are about to see an uptick in customers. KDLT’s Miranda Paige visited a preserve in Flandreau to see how they’re feeling about this pheasant season.  There are a lot of smiles and laughter at al’s dream hunting in Flandreau. Hunters come for the birds, but stay for the friendship….

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…

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…

114th Fighter Wing to Conduct Readiness Training Exercises

Expect a lot of noise in the local skies this Thursday - Sunday

The South Dakota Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Readiness Exercises in the Sioux Falls region this Thursday through Sunday, which means you’ll see and hear a lot of aerial activity in the skies this weekend. The 114th Fighter Wing will be working with Marines from Attack Squadron 231, among others, in the exercise. The initiative is said to…

South Dakota Pundits on Declining University Enrollment, Impeachment

Democratic State Senator Reynold Nesiba joins South Dakota GOP Finance Director in the KDLT Studio to talk impeachment, what it means on the local level – if anything, and why state universities may see enrollment continue to decline. Categories: KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News Today Interviews, Politics, South Dakota Tags: Dave Roetman, Dems, GOP, Politics, Reynold Nesiba,…

Low Numbers and High Waters for 2019 Pheasant Hunting Season

ARMOUR, S.D.-Pheasant season is just around the corner in South Dakota. However, hunters around the state may run into a few challenges this season because of an unusually wet year. At South Dakota Pheasant Acres in Armour they’re eager for the weekend because it’s the first time they’ll be out in the private fields this year. “All of us look…

Out and About with Kali Trautman: Week of September 23

Some wine, some wine with dogs, a harvest festival that’s all about family, a city-wide scavenger hunt and more in this week’s edition of Out and About with Kali Trautman! Check out what she visited with the KDLT News Today morning show team about on Monday. Tuesday, September 24 – Downtown Aberdeen Wine Walk, Downtown Aberdeen Enjoy wine (and beer)…