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Officials: Tattoos Identify Victim Who Had Been Dismembered

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities say tattoos on the body of a South Dakota woman found in a river in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula helped identify her because she had been dismembered. Prosecutors have charged Stephen Falkenberg with killing 46-year-old Tamara LaFramboise in Yankton, South Dakota and dumping her body in Menominee County, Michigan not far from where Falkenberg’s brother lives….

2019 Legislative Wins and Losses for South Dakota

GOP and Dem pundits weigh in on what lawmakers got done

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up early this past week, due in part, to a massive winter storm bearing down on the state. With the weather dominating the headlines since, we’ve heard little about the biggest and perhaps most interesting legislation to come out of this year’s assembly. Dave Roetman with the South Dakota Republican Party and Sam Parkinson with…

City Officials Announce Daily Press Conference as Floodwaters Rise

With potentially historic floodwaters expected through the Big Sioux River basin in the coming days and weeks, Sioux Falls city officials announce they will be holding daily press conferences to offer residents the most up-to-date information about what is happening. City officials, in a press release Tuesday morning, stated they will be providing revised flood forecasts and operational updates each day…

State and Public Water Access Areas Close Along Big Sioux River

The following parks are closed effective immediately

State officials Tuesday morning announced the immediate closure of the following state park and public water access areas along the Big Sioux River due to flooding. Beaver Creek Nature Area near Valley Springs Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon Palisades State Park near Garretson Lake Alvin near Harrisburg The following Public Water Access areas are closed effective immediately: 9 Mile near…

State Government Offices to Open Friday

Governor Kristi Noem has announced all state government offices will reopen on Friday. In 17 counties, staff will report at the regular time, others are set to reopen at noon. Counties where state offices will open at the regular time are Bon Homme, Butte, Clay, Custer, Douglas, Fall River, Harding, Hutchinson, Lawrence, Lincoln, McCook, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Turner, Union and…

The Latest: South Dakota State Offices Closed Amid Blizzard

Blowing snow reduces visibility at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. A window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)PIERRE, S.D. – The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and…

What to Expect During the Last Days of the 2019 Legislative Session

GOP and Democratic strategists outline the biggest opportunities to come out of the 2019 Legislative Session, and the biggest disappointments. Dave Roetman and Sam Parkinson touch on hemp, the budget, and what to watch for in the coming weeks as South Dakota legislators get set to wrap up their work for another year. Categories: KDLT News Today, Local News, News…

The Best Way to Handle Those Unfinished Taxes

If you hate doing taxes and put it off until the last minute, you’re not doing it right, says personal finance expert, Christina Lynn, of Lynn Financial. The biggest mistakes she says people make include people not understanding the fees involved when they sign up for a tax refund advance, fearing the IRS, and not educating themselves on the tax system….

Out and About with Kali: Week of March 11

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations help kick off and end this week, can you believe it’s already here? Bundle up for this weekend’s parade! And enjoy all of the festivities throughout the region between now and then. Kali Trautman with The Event Company gives us some options to get out this week! St. Patrick’s Day Party for Kids Wednesday, March 13…

Palisades State Park to More Than Double in Size

GARRETSON, S.D.- A popular state park near Garretson is going to more than double in size. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has agreed to acquire donated land to expand the 157-acre Palisades State Park.   Over the years the park has become a popular tourist destination. “Very beautiful around here. You’ve got the eroded Sioux Quartzite Rock that…

“There’s Something About the American Frontier You Can’t Find Anywhere Else”

Filmmaker with South Dakota roots explains why he came home to film Tater Tot & Patton

Film writer and director Andrew Kightlinger talks with KDLT News Today about his upcoming film, Tater Tot & Patton.The landscape and energy of South Dakota is what writer and director Andrew Kightlinger says brought him back home to produce his most recent film, Tater Tot & Patton. “It’s a love letter to South Dakota. I’m not originally from here, per…

Closing the Gap: DigiGirlz Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Omnitech, a South Dakota software engineering firm partnered with Microsoft to hold their second annual DigiGirlz day at the University Center in Sioux Falls on March 7th. Around 100 middle school and high school girls from across South Dakota had an opportunity to learn about potential careers in technology. They were exposed to things they wouldn’t typically see in…

Nominations Being Accepted for Local Volunteer Awards

There are an incredible number of people throughout the Sioux Empire who volunteer their time and expertise to help wherever they can. It’s rare these people are recognized for their work, most actually don’t want attention brought to what they do. But others who notice, and who are grateful for their work have the chance to show local volunteers just…

One Person Killed in Rollover Interstate Crash Near Brandon

BRANDON, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person has died in a crash on Interstate 90 near Brandon. The patrol says the rollover crash involved just one vehicle and happened about 8 p.m. The victim has not been identified. Authorities temporarily rerouted eastbound traffic on the interstate. Categories: KDLT News Today, Local News, News, News Top Story…

Survey Suggests More Economic Growth for Midwest, Plains 

OMAHA, Neb. – A new report says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index in February hit its highest level since September, signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Friday says the index rose to 57.9 last month from 56.0 in January. The September figure was 57.5. Creighton University…

Governor’s Reluctance Over Industrial Hemp to Be Tested

Committee hearing scheduled for today at 10 a.m.

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s request that lawmakers hold off on legalizing industrial hemp is about to be tested. The Senate agriculture committee is to debate a bill Thursday to allow hemp cultivation. The Republican governor says the state isn’t ready. The hearing was scheduled for earlier this month, but the governor’s office sought a delay so…