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South Dakota Democrats Elect Legislative Leadership

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Democrats have chosen their legislative leaders, selecting Rep. Jamie Smith and Sen. Troy Heinert to head their House and Senate caucuses. Senate Democrats have also chosen Craig Kennedy as assistant leader and Reynold Nesiba as whip. In the House, Steven McCleerey will be assistant leader and Erin Healy and Oren Lesmeister will be whips. Categories:…

Cases of Pertussis on the Rise in South Dakota

The Department of Heath is reminding parents to make sure their kids are appropriately immunized. There has been an increase in the number of cases of pertussis reported. So far this year, 90 cases have come in to the Health Department – the highest number reported since 2014 when the state saw 109 cases. The most affected counties include Edmunds…

Kids’ Chance Scholarship Aims to Assist Children of Injured Workers

A statistic that is very rarely talked about, is the number of adults injured or killed on the job – any job. But there are an incredible number of families, farm families in particular in our state, that are impacted by such accidents. When that happens, a family’s income can be significantly affected. College or post-secondary school opportunities for children,…

Late-Season Crop Harvests Progress in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s soybean harvest is nearly wrapped up, and the corn and sorghum harvests have reached about three-fourths complete. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 96 percent of soybeans, 75 percent of sorghum, 71 percent of corn and 55 percent of sunflowers are harvested. All are behind the average pace. Ninety-two…

Project Blue Light Honors Fallen Officers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In 1989, a woman placed a blue light in her window during the holiday season to honor her son-in-law. He was a Philadelphia police officer, who was killed in the line of duty. Now-a-days, every holiday season nationwide, fallen members of law enforcement are remembered through “Project Blue Light.” On Wednesday night, South Dakotans paid tribute to…

Out and About with Kali: Week of November 5

Check out these holiday-themed stops worth making this week as you fill out your calendar!

The holiday shopping and events season is kicking in to high gear with a number of fun events throughout the Sioux Empire this week. Check out everything from a craft vendor fair featuring upwards of 300 booths to a hot cocoa and coffee crawl. Friday, November 9 – Saturday, November 10 – Sioux Empire Arts & Crafts, Sioux Falls  Saturday, November 10…

Voting Booth Dos and Don’ts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- So far this election season, there’ve been more than 78,000 absentee ballots requested in South Dakota. That’s an increase from 2014’s midterm election where there were around 55,000 absentee ballots cast. However, if you’re waiting until election day on Tuesday there’re some voting rules you need to know. Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz says he is trying…

George Hendrickson: From Advocate to Candidate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- George Hendrickson spent years appealing to the South Dakota State Legislature. After feeling like his concerns weren’t being heard, he decided to run for U.S. House and be the voice for South Dakota. Hendrickson has worn many hats. He was a police officer, owned his own construction business and was an insurance agent. Now he owns his…

Student Says Gun Accidentally Fired in Dorm Room

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A South Dakota State University student could face discipline after a gun accidentally fired in a campus dorm room. University spokesman Mike Lockrem says the student was cleaning his gun after hunting and it discharged last week. No one was injured. Lockrem says having a gun on campus is against the university’s policy. Categories: Local News, News…

What the Rise of Streaming Services May Cost You

Love your shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime? Hopefully for you, that’s where they’ll stay. But there’s a good chance they won’t. Just about every platform that can right now is getting in on streaming services, meaning whatever you like to watch, may move to its own location. According to Will Bushee, author of Wired for Coding, co-founder of Code Boot…

Insights Into the Gubernatorial Race and What’s at Stake

Pundits for the GOP and South Dakota Dems offer perspective on the upcoming midterms

We are less than two weeks away from midterm elections and one race in South Dakota that is being closely watched nationwide, is the race for governor. The two major party candidates, specifically, look to be in a much tighter race than originally expected. Executive Director of the State Democratic Party, Sam Parkinson, and County Chair and State Finance Director…

A Passion for Picking Corn by Hand

FLANDREAU, S.D- People from all over South Dakota and surrounding states gathered in Flandreau this weekend to take part in an age old farming activity. Before farm machinery, farmers had to pick corn by hand. Every year people relive that history, by seeing how many ears of corn they can pick in a race against the clock. “It use to…

Sex Trafficking Awareness During Hunting Season

S.D.-As pheasant season brings thousands of hunters to South Dakota, advocates want to remind people that these types of big events also bring some unwanted activity. According to Call to Freedom sex trafficking becomes more common during the big weekend.They’re an organization that helps victims of sexual trafficking. They want to remind people that if something doesn’t feel right, report…

Pheasant Hunters Welcomed to South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Hunters from all over the country are flying into town to kick off pheasant hunting season. They are getting the orange carpet treatment at the Sioux Falls Airport. Food and hunting booths are set up to welcome them. “There’s nothing like it, anywhere I travel all over the world and there’s nothing like the greeting that we get…

Recovering from 911 Shutdown

ELK POINT, S.D.-When the 911 service went down the morning of October 16th on the Eastern side of South Dakota, having a backup plan proved to be crucial. Services have since been restored, but at the time several counties dealt with a busy call signal when people called 911. Our Reporter Miranda Paige spoke with Union County’s Sheriff about how…

South Dakota Farmers Still Have a Lot of Crops to Bring In

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota farmers made little progress on the late-season harvest in the past week due to bad weather. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says less than a full day was considered suitable for fieldwork. Harvest progress is at 5 percent for the sunflower crop, 21 percent for sorghum, 17 percent for corn…

Out and About with Kali: Week of October 15

Every Monday, Kali Trautman with The Event Company joins us in the studio with a glimpse at some of the events worth putting on your calendar for the week ahead! We want to be sure to share details of the upcoming events talked about on KDLT News Today. Enjoy! Tuesday, October 16 – Intro to Modern Calligraphy, Brookings, SD  Friday, October 19…