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South Dakota County Plans Program To Keep Youth Out Of Jail

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A judge has approved a program that Davison County’s lead prosecutor hopes will keep more juveniles out of the court system. State’s Attorney Jim Miskimins says he’ll base the program off a model in New Jersey that directs youth away from the justice system while still holding them accountable for their actions. Judge Steven R. Jensen’s…

South Dakota Courts Cope With Judicial Vacancies

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – One-third of the judgeships in South Dakota’s 14-county First Judicial Circuit are vacant, creating a challenge in coping with the caseload. Circuit Judges Paul Eng and Tim Bjorkman retired earlier this month, creating the rare situation of two judgeship vacancies at the same time. A state official says Gov. Dennis Daugaard hopes to fill the two…

2 LSU Researchers Get Nearly $1M To Study Honeybees In South Dakota

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Two Louisiana State University researchers are getting nearly $1 million for a two-year study of how stress affects honeybee health. The LSU AgCenter says in a news release that Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale are working with U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee researchers in Baton Rouge and the nation’s largest beekeeper . They’ll be studying…

Defenders Seek $350,000 For South Dakota Death Penalty Case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Public Defender’s Office is asking the county for about $350,000 to help defend a man facing the death penalty for the alleged murder of his ex-girlfriend. The extra costs in Jonathon Klinetobe’s case involve expert evaluations, travel expenses and witness fees. The 27-year-old Klinetobe, of Sturgis, is charged with first-degree murder for…

With Dry Conditions, SD Fire Marshal Stresses Fireworks Safety

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Fire Marshal says it’s especially important this year to be careful with fireworks on the Fourth of July. Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says using fireworks safely is always the main concern, but dry conditions in most of South Dakota this year mean there’s a higher risk of starting unintentional fires. He says…

Survey: Keepers Experience Lowest Winter Honeybee Losses In More Than A Decade

More Work To Do According To Adee Honey Farms: 'We're still losing six-fold higher that what was our baseline for decades."

For nearly two decades, the Honeybee population across the nation has been on the decline. However, there is some positive buzz among beekeepers as they experienced their lowest losses this past winter in more than a decade. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, they’re not exactly celebrating. “Some people don’t like Dandelions, but I think they’re the coolest plant. The…

Special Delivery: South Dakota Mom Gives Birth On The Interstate

'I'm pushing. There's no stopping this anymore.'

As the parents of two boys, one Volga couple thought nothing could surprise them anymore. Turns out, they were wrong. They got the surprise of a lifetime when the birth of their third child didn’t quite go as planned. Their baby was born Sunday; not at home or in the hospital, but along the interstate. Ann said, “It was all…

SD Doctor Stresses Importance Of Vaccines Following Measles Outbreak In Minnesota

In 2014, South Dakota saw 13 cases of the measles and one more case in 2015. Now Minnesota is dealing with their own outbreak. The state Health Department there has confirmed 24 cases and almost all of them have something in common. Those infected were never vaccinated. It may be that some don’t know the recommendations for shots or don’t…

SD Game, Fish & Parks To Equip Conservation Officers, Park Rangers With Body Cameras

The next time you encounter a conservation officer with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks… smile, because you’ll likely be recorded. More than 70 department employees will soon have body cameras, including all officers and park rangers. Marty Pennock has been a conservation officer with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks for 24 years. Pennock said, “I love the outdoors….

PBR Bull Rider Gets To Experience Different Kind Of Rush In SD Air National Guard’s F-16

The PBR is in Sioux Falls for the third straight year with events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center wasn’t the only stop on one bull rider’s list while in town. KDLT’s Jill Johnson takes us to the South Dakota Air National Guard where Stetson Lawerence got to experience the ride of his life. Lawerence…

Felony Suspects: Mug Shots Will Soon Be Public Record In SD

Attorney General Says New Law Would Provide More Transparency, More Accurate Reporting

It’s not often that the public sees a mug shot in South Dakota. Only in rare circumstances, if a criminal is a fugitive or has escaped from jail or prison, can law enforcement officials release them. But that’s about to change after Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill last week that will make some of them public record. The South…

2016 Report: Meth Driving Crime In South Dakota

SD Attorney General: 'It's a national epidemic. It's hit us here in South Dakota.'

More than 42,000 people were arrested in South Dakota last year, that’s according to the state’s 2016 crime report released Monday. While there’s some good news in the findings, the state’s top attorney says South Dakota still has work to do. The fight against meth is at the top of the list. “South Dakota remains a very safe place to…

SD Businesses Get Creative To Find Employees

With the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, South Dakota businesses are having a tough time finding employees. While there’s no tactic that’s absolute magic, they’re finding creative ways to get people in the door. ‘Free cable. Free internet. Wear jeans to work.’ These are some of the phrases Midco has been using on social media. “We really want to…

Minnehaha Co. Sheriff Opposes Concealed Carry Permit Bill Sent To House Floor

Bill's Main Sponsor Says People Who Are Denied Permits Won't Get Rid Of Guns

A South Dakota House Committee recently approved a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. The bill passed through the State Affairs Committee in a 7 to 6 vote Wednesday, sending it to the house floor. Todd Epp of Harrisburg said, “I probably fired a rifle when I was seven or eight years old…

Widow Of Murdered Correctional Officer Has Case Heard By SD Supreme Court

It’s been nearly six years since the murder of Correctional Officer Ronald ‘RJ’ Johnson during a failed escaped attempt by two inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Tuesday, his wife’s appeal of a wrongful death lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Corrections was heard in front of the state Supreme Court. About a year after Ronald Johnson’s murder,…

Pharmacist Weighs In On Senate Bill Aimed To Curb Controlled Substance Abuse

A South Dakota Senate Committee passed a bill Wednesday in an effort to help curb controlled substance abuse. Under the bill, that effort would fall on the shoulders of doctors and pharmacies. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, many of them are already doing their part. “Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, to a lesser extent Tramadal.” Pharmacist Dan Peterson says some people…

First Of Its Kind, One Stop Shop Child Advocacy Center Planned For Northeast South Dakota

It’s estimated that around 4,000 children are victims of sexual abuse in South Dakota each year. When a case is reported, many counties don’t have the resources necessary to deal with them. But that could soon change for the northeast portion of the state. In 2015, there were 188 reported cases of child sexual abuse in northeast South Dakota; 49…

Xcel Energy Crews Continue To Do Repairs Following Storm, Thankful For No Ice In SE SD

Xcel Energy says they’re still cleaning up from the storm, but they say outages in southeast South Dakota could have been a lot worse. Xcel Energy Community Relations Manager Eric Pauli said pointing to a leaning power pole, “This is a prime example of cleaning up.” Xcel Energy says their crews are keeping busy, now responding to non-emergency calls that…