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Someone You Should Know: 2019 Teacher of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Teaching can be a rewarding job, but those who do it aren’t always acknowledged for their hard work. One Lincoln High School teacher finally got the recognition her students say she deserves. Lynn Thomason has taught Latin at Lincoln High School for 12 years. “Teaching and being able to look out at such a wonderful sea of…

Someone You Should Know: Madison Native Competing In The Titan Games

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – You may remember this Madison gymnastics star. All eyes were on Jenessa Goeman at gymnastics competitions growing up. Now, the USF grad is taking on an even bigger stage. Whether it’s at the gym or in life, Goeman isn’t afraid to push herself. That’s what inspired the South Dakota native to move to Florida in 2012….

Someone You Should Know: Flandreau Dispatcher Retiring After 41 Years

FLANDREAU, S.D.-It’s rare to stay at any job for over forty years, but especially in a job as stressful as being an emergency dispatcher. However, one Flandreau women has accomplished just that. “Everybody knows Leetha’s voice when they call,” said Moody County Sheriff, Troy Wellman. “It can be a comforting sound when somebody calls in in distress.” Leetha Petersen is…

Someone You Should Know: Baby Bella Follow-Up

CROOKS, S.D. – One year ago, we brought you the story of Isabella Mares. The baby girl was born weighing two pounds. She spent last Christmas fighting for her life in the NICU at Sanford, her future uncertain. KDLT’s Allison Royal caught up with baby Bella this holiday season to see how’s she doing. Last year, Santa visited baby Bella…

Someone You Should Know: Watertown Couple Celebrates 90th Birthdays

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Verlyn and Bud Drayer have 11 great-grand children and plenty of stories to tell, and now they have something more to smile about. The couple is celebrating their 90th birthdays. It’s hard to believe there was a time when these two weren’t one. Verlyn and Bud were freshmen classmates in high school, but they didn’t become anything…

Someone You Should Know: Miss South Dakota USA

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An SDSU student is taking home a big win. Over the weekend, Abby Merschman was crowned Miss South Dakota USA. The 22-year-old conquered the swimsuit, evening wear, and interview portions of the fierce competition. However, she’s had to tackle much bigger hurdles on her way to the competition. When you ask Abby what makes her happy,…

Someone You Should Know: High School Student Helps Color the Gap

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls High School Junior is proving that even something as small as a crayon can make a big impact. However, she’s doing more than just adding color to the community. She’s inspiring others her age to get involved. KDLT’s Miranda Paige tells us why Abby Neff is someone you should know. 16-year-old Abby Neff is…

Someone You Should Know: Tea’s Tiny Triathlete Wins National Title

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Meet Evelyn DeGeest. She’s not even in the first grade, but Evelyn has competed in 24 youth triathlons. The impressive feat starts with a swim. “It’s really fun because you’re doing something really hard that you didn’t do before,” said Evelyn. Both of Evelyn’s older brothers compete in youth triathlons. One day, Evelyn decided she wanted…

Someone You Should Know: On The Run

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you peek at Paula Gordon’s journal, you’ll learn about a doctor’s appointment she had 19 years ago. “Monday July 12th, 1999,” said Gordon. “He suggested I run in the AM, so I’ll try tomorrow.” Back in 1999, it was challenging to find time to exercise with three little kids: Paul, Haley, and Jack. However, Paula did…

Someone You Should Know: Dad and His Grads

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Imagine growing up and your parent is the principal. It’s an experience the Bradfield children know well. It might seem like an interesting role, but it comes with special perks and experiences many families will never quite understand. Now, a nearly 20-year tradition for one family is coming to an end this weekend. KDLT’s Allison Royal…

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Falls Family Walks for a Cure to Diabetes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The JDRF One Walk is this Saturday. It’s an event to help raise money towards type one diabetes research and to find a cure. Type one diabetes is when the pancreas produces little to no insulin, so people have to watch their blood sugar levels to make sure it’s not too high or too low. The Wilde…

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Falls Mayoral Candidate Paul TenHaken

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – KDLT has been closely following the 2018 Sioux Falls mayoral race. Each Wednesday, we profile one of the mayoral candidates. This week, we caught up with Paul TenHaken. Paul TenHaken is a lot of things. He’s a parent, businessman, and Ironman contestant. He’s ran many races,  but he’s training for the biggest race of his life…

Someone You Should Know: The Only Woman Firefighter in Town

CANTON, S.D. – Canton, South Dakota is a one-stop light town. “The one and only,” said Solem. The only town 25-year-old Andrea Solem has ever called “home.” ”You know everybody and if something were to happen, everybody comes together.” By night, Andrea is a firefighter. In fact, she’s the only woman firefighter in the whole department. “I took it as a…

Someone You Should Know: Main Street Living

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you’re ever flipping through the channels on Sunday mornings, you may catch Main Street Living. Every Sunday, there’s a new pastor preaching a religious Lutheran service. “Always our joy and delight is proclaiming God’s love for the world and saying ‘hey here is God’s love and salvation and it is for you! Here you go,’”…