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Great Bear Welcomes Fresh Snow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Snowy weather can cause some stress. While some are wishing for warmer times others were outside embracing the cold. “This is normal. It’s South Dakota,” said Snowboarder, Taya Kopman. For skiers and snowboarders there’s no better weather. “Actually took off my coat. Once you go down a couple of times you get pretty hot, so it’s not that…

Vermillion And Yankton Experience Heavy Weekend Snow

YANKTON, S.D. – Plenty of our viewing area saw snow this weekend. Chunks of snow line the roads in Vermillion. It’s a snowy walk to class for the yotes. USD received seven inches of snow over the weekend. Down the road, Eastern Yankton was hit hard by snow, with nine inches. Friday night kicked off with a mix of freezing…

Great Bear Prepping For Snowy Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – While not everyone enjoys the cooler temperatures, one Sioux Falls city park is jumping for joy. The rolling green hills at Great Bear won’t look like this much longer. While many flock to the recreation area for summer hikes, employees say it’s time to cover these hills with snow. Great Bear is getting ready, even if…

Election Day Storms, Wind, Could Affect Nationwide Turnout

WASHINGTON – Severe weather in several Southern states could affect voter turnout on Election Day. A line of storms moved through the Deep South overnight and early Tuesday morning, knocking down trees and power lines from Louisiana to South Carolina. There were no serious injuries but an estimated 11,000 residents were left without electricity. A separate storm front in central Tennessee…

Wet Year for Sioux Falls, Heavy Snow and Rainfalls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been a wet year in Sioux Falls, the sixth wettest to be exact. Starting off with an historic blizzard in the winter to heavy rains beginning in June and now record breaking rainfall this week. With a little over three months left in the year, Sioux Falls National Weather Service says 2018 is on track to…

Flash Flood Leaves No Time To Prepare in Brookings County

BROOKINGS COUNTY, S.D.- The rain came in fast in Brookings County with up to 8 inches of rain in some areas “When they said the word flash they actually mean flash flood cause when I was out the water was going through the culverts at such a high speed it was gushing out almost like a waterfall,” said Bob Hill,…

Hot Summer Nights Cancelled Due to Possible Severe Weather

The Annual Hot Summer Nights scheduled for this evening in downtown Sioux Falls is cancelled due to possible severe storms predicted for the area. Organizers made the painstaking call early Wednesday in the hopes of best protecting both visitors, drivers and their cars. The 25th Annual Event was scheduled to rev up later this afternoon. The event typically brings hundreds…

Residents Clean Up After Floods in Armour and Parkston

ARMOUR & PARKSTON, S.D.- Another round of rain means more flooding. Several towns across Eastern South Dakota have been dealing with excess water all day. KDLT’S Miranda Paige went to Armour and Parkston. Water runs through the streets of Armour. “You know in all honesty, I think that I haven’t really seen this go over like this before. This is…

DWU Football Finds Ways to Stay Cool During the Summer

MITCHELL, S.D.-   While many people stayed close to the air conditioner, it didn’t stop some athletes from practicing outdoors. Around 70 high schoolers from across the region attended the DWU Football Prospect Camp in Mitchell on Wednesday, July 11th. The sun was out in full force, but so were the football players. They didn’t let the heat ruin camp. Plus,…

Windom Declares State of Emergency Due To Flooding

WINDOM, M.N. – Major flooding continues to rock Southern Minnesota. The Windom city council held and emergency meeting and declared a state of emergency on Friday. “We knew we had a historical event on our hands,” said Paul Johnson, the Cottonwood County Emergency Manager. Windom is a charming town with family-friendly attractions. However, when you look around, you just see…

Rain Cancels, Moves Multiple Fireworks Shows

Several fireworks shows were canceled or postponed because of the weather. Organizers posted on social media to spread the word.  The Sioux Falls Jaycees announced on its Facebook page Wednesday evening that the event was canceled, citing safety reasons because of the weather.  They tell KDLT News the fireworks show won’t be rescheduled due to a lack of volunteers.  They…

Emergency Flooding in Southern Minnesota Impacts Fourth Of July Traditions

CURRIE, M.N. – Parts of Southern Minnesota are experiencing emergency flooding after receiving nine to 11 inches of rain on Tuesday morning. Now, the high tides are putting a damper on some highly anticipated Fourth of July traditions. “I knew we were going to be in trouble,” said Janet Timmerman, the Murray County Museums Coordinator. This isn’t a typical Fourth…

Sioux Falls Residents Tour the Sky With the Goodyear Blimp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  You may have seen something that looked like a big white balloon fly over Sioux Falls Wednesday. It was the famous Goodyear Blimp. It’s been used for advertising and capturing aerial views over sporting events for nearly a century. Some lucky Sioux Falls residents are floating in the sky in the Goodyear Blimp. The sightseeing adventure was…

Flooding Causes Issues for Residents in Rock Rapids

ROCK RAPIDS, IA- In northwest Iowa, Lyon county has received the brunt of the rainfall with the city of Rock Rapids experiencing the serious flooding. They’ve received almost five inches of rain within the past 48 hours. Parks and farmland were submerged in water due to flooding from the rock river. It rose more than 18 inches barely missing major…

Lessons Learned 20 Years After Deadly Tornado Hit Spencer South Dakota

SPENCER, S.D.- It’s been 20 years since one of the most destructive tornadoes in South Dakota touched down. Around 350 people lived in Spencer, six died and 150 were injured. KDLT’s Miranda Paige spoke with town officials about the lessons learned and potentially life-saving changes made because of this experience. The first thing you’ll see driving into Spencer is a…

Falls Park Farmers Market Opens for the Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s now farmers market season and Saturdays warm temperatures brought a lot of people outside. Falls Park Farmers Market opened and will run until the last Saturday in October. It’s from eight a.m. to one p.m. every Saturday. They’re open regardless of the weather, but are hoping this will be a nice spring and summer season. They…

Long Snow Season Causes Late Start to Mosquito Preparation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Due to the longer snow season, the City of Sioux Falls Environmental Health is in rush mode to prepare for mosquitoes. “You know we’re just around the corner from seeing everything change really fast, said Denise Patton, Health Program Coordinator. Usually by now they’d have spent several weeks setting up around 20 traps all around town, but…

Melting Snow Creates Flood Conditions

WATERTOWN, S.D.- Now that it’s starting to warm up, that means all the snow and ice from this long winter is melting. This is causing some flooding in South Dakota, especially in Watertown at Lake Kampeska. The lake is 32 inches above full right now. While this is only minor flooding, it’s causing headaches for some residents. Dennis Stolberg has…