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Change Of Governor Leads To Banning Many Secret Government Settlements

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed into state law a measure she helped shape that prohibits, in many instances, confidential settlements involving state government or its political subdivisions, such as cities, counties and school boards.


Rising waters: As spring arrives, record flooding expected in areas of South Dakota

It's been a tough month of March for weather. Brutally cold temperatures and wintry storms preceded heavy rains. Now, as spring arrives, so does flooding. Many areas are expected to see record levels of water, and other places are already experiencing damage. Some roads are impassable — and conditio


Tragedy Inspires A Special Scholarship To USD Nursing

VERMILLION, S.D. – A Sheldon, Iowa, couple, impressed with the care and comfort they received when their infant daughter passed away in November, has established a scholarship for nursing students at the University of South Dakota.


Civic Council Offering Free Prom Dresses

Prom night can be expensive. In 2018, the average cost of preparing for and attending prom nationwide was $957. This cost included money spent on what to wear to the big dance (clothing, jewelry, shoes), hair styling and make-up, transportation, and “promposals” (the way someone is invited to Prom),


USD Coach Brings Her Kids Along For The Ride

STARKVILLE, MS— It doesn’t take much arm twisting to get a kid out of school during March. So you can imagine how fun it is for USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit’s kids, AJ and Lexi, to follow their mom on the road at the NCAA Tournament.


USD women hope to make most of at-large berth

VERMILLION, S.D. – Now that what turned out to be a wacky selection show party is over, it’s time for the University of South Dakota women’s basketball team to concentrate on the task at hand.


S Dakota man sentenced for killing bald eagle in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Prosecutors say a South Dakota man has been sentenced for his role in killing a bald eagle. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nebraska said Thursday that 27-year-old Abel Hernandez, of Yankton, South Dakota, was given three years of probation and fined $1,250. He


Ted Blakey: South Dakota’s Civil Rights Champion

Until the day Ted Blakey died in 2004, he possessed a newspaper clipping from February 1838. It advertised his grandfather, an 11-year-old boy at the time, for sale at a slave auction in Missouri. For Blakey, a Yankton businessman and tireless advocate for civil rights in South Dakota, it served as


Releases to remain steady at Gavins Point

YANKTON, S.D. (KCAU) - The Army Corps of Engineers said that they plan to maintain releases at Gavins Point Dam. Gavins Point Dam has been maintaining their releases at 24,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) since Wednesday, March 20. Once the Big Sioux River crests at Sioux City, they plan to increase


Part of SD 19 closed near Centerville (6:30 a.m., 3/22/19)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- The state department of transportation reports that South Dakota Highway 19 is CLOSED because of flooding near SD46 near Centerville. Check safetravelusa.com/sd/ for the latest on its status.


Yankton Man Who Allegedly Dismembered Body Appears Before Judge

A man accused of killing his girlfriend, dismembering her body and dumping it in a Michigan river made his first court appearance in front of a South Dakota Judge. Stephen Falkenberg made his initial court appearance Thursday (April 21) in Yankton County Circuit Court. Magistrate Judge Kasey Sorense


Salvation Army, Red Cross team up with emergency managers to offer flood cleanup kits

YANKTON, South Dakota (KTIV) – To help clean up the aftermath of flooding, Emergency Managers in South Dakota are offering free buckets and cleanup kits. The Salvation Army and American Red Cross have teamed up with Yankton County Emergency Managers to help residents clean up their city.


Iowa schools now requires financial courses for graduating seniors

AKRON, Iowa (KCAU) - Starting this fall, every high school student in the state will now be taking financial literacy courses before they graduate. Educators say this kind of financial education will give students tools they can use for life, but creating the course will be the challenge.


Falkenberg makes first appearance for LaFramboise murder

Yankton, S.D. (KSFY) - Stephen Falkenberg made his first court appearance Thursday in Yankton. Falkenberg is charged with 2nd degree murder. Investigators believe he killed Tamara (Tammy) LaFramboise in Yankton then drove her body to Michigan.


Funding Found For Nursing Homes, CSPs

Things stayed interesting during Week 10 of the 2019 Legislative Session. Gov. Noem requested extensive amendments to House Bill 1191, the hemp bill, and the Senate accepted most of them. She still vetoed the bill just a few hours after the House concurred with Senate amendments. The governor claims


MCM puts two on all-Big East first-team

McCook Central/Montrose finished in a three-way tie with Beresford and Flandreau atop the Big East Conference girls basketball standings this season, and a result, the Fighting Cougars placed two players on the first-team all-conference squad released Friday.


Wakefield, NE couple pleads not guilty to child abuse charges

(KTIV) – A Wakefield, Nebraska, couple accused of only feeding two of their children one meal a day and abusing them, have pleaded not guilty. Angel and Patrick Henderson have been charged with two counts of child abuse. The couple waived their right to physically appear for their arraignment in Dix


Officials continue to prepare for flooding despite lowered levels on Big Sioux River

UNION COUNTY, South Dakota (KTIV)- Officials say new projections indicate the Big Sioux River will crest at about 30.3 feet by next weekend. They say that’s about six-and-a-half feet lower than just a few days ago.


Man accused of killing, dismembering girlfriend due in court

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body into a river in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is due in court. Stephen Falkenberg is scheduled for an initial appearance in Yankton County court Thursday in the death of Tamara LaFramboise. De


Tattoos ID Body Of Woman Found Dismembered In Upper Peninsula

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (WWJ/AP) - A search for the head, hands and feet of a South Dakota woman is ongoing today in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Authorities used tattoos to identify the dismembered body of 46-year-old Tamara LaFramboise, found Saturday by two boys walking their dog in rural in Menominee T