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|MSU Mustangs win first-round playoff game over Sioux Falls - Times Record NewsGoogle News / 4 h. 45 min. ago more|
Times Record NewsMSU Mustangs win first-round playoff game over Sioux FallsTimes Record NewsThe Midwestern State Mustangs had not won a playoff game in 11 years. They determined they weren't going to let the Texas wind, a great team from Sioux Falls or a 17-0 deficit turn them away from making a little history. Second-half highlights from a ...Football team wins first playoff roundThe Wichitanall 4 news articles »
|D2 PLAYOFFS: Midwestern State Comeback Ends Sioux Falls Year - KDLT NewsGoogle News / 5 h. 3 min. ago more|
KDLT NewsD2 PLAYOFFS: Midwestern State Comeback Ends Sioux Falls YearKDLT NewsWICHITA FALLS, TEXAS – In heartbreaking fashion, the No. 18 University of Sioux Falls Football Team's (9-3) season ended in a 24-20 setback to No. 5 Midwestern State (10-0) in the first round of the NCAA DII Football Championship before 7,502 in ...MWSU rallies from 17-point deficit to end USF's seasonSioux Falls Argus Leaderall 2 news articles »
|Sioux Falls Christian Wins State A Title In Five Set Classic Over Dakota Valley - KDLT NewsGoogle News / 5 h. 7 min. ago more|
KDLT NewsSioux Falls Christian Wins State A Title In Five Set Classic Over Dakota ValleyKDLT NewsThe Chargers topped the Panthers 3-2 in the State A Championship match in Rapid City. The victory dethrones the defending champion Panthers and gives SFC their sixth title in eight years. Sioux Falls Christian's Ellie Voss led all players with 22 kills ...STATE VOLLEYBALL: Dakota Valley falls in five in finalsSioux City JournalChristian edges Dakota Valley for A titleRapid City JournalSioux Fall Christian outlasts Dakota Valley for Class A state volleyball titleDaily American OnlineSioux Falls Argus Leaderall 5 news articles »
|RGV Vipers win fourth straight, taking down Sioux Falls Skyforce - MonitorGoogle News / 6 h. 24 min. ago more|
MonitorRGV Vipers win fourth straight, taking down Sioux Falls SkyforceMonitorDanuel House and RJ Hunter each scored 20 points to lift the RGV Vipers to their fourth consecutive win, beating the Sioux Falls Skyforce 134-100 on Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. House hit 6 of 10 from the field and 3 ...Rio Grande Valley Stuffs & Sweeps SkyforceKDLT NewsRGV Completes Weekend Skyforce SweepESPN (press release) (blog)all 4 news articles »
|Fargo Force overwhelm Sioux Falls in USHL | INFORUM - INFORUMGoogle News / 6 h. 57 min. ago more|
Fargo Force overwhelm Sioux Falls in USHL | INFORUMINFORUMSIOUX CITY, Iowa—Five different players scored for the Fargo Force in the team's 5-1 win over the Sioux Falls Musketeers in United States Hockey League ...and more »
|Chicago Company Selected To Review Denny Sanford Premier Center Siding IssueSioux Falls News / 14 h. 7 min. ago more|
Sioux Falls has selected a Chicago company to review the structural soundness of flawed siding on the city's new $117 million events center. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. was among four firms that submitted proposals to review the panels on the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
|Sioux Falls to host NAIA men's hoops title after anthem controversy moves it from Missouri - KELO AM-FMGoogle News / 18 h. 46 min. ago more|
Sioux Falls to host NAIA men's hoops title after anthem controversy moves it from MissouriKELO AM-FMKANSAS CITY --- Missouri's loss is another gain of a national sporting event for Sioux Falls, thanks to another squabble over the national anthem in athletics. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will stage its men's national ...
|McCook County Fatal CrashKELO / 18 h. 52 min. ago more|
MONTROSE S.D. (KELO.com) – A 41-year-old woman died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Montrose. The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of family. She was the only occupant. A 2003 Dodge Caravan was eastbound on 248th Street approaching a curve when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the ditch, rolled and started on fire. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known whether she was wearing a seatbelt. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
|The Diamond Room Celebrates Retirement WithaSioux Falls News / 1 d. 6 h. 10 min. ago more|
A Sioux Falls business is having its first sale in 21 years. One of the owners and founders of The Diamond Room is retiring.
|What does NAIA D-II MBB Tourney mean for SF?KELO / 1 d. 8 h. 10 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- Now that the dust has settled from Friday's announcement of the NAIA choosing Sioux Falls to host its Division II Men's Basketball Tournament, some may be wondering what this event means for a community that already has at least 5 other major championship events on the March calendar. KELO.com news turned to Tim Smith, the longtime Play-by-Play voice of Dakota Wesleyan University athletics in Mitchell to answer that question, and the first thing he talked about was an economic impact that could reach $16 million over one week. For starters, expect 32 college basketball teams, coaches, and school officials to spend at least 4 nights in a Sioux Falls hotel. "The majority of teams will come in on Sunday before the tournament starts on Wednesday. Some will come on Monday. There's a huge banquet for the teams on Tuesday, then play begins at 8am on Wednesday." The first three days of the tournament feature eight games, played one after the other. It's not uncommon for the last game of the day to tip after 10pm and still be going at 11:30, according to Smith. The teams won't start leaving Sioux Falls until Thursday. "On Wednesday night they have a Parade of Champions. So even if you play Wednesday morning and get beat out, you still come back that night to be honored." RELATED: NAIA to move Men's Basketball Tournament out of Missouri Sioux City has been the longtime host of the NAIA's DII Women's Tournament, which they say brings in $16 Million annually. Smith says it's not unreasonable to think the same could happen in Sioux Falls. "Every venue is a little bit different, but that's realistic because of the time [the teams] will spend there. Even after Thursday there will still be 16 teams hanging around for another day, then eight, you're talking a whole week there's going to be a lot of people gathered in Sioux Falls." The city of Mitchell also put in a bid to host the event; and while things looked promising with the appeal of the historic Corn Palace as host venue and NAIA school in town to help pull it all off, it wasn't enough to outshine what Sioux Falls had to offer. "It was probably a little bit of a longshot for Mitchell. It was exciting because between city government, our local sports authority, Dakota Wesleyan, the Corn Palace, they all put it [the bid] together in a big hurry." That bid was received well by the NAIA officials, Smith said there were no red flags and everyone seemed happy with the venue and community support. "It was probably the size of the city. You're going to have those 32 teams in town for four or five days, and we all know there's a little more to do in Sioux Falls with your leisure time than there is in Mitchell. That's probably what it came down to." LISTEN: Darrin Smith, SF Sports Authority on landing NAIA tourney But no matter who came in as the new host of the event, Smith says they will have a pretty high bar to reach as far as hospitality goes. His DWU Tiger men have played in several tournaments recently, and have been blown away by the support they've received at the former host venue starting before the bus pulls into town. "Each team would get a phone call from an individual, it might be a business owner, an insurance guy, whatever. Right away they would ask the question 'what do you need from us?'" From there, that person would set up a practice schedule, tell them where to go or what attractions to see in town, even give them an idea of the best places to eat in town. In return, the teams would adopt that individual as a member for the week, letting them sit on the bench and be in the locker room during games. "All 32 teams had someone from the community that gave them a call right after they found out they were in, and that person would stay with the team basically all the while they were there." Smith adds that you couldn't go far in Branson without seeing an updated tournament bracket hanging in a window or near a menu board, or a resident that would become a surrogate fan of a far-flung school just because of its mascot. "It was a great deal and the community really bought into it." All that means is a community that's already knows a thing or two about hosting big-time basketball tournaments may need to take its game up another notch.
|Harley Worthit and when KELO-AM was "statewide"KELO / 1 d. 9 h. 41 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- As we look back on the 80 years that KELO-AM has been broadcasting, one of its most recognizable names is former DJ Harley Worthit. One of the medium's first "shock" jocks, Worthit--whose real name is Philip Heuer--was known for on-air unpredictability in the 1960s and 70s. It might mean a tiger coming at you during a show. Long-time KELO-AM DJ Jon Michaels said it all arose over a joke Harley told to a man caring for a baby tiger for the yet to be built Great Plains Zoo. The tiger guy got mad and threw the tiger at Worthit while they were on the air. "So, if you can imagine this cub tiger coming at you with its claws out!" Michaels laughed. Worthit called himself an "equal opportunity offender." "People would tune in the next day and say, 'Now what's he going to say?!' Michaels recalled. Worthit went on to radio careers in Minneapolis and Phoenix. Also, as mighty as KELO-AM 1320 is now--which is also available on 107.9 and 105.1 FM--back in the 1950s through 70s, it was even more widespread. Michaels has hosted his Forum public affairs program on KELO-AM for most of his 40 years at the station. It had more reach "back in the day" than it does now over the air. "It had a statewide aspect, my Forum program use to be statewide on KELO, KDLO and KPLO," Michaels said. "Because of Reliance and Aberdeen, we were statewide. We covered a wide area of the Midwest." Now, of course, Forum and most of KELO-AM's programming is available worldwide on the internet, potentially reaching a far larger audience than when three AM stations carried the signal. It's just one of many changes during KELO-AM's 80 year history.
|Habitat For Humanity Dedicates New Home In Sioux FallsSioux Falls News / 1 d. 10 h. 47 min. ago more|
A Sioux Falls family got the keys to their new home today, thanks to the efforts of Sioux Falls students and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. The home was built by CTE Academy students and in June, moved to the lot in the 66-hundred block of West 5th Street.
|Holiday Fashion Trends with J. Ella BoutiqueSioux Falls News / 1 d. 13 h. 4 min. ago more|
From velvet leggings to fur lined accessories, accent jewelry, and glamorous sequined crop tops, you can't go wrong with some fun combination of them this holiday season.
|Sioux Falls to host NAIA men's hoops title after anthem controversy moves it from MissouriKELO / 1 d. 14 h. 12 min. ago more|
KANSAS CITY --- Missouri's loss is another gain of a national sporting event for Sioux Falls, thanks to another squabble over the national anthem in athletics. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will stage its men's national basketball championships at The Pentagon, March 7-13, 2018, and March 6-12, 2019. Dakota State and Northwestern of Iowa are the host schools, while the Sioux Falls Sports Authority is the host operator. Friday's announcement comes about three weeks after the NAIA announced it would move the event out of its longtime home in Branson, Missouri due to differing opinions on the right of Student-Athletes to protest during the National Anthem. College of the Ozarks wanted the NAIA to mandate that all students stand during the playing of the Anthem, however the Association disagreed. When a compromise couldn't be made, the two sides decided relocation of the event was the best course of action. “The NAIA respects the rights of all our members to determine the best course of action for their teams in regards to the national anthem,” said NAIA President Jim Carr said in a statement on Oct. 27. “However, our first priority is providing student-athletes the best event possible and neither the NAIA nor the College of the Ozarks want this issue to disrupt the competition or diminish the student-athlete experience. "The NAIA believes the playing of the anthem provides student-athletes and fans an important and time-honored tradition to honor our country and veterans. The association encourages everyone in attendance to stand when the anthem is played. "The NAIA also understands that the freedom of speech -- and the right to peaceful protest -- are indisputable rights in the United States. Because the NAIA is made up of 250 diverse schools, the association believes it is in the best interest of the institutions to let them individually decide what actions are acceptable for their coaches and student-athletes." In Friday's release Carr thanked the Sports Authority, DSU and Northwestern for their willingness to host the event and called The Sanford Pentagon a "state-of-the-art facility and will enhance the championship experience for NAIA student-athletes. The city of Sioux Falls is rich with basketball tradition and the NAIA looks forward to adding to that history." The NAIA event will be one of seven state, regional, or national championship events Sioux Falls will host for high school or college athletics in a span of 30 days from late February through late March. SD State Wrestling, 2/23-24 NSIC M/W BB Tournament, 2/24-27 Summit M/W BB Tournament, 3/3-6 NAIA Div II Men's BB Tournament, 3/7-13 SD State AA B/G BB Tournament, 3/15-17 NCAA D-II M/W BB Elite 8, 3/19-24 NCAA Div I Hockey West Reg, 3/23-24
|Report shows parking ramp spaces will cost Sioux Falls twice national median - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderGoogle News / 1 d. 14 h. 46 min. ago more|
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderReport shows parking ramp spaces will cost Sioux Falls twice national medianSioux Falls Argus LeaderThe city of Sioux Falls will pay about twice the national median for each parking space included as part of a downtown development. The city's $21 million contribution toward the Village on the River project will cover the cost of building a 525-space ...Sioux Falls Picks Firm to Review Events Center PanelingU.S. News & World ReportSioux Falls selects firm to review PREMIER Center panelsKSFYChicago Company Selected To Review Denny Sanford Premier Center Siding IssueKDLT News (blog)all 13 news articles »
|LISTEN: Sioux Falls gets another big B-ball tourneyKELO / 1 d. 15 h. 1 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- Sioux Falls will host the 2018 and 2019 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships. The Sanford Pentagon will be the venue, and the co-hosting schools with be Dakota State University and Iowa's Northwestern College. Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Bryan Miller, says that this will mean real March Madness in Sioux Falls with Summit, Northern Sun, and now NAIA games all in one month. "The city will have 80 college basketball teams in the month of March descend on Sioux Falls." Miller says there was only a couple weeks notice to bid for the tournament, so it was a "whirlwind", but they got it done. The tournament came up for grabs when the College of the Ozarks in Branson Missouri adopted a policy requiring all teams to stand for the national anthem and couldn't come to an association-wide agreement with NAIA. The 32 teams will compete March 7- 13, 2018, and March 6-12, 2019.
|DSU sues Stratton Group over failed Sioux Falls Startup Week - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderGoogle News / 1 d. 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderDSU sues Stratton Group over failed Sioux Falls Startup WeekSioux Falls Argus LeaderDakota State University paid Stratton Group $14000 to sponsor the event in April. It never took place.Sioux Falls Startup Weekend highlights the city's tiny but growing tech sectorVentureBeatall 5 news articles »
|USF Gives Update On Bridges ProgramSioux Falls News / 1 d. 17 h. 53 min. ago more|
Thursday, the University of Sioux Falls gave an update on its Bridges Program. Helping people new to the U.S. with English skills and workforce development -- the program currently has 65 students from 15 different countries.
|Don't feel like cooking? Sioux Falls restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderGoogle News / 1 d. 17 h. 54 min. ago more|
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderDon't feel like cooking? Sioux Falls restaurants open on Thanksgiving DaySioux Falls Argus LeaderDon't feel like cooking this holiday season? Swing by one these Sioux Falls restaurants for your Thanksigiving Day feast. Royal Fork : The Royal Fork's buffet will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices are $14.99 for adults and 74 cents per year for ...
|City picks Chicago firm to examine The Denny's sidingKELO / 1 d. 18 h. 22 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- The City of Sioux Falls has hired a Chicago firm to check out the rippled siding on the Sanford Premier Center. Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger, Inc. will review the exterior siding to make sure it stays functional and doesn't cause problems down the road. Questions raised by the once-secret Denny Deal led to calls for an independent review. One of the most outspoken was City Councilor Theresa Stehly. "I'm grateful that we have moved quickly on this and I saw the members on the selection committee and I was grateful for the integrity I saw coming out of that, as well." Stehly hopes that the review will take a close look not only at the panels themselves, but behind them as well to check for mold and other hidden damage. The City of Sioux Falls issused the following release Friday morning on the selection of a company to examine the warped panels. ----- Sioux Falls, South Dakota: The City of Sioux Falls intends to award the proposal for building enclosure consulting services to Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., a Chicago-based company with extensive knowledge and experience in building enclosure systems. In October, the City of Sioux Falls issued a request for proposals for an independent review of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center’s IMETCO CF-12 exterior metal wall panel system for functionality and structural soundness. In addition to a review of the exterior metal wall panel system, the consultant will also review the air and moisture barrier system behind the metal wall panel system. “We received four very good proposals to perform this work. The selected team of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger excelled in their expertise, experience, and approach,” says Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works. The four firms that submitted proposals were: 1. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. of Chicago, Illinois 2. Raths, Raths, and Johnson Inc. of Willowbrook, Illinois 3. Pie Consulting & Engineering of Eden Prairie, Minnesota 4. Walker Consultants of Chicago, Illinois The five-person proposal evaluation committee consisted of: 1. Michelle Erpenbach, City Council Member, Central District 2. Greg Neitzert, City Council Member, Northwest District 3. Jeff Kreiter, Sioux Falls citizen 4. Shannon VerHey, Assistant City Engineer, City of Sioux Falls 5. Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works, City of Sioux Falls Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. ultimately had the highest scored proposal to perform this independent review. The areas evaluated and possible scores were as follows: Understanding, capability, and expertise.................................... 40 Experience of the firm’s proposed project team......................... 30 Reference and sample work evaluation..................................... 15 Cost of project............................................................................. 15 Total.......................................................................................... 100 The contract will be on the City Council consent agenda for their approval on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The intent is to have the study complete by December 31. A report will be presented to the public in 2018.
|O'Gorman Supporting Teacher Fighting Cancer With 'Save Or Shave' FundraiserSioux Falls News / 1 d. 22 h. 55 min. ago more|
Some Sioux Falls high schoolers and teachers are putting their locks on the line to raise money for a teacher. O'Gorman High School is raising money for chemistry teacher Julie Benson, who is undergoing her 2nd fight with cancer.
|House Reveal: Sioux Falls StyleSioux Falls News / 2 d. 3 h. 31 min. ago more|
You've likely seen house reveals on reality TV shows. Now it's also reality for a Sioux Falls family.
|Grass fire burning near TeaSioux Falls News / 2 d. 8 h. 4 min. ago more|
Shared Hope International ranks the state as one of the lowest for lack of child trafficking laws, law enforcement support. Crews are working to clean up a pipeline leak that has spilled at least 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.
|Retailers lay out deals for 'Small Business Saturday'Sioux Falls News / 2 d. 8 h. 4 min. ago more|
"Small Business Saturday" has been growing in popularity in Sioux Falls. Organizers said it helps keep more dollars invested in the local economy.
|Grass fire sparked near TeaKELO / 2 d. 9 h. 33 min. ago more|
TEA, S.D. (KELO.com) -- Fire crews in Lincoln County are gaining the upper hand against a grass fire that began Thursday evening near Tea. Emergency Manager Harold Timmerman says crews have set a perimeter around the fire, using any and every means necessary. "We had a piece of farm equipment digging a boarder around part of it. Some of it will have to be worked with hand crews." Timmerman says conventional firefighting apparatuses are out of the question due to wet ground around the blaze. "Right now it's just getting the last part of the fire out without getting anyone injured. So far we've been able to [keep] the fire from getting next to any structures" Timmerman told KELO.com news as of 7:30 Thursday night. He adds the biggest hurdle crews will have in snuffing out the flames is overnight wind gusts of 25 to 30 MPH. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Timmerman adds there is no immediate danger to any people or property. The size of the fire is unclear. It was first reported early Thursday evening near the intersection of 273rd Street and 470th Avenue.
|Minnesota GOP on Franken and problems of its ownKELO / 2 d. 11 h. 49 min. ago more|
UNDATED (KELO.com) -- It's not easy for Minnesota Republicans in glass houses to throw too many stones at Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken. State Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan says the allegations against Franken are very disturbing, very disappointing, but KELO.com News also asked her about the brewing sex scandal involving lawmakers in St. Paul. A woman lawmaker has accused at least two state legislators, one Democrat, one Republican, of sexual harassment. "If those allegations are proven to be true, I will be one of the first ones coming out boldly and wildly for a resignation." says Carnahan. Carnahan says sexual harrassment of any kind is completely unacceptable and she supports the Republican House Leadership's decision to conduct an outside independent investigation. But now back to Franken. "I believe Minnesota deserves better representation than this in the U.S. Senate." By the way, Carnahan says she has never experienced sexual harassment on her job or in the political world.
|Experienced Lawyers in Sioux Falls Provide Expert Wrongful Death RepresentationSioux Falls News / 2 d. 12 h. 41 min. ago more|
Wilka & Welter, LLP offers citizens in South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, expert representation in wrongful death cases. The unexpected death of a loved one.
|Honoring the pillars of the PavilionKELO / 2 d. 12 h. 56 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S..D. (KELO.com) -- The new Pillar Partners Program at the Washington Pavilion honors its top corporate sponsors. CEO Darren Smith says the name itself helps tell the story. "I think you look at the pillars metaphorically, that these organizations really help hold us up and support us." There will be big signs and flowing banners at the Pavilion so visitors can see the companies that help make it all possible. Smith hopes the Pavilion Pillar Partners Program encourages more companies to think about the importance of sponsoring Sioux Falls premier arts, entertainment and science venue. The Pillar Partners are Avera Health, Sanford Health, First National Park, First Premier Bank, Howalt McDowell, and last but not least, the City of Sioux Falls.
|Former City Attorney Announces Run For City CouncilSioux Falls News / 2 d. 17 h. 20 min. ago more|
Janet Brekke kicked off her campaign today for the city council's at-large seat. Brekke served as city attorney for 18 years, under five different mayors.
|Change Coming To Hy-Vee RestaurantSioux Falls News / 2 d. 22 h. 11 min. ago more|
Changes are coming to one of Hy-Vee's restaurants in Sioux Falls. Starting November 27, the Empire Hy-Vee Market Grille will no longer have a full wait staff.
|Black Friday In Two Days?Sioux Falls News / 3 d. 2 h. 55 min. ago more|
Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, is critical for many retailers. However, it can be difficult for small stores to draw in a large crowd.
|New data shows half of Sioux Falls residents are at risk for high blood pressureSioux Falls News / 3 d. 7 h. 19 min. ago more|
Earlier this week, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines for high blood pressure. New data shows about 51 percent of Sioux Falls residents tested are at risk under the new guidelines.
|Sioux Falls man gets 30 years for kidnappingKELO / 3 d. 9 h. 25 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- A Sioux Falls man will spend 30 years in federal prison and pay over one thousand dollars in fines for a 2016 kidnapping incident. Jon Henri Bryant received his sentence on Tuesday. The incident stems from a domestic assault that took place in the victims home. Court documents say the woman was confronted by Bryant when she returned to her home, he then punched her and hid her in the trunk of a car. The victim was able to maintain cell phone contact with authorities while in the trunk, which allowed them to track the vehicle. Bryant later took the victim out of the trunk and turned her phone off. The vehicle was later found near Garretson. When officers approached the man he took off into a field, driving erratically. When the vehicle stopped Bryant was observed once again assaulting the victim. During the sentencing hearing, the Court found that Bryant’s kidnapping would also be deemed as an attempted murder. Bryant was immediately turned over to the US Marshals to begin serving his sentence.
|On the outside looking in at City HallKELO / 3 d. 11 h. 32 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- It's not easy being on the outside looking in at Sioux Falls City Hall and the Council chamber for some community activists. At yesterday's City Council meeting, Mayor Mike Huether gaveled down activist Bruce Danielson after Danielson made remarks critical of the City's inspection program and last December's Copper Lounge building collapse. In the public forum part of City Council meetings, citizens are supposed to get five minutes to speak their minds. Danielson got a minute and a half before being "gonged" by the mayor. Danielson is a frequent public input commenter and has an often adversarial relationship with Huether. Still, he keeps up with the issues, attends lots of public meetings, and as an informed citizen, thinks he has something to add to the public discourse on important city matters. "I know that people (on the Council) don't understand what public input is all about," Danielson said. "They think we're just a bunch of unruly radicals." Another frequent speaker to the Council during public input is David Zokaites, who is running for mayor in 2018. He considers himself a grassroots candidate. He also realizes that he has a difficult process ahead of him if he wants to replace Huether, who is term limited, as Sioux Falls' next mayor. "Having a run-off favors wealth in the campaign," Zokaities said. "Because if you don't have enough votes in the first go around, it's hard to campaign for three weeks as a grassroots guy. How many doors can you knock on in three weeks?" What you might hear at public input can vary. Past meetings have featured citizens dressed as Norse gods who addressed the Council with their Norse names. Danielson has brought a bag of goods he's collected from various city projects and reflected--and joked--on how they could still be useful. And yesterday, one resident just wanted to thank the city for sending the street sweeper down his street.
|Big meth bust near Sioux Falls schoolsKELO / 3 d. 14 h. 24 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- Sioux Falls Police have made an unusually large meth bust - nearly a half pound of the highly addictive drug. "We had a 181 grams of meth that was found. That translates to about .39 pounds of Meth," Sgt. Sam Clemens explains that finding ten grams in a bust is considered a high amount. About $14,000 has also been confiscated. He says that four people have been arrested. There was an 8-year-old boy in the house in the 1600 block of West 26th Street at the time of the bust. The house is very close to two elementary schools. This big bust was the result of a month long investigation. Paul Alan Sandersfeld, 38, Amanda Aleen Hallsted, 37, Kevin Clinton Morehouse, 37, and LaRonada Kaye Lawson, 34, were all charged in connection with the bust.
|WATCH: $50 million Village On The River comes to lifeKELO / 3 d. 16 h. 29 min. ago more|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- The City of Sioux Falls has pulled out all the superlatives in the unveiling of the largest single investment in downtown history. It has been dubbed Village On The River. Development Director Darren Ketchum tells City Council that the Mixed Use Parking Ramp project at Tenth and South Mall Avenue will be a striking, iconic landmark. "13 stories. One of the tallest buildings in Sioux Falls. An estimated $50 million investment." Ketchum says one of the most exciting things is that no tax payer dollars will be needed for the city's $20 million dollar part of the project. It will be funded through cash and the sale of bonds. When the public private partnership with Legacy Development is finished there will be 525 parking spaces, 120 hotel rooms and 37,000 feet of commercial space. “This is such a big win for Sioux Falls and specifically downtown Sioux Falls," says Ketchum, "....will allow use to meet the city’s parking needs for the next decade, create exciting new shopping and hospitality options, and bring in millions of dollars of new property tax revenue.." Despite all the superlatives, not all council members are overjoyed about the project. Councilor Theresa Stehly is concerned about essentially dropping this huge process in the laps of the new mayor and councilors.
|Indie film scene gains momentum in Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderGoogle News / 3 d. 20 h. 44 min. ago more|
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderIndie film scene gains momentum in Sioux FallsSioux Falls Argus LeaderAs cold winter winds start to whip through Sioux Falls, many residents find refuge in movie theaters. Thanks to local independent film organizations such as Cinema Falls and Indievents, the selection of movies showing in Sioux Falls has expanded in ...
|Huether brings the gavel during Council public inputKELO / 4 d. 8 h. 45 min. ago more|
SIOUIX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- Tuesday's Sioux Falls City Council public input session nearly became an episode of the recently revived Gong Show, with Mayor Mike cutting off two speakers. The first came from input regular Steven Seeno, a veteran suffering from PTSD and other medical conditions, who was once again explaining to the Council that he would like help getting his needed care. He went on to demand an investigation. "I want the police to act on it, I want to see some arrests. I want to see some prosecutions," Seeno said. "Someone stole $300,000, put it in a phony account at First Premier Bank, that was supposed to be for my benefit but I did not benefit. It was for the purpose of causing my harm and death." Mayor Huether then told Seeno his time was up after just under 3 minutes Seeno has long claimed to be black-listed by the VA, saying because he has different beliefs the hospital has been withholding care and treating him differently. In a recent input session he went so far as to call out the Council, saying if I die this weekend my blood is on your hands. The next to receive the Mayor's gong was public activist Bruce Danielson, who was cut off after just under two minutes when he implied that carelessness by the city had something to do with the collapse of the Copper Lounge building in December of 2016. Danielson began his comments by blasting the city over it's just announced public-private partnership to build a new 13 story parking ramp, hotel, and retail office space. He compared it to a scam game, referencing the 1973 Robert Redford film The Sting. "Construction Manger at Risk seems to be the game, secrecy is the process, transparency is gone. In 2014 the entire ramp was going to cost $9 million, now it's over $20 million, just so we can brag about a 13 story building to make Sioux Falls modern." Danielson went on to add, "First we watch buildings fall down because our building department doesn't seem to care that there is problems," at which point Mayor Huether instructed him to step down. Danielson and Huether then argued for a few moments before Danieson backed down. Huether apologized to the council and called Danielson's comments out of line and uncalled for. Some of Danielson's supporters chirped up in support of him, saying the activist should get his allotted five minutes. The vitriol did end there. Scott Erishman ended his input by saying, "a lot of us come up here and talk every week, we don't come up here to entertain you, we come up here to inform you." That comment was a reference to another comment made by Huether during a previous public input session, when in between speakers the Mayor asked "would anyone else like to entertain the Council?" Tuesday's input wasn't all bad. Resident Grant Witwam made his way to the podium to thank the city for being active with the street sweepers. "I want to thank everyone involved with that choice," he said, listing off the benefits of keeping the streets and gutters clean before the snow begins to fly.