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Sioux Falls man writes about 3,000-mile bike trip

Aug. 15, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When Gary Wietgrefe finally set out to bike from Pierre to Alaska in 2018, he was making good on a trip he’d been thinking about for nearly a decade. It had started in 2010, when he spoke with a 70-year-old man who had biked with his brothers to Alaska. The idea stuck with...

Health officials issue COVID-19 alerts across South Dakota

Aug. 14, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Friday issued warnings of possible COVID-19 exposures at a series of locations spanning the state. Officials have said they expect to see an increase in infections as people gather for activities. But as large gatherings like concerts and motorcycle...

Man indicted on attempted murder charge in Pierre shooting

Aug. 14, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a man on an attempted first-degree murder charge in the shooting of a Pierre man in July, authorities said Friday. Derek At The Straight is also charged with one count of committing a felony while armed with a gun four counts of aggravated assault. He’s...

Firefighters rescue two people trapped in burning home

Aug. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls firefighters have rescued two people who were trapped in a burning home. Firefighters used their ladders to bring one person trapped on the roof of the home to safety early Thursday. Another person, a man, was trapped on the first floor of the house. Two firefighters...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Sioux Falls city hall in Sioux Falls, S.D. As the state looks to use $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds, one of the largest expenditures has been for law enforcement. The funds came with the stipulation that they be used in addressing the pandemic and anything unused would be returned at the end of the year. Gov. Noem's administration opted to use the money to pay salaries for law enforcement officers.(AP Photo/Stephen Groves File)

South Dakota lawmakers split over special session for relief

Aug. 12, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — With the deadline to allocate federal coronavirus relief funds approaching at the end of the year, South Dakota legislators are split on whether to call a special session to determine how the funds should be used. Senate Republicans are willing to wait to see if federal...

Two dead in motorcycle, car crash in Sioux Falls

Aug. 10, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police have identified the two victims who died in a traffic crash in Sioux Falls Sunday night. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said a motorcycle collided with a van killing the drivers of both vehicles. Clemens says the motorcycle operated by 31-year-old Franklin...

Jake Gunderson boxes six packs of Skip Day, a specialty brew, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at Fernson Brewery in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Erin Bormett/Argus Leader via AP)

Shift in alcohol buying means new normal for breweries

Aug. 10, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Blake Thompson and his fellow beer-makers at Fernson Brewing Co. had planned to use white cans for the Sioux Falls-based brewery’s new hard seltzer. Thompson reached out to the supplier to inquire about getting some extra stock of the white-painted cans commonly used by...

Sioux Falls may short of bus drivers when classes begin

Aug. 8, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls School District may be short of bus drivers when school begins later this month School Bus Inc. is the company that has the contract to transport Sioux Falls students to and from school by bus. Manager Jim Shafer tells the Argus Leader that concerns over the...

Madison Elliott and Madeleine Scott choreograph elements of the next Headlights Theater performance on Tuesday, July 28, in a parking lot in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Sioux Falls Park and Art pop-up shows blend ballet, music

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The founder of South Dakota’s first professional ballet company wanted to thrust her group into the spotlight this year with a black-tie gala and performances by some of the world’s top dancers. But the light went out on Madeleine Scott’s plans. Her group,...

Mollie Sanchez goes for a walk with her daughters, Liliana (6) and Zoie (2) on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, S.D. Sanchez won the mayor's fitness challenge to bike, walk or run 100 miles in 100 days. (Erin Bormett /The Argus Leader via AP)

Nurse loses 70 pounds as part of 100-day fitness challenge

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Anxiety and apprehension were weighing on Mollie Sanchez in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A nurse working with senior citizens by day and tending to mother duties by night, the 29-year Iowa native needed an outlet to relieve the stress of balancing work and family while the...