Construction Begins On Nordby 4-H Exhibit Hall

8 hours ago
South Dakota State Fair Foundation

Construction is starting on the Nordby 4-H exhibit Hall located on the fairgrounds in Huron. The old exhibit hall was demolished in 2013. When completed the hall is going to feature exhibit space for 4-H projects, performances, and food competitions. Kathryn Henning is a member of the South Dakota State Fair Association. She says the State legislature had to approve an extra seven hundred thousand dollars for the project adding to the wait.

Two High School Football Teams Play With Heavy Hearts

19 hours ago

Most of the state’s high schools are getting ready to play football tonight.  Among those in action are two small-town schools with much more than a game on their minds.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Gary Ellenbolt reports.

South Dakota Retirement System

Leaders examining the South Dakota Retirement System are considering increasing the retirement age to 67. It’s one of many proposed changes experts say could keep the pension program sustainable. State lawmakers must approve any new regulations, and the SDRS executive director says none of them impact people currently enrolled.

The South Dakota Retirement System has about 80,000 members. It’s the consolidated retirement program for state employees, school districts, most cities, counties, and other public entities.

Providing food, water and energy for people around the world who lack these resources is an ongoing challenge. Amid population growth, drought and increased urbanization, understanding food, energy and water availability is increasingly important.

In her song, "Everything’s Beautiful Now," Christine Albert sings  from her mother-in-law’s perspective as she's dying and making peace with her life. Since she first sang at a small gathering for a man facing death from an early death from a terminal illness, Albert has been providing music for people facing the end of their lives. In 2005, she founded Swan Songs, an Austin, Texas area non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness.

Both SDSU and USD open their football seasons in Kansas on Saturday. The Jackrabbits travel to Lawrence for a late morning game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The Coyotes are in Manhattan for an evening game against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Matt Zimmer is the Sioux Falls Argus Leader beat writer for South Dakota State University athletics. Mick Garry covers University of South Dakota sports for the newspaper. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of the Jackrabbits' and Coyotes' 2015 seasons.

Photos From The Central States Fair

Sep 3, 2015
Chynna Lockett

Fairs Around the South Dakota ended the Summer  of 2015 with carnival rides and rodeos. 

Click the slideshow to see images from the 70 Central States Fair in Rapid City. 

9 Year Old Magician Performs Her Show

Sep 3, 2015
Chynna Lockett

  The Central States Fair features a wide variety of entertainment from Rodeos to live musicians. One of the youngest acts was a magic performance named The Magic of Reading.

Nine year-old Annelise Deyo is a magician. Her assistant is her 8 year old brother Benjamin Deyo. But the two use different names for the performance.

“I am Annelise the magnificent, here’s master Benjamin,” the magician introduced.
“Hi master Benjamin,” I said.
“Hi,” he replied.

The team took their show to the stage at the Central States Fair.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Officials with the City of Sioux Falls are suing a contractor over outside panels on the newly-constructed events center. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center opened one year ago, and metal siding showed rippling not long after. Leaders say they tried to settle with contractors, but now they turn to the courts to resolve the problem.

City Attorney Dave Pfeifle says contract documents between construction companies and the city of Sioux Falls allowed stakeholders to negotiate a fix for bulging metal siding on the new events center.

A man shot by a police officer in Yankton Tuesday night faces four charges of attempted murder plus aggravated assault. Authorities with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are scrutinizing the shooting and working to determine whether the shooting was justified.

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