Violence

Kealey Bultena

Last fall a student shot and wounded the principal at Harrisburg High School.  Last week school officials looked back to evaluate the safely plan used during that event.

They shared what changes they’ve made at the school during the Associated School Board and Administrators Convention in Sioux Falls August 5th. 

Rally In Support Of SF Police

Jul 15, 2016
Erin Mairose

Fatal shootings across the country in recent weeks have left police officers and civilians dead.  Thursday night people gathered in Sioux Falls to show appreciation for the local police force. 

Holding signs and flags, people walk along a busy street and gather outside the Sioux Falls police station. One of those rallying here is Carol Miller.

“I think the cops do a wonderful job and it’s a scary job and then need support,” says Miller.

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Lori Walsh talks with journalist Mark Walker.  An Argus Leader Media investigation found the state's primary mental health hospital has experienced a steady rise in violence toward its employees. Mark Walker joins Dakota Midday to talk about the investigation and what has happened in state politics since its release.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A bill to end the death penalty in South Dakota failed in the state legislature. State Senator Art Rusch, who spent many years as a prosecutor and circuit judge, brought Senate Bill 94 to the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday. 

Testimony on both sides was often emotional. Lynnette Johnson of Sioux Falls lost her husband on his 63rd birthday in 2011.  Ronald “RJ” Johnson was attacked and killed during an escape attempt by two men serving life prison terms.  Johnson’s widow is opposed to repealing executions in the state.

Jenifer Jones

A state Senate panel is endorsing education plans that focus on supporting Native American students. One of those measures funds programs that focus on incorporating Indian culture and language into standard subjects. 


SD Department of Corrections

A high-risk inmate is leaving prison this week after 11 years. Leaders with the South Dakota Department of Corrections say the prisoner has a violent record and did not follow rules while serving time, but his sentence has expired.  

Michael Ontiveros leaves prison Wednesday after completing time for multiple burglaries in Hughes and Walworth counties. The 47-year-old man is a registered sex offender with a history of attempted sexual assault, kidnapping, escape, and grand theft.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls leaders are launching an initiative called Compassionate Sioux Falls. It aims to engage community members and promote inclusion. The effort starts with a document adopted by hundreds of cities around the country, and local advocates are working to encourage people in Sioux Falls to operate on its principles.

Compassionate Sioux Falls organizers are encouraging people to engage with others who may be different. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says relations can become tense.

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Safety is paramount in discussions this week ranging from drug use to defense against an active shooter.  The discussions are part of the South Dakota Safety Council's annual conference to spotlight health and safety.  SDPB news producer Kealey Bultena sat down with Don Marose, a Minnesota State Trooper.  Marose, who hosts trainings for schools and businesses on traffic safety, talked about distracted driving.

Bultena also visited with Chad Sheehan who owns a workplace violence consulting business.  His company has trained more than 13,000 people in the last two years.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Harrisburg High School student is in custody after police say he brought a gun to school and shot the principal. Authorities stress all students are safe and the principal is stable. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are collaborating on the investigation. The Lincoln County States Attorney is determining what charges the teenager faces.

High school students piled onto bright yellow school buses late Wednesday morning after law enforcement swept the building for threats. 

Texas Biker Shootout Prior To Sturgis Rally 75th

May 18, 2015

A shoot-out between rival biker gangs in Texas left nine dead over the weekend.  The incident comes months ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally set for early August.  

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to converge on the Black Hills, and as always that includes some motorcycle gangs.   

But Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush says each year extra officers from around the country are called in to help maintain security at Sturgis.  

Under VAWA Tribes Are Arresting Non-Natives For First Time

Mar 31, 2015

Non-natives who commit acts of violence against Native women on tribal lands can now face arrest and prosecution in some tribal courts.    

Prior to the new Violence Against Women Act tribes didn’t have the authority to go after non-natives inside reservation boundaries.    

Not all tribes have yet implemented their new powers but many tribal officials see this as a game changer for the safety and justice of Native women.

Domestic Violence Walks Raise Awareness

May 16, 2014
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Two walks are taking place in Rapid City this weekend to heighten awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse. We visit with one woman whose taking part in memory of a relative and her children in order to remind the public that not all domestic violence victims survive the abuse.

When Nikkole Bostnar steps out on Rapid City’s streets this Saturday, she’ll be thinking of her sister-in-law and the woman’s two young children.

Charles Bowden, investigative journalist and author, and Molly Molloy, research librarian and Latin American border specialist, are speaking this evening during the Great Plains Writers' Tour at Mount Marty College in Marian Auditorium, beginning at 7:00. Bowden has been writing about the Mexican border city of Juarez, notorious for its violence, for over 15 years. "El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin," which Bowden co-edited with Molloy, was published in 2011 from Nation Books.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel To Discuss Ukraine

Mar 25, 2014

An experienced researcher and analyst, Retired U.S. Army Col. D. Lee Gabel's 27-year history in the Army put him into numerous international and military cooperation partnerships. Since 1996, most of those efforts were in the Ukraine with brief service in Germany, the Pentagon and the United Kingdom. His most recent publication is titled "Hope in Hidden Potential: The Human Factor in Reforming the Armed Forces in Ukraine." Gabel says Ukraine considers the current unrest as a continuation of the Cold War.

Violent Demonstrations In Egypt

Jan 27, 2014

Over the weekend, the third anniversary of Egypt's revolution was marked with violent clashes across the country between pro and anti-government demonstrations. At least 49 people were killed and more than 1,000 arrested. On Sunday interim President Adly Mansour said Egypt will elect a president before voting on a parliament. Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who led the coup ousting Morsi, is expected to run for president this spring. Meanwhile, Syrian peace talks in Geneva have reached a deadlock over the issue of transferring power to a transitional government.

Upheaval In South Sudan

Jan 8, 2014

Conflict broke out in South Sudan in mid-December.  Border disputes and ethnic battles have resulted in hundreds of deaths.  Today, the South Sudan peace talks being held in Ethiopia stalled and Uganda is sending in more troops and military hardware.  Sioux Falls resident David Jal postponed a trip there due to the upheaval.  Jal was born in the Dunyal Village in Southern Sudan but fled at the age of 10 when civil war intensified.  In 1994, he was approved to be resettled in the United States and was able to come as a refugee in 1995.  Jal is currently a probation officer with the South Dak

Instructor In Cairo Discusses Violence In Egypt

Aug 20, 2013

Bret Swanson, an English instructor at American University in Cairo, talks about what he's seen so far in the past year in Egypt. Swanson's a former adjunct professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University. He also worked in educational outreach for SDPB. More violence is expected in Egypt after chaos swept through the country last week, leaving nearly 900 dead in four days of unrest and threatening to stall a political transition.

Egypt's Bloody Turmoil

Aug 15, 2013

On Wednesday in Egypt, a bloody crackdown on supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi left more than 500 dead and 3,700 people injured. The violence began when security forces used bulldozers, tear gas and gunfire in an early morning assault to clear two pro-Morsi encampments in Cairo, sparking violent reactions in other cities. The Interior Ministry said the dead included 43 members of the police forces. it was the deadliest day in Egypt since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak and a major blow for Egypt's path to democracy. Dr.

Events calendars in the state’s largest cities are often littered with different seminars or public gatherings. As the weather warms, almost every weekend is host to a walking or running fundraiser of some sort.

Physicians, personal trainers, and even middle school gym teachers say it. Running is a healthy way to exercise. Doctor Jodi Scott in Sioux Falls is a longtime runner, and she’s lacing up her shoes for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer.