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Sioux Falls AFL-CIO Endorses Jolene Loetscher for Mayor

Sioux Falls— The Sioux Falls Central Labor Council, the local
branch of the AFL-CIO, has voted to endorse Jolene Loetscher for Mayor of Sioux Falls. The
AFL-CIO is the largest Labor Federation in the United States and maintains over 100 State
Labor Federations and Central Labor Councils across the nation, representing more than 13
million working men and women. Locally, the AFL-CIO maintains a membership of over 30
local labor unions consisting of over 5,000 workers.
The Sioux Falls AFL-CIO believes that, as the city grows; working families must be a
priority. We believe that as new jobs and opportunities come to our city, livable wages and good
benefits must follow. We believe that everyday working people deserve a champion in City
Hall. We believe that Jolene Loetscher will be that champion. In response to the endorsement
Jolene says “I am grateful to receive the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, I believe it speaks to
my personal belief, as a business owner and leader, that the people of Sioux Falls’ are our
greatest resource and the most valuable part of growing our economy. Ensuring safe
working conditions, adequate wages, and a high quality of life is key to the success of our
community.” Jolene has shown an unwavering commitment to enriching the lives of everyday
working people. We believe she will be a tireless fighter for good benefits, living wages, and for working
people as a whole. We encourage all working people and those who seek to build a city
in which we all benefit, to vote for Jolene Loetscher for Mayor on May 1st.

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Sioux Empire Podcast 104 Normal SD Spring Weather with Jason Folkerts

It’s blizzarding with hail and lighting right now.  Might be a good time to stay in and listen to this week’s episode of The Sioux Empire Podcast.  Lone snowpocalypse surviving cast member Robert Mehling talks with Jason Folkerts, Director Exhibitions, and Collections at the Washington Pavilion.  They talk about all the exciting things happening at the pavilion and in the Sioux Falls art scene in general. But first, Robert delivers election results, criticizes the no booze at West Mall 7 vote, and presents his supercut of the funniest moments from the Mark Zuckerberg Facebook breach testimony at Congress.  This episode is sponsored by Macabre Grimoire Podcast. Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world.  Coming May 1st! Learn more at The Sioux Empire Podcast is beginning to think putting away the snow shovel last week was a poor life choice.

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No booze in theaters

Interview Jason Folkerts, Director Exhibitions and Collections at the Washington Pavilion

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Day Care Worker Arrested for Abusing Children

The City of Sioux Falls has received requests for reports regarding an incident review conducted at Falls Park after two drowning deaths in 2013 and safety studies conducted at Falls Park from 2008 through 2018 that belong to the City

Falls Park Safety Assessed Annually

The City of Sioux Falls has received requests for reports regarding an incident review conducted at Falls Park after two drowning deaths in 2013 and safety studies conducted at Falls Park from 2008 through 2018 that belong to the City

USD Band Concerts April 15

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music presents the USD Symphonic and Concert bands in concert on Sunday, April 15, at 3 Slagle Hall’s Aalfs Auditorium.

USD Law Students Take Tax Prep To Alaska

VERMILLION, SD – While the middle of April is generally considered the busiest time of the tax season, for six University of South Dakota law students, their experience providing assistance in rural Alaska in the middle of February may always rival even the most hectic tax deadlines.

Gordon-Bland and Lombardi Honored with Belbas Larson Awards

VERMILLION, S.D. – Professors Chaya Gordon-Bland and Paul Lombardi are the recipients of the 2018 University of South Dakota Belbas Larson Awards for Excellence in Teaching. They will be honored at the USD commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, and each will receive $5,000.

Name Released in Turner County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196

Name Released in Turner County Fatal Crash


What:    One-vehicle crash

Where:   277th Street and 447th Avenue

               Two miles south of Marion, S.D.

When:    8:15 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018

Occupants:   Lolette Oja, 36, Chancellor, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2001 GMC Yukon

MARION, S.D. – A 36-year-old woman from Chancellor, S.D. has been identified as the person wo died Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Marion.


A 2001 GMC Yukon was westbound on 277th Avenue, which is a gravel road, when the vehicle went off the roadway, into the ditch and eventually rolled.

Lolette Oja, who was driving and not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the only person involved in the crash.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Note: Records of state-reportable crashes are now available at   Records should be available about 10 days after the investigation is complete.


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