Identity theft is a huge problem in South Dakota and Around the World!

In the last several years, Facebook, Microsoft, and even the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)  were just a few major organizations that were the victims of data breaches.  Protecting your personal and financial information has become a top life priority for most people, or it should be.

Identity theft is one of the top consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission.

People having their IRS refunds stolen has surfaced as a growing crime every tax season too.

Identity theft is a crime that can make your life miserable for years!

The Better Business Bureau and the Sioux Empire CrimeStoppers are presenting their annual Shred-It Event, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 8 AM to noon at multiple locations here in Sioux Falls.

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This is great news for people like me who hate to spend quality time shredding sensitive documents, in the living room, while watching episodes of The Forensic Files.

And it's an easy, inexpensive, way for you to get rid of the credit card offers that pile up in your mailbox, old bills, tax forms, checks (if you use them- -yes I still write the occasional check), and anything else you don't want potential identity thieves digging through your recycling or trash for, in order to make your life hell!

How much will this cost?

This annual event is the sole fundraiser for the non-profit Sioux Empire Crime Stoppers and there is a suggested donation of $5 per box or bag.

For this touchless event, just load up your back seat or trunk, make sure the volunteers can grab them, and have your donation ready to hand over. That's it!

So bring your shreddables to one of these locations on Saturday, April 20, 2024:

  • WEST - Roosevelt High School Parking Lot  (41st St. & Sertoma Avenue)
  • EAST - Washington High School Parking Lot  (6th St. and Sycamore Avenue)
  • CENTRAL - Lincoln High School Parking Lot  (41st & Cliff Avenue)
  • SOUTH - Sioux Falls Christian School Parking Lot  (69th St. and Cliff Avenue)

The funds raised support the Sioux Empire CrimeStoppers and law enforcement in their efforts to fight crime in our community. So you are protecting yourself and your community by participating in this event!

Sources: Crime Stoppers of the Sioux Empire, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Identity Theft Consumer Advice, and

10 Small-Town South Dakota Restaurants That Are Worth The Drive

The Sioux Empire is full of restaurants that are long-known to be local favorites.

Sure, they might be a short drive from home, but you won't regret the experience at these hometown mainstays.

Here are 10 of the best small-town restaurants in South Dakota.

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Where do people in Sioux Falls work? If this was fifty years ago the average Sioux Fallsian worked in some industrial, meat packing, or farm-related position. Sioux Falls has also been the major regional medical center for decades.

Customer service and other retail-related jobs have always been a part of the Sioux Empire's economy. But in recent years those industries have become major employers.

If you live in Sioux Falls, there's a pretty good chance you work one of these jobs. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top 10 largest occupations in Sioux Falls (as of 2022).

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