It was a busy week throughout the Sioux Falls area this past week. Here's a look back at the things we were talking about.

  • Tragedy struck Sioux Falls Tuesday in an apparent murder-suicide. The victim was identified as Amanda Connors. Police said that Tyrone Leeon Smith had taken his two children from a  babysitters home and drove to Cost Cutters on West 41st Street in Sioux Falls where a hostage situation followed. Authorities discovered Smith's body shortly before 4pm.  The children are safe with their mother.

The day after the tragedy Jay Williams wrote a moving article that resounded with our readers. A music video from Keith Urban "For You" was also posted and dedicated to the memory of Amanda.

 

  • Back in September 1977, Voyager 1 blasted off on what was meant to be a mission exploring Jupiter and Saturn. Now, 35 years later the spacecraft is close to being the first man-made object to leave our solar system. Astronomers credit the probe's success with the fact that it just hasn't given up despite its now-antiquated technology and continues to work on power provided from its plutonium energy source.

Scientists say that it has enough fuel for another decade of travel. After that, it'll just float aimlessly through the cosmos, and who knows who or what will find it.

 

  • After beginning the week with temps in the 90's, sweet relief washed over us on Wednesday with low 60's and rain. This weekends KIKN First Alert Weather looks great so keep it on Kickin' 100.5.

 

  • On the world front: The man behind the controversial film Innocence of Muslims has been a mystery until now. Authorities said Thursday a 55-year living in the Los Angeles area, is a key figure behind the film -- and he has a criminal record.

The film has been cited from sparking protests across the Middle East, including one in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered all state government agencies to fly flags at half-staff in honor of the victims until sundown Sunday.

 

  • On Friday afternoon a Volga man was killed when his tractor collided with a train. Stanley Hesby, 71, was pulling corn wagons when the locomotive collision occured. The accident happened just west of Brookings according to the SD Highway Patrol.

 

  • Who gets the remote control Sunday afternoon with two big sporting events happening at the same time? The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Indianapolis Colts at noon. And, at the same time, the first race in the Chase for the Championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will run in Chicagoland Speedway.

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Dan Collins