Employees at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls are feeling a little uneasy on this New Year's Eve day.

Our news partners at Dakota News Now received an exclusive that a food service worker with the South Dakota State Penitentiary was assaulted by an inmate. The incident happened on Sunday morning December 31st.

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Multiple sources confirm that an inmate "attacked an Aramark female employee in the meat cooler in the kitchen of the Jameson Annex." This assault occurred around 8 AM on New Year's Eve morning. Thankfully, a correctional officer rushed into action after the officer found the inmate "on top of the employee, putting her in a chokehold. The correctional officer pulled the inmate off of the employee." The female employee was taken to the hospital shortly after the assault.

Dakota News Now (with permission)
Dakota News Now (with permission)

The Department of Corrections confirmed to Dakota News Now this is an ongoing investigation. At the time of this post, the Jameson Annex was currently on lockdown and inmate visits were canceled after the the assault. A correctional officer tells Dakota News Now that this attack is very concerning to everyone who works at the South Dakota State Penitentiary:

This administration does not have staff safety in its best interest.

More details about this morning's assault at the South Dakota State Penitentiary can be found here.

This is an ongoing and breaking news story in the Sioux Falls area. Stay with our news partners at Dakota News Now for the latest updates.

Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not my own and are taken from a list provided by Moneyinc.com

Haunted Locations and Scary Legends Around Sioux Falls

Halloween is steeped in scary traditions. Trick-or-Treating, frightening costumes, local actors in "haunted" houses, and the pitch-black darkness of area corn mazes.

However, if we set out to find the real haunted areas what would we find? Over the last 30 years that I have lived in Sioux Falls, a few locations still gain attention as being haunted.

And yes, a handful of thrill-seeking people will show up on our favorite eerie night for what could be a viral video moment or experience a misty phantom first-hand.
Let's take a little tour of the more famous hauntings around Sioux Falls. Turn on the lights and cue the Cowardly Lion: "I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks..."

Gallery Credit: Danny V

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