It was quite cold Sunday afternoon but now that the sun went down, it was even colder.
Being outside for any length of time is not easy on days and nights like these, but for some people, they don't have a choice.
Andrew Ewald has been out of work and homeless for four months. He's grateful for the Salvation Army's 'warming center' but it doesn't open until nighttime, leaving him out in the cold during the day.
"During the day, we try to find places that will hold us up for an hour or two or we go down to the library. Any place that we're able to stay for long periods of time," Ewald said.
The Salvation Army's Major Thomas Riggs worries some people may try to sleep in a car on these cold nights. So instead, the warming center offers a comfortable place to sleep from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.
"When you're out at night and the temperature drops to 20 below zero because of the wind chill, you're just exposing yourself to all kinds of thing, frostbite and other matters of difficulties," Major Riggs said.
And the drop in temperatures caused an increase in the number of people looking for shelter.
"Our concern right now with the warming site is that we're open. that we're providing a service to the people. We're serving more than sixty now, we anticipate we'll go to seventy, seventy-five. We have a little bit of space that's left," Major Riggs said.
Having a warm place to sleep is something all of us can appreciate on a cold winter's night but until Andrew finds a job, he doesn't have a place to call home just yet.
"Right now, being as cold as it is some of the nights, we'd technically freeze to death because there's nowhere else to go. If it weren't here, I have no idea where I would be at the moment," Ewald said.
Andrew told us while he looks for a job, it helps to have a place to get a good night's sleep.
He said it's nice to have a place to shower and prepare for a job interview. Without the warming center, he doubts he would be able to find work.
Tuesday, December 3 2013 10:48 PM EST2013-12-04 03:48:06 GMT
Canton residents have voted down a proposal to build a new aquatic center. The city required 60% of voters to approve the bond to pass; only 50.9 voted yes. Canton financial officer Kyle Cwach said 412 votedMore >>
Canton residents have voted down a proposal to build a new aquatic center.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:43 PM EST2013-12-05 04:43:28 GMT
Two children are unaccounted for after a destructive house fire Wednesday in rural Minnesota. The fire at a two-story single family farmhouse in Lucan, Minn., a town about 22 miles east of Marshall, wasMore >>
Two children are unaccounted for after a destructive house fire Wednesday in rural Minnesota. More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:24 PM EST2013-12-05 04:24:42 GMT
After two days of blowing snow, the Aberdeen community is getting ready for another round of dangerous winter weather. The temperature began dropping Wednesday, starting in the 20s Wednesday morning, droppingMore >>
After two days of blowing snow, the Aberdeen community is getting ready for another round of dangerous winter weather.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:04 PM EST2013-12-05 03:04:56 GMT
Three people were hospitalized after a house in central Aberdeen early Wednesday evening. Aberdeen Battalion Chief Randy Meister said crews responded to the home in the 900 block of S. Main around 5 p.m.More >>
Three people were hospitalized after a house in central Aberdeen early Wednesday evening.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:00 PM EST2013-12-05 03:00:12 GMT
The dreaded shoveling of snow -- and for business owners downtown, there's an even bigger incentive to get it done faster: customers! But one business owner says the city isn't doing enough. "On theMore >>
Downtown Sioux Falls business owners were out shoveling multiple times on Wednesday clearing paths to their shopsMore >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:39 PM EST2013-12-05 02:39:18 GMT
Fire destroyed a home in Wessington Springs Wednesday evening, a Jerauld County Sheriff deputy told KSFY. The home in southern Wessington Springs was totally engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene.More >>
Fire destroyed a home in Wessington Springs Wednesday evening, a Jerauld County Sheriff deputy told KSFY.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:28 PM EST2013-12-05 00:28:07 GMT
Court documents released Wednesday said the suspects believed there was $100,000 in Jordan LeBeau's home. Officer Sam Clemens said, "I think it's pretty obvious that this is drug related. What we foundMore >>
Court documents released Wednesday said the suspects believed there was $100,000 in Jordan LeBeau's home. Officer Sam Clemens said, "I think it's pretty obvious that this is drug related. What we found inside the house also backs this up. This house was targeted it wasn't a random act, they purposely went to this house."More >>