Education

An “Artrageous” Night at Brandon Elementary School

Fine Arts Night encourages and inspires kids to experiment with art

BRANDON, S.D.- It was an “art-rage” at Brandon Elementary Thursday evening for the third annual “Fine Arts Night.” The night, officially called “Artrageous” is dedicated to getting students engaged and experimenting with different types of art. From screen printing to mini paintings and clay creations, they got to try it all. Brandon graduate turned artist Chuck Bennis says especially in…

Head Lice Policy Concerning Sioux Falls Parents, New Business to Get Rid of Nits

Nit Nannies is the only company of its kind in this area

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Head lice is often hard to avoid in places such as schools and daycares, where children are in close contact with each other. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children 3 to 11 years old. Some parents say the Sioux Falls School District’s…

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Dazzles At Packed Elmen Center

Host of 'Cosmos' speaks at Augustana forum

SIOUX FALLS – A rockstar in the science community was in Sioux Falls Monday night. Astrophysicist and host of the hit series “Cosmos” Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke at Augustana University. You might think, ‘that’s way over my head.’ But Tyson, who walked out to a standing ovation, broke the ice early. “They wanted me to speak for like 30 minutes….

W-I-N-N-E-R! New Scripps State Spelling Bee Winner Crowned in Vermillion

Addo's winning word was 'noggin.'

VERMILLION, S.D. – The state’s top spellers met at the University of South Dakota Saturday for the Scripps Spelling Bee state final, crowning Nana Addo of Dakota Dunes with the top prize. Addo’s winning word was ‘noggin.’ After advancing through school and regional competitions, 15 spellers competed for a chance to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee hosted in Washington,…

USD Sanford School of Medicine “Match Day” Leads to a Happy Couple

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s the day they’ve all been waiting for.  Today marked an exciting day for future doctors in the Sioux Empire.  Last November, Medical students from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, chose the hospitals where they’d like to complete their residency.  Finally, today, they found out where they’ll be placed after graduate school….

Southeast Technical Institute is Doing Bigger and Better Things

SIOUX FALLS, SD  -Southeast Technical Institute expanded its automotive programs in the Fall of 2016.  The 100,000 square foot expansion included state of the art equipment.  Students, instructors, and even people within the automotive industry helped come up with the expansion plans. Being able to find employable workers has become an increasingly common problem for companies in the Sioux Empire. …

Kids Join The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra For Special Performance

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s a classic combination: kids and music.  So when 1,800 elementary students in Sioux Falls were presented with a chance to play nine different pieces alongside the pros, it was music to their ears. Executive Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Boomgaarden, said “We’re so excited we are doing the inaugural performance of Carnegie Hall’s…

Program Developed to Help Children With Emotions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  A program developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been established in Sioux Falls, to help adults teach kids and teenagers on how to better deal with their emotions. The research-based program, called “take 5” incorporates yoga with concentration techniques and exercise movements. Creator of the program says she wanted to give alternate ways to help children…

Women in Politics Share Their Experience

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The current political climate has motivated many to take an interest in possibly running for office and a Sioux Falls organization is helping people take the first step. According to the organization, “LEAD” or ‘Leaders Engaged and Determined’, only 13 percent of women in South Dakota hold a seat in the state house and only 5 percent…

Local Students Learn “The Magic Of Recycling”

SIOUX FALLS – During the week of March 6, the City of Sioux Falls will again sponsor presentations to thousands of local elementary students to learn about “The Magic of Recycling” with magician Greg Allen. “The Magic of Recycling,” a Timothy Wenk production, is an award-winning live magic show presented to up to 350 students at a time. The show…

Sioux Falls School Board Nominations Open

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  If you have ever thought about running for the Sioux Falls school board now might be your chance. There are currently five members on the board, but board member Doug Morrison’s seat will open up in July when his term expires. Morrison has not announced whether he will rerun. Nomination petitions are now open. Interested candidates must…

Student Stabbed In SDSU Dorm Room

The suspect told authorities he was acting in self-defense

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State University officials say a student was stabbed on campus over the weekend and had to be airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. The suspect is a former student who told authorities he was acting in self-defense. This comes as a shock to many in Brookings. “This is pretty significant as far as assaults go…

Augustana University Honors the Life of Frederick Douglass for Black History Month

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-   Frederick Douglas is among many of the African American pioneers who are celebrated during Black History Month. In honor of the month, Augustana University opened their doors to the public to hear the story of Douglass’s life and legacy. “We are part of society tremendously just way more than slavery, “says Augustana University Director of Diversity…

Augustana University Introduces First Woman President In 157-Year History

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will assume office this summer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – She was the first woman in South Dakota to serve as a U.S. House Representative. Now she’ll be the first woman to lead one Sioux Falls University. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been named as Augustana University’s 24th president. College officials spread the word about the former congresswoman in an email Wednesday. “I looked at it and…