Education

Marchers March in the Name of Science

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Hundreds of community members in Sioux Falls marched in solidarity with others across the world all in the name of science. The march is a grassroots effort to advocate for the sciences as valuable fields of study that should have a role in forming policies that shape the world. “I only march periodically, but I am constantly resistant,…

A Senior Class Unlike Any Other

Students re-stock trout, collect data for DNR

CAMDEN STATE PARK, Minn. – A unique class for seniors at one Minnesota high school started with a request to the Department of Natural Resources. A teacher at Southwest Christian in Edgerton was looking for a hands-on lesson in river ecology. Five years later, and that relationship is now providing research for the DNR. KDLT photojournalist Josh Bixler caught up…

Dr. Lein: “It’s Hard To Walk Away”

The Harrisburg High School prinicpal will be taking on a new role next school year

HARRISBURG, S.D. – At the end of this school year, the principal at Harrisburg High School will be moving on to another career. He’s been head of the school for the past seven years, witnessing the growth of the community and experiencing first hand one of its most terrifying times; making it a hard goodbye. “It went really fast, I…

Students Go Deep Underground To Learn About Science

LEAD, S.D. (AP) – Students from around South Dakota are going deep underground to learn answers to some of the most challenging science questions. The Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead has a Dakota Digital Network connection so researchers and others can connect with classrooms from deep beneath the earth. The Sanford lab is a former gold mine which closed…

Airman Receives Degree Before Deployment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today marks a special day that one South Dakota man didn’t think he would be able to see.  An Airman from the 114th Fighter Wing who is deploying soon thought he was going to miss his graduation, but the university held a special graduation ceremony for the Airman today at Joe Foss Field. There’s a sense…

Sioux City School District Budget Director Placed On Leave

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City school district’s budget director has been placed on leave after raising concerns about the superintendent’s management style. Documents say the district placed John Chalstrom on paid administrative leave Feb. 13. The move wasn’t announced publicly. Chalstrom had accused superintendent Paul Gausman of creating a hostile workplace and threatening his job if he…

Iowa State University Settles Harassment Policy Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University has changed discrimination and harassment policies and is settling a lawsuit filed last year by a conservative student who challenged them. Student Robert Dunn refused to sign policy statements that said public discussion of controversial subjects including abortion and sexuality could be deemed harassment by university officials. The university says it never…

Cost Of Borrowing Increasing: Credit Counseling Service Offers Ways To Pay Off Cards

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates twice already in 2017 and is expected to raise them two more times this year. With the cost of borrowing going up, experts say it’s time to start thinking about paying off those credit cards. Lutheran Social Services Certified Credit and Housing Counselor Jesse Hall said, “People cut them up and get rid…

Rural Minnesota School Districts Facing Teacher Shortage

State data show that teacher turnover is higher in smaller districts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – School districts across Minnesota are struggling to hire and retain teachers. Bob Jaszczak, superintendent of the Kittson Central district, says schools in the rural, northern part of the state have struggled harder than ever to fill open jobs in the past few years. State data show that teacher turnover is higher in smaller districts. Since…

Rapid City To Make Head Start Site For Native American Kids

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City nonprofit will receive a $1 million grant toward the construction of a facility that will house a program that helps Native American children with school readiness. The Rapid City Journal reports that Rural America Initiatives announced the grant Thursday from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. The grant brings the group closer to…

Stefanie Hage Named 2017 Sioux Falls Teacher of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  A Sioux Falls woman described the experience as overwhelming. Stefanie Hage a 3rd-grade teacher at John Harris Elementary is still getting used to the title of “Teacher of the Year.” She received the award Monday night from the Sioux Falls School District. When you first walk into Mrs. Hage’s 3rd-grade class, the set-up of the classroom catches…

Program Designed For Parents To Address Underage Drinking With Children

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  We brought you the story of the 19-year-old Watertown woman who died of alcohol poisoning on Tuesday. So, we decided to take a look at underage drinking in Sioux Falls. According to a 2015 statistic by Prairie View Prevention Services South Dakota teens ranked second highest for binge drinking. However, a program called “Parents Matter” is helping…

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…