Education

Black Hills State University-Rapid City to Offer 18-Day Block Courses

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A university in western South Dakota is introducing an unconventional schedule for students interested in completing a college course in 18 days. The Rapid City Journal reports that Black Hills State University-Rapid City will offer block courses. The college says the offering will be the first of its kind in South Dakota. Courses are traditionally…

USF Bridges Program Geared Toward Immigrant, Refugee Education

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A local university is making strides to equip needy populations in the community to gain workforce skills. The University of Sioux Falls Bridges Program began classes in October after Kilian Community College closed last year. The program’s classes are geared toward immigrant and refugee populations who want to improve their English and education backgrounds. Sioux Falls…

USD Campus Forum On Sexual Assault Draws Large Crowd

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – University of South Dakota officials say they’re taking steps to better train staff and students on the proper ways to respond to sexual assaults. The comments came at a Monday forum on campus on sexual assault awareness that drew a near-capacity crowd. It followed the arrests late last month of two USD football players on rape-related…

Harrisburg School Board Gets Input From Parents On Possible New School

HARRISBURG, S.D. – For years, the number of people living in Harrisburg has been substantially growing; and for years, the school district has been trying to keep up. In less than two decades Harrisburg High School has moved three different times. The latest location even expanded fewer than two years ago to hold an extra 600 students. Still, enrollment is…

Augustana University Holds Forum To Discuss NFL Controversy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Controversy within the NFL started more than a year ago, when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem instead of standing. The move has sparked some to follow suit, and others to lash out. A discussion Thursday night at Augustana University aimed to bring people on both sides of this argument together. “You hear…

Full Story: Iowa Teacher Facing 140 Counts Of Inappropriate Conduct

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – An Iowa elementary teacher is facing 140 counts of inappropriate conduct with students. Police first arrested 35-year-old Curtis Van Dam at the end of October on two counts; lascivious conduct with minor and lascivious acts with a child. Now, Sioux Center Police are discovering similar incidents may have happened before. With allegations dating back to August…

Iowa City Schools Plan To Stop Using Seclusion Rooms

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa City school district has told parents that it will stop using seclusion rooms that are intended for students who pose threats to themselves or others. District Superintendent Stephen Murley said in an email Tuesday night that the district has eliminated seven of the padded rooms and plans to eliminate the rest by the…

Free College Applications for Some SD High School Seniors

You might be able to apply to college for free this week, thanks to a new initiative encouraging students to apply to college. Raymundo Franciscoandres is a senior at Sioux Falls New Technology High School.  He dreams of serving in the National Guard and majoring in graphic design, but with pricey application fees, he was on the fence about applying…

University of Northwestern and Life 96.5 to open a new building

The University of Northwestern Saint Paul and Life 96.5 are teaming up to bring a new building to Sioux Falls. They hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning to celebrate the partnership. The two Christian-based organizations says more classes are needed as the population and economy continue to grow in Sioux Falls. The radio station was built when Sioux Falls had…

Drug Epidemic Impacting Children

SIOUX FALLS ,S.D.- The drug epidemic in the United States is something that every community has become familiar with, even here in the Sioux Empire. The Sioux Falls Police Department made more than 7,600 drug-related arrests last year with a majority of the cases being meth-related. As the issue continues to be a growing problem, the epidemic is driving an…

Alleged Sexual Assault Involving USD Students

We’re learning new details tonight involving an alleged sexual assault involving University of South Dakota students. The USD community is reacting to an alleged off-campus sexual assault involving students. Student body president, Teagan McNary, says students are upset, but still feel safe. “It’s upsetting, and I think it just shows that while we do a lot of training for the…

How To Talk To Your Children About Difficult Topics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In light of these teacher-student contact accusations parents may be wondering how they can better protect their children. Experts say it starts with conversations that aren’t always easy. However, instead of waiting to find the “perfect” time to talk, it’s best to just face the conversations head on. “Yeah I think it can be challenging, it’s important…

United Way Reading Festival Promotes Child Literacy

United Way Reading Festival Promotes Child Literacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Children begin to develop their language skills in the first three years of their life, so the Sioux Empire United Way hopes to stress the importance of child literacy. Hundreds of families gathered for United Ways 17th Annual Reading Festival. A variety of organizations showed their support with children’s activities plus entertainment from Phil Baker. United Way’s…

March in Honor of White Cane Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Members of the visually impaired community gathered in Sioux Falls for a march to protect the rights of pedestrians in honor of National White Cane Day on Sunday. People gathered at the China Express restaurant this Saturday morning, where the event began with the reading of the mayor’s “white cane law proclamation.” The group then marched down…

Two Mitchell Nurses Will Go Through Training To Treat Rape Victims

MITCHELL, S.D.- According to the Central Dakota Sexual Assault Response Team, the city of Mitchell sees about one to two rape cases a month. Currently victims younger than the age of 15, have to travel out of town to be seen by medical professionals but that will soon change. “Every rape case is a serious case,” says Mitchell Police Department…