Education

Viborg Fire Department Holds Fire School Training on Rescue Operations

VIBORG, S.D.- A group of firefighters spent their day inside a grain bin training for rescue operations. For almost 100 years now, the Southeast Fire Association has been holding fire school training for volunteer firefighters. Around 50 volunteer firefighters from the southeast district went through search and rescue courses today. In the grain bin, the firefighters were given a scenario on…

Enrollment Up Slightly At South Dakota Public Universities

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents says fall enrollment at the state’s six public universities increased slightly compared to last year, up a third of one percent. The total number of students at the six universities is 36,662. The increase equates to 131 additional students. Regents say Dakota State University at Madison reported the greatest percentage…

More Time in the Classroom: Watertown Implements All Day Kindergarten

WATERTOWN, S.D.- Kindergarteners in Watertown are now spending more time in the classroom. The Watertown School District is now implementing all day kindergarten. It’s a move school officials say will better prepare the students for their schooling careers. “I think our kids are loving it, it’s been great. We get to know them so much better as individuals and where…

Community Gathers for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  The sidewalk of 8th and railroad and throughout Falls Park was lit up in purple as community members and loved ones walked in honor of those battling Alzheimer’s disease. KDLT’s Tom Hanson emceed the ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ this Saturday morning with around a thousand people in attendance. This year the organization held the walk at 8th and…

Inauguration Of First Female President Of Augustana University

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was inaugurated as Augustana University’s 24th president today at the Elmen Center. She succeeds Rob Oliver who retired after more than 25 years of service to Augustana. “We’re attracting more businesses and more families to the community and therefore more prospective students in need of higher education, and for decades now…

South Dakota Tech Schools Get Funding For New Equipment

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s four technical institutes are receiving more than $860,000 in funding to purchase up-to-date equipment to ensure students are properly trained for today’s workforce. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the funding Thursday for equipment needs in programs that are eligible for the Build Dakota Scholarship program. Mitchell Technical Institute was awarded $400,000. The Daily Republic reported…

Tri-Valley School District Walks Back Offer

The superintendent sent a letter to home-school parents offering a free laptop

COLTON, S.D. – A letter sent out by the Tri-Valley School District is creating some backlash. The district invited home-school students to attend school in the district for one day, Sept. 29. In the letter, Superintendent Mike Lomdel said school districts in South Dakota receive funding based on the number of students enrolled in the district on that date. The…

Healthcare Officials Celebrate Simulation Week and Its Impact

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- This week health care professionals across the world are in the spotlight for Simulation Week. It’s designed to showcase the training professionals undergo to improve safety and efficiency in patient care. “They are life like, they are realistic, we can use that particular equipment to train the clinical staff on how to handle various types of situations,” says…

Longest Running Specialty School In SFSD Has Long Waiting List

School Requires Parent Involvement, Results In Greater Academic Achievement

Among the 23 elementary schools in the Sioux Falls School District, five are specialty schools. Established more than four decades ago, All-City Elementary at Jane Addams is the longest running and so is the waiting list. Around 90 students are vying for a spot at the school on the 2500 block of West Brookings Street, which is more than half…

Egan Family Uses Son’s Story to Bring Awareness to Childhood Cancer

SHERMAN, S.D.- September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and an Egan South Dakota family is using their son’s story to highlight the importance of the month and help other families going through similar situations. Five-year-old Tayden Grohs had a smile that could light up the whole room and even after he was diagnosed with brain cancer his smile never went away…

New Program Benefits Elementary Students With Special Needs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the first week back to school, a Sioux Falls elementary is implementing a new program to benefit those with special needs. “Trends are that children are less active, they aren’t rolling down hills, and they are not making mud pies,” says Physical Therapist at Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Jolene Gordon. Gordon says technology is changing…

More Students Taking, Scoring Well on ACT

South Dakota Department of Education releases latest numbers

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota saw a significant increase in the percentage of graduating seniors who took the ACT in 2017, while the state’s average composite score remained above the national average and down slightly from 2016. South Dakota’s average ACT score for 2017 was 21.8, compared to the national average of 21.0 and last year’s statewide average of 21.9….

Future of USD Law School To Be Decided At Next Meeting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D- All summer, a relocation task force has been looking into a potential move for University of South Dakota’s Law School from Vermillion to Sioux Falls. That discussion continued today in Sioux Falls with the task force looking west for advice. Sioux Falls or Vermillion? , the question remains unanswered as to where the state’s only law school will…

Morningside College To Cut Some Programs, Staff Positions

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials say Morningside College in Sioux City plans to eliminate some degree programs. Majors and minors will be phased out in several subject areas, including music, philosophy, physics and theater. The programs have few students and were chosen for elimination after a task force evaluation of all 135 academic programs. The reductions are projected to…

Harrisburg School District to Offer Free College Courses

The program would allow students that have completed their 24 credits to be able to start taking college courses for free

HARRISBURG, S.D.- School might not be on the brain for everyone just yet, but that doesn’t mean that some aren’t already looking ahead, far ahead. Thanks to a new early college program students in Harrisburg will soon be able to start taking college classes for free. “I love biology and chemistry. I like science because I like learning how everything works,”…

Dakota State University Receives 60 Million and Opens New Building

It’s the first new building the university has had in 30 years and will serve to help students going into the field of cyber security

MADISON, S.D.- Dakota State University celebrated a new milestone today, by opening the ‘Beacom Institute of Technology’. It’s the first new building the university has had in 30 years. It will serve to help students going into the field of cyber security. Along with that celebration, the university also received a donation of 60 million dollars. The university received 30 million…