Education

The Importance of Giving Kids a Break from Technology

Boys & Girls Club launches new social media detox program, "Around the Table"

Billy Mawhiney and Caitlin Hoffman, both with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, talk about a new initiative for 2018 called “Around the Table”. Club officials say it’s become all too apparent how addicted to their phones kids have become and there are definitely downsides to the trend. Their goal is to help teach them the interpersonal…

University Of South Dakota Gets Innovation Grant

Sioux Falls, SD- About a Million Dollars in grant money is coming to South Dakota to help spur innovation. The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business is the recipient of the I6 Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The money will be used to support entrepreneurs, universities, existing South Dakota companies, or other entities committed to…

Non-Profit Organization Looking To Expand Preschool Slots

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Around 300 Sioux Falls children are waiting for an available preschool slot. A new Sioux Falls non-profit is hoping to help children in need by opening by more slots Through the help of the Sioux Falls School District and three Sioux Falls church partners, the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition has opened preschool slots to around 40…

USD to Offer In-State Tuition to Nebraska Residents

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The University of South Dakota has announced it will offer in-state tuition to first-year students and transfer students from Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the school in Vermillion, South Dakota, made the announcement Thursday, describing the change as a pilot program that has been formally approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The university…

Regulators Ask Enbridge To Tweak Pipeline Environment Review

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s utility regulators have rejected a state environmental review of Enbridge’s controversial oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has determined the Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline is inadequate, though its concerns weren’t major. The commission has directed the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which conducted the review, to…

Regents OK 2 Large Projects At Northern State University

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Board of Regents has approved two large projects at Northern State University in Aberdeen. The regents gave unanimous support to a $6.3 million football practice and women’s soccer fields, complete with pavilion, and a $25.2 million regional science center. The fields project needs legislative approval during the 2018 session. Lawmakers approved the science building…

SDSU To Offer In-State Undergraduate Tuition To Incoming Nebraska Students

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents has made it easier for Nebraska student to choose a University in South Dakota. Action by the South Dakota Board Regents on Wednesday allows students from Nebraska who are new first-time freshmen or new transfer students to qualify for undergraduate resident tuition at South Dakota State University beginning in summer 2018….

GOP Plan Expands College Savings Plans To Cover K-12 Costs

A Republican proposal would allow parents to put money they save for their children’s college costs toward K-12 education in a measure hailed as a win by school choice supporters. The last-minute amendment to the Republicans’ tax plan allows parents to use up to $10,000 each year from 529 education savings accounts to pay for public, private and home school…

Northern State University Aims to Raise $45 Million for Campus Projects

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Northern State University hopes to raise $45 million for campus projects including a new sports complex, practice fields and a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Aberdeen News reports that the capital campaign had $25 million in pledges before it began. The Educational Impact Campaign Committee is overseeing the fundraising efforts….

3 Iowa Public Universities Request Funding For Financial Aid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Presidents of Iowa’s three state universities are asking for funding to pay for more financial aid for undergraduate students. But stagnant tax revenue could make additional spending unlikely. The university presidents requested $12 million on Tuesday from Gov. Kim Reynolds. Iowa State University and the University of Iowa each requested $5 million, while the University…

$4.5 Million School Plan Voted Down In Wessington Springs

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) – Voters have narrowly defeated a $4.5 million bond issue to upgrade the century-old high school in Wessington Springs. 59 percent of the 751 voters in Tuesday’s election favored the project, but it needed 60 percent approval to pass. The difference was just seven votes. The project would have included upgrades to heating and cooling systems,…

The Barrel House Donates $92,000 To Kids In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District received a big donation during their school board meeting Monday night. Through their Hungry Hearts Campaign, The Barrel House donated $92,000 to the district. The majority, $82,000 worth, will go toward students who have negative lunch accounts.  The remaining $10,000 will be used for winter weather gear for needy children, according…

Rapid City Schools Address Suicide-Prevention Policies After Loss of Three Students

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Officials in a western South Dakota school district are addressing their suicide-prevention policies after three students killed themselves between July and September. The Rapid City Area School District is looking to improve training, raise awareness of warning signs, institute a culture of reporting and define a better path to recovery. The Rapid City Journal reports…

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…