Education

De-Stress Room Opens At University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – The family of a University of Minnesota graduate who struggled with addiction has helped fund a wellness room in the Law School where students can de-stress without the distractions of technology or homework. Brennan Gaeth graduated from the university’s law program in 2017. He’d struggled with addition and died last year after a relapse. Gaeth’s family decided to…

Construction begins on new South Dakota School for the Blind

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has started construction on a new $13 million school in partnership with Northern State University. Aberdeen American News reports that education officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the new Aberdeen school, which is expected to be completed next year. Marje Kaiser is superintendent of the…

Harrisburg Voters Approve $40M School Bond

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Harrisburg voters approved a $40 million bond yesterday to ease the pressure of overcrowding in the school district. The bond passed with 85% approval with over 1,600 voters casting their vote. $17 million will go towards a new elementary school and $21 million will be spent on a new addition to the high school. District officials say…

Harrisburg Voters Approve $40 Million Bond for School District Upgrades

Voters in Harrisburg passed a $40 million bond on Tuesday with approximately 85 percent approval from more than 1600 voters. Bond elections require a minimum of 60 percent to be approved. The passing of this bond election allows for the school district to build a new elementary school and an addition to the high school which will relieve pressure off of…

Harrisburg Residents Voting on $40M School Bond

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Harrisburg voters are deciding on a $40 million school bond today. Officials say the funds will help combat overcrowding in the school district. Of the $40 million, $17 million will be spent on building a new elementary school, $21 million will go towards additions to the high school, and roughly $2 million will cover fees and interest…

Sioux Falls Unified Champion School Unites Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Schools across South Dakota are choosing to become more inclusive by becoming a Unified Champion School through the South Dakota Special Olympics. This means the school is choosing to promote social inclusion of those with and without disabilities through education and sports. Roosevelt High School is in its second year with the program. There are many different things…

Public Safety leader taking job at Dakota State University

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The head of South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is leaving to take a job with Dakota State University. DPS Secretary Trevor Jones says he will be working in the digital forensics lab at the Madison school. Jones has led the Public Safety department during Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration, following a 20-year career in law enforcement….

A New School Could Be Coming to Harrisburg, Bond Vote Next Week

HARRISBURG, S.D. — The Harrisburg School District is continuing to grow and nearing capacity. Next week district residents have the chance to vote for a bond that would build a new elementary school and add on to the high school. KDLT learns why this bond won’t affect voters’ pockets. Overcrowding is nothing new for the Harrisburg School District. “The major thing…

Gear Up Defendant Takes The Stand

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –   The prosecution rested on Tuesday in the Stacy Phelps trial. The former CEO of AIII is accused of falsifying evidence by backdating contracts. An auditor testified that auditors form opinions based on evidence. “I’m not aware of a good reason to backdate a contract,” said the auditor when he took the stand. On the other side,…

Work to begin on $46M precision agriculture center at SDSU

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Work will soon begin on the $46 million Raven Precision Agriculture Center on the South Dakota State University campus. A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday afternoon in Brookings. Ground work at the site is to begin this fall, with construction starting next spring. SDSU offers both a bachelor’s degree and a minor in precision agriculture. Dean…

Stacy Phelps’ Trial Begins

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  July 31, 2015. “That’s the date the dominos start falling,” said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. However, Stacy Phelps’ defense attorney says a different date – which seemed insignificant at the time- changed his client’s life forever. April 11, 2014. That’s the date Phelps wrote on a contract. However, this is where the prosecution and…

American Heart Association Introduces New ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ to Schools

SIOUX FALLS S.D.- For the last 40 years the American Heart Association has worked to promote heart health in South Dakota elementary schools.This year they’re taking a different approach. The American Heart Association is fighting back against heart disease. Their first line of defense: teaching kids healthy habits. “With Heart disease being 80 percent preventable, we have an opportunity to…

Dan Guericke Pleads Guilty to Falsification of Evidence In Gear Up Scandal

ARMOUR, S.D. – The State of South Dakota and Dan Guericke have reached a plea deal. Guericke pled guilty to falsification of evidence, a class six felony for his role in the “Gear Up” scandal. Police uncovered the embezzlement scheme after a Platte man, Scott Westerhuis, killed his family, then himself, three years ago. KDLT’s Allison Royal was in the…

Packing A Healthy & Happy School Lunch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Getting your kids the proper nutrition can be a difficult task, but is critically important. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. According the http://www.healthcare.gov, one in five children struggle with and are classified as obese. While the month is all but wrapped up, keeping these facts in mind is important all throughout the year. Owner…