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What a Four-Day School Week Looks Like

MARION, S.D.- More and more schools are considering switching to a four day week. In South Dakota, 34 of the 149 school districts have already made the change according to the South Dakota Department of Education. But what exactly does that look like? The Marion School District made the switch three years ago. They have four-day weeks, Monday through Thursday….

Marion Organization Buys School Supplies for Entire District

MARION, S.D.-It’s almost time for kids to go back to school, which means families are doing their back-to-school shopping. The price can add up quickly, so one organization in Marion is helping to make this year a little less stressful for parents.  At this year’s open house in the Marion School District, a weight has been lifted for the parents….

School Bus Driver Shortage in Sioux Falls School District

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The school year is just weeks away, which means time is running out for the Sioux Falls School District to fill an important employment gap. Not teachers, but bus drivers. The race is on to find 30 more. Driving a school bus is the best start and end to Arthur Degelder’s day. “I enjoy the interaction with…

Local Program Aims to Combat the “Summer Slide”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Just because schools out for the summer doesn’t mean the learning is finished for students at Hayward, Hawthorne and Laura B. Anderson Elementary Schools in Sioux Falls. That’s because some kids are participating in the Summer Climb program. “I’ve been learning to read more and learning more of math,” said Braylin Meidinger, who will be going into…

Vikings Player Spends Father’s Day in Sioux Falls to Tackle Bullying

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s Father’s Day and people are celebrating in many different ways. For one Minnesota Vikings player, he spent his Father’s Day in Sioux Falls promoting a cause important to him. For Father’s Day Linval Joseph, Defensive Tackle for the Vikings celebrated with his four-year-old daughter Elani. He wants to share with her the importance of giving back,…

Local Students Treat Each Other the “Wildcat Way”

INWOOD, IOWA- It’s been 20 years since the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. It’s an event that had a lasting effect on communities around the country, including on one Iowa high school. It only takes one small act of kindness to start a big chain reaction. “Sometimes people feel like they are alone, but you’re not. You have so…

Coffee Cart Program Helps Brew Independence in Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Friday mornings are extra special at one Sioux Falls elementary school. A new program that started this school year is not only helping teachers jump start their day, it’s also brewing an important sense of independence in some of the students. There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee to start the day off right and a…

Special Training Exercise Shows Seriousness of Grain Bin Dangers

Mitchell, S.D.-An 80-year-old man from northern Iowa, a 16-year-old boy from Winner and a 22-year-old man from Irene all suffocated to death in the past few years in grain bin accidents. Thursday safety officials educated farmers on the dangers associated with grain bins. A special training exercise was held at Mitchell Technical Institute as part of Stand Up For Grain…

University of South Dakota’s 18th President Sworn In

VERMILLION S.D.-After 21 years, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion has a new president. “Ladies and gentlemen please rise in joining me in welcoming the University of South Dakota’s 18th President, Sheila K. Gestring,” said Former President Jim Abbott during the school’s 2019 President Inauguration. Sheila Gestring is leading the school she’s known for 13 years. During her speech,…

Teachers Sharpen Skills as Computer Science Gains Popularity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The field of computer science continues to gain popularity. That’s why teachers across South Dakota and Minnesota are sharpening their skills, so they can teach students more about it. This year is Jill Vincent’s first time teaching computer science with the Sioux Valley School District in Volga. “Computer science is a growing field that we need to…

DSU Debuts “Campus Watch” Program

       MADISON, S.D.- On college campuses across the country a big concern is safety, especially when students are out and about late in the evening. Staff at Dakota State University in Madison are taking a proactive approach to keep people safe. Juniors Nathan Kramer and Ezra Chona have always made it a top priority to look out for their friends…

State Report Cards Are In: A Look at Sioux Falls School District

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- There are several highlights Sioux Falls Assistant Superintendent Dr. Teresa Boysen is excited to see on the Sioux Falls School District report card. The district’s average a-c-t score of 23 beats the state average of 22. The numbers also show students are improving on their learning. “English, Language arts, our students in reading we had growth over…

Thousands of Students Participate in 31st Annual Festival of Bands

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- September to October is marching band season and Saturday one of midwest’s largest marching band events made its way through Downtown Sioux Falls. It’s the the 31st annual Festival of Bands where marching band students from across South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota And Nebraska show off their skills. “Marching bands spend July and August and September practicing everyday…

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…

Voters to Decide on $190 Million Bond on September 18

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-This Tuesday, voters will decide on a $190 million bond put forward by the Sioux Falls School District. The 25 year bond is meant to help with overcrowding issues in schools, by funding three new schools. If passed, the average homeowners property tax would increase by roughly $2 a month. Volunteers are going door-to-door today to remind people…

Harrisburg Homecoming Parade Celebrates 125 Years with Special Guests

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Each year the Harrisburg School District holds a homecoming parade, but today in honor of their 125th anniversary they decided to do something a little different and invite two special guests to ride in the parade. 96-year-old Grace Aleck and five-year-old Blakely Langner are the oldest and youngest Tigers in the Harrisburg community. Grace graduated class of 1940,…

The Buddy Bench: Helping Kids Find Friends

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-At the start of the school year, it can be hard for some students to make new friends. Now thanks to one family, a Harrisburg Elementary School has a system in place that’s make that process a little easier. A heartwarming photo was posted to Facebook recently, showing a first grader sitting on a bench comforting another…

Sharing the Road With School Buses: Driving Law Reminders

S.D.-As school starts back up there are more school buses out on the roads “Give yourself a little bit more room around those school buses because kids are often getting off that bus and they’re going all different directions to their homes,” said South Dakota Highway Patrol Sergeant, Matt Koll. The South Dakota Highway Patrol has some helpful reminders to…