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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…

How to Cope with Back-to-School Stress

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The start of the school year can be a stressful time for kids and parents, especially for those starting school for the first time. Amy Marschall, a Psychologist at Sioux Falls Psychological Services wants parents to know if you or your child are having back-to-school anxiety, it’s completely normal. “It is a very stressful time of year….

Tri-Valley School District Cracks Down on Dangerous Driving

COLTON, S.D.-The school year just started in South Dakota, but one school district is already cracking down on dangerous drivers. “When you see the stop sign on a school bus come out you need to stop, I mean that really as simple as it gets,” said Dr. Mike Lodmel, Tri-Valley School District Superintendent. However, some drivers aren’t doing that. It…

Scheel’s Holds Summer Bash Before School Starts Back Up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-People in Sioux Falls are trying to get in the last few days of summer before school starts back up. Scheel’s is throwing a summer bash until 8:30 tonight, August 19th. An outdoor movie, Space Jam will play on the big screen at 7. Basketball tournaments sponsored by Sky Force are also happening in the parking lot. Organizers…

“It does start adding up quite a bit” – Teachers Sell and Swap School Supplies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to a Federal Department of Education survey, 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies without reimbursement. This means many teachers are spread thin. Tonight, teachers in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska are teaming up to cut costs. “You gotta keep up with the times,” said one teacher. Teachers are meeting…

New High School and Middle School Planned in Sioux Falls by 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sioux Falls is continuing to grow meaning more space will be needed to accommodate everyone. Right now there are 34 schools in Sioux Falls.  In order to plan for this growth the Sioux Falls School District says it has to build new schools. Sioux Falls schools are at or going over capacity. “We’ve grown by quite a little…

South Dakota Schools Celebrate ‘School Lunch Hero Day’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-   Lunch is an important part of a child’s school day. School districts across South Dakota strive to serve nutritious meals, but they aren’t able to do this without the help of all their school nutrition professionals. This is why today they are honoring these people as a part of ‘School Lunch Hero Day.’ Lunch time at John…

Sioux Falls School’s Handle Rise in Juul E-cigarettes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A type of e-cigarette called Juul is becoming popular among teens, many are under 18 and are using the product illegally in South Dakota. Some say the way the e-cig is designed can fool teachers and principals, but schools districts are cracking down. Sioux Falls School District Assistant Superintendent Jamie Nold says “Juuling” is the newest fad…