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The pandemic is causing teacher shortages and other school staffing problems across the state. Two top education officials discussed the issue at a recent Sioux Falls rotary meeting.

 

  

State Education Secretary Tiffany Sanderson says every school district in South Dakota is dealing with staffing shortages for the upcoming school year.

“The open positions right now, going into the school year 3 weeks away, we still have almost 120 unfilled positions for classroom teachers.”

New Rapid City Arena Nears Completion

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Construction workers installed windowpanes and rode cranes to reach the top layers of the new Summit Arena in Rapid City on Monday morning.  

Workers have labored through the coronavirus pandemic, labor and supply shortages, and the recent 100-degree heatwave since breaking ground in November 2019,   

Despite those obstacles, the $130 million arena at the Monument is expected to be completed on time in early October.  

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A recent study says more dust is blowing around the Great Plains.

Mark Sweeney studies dust as a professor of sustainability and environment at the University of South Dakota. He says the southern Great Plains are most at risk for dust storms as the climate changes. But he says the Northern Plains could be affected, too.

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The elected leader of Sturgis  says people attending the city’s annual motorcycle rally should take their own precautions against COVID-19.  

The city does not have any coordinating vaccination opportunities. Masks are not required for the rally either. However, the city is allowing people to carry alcoholic beverages around the downtown area instead of requiring them to stay inside licensed businesses 

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We preview the 81st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with the city's mayor, Mark Carstensen.

Are the Great Plains poised for another Dust Bowl? We talk with USD geologist Mark Sweeney about heatwaves, drought, and the new problems caused by modern irrigation.

The U.S. labor market is shifting in significant ways. Morning Macro with Joe Santos takes a look at patterns in South Dakota and possible explanations for the flux.

History 605: S1, Ep 4 "George A. Custer"

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General Custer is one of the most written about people in American history. Author Sandy Barnard has spent many years researching his life, the US Army in the Plains Indian wars, and worked with the National Park Service on a number of projects about this history. He recently wrote a new biography and Dr. Jones was pleased to have this conversation about Custer's controversial life and what it means to America and the Great Plains. The book is available at: sdhspress.com/books/george-armstrong-custer

  

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Department of Health

The South Dakota Department of Health stopped providing daily COVID-19 updates earlier this month. It now updates the data every Wednesday.  

Elizabeth Racz is an epidemiologist at South Dakota Mines. She says an increase in out-of-state tourists and the rise of the more contagious Delta variant should prompt state officials to provide daily reports again.  

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More than a hundred people stood in the rain to make their voices heard about Sanford’s vaccination mandate. Many held signs with false statistics about the vaccine and phrases like “my body, my choice.”  

 

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