A South Dakota Congresswoman and the leader of the US Department of Agriculture are at odds over nutrition standards in school lunch programs. Representative Kristi Noem is providing lawmakers legislation that eases the dietary guidelines for meals provided by schools.  

Protests Against Racism Continue In Rapid City

Feb 26, 2015

Roughly 100 people took part in a peaceful march against racism in Rapid City this Thursday afternoon.

Protestors expressed anger over what they see as unfair treatment of Native people in the justice system and unfair economic conditions.

Marchers included 77 year old Dennis Banks-who was a founding member of the American Indian Movement.  

Banks took part in the Wounded Knee occupation of 1973 and says he’s had to come back to Rapid City too often over the years to join in protest marches like this.

Hate Crime Charges Possible After Incident At Rush Game

Jan 28, 2015

An incident at Saturday night’s Rush hockey game in Rapid City may result in hate crime and assault charges.

57 students from American Horse School were on a trip from Pine Ridge to attend the game as reward for good behavior and academic achievement.  
But in the third period a group of white men in a rented suite above the children’s seating area allegedly poured beer down on to the students and shouted racial slurs.   

The school group left the game early out of concern for student safety.

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Flooding Hits Harrisburg School

Jun 17, 2014
Jim Holbeck

An elementary school in Harrisburg is partially underwater following Monday’s heavy rains.

One of the bigger points surrounding this year’s legislative session is the goal of making Career and Technical Education more affordable.  Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave says the goal is to financially help high school students who have the desire to also take courses of a CTE program.

Dakota Political Junkies

Aug 21, 2013

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion and longtime South Dakota journalist Kevin Woster discussed the state's recent political news.  Topics included the 2014 U.S. Senate race, former USD law professor Mike Myers' candidacy as in independent candidate for governor and Ryan Brunner's announcement that he's running for Commissioner of School and Public Lands.

Heather Wilson, SDSM&T's New President

Jun 25, 2013

Heather Wilson is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Mexico's 1st congressional district from 1998 to 2009. She was the first female military veteran elected to a full term in congress. Wilson was also New Mexico's Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2012 but lost in the general election. She discussed her career and her path that led her to her new position at SDSM&T as well as the school's future.

Colorado Tech In Sioux Falls Closing

Nov 29, 2012

Students attending Colorado Technical University in Sioux Falls found out Wednesday the school is closing its doors. CTU cites the economy and lower enrollment as their reasons for closing.

Sioux Falls Chief of Planning and Zoning Jeffrey Schmitt visited Colorado Tech’s campus and met with administrators in July. Schmitt says the news of CTU’s closing is a surprise.  He says the school announced expanding classes and increasing enrollment during his summer visit. He says all education institutions in Sioux Falls are taking a hit from the struggling economy.

SF To Consolidate Elementary Schools

Nov 26, 2012
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Hundreds of elementary students who attend a handful of Sioux Falls schools say goodbye to their buildings by 2015. Monday night, school board members approve shutting down two small, older schools and constructing one larger building on the site of a third elementary. At the meeting, parents and school administrators split along ideological lines.