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South Dakota now has an interim United States Attorney this week after Brendan Johnson left office. Randy Sieler is leading the office for now. Multiple factors contribute to the appointment of a new permanent federal prosecutor.

The process of replacing a United States Attorney lies in the hands of the White House Administration. Sandy McKeown is an assistance professor in political science at the University of South Dakota. She says the president fills the US Attorney position with the advice and consent of the Senate.

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A federal law now requires colleges to educate students and staff on preventing sexual assault. The guidelines are called the Campus SaVE Act. It’s a response to the growing number of reports that rape and sexual violence are rampant on university campuses across the US.

South Dakota colleges are complying with the Campus SaVE Act to make higher education a safer environment. Some college participants are more vulnerable to encountering sexual assault.

"Aging, Occupational Justice, And Human Rights"

May 7, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Townsend, Canadian professor emerita at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and an adjunct professor in the faculty of education at the University of Prince Edward Island, is known internationally for institutional ethnography research on client-centered practice, enablement and occupational justice. The University of South Dakota Department of Occupational Therapy, part of the School of Health Sciences, hosts the fifth annual Occupational Therapy Research Symposium with the theme: "Aging, Occupational Justice, and Human Rights" on Thursday, May 8 at the Andrew E.

Research Examines Wrongful Convictions

Apr 4, 2014

No one wants to be accused of a crime they didn’t commit, let alone face jail or prison time for it. But it happens. One researcher is attempting to identify causes of wrongful convictions, and solutions to keep it from happening.

USD Faces Oregon First in 2014 Football Season

Mar 26, 2014

The University of South Dakota’s football team is starting the 2014 season with a challenge. The Coyotes’ first game is on the road at the University of Oregon August 30th. The schedule was released earlier Wednesday. USD Head Football Coach Joe Glenn says the team is working hard to get better every day. He says the Coyotes won’t prepare any differently for the Ducks.

The University of South Dakota has announced its new men’s basketball head coach. Long-time head coach Dave Boots retired suddenly before the start of the basketball season and assistant Joey James coached the Coyotes through the 2013/2014 schedule as an interim head coach. USD has hired Craig Smith as the new head coach.

USD Seeks $1M Appropriation for Research Park Expansion

Mar 5, 2014

The University of South Dakota’s research park in Sioux Falls has the potential to expand, if state lawmakers OK the funding. House Bill 1175 seeks the state government’s approval for $1 million to further develop the park, after the university’s request through the Board of Regents was denied. Proponents say it promotes economic development, as private companies partner with USD’s biomedical program.

Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner doesn’t testify for or against the bill, but answers committee questions about the importance of the research facility.


The University of South Dakota (4-6) hosts South Dakota State (6-4)  in a football rivalry game this weekend in Vermillion. Both teams seem to be playing good football right now.

The USD Coyotes will host the SDSU Jackrabbits in Vermillion  Saturday for the first time since 2003. Last season SDSU and USD met in Brookings and the Jackrabbits defeated the Coyotes 31-8. South Dakota State Junior Quarterback Austin Sumner says he’s trying not to get caught up in the hype of this week’s game.

Nate Wek

The Sioux Falls Skyforce are roughly two weeks away from starting its 2013-14 season in the NBA Development League. The Skyforce underwent a complete overhaul in the offseason.

The Skyforce have traded in the teal blue for fire red. In the offseason the Skyforce agreed to a hybrid partnership with the Miami Heat. This means the Skyforce plan to act as a developmental team for the Heat, which allows the Heat organization to send players down to the Skyforce or call players up. First year Skyforce Head Coach Pat Delany says he is more than ready to get this season under way.

Tibetan Monks Visit University Of South Dakota

Sep 27, 2013

This week the University of South Dakota received a dose of foreign culture. Six Tibetan Monks visited the campus and during their stay shared a variety of traditional customs and beliefs with students and the public.

"Public Administration And The Failure Of Politics"

Sep 19, 2013

Kenneth Meier is speaking on "Public Administration and the Failure of Politics in the United States" Thursday (9/19) at 4:00 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion. Meier (B.A. USD 1972) is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and also Professor of Public Sector Management at Cardiff University (Wales).

College Football is just days from getting underway for schools in South Dakota. Most of the games begin this Saturday. The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University each have home games to open their 2013 campaigns.

The Coyotes of the University of South Dakota host U-C Davis on Saturday while the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State host Butler. Both teams are looking to start the season with wins. USD Coach Joe Glenn says this first game for the Coyotes is expected to be a tough one.

NCAA Division One Football In South Dakota

Aug 19, 2013
Nate Wek / SDPB

The state of South Dakota  has two schools who participate in division one athletics. Last year was the first year both the University of South Dakota Coyotes and the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits competed in all division one athletics together.

The Jackrabbits of SDSU and the Coyotes of USD are natural rivals. But in 2009 South Dakota State transitioned from Division two to division one athletics.  Last year USD followed suit and now both schools are in the same conference for football and the rivalry is back. 

A high tech company is bringing 200 jobs to Vermillion. Eagle Creek Software Services along with the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce formally broke ground on a 32,000 square foot project center today.

National Music Museum

Aug 13, 2013

A South Dakota tuba landed in Seattle this month. The National Music museum at the University of South Dakota is home to the world’s oldest known Wagner tuba.

The National Music Museum is working with the Seattle Opera to help celebrate the 200th birthdays of opera composers Richard Wagner  and Giuseppe Verdi. Here is the complete list of the instruments the museum has on display in Seattle.

Tristan Trumpet
Orchestra Horn
Aida Trumpet
Wagner Tuba
Viola Alta
Contrabass Valve Trombone