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Month: January, 2015

New marina manager

Friday, January 30, 2015

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The state of South Dakota has found a new operator for its marina at the popular Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission accepted a proposal from Chris Donlin of Pickstown for the purchase of the marina's assets and approved a new 10-year concession lease.
Donlin has owned and operated Donlin Marine in Pickstown for over 17 years.
The Game, Fish and Parks commission issued a prospectus seeking proposals for the management of the Lewis and Clark Marina in the fall.
Regional Parks Supervisor Jeff VanMeeteren says Donlin's was the only proposal received by the deadline and it met all prospectus requirements.


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Teacher shortage plan

Friday, January 30, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A legislative panel is expected to take up a measure aimed at addressing South Dakota's rural teacher shortage by covering college tuition for professionals already working in such schools.
The House Appropriations Committee on Friday is expected to review a proposal that would offer tuition assistance to certain school employees to get teaching degrees in South Dakota if they agree to work in a rural school for five years.
The bill's main sponsor is Republican Rep. Thomas Holmes of Sioux Falls. He says that many times rural schools hire a teacher who leaves after a year.
Holmes says he wants to help people who love working with children to get their degrees while also providing teachers to rural schools.
The proposal would allow up to 40 teachers-in-training a year.


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Broadway comes to Sioux Falls

Friday, January 30, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Broadway artists will be joining the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for two concerts in Sioux Falls.
Artists Marni Raab and John Cudia will perform along the orchestra in the upcoming concerts of "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and More!"
The performances will include music from the Broadway hits "The Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables" and "Cats."
Raab, of New Jersey, recently ended her run on Broadway as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera." Cudia, of North Carolina, has performed The Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" and Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables."
The concerts are scheduled for Feb. 7 and 8 at the Washington Pavilion.


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Daktronics featured on television show

Friday, January 30, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota company will be featured on national TV Sunday hours before its products show up on Super Bowl coverage.
"CBS Sunday Morning" plans to run a story on video display maker Daktronics Inc.
A CBS crew spent three days in Brookings in November documenting the company's story and its goal to build the biggest and most vivid video displays in football.
Daktronics says the segment focuses on co-founders Al Kurtenbach and Duane Sander. They were South Dakota State University engineering professors when they started the business in 1968 in an effort to give students a place to work close to home.
University of Phoenix Stadium had 18 Daktronics boards installed in 2006 and another two for the Super Bowl, which it's hosting.


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Sex trafficking stop over

Friday, January 30, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say Sioux Falls has become a popular stopping-off point for sex traffickers on their way to the booming western North Dakota oil patch.
FBI Agent Chad Elgersma says Sioux Falls is a logical in-between stop for traffickers moving women and girls from the Milwaukee area. He says traffickers can make money in Sioux Falls while traveling to North Dakota.
Police statistics show that about two-thirds of the 78 people who have been arrested in connection with prostitution in Sioux Falls the past two years came from other states.
Elgersma says authorities don't see any signs of the activity slowing.
North Dakota lawmakers are considering several measures aimed at combating the increasing incidence of prostitution in the state, including increasing the penalties for sex traffickers.

 


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Shooting near Empire Mall

Friday, January 30, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A person has been taken to a Sioux Falls hospital with what police say are serious injuries after a shooting in the city.
Authorities initially believed the shooting late Thursday happened in the Empire mall parking lot but later determined it occurred on Louise Avenue on the mall's eastside. It prompted officers to close some streets in the area.
No arrests were immediately made. The condition of the male victim was not known.


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School safety plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A legislative panel is set to take up a measure requiring schools to make safety plans for potential violent incidents such as an intruder coming in with a weapon.
The Senate Education Committee on Thursday is expected to review a proposal that would also require schools to conduct an annual lockdown drill.
The bill's main sponsor is Republican Sen. Larry Tidemann of Brookings. He says that violence at schools is a situation that we're living in today.
Tidemann says schools have plans for tornados and fires, so they should also have a blueprint for how to react to a violent situation.
Under the proposal, a school would designate a leader for if a violent incident occurs, establish evacuation procedures and create an emergency response team that includes local law enforcement.


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Conservation sign up deadline

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HURON, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have a month to apply for part of $100 million that's available from the federal government in its Conservation Stewardship Program.
People who participate agree to take conservation steps to improve the resource conditions on their land, including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation.
This year's effort could include the enrollment of up to 7.7 million acres in the program by private landowners.
The 2014 Farm Bill gave people more options to meet conservation needs and protect the natural resources on their land.
South Dakotans can also be part of a project focused on creating habitat for the sage grouse and protecting the Ogallala Aquifer.
Applications are due to the National Resources Conservation Service by Feb. 27.  


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LATI enrollment record

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — A state technical institute in northeastern South Dakota has reached an enrollment record.
Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown says 2,020 students were tallied during the final spring semester student count. The students are enrolled in on-campus, online and dual status classes.
School officials say the record enrollment is an increase of 26 percent over last year's spring semester count.
The enrollment milestone comes at a time when the state is trying to considerably boost enrollment in technical schools.
State officials in December announced a partnership with philanthropist T. Denny Sanford that will result in a $50 million scholarship program aimed at students entering "high-need" workforce programs.
State leaders say the scholarship program will help fill empty jobs and address a worker shortage that is hindering South Dakota's growth.


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Rapid City Police identify harassment suspect

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City Police Department has identified at least one person who harassed grade-school students from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at a hockey game.
Police Chief Karl Jegeris announced Wednesday evening criminal charges may be filed in the incident that occurred during a Rapid City Rush hockey game. Chaperone Justin Poor Bear says students from the American Horse K-8 school in Allen were subjected to racial slurs and had beer sprayed on them at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Saturday.
Jegeris said officers have identified a main suspect who exhibited racist and criminal behavior during the game, as well as others who may have been involved.
He said his department will work closely with the State's Attorney's Office to ensure the case moves forward.


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