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HARRISBURG, S.D.—Personalized or customized learning remains in its infancy levels in the Dakotas, but a school district in southeast South Dakota is taking it to a new level and is becoming recognized as a regional leader in the effort. Harrisburg is a district that includes students from the southern part of the city of Sioux Falls along with rural and Harrisburg residents.
Innocent bystander suffers leg wound in central Sioux Falls shooting SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 30-year-old Sioux Falls man was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time as a bullet ricocheted and hit him in the leg after a fight between two other men nearby. The victim, who was not identified, sustained a gunshot wound to his leg after the shooting in central Sioux Falls late Sunday night about 11 p.m.
PIERRE, S.D.— A second case of a highly contagious, but rare horse disease has been confirmed in South Dakota, and officials in the region are urging horse owners to do what they can to help prevent the spread of the potentially fatal disease. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said Friday, May 4, that the most recent case of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy was confirmed on Monday and involved a horse that belonged to a member of the South Dakota State University rodeo team in Brookings.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The City of Sioux Falls is likely out of funds after a vendor scam. City Police Capt. Blaine Larsen said the city’s finance department in mid-April received via e-mail a vendor update request that appeared to be legitimate to update the vendor’s electronic payment information. Later in the month, police said the city transferred two payments to the new bank routing address for legitimate work completed by the vendor.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health reported Friday, May 4, the state’s first case of E. coli infection associated with romaine lettuce originating from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. A second case in the state possibly associated with the outbreak is still under investigation.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 49-year-old South Dakota man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for transporting individuals from Rapid City to Chicago in 2016 with the intent of hiring them to engage in prostitution and also for distributing meth. Darryl Graham, also known as Darryl Gram, was sentenced last month in federal court in Rapid City. He was given five years on each charge, but the prison terms run concurrently.
PIERRE—South Dakota saw a record number of tourists in 2017. Optimism is surrounding the state once again this year to welcome expected tourists. "All of the signs we have are really positive," said state tourism director Jim Hagen, who expects the number to climb from last year's record of 13.9 million visitors. The reason he's optimistic is that requests for state visitor guides are up 104 percent from last year, visits to the tourism website are up 22 percent and requests for the state's tourism newsletter show an increase of 42 percent.
MANDAN, N.D. -- The body of a 74-year-old Bismarck man missing since April 9 was found Wednesday morning, May 2, along the shoreline of the Heart River west of Mandan where he had been scouting hunting spots in his boat. The body of Lynn Fairfield was found about 10 a.m. when a deputy was doing a check of the riverbanks about a mile downstream from where his boat had capsized.
VERMILLION, S.D. -- South Dakota’s Board of Regents stuck close to home in selecting a new president for the University of South Dakota on Tuesday.. Sheila Gestring, vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the university, was named USD’s 18th president. The South Dakota native who holds a master of business administration degree from USD will start her new job on June 22.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health has released information for people interested in operating one or more of the eight dispensaries for medical marijuana. Division of Medical Marijuana Director Jason Wahl said the “draft dispensary application materials” give interested parties a head start on what they all need to open a possible dispensary, including such things as registering with the Secretary of State.