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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.
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.
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.
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.
SIOUX FALLS -- A panel of noted medical experts from around the nation has been named and will start the process this spring of selecting the winner of a $1 million prize from Sanford Health that will recognize a person for excellence in life-changing medical treatments, medical innovations or research.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 31-year-old Sioux Falls man who used multiple women he was romantically involved with as his assistants in drug dealing in the area has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Jaunte Lamar Berry, who had pleaded guilty earlier to possession of meth with intent to deliver, was sentenced last week in federal court to the prison term followed by four years of supervised release.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health reminds residents to protect themselves against hantavirus disease as the weather warms and cabins and other buildings that have been closed for the winter are being opened up. These are places where exposure to hantavirus is most likely.