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PLATTE — Platte-Geddes students didn't back down from a challenge when taking the ACT last year. As most of the district's test scores showed a slight increase, the 20 students who participated increased the English section's score nearly three points, from 19.5 in 2016 to 22.4 in 2017, according to South Dakota Department of Education statistics released earlier this month. Mary Stadick-Smith, DOE spokesperson, called Platte-Geddes' jump "impressive," noting the benchmark for the English portion of the four-part test is 18 on a scale of one to 36.
For Mitchell patients, trips to the hospital will look a bit different. On Monday, a pair of hospitalists began work at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, changing the look of patient care at the hospital. Queen of Peace is the last regional hospital to employ a hospitalist, so it's not new to Avera but it is a new program to Mitchell. The role of a hospitalist is to work exclusively with patients in the hospital and coordinate care from the emergency room to the hospital and post-hospital care.
A Mitchell doctor's vision for changing lives is about to become clear to millions of patients worldwide. In 2014, the brother duo of Jeff and Joe Krall released a new type of spectacle lenses called NeuroLens and the invention is making its worldwide debut this weekend at the International Vision Expo West in Las Vegas that began Thursday and concludes today.
When White Lake students walk into school, they leave the outside world behind. The rules are simple: no cellphones allowed. And if a student is caught with one during school hours, he or she is sentenced to a day of in-school suspension. If the same student is caught three times, he or she is expelled.
BONESTEEL — Bonesteel residents are ready to celebrate. With a weekend full of events slated to begin Saturday morning, the town's approximately 275 citizens will honor the Gregory County town's 125th "birthday" with a rare but much-anticipated festival. And lasting 125 years as a small, rural community is worth the hype, City Administrator Cody Spann said. "It's something to be proud of, 125 years and still going," he said. "That's never a bad thing."
A full day of events is scheduled Saturday to showcase Mitchell's newest Main Street feature. Events begin at 9 a.m. and run through the evening as part of a day-long event to dedicate the Corn Palace plaza — a park that sits to the south of the World's Only Corn Palace. "From the Chamber perspective, we feel this is an amazing addition to our community," said Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sonya Moller. "Any time we can have a community gathering space, that's wonderful."
Editor's note: This is the third story in a series about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10 through Sept. 16. Growing up, Bekka Kiner and her sister, Jennifer, were close. The pair could almost always be found together and considered themselves best friends. Often, they felt, they were the only person the other could rely on. But on Aug. 15, 2002, at 20 years old, Jennifer died by suicide and Bekka's sister was suddenly gone.
PLANKINTON — A group of Plankinton residents is diving head first into solving a local issue. With a 60-year-old pool beginning to show signs of aging, approximately seven locals have banded together in an effort to replace it. Still in the early stages of discussions, members of the group discussed a plan with the Plankinton City Council to fundraise for the new pool, according to City Council President Pam Vissia.
Editor's note: This is the second story in a series about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10 through Sept. 16. With the 14th highest suicide rate in the United States, South Dakota counselors are busy. Maybe too busy.
As maternal deaths climb in the United States, one area health official is calling for more in-depth data in South Dakota. An investigation by National Public Radio indicates that the United States averages 26.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, which is the highest of any developed country, but South Dakota doesn’t keep thorough records on the same issue. And Kim McKay says it’s time for a better system.