Northern Plains News Service
Using, possessing or selling marijuana in South Dakota is illegal. But what are the chances of getting caught? For users, about six chances in 100, according to federal addiction statistics gleaned from addiction-treatment.com and recently compiled by the online magazine Vox. According to the statistics, about 6,303 marijuana users per 100,000 users are arrested in South Dakota.
South Dakota and Nebraska bucked national and regional trends of losing farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recently released Census of Agriculture. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms fell from 2.2 million to 2.1 million, down nearly 100,000 farms or about 4.5 percent. In South Dakota, the number of farms rose 2.6 percent to 31,989 and Nebraska saw a 4.7 percent increase to 49,969 farms. Nebraska also has the youngest average age of farmers at 55.7 years old, compared to the national average of 58.3 in 2012.
Four of the 10 states in the nation that do not provide state-funded pre-school are in the Northern Plains -- South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming -- according to a new report released the U.S. Department of Education. Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota do offer state funding for 3- and 4-year-olds to attend pre-school. Iowa had one of the highest rates of 3- and 4-year-olds participating in state-supported pre-school at 32.4 percent.
The Dakotas have among the highest — and lowest — home loan down payment percentages in the nation. Lendingtree looked at what home buyers put down on homes across the United States. North Dakotans place the smallest percentage down on a home at 12.31 percent. South Dakotans place the seventh highest percentage down at 16.64 percent. The national average is 15.78 percent down. New Jersey residents put the highest percentage down on a house in the U.S. at 19.36 percent.
Which South Dakota cities have the fastest internet? It depends if you're coming or going — downloading or uploading. According to the internet speed measurement website Ookla and its Net Index rankings, Aberdeen ranked first for broadband internet downloading speed, edging out Sioux Falls. In Ookla's broadband upload speed rankings, Sioux Falls ranked first, followed by Mitchell and Vermillion. The speeds are measured in mps, or megabits per second. Below are Ookla's broadband download rankings for South Dakota: 1. Aberdeen 43.98 mps; 2. Sioux Falls 43.3 mps; 3.
By Northern Plains News South Dakota received $85,265 in grants from the USDA to help schools purchase kitchen equipment. Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack announced Monday that the department is awarding...
Dakotans' musical tastes are eclectic, according to a new analysis on the real estate blog Movoto. The site compiled federal and corporate data to determine American's musical preferences by location. In North and South Dakota, no one musical genre predominated, according to the accompanying map. However, rock and oldies, rap and hip-hop, metal and folk had somewhat more preference than other styles of music.
A recent study published in the online journal Health Affairs says 38 to 95 South Dakotans are at risk of dying each year the state fails to expand the federal/state health coverage for the poor. Further, the study estimates nearly 39,000 South Dakotans would be covered by an expansion. The study also estimates that prior to the Affordable Care Act, 118,760 South Dakotans were uninsured but that number drops to 98,143 following implementation of the ACA. The study was conducted by Sam Dickman, a medical student in the Cambridge Integrated Clerkship at Harvard Medical School; David Himmelste
Cooler than average temperatures are expected to continue across the northern states in May, according to a recent report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. According to Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension climate field specialist, there is some discrepancy among the numerous climate computer models for precipitation in May.
Dealing with malaria is a fact of life for more than 91 million Ethiopians. Each year, 4 million to 5 million contract malaria, one of the biggest health problems in this poor country. "I was sick twice a year," said Woubet Alemu, a South Dakota State University doctoral student and a native of Ethiopia. The mosquito-transmitted illness causes headache, chills and vomiting. Alemu's stepmother got malaria after childbirth. By the time the family took her to the hospital 18 miles away, it was too late.