Northern Plains News Service
SIOUX FALLS -- Many South Dakotans are vulnerable to Internet fraud, according to a new study from AARP. Called "Caught in the Scammer's Net," the survey found that one in four Internet users across the state may be at increased risk of being victimized. The study compared fraud victims and non-victims, and found that a combination of online behaviors and life experiences puts a person at the greatest risk of being scammed. Among those at highest risk are people who are in debt, have lost jobs or who feel lonely or isolated.
In a letter sent Tuesday, 55 organizations asked a bipartisan group of five U.S. senators -- including Dakotas senators -- for help in stopping the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service from going forward with plans to relax the nation's protections against foot-and-mouth disease. On Dec. 23, APHIS proposed to relax U.S. disease protections to allow the importation of fresh beef from Brazil, a country where, according to the group's letter, FMD is still considered endemic.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Across the Dakotas and the nation Wednesday, people are being asked to take time to stop and think about how their words may affect others. Wednesday is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, asking people to remove the word "retarded" from their vocabulary, said Cheryl Hess, executive director of North Dakota's State Council on Developmental Disabilities. While the effort is focused on getting everyday people to stop using the "R-word," Hess said on a higher level, it's already been removed from the text of laws, both nationally and locally.
LONGMONT, COLO. -- First Nations Development Institute Tuesday announced it has received a $1.2 million grant for a three-year project that aims to build Native American organizations that specifically target Native American artists and Native American cultural institutions. The grant, awarded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation of Eden Prairie, Minn., will allow First Nations to use its capacity-building expertise within Indian Country, specifically with projects in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
If the Northern Plains had a fat belt, South Dakota would be the buckle, according to a new study by Gallup. While not in the bottom 10 states nationally for obesity, South Dakota — in the middle of the Northern Plains — has an obesity rate of 28.3 percent of the population, with Iowa a slim 0.2 points behind South Dakota in fatness. The national obesity average, according to Gallup, is 27.1 percent. South Dakota's twin, North Dakota, came in under the national average at 26.0 percent.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, but across South Dakota, the Northern Plains and the nation there are new requirements that could help take a bite out of the problem. Pediatric dental care is one of the essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act, meaning childhood dental care must be offered, whether it's part of a health plan or as an optional standalone. That should help get more children in the dentist's chair, according to Dr. Paul Reggiardo, spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
SIOUX FALLS — When it comes to class size, small is beautiful — or at least better — for K-12 students.
Federal budget sequestration in 2013 cost 239 South Dakota families their subsidized housing vouchers, according to a new study.
SIOUX FALLS — Dairy farm families will again partner with First Bank & Trust, Hy-Vee and Lewis Drug to help provide dairy foods to South Dakotans in need. For the fourth year, dairy farmers invite the public to a concert at the annual Central Plains Dairy Expo. For a $10 donation to Feeding South Dakota, people will receive a pass to the Roots and Boots tour concert, featuring country music performers Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw March 25. Donations will be used to purchase dairy foods to stock food banks across the state.
FORT THOMPSON -- The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and Native American Telecom LLC, a tribally owned telecommunications company, have announced plans for a next-generation telecommunications network. The network will use 4G services provided by TazcaConnects. Currently, Native American Telecom provides fixed broadband and telephone service in the Fort Thompson community on the Crow Creek reservation to more than 150 customers.