Gov. Mike Rounds will hold a news conference today in Mitchell to announce the pilot schools selected to participate in the South Dakota Classroom Connections laptop initiative. The program is part of the governor's 2010 Education Initiative. The conference will be held at 2:30 p.m.
The Mitchell School District will add two kindergarten classes for the 2006-2007 school year and that's great news for the district, said Superintendent Joe Graves. Graves said preliminary kindergarten numbers have not been this high during the seven years he has been with the district. Graves said the district won't get the state aid that accompanies the higher numbers until the following school year, but that's fine with him. "Who cares?" he said.
During his speech at Mitchell Technical Institute's annual graduation ceremony, keynote speaker Dusty Johnson on Friday told MTI graduates to slow down and contribute to their families and communities. Johnson, a member of the state Public Utilities Commission, told the 330 students who received diplomas at the Corn Palace that technology has increased the rate of change in the world, and that's not always a good thing. "Rates of volunteerism have plummeted in the last 30 years," Johnson said.
Opportunity didn't have to knock very loudly before Moses Deng Joknhial II answered the door. Joknhial is one of 330 Mitchell Technical Institute students who will graduate at the Corn Palace at 5 p.m. today and it's a safe bet that none of his classmates has such a compelling life story. A refugee from the wars that still ravage his homeland, Joknhial has experienced enough loss and personal triumph to fill several lifetimes. His international odyssey began in Bor, southeast Sudan.
Davison County won't be following Codington County's lead when it comes to pricing liquor licenses. Codington County has advertised its intent to auction "the right to apply" for an available on-sale liquor license to the highest bidder on May 30. Davison County commissioners last week asked Deputy State's Attorney Jim Taylor to research the concept.
With blasts from air horns and shouts of support ringing through the historic auditorium, 175 Dakota Wesleyan students crossed the stage of the Corn Palace Saturday and accepted their diplomas. Keynote speaker James Gritzner, a 1969 DWU alumnus and U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Iowa, told the large audience he always feels at home when he returns to DWU. Gritzner made light of the dubious popularity of judges and attorneys and said he felt fortunate to be able to speak anywhere.
Mitchell High School speech students Dena Birkenkamp and Jeff White will head to Texas in June to participate as finalists in the National Forensic League's national tournament. Just the top 2 percent of all students who participate in preliminary tournaments qualify for the national event. White qualified in the "original oratory" category and Birkenkamp in "domestic extemporaneous speaking" at last weekend's district tournament, held in Brookings.
An announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers that it will not conduct a spring rise, or seasonal water release, on the Missouri River is garnering mixed reactions. The scheduled release won't happen because the Corps says the amount of water in the river's reservoir system is too low. The Corps had planned releases in March and May to encourage spawning by the endangered pallid sturgeon. However, the corps said reservoirs along the river contained 36.3 million acre feet of water Wednesday morning, 200,000 acre feet below the minimum set by the corps.
ALPENA -- Al Neuharth's death on Friday was a surprise to friends and family in Alpena. By coincidence, several cousins were out of town attending another funeral when the news broke. Younger Alpena residents know little of the legacy of this small town son who made good and became of the most influential journalism visionaries of the latter 20th century. The news of Neuharth's death spread quickly.