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New MN budget helps rural schools

June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — A revised two-year Minnesota state budget that starts Tuesday is good news, rural education advocates say.

Rich suburban school districts have done well at raising residents’ taxes to improve their budgets, and the state has done a …continue reading on

Chamberlain approves school upgrade

June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

CHAMBERLAIN — Chamberlain School District is one step closer to an updated high school.

Chamberlain Superintendent Debbie Johnson said the Chamberlain School Board voted 5-2 to approve a plan for the project during its meeting Monday night in the…continue reading on

McCook Central voters approve new school

June 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

SALEM — Nearly three-fourths of eligible voters on Tuesday supported building a new, $7.1 million school in McCook Central School District.

Residents of the district decided on the measure during an election Tuesday, but complete results wer…continue reading on

Hoven dealing with loss of school to fire

May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

HOVEN (AP) — Residents of the small northern South Dakota town of Hoven are dealing with the shock of losing their school.

The building was destroyed in a Sunday fire, despite the efforts of firefighters from about 10 area towns. No one was hu…continue reading on

Tea’s $9.9M school bond measure fails by 2 votes

May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

TEA (AP) — Voters in the Tea School District appear to have narrowly rejected a school bond issue for the third time in less than a year.

Unofficial results show the $9.9 million measure to add 14 elementary school classrooms and build a 614-s…continue reading on

PHOTO: MCS volunteer award

May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Karen Prickett, activity supervisor for Firesteel Healthcare Center, said the MCS students and their teachers visit Firesteel every month to sing songs, help with coffee time and spend time with the residents. Prickett said the Volunteer of the Year …continue reading on

MHS choir director looks forward to new fine arts center

May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

As Mitchell High School’s vocal director, Chris Miller travels with his students to fine arts facilities at schools across South Dakota.

When he sees the facilities at other schools, Miller said it’s often difficult not to be envious.

“When eve…continue reading on

OUR VIEW: Hardened views against honor song violate spirit of 1st Amendment

May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

We’ve never understood why the Chamberlain School Board won’t allow the school district’s American Indian students to have an honor song at graduation.

It seems like such a small thing to ask, and something that would only extend by a few minutes …continue reading on

JPII Elementary’s namesake to be declared a saint on Sunday

April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Rev. Andrew Swietochowski remembers telling then-Pope John Paul II about a school named for him in Mitchell.

“He said, ‘Oh, they’re naming schools after me in South Dakota?’ ” Swietochowski said in an interview Tuesday with The Dai…continue reading on

Corsica, Stickney draw closer to consolidation

April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

CORSICA — The joint meeting between the Corsica and Stickney school boards held Monday night moved the two communities closer to consolidating their two school districts into one, as the decreasing enrollment and economic numbers were put before the…continue reading on