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Low wages continue to hamper South Dakota workforce


Low wages continue to hamper South Dakota workforce Seven in 10 workers make less than $40,000 a year Jobs are plentiful in South Dakota, but most positions pay well below the national average and far lower than neighboring states. In fact, South Dakota has the third-lowest average wage for employed people in the country behind only Arkansas and Mississippi. A […]

Rounds accepting 2019 Internship Applications

Rounds accepting 2019 Internship Applications Deadline to apply for the internship is February 15 WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he is currently accepting internship applications for summer 2019. The deadline to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices is Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. College credit is available. Duties in […]

Thunes office accepting Summer Internship Applications

Thunes office accepting Summer Internship Applications Deadline to apply for the internship is March 15 WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking college students to serve as summer interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. Interns in Thune’s state offices will participate in constituent […]

Marches shine light on intersectionality of causes and beliefs


Despite brutally cold temperatures this past weekend, the nation saw thousands of people unify and march to voice their concerns during the Indigenous Peoples March and the Women’s March, both which took place in Washington DC, with similar marches occurring across the nation. The Indigenous Peoples March took place on Friday, January 18, and began with a morning prayer outside […]

Racial tensions flare during MLK weekend


Blame for the current, partial shutdown volleys between Trump and Pelosi, and Trump and the democrats. Tensions between Trump supporters and Trump opponents reflect the government’s strife, as demonstrated in verbal confrontations between protest groups played out in D.C. and across social media this past weekend. The tension flares on the weekend set aside for celebrating the life and message […]

ASIST training offers one approach to suicide prevention


The statistics are sobering. In 2016, out of a population of a little more than three hundred and twenty million, there were nearly forty-five thousand completed suicides in the United States. Sixteen million more Americans had thoughts of suicide during that year. An unknown number of deaths could also have been unreported suicides, meaning deaths that were considered accidental (for […]

Climate change impacts recreation and tourism in the Northern Great Plains


The Fourth National Climate Assessment, a 1,500 page two-part congressionally mandated report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, was released Nov. 28, 2018. In it, there are specific reports that share regionally specific information, such as the section addressing climate change and its impact on the Northern Great Plains Region. In this segment, the focus is on the impact […]

National & State News

National: H.R. 5682 – FIRST STEP Act The FIRST STEP Act is a bipartisan law passed by Congress in December and will allow for the early release of federal inmates serving time for drug sentences. The measure reduces harsh federal sentencing for drug crimes, such as reducing a life sentence for crack cocaine charges.  Edward Douglas was sentenced to life […]

Pap Smears and Cervical Cancer Screening


Just the term “pap smear” is enough to make a woman groan out loud. But what is a pap smear and why is it important for women’s health? A pap smear is a cervical cancer screening test that looks for changes on the cervix that may lead to cancer. If we can identify these changes now, we can make sure […]

Exercising can be inexpensive and convenient


Staying active during the winter months can be challenging: darkness comes sooner and lasts longer, and may lead to decreased motivation or “I just want to relax” mentality. Perhaps you were an avid outdoor runner but lately, temperatures are too cold to run, or maybe, you’d like to start exercising but don’t know where to start. Whatever the case may […]


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