Bitter cold continues to blanket the Dakotas
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bitterly cold weather continues to blanket the Dakotas as the workweek begins.
The National Weather Service has posted wind chill advisories for both North Dakota and South Dakota, with the combination of cold temperatures and wind making it feel as cold as 40 degrees below zero in some areas. The weather isn't expected to warm until later in the week.
The cold snap began late last week, with wind chills over the weekend plunging to as low as 47 degrees below zero in the South Dakota city of Aberdeen and 51 degrees below zero in the North Dakota city of Dickinson.
The cold weather didn't stop hundreds of people from flocking to the Terry Peak Ski Area in western South Dakota's Black Hills when it opened for the season Saturday.
Improvements at Morrell plant please SD officials
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - State officials say they're pleased with improvements made to wastewater treatment at the John Morrell meat processing plant in Sioux Falls.
The plant has spent $10 million on upgrades after being cited for numerous wastewater violations in recent years. State environmental specialist John Miller inspected the plant and the upgrades in late September.
The upgrades were part of a settlement after Sioux Falls' largest employer was cited for being out of compliance with dozens of environmental rules for the treated wastewater it discharges into the Big Sioux River.
The Argus Leader reports that Kelli Buscher with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources says recent violations have been limited.
School apps proving popular in some SD communities
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Mobile apps launched by some South Dakota school districts are proving popular with parents.
The Argus Leader reports that ParentLink has been downloaded by almost 4,000 people in Sioux Falls since it was launched in August. The app provides school district news and information, sports scores, an email directory for staff and even lunch menus. App users also can sign up to receive a message on their phone when the district puts out an alert.
The Harrisburg School District also has launched an app, and has more than 1,000 users. It has similar features.
Rapid City university to probe disposal of records
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - National American University in Rapid City is investigating whether the disposal of some student financial records was handled properly.
The Rapid City Journal reports it obtained thousands of records including names, addresses and Social Security numbers that a member of the public took from a Dumpster and brought to the newspaper. No identity theft has been reported.
University attorney Thomas Johnson says the university's position is that the documents were properly handled during a recent move from one campus to another or that they should have been destroyed "in a secure manner" by a contractor hired by the university. Johnson says the university will be investigating whether a security breach occurred.
The federal U.S. attorney's office and the state attorney general's office have offered to take the documents.
USD education school reaccredited through 2018
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The University of South Dakota's school of education has been awarded full accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education through the fall of 2018.
USD school of education has been accredited by NCATE since 1956. It holds NCATE accreditation for its initial teacher preparation program and advanced preparation for teachers and other professionals.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation says the school continues to meet the rigorous standards set by the professional education community.
The accreditation announcement followed a review of the school of education's self-study report submitted in November 2011 and a site visit by an NCATE Board Of Education review team in April.
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