Good Samaritan Bill signed by Daugaard, becomes law

After more than five years of discussion in Pierre, the Good Samaritan Bill has finally been signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this month. House Bill 1078 grants immunity from arrest for certain alcohol-related offenses to underage persons who assist someone in need of emergency assistance or who are themselves in need of emergency assistance. “It’s for the […]

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Scam targets USD student emails, 80 accounts infected

[pull_quote_right author=”Cheryl Tiahrt, USD Deputy Chief Information Officer”]We need our students to help us keep this network secure. The things we can’t patch is people.[/pull_quote_right] An email phishing scam tricked dozens of USD students over spring break. Information Technology Services said a phishing message was sent to students March 6. The email told students that their mailbox […]

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Daugaard vetoes ‘Transgender Bathroom Bill’

Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed the so-called “Transgender Bathroom Bill” on Tuesday afternoon. The bill would have required transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth. “House Bill 1008 does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota,” Daugaard said in his letter to the House of […]

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Transgender bathroom bill heads to Daugaard for decision

The South Dakota Legislature returned from Presidents’ Day recess and made national news Tuesday by becoming the first state to pass legislation aimed at limiting transgender students’ use of restrooms. “What a sad day for South Dakota,” tweeted Libby Skarin, the ACLU of South Dakota Policy Director. The so-called “bathroom bill,” which would limit transgender […]

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Doctor: Dress warmly or put ‘yourself at risk’ amidst cold temperatures

With sub-zero temperatures that the winter season brings, there also comes extra reminders about being cautious when going outside. While it’s not rare in Vermillion to find temperatures creep near -10 or -20 degrees, the bitter cold can be shocking on the body. Beth Lapka, an emergency medicine physician at the Sanford USD Medical Center […]

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USD alumnus assumes powerful US House of Representatives position

USD alumnus Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, became one of the most powerful members of Congress last week. “Out of 435 members in the House of Representatives, he is definitely in the top 10 most powerful people, perhaps the top five,” political science instructor Mary Pat Bierle said. Brady was elected in a private meeting by […]

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