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Lakota man wants name of Harney Peak changed

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An American Indian man is seeking to have South Dakota's tallest point renamed.

Basil Brave Heart says the name Harney Peak is offensive.

The 7,242-foot-high peak is the highest point in the Black Hills and also billed as the highest point in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. It was named for Army Gen. William S. Harney.

Brave Heart says Harney in 1855 led a command of soldiers that killed 86 Sioux in Nebraska. Brave Heart says the peak should be named for Black Elk, a Lakota spiritual leader who reported having a vision on the peak in the 1870s.

State Historical Society Director Jay Vogt tells the Rapid City Journal the state Board on Geographic Names would hear testimony on any formal application for a name change.


Workshop to focus on mountain pine beetle handling

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be hosting a workshop this week meant to address ways to treat trees that are infested with mountain pine beetles.

The department says the 2014 mountain pine beetle flight will be ending soon, and it's soon time to identify and treat this year's infested trees.

The workshop is Friday at the Walter Taylor 4-H building in Rapid City.

A forest health specialist will lead the workshop. Information will be presented on the how, when and why of treating infested trees this fall and winter.

More information is available by contacting the department at 605-394-6092.


$2.5M donation to fund Northern State theater

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A group of business professionals in the Aberdeen area has donated $2.5 million to help fund construction of a theater within the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the Northern State University campus.

The American News reports that the donors have chosen to remain anonymous.

University President James Smith says the money will enable the school to give students a quality performance space. It will be used for a "black box" theater, which is an open performance space that includes the equipment needed for theater productions and concerts.

The building committee of the South Dakota Board of Regents in June approved an $11.3 million renovation of the Fine Arts Center. The project later came in over budget, and architects cut the theater from the project.


South Dakota high school students earn dual credit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Education says almost 780 high school students have enrolled in the state's reduced-cost dual credit program to earn credit at public universities and technical schools.

The board heard a report Monday that shows the juniors and seniors are on track to earn more than 4,000 dual credits. The 2014 Legislature approved funding to make certain dual credit courses available at the cost of $40 per credit hour for juniors and seniors.

High school students in the program can simultaneously earn credits for their high school diploma and postsecondary degree or certificate.

The state education secretary calls the enrollment numbers "very exciting" and says the program is a great way for students to get a jump start on higher education.


McCrory Gardens hosts vegetable harvesting program

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota gardeners can get some helpful advice this week in Brookings on harvesting and storing their produce.

McCrory Gardens will host a program Thursday with Kimberly James, a horticulture instructor at South Dakota State University and Brookings Area Master Gardeners.

She says more people are interested in growing their own vegetables, so the focus is helping them learn how to store the food so it can be enjoyed through winter.

The free program starts at 6:30 p.m.

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