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SD Senate passes NSU greenhouse bill

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The SD Senate approved a bill that will allow for Northern State University to get a brand new greenhouse. The estimated cost of this project is $750,000.

The need for a greenhouse comes from a dramatic increase in biology and environmental science majors at NSU. Since 2008 students interest in these majors has increased by 66 percent. The greenhouse will be available year round to students, and it will allow for many more research opportunities.

Associate Biology Professor, Alyssa Kiesow says it's been over 20 years since NSU has had a greenhouse, and it's time to build one again.

"It's very difficult to do biotechnology research in education unless you have a greenhouse to work with, so the greenhouse will build that program," Kiesow said.

NSU Provost, Thomas Hawley, says they are trying to provide the necessary facilities to students. With these facilities there is hope that more students will be interested in attending NSU for biology or other sciences.

The Aberdeen community will also benefit from the project. It will be a resource for elementary and high school students to build their science education.

"We're going to have science programs held within the greenhouse," Kiesow said. She says they will have a big enough area to hold programs for local students.

The bill still has to be approved by the SD House. If it is, it's estimated that the planning process can begin in early April.

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