Jackelyn Severin

I am a freelance journalist based in Sioux Falls, SD, covering healthcare and education for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.  

Concerns About Qualifications Expressed During Med Marijuana Town Hall

South Dakota’s medical marijuana law takes effect July 1st. But state health officials still need to issue regulations and create a distribution process. South Dakota voters approved the ballot measure last fall. Secretary of Health, Kim Malsam-Rysdon, says the language in state law is the same as the original initiated measure. She says to get a medical marijuana ID card a physician must certify that a patient qualifies. “And that definition is a chronic or debilitating disease or medical co

Lawmakers Continue To Discuss Regulations Surrounding Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers continue to discuss regulations surrounding medical marijuana in South Dakota. On Monday, a legislative subcommittee listened to several presentations including one from North Dakota’s department of health. North Dakota legalized medical marijuana four years ago. The state invested in a software system which registers all patients who use medical marijuana and their caregivers. The system also tracks marijuana manufactured and dispensed in the state. Jason Wahl is director of North D

Dakota Wesleyan University Expands Nursing Program

Dakota Wesleyan University plans to expand one of its nursing programs in Sioux Falls. The program is for Licensed Practical Nurses who want to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. The demand for nurses with a bachelor’s degree is on the rise. That has prompted the expanded program at Dakota Wesleyan University. Fredel Thomas is a Vice President at the school. She says the nursing program is in a new downtown Sioux Falls location. More space will let them increase enrollment from 24 to 32 studen

Rapid City Will Get First Long-Term Acute Care Hospital In Region

Rapid City will get the region’s first long-term acute care hospital. Monument Health begins construction on the new hospital this fall. The venture is a partnership between Monument Health and Vibra Healthcare. Vibra operates several long-term acute care and rehabilitation facilities across the U.S. Mark Longacre is Vice President of Operations for Monument Health in Rapid City. He says long-term acute care facilities serve patients with a variety of conditions. They include respiratory and i

Affordability And Access To Childcare Are Not Equal In South Dakota

“Is it because parents made that decision themselves, is it because the parents don’t have other options, or is it because parents can’t afford preschool? So, unfortunately, we need better data in order to understand and be able to support young children and families.” One organization is trying to remedy that data problem. The South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children has an online tool that collects information from agencies and stakeholders across the state.

Locally Grown Duck Eggs For Sale In Sioux Falls

The humble chicken egg is a staple of our diet and often the first thing we reach for at breakfast or for baking. If you live in the Sioux Falls area, though, you have another option. Now you can buy locally grown duck eggs. The Costlow farm has a myriad of animals, from chickens, to goats, to geese. But, of course, the stars of the show are Debra Costlow's ducks. Costlow has 6 different breeds of ducks so her flock comes in all shapes and colors. “The black ones are Cayugas . I don't know if

Some Schools Offering Hybrid Learning

The school year has just started and already students in districts across South Dakota are testing positive for COVID-19. Many of those schools will switch to online learning much sooner than anticipated. There are a few versions of online learning – one iscalled hybrid – with some students in the classroom and others at home. Tina Belden is the Computer Science teacher at Estelline High School. She is talking to a full class of students, although, it may not look like it. That’s because in her

SDPB's Jackelyn Severin Visits Blue Dasher Farms

For the last three decades, farms in South Dakota and around the United States have trended towards bigger operations focusing on growing one or two commodity crops. Proponents of regenerative agriculture aim to reverse that trend by adding more animal and crop diversity in order to make farming more sustainable both economically and environmentally. SDPB looks at the future of farming this month. Jackelyn Severin brings you this story from Blue Dasher Farms.
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