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College Costs & Debt – Thursday, Sept. 12, 8pm (7 MT)

According to The Institute for College Access and Success, students graduating with 4-year degrees from South Dakota in 2016 left school with an average of $31,362 in debt. With the start of the 2019 school year, we’ll learn how some South Dakota parents are going to extremes to get scholarships and financial aid for their children.


Emerald Ash Borer – Thursday, Sept. 19, 8pm (7 MT)

The invasive beetle continues to take its toll on ash trees in Sioux Falls, prompting firewood quarantines and a plan to remove the city’s 22,000 ash trees by 2028.  Agricultural and arboreal experts will check in with an update of hardest-hit areas and efforts to stop the infestation. 


Pre-K Education in South Dakota – Thursday, Sept. 26, 8pm (7 MT)

South Dakota leads the nation in the number of mothers per capita who work outside the home, yet multiple attempts to pass legislation for state-funded pre-K education have failed. We’ll facilitate a discussion about why South Dakota is one of the few states in the nation that does not help fund preschool education.

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