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 By Dana Hess    News    March 10, 2021

2021 All-State Chorus cancelled due to COVID

By Dana Hess For the South Dakota Newspaper Association Heeding the advice of its music advisory committee and its COVID task force, on Wednesday the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted to cancel this year’s...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    February 3, 2021

Safety rules set, All-Chorus on hold

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association The South Dakota High School Activities Association won’t decide until its March board meeting whether to hold All-State Chorus and Orchestra this year. At a special meeting of the board on Monday,...

 
 By Dana Hess    Sports    November 11, 2020

Winter sports face virus-related rule changes

By Dana Hess For the South Dakota Newspaper Association Figuring out how to allow athletes to compete in a close contact sport, like wrestling, during a pandemic was just one of the challenges faced by the South Dakota High School Activities...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    September 16, 2020

Medical, recreational marijuana on November 3 ballot

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association South Dakota voters aren’t seeing double; marijuana is on the ballot twice in 2020. Initiated Measure 26 lays out the parameters for starting and running a medical marijuana program. Constitutional...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    September 16, 2020

Deadwood bets on sports wagering

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association Deadwood casinos are once again betting on South Dakota voters to allow them to expand their gaming choices. Amendment B authorizes the Legislature to allow wagering on sporting events at Deadwood...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    August 19, 2020

Effects of pandemic safety measures being felt as sports seasons begin

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association As high school sports practices start up across South Dakota, coaches, athletes and administrators are realizing that it’s not business as usual during a pandemic. The South Dakota High School...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    August 19, 2020

Fine arts feeling effects of pandemic

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association Just like high school sports, fine arts are feeling the effects of the pandemic as oral interp contests and the high school journalism convention have been moved online and All-State Chorus and...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    August 19, 2020

Activities board, staff share concerns, priorities amidst pandemic

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association Putting on high school athletics and activities during a pandemic is going to take patience, flexibility and constant communication. That was the consensus during a strategic planning session of the...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    August 5, 2020

Coronavirus requires changes in high school activities

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association No handshakes. No high fives. No awards ceremonies. In the age of coronavirus, those are just some of the recommendations for fall high school activities approved Wednesday, July 22 by the South Dakota...

 
 By Dana Hess    News    April 1, 2020

High School Activities group plans for resumption of events

By Dana Hess for the S.D. Newspaper Association Because of coronavirus caution, schools in South Dakota are closed until May 4. That’s not preventing the South Dakota High School Activities Association from making plans for state tournaments once...

 

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