BROOKINGS – The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence following the fall 2017 semester at South Dakota State University. To earn Dean’s List distinctions in SDSU’s colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk received a perfect 4.0 GPA:

Garrett Andrew Dean* of Artesian, Kayla Marie Olson of Forestburg, Jarid Michael Bechen* and Myah Alexandra Selland*, both of Letcher, and Aaron Ray Linke* and Ashlynne Renee Terkildsen, both of Woonsocket.

Pictured, left to right, are: back row, Jim Davis, Mark Snedeker, Chairman of the Sanborn County Conservation District, and Kent Vlieger, NRCS District Conservationist for Sanborn County; front row, Julie Davis, Bernie Davis, Jack Davis and John Davis.

The Sanborn County Conservation District nominated the Davis Ranch to the South Dakota Conservation Commission for Award Winning Soil Conservation Farm/Ranch.
The Davis Ranch is deserving of this award because of their extensive management. Their grasslands are managed for sustainable productivity by their measures in cross fencing and the installment of solar pumps, pipes, tanks and wells. They are also taking expired CRP and turning it into grasslands for grazing. They have a no-till crop rotation and utilize cover crops to enhance soil stability.
The extensive management practices that the Davis Ranch has had in place for the last five generations make them well deserving of the South Dakota Conservation Award.
The Sanborn County Conservation District Board, along with Kent Vlieger, NRCS District Conservationist for Sanborn County, presented the award to the Davis Family.

Build Dakota Scholarships were announced by the Build Dakota Scholarship Board for the 2017-18 school year. These 285 scholarships cover tuition, fees, books, equipment and other expenses for eligible programs within eight high-need industry areas at the four South Dakota technical institutes.
Recipients were selected from a total of 1,028 applications and are enrolled full-time, must complete their educational program on schedule, and stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.
Sanborn County recipients of the scholarship include: Lydian Groon of Forestburg, Lake Area Technical Institute; Byron Jessen of Woonsocket, Mitchell Technical Institute; and Todd Peterson of Forestburg, Mitchell Technical Institute.