Health Department awards $500,000 for mosquito control

Artesian, Letcher, Woonsocket receive combined $6,200

PIERRE – Nearly 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,911 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health has announced.
Artesian received $1,000, Letcher received $2,702 and Woonsocket received $2,500.
“South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases when compared to other states. Local mosquito control efforts play a vital role in protecting our communities,” said Bill Chalcraft, administrator of public health preparedness and response for the Department of Health.
All applying communities received funding, with grants ranging from $400 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2016.
Since its first human WNV case in 2002, the state has reported 2,359 human cases, including 745 hospitalizations and 38 deaths. Every county has reported cases. This season South Dakota reported its first human WNV case, a Davison County resident, on June 22.  WNV positive mosquitoes have also been detected in Brown County.
Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided local mosquito control programs with more than $7 million in support, in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.
Visit westnile.sd.gov for prevention information and surveillance updates.

SIOUX FALLS – Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year.
Included on the list were Shelby Selland and Brittany Zoss, both of Letcher.
The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

MITCHELL —  Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, has announced its 2017 spring dean’s list.
The following student(s) from Sanborn County have been named to the dean’s list:
Candace Page-Marten, of Artesian, was a senior at DWU and majored in nursing. She is the daughter of Jane Page-Marten, Artesian.
Morgan Selland, of Forestburg, is a sophomore at DWU majoring in biochemistry and psychology. She is the daughter of Barry and Shelly Selland.
Rex Schlicht, of Woonsocket, is a freshman at DWU majoring in elementary education. He is the son of Shelley Schlicht, Woonsocket.
To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale. They also have to complete at least 12 hours of academic work during the semester.