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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Mandan's school district has been shifting toward putting iPads into the hands of all students, even kindergartners. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Mandan Public Schools will provide iPads this upcoming school year to students in third through fifth grade. Kindergarten through second grade will receive devices the following year. The district has been moving to integrate iPads in classrooms as part of Ignite 2025, a plan for equity to ensure all students have access to technology.
(AP) - Some boosters of South Dakota's Augustana University are hoping their school will aim higher in sports. The small Lutheran school in Sioux Falls has won Division II national titles in basketball and baseball in recent years, and three other Dakotas schools have already shown that moving up to Division I can bring big rewards. School President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says in a statement she's open to renewing a discussion last held more than a decade ago.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who died after a head-on crash in Stark County. The Highway Patrol says 59-year-old man Randy Dolechek, of Dickinson, died in the crash shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The patrol says Dolechek pulled his pickup truck into the oncoming lane of state Highway 22 to get around a turning semitrailer, and collided head-on with an oncoming semi. The accident happened 6 miles south of Dickinson.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a third person in connection to a drug overdose death in Grand Forks. Joshua Soeby is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years Soeby's wife, Holly Soeby, and her sister, Kelly Jo Nelsrud, are facing the same charges.
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