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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:


BRULE COUNTY WANTS SLOWER TRUCKS NEAR GRAIN FACILITY: The Brule County Commission will consider lowering the speed limit for trucks on the county road that runs between Kimball and Gavilon Grain east of the city.

The five-mile stretch of 250th Street will be part of a resolution heard April 15 at 10 a.m. that would lower the truck traffic speed from 55 mph down to 40 mph. The resolution, which stems from a recent public meeting, would add stop and yield signs in that area.

While Sheriff Darrell Miller said he doesn't mind having his department patrol that area, Commissioner Don Reinesch said he wants to have "a presence there one or two hours at a time, a few hours per week."

--Central Dakota Times


CITY APPROVES TRANSIT FUNDING: The Freeman City Council recently approved funding for Freeman Community Transit, which partners with the Brookings Area Transit Authority to provide transportation to area residents. The council's vote was 5-0 in favor of giving the transit group $3,000.

Councilor Eva Olson led the funding request, saying that transit services in other like-sized communities benefit from city contributions.

"For continued success, it's going to take the support of the city," she said. "It needs our support so federal funds can come with it."

She also acknowledged that it's a way to benefit some senior citizens who have paid taxes in the city their whole lives. The money will likely come from the $31,000 that the city has in a contingency fund.

-- Freeman Courier


CITY INCREASES ELECTRICAL CHARGES: Starting June 1, Plankinton city residents will see the first of three 5.5 percent jumps in electrical charges.

At its March monthly meeting, the City Council approved the increases, which will offset the price increases by the city's electrical provider, Heartland Consumers Power. The city had not adjusted its rates since 2009 and had been absorbing the increases for its electrical suppliers.

After separate increases in September and November 2014, the average residential consumer will see their average bill go up $22.25 from $127.70 to $149.95. Commercial users will see a jump from $232.50 to $271.74 for an increase of $39.24.

Out of city users will see a 25 percent increase over what city customers have.

--The South Dakota Mail