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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

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

White Lake

RON'S MARKET OPENS NEW GROCERY LOCATION: Ron's Market has opened its third location in Aurora County after purchasing the White Lake Grocery from an area group of shareholders.

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The store, which reopened April 6, was bought by Jeff and Natalie Briggs, who purchased the Plankinton and Stickney Ron's Market stores from Jeff's parents, Ron and Collette Briggs in 2011.

The store underwent a four-day remodeling project to replace the store's coolers and frozen food section. Ron's Market also has upgraded meat, dairy and produce cases and refurbished the floors and shelves.

The grocery store is part of the Affiliated Foods Midwest retail grocery cooperative and distributes Shurfine and Shurfresh brand products.

--The South Dakota Mail

Chamberlain

SCHOOL WORKS ON PLANS FOR NEW BUILDINGS: The Chamberlain School Board heard plans from an architect on future building projects for the school, totaling more than $13.6 million over three phases, with part of the project to start later this year.

The first phase of new buildings would be built at the current high school at an estimated cost of $7,548,000. The plans included additions for a career and technical education room, a performing arts center to seat 500 people, training rooms for both wrestling and gymnastics and new administration offices for the district.

A second phase of the project is scheduled to include moving the sixth grade to the middle school out of the elementary at a cost of $816,000 and the third phase of the project is slated to include a new gym, large enough to hold 2,000 spectators for $4.3 million.

School board president Rebecca Reimer said the school would likely need private help funding the project and school Superintendent Debra Johnson said the school board will make the final decision on any new buildings. She said that's because voters have already approved related bonds for the school.

--Central Dakota Times

Lyman County

COMMISSIONERS APPLY FOR RURAL ATTORNEY PROGRAM: Lyman County's Commissioners have applied to be a part of the state's rural attorney recruitment program, which places young attorneys in an area of need and over five years helps pay for the student's tuition.

Local attorney Herb Sundall, who is the only practicing attorney in Lyman County, said he's in favor of participating in the program. He's heard from a law student who would interested in moving to Lyman County.

"I've been looking at semi-retiring for a couple of years," Sundall said. "This could be a win-win situation for everyone."

The eligible county, the State Bar Association and the state's United Judicial System each pay a percentage to fund the project. Counties must have a population of less than 10,000 people and be willing to pay 35 percent of the incentive program. Sixteen attorneys will be placed in the program by July 2017.

--Lyman County Herald

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