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

Parkston

CITY AIRPORT WINS STATE AWARD: The Parkston Municipal Airport won the award for Best Maintained Small General Aviation Airport in the state at the recent South Dakota Airports Conference in Spearfish.

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Brenda Huether, the city's finance officer and airport manager, said the conference was eye-opening and a good learning experience in her first trip to the event. She has been in the position since 2007, when the previous airport manager retired and the city decided to combine the two jobs.

The award is given out each year by the South Dakota Department of Transportation, who inspects every public airport in the state at least once per year. The criteria for the award includes having all runway lights working, fences and gates need to be locked, pavement must be well maintained and marked and must be well-kept from an appearance standpoint.

Huether said the city hopes to buy more land for the airport to add hangar space.

--The Tripp Star-Ledger

Scotland

NEW FOOD PANTRY OPENED THIS WEEK: Volunteers from five local churches have helped to stock the shelves of the new Scotland Area Food Pantry, which opened this week.

The pantry is located in the Scotland Youth Center at 350 Poplar Street. Patrons are asked to use the north entrance off Third Street.

The pantry opened Tuesday and is stocked with canned good and personal hygiene items. In addition, the food pantry has items like frozen meats and juices and some dairy items.

The food pantry is open to individuals and families who are in financial need and live in the Scotland School District or attend a church in the school district, regardless of their physical address. Patrons can visit the Scotland Food Pantry once a month and the location is open Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

-- Scotland Journal

FIRE DISTRICT VOTE COMING MAY 22: The creation of a Scotland Fire District has been approved in the three impacted counties and will be voted on in a special election May 22.

The Bon Homme, Hutchinson and Yankton county commissioners met in joint session recently. All three commissions unanimously supported their respective proposed boundaries.

The district includes Scotland and Washington townships and parts of Emanuel, Jackson and Lincoln townships in Bon Homme County; parts of Capital, Kaylor, Sharon and Wittenberg townships in Hutchinson County; and a portion of Odessa township in Yankton County.

Scotland's Dick Behl said the fire district is needed, because the fire department needs to replace equipment and take account for future needs. There was no testimony from anyone against the district at the joint commission meeting.

The vote will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 22 at the Scotland Fire Hall.

-- Scotland Journal

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