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Joel Uezker, a student from Wagner, welds during the skill test portion of Mitchell Technical Institute's welding challenge in January in Mitchell. MTI's welding program is one of several tools being used to combat a shortage of skilled workers in the Mitchell area. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

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South Dakota is poised to be on "the leading edge of a national workforce issue," according to a local development expert.

South Dakota's businesses, including those in Mitchell and the surrounding area, have been routinely hindered in recent years by a shortage of skilled workers, a shortage most apparent within the manufacturing industry.

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