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SD inmates help in cleanup from Sioux Falls storm

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- State prison inmates and staff from the South Dakota State Penitentiary have begun to help clean up tree limbs that fell in the Sioux Falls area during last week's storm.

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The state Corrections Department says the effort includes five crews, each with 10 minimum-security inmates and one staff member. The crews include hand laborers and trained chain-saw operators.

Tree limbs and branches are being cut into smaller sections and then loaded into waiting trucks for removal.

Last week's storm dumped freezing rain and heavy snow in the area, snapping tree branches and downing power lines.

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