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


DISC GOLF COURSE OPENS AT LIONS PARK: A new nine-hole disc golf course is now open in Armour's Lions Park.

Career and Technology Education instructor Ty Barker and his senior level class helped build the course, thanks to funding from 20 business sponsors, the Armour Community Foundation and the Armour Community Club. He hopes to put together disc golf league in the fall to increase the course's profile.

Armour Mayor Susan Lout said she's heard good things about the park and looks forward to residents and visitors continuing to use the course.

"Any time we can provide an additional activity that people can enjoy right in town, I think that's a win for Armour," she said.

Discs can be purchased at Wilson's Hardware in Armour or rented from the pool during open hours for $3 per day or individual putters or drivers for $1 per day.

--The Armour Chronicle

Wessington Springs

TORNADO WORK TO BE DONE TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: A month and a half after a devastating tornado, the home base for many of the recovery efforts in Wessington Springs will need some work of its own.

Superintendent and High School Principal Lance Witte reports that the district had about $400,000 in damages, primarily to the elementary school complex. The damage will require new roofs to the elementary school and gymnasium and replacing steel siding on the south and east sides of the building.

Witte says the goal is to get the classroom portions of the work done before the school year starts on Aug. 25 and then the gym finished later in the fall.

--The Wessington Springs True Dakotan


FORTUNA TAKES OVER TOP ROLE AT SOUTHERN PLAINS: Sandra Fortuna is the new executive director of Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services.

After 21 years with Southern Plains, she took over in June for Donna Brown, who retired. The group serves clients in Tripp, Todd, Mellette and Gregory counties.

The nonprofit helps those with social or emotional health needs in the area and to help with behavioral health needs.

The group is trying to implement an electronic medical records program, according to Fortuna, with hopes of implementing it in the next two months.

-- Winner Advocate