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


DOUGLAS COUNTY DOESN'T WANT TO SHARE 4-H ADVISER WITH BON HOMME: 4-H leaders in Douglas County have told the county's commissioners they're not in favor of sharing a youth adviser with Bon Homme County.

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Joel Lau said the leaders of the group thought it would make more sense to have a coordinator and work directly with the state.

"Basically, right now that is what we are doing, only us leaders are doing it," he said.

But the county's auditor Phyllis Barker said the South Dakota State University Extension Service won't allow that because there needs to be a link between the county and SDSU Extension.

The 4-H leaders say they basically do all of the work already and would like to have a secretary to do the coordinating. The position of youth adviser in the county is vacant.

Extension has indicated that they would like to see the county partner with Bon Homme County, if possible. Those employees are required to have a bachelor's degree, which could be a hurdle for the county as well. A decision still has to be worked out.

--The Armour Chronicle


RESTAURANT TO CLOSE, CHANGE OWNERSHIP: Papa's Restaurant on the southeast corner of Freeman will close next month and likely undergo a change in ownership.

The final day of business will be May 11. The restaurant is located on U.S. Highway 81, next to the Freeman Country Inn.

Since opening as Mr. B's in 1976, a restaurant has always been operated at the site, including 21 years of Papa's. Owners Jim and Sue Rigo said they thank the community for their patronage and friendships created over the years.

The new owners are expected to be Steve and Jody Heeg, who currently live in Texas but are moving to Freeman, with Jody Heeg being a native of Freeman. The sale is expected in June and following a renovation, the eatery could reopen in September.

-- Freeman Courier


UPGRADES TO TOM BROKAW PARK ALMOST FINISHED: The upgrades to Tom Brokaw Park in Pickstown are almost completed, with a new playground highlighting the changes.

The park's upgrades were funded by the Pickstown Community Fund and was supported by numerous local businesses and grants.

The park's playground system is surfaced with wood chips to meet safety standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sidewalk and cement work is being finished and the park is to open fully in early May. The sidewalk is being added around the perimeter of the new playground to allow walking and wheelchair access to the new park system.

The former anchor of the "NBC Nightly News," Brokaw, 74, lived in Pickstown while his father worked on the construction of the Fort Randall Dam in 1946. At that time, the city had as many as 3,500 residents, most of whom were working on the dam. Brokaw lived in Pickstown until he was 15 and his family moved to Yankton.

-- Lake Andes Wave