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


METCALF RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL RECOGNITION: Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center employee Theodore (T.J.) Metcalf recently received a letter from President Barack Obama acknowledging his commitment of time and energy to help veterans.

In addition to the letter, he received certificates of achievement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

"While government can open more opportunities for us to serve our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities," the president wrote. "Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great nation."

Metcalf drives patients to Sanford Chamberlain three days a week and takes his off days to drive veterans to VA centers across the state. He has logged nearly 5,000 hours in the last eight years transporting.

-- Central Dakota Times


CITY RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING FOR FIRE HALL, WATER STUDY: The City of Scotland will receive more than $300,000 for its new fire hall construction project from a state Community Development Block Grant.

Scotland Mayor Curtis Hofer told the City Council the news at this month's regular meeting. The city will receive $309,000 for the project.

In addition, the city has received $7,000 to pay for engineering costs for a water study required by the B-Y Water District. The city is attempting to acquire more water for the community.

-- Scotland Journal


NEW SUBSTATION NOW ONLINE: A new $1 million substation as part of Charles Mix Electric is online three years ahead of schedule.

The substation is located southwest of Platte and was scheduled to be built in 2017, but a close call with line capacity during the hot summer of 2012 led Charles Mix Electric to ask East River Electric Power Cooperative to move up the substation on the schedule.

Construction crews worked this summer to get equipment installed and the station was energized in early May. The substation capacity is needed to serve the increasing demand coming with irrigation, the Platte Creek area campgrounds and upgraded Randall Community Water District's treatment plant near Platte.

The station carries a primary voltage of 69,000 volts and is one of five substations for the Lake Andes-based cooperative.

--The Platte Enterprise