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


HOWARD COLD STORAGE TO OPEN NEW BUILDING: Howard Cold Storage will reopen its doors in early July after the business burned down in November 2013.

The business, which specializes in processing meats, made significant progress on its new building on Main Street. It plans to move parts of the operation into the new facility this month before opening in early July.

The business has been operating out of a temporary building since the fire. A 4 a.m. fire on Nov. 22, 2013, burned the building, which was a total loss.

FOUR TO RUN FOR MAYOR TUESDAY: The City of Howard will hold a mayoral election Tuesday.

Incumbent Mayor Andrew Dold is among four candidates seeking the two-year term. Also running are Donald Arens, Curtis Dornbusch and Keith Feldhaus.

The election will be held at the Howard Municipal Building from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

--Miner County Pioneer


GROUND BROKEN ON HOSPITAL ADDITION: The Board of Directors of St. Michael's Hospital Avera broke ground on a $2 million, 7,000-square-foot patient wing last week.

Carol Deurmier, St. Michael's CEO, was appreciative of the fundraising support in the project. About one-third of the funds came from donations. The rest is coming from hospital reserves and loans.

The project includes 12 private patient rooms, each with a bathroom. An outpatient room, an infusion therapy room and additional room for hospice care is also included. The wing will also include a nurses station, hospital pharmacy and a chapel. Welfl Construction, of Yankton, will be constructing the addition. The project will be likely be finished in early 2015.

--The Avon Clarion


SCHOOL ADDITION VOTE DELAYED TO MONDAY: The Chamberlain School Board will vote Monday on construction of a new addition to the high school, after tabling the topic May 27.

School board members reported there was some confusion on the first phase of the project. Initial construction would include a performing arts center, lobby, concessions and restrooms, administration offices, rooms for the gymnastics and wrestling teams and room for career and technical education.

"I don't want the public to have misconceptions about what we are voting on," School Board President Rebecca Reimer said.

The cost of the first phase is $7.5 million and construction could begin later this year, if the plan passes.

--The Chamberlain Oacoma Sun


AVERA CONSIDERS TRANSFERRING CLINIC TO RHC: The Kennebec Town Board has given its blessing to Avera's plan to transfer operation of the town's clinic to Rural Health Care, Inc.

That decision came during a public meeting held May 27.

"They are not leaving, despite any rumors floating around town," said clinic committee member Herb Sundall. He said the collaboration between Avera and Rural Health could increase the chances that the clinic is still open in 10 to 15 years.

Avera wants to contract the professional services with Rural Health Care, Inc., because the clinic would receive increased Medicare reimbursements through federal grants when linked with a rural provider. Fort Pierre-based RHC doesn't own clinic buildings or employ physicians, and Avera said staff members and health care providers would remain the same. The city owns the clinic building.

The primary care firm also has seven sites in central South Dakota, including Murdo, Presho and Chamberlain, the last of which became a RHC earlier this spring and is now known as Dakota Family Medical Center.

-- Lyman County Herald