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


HOUSING SUMMIT HELD IN WINNER: Local contractors, bankers, real estate agents and area officials met last week in Winner to discuss what can be done about housing issues in the city.

Mike Harsma, director of single family development for the South Dakota Housing Development Authority, said Winner could do a housing assessment, which would take about six months but would give the community an idea of what kind of housing inventory is available.

The event was held by the Tripp County Office of Development along with representatives from Planning and Development District III, of Yankton.

In particular, the group discussed the difficulty for teachers and others moving to the community to find suitable housing. More meetings are expected in early July.

--Winner Advocate


BRIDGE REDEDICATED FOR SD AMERICAN LEGION: The Old Highway 16 bridge across the Missouri River between Chamberlain and Oacoma has been rededicated as the American Legion Memorial Bridge.

Efforts to rename the bridge began during the reconstruction project on the bridge. The local American Legion post, Potter Post 3, received state American Legion support for the name change earlier this year. The original Chamberlain Bridge was finished in 1925 at an estimated cost of $303,623 and was reconstructed in 1953 and refurbished in 2011.

A ceremony was held Friday for the rededication on the Chamberlain side of the bridge for the new name.

--Central Dakota Times


CITY CONSIDERS OPTIONS WITH LANDFILL SPACE DWINDLING: The Platte City Council continues to consider what to do with an ever-filling landfill.

Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Kuiper said earlier this week that the landfill is about half full, and the location has had issues with people dumping items in the wrong places or dumping items that are not allowed.

Mayor Rick Gustad said the city landfill operates at a loss and said that should not continue. Expanding the landfill would be expensive, and if the city did not have a landfill, items would have to be transported to Lake Andes or Kimball.

The city council has not taken any action but will consider the matter further. They discussed fines for illegal dumping and the installation of a camera to monitor the area as possible solutions.

--The Platte Enterprise