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


REIFF COMES HOME FOR FOOTBALL CAMP: Parkston native Riley Reiff helped youth from his hometown work on football drills last week during a clinic at Parkston High School.

Reiff, an offensive tackle who will enter his third season with the Detroit Lions, said he appreciated the chance to work with the kids.

“They want to get better and I see they want to build off last year,” Reiff said.

Thirty students in grades three through six and 38 students in grades seven through 12 participated in the clinic. Coaches from Parkston High School and Dakota Wesleyan University also assisted.

The clinic had special significance for the members of the Parkston High School football team, as players and coaches prepare for the 2014 season. Last year, Parkston was state runner-up in Class 11B.

--The Parkston Advance


ICE CREAM PARLOR OPENS: The Dakota Roadhouse has added an ice cream parlor to its business on Main Street in Woonsocket.

The parlor opened July 1 in the back room of the Dakota Roadhouse and includes soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, malts and slushies. Hours of the business are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer months, according to owners Jeff and Cara Poyer.

The building needed extensive renovations to make it happen, including removing a wall, installing new flooring, making the business resemble an old-fashioned ice cream counter.

-- Sanborn Weekly Journal


SCHOOL BOARD SUPPORTS GOLF CO-OP: Efforts to create a school-sanctioned golf program at Kimball and White Lake schools received a boost from the Kimball Board of Education on July 14.

The school board voted to authorize its co-op committee to make golf a school-sponsored program on the condition that White Lake, which already has a golf program, agrees to co-op.

In addition, the district will financially support the club cross country program, for up to $600 in expenses, for next year. The board hopes to get the sport on board as a school-sanctioned sport in future years, potentially as a co-op sport with White Lake. Coach Tia Jandreau said she covered about 40 percent of the program’s $587 in expenses last year out of her own pocket.

Board president Fay Jandreau said the board has not been fair to sports like cross country and golf in the past and supported a move to have the district help those sports.

-- Central Dakota Times


HOME CONSTRUCTION COURSE TO BE OFFERED: A mobile classroom is being set up at Gregory High School and is being outfitted for a residential construction course for this coming school year.

The unit is one of four mobile units funded by a grant from the state of South Dakota to the West River Career and Technical Education Consortium. Burke, Colome, Gregory and South Central make up the West River CTE Consortium.

Other mobile units will be built for metal fabrication, biomedical and engineering classes. Those units will rotate between the four districts for a year at a time.

-- Gregory Times-Advocate