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


SCHOOL TO HOLD FUNDRAISER TO GET AIR CONDITIONING IN GYM: Live and silent auctions have been organized to help the Burke School District install air conditioning in its gym.

The "Cool The School" event is being held Aug. 1 at the Burke school alumni golf tournament and Aug. 2 at the alumni banquet, in conjunction with the town's Dog Days celebrations. A ski package, a patio table and chairs, and a golf bag are among the items already on the auction list.

The Burke School District accepted a bid of $59,464.48 from Taylor Plumbing and Heating, of Burke, during its July 14 meeting to install a new system in the gym.

--The Burke Gazette


FINAL ALL-SCHOOL REUNION TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND: Fifty years after the last class at Fulton High School graduated, the alumni of the defunct school have scheduled their final all-school reunion.

A noon potluck at the Fulton Town Hall will be held Sunday for the final reunion.

The school opened in 1912 with a two-year program and graduated Adelia Dawes and George Egner in 1912 and 1913, respectively. In 1914, the first four-year program class graduated, and 50 years of graduating classes came out of the school until the school closed in 1964. Both the first and last full graduating classes had six students each.

A total of 355 students graduated from Fulton High School and 109 of those alumni are still living.

--The Alexandria Herald


TOWN NATIVE TAKES COMMAND OF ARMY BATTALION: Lt. Col. Philip V. Lenz, a Kimball native, took command of an U.S. Army battalion earlier this month.

Lenz is now in charge of administrative support to more than 2,000 soldiers at Fort Belvoir, Va. He will serve with Command Sgt. Maj. Charles H. Williams, as the pair take over for the two other military leaders. They were put in charge during a change of command and responsibility ceremony last week.

"The moment my family and I arrived, we were welcomed with open arms," Lenz said. "I have come to realize over the years that I have a passion for serving others. I stayed in the military because I have had the opportunity to work for and with great people who share that same passion."

Lenz has been in the military for 18 years. Commanders at each military base town usually serve for two years before being replaced.

-- Central Dakota Times


CITY, TRIBE AGREE TO DISAGREE ON CASINO: The Oacoma Town Board stood firm during a July 21 meeting on its belief that a proposed casino should not come to town.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Michael Jandreau presented an engineering report to the board, aimed to answer the town's concerns over water supply and drainage, sewer requirements and traffic upgrades. Jandreau said he was interested scheduling a time to have a working meeting with the board regarding its concerns.

Oacoma Town Board President Mike Schreiber said he didn't feel it was worth scheduling a meeting at this time.

"I hesitate to go that far," Schreiber said. "This does not fit. It does not fit in the community."

When asked to explain why they think the $32 million project along I-90 would not fit in the town, board members expressed concerns over who would pay for infrastructure improvements, if the project failed. Richard Rangel, the developer working on the project, said an agreement would be drawn up to make the developer responsible, but Schreiber was concerned about that being enforced.

"You are deciding that the tribe shouldn't develop its land in a way that is most beneficial to both Oacoma and the tribe," Jandreau said. "We respect your disagreement and the fact that you don't want this."

--The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun


AVERA DONATES AED UNIT TO FIRE DEPARTMENT: The Avera Foundation and the Wagner Community Memorial Hospital-Avera have teamed up to donate an automated external defibrillator to the Wagner Fire Department.

The unit will be kept with the Wagner Fire Department. The Avera Foundation and the hospital split the $1,500 cost, while the hospital will take care of future maintenance.

Bryan Slaba, CEO of Wagner Community Memorial Hospital Avera, said the rationale makes sense, as the greatest share of firefighter deaths are cardiac related.

The unit was the 175th AED the Avera Foundation has helped fund, raising about $10,000 to $15,000 per year for units as part of its "Pay it Forward" campaign.

-- Wagner Post