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Rapid City debris removal to last until Christmas

RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City has spent nearly half a million dollars in the first week of a curbside pickup program for yard debris from the Oct. 4 blizzard that damaged or destroyed thousands of trees in the city of 68,000 people.

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A Minneapolis company was awarded the contract for the yard debris removal. Rapid City Public Works Director Terry Wolterstorff says crews are working seven days a week, and the operation is expected to continue until Christmas.

He says some of the work won't be eligible for federal aid, but officials believe it's a service that needs to be provided.