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The flexibility of "always being on" gives Internet users the ability to stay at home for work, be on the road with a wireless connection, or keep connected with family while living in a remote area. "Broadband" is defined as Internet that is always on, always available and faster than dial-up, including wired and wireless connections. But not all areas in South Dakota have a reliable broadband Internet connection. The South Dakota Bureau of Information and Technology is working through the South Dakota Broadband Initiative to improve coverage throughout the state.
SALEM -- Cathy Ries has some blunt advice for anyone thinking of going to North Dakota's oilfields to make extra money: "Don't." If a loved one is adamant about going, she said, "Make sure that every day you work there you realize the decisions you make, your work ethic -- everything -- could cost someone else their life if not their own." Cathy is the widow of Richard "Rich" Ries, 38, of Salem, who died Jan. 27 in a boiler explosion near Keene, N.D. She said extended family is helping her and the couple's two junior-high-aged children work through the tragedy.
PLATTE -- Volunteers will spend part of this summer restoring an 80-year-old bridge in Platte's historic Henry Cool Park. "He was the driving force in getting the park in," said Cool's great-grandson, Dan Cool, of Platte. "The spillway was built the same year, which formed Lake Platte, so they did the park at the same time." Dan Cool spearheaded the project when he applied for a Deadwood Fund Grant over the last two years, which he recently received. The 50/50 matching grant for $7,988 is from the South Dakota State Historical Society.
KIMBALL -- The Kimball School District will improve and update its school building throughout 2012. Sheri Hardman, CEO and K-6 principal, said the district recently received $275,000 from the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program, which is like a no-interest loan. "This money will helps us with the projects that we need to do for our school and for the education of our students," Hardman said. The federal government allocates funds from the bond to each state, through which school districts apply for the funds.
CHAMBERLAIN -- The city of Chamberlain will foot most of the bill to make American Creek Campground suitable for use this year. City Engineer Greg Powell said the city has approved $20,000 from the general fund to help pay for restoration of picnic shelters, bathrooms and electric pedestals. "We got most of it cleaned up last fall and early winter," Powell said of the campground. The campground was inaccessible during most of the camping season due to floodwater from the Missouri River. The city will also request that $12,500 of a Barger Foundation grant be redirected towar
Two vehicles collided on the Highway 37 bypass Tuesday morning, and both vehicles were totaled, said Sgt. Scott Walton of the Mitchell Police Division. Ben Christensen, 19, of Flandreau, a student at Mitchell Technical Institute, was driving west in a Pontiac G6 on the bypass while Lee Alder, 30, of Mitchell, was driving a Pontiac Grand Am north on Minnesota Street. Alder said he stopped at the stop sign, looked both ways and thought the intersection was clear, according to Walton. Alder pulled into the intersection and his car collided with Christensen's vehicle around 8 a.m.
PIERRE -- A Senate bill that sought to grant parents an even playing field for obtaining joint physical custody failed to pass Thursday through the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee discussed both SB 60 and House Bill 1055, which also deals with joint physical custody. The House bill was passed. While HB 1055 would allow a judge to grant joint physical custody, it would not require the conversation to use 50-50 custody as a starting point, as SB 60 sought to do. Sen.
GREGORY -- A Gregory school secretary was sentenced last month after using school equipment to submit forged insurance documents. Bernadette Soesbe, 40, received a five-year suspended prison sentence for the felony conviction. As of this week, she was still employed by the Gregory School District. On July 28, 2009, Soesbe forged 12 insurance documents to submit to the American Family Life Assurance Company, more commonly known as AFLAC.
PIERRE -- A Flandreau man is working with state legislators to pass more comprehensive joint child custody legislation during the 2012 session. Casey Wilson, a divorced father of three and native of Plankinton, said current South Dakota law leaves the issue too much to the discretion of judges. "I am a good dad. I want more time with my kids, to be involved with their activities," Wilson said. "The legislation is important for the state, for children, fathers, mothers. It's not pro-father, not pro-mother, but pro-children." Rep.
ARMOUR -- Douglas County's new sheriff has one main goal: improve the image of county law enforcement. Jon Coler, a 24-year-old Armour native, applied for the vacant sheriff's position last fall when former Sheriff Troy Strid resigned.