Missouri River

GAVINS POINT DAM INCREASES WATER FLOW:

June 1 marked an increase in flow of water through the Gavins Point Dam located west of Yanton on the Missouri River. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced the releases would increase by 5,000 cubic feet per second, totaling 75,000 cubic feet. The decision was the result of an increase of rainfall runoff causing the upper Missouri River levels above Sioux City to remain high. The rainfall runoff isn't causing problems for just Gavins Point, the Corp states the runoff is affecting the Oahe, Big Bend and Fort Randall reservoirs in addition to Gavins Point. All reservoirs show significantly higher than average rates.

- The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun

Platte

PLATTE HOSPITAL NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 20 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS:

Platte Health Center Avera was chosen as one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Patient Satisfaction in the country. The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals are medical facilities who have excelled in overall performance based on eight categories: inpatient market share, patient perspectives, cost, quality, charge and financial stability, outpatient market share and outcomes. Platte Health Center Avera will be presented the award during the September National Rural Health Association Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

- The Platte Enterprise

Wagner

LOCAL WOMEN AWARDED WALKING COLLEGE FELLOWSHIP:

Wagner Area Health and Wellness Consortium President Weewashte Conroy was awarded a Walking College Fellowship by America Walks, a national advocacy organization. Through the fellowship, Weewashte and other national advocates will participate in a five-month program focused on providing training to make communities more walkable and livable. Topics the six- module education program offers include science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments and communication skills. Weewashte also has the opportunity to work with the national network of America Walks throughout the year.

- Wagner Post