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Ellsworth officials 'committed' to being good neighbors

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota say they're committed to being good neighbors to the pilots and communities in their newly expanded training zone.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota say they're committed to being good neighbors to the pilots and communities in their newly expanded training zone.

Officials in a statement Thursday said base members have been in "constant communication" with many of the ranchers, communities and organizations impacted by the Powder River Training Complex.

Last year's expansion roughly quadrupled the training airspace for the Air Force in Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas.

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association sent a request to Ellsworth officials Tuesday petitioning Air Force officials to provide more information to ranchers who monitor their herds and land by air.

Officials said efforts to mitigate the impact have only increased since they began operations in September.

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