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A recently approved physical therapy treatment has made its arrival in Mitchell, as South Dakota catches up to a fast-growing trend of dry needling. At Dakota Physical Therapy in Mitchell, Matt Bosma is among the first physical therapists in the state to be approved to conduct dry needling treatments for muscle pain. Dry needling is a technique that includes using a thin needle to penetrate the skin and to stimulate underlying muscles. He said it makes sense for the physical therapy businesses because they deal with muscular and skeletal pain every day.
Following an auction of the bankrupt retailer's pharmacy assets, Lewis Drug is in line to take over the pharmacy files from the Mitchell Shopko location.
BURKE — Living in cattle country, the idea made too much sense for Sara Grim. Locally raised beef should be served in the nearby Burke High School cafeteria, the passionate rancher thought. So Grim and her husband felt it was time to make a difference in the community. Grim said she had noticed states like Nebraska and North Dakota were able to get local programs going. In Nebraska, for example, 50 school districts are part of a program to bring local beef into school lunches through the state's department of agriculture.
PLATTE — The official planning process for replacing the Platte-Winner bridge is in its third year, and a general location for the new structure is now in the works.
A first-of-its-kind report in South Dakota is taking the temperature of the state's aging population. "A Profile of Older South Dakotans" is a report from South Dakota State University Extension, which was written by Leacey Brown, a Rapid City-based gerontology field specialist who studies aging in the state.
WHITE LAKE — Federal investigators have confirmed that an individual was shot and killed Sunday night at a rest stop along Interstate 90 near White Lake.
PIERRE — Kim Vanneman is not boastful about her new role as South Dakota's agriculture secretary. She doesn't need to be. After all, her new boss is handling that. Gov. Kristi Noem picked Vanneman, a Tripp County farmer and former state legislator, to be her new secretary of the state's Department of Agriculture. Noem then specifically praised Vanneman in Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Capitol.
LAKE ANDES — Almost everything is new at the Andes Central school facility. And just as importantly, it's all under one roof. A $13 million addition of about 55,000 square feet was christened Monday with a ribbon-opening on the first day of school after the holiday break. Also held was an afternoon open house for community members to check out the new space.
New year, new Legislature, new role for Josh Klumb. Klumb, a Republican from Mount Vernon, will enter his second term in the State Senate this year. He has served in the Legislature for District 20 since 2015 and is one of four Republican majority whips. It's the first time Klumb has served in a leadership role in the state legislature. Prior to his November re-election, Klumb, 34, said he would be interested in being a part of the leadership contingent in his party in the Senate.
If there's one commonality when looking at the entirety of Dr. Martin Christensen's career, it's his ability to create change. In almost every instance, that change has been for the better. It's created a lengthy and accomplished career for Christensen, 67, who now has some time to reflect. He recently retired as a family physician at Mitchell Clinic and Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, capping a career of more than 30 years in medicine, coupled with a 33-year career in the military.