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PIERRE, S.D. - The end of a term limit for a South Dakota lawmaker does not mean he or she is done making laws. David Novstrup will reach his four-term limit in the South Dakota House this year, but he hopes to stay in office by switching chambers with his father, Sen. Al Novstrup. “We’re going to try to do a swap if the voters let us,” David said. The father and son are both Republicans from Aberdeen. Al Novstrup will give up his seat for his son after serving six years in the Senate; previously he served six years in the House. By Nora Hertel. SENT: 640 words.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Dakotas-based Sanford Health is embarking on an $11 million upgrade of its Vermillion hospital that will tear down a 1935-era building and replace it with a new outpatient center. New facilities will be built for physical and occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and laboratory radiology, Tim Tracy, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center’s chief executive, told the Argus Leader. The building to be demolished mostly is vacant, and the project retains the 25-bed acute-care hospital that opened in 1992. SENT: 300 words.
WHITEWOOD, S.D. - Furniture maker Monte Pittman knew once a wind-driven fire pushed its way into his workshop north of Whitewood, there would be no stopping it. Pittman lost a 36-foot-by-48-foot building, all of his woodworking tools and three vehicles to the early-morning blaze on Jan. 20. But there’s no stopping Pittman either. “We’re still up and running and able to keep producing. You just can’t stop. You have to keep moving,” he says. By Jim Holland of the Rapid City Journal. SENT: 715 words, photo.
YANKTON, S.D. - Plans are slowly progressing on a solution to the growth in invasive fish species in Lake Yankton. However, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission fisheries biologist Jeff Schuckman said there is a long way to go before tackling a proposed “chemical renovation,” a process that involves partial draining the lake and introducing a chemical meant to kill off the fish in the lake. By Rob Nielsen of the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan. SENT: 475 words, photo.
CHURCH BREAK-IN - Police in Fort Thompson are investigating a break-in and vandalism at a church on the Crow Creek Reservation.
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