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BC-SD--South Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, SD

December 4, 2018

AP-South Dakota stories for Dec. 8 and Dec. 10. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 612-332-2727.

For use Saturday, Dec. 8, and thereafter.


RAPID CITY, S.D. — Between the 1980s and the early 2000s, Rapid City’s school district constructed 20 annexes — modular buildings retrofitted with bulletin boards, desks and other classroom amenities — as a semi-permanent fix to a growing problem. And in 2018, as an ad hoc group formed by the school board continues to talk about school facilities, annexes are back in the conversation. Some annexes — or modulars — lack water for bathrooms. Others are not ADA compliant. Some have noisy heating or cooling systems, and they’re almost all too small. By Christopher Vondracek, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1271 words, photos.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Pagers might still beep at the hips of TV show doctors, but they have no place at Avera Health. The way doctors and nurses communicate at Avera is different. It’s more comprehensive. More connected to Avera’s other communication networks. And it’s far more appropriate given the capabilities of modern technology and the life-and-death scenarios that play out daily in clinics and hospitals. Avera’s evolution beyond beepers might not seem like a major step, but it’s a departure from an industry that still by and large relies on the 1960s technology. By Patrick Anderson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1073 words, photos.

For use Monday, Dec. 10, and thereafter.


YANKTON, S.D. — When Cody Lukkes learned of the treatment of a disabled relative, he wanted to give a voice to those who didn’t have one. Lukkes channeled that compassion into a 13-year career as a special education teacher. He spent the first three years at the Irene-Wakonda school district. He has worked the past decade with the Yankton School District. For his professionalism and impact on others, he has received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the Center for Disabilities. The University of South Dakota (USD) Sanford Medical Center sponsors the annual award, honoring a special educator in South Dakota. By Randy Dockendorf, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1637 words, photo.


WATERTOWN, S.D. — The book-selling business in Watertown is alive and ... well, it’s alive, anyway. The city has two bookstores — DDR Books located in downtown Watertown, and The Book Zealot. Neither of the owners said their business is robust. The two businesses really don’t cross competitive swords. The Book Zealot almost exclusively sells and trades in used books, and DDR Books is stocked with many new as well as some used books. By J.T. Fey, Watertown Public Opinion. SENT IN ADVANCE: 856 words, photos.

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