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

May 7, 2019

AP-South Dakota stories for May 11-13. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 605-332-3111.

For release Saturday, May 11, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-ABERDEEN FIRE MARSHAL

ABERDEEN, S.D. _ After 29 years with the Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Michael Thompson is ready for retirement. As the Aberdeen fire marshal, Thompson investigates fires, deals with the handling of hazardous materials and administration of burn permits for the city of Aberdeen. Thompson’s last day was April 26, where he said the thing he’ll miss most is the big family he’ll leave behind at the fire department. By Shannon Marvel, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 371 words.

EXCHANGE-ELLSWORTH SECURITY

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ Service members are trained to follow strict rules and act with honor. But like civilians, they too can make mistakes. When crimes happen at Ellsworth, people are cited or arrested by officers like Rybak who are specifically assigned to the base. About 160 military police (MPs) and civilian federal officers — jointly called security forces — have jurisdiction not just over airmen, but all of the approximately 7,500 people who live and work at Ellsworth and any visitors. By Arielle Zionts, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 861 words.

For release Monday, May 13, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-PREGNANCY CENTER DIRECTOR

SPEARFISH, S.D. _ During her tenure, the organization has been housed at four different locations and changed its name three times. The work, however, remains just as rewarding for Roxie Johnson, executive director of Bella Pregnancy Resource Center in Spearfish, as when she started more than 30 years ago. Johnson, who grew up in Wyoming, moved with her family to the Black Hills during her senior year of high school, and after getting married, she and her husband, John, moved to Spearfish in 1979. By Kaija Swisher, Black Hills Pioneer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 916 words.

EXCHANGE-SIOUX FALLS RECYCLER

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Jake Anderson kept the house he owned in the Twin Cities when he moved away to start his own recycling business. After working in the industry for a Minnesota-based company, Anderson bought a small recycling company in Sioux Falls that had fallen on hard times and moved into a triplex in the center of the city. He took on a shop with eight employees, uncertain of the future and hoping to make a mark. Millennium Recycling Inc. is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, having become a local leader in an industry filled with fluctuation and uncertainty. By Patrick Anderson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1313 words.