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

August 1, 2018

AP-South Dakota stories for August 4 and August 6. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 605-332-3111.

For use Saturday, August 4, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-OPIOID ADDICTION

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —South Dakota police officials are seeing more opioids than ever before, a deadly trend that made its way from the East Coast to the Midwest. The majority of heroin found in Minnehaha County is laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than heroin. By Garrett Ammesmaki and Danielle Ferguson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,957 words.

EXCHANGE-BLIND SCHOOL

ABERDEEN, S.D. —The new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will have stairs. A feature that Superintendent Marje Kaiser says is almost completely absent in its current building. By Katherine Grandstrand, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,084 words.

For use Monday, August 6, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-DOLLAR GENERAL

HOWARD, S.D. —Rural South Dakota is experiencing the rise of Dollar General as the company opens stores in some of the state’s smallest communities. The proliferation of stores in South Dakota is part of an aggressive growth plan from the top executives of the Tennessee-based corporation. The company’s leadership is targeting rural America, hoping to reach more customers who earn less than the median income. By Patrick Anderson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,549 words.

EXCHANGE-SIGN ARTIST

SPEARFISH —A South Dakota artist is bringing old school art form to contemporary advertising. Artist Tim Peterson has been handcrafting signs in the Black Hills since he opened his shop in Spearfish in 1994. Peterson graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen with a fine arts degree in the late 70s. As he traversed the uncertainty of postgraduate life, the young artist happened into a small sign shop not far from his home. By Alex Portal, Black Hills Pioneer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 787 words.

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