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

September 18, 2018

AP-South Dakota stories for September 22 and September 24. 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, September 22, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-SCHOOLS SENTINELS-RESERVATION

PINE RIDGE, S.D. —Five years after South Dakota legislators passed Sentinel, a program that trains educational staff, including teachers, to carry firearms, a cloud of secrecy still pervades public information on which schools within the state have opted into the law. The state discloses four schools. But many schools are hesitant to share information. Not so, however, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with the Oglala Lakota County School District. The K-8 district has the most sentinel-trained officers in the state with four. By Christopher Vondracek, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,551 words.

EXCHANGE-KIDNEY DONOR

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. —Twenty-five years after graduating from Belle Fourche High School together, Karen Carlton and James Helmberger will forever be connected after she donated her kidney to him last month. Carlton, who currently lives in Rapid City, and Helmberger, who currently lives in Florida, grew up in Belle Fourche and attended school together since elementary school. She says she followed Helmberger’s journey searching for a kidney donor on Facebook. By Lacey Peterson, Black Hills Pioneer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,700 words.

For use Monday, September 24, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HOMELESS HELP

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —A South Dakota high school senior is in the early stages of forming a nonprofit reorganization with the goal of getting necessary feminine hygiene products to homeless and financially unstable women in Sioux Falls. The idea to gather and distribute such products started about a year ago, when 17-year-old Tatiana Chance saw a video from Bustle that showed how some homeless women cope with their periods. By Danielle Ferguson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 685 words.

EXCHANGE-MINES PRESIDENT

RAPID CITY, S.D. —The new president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is settling into his role. President Jim Rankin graduated from the South Dakota college in 1978. Inspired by a former mentor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he served as Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development, Rankin says one of the first things he did when starting the new job was to meet with faculty in each of the departments to find out their needs. By Christopher Vondracek, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,104 words.

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