BC-SD--South Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, SD
AP-South Dakota stories for May 19 and May 21. 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, May 19, and thereafter.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —Twenty inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls have earned their general equivalency diplomas. The men, ranging in ages and sentences, sported red and black robes and caps donated by local high schools at the graduation celebration on May 10 in the prison’s visitor room. About 120 inmates have received their GEDs statewide so far this fiscal year. By Danielle Ferguson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 760 words.
RAPID CITY, S.D. —A new fermented tea business will be opening in Rapid City. The Lone Pine Kombucha tap room will serve Kombucha, a fermented, mildly effervescent tea. Owner Keith Houdashelt says he was first introduced to the homebrewed tea several years ago in Bozeman, Montana, where he lived with his wife for more than 30 years. By Jim Holland, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 688 words.
For use Monday, May 21, and thereafter.
EXCHANGE-LEGION LAKE FIRE
RAPID CITY, S.D. —A rancher, who lost grazing grass in a fire stemming from Custer State Park, says he believes it was an accident. The Rapid City Journal reports that increased scrutiny of factors other than weather has bubbled up during the months since the December fire as more information, criticism and speculation have emerged regarding the expectations of the firefighters, the presence of logging debris piles that may have fueled the fire’s spread, and the strategies and tactics used to fight the fire. By Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,277 words.
EXCHANGE-DELMONT TORNADO RECOVERY
DELMONT, S.D. —The opening for a new bar and grill in Delmont was at least twice as busy as expected. Blacksheep Bar & Grill owners Kim and Ken Rosewall expected a few people to trickle in and try out the food, but never thought it would be so packed. The building’s former owner purchased it in 2015 after the devastating Mother’s Day tornado. He never operated the restaurant but wanted to ensure it didn’t become another empty building. By Ajauhola, The Daily Republic. SENT IN ADVANCE: 876 words.