AP-South Dakota stories for August 25 and August 27. 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 25, and thereafter.


BROOKINGS, S.D. — As urbanites create the need for mass food production and ignore the industry's by-products, rural America embraces the untapped potential of the hundreds of millions of tons of animal waste produced each year by swine, cattle and poultry farms. The goal of the North American Manure Expo — now in its 17th year — is to teach farmers about how to best harness the agricultural value of manure, but also to help them avoid the hazards of working with "black gold." By Patrick Anderson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 939 words.


WAGNER, S.D. — The Wagner Speedway has survived some tough years, but Rod Pattison has Friday nights in the small town roaring once again. The 3/8-mile dirt track that was once frowned upon in Wagner has regained the town's trust, thanks in large part to Pattison engaging with the community and looking for ways to give back since he rejoined the speedway two years ago. The track met its worst day in 1997 when vandals burned the press box of the Wagner Speedway to ashes. By Sam Fosness, Daily Republic. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1411 words.


For use Monday, August 27, and thereafter.


RAPID CITY, S.D. — Recreational trail advocates who have been frustrated by a lack of new trails in the Black Hills National Forest now have a way to make proposals. Forest officials unveiled a Non-Motorized Trail Strategy on Aug. 16. The 29-page document includes a five-step trail proposal process. Previously, there was no process designed specifically for the consideration of trail proposals, which led to conflicts between trail advocates and forest managers. By Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 825 words.


MITCHELL, S.D. — In mid-July, Kadie Neuharth went to Phoenix to increase her chances of getting a new heart. Earlier this month, the Mitchell native got that chance. Neuharth, now 31, started showing signs of restrictive idiopathic cardiomyopathy, a rare disease affecting the muscles of the heart, when she was 27. At about 8 p.m. Aug. 14, Neuharth got word that a match had been found. She had her six-hour surgery Wednesday afternoon and spent the night in the intensive care unit. By Ellen Bardash, Daily Republic. SENT IN ADVANCE: 632 words.