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

February 19, 2019

Here are the South Dakota AP Member Exchange Features for Feb. 23-25:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A nonprofit has dedicated a new child development center in South Dakota. The grand opening of the Rural America Initiatives’ Child Development Center was the culmination of a five-year fundraising campaign that netted $7.2 million to help the nonprofit consolidate its programs from five modular buildings spread out across Rapid City to under one roof. The initiative serves children and their families who are making the often difficult transition from area reservations to living and working in Rapid City. By Jim Holland, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 551 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-DRAG KINGS COMEBACK

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Members of Sioux Falls’ drag king scene are looking to start a comeback. Quinn Kathner, president of Sioux Falls Pride, has worked with many others since last June to organize Sioux Falls’ first drag king show in five years. This is an attempt to bring something back, something that’s fallen away over the last half decade. And if they can get it all right, if they can show people what they’ve been missing, they can create their own beginning, carve out a new niche in the city. By Trevor Mitchell, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1509 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-OVERCOMING BRAIN INJURY

ABERDEEN, S.D. _ A South Dakota woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident 20 years ago is now a nurse. After a brutal car crash in 1998, Roxie Orr-Price was told that she would likely spend the rest of her life in a nursing home. The prediction turned out to be partially accurate _ Orr-Price is now a licensed practical nurse and has spent her 10-year career working in long-term care facilities. By Katherine Grandstrand, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1292 words.

EXCHANGE-SHOOTER’S JOURNEY

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. _ A South Dakota student will compete on a shooting sports team in college. Belle Fourche High School senior Emma Singer recently signed a letter of intent to compete on the Concordia University shooting sports team. The Seward, Nebraska, college’s Lutheran roots first attracted Singer’s attention. Opportunities to earn a degree, grow her faith and continue in shooting sports factored in her decision. She plans to study biology and go on to become a veterinarian. By Jason Gross, Black Hills Pioneer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 717 words.