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Broadcaster Press 3 July 31, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com New at ON SA L NOW E in Yankton NutriSource Pet Foods Dog, Puppy, Cat & Kitten Food & Dog Treats! Super Premium Pet Foods Small - Medium Bags $2 off, Large Bags $5 off, and Dog Treats! $1 off! USDA Rural Development Invests $173,000 To Assist Two South Dakota Communities HURON, South Dakota, July 23, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $17.4 million in 41 projects that will provide essential services for rural communities in 22 states. “Rural America represents a wealth of opportunity– from farms to tourism, forestry, mining and manufacturing,” Hazlett said. “At USDA, our mission is to be a catalyst to bring those opportunities to life – whether building infrastructure, helping communities to attract jobs, accessing additional capital, or improving the quality of life in these towns.” USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural areas purchase, construct or improve essential facilities. An essential community facility is one that provides a necessary service for the orderly development or operation of a rural community, such as schools, libraries, health care facilities, day care centers and infrastructure improvements. Two projects in South Dakota have been selected to receive $173,000 under this announcement: • Dupree Volunteer Fire Department in Dupree is receiving a $10,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to purchase a heavy duty pickup chassis, flatbed, motor, tank, and pump for the construction of a new wild land fire truck, as well as two new heaters for the fire station. The Dupree Volunteer Fire Department covers a large response area of rural country in Ziebach County, SD. The new truck will replace an aging model and improve the service area coverage for fire suppression activities. The two new heaters will replace old, inefficient heaters and allow the department to keep the equipment warm in the wintertime at a reduced cost. • Buffalo County Rural Fire Protection District #1 in Gann Valley is receiving a $70,400 loan and a $42,600 grant to finance a new brush truck. The District has provided high quality fire protection services for nearly 40 years to Buffalo County, the Crow Creek Indian Reservation, and surrounding communities and counties. The addition of the new brush truck will greatly aid in responding to prairie, equipment, and residential fires as well as controlled burns. In addition, the need for fire services has increased substantially due to the drought conditions that have plagued South Dakota for the last couple of years. A new brush truck will alleviate additional strain on the fire crew, reduce response time, and utilize the latest technology to provide the highest quality of fire protection services for the district. The projects that are being announced today will help improve the quality of life for more than 220,000 rural residents in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for USDA Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and staterecognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. Loan amounts have ranged from $10,000 to $165 million. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus spending bill increased the budget for the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program to $2.8 billion, up $200 million from FY 2017. In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosper- ity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. Eighth Annual SD Timed Event SD Department Of Health Observes World Breastfeeding Week Championship Planned For The SD State Fair PIERRE, S.D. – Aug. 1 through Aug. 7, South Dakota joins other states and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”, focuses on breastfeeding as a universal solution to improve the health and well-being of women and children. “Breastfeeding is a natural and optimal way of feeding children, and measures need to be taken to make breastfeeding a nonevent that is universally accepted anywhere at any time,” said Beth Honerman, state breastfeeding coordinator for the Department of Health. According to the 2016 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card, 83.6 percent of South Dakota mothers start breastfeeding. Unfortunately, the rate of mothers who continue breastfeeding at six and 12 months remains low at 53.4 and 31.8 percent, respectively. Honerman noted that the Department of Health is committed to making breastfeeding in South Dakota successful by providing professional support through community health offices with staff that are International Board Certified Lactation Counselors (IBCLCs) and Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs). In addition, breastfeeding peer counselors are available to serve as mentors and support breastfeeding mothers through the WIC Program. The Department of Health and its partners have also implemented the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative in several South Dakota communities to help businesses support breastfeeding employees and customers. To date, more than 575 businesses across the state have signed a pledge to provide an environment where mothers and employees can enjoy a welcoming attitude from staff, management and other patrons while breastfeeding. In acknowledgement of the importance of breastfeeding as a public health issue, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Aug. 1-7 World Breastfeeding Awareness Week in South Dakota. To learn more about breastfeeding, contact the Department of Health office in your county (http://doh.sd.gov/localoffices/) or visit www. sdwic.org. Learn more about the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative at www.healthysd.gov/ breastfeeding. Increasing the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their babies is a key performance measure of the Department of Health’s 2015-2020 strategic plan objective to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of infants, http://doh. sd.gov/strategicplan. OAKWOOD APARTMENTS 605.624.9557 Smoke Free • Rent adjusted to income • Large 2 & 3 bedroom w/AC • O? street parking • Large closets - one walk-in • On-site coin laundry • Playground equipment • Just Blocks from Campus, High School & Prentis Park 1200 E. Clark Street • Vermillion, SD HURON, S.D. – The eighth annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship (SDTEC) sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim and Double D Western will be held Sept. 1 and 2 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair. The area’s elite youth rodeo contestants will compete in six timed events, including tie-down calf roping, barrel racing, team roping, goat tying, breakaway roping and steer wrestling. Any rodeo youth from across the country, ages 14 – 19, is eligible to compete for the title. “We’ve been nothing but impressed by the quality of competition and the level of fan support,” said Jason Edleman with SDTEC. “This is a tremendous opportunity to share our state’s official sports event with those at one of the state’s largest venues, the State Fair!” The overall winner takes home the coveted title of SD Timed Event Champion, along with a cash award. Event winners receive trophy saddles. The SDTEC continues to bring in contestants, their families and fans to the State Fair, making it one of the premier events for spectators at the fair. “This is the only youth rodeo at the State Fair and the only one of its type in the Midwest,” says Edleman with SDTEC. “Contest- ants and fans travel from across the state and the nation to be at the SD Timed Event Championship. Since its inception, we have had contestants from Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Texas compete.” Last year’s Timed Event Champion was Winston Brown of Piedmont, SD. For more information, visit www.sdtimedeventchampionships.webs.com or like SD Timed Event Championship on Facebook. The 2018 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 29. This year’s theme is “Experience the Magic.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800.529.0900, visit www.sdstatefair. com or find them on Facebook or Twitter. Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda. sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LIVE! ON NMM Presents: STAGE 35th & Taylor Sponsored by: August 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30pm Ratingen Platz, Downtown Vermillion Hot off the griddle… Fall Registration Tuesday, July 31st 6:30pm to 7:15pm National Guard Armory, 603 Princeton St., Vermillion Those in grades 6th – 12th during the fall of 2018 wanting to play fall softball will need to register on this day. Cost is $100. This includes team shirt and registration fee. For more information, contact Tammy: tammystots2@gmail.com or Andrea: AHANSON79@msn.com All you can eat, free will donation BREAKFAST Saturday and Sunday August 4 & 5, 2018 7am – Noon W.H. Over Museum 1110 N. University St., Vermillion (Builiding tours available all day Saturday and Sunday morning) Sponsored by the Vermillion Lions Club for the benefit of the W.H. Over Museum
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