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8 Broadcaster Press October 9, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com North Sioux City Experiencing Growth In Manufacturing NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – At the very edge of the South Dakota border sits North Sioux City, a quiet town that is bearing witness to some impressive development. “In North Sioux City’s early days people didn’t immediately think of it as the best place to set up shop or establish a home and family, but recently, over the past number of years, people are changing their minds,” said Andrew Nilges, executive director of the North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation. Nilges, who just completed his first year as the economic development corporation’s executive director, grew up in the area. For him, his community has always been a place he proudly referred to as “home.” “Living in a community that is within a few miles of a larger, more well-known city [Sioux City, Iowa], definitely has its challenges, but it also presents numerous opportunities which has resulted in significant investment in the community,” Nilges said. Proof of that investment is shown in many ways. From a newly developed industrial park, to residential development and corporate reinvestment, North Sioux City is experiencing some major advancements. “Our manufacturing industry in particular has seen some impressive growth in the last several years,” Nilges said. “A couple that come to mind are Royal Canin and Reds All Natural. Both companies have proven to be valuable corporate citizens to the Siouxland area, and it’s encouraging to see both continue to thrive.” Royal Canin, a global leader in pet food manufacturing, broke ground on its $100+ million new, state-of-the-art facility, and is set to open next summer. This is a great cause for celebration following the company’s 50-year anniversary as well. For Daniel Klapuch, plant manager of Royal Canin in North Sioux City, the new facility is more than a reinvestment in the community—it’s a reinvestment in our family pets. “Royal Canin’s sole commitment is to our family pets,” Klapuch said. “We take pet food seriously, because family pets hold a very special place in the hearts of their owners and so our commitment is provide top-quality, science-based nutrition for our pets. “Royal Canin engages in extensive research when deciding where to expand its manufacturing capabilities, and at the end of the day, South Dakota simply made the best sense,” Klapuch continued. “It was a collaborative effort between the state, the city and the company. We’re proud to remain in South Dakota and continue to better serve our best customers.” An investment in manufacturing doesn’t stop there, though. Nilges says the community is embracing what comes naturally to North Sioux City’s economy. In fact, earlier this year, the Flynn Business Park was approved for two infrastructure improvement grants, one from the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and another from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Additionally, Flynn Business Park was re-certified as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site for economic development projects. “The grant funds will significantly improve future development in Flynn Business Park,” Nilges said. “Already, we have several companies interested in expanding in or relocating to the park. The fact that we have local, state, and federal leadership that understand the impact of securely built infrastructure is invaluable and we’re fortunate to have established such a dynamic partnership.” From food to animal feed to farm equipment, manufacturing continues to thrive in North Sioux City. In fact, North Sioux City’s top employers are its manufacturers. “I think it goes to show that just when people thought manufacturing was a dying industry, we’ve proven otherwise,” Nilges said. “South Dakota’s manufacturing industry certainly wasn’t immune to the economic downturn, but 10 years later, it’s easy to see we fared better than many other states and are bucking the trend. I think that’s something we need to continue to capitalize on.” SDDOT Receives SD Fire Marshal: Know That Additional Federal Fires Can Start Anywhere Transit Funding PIERRE, S.D. – This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme encourages people to be mindful that fires can start anywhere. Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13 and will be observed by fire departments throughout South Dakota. This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware – fire can happen anywhere.” “It is easy to take fire safety for granted especially if we are staying in a new hotel or working in a new building,” says State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman. “But it is important to be aware of your surroundings and know where the exits are if a fire starts.” Merriman says the three “L’s” in this year’s theme signify essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire: * Look for places fire can start. * Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. * Learn two ways out of each room. At the same time, Merriman says individuals and families should make sure they have two ways out of their home in case of fire. He says people need to remember that fires can start anywhere in the home due to an electrical problem or another issue. “Families should hold fire drills in their homes at least twice a year; once during the day and another time at night,” Merriman says. “It is important that everyone, especially children, know how to get out of a burning SEASONAL HARVEST HELP WANTED: • Elevator Workers – FT or PT Sept. – Nov. • Semi Drivers – All local hauling - no ELDs (Full time year round & seasonal) • Secretary/Bookkeeper FT Year Round with Benefits AG OPPortunities, Inc. Vermillion, SD Grain Terminal Kevin @ 605-624-6240 agoppkm@hotmail.com Open pOsitiOns: structure using more than one exit.” Another emphasis during the week will be the use of smoke alarms. Merriman says the importance of smoke alarms can’t be stressed enough. “We have seen too many house fires where there were no smoke alarms present or the alarms in the homes were not properly working,” he says. “Smoke alarms can help save lives. But they do no good when not properly maintained.” Smoke alarm messages for this week include: *Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. *Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. *Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it. *If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place. *Call the fire department from outside the home. For more on this year’s theme, click onto www.firepreventionweek.org . The state Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Manager Trainee Great benefits and earning potential. 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Call now: 855-623-8796 (MCN) PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says they have received five grant awards for an additional $2,774,400 in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding through FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program competitive grant program. “The SDDOT will be receiving these federal funds on behalf of public transit sponsors who will pay the required match on these grants. The application process for these funding opportunities was a team effort by the South Dakota transit providers, FTA and SDDOT. The awards reflect another great example of the positive partnership forged between the entities,” says Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist. These funds are designated to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders by replacement, rehabilitation and construction of bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance. The funds awarded to SDDOT will be used to address the needs of public transit vehicle replacements, facilities and equipment. The federal funds awarded are required to be matched by local funds obtained by the subrecipient noted in the award notice. The grants provide funding for replacement of numerous vehicles throughout the state to improve reliability and capacity, construction of a new transit facility in Highmore, a remodel of River Cities Public Transit’s existing facility to enhance their call center operations in Pierre, expansion of the Yankton Transit Facility and acquisition of snow removal equipment for Prairie Hills Transit and River Cities Transit to enhance their service capacities during inclement weather. For more information about these awards, please visit: https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/us-department-transportation-announces-264-million-grantsmodernize-and-improve-america https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/us-department-transportation-announces-3662-million-grantsmodernize-and-improve-america Oversight Council Annual Report Is Available The Oversight Council for Improving Criminal Justice Responses for Persons with Mental Illness has released its first annual report outlining the implementation progress of the reforms initiated by HB 1183 (2017). The Oversight Council was established in HB 1183 to monitor the implementation of the reforms and to provide recommendations to the Chief Justice, Governor and Legislature. The reforms in HB 1183 came as a result of a task force initiated by Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Governor Dennis Daugaard in the spring of 2016 to examine the issues surrounding individuals with mental illness entering the criminal justice system. 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DSU estimates it will attract 12 new students a year by making this online option available. Dakota State will also create a minor in English as a New Language to complement its existing teacher education programs. In its request for approval, DSU officials said there is a growing need in smaller and rural school districts for teachers prepared to support students whose first language is not English. The 18 credit-hour minor will prepare teachers to work with English language learners in language acquisition, cultural understanding, and classroom technology integration. Also approved is a move to combine existing majors in two academic programs on the DSU campus into a single major in mathematics with four specializations. The new specializations available to students within the bachelor of science degree in mathematics are cryptography, information systems, intermediate education, and secondary education.
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