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US 12 project is topic at Rotary

By Peg WunderDigging

Herb McClellan introduced John Villbrandt of the Department of Transportation (DOT) in Mobridge to talk to the Rotarians Monday, April, 28, about the work on the highway through Mobridge.
It is hoped that this phase of the project which was started last spring will be finished by the end of July this year. The contract for the whole project through town on Highway 12 and up Hwy 1804 was let on April 3, 2013. The cost of this project is  $5.86 million and the project was to have been finished by November 28. Many factors caused delays and when winter set in the project had to be wrapped up for the year.
He announced that work will start next week. They will start working on the north side starting at Seventh Avenue West and working east to Grand Crossing   Curbs, gutter and sidewalks are scheduled to be replaced. When they are finished with the north side, they will turn around and do the south side of the highway going back to Burger King. The paving should not take a long time but there will be a period when people may want to take a route different than Grand Crossing to get to their destinations. Each Thursday starting on May 8 at 1 p.m. there will be a meeting at City Hall that will be open to the public to attend, get updated, and to ask questions about the progress of the project. The contractor from last year will finish his job on Grand Crossing east. The four corners at Grand Crossing and Main should be finished as soon as possible. There is a penalty of $l650 if the project is not finished by the time specified in the contract. When completed, the project will extend to the Missouri River Bridge.
Jim Currran was present to receive the merit award from the Boy Scouts for his 29 years of working with the scouts. During that time 13 young men have become Eagle Scouts. Curran, who is retired has dedicated many hours to the Catholic Church. Those present to see him receive the award were Jerry Lundborg who is in charge of day camps, Cora Baldwin who is the district representative and Bruce McIntire who is the Five Rivers District and award chairman, all who are  from Pierre, Judy Curran who is Jim’s wife, and Mike Jerome, local scoutmaster.  Tom Collignon assisted in the ceremony.
Jeff Jenson reported that the NRA banquet was very successful. For the sixth straight year the Mobridge NRA got the High Caliber Club award. The club netted $34,000 of which $17,000 will stay in South Dakota to be used for their projects.