Rural health initiatives fill life-saving gaps in remote areas

FREE The Helmsley Charitable Trust has invested nearly $100 million to improve rural health care in South Dakota. The newest initiative is technology allowing heart surgeries to be done robotically for patients in isolated areas.

Obtaining quality medical care is difficult for the roughly 350 residents of Bison, S.D, and studies show that they and others living in remote rural areas of America have a higher mortality rate as a result. The northwestern South Dakota town lies about 30 miles from the North Dakota border. Horizon Health Care runs a small clinic staffed by a […]

Continuing snow creates problems

The city of Mobridge has had an unusual amount of snow during the month of February causing snow build-up along the streets and highway. Mobridge Police Chief Shawn Madison urges residents to drive carefully and watch out for pedestrians and other vehicles at all street corners, alleys, and driveways. Because of the snow built up in these areas, children, other […]

Council tables hiring a full-time fire chief

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Mobridge City Council, after a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion, tabled a plan to hire a full-time fire chief for the Mobridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. The idea was proposed with the intention of also approving advertising for the position, but input from residents, some council members and members of the fire department helped […]

Care Center’s closing meant more than just losing jobs

“There are no words to describe how hard it was to watch this all unravel. It was heartbreaking.” That is how Nadine Alexander, a 29-year employee at the Mobridge care center, described the final months of the facility’s life in this community. “It was an emotional roller-coaster,” she said. “The staff went through a grieving process just as if we […]

More than 40,000 S.D. children live in poverty

More than 40,000 South Dakota children, from infants to teenagers, live in families with incomes low enough to qualify for the federal food stamp program, creating challenges for a fruitful childhood and a prosperous adult life. The number of children in South Dakota families receiving aid in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program rose by 47 percent from 2007 to […]

Weatherman pleads guilty to manslaughter charge

A Missouri man, who was driving the vehicle involved in the crash that killed Mobridge resident Danielle McCollum, has changed his plea and will not go to trial on the charge. James Weatherman, 37, was driving the pickup that struck the vehicle driven by McCollum July 18 on U.S. Highway 83, south of Mound City. Weatherman accepted a plea agreement, […]

Cattlemen prepare herds for extreme weather conditions

After a fairly mild early winter season, Mother Nature is hitting the area with a vengeance, bringing back bitterly cold weather and winds above 20 mph. Dangerous wind chills are expected for Thursday, Feb. 7, into Friday, Feb. 8, with temperatures struggling to get above the single digits below zero. Humans can choose to stay inside when the weather is […]

Care center doors close on Jan. 31

Thursday, Jan. 31, will be the last day of operations for the Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center. The center, owned by Golden Living Centers, LLC, has been part of the community since 1968. At one time, it housed a specialized Alzheimer’s Unit and at one time had a 125-bed capacity. At the time of the closure announcement, it was home […]

Gov. Noem addresses care reimbursements

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem delivered her 2019 budget address to the legislature. As promised, in Noem’s plan there were increases in state aid to education, Medicaid providers and to state employees. Former Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget delivered to the legislature in December included 2.3 percent raises in those funding areas. The increase in Noem’s budget […]

Due to projected deteriorating weather conditions related to Polar Vortex Jayden, postal delivery operations will be suspended South Dakota

Due to projected deteriorating weather conditions related to Polar Vortex Jayden, postal delivery operations will be suspended South Dakota Retail operations at local offices will be available but may be limited. There will be no collection mail pick up from businesses or collection boxes.  Additionally, there will be no residential or commercial package pick-up services. The Postal Service receives no […]

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