New technology grants available for SD schools
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota schools can now begin applying for two new kinds of grants approved by this year's Legislature.
The Legislature set aside $500,000 for grants that are intended to help teachers use technology in innovative ways. Public school districts, teachers and Education Service Agencies can submit applications until July 8.
Lawmakers also provided $500,000 for grants that will help public school districts upgrade their technology infrastructure. Applications will be accepted until June 15.
ABERDEEN BUSINESS FIRE
Fire destroys longtime business in Aberdeen
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Fire has destroyed a longtime service station in Aberdeen.
The blaze at Eddie's Northside Sinclair began about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The American News reports that the flames spread quickly but the three workers inside got out safely.
Mechanic Matthew Tutor says the fire started when an air jack lost pressure and a truck's fuel tank fell, hitting a shop light and igniting flames. The fire consumed the business but did not spread to the fuel pumps outside.
Eddie Weber opened the station in 1969. The business is now owned by his son, Randy Weber.
SIOUX FALLS SPILL
Fuel spill contained in Sioux Falls after crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities plan to cite a trucker with careless driving after a rollover crash and fuel spill in Sioux Falls.
The tanker truck was carrying about 10,000 gallons of gasoline. The amount that spilled Monday afternoon wasn't immediately determined but the South Dakota Highway Patrol says all of the fuel was contained.
The truck driver was not hurt, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. Authorities say the driver made a turn that was too sharp, and the tanker rolled in a ditch when it hit a soft shoulder on the side of a road.
SANFORD LAB SELECTED
SD lab selected for nuclear reaction experiment
LEAD, S.D. (AP) - Scientists have selected the Sanford Lab in Lead as the site for an experiment that seeks to simulate nuclear reactions that take place within stars.
The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics, or DIANA, will help scientists better understand how nuclear reactions produce the natural elements observed in the universe. The experiment is estimated to cost $30 million to $50 million and could run for 20 years.
DIANA spokesman Michael Weischer says the Sanford Underground Lab was selected based on its cost efficiency and local support.
Sanford Lab Director Mike Headley says the DIANA experiment is a key component to the lab's long-term plans.
Gold Dust Casino to reopen in Deadwood this summer
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - The Gold Dust Casino is slated to reopen on Deadwood's Main Street this summer, after shutting down on New Year's Eve and putting more than 50 people out of work.
New General Manager Peter DeMangus tells the Rapid City Journal that a new group of investors wants to make significant renovations to the property that covers half a city block. He declined to name the investors, though he said some are from outside South Dakota.
The City Commission has scheduled a June 3 public hearing on a transfer of the Gold Dust's liquor licenses to Black Diamond Capital LLC.
Mayor Chuck Turbiville says the reopening of the casino will fill an empty building in a prime Main Street spot in the historic Black Hills town.
Crews teaching lifesaving skills during EMS week
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is teaching lifesaving skills this week as part of National EMS Week.
Crews will be at Empire Mall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day to teach CPR and show residents how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. They'll also show people how to understand and download the free PulsePoint smart phone app, which notifies users when an emergency happens in a public place.
National EMS Week runs through May 25.
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