Meade County road collapse hampering traffic
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. (AP) - The collapse of a stretch of road in Meade County could disrupt traffic in western South Dakota for months to come.
The New Underwood Road is a major north-south artery in the region, linking U.S. Highway 34 with Interstate 90. It's used heavily by trucks traveling to the oil fields, and is a popular route for residents of the Cheyenne Indian Reservation and northern counties who travel to Rapid City.
A portion of the paved road recently dropped 3-7 feet down the slope of a hill. Traffic is being detoured.
Highway Superintendent Ken McGirr says moving the road might be the only solution. But he says that would cost well over $1 million and won't happen this year.
Formerly unstable Deadwood building has new life
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A century-old Deadwood building that was in danger of collapsing a few years ago has found new life as a hotel.
Officials in 2011 closed sidewalks in the vicinity of the Pineview Building because they feared it was unsafe. The building built in 1902 had been vacant for more than two decades.
The Rapid City Journal reports that a development company invested millions of dollars in a three-year renovation project, and opened a 42-room hotel earlier this month called The Hotel by Gold Dust.
General Manager Amber Diers says "it's an old building returned to life."
PREMIER CENTER-METAL PANELS
Panel problem won't affect events center opening
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls' public works director says bulging metal panels on the outside of the $117 million Denny Sanford Premier Center won't affect its opening in the fall.
Mark Cotter says the problem with the panels is not related to structural issues. But a consultant's report on the matter isn't being released to the public or even the City Council.
The city paid $5,000 for the consultant to examine the panels last month. The city attorney's office says the report is not a public record under state law.
City Attorney Dave Pfiefle (FYF'-lee) says officials aren't trying to be secretive. He says the report is preliminary, and that contractors should have a chance to address the problem with the panels.
S DAKOTA ST-COACH
Wood named softball coach at South Dakota State
BROOINGS, S.D. (AP) - Krista Wood is the new softball coach at South Dakota State University.
Wood joins the Jackrabbits after eight years at Wayne State, Nebraska, where she posted an overall record of 270-154. She took over an NCAA Division II program that won 10 games in 2006 and built a team that set a school record with 43 victories and made the D-II Super Regional in 2010.
A native of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Wood was a standout pitcher at Nebraska-Omaha from 1999 to 2003. She helped the Mavericks to the NCAA Division II national championship in 2001.
The Jackrabbits were 11-36 last season with a 2-16 record in the Summit League.
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