LEAD PARKS FUND
City of Lead establishes parks improvement fund
LEAD, S.D. (AP) - The city of Lead has established a parks improvement reserve fund.
The Black Hills Pioneer reports (http://bit.ly/1A2OMga) that the fund was sparked by plans to replace the restroom facility at the city's Manuel Brothers Park.
City officials approved a plan to move $59,000 from the general fund to the new reserve, and put all $10,000 from the city's bridge fund into the account.
There are no longer any bridges left within city limits.
Rapid City officials say campfire started blaze
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City officials are warning about the potential of grass fires after it was determined that a blaze at a local park was the result of a campfire.
The fire at Wilderness Park Monday covered about half an acre.
Rapid City Battalion Chief Rob Powell tells the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1rHG3et) that the grass is starting to turn and burn "quite quickly."
Powell says the public should be vigilant and report brush and grass fires as soon as possible.
ND wants specifics on backlogged grain shipments
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing Canadian Pacific Railway to provide specifics on its backlog of grain shipments.
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board told Canadian Pacific and BNSF Railway in June to submit plans to address backlogs in northern Plains states and begin filing weekly updates.
But the state's congressional delegation says Canadian Pacific's weekly report does not include a specific number of past-due rail cars or average lateness.
Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg says the railroad is working to provide a detailed plan to the North Dakota lawmakers.
BNSF Railway reported 3,908 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 26 days late. That's down about 14 percent from the previous week.
BNSF says North Dakota had the most past-due rail cars followed by Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota.
ND supe wants Indian culture taught in schools
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler wants American Indian culture taught in the state's classrooms.
Baesler says she wants to establish curriculum similar to Montana's "Indian Education for All" program that mandates Montana schools teach all students about its American Indian tribes and reservations.
Baesler and Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau attended an Indian Education Summit on Tuesday in Bismarck.
Juneau is a member of the North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes. She also is a former teacher on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
Baesler and Juneau say the idea of the program is to integrate Indian education into existing curriculums such as math, reading, music, history and other subjects.
Juneau says the program "is not Indian education for Indians - it's Indian education for all."
PIERRE POOL EVACUATION
Pierre swimming pool reopens after evacuation
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - City recreation officials in Pierre have fixed a chlorine leak and reopened a public pool that was evacuated.
KCCR radio reports that emergency officials were called to the Griffin Park outdoor pool Monday afternoon when a city parks employee smelled chlorine in a building near the pool where equipment is kept.
About 50 people were evacuated from the pool as a precaution. Fire Chief Ian Paul says no people were ever endangered.
Officials say a loose hose was the cause of the leak. The pool reopened Tuesday.
VEHICULAR HOMICIDE PLEA
Man pleads guilty in fatal New Year's Day crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man accused of driving drunk and killing a woman in a New Year's Day crash has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-offense driving under the influence.
The deal between 21-year-old Oscar Madrigal and prosecutors caps his prison time at 20 years and sees vehicular homicide, vehicular battery and reckless driving charges dropped.
A judge must agree. A sentencing date was not immediately scheduled Tuesday.
Police say Madrigal ran a flashing red light early on Jan. 1 in a Jeep and collided with a minivan, killing 38-year-old Tanya Sanchez and injuring her husband. Authorities say Madrigal's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for driving.
$1M upgrade sought for Rapid City's Dinosaur Park
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An historic park overlooking Rapid City that features concrete and steel statues of dinosaurs might be in line for a $1 million upgrade.
The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WBhaH7 ) that the City Council is seeking a federal grant of $500,000 to match with an equal amount of city money to overhaul Dinosaur Park.
The park was dedicated in 1936 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The plan to upgrade the free park includes better pathways, an entrance shaped like a dinosaur bone, a viewing tower of downtown and a remodeled gift shop.
The grant is being sought from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is administered by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.
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