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NEWS 6.29.21: SD Troops Ordered to the Border, LEC Update, Train Rerailment, & More

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will join a growing list of Republican governors sending law enforcement officers to the U.S. border with Mexico.

Noem’s announcement that she will send up to 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to Texas comes as the GOP ramps up a political fight with President Joe Biden over border security. The issue has drawn in a host of prominent GOP figures. Former President Donald Trump was expected to travel to the border this week. The latest fight was initiated when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month announced plans to build more barriers along the border.

Groundbreaking for the new Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center has been set for September 15th.

The Sioux City Journal reports a finalized contract for construction was reached during a joint county-city board meeting yesterday.

Dirt work at the site is estimated to be finished by the first of August, with the more than $58 million dollar project taking about 20 months to finish.

The Sioux City school board in a split vote acknowledged the continuation of Superintendent Paul Gausman’s contract. Gausman’s base pay is close to $249,000, according to the Journal. His contract runs through the 2022-2023 school year. Board Member Dan Greenwell has expressed concern about public transparency and accountability.

A train collision caused a detrailment near Dakota City this morning. BNSF railroad says around six a train hit a semi. Two locomotives and six cars went off the tracks. No one was hurt either in the vehicle or train. The company says the incident happened at a crossing with warning signs.

Three Iowa counties hit hard by severe weather last week will be eligible for help from the state after Governor Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation. The storm on June 24th impacted Linn, Monroe, and Wapello Counties. More than seven inches of rain fell in the community of Eldon.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is setting aside an unprecedented amount of money for residents with developmental challenges this year, but those who work in the field say it might not be enough to fix lengthy waitlists for those who need services. Statewide, more than 5,000 South Dakotans have some form of developmental disability. The Department of Human Services has allocated an additional $28 million to agencies that provide housing and daily support services. The total allocation is more than $200 million for the 2022 fiscal year. Officials with community support providers say the additional funding will allow their organizations to raise wages to stabilize high turnover rates.

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