YANKTON COUNTY TORNADO
No injuries, damage reported from Mayfield tornado
MAYFIELD, S.D. (AP) - No injuries or damage was reported from a tornado that touched down in northeastern Yankton County.
The Daily Press & Dakotan reports that a funnel cloud that dropped out of a small storm cell touched down several times in the Mayfield area over the course of about half an hour Thursday night.
Separately, storms on Thursday dropped record amounts of rain on both Aberdeen and Pierre. The National Weather Service says both cities set records for the date - Pierre with 0.73 inches and Aberdeen with 1.25 inches. Aberdeen's record had stood for two decades, and Pierre's for nearly half a century.
Upgrading Pierre stadium would cost $1.2 million
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Officials say upgrading Hyde Stadium in Pierre would cost $1.2 million.
The stadium is home to high school, youth, American Legion and amateur baseball teams. It also hosts middle school football practices.
The 79-year-old stadium has an old lighting system, bathrooms that are not accessible to the disabled, and dugouts that flood in heavy rains.
The American Legion post is proposing to split the project cost with the city, to get the project started next year. The City Commission would have to approve funding.
ROSHOLT ETHANOL PLANT
Rosholt ethanol plant operating after 18 months
ROSHOLT, S.D. (AP) - After sitting idle for about 18 months, an ethanol plant in the northeast South Dakota town of Rosholt (RAH'-sholt) has reopened.
New Red River Energy general manager Rick Serie told the Public Opinion in Watertown that 30 employees are working in production after getting the plant ready.
Serie says plans include increasing from an annual capacity of 25 million gallons to 40 million gallons. He says other projects in the works include corn oil extraction and increased storage capacity for ethanol and dried distillers grains.
Trees from statehood project going out to counties
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties will be delivered to sites across the state in the next two weeks.
The project is aimed at helping celebrate South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood this year. It was spearheaded by Plankinton artist Altman Studeny.
He collected the soil from each county in June, mixed it together, and planted the bur oaks. The tree grows in each region of South Dakota and can live for centuries.
The trees have been on display in Pierre, along a walking path near the state Capitol. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says they'll now be delivered to historic sites in each county.
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