South Dakota sells former juvenile detention center

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - A partnership in western South Dakota has submitted a winning $2.34 million bid to buy a shuttered juvenile detention facility in Custer, though some lawmakers may push back.

The Rapid City Journal reports the bid came during a public auction Thursday for the State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy, or the STAR Academy. The state-owned facility closed in 2016 after juvenile justice reforms led to a decline in juveniles held at the facility.

Jared Carson represented the local partnership with the winning bid. He says the group intends to create a "light industrial project." He declined to provide details about the business venture or other partners.

Some lawmakers attending the auction hinted at trying to stop the sale. Watertown Sen. Neal Tapio says a facility like STAR Academy is still needed.

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