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Whitewood street, sidewalk and crossing upgrade

On Wednesday crews resumed work on the sidewalk and storm sewer project at the intersection of Laurel Street and South Street in Whitewood.

Work on the project includes upgrading the sidewalk to be ADA compliant on the west side of Laurel Street from Hooker Street to Meade Street and working with the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad to complete upgrades to the existing railroad crossing using concrete panels and new asphalt.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane at times for the installation of the concrete panels and paving operation. A signed detour route will be in place during the road closure.

Ainsworth Benning Construction, Inc. of Spearfish is the prime contractor on this $150,000 project.

For complete road construction information, visit or dial 511.

Highway 34 project progressing

The South Dakota Department of Transportation said asphalt paving operations on Highway 34 from the Belle Fourche River bridge west to the Highway 34/79 junction east of Sturgis began on Tuesday, May 8.

According to a release, the contractor has been milling the surface on this route for the past two weeks and is now ready to move on to the paving operation.

Traffic will be controlled with a pilot car and flaggers during daytime working hours.

Work on this project includes cold milling, asphalt concrete resurfacing, guardrail upgrades, centerline rumble stripes and pavement markings. The contractor expects paving to be complete by June 1.

Motorists are asked to be aware of suddenly slowing, merging and stopped traffic, as well as construction workers and equipment adjacent to the roadway.

The prime contractor on this $3.1 million project is Border States Paving, Inc. of Fargo, N.D.

For complete road construction information, visit or dial 511.

Doug Miller 5K run

The 19th annual DAM 5K run and walk is set for Saturday in Sturgis. The run is in memory of Piedmont native, Sturgis Brown High School and South Dakota State University football standout Doug Alan Miller, who went on to a career in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.

Miller helped the Chargers to the 1995 Super Bowl but eventually had his playing career cut short by injury.

He died after being struck by lightning while on a camping trip in Colorado in July of 1998.

Registration for the run is online at Participants may sign up at the Loud American Roadhouse starting at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. The walk starts 8:15 a.m., with the run underway at 9 a.m. Kids races will follow.

Proceeds from the run will go to the Piedmont Elementary School.

Play off the Page at the Tri-State Museum

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center in Belle Fourche will host a “Play off the Page” on Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will consist of some study of the solar system, followed by rehearsal for a reader’s theatre play entitled “School’s Way Out,” a comedy about young people from Earth and Jupiter who become exchange students at each other’s schools.

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The play will be performed for friends and family at noon.

Prior theatre experience is not necessary; older students will read from the script but younger students will not be required to read.

Cost for participation is $2 per student. Pre-registration is mandatory as the script is written specifically for the students. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 23.

There is no admission charge for those friends and family who wish to see the play at noon.

Plays off the Page are an opportunity for young people to have an experience at theatre without a longtime commitment or the need to memorize lines. This is the third Play off the Page done at the Tri-State this season; its theatre company, the Tri-State Performers also offers fully mounted productions at various times in the year.

To register a student or for more information about the Tri-State Performers program, call 605-723-1200. The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center is located at 415 Fifth Ave., in Belle Fourche.

Family Fun Day

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center Family Fun Day for Sunday, May 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be about communication and sound.

Families will see a short science video about sound and then go on a museum scavenger hunt to see some antique phones, record players, radios, microphones, instruments and printing equipment. They will also do related activities including making a “telephone” from tin cans and string.

There will be a drawing for the book, “Sound Waves and Communication,” by Jenna Winterberg. All kids will receive a free take-home packet of puzzles and information about communication and sound. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is $2 per person or free with museum membership. Reservations suggested; call 605-723-1200.

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