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Fundraiser to help many children

I am always amazed by how our community rallies around the mission to end hunger in South Dakota. One event that truly shows the power and compassion of our Feeding South Dakota’s friends is our Empty Bowl fundraiser in Rapid City.

We have many individuals, businesses and civic organizations that give their time, talent and resources to make the event successful. This year’s event raised nearly $26,000 to provide food packages for the BackPack Program, which provides at-risk children with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food for the weekends during the school year, holidays and summer vacation when they don’t have access to school feeding programs. BackPack food packages are provided to over 1,800 children in Lawrence, Butte, Meade, Pennington and Shannon counties during the school year and are delivered to 35 schools in 15 Black Hills communities. During the summer, 700 children are served.

Those who attended Empty Bowls left with a beautiful hand-painted bowl to remind them of the impact they are having on local hunger. A special thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, bowls painters, food and beverage donors, and attendees. You truly make our community stronger by your compassion and support.

Debbie Renner

Rapid City

Rossknecht for county commission

Ron Rossknecht would be a superb addition to the county commission. As a state certified general appraiser, he is familiar with all zoning regulations, highest and best use of property, setback requirements, local laws regarding the use of property and the various local governmental people involved.

In my capacity as a commercial real estate broker, I have known Ron for over 30 years. The license he holds is the highest available in the state of South Dakota. As a commercial appraiser, he has had to work with state and federal guidelines, prepare reports in compliance with strict specifications as well as satisfying the requirements of lending institutions.

He is hardworking, honest and his integrity is beyond reproach. I will be casting my personal vote in favor of his pursuit of Pennington County Commissioner in District #1.

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Sandra K. Runde

Rapid City

Will candidates seek justice for deaths?

This is my question for all the candidates for governor and attorney general: With the EB-5 and Gear Up scandals that led to the death of four innocent children and at least three other deaths, what are you going to do when you are in office to bring justice for those innocent lives?

James Sowers

Belle Fourche

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