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Jim Holland

Talk about perfect timing.

Just in time for that most common of New Year’s resolutions — you know, the one about getting in shape and losing weight — a second Anytime Fitness exercise center is coming to the west side of Rapid City. The opening is planned for just after the first of the year.

Remodeling is underway at the former location of Dakota Party at 780 Mountain View Road, according to manager Darci McManigal of Black Hills Properties.

McManigal said this new location is separate from another Anytime Fitness on East St. Patrick Street east of Family Fare supermarket.

Anytime will use just part of the location most recently occupied by Dakota Party, which moved to the Rushmore Crossing Shopping Center earlier this fall.

McManigal hopes to announce another new tenant for the remaining space soon, she said.

Unique News changes hands

Unique News of Rapid City is changing hands. Jeanne Hoback and Deb Casey of Rapid City are taking over the single sheet fun news publication from Vi Stoltz, who is retiring.

Hoback describes Unique News as a “cheerful, newsy” monthly publication, minus the hard news aspect while seeking to entertain and provoke thought along the way.

“To me it was always positive, little bits of information about an invention or a positive thought, or a word of the month,” she said

Like Stoltz, Hoback will print Unique News at home. She will serve as editor and salesperson. Casey will do the layout.

“I do the writing and sell the ads and Deb makes it pretty,” Hoback said.

They plan on having the December issue out between the first and third of the month.

“It’ll be our very first one,” Hoback said. “We’re going to have a lot of fun with this.”

Call Hoback at 605-341-4377 for more information.

Hospital adds third CT scanner

Regional Health Rapid City Hospital has installed a new advanced CT scanner, bringing the number of CT scanners at the hospital to three.

The addition of the new unit means better medical images, less radiation and quicker turnaround times for patients awaiting results, according to a Regional Health release.

“Demand for CT (Computed Tomography) imaging has grown exponentially over the past five years. Lower radiation has increased the safety and better technology has expanded its uses,” Senior Director of Medical Imaging Services Jamie Madden said in the release.

The addition of the Siemens Somatom CT will reduce the turnaround time to complete CT-guided biopsies for suspected cancers in the lungs, liver and kidneys. Madden said the goal is to deliver biopsy results in less than three days.

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The third CT unit was scheduled to be part of the expansion of Rapid City Hospital’s Emergency Department that is currently underway. Because of demand Regional Health decided to put the new device online immediately. The CT will be moved to the new emergency department when construction is completed.

Ranching for profit seminar

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition is sponsoring a two-day seminar, “Intro to Ranching for Profit,” and “New Ways to Think About Your Business,” on Dec. 14-15 at the Branding Iron Banquet Room at 19079 US Highway 85 in Belle Fourche.

Topics to be discussed during the seminars, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, are:

Three secrets for increasing profit: Do you own a business or a job? How Ideas Fly presentation; Hard work and harmony; and Working through ranch problems.

Main speaker Dave Pratt is a respected authority on sustainable ranching in North America, according to a release. He has researched management intensive grazing and other strategic issues affecting the profitability of ranches.

Admission is free for SD Grassland Coalition members, or $30 per person, which includes a one-year coalition membership.

Reservations should be made by Dec. 8. Contact Judge Jessop at 605-280-0127 or at

For more information on Pratt, see

  Contact Jim Holland at 605-394-8429 or at

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