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    The South Dakota section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has named Gary Haag of Hot Springs as 2017 J.P. Gries Geologist of the Year. The award is named in honor of John Paul Gries, a longtime geology professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

      Alton “Al” Cornella of Rapid City received the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award for being an advocate for the Air Force.

        The South Dakota Emergency Management Association seated the following officers from the area at the fall conference: Alexa White, Pennington County Deputy Director for Emergency Management, president-elect, and Rene Larson, Lawrence County Emergency Management, secretary.

          Natalie Termes of Rapid City was named the Volunteer of the Year by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program+ (RSVP+) at their 43rd annual recognition event Sept. 13. Termes first joined the Black Hills RSVP+ in 1987 and at 96 years of age, remains an active and vital member of the volunteer community.

          We’ve received several comments and observations about a column we recently wrote about divorce, death and joint tenancy. A grandchild wrote about how her grandparents had a difficult marriage and divorce. But even after the divorce, they kept the property in both names. Whoever died first lost the house. But there were some questions about whether the grandmother, who died in March, actually still owned the property because she and our correspondent's mother paid all of the bills.

          A little optimism can help propel you when things get difficult in the homebuying market. But if you’re feeling too good about your chances of buying this year — good in ways simply not justified given the current economic conditions — you could find yourself disappointed, at best, and unsuccessful or overextended, at worst. About 28...

          South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travelers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of COVID-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year’s holidays. South Korea had stopped issuing most short-term visas at its consulates in China in early January. It did so after the virus surged in China late last year and the government there abruptly lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions. South Korea and other countries are worried the surge could create new variants of the coronavirus. In retaliation to Seoul's move, China also suspended South Korean short-term visa applications.

          A proposed settlement between New Jersey and the current owner of a notoriously polluted industrial site is drawing fire from residents of Toms River, where memories of children getting cancer at elevated rates are still a fresh source of pain. The state and Germany-based BASF reached an agreement for the company to restore natural resources polluted by the former Ciba-Geigy chemical plant. But many residents call it woefully insufficient given the history of toxic dumping at the site. Ciba-Geigy and BASF have paid more than $300 million cleaning up the site, an effort whose end is not yet known, and contaminated groundwater still sits beneath some residential neighborhoods.

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