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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving South Dakota Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 13 items )  

American Coalition for Ethanol: Thune Introduces Bill to Support Hand Sanitizer, Ethanol Production By Extending FDA Guidance
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 12 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following news: U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced legislation that would extend for two years The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) "Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency." Extending the FDA's guidance will grant additional certainty for ethanol operations that have made investments or changes in operations to serve the curr  more

American Coalition for Ethanol: U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Demand Answers on Retroactive EPA Exemptions
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 10 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following news: In a letter, America's top biofuel and farm advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to offer answers on a new effort to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During a Senate hearing last month, administration officials confirmed their consideration of retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) covering previous years. The "gap-filings" are designed to reconstitute a  more

Bankers Take Part in South Dakota Bankers Association Virtual Annual Business Meeting, FDIC Town Hall
PIERRE, South Dakota, June 12 -- The South Dakota Bankers Association issued the following news: More than 100 member bankers and business partners took part in the Association's Virtual Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday. The meeting is traditionally held during the SDBA/NDBA Annual Convention, which was canceled due to the pandemic. The Annual Business Meeting's agenda included the election of SDBA officers, comments from the outgoing and incoming SDBA chairs, an association update from SDBA  more

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities: Remaining 8 States Should Help Families Losing School Meals
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued the following news: By Zoe Neuberger, senior policy analyst A staggering 1 in 3 families with children say they don't have enough food, and that's in part because schools where lots of children normally eat free or reduced-price meals are closed. A new federal program (Pandemic-EBT, or P-EBT) is beginning to compensate families for the added expense of feeding these children, but eight states -- Idaho, Montana, Nebraska,   more

Missouri River Energy Services President and CEO Receives National Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 10 -- Missouri River Energy Services issued the following news release: Thomas (Tom) J. Heller, president and CEO of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) in Sioux Falls, S.D., received the Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award during the American Public Power Association's (APPA) Public Power Connect: Virtual Summit & Business Meeting. The award recognizes managers at a utility, joint action agency, or state or regional association who steer th  more

Respiratory Therapists Find Home at Sanford Health
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 9 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Brenette Conrique Perez didn't see North Dakota as part of her future when she was in school, but she's now been a respiratory care specialist at Sanford Medical Center - Bismarck since 2015. The variety of her duties is a big positive but so too are some of the things that stay the same every day. "My job is never boring," she said. "And it's always rewarding." Perez is the product of a recruiting effort made by   more

Sanford Health MedX Gives Teens Close Look at Hospital Roles
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 13 -- Sanford Health issued the following news on June 12: Colleges, career fields -- high schoolers have plenty of possibilities to ponder. But they may not realize just how many career options they have. It can be a real benefit, then, to spend time exploring a workplace and meeting the variety of people employed there. Sanford Health aims to help students interested in health care as a career choose the right role for them. Even in the traditional doctor and  more

Sanford Health: Bismarck Man Shares COVID Journey After 29-Day Hospital Stay
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 11 -- Sanford Health issued the following news on June 10: It was supposed to be a celebratory trip when Ken Sambor and his curling team got on an airplane March 9. Sambor coaches his daughter's curling team and they were in-flight to the National Curling Championship in Laurel, Maryland. He started feeling sick the night before the team flew back home. It wasn't shortly after Sambor was back in Bismarck that he went in and got tested for COVID-19. The test ca  more

Sanford Health: Clinics Share Best Pandemic Ideas on New Crowdsourcing Tool
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 11 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Sanford Health clinics are using a new crowdsourcing tool to share new solutions developed for challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The health care organization's enterprise business development team researched platforms to gather, evaluate and implement ideas to improve patient care. It recently implemented a pilot with Milwaukee-based Ideawake (, so the timing was perfect. "Whe  more

Sanford Health: Hospital Rehab 'Gets Patients Back to Their Life'
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 10 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Dave Fox has been thanking Sanford Health Inpatient Rehabilitation in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for more than a decade now in a manner that makes everyone involved feel a little better about themselves. In 2005 while on a business trip to Fargo, North Dakota, this former financial analyst had a serious stroke. The battle since then has never really ended, though it's spiced with victories. Fox struggles with the   more

Sanford Health: Mammogram Detects Breast Cancer During Pandemic
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 9 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Kristi Meuchel has a family history of breast cancer. Her maternal grandmother, mother and three of her four sisters have all had breast cancer. Because of her strong family history, Meuchel never misses her annual mammogram. "I've been doing mammograms for a long time due to family history," said Meuchel, a resident of Bismarck, North Dakota. "All of the women in our family start doing mammograms earlier." Despit  more

Sanford Health: Tommy John Donates 2,110 Clothing Items to Sanford Workers
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 12 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: In another example of businesses supporting health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, clothing line company Tommy John has donated 2,110 items to Sanford Health workers. The clothing line delivered undershirts, camisoles and underwear for men and women at an event June 11 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Close to home Tom Patterson is the CEO and co-founder of Tommy John, based in New Y  more

University of Nebraska Medical Center: Study to Improve Maternal, Child Health in Pine Ridge
OMAHA, Nebraska, June 9 -- The University of Nebraska Medical Center issued the following news release: Regina Idoate, Ph.D., assistant professor of health promotion in the UNMC College of Public Health and citizen of Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and Omar Rahman, M.D., director of the MMI Department of Genetics, have received a $50,000 grant to work with the community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Oglala Lakota County Schools in South Dakota to conduct a commu  more