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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving South Dakota Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 13 items )  

American Coalition for Ethanol Thanks Senators Thune, Shaheen for Introducing Bill to Approve Long-Stalled Renewable Fuel Standard Pathway Applications
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 18 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following statement by CEO Brian Jennings: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) thanks Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for introducing bipartisan legislation today that would help approve certain Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathway applications, like corn fiber, which help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. * * * "ACE members are grateful to Senators Thune and Shaheen for the  more

American Coalition for Ethanol: Instead of Complying With Tenth Circuit Court Decision, EPA Seemingly 'Aiding and Abetting' Refiners Seeking 'Gap Year' Renewable Fuel Standard Waiver Requests
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 19 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following statement by CEO Brian Jennings: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its small refinery exemption (SRE) dashboard, disclosing the Agency's received 52 new SRE petitions or so-called 'gap filings' for compliance years 2018 to as far back as 2011 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This update follows pressure from the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and other biofuel and far  more

NSSGA Commends Sen. Mike Rounds on Leadership of 25 Senators in Urging Support of State DOTs
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 18 -- The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association issued the following statement by President and CEO Michael W. Johnson applauding Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, and the 25 Senators who are urging support of State Department of Transportation's next relief package: "NSSGA applauds Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) and his team for spearheading the bipartisan Dear Colleague letter, which advocates for federal relief for the State Departments of Transportation (DOT) agenc  more

NSSGA Commends Sen. Rounds on Leadership of 25 Senators in Urging Support of State DOTs
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 17 -- The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association issued the following statement by President and CEO Michael W. Johnson applauding Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota and the 25 Senators who are urging support of state Transportation Department's in the next relief package: "NSSGA applauds Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) and his team for spearheading the bipartisan Dear Colleague letter, which advocates for federal relief for the State Departments of Transportation (DOT) ag  more

Sanford Employees Step Up As Medical Interpreters
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 19 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: For weeks, the small town of Worthington, Minnesota, watched as COVID-19 made its way from the coasts into the heartland. Leaders at Sanford Worthington (https://www.sanfordhealth.org/locations/sanford-worthington-clinic?__hstc=239181569.6f86882957cf0636bf73145fc9445bfd.1592564084906.1592564084906.1592564084906.1&__hssc=239181569.2.1592564084906&__hsfp=1039244353) knew it was only a matter of time before the novel   more

Sanford Health: Cancer & Intimacy - Sanford Docs Add to an App for That
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 18 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: When she heard about a new app called Rosy to help women with sexual dysfunction, Dr. Shelby Terstriep had an idea. The Sanford Health medical oncologist wanted to help address issues troubling not just her own patients, but many other cancer patients across the country. And Dr. Terstriep's idea gave the app creator a way to help patients who had told her they needed just that. Dr. Lyndsey Harper, an OB/GYN who l  more

Sanford Health: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions - Is It Safe to Call 911?
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 20 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: As Sanford Health clinics and hospitals updated safety measures for COVID-19, so did its ambulance services. F-M Ambulance Service in Fargo, North Dakota, added personal protective equipment for employees and patients, screening questions for patients, and physical distancing when possible. Employees work at least six feet apart. They also self-report any symptoms and check temperatures at the start of their shift  more

Sanford Health: High Schooler Helps Others After Bout With Lymphoma
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 16 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Skip over the uncomfortable stretch of months where Scott Verkulien didn't know he had Hodgkin lymphoma, yet knew something was wrong. Then skip over his treatments after he did find out he had a rare form of this disease. And bypass the accompanying fatigue and days away from school. Go directly to the day that Verkulien, an excellent student and athlete whose last year at Moorhead High School was swallowed by ca  more

Sanford Health: Leaders to Good Samaritan Society - We're Here for You
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 20 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society's 98th annual operations conference looked a bit different this year. While the event is normally held in-person, leaders from the long-term care provider decided to hold it virtually from June 16-17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nate Schema is the vice president of operations, and said the health care organization considered canceling the annual conference, but ins  more

Sanford Health: Surgery Precautions in Place as Hospitals Get Back to Normal
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 20 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Sanford Health has been able to prepare for a return to "normal" health care needs while still taking precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Ultimately, that represents a significant win. The process of getting through the pandemic is not complete. Patients who are seeking medical attention should understand that Sanford Health is continuing to take additional measures to assure patient safety. It   more

Sanford Research: A Leader in Science, Eliminating Diseases
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 17 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Before and even during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Sanford Health and its research teams have played an integral part in studying the virus, various testing and treatments. "Sanford Research has become a nationally recognized research institution across the country," Sanford Research President David Pearce, Ph.D., said in a Facebook Live Q&A event on June 16. "My role is to oversee the direction and strategy of  more

Sanford's Central Lab Adapts to Flurry of COVID-19 Testing
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, June 17 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Recently, Sanford Health performed its 50,000th COVID-19 diagnostic test. It took a flurry of work to reach that milestone -- including a well-timed construction project finished just when it was needed most. Sanford Laboratories Reference Lab in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, performs the majority of this COVID-19 testing. Accustomed to providing esoteric and non-rapid-response diagnostic lab testing, some services i  more

South Dakota Bankers Association Streamlines Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application for Many Paycheck Protection Program Borrowers
PIERRE, South Dakota, June 19 -- The South Dakota Bankers Association issued the following news: The Small Business Administration yesterday released a three-page "EZ" Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application requiring less documentation and fewer calculations than previously required. Form 3508EZ applies to borrowers who meet any one of these three criteria: * Applied for the PPP loan as self-employed, an independent contractor or a sole proprietor with no employees. * Did no  more