Speaker to talk fixing poverty in Rapid City

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Rapid City, SD A nationally-known speaker is making a stop in Rapid City to discuss ways of preventing poverty.

Dr. Donna Beegle lived in poverty herself - and was able to overcome the struggle.

Organizers say the key to combating the issue is first informing the public and then forming relationships with those who need help.

Experts say the largest demographic living in poverty is single mothers, including generational poverty, in which immediate family members have a tough time escaping the lifestyle.

Tracy Palecek said "Working with people in poverty is an issue for all communities. We all have people in our midst that are struggling and that inspires a particular type of hopelessness. It really is a tough place to be and we're hoping, through some of these efforts of our community to work together, that we can really break that cycle."

Dr. Beegle takes the stage at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Tuesday next week.

The event is free for attendees.