2020 was set to be a nightmare year for distillers across the country due to COVID closures and people staying home. Several distilleries, however, were able to stay in business by manufacturing something everyone could use.
Earlier this year, Governor Kristi Noem created UpSkill, a program to help those displaced by COVID-19 and looking to pursue a certificate in a high-demand field. The state’s four technical colleges offered 22 of those certificate programs. Western Dakota Technical College offered three high-demand programs: plumbing, EMT, and phlebotomy.
When spectators drive by the scene of large equipment and piles of metal and concrete, they’ll notice each time that they can see less and less into the building. Crews have put up most of the outside paneling and are finishing up the major support beams for the arena’s roof.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said he met with Nick Tilsen from NDN Collective on October 7, where the two discussed a potential space for the homeless to live during the winter, a space that could become permanent.