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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com June 12, 2018 • Page 9 Highway Patrol Trooper Kastein Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper, who has been praised for his professionalism and leadership, has been named as the 2018 South Dakota State Trooper of the Year. Trooper Jerry Kastein, who is a member of the Watertown squad, was honored during a Wednesday awards luncheon in Rapid City. The award, which is sponsored by AAA South Dakota, is presented to a trooper for their continued demonstration of exceptional service to the agency, citizens and communities. “Since he joined the Highway Patrol in 2012, Trooper Kastein has performed at a high standard in all that he does; whether patrolling the highways, mentoring younger troopers or serving his community,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. “His desire to do his best in everything he does underscores why he is so deserving of this award.” Trooper Kastein, who grew up in the Watertown area, joined the Highway Patrol after three years of active duty with the U.S. Army, including service in Iraq, and four years with the Kansas National Guard. He is part of the Highway Patrol’s East River SWAT Team and serves as a field training officer, active shooter instructor, Honor Guard member, firearms instructor, and DPS Strategic Planning Committee team leader. He also has volunteered for several other duties. The nomination received for Trooper Kastein reads: “Trooper Kastein epitomizes what we look for in a South Dakota state trooper and exceeds those expectations on a regular basis. He is professional and fair. He volunteers for extra duties while still delivering high quality enforcement activity. He is a committed husband, father and leader within the Public Invited To Comment On Proposed Changes To State Graduation Requirements PIERRE, S.D. – The public is encouraged to engage in the statewide conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements. The official public comment period on the related administrative rule changes is now open. Members of the public can view the proposed rule changes and make public comment by visiting rules.sd.gov and following the “Department of Education” link. Written comments must be submitted by July 12. The state Board of Education Standards will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule changes at its July 16 meeting in Pierre. Individuals may also provide comment at this meeting. Proposed changes to the graduation requirements aim to combine community. He is an asset to the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the citizens of our state.” Trooper Kastein also was praised for leading the community projects done by the Watertown Highway Patrol. One project was helping a World War II veteran stay warm in the winter. “He saw the opportunity to be able to help a World War II veteran and organized the effort to resupply the veteran’s firewood supply that will heat his home this winter,” reads another nomination. “While it was a group effort it would not have been possible without Trooper Kastein’s commitment and community involvement to see this project through. It was a special moment to see the gratitude and emotions of the veteran and his wife while we were working on this project.” This is the sixth year that AAA South Dakota has sponsored the Trooper of the Year Award. Marilyn Buskohl, manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA South Dakota, says the organization is honored to be part of the award. “This program every year reminds me that we have many outstanding law enforcement officers in South Dakota who protect and serve us every day,” she says. “While we can never thank them enough for what they do, this award is a chance for us to show our appreciation. Other finalists for the award were Trooper Derek Schroding of the Northern Hills Squad and Trooper Dan Hup of the Brookings Squad. Past winners of the award are Troopers Rob Mayer, Chris Spielmann, Josh Olson, Todd Albertson and Cody Jansen. The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Noem: From Great Faces To Great Places By Rep. Kristi Noem which stands as an icon of liberty Over Memorial Day weekend, I had around the world. These great faces course requirements. the opportunity to show President attract millions of visitors a year and Students would not be contribute to South Dakota's robust required to earn endorse- Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke our state – and not only the stunning tourism industry. ments. landscapes, but the rich history we From hiking to hunting, tourism The proposed encelebrate. Nowhere were those two helps drive South Dakota's economy. dorsements are as folideas more present than at the Black In fact, one in 11 South Dakota jobs lows: are directly generated by tourism. The • Advanced: indicates Hills National Cemetery Memorial Day Service. industry also infuses nearly $2 billion a student has pursued Tucked in the hills near Sturgis, the into the state's economy annually. It's the coursework consistan important element of our economy ent with entrance require- Black Hills National Cemetery comthat we must fight to maintain. ments for postsecondary memorates the lives of South Dakota Over the years, I’ve worked to repeal education at a university veterans and their service to our country. Each Memorial Day, hundreds join regulations that make things difficult for • Advanced Career: together to honor those buried there. South Dakota tourism to thrive. When indicates a student has It's a pretty special moment. Secretary Zinke was in the state, he and career experience in To continue serving veterans here I were able to announce a new execua concentrated area, tive order from President Trump that based on academic and/ in the years to come, President Trump signed on a Summer AC to expand or workplace experience Save $30legislation I worked onTune-Up! rolls back Obama-era regulations on the cemetery by 200 acres – a testament outfitters and guides. Regulations like and a related credential to the number of patriotic veterans that the ones Obama implemented are cost • Advanced Honors: call South Dakota home. prohibitive for businesses and have indicates a student has Just The call and we’ll prevented visitors from fully enjoying pursued advanced rigor- give us a men and women buried here gavequalified of themselves to serve our nation, all that South Dakota has to offer. I’m ous, academic coursesend out a grateful President Trump and Secretary work consistent with the a value that's rooted deep in South ServiceDakota's heritage, including at the MinTechnician like Zinke were willing to listen to South DaSouth Dakota Opportukota and give folks a break from these nity Scholarship course to make Missile Site near Philip, which Tyler, uteman sure your Secretary Zinke and I also visited. unnecessary burdens. requirements AC unit is Throughout the Cold War, the United ready for those There's something for everyone to States relied Dakota hot summer Southon this site to keep roughly enjoy in South Dakota. From our great Tyler Reiser 1,000 missiles faces to great places like the Badlands, days and save $30!*on constant alert. While Service Technician the Corn Palace, and the childhood some remain today, the site has been designated as a National Historic Site, 13 years experience home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I hope providing a physical reminder of the you take the opportunity to enjoy the value found in peace through strength. beauty of our state this summer. Of course, one of South Dakota's most iconic sites is Mount Rushmore, display ad here! opportunities for rigor, student engagement and flexibility. The proposal was developed to provide students with multiple opportunities to meet their postsecondary and career goals within a framework of general high school graduation requirements. “One major change in these proposed requirements is the concept of endorsements,” said Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard. “The proposed requirements would allow all students to graduate with the same high school diploma, but additionally, students could earn advanced endorsements, which signify students have taken coursework with a specific focus.” Students could earn more than one advanced endorsement, since they share some of the same Need people to find your business? Get your MV Shopper MV Shopper YOUR RADIATOR M I S S O U R I VA L L E Y www.missourivalleyshopper.com 665-5884 M I S S O U R I VA L L E Y When You Want Comfort...You Want Kalins When You Want Comfort… You Want Kalins! Vermillion: 605-624-5618 *Rebate offer only available to Vermillion Light & Power customers. 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