Box Elder

first_imgHISTORY OF BOX ELDERThe city of Box Elder serves as the gateway to the Black Hills. In the late 1800s, the future site of Box Elder was a fertile valley, luring settlers west with untold promise. Lone Tree, a few miles east of Box Elder, was originally a stop for the covered wagons and horsemen coming to the Black Hills from Fort Pierre on the Black Hills Stage and Wagon Road. Box Elder was born as a whistle-stop town in 1907 when the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad built a track from Wall to Rapid City. The new town was named after the box elder trees, which grew along the head waters of the creek that flows through the valley. Box Elder was officially incorporated as a city in 1964 during the Cold War expansion of Ellsworth AFB. Today, Box Elder is home to nearly 9,500 people and is one of South Dakota’s fastest-growing cities. The city of Box Elder, nestled between Ellsworth and Rapid City, offers city convenience with a small-town atmosphere.EDUCATIONThe city of Box Elder is home to the Douglas School District, one of the finest school systems in South Dakota. The district serves more than 2,500 students with Carrousel preschool services, Badger Clark Elementary, Douglas High School, Douglas Middle School, Francis Case Elementary and Vandenberg Elementary. The district is in western South Dakota on the edge of the Black Hills and serves students from Box Elder, Ellsworth AFB and the surrounding rural area.Children living on Ellsworth or in the Box Elder community will attend the Douglas School System. Busing is no longer provided to school children living on base. However, the Ellsworth Youth Center offers a before- and after-school program that provides busing to and from Douglas schools for a fee. For more information about bus transportation in the surrounding Box Elder communities, contact the transportation office at 605-923-0022. The Douglas School District administrative office can be reached at 605-923-0000.LAW ENFORCEMENTThe Box Elder Police Department serves a residential population of approximately 9,000 citizens with an authorized strength of 11 full-time officers and three reserve police officers. The administrative contact phone number to the Box Elder Police Department is 605-923-1401.FIRE DEPARTMENTThe Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects an area of 81 square miles. They are members of the Pennington County Fire Fighter’s Association and are centrally located in the city of Box Elder at 120 Box Elder Road. The VFD contact number is 605-923-1224. The VFD also hosts area voters, as a polling station, on Election Day.RECREATIONBox Elder offers a variety of recreational pursuits in addition to being the Gateway to the Black Hills, such as Bandit Ball Little League, a BMX track, Prairie Ridge Golf Course, a paint ball arena and several city parks.SERVICESBox Elder has many varieties of businesses to serve your needs. For more information, contact the Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce, which can be found online at www.boxelderchambersd.com.last_img read more

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Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPrairie Village police release photo of robbery suspect. Prairie Village police late last week released the photo to the right of the man who entered the Hy-Vee Gas station on State Line Road and robbed it. Anyone with information about the robbery should contact the PVPD at 913-642-6868 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.Rose column argues that without tax hike, school funding in danger. Former Johnson County Sun Publisher Steve Rose used his weekend column to lay out the potential ramifications of the Senate’s vote against overriding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of the tax reform package. He suggested that cuts to K-12 education are likely, and singled out Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning with responsibility for finding a solution. “Cuts in school spending are not what Denning’s district wants and are not what most Kansans want. The ball is now in Denning’s court,” Rose wrote. “I would be surprised if he doesn’t come through.” [Steve Rose: Without tax hikes, Kansas’ school funding is imperiled — The Kansas City Star]Shawnee Mission East graduate Thomas Frank to return to KC on latest book tour. Fairway’s Rainy Day Books announced last week that it will host author Thomas Frank, a Shawnee Mission East graduate best known for his 2005 book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, this April. Frank will present his latest book, “Listen Liberal: Or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People” April 6.last_img read more

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MPs urge government to preserve access to European legal services market

first_imgPreserving access to the single market in legal services is among the reasons why the government urgently needs to set out a vision for trade with the EU following Brexit, MPs say today. In its first report, the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons backs re-joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) to preserve continuity in trading relationships. The report cites evidence from the Law Society on the legal services sector. The Society told the committee that while the EU single market in services is still ‘a work in progress’, in legal services a single market is already a reality.Mickael Laurans, the Society’s head of international policy and engagement, told the committee that the continuation of the participation of the UK legal services sector in the two EU lawyers’ directives and the mutual recognition of qualifications directive was a ‘key ask’.Leaving the single market would render the UK vulnerable to restrictions on legal practice that vary among member states. Some EU jurisdictions operate nationality requirements, Laurans noted, while right of audience before EU courts could be lost by UK lawyers. There might also be problems regarding clients’ ability to benefit from legal professional privilege.The committee says the government must act quickly to bolster confidence and put the UK in the best position to forge new trading relationships after 2019.Among its recommendations is for the government to publish a white paper about the possibility of the UK re-joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).EFTA, whose current members are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, has free trade agreements covering 38 countries, which the UK might stand to benefit from if it were to re-join. According to the report, the committee ‘was impressed by the potential benefits of EFTA membership, given the close alignment between the UK’s economy and those of EFTA members, although the government has not proposed this as an option’.last_img read more

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