BREAKING GROUND FOR RURAL AMERICA INITIATIVES:
Dreams continue to take shape for Rural America Initiatives. Despite gusty winds and cold temperatures, more than 100 people turned out for the groundbreaking ceremonies for Rural America Initiatives' new facility on South Valley Drive.
Mayor Steve Allender, Police Chief Karl Jegeris and Council members Jason Salamun, Lisa Modrick, Becky Drury and Darla Drew participated in the day's activities, which included a blessing of the grounds, an honoring song, the groundbreaking ceremony, a luncheon of traditional foods at the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Building, which itself is under construction.
RAI officials gave thanks to numerous community partners for helping to bring today's event to reality. Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender spoke on behalf of the City and the City, Council and Vision Fund Committee were thanked by RAI Director Bruce Long Fox for approval of $2 million in funds during last year's allocation of funding.
Additional funds were also awarded to RAI at the luncheon. Long Fox hopes construction can get underway in earnest as early as November.