U.S. Attorney for S.D. resigns

United States Attorney Ron Parsons has announced that he is stepping down as chief federal law enforcement officer for the District of South Dakota, effective February 26.

According to the Department of Justice release, Parsons’ resignation was expected and is part of the regular transition of appointed officials from office when a new Presidential administration comes in.

“Law enforcement is a vital, noble, and truly rewarding profession, and I encourage young people of all backgrounds to consider it as a career,” said Parsons. “Above all, I am deeply appreciative of the men and women of the U.S. Attorney’s Office working in each of our three branches in Rapid City, Pierre, and Sioux Falls. Their friendship, professionalism, and good will have made my job as enjoyable as it was rewarding. Every day, their continued hard work and dedication to the pursuit of justice makes South Dakota, and our nation, a better place to live. Any credit for accomplishments during my tenure as United States Attorney belongs solely to them and our law enforcement partners.”

Parsons was formally nominated by President Trump in September 2017 and began serving as United States Attorney on January 5, 2018, following his unanimous confirmation by the Senate.

“I thank Senator Thune and Senator Rounds for recommending me for this position and placing their trust in my abilities to serve the people of South Dakota as their chief federal law enforcement officer,” said Parsons.

Following his departure, he intends to return to private practice in Sioux Falls.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Criminal Chief Dennis R. Holmes will serve as Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota.

Rotary Club accepting grant applications

The Pierre-Fort Pierre Rotary Club is accepting applications from area nonprofits for its 2021 Community Service Grants. These grants, In the range of $250-$1,500, are for projects directly benefiting the area community.

The application deadline is March 31. Applications are available from any Rotary Club member, or via email at pfprotary@gmail.com.

Rotary District No. 5610 serves 41 clubs in South Dakota, northwestern Iowa, southwestern Minnesota and northeastern Nebraska. The Pierre-Fort Pierre Rotary club meets every Monday at noon at the Ramkota Rivercenter, and via Zoom. Local Rotary executives include Ann Schwartz, president; Chris Maxwell, president-elect; J. Michael Smith, secretary; Lori Simpson, treasurer; Brian Hemmelman, past president; and Charles Quinn, executive secretary/director. Club directors include vice-president Day Breitag, Ed Jacobson, Tom LeFaive, Steve Mohr, Lisa Stanley, and Alan Swanson.

For more information about Rotary visit www.rotary.org; or Pierre-Fort Pierre Rotary Club on Facebook.

Home buyers get help through GROW S.D.

GROW South Dakota has been awarded an $8,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship grant from State Farm to help homebuyers through the buying process.

It helps homeowners with the expectations of applying for a home loan through the Purchase Wisely, Live Safely Initiative. This initiative raises awareness and gives specific guides on personalized plans to keep their homes healthy and safe. Home safety is critical now when more people are spending additional time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are thankful for the partnership with State Farm to offer our clients valuable information to help them be successful homeowners,” said Maureen Nelson, GROW SD project director. “Anyone interested in preparing to become a homeowner is encouraged to contact GROW SD at info@growsd.org, 605-698-7654.” For more information, visit www.growsd.org.

To date, State Farm has awarded GROW South Dakota more than $25,000 in support of their Community Development programs.

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